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Cocaine-Opioid Mix Returns: Intoxication Deaths Skyrocket in Connecticut

By Dr. Muhammad Hassan Majeed Natchaug Hospital Psychiatrist For the past several months, I have noticed a disturbing and possibly lethal development in some of my patients — an occasional urine drug screen showing traces of cocaine. Almost all of them admitted using opioids, but many were surprised to find...


Fourth-grade project lights up infusion center

This might be a story about mothers and sons — one mother teaching her child the value of giving back to his community, another accepting support during her own son’s illness. It might also be about serendipity. Liz Abram, business coordinator of the new Infusion Center in Plainfield, happened to...


Thank You Volunteers

National Volunteer Week is April 15-21. Hartford HealthCare would like to thank the more than 2,000 volunteers who generously give more than 200,000 hours of their time in close to 375 departments across the system every year helping us deliver quality care. Meet just a few of our special volunteers:...


Bennies honor Backus supporters

From the introductory chorus of  “Fiddler on the Roof,” the theme of the seventh annual Backus Bennies event was tradition to correspond with the hospital’s 125th anniversary. Held in the East Region System Support Office on April 6, the Bennies celebrated the various groups that have sustained Backus Hospital over...

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Why Kids’ Care Packets for Cancer Patients Won’t Stop Now

They say it takes a village, and sometimes it’s the smallest villagers who make the biggest difference. Take 10-year-old Ava Benson of Mansfield, for example. After watching her mother Alicia go through treatment for breast cancer at Windham Hospital, the two talked about giving back to the hospital and helping...


What Will You Gain? By Losing Weight, This Man Gained A New Life

Paul Listro, director of public safety at Westfarms mall, says he recognized the health consequences of steadily gaining weight until he  finally reached 325 pounds. “If I walked up the stairs,” he says, “I was huffing and puffing. I had high blood pressure. I used a CPAP machine (for sleep...