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Dr. Ricardo Young

Backus Revives Surgical Weight Loss Program With New Director

After a short hiatus, the Backus Center for Surgical Weight Loss is again accepting patients with the arrival of general surgeon Ricardo Young, MD. With advanced training in bariatric, robotic and endoscopic surgery, Young comes to Backus Hospital from the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas,...


Sewing Group Provides Therapeutic Tools

‘Fidget quilts’ help calm those with diseases like Alzheimer’s With zippers, laces, snaps and buttons — all bordered in lively designs, soft fleecy fabric and dangling fringe — the “fidget quilts” are perfect for people with memory disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. The colorful quilts help calm people who struggle with...

Brian Macfarlane

For This Retiree, UroLift (For Enlarged Prostate) Proves Liberating

You might find it hard to believe that Brian Macfarlane has already been retired for 10 years. It’s easy to imagine the youthful 71-year-old still driving the beer distribution truck that he drove for more than 30 years. He’s enjoying retirement and staying active by walking three to four miles...


What’s A Clinical Neuropsychiatrist? Meet The Only One In The State

Long before he entered medical school, Dr. Joe Trettel says he was fascinated by the brain, and in particular, its ability to produce cognition and behavior. “Very early on I developed a passion and curiosity that lead me to become a basic neuroscientist, trying to understand the connection between the brain,...

Marc Michaud at a rehab session.

How Physical Therapy Got This Carpenter Back To Work

By Sarah Fasolo Marc Michaud, 54, of Plainfield found himself in the hands, literally, of the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network twice in a year. After surgery to repair a tear in his right rotator cuff in October 2016, he faced a second surgery. This time, it would be on his...


Breast Cancer Survivor Advice: YOU Know Your Body Best!

Often we find support, hope, solace and inspiration in the experiences of those who have previously walked the same path we do.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For those newly-diagnosed, or struggling with their diagnosis, take heart in the stories and advice of these Hartford HealthCare employees. They...