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Things to Know, What to Do When a Loved One Dies

By Marc Levesque, senior resource case manager; Jessica Dakin, geriatric care program manager; and Michelle Wyman, certified dementia specialist, all with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging The death of a loved one is difficult and overwhelming. Experts at the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging have created a guide...

Jay Bialkowski

A COVID-19 Patient’s Story of Survival

On March 25, Jay Bialkowski, a 54-year-old public safety officer at Hartford Hospital, was tested for COVID-19 and headed home, feeling well enough to recuperate at his home in Glastonbury. Within a very short time, he found himself fighting to breathe and shouted out to his wife and daughter, “Call...

Sophia Sopczneski

‘Like Nothing I’ve Imagined’: An ICU Nurse on COVID-19 Surge

Working in the intensive care unit at a hospital comes with a tremendous responsibility. If you talk to ICU nurses now, they will tell you that responsibility has grown exponentially in recent weeks due to the spread of COVID-19. “It’s like nothing I could’ve ever imagined,” said Sophia Sopczneski, a nurse...

Stop Coronavirus

A Doctor Improvises: Office Laminate Sheets as Face Shields

In the Hartford Hospital Emergency Department, necessity has truly proven to be the mother of invention in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, the need to preserve supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) has spawned efforts led by Dr. Shawn London, an ED physician, to create face shields for...