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Affiliation agreement leads top accomplishments for 2012

January 4, 2013

Selecting the Top 10 Backus stories of 2012 wasn’t easy. From agreeing to an affiliation with Hartford HealthCare to a new ER to numerous awards and recognition, it was banner year for Backus. Here is the list, as voted on by the Backus Communications Department Staff:

1. Backus Corporation and Hartford HealthCare agreed to an affiliation, and are now seeking state and federal approval.

2. The Plainfield Emergency Care Center opened on July 9, expanding access to emergency services for residents of northern New London and southern Windham County.

3. Backus became the only hospital in southeastern Connecticut to earn designation as a Nationally Accredited Breast Center by the American College of Surgeons.

4. Independent recognition: Backus received a Most Wired Award from the American Hospital Association for its IT advancements; Backus Home Health Care was named to the list of Home-Care Elite, meaning it is one of the top performing home health agencies in the United States; the Backus Stroke Program earned a silver designation by the American Heart Association for meeting national standards for stroke care; and Consumer Reports ranked Backus as the second safest hospital in the state.

5. Backus launched a Congestive Heart Failure Program, a multi-faceted approach for heart failure patients.

6. Backus formed a Center for Cancer Survivorship, focusing on cancer survivors after treatment.

7. Backus used data and its Mobile Health Resource Center to do more targeted health outreach, part of the health system’s strategy to bring health care to those that need it, before they are hospitalized.

8. Backus launched one patient safety initiative, Zero Harm, and is on its way to becoming a High Reliability Organization, seeking to reduce medical errors.

9. Matthew Spates, MD, was named a Health Care Hero by the Connecticut Hospital Association for his work near and far — from the Backus Emergency Department to Haiti.

10. A new lab opened in Norwichtown, part of the health system’s strategy of bringing outpatient health care services into the communities, when and where they are needed.

So there you have it. It may not be an exact science, but it certainly was a newsworthy year. Here’s to a New Year filled with health, happiness and positive headlines!