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Backus to sponsor smoking cessation program

NORWICH – The William W. Backus Hospital will offer the American Lung Association’s “Freedom From Smoking”® program focusing on group...

Emergency preparedness put to the test

Quick action by employees keeps damage from fire to a minimum. The quick actions of four employees during a fire...

Backpack safety: Load it light, wear it right

School is back in session, so our latest Backus HealthBeat video focuses on backpack safety — learn how to pack...

Be Safe in the Sun

Summer is all about fun in the sun, but be sure to protect yourself. Our latest HealthBeat video features Dr....

Patient Safety Awareness Week Pt. 1

It's no secret, medical mistakes occur at hospitals. In recognition of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, our latest videos focus on how hospitals and patients can work together to reduce errors and enhance safety.

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning When The Power Goes Out

Download the documents here: How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning When the Power Goes Out (pdf)

Backus helps those impacted by Hurricane Sandy

The impact of Hurricane Sandy continues to be felt, even as another Nor-Easter hit the region on Wednesday.

Backus launches 4th annual Pink Circle initiative to support breast health programs

NORWICH – The William W. Backus Hospital has launched its fourth annual Circles of Care campaign to support the Backus Breast Health Initiative.

Patient Safety Fair at Backus

"The first Annual Patient Safety Fair at Backus took place Tuesday, March 6 in the hospital's main level conference rooms. The event featured several speakers including Owen McCusker, a Cyber Security and Safety Expert, who talked about cyber threats to computer systems. Setu Vora, MD, Medical Director of Critical Care Services and Physician Director of Performance Improvement, spoke about patient safety. A number of posters related to patient safety were on display during the event. "

Backus offers tips to avoid heat-related illness

NORWICH – Although other kinds of weather might get more attention, heat is actually the most dangerous event of all, said Dr. Steven Powell, a pulmonologist on The William W. Backus Hospital Medical Staff. In fact, the National Weather Service reports that heat kills more people per year – approximately 162 -- than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.