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  • How an Oncology Nutritionist Can Help Your Body Fight Cancer

    December 04, 2018

    Nutrition is an essential part of health and shouldn’t be neglected when going through cancer treatment. MaryBeth Dahlstrom-Green, an oncology nutritionist with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Backus Hospital, said the often rigorous treatment required to fight cancer can leave patients physically and emotionally depleted. That’s where she comes…

  • Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute Opens Heart Failure Clinic in Norwich

    November 21, 2018

    While some of the symptoms of congestive heart failure (CHF) can be managed, patients often need advanced care as the disease progresses.  The stress of driving long distances for care and assessment can have a serious impact on the patient’s quality of life.  Thanks to the Hartford HealthCare Heart &…

  • Drs. Nowicki, London, Frallicciardi to Lead Tweeting for CME’s on Emergency Medicine on Nov. 29

    November 18, 2018

    You’re a busy professional in the demanding field of healthcare. One of the demands is finding the time to take Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours to keep abreast of the latest innovations in healthcare, not to mention maintain your licensure. Hartford HealthCare’s Department of Continuing Education can help with the…

  • Increased Access to Specialty Services, Growth on the Shoreline and Plainfield and Enhanced Coordination of Care Highlight Backus and Windham Hospital Annual Meeting

    November 14, 2018

    Backus Hospital and Windham Hospital experienced a year of growth, increased access to specialty services in the community and enhanced care coordination in 2018, according to Hartford HealthCare East Region President Donna Handley at the combined Annual Meeting of the two hospitals on Nov. 7. The meeting, the theme of…

  • Backus, Hospital of Central Connecticut Launch Pharmacy Residency Programs

    November 05, 2018

    In an effort to recruit, train and retain the best new pharmacy school graduates, The Hospital of Central Connecticut and Backus Hospital have launched Pharmacy Residency Programs. Similar to physician residency training, a pharmacy residency program is a postgraduate training program in a defined area of pharmacy practice. Eligible pharmacy…

  • Dr. Patricia DeFusco to Lead Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Program

    November 02, 2018

    Dr. Patricia DeFusco (left) with Dr. April Duckworth at the recent Pink Party in West Hartford. Dr. Patricia DeFusco, affiliated with the Hartford Hospital Division of Medical Oncology since 1986, was recently named the first director of the Breast Program for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Her experience – and…

  • The Mammogram: Demystified

    November 01, 2018

    Download this free informational resource to help you understand breast cancer and the procedures and treatments available to you at Connecticut’s largest breast program. Since the 1980’s, the mammogram has helped reduce breast cancer deaths by about 30%. Though it saves lives, this simple, 10-minute screening has a serious public…

  • Backus Trauma Center Reverified as Level III Facility

    October 30, 2018

    The Trauma Center at Backus Hospital has been reverified as a Level III Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The achievement recognizes the center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. David Coletti, MD, director of Trauma at Backus Hospital, said being “trauma strong” is a…

  • 5 Myths About E-Cigarettes, As FDA Considers Action

    September 18, 2018

    The Food and Drug Administration last week threatened a ban on flavored e-cigarettes after research showed the number of teens using the devices has reached epidemic proportions. “I’ve been asked a lot of questions about electronic cigarettes in my community nurse travels,” says Lisa Hageman, a nurse at Backus Hospital….

  • Summer 2018: 82 High School Students Volunteered Over 6,100 Hours at Backus Hospital

    September 10, 2018

    The Junior Volunteer Bridge Program at Backus Hospital gives high school students the opportunity to explore careers in healthcare, as well as provide services to our patients and staff. In 2018, 82 junior volunteers from 23 different towns and 18 different high schools completed a whopping 6,100 hours from the end of June through…


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