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  • Rating Agencies Deliver Positive Reports for Hartford HealthCare

    January 03, 2020

    As part of its $750 million financing plan, Hartford HealthCare has received solid reviews from three national rating agencies. Fitch Ratings, one of the three, has upgraded Hartford HealthCare’s rating to “A+” with a stable outlook. Fitch’s previous rating was “A” with a positive outlook. The other two agencies —…

  • Brave Beauty Program Visits Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute in Waterford

    December 17, 2019

    There were all of the trappings of a girl’s night out, complete with sparkling cider and beauty makeovers. But for the group of women gathered for fruit, cheese and tips for applying foundation, this was so much more than an oasis from the pressures of work and family. Each was…

  • How the Mind Responds to Endless Bad National News

    December 09, 2019

    Two shootings in two days at military bases in Hawaii and Florida barely made the evening news, and these tragedies didn’t result in much water cooler talk, either. Is this the new normal? Not necessarily, according to Dr. Anthony Ng, medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network’s East…

  • Backus, Generations Join Forces to Provide Care at Area Shelters

    December 02, 2019

    Winter weather can pose many health challenges for the less fortunate in the community. A partnership between Generations Family Health Center and Backus Hospital Mobile Health Resource Center (MHRC) provides regular walk-in medical care to those in need at The Windham Region No-Freeze Hospitality Center in Willimantic and at St….

  • In the Nick of Time: Backus Staff Helps Deliver Baby in Emergency Department Parking Lot

    November 26, 2019

    When Norwich resident and mom of three, Chris Rivera-Velez went into labor early in the morning on Nov. 15, she felt she had enough time to get to Backus Hospital for the delivery. She was right about getting to the hospital — but getting inside was quite another story. Rivera-Velez,…

  • Diabetes? Follow This Doctor’s Cold-Weather Tips to Protect Feet

    November 12, 2019

    By Dr. Mark Tramontozzi For people with diabetes, the winter months are a time when more attention than usual should be given to the feet.  Diabetics are at risk for having reduced blood flow to the lower extremities, and the cold weather compounds this problem. The dry weather from being…

  • Legendary Physician Wins Institute of Living Burlingame Award

    October 25, 2019

    Dr. Hank Schwartz doesn’t throw the adjective “legendary” around loosely, so when he used it to describe this year’s winner of the Dr. C. Charles Burlingame Award, it spoke volumes. Indeed, that winner, Dr. Max Fink, a pioneer and champion of the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), has generated volumes…

  • Backus Hospital Nursing Alumnae Association honors Class of ’69

    October 24, 2019

    Members of the Backus Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association gathered at the East Region System Support Office Wednesady, Oct. 16, for their annual meeting. The class of 1969, celebrating their 50th graduation anniversary, received special mention during the event which brought together class members, family and friends for a…

  • He’s ‘Lucky To Be Alive’ After Pancreatitis Caused by Alcohol Abuse

    October 23, 2019

    After 40 years of social and eventually heavy drinking, Keith Bunnell was diagnosed with pancreatitis. He was told that if he didn’t stop drinking he would be dead in six months. He quit for a week. Four months later, the successful electrical designer and father of four had another bout…

  • Connecticut’s Two Leading Health Systems Partner to Bring New Cancer Treatment to State

    October 23, 2019

    Hartford HealthCare (HHC) and Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) today announced a plan to work together to bring proton beam therapy — a highly advanced form of radiation treatment for cancer – to Connecticut. HHC and YNHHS will seek approval from the state Office of Health Strategy to move…


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