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  • 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 help 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…

  • How This Doctor Treats Chronic Pain With Virtual Reality Goggles, Not Narcotics

    October 21, 2019

    By Elissa Bass Christine Chiappone was a fit and active 45-year-old single mother of two young girls when she began feeling pain in her right arm. Eventually, a neurologist diagnosed her with a pinched nerve in her neck, and surgery was scheduled. During surgery it was discovered that she had…

  • Backus Hospital Named ‘Baby-Friendly’ Birthing Center by International Health Group

    October 07, 2019

    Backus Hospital has been named a Baby-Friendly birthing center by Baby-Friendly USA, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based…

  • Why St. Vincent’s, the Daughters of Charity and Hartford HealthCare are the Right Fit

    October 02, 2019

    BRIDGEPORT — The ceremony Tuesday officially binding St. Vincent’s Medical Center, a Catholic hospital that traces its history to the early 1900s and the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, with Hartford HealthCare did not pass without at least one revelation. “Who believes in fate?” asked Vincent DiBattista, St….


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