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Hospital Appoints Patient Safety Director

New Britain [November 02 2006] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut has appointed Candace Pettigrew, RN of West Hartford as its new Director of Patient Safety.
Pettigrew came to the newly-created position with many years of on-the-job experience, most recently at the University of Connecticut Health Center’s John Dempsey Hospital. During 15 years at the Health Center, she served in many roles, as a staff nurse, and in various areas concerning occupational health and safety and patient safety.
Pettigrew received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from St. Joseph College in West Hartford. She has received a number of awards over the course of her nursing career, including the Connecticut Quality Silver Award for Safe Patient Handling, along with her nursing team, and John Dempsey Hospital Director’s Performance Improvement Award in 2005. Pettigrew was also honored with the 2003 Nightingale Nurse Award for outstanding nursing leadership with the DPH Smallpox Vaccination Program.
New Britain General and Bradley Memorial Hospitals — now the Hospital of Central Connecticut —have a long tradition of attention to patient safety. The new position is a continuation of the Hospital’s ongoing effort to stay “ahead of the curve” in the quality improvement area and will build on the work of the existing Patient Safety Committee, and the Care Coordination and Quality Improvement Departments.
“The hospital of Central Connecticut has put a special focus on patient safety; there are a lot of people in other hospitals doing patient safety, but not many who have one person solely dedicated to it,” says Steven Hanks, MD, senior vice president for medical affairs at the hospital.
Pettigrew lives in West Hartford with her husband, Tom, a 20-year veteran of the Hartford Fire Department, and their two children.

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