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HealthCare Happenings December 2017

What's happening on our campuses? A new surgery center for Waterford and community outreach befitting the holiday season!

A Cancer Survivor's Story

Hartford HealthCare's Kristen Zarfos is a beloved surgeon whose job each day it to care for people battling breast cancer. But it's her own battle with colon cancer that serves as a reminder to all the best way to take care of others is by taking care of yourself first.

Two Hartford HealthCare Staff Members Named HBJ Healthcare Hero Finalists

Hartford Hospital Cancer Program Manager Karen Weingrod, MA, and Hospital of Central Connecticut Rehabilitation Network, Speech Language Pathologist Rachel Slater M.S., CCC-SLP were honored as finalists for the Hartford Business Journal Health Care Heroes Awards during the publication’s annual luncheon on Dec. 7 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The publication’s [...]

HHC’s New “Mission Control” Gets Patients to the Right Place at the Right Time

In a renovated space on the Newington campus, registered nurses sit behind computer screens monitoring and regulating the flow of patients in, out and through Hartford HealthCare’s acute-care hospitals. They might hear this when the phone rings on a typical day: An in-patient at MidState needs to be wheeled from [...]

Can Sex Cause Death By Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Sex doesn’t kill, according to what appears to be the first study to evaluate sexual activity as a trigger for sudden cardiac arrest. Researchers reviewing data on 4,557 adult deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest between 2002 and 2015 in Portland, Ore., found only 34 involved sex. The report was [...]

Extra Special Deliveries for a Nurse at the Family BirthPlace at HOCC

Kathy Bak has welcomed the arrival of hundreds, maybe thousands of babies during her many years as a labor and delivery nurse at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. But 21 of those births have been extra special. Two were her grandchildren and 19 were her great nieces and nephews. Bak’s [...]

Central Region Names New Vice President of Medical Affairs

Jeff Finkelstein, MD, FACEP, has been named Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Central Region, effective Dec. 1. Dr. Finkelstein returns to the Central Region from Hartford HealthCare Medical Group, where he served as Medical Director of Urgent Care, leading Harford HealthCare GoHealth Urgent Care Centers across the state. [...]

Learn How To Help Body Heal At ‘Qi Gong for Cancer’ Workshop

If you’re battling cancer, you may be seeking ways to help relieve pain, nausea and other symptoms without additional medication. Then consider Qi Gong, a centuries-old, mind-and-body practice. It combines certain postures and gentle movements with mental focus, breathing and relaxation. The movements can be practiced or adapted while walking, standing [...]


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Popular Classes and Events

Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017, 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Bariatric Surgical Weight Loss Seminar

This session covers surgical procedures offered, surgery eligibility and the lifestyle changes necessary for surgery success. Meet the [...]

Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Pilates for Cancer Survivors

This is a modified Pilates exercise class for cancer survivors. Pilates provides a gentle re-introduction to exercise. Wear comfortable [...]

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017, 5:30PM - 7:00PM

Art Therapy for Cancer Survivors

This is a program to help people touched by cancer find strength and hope through creative expression. No artistic ability is required.


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