Each year, Connecticut hospitals treat more than 1.5 million patients in their emergency departments, welcome more than 35,000 babies into the world, and care for nearly 400,000 admitted patients, accounting for nearly two million days of inpatient care.
But the positive impact of hospitals extends far beyond the essential medical care that they provide. Connecticut hospitals are dynamic, complex organizations working to build a healthier Connecticut -- strengthening our healthcare system, our communities, and our economy. Connecticut hospitals are continually working to find innovative ways to better serve patients. They are building integrated delivery networks with physicians, services, and technology to make sure patients receive high quality, coordinated, cost-effective, patient-focused care. They are addressing social determinants of health to improve health equity for all Connecticut residents.
These are some of the many lives changed by Connecticut hospitals.
“I have been a proud employee of Day Kimball Hospital for 41 years. I’m also a breast cancer survivor, thanks to the treatment I received right here at my hospital. I can’t say enough about what our hospital does for the community and how fortunate we are to have it here, because I know how wonderful and valuable it is from first-hand experience, both in providing care for all these years as well as receiving it.” Day Kimball Hospital is the largest employer in Northeast Connecticut, serving as the major provider of healthcare. Its Rose Bove LaRose Cancer Center received national accreditation with commendations from the Commission on Cancer in 2015 and provides care for nearly 6,000 oncology patient visits each year – a vital service in a region where rates of breast cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer are all higher than average.
-Donna Coderre, certified cardiology technician, Day Kimball Hospital.
Every day Joseph Ochieng’s phone is filled with text messages or voicemails from homeless or formerly homeless people. He’ll zip across town in his Dodge SUV with food, furniture, a few dollars, and a bed for someone who needs it. And every Saturday he stops by St. Vincent DePaul Shelter or other locations to pick up people for breakfast at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he is an elder. Joseph, who grew up in Kenya, has been a Patient Care Assistant at Waterbury Hospital for a decade, working nights. The night hours give him more time to dedicate to his calling: helping those less fortunate. “Taking care of people has helped me a lot.”
-Joseph Ochieng, Waterbury
“I knew I was in good hands,” said Noni Eden-Davidai, a carrier of the BRCA 1 gene mutation, of the two Greenwich Hospital surgeons who supported her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. “They made me feel safe. I trusted them. Dr. Barbara Ward and Dr. Keith Attkiss performed above and beyond as surgeons, and continue to be great resources of help and support.”
-Noni Eden-Davidai, New Canaan
Kathleen Genovese was treated for breast cancer at Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center and is now cancer free. “My entire experience with Middlesex Hospital was outstanding. You’re worried to begin with and when your doctor’s demeanor is calm, it puts your mind at ease. Everyone there has this caring attitude. Those little things make a huge difference. It gave me the reassurance I chose the right hospital for my treatment."
-Kathleen Genovese, Middletown
After my successful ostomy surgery, I wanted to share my experience with others, so I started the Ostomy Support Group at The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. This has given me the knowledge and personal encouragement to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. I enjoy helping and learning from others. We are all so fortunate to have the wonderful people and resources of this hospital available to us in our community.
- Marie Soliani, Torrington, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
By the time Michel Gueret was hospitalized in 2012 for a collapsed lung at UConn John Dempsey Hospital and his cancer was discovered, the tumor in his lung was so large it impaired his ability to walk and made surgery to remove it impossible. Several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation only temporarily controlled the tumor’s growth, and his cancer metastasized to stage IV, spreading throughout his body. Michel’s doctors began to prepare him for the worst. But then something surprising happened: Michel was chosen to participate in a national clinical trial called ECHO-202 which – luckily for Michel – was being conducted at UConn Health. Michel’s tumors began to shrink nine weeks after he began the immunotherapies, and four years later his imaging scans are still clear. “My survival story shows the true weight of what the cancer doctors are doing. The Cancer Center has put me in a position four years after a deadly diagnosis to have no more signs or symptoms of my advanced lung cancer. I am extremely fortunate, and it is just extraordinary.”
-Michel Gueret, Canton (UConn Health Center)
In 2015, Angelique James, a mother of four, was homeless but seeking to make a better life for herself and her family when she was offered a job at Saint Mary’s Hospital. With several health conditions, including a rare blood clotting disease, Angelique was able to get the healthcare she needed by working at Saint Mary’s and having high quality insurance. Angelique has overcome many challenges and, with the help of Saint Mary’s, she has changed her life for the better. She is now paying forward the kindness she received by giving back to others, including the patients she meets and cares for daily at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Patient Registration. “I am truly a product of living in the community, struggling and somebody reached out to help me. The providers at Saint Mary’s saved my life.”
-Angelique James, Waterbury -- Saint Mary's Hospital
I found out I had cancer, and I prayed. My doctor said I would be going to St. Vincent’s Medical Center. I felt comfortable because it was close to my home. When you feel like you’re home, you can go through your cancer much better. In the middle of the treatment, I needed medication, but my insurance was canceled. I couldn’t pay for the medication or treatment. I talked to the nurse and she talked to the people at the SWIM Across the Sound at the Elizabeth M. Pfriem Center for Cancer Care, and they paid for my medication. They are here to help me no matter what the situation is. I know this hospital would not let me go because they care about their patients, and they care about me getting treatment. This is a very good place for treatment of cancer.
- Archie Nicholson, Bridgeport
When Veronica Payne was 26 weeks pregnant, she went for her normal check-up. The doctor told her that her blood pressure was extremely high and sent her to Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, where she was told she had preeclampsia and scheduled her for an emergency C-section. “We did not know if the baby could survive at 26 weeks,” said Veronica. “We were so afraid.” Evonnica was born on March 10 2015 – she weighed 1 pound 13 ounces. Evonnica was also born with a lot of medical complications that required treatment, such as heart surgery. But she survived, and is now a healthy two-year-old. “My precious two women that I have in my life were in the hands of the capable staff at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center – they saved my daughter’s and my wife’s lives,” said George Payne. “That’s what they did – they saved their lives. I’m grateful to them for that.”
-Veronica and George Payne, and their 2 year old daughter Evonnica, Manchester
It was late at night when Joyce Keating of Somers discovered an unexpected black mole on her hip. Upon closer inspection, Joyce realized that it was a tick burrowing under her skin. Her unsuccessful efforts to remove it with tweezers and concern about infection and Lyme Disease prompted Joyce to drive to her nearest hospital ED, at Johnson Memorial Hospital, knowing that she wouldn’t be able to see her primary care doctor until the next day. At the ER, Joyce was promptly registered and had her vital signs checked. After discovering an elevated blood pressure, the former Ms. Connecticut Senior 2007 was quickly moved to an exam room where a physician injected Novocaine so he could remove the tick. “I was in and out within 90 minutes and didn’t have to drive into Hartford,” said Joyce. “It’s important to have our community hospitals. Each time I’ve been to Johnson I’ve been impressed with how modern it is, and it has all the state-of-the-art equipment that you would expect in a big city hospital.”
-Joyce Keating, Somers
“The staff at Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma Pfriem Breast Center didn’t have to do this for me and patients like me but they did,” said Jennifer Warren. “Their generous spirit helped us regain our health. Thanks to them, I was able to see what love looks like.” The Medically Underserved Initiative at Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma Pfriem Breast Center, one of the largest programs of its kind in the state, helps underinsured women gain access to screening, diagnosis and treatment programs. Each year, the center helps more than 1,400 women, regardless of their insurance status, and provides them with nearly $400,000 in financial assistance.
– Patient Jennifer Warren (second from left) at the breast center’s Sept. 28 Pink Pledge Stroll for Strength with event chairs (l-r) Marlene Battista, Kristen Staikos and Meghan McCloat and center Executive Director Donna Twist (far right).
In a challenging environment where speed and precision are critical, Michelle ensures all medications and doses are correctly and safely ordered, prepared and administered — collaborating with colleagues at every step.
-Michelle Krawczynksi, Clinical Pharmacist, Hartford Hospital
Like good schools, safe streets, and good jobs - strong hospitals are vital to the quality of life of Connecticut’s communities. Across the state, Connecticut's hospitals care for their communities, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our hospitals serve as the safety net for all residents, treating and caring for everyone regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.
Top priorities for Connecticut hospitals are to improve the health of our communities, enhance quality and safety, shape a sustainable performance-based reimbursement system, promote transparency, and ensure a workforce for the future.