Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

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 CHH Sponsors Free "Dinner with a Doc" Diabetes Talk
Wednesday, November 14 ~ 5:30-7:00 pm
Chatterley's Banquet Facility
371 Pinewoods Road, Torrington
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is presenting a "Dinner with a Doc", health talk entitled "What's New In Diabetes?" by Endocrinologist Dr. Egils Bogdanovics of CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology in Torrington.

The talk will be held on Wednesday, November 14th at Chatterley's Banquet Facility, 371 Pinewoods Road, Torrington from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Light dinner will be provided prior to the 6 p.m. presentation with a question and answer session to follow.

Endocrinologist Dr. Egils Bogdanovics of CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology at 780 Litchfield Street, Torrington, offers a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach to diabetes treatment and disease management. His team of board certified diabetes specialists, certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and social workers are specifically trained to help people with diabetes avoid complications and maintain better health. The practice accepts most major insurances. For more information call (860) 496-2198.

Every November, the American Diabetes Association encourages the public to learn more about diabetes and the risks associated with the disease. Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose (sugar) to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy.  

Registration is required. Please call 860-496-6479. Seating is limited so call early.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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CHH Hosts Blood Drive
Monday, November 19 ~ 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
CHH Memorial Building,
Conference Hall, First Floor
540 Litchfield Street, Torrington
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is hosting a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross. The drive will be held on Monday, November 19th, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington, in the CHH Memorial Building, Conference Hall, First Floor.   

To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code CHHCT.

Blood donors of all types, particularly AB, O, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are needed. Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to prevent delays in urgent medical care to vulnerable patients.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Download the Blood Donor App at redcrossblood.org to keep informed.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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CHH Completes 3-Year Emergency Department Renovation
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) has completed a comprehensive, multi-year renovation and expansion of its Emergency Department at 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington.  CHH administrators and Board Members began planning the $11M project in 2010 with construction completed in phases over the past three years in order to ensure safe and uninterrupted patient care for patients.

The goal of the project was to improve patient privacy and comfort, reduce provide less patient waiting time, improve service patient flow and efficiencies, and better accommodate larger volumes through and technical advances in patient care.

"This project demonstrates our commitment to the future.  Our physicians and caregivers now have a state-of-the-art more improved physical footprint space and technologically advanced equipment at their disposal, complimenting which compliments their technical skills to provide the best and improves service and care." said Bill Bednarz, Administrative Director of Facilities and Support Services.

The 18,000 square foot Emergency Department features a new more accessible entrance closer to Litchfield Street, updated parking, and improved areas for inbound and outbound ambulance and EMS traffic. Highlights include the addition of high visibility new technically advanced nurse stations, state-of-the-art treatment rooms, new space for storage, and designated areas for nutrition, resuscitation, bariatric services, EMS providers, HAZMAT operations, and financial counseling services.   

The entire Emergency Department now has 35 total treatment rooms, three isolation rooms, nine bathrooms and a three room area capable of flexing between medical and behavioral health needs. The new design has created more clear lines of sight between patients and practitioners, advanced telemetry and nurse call technologies, and an enhanced tube system.  

The CHH Emergency Department at 540 Litchfield Street is open 24/7 year-round and can be reached at 860-496-6650. CHH also operates an Emergency Department at 115 Spencer Street in the Winsted Health Center, Winsted, daily from 9 am to 9 pm, at 860 738 6650.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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 Charlotte Hungerford Announces Plans
to Build Medical Facility in Winsted
 Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Thursday announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art facility at the end of Route 8 in Winsted. All of the services now currently offered by CHH at the Winsted Health Center at 115 Spencer Street will be relocated to the new building. The facility will include emergency services, behavioral health, a LIFE STAR helicopter landing pad, primary care and specialty care services including Behavioral Health.

"The people of Winsted and surrounding towns stand to gain access to a world-class facility, with enhanced existing services and the addition of new ones," said Brian Mattiello, Vice President of Strategy and Community Development.

"This is an important commitment to those we serve - and a level of healthcare investment the Winsted area has not seen in decades," said Dan McIntyre, Hartford HealthCare's Senior Vice President of the Northwest Region and CHH President.  
The enhancement and addition of healthcare services in northwestern Connecticut was a key factor in Charlotte Hungerford's decision to affiliate with Hartford HealthCare.

"We are enthused about providing all residents of the Northwest Region with broader, more convenient access to health services - with world-class, high-quality care," said Jeffrey Flaks, Hartford HealthCare's President and Chief Operating Officer. "This strategic investment aligns with Charlotte Hungerford's strategic plan and with Hartford HealthCare's vision to be most trusted for personalized coordinated care."

The proximity of the proposed new medical services building to the new Northwestern Connecticut Community College Health Science Center also presents collaborative opportunities between CHH and healthcare profession programs at the college, Flaks said.

Winsted is the second-largest community in Charlotte Hungerford's service area. The hospital has had a longstanding commitment to providing medical services to the greater Winsted area in leased space at the Winsted Health Center at 115 Spencer St. Current service offerings include a 12-hour-per-day Emergency Department with full laboratory support, diagnostic imaging, mammography, a blood drawing station, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and a sleep laboratory. All services currently located on Spencer Street would be moved to the new facility.  

The next step is to for the Zoning Board to approve the plans. The proposed opening date is April 2020.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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CHH offers FREE Smoking Cessation Classes
In Torrington and Winsted This Fall
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) will be offering its popular "Freedom From Smoking" cessation programs in both Torrington and Winsted this fall as part of their ongoing efforts to help smokers kick the habit and live smoke free.

The FREE program features discussion and skill sessions led by trained, certified American Cancer Society facilitators who understand the motivations and rationalizations of smoking, and use a positive behavior change approach that teaches people how to become permanent non-smokers. Participants attend eight interactive classes with "Quit Day" midway through the session.

The program will be offered in Torrington on Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 PM in the Conference Room at the CHH Hungerford Center, 780 Litchfield Street, Torrington, just up the hill from the main hospital building from October 10 to November 28.

The program will also be offered on Tuesdays in Winsted at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in the new Joyner Health Science Center (Room #143) from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. and again from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. from October 9 to November 27.

In Winsted, CHH is partnering with Northwestern Connecticut Community College in support of their current plan to a create smoke, vape and tobacco free campus in 2019. CHH used a recent grant to train four new facilitators in anticipation of the fall offerings, including Carla Angevine, Susan Murphy, Damaris Sierra, and Maria Capobianco.  

"In this step-by step program, participants will receive the personal attention they need to help them quit smoking and transition to a healthier, smoke free lifestyle through education, relaxation techniques, and methods of preventing weight gain." says Sandy Markus, long time smoking program facilitator.

As a special incentive, the $75 program fee will be waived for all participants. Call 860-496-6538 to register or receive more information. Space is limited.

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet millions of Americans still smoke. For more information about smoking and its dangers, visit the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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CHH Donates Heart Defibrillator to the Goshen
Agricultural Society for the Goshen Fairgrounds
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, a Hartford HealthCare Partner, has donated a new heart automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Goshen Agricultural Society that will be kept on premises of the Goshen Fairgrounds. This lifesaving device helps perform life-saving treatment in the event that a person experiences a sudden heart attack.

"We are so pleased that we will now have access at the fairgrounds to this life saving device if the need arises. We thank everyone at Charlotte Hungerford for their generosity and continued support in helping us ensure the safety of our visitors. " said Barbara Breor, member of the Goshen Agricultural Society Board of Directors

The new ZOLL AED Plus device analyzes and looks for shockable heart rhythms, advises the rescuer of the need for defibrillation, and delivers a shock if needed. When the heart unexpectedly and abruptly stops beating, it is usually caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation or VD. Effective treatment for this is an electrical shock which delivers an electrical current applied to the chest providing an opportunity for the heart's normal electrical system to take control.

The device also provides real-time feedback on rate and depth of chest compressions and supports rescuers with integrated text, voice, and visual prompts to help guide rescuers. The latest American Heart Association guidelines suggest that successful defibrillation requires the performance of immediate "high quality" CPR. This means providing compressions at the proper depth and rate, making sure not to lean on the chest, and keeping interruptions to an absolute minimum.

"Helping to ensure that members of our community have the best tools and resources to serve the people of region is an important part of our healthcare mission and outreach at Charlotte." said Tim LeBouthillier, Director of Communications and Community Development at CHH.

This year, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Hartford HealthCare are pleased to be a sponsor of the 2018 Goshen Fair being held Labor Day Weekend September 1-3 at the Goshen Fairgrounds. Visit www.goshenfair.org for more information and entertainment schedules.  

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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CHH Recognizes Hospital Employee Service
At Annual Awards Dinner
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) paid special thanks to its staff at their annual Employee Service Recognition Dinner held recently at Fairview Farm Country Club. Each year, full-time, part-time and per diem Hospital employees are selected and honored based on their years of service in 5-year increments and given special gifts.

This year, the hospital recognized a total of 124 employees celebrating milestone anniversaries, including one with 45 years of service, three with 40 years, five with 35, ten with 30, four with 25, 17 with 20, 22 with 15 years, 24 with 10 years and 38 with 5 years of service.

Highlights of the evening included the hospital's senior staff honoring Linda DiMauro of the Patient Access Department who received a standing ovation for her 45 years of service, along with Annamarie Corrolo, Diane Nadeau, Kateri Veillette, and Sandra Markus for their 40 years of service.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for us to formally thank our employees for their loyal service. Whether they are celebrating five or 45 years at Charlotte Hungerford, it is evident that we are all proud of their accomplishments," says Brian Mattiello, Vice President, Organizational Development.

Linda DiMauro (above) of the CHH Patient Access Department was recognized for her 45 years of service at the 2018 Annual Service awards held recently at the Fairview Farm Country Club.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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 Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary
Awards 2018 Scholarships
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's (CHH) Auxiliary has awarded twelve local students $1,000 scholarships to pursue higher education opportunities at a recent hospital reception.

The CHH Auxiliary recently presented ten students pursuing an education in the healthcare field with the honor after a thorough review process of many qualified candidates. The awardees were Jacqueline O. Nicholas, Paul Durstin Alderete, Alexa Nicole Sanson, Megan Elizabeth Facteau, Kathleen Bridget Morton, Lindsey Marie Rouleau, Lilli Taylor Ferrucci, Erin Elizabeth Gonchar, Brooke Murphy Neller, and Cameron John Rouleau. Also awarded was the Joseph Curi, M.D. Memorial Scholarship to Zachary Golden Kwalick and the J. Alfred Fabro, MD Memorial Scholarship to  Rebecca Ann Kraus.

Judith Hogan, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee said, "The Auxiliary received 53 scholarship applications this year, all from exceptional students who intend to pursue healthcare careers. We wish we were able to able to present a scholarship to each student who applied. They are the caregivers of the future!"

The CHH Auxiliary celebrated 100 years of supporting Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in 2016. It has been a significant source of physical and financial aid to the Hospital. The CHH Auxiliary has over 200 volunteer members who assist in raising funds for CHH through donations, the gift shop, and special fundraising events.

College bound students pursuing healthcare careers and recipients of 2018 Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary scholarship awards pose at recent annual presentation ceremony.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.