Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

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CHH offers FREE Smoking Cessation Class
Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm
January 2 to February 20, 2019
Lab Conference Room
second floor of CHH,
540 Litchfield Street, Torrington
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) will be offering its popular "Freedom From Smoking" cessation program in Torrington as part of their ongoing efforts to help smokers kick the habit and live smoke free. It's a great resolution for the New Year so plan to kick the habit in 2019!

The FREE program features discussion and skill sessions led by a trained, certified American Lung Association facilitator who understands the motivations and rationalizations of smoking, and uses 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 Lab Conference Room on the second floor of CHH, 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington from January 2 to February 20, 2019.

"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 Sponsors FREE
"Stop the Bleed" Training Course
January 15, 2019, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, memorial building,
540 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital will present a Free "Stop The Bleed" training course on Tuesday, January 15th to educate and equip healthcare providers and members of the public on how to help reduce the loss of life due to traumatic bleeding. The help given by an immediate responder can often make the difference between life and death, even before professional rescuers arrive.

The course will be held twice on January 15, 2019, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and repeated from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. It will be held in the conference hall at the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, memorial building, 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT.  

Specially trained local first responders and hospital personnel will be on hand to train participants
to recognize and respond to life-threatening bleeding and take the appropriate measures to control it through the immediate application of pressure, dressings, and tourniquets.

This Stop the Bleed Course was developed by The American College of Surgeons to teach the lay public the fundamentals of how to recognize and intervene upon severe bleeding. The sessions are part of a national campaign meant to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. For more information visit www.bleedingcontrol.org

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Registration is required! Visit www.charlottehungerford.org - click on Stop the Bleed in the Current News & Events section for registration link OR call the CHH event line at 860-496-6479

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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Torrington Rheumatology & Allergy Practice
Joins Hartford HealthCare
Arthritis & Allergy Associates of Torrington is now part of the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Bone & Joint Institute specializing in Allergy and Rheumatology. The office is located in the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Medical Office Building at 538 Litchfield Street, Suite 101, Torrington.

Rheumatologists from the practice are now part of the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group, including John Magaldi, MD, FACR, FACP, and Jeffrey Miller, MD, FAAAAI, who will continue to see patients in Torrington. They have also been joined by two new rheumatologists, Lia Jamian, MD and Kateryna Bertuch, MD, who are seeing patients in Torrington and in Hartford at the HHC Bone & Joint Institute Center for Rheumatology & Bone Health, Ambulatory Building, at 31 Seymour Street, Suite 206 in Harford.

“Our practice has served Litchfield County for over 25 years. We are excited about how this affiliation will provide the ability to improve patient access and serve the communities well into the future. Dr. Miller and I are pleased to welcome Drs. Jamian and Bertuch. We look forward to working with our entire team of dedicated providers and office staff to serve patients in our Hartford and Torrington locations,” said Dr. Magaldi.

The practice offers a wide range of services including joint injections, infusion/biologic therapies, ultrasound injections and diagnostics, as well as allergy/immunology evaluation and treatment.

The practice is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and accepts most major insurances.  

For information and appointments at the Torrington office, call 860-496-1790. The Hartford office can be reached at 860- 524-2610.

A rheumatologist is an internist with further training in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions commonly referred to as rheumatic diseases.

Rheumatic diseases can affect the joints, muscles, and bones causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity. They can also affect the eyes, skin, nervous system, and internal organs. Rheumatologists treat joint disease similar to orthopedists but do not perform surgeries. Common diseases treated by rheumatologists include osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, and lupus.

An Allergist is an internist with further training in the treatment of inhalant and food allergies, asthma and immune disorders. Common allergic diseases include hives, eczema, angioedema, and seasonal rhinitis.

Dr. Lia Jamian attended Medical School at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica.  She completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Weston, FL, and completed a Fellowship in Rheumatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.  

Dr. Kateryna Bertuch attended Medical School in Vinnica Medical Pirogova University, Vinnica Ukraine and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH. She also completed a Fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT.

Dr. Jeffrey Miller is an allergy and rheumatology specialist who attended Medical School at East Carolina School of Medicine, where he also completed his Residency and Internship.  He completed a Fellowship in Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Medical College of Virginia.  He was Partner and President of Arthritis and Allergy Associates prior to joining Hartford HealthCare's Medical Group.

Dr. John Magaldi attended Medical School at St. George's University in the West Indies, Grenada, and completed his residency and Fellowship at Yale University, New Haven, CT. He is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and the American College of Physicians. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCONN Medical Center, Farmington, CT. Dr. Magaldi has also been recently appointed Chief of Rheumatology Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute. In this role, he is developing and leading a comprehensive “physician-led” state-wide rheumatology group integrated through the Bone and Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Magaldi will share office hours in Torrington and in Hartford at the Ambulatory Building at 31 Seymour Street in Hartford.

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.

Hartford HealthCare is Connecticut's most comprehensive healthcare network. Our fully integrated health system includes a tertiary-care teaching hospital, an acute-care community teaching hospital, an acute-care hospital and trauma center, two community hospitals, the state's most extensive behavioral health network, a large multispecialty physician group, a regional home care system, an array of senior care services, a large physical therapy and rehabilitation network and an accountable care organization. The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute provides coordinated care across five cancer centers, and is the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance. Visit us at www.hartfordhealthcare.org.

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Hartford HealthCare and CHH create
Greater Torrington Building Healthier Communities Fund
One of the many benefits of the new affiliation of Hartford HealthCare (HHC) and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is the establishment of the new Greater Torrington Building Healthier Communities Fund. Earlier this year, HHC established a $2,500,000 fund with the assistance of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation for the express purpose of "…enhancing the economic and community well-being of the Greater Torrington Region…"  

To fulfill its mission, a donor-advised committee with regional representation from HHC and CHH, along with public, community and business representatives was formed and now meets monthly to recommend distributions of income and/or principal from the Fund for any purpose consistent with the Fund's designation. The Foundation will govern the investment and spending policies.  

The Board will be distributing funds to applicants from the region in hopes of achieving growth in the areas of jobs and wages measured by unemployment rate and median income and in municipal net grand lists. They will also look to a make a meaningful difference in addressing the social determinants of health as measured by a composite of educational attainment, employment status, access to health services, recreational and leisure-time activities, housing status, and measures of public safety and community aesthetics.

The Fund committee began setting its priorities by consulting a recent health assessment, regional economic strategic plan, and collection of data and information available through public forums and reports. It then identified an initial set of potential funding categories including education, health and healthcare access, neighborhood and environment, and economic stability and growth. It is now defining areas of need in the community and once selected plans to tie any funding strategies to particular metrics or milestones as a definition of success.  Committee members include Christina Emery, John Janco, Brian Mattiello, Gregory S. Oneglia, Dr. Michael Rook, Renee Marcus, with two Ex Officio and Non-Voting members Elinor Carbone and Candy Perez.

Currently the Board is seeking input from community leaders and the public and will be hosting an interactive workshop to solicit feedback and additional proactive innovations and ideas for board funding considerations. All are welcome to attend on Wednesday, November 28, from 6 - 8 pm in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre Corridor at 68 Main Street, Torrington. For more information about this session or the work of the fund, call 860-496-6725.

"The Greater Torrington and Winsted areas stand at the threshold of a new economic era.  Building on its current community assets, its challenges must be viewed as its opportunities.  We believe strongly that the region's social and economic conditions will be positively influenced through the use of this Fund, and in ways that can be sustained and experienced over time." said Brian Mattiello, CHH Vice President of Strategy and Community Development.

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 Auxiliary Offers Healthcare Scholarships For 2019
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Auxiliary is offering ten $1,000 scholarships to local students pursuing an education in a healthcare field. Two additional scholarships, the Doctor Alfred Fabro Award and the Doctor Joseph Curi Award will also be presented in the amount of $1,000 each.   

Applicants must be planning to matriculate at a college or institution of higher education for a healthcare degree when applying for a scholarship; acceptance into a certified health care educational program for the 2019-2020 academic year must be verified prior to the scholarship award.  Applicants must reside in a community served by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

Applications and instructions for completing the application may be obtained by e-mailing chhscholarship@gmail.com. Area colleges and high schools also have applications available online through their Guidance Departments.  

All completed applications must be printed out and sent by mail, postmarked no later than March 1, 2019. Send finalized applications to the attention of Judith M. Hogan, 15 Minerva Lane Litchfield, CT, 06759. A letter will be sent to all applicants the first week of May notifying them of their status. Recipients of the scholarships are expected to be present at the award ceremony scheduled for May 7th, 2019 at 7 P.M.

For more information call (860) 567-4381.

The CHH Auxiliary has over two hundred volunteer members who assist in raising money for CHH and the community through dues, donations, the Charlotte Hungerford Gift Shop, and assisting with a variety of events including an annual fashion show and Artist of the Month sales.

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.