Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

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"ASK THE DOCS" Health Presentation
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Options Seminar
Presented by: James F. Devanney, M.D
of CHH Adult & Pediatric Urology
Monday, November 6, 2017
Registration: 6:00 pm
Seminar: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Memorial Building - Conference Hall
540 Litchfield Street, Torrington

Spouses and partners are welcome to attend this
 informative seminar on the symptoms and treatment
options for Erectile Dysfunction. Refreshments Provided.
RSVP:     Call to RSVP at 1-877-433-2873.
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CHH Emergency Department
Opens New Nurses Station
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's (CHH) comprehensive, multi-year Emergency Department (ED) renovation and expansion project reached another milestone in October, bringing online a new technically advanced nurses station and four new state-of-the-art treatment rooms. Designed to modernize and enhance infrastructure and patient care services, the project has made significant progress in 2017, and will be two-thirds finished by the end of the year.  


This past July, CHH opened its new Emergency Department entrance located in the same location and parking area as the former ED entrance but closer to Litchfield Street. Patients and visitors are now welcomed by two large highly visible red "EMERGENCY" signs at the new entrance and should park in the same area they are accustomed to in the past. This phase featured a new check-in area for staff members to greet patients and conduct a quick, private evaluation, a larger, more comfortable waiting room, state-of-the-art treatment and triage rooms, and new security, staff, and spiritual care areas.

"We are excited about demonstrating our commitment to the future.   This space is 'purpose built', with the patient in mind in every aspect of the design.  We are proud to make it available, on schedule." said Bill Bednarz, Administrative Director of Facilities and Support Services.

The $12M Emergency Department upgrade project was initiated last year to improve patient privacy and comfort, provide less patient waiting time, improve patient flow and efficiencies, and better accommodate larger volumes and technical advances in patient care. When completed, CHH will have 34 Emergency Department treatment rooms and two triage areas, an expanded nurse station, additional equipment and supply storage space, and rooms for nutrition, bariatric, EMS, and financial counseling services.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for more information.

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CHH Welcomes New Board Members
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has announced the appointment of Maria Coutant Skinner and Douglas K. O'Connell, Esq., to serve two-year terms on the hospital's Board of Governors.  

"We are so pleased to welcome Maria and Doug to our board of dedicated and seasoned members. I know that their commitment to our community and expertise in their respective fields will serve Charlotte well."  said John Janco, Chairman of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Board of Governors.

Maria Coutant Skinner is a licensed clinical social worker and executive director of the McCall Center for Behavioral Health. Maria earned her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Springfield College and a Master's degree in social work at UCONN. Originally from Torrington, she is deeply committed to Litchfield County and serves as co-chair of the Litchfield County Opiate Task Force, is a board member of the Rotary Club of the Torrington and Winsted areas, is a volunteer and board member with the Winchester Youth Service Bureau and the Canton Youth Service Bureau, and an advisor to Litchfield Bancorp. Maria began working at the McCall Center in 1997 as part of the prevention team. Her life's work includes developing programs for children, adolescents, adults and families with the goal of building capacity to cope with challenging life situations and make positive life changes. Maria and her husband Greg live in Canton with their daughters Emma and Abigail.

Doug O'Connell is a partner at the Winsted law firm of Howd, Lavieri & Finch, LLP, where his practice focuses on estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate matters and tax planning for the principals of closely held businesses.  He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and received his law degree from Western New England College School of Law and a master of law degree in taxation from New York University School of Law. Doug was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Northwest Community Bank having served as an advisory board member and a Corporator of Connecticut Mutual Holding Company for numerous years. Doug is also actively involved in many local and civic charitable organizations, and has served and currently serves on many local boards including the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, United Way of Northwest Connecticut, The Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut, the Torrington Board of Education, and the Rotary Club of the Torrington and Winsted areas where he was named Paul Harris Fellow in 2007. Doug and his wife Linda reside in Torrington.

Maria and Doug join the following current members of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Board of Governors: Edward Arum, Edwin G. (Chip) Booth Jr., Jeff Borghesi, Debra Brandt, DO, Frank R. Buonocore Jr., Gladys Cerruto, Richard Dutton, MD, Stephanie K. Fowler, MD, Jamie Gregg, Kenrick Hom, MD, John Janco, John Lavieri, Diane Libby, CPA, and James O'Leary.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Surgical Associates Welcomes New Surgeon  
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Surgical Group has welcomed Alph Emmanuel, MD, to the practice, joining fellow surgeons William McGeehin, MD, and Timothy Gostkowski, MD at their office at 538 Litchfield Street, Suite 201, Torrington.

Dr. Alph Emmanuel, MD

Dr. Emmanuel is a graduate of St. John's Medical College and Hospital in Bangalore, India, and completed his General Surgery Residency at UCONN Health Center in Farmington and the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, CT. He was a research fellow at Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT, and his writings have been published in the Journal of American College of Surgeons.  

"Both Dr. Gostkowski and myself are so pleased to welcome Dr. Emmanuel to our team of medical professionals at Surgical Associates. We look forward to working with him in serving our patients in northwest Connecticut." said William McGeehin, M.D. For information and appointments, please call 860 489 7017.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Surgical Associates is part of its Multi-Specialty Group which specializes in general surgery, performing many of the surgical procedures provided at larger hospitals. The team provides expert treatment for patients who have conditions ranging from hernias, appendicitis and gall bladder problems to challenging, life-threatening diseases of the colon, intestine, stomach, glands, breast and skin. Surgeons use the most advanced techniques for minimally-invasive surgery and perform endoscopy when it is necessary to examine internal organs in depth for diagnostic purposes.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for more information.

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CHH Seeking TLC Volunteers
Are you ready for a very special volunteer experience and enjoy one-on-one contact with people? If so, we have your spot!

CHH is currently seeking Tender Loving Care (TLC) Program Volunteers.  TLC Volunteers offer our patients the gift of a gentle hand and / or foot massage during their stay.  The massages erase anxiety and pain through a few moments of personal connection.  As a TLC Volunteer, you will participate in training to develop the techniques as well as quality patient communication and listening skills.  Having completed a general Hospital orientation, physical and background check, your commitment is to a weekly shift of 2-3 hours.

"Volunteers make wonderful patient partners because patients respond well to volunteers. They provide a welcome bridge and enhance the appreciation of the Hospital and its community." said CHH Volunteer Coordinator Shelli Rhoads.

For over 100 years, the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Volunteer Program has provided essential, supplementary and complementary services to patients, families, visitors and staff. The current Volunteer Program at CHH has 160 traditional volunteers in more than 30 non-clinical and clinical areas that make a profound and positive difference in the Hospital's daily operations.

If you would like to become part of our Volunteer Team, contact Volunteer Coordinator Shelli Rhoads at 860-496-6470 or srhoads@hungerford.org  for more information.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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CHH August Artist of the Month Now on Display
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Auxiliary is featuring the photographic works of Amor C. Lomibao, M.D. now through early September 2017 in the hospital's main lobby hallway, 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington. The public is invited to view and buy the works during regular visiting hours as part of the Auxiliary's ongoing "Artist of the Month" program. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artwork support the CHH Auxiliary and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

Amor C. Lomibao, M.D. is a founding member of ProHealth Physicians, Inc. and is an attending medical staff at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. He practices Internal Medicine in Winsted, CT.

At New York Institute of Photography, he studied digital photography using Adobe Photoshop. He is a member of Photographic Society of America, and is also a member of Canton Camera Club here in Northwest Connecticut. Last year, his photo entry received an Honorable Mention from the New England Camera Club Council, the umbrella organization of more than 70 camera clubs on the east coast. He is also a regular ribbon winner of his camera club. Amor supports the education and feeding program of 270 school children at Ste Therese De L'Enfant Jesus in Lilavois, Haiti. Proceeds from the sale of his photos will go to this project.

The Auxiliary's "Artist of the Month" program has been featuring paintings, photographs, and artwork each month from local artists for over 25 years. Their over 200 member supporters assist in raising money for the hospital through dues, donations, volunteering at the gift shop, and a variety of events including an annual fall fashion show and luncheon.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for more information.

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Local Artist Creates
"Living Photo" Art Displays  
For CHH Patient Care Areas
 Caregivers at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) and Colebrook artist Debra Lill have collaborated to create five new and very unique "Living Photos" art displays that will be on permanent view at several CHH outpatient locations.

Local artist Debra Lill poses with one of her "Virtual Views" living photos she developed to be placed at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital locations for visitors and patients to enjoy.

Referred to also as "Virtual Views", the art is a collection of photos in motion that are displayed in digital frames created with video loops that enhance traditional nature photography with the addition of subtle movement. At first glance, "Virtual Views" appear to be traditional framed photography, but people are often surprised and delighted after a few seconds when they realize that what they thought was a photograph, but it is actually an image in motion.

Debra Lill, the local artist and creator of "Virtual Views", worked with CHH caregivers to develop customized themes and imagery for each setting specific to each location. She chose CHH to be her community partner for the project which was made possible by the hospital and a Regional Initiative grant of $4,000 supported in part by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

"I am so pleased to have the opportunity to display the work for all to enjoy. I hope these special "Virtual Views" bring the latest in cutting edge art and technology to people who may not have any other chance to see this type of work." said artist Debra Lill. "Our hope is that it will help patients and families relax with beautiful and calm images and will visually bring the outside inside for people."

Debra Lill is a successful photo-illustrator whose work has graced the covers of many renowned authors. Recently, she has been pursuing a new creative direction and people have been extremely enthusiastic about her "Living Photos" which she has exhibited in Connecticut and New York. She has been creating and exhibiting this motion artwork in Connecticut and Manhattan since 2011 and wished to share the concept with caregivers in the region.

"It's such a great pleasure to partner with Deb on this wonderful project that we're sure will benefit and be enjoyed by our patients and visitors. Studies show that nature-based artwork has a positive effect on health and healing by reducing stress and enhancing the hospital interiors and environment." Said CHH Hospital Spokesman Tim LeBouthillier.  

The artwork recently debuted at an opening reception and will soon be placed on permanent display at three different CHH location patient waiting areas including the Center For Cancer Care at 200 Kennedy Drive, The Center For Youth and Families at 50 Litchfield Street, and the Center For Behavioral Health on the second floor of the CHH memorial Building at 540 Litchfield Street.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for more information.

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CHH Innovator Anne Vilhotti inducted to the
Sigma Theta Tau National Nurses Society
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) nurse and educator Anne Vilhotti, MSN, RN, was recently inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau National Nurses Society at a special dinner attended by peers and coworkers. She has worked in many areas and capacities at CHH since beginning in 1989, including medical oncology, nursing supervision, Information technology, nursing education and presently the Director of Innovation.

In her current position, Anne is involved with all hospital departments in assuring quality care, overseeing infection and wound care prevention measures. Anne is also involved in many hospital initiatives lending her strong voice in support of the profession of nursing. In addition Anne regularly participates in the orientation of Quinnipiac University students as well as other nursing programs to CHH.  She has always firmly believed that in order for the students to safely practice and deliver quality care to the patients, a thorough orientation was of the utmost importance.

"It is a huge honor to work with Anne. She provides everyone with such insight and experience that help all of us do our jobs better. Her voice in nursing is so important." said CHH Nursing Education Specialist and colleague Debra Fisher. "As a nurse educator she was always involved in this process and now as an administrator firmly backs this process with her support. She is supportive of the students as our future health care workforce and assures that they have a welcoming and solid beginning to their clinical rotation."

In 1922, six nurses founded the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. STTI membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Here are some additional facts about our membership: STTI has more than 135,000 active members that reside in more than 90 countries.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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CHH Opens New and Improved Emergency Department Entrance
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has opened its new Emergency Department (ED) entrance located in the same location and parking area as the former ED entrance but closer to Litchfield Street. Patients and visitors are now welcomed by two large highly visible red "EMERGENCY" signs at the new entrance and should park in the same area they are accustomed to in the past.


The renovation competes the second phase of the hospital's comprehensive, six-phase, multi-year, renovation and expansion project designed to modernize and enhancement the ED infrastructure and services. Also completed and put into operation is a new check-in area for staff members to greet patients and conduct a quick, private evaluation, a larger, more comfortable waiting room, state-of-the-art treatment and triage rooms, and new security, staff, and spiritual care areas.  

The ED upgrade project was initiated last year to improve patient privacy and comfort, provide less patient waiting time, improve patient flow and efficiencies, and better accommodate larger volumes and technical advances in patient care. When completed, CHH will have 34 Emergency Department treatment rooms and two triage areas, an updated nurse station, additional equipment and supply storage space, and rooms for nutrition, bariatric, EMS, and financial counseling services.

"This is a very exciting milestone for the hospital's emergency services with many more improvements to come. We realize this process will require adjustments to accommodate the upgrades and changes. We will do our best to keep all informed of our progress, and appreciate everyone's understanding and cooperation as we move forward with this exciting project." said Tim LeBouthillier, CHH spokesman.  


The CHH Emergency Department is open 24/7 all year and located at 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT. For more information, call 860-496-6650. CHH also offers emergency care at the Winsted Health Center, 115 Spencer Street, Winsted, CT, seven days a week from 9 AM to 9 PM. Winsted ED can be reached at 860-738-6650.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-plus bed, acute care facility serving the regional health care needs of thirty towns in northwest Connecticut. The Hospital was founded in 1916 as gift by industrialist Uri T. Hungerford in memory of his mother Charlotte, who had a "boundless energy and dedication for helping others." He envisioned a community hospital to be a beacon of hope and a place of comfort for the ill and injured of our region, and through his generosity and support, made it a reality. CHH 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: One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. For a full list of offerings and an online physician directory, visit www.charlottehungerford.org.

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 CHH & Litchfield County Opiate Task Force
Offer Free Resources To Combat Opiate Abuse  
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) and members of the community collaborative Litchfield County Opiate Task Force (LCOTF) are working to reduce the harm caused by the opiate epidemic in our region. If you or someone you know is suffering with an opioid substance use disorder, CHH and the LCOTF have developed a FREE confidential, individualized consultation and screening service that offers information and resources on treatments to assist with recovery.

This service is provided by a Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Certified Case Manager who has office hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the hospital's Emergency Department or by calling 860 496-6381. During after-hours or weekends, those in need can call a toll-free 24 hour hotline at 1-888-447-3339 for assistance from the Mobile Health Team of the Western CT Mental Health Network.  

The Task Force has also published a resource guide detailing treatment options, locations and contact information for area detox centers, outpatient drug therapy, residential programs and  medication assisted programs. The guide is available at the CHH Emergency Department at 540 Litchfield Street or the McCall Center for Behavioral Health at 58 High Street, Torrington. You may also view it online at www.charlottehungerford.org or request a free copy to be mailed to you by calling 860-496-6719.


"Confronting addiction of any kind can be a scary and emotional journey for the individual and their family and friends. We understand how difficult it may be to seek outside help for those are facing a crisis and would like to support them in that decision. Please remember, treatment does work, and people get better." said Garrett Deutermann, CHH Certified Case Manager.

Opiate abuse has become a major public safety and health issue in recent years.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.

You can help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal in boxes that are secured in the lobby of police departments, and are accessible anytime the department is open. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked and all the unwanted medications will be safely and securely destroyed.

Participating Connecticut area drop off sites include Torrington Police Department, 576 Main Street, Torrington, Thomaston Police Department, 158 Main Street, Thomaston, Watertown Police Department, 195 French Street, Watertown, Canton Police Department, 45 River Road, Canton, and the State Police Station at 463B Ashley Falls Road, North Canaan.

Items that CAN be brought and discarded confidentially in the medication drop-box include over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, medication samples, medications for household pets, and medicated lotions or ointments. Items that are NOT accepted are needles or other "sharps", hazardous waste, thermometers, and personal care products such as shampoos.    

For more information and to find a prescription drug drop-off box near you - visit the CT Department of Consumer Protection website at http://www.ct.gov/dcp

Founded by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the McCall Center for Behavioral Health, The Litchfield County Opiate Task Force (LCOTF) is a collaboration of professionals and advocates from a wide range of hospital, medical, behavioral health, non-profit, government, public safety, and private and public sector organizations that meet regularly to help address and reduce the harmful effects of the state's opiate epidemic.

CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. For a full list of offerings and an online physician directory, visit www.charlottehungerford.org.

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Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Educator Receives
2017 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing  
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Nursing Education Specialist Debra Fisher, MA, RN, CCRN, has recently received a 2017 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Nursing Education Specialist Debra Fisher, MA, RN, CCRN, has recently received a 2017 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing.

Debra has been teaching and inspiring employees at CHH in a wide range of clinical areas for the past ten years as part of the hospital's Center for Professional Development. She also conducts training sessions of the American Heart Association, participates in the orientation of new hospital staff, assists in educating hospital staff and maintaining their competency, assists with the facilitation of hospital career days that introduce middle and high school students to the healthcare field, and coordinates the clinical rotations of area college nursing students.   

"This is a wonderful achievement and we are very proud to have Debra as part of our team of educators. The dedication and expertise she shares with her colleagues and students is evident in everything she accomplishes." says Brian Mattiello, CHH Vice President, Organizational Development.

Now in its 17th year, The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing Program was originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. The goals of the program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level.

Debra especially enjoys her role providing assistance in preparation, guidance, and mentorship of students that are studying to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing who are required to complete clinical practicums in the medical and surgical field. She was nominated for the award and also teaches at Quinnipiac University where she teaches students nursing knowledge and skills that are needed for delivering quality patient care in today's ever changing healthcare environment. CHH and the University have a longstanding joint program where they partner in educating students who come to the hospital one day week for hands-on training.

"Debra is a most respected colleague who we continuously draw on for her expertise as a teacher and peer. She not only provides excellent educational and clinical support for students, but also for fellow faculty. I so appreciate the contributions from Debra to ensure best practice will be a part of our student's professional lives." stated colleague Rhea C. Sanford, PhD, RN, Co-Chairperson Undergraduate of the Quinnipiac University Nursing Program.  

Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners may be nominated for recognition by their employers if they are involved in clinical practice, leadership, scholarship and/or education. Nominees should have made a significant impact on patient care and/or the nursing profession; gone "beyond the call" in a clearly illustrated scenario; demonstrated excellence above what is normally expected; shown commitment to the community served in a way that is significantly above the norm; or achieved a life-long legacy in a particular arena.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, serving a twelve-town primary service area comprised of approximately 100,000 persons. The Hospital also serves as a regional health care resource for the residents of Litchfield County, situated in Northwestern Connecticut. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org

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Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Recognizes
Hospital Employee Service at Annual Awards Dinner
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) and members of its Board of Governors 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.

Three generations of one family who all work at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, mother Kelly Marchetti of CHH Medical Walk In, daughter Lynn Marshal of CHH Cardiology, and granddaughter Sara Marshal of CHH Maternity attend the hospital's Service Awards Recognition Dinner in May.

This year, the hospital recognized a total of 143 employees celebrating milestone anniversaries, including one with 45 years of service, three with 40 years, five with 35, ten with 30, ten with 25, 27 with 15 years, 24 with 10 years and 56 with 5 years of service.

Highlights of the evening included the hospital's Senior Staff honoring Aldo Tartaglino who received a standing ovation for his 45 years of service, along with fellow coworkers Debra Colucci, Susan Janco, and Diane Miller for their 40 years of service. In addition, three generations of one family were also celebrated who all currently work at CHH, mother Kelly Marchetti, daughter Lynn Marshal, and granddaughter Sara Marshal.

"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.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, serving a twelve-town primary service area comprised of approximately 100,000 persons. The Hospital also serves as a regional health care resource for the residents of Litchfield County, situated in Northwestern Connecticut. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org

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CHH Winsted Services Receive Accreditations
and Upgrades at 115 Spencer Street
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) announced that its laboratory, blood drawing, and sleep services located at 115 Spencer Street in the Winsted Health Center have received accreditations from their respective professional certification agencies.  

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) awarded accreditation to the Laboratory Services in Winsted based on results of a thorough on-site inspection. The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government's own inspection program.


The accreditation process is designed to ensure that the highest standards of care are provided for all laboratory patients. The process includes inspectors that examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years, laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

As the leading organization with 18,000 board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. The CAP's Laboratory Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently have customers in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,800 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide.

Laboratory and blood drawing services in Winsted are available Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with no appointments needed. For more information call (860) 738-6658.
The CHH Sleep Center located in Winsted has achieved a five-year accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) which is the country's only professional organization dedicated solely to the field of sleep medicine and promoting excellence in research, healthcare and education in this medical sub-specialty.

Sleep Center accreditation standards are designed to assure quality and meet the requirements for referring physicians and patients. The requirements of an AASM accreditation include comfortable and hygienic patient environments, trained and knowledgeable technical staff, monitoring of quality assurance (QA) parameters and adherence to the devised QA plan, and a sleep specialist at the facility to review sleep studies conducted, among others.

The CHH Sleep Center features four patient rooms staffed by trained registered technologists who perform the sleep studies. This past fall, the CHH Auxiliary and Winsted's Auxiliary For Community Health donated funding that was used to purchase technology upgrades needed for sleep apnea testing. Developed by Phillips Respironics, the Center's Alice 5 Sleep System requires periodic enhancements and the funds helped cover the costs of new equipment, hardware and software installation and training. This system continues to gain worldwide recognition for its advanced sleep analysis capabilities and helps facilitate a more efficient process for sleep technicians and generates more comprehensive data for the diagnosis of disorders.

Patients should be evaluated by their primary care physician prior to having a sleep study, and a physician's referral is required. Most health insurance plans including Medicare cover sleep studies, which are recognized as standard medical diagnostic procedures. The Sleep Center is located on the ground floor of the Winsted Health Center at 115 Spencer Street in Winsted. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 860-738-6620.

"An accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine is recognized by both physicians and patients, on a national level. It is a reflection of the high quality and excellence of sleep labs. We are so pleased that our sleep center received this recognition and thanks our friends at the hospital and Winsted community auxiliaries for their commitment to ensuring we have the best technology available for our patients." said Patty Sullivan-Polletta, CHH Administrative Director of Ancillary Services.

CHH Emergency and Medical Care is part of The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital family of services located at 115 Spencer Street. It provides hospital-level, community-based health care and emergency services to northwest Connecticut and southwest Massachusetts including emergency, X-ray, laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, digital mammography, and sleep evaluation services.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, serving a twelve-town primary service area comprised of approximately 100,000 persons. The Hospital also serves as a regional health care resource for the residents of Litchfield County, situated in Northwestern Connecticut. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org

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CHH Raises Flag to Promote Organ Donation
Caregivers at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) joined New England Donor Services and members of the public for a recent flag raising ceremony and awareness day as part of a national hospital organ donation campaign aimed at spreading awareness about the crucial need for organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Winsted resident Mike Shea did the honors by raising a new "Donate Life" flag on the hospital's main campus flagpole that now flies alongside the American and Connecticut State flag. Mike's wife Susan Shea is currently seeking a kidney donor and attended the event with her husband and shared her story. Susan has a Facebook page - search "Team Suzaloo" to learn more and spread the word about her current search for a kidney donor.  

Winsted resident Mike Shea raises a new "Donate Life" flag on the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's main campus to honor those whose organ donations have helped save lives.

Several attendees came to honor the memory of their loved ones who in their final act of kindness improved the lives of many others throughout the world through their donation.

After the ceremony attendees joined others in the CHH cafeteria for refreshments and organ, eye and tissue donation information and registration. Several people stopped by to place their names on the donor registry.

"Springtime is a perfect time for Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and New England Donor Services to come together to celebrate those who have participated and registered in this lifesaving organ and tissue donation program." said Hospital Spokesman Tim LeBouthillier. "We encourage individuals to register as donors. It is a very meaningful program and we are so pleased to partner with our colleagues at New England Donor Services to help fulfill the wishes of individuals and family members who want to make lifesaving donations to those in need."

The organ and tissue donation process is complex and requires the coordinated efforts of many individuals. Doctors, nurses and other hospital staff work with LifeChoice to honor a patient's decision to donate. Visit registerme.org or www.lifechoiceOPO.org for more information about the organ/tissue donation process.

New England Donor Services is an affiliation of two federally designated Organ Procurement Organizations: LifeChoice Donor Services and New England Organ Bank. Together, the organizations coordinate the recovery of donated organs and tissues at nearly 200 hospitals to provide life-saving and life-enhancing transplants to patients in need.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health.
Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Center For Youth and Families Celebrates
Local Mothers at 3rd Annual Event
For the third year in a row, staff members of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Center For Youth & Families (CYF) held a special day designed especially for the mothers of children and families that receive care in their programs. Held on Friday, May 12 in advance of Mother's Day, the Center welcomed over 45 local mothers in celebration of the strength, love and hope they provide every day.

A few members of the Center For Youth & Family staff who helped organize the annual Mother's Day event include
L-R: Beth Birden, Evelyn Rodriguez, Marguerite Mahon, Alena Josephson, Christine Talbot, Melissa Samok, and Lisa Newberry.

"Our goal has always been to reach out and honor the hard work and dedication our moms have for their children. We have been so pleased at the response to this wonderful day. It has encouraged our staff to grow and expand it each year." says Alena Josephson, CYF Developmental Clinician with the Child First Program and one of the many organizers of this year's event.

Offerings included a pop-up clothing and accessory boutique that was made possible by donations from local residents and supporters, an anonymous angel, and the staff at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. It included clothing, jewelry, and self-care items that participants could choose from at no charge. In addition, mothers were treated to massages donated for the second year in a row by Marion LeMay, LMT, of Wolcott. Attendees also enjoyed refreshments, lunch donated by Jimmy's Store of Torrington, a raffle, and special swag gift bags with items donated by CHH staff.

The Center for Youth and Families has been an accredited member of the National Children's Alliance since that provides an array of professional mental health services that assist children, adolescents and their families with emotional, behavioral, and developmental difficulties. The northeast Center's approach is wide-ranging, beginning with a thorough and sensitive evaluation of the "whole" child in the context of the family, school and the community. To further this understanding, the Center Staff work closely with schools, guidance counselors, local area pediatricians and other community providers. Child First is an intensive home-based program that serves families with children ages prenatal through age 6. It is an evidence-based model that aims to decrease the stress in the life of the family while also offering therapeutic services and developmental guidance to the family.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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 Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Honors
Volunteers with 14,000 Hours of Service  
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) recently recognized the continuing efforts, dedication and service of its volunteer corps at its recent annual volunteer awards ceremony at the Crystal Peak Banquet Hall during National Volunteer Appreciation week. Over 160 junior and senior volunteers donated a total of over 14,000 free hours of service in 2016.

Volunteer Annette Caputi (L) has given 7,300 hours and Daphne Bobinsky (R) has given 6,800 hours of lifetime volunteer service to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, CT.

Volunteers, members of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Board of Governors, and CHH leadership staff attended the reception to recognize the important contributions made by volunteers. CHH officials thanked them for sharing their time helping others. This year, volunteer Edward Potter was recognized for the volunteer with the most accumulated hours of lifetime volunteer service to the hospital at 12,300 hours.

Using this year's theme was "Volunteers make the world a better place", the volunteers were recognized for their years of services and the number of hours they have given to the hospital.  Volunteers received certificates and pins in recognition of their service. The event ended with a special magic show.  

"We are very grateful for the dedication of all of our volunteers. They provide a tremendous service to our patients and our community. They are ambassadors of good will, and really do touch our lives and lift our spirits in many ways" said Shelli Rhoads, Coordinator of Volunteer Services.  

Volunteers serve the hospital as transport aides, TLC ambassadors, lab greeters, patient representatives, and patient information and registration desk attendants. They provide services for The Center for Cancer Care, Hungerford Emergency and Medical Care in Winsted, Hungerford Diabetes Center, CHH Emergency and Medical Center in Winsted, in the Hospital's Human Resources Department, Emergency Department, and Gift Shop.

If you are interested in being a Hospital volunteer, please call 860-496-6349.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health.
Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Diabetes Center Receives $750 Donation
From Harwinton Lions Club
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Diabetes Education Fund recently received a $750 donation from The Harwinton Lions Club to help fund programs and the newest continuous glucose monitoring technology for its Diabetes patients.

L-R: Harwinton Lions President Bruce Richard and Past President David Neri present a $750 donation to Lois Pelletier, RN, CDE, and Dr. Egils Bogdanovics of the CHH Diabetes Center.

In what has become an annual tradition, Harwinton Lions Past President David Neri and current President Bruce Richard recently visited the center and presented a check to Dr. Egils Bogdanovics and Lois Pelletier, RN, CDE.

"Once again our friends have come through for us. We are extremely grateful that everyone at the Harwinton Lion's Club is continuing to assist us in bringing the very latest technology available to our Diabetes patients." said Lois Pelletier, RN, CDE, the Program Coordinator at CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology.

The donation will be used to fund new glucose monitors that are given to a patient to wear for seven days where it takes a reading of blood sugar levels every 5 minutes. The device is then returned to the center and the data collected is then analyzed by physicians. Information collected allows caregivers to study patterns and identify unrecognized periods of low blood sugar. This is then used to adjust insulin levels and offer lifestyle and medication modifications.   

The Harwinton Lions raise money to support the efforts of the Diabetes Center and other organizations at fundraisers throughout the year including their annual summer concerts held at the Harwinton Fairgrounds.

Lions Club International (LCI) established a Diabetes Awareness Program to assist local Lions Clubs in conducting and supporting local and large-scale efforts leading to the control and treatment of diabetes and its complications through education, prevention, and research. Lions have worked with community healthcare organizations to provide diabetes screenings, educational programs and funding, camps, and other assistance to people with diabetes.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Diabetes and Endocrinology practice is part of the hospital's Multi-Specialty Group and is headed Dr. Egils Bogdanovics and located just up the hill from the CHH main hospital buildings.  

The practice employs new technology including the continuous glucose-monitoring device, which fits just under the skin and measures blood glucose levels every five minutes, and is as innovative as the discovery of insulin treatment. The Center also operates an American Diabetes Association recognized program to help people with diabetes, and offers insulin pump training, weight loss programs, carbohydrate counting classes, blood glucose awareness training, and continuous glucose monitoring.

The practice accepts most major insurances. For questions and to schedule an appointment, contact 860-496-2198.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health.
Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Receives $6,000 Grant From Big Y
To Support Pink Rose Breast Cancer Fund
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) was pleased to accept a $6,000 donation from Torrington Big Y to benefit the Hospital's Pink Rose Breast Cancer Fund. The donation is a portion of Big Y's 10th Annual Partners of Hope Campaign which raised $230,000 in 2016 at its stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts to distribute to individual communities and charities in the communities they serve for breast cancer related screenings, education and treatment.

L-R: CHH Breast Health Nurse Navigators and outreach coordinators Damaris Sierra, Tammy Rouleau, R.N., and Rosa Hilario recently received an $6,000 check from Big Y Torrington Store Director Tracy Lambertson and Candace Tarentello to be used in their efforts to assist local women diagnosed with breast cancer.  

CHH Breast Health Nurse Navigators Tammy Rouleau, R.N., CHH Early Detection Program Outreach Coordinators Damaris Sierra and Rosa Hilario recently received an $6,000 check from Big Y Torrington Store Director Tracy Lambertson and Candace Tarentello to be used in their efforts to assist local women diagnosed with breast cancer.   

"This generous gift is a much needed contribution to this critical fund for women in Northwest Connecticut. We are extremely grateful for the support Big Y has provided to help local women facing the challenges of breast cancer." said Tammy Rouleau, R.N.

Since 1996, the Pink Rose Fund has provided community outreach, education, free early detection screenings, radiation therapy tops and post-surgical garments to women in Northwest Connecticut. The Pink Rose Program provides coordinated access to services related to breast cancer patients by offering one on one education and support by a certified R.N. Nurse Navigator.

"Thank you for all you do for awareness, research, and support of Breast Cancer. We know that both our employees and our customers appreciate your efforts." said Big Y Torrington Store Director Tracy Lambertson.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One-Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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New Total Joint Orthopedic Surgeon
Serving Northwest CT   
Orthopedist Michael Lim, MD, who specializes in total joint, hip, and knee replacement surgery, is expanding his practice in Northwest CT in partnership with Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates and performing surgery at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington.

Orthopedist Michael Lim, MD

Dr. Lim is a fellowship-trained surgeon in total joint replacements and knee preservation surgery, and will conduct office hours at Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates, LLP, 245 Alvord Park Road, Torrington, CT.

"I am dedicated to restoring the quality of life for my patients and empowering them to live life abundantly." said Dr. Michael Lim.

Dr. Lim's areas of focus include anterior total hip replacements, cartilage allograft transplants, partial knee replacements, primary and revision total hip/knee replacements and early rehabilitation. He received his medical degree from UC San Diego, La Jolla, California, and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Hospital, Los Angeles, California. He is part of Middlesex Orthopedic Surgeons, PC, with offices in Middletown, Hebron, Bloomfield, and Westbook, CT.

For more information or an appointment in Torrington, call Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates at 860 482 8539. Visit MichaelLimMD.com for more information.

Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates, LLP, is the most established medical practice providing continuous orthopedic services to the Litchfield County area. Its mission is to provide the finest orthopedic services available anywhere, combined with compassionate, personalized, and thoughtful patient care.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Wound Care Center Recognized
With National Award For Excellence In Wound Healing
Charlotte Hungerford Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has received the Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence award given to Wound Care Centers in the Healogics network that have met the highest level of quality standards for a minimum of two consecutive years.


Charlotte Hungerford Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine has achieved patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent, a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 31 median days along with several other quality standards for two years in a row. The Center was awarded this prestigious honor by Healogics, the nation's leading and largest wound care management company. The award is named for Dr. Warriner, a pioneer in wound care and the former Chief Medical Officer for Healogics.  Across the country, 334 Centers were eligible and 169 Centers were honored with this award in 2017.

"It is very gratifying to be recognized with a national award for continued excellence in wound healing. We are very proud of the service and care offered by the very dedicated caregivers at the Wound Care Center." said Joan M. Palmer, Administrative Director at the CHH Multi Specialty Group.

Charlotte Hungerford Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. The advanced treatments available at the center include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The center features two hyperbaric oxygen chambers. The center is designed to complement and work in conjunction with the services offered by the patients' primary care physicians. It operates by appointment.

Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound.

The Wound Care Center is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 800 Centers, with access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds.  Charlotte Hungerford Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Caps Off Anniversary Year
with New Monument and Cornerstone Box
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) turned 100 years old this past October 2016 and celebrated a century of caregiving throughout the year with commemoration events, a museum exhibit, a new historic monument, and the publication of a commemorative book.

One of the most exciting events of the anniversary was the discovery and opening of the hospital's cornerstone box. With the help of some old documents and local businesses, the hospital was able to locate a copper box that was placed in its cornerstone at a 1929 dedication ceremony. The box was opened in front of 200 guests at the hospital's fall commemoration ceremony and contained early annual reports, coins, several preserved newspapers, and photographs of Charlotte and Uri Hungerford and never before seen construction images. CHH offered special thanks to those who helped make this important discovery possible, including New England Subsurface Imaging who located the original box, O&G Industries Construction Services and Products who assisted in locating the box, and Scoville Plumbing & Heating who carefully unsealed and opened the box.


On February 22, 2017, CHH staff and board members gathered to witness the internment of a new stainless steel box in the hospital's wall directly behind the original external cornerstone marker. After remarks, Hospital Chairman John Janco placed the box in the wall and hospital staff began work sealing the wall up again. The new box was designed as a replica of the original box by Glenn Fern at M&J Sheet Metal, LLC. The box contained recent anniversary memorabilia, newspapers, annual reports, newsletters, coins, photographs, souvenir programs, a copy of the original bylaws and deed, transcripts of anniversary speeches, and a miniature version of the CHH "Century of Care" 100th Anniversary commemorative book. CHH staff and supporters also included messages and well wishes to their colleges in the future. Hospital officials hope that future individuals will find and open the box  in 75 or 100 years and discover the incredible history of caregiving at CHH that awaits in the box.  


"In the future, the year 2016 will be remembered as an exciting and hopeful year of celebration and transition. Throughout the year, our staff, physicians, patients and supporters in the region paused on many occasions to take a special and sentimental look back at our history of providing 100 years of caregiving to the communities we serve. Discovering and learning about our history gives us a special sense of the unending partnership we have with those who came before us. Each day, through the work of humble stewards, and the abiding faith of all who care about this place, our Founder Uri Hungerford's legacy and his mother Charlotte's spirit still permeate with all of us." said Brian Mattiello, VP of Organizational Development at CHH.

The anniversary year celebrations were kicked off at a wonderful evening of celebration on September 24th attended by over two hundred guests at the Torrington Country Club featuring cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, and dancing to The Cartels. The event raised over $50,000 that was used to benefit patient care initiatives and to establish a permanent memorial to the hospital founders. In addition, over 150 hospital staff, friends, dignitaries and supporters came together at sunset on October 5th for a special ceremony and live opening of the cornerstone box revealing sealed in the wall 87 years ago. The event included presenters and guests from CHH, places of worship, and city and state offices who presented scripture and historical readings, proclamations, personal recollections, and a tree dedication.

CHH also celebrated a week of history in early October with a special week long pop-up historical exhibit and talks that featured portraits, photographs, artifacts, and historical documents collected by the hospital since its founding. In addition, vintage medical supplies and equipment offered a unique glimpse into early medical technology.

"The anniversary was also a time to display the many historic artifacts and treasures form the hospital's past. CHH entrusted its oil portraits of namesake Charlotte Austin Hungerford and hospital founder Uri T. Hungerford to the Williamstown Art Conservation Center for restoration. We also reframed many vintage documents including al congratulatory letter signed by Herbert Hoover and photograph of Uri Hungerford that was taken by famed early twentieth century photographer Pirie MacDonald. These are such a special part of our history and they are now preserved for future generations to learn from and enjoy." said Tim LeBouthillier, Director Community relations and Development at CHH.

As the year concluded, CHH installed and dedicated a permanent memorial and area of reflection in early December just outside the hospital's front entrance which tells the story of hospital founder Uri Taylor Hungerford and his mother Charlotte. Brass reliefs and biographies are included on a granite obelisk commemorating a century or care are surrounded by two benches inscribed with the words "Honoring our Past" and "Building our Future."


For local history buffs, a special anniversary commemorative book "Charlotte Hungerford Hospital: A Century of Care: 1916 - 2016" was published chronicling the people, places and events of the last century. This fully illustrated paperback book entitled sells for $30 at the CHH Gift Shop at 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington, with proceeds benefitting patient care programs.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-plus bed, acute care facility serving the regional health care needs of thirty towns in northwest Connecticut. The Hospital was founded in 1916 as gift by industrialist Uri T. Hungerford in memory of his mother Charlotte, who had a "boundless energy and dedication for helping others." He envisioned a community hospital to be a beacon of hope and a place of comfort for the ill and injured of our region, and through his generosity and support, made it a reality.

CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. For a full list of offerings and an online physician directory, visit www.charlottehungerford.org.

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 Winsted's Auxiliary For Community Health
Donates $32,000For New Equipment & Technology
at CHH Winsted Location
The Auxiliary For Community Health in Winsted has once again generously donated funds totaling $32,000 in support of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit and Sleep Center located at The Winsted Health Center, 115 Spencer Street, Winsted.  

The Auxiliary donated $21,000 that went toward the purchase of one NuStep Crosstrainer, two recumbent bikes, two arm Ergometers with tables, and two Medtrack Treadmills which are used by patients in the Center's exercise room as part of their cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. This program uses a team approach and provides individualized pulmonary care programs for exercise prescriptions, educational classes and support services.

L-R: CHH Cardiac Rehab Nurse Lynn Zarwycki thanks Winsted Auxiliary For Community Health Members Milly Hudak, Noreen Lampognana, Helen Dombrowski, and Adelaide Zecchin for the generous donation and support of the CHH Medical and Sleep Centers in Winsted.

"This equipment receives so much use so we are thrilled that the Auxiliary is able to replace them with updated models. It also allows us to accommodate more local patients in our community. Our friends at the Auxiliary have come through again with this amazing gift. Everyone who uses our equipment is very appreciative of their efforts and generosity." says Michele Rainville, RN, Clinical Manager of CHH Emergency and Medical Care.

In addition, The Auxiliary also donated $11,000 toward the technology upgrades needed for sleep Apnea testing at the CHH Sleep Center. Developed by Phillips Respironics, the Alice 5 Sleep System requires periodic enhancements and these funds will help cover the costs of new equipment, hardware and software installation and training. The Center features four comfortable patient rooms staffed by trained registered sleep specialist technologists who perform comprehensive day and overnight sleep studies. These studies are certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine which assures quality patient care through comprehensive clinical evaluation and treatment for sleep programs nationwide.

In recent years, the Auxiliary donated over $300,000 to purchase innovative new patient equipment and monitoring systems in Winsted. The hospital's emergency department in Winsted sees about 7,000 patients annually.

The Auxiliary For Community Health was founded in Winsted over 100 years ago to support community health efforts and currently has 60 volunteer members. They have a history of supporting Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's services in Winsted, including past donations for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, emergency services, sleep center, radiology, and laboratory equipment.

Members raise money through their membership, events, and a downtown Winsted thrift shop which offers affordable clothing and household items to the community.  All the proceeds from the sales then go to health-related causes and programs in Winsted. The store is located at 120 Willow St. and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 9:30 AM to Noon. Donations are welcome at their Willow St. location during open hours. For more information, call 860-379-1997.

CHH Emergency and Medical Care is part of The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital family of services located at 115 Spencer Street. It provides hospital-level, community-based health care and emergency services to northwest Connecticut and southwest Massachusetts. Winsted based services include emergency, X-ray, laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, digital mammography, and sleep evaluation services.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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Stronger Women Challenge Gives
Proceeds to Local Charities
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Rehabilitation, the Northwest Connecticut YMCA and Torrington Missfits Boot Camp held their 3nd Annual Stronger Women-Stronger World 5K Obstacle Challenge this past summer raising $6,000 for four local charities that serve women in northwest CT.  The Susan B. Anthony Project, CHH's Pink Rose Fund, The Sunrise Foundation, and the NWCT YMCA's Young Women's Sports Initiative each received a check for $1,500 to support their programs.

L-R: Theresa Valentine of the Sunrise Foundation, CHH Pink Rose Fund Outreach Coordinator Damaris Sierra, Gina Devaux of the Susan B. Anthony Project and Mat Montgomery of NWCT YMCA, receive checks from event organizers Mandy Hill of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Rehabilitation Services and Ed Patterson of Torrington Missfits.

"Our goal for this event was to empower women to be better and stronger than they ever thought they could be and to raise funds to help support women in our community.  We are grateful to our participants, volunteers and sponsors who helped us present an opportunity to have women helping women in Northwest Connecticut." says Mandy Hill, Rehabilitation Manager at CHH/Race Organizer.

At this year's event, 153 women participated in the event which was held this past summer at Northwestern Regional School District 7 in Winchester. The obstacles included natural terrain, climbing walls and hills, a tire run, hay bale hurdles and more, all of which challenged each participant. A special thank you to our Gold sponsors - Charles J Calder Jr. and Torrington Subaru.

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 CHH Diabetes Education Program
Recognized by American Diabetes Association
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Diabetes and Endocrinology Education Program recently received a renewal of its prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for quality diabetes self-management education programs. The ADA believes the CHH program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

L-R:  Caregivers at CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology include David Ohotnicky, APRN; Jennifer Pysar, RDCDE; Lois Pelletier, RN, Diabetes Education Coordinator, and Egils Bogdanovics, MD.

The practice at 780 Litchfield Street, Torrington, operates the ADA recognized program to help people with diabetes and offers insulin pump training, weight loss programs, carbohydrate counting classes, blood glucose awareness training and continuous glucose monitoring. The team of board certified diabetes physician specialists, certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and social workers are specifically trained to help people with diabetes avoid complications and maintain better health throughout their lifetime. Their goals are to provide a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach to diabetes treatment and disease management.

The Association's Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. "The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide, comments Lois Pelletier, CHH Diabetes Education Coordinator.  "And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service." Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,657 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications - heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. About 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2012 in the US. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information about the CHH Diabetes Education Program or to schedule an appointment, call (860) 496-2198.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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Lewis Mills Volleyball Raises $400
For CHH Pink Rose Fund
The Lewis Mills High School Girls' Volleyball Team came together for a very special cause - to help raise awareness and money for the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's (CHH) Pink Rose Breast Cancer Fund. Members of the team all pitched in and helped raise $400 in donations at one of their regular season home games last fall.

Team Captains Arlee Twitchell, Haley DeJoseph, and Emily Hamel recently presented the donation check to members of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Women's Early Detection Program staff Damaris Sierra and Tammy Rouleau. The Pink Rose fund assists women that are undergoing treatment and also provides funds to help women that can't afford the cost of breast screening and diagnostic services.

L-R:  Lewis Mills High School Girls' Volleyball Team members Emily Hamel, Haley DeJoseph, and Arlee Twitchell present a $400 check to CHH Breast Cancer Early Heath Program staff Damaris Sierra and Tammy Rouleau.
"The overwhelming support and generosity we have received from the volleyball team and their supporters at Lewis Mills is so gratifying to all of us. Their donation will directly help women access lifesaving early detection services and provide funds to purchase post-surgical garments and wigs that make breast cancer recovery easier." said Leslie Handelman, R.N, the CHH Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator.

The Pink Rose Program is supported by a grant from Susan G. Komen New England and local fundraising events. It was established at CHH in 1998 to provide free mammograms and other diagnostic services to women in our region who are uninsured or underinsured. The purpose of the program is to ensure that all women in our community have access to regular mammograms. Early detection through mammography has been found to be the safest and most effective way of finding breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. For more information about CHH Breast Health Navigation and the Pink Rose Fund, Call 860-496-6819.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Urology Adds New Lithotripsy Machine  
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's (CHH) Adult & Pediatric Urology is now utilizing a new lithotripsy machine to perform state-of-the-art treatment for patients in need of the treatment and removal of kidney stones. The main advantage of this highly effective, non-invasive procedure is that patients may be treated for kidney stones without surgery. As a result, complications, hospital stays, costs and recovery time are reduced.


According to the National Kidney Foundation, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is a technique for treating stones in the kidney using high energy shock waves that are passed through the body and used to break stones into pieces as small as grains of sand. Because of their small size, these pieces can pass from the body along with the urine.

The CHH in-house Lithotripsy machine has the simultaneous dual-imaging capabilities of fluoroscopy and ultrasound which create images of all stones regardless of chemical composition or location. Performed by highly trained technologists, the machine allows for real-time monitoring of stones, thereby reducing treatment time, eliminating radiation exposure, and decreasing treatment, operating room and post-anesthesia time. In addition, its adaptable focal size ensures only the stone is being treated to provide a less painful procedure, and patients only need conscious sedation vs. general anesthesia.

"As my mother said frequently, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The new generation Lithotripter is able to treat patients with a higher success rate. In many cases stones in the kidney may be free of symptoms but at any time can fall into the ureter lining causing severe pain. If we convert a single stone into a collection of sand that can pass uneventfully hopefully we can prevent the pain associated with the passing of those stones." Said James Devanney, MD, of CHH Adult and Pediatric Urology at CHH.  

James Devanney, MD, Johnny A Chang, MD, George D. Easter, PA., and the staff of CHH Adult and Pediatric Urology are located in the Medical Office building on the hospital campus at 530 Litchfield Street. The practice is part of the CHH Multi-specialty and offers comprehensive services to treat diseases and conditions affecting the urinary system. The Urologists use the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, including non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment for quicker recoveries.

For information and appointments, contact 860-496-8990.

The CHH Multi-Specialty Group is a local network of outpatient physician practices and services owned and managed by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital that consist of over 60 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. These outpatient hospital departments coordinate care among a multitude of specialties that include CHH Adult & Pediatric Urology, CHH Cardiovascular Medicine, CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology, CHH Ear, Nose & Throat, CHH Joint Replacement & Orthopedics, CHH Neurology, CHH Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, CHH Primary Care of Torrington and Thomaston, CHH Pulmonary & Critical Care, CHH Surgical Associates, CHH Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine and CHH Medical Walk-In.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH New PET/CT Service Earns Accreditation
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) PET/CT service has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in positron emission tomography (PET) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The PET/CT scan is useful in detecting cancer, assessing the effectiveness of treatment, and determining if cancer has returned or spread. A PET scan looks at the biologic activity of a tumor while a CT scan gives anatomic information such as exact location, size and shape of a tumor. PET/CT images are reconstructed by computer analysis and examined by a radiologist who specializes in interpreting these images.  


The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Radiology Department recently upgraded its PET services with
the introduction of a new state-of-the-art PET/CT scanner at 220 Kennedy Drive, Torrington. The Siemens Biograph™ TruePoint™ scanner is a flexible, high-powered medical imaging device that combines PET (positron emission tomography) with CT (computerized Tomography) technology that offers physicians more detailed information to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other illnesses.

"We are very pleased to have received this designation, and to offer a scanner that completely integrates the functional sensitivity of PET scans with the clearer detail of a diagnostic multislice CT scans. These scans will give medical professionals more data and tools for their diagnosis and treatments." said Patty Sullivan-Polletta, CHH Administrative Director.  

PET/CT services are offered Monday and Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Medical providers should call (860) 496-6860 to book an appointment through the CHH centralized scheduling department.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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Free Spirit Lady Harley Riders
Donate $2,150 To Local Cancer Fund
The Torrington based "Free Spirit" Lady Harley Riders Motorcycle Club have made a donation of $2,150 to the Cancer Care Fund of Litchfield Hills. The funds were raised at the group's annual fund-raiser held this past October in Winsted, CT, which featured live music, over 40 donated raffle items, and monetary contributions from many area businesses.

L-R: Free Spirit Member Karen Stanford presents a donation to Cancer Fund Board member Dr. Frank Vanoni, Fund Director Ellen Ebbs, and Board Member Father Robert Tucker, with Free Spirit Member Connie Perna.

Representatives of the club presented the fund board with the gift making 2016 the eleventh consecutive year the group has raised money for the cause. They have donated over $25,000 in total since they began contributing. The donations are used to assist and support cancer patients residing or receiving care in northwest Connecticut through care, treatment, education and prevention programs.

Each year, support and donations for the event have risen allowing the group a greater ability to help others. Unfortunately, cancer has become all too familiar to many people and their families so "Free Spirit" members understand both on a personal and a family level the importance of the fund's mission.

The woman of "Free Spirit" are honored and humbled to associate with amazingly strong giving people of all ages. They would like to highlight and thank all the supporters and contributors of this year's event including Don Clady for promoting the event in the CT Cruise News and all of the club member's family, friends and those who attended the event. Free Spirit members are a group of like minded professional women who share the passion of riding and love for the open road and are bonded by their involvement in community service. Their insignia is a purple rose with the crossbones, which symbolize women, femininity and companionship.

The Center for Cancer Care offers a range educational programs and support groups dedicated to assisting patients, families and care givers facing the challenges of cancer and a comprehensive care network of medical and radiation oncology services. For more information call, 860-561-0160.

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CHH Child Abuse Investigation Team Awarded
Re-Accreditation by the National Children's Alliance
The Center for Youth and Families in Torrington which provides all of the Child and Family Behavioral Health Outpatient services for Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has been awarded re-accreditation from the National Children's Alliance after an evaluation process that took place in June of 2016 in the Child Advocacy Center.
The National Children's Alliance (NCA) is the national association and accrediting body for Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs). There are over 750 CACs across the country and The Center for Youth and Families houses one of only 8 across Connecticut.

CACs are child-focused centers that coordinate the investigation, prosecution and treatment of children exposed to abuse. CACs encourage the coordination of services by bringing together professionals within a multi-disciplinary team to work together and ensure that investigations happen in the least traumatic way for children and their families. The CAC houses the Child Abuse Investigation Team of Northwest Connecticut (CAIT NW) along with mental health clinicians trained in trauma informed care and a newly trained medical provider.

The Child Abuse Investigation Team of Northwest Connecticut is a multi-disciplinary group which coordinates the activities of the agencies involved in child abuse case investigation throughout the region. The multidisciplinary team of CAIT NW is comprised of local law enforcement, child protection investigators, State's Attorney, victim advocates, mental health clinicians and medical providers throughout Litchfield County. The team meets regularly to discuss child abuse cases that occur in Northwest Connecticut.

"We are fortunate in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut to have such dedicated community professionals working to keep our children safe. The CAC provides a valuable service to one of our most vulnerable populations." said Bethany Ferreira, LPC - CAIT NW Coordinator.

Community trainings on how to handle child abuse disclosures and parent workshops are offered at no cost. If you are interested in learning more about training opportunities for your agency please contact Bethany Ferreira at the Center for Youth & Families at 860-489-3391.

The Center for Youth and Families has been an accredited member of the National Children's Alliance since 1999 and services children and families throughout Northwest Connecticut. Additional funding for CAIT NW is received from the CT Department of Children and Families and The National Children's Alliance.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Pulmonary & Critical Care Practice
Relocates to 540 Litchfield Street Campus
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Pulmonology & Critical Care practice with Pulmonologists Richard Krinsky, DO, FCCP, and O'Neil Green, MBBS, has relocated its offices to the hospital's main campus at 540 Litchfield Street on the first floor of the hospital where the former Medical Records Department was previously located. Patients should use newly designated parking spaces and a patient entrance located in the lot behind the CHH Memorial Building. The lot and entrance are handicapped accessible.

"We are happy to welcome new practices and their physicians and staff to our campus. We believe this new location will benefit patients who will now have easier access to tests and hospital services." said John Capobianco, CHH Vice President of Administration.

CHH Pulmonology & Critical Care provides state-of-the-art clinical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for patients with diseases related to lungs and breathing.

For scheduling and information on the CHH Multi-Specialty group family of practices and outpatient service providers, visit our website at www.charlottehungerford.org or call 860-496-9669.

The CHH Multi-Specialty Group is a local network of outpatient physician practices and services owned and managed by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital that consist of over 60 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. These outpatient hospital departments coordinate care among a multitude of specialties that include CHH Cardiovascular Medicine, CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology, CHH Ear, Nose & Throat, CHH Neurology, CHH Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, CHH Primary Care of Torrington and Thomaston, CHH Pulmonary & Critical Care, CHH Surgical Associates, CHH Adult & Pediatric Urology, CHH Infectious Disease, CHH Behavioral Health, CHH Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine and CHH Medical Walk-In.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Celebrates 100 Years of History
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) turned 100 years old in October 2016 and is celebrating a Century of Caregiving with a history exhibit. Plan to stop by the CHH Conference Hall at 540 Litchfield Street during business hours for a POP-UP history exhibit to share this important milestone with your caregivers at CHH. This FREE pop-up "Century of Care" exhibit is open during business hours and features historical items, photographs, and memorabilia from 10 decades of healthcare.

Featured in the exhibit will be framed portraits, photographs, artifacts, and historical documents collected by the hospital since its founding in 1916. Items on display will include annual reports, a program from the original dedication, a congratulatory letter from Herbert Hoover, and promotional materials through the decades. In addition, vintage medical supplies and equipment on display will offer a unique glimpse into early medical technology and how far it has come over the years.

In anticipation of the 100th Anniversary, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital also restored two of its historic treasures, the portrait paintings of its namesake Charlotte Austin Hungerford and her son hospital founder and benefactor Uri T. Hungerford. CHH entrusted the professional art restorers at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, a nonprofit regional conservation facility devoted to the conservation and preservation of cultural and historical objects.  

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-plus bed, acute care facility serving the regional health care needs of thirty towns in northwest Connecticut. The Hospital was founded in 1916 as gift by industrialist Uri T. Hungerford in memory of his mother Charlotte, who had a "boundless energy and dedication for helping others." He envisioned a community hospital to be a beacon of hope and a place of comfort for the ill and injured of our region, and through his generosity and support, made it a reality.

CHH provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services including emergency, general medicine and surgery, maternity, radiology, behavioral health, and a wide range of multi-specialty practices and services, including urgent and wound care, physical and cardiac rehabilitation, and blood drawing. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. For a full list of offerings and an online physician directory, visit www.charlottehungerford.org.

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CHH Multi-Specialty Group Adds
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's (CHH) Multi-Specialty Group has introduced CHH Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to its roster of local multi-specialty outpatient services and practices. Dr. Amir Nasir will be providing the services and will be located with office hours at CHH Surgical Associates on the hospital's main campus, 538 Litchfield Street, Suite 203, Torrington, CT.

Dr. Amir Nasir

Dr. Nasir is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has advanced fellowship training in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery from Boston University and a medical degree from the University of Kansas.

The practice will offer a wide range of services and procedures, including breast and abdominal wall reconstruction, Post-Moh's reconstruction, post-bariatric body contouring, the removal of facial, scalp or soft tissue tumors, and Ganglion cyst removal. Dr. Nasir also performs Keloid treatments, Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) for visual field defects, Scar revision, burn surgery/skin grafting, treatment for congenital or acquired soft tissue anomalies, and liposuction or surgical correction of Gynecomastia.

For more information or an appointment, call (860) 496 6265. For more information about Dr. Nasir, visit his website at www.lotuscosmeticct.com.

The CHH Multi-Specialty Group is a local network of outpatient physician practices and services owned and managed by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital that consist of over 60 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. These outpatient hospital departments coordinate care among a multitude of specialties that include CHH Cardiovascular Medicine, CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology, CHH Ear, Nose & Throat, CHH Neurology, CHH Primary Care of Torrington and Thomaston, CHH Pulmonary & Critical Care, CHH Surgical Associates, CHH Adult & Pediatric Urology, CHH Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine and the CHH Medical Walk-In.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Receives Silver Recognition
for Organ Donation Efforts  
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) has received the SILVER level of recognition from the National Health and Services Administration's Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign for its efforts to support and increase the number of registered organ, tissue and eye donors.

L-R: CHH Administrative Director Teresa Fuller, MSN, RN, receives Silver level recognition from Hospital Development Specialist Ann Marie Blanco of LifeChoice Donor Services for the hospital's efforts to promote organ donation.  

LifeChoice Donor Services partners with the hospital to celebrate those who participate and register in lifesaving organ and tissue donation. This recent campaign initiated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proved to be the most successful to date for participation, with a 40 percent increase over the previous campaign in the number of hospitals that submitted scorecards. More than 1,000 hospitals, hospital associations, and donation organizations participated and registered 43,932 donors nationwide. This is great news-especially for the 122,000 people awaiting life-saving transplants in our country.

Lifechoice is an Organ procurement organization (OPO) that facilitates the organ and tissue donation process for CHH. OPOs are responsible for honoring an individual's decision to donate when they have joined a donor registry and providing compassionate support to families. OPOs also evaluate potential donors for medical suitability, assist with the placement of organs for transplant, and facilitate the recovery of both organs and tissues.

"We encourage individuals to register as donors. It is a very meaningful program and we are so pleased to partner with our colleagues at LifeChoice Donor Services to help fulfill the wishes of individuals and family members who want to make lifesaving donations to those in need." said Hospital Spokesman Tim LeBouthillier.

For more information about the organ/tissue donation process, visit www.lifechoiceOPO.org or organdonor.gov for more information.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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Charlotte Hungerford and Hartford HealthCare
boards agree to affiliation
The boards of The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) and Hartford HealthCare (HHC) have approved a formal affiliation of their two organizations.

If the affiliation is approved by state and federal regulators, the Torrington-based community hospital would become part of the HHC network, which includes a tertiary-care teaching hospital, four acute-care hospitals, the state's most extensive behavioral health services network, a large primary care physician practice group, a regional home care system, an array of senior care services, and a large physical therapy rehabilitation network.

The HHC Board of Directors approved an affiliation agreement Friday morning, following CHH Board of Governors' approval, working with the CHH corporators, on July 28. Both organizations had completed months of due diligence following their initial decision to consider an affiliation in February. Both CHH and HHC have determined that an affiliation would be in the best interests of the patients and communities they serve.

The strategic affiliation would improve quality and expand the scope and accessibility of affordable healthcare for patients in a culture of compassion, respect and integrity; support the recruitment of skilled providers; assist with community benefit programming and allow for further necessary infrastructure investments.

The CHH Board of Governors began a multi-year process in 2014 to evaluate the possible need for a strategic affiliation to increase healthcare provider diversity, consumer choice and access to healthcare services. The goal was also to conduct a comprehensive, thoughtful approach to consider ways to improve the hospital's operational, financial and clinical enterprise, while providing safe, affordable healthcare. After considering multiple proposals, the committee recommended, and the board concluded, that HHC demonstrated the greatest capacity and strongest commitment to shared vision with CHH. In addition, the two organizations share a patient-focused vision and culture.

HHC officials noted CHH's tradition of providing high-quality care to the people of northwestern Connecticut as well as the organization's robust partnerships with local agencies and groups.

"Charlotte Hungerford has been at the center of healthcare delivery for Northwestern Connecticut since its founding a century ago," said Elliot Joseph, president and chief executive officer of HHC. "It is uniquely attuned to the healthcare needs of those it serves. We are excited to partner with Charlotte Hungerford to make quality healthcare more affordable and accessible to the communities they serve."

Once the affiliation is approved, CHH will become the center of a new Northwest Region for HHC, Joseph noted.

Both organizations mutually agreed to further care delivery in the Northwest Region by making it fully integrated and more efficient. These agreements include:
- $50 million to fund maintenance and replacement capital projects for CHH
- $20 million for a discretionary strategic investment fund
- $3 million to support medical staff development and recruitment
- $2.5 million to the Northwest Community Foundation to enhance economic and community well-being the CHH's service area
- $500,000 over five years to support Litchfield County's participation in the CDC-sponsored Community Transformational Grant Program

"Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is celebrating 100 years of caregiving this year, and we are very excited to begin our next century with Hartford HealthCare because they share our mission and vision to provide quality healthcare to the communities of northwest Connecticut," said Dan McIntyre, president and executive director at CHH. "This partnership will help position our hospital to remain a financially viable healthcare resource and best accomplishes the affiliation criteria our Board of Governors set out to accomplish in 2014."

CHH intends to maintain and grow the hospital¡¦s community relationships and services while continuing to fulfill its roles as a public health supporter, healthcare educator and driver of the local economy.

Regulatory approvals are expected to take several months. For updates, please visit www.charlottehungerford.org and www.hartfordhealthcare.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 services network, a large primary care physician practice group, a regional home care system, an array of senior care services, and a large physical therapy rehabilitation network. The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute provides a coordinated care across five cancer centers, and is the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance. Visit us at www.hartfordhealthcare.org

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Child Abuse Investigation Team Awarded
Grant by Petit Family Foundation
The Child Abuse Investigation Team of Northwest Connecticut (CAIT NW), a program of The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Center for Youth and Families, was recently awarded  $6,605 by the Petit Family Foundation. This funding will be used to upgrade essential recording equipment that allows children who have been victimized by abuse to disclose their stories within a child friendly setting.

L-R: William Petit, Sr., Detective Kevin Tieman of the Torrington PD, Bethany Ferreira, CAIT NW Coordinator, Forensic Interviewer Dr. Danielle Williams, Dr. William Petit, Susan B. Anthony Child Advocate Anne Malisk, and Barbara Petit.

"Children deserve the opportunity to tell their stories in a private child friendly setting. This equipment will allow to continue to provide such a valuable service to one of our most vulnerable populations," said CAIT NW Coordinator Bethany Ferreira, LPC.

The Center for Youth and Families is a Nationally Accredited Child Advocacy Center that brings support services to children and families throughout Litchfield County. CAIT is a multi-disciplinary group which coordinates the activities of the agencies involved in child abuse case investigation throughout the region. The multidisciplinary team of CAIT NW is comprised of local law enforcement, child protection investigators, State's Attorney, victim advocates, mental health clinicians and medical providers throughout Litchfield County. The team meets regularly to discuss child abuse cases that occur in Northwest Connecticut. The team identifies system needs and works cooperatively to improve the investigation and prosecution of cases with the goal of improving protection of child victims from further abuse and trauma. Additional funding for CAIT NW is received from the CT Department of Children & Families and The National Children's Alliance.

Community trainings on how to handle child abuse disclosures and parent workshops are offered at no cost. If you are interested in learning more about training opportunities for your agency please contact Bethany Ferreira at the Center for Youth & Families at 860-489-3391.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH & Partners Putting Newest Community Assessment to Work for NW CT
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and a coalition of community health providers and agencies have completed a second Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and are currently developing and implementing health initiatives with the data collected.

The most recent CHNA provides an overview of the social, economic, physical, and behavioral health of our region's population. Assessment of the current health status of community residents, and the diverse factors that influence health, provides an important foundation for community stakeholders to identify: priorities for health improvement planning, existing community strengths and assets upon which to build, and areas for further collaboration and collective action. This Assessment is an update to the first-ever Community Health Needs Assessment in Northwest CT conducted in 2012. The original county-wide assessment was funded by a CDC Community Transformation Grant through the CT State Department of Public Health, Torrington Area Health District, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, United Way of Northwest CT, and the Northwest CT YMCA.

Both the 2012 and 2015 Community Health Needs Assessments for Northwest CT were prepared by the Center for Healthy Schools & Communities at EDUCATION CONNECTION.  Mary Bevan, MPH, Center Director, comments "Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and coalition partners are in the forefront of community health assessment and improvement planning in the state.  Their unified commitment to identifying health needs and disparities within the region, and collaborating to design and implement evidence-based strategies to address those needs is commendable."

"As community health leaders we take this mission very seriously. We view this as not only a helpful tool but a mandate for action." Added Brain Mattiello, Director of CHH Organizational Development.

The 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment concentrates, to the extent possible, on the primary service area of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, which includes these 13 communities: Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Litchfield, Morris, Thomaston, Torrington, and Winchester (Winsted). This CHNA is also informed by and aligned with the focus areas and key health indicators included in the most recent statewide health assessment, Healthy Connecticut 2020, and in the State Health Improvement Plan. The State Health Assessment and State Health Improvement Plan provide opportunities for organizations and agencies across Connecticut to focus and align dialogue around a common framework for improving health.

With the assistance of project advisors from the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Community Relations Committee, the coalition has been working on developing key programs and outreach activities based on the report findings. Some of those findings include: Northwest CT as a region meets most national targets for health and has better health outcomes compared to many other states, for many indicators, such as obesity prevalence, teen birth rates, and health insurance coverage. Although health statistics indicate an overall healthy profile for the region and the state, disparities are apparent by age, sex, race, ethnicity, geography, and socioeconomics, highlighting areas and populations in need.

During the past decade, the state and region have both experienced improvements in maternal, infant, and child health, including significant declines in births to teen mothers. However, recent data for several NW CT towns reveal rates of smoking during pregnancy and preterm births are above the state average.

Chronic diseases are among the leading causes of death in the region and state, and they encompass many conditions that can be prevented or minimized. In the past decade, there has been a significant decline in certain risk factors, such as smoking in adolescents and adults, and increases in preventive screenings among adults. At the same time, there were increases in the prevalence of obesity, overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and asthma among adults.

Consistent with the state and nation, the region has experienced significant improvements in the treatment, survival, and quality of life of persons with HIV, as evidenced by a decline in the number of new HIV cases and deaths among persons with HIV. Substantial reductions in the incidence of infectious disease have been achieved largely through vaccines and advances in medication therapy, which have contributed to decreases in infectious disease deaths and increased life expectancy.

Connecticut and the Northwest region have also experienced an increase in emergency department visits for alcohol and other substance use disorders. Specifically, deaths due to overdoses of prescription pain killers and heroin have increased in the state and region. Mental health and substance use disorders affect individuals, families, and communities in complex and challenging ways.

The report also showed that unintentional injury is a leading cause of visits to emergency rooms in the state and region. Most causes of injury, disability, and injury-related death are preventable. In Connecticut, disparities by sex, age, race, ethnicity, or geography exist for death and premature death rates due to unintentional injury, and for traumatic brain injury, homicide, suicide, and sexual assault.

To view and print the entire 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment visit http://www.charlottehungerford.org/about-us/community-health-assessment/

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Auxiliary Awards Annual 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.

CHH Auxiliary awards 12 local college bound students for the healthcare
filed with $1,000 scholarships at their annual ceremony.

The CHH Auxiliary 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 Siena Chevalier, Sima Darek El-Ayoub, Lilli Taylor Ferrucci, Nicholas Gregory LaMothe, Jennifer Jean Lucia, Kathleen Bridget Morton, Nasrin Begum Pretty, Frank Howard Schildgren, Cheryl L Underwood, and Abigail Lee Zeiner. Also awarded was the Joseph Curi, M.D. Memorial Scholarship to Kaitlyn Ann Deming and the J. Alfred Fabro, M.D. Memorial Scholarship to Adam Xavier LaMothe.

Judith Hogan, Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee said, "The Auxiliary received more 58 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 is celebrating 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.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Auxiliary Receives $500 donation from Brookdale
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Auxiliary recently received a $500 donation from Brookdale Litchfield Hills senior living facility in Torrington. Executive Director Carl Dunn stopped by the Auxiliary's recent meeting to present the check in support of their efforts to raise money for CHH patient programs and services.  

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary President Barbara Pudlinski accepts a $500 gift from Brookdale Litchfield Hills Executive Director Carl Dunn in support of the Auxiliary's efforts to raise money for hospital patient programs and services.

"We thank Carl and all the staff at Brookdale for their generosity. We will put these funds to good use in our efforts to enhance the patient experience at Charlotte." said Barbara Pudlinski, President of the CHH Auxiliary.

The CHH Auxiliary formed is celebrating 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 hundred volunteer members who assist in raising money for CHH and the community through dues, donations, volunteering at the gift shop, and assisting with a variety of events including an annual fashion show and holiday promotions and sales.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for more information.

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CHH Auxiliary Donates Blanket Warmer
To Emergency Department
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Auxiliary recently donated a blanket warmer valued at $6,000 for the continued care of the hospital's patients. The warmer was recently installed in the new section of the Hospital's Emergency Department.

"This is the fourth warmer that the Auxiliary has purchased in the last two years to help improve each patient's experience. With this donation, we hope to ensure that all patients are comfortable while they are at CHH so patients can rest and recover." said Auxiliary President Barbara Pudlinski.

L-R: CHH Auxiliary President Barbara Pudlinski and members Harriet Vergaro and Judy Hogan introduce the new blanket warmer the Auxiliary recently donated for the Hospital Emergency Department.

The medical blanket warmers can warm blankets between 90° F and 150° F. The large interior with five shelves will allow for ample storage of blankets located conveniently steps away from each patient.

The CHH Auxiliary formed is celebrating 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 hundred volunteer members who assist in raising money for CHH and the community through dues, donations, volunteering at the gift shop, and assisting with a variety of events including an annual fashion show and holiday promotions and sales.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org.

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Lewis Mills Volleyball Raises $400
for CHH Pink Rose Fund
The Lewis Mills High School Girls' Volleyball Team came together for a very special cause - to help raise awareness and money for the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Pink Rose Breast Cancer Fund. Members of the team conducted a "Dig Pink" night raising $400 in donations at one of their regular season home games last October.

L-R: Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Women’s Early Detection Program staff members Maria Abreu and Damaris Sierra meet and thank Lewis Mills High School Girls’ Volleyball Team members Hunter Fabretti and Amber Tharav for a $400 donation for the CHH Pink Rose Fund.

Team Members Hunter Fabretti and Amber Tharav recently presented the donation check to members of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Women's Early Detection Program staff Damaris Sierra and Maria Abreu. The Pink Rose fund assists women that are undergoing treatment and also provides funds to help women that can't afford the cost of breast screening and diagnostic services.
"The overwhelming support and generosity we have received from the volleyball team and their supporters at Lewis Mills is so gratifying to all of us. Their donation will directly help women access lifesaving early detection services and provide funds to purchase post-surgical garments and wigs that make breast cancer recovery easier." said Leslie Handelman, R.N, the CHH Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator.

The Pink Rose Program is supported by a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, CT, and local fundraising events. It was established in 1998 to provide free mammograms and other diagnostic services to women in our region who are uninsured or underinsured. The purpose of the program is to ensure that ALL women in our community have access to regular mammograms. Early detection through mammography has been found to be the safest and most effective way of finding breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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 Charlotte Hungerford Mammography  
Receives 3-year Accreditation  
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Mammography has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.


 “Our mammography services provide lifesaving screenings which are a critical part of our health services for women in northwest Connecticut. We are very proud of our staff who pride themselves in the relationships they have developed with both patients and doctors. This honor affirms that commitment.” said Patty Sullivan-Polletta, Administrative Director, CHH Ancillary Services.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

CHH Mammography Services, such as breast cancer and mammogram screenings, are offered at three convenient locations. In Torrington, mammography test services are located adjacent to the CHH Center for Cancer Care on the ground level of the Hungerford Diagnostic Center.

The CHH Mammography Center offers full digital mammography and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy services by appointment in a natural environment designed for easy access and privacy for women.
Digital mammography is also offered in Winsted at the Winsted Health Center and at the OBGYN offices of Women’s Healthcare of New Milford.

For questions, contact the CHH Mammography Center at (860) 496-0826. For scheduling call (860) 496-6860. Eligible women may qualify for financial Assistance to receive annual Mammography test screenings from the CHH Pink Rose Fund. Contact (860) 496-6513.

Digital Mammography is similar to standard mammography, but converts the image of the breast into a digital picture that can then be viewed directly on a computer. Physicians can then view the mammogram test image on a computer monitor and are able to alter its size, brightness, and color of the image. Those who are likely to benefit the most from the new technology are pre-menopausal women ages 40 to 50 and those with dense breasts.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut.  One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org

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CHH Adopts WISEWOMAN Heart Health Program
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is pleased to announce the expansion of its Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to include cardiac and diabetes testing thanks to a grant from the CT Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

CHH has implemented and is now offering WISEWOMAN (Well Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation), a program that focuses on screening lower-income, uninsured, or under-insured women aged 30-64 years for heart disease and stroke risk factors and provides lifestyle counseling and interventions to navigate women to a healthier life.

"The emphasis in healthcare today is prevention" says Project Director Leslie Handelman, R.N. "Heart disease is the number one killer of women and according to the CDC, in spite of increased awareness over the past decade, only 54% of women are aware that the death rate is so high. It makes perfect sense that early intervention with common medical issues such as obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking can save lives."

Maria Abreu

The new WISEWOMAN Program will be coordinated by Certified Life Coach Maria Abreu who will serve as the new program's Community Health Navigator. Maria holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology Degree from the Universidad National Pedro H. Urena in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Maria will be working with area primary care physicians, medical clinics and community agencies to identify underserved women at risk and will teach nutrition education, physical activity strategies and make referrals to stop-smoking programs.  

Through the program, eligible women will be offered free blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes testing at locations in their community. Anyone with abnormal screening tests will be guided to a healthcare provider if they don't have one.  Maria will be visiting towns throughout Litchfield County to engage women in conversation about barriers to making healthy lifestyle changes and will provide education about ways to overcome those barriers.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to use my coaching skills to help guide women to better health" says Maria.  "Healthy living is something that I feel passionate about and I can't wait to share what I've learned as a Health Coach with women in Litchfield County."  For more information about the program or to see if you qualify call 860-496-6513.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for more information.

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CHH Center for Cancer Care
Introduces New Support Groups
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's (CHH) Center for Cancer Care is pleased to offer two new support groups available to cancer patients and caregivers beginning in January 2016. The two groups, the Patient Support Group and the Caregiver Support Group, offer those impacted by cancer emotional support and education.

The Cancer Patient Support Group meets the first Monday of each month from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 200 Kennedy Drive, Torrington in the first floor radiation consultation room. The support group is facilitated by Mary Strauss, LCSW. Light refreshments will be provided by The Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills, Inc. For more information on this support group or to register, individuals may call 860-482-5384.

The cancer Caregiver Support Group meets on the third Wednesday each month from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 200 Kennedy Drive, Torrington in the first floor radiation consultation room. The support group is facilitated by Elizabeth Jucevics, LCSW. The group forum will allow participants to exchange advice on effective coping strategies and to develop a personalized self-care plan. Light refreshments will be provided by The Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills, Inc. For more information on this support group or to register, individuals may call 860-489-6718.

"A cancer diagnosis can present a variety of challenges," stated Elizabeth Jucevics, LCSW, the Clinical Social Worker for the Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills. "Please join us in a caring environment to gain support, information and clarity as you negotiate the cancer journey."   

The series is supported by The Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills, Inc., which was created to assist and support cancer patients residing or receiving care in northwest Connecticut.  The fund supports care, treatment, education, prevention programs and offers financial assistance to patients with unexpected emergencies.

The Center for Cancer Care is an affiliation of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center at Torrington. The Center offers comprehensive cancer care services including radiation therapy, medical oncology, chemotherapy and other complimentary therapies.  

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care non-profit organization located in Torrington, CT, serving 13 towns and 100,000 persons. It provides inpatient and outpatient services including general medicine and surgery, oncology, pediatrics, obstetrics, and behavioral health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for more information.

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Stronger Women Challenge Gives
Proceeds to Local Charities
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Rehabilitation, the Northwest Connecticut YMCA and Torrington Missfits Boot Camp held their 2nd Annual Stronger Women-Stronger World 5K Obstacle Challenge this past summer raising $8,760 for four local charities that serve women in northwest CT.  The Susan B. Anthony Project, CHH's Pink Rose Fund, The Women and Girls Fund and the NWCT YMCA's Young Women's Sports Initiative each recently received a check for $2,190 to support their programs.  

 "Our goal for this event was to empower women to be better and stronger than they ever thought they could be and to raise funds to help support women in our community.  We are grateful to our participants, volunteers and sponsors who helped us present an opportunity to have women helping women in Northwest Connecticut" says Mandy Hill, Director of Rehabilitation at CHH/Race Organizer.

At this year's event, 216 women registered for this event which was held this past summer at Northwestern Regional School District 7 in Winchester. The obstacles included natural terrain, climbing walls and hills, a tire run, hay bale hurdles and more, all of which challenged each participant. Major sponsors included Charles J Calder Jr., Acceleron Inc., Litchfield Woods HCC, Valerie Manor HCC, All About You! Home Care Services and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.
L-R: Event Organizers Ed Patterson of Torrington Missfits and Mandy Hill of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, and Mat Montgomery of NWCT YMCA, offer donations to Ellen Ebbs Executive Board Member of the Women and Girls Fund, Greg Brisco Director of NWCT YMCA Young Women's Sports Initiative, Barbara Dughi Chairperson of the Women and Girls Fund, Susan B. Anthony representative Gina Devaux and CHH Pink Rose Fund Outreach Coordinator Damaris Sierra.

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CHH Upgrades Mammography Technology
Services Now Offered At 3 Locations
Women in northwest Connecticut who need to receive routine mammograms have access to the latest diagnostic digital technology available to them at three convenient Charlotte Hungerford Hospital outpatient locations.

The Charlotte Hungerford Mammography Center at 220 Kennedy Drive, Torrington now has two state-of-the-art Digital Mammography units. Mammograms are also offered in Winsted and New Milford.  

CHH has added a second, state-of-the-art system, Selenia™ digital mammography unit at its Mammography center at Kennedy Drive in Torrington. The Center was the first healthcare provider in the Greater Torrington Region to feature the digital mammography which is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is acquired and, more importantly, viewed. The radiologist can magnify the images, increase or decrease the contrast and invert the black and white values while reading the images. These features allow the radiologist to evaluate microcalcifications and focus on areas of concern.

Digital Mammography is now available at three convenient locations including CHH Mammography Center, 200 Kennedy Drive, Torrington, Hungerford Emergency & Medical Care of Winsted, 115 Spencer Street, Winsted, and at the offices of Women's Healthcare of New Milford, 120 Park Lane Rd #202, New Milford, CT.  

CHH also provides the latest in "high tech, soft touch" mammography. The Center combines full-field digital mammography with a new breast cushion that dramatically eases the discomfort many women feel when they get a mammogram. By offering women a softer mammogram, the Center hopes to increase the number of area women who follow recommendations for regular screenings.

Selenia digital mammography offers a number of other practical advantages and patient conveniences. Because there is no waiting for film to be developed it can significantly reduce the time patients spend in the breast center, as well as reduce the need for repeat exams due to under or over exposure. Digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically, eliminating the dependency on one set of original films, which can be misfiled or lost in transit

CHH is a certified Pink Ribbon Facility; a distinction awarded only to an elite group of healthcare facilities, and is committed to the fight against breast cancer by offering the latest in imaging quality and comfort technology.

If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please call (860) 496-6860.   
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for more information.

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Foundation For Community Health Gives $50,000 to enhance
CHH Center For Youth & Families New Downtown Location
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Center For Youth and Families has received a $50,000 grant from The Foundation for Community Health, Inc., that helped create their new multi-functional space for group sessions and play therapy.

L-R: Joan Neveski, LCSW, of the CHH Center For Youth & Families welcomes Nancy Heaton, CEO, of the Foundation for Community Health, and board members Karren Garrity and Dr. John W. Gallup as they tour the Center's new activity space funded by a foundation grant.  

"The foundation's generosity has allowed us to create an amazing new space at our facility. The new area provides us with a place to be creative, engage and interact with others, and do cooperative games. It allows a place for our kids to play and experience joy; ultimately it builds relationships that lead to enhanced communication, and understanding, as well as the opportunity to practice new skills." said Joan M. Neveski, L.C.S.W., Clinical Manager of the center. "When the hospital decided to consolidate its child behavioral health services at one location, we envisioned a space we could use for multiple purposes, and this is it. It provides a safe environment for developing a child's cognitive, social, emotional and physical well-being, and serves as a place where kids of all ages can just be kids."

The renovated area was formally a community room for the previous tenets, and is located in the basement of the Center's new location at 50 Litchfield Street, Torrington. The space features a large area and stage that is used for game-based and team building activities, art and relaxation therapy, and movement, role play and drama exercises. The area is primarily used to serve children and parents in the Center's Bridges Extended Day program; however all of the programs and staff use the space for activities and gathering.  

The new activity room allows staff to further embrace the children, families, and caregivers in a supportive therapeutic environment.  Studies show that the characteristics of the physical environment in which care is delivered affect outcomes, the satisfaction of those being served, and the satisfaction of those providing the service.

After a tour of the completed project, Nancy Heaton, CEO of the Foundation for Community Health, had this to say: "We enjoyed our visit to the new child-centered space, and we are so pleased to have been part of the collaboration that resulted in a place where children can feel safe to express themselves."

Funding for this project was provided in whole by the Foundation for Community Health, Inc. The Foundation for Community Health invests in people, programs and strategies that work to improve the health of the residents of the northern Litchfield Hills and the greater Harlem Valley. The Foundation makes grants, conducts research, provides technical assistance, and supports collaborations and advocacy. Since inception, the Foundation has awarded almost $9 million dollars in grants that have helped many in our community. In addition to its direct funding of health projects, FCH initiates forums, conferences, workshops, and other educational programs aimed at improving access to healthcare for people living in the FCH community.

The Center for Youth and Families is a professional mental health service that assists children, adolescents and their families with emotional, behavioral, developmental and family difficulties. The center's interdisciplinary team of licensed therapists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and master-level prepared interns offers diagnostic evaluations, community services and education and psychotherapy treatment. For more information about the CHH Center for Youth and Families or to make a referral, call (860) 489-3391 or visit www.charlottehungerford.org .

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, serving 100,000 residents of northwest Connecticut in 15 towns. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for more information.

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Free Spirit Lady Harley Riders
Donate $1,600 To Local Cancer Fund  
The Torrington based "Free Spirit" Lady Harley Riders Motorcycle Club has recently made a donation of $1,600 to the Cancer Care Fund of Litchfield Hills. The funds were raised at the group's 10th annual fund-raiser held this past September in Colebrook, CT, which featured music by Bad Penny, over 40 donated raffle items, and monetary contributions from many area businesses.

Executive Director Ellen Ebbs (Left) and Board Member Dr. Frank Vanoni, (Right) of the Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills accept a $1,600 donation from Connie Pratillo of the Free Spirit Lady Harley Motorcycle Club.

This was the tenth consecutive year the group has raised money for the fund. They have donated over $23,000 in total since they began contributing. The donations are used to assist and support cancer patients residing or receiving care in northwest Connecticut through care, treatment, education and prevention programs.

Each year, support and donations for the event have risen allowing the group a greater ability to help others. Unfortunately, cancer has become all too familiar to many people and their families so "Free Spirit" members understand both on a personal and a family level the importance of the fund's mission.

The woman of "Free Spirit" are honored and humbled to associate with amazingly strong giving people of all ages. They would like to highlight and thank all the supporters and contributors of this year's event including Don Clady for promoting the event in the CT Cruise News and all of the club member's family, friends and those who attended the event. Free Spirit members are a group of like minded professional women who share the passion of riding and love for the open road and are bonded by their involvement in community service. Their insignia is a purple rose with the crossbones, which symbolize women, femininity and companionship.

The Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills, Inc. was created to assist and support cancer patients residing or receiving care in northwest Connecticut. The Fund supports cancer patients with care, treatment, education, and prevention programs. The Fund began with generous donations by families and patients cared for at The Center for Cancer Care, Smilow Cancer Hospital Torrington, and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. The Center for Cancer Care offers a range educational programs and support groups dedicated to assisting patients, families and care givers facing the challenges of cancer and a comprehensive care network of medical and radiation oncology services. For more information, call 860-561-0160.

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CHH Multi-Specialty Group Adds
Ear, Nose & Throat Practice
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's (CHH) Multi-Specialty Group has added Torrington-based practice Northwest Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists with Drs. Frank Luzzi and Alexis Bouteneff to its roster of hospital owned physician practices and outpatient services. The practice is now called CHH Ear, Nose & Throat, and will continue offering services at the same location at 16 Bird Street, Torrington, CT.

Dr. Alexis Bouteneff (L) and Dr. Frank Luzzi (R) of CHH Ear, Nose & Throat,
at 16 Bird Street, Torrington, CT.

The practice offers adult and pediatric care for ear infections and hearing loss, sleep apnea and snoring, and sinus disorders with endoscopic surgery. The doctors also treat nasal obstruction, and perform tonsil, adenoid, and thyroid surgery, as well as skin cancer, and head and neck tumor surgery. Audiology and Hearing Aid Services are also available, including hearing tests and hearing aid fittings, dispensing and counseling.

Dr. Frank Luzzi completed his Residency in Otolaryngology as well as a Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology serving the Specialty of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Alexis Bouteneff completed his Residency in Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an Internship at Mary I. Bassett Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology serving the Specialty of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

CHH Ear, Nose & Throat accepts most major insurances. For questions and to schedule an appointment, contact 860-496-9565.

The CHH Multi-Specialty Group is a local network of outpatient physician practices and services owned and managed by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital that consist of over 60 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. These outpatient hospital departments coordinate care among a multitude of specialties that include CHH Cardiovascular Medicine, CHH Joint Replacement & Orthopedics, CHH Neurology, CHH Primary Care of Torrington and Thomaston, CHH Surgical Associates, CHH Adult & Pediatric Urology, CHH Infectious Disease, CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology, CHH Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine and the CHH Medical Walk-In.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for more information.

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CHH Primary Care
Relocates to 220 Kennedy Drive
CHH Primary Care, an Outpatient Department of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, has relocated to a new office 220 Kennedy Drive, Torrington. Formerly at 780 Litchfield Street, the new office is headed by Dr. Stacy Taylor, M.D., and is on the second floor of the Hungerford Diagnostic Center building adjacent to the CHH Center For Cancer Care building.

CHH Primary Care is a practice of family and internal medicine physicians that provide comprehensive services for the care and health needs of adults and late adolescents. The practice is committed to continuous, compassionate, and personal care of their patients through every life stage. They diagnose and treat both acute and long-term health conditions with a focus on prevention as the best avenue to keep families healthy and active.

The practice accepts most insurance plans. For questions and to schedule an appointment, contact 860-496-6884.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for more information.

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CHH Multi-Specialty Group Expands and Relocates Neurology Services
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Neurology Services is growing!  An Outpatient Department of the Hospital, and part of the hospital's Multi-Specialty Group of Services, the practice has added four Neurologists and a Physician's Assistant to help accommodate the growing need for services in the northwest corner. The expanded practice has also relocated to the hospital's Medical office Building, Suite 104, at 538 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT.

The practice performs neurological evaluations, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system including Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. The Neurologists are board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and have clinical interests including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke, nerve and muscle disorders, movement disorders, Parkinson's disease, Botox treatment, myasthenia, and headaches.

The new Physician's include David Tkeshelashvili, M.D., Pooia Fattahi, M.D., Kenneth Kaplove, M.D., Katherine Kedzierski, M.D., with Sabra Becker, P.A. The staff is committed in providing the highest quality care to every patient to help patients achieve and maintain optimal neurological health, and encourage active involvement by patients in their care which is important with specialized diagnostic and treatment programs.  Their goal is to provide high quality neurological care in a comfortable and compassionate environment, preserve the dignity of every patient and protect their privacy.

The practice accepts most major insurances. For questions and to schedule an appointment, contact 860-626-8232.

The CHH Multi-Specialty Group is a local network of outpatient physician practices and services owned and managed by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital that consist of over 60 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. These outpatient hospital departments coordinate care among a multitude of specialties that include CHH Cardiovascular Medicine, CHH Joint Replacement & Orthopedics, CHH Neurology, CHH Primary Care of Torrington and Thomaston, CHH Surgical Associates, CHH Adult & Pediatric Urology, CHH Infectious Disease, CHH Diabetes & Endocrinology, CHH Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine and CHH Medical Walk-In.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for more information.

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Specially Engraved Honorary Bricks
in CHH Front Circle Walkway
Available To Purchase     
Looking for a wonderful way to honor friends and loved ones and help a good cause? Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) offers the opportunity to engrave specially made brick pavers with your personalized message or remembrance to be installed in the hospital's front circle walkway. Proceeds benefit the CHH Hospital Environment Fund which supports the enhancement of the hospital's patient and visitor areas and landscapes to ensure a safe and modern place for healing.

"As the Hospital begins to look forward to celebrating its 100th anniversary, this is a special way to become a permanent part of our history and help support our campus setting. The engraved bricks are a wonderful way to remember a friend or loved one or honor a staff member or physician." comments Tim LeBouthillier, Director of Development for the Hospital.

The bricks measure 6" x 9" and sell for $100 each. Each brick may be inscribed with a name in honor or memory of a family member, friend or colleague or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or significant date.

For more details and an order form, please visit www.charlottehungerford.org/support , stop by the Hospital at 540 Litchfield Street, or call the Development Office at 860-496-6725.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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CHH Receives Donation For Dialysis Room Renovation
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) received a gift of $5,200 from the Northwestern Connecticut Dialysis Fund that was used to renovate and add patient centered improvements to the hospital's two-bed Dialysis Unit. New technology, shelving, supplies, and paintings were added to the unit to enhance its functionality and comfort for patients while they undergo dialysis treatments and medical care.  

(Left to right) Teresa Fuller, CHH Administrative Director, Foundation members Janice Colangelo, Bonnie Rossi, Jeanne Barrio (seated), Jayne Martigneni, and Brian Mattiello, CHH Vice President of Organizational Development review improvement to the Hospital's Dialysis Unit. (Board Members not present are Delia R. Donne, Robert DellaDonna, Lawrence M. Peck, Jr., and Keith M. Phalen.

The Northwestern Connecticut Dialysis Fund, Inc. was formed in 1972 by Joseph Marcantonio with a group of friends and family members of local dialysis patients to help provide them with financial support for medical and transportation costs related to treatments and Kidney Disease. The Fund also helped CHH purchase equipment for the Dialysis Unit in the early years.

"In the 1970s, dialysis treatments were not covered by Medicare causing a great need in the community for some type of help. We wanted to help our friends and loved ones with their care so we started having fundraisers to fund our goal. Over the years our board raised over $350,000 through fundraisers, special events, and memorial donations." said President Janice Colangelo.  "We are so happy that CHH could use our assistance to ensure that dialysis patients at the hospital have a nicely appointed setting for their treatments." she added.

Times have changed and now treatments are covered by insurance and take less time and resources. Having served their mission for over 42 years, the Board of Directors winded down the foundation in 2014 with their final gift to CHH.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, serving 100,000 residents of northwest Connecticut in 15 towns. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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CHH Breast Health Center Receives $65,000 in
Grant Support From Susan G. Komen Connecticut
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is pleased to announce that it has received two grants from Susan G. Komen Connecticut®  totaling $65,000 to support screening and patient navigation programs aimed at assisting the uninsured and underinsured women of Northwest Connecticut.   

"Once again we offer our sincere thanks to Susan G. Komen CT and all who support them for their dedication and commitment to what we do in the northwest corner to help women prevent and fight breast cancer," said Project Director, Leslie Handelman, R.N.  

A $15,000 award will be used to continue to provide community screenings. The second grant of $50,000 will be used to fund patient navigation services to eligible recipients in a new, larger geographic area that now includes all of Litchfield County cities and towns including New Milford.  

The Hospital's Breast Health and Pink Rose Programs provide educational outreach and screening funds to assure that the women of Northwest Connecticut have comprehensive, coordinated access to services related to breast cancer prevention and treatment. CHH staff work in conjunction with the CT Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to ensure that medically underserved women, typically those greater than 40 years old, are being educated about breast cancer and programs that help defer the cost of screening services. Susan G. Komen Connecticut recently announced that there is now additional grant money available for women under 40 that need financial assistance for diagnostic services such as breast biopsy.

The hospital's breast health services bring together the best professionals, technology, and breast healthcare programs for women in a comprehensive network of early detection services and treatment. Services include a breast health navigation program, screening, diagnostic breast imaging, and surgery by a team of highly skilled surgeons and medical professionals, cancer treatment and clinical trials, and state-of-the-art radiation therapy.  For more information about the Hungerford Breast Health Center, call 860-496-6819.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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 Annual Butterfly Affair Raises $45,000
to Support Center for Cancer Care Fund
The Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills extends its gratitude to the team of business and community volunteers responsible for successfully organizing their Annual Butterfly Affair.  This unique event took place on June 5th at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Center for Cancer Care, along the Joyce M. Barbieri Trail on Kennedy Drive in Torrington.  Thanks to the hard working committee and generous donors, the event raised $43,000 with 100% donated to the Center for Cancer Care Fund, Inc.  Primary event sponsors included the Alfano's Torrington Honda and Nissan, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Yale/Smilow Cancer Care Center, Viron Rondo Osteria, Bacchi's, Torrington Country Club, JW Salon and Valerie Manor Health Care Center.


One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of a check for almost $10,000, the result of a Memorial Day weekend fundraiser held at Lime Rock Park as part of the Glen Royals Garage car show, the most successful one to date.

Event founder and organizer, Jonathan Nevin comments, "This event provides an opportunity for the entire community to come together to raise awareness and funding for area cancer patients.  It's a chance to celebrate not only patients but those who have conquered the disease, while remembering those who have lost their courageous battle".  

A special part of the evening was the release of live butterflies. This significant and poignant portion of the night began with the reading of "On Wings of Hope" followed by a moment of silence and the release of the butterflies into the evening sky.  Other features of the evening included live music provided courtesy of Steve Dunn and Kevin Wolfe of Accoustic Duo, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages.                  

All proceeds from the Butterfly Affair have been donated to The Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to patients for emergencies such as food, rent, transportation, utilities, prescriptions and other emergent needs as determined by clinicians and case managers.  The Fund also provides numerous community resources to help with the care, treatment, education and prevention of cancer in the area.  

The CHH Center for Cancer Care offers comprehensive cancer care services including radiation therapy, medical oncology and chemotherapy, massage, and art therapy. The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care non-profit hospital located in Torrington, CT, serving twenty towns and 100,000 persons. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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CHH Emergency & Medical Care Receives
Grant for New Benches from KBE Building Corporation
Farmington based KBE Building Corporation has given Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Emergency & Medical Services at 115 Spencer Street in Winsted a $1,500 grant to purchase two new all-weather benches for staff and patients. The benches were recently installed at the center's main and cardio pulmonary & rehabilitation entrances, and complement recently completed landscaping and exterior improvements.


 "We are so appreciative to our friends at KBE for making these benches possible. They provide a comfortable, quiet place to wait and rest and are already being used daily." says Michele Rainville, RN, Clinical Manager of CHH Emergency & Medical Care.

Located in Farmington, CT; Norwalk, CT; and Columbia, MD, KBE Building Corporation is a full-service, single-source commercial construction company serving the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. The grant is part of KBE's 50 Ways to Make a Difference program. KBE started the 50 Ways philanthropic program in 2009 to provide charitable support for children, seniors, and military personnel and their families in communities throughout Connecticut and Maryland. KBE has provided more than $1.5 million in charitable donations and in-kind services through the 50 Ways program.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) along with building owner Winsted Health Foundation are nearing completion of a $1.4M renovation project to upgrade and improve the 115 Spencer Street facility in Winsted. The five-phase project renovates and expands the reception area and treatment rooms for easier patient access, redesigns the security system, and adds additional windows in the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation area. Also included in the project was internal and external painting, signage improvement, and upgrades to the Center's existing heating, cooling, and lighting.  

CHH Emergency and Medical Care is part of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's family of outpatient services located at 115 Spencer Street. It provides hospital-level, community-based health care and emergency services to northwest Connecticut and southwest Massachusetts. Winsted based services include emergency, X-ray, laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, digital mammography, and sleep evaluation services. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Recognizes
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 Farms 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 123 employees celebrating milestone anniversaries, including 7 with 25 years of service, 4 celebrating 30 years, 7 celebrating 35 years, 4 celebrating 40 years of service, and 1 celebrating 45 years of service.

 "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to formally thank our employees for their loyal service.  Whether they are celebrating 5 or 45 years at Charlotte Hungerford, it is evident that we are all proud of their accomplishments," says Brian Mattiello, Vice President, Organizational Development.

From Left to Right: Vicky Bothroyd (40 years), Kathy Bushka (40 years), Lois Videtto (40 years), and Karen Maturo (45 years) were among the 123 Charlotte Hungerford Hospital employees recognized at the Hospital's annual service awards dinner.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, serving a twelve-town primary service area comprised of approximately 100,000 persons. The Hospital also serves as a regional health care resource for the residents of Litchfield County, situated in Northwestern Connecticut. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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CHH Cancer Center Provides Skin Cancer
Prevention Tips & Innovative Treatments
Your caregivers at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) want to make sure you enjoy summer outdoor activities safety when it comes to fun in the sun. According to the American Cancer Society, over 3.5 million new skin cancer cases are diagnosed annually worldwide and the incidence is expected to continue to increase. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans swill develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. The good news is there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from skin cancer, and to treat skin cancer effectively if it is found.

Simple, yet important, rules to follow this summer to prevent skin cancer include avoiding long exposure to intense sunlight and to practice sun safety. The American Cancer Society suggests that all people seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun's rays are strongest and can be most damaging to the skin. In addition, when in the sun, wear a shirt and hat and cover your exposed skin, generously apply sunscreen SPF 30 or higher every two hours and wear UVA and UVB-blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes and surrounding skin.

If you display symptoms for skin cancer, such as changes in the coloring of the skin, develop growths or see changes in size or color of a mole, it is important to consult a physician immediately.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Center For Cancer Care has expanded the scope and services of its cancer care program in Torrington with the addition of enhanced superficial therapy services used in the treatment of skin cancer. The new service effectively treats skin cancer through the use of a non-invasive therapeutic x-ray procedure with superior outcomes. This innovative piece of technology provides care that is virtually painless, leaves little or no scarring, ensures fast healing and requires no downtime after the procedure. Superficial radiation therapy has proven to be an impactful means of treating skin cancer, with a cure rate higher than 95%. The insurance industry widely accepts this procedure for reimbursement.
For more information, contact the Center For Cancer Care at 860-489-6718.

The Center for Cancer Care is an affiliation of The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital Torrington that provides the most advanced cancer detection, treatment and prevention methods available today to those affected by cancer in northwest Connecticut. The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, serving a twelve-town primary service area comprised of approximately 100,000 persons. The Hospital also serves as a regional health care resource for the residents of Litchfield County, situated in Northwestern Connecticut. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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Staff Members at the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital dress in blue
and come together on World Autism Awareness Day
World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated each year in April. The Light It Up Blue Campaign encourages thousands of people, iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe to unite by dressing in blue and shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism.

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CHH Opens Low Vision Center Supported
By The Lions Club District 23B
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Occupational Therapy Department  and The Lions Club have established  a Low Vision Center located at the CHH Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Clinic at 1151 East Main Street, Torrington.  


"Low vision affects over two thirds of adults over 65 years of age.  It is our goal to ensure that older adults with low vision are able to maintain their independence and experience quality of life. We are pleased to partner with the local Lions to provide this much needed service to our community." said Amanda Hill, CHH Director of Rehabilitation. Michelle Whitford, Registered Occupational Therapist, has received extensive training in low vision and will be providing this service to the patients in this community.

The program is designed to provide support for individuals who experience low vision by assessing their sight limitations.  Following an assessment to determine their degree of vision loss, an individualized plan will be created with specific goals focused on providing assistance and improving their quality of life. These strategies are developed to help perform daily tasks, at times using tactile and talking products. Individuals are educated on availability of assistive technologies and learn to use their remaining vision effectively. In providing these services, individuals with low vision are able to live more safely and independently.

A physician referral is needed.  The cost of these services will be assumed by insurance providers and any other form of governmental or private reimbursement available as well as The Lions Club District 23.  The individual receiving the service will not be personally charged for any services that occur. Office hours will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact the CHH Occupational Therapy Department at (860) 496-0046.
"The Lions have earned an incredible reputation in this healthcare arena. Our hospital is pleased to more than partner with them, we are inspired by them. Our Center is really made possible by their resources and encouragement." said Brian Mattiello, CHH Vice President of Organizational Development.    

People that have low vision often report they "can't see." Low vision is a condition that can't be corrected by medical or surgical intervention or by eyeglasses.  It limits an individual's ability to complete many daily activities, which may include any of the following examples: reading and signing forms, reading the numbers on a clock, or difficulties locating steps, curbs or items within one's home.

Macular degeneration, glaucoma, or history of stroke or diabetes, are the most common medical conditions causing low vision. Simple tasks may become more difficult and frustration often occurs with low vision.  Although low vision can't be corrected, there are many ways to make daily tasks easier. There is now help locally for people affected by low vision.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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CHH Receives $8,000 Grant From Big Y
To Support Pink Rose Breast Cancer Fund
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) was pleased to accept a $8,000 donation from Torrington Big Y to benefit the Hospital's Pink Rose Breast Cancer Fund. The donation is a portion of Big Y's 8th Annual Partners of Hope Campaign which raises money at its stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts to distribute to individual communities and charities in the communities they serve.  
Tracy Lambertson, Store Director at Torrington Big Y, (middle) presents $8,000 to Leslie Handelman, R.N., (L) CHH Breast Health Nurse Navigator and Early Detection Program Coordinator Damaris Sierra (R) who will use the funds in their efforts to assist local women diagnosed with breast cancer.  

Tracy Lambertson, Store Director at Torrington Big Y, recently presented the check for $8,000 to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Early Detection Program Coordinator Damaris Sierra and Leslie Handelman, R.N., CHH Breast Health Nurse Navigator who will use the funds in their efforts to assist local women diagnosed with breast cancer.   
"This generous gift is a much needed contribution to this critical fund for women in Northwest Connecticut. We are extremely grateful for the support Big Y has provided to help local women facing the challenges of breast cancer." said Handelman.

Since 1996, the Pink Rose Fund has provided community outreach, education, free early detection screenings, radiation therapy tops and post-surgical garments to women in Northwest Connecticut. The Pink Rose Program provides coordinated access to services related to breast cancer patients by offering one on one education and support by a Certified R.N. Nurse Navigator.

"Thank you for all you do for awareness, research, and support of Breast Cancer. We know that both our employees and our customers appreciate your efforts." said Big Y Torrington Store Director Tracy Lambertson.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One-Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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New Autism Program Debuts at
CHH Center For Youth & Families
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Center for Youth and Families has begun offering an intensive outpatient program called Connections IOP, for children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and co-occuring disorders including sensory processing disorder (SPD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Anxiety Disorders.

An outgrowth of the center's outpatient Connections Program that serves community members affected by ASD, the highly structured behavioral program serves children who have been identified as needing a higher level of care and their families, said Alison Milano, LCSW, child and family therapist with the center.

The intensive outpatient program is offered to children ages 6 to 12 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at the center's new location at 50 Litchfield Street.

Children affected by ASD "are taught to manage their emotions and express themselves appropriately through a wide ranges of techniques including visual tools, role playing, video modeling, music therapy and body movement therapy," said Milano. She added that the intensive outpatient program also includes a psychiatric component, medication evaluation and management, and weekly parent involvement including parent educational/skills therapy, support groups, and multi-family groups.

More than 1.5 million people in the United States are affected by autism spectrum disorder, a developmental and behavioral syndrome that can impair social, communication and behavioral skills. The spectrum ranges from low-functioning autism with its profound impairments in many areas-to high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome-to "normal" behavior with the possibility of hypersocialization. Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which the brain has difficulty receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. It may or may not be a component of autism.

CHH Autism Program staff from left: Katherine Zagrodnik; Joan Nevesi, LCSW; Gurender Sahani, MD; Mara Pomerantz, LPC, BC-DMT; and Alison Milano, LCSW.

The center's intensive outpatient program is overseen by Gurender Sahani, M.D., psychiatrist and Joan Neveski, LCSW, clinical manager. Primary clinician Alison Milano, LCSW and clinician Mara Pomerantz, LPC, BC-DMT, are assisted by therapeutic technicians Elizabeth Whitney and Katherine Zagrodnic.

Milano noted that the program is covered by insurance, but transportation is the responsibility of the family. Parents, educators or healthcare providers may request a referral to the IOP Connections Program by calling (860) 489-3391. Children must meet clinical criteria to be enrolled either in the Connections outpatient or intensive outpatient programs.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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CHH Offering New Payment Options
Help Patients Manage Cost Of Care
Staying true to its mission of providing quality, compassionate, affordable health care, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) now offers patients an affordable loan program to pay out-of-pocket hospital expenses, including high deductibles and copayments from their insurance plans. The loan program is offered through a partnership with ClearBalance®, the healthcare industry's leading provider of consumer-friendly patient loans. Under the program, patients receive a zero-interest loan with reasonable, flexible repayment terms to pay out-of-pocket hospital expenses, including deductibles and insurance copayments.

"Patients need logical solutions to help manage the cost of care," says Brian Mattiello, VP of Organizational Development at CHH. "The ClearBalance program will help give patients peace of mind knowing they can manage their financial obligations more affordably as part of their overall care experience."

Patients can enroll in the ClearBalance loan program quickly and easily - no written application is required. They can add future medical bills to their balance. Patients can make monthly payments online, over the phone or by mail. The ClearBalance Patient Experience Center service team is available Monday through Saturday to answer questions and help patients manage their loan payments.

Consumers want options in how they pay for health care, agrees ClearBalance CEO Mitch Patridge. "Most patients would choose an affordable payment program to help cover out-of-pocket expenses," he says. "We're proud that Charlotte Hungerford Hospital selected ClearBalance as its partner to offer a financing option that will help enhance the patient experience."

ClearBalance® is the leading provider of consumer-friendly patient loan programs to U.S. hospitals and health systems. Based in San Diego, ClearBalance has served 4 million patient accounts at hundreds of healthcare organizations nationwide since 1992. ClearBalance maintains the highest loan repayment rates in the industry. Our healthcare partners are able to significantly improve operating margins by increasing collections, while ensuring a positive experience for patients who appreciate the ability to affordably repay their direct cost of health care. To receive more information on your options, contact CHH Billing Department at (860) 482-1830.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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CHH Wound Care Center Podiatric Surgeon
Earns Wound Specialist Certification
CHH Wound Care physician Dennis D'Onofrio became a Certified Wound Specialist Physician after recently receiving advanced training course and passing the certifying exam given by the American Board of Wound Management. Dr. D'Onofrio is joined by Medical Director Dr. William Polito and Dr. Darren Winkler along with case managers and hyperbaric specialists who all make up the Center's multidisciplinary care team who specialize in reducing the risk of amputation associated with diabetes.
'We want to draw attention to the fact that every hour seven people across the country lose a foot or leg to diabetes. The disease is the leading cause of lower-limb amputations not caused by accidents." said Michael Wildman, Program Director.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing.

Diabetes can cause patients to lose sensation in their extremities, so an individual may not immediately notice injuries to their feet. This can cause diabetic ulcers-wounds on the feet that are slow to heal and prone to infection-which often require amputation.

According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly one in three people with diabetes ages 40 and older have at least one area on their feet that lacks feeling.  Those at greater risk for nerve damage include diabetics who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar, high cholesterol, weight or blood pressure.

Statistically, 1 in 20 diabetics will develop a wound on the legs or feet each year.  The risk of amputations can be reduced by 45 to 85 percent through foot care programs. "For those who have diabetes or are at risk for the disease, regular checkups by a podiatrist at least annually is one of the easiest ways to prevent most foot complications," said Dr. Dennis D'Onofrio.

State-of-the-art equipment and leading-edge therapies are also playing a role in reducing the risk of amputation. CHH Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
For more information on the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers and wounds in general, contact the CHH Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at (860) 489-0418.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH 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. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.