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New Canaan The Village at Waveny Care Center 3 Farm Road New Canaan, CT 06840 203.594.5302 www.waveny.org West Hartford Saint Mary Home 2021 Albany Avenue West Hartford, CT 06117 860.570.8200 www.themercycommunity.org

The McAuley 275 Steel Road West Hartford, CT 06117 860.920.6300 www.themercycommunity.org

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Boston Susan Bailis Assisted Living 352 Massachusetts Ave, Boston 617-247-1010 SusanBailisAL.com

Clinton Corcoran House Assisted Living 40 Walnut Street, Clinton 978-365-3600 CorcoranHouseAL.com

Fitchburg The Gables Assisted Living 935 John Fitch Hwy, Fitchburg 978-343-8789 GablesAL.com

Natick Whitney Place at Natick Three Vision Drive, Rte. 9 West Natick, MA 01760 508.655.5000 www.salmonhealthandretirment.com

Northborough Whitney Place at Northborough 238 West Main Street Northborough, MA 01532-1804 508.393.2368 www.salmonhealthandretirment.com

Northbridge Whitney Place at Northbridge 85 Beaumont Drive P.O. Box 940 Northbridge, MA 01534 508.234.3434 www.salmonhealthandretirment.com Revere Prospect House Assisted Living 420 Reservoir Ave, Revere 781-853-0005 ProspectHouseAL.com Watertown Brigham House Assisted Living 341 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown 617-923-7779 BrighamHouseAL.com

Westborough Whitney Place at Westborough One Lyman Street Westborough, MA 01581 508.836.4354 www.salmonhealthandretirment.com

The Willows at Westborough One Lyman Street Westborough, MA 01581-1437 508.898.3431 www.salmonhealthandretirment.com

Winchester The Gables at Winchester 299 Cambridge Street Winchester MA 01890 781.756.1026 www.thegablesatwinchester.com

Worcester The Willows at Worcester 101 Barry Road Worcester, MA 01609-1154 www.salmonhealthandretirment.com Sunapee Sunapee Cove Assisted Living 1250 Route 11, Sunapee 603-763-0566 SunapeeCove.com

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Providence The Highlands on the East Side 101 Highland Ave, Providence 401-654-5259 HighlandsRI.com

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West Hartford’s The McAuley names new Executive Director

William J. Fiocchetta, President and CEO of The Mercy Community, has appointed David Stevens Executive Director of The McAuley, West Hartford's only Life Plan Community. David's first day in that role was March 1, 2017. David has served as Director of Operations at The McAuley for more than five years. In that time, he has worked to improve resident satisfaction, transportation services, and he represents The McAuley as a preceptor in LeadingAge Connecticut's Leadership Academy. In April 2014, he received the Sister Gretchen Elliot Diversity & Inclusion Champion of the Year Award from what was then CHE Trinity Health (now Trinity Health). David was recognized for his work in pairing colleagues at The McAuley with West Hartford's Continuing Education Department, which administers the National External Diploma Program: a federal high school diploma program for adults who have acquired demonstrable skills through work experiences. Before he arrived at The McAuley, David had more than 25 years of experience in restaurant management. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, he is a past president of American

Registration now open for The Mercy Community’s 17th Annual Golf Outing

The Mercy Community is pleased to announce that the 17th Annual Circle of Mercy Golf Outing will take place Monday, June 12, 2017. The tournament benefits The Mercy Community (a not-forprofit organization), the people it serves, and the programs it delivers through Saint Mary Home and The McAuley. Steve Rushin will be the featured Tournament Dinner Speaker. A four-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, Rushin has had his work anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Travel Writing and The Best American Magazine Writing collections. His essays have appeared in Time magazine and The New York Times. He writes a weekly column for SI.com and is a frequent contributor to Golf Digest. His next book, Sting-Ray Afternoons, is due to be published in July 2017 by Little, Brown and Company. The Circle of Mercy Golf Outing will be returning to the picturesque Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford for the tenth consecutive year. The Scramble Tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 12:15 p.m. To learn more about this event, register, or for more on The Mercy Community and the services that it provides, please call Christine Looby, director of community relations, at 860.570.8305, please e-mail clooby@mchct.org, or visit www.TheMercyCommunity.org.

Baptist Churches of Connecticut. He serves on the boards of First Baptist Church in Mansfield, CT and Pierce Memorial Baptist Home. He and his wife, Sandy, make their home in Mansfield, CT.

About The Mercy Community The Mercy Community offers a comprehensive and integrated continuum of senior care and services, including: SAINT MARY HOME, which provides skilled nursing, short- and long-term rehabilitation, memory, hospice, palliative, post-acute, residential and adult day services. THE McAULEY, West Hartford's only Life Plan Community, which promotes and fosters an independent lifestyle within a life care setting. In addition, The McAuley offers an Assisted Living Program for those residents who require more assistance with the tasks of daily living. For more information about The Mercy Community, The McAuley, Saint Mary Home, rehabilitation therapy services, or any of our other programs, please visit www.TheMercyCommunity.org.

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Caregiving Information, Resources and Support offered at Griffin Healthy U Series

Griffin Hospital’s Healthy U program and The Valley Senior Services Council will host a series of four talks on caregiving this spring. The series will focus on caregivers for seniors, especially those of “the sandwich generation,” who are caring for a senior loved one while still managing work and care of their children, however the series will share information and resources that are beneficial to anyone caring for another person. A light dinner sponsored by Valley Senior Services Council (VSSC) and their Valley United Way Special Needs Grant and Griffin Hospital Lifeline will be provided at 4:30 p.m. before each talk. There will be free raffles and VSSC members representing various area homecare and senior living services will be available to share resources and to speak individually with attendees. Participants are invited to bring their loved one whom they provide care. The series starts with “Care for the Caregiver” on Thurs., March 23 at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Beverley Kidder, DSW, director of Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut and author of “ The Gift of Caregiving,” will share her caregiving experience and tips for dealing with the stress of caregiving. Laura Murphy, L.M.T., R.T(T), Planetree Services supervisor at Griffin Hospital, will discuss and demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of complementary healing methods including guided imagery, meditation, and aromatherapy. Information on area caregiver support resources will also be available.

On Thurs., April 20 at 5:30 p.m. Dawnmarie Hunter, of Visiting Nurse Association of South Central CT, and Kim Vertrees, Community Liaison with Connecticut In-Home Assistance homecare, will present “Keeping Your Loved One Independent and Safe,” explaining the difference between medical and non-medical home care - what are the differences; when and why you need it; how to search for it; and how to pay for it. A Griffin Hospital physical therapist will also discuss fall safety and demonstrate exercises for balance and core strengthening. Tara Kelly, of Griffin Hospital Lifeline, will present information on home safety and preventing avoidable fall injuries. “The Caregiver’s Toolbox” on Thurs., May 18 will feature a presentation by Maria Tomasetti, of The Alzheimer’s Association, on care methods for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, including communication strategies and helpful activities. Griffin Hospital Community Outreach will present a “toolbox” of resources for caregivers to help a loved one manage their disease and gain control of their health. The series wraps up on Thurs., June 8 at 5:30 p.m. with a variety of presentations on caregiving from area resources, including Wesley Village UMH, Sunset Shores, Griffin Hospital Lifeline, Alzheimer’s Association, TEAM, Valley Transit District and Agency on Aging. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Space is limited, so registration is required. Call 203-732-1511 or register online at the Griffin Hospital events calendar at griffinhealth.org.

The Tapestry Program at Whitney Place weaves together each individual’s strengths, the involvement of families (and friends) and the wealth of experience of our caregiving team to create a supportive environment. Our therapeutic recreation programming incorporates the habilitative approach to caregiving by encouraging residents to play an active role in meeting their care needs. We focus on simplifying the environment, concentrating on each resident’s capabilities, creating opportunities for success, and helping care partners learn to speak the nonverbal language of the Alzheimer’s patient.

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Paddle for aPurpose Waveny LifeCare Network’s 9th Annual Mixed-Paddle Event heightens awareness of local eldercare options

One flight of Waveny LifeCare Network’s “Paddle for a Purpose” tournament players at The Field Club of New Canaan.

Following the success of the past eight years’ events, Waveny LifeCare Network recently held its 9th Annual Mixed-Paddle Tournament fundraiser. All monies raised support the enhancement of special programs for those served by Waveny’s nonprofit network of eldercare residences, programs and services. “We are delighted and grateful to again attract our best local recreational players as well as top ranked APTA professionals for a meaningful evening of mixed-paddle for a charitable cause,” said Sharon Stevenson, Waveny Board Member and Event Chair. “Year after year, our event generates increased support for Waveny, and heightens awareness of our mission to meet our community’s eldercare needs,” said Joanne Boyer, Waveny’s Director of Development. “Paddle for a Purpose’s continued momentum and success is due to the efforts of our wonderful sponsors, our volunteers, local clubs, and players who all help to make sure our event is sensational for everyone involved.” The tournament was held concurrently at four event sites: Country Club of New Canaan, New Canaan Field Club, The Lake Club and Waveny Park. Event finals were held at the Country Club of New Canaan and featured an after-party celebration inside the club’s paddle hut.

Winners from the four individual sites were J.P McConnell and Masha Slupska with runners up Justin Campbell and Florentina Hanisch; Christian and Gitte Toft-Nielson with runners up Andrew Lebovitz and Sharon Wessan; Peter and Roopali Hall with runners up Gary and Candace Weiner; and Deirdre and Ross Smith with runners up Ron Balzano and Suzy Lavieri. Event sponsors included Hutchinson Tree Care Services, Morrison Community Living, Karl Chevrolet, Lampert, Toohey, and Rucci, LLC, Stewart’s Spirits and Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. Corporate sponsor, Corridor, generously matched the entire registration fee for each team that signed up at an enhanced match level. Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the changing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a nonprofit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living and respite care for people with memory impairment at The Village, and skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, an Adult Day Program that provides free door-to-door transportation throughout most of lower Fairfield County, and an array of community-based services through Waveny Home Healthcare, Waveny at Home and Geriatric Care Management. For information call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visit www.waveny.org.

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What your walk reveals about your health Gait speed – how fast you walk – is a good predictor of overall health. Many geriatricians consider it a “fifth vital sign,” as important as body temperature, pulse, respiration rate, and blood pressure. A sudden slowdown may signal that a senior’s health is in decline. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are considering having doctors measure gait speed at every check-up. Yet the gold standard of timing gait speed over a short distance using a stopwatch is inconvenient, and prone to variability due to human error. Now, researchers at UConn Health and the UConn School of Engineering have developed a better way. Investigators from the UConn Center on Aging found that Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tags are an easy, almost foolproof way to measure gait speed. This past summer, they had a medical student fit 50 patients between the ages of 65 and 95 with an armband carrying an RFID tag, and then asked them to walk down the hall at their normal speed. Tag readers at either end of the hall detected the tag as the patient passed and automatically calculated how fast the person was walking. The patients didn’t mind the non-invasive process at all. The medical assistants said it was easy and wouldn’t add more than a few seconds to their task list. And if the tag readers are strategically placed, it could be even faster. For example, a medical assistant could hand the RFID tag to the patient in the waiting room and walk them to the exam room, passing the tag readers along the way. “We want to be able to track someone’s usual gait speed over time,” says Lisa Barry, a chronic disease epidemiologist at UConn Health. “If someone comes back six months later and their usual gait speed has slowed considerably, this may signify an opportunity to intervene clinically to prevent further decline.” Barry says the gait speed measurements could also be used as an indicator of how well a patient is responding to rehabilitation and treatment following surgery or a serious illness.

She and Dr. George Kuchel, director of the UConn Center on Aging, are currently looking at developing a commercial prototype so that doctors elsewhere can start using the technique to benefit their own patients. Visit: UConn Today: http://today. uconn.edu/2017/03/uconn-pilotsnew-measure-fast-walk/

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SummerWood residents express thanks

Residents and staff of Hoffman SummerWood Community recently continued their annual tradition of delivering a “thank you” lunch to the West Hartford Police Department, the local Fire Department and AMR Ambulance service. As a gesture of appreciation, several residents and staff delivered the lunches and had an opportunity to personally thank the dedicated police officers, fire fighters and medics. “It’s nice to let these individuals know how much we value the work they do…they are always here for us when we need them,” remarked Joan Carney, SummerWood’s Executive Director. The postal carrier, UPS and pharmacy delivery people also received a thank you lunch as they made their deliveries. Hoffman SummerWood Community is a national award-winning senior living community located on Simsbury Road in West Hartford. For more information, please call 860-523-3808 or visit their website at www.hoffmansummerwood.org.

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Learn habits that lead to a longer, healthier life

March is Nutrition Month In honor of National Nutrition Month in March, the American Heart Association (AHA) wants to remind families of the many tools available to build healthy lifestyle habits. Through the AHA’s Healthy For Good initiative, individuals can use online tools to choose heart-healthy recipes, build grocery lists and learn tips on choosing the foods that pack the most nutrition, and how to avoid those that don’t. According to studies funded by the American Heart Association, 37 percent of Americans think they are in optimal health, but less than 1 percent actually are. The AHA created Healthy For Good to educate and motivate Americans to eat healthier and get active. A healthy diet and lifestyle are your most powerful weapons when fighting the risk factors of heart disease, according to the AHA. Eating smarter, adding more healthy foods like colorful vegetables and fruits, and moving more can mean you’re on the path to living well.

Pack-up your fruits and veggies on the weekend to make sure you have healthier snacks all week long. Cut up celery, peppers, broccoli, carrots to enjoy as a crunch snack with fat-free ranch dressing. Round up your favorite fruits and leave them in a bowl on the refrigerator shelf to they’re ready to grab when you’re making your lunch. Top sandwiches with lots of veggies like lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, red peppers, or avocado slices. Make veggies the star of the plate, and meat and whole-grain carbs the supporting actors.

Here are some nutrition and healthy lifestyle tips from the American Heart Association:

1. First, use up at least as many calories as you take in. Start by knowing how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. Go to www.heart.org/myfatstranslator to calculate the number of calories you need to maintain your weight. Increase the amount and intensity of your physical activity to match the number of calories you take in. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. Regular physical activity can help you maintain your weight, keep off weight that you lose and help you reach physical and cardiovascular fitness.

2. Next, eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups. You may be eating plenty of food, but your body may not be getting the nutrients it needs to be healthy. Nutrient-rich foods have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients but are lower in calories. To get the nutrients you need, choose foods like vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products and fat-free or low-fat dairy products most often. Unrefined whole-grain foods contain fiber that can help lower your blood cholesterol and help you feel full, which may help you manage your weight. Eat fish at least twice a week. Recent research shows that eating oily fish containing omega-3 fatty acids (for example, salmon, trout, and herring) may help lower your risk of death from coronary artery disease.

3. Eat less of the nutrient-poor foods. The right number of calories to eat each day is based on your age and physical activity level and whether you're trying to gain, lose or maintain your weight. You could use your daily allotment of calories on a few high-calorie foods and beverages, but you probably wouldn’t get the nutrients your body needs to be healthy. Limit foods and beverages high in calories but low in nutrients, and limit how much saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium. Read labels carefully — the Nutrition Facts panel will tell you how much of those nutrients each food or beverage contains.

Here are more nutrition tips from the American Heart Association: Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without added saturated and trans fat. Select fat-free, 1 percent fat, and low-fat dairy products. Swapping out high fat sour cream for fat free Greek yogurt is a great way to cut fat without cutting taste. Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet, including store bought baked goods and crackers. Cut back on foods high in dietary cholesterol. Aim to eat less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol each day. Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars. Aim to eat less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt, and use low-sodium versions of canned goods, and choose the healthy versions of frozen prepared meals that say “low-sodium.” If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. That means one drink per day if you’re a woman and two drinks per day if you’re a man. Follow the American Heart Association recommendations when you eat out, and keep an eye on your portion sizes. For more information on healthy lifestyle habits, go to www.heart.org/gettinghealthy.

Adaptive Sports Fest encourages individuals with physical disabilities, visual impairments

The Gaylord Hospital Sports Association, SCSU Institute for Adaptive Sports and Inclusive Recreation and Chapter 126 Sports and Fitness will host the 2017 Adaptive Sports Fest to build awareness of the opportunities and benefits of participating in adaptive sports programs. The one-day festival will take place on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Moore Field House at Southern Connecticut State University, 125 Wintergreen Ave., New Haven, CT 06515. All are invited to attend and admission is free. “The festival is a great way for people with permanent physical disabilities and visual impairments to become familiar with the world of adaptive sports,” said Gaylord Hospital Sports Association Program Manager, Katie Joly. “It’s a fun opportunity to learn about - and even try - new activities.” Joly explained that during the festival, attendees will have the opportunity to watch demonstrations or participate in clinics for wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair lacrosse, boccia and wheelchair basketball. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with local and national athletes and parathletes and to peruse an expo area featuring adaptive sports programs and resources in Connecticut including sled hockey, archery, yoga, kayaking, running and much more. To register, please contact the Gaylord Sports Association at (203) 284–2772 or email sports@gaylord.org.


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The bed alarm of an elderly thin female in room 5 seems to constantly ring out as she shifts her weight. Nurses continue to disrupt their care in order to check on her and prevent a fall. The dialysis machine in room 2 sounds intermittently. The pulse oximeter in room 8 generates an alarm as the patient moves the probe on his finger to simply eat his meal. Room 15's alarm rings out for atrial fibrillation, a rhythm the patient lives in. Room 6 alarms for apnea, although the ventilator assists her respirations. With the general cacophony of sounds, minutes go by until the staff realizes the patient's monitor in room 10 is alarming for Ventricular Tachycardia- a lethal dysrhythmia. Despite springing into action to save her life, it could be too late.

This scenario is far too common in critical care areas of the hospital. The American Association of Critical Care Nurses reported that in 2011, there were over 40 different alarms noted in the ICU. Over 90 percent of alarms do not require clinical intervention, but occur based on readings beyond the patient's default alarm settings.

“Alarm fatigue� is a term used to define the phenomenon in which clinicians are desensitized by countless alarms, many of which are false. In 2016, the Joint Commission established alarm safety as a mandatory National Patient Safety goal. Alarms are designed to be highly sensitive as not to miss an important event; however, this is at the expense of specificity. The sheer number of monitor alarms can easily overwhelm the most experienced clinician and compromise patient safety, leading to adverse outcomes.

Nurses can find solutions to combat alarm fatigue. Alarms can be individualized per patient, rather than relying on the default settings. With a goal timeframe of 1 hour from admission, nurses can create appropriate alarm limits such as an alarm set for 20 above and below the patient's heart rate and mean arterial pressure. Nurses can also form improvement teams focused on decreasing false alarms through measures like changing EKG leads and pulse oximeter probes daily, properly positioning EKG leads, placing parameters on ventilator settings, and acknowledging benign atrial fibrillation alarms.

Lifesaving alarms can be missed if there are too many false-positive alarms, causing a delay in nurse reaction time. Despite good intentions, nurses are plagued by alarm fatigue. Constant alarms make sleep more difficult for patients and put patients at risk. By shedding light on the problem and by implementing individualized solutions to decrease unnecessary alarms, nurses can hone in on those crucial alarms that correlate most with patient safety.


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Valentine’s Day marked 149 years since birth of Moses Day Kimball

Vendors sought for Griffin Hospital Baby Fair

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The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, is inviting vendors to take part in its Annual Baby Fair set for Sat., April 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hundreds of expectant parents, new parents and their families attend the fair each year to get a good feel for the area’s maternity and child care resources and tour the Center. Vendor registration is $25 for a table and a raffle prize donation. For more information, please email cbceducation@griffinhealth.org.

UMass Amherst Researchers invent MRI-compatible Ergometer to study human muscle function Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed an advanced type of ergometer which can be used inside the strong magnetic fields of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine to study how human muscles function. The research team is headed by Frank C. Sup, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and Jane A. Kent, professor of kinesiology. They will use the new ergometer, a device that measures muscle power, to investigate the energetic mechanisms for changes in muscle function in old age and chronic disease, which can yield insights into mobility impairments with age. “It is essentially a precision, instrumented piece of exercise equipment that can work inside of a large magnet, or MRI,” says Sup. Kent says, “The device advances existing capabilities in that it is the first of its kind capable of quantifying human muscle force and power using three different modes of contraction while the person exercises in the bore of the MRI machine.” Previous systems typically had capabilities for only one or two of these modes, she says. The project is a collaboration within the Institute for Applied Life Sciences’ Center for Personalized Health Monitoring, a UMass Amherst research center designed to translate fundamental discoveries into novel medical devices, biomolecules, and delivery vehicles that benefit human health. The work is being done on the new, high-field imaging system in the Human Magnetic Resonance Center. This system is capable of obtaining both MR imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) data on essentially any body tissue.

Kent’s Muscle Physiology Laboratory has been working on a project to study thigh muscle energetics when working near its physical limits and are thus pursuing new knowledge about how aging or chronic disease affect human muscle function and fatigue. To perform this sort of research, the researchers needed a customized non-magnetic ergometer capable of controlling muscle contraction velocity and operating with an MR machine. Using magnetic resonance spectroscopy enables accurate, noninvasive measurements of the metabolic energy requirements of active muscles. However, for such a technique to be used on an exercising muscle, a magnetic-resonance-compatible exercise apparatus targeting those muscles needed to be created. Kent contacted Sup’s Mechatronics and Robotics Research Laboratory to develop such a device. Youssef Jaber, one of Sup’s graduate students, says a magnetic-resonance-compatible design must account for the presence of the strong electromagnetic fields generated by the MR scanner. That includes both the effect of the magnetic field on the device in terms of safety and functionality, and the effect of the device on the magnetic field itself, which can lower scan quality. This electromagnetic relationship is called “mutual interference,” Jaber says. “The goal of this project is to design a magnetic-resonance-compatible ergometer capable of applying controlled resistive loads on the lower limb and enabling the study of its tissue while the muscles are working under various conditions,” explained Jaber.

On Valentine’s Day 2017, the Woman’s Board of Day Kimball Hospital, and all of the DKH family wished Moses Day Kimball, the person for whom Day Kimball Hospital was named, a very happy birthday! February 14, 2017 marked 149 years since his birth. Just after his death in March 1893, his mother, Susan Tillinghast Morton Kimball, provided donated $5,000 toward the construction of the new hospital infirmary building, with the condition that the institution be named in the memory of her recently deceased son, Moses Day, who died of pneumonia at the age of 25 while working as a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk in Washington D.C. Other Kimball family members pledged additional donations and Day Kimball Hospital opened its doors soon thereafter, in September 1894. Mrs. Kimball also requested that her son’s life be celebrated each year around his birthday. The Woman’s Board has been honoring that request every year. The Day Kimball Hospital Woman’s Board has promoted the advancement and welfare of the Hospital for over 120 years, donating more than $1.5 million to Day Kimball Hospital by being active community ambassadors and raising funds to meet hospital needs. They are currently committed to a pledge of $71,000 which will be directed toward the purchase of new anesthesiology and urinalysis equipment.

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Hospital for Special Care to offer scholarships in Greater New Britain Area Students to have the ability to apply for nine scholarships from HSC Hospital for Special Care (HSC) welcomes scholarship applications for 2017. Nine scholarships will be offered in three healthcare disciplines: medicine, nursing and physical therapy. Applications must be postmarked by April 8, 2016. Applications postmarked after this date will not be considered. The amount for each scholarship is specified on the application. The nine scholarships that Hospital for Special Care offers students includes:

• The Florence Timura Medical Student Scholarship • The Florence Timura Physical Therapy Scholarship (Students pursing a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) program are not eligible to apply).

• The Rona Botwinick and The Florence Timura Nursing Scholarship • The Rona Botwinick Nursing Scholarship

• The Florence Timura Nursing Scholarship • The Dr. Michael Timura, III Nursing Scholarship

• The Paul Sutula Nursing Scholarship

• The Elizabeth Timura Gold Star Mother Nursing Scholarship • The John Timura Nursing Scholarship

Applications for the nursing scholarships will be sent via e-mail to schools in the Greater New Britain area including the towns of: New Britain, Berlin, Farmington, Plainville, Newington and Southington.

Applications for the medical student scholarship will be e-mailed to the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Yale School of Medicine. Applications for the physical therapy scholarship will be e-mailed to the University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, Sacred Heart University and Quinnipiac University. All applications are available on our website at http://hfsc.org/careers/HSC-Scholarship-Program.

Scholarship winners will be notified in June. For further information qualified candidates may call Kathleen Altieri at 860.832.6257, or email kaltieri@hfsc.org, Hospital for Special Care Foundation, or Maria Pietrantuono, Chair, Scholarship Committee, at 860.827.4731, mpietrantuono@hfsc.org.


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Manchester Manor appoints Dalia Alberdi Director of Admissions & Marketing

Manchester Manor recently announced the appointment of Dalia Alberdi as Director of Admissions and Marketing. Alberdi will serve as Manchester Manor’s liaison with its referring hospitals to facilitate patient admissions. “We are thrilled to have Dalia join our team and strengthen our already best-in-class service to patients and their families,” said Billy Nelson, administrator of Manchester Manor. “Dalia will also build solid, dependable relations with area hospitals to ensure easy transition and exceptional care for our incoming residents.” Alberdi comes to Manchester Manor from Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. Photo credit: Manchester Manor She is a graduate of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Alberdi is a resident of West Suffield, Connecticut. Manchester Manor and Arbors of Hop Brook make up Connecticut’s only family-owned Life Plan Retirement Community. Arbors of Hop Brook is a vibrant all-inclusive community providing mature adults a maintenance-free and active lifestyle with valuable services and amenities. Living at Arbors of Hop Brook also offers the promise of additional healthcare support services right in the comfort of one’s own home and access to Manchester Manor, an award-winning health care center for post-hospital rehabilitation and compassionate long-term care support. Both recognized nationally for excellence in quality of care, the continuum of services at Arbors of Hop Brook and Manchester Manor are offered in a campus-like setting in Manchester. For more information, visit www.ManchesterManorCT.com and www.ArborsCT.com.

Dr. Kimberly Ebb named Life Care’s Company-wide Physician of the Year

Michael C. Coburn MD joins AdCare Rhode Island as Medical Director

Michael C. Coburn, MD, ABAM, of Chepachet, RI, has joined AdCare Rhode Island as Medical Director. Dr. Coburn received his medical degree from Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Dartmouth-Brown Program), and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He is a specialist in Addiction Medicine and has a private practice, Medical Assisted Recovery, in nearby Warwick, RI. Dr. Coburn also serves as the Medical Director of Addiction Recovery Institute in Warwick and Pawtucket, RI. “I am particularly interested in medical assisted treatment, and plan to initiate appropriate patients into medical assisted treatment, as well as help facilitate continued treatment upon discharge,” said Dr. Coburn. Prior to his current career path, Dr. Coburn practiced as a general, vascular, and bariatric surgeon at Kent County Memorial Hospital from 1995 to 2012. Dr. Coburn has been married for over 30 years and has four children ranging in age from 16 to 29. When not caring for patients, he occupies his spare time with family, fly fishing for anything that swims, and humbling himself playing guitar. Contact: Mary Beth Papcsy, AdCare Media Relations mbpapcsy@adcare.com (800) 345-3552, ext. 4058.

Katherine Anderson named Clinical Program Director at AdCare Rhode Island

Katherine Anderson, LCSW, LCPD, has been promoted to Clinical Program Director at AdCare Rhode Island, North Kingstown. “Katie was critical in supporting the role of Clinical Director over the past four months and is eager to roll out trainings and align supervision for clinical growth that will further enhance our clients’ coping skills” said Tara Bogs, PhD, executive director of AdCare Rhode Island. “Her knowledge, skills, and abilities will help AdCare Rhode Island grow clinically.” Katie has been with the AdCare family for four years, moving from intern, to clinician, to team lead, and now director. “Her exposure to multiple levels of treatment modalities provide her with a unique understanding of each level of direct service,” commented Dr. Bogs. New England’s most comprehensive provider of alcohol and drug care, AdCare provides a full continuum of treatment encompasses hospital-level of care in Worcester, MA; inpatient detoxification and residential treatment in North Kingstown, RI, and outpatient services at offices conveniently located throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. AdCare … your recovery begins here. Contact: Mary Beth Papcsy, AdCare Media Relations mbpapcsy@adcare.com (800) 345-3552, ext. 4058.

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Dr. Kimberly Ebb, nursing home specialist at The Highlands, a Life Care skilled nursing and rehab center in Fitchburg, was named Company-wide Physician of the Year for Life Care Centers of America on March 16. The award was given during a Life Care ceremony held at the American Medical Directors Association Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Six division award winners and a Heritage Award winner were also honored. Ebb has served patients at The Highlands for more than 15 years, first as medical director and since 2013 as a nursing home specialist. In addition, she is the regional director for physicians in Life Care’s buildings in the area. Ebb was praised for her leadership and organizational skills and especially for sharing her medical expertise with Life Care’s clinical leaders in the Northeast. Topics she has presented on include antibiotics and a training session on the signs and symptoms of sepsis. “I am very grateful for the support, leadership and friendship of Dr. Ebb,” said Zo Long, Northeast Division vice president. “Physicians play a pivotal role in the care of our residents,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president, “and we are proud to honor those who stand out in their commitment and their compassion to ensure the health and wellbeing of those entrusted to them.” The Highlands, located at 335 Nichols Road, is one of 15 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Massachusetts operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America. Founded in 1976, Life Care is a nationwide health care company. With headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, Life Care operates or manages more than 200 nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states. For more information about Life Care, visit lcca.com.


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Mass General Hospital launches interactive campus map powered by atlas3D platform atlas3D interactive map platform offers immersive media, virtual tours, wayfinding

concept3D, a leader in creating immersive online experiences with 3D modeling, interactive maps and virtual tour software, recently announced that Massachusetts General Hospital launched an interactive map and virtual tour platform using the company’s atlas3D platform. With atlas3D, the Massachusetts General Hospital’s campus is built atop Google Maps in detailed, 3D models and navigable by desktop and mobile, giving online visitors the ability to find their way to the campus, locate parking, and get walking directions. The interactive map also includes restaurants, hotels, and amenities around Mass General, as well as on-campus dining, wheelchair accessible routes and entrances, pharmacies, transportation and other items. The map can be searched and personalized links sent to people to help them find their way to specific destinations. “Having atlas3D bolsters Mass General’s ability to serve its patients and visitors,” said concept3D Vice President of Business Development, Bob O’Melia. “Mass General has always been an innovator, and understands that the application of technology can significantly improve the overall visitor experience.” Other health care centers using atlas3D for interactive maps, virtual tours, wayfinding and more include Roswell Park Cancer Center, University of Texas

Medical Branch, Oregon Health and Science University, and New York Medical College. Learn more about concept3D's interactive mapping and virtual tour technologies, also used by some of the most innovative retirement communities, universities, and convention centers, among others.

About concept3D Founded in 2006, concept3D specializes in helping clients create immersive online experiences through a combination of 3D modeling and interactive map and VR-ready virtual tour software. concept3D’s products include CampusBird, a platform designed specifically for education, and atlas3D, an online experience platform designed to improve the guest experience and support marketing and sales at convention centers, healthcare and retirement facilities, large commercial sites, venues, resorts, hotels, retail locations and more. From Disney to Google, Massachusetts General Hospital to Tucson Convention Center and Arizona State University, concept3D clients include some of the largest and most innovative resorts, universities, convention centers, healthcare centers, retirement and senior living communities, arenas and venues as well as economic development agencies, commercial real estate firms and publishers. photos provided


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ARCHITECTURE

Bernstein & Associates, Architects Founded in 1990, Bernstein & Associates, Architects, specializes in the design and construction of hospital and healthcare facilities. Our focus: high-quality design, excellent service, and client satisfaction. We have worked for over 100 hospitals and another 200 private healthcare facilities, across the United States. Our project types have included all hospital and healthcare service groups, including: Adult Day Care, Alcoholism Treatment Facilities, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Assisted Living, Cancer Centers, Cardiac Cath, Cardiology, CCU/ICU, Clinics, Coronary Care, Dental, Dermatology, Dialysis Clinics, Doctors Offices, Drug Treatment Facilities, Elder Care, Employee and Student Health Support Services, Emergency Departments, Emergency Preparedness, Endoscopy, ENT, Expert Witness, Group Practices, Hospices, Hospitals, Infectious Disease, Information Systems, Intensive Care, JCAHO Survey, Joint Commission Survey, Laboratories, Master Plans, Medical Offices, Medical Equipment, Medical Libraries, Medical Records, Neurology, Nursing Homes, Ophthalmology/Eye Center, OB/Gyn, Orthopedic, Pain Care Facilities, Pathology, Patient Safety Consulting Services, Pediatric, Pharmacy, Physical Fitness and Sports, PT/OT, Primary Care Programs, Psychiatric, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Senior Citizen Facilities, Sleep Centers, Social Services, Statement of Conditions, Surgical Suites and Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Urgent Care Centers, and USP 797 Consulting Services. The firm's projects have won design awards from Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and the Architectural Woodworking Institute, and have been published in Advance, Health Facilities Management, Medical Technology Today, Bio/Technology, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Design Solutions, Hospitality Design, Sound and Communication, Contract Design and Hospital Newspaper. Architectural Services include: programming, planning, design, construction documents, bidding and negotiation, and construction administration. The firm also offers sustainable or “green” healthcare design. The firm has a number of LEED-accredited professionals, has successfully completed numerous green healthcare projects, and has published articles on “Greening the Healthcare Environment”. Project Management (or Owner’s Representative Services) is offered as a stand-alone service through our affiliated project management company, Empire Projects, Inc. (www.empireprojects.com). Bernstein & Associates, Architects - PLLC 100 Pearl St. - 14th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103 Contact: William N. Bernstein, AIA Managing Principal Tel: 860-616-2200 Fax: 860-616-0018 wb@bernarch.com NEW YORK - HARTFORD - PRINCETON

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Showcase

Founder and CEO of New England Young Heart, Elaine Marcucio is hosting a SPRING FLING SHOWCASE.

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Waveny’s Wild Wild West

Waveny LifeCare Network’s Adult Day Program participants, residents and short-term rehab patients took a trip back in time to the Wild, Wild West, where they spent the day enjoying live country music, line dancing, lasso wrangling and horseshoe tossing as cowboys and cowgirls. For more information on Waveny’s Adult Day Program, which is available weekdays with free local transportation throughout most of lower Fairfield County, please call 203.594.5429 or visit waveny.org.

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Southcoast Health unveils state-of-the-art electrophysiology lab at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River Southcoast Health recently unveiled its state-of-theart electrophysiology lab at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. The new facility expands and enhances Southcoast Health’s already nationally-recognized cardiovascular services program. The $4 million, 3,800-square-foot electrophysiology lab will be dedicated to performing complex ablations for patients with atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia and atrial tachycardia.

“With this state-of-the-art lab — utilizing advanced technology that is not found in most of the major Boston hospitals — we will be able to continue to provide outstanding outcomes for our patients but with less radiation and greater precision. Better equipment will not be found anywhere else in this country or, for that matter, the world,” stated Dr. Ramin Davoudi, Director of Electrophysiology for Southcoast Health.

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(From left) State Representative Carole Fiola, Southcoast Health President & CEO Keith A. Hovan, David Teixeira, Dr. Nitesh Sood, Cindy Rodrigues, Lori Mullins, Dr. Ramin Davoudi, Dr. Michael Hyder, and Chair of Southcoast Health Board of Trustees Jason M. Rua.

The new electrophysiology lab, where providers will begin treating patients later this month, has more cameras to allow for better and quicker visualization of catheters. It uses highly advanced technology to minimize radiation from x-rays. In some cases, it can reduce x-ray exposure by up to 80 percent. It was designed by JACA Architects with Shawmut Design and Construction serving as general contractor. The lab also has a brand new mapping system that helps physicians localize abnormal electrical signals from the heart at 10 times the speed of the old system. This will cut down procedure times for the patient and the operator, and improve accuracy and success. This mapping system was recently approved by the FDA, and Southcoast Health is one of just 30 in the U.S. to utilize this technology. The addition of the lab will allow Southcoast Health to accommodate the increasing volume of patients and significantly decrease the wait time for many complex procedures. According to the CDC, an estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people in the U.S. have A-Fib. In 2012, Southcoast Health discharged more than 700 A-Fib

cases, the second highest number of all the commonwealth’s health systems. “Southcoast Health is redefining what great healthcare means,” said Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Health. “We are always pressing forward to provide our patients with the very highest quality of care, tailored to the unique needs of our communities and our patients.” The electrophysiology lab is housed in the multi-level, 6,700square-foot Harold and Virginia Lash Heart and Vascular Center at Charlton Memorial Hospital, which is also the location of the hybrid operating room. The Lash Center was completed in October 2015 at a cost of approximately $14 million. Southcoast Health is currently conducting a major capital campaign in support of the new facility. The construction to date has been made possible made possible in large part by the support of individuals, businesses and organizations in the greater community, including leadership gifts from the Harold G. Lash Trust and the Manton Foundation. For more information about Southcoast Health’s cardiovascular services, visit www.southcoast.org/heart.

Bridgeport Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine reaccredited

The Bridgeport Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine has been reaccredited for the maximum term of three years by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society (UHMS). Bridgeport Hospital is the only UHMS-accredited hospital in Bridgeport, one of only seven UHMS-accredited hospitals in Connecticut and in May will be the only one in the state that still has a multiperson hyperbaric chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy relies on pressurized pure oxygen to stimulate wound healing, which often succeeds when other approaches are unsuccessful. Most hyperbaric chambers are designed for only a single person but Bridgeport Hospital’s can comfortably accommodate up to six at a time plus a technician who supervises treatment. Terry Ann Schuster of West Haven is a recent patient who is grateful for the center’s more specious hyperbaric chamber and courteous staff. “I get very nervous in confined areas,” Terry Ann said. I met with Dr. Butler and the staff, who allowed me to sit in the chamber with the door open and.explained how everything would

work. My treatments started and the staff made me feel so comfortable and relaxed. I will forever appreciate the time, effort and the emotional support I received while going through my treatments. My wound is now completely healed.” Leona McFadden of Bridgeport had surgery on her left toe last September. She began hyperbaric oxygen therapy in October and her wound healed before the start of the New Year. “From my first visit until the end, I was treated professionally by a friendly and caring staff, especially the technicians,” said Leona. “The hyperbaric chamber was the best therapy that I've ever experienced.” “Accreditation affirms our ongoing commitment to the highest quality wound care for patients, staffing and facilities,” said William Butler, MD, the center’s medical director. The center treats a range of difficult-to heal wounds including burns, leg ulcers from poor circulation, pressure ulcers (bed sores), diabetic foot ulcers, burn scars, surgical wounds, traumatic injuries, insect or animal bites and radiation damaged bone and tissue,” Dr. Butler explained. In addition to hyperbaric oxygen

therapy, the center employs a variety of other wound healing techniques, such as advanced surgical treatments, bioengineered skin substitutes, topical medications, the use of specialized wound dressings and compression therapy (leg wraps). The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine is staffed by physicians, surgeons, podiatrists, advanced practice nurses (APRNs) and certified hyperbaric technicians. They work closely with physical and occupational therapists and other medical specialists,

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including infectious disease physicians and vascular surgeons. “For nearly a decade, Bridgeport Hospital’s Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine has provided a unique service to effectively treat a variety of difficult wounds,” said Nabil Atweh, MD, Bridgeport Hospital Chairman of Surgery. “We are proud of our staff for the hard work and dedication it takes to keep the center one of the best in the nation.” For more information please visit, www.bridgeporthospital.org/


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