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Emergency Medical Associates Named to Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare List for the Third Year Emergency Medical Associates is among 100 companies nationwide who have been named to the 2013 Best Places to Work in Healthcare list compiled by Modern Healthcare magazine. Emergency Medical Associates is pleased to be the highest ranked emergency medicine physician group on Modern Healthcare’s list. The recognition program, now in its sixth year, honors workplaces that enable employees to perform at the optimum level to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services. This is the third year that the company has been named to the list. “Since 1977, our physicians, mid-level providers and support staff have enjoyed a work environment where quality and excellence in practice is the norm. We reward clinical acumen with competitive compensation and benefits, and opportunities for advancement,” explains Raymond Iannaccone, MD, FACEP, president and chief executive officer of Emergency Medical Associates. “We’re honored to again be recognized by Modern Healthcare.” Nearly 350 healthcare companies participated in this year’s program. The program surveyed employees and analyzed their responses in eight core areas: • Leadership and planning • Culture and communications • Role satisfaction • Working environment • Relationship with supervisor • Training and development • Pay and benefits • Overall satisfaction

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The Password to Access Strategic IT Solutions? Try G-P-O. To succeed in today’s healthcare system, information sharing across provider types and locations is essential—a task made easier by information technology. For years, hospitals have funneled resources into cutting-edge medical technology, but lagged behind in using IT to streamline processes and disseminate information. Hospitals are now challenged to bolster their IT systems—both hardware and software—to link the people and processes that affect cost, quality, and outcomes. With the capability to share data quickly and securely, as well as perform complex analytics, IT is vital to every hospital’s strategic plan. The high price tag of IT investments warrants a clearly defined methodology to assess the value of the technology. However, when making that assessment, the way in which the technology affects the organization’s overall healthcare delivery, not just the efficacy of a specific function (such as network management), should also be considered. IT projects are more likely to succeed when the following organizational and project features are in place: 1. A set framework to regularly assess organization-wide IT capabilities and investments 2. Realistic expectations and timelines for IT project implementation 3. Deployment strategies that include ample testing, training, and input from stakeholders other than IT (supply chain, clinicians, etc.) 4. Availability of baseline process performance measurements 5. Plans for ongoing IT measurement and reporting processes One of the reasons that IT implementation is complex is that oftentimes more than just internal factors are involved. IT may require compatibility across systems and industries. There are also usage and security restrictions to be considered. That's where a group purchasing organization can be indispensable. A GPO can help health organizations streamline the process of meeting their information technology needs, whether by aggregating volume to get the most competitive prices on personal computers or tablets, or by identifying the best data storage solutions that comply with essential regulatory standards. At GNYHA Services, in addition to offering contracts for services ranging from IT consulting to image management, we provide access to strategic technology solutions for e-procurement, staff scheduling, and even mobile device recycling. And our members can rest assured that their IT services meet HIPAA and other regulatory requirements. Our IT vendors provide secure data delivery and storage solutions (such as encrypted email)—all HIPAA compliant for data exchanged over the Internet—with detailed tracking and reporting capabilities for auditing purposes. By providing the means for patients, providers, and other organizations to access vital data and communicate with each other, IT has the potential to impact all of healthcare’s main components, including clinical, financial, and operational processes. But you don’t have to wade into the deep end of IT alone: your GPO, with a strategic IT portfolio, can help hospitals and health systems access the most relevant, innovative, and secure IT services at the greatest possible savings. Christopher J. O’Connor is Executive Vice President of GNYHA Ventures, Inc., the for-profit arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association, and President of two GNYHA Ventures companies: GNYHA Services, Inc., an acute care group purchasing organization, and Nexera, Inc., a healthcare consulting firm. Mr. O’Connor is Chair-Elect of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM).

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“Never Let a Setback Make You Sit Back” A Story of Courage and Determination

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Within only five weeks, Carlton had progressed from being completely bed-bound to walking even stronger and steadier than he did before the second accident. “I had faith that I’d recover,” he said. “I just didn’t realize that they would have me up and walking so quickly.” Today, Carlton continues to receive Gaylord out-patient care with a group of therapists he considers to be friends. “They all love me in there,” he joked. Never one to let a challenge slow him down, Carlton said that he looks forward to helping others facing

traumatic injuries like his. Weeks ago, Carlton was invited to speak at Gaylord’s Spinal Cord Injury Support Group where he shared his story through an aptly entitled presentation, “Don’t Let a Setback Make You Sit Back.” “I just hope that I can encourage them the same way that Gaylord encouraged me throughout my own journey.” It’s a journey, Carlton said, that he likens to a miracle. “I’ve got God on my side,” he explained, “and Gaylord.” “Both of them were there with me every step of the way.”



By Joy Savulak It was a miracle that Carlton Crooks made it through the night. For seventeen hours, the 29year-old lay unconscious in the woods along route 691 after his motorcycle lost control and clipped the guard rail, launching him and his bike down an embankment - and out of the sight of passersby. The force of hard, unforgiving metal against flesh completely sheared off Carlton’s left leg. As he lay there unnoticed, Carlton bled profusely, his body barely clinging to life. The next morning, an observant passenger gazing out of the window spotted something unusual in the woods and urged his friend to turn around. Something, he felt, was wrong, an instinct that would ultimately make the difference between life and death. The commuters got off at the nearest exit and doubled back to the scene. Only steps away from the shoulder the two found a telling trail of evidence pointing to something terribly awry. First, they saw a helmet. Next, the back end of a motorcycle. Finally, they came upon the motorcyclist himself, bloodied, in shock, and slowly but deliberately crawling towards the road. The stunned men called 911. Within minutes LifeStar arrived to transport the barely responsive young man to Hartford Hospital. Though Carlton’s body was out of the woods, his life certainly was not.

He had lost a critical amount of blood and doctors were amazed that he had survived. His dislocated arm was severely injured and would remain frozen in place for months to come. Ligaments in his remaining leg were torn from his ankle. To make matters worse, doctors discovered a life-threatening blood clot in Carlton’s heart that was working its way to his lungs. He was immediately rushed into open-heart surgery. Carlton woke up in a hospital room disoriented and unaware of what had transpired six days earlier. “I had no idea why my leg was hurting so badly,” he said. “I asked the nurse, but she didn’t want to tell me about the amputation.” The doctor stood by Carlton’s bed side to reveal the stark reality of his situation. “In that moment, I knew that I had two choices: scream and cry, or accept it for what it was. Crying wasn’t going to change what had already happened, so I was determined to make the best of it and go on with my life.” After a 39-day stay at the hospital, Carlton returned home with visiting nurse services and commenced outpatient therapy at a facility that was not equipped to handle his rehabilitative needs. His doctor instead referred him to outpatient rehab at Gaylord Hospital, a decision that Carlton believes has made all the difference in his recovery. Carlton was immediately struck by the facility’s state-of-the-art equipment, its “amazing” therapy pool, and most of all, the “kindhearted” and “motivational” staff.

“Everyone was fabulous,” he recalled. “Each therapist had the same uplifting spirit and pushed me to give a little more.” That encouragement, coupled with Carlton’s innate drive and determination, helped the young man quickly regain his strength, gain mobility in his injured arm, and learn how to walk with his new prosthetic. But just as he was making significant strides in his recovery, a small patch of ice on a cold January night brought his progress back to square one in an instant. Carlton was traveling with a friend on I-91 when the vehicle hit black ice, spun around, and flipped onto its side. The impact ejected him through the driver’s side window and onto the highway, instantly breaking his lower back. “It was excruciating,” he recalled. “I felt every bit of it.” After three weeks in the hospital, Carlton was admitted to Gaylord Hospital for in-patient care. Though wracked with severe pain and unable to move, Carlton faced his recovery with the same optimism and stoic determination that helped him only months before. The father of two eagerly looked forward to each therapy session as an opportunity to recover and often sought out extra time in the gym. He fondly recalled how all of the staff encouraged him when he was feeling disappointed with his progress. “They pushed me when I didn’t feel like pushing myself. I really appreciated that,” he said.

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Getting back in the driver’s seat after a massive stroke “Helen, help me!” Larry Malone’s wife, Helen, remembers the events of that spring night earlier this year as if they took place yesterday, temporarily speaking for her husband due to cysts on his vocal chords. The couple had watched the Boston Red Sox game on TV at their Arlington, Massachusetts, home before turning in. She was wakened at midnight to find 76-year-old Larry soaking wet and in distress. Larry tried to get up, but found his world was spinning out of control. Helen called 911, and Larry was whisked to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in nearby Burlington, where he was admitted on May 17th. At first, doctors thought that the retired auto body shop owner might be experiencing vertigo. Soon, however, they detected evidence of a massive stroke within his right cerebellum, affecting his right side, confirmed by imaging. Larry’s condition was touch and go. But doctors were able to stabilize him and he was transferred to New England Rehabilitation Hospital (NERH), in Woburn, on May 24th to begin intensive rehabilitation therapy. An avid outdoorsman, Larry arrived at NERH determined to get back on his feet. It was going to take hard work. The stroke had left Larry with a significant right lateral lean with no sense of where his midline was. As a result, he had poor balance leaving him unable to sit up in a wheelchair unless strapped in and needing maximum assistance for walking. He also couldn’t pay attention to the right side of his environment. Larry began a regimen combining physical, occupational, and speech therapy. He received a minimum of three hours of therapy a day, five days per week. After four weeks, he had regained enough ground to go return home and continue therapy on an outpatient basis at NERH. “Larry wanted to get back to his regular life,” said Occupational Therapist Kerry Flatley. “So we made it a priority to not only get him walking, but to get him used to different surfaces so he could go outside and mow the lawn.” Over three months, Larry moved from wheelchair, to walker, to cane. He also began therapy using

the Dynavision, a technological marvel that uses a light training board to help those with visual and visuomotor impairments. “We can scale the Dynavision to make tasks progressively more difficult,” explained OT Flatley. “Larry progressed to where he could read a book while attending to light prompts.” Larry was ready to get back behind the wheel. He participated in the hospital’s Driving Program, successfully completing the two-part program, which culminates in a behind-the-wheel test.

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Amputee doesn’t stand still for long

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Although she and her husband Carl have 10 grandchildren, Peg Kirby is far from your typical grandmother. A risk taker by nature, she is a licensed pilot who’s dabbled in sea kayaking and hanggliding. She and Carl even lived in Alaska for a year just for the experience of it all. “I guess I’ve always enjoyed the adrenaline rush of doing adventurous things. It makes me feel alive,” says Peg, who is also an avid motorcyclist. And it was during an end-ofsummer ride on her Yamaha, that Peg’s adventurous lifestyle took an unforeseen turn. Hit broadside by a car while en route to the Worcester Airport to go flying with a friend, Peg suffered multiple injuries, including broken ribs, a broken arm, and serious lacerations. But the worst injury by far was to her left leg. “I remember looking down and seeing my leg barely attached to the rest of my body,” she recalls. Brought to the trauma unit at UMass Medical Center, Peg remained fully awake and fairly confident that she would need to have her left leg amputated. She was right. Following the amputation, pain and fear were Peg’s most frequent visitors. “Pain was by far the hardest part,” she says, explaining that she vacillated between that pain and “feeling out of it” due to the medications she was taking. “I was scared. I didn’t know anyone who was an amputee, so I didn’t know what to expect,” she says. “I worried about what my life would be like. I worried about my husband wanting me anymore. And I worried about returning to work.”

Peg’s work as a child psychologist had long been her life’s passion. Specializing in treating children who have experienced trauma, most of them adopted, she worried about “what would happen to my families if I didn’t return to work,” she says. Once medially stable, Peg was transferred to Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital in Worcester, MA. “When I was admitted to Fairlawn, I couldn’t do much of anything,” she recalls. “I couldn’t get out of bed, stand, walk or even dress myself. As a psychologist, I am used to taking care of other people, and now I was in the position of needing to be taken care of. It was not a comfortable situation for me.” The day after her admission, Peg had her first therapy session. “It wasn’t fun. Standing up that day felt impossible, and it took me a while to like that physical therapist, but I did by the time I left. I had fantastic therapists who balanced support with persuasion,” she says. While therapists worked with Peg for three to five hours a day, Fairlawn’s physicians and nurses tended to her complex medical needs. “The nurses really cared about me. They had a tough job. I had a lot of serious wounds, and my amputation site was still very raw,” she says. “They provided excellent pain management and wound care, spending a great deal of time changing my dressings and always taking care to keep a sterile field so there was no threat of infection.” By discharge from Fairlawn, Peg had made great strides. “I was in the hospital a month and learned to take care of myself in a wheel chair using only one arm and one leg. After I got my prosthesis, I went back to Fairlawn for outpatient therapy.”

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Peg’s amputation does not keep her from enjoying her favorite pastimes, including canoeing on the pond behind her home.

Along with helping her to regain independence, Peg credits Fairlawn with helping her to reach a higher level of physical fitness. “There is a huge correlation between my improved fitness and what I learned at Fairlawn. They taught me what muscle groups to use for certain activities and how to improve my core body strength.” These days, Peg relies on that strength to enjoy nearly all the activities she did prior to her accident.

Still traveling, canoeing, and flying, she returned to work just weeks after her inpatient stay at Fairlawn. Returning to work was a defining moment in her recovery. Helping families continues to bring her great satisfaction. “It feels like important work,” she says. “Fairlawn brought me back, and now I can continue the work I really love.” To see Peg’s story on film, visit

Mural Brings Fairlawn’s Unique History Alive


It did not take long for Peg’s dog Dolce to get his walking partner back.

A mural tracing Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital’s unique history was recently unveiled in the hospital’s main lobby. A year in the making, the pictorial-textual mural tells the story of how the 120 year-old brownstone mansion that once served as the family home of prominent local builder transitioned to a small community hospital and then to the area’s first and only acute rehabilitation hospital. The mural includes photographs dating back to the late 1880’s through present day. The unveiling marked the culmination of Fairlawn’s year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary as an acute rehabilitation hospital.

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“I never saw it coming,” said 58-year-old Joseph Brill of Quincy, Massachusetts, describing his cardiac arrest at Fenway Park. The year before, Joe had been successfully treated for cancer with the removal of one kidney, serendipitously found during imaging for a back injury. So on September 15th as the Massachusetts State Lottery employee entered Boston’s Fenway Park to watch his beloved Red Sox play, it was with a spring in his step. Five minutes later, instead of enjoying the game, he was receiving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); he would have to be defibrillated five times to restore his heartbeat. Joe was raced to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. There, a skilled team induced a coma, placed him on a ventilator, and inserted a feeding tube to help stabilize him. It would be almost three weeks before he was well enough to take the next step on his journey to recovery – intensive rehabilitation at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, a world-class rehabilitative facility where he would receive a minimum of three hours of therapy a day, five days per week. A Fan of Braintree Rehab Joe arrived at Braintree Rehab on October 4th, able to breathe on his own but experiencing other cardiac arrest-related issues. While he could walk with moderate assistance, he needed help getting in and out of bed and making other transfers, and maximum assistance for bathing, grooming, and dressing. Oxygen deprivation had caused

confusion and impaired cognition. And while the feeding tube had been removed, Joe would have to relearn how to swallow accommodate different types of foods. “We thoroughly evaluated Joe upon admission to determine his deficits and develop an individualized treatment plan,” said Physical Therapist and Neurologic Certified Specialist Dan Coughlan. “Our goal was to help him successfully reintegrate into the environment.” Joe began an intensive regimen of physical and occupational therapy to improve balance and walking and help with the activities of daily living. A speech therapist worked with him to address cognitive issues, including loss of memory and executive function. And he relearned how to eat a typical diet. “Braintree Rehab was great. They got me going up steps, showering by myself, and doing all of the little things you need to be able to do to go home,” said Joe. A Homecoming to Remember Braintree Rehab discharged Joe on October 16th. He left needing little to no assistance with functional tasks and with improved cognitive ability. Little did Joe know he would experience the homecoming of a life time. Joe went to the final World Series game, was reunited with the emergency medical service team that saved his life, watched the Red Sox win, and was invited onto the field where he was interviewed by a television news reporter.

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Center for Hospice Care’s creates a garden for healing grief Center for Hospice Care will create a Healing Garden on its campus in Norwich, which will provide people in New London County a sanctuary of tranquility and rejuvenation where they can work through their loss and grief. As the organization’s President/CEO Carol Mahier notes, “Center for Hospice Care considers the whole family to be our unit of care, which means that in addition to providing hospice and palliative care to our patients, we support their families in grieving their passing. Our Community Bereavement Center annually serves more than 500 people in Southeast Connecticut, including those whose loved ones were not in our care. For this rapidly growing part ofour work, the Healing Garden will be an important resource, providing a place where people can obtain comfort and uplift.”Research studies have shown thatspending time outside in a garden or healing landscape positively affects a person’s emotions and improves their sense of wellbeing -- results born-out by measurements of lowered blood pressure, increased absorption of

Vitamin D, and improved balance in circadian rhythms. As designed by Kelly Sisk of Oasis Gardens, Center for Hospice Care’s Healing Garden will engage all the senses -- with colorful flowers and Zen-garden sand patterns for the eye, aromatic herbs and traditionally therapeutic plants for the nose, and a centerpiece waterfallsculpture for the ear. In addition to these traditional elements, the garden will have unique features that address the special needs of people in the community. For children in Hospice’s bereavement programs, there will be a lawn for gathering in play, which will also feature a large xylophone/chimes for them to make music –kids in Hospice’s Expressive Arts program will help select the instrument. There will also be a small vegetable garden for adults and children to learn and harvest from. And to honor veterans,the garden will feature a Vets Commemorative Rock with an inscribed plaque, beside a flagpole. For help in planting and maintaining the garden, Hospice plans to engage the region’s Master Gardeners, garden clubs, and other volunteers.


(L to R) Lenny Winkler (incoming Board President), Carol Mahier (President/CEO) and Bethany Haslam (outgoing Board President) dig in to start work on Center for Hospice Care’s Healing Garden

Mahier points out that “We want the Healing Garden to be a community resource, open to everyone who needs a place to find peace or

meditate on the loss of a loved one.” To pay for the Healing Garden, Center for Hospice Care will raise $100,000 in a mini-capital campaign.

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Plans call for completion and opening of the Healing Garden next summer, with a community celebration and blessing.

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CEO Fiocchetta elected Vice Chair of LeadingAge Connecticut

Students from St. Luke’s Middle School Art Club presented Waveny LifeCare Network with custom designed, hand-made velour pillows. From left to right: Art teacher, Nancy Arno; students, Alex Awad; Ellie Hobbs; Leo Van Munching; Elise Scott; Cate Brown and Waveny’s Director of Volunteer, Debbie Perron.

The Mercy Community, West Hartford’s premier continuing care retirement community is pleased to announce President and CEO, William J. Fiocchetta of Granby, has been elected as an Officer for LeadingAge Connecticut. Fiocchetta will serve a oneyear term as Vice Chair for the statewide organization. LeadingAge Connecticut is a membership organization representing more than 130 non-for-profit mission driven provider organizations serving elderly and disabled individuals across the continuum of care, including nursing homes, residential care homes, housing for the elderly, continuing care retirement communities, adult day centers, home care agencies and assisted living. To find out more about The Mercy Community, its full range of services and senior living options for residents please visit,

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Cleary appointed to State of Connecticut Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Task Force The Mercy Community, West Hartford’s premier continuing care retirement community, is proud to announce that Director of Dementia Education & Programming, Eileen Cleary of Wolcott, has been appointed to the State of Connecticut Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Task Force. The appointment was made by Connecticut State House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D30th Assembly District- Berlin, Southington) as a representative from an organization that advocates for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia who are living in long-term care facilities. “We are so proud of Eileen and our growing special care community for the memory impaired at Saint Mary Home,” said The Mercy Community’s President & CEO, Bill Fiocchetta. “Eileen’s commitment to the families and patients afflicted with these diseases is truly second to none, and this appointment to the State’s Task Force is not just a tremendous honor, but also a testament to her years of service to those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” added Fiocchetta. In June 2013, the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association helped to see through the successful passage of House Bill 5979 that establishes a Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia to analyze and make recommendations to improve services and care provided to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in our state. Cleary joins 22 other members on the Task Force who will be charged with establishing and developing a comprehensive state plan on Alzheimer’s Disease. This plan will in part be focused on boosting public awareness; improving care management; increasing early detection and diagnosis; improving training and workforce development; furthering research; and improving public safety for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. To find out more about The Mercy Community, its full range of services and care to families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia please visit,

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, dementia, hospice, palliative, subacute, residential and adult day services. THE McAULEY, a Continuing Care Retirement 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 services, or any of our other programs, please visit provided

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“Waveny Walkers” raise funds for Alzheimer’s Disease research Waveny LifeCare Network employees, volunteers and family members helped fight Alzheimer’s disease by participating in this year’s annual Memory Walk at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on Sunday, September 29. Waveny’s team, which has participated in the three-mile walk since its inception 17 years ago, raised over $4,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter through donations and sponsorships. The funds collected will stay in the community to fund essential care and support services for people with the disease. The Waveny team joined scores of walkers from throughout Fairfield County at Calf Pasture Beach in support of medical research to improve treatments and find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Waveny’s team is especially passionate about this mission given the dedicated care Waveny provides to patients and residents with Alzheimer’s disease at both the Care Center and The Village at Waveny, Waveny’s assisted living residence for people with memory loss. “Every year, the Memory Walk brings hundreds of people together to raise funds to research and combat a disease that presents enormous challenges to the people it affects directly, their families and friends,” said Ilene Sumberg, director of Waveny’s Adult Day Program and Waveny team captain. “We were proud to have such strong representation and to raise a significant amount of money for the cause.” The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people affected by Alzheimer’s


Members of Waveny LifeCare Network’s 2013 Memory Walk team, the “Waveny Walkers,” raised more than $4,000 in contributions for the Alzheimer’s Association that will be used to fund essential care and support services for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

disease and related disorders through advocacy, education and support systems, while promoting research efforts. According to the Association, Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia and affects as many as 5.4 million Americans. It is a degenerative disease that attacks the brain

and progresses at a variable rate. It results in impaired memory, thinking, and behavior and can last from eight to 20 years from the time of onset of symptoms. Waveny Life Care Network provides a comprehensive continuum of care – now including skilled Home Healthcare – to serve the growing

needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at New Canaan Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care

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Hebrew Health Care’s Resident Council President collects eyeglasses for the less fortunate Paula Dunn, Hebrew Health Care’s Resident Council President, has been on a mission for the past several months to collect as many used pairs of eyeglasses as she can for the Lion’s Club; reaching out to family members, friends, staff, volunteers and board members of Hebrew Health Care to assist her. Driven to help those less fortunate by giving them the gift of sight, her hard work paid off when she was able to collect a box of glasses and present it to a member of the local Lion’s Club, Christopher Wicke. Hebrew Health Care is a nonprofit, non-sectarian health care

provider featuring a full spectrum of integrated and seamless in-patient; out-patient and community based geriatric services to meet the needs of older adults in the Greater Hartford community. Hebrew Health Care is committed to providing comprehensive care of the elderly. Not simply saying it, not simply building it, HHC does it – every day, every week, every year, for over 100 years. Hebrew Health Care’s commitment to the elderly in the Greater Hartford area is unparalleled and is the foundation on which our reputation for excellence is based.


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Hospital for Special Care to open Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Center; appoints Adam Simmons, M.D. as Director


Hospital for Special Care (HSC) offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and related neurological disorders. Staff Neurologist and Movement Disorder Specialist Adam D. Simmons M.D., DABIHM will head the program. More than one million people have Parkinson’s disease in the United States, and 50,000-60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Parkinson’s disease can affect gait, balance, flexibility, coordination, speech, voice and swallowing which affects activities of daily living and overall quality of life. “It is our mission at Hospital for Special to provide treatment for all stages of the disease process, from onset and early symptoms, to later-stage disease,” said Adam D. Simmons, M.D., DABIHM, director, Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Center, Hospital for Special Care. “We emphasize active patient involvement in their own care, to include exercise, physical therapy, medications, and lifestyle changes,” Simmons said. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, Dr. Simmons received his medical degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency and received a fellowship in movement disorders at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University.

Dr. Simmons joins HSC from Springfield Neurology Associates, Springfield, Mass. where he was a neurologist and acupuncturist. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine where he also served as Medical Director of the Neuromodulator Program. The HSC program features the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIG and LOUD Program that was developed in 1987 and incorporates LOUD specialists in speech pathology and BIG-certified physical therapists. With the LSVT LOUD, the muscles used for voice and speech are stimulated through a systematic hierarchy of exercises. Treatment improves respiratory, laryngeal and articulatory function to improve speech intelligibility with improvements shown to last up to two years following treatment. With LSVT BIG, the scientifically proven principles of LSVT LOUD can be applied to limb movement, and training results in improved motor functioning including faster walking with bigger steps, improvement in balance and increased trunk rotation.

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Hospital for Special Care President and CEO John Votto receives Hartford Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award John J. Votto, D.O., F.C.C.P., president and CEO, Hospital for Special Care, (HSC) is a 2013 recipient of the Hartford Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Located in New Britain, HSC is one of the five largest free-standing specialty hospitals in the United States, serving the most medically-complex adults and children. As past President of the National Association of Long Term Hospitals (NALTH), Dr. Votto brings distinguished leadership to the Connecticut healthcare community. Since joining Hospital for Special Care in 1985, he has made invaluable contributions to the hospital. “The most important lesson I impart to my staff is compassion for our patients. A patient will notice if you don’t care,” Dr. Votto said. At HSC, Dr. Votto has developed and managed a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program and the second largest ventilator program in the country. He also initiated a regional weaning unit over a 17-year period, and under his leadership, HSC has the highest ventilator-weaning rate in Connecticut and one of the highest success rates in the nation. In addition, he has been instrumental in developing The Autism Center at Hospital for Special Care, the first of its kind in Connecticut. Since the Autism Center’s opening in February 2011, the hospital has

About Hospital for Special Care Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is one of the five largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospitals in the United States and the nation’s only long-term acute-care hospital serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medicallycomplex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders (including ALS research), spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure as well as diagnostic, assessment and consulting services for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis. For the latest news and information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter @HospSpecialCare.

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Aging Care AcademySM’s launch event improves the lives of Caregivers Dozens of caregivers recently gathered at Hoffman SummerWood Community to learn the six steps to avoid a nursing home and have their caregiving questions answered by a panel of Hebrew Health Care experts. The panel was moderated by Mary Jones from WDRCAM/The Talk of Connecticut radio and featured Bonnie Gauthier, President and CEO, Pamela Atwood, Director of Dementia Care Services, and Jonas Steiner, Vice President of Admissions and Social Work Services. The panel fielded questions from the audience while also taking questions that were posed through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

assisted Connecticut families with a triage of comprehensive services and now has a growing list of patients waiting to be seen further underscoring the need for expanded and coordinated services. For more information on Dr. Votto’s accomplishments and journey which led him to becoming the President and CEO at Hospital for Special Care visit: RINTEDITION/310049966

“Hebrew Health Care developed Aging Care Academy in response to the many requests for caregiver support and education. The goal of Aging Care Academy is to empower caregivers to be informed, protected, supported and cared for. Classes are designed to address the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs of the caregiver,” said Pamela Atwood. As 8,000 people turn 65 every day for the next 18 years, caregiver education will be key to balancing the emotional and physical stress of caregiving. If you would like more information on Aging Care AcademySM or would like to register for classes, please visit or call (860) 920-1810.

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Hebrew Health Care celebrates 110 Years and installs new Officers and Trustees Hebrew Health Care hosted its Annual Meeting and Installation Event on October 16, 2013. With Board Members, management staff and special community guests in attendance, Hebrew Health Care celebrated the organization’s events, programs and relationships that we have formed in our history of caring for Greater Hartford’s elderly. Attendees enjoyed a lovely cocktail reception with scrumptious hors

d’oeuvres before the meeting commenced. The program included opening remarks from Outgoing Chairman, Richard Rubenstein; message by President and CEO, Bonnie B. Gauthier; installation of Board Members and Officers, along with an awards ceremony. Hebrew Health Care Board Member Richard C. Robinson was recognized with the Georgette Koopman Trustee Award for

Excellence for his service and leadership in HHC’s fundraising efforts. Staff recognition through the Elaine Gollis Employee Award for Excellence was presented to Sub-acute Unit Secretary Becky Gibson for her exemplary performance and work ethic. In addition, HHC recognized two staff members who recently celebrated their 50th service anniversaries, Sarah Gamble and

Vere Haynes. The 2013 Annual Meeting at Hebrew Health Care marked the installation of its new Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ross Hollander by LeadingAge Connecticut’s President, Mag Morelli. Hebrew Health Care is a nonprofit, non-sectarian health care provider featuring a full spectrum of integrated and seamless in-patient; out-patient and community based geriatric services to meet

the needs of older adults in the Greater Hartford community. Hebrew Health Care is committed to providing comprehensive care of the elderly. Not simply saying it, not simply building it, HHC does it – every day, every week, every year, for over 100 years. Hebrew Health Care’s commitment to the elderly in the Greater Hartford area is unparalleled and is the foundation on which our reputation for excellence is based.

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A Family with Heart: LVAD Implant Patient Credits BIDMC “Lifesavers,” Considers them Part of the Family Not long ago, longtime BIDMC heart patient Mirella Ursino feared her days of cooking, shopping, and, most importantly, enjoying her family, were numbered. Today, however, thanks to a remarkable medical journey, she still cooks a mean chicken parm. The 62-year-old wife, mother of three, grandmother of four and native of Revere, Mass., recently became the recipient of a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) at BIDMC’s CardioVascular Institute. LVADs are implantable pumps that help weakened hearts maintain ample blood flow, thus prolonging lives. For many patients, these devices are a “bridge” to heart transplants. BIDMC is the first non-heart transplant hospital in Boston to offer LVADs, reflecting a trend toward these devices becoming long-term “destination” therapy for patients who are not good candidates for transplants. Mrs. Ursino regards cardiologist Robb D. Kociol, MD, director of BIDMC’s VAD program, as her “lifesaver,” because he prescribed the procedure when she thought she had run out of options. She says she now considers Dr. Kociol and the BIDMC heart team to be among her “extended family.” That team includes Surgical Director Kamal R. Khabbaz, MD, who performed the LVAD implant, her original BIDMC cardiologist, Panos Papageorgiou, MD, and “the caring nurses who are always there for me.” All in the Family Though Mrs. Ursino’s husband is dealing with his own heart issues now, at the time she was diagnosed with heart disease, she was not aware of any prior history in her family. In 1998, after experiencing shortness of breath and palpitations, Mrs. Ursino was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy (weakened heart muscles). Over the next 14 years, there were alternating periods of stability and heart agitation, but she still enjoyed being with her kids and four grandchildren, all of whom either live with her or close by. Fast forward to the summer of 2012, which Laura describes as “the worst time of our lives.” The Ursinos became increasingly concerned when their mom starting losing weight and complaining about stomach distress and fatigue.

“At first, I was a little uncomfortable carrying the computer box around with me, but you get used to it, and I hide it in my pocketbook, so nobody knows!” she says. “I’m getting stronger and have more energy these days. Most of all, I’m so happy to go for walks and play with my grandchildren, who are my life.” Mrs. Ursino is grateful that her family continues to support her, including taking her to regular checkups at BIDMC. “I look forward to seeing my lifesavers at the hospital,” she says.

“That Dr. Kociol, what a wonderful man …he gave me his cell phone number and even calls me when he’s on vacation!” “Mirella is doing really well and has a much-improved quality of life,” says Dr. Kociol. “She’s still waiting for a heart transplant, but this has been a very successful bridge.” Looking ahead, Mrs. Ursino has no big plans for changing her lifestyle. “Why do I need to travel when I get so much joy from my family at home?” she asks. For the Ursino family, home is where there heart is.


Carrying Her Heart on Her Sleeve. Mirella Ursino, with her computerized heart monitor in her bag, visits her cardiologist at BIDMC’s CardioVascular Institute.

Finally, in June, Mrs. Ursino went to BIDMC’s Emergency Room, where doctors determined that her blood pressure was dangerously low. Dr. Kociol then examined Mrs. Ursino and put her on inotropes (intravenous medication that improves the heart’s pumping ability). Mrs. Ursino was admitted to BIDMC, stayed for a couple of weeks, and was slowly weaned off the IV medicine. Upon discharge, she went home and started taking heart meds and diuretics. She also went for an evaluation at Tufts Medical Center to see if she was a good candidate for a heart transplant. After many tests, she was put on the transplant list but was told that she might have to wait a long time. Two months later, in August, Mrs. Ursino was nauseous, had little appetite, and couldn’t perform her favorite activities: cooking and shopping. She was readmitted at BIDMC, where she again saw Dr. Kociol. The family, feeling very anxious, knew they needed another treatment option—fast.

A Big (Ventricular) Assist The answer was LVAD intervention. Dr. Kociol explains how it works. LVADs consist of three components: a surgically implanted pump (the state-of-the-art HeartMate II manufactured by Thoratec), an electronic controller with batteries, and a strap for carrying the computer over the shoulder or around the waist. Before the procedure, Dr. Kociol and the medical team trained Mrs. Ursino and her daughters on the proper use and maintenance of the LVAD mechanisms, and prepped them for the operation. ”The procedure went smoothly, and the recovery in the ICU was a relatively fast five days,” says Dr. Khabbaz. After two weeks in the hospital, Mrs. Ursino was discharged with her new heart-assist pump in tow. Back in the Kitchen Quickly, Mrs. Ursino got back to her routine, making her own tomato sauce and cooking her signature dishes at home. She was also happy to resume shopping in the mall.

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Hospital for Special Care expands dental clinic services for children and adults with special needs Recognizing a community-wide need for dental services for children and adults with special needs, Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is expanding its dental practice. Joining the dental services staff are Monica Sandra Wolff, D.D.S, M.D.S. and Jamie Roach-Decker, D.D.S. The dental clinic offers services for people with special needs including those who have been affected by autism, muscular dystrophy, spina bifidia and cerebral palsy. Dr. Jamie Roach-Decker has been practicing dentistry for 27 years after graduating from Indiana University School of Dentistry. She completed a residency at Southbury Training School and Danbury Hospital concentrating on dentistry with the developmentally disabled where she also could use her degree in Physical Therapy. Dr. Roach-Decker is a lifelong member of the American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association and New London County Dental Association, and she is active in the American Women’s Dental Association. Recognizing the need to add a specialist in pediatric dentistry, HSC has selected Dr. Monica Sandra Wolff D.D.S, M.D.S. Dr. Wolff has been practicing pediatric dentistry for more than 20 years. Dr. Wolff received her degree from Universidad de Odontologia, Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed her residency at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wolff received her Master’s in Dental Science through University of Connecticut Health Center. Prior to joining HSC, Dr. Wolff was the clinical instructor for the Department of Craniofacial Sciences, Division of Pediatric Dentistry at University of Connecticut Health Center.

“The addition of these resources in our clinic will allow us to continue our mission of serving individuals with special health care needs or chronic health care conditions. Dr.’s Wolff and Roach-Decker bring specific competencies that will enhance the services already provided by our dedicated and long term staff in our clinic,� said John Votto, D.O., F.C.C.P., president and CEO, Hospital for Special Care. The dental clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment. For more information on HSC’s dental services, please contact Janice Wallace at 860. 225.2500 or visit About Hospital for Special Care Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is one of the five largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospitals in the United States and the nation’s only long-term acute-care hospital serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders (including ALS research), spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure as well as diagnostic, assessment and consulting services for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis. For the latest news and information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter @HospSpecialCare.

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Standing Your Ground Ever read the childhood story book, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?" As the story goes in this circular tale, once the mouse is given a cookie, the mouse asks for milk, and then continues requesting more and more. In nursing, sometimes it's challenging not to be pulled into this spiral. Patients push you to the limits, but ultimately it is important to do what is safe for the patient and to protect your license. Take Jane Doe for example. A 23 year old "frequent flyer" patient with chronic pancreatitis is admitted to your unit. When you walk in to administer her medications, she tells you that all the other nurses gave her twice the dose that is ordered for Benadryl, rather than "wasting" half the bottle. Jane Doe tests the limits and notices how busy you look. She is knowledgeable about the hospital system. How do you stand your ground while caring for her with respect? First off, take a deep breath and center yourself before entering the patient's room. If "PRN" medications were given during the previous shift, be sure to note the correct times they are due next. Writing down the time for the next scheduled dose for the patient can eliminate being called back into the room many times. This also provides the patient the ability to participate in her care by knowing when her medications are due and asking for them appropriately. Clustering care is critical during a busy shift to keep you grounded. Avoid going into a patient room empty handed. Instead, be ready to take a blood sugar, bring in a fresh pitcher of water and morning medications rather than going back and forth constantly. Multi-tasking these jobs will allow the patient to get more undisturbed rest and allow you a couple extra minutes to be fully present with your patient. These extra moments allow you use your time to connect with your patient. Be an advocate for your patients. Speak up if you see your patient's pain regimen is not providing relief. After twelve hour shifts, nurses know their patient better than anyone else on the treatment team and can detect subtle changes. Be persistent if your intuition tells you something is wrong because it can save lives. Focus on one patient at a time. Nurses are constantly being interrupted with different tasks whether with a phone call, visitor, or call light. Take a moment to step back and concentrate on the patient you are working on. This will prevent you from charting on the wrong patient or giving an incorrect medication. Standing your ground translates to caring for the mind, body, and spirit of your patient while being true to yourself as a nurse. Jane Doe's manipulative behavior may just be her way of retaining some sense of control in the uncertain hospital environment. Take a moment to set an intention at the start of your shift and know that patients are just looking for a caring and knowledgeable nurse to help them. Be mindful when talking to your patient rather than scrambling to the next task. Remember the power of taking a deep breath whenever things seem to get overwhelming. Standing your ground in this holistic perspective can prevent burnout and promote healing.

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For the future of health care, certification makes the difference By Lois Alcosser

We are reminded every day that the fastest growing population consists of those folks graciously called “older adults”, also known as: the aging , elderly, senior citizens, or, more bluntly, those little old ladies in tennis shoes needing geriatric care. All this, has an insulting, isolating feel to it. As the population of older adults increases, senior baby boomers will probably change this vocabulary into something more complimentary. Meanwhile, almost every day, it seems, another “home care” business emerges. These range from simple housekeeping, meal preparation and general assistance to certified nursing care and experienced caregivers. The variety and the fees can be quite different. Thus far, there are no official regulations for home helpers. “Comfort Keepers,” a reputable service that enables seniors to live independently in their homes recently announced a presentation called “Changing Uniforms,” warning that just because someone is wearing what looks like an authentic nursing uniform, beware! It could be a fake.

The best safeguard for family members who choose and hire people to care for a parent, relative or spouse is certification. There are official, usually state-mandated requirements to be certified as a nurse’s aide. These requirements include basic nursing education (taking blood pressure, using a stethoscope, correct assistance with showering, dressing, feeding) as well as hands-on training in skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. An example of this is Academy of Medical Training (AMT) in Ridgefield, Connecticut at the Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association, (RVNA.) In two and a half weeks of intensive instruction, a student can be a Certified Nurse’s Aide, along with certification in CPR, First Aid and dementia training. Once certified, graduates of the program can work in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, as well as provide certified home care. Jamie Mirabilio created the first AMT in Waterbury, Connecticut .The program there certified over 500 graduates and was praised highly by State of Connecticut Examiners. Jamie is a licensed practical nurse and an American Heart Association CPR


instructor, with ten years’ experience in the medical field and over five years as a Certification Instructor. Theresa Santoro, president and CEO of the Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association says that Academy of Medical Training at RVNA is “in line with our mission of providing the very best in every aspect of health care from newborn to endof-life. With AMT, our teaching curriculum will ensure a competent future health care workforce.”

The reputation of RVNA (celebrating its 100th year) adds particular value, because graduates of Academy of Medical Training will have an opportunity to qualify for employment at RVNA. As the overall need for medical help increases, CNA’s become more valuable than ever. Training at the Academy includes books, uniforms, basic medical equipment, with an added bonus of assistance with job interviews and resume

building for future employment. The Academy also appeals to those who are themselves family caregivers, teaching skills that make them more efficient, observant and confident. Stories are rampant about home health aides who were found to be watching TV on the job, who treated a loved one like a naughty child, who did the dishes and prepared lunch but remained aloof and unable or unwilling to engage their patient with friendly attention. Certification is evidence that the home health employee has been through a complete educational training program and has dutifully earned the right to be a Certified Nurse’s Aide. .Jamie Mirabilio also makes a big point of the emotional, psychological, and ethical relationship a CNA has with an employer. Students are taught: “You are in someone else’s home. You must respect that always. Your appearance counts, your readiness and professionalism are measured by your own cleanliness, neatness, politeness, respect for yourself and your patient.” With this kind of training, the questions about future health care begin to be answered.

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HELP Program continues to make a difference They provide all of us with top quality patient care every day, so why shouldn’t they be taken care of. Why shouldn’t hard-working nurses, caring doctors and their staff receive the same commitment? Well, thanks to the Hospital Employee Loan Program (H.E.L.P.), they all do. Sun Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper teamed up to create H.E.L.P. It’s been nothing less than a success, gaining notoriety in the community. How could it not? This innovative mortgage provides discounted mortgage rates designed for hospital employees and pre-qualifications for their next home or refinance. In addition, there are many more benefits available to the healthcare services community through this program – including a complimentary evaluation of your particular financial situation. Sun Homes Loans knows that as a healthcare professional, a doctor, a nurse, a physician’s assistant, your life is busy. We believe that you deserve nothing but the best service and programs. Our customer service – from initial inquiry up until the big day – closing – is first-rate. “We are proud to work with Sun Home Loans and the healthcare community on such a great initiative,” said Joe Belsito, Publisher of Hospital Newspaper. “Members of the hospital community are part of the core of our country. Putting together such a unique and value-added program for them to benefit from when buying a new home is a great way to show our appreciation and support. We are so happy that the H.E.L.P. program is flourishing.” Sun National Bank provides a full-range of banking products and services, delivered by experienced bankers. Personal attention merges with world-class service and competitive products that meet the needs of today’s consumers and businesses. Sun National Bank believes that doing business in the community means being a part of it. The healthcare services sector is, of course, a very important part of the fabric of any community. That’s why Sun Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper is so proud to work with all of them. Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Sun Home Loans H.E.L.P. program is offered to members of the hospital community and their families. A H.E.L.P. program representative will assist you in making sure the process is cost-effective and works for you and your family. In addition, Sun National Bank provides a full-range of banking products and services, delivered by experienced bankers. It’s the least we can do for people who care and do so much for all of us. To receive more information about the program and its benefits, please contact Steven Testa at or call 973-615-9745. Sun National Bank Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.

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With a competitive mortgage rate and discounted fees, this program helps our community heroes purchase new homes or refinance existing homes. Plus, the program comes with our pledge to get hospital employees in their new homes by their contract dates.

challenges to home ownership. Working with our own resources and Federal government programs we will create a solution that opens the path to home ownership. The Hospital Employee Loan Program delivers these advantages: » A competitive mortgage rate, available specifically for hospital employees » Discounted fees » Personal service from program specialists » Our pledge to have you in your home by the contract date

COMMUNITY FOCUS Sun National Bank, a full-service provider of banking products and services, is dedicated to playing an active part in the communities we serve. We support a variety of organizations, events and programs whose goals are to make our neighborhoods a better place to live and work and improve the lives of those living around us. Hospital News is the leading provider of local news and information for doctors, nurses and other hospital staff.

Learn More To find out more about our Hospital Employee Loan Program, email or call 973-615-9745 to talk with our program specialist, Steve Testa (NMLS #460176), who will discuss your need and explain how the program could benefit you. Sun Home Loans, Sun National Bank, and Hospital News are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank, member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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Waveny announces toll free “Waveny Cares Helpline” Waveny LifeCare Network has launched a toll-free number to assist older adults, caregivers, families and anyone else who may require professional guidance or assistance with eldercare issues. The “Waveny Cares Helpline” (1-855-WAVENY1) was introduced by the not-forprofit organization to field and answer general questions about senior care options, in addition to helping callers navigate local community-based services and resources. The helpline is not designed to handle medical emergency situations. “This is a mission-driven service that we’re proud to offer the community,” said Waveny’s Chief Executive Officer, Bill Piper. “We are committed to developing innovative and helpful resources like the Waveny Cares Helpline that deliver upon our mission, provide education, and utilize our professional staff’s far-ranging depth and breadth of knowledge.” A dedicated line managed by Waveny’s main office staff, the new toll-free number is designed to deliver answers to callers within 24 hours. “We listen carefully, determine the issue, and direct the question to the most appropriate manager or staff member for prompt followup,” said Piper. “We have a stellar and deeply knowledgeable team here at Waveny, capable of helping a lot of people.” To call Waveny’s new helpline, dial 1-855-WAVENY-1, or 1-855928-3691 at any time. Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of care – now including skilled Home Healthcare – to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24hour coverage, an Adult Day Program that offers flexible hours and transportation five days a week, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at both The Village and Care Center. For information call (203) 594-5200 or visit

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AdCare Hospital Recognizes Dale B. Coulter for Excellence in Patient Care and Elaine C. Derry-Neely for Excellence in Customer Service AdCare Hospital recently honored Dale B. Coulter, RN, Nurse Manager, with the Eunice Roddy Award for Excellence in Patient Services and Elaine C. Derry-Neely, Supervisor of Case Management Services at AdCare Outpatient Worcester, with the Excellence in Customer Service Award. The awards were presented on September 19th in the lobby of AdCare Hospital on 107 Lincoln Street. “The Excellence in Patient Care Award is named for Eunice Roddy, who was an outstanding champion of patient care throughout her 43 years of dedicated service to AdCare Hospital and our patients,” said Dr. Patrice Muchowski, Vice President of Clinical Services. “Similarly, Dale Coulter, the 2013 Patient Care Award recipient, consistently exhibits dedication, professionalism, and caring toward patients and staff.” Ms. Coulter joined AdCare Hospital as a per diem nurse in 1990 and has served as a full-time nurse manager since 1999. Elaine Derry-Neely, the 2013 Excellence in Customer Service Award recipient, began her career in 1985 in the Social Services Department of AdCare Hospital. Ms. Derry-Neely later moved to the Worcester outpatient department as a discharge planner and in 2008 became Supervisor of Case Management Services. “Elaine is a strong advocate for the patient, giving her all to ensure patients receive the treatment they need to recover,” said David Hillis, Jr., Vice President of AdCare Outpatient Services.


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Harvest Country Fair held at New Canaan Inn New Canaan Inn recently took on the spirit of country fairgrounds as it celebrated its second annual “Harvest Country Fair.” The event, which was conceived of by Barbara Jeffries, the Inn’s Assistant Director of Activities, began with Midway games including a bean bag toss, hula-hoop toss with leather pig, mouse trap penny precision game, and tin can putting contest. The games concluded with staff “stretching for donuts” with their hands tied behind their back and residents cheering them on. The event also featured an all-day farmers market where folks could buy apples, jams, assorted candies, pumpkins and gourds. At lunchtime, residents enjoyed banjo strumming from foot-stomping folk singer, Bruce Taylor. Afternoon festivities included a pie tasting contest judged by Inn residents. With nine entries from families, friends, staff and volunteers, and varieties including fudge, pumpkin, cranberry raisin, apple, blueberry, chocolate cream, apple crisp and pecan, Frank Haines of New Canaan was named the winner with his apple raspberry pie. The afternoon also included a visit from New Canaan Nature Center’s newest inhabitants, Pumpkin and Buttercup – two miniature Nigerian goats. An additional visitor was “Fearghas,” a ten time champion English lop rabbit, whose ears each measure about 8 inches long. The evening concluded with a harvest dinner of homemade popovers with honey butter, walnut and raspberry salad, roast pork and chicken, Brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie with rum raisin ice cream for dessert.


New Canaan Inn staff “stretch for donuts” at the Harvest Country Fair.

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Coverys announces agreement to acquire OHA Holdings, Inc. FinCor Holdings, Inc., a member of Coverys which is based in Boston, announced recently that they have entered into an agreement to acquire OHA Holdings, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary OHA Insurance Solutions (“OHAIS”), located in Columbus, Ohio. For more than three decades, Coverys and its predecessors have been trusted providers of medical professional liability insurance for healthcare professionals. OHAIS was created by the Ohio Hospital Association (“OHA”) in 2003 to bring long-term availability, predictability and stability to the Ohio medical professional liability marketplace for hospitals and physicians. “This effort represents a very exciting continuation of the Ohio Hospital Association’s commitment to its members. The core mission of OHAIS is to provide a stable and continuing market for medical professional liability insurance for Ohio physicians and hospitals. Coverys shares our commitment to our members, demonstrating the type of strong partner that will serve Ohio hospitals and physicians for many years to come,” said Mike Abrams, president and CEO of OHA. Coverys’ acquisition of OHAIS will bring together two organizations that have similar strengths and core competencies. These strengths include expertise in the Ohio hospital and physician markets, supportive risk management services and resolute claim management. Each group adheres to a philosophy of conservative management, pursuit of financial strength and longevity, aggressive defense of good medicine, proactive risk management, and the importance of patient safety and physician education. Overall, both companies have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the healthcare community. “We are very excited about the opportunity to bring OHAIS into the Coverys family of companies.

OHAIS has deep expertise in the Ohio hospital and physician medical professional liability market and an excellent staff of professionals. OHAIS has performed very well despite challenging market conditions while offering outstanding claims handling, innovative risk management programs and responsive policyholder service. This combination of our two companies will enable Coverys to expand the ability of OHAIS to offer superior products and services to its core group of hospital and physician policyholders,” said Gregg L. Hanson, CEO and president of Coverys. “Coverys is an outstanding partner for OHAIS and for the OHA member hospitals. Our policyholders will benefit from Coverys’ financial strength and stability. We share the same core values and dedication to underwriting, claims handling and risk management. I am confident that our policyholders’ access to high quality insurance and policyholder services will continue,” said Susan J. Stanfield, CEO and president of OHAIS. The transaction has been approved by OHA and is subject to customary regulatory approvals. Both organizations are evaluating the integration of OHAIS associates with Coverys. At thepresent time, Coverys and OHAIS expect the transaction to close by January 1, 2014. “We will be working with Susan Stanfield and her team to ensure a smooth transition into the Coverys organization,” said Hanson. Coverys is being advised in this transaction by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. and the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. OHAIS is being advised by Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. and the law firm of Bricker & Eckler LLP. For more information about Coverys, contact Loren LeVasseur, public relations specialist, at (617) 946-8665 or

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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. ( 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 NEW YORK - HARTFORD - PRINCETON

Whaler’s Cove Assisted Living has 120 safe and affordable rental apartments in a beautifully restored historic building. Life at Whaler’s Cove means living independently for senior adults who no longer want the responsibility of maintaining a home, but may need a helping hand with personal care and other needs. Located in Southeastern Massachusetts, on the site of the former Whitman Mills, bordering the Acushnet River, Whaler’s Cove offers all of the comforts of home. Amenities include a spacious dining room, large sunroom with interior gardens, chapel, library, beauty/barber salon and beautifully furnished lounge areas. Whaler’s Cove has recently added a billiards room and gym, as well as refurbished the Reception Desk area. At Whaler’s Cove, our professionally trained and dedicated staff is sensitive to residents’ changing needs, assuring that they receive the services they need to maintain their independent lifestyles. Whaler’s Cove is one of the most affordable assisted living facilities in the area. In addition, our units are 20-50% larger than other local facilities, making ours the most generously sized apartments in Southeastern Massachusetts. Are you in need of accommodations following surgery or an injury or just want to try us out before you decide? Ask about our Short Stay Suites. At Whaler’s Cove, we understand that everyone’s financial situation is unique and that these circumstances determine how you will fund your or your loved one’s stay in an assisted living. There are a wide variety of options available which offer the flexibility and additional resources that you need. Call us today to ask how we may be able to help you make the transition to assisted living. Whaler’s Cove Assisted Living 114 Riverside Avenue New Bedford, MA 02746 Phone 508-997-2880 • Fax 508-997-1599

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