Message from the Chiefs of the Medical Staff
As we look back over the last year, we have focused our efforts on ensuring that our physician colleagues at MidState Medical Center and The Hospital of Central Connecticut come together to explore how we can work together to give exceptional patient care that is efficient and cost-effective. We’ve made great strides over the course of this fiscal year, implementing changes when appropriate that build on the strengths of each hospital and maximize the opportunities for growth before us.
At every turn we are looking for ways to better streamline our program offerings. Last year we regionalized our bariatric surgery program, with surgery performed at MidState but outpatient posts maintained throughout central Connecticut in the communities we serve. This year we took a similar approach with inpatient behavioral health services. We opened a beautiful, brand new 32-bed unit at The Hospital of Central Connecticut that accommodates four additional patients in our region. We have maintained access to outpatient services throughout our service areas and continue to meet the acute care behavioral health needs of our patients in our Emergency Departments.
"We are committed to continuing to work together to become more patient-focused, efficient and cost-effective while always keeping the patient at the center of everything we do."
Additionally, the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut opened this spring, bringing a spectrum of oncology services under one roof in a state-of-the-art facility close to patients’ homes. The center is a wonderful example of how we are adapting to changes in our healthcare environment, which emphasizes outpatient care close to where residents live and work.
This new environment also demands that hospitals transition to an electronic health record. Hartford HealthCare has begun the hard work of implementing its Epic electronic health record through its CareConnect initiative. Epic went live this year in our Central Region primary care offices, and it will go live in our hospitals in 2016. It will allow everyone in the system to share medical information, thereby avoiding duplication and improving quality and safety.
Finally, to further integrate our work within our healthcare system, our medical staffs passed new by-laws this year in conjunction with Hartford HealthCare. We are committed to continuing to work together to become more patient-focused, efficient and cost-effective while always keeping the patient at the center of everything we do.