HOCC is recognized as a Most Wired Hospital

For the third consecutive year in a row, The Hospital of Central Connecticut has been named one of the Most Wired hospitals in the nation by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). Most Wired Award winners are selected based on the Annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, administered by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. The award signifies HOCC’s commitment to technology and improving the efficiency of care delivery. Most Wired hospitals are utilizing population health management tools and partnering with healthcare providers to share critical information and eliminate preventable problems.

HOCC Receives Gold-Plus Quality Award for Cardiac Care

The American Heart Association has certified The Hospital of Central Connecticut with a Mission: Lifeline® Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. HOCC is the only hospital in the state participating in this program. To qualify for the award, hospitals must follow strict protocols around patient care that includes adherence to specific quality standards and time to therapy. The hospital is being recognized for having an 85 percent composite adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infraction) Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.

HOCC and MidState Earn Top Honors for Quality Stroke Care

Thanks to a tremendous commitment to high-quality care, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA) recently awarded both hospitals with the Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award. HOCC earned an additional Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus Award. Earning this recognition is directly related to meeting at least 85 percent of AHA’s quality measures for optimal stroke care. The Elite Plus Award, in particular, focuses on reducing the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-busting drug known as tPA, the only drug approved to treat ischemic stroke. To meet the AHA’s guidelines for the Elite Plus Award, 75 percent of patients must receive tPA within 60 minutes of arrival and at least 50 percent within 45 minutes.

HHC Cancer Institute at MidState receives formal certification for Clinical Oncology

The medical oncology program for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at MidState Medical Center has received formal certification from the American Society of Clinical Oncology for maintaining the highest standards of quality and evidence-based cancer care. The recognition grants the MidState program certification under the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) — one of roughly 250 medical oncology programs and physician practices across the country to be certified under QOPI. Certification is granted after the program is carefully evaluated along several core measures, including data showing methodologies and outcomes for delivering care to patients. The program must show it meets the most rigorous standards of care for each of these measures. Certification is granted over the course of three years, and then it must be renewed.

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MidState Goes Live with Smart Infusion Pumps

MidState went live with CareFusion Smart Infusion Pumps in October 2015. The pumps replaced the Sigma Smart Pumps infusion pumps. CareFusion pumps allow the nursing team to provide all IV therapies across Hartford HealthCare with one pump, in addition to getting our system on one drug library. This was a key deliverable for our CareConnect initiative that went live in May 2016, as it ensured we were well positioned for device integration. Transition to the pumps followed hospital wide education that included special training for super users as well as end users.

HOCC Earns Safe Sleep Award

The Hospital of Central Connecticut was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Gold Certified Safe Sleep Champion, the first and only hospital to receive this title in the state. Gold certified hospitals must meet certain criteria such as conducting outreach activities related to infant safe sleep, developing and maintaining a Safe Sleep Policy, recording progress and reporting successes, and becoming affiliated/partners with Cribs for Kids®.