Helping the Community

Making transitions smoother.

Hartford Hospital is extending care beyond the hospital walls via RightCare, a new software tool that helps reduce hospital readmissions. The tool helps identify patients who would benefit from care after transition from the hospital, and connects the care team with post-acute caregivers before the patient leaves the hospital, to help make care smooth and seamless.

Marking decades of canine comfort.

Our pet therapy program recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. We thank the more than 50 canine volunteers for spreading creature comfort and bringing smiles to countless faces throughout the hospital. We also thank the 1,181 human volunteers who donated 106,000 hours of service to our hospital last year.

Thumbs up. Phones down.

Saving lives is an integral part of our mission. That’s why Hartford Hospital launched Thumbs Up. Phones Down. The campaign encourages safe driving and discourages texts and other dangerous distractions while behind the wheel. More than 10,000 people have taken the pledge to date.

Because good health is primary.

Making sure patients of all ages have access to psychiatric services is one of the goals of the new ACCESS-Mental Health Connecticut program, involving the Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital. The initiative connects pediatricians and primary care providers with psychiatry services; the Institute of Living is one of only three such hubs in the state.

Charitable gifts make us healthier.

As a nonprofit organization, Hartford Hospital relies on charitable gifts to help support its mission of providing innovative, lifesaving services to everyone in need; improving the health of the most vulnerable in the community; teaching the next generations of medical professionals; and conducting critical research. While it was a challenging year, the hospital took steps to further strengthen its resources in a changing and unpredictable healthcare environment, and philanthropic dollars enhanced extraordinary programs and projects. With corporate leader George Estes as chair, the campaign to expand and modernize Hartford Hospital facilities and resources had received more than $44 million in commitments as of September 30, 2015. Construction of the capstone of the campaign, the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital, began in October 2014. Designed to be the premier musculoskeletal clinical center in the region, the Bone & Joint Institute will transform musculoskeletal care while increasing the hospital’s value to a larger population of patients. The Institute’s inpatient building and ambulatory care center are expected to be completed in the fall of 2016. Also among the campaign’s priorities are relocation of the Brownstone Clinic and expansion of the Center for Education, Innovation and Simulation.

Safety first.

Safety is a core value at Hartford Hospital. That’s why visitors are now being asked to sign in, and are given a badge, when they visit Hartford Hospital. You may also see more Public Safety officers in our lobbies and throughout our facilities.