In 2016, with the input of the community, staff and medical staff, Windham Hospital began implementing a plan for the future that will offer even more access to cutting edge care close to home while improving the financial strength of our community hospital. From on-site behavioral healthcare for seniors to more local options for orthopedic surgery, Windham Hospital is working to ensure that our neighbors get the best possible care when and where they need it.
More Options for Seniors
In May of 2016, the hospital officially opened the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at Windham Hospital connecting seniors and their families to crucial health and behavioral health resources.
The center—a partnership between Windham Hospital, Hartford HealthCare at Home, and Natchaug Hospital—includes a referral service, the Natchaug Older Adult Program for men and women ages 55 and older who are struggling with mental health or substance abuse, and a GoodLife Fitness Program offering on-site rehabilitation and individualized exercise programs geared towards older adults.
New Orthopedic Partnership and MAKOplasty Robotic Surgery
Starting in 2017, Windham patients won’t have to travel outside of their community to have MAKOplasty robotic hip and knee replacement thanks to a new partnership between Windham and the Center for Bone and Joint Care Orthopedic Associates of Windham County. The Putnam based practice—with four surgeons and two nurse practitioners—expanded their practice into Windham in November of 2016.
“This is a historic partnership for Windham Hospital. Adding these gifted surgeons to our orthopedic team will give our patients local access to the most cutting edge procedure for hip and knee replacement available,” said East Region President Bimal Patel.
Cardiology: More coverage, more available testing
With heart disease a top health concern and preventing readmissions for congestive heart failure a major focus, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group has added an additional cardiologist whose primary focus is Windham Hospital and two additional providers who will split their time between Windham, Backus and Hartford Hospital.
In addition, the hospital has enhanced its ability to perform cardiology tests in both the hospital and outpatient settings with the goal of reducing wait times and improving the patient experience.
New Café Brings Vibrancy Back to the Hospital’s Atrium
In 2016, Windham Hospital opened the new Sumner Family Trust Café in the space that was the former home of the Auxiliary to Windham Coffee Shop. The newly renovated cafe gives guests and staff a more centrally located space to enjoy hot food, made to order sandwiches, salad bar and beverages and will create easier to access for those visiting loved ones.