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Below is the latest MidState Medical Center news stories for the current year. Click the [+] next to each title to view that story. You may also visit the the news archive to view stories that occurred prior to this year.

 

April 24, 2015
MidState Medical Center Earns Funding for Emergency Preparedness

MidState Medical Center Earns Funding for Emergency Preparedness

MidState Medical Center is the proud recipient of funding from Evonik Industries, a global chemical company in Wallingford, for the third consecutive year. The hospital received $1,500 in support of community-wide efforts in emergency preparedness. Funding was also awarded to the Wallingford Fire Department, Wallingford Police Department and Wallingford Reserve Medical Corps.

“We appreciate the recognition, but what we value even more are the relationships we’ve built with our community partners,” said Susan McGaughan, RN, MBA, NE-BC, business manager, Emergency Department, MidState Medical Center, in a check passing ceremony held at the Wallingford Fire Department April 21. Evonik plans to work with MidState this year on an ammonia response drill and an active shooter drill.

Pictured left to right are Tom Vaccarelli, Facilities director, MidState Medical Center; Augie Holzmiller, Security manager, MidState Medical Center; Peter Stein, Evonik plant manager; Sue McGaughan, business manager Emergency Department, MidState Medical Center; and Mary Beth Papallo, Development program manager, MidState Medical Center.

 

April 23, 2015
Celebrate life! MidState Medical Center and LifeChoice Donor Services Recognize National Donate Life Month

Celebrate life! MidState Medical Center and LifeChoice Donor Services Recognize National Donate Life Month

Staff at MidState Medical Center gathered on April 22 for a ceremonial flag raising to celebrate National Donate Life Month. The ceremony honored the six tissue donations that MidState received in 2014. “Today’s ceremony is about remembering those who have given the gift of life and honoring those families who looked beyond their grief to do so. We also thank the staff for their support in these efforts,” said AnnMarie Blanco, hospital development specialist, LifeChoice Donor Services. Going forward flag raising ceremonies will take place each time an organ or tissue donation is made at the hospital. There continues to be 124,000 people on a national waiting list for a life-saving organ.

 

April 15, 2015
Radiology Services at MidState Medical Center Earns Lung Screening Cancer Center Designation

Radiology Services at MidState Medical Center
Earns Lung Screening Cancer Center Designation

MidState Medical Center's Radiology Services is proud to announce it has been designated a Lung Screening Cancer Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). To apply for the designation, the Radiology team ensured all of its protocols met the standards for certification. Obtaining accreditation is an important step toward joining a national registry that will allow MidState's Lung Cancer Screening Program to serve Medicare patients. Like many programs across the nation, MidState’s program will be making its transition from a research undertaking to an insurance-covered service. Since the launch of the program in summer 2013, MidState has screened over 400 patients for lung cancer.

 

April 8, 2015
MidState Medical Center to Hold Free Head & Neck Cancer Screening

MidState Medical Center to Hold Free Head & Neck Cancer Screening

Just because you can’t feel it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Just ask the more than 50,000 Americans who were diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck last year. Unfortunately, many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases, which include cancers of the oral cavity, larynx and pharynx, and by the time they are diagnosed, it’s too late. MidState will host a free head and neck cancer screening on Tuesday, April 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The screening will be held at MidState Medical Center on 435 Lewis Avenue, in The Cancer Center’s radiation therapy office.

Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 12,000 lives per year. However, there is hope; if diagnosed early, these cancers can be more easily treated without complications, and the chances of survival greatly increase.

Who should get screened?

The signs and symptoms of head and neck cancers often go unnoticed. However, there are a few visible signs associated with these cancers that require immediate attention, including:

  • A sore in your mouth that doesn’t heal or that increases in size
  • Persistent pain in your mouth
  • Lumps or white or red patches inside your mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Soreness in your throat or feeling that something is caught in your throat
  • Chronic hoarseness
  • A lump in your throat

Screening is quick, painless and free. It will consist of a thorough physical examination of the entire mouth, throat and neck. Take advantage of the opportunity to benefit from this preventive health measure by taking 10 minutes to do something that could save your life. Please call 203.694.8631 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

 

March 26, 2015
LaPlanche Clinic Celebrates Open House and Ribbon Cutting

LaPlanche Clinic Celebrates Open House and Ribbon Cutting

MidState Medical Center and the Meriden Senior Center held an open house and formal ribbon cutting ceremony March 25 to celebrate the renovation of its jointly operated LaPlanche Clinic. The LaPlanche Clinic, which has served area seniors for over 35 years, is staffed by a MidState nurse who provides health screenings and referrals. In September the clinic underwent renovations that included fresh paint, new furniture and eye-pleasing décor. "Serving the community through the LaPlanche Clinic has been rewarding for MidState, and we hope it has been equally rewarding for the senior center and those we serve," said Cindy Russo, vice president, Operations, MidState Medical Center.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

 

March 9, 2015
Open House and Ribbon Cutting March 25 at MidState Medical Center's LaPlanche Clinic

Open House and Ribbon Cutting March 25 at MidState Medical Center's LaPlanche Clinic

MidState Medical Center and the Meriden Senior Center will host an open house and formal ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovation of the hospital's LaPlanche Clinic, which operates at the Meriden Senior Center, 22 West Main Street, Lower Level. In September, the clinic underwent renovations that included fresh paint, new furniture and eye-pleasing décor. Seniors are invited for refreshments, to tour the new clinic, and meet the staff. An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony-taking place at 10:30 a.m.

Since 1979, the LaPlanche Clinic has provided vital health care services to area seniors in need. Connie Smith, RN, clinical coordinator for the clinic, is available to meet with patients, perform health screenings like blood pressure and glucose checks, and make referrals to other health care services. The LaPlanche Clinic is currently open to patients Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 2 p.m. and can be reached by calling 203-237-0300.

 

March 2, 2015
Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at MidState Medical Center Recognized with National Award for Clinical Excellence

Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at MidState Medical Center Recognized with National Award for Clinical Excellence

MidState Medical Center is pleased to announce that its Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine program has earned the Center of Distinction Award by Healogics, Inc., the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services. MidState's center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including maintain a patient satisfaction score of higher than 92 percent and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal, among other outstanding quality outcomes.

There were 506 centers eligible for the Center of Distinction Award, and only 172 achieved the honor.

"We are so proud to have achieved this recognition," said Valarie DiMiero, program director for MidState's Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine program. "One of the hallmarks of the care we provide is that it is truly patient-centered. Our high healing rates and patient satisfaction scores are the result of a commitment by each and every one of our staff to provide high-quality, evidence-based and compassionate care," said DiMiero.

MidState's center is a member of the Healogics Network of more than 635 Centers, and provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating more than two million chronic wounds.

Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

The wound care team at MidState Medical Center is a 2014 MidState Team of the Year winner, and a recipient of the Excellence in the Workplace Award given by the Connecticut Nurses' Association.

 

February 2, 2015
MidState Medical Center to Host Free Educational Seminar on Prostate Cancer

MidState Medical Center to Host Free Educational Seminar on Prostate Cancer

MidState Medical Center will hold a free educational seminar on prostate cancer on March 5, 2015, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at MidState Medical Center, Conference Rooms 2 and 3, Second Floor. Dr. Ryan Dorin, a urologist with Hartford HealthCare Medical Group who is affiliated with MidState Medical Center and The Hospital of Central Connecticut, will discuss new technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

According to Dr. Dorin, men can take steps to improve their health by having a solid relationship with their primary care physician and undergoing the recommended screenings for common cancers among men, which include not only prostate cancer, but colon cancer, skin cancer and testicular cancer.

To register for this event, please call 203-694-8631.

 

January 27, 2015
Hospital returns to normal operations after storm

Hospital returns to normal operations after storm

(Meriden, Conn.) – MidState Medical Center services will resume normal operations and regular schedules Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

A special thank you to our dedicated staff members who braved treacherous roads and in some cases slept at our health care facilities to ensure that our patients and clients received excellent and compassionate care.

Here are some tips to help you to stay safe and warm as we dig out:

Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning

Each year, more than 150 people die from accidental, non-fire related carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. During large snow storms, gas-powered appliance vents can become blocked with snow. Be sure to clear all vents and be sure your car's exhaust pipe is clear. Other precautions:

  • Before using a fireplace, open the damper for proper ventilation
  • Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home
  • Make sure all fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside
  • Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open
  • Only use barbecue grills outdoors
  • Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas

Snow blower safety

  • Never stick your hands in the snow blower! If snow jams the snow blower, stop the engine and wait more than 5 seconds. Use a solid object to clear wet snow or debris from the chute. Beware of the recoil of the motor and blades after the machine has been turned off.
  • Never leave a running snow blower unattended.
  • Add fuel only before starting the snow blower.
  • Never add fuel in an enclosed space.
  • The engine can become very hot. Avoid burns by never touching the area near the engine.
  • Use the pull-cord safely. Sharply pulling a stuck pull-cord may cause injury to your upper body or back.
  • If you are operating an electric snow blower, be aware of the power cord at all times. If the cord becomes caught in the machine and is severed or comes in contact with the engine and burns, you could receive a shock or more serious injury.
  • Keep children far away from snow blowers.

Safe shoveling

  • Before you begin this physical workout, warm-up your muscles for 10 minutes with light exercise.
  • Pace yourself. Take frequent breaks and prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids.
  • Use a shovel that is comfortable for your height and strength.
  • Try to push the snow instead of lifting it. If you must lift, bend your knees and use your legs, do not bend at the waist.
  • Do not throw the snow over your shoulder or to the side. This requires a twisting motion that stresses your back.

 

January 26, 2015
MediQuick Urgent Care to Close Jan. 27

MediQuick Urgent Care to Close Jan. 27

MediQuick Urgent Care, with locations in Meriden and Cheshire, will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 27, due to the impending storm. MediQuick anticipates being open Wednesday, Jan. 28. For the latest updates, visit Facebook and like the MediQuick Urgent Care page.

 

January 26, 2015
Arthritis Exercise Class Canceled Jan. 27

Arthritis Exercise Class Canceled Jan. 27

Due to the severe weather predicted for our area, MidState's arthritis exercise class originally scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 27, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., MidState Family Health Center, 61 Pomeroy Avenue, Meriden, is canceled. Class will resume on Thursday afternoon.

 

January 21, 2015
Healthy Living Tips, Activities and Screenings for All Ages Highlight Feb. 22 Healthy Family FunFest

Healthy Living Tips, Activities and Screenings for All Ages Highlight Feb. 22 Healthy Family FunFest

Living a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages is the focus of the 6th Annual Healthy Family FunFest on Sunday, Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This free event will be held at the Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St., in the Plantsville section of Southington.

This fun-filled day features exhibits and vendors focused on healthy living, education and green initiatives. Activities designed to engage individuals and families include:

  • Wellness tips from health experts on a variety of topics including eating right and exercise
  • Screenings - blood pressure, balance risk, glucose and bone density checks
  • Radio personalities Renee DiNino and Corey Meyers; and Dave Caperton, an award-winning educator, performance consultant, stand-up comedian and writer
  • Entertainment and demonstrations
  • Healthy minds
  • Kids' section
  • Healthy aging
  • Green living
  • Food samples
  • Free giveaways
  • Contests and challenges
  • And much, much more!

This fun-filled event is presented by Central Connecticut Senior Healthy Services, the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA and The Hospital of Central Connecticut at Bradley Memorial. Event champion sponsors include Health New England and Bradley H. Barnes & Leila U. Barnes Memorial Trust at Main Street Community Foundation.

For more information, visit healthyfamilyfunfest.com or call Nicole Spagnoletti, event sponsorship coordinator, at 860-378-1268.

 

January 19, 2015
MidState Medical Center Names 2014 Physician Recognition Award Winners

MidState Medical Center Names 2014 Physician Recognition Award Winners

At the MidState Medical Center annual medical staff meeting held Dec. 11, three more physicians joined a proud tradition at the hospital by becoming the latest members of the medical staff to earn Physician Recognition Awards.

Dr. Bruce Brumberger, a long-time primary care physician practicing in Meriden, earned The Joseph Goodman Clinical Collaboration and Teamwork Award. Dr. Brumberger has been known and appreciated for his emphasis on caring for the whole patient - long before the word ‘holistic' was a common term. He consistently coordinates care along the continuum, working with nurses, respiratory therapists and all health care team members, said one nominator.

Radiologist Dr. James Carroll was named the recipient of The Daniel Kahn Clinical Quality Award. Noted for exemplifying the high clinical standards for which the award was established, Dr. Carroll has served on the MidState Medical Center Medical Staff Peer Review Committee since 2008, became chairman in 2011, and in 2013 established the highly successful Lung Cancer Screening Program. Over 450 patients have been referred to the program to date.

The David Parke Leadership Award was given to Dr. Richard Smith. A pulmonologist on MidState's medical staff for the last 37 years, Dr. Smith is recognized as a champion for quality and a leader in growing the culture and infrastructure at MidState. He has served on a number of committees and now serves as medical staff president.

"Nominations for these awards came from the entire MidState community including colleagues, staff, patients and patients' family members. These three physicians embody the values and clinical excellence that are so important to our culture," said Dr. Steven Hanks, vice president for medical affairs, MidState Medical Center.



Award recipients received a figurine with an engraved base to commemorate their recognition. A photo display will be unveiled in the hospital galleria by the SurgiCenter.

 

January 19, 2015
MidState Medical Center to Host Free Cardiology Seminar at Wallingford Public Library

MidState Medical Center to Host Free Cardiology Seminar at Wallingford Public Library

MidState Medical Center will hold a free educational seminar entitled, "What's new in Cardiology? Advances in blood pressure and heart valve treatment," on Thursday, Feb. 5, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wallingford Public Library, 200 North Main Street, Wallingford. The talk will be delivered by Dr. George Spivack, cardiologist affiliated with MidState Medical Center. Dr. Spivack practices with Cardiology Associates of Central Connecticut, LLC, Wallingford. If you are interested in attending this event, please register by calling the library at 203-265-6754.

 

January 6, 2015
MidState Medical Center to Host Arthritis Exercise Classes

MidState Medical Center to Host Arthritis Exercise Classes

MidState Medical Center is pleased to offer the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation. This 6- to 8-week program series, offered six times throughout the year, is a low-impact physical activity program proven to reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. The routines in the program include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level. Led by a certified instructor, the benefits of the class include more flexible joints and stronger muscles, better sleep, increased energy and improved quality of life.

The first session in 2015 will begin on Jan. 6 and run on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Feb. 24. The sessions are held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the conference rooms located at the MidState Family Health Center on 61 Pomeroy Avenue in Meriden. The cost is $20 for series. Please call 1-866-662-5678 to register your attendance.

 

December 29, 2014
MidState Medical Center hosts "Music from the Heart" event on Valentine's Day

MidState Medical Center hosts "Music from the Heart" event on Valentine's Day

Looking for something sweet to do this Valentine's Day? Join MidState Medical Center for a special "Music from the Heart" event that benefits the music program at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at MidState Medical Center. The event features musical entertainment provided by MidState's Music Therapy Program musicians, an Italian dinner buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, cash bar, and dancing.

"Music from the Heart" will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, 6 to 10 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton in Meriden. Reservations are $50/person. People may also purchase a special "Music from the Heart" message in the event program book; $25/quarter page and $50/full page.

To make your reservations, submit a message, donate a basket or item for the prize drawing, or to make an outright donation, please contact Mary Beth Papallo in MidState Medical Center's Development Office at 203-694-8743 or MaryBeth.Papallo@hhchealth.org.

MidState would like to thank Four Points by Sheraton and Silver City Sound of Meriden for their generous support.