Midstate News

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.

 

October 10, 2014
MidState Medical Center Wound Care Team Wins Excellence in the Workplace Award

MidState Medical Center Wound Care Team Wins Excellence in the Workplace Award

Treating hard-to-heal wounds is an expert specialty of MidState Medical Center's Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine team that requires a high level of care and commitment. The hundreds of patients treated by the team every year can attest to their excellence, and this year, the Connecticut Nurses' Association (CAN) will too: the team has been selected by the CNA as the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in the Workplace Award.

The Excellence in the Workplace Award will be presented at the CNA's annual awards reception on Oct. 21 at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell.

The Excellence in the Workplace Award recognizes a workplace that empowers nurses to create an environment that promotes professional autonomy and control over nursing practice.

"In giving this award, the Connecticut Nurses' Association recognizes the contributions this team has made to integrate evidenced-based best practices, lifelong learning, and patient-centered care," said Kimberly Sandor, MSN, RN, FNP, executive director, Connecticut Nurses' Association.

The Wound Care team has without a doubt lived up to these attributes. In an effort to foster lifelong learning and deliver the highest quality of care to their patients, 100 percent of the team's full and part-time nursing staff is certified by a national board in wound care or hyperbaric medicine.

Additionally, the team meets weekly with the medical director to discuss all new patients, their diagnoses, and the best plan of care; they also discuss new and novel wound care products and treatments, as well as anything they can do to improve their patients' outcomes.

The team's healing rates, the most significant quality measure in their specialty, are greater than 92 percent. Patient satisfaction scores always average higher than 94 percent. Both are consistently above national averages.

It is no surprise that this team was also selected as MidState's 2014 Team of the Year, a hospital-based recognition program in which employees can nominate outstanding teams that exceed their customers' expectations.

"We are all so invested in making sure we do a good job. I always say what we give is compassion combined with excellence and a touch of humor. Everyone on the team is so excited to have won this award. To be selected among teams across the entire state is truly an honor," said Catherine "Cookie" Henderson, RN, BSN, CHRN, CWCN, the team's clinical resource leader.

 

October 09, 2014
MidState Medical Center to Host Annual Breast Symposium on Oct. 27

MidState Medical Center to Host Annual Breast Symposium on Oct. 27

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Center at MidState Medical Center is once again hosting its annual Breast Symposium on Monday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Genetic counselor Sara Carroll will deliver a presentation entitled: "Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Should You Be Tested?" This free program will be held in the Horwitz Conference Center at MidState Medical Center's main campus on 435 Lewis Avenue. Dinner will be provided. Registration is required. Please call 203-694-8631 to register. This program is generously sponsored by After the Storm, Inc.

 

October 08, 2014
MidState Medical Center and Arthritis Foundation Host Free Educational Program on Arthritis

MidState Medical Center and Arthritis Foundation Host Free Educational Program on Arthritis

MidState Medical Center and the Arthritis Foundation are teaming up to host an informative educational program on arthritis titled, "Keep Moving: Finding Relief from Arthritis and Joint Pain" on Thursday, Oct. 23, 1 to 3 p.m., at the MidState Family Health Center located at 61 Pomeroy Ave., Meriden. Orthopedic surgeons Dr. Leonard Kolstad, of Comprehensive Orthopedics, and Dr. Craig Foster, of Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Orthopedic Specialists, will deliver presentations on arthritis, treatment options and joint replacement surgery. Exhibitors, prize drawings, and exercise demonstration will be part of the program. Refreshments will also be available. Those interested in attending this free program should register by calling the 1-866-662-5678.

 

Setember 04, 2014
MidState Medical Center and Raymour & Flanigan Team Up to Support The Cancer Center

MidState Medical Center and Raymour & Flanigan Team Up to Support The Cancer Center

MidState Medical Center is teaming up with Raymour & Flanigan for a fun-filled fundraising event on Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the furniture store's Newington Showroom, 3375 Berlin Turnpike. Guests who attend the event can make donations that support the MidState Cancer Center and enter to win prizes. Plus, all those who stop by the store will be eligible for exclusive savings on their entire furniture purchase. "We are excited to be partnering with Raymour & Flanigan, and hope that our staff will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to support our local cancer program," said Mary Beth Papallo, program manager for the Central Region's Development office. All proceeds from this event directly benefit The Cancer Center at MidState Medical Center.

 

August 04, 2014
Support the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at MidState Medical Center! Happy Hour Benefiting the Center to be Held at Quality Time

Support the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at MidState Medical Center!
Happy Hour Benefiting the Center to be Held at Quality Time

MidState Medical Center is pleased to announce a special event that benefits the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Center at MidState Medical Center. A fundraiser will be held on Thursday, August 14, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Quality Time in Meriden. MidState Medical Center staff will be servers for the evening, so please consider joining the MidState staff for food, spirits and entertainment by the local band, Inner Groove.

A portion of the tips earned from the happy hour event will benefit MidState's virtual team for the CT Challenge's annual bike ride. This year, the MidState team will be riding virtually. The team has already raised $4,000 and needs to raise $1,000 more in order to qualify MidState for a contribution and grant opportunities from the organization. CT Challenge's mission is to empower cancer survivors to live longer, happier, healthier lives, by creating and funding unique survivorship programs, offering credible resources and building a community of support.

 

July 28, 2014
MidState Medical Center Named Most Wired hospital in the Nation

MidState Medical Center Named Most Wired hospital in the Nation

For the fifth consecutive year in a row, MidState Medical Center is pleased to announce it has been named one of the Most Wired hospitals in the nation by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association.

MidState has been participating in the Most Wired survey for many years. The survey is administered in cooperation with the American Hospital Association, McKesson Corp., and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

The Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

As the nation's healthcare system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect care providers.

Most Wired hospitals meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories and have made tremendous gains by using IT to reduce the likelihood of medical errors. These hospitals share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers.

Among some of the key findings related to improving quality and patient safety are:

  • Nurses and physicians share best practices for patient safety and use checklists at more than 90 percent of Most Wired organizations.
  • To help consumers make better decisions about their health care, standard measures of individual hospital quality performance are reported and publicly available. Nearly one-half of Most Wired organizations share this information on their websites and 86 percent provide quality scores to clinical leaders on a regular basis as part of their performance improvement initiatives.

"These accomplishments are especially important because they align with the government's current objectives for 'meaningful use' in the field of information technology. By aligning with the 'meaningful use' objectives, we can ensure that MidState is following best practices when it comes to information technology in health care, practices that ultimately benefit the quality and safe care of our patients," said Jennifer Comerford, chief information officer for MidState Medical Center.

This accomplishment is featured in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

 

July 24, 2014
MidState Medical Center Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

MidState Medical Center Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

MidState Medical Center is gearing up to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7. Recognized annually during the first week of August, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and breastfeeding advocates all across the globe designate this special week as an opportunity to promote and educate the public about the benefits of breastfeeding.

This year's theme Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal - for Life! emphasizes the eight global Millennium Development Goals set in 1990 by governments and the United Nations, which all focus on early, exclusive and continued breastfeeding.

Research shows that infants who are exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life are less likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases, including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, obesity and respiratory illnesses. Mothers who breastfeed also receive benefits because breastfeeding decreases the risk for some breast and ovarian cancers.

Hartford HealthCare, of which MidState is an affiliate, is set to host a special celebration on August 6 that brings together local and state agencies in the interest of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. MidState birthing center staff will be on hand promoting this year's theme with posters and educational information.

"Having adequate breastfeeding support can make all the difference in building a mother's confidence. It is so important that breastfeeding families feel encouraged in their community and have the skills and knowledge to begin a successful breastfeeding experience," said Dawn Flohr, RN, lactation consultant, MidState Medical Center.

In 2013, MidState became designated as a Baby Friendly Hospital. Achieving designation requires a facility to voluntarily implement the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, thereby providing optimal levels of care for infant feeding and mother-baby bonding.

"We want moms to know that if they choose to breastfeed their baby, we will be here for them every step of the way," said Flohr.

 

July 7, 2014
MidState Medical Center Hosts Annual Cancer Survivors' Day

MidState Medical Center Hosts Annual Cancer Survivors' Day

The Cancer Center at MidState Medical Center announces its annual Cancer Survivors' Day on Sunday, September 14, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Meriden's Hubbard Park. This day is dedicated to honoring and celebrating the lives of cancer survivors.

Survivors are encouraged to bring their family and friends to share in the day. Activities for children include face painting, balloon animals, and caricature drawings. Survivors can treat themselves to a relaxing chair massage; musical entertainment and refreshments also provided. Both survivors and caregivers will share how cancer has changed their lives and offer inspirational messages and words of wisdom to others.

Last year Cancer Survivors' Day attracted nearly 300 people. For more information or to register, please contact The Cancer Center at MidState at 203-694-8631. Registration is preferred.

 

April 30, 2014
MidState Medical Center Emergency Department Earns Recognition for Improving Transitions in Patient Care

MidState Medical Center Emergency Department Earns Recognition for Improving Transitions in Patient Care

The Emergency Department at MidState Medical Center was recently awarded high honors for its successful Senior Emergency Care Services initiative. The initiative placed the team first in the Improved Transitions of Care category at Hartford HealthCare's Patient Experience Collaborative, held on Friday, April 11. The event recognizes and showcases best-practices of care throughout the entire healthcare system.

Launched in May 2013, the goal of MidState's senior-focused initiative is to provide patients over 65 years of age with the services needed to maintain their independence and overall health and well-being, creating a smooth transition from ED to home.

Nurses in the emergency department have completed Geriatric Emergency Nursing Education and other members of the team - including physicians, pharmacists, social workers, and case managers - have all received senior-specific training to enhance the care that seniors receive.

The assessment tool utilized by staff is one of the most important elements of the senior-friendly Emergency Department. When a patient over 65 years old comes to the Emergency Department at MidState Medical Center, they are not just treated for the ailment that brought them to the hospital. A multi-disciplinary team also performs an assessment to gauge the patient's status and whether they may have medication issues, be a fall risk or suffer from ailments like dementia and depression. These assessments help gauge whether the person has other cognitive or functional issues that may require follow-up care before the condition worsens.

"We are so proud to have earned this recognition," said Lynn Seiffert, RN, ED nurse manager. "We are committed to developing individualized care plans that best meet the patient's needs, as well as making follow-up appointments with physicians, reviewing medications, and making any necessary referrals to community resources."

To date, Emergency Department staff has screened thousands of patients.

 

April 10, 2014
Wallingford firefighters hold 3rd Annual Riders for Rick Fundraiser to Benefit The Cancer Center at MidState

Wallingford firefighters hold 3rd Annual Riders for Rick Fundraiser to Benefit The Cancer Center at MidState

The firefighters of the Wallingford Fire Department are again gearing up for an exciting fundraiser that will benefit The Cancer Center at MidState Medical Center. The fundraiser, known as Riders for Rick, a motorcycle poker run, was initiated by late Wallingford firefighter and former ED employee, Rick Garrison. This year it will be held in his honor and is hosted by his son, Jeremy Garrison.

The poker run is set for Saturday, June 7, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Riders who wish to participate will enjoy 90 miles of scenic Connecticut with stops at the North Branford Fire Department, Gillette Castle, Winchester's, and MidState Medical Center. The ride will conclude with a picnic back at PNA Park in Wallingford. There will be a DJ, live comedian and musician, moonwalk for the kids, 50/50 raffle and more.

Cost is $25 per rider or $35 for a rider with a passenger; $10 for picnic only. For more information, please contact Jeremy Garrison at 203-675-5206 or info@ridersforrick.com.

 

April 7, 2014
MidState Medical Center Holds Three Free Skin Cancer Screenings in May

MidState Medical Center Holds Three Free Skin Cancer Screenings in May

MidState Medical Center will hold its annual skin cancer screenings again this May. The three dates for 2014 are:

  • Tuesday, May 6: 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
  • Monday, May 19: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 22: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The screenings will be held right at MidState Medical Center on 435 Lewis Avenue in The Cancer Center's radiation therapy office. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. It is highly treatable if found early, making early detection extremely important. Do you have a suspicious mole? Take 10 minutes to do something that could save your life - it's quick, painless and free! Please call 203 694 8631 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

 

March 17, 2014
MidState Medical Center Launches New Service to Better Manage Concussions

MidState Medical Center Launches New Service to Better Manage Concussions

School-aged athletes across central Connecticut will now have access to comprehensive concussion management services thanks to MidState Medical Center and its partner Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network. MidState is set to open a Concussion Clinic located at 680 S. Main Street in Cheshire on March 31.

The Concussion Clinic is directed by Dr. Subramani Seetharama, a physiatrist and sports medicine specialist with highly specialized training and certification in concussion management.

School-aged athletes who have had a concussion will receive comprehensive evaluation at the clinic that includes: a history of the injury, symptom overview, testing to check physical characteristics that can be disrupted by concussion, and a follow-up action plan that is individualized to the athletes' needs. Many athletes note that their symptoms interfere with academic performance and limit participation in activities, so special attention will be paid to return-to-sports/play with referral to other specialists if needed.

Dr. Seetharama will be seeing patients on Monday evenings from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call 203-.694-8269 for an appointment.

 

February 24, 2014
An Honest Look at Mental Health

An Honest Look at Mental Health

 


The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network is hosting the next event in the Connecticut Forum lineup: "An Honest Look at Mental Health" on March 7, 2014 at 8 p. m. at Hartford's Bushnell Memorial Auditorium. For more information or tickets, call 860.509.0909, or click here.