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  • Addiction Expert: Recreational Vaping vs. Quitting Smoking

    October 03, 2019

    The lack of research and regulation around recreational use of e-cigarettes and vapes – plus national outcry after serious illness and deaths led to multi-state bans on sales – makes the devices less desirable than ever. In fact, one Rushford doctor had two words for anyone thinking of picking one…

  • Why St. Vincent’s, the Daughters of Charity and Hartford HealthCare are the Right Fit

    October 02, 2019

    BRIDGEPORT — The ceremony Tuesday officially binding St. Vincent’s Medical Center, a Catholic hospital that traces its history to the early 1900s and the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, with Hartford HealthCare did not pass without at least one revelation. “Who believes in fate?” asked Vincent DiBattista, St….

  • St. Vincent’s Medical Center joins Hartford HealthCare

    October 01, 2019

    St. Vincent’s Medical Center is now officially part of Hartford HealthCare. On Tuesday, Hartford HealthCare completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, and its related operations, from Ascension. During a special ceremony and celebration, employees and leaders noted the rich history…

  • Suicide Prevention: When People Offering Help Actually Need It

    September 16, 2019

    Two recent high-profile suicide deaths of men who worked with those at-risk for suicide highlights the increased suicide rate for those who provide services and care. The importance or raising awareness in September, National Suicide Prevention Month, is highlighted by the deaths of Gregory Eells, the executive director of counseling…

  • How to Prevent a Suicide? Ask the ‘Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge’

    September 15, 2019

    As a California Highway Patrol Officer, Sgt. Kevin Briggs worked on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, often with suicidal people, but his own struggles with depression made his presentation Sept. 13 even more impactful at the seventh annual World Suicide Prevention Conference at Heublein Hall at Hartford Hospital….

  • Panel: Suicide Prevention Starts with Empathy, Building Connections

    September 13, 2019

    As part of the seventh Annual World Suicide Prevention Day Conference Sept. 13, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network hosted a panel presentation about the role of healthcare providers in suicide prevention. The panel included Behavioral Health Network Physician-in-Chief John Santopietro; Sgt. Kevin Briggs, a retired California Highway Patrol officer and national speaker;…

  • Meriden-Rushford Opioid Program Offers Clinical Services, No Arrests

    August 26, 2019

    Six months into a partnership with municipal and community groups in Meriden, a Rushford team of professionals and the city’s first responders have made a significant difference in the pervasive opioid epidemic with 45 referrals to wrap-around services that might have not been made otherwise. Perhaps more importantly, however, the…

  • At Rushford, Help for Hispanic Youths Facing Anti-Immigrant Vitriol

    August 26, 2019

    Biological causes aside, recent research indicates Hispanic youths struggle with depression more often than their black or white peers as a result of the bubbling negative sentiment against immigrants in this country. The vitriol is even evident locally, thousands of miles from the contentious United States-Mexico border and El Paso,…

  • Hartford HealthCare Hosts Second Annual Opioid Symposium

    August 06, 2019

    The Hartford HealthCare Opioid Stewardship Council is hosting its second annual symposium titled, “Managing Pain, Opioids, and Addiction: A Shared Responsibility” on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8 am to 1 pm at the Hartford Hospital Education and Resource Center Heublein Hall. The event includes presentations by physicians, pharmacists and physical…

  • These Three Medications Are the Best Way To Fight Opioid Epidemic

    July 15, 2019

    Fentanyl, the super-potent synthetic opioid that dealers and distributors have introduced into the illicit drug stream, has complicated efforts nationwide to prevent opioid-overdose deaths. Fentanyl, inexpensive to manufacture in “basement labs,” is being added to opioids and cocaine to stretch supplies and boost the highs, according to Dr. J. Craig Allen,…


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