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.

 

April 29, 2016
Spreading Awareness About Safe Havens Day

Spreading Awareness About Safe Havens Day

On the state’s first annual Safe Havens Awareness Day on Apr. 4, lawmakers, clinicians and first responders came together for a press conference at MidState Medical Center to remind distressed parents of the Connecticut Safe Havens Law. This law allows a distressed parent to anonymously leave an infant at any hospital emergency room in Connecticut without fear of prosecution for abandonment, up to 30 days after birth. State Representatives Catherine Abercrombie and Hilda Santiago, as well as State Senator Terry Gerratana were in attendance.

"MidState Medical Center is proud to partner with our officials to spread awareness. The Safe Haven Law serves to protect our most innocent, and speaks to the hospital’s mission to keep those in our communities healthy and well," said Kate Sims, Central Region director for women and infants.

Birthing center staff also hosted a table of information in the cafeteria to educate employees and visitors about the law.

Senator Abercrombie added: “We want young women to know they have options. It’s about saving lives,” she said.

 

April 29, 2016
MidState Medical Center Earns Blue Distinction+ for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery

MidState Medical Center Earns Blue Distinction+ for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery

MidState Medical Center is proud to announce it has been designated a Blue Distinction® Center for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery. MidState received a plus-level distinction for added cost efficiencies. Blue Distinction® recognizes facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality, developed in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations. The quality measures evaluated include risk-standardized complication rate following total hip and knee arthroplasty and 30-day all-cause readmission rate. The goal of this recognition is to help all Blue health plan members - and others - find quality specialty care on a consistent basis, while enabling and encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of care nationwide. Studies indicate Blue Distinction Centers® have better overall outcomes and lower costs for certain procedures when compared to non-designated medical facilities.

Learn more about Blue Distinction: Surgical Center - Orthopedics

 

October 26, 2015
Suffering Knee or Hip Pain? MidState Medical Center Hosts a Free Educational Seminar

Suffering Knee or Hip Pain? MidState Medical Center Hosts a Free Educational Seminar

Suffer from knee or hip pain? Join us for a free educational seminar to learn more about what you can do to find relief from your pain. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Obi Osuji will present a lecture on Monday, Nov. 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the MidState Family Health Center, 61 Pomeroy Avenue, Meriden.

MidState is one of two hospitals in Central Connecticut offering MAKOplasty®, a robotic assisted surgery for partial knee and total hip replacement. The surgery is so precise that people recover faster with fewer side effects and can rapidly return to a more active lifestyle. MAKOplasty® procedures use the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, enabling more accurate alignment and placement of implants.

Registration for this program is required. Please call 1-866-633-2229 or register online at Hartford Healthcare Classes/Events page.

 

September 23, 2015
Suffer From Back Pain? Free Educational Sessions Hosted by MidState Medical Center

Suffer From Back Pain? Free Educational Sessions Hosted by MidState Medical Center

If you suffer from back pain you’re not alone. Join us to learn more about common back conditions and the treatment options available to help you find relief. Doctors from MidState Medical Center are hosting a free two-part educational series open to the community. On October 8, Dr. Dean Mariano will cover the topics of low back pain, sciatica, disc disease, SI Joints and non-surgical treatment options. On October 15, Dr. Jeffrey Pravda and Dr. Joel Bauman will discuss osteoporosis, compression fractures, spinal stenosis and spinal deformities. Both sessions are scheduled from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the MidState Family Health Center, 61 Pomeroy Avenue, Meriden. At each session, physical therapist Renee Bouchard will give an overview of physical therapy techniques to improve back pain. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. Call 1-866-662-5678 to register.

 

September 4, 2015
Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Sponsoring Bone Marrow Registry Drive Sept. 16, 17

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Sponsoring Bone Marrow Registry Drive
Sept. 16, 17

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI) is sponsoring a Sept. 16 and 17 bone marrow registry drive in New Britain and Meriden with Be The Match Registry and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Connecticut Chapter.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16 the drive will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at HHCCI at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, 183 North Mountain Road, New Britain; and from noon to 3 p.m. in Lecture Room 2 at The Hospital of Central Connecticut New Britain General campus, 100 Grand St., New Britain.

On Thursday, Sept. 17 the drive will be held 2 to 4:30 p.m. at HHCCI at MidState Medical Center, 435 Lewis Ave., Meriden at the Horwitz Conference Center, Rooms II and III.

Every year more than 14,000 patients suffer from a variety of bone marrow functioning diseases including leukemia and lymphoma and need a bone marrow transplant for survival.

At the drive, a painless and quick swab of your cheek is taken and completion of the paperwork will put you on the national registry. You are contacted only if you are found to be a match for a patient. To register you must be between the ages of 18-44, in generally good health and willing to donate to any patient in need. For more information, call 203.694.8631 or visit the Be The Match website.