Press Release Archive

2014

Saint Francis Listed among Top 100 Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs

(Hartford, Conn. December 30, 2014) - Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading source of information for healthcare professionals, has listed Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center among the top 100 hospitals in the country with “great women’s health programs.”

Saint Francis Receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant for Breastfeeding Program

(Hartford, Conn. December 29, 2014) - Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, in partnership with The Hispanic Health Council, has received a $498,980 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to expand a “Breastfeeding: Heritage and Pride” program to low-income African-American and Hispanic mothers who are patients at the Saint Francis Center for Women’s Health.

Saint Francis Offers New Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

(Hartford, Conn.  December 23, 2014) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is now using a robotic navigation system to deliver an innovative new ablation procedure treatment for atrial fibrillation, the only Connecticut hospital currently performing this procedure.

Saint Francis Care and Trinity Health Sign Definitive Agreement to Join Together

(Hartford, Conn. and Livonia, Mich. December 17, 2014) – Saint FrancisCare will join Trinity Health, a leading national health system, under the terms of a definitive agreement, the two systems announced today. 

Saint Francis Receives Major Patient Safety Training Grant

(Hartford, Conn. December 16, 2014) - Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received a $227,000 grant from the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation to support patient safety training for perioperative teams at hospitals across Connecticut.  

Give Us a Hand: Turn In a Gun

(Hartford, Conn. December 5, 2014) – For the sixth year, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center are collaborating with the City of Hartford, Hartford Police Department, the Hartford State’s Attorney’s Office and Community Renewal Team (CRT) to help get guns off the streets. 

Swapnil D. Munsaf, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. November 25, 2014) – Swapnil D. Munsaf, M.D., a specialist in gastroenterology, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Alexander Mbewe, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. November 25, 2014)  – Alexander Mbewe, M.D., of Farmington, a specialist in geriatric medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  

Carlos Enciso Chaves, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. November 25, 2014) – Carlos Enciso Chaves, M.D., of Manchester, a psychiatrist, has joined the medical staff at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Receives “A” Grade in New Hospital Safety Score Data

(Hartford, Conn. November 20, 2014) – Saint Francis Care has again received an “A” rating Hospital Safety Score℠ from The Leapfrog Group, a national hospital quality watchdog organization.   

Saint Francis Care Signs Letter Of Intent With Smilow Cancer Hospital

New Haven, Hartford, CT (November 18, 2014) – Saint Francis Care, parent of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, has signed a Letter of Intent with Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven to explore a potential agreement to create an integrated oncology services program to serve the greater Hartford community.

Saint Francis Fastcare Clinic Opens in Stop & Shop in Simsbury

(Hartford, Conn. November 10, 2014)- The first Saint Francis FastCare retail primary care clinic offering convenient and economical healthcare for minor conditions and symptoms opened at the Super Stop & Shop supermarket in Simsbury today.

Marcus Mckinney Appointed Affiliate Member to Ariadne Labs

(Hartford, Conn. October 31, 2014) - Marcus McKinney, D.Min., LPC, Vice President of Community Health Equity and Health Policy at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, has been appointed as an Affiliate Member to Ariadne Labs based in Boston.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society bring Select Clinical Trials to Saint Francis Care

(Hartford, Conn.  October 24, 2014) – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in collaboration with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), has established a network of community oncology practices bringing clinical trials testing innovative blood cancer therapies to community settings across the country, expanding blood cancer patients’ access to these clinical trials. The newest community partner to join this consortium is Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center at Saint Francis Care.

Aetna and Saint Francis Healthcare Partners Reach New Accountable Care Agreement

(Hartford, Conn. October 7, 2014) — Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners (SFHCP) today announced a new accountable care agreement that is designed to improve the coordination and delivery of patient care to more than 18,000 Aetna members in Connecticut.

Saint Francis Receives Recognition for Excellence in Orthopedics

(Hartford, Conn. October 7, 2014) – The prestigious Becker's Hospital Review has included Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in the 2014 edition of its list of "125 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Orthopedic Programs."

Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis is ISO 9001:2008 Certified

(Hartford, Conn.  September 30, 2014) - The Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center (CJRI) is now certified as an ISO 9001 2008, Quality Management Systems compliant organization.

Amanda Zucker, D.O., M.P.H., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. September 26, 2014) – Amanda Zucker, D.O., M.P.H., an emergency medicine physician, has joined the medical staff at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  

Che’ Damon Ward, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.  September 26, 2014) – Che’ Damon Ward, M.D., a specialist in emergency medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Niamey P. Wilson, M.D., M.S.H.P., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.  September 26, 2014) – Niamey P. Wilson, M.D., M.S.H.P., a specialist in breast surgery and general surgery, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as the Co-Medical Director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center. 

Moeid Khan, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.  September 26, 2014) –Moeid Khan, M.D., a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  

Vijay Jayaraman, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

 (Hartford, Conn.  September 26, 2014)Vijay Jayaraman, M.D., of Middletown, a specialist in general surgery, trauma and critical care, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

John J. Fialkovich, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.  September 26, 2014)–John J. Fialkovich, M.D., a specialist in emergency medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Neelu Gill, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.  September 26, 2014) –Neelu Gill, M.D., a specialist in adult psychiatry, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Saira I. Rani, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.  September 26, 2014) – Saira I. Rani, M.D., of Avon, a family medicine physician, has joined the medical staff at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  Her scope of practice includes obstetrics, pediatrics and adult internal medicine. 

Sudhanshu Mulay, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.  September 26, 2014) Sudhanshu Mulay, M.D., a specialist in hematology/oncology, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Meghana Gaiki, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.  September 26, 2014) – Meghana Gaiki, M.D., of West Hartford, a specialist in nephrology, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Danielle L. Malin, D.P.M., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.  September 26, 2014) –Danielle Malin, D.P.M., of Hartford, a specialist in podiatric medicine and foot surgery, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Andrew C. Davidson, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. September 26, 2014) - Andrew C. Davidson, M.D., of West Hartford, a specialist in cardiology, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Joins Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Exchange Network

(Hartford & Wallingford, Conn. September 25, 2014)– Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center announced today they have reached an agreement and Saint Francis has joined Anthem’s exchange network starting October 1.

Karen Christopher Joins Saint Francis Medical Group as Director of Revenue Cycle

(Hartford, Conn.  September 4, 2014) – Karen Christopher, M.B.A., has joined Saint Francis Medical Group as the Director of Revenue Cycle.

Carl Gjertson, M.D. Named Chief of Urology

(Hartford, Conn.  August 26, 2014) – Carl Gjertson, M.D., has been appointed Chief of Urology at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Gregory Bennett Appointed Assistant IT Director

(Hartford, Conn.  August 26, 2014)  –  Gregory Bennett has been promoted to Assistant Director in the Enterprise Information System Department at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute at Saint Francis Golf Tournament Raises $140,000

(Hartford, Conn. August 8, 2014) – The Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute raised $140,000 at the 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at Tunxis Plantation Country Club in Farmington, Aug. 7. The funds raised will support community outreach efforts to provide free prostate cancer education, screenings, and medical care of uninsured and underinsured men.

Saint Francis Awarded Stroke Center Accreditation from The Joint Commission

(Hartford, Conn.  August 6, 2014)– Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation of its Stroke Center by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety.

The Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic to Raise Funds and Awareness About Prostate Cancer

(Hartford, Conn. August 6, 2014) – Nearly 100 golfers from across New England will come together for the 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic to benefit the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Care Partner Unveils Customized Clinical Laboratory System

(Hartford, Conn. August 5, 2014) – Collaborative Laboratory Services (CLS), a Saint Francis Care partner, today unveiled a $5.5 million customized, fully automated clinical laboratory system that can process up to 1,200 patient samples an hour – the first of its kind in North America.

Saint Francis Introduces The Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity

(Hartford, Conn.  July 31, 2014) – Saint Francis Care announced today the joining of the former Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute and the Saint Francis Center for Health Equity into the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity. 

David Bondanza Elected to Saint Francis Foundation Board

(Hartford, Conn. July 22, 2014) – David Bondanza, of Canton, CT, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Foundation. 

Saint Francis Receives Recognition for Excellence in Diabetes Education

(Hartford, Conn. July 10, 2014) – The prestigious American Diabetes Association ADA Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to Saint Francis Care’s Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Services. ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

Saint Francis Named a “Most Wired” Hospital

(Chicago, Ill. July 9, 2014)— Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to results of the 2014 Most Wired Survey published in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Saint Francis Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

(Hartford, Conn.  July 8, 2014) — Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

Henry Schneiderman, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.  June 26, 2014) –Henry Schneiderman, M.D., of Bloomfield, a specialist in palliative care, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Joseph L. Charlot, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.  June 26, 2014) – Joseph L. Charlot, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., of Simsbury, a specialist in occupational medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Saint Francis Receives 2014 Patient Safety Excellence and Women’s Health Excellence Awards™ from Healthgrades

(Hartford, Conn. June 24, 2014) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center announced today that it has received the 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award and the Women’s Health Excellence Award, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.   

Saint Francis to Open FastCare Clinics in Two Local Stop & Shop Locations

(Hartford, Conn. – June 16, 2014) Stop & Shop Supermarkets in Simsbury and Manchester will soon have access to high-quality healthcare services at the grocery stores through Saint Francis FastCare. Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Bellin Memorial Hospital, Inc., and Ahold USA, Inc., parent company of Stop & Shop, to operate Saint Francis FastCare clinics at Stop & Shop locations at 498 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury, and 286 Broad Street, Manchester.

Saint Francis Recognized For Superior Purchasing Practices

(Hartford, Conn.  June 11, 2014) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received Premier, Inc.’s Supply Chain Excellence Award for superior supply expense performance.

Saint Francis Emergency Department Chair Receives Connecticut Public Health Commissioner’s Award

(Hartford, Conn.  May 20, 2014) - C. Steven Wolf, M.D., Chairman of the Emergency Department at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, was recently honored by the state Department of Public Health and the Connecticut EMS Councils with the Connecticut Public Health Commissioner's Award. 

Saint Francis Performs Connecticut’s First Quadripolar Pacemaker Implant

(Hartford, Conn.  May 19, 2014)– Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is the first facility in Connecticut to implant a pacemaker that has four pacing electrodes and 14 different program options to provide patients with weakened heart muscles improved ability to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands.

1.5 Million Dollars Pledged to Saint Francis by Maximilian E and Marion O Hoffman Foundation Inc

(Hartford, Conn.  May 12, 2014) -  Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has announced that it is the recipient of a generous $1.5 million grant from the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation to benefit the Hospital’s Breast Health Center. 

50th Annual Robert M. Jeresaty, M.D., Cardiovascular Symposium

(Hartford, Conn. May 6, 2014) – The Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center will host the 50th Annual Robert M. Jeresaty, M.D., Cardiovascular Symposium on May 7 and 8. 

Saint Francis Hospital Establishes School of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

(Hartford, Conn. April 29, 2014) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is accepting applications for the inaugural class of the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut School of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology – the first of its kind in New England and one of only a handful of hospital-based programs in the country.

Saint Francis Care Extends Travelers Championship Presenting Sponsor Role Through 2020

(Hartford, Conn. April 29, 2014) - Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center announced today that it will extend its support as Presenting Sponsor to the Travelers Championship for an additional five years, through 2020.

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Receives “A” Grade in Leapfrog Group’s Latest Hospital Safety Score℠

(Hartford, Conn. April 29, 2014)Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has again received an “A” rating Hospital Safety Score℠ from The Leapfrog Group, a national hospital quality watchdog organization. 

Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute Chosen as Mentor for Joint Replacement Learning Community

(Hartford, Conn. April 28, 2014) – The Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute (CJRI) at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is one of three project leaders for an international initiative seeking to provide high-value care by improving outcomes and reducing costs for knee and hip replacements.

Distinguished Physicians Honored by Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.  April 17, 2014)  -  The Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Distinguished Physician of the Year award has been presented to N. Chandra Narayanan, M.D., FACS, and Peter B. Wade, M.D.

Saint Francis to Go Live with Epic Implementation April 1

(Hartford, Conn. March 26, 2014) – Many memorable events in American history have occurred on April 1: In 1976, it was the day Steve Jobs formed Apple; in 1954, the US Air Force Academy was formed; and in 1938, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY.

Magowan Twins Bequeath Large Gift to Saint Francis Care

(Hartford, Conn. March 20, 2014) - The Saint Francis Foundation recently received a $900,000 gift from a set of unassuming twins whose humble lifestyle belied their wealth.

Saint Francis Announces Executive Appointments

(Hartford, Conn. March 20, 2014) – Saint Francis Care has appointed David Bittner to the position of Senior Vice President of Finance, and Jennifer Schneider as Vice President of Finance. 

Ulysses Wu, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. March 14, 2014) – Ulysses S. Wu, M.D., a specialist in Infectious Disease, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as the Section Chief of Infectious Disease.

Heart Month Celebration Reaps Rewards

(Hartford, Conn. February 28, 2014) - The Max Restaurant Group, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd., and Voli Light Vodka donated $4,500 to the Women’s Heart Program at Saint Francis following a month-long celebration of Heart Month.

Michael L. Therrien, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. February 24, 2014) – Michael L. Therrien, M.D., of Putnam, a specialist in cardiovascular disease and critical care, has rejoined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as the Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU).

Women’s Choice Award: Saint Francis Named Among America’s “Best” Breast Centers

(Hartford, Conn. February 19, 2014) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received the Women’s Choice Award from WomenCertified®, distinguishing it as one America’s Best Breast Centers for 2014. 

Denise M. Peterson, R.N., MSHCA, NEA-BC, FACHE Named Interim Executive Director, Surgical Services

(Hartford, Conn. February 17, 2014) – Denise M. Peterson, R.N., MSHCA, NEA-BC, FACHE, of Middlebury, has been named the interim Executive Director of Surgical Services at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Receives Two Design Construction Awards

(Hartford, Conn. February 14, 2014) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center received an Excellence in Construction Award and the People’s Choice Award from the Connecticut Association of Builders and Contractors for the Innovation + Learning Center at Saint Francis.

Lea’s Foundation Pledges $555,000 for Leukemia Research

(Hartford, Conn. February 14, 2014) -  At the Lea’s Foundation 20thAnnual Valentine’s Day Ball, the organization pledged $555,000 to conduct leukemia research at the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center over the next three years.

Saint Francis Care Names Kimberley Beekmann Director of Patient Experience

(Hartford, Conn.  February 12, 2014) – Saint Francis Care has named Kimberley P. Beekmann, a resident of Southwick, MA, as Director of Patient Experience.  This key leadership role is based in the Innovation + Learning Center at Saint Francis. 

Stephanie Kelly, R.N., B.S.N., Named Executive Director of the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute

(Hartford, Conn. February 11, 2014) – Stephanie Kelly, R.N., B.S.N., of South Windsor, has been named the Executive Director of the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis.

Women’s Choice Award: Saint Francis Named “Best” for Patient Experience in Heart Health

(Hartford, Conn. February 3, 2014) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received the Women’s Choice Award from WomenCertified®, distinguishing it as one of the 2014 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Heart Care.  

Saint Francis Care Appoints Three New Directors

(Hartford, Conn. January 16, 2014) - The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D., Archbishop of Hartford; Patrick Kinney, of Manchester; and Joseph J. Spalluto, of West Hartford; have been elected to the Board of Directors of Saint Francis Care, the parent organization of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Joyce and Andrew Mandell Receive Saint Francis’ Spirit Award

(Hartford, Conn. January 13, 2014) - Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell are the recipients of the Saint Francis Care Spirit Award, a recognition of service that exemplifies the Hospital’s mission and core values.

Saint Francis Listed among Top 100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs

(Hartford, Conn. January 10, 2014) Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading source of information for healthcare professionals, has listed Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center among its top “100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs.” The announcement recognizes orthopedic surgery departments, programs or dedicated centers that have earned special recognition.

Fiona Phelan Named Media Relations Manager at Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. January 3, 2014) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has named Fiona Phelan, of Killingworth, to the position of Media Relations Manager.

2013

Saint Francis Honored with Learning Health System Planning Award

(Hartford, Conn. December 20, 2013) — Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is one of seven national recipients to receive a Learning Health System Planning Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Saint Francis Listed among 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs

(Hartford, Conn. December 19, 2013) Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading source of information for healthcare professionals, has listed the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center among the top 100 hospitals in the country with “great heart programs.”

181 Weapons Turned in at Community Gun Buyback Event

(Hartford, Conn.) –For the fifth year, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center collaborated with the City of Hartford, Hartford Police Department, the Hartford State’s Attorney’s Office and Community Renewal Team (CRT) to help get guns off the streets. Each year, hundreds of crimes and accidental injuries occur in Connecticut as a result of the misuse of handguns.

The Mandell MS Center Recognized as Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care

(Hartford, Conn. December 5, 2013) - The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research at The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, a Saint Francis Care provider, has been officially recognized as a Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program.

Cardinal Health Foundation Grants Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center $31,500 to Improve Patient Safety at the Point-of-Care

(Hartford, Conn. November 26, 2013) — Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center today announced that it has received $31,500 in grant funding from the Cardinal Health Foundation to improve operating room safety and efficiency.

Joseph Mitchel, D.O., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. October 29, 2013) – Joseph Mitchel, D.O., of Newington, a specialist in cardiology, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Receives A Grade in New Hospital Safety Score Data

(Hartford, Conn. October 23, 2013) Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has again received an “A” rating Hospital Safety Score℠ from The Leapfrog Group, a national hospital quality watchdog organization.

New Comprehensive Womens Health Center Opens at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

(Hartford, Conn. October 23, 2013) – Saint Francis Care introduces the Comprehensive Women’s Health Center at Saint Francis, a new dimension of healthcare for women in our region.

Saint Francis Physician Michael R. Bourque, M.D., Named Daily Point of Light Honoree

(Hartford, Conn. October 14, 2013) – Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer organization, has named Michael R. Bourque, M.D., a senior OB/GYN physician at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, a Daily Point of Light Award honoree for his leadership role on the “Blue Team,” a medical missionary team with International Medical Missions of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Ranks #1 in Connecticut for Patient Safety, #1 for Medical Excellence in Major Clinical Categories

(Hartford, Conn. October 8, 2013) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been recognized by CareChex®, a division of Comparion Medical Analytics,for patient safety and medical excellence achievements in numerous categories in its 2014 hospital quality award rankings.

Jessie Dewanjee, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. September 24, 2013) – Jessie Dewanjee, M.D., of Simsbury, a specialist in hospital medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Awards $500,000 Grant to Mandell Multiple Sclerosis Center

(Hartford, Conn. September 17, 2013) The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, a Saint Francis Care Provider, has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to research the capacity and performance of upper extremities including arms, hands and shoulders in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Vanessa Pauig, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. September 11, 2013)– Vanessa Pauig, M.D., of  Bloomfield, a specialist in hospital medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

MIRACLES XXIV Gala

(Hartford, Conn. September 9, 2013) - It was another sellout evening with nearly 1,400 guests at the Connecticut Convention Center for this year’s MIRACLES XXIV gala, presented by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Maternal Infant Division at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Awarded AlUM Ultrasound Practice Accreditation

(Hartford, Conn. September 9, 2013) - The Ultrasound Practice Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine is pleased to announce that Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Maternal Infant Division has been awarded ultrasound practice accreditation in the area of fetal echocardiography.

Saint Francis Care Partner Names Maria J. McGuire Director of Lab Information Systems

(Hartford, Conn. September 3, 2013) - Collaborative Laboratory Services, LLC. (CLS), a Saint Francis Care partner, has named Maria J. McGuire, a resident of Farmington, as Director of Lab Information Systems.

Saint Francis Names Carol Kardas Director of Human Resources Operations

(Hartford, Conn. August 28, 2013) - Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has named Carol Kardas, a resident of Avon, Director, Human Resources Operations.

Saint Francis Names Patti LaMonica, R.N., M.S.N., Interim Chief Nursing Officer

(Hartford, Conn. August 27, 2013) - Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has named Patti LaMonica, R.N., MSN, currently Executive Director of the Emergency Medicine and Prehospital Service Line, additionally as Interim Chief Nursing Officer.

Mark C. Schmidt, D.D.S., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 27, 2013) – Mark C. Schmidt, D.D.S., of Simsbury, a specialist in hospital dentistry, has re-joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as Associate Director, Department of Dentistry; and Program Director, General Practice Residency in Dentistry.

Edward T. Kelly, IV, D.M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 27, 2013) – Edward T. Kelly, IV, D.M.D., of Manchester, a specialist in hospital dentistry, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as Assistant Program Director, General Practice Residency in Dentistry.

Ravi Kishore Narra, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 26, 2013) – Ravi Kishore Narra, M.D., of Hartford, a specialist in hospital medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis HealthCare Partners and Cigna Start Accountable Care Program to Improve Health and Lower Costs

Cigna and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners, a joint venture between Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and more than 900 affiliated health care providers, have launched a collaborative accountable care initiative to improve patient access to health care, enhance care coordination, and achieve the “triple aim” of improved health, affordability and patient experience. The program becomes effective October 1, 2013.

Saint Francis Recognized For IBCLC Care Award

(Hartford, Conn. August 22, 2013) — The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center for excellence in lactation care.

Saint Francis Names William T. Oravecz as Director Of ICD-10 Implementation

(Hartford, Conn. August 13, 2013)–William T. Oravecz, of Southbury, has been named the newly appointed Director, ICD-10 Implementation, at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Paulo Renato de Araujo Valle Correa, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 13, 2013) – Paulo R. Correa, M.D., of New Haven, a physician specializing in psychiatry, has joined the medical staff of Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital as Medical Director for Outpatient Behavioral Health.

Saint Francis Names Surendra P. Khera, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

(Hartford, Conn.  August 8, 2013) –Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has appointed Surendra “Sunny” P. Khera, M.D., of Simsbury, as Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

Shayta Chittoori, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 8, 2013) – Shayta Chittoori, M.D., of Avon, a specialist in hospital medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

SBM Charitable Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant for Violence and Injury Prevention Program at Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 7, 2013) – The Violence and Injury Prevention Program, an initiative of the Trauma/Surgery Department at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, has received a $25,000 grant from the SBM Charitable Foundation (“SBMCF”) for the Kids In Safety Seats (KISS)-CT program. 

John E. Leavens, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 7, 2013) – John E. Leavens, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., of Avon, a specialist in emergency medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Saint Francis Receives American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

(Hartford, Conn. August 1, 2013) — Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that Saint Francis has reached an exceptional goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

Saint Francis Welcomes Expansion of UConn Emergency Medicine Residency Program

(Hartford, Conn. July 29, 2013) Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has partnered with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine to expand UConn’s Integrated Residency Program in Emergency Medicine.

Shilpa Rajashekar, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. July 24, 2013) – Shilpa Rajashekar, M.D., of Middletown, a specialist in family medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Matthew Neulander, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. July 24, 2013) – Matthew Neulander, M.D., of South Glastonbury, a specialist in emergency medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Named in U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013-2014

(Hartford, Conn. July 16, 2013) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center ranked #3 in the state of Connecticut and #2 in the Hartford metro area, gaining high scores in eight specialties and in patient safety, in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of Best Hospitals in the U.S. released today.

Saint Francis Named Among 2013 Most Wired Hospitals

(Chicago, Ill. July 2013) — Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey published in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Elaine St. Peter Joins Saint Francis As Media Relations Manager

 (Hartford, Conn. July 11, 2013) – Elaine St. Peter, of Avon, has joined Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as Media Relations Manager. St. Peter brings over 25 years of media experience to this role. She comes to Saint Francis

Christine Castro, D.O., Rheumatology, joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.  July 10, 2013) – Christine Castro, D.O., a specialist in rheumatology, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Offers New Treatment Choice for Prostate Cancer

(Hartford, Conn. July 8, 2013) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is among the first hospitals in the nation to offer a new radioactive injection treatment for prostate cancer patients with bone metastases.

Robert J. Grant, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. July 8, 2013) - Robert J. Grant, M.D., a specialist in emergency medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Derrick Amato Joins Occupational Health for Saint Francis Care as Administrative Director

(Hartford, Conn. July 8, 2013) Derrick Amato has joined Saint Francis Care as Administrative Director, Occupational Health, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Occupational Medicine Partners, LLC., and Medworks, LLC. 

Edward J. White, M.D., F.A.C.S., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. July 3, 2013) – Edward J. White, M.D., of Enfield, a specialist in surgery, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

The Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Saint Francis Receives Three-Year Accreditation for Quality Care

(Hartford, Conn. June 17, 2013) – The Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

Saint Francis Care Suspends AHCN Affiliation Talks

(Hartford, Conn.) – Saint Francis Care has decided to no longer pursue a relationship with Ascension Health Care Network (AHCN) and has recently let the Letter of Intent expire.  Saint Francis Care will pursue other opportunities.

Latha Dulipsingh, M.D., FACP., FACE., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. June 13, 2013)– Latha Dulipsingh, M.D., of West Hartford, a specialist in endocrinology, has joined the medical staff at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as the Population Management Director, Diabetes and Metabolic Services.

Adam Perrin, M.D., FAAFP, CAQ-SM Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. June 13, 2013) - Adam Perrin, M.D., FAAFP, CAQ SM, of Middlefield, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  Dr. Perrin received his medical degree from Wayne State University, School of Medicine, Detroit,

Saint Francis Implements Mandatory Flu Vaccination Policy

(Hartford, Conn. June 6, 2013) – Saint Francis Care today announced that all Hospital physicians, clinical and administrative staffs, volunteers, vendors, contractors, students and temporary workers who serve on the premises of Saint Francis sites will be required to receive a flu vaccination by December 1, 2013.

Cross Cultural and Diversity Inclusiveness Training Program Launched

(Hartford, Conn. June 5, 2013) – To help hospitals improve cultural competency in the delivery of care, Saint Francis Center for Health Equity, the Hispanic Health Council and the Connecticut Hospital Association will jointly host a two-session program designed to better enable healthcare providers to effectively interact with patients of diverse backgrounds.

Saint Francis Names Surendra P. Khera, M.D., Chief Quality Officer and Interim Chief Medical Officer

(Hartford, Conn.  May 13, 2013) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has named Surendra P. Khera, M.D., of Simsbury, as Chief Quality Officer and Interim Chief Medical Director.

Saint Francis is the Only New England Provider to Beta Test New URAC Accreditation

(Hartford, Conn. May 13, 2013) – Saint Francis Care announced today that it is beta testing the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission’s (URAC) new clinically integrated network (CIN) accreditation standards through its affiliation with Saint Francis HealthCare Partners.

Linghua Wang, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. May 9, 2013) - Linghua Wang, M.D., of West Bridgewater, MA, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Wang received his medical degree from Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China.

Saint Francis Awarded an “A” Grade for Patient Safety by the Leapfrog Group for the Third Consecutive Year

(Hartford, Conn. May 8, 2013) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center was again honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Steve Kunsman Appointed Director of Operations for Post Acute Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Services at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital

(Hartford, Conn. May 6, 2013) – Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital (MSRH) has appointed Steve Kunsman, MS, PT, of Southwick, MA, as Director of Operations for Post Acute Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Services.

Leo Otake, M.D., Ph.D., Appointed Chief of Plastic Surgery at Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. May 2, 2013) – Leo Otake, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Reconstructive Breast and Microsurgery, of New Haven, has been appointed Chief of Plastic Surgery at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Names Scott Ellner, D.O., MPH, Vice Chairman Surgery and Director of Surgical Quality

(Hartford, Conn. May 1 , 2013) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has promoted Scott Ellner, D.O., MPH, of Avon, to Vice Chairman Surgery and Director of Surgical Quality.

Glenn Mason Named Director of Infrastructure Enterprise Services at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

(Hartford, Conn. April 29, 2013) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has appointed Glenn Mason, a Plantsville resident, to the position of Director of Infrastructure Enterprise Services (IES).

Saint Francis Hospital And Medical Center Recognized With National Partner For Change Award

(Hartford, Conn. April 26 , 2013) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center was awarded the 2013 Partner for Change Award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading healthcare membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Recognize Saint Francis as High Performer

(Hartford, Conn. April 17, 2013) – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently identified Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as a high performer in the Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) initiative.

The Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis Names Charles M. Turkelson, Ph.D., Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research

(Hartford, Conn. April 15, 2013) – Charles M. Turkelson, Ph.D.,  of Farmington, has been named the newly appointed Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research for the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis (CJRI).

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Named Sole Connecticut Recipient of Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award™

(Hartford, Conn. April 9, 2013) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center announced today that it has received the Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The distinction places Saint Francis within the top 5% of all hospitals for its excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays. This is also the third year that Saint Francis has received this prestigious award.

Kathleen A. Smith, R.N., MHSA, NEA-BC, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. April 3, 2013) – Kathleen A. Smith, R.N., MHSA, NEA-BC, of Seymour, has joined Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as Director of Infection Prevention.

Adarsh Jha, M.D., Named Medical Director for Gengras Primary Care Services

(Hartford, Conn. March 28, 2013) – Adarsh Jha, M.D., of Manchester, has been named Medical Director for Gengras Primary Care Services at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

NIH Awards $1,640,000 Grant to Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

(Hartford, Conn. March 27, 2013) – Ernesto Canalis, M.D., Director of Research at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, is the Principal Investigator on a $1,640,000 grant award from the National Institute of Arthritis Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to investigate the Role of Notch Signaling in Osteocytes over the next five years.

Susan F. Burroughs, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. March 26, 2013) – Susan F. Burroughs, M.D., of Simsbury, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Burroughs received her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at University Health Sciences Center, Morgantown, WV, and her fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Minnesota.  

Victory Energy Solutions and Saint Francis Partner to Provide Healthy, Efficient and Safe Options At Home

(Hartford, Conn. March 11, 2013)  Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Victory Energy Solutions, a Home Energy Solutions contractor for Connecticut Light & Power and The United Illuminating Company, were joined today by Daniel C. Esty, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Environmental and Environmental Protection, (DEEP) Jamie Howland, Vice Chair, Energy Efficiency Board and other utility partners  to launch  a novel and timely initiative that will provide healthy, efficient, and safe options at home by promoting  residential energy efficiency.

Saint Francis Shines Spotlight on National Patient Safety Awareness Week

(Hartford, Conn. March 6, 2013)  For the second year, Saint Francis is proud to recognize National Patient Safety Awareness Week with another inspiring guest speaker. Marcus Engel was a college freshman when he nearly lost his life after his car was hit by a drunk driver.  Marcus blinded by the accident, endured two years of aggressive rehabilitation and over 300 hours of facial reconstructive surgery.

Saint Francis Launches the Spine Institute of Connecticut

(Hartford, Conn. March 4, 2013) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center today introduced The Spine Institute of Connecticut at Saint Francis.  Comprised of a highly-skilled and experienced team of orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons specializing in minimally invasive techniques, the Spine Institute offers a special focus on the diagnosis and treatment of congenital, chronic and acute spinal disorders.

Saint Francis Ranks #1 in Connecticut for Patient Safety and Medical Excellence in Major Clinical Categories, Including #1 in Overall Hospital Care

(Hartford, Conn. February 25, 2013)  Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been recognized by CareChex®, a division of The Delta Group, for patient safety and medical excellence achievements in numerous categories in its 2013 hospital quality award rankings.

Saint Francis Honors Physicians

(Hartford, Conn. February 19, 2013)  Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center recently honored 109 physician educators with an inaugural Saint Francis Faculty Fellows Award. The awards are aimed at raising awareness around medical teaching by Hospital physicians.

Tiffany Sanders, M.D, Named Medical Director for Malta House of Care, Inc.

(Hartford, Conn. January 31, 2013)  Tiffany Sanders, M.D., of Ridgefield, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as Medical Director for the Malta House of Care, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides free, basic primary healthcare to the uninsured through a mobile clinic service in Hartford neighborhoods.

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center: Nurturing a Healthy Community and Economy

(Hartford, Conn. January 30, 2013)  Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is a cornerstone of our community – caring for residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Providing accessible, high-quality hospital care is an essential element of the quality of life for our communities.  In addition to caring for the well-being of our communities, Connecticut hospitals also serve as bedrock economic engines for our communities and the state, providing enormous benefits that drive growth in the health and medical fields as well as numerous other industries.  Saint Francis, like its peers, makes a tremendous impact on the financial health of our local community and state.

Stephen T. Surprenant Named Vice President, Mission Integration

(Hartford, Conn. January 22, 2013) – With over 25 years of experience in the human services field, Steve's combination of in-depth experience, operational knowledge and passion for mission integration work made him an exceptional candidate for this role," said Mr. Dadlez. "He will promote and integrate our mission and core values throughout all areas of the Hospital

Saint Francis Center for Health Equity Awarded $200,000 Grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation

(Hartford, Conn. January 22, 2013) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been awarded a $200,000, two-year grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation to support a Health Equity Fellowship position at the Hospital's Center for Health Equity headquartered at 140 Woodland Street, Hartford.

Saint Francis Center For Womens Health Awarded Grant To Create Oral Health Screening Program For Pregnant Women

(Hartford, Conn. January 22, 2013) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been awarded an $85,000 grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation to develop an oral health program for expectant mothers seeking pre-natal care at the Hospital's Center for Women's Health.

More Doctors, Hospitals Partner To Coordinate Care For People With Medicare

(Hartford, Conn. January 22, 2013) – Saint Francis HealthCare Partners ACO, Inc has been selected as one of 106 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in Medicare, ensuring as many as 4 million Medicare beneficiaries across the United States now have access to high-quality, coordinated care, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today.

Saint Francis Care and Ascension Health Care Network Sign Letter of Intent

(Hartford, Conn., St. Louis, Mo. January 16, 2013) Saint Francis Care, Inc., and Ascension Health Care Network announced today the signing of an exclusive Letter of Intent, opening the way for Saint Francis Care to join Ascension Health Care Network, with the vision of building a statewide, clinically integrated healthcare delivery system composed of high-quality providers committed to delivering an unequaled combination of healthcare quality and community value to residents across Connecticut. 

Saint Francis Care and the Urban League of Greater Hartford Partner to Create a New Space to Address Healthcare Disparities

(Hartford, Conn. January 15, 2013) – Today marks the beginning of a unique partnership between the Saint Francis Center for Health Equity (CHE), the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute (CDRMHI) and the Urban League of Greater Hartford,and to introduce CHE as a leading model for addressing health disparities.

Prior to 2013

Mahmood Vaezzadeh, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. December 13, 2012) – Mahmood Vaezzadeh, M.D., of West Hartford, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Vaezzadeh received his medical degree from Szeged University, Szegad, Hungary. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY. He was previously Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a staff physician at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital in Gallup, NM.

Mohammad Pazooki, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. December 6, 2012) – Mohammad Pazooki, M.D., of Farmington, a specialist in hematology-oncology, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis names Pamela Manor, MSN, RN, as Clinical and Nursing Information Officer

(Hartford, Conn. December 4, 2012) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has promoted Pamela Manor, MSN, R.N, of Hamden, to the position of Clinical and Nursing Information Officer (CNIO).

Saint Francis Awarded Another “A” Grade for Patient Safety by the Leapfrog Group

(Hartford, Conn. November 29, 2012) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center announced today that it has been honored with a second consecutive “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, a nationally recognized organization founded by a consortium of Fortune 500 companies and other large public healthcare purchasers representing 37 million American consumers nationwide.

Community Gun Buyback Program Offers Gift Cards to Stop Injuries

(Hartford, Conn. November 29, 2012) – Each year, hundreds of crimes and accidental injuries occur in Connecticut as a result of the misuse of handguns. For the third year, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center collaborated with the City of Hartford, Hartford Police Department, and the Hartford State’s Attorney’s Office to help get guns off the streets.

Saint Francis and UConn School of Medicine Open The Connecticut Institute For Primary Care Innovation (CIPCI)

(Hartford, Conn. November 16, 2012) – Today officials from Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine celebrated the opening of the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation (CIPCI), located on the main Saint Francis campus in Hartford.

Constantinos Constantinou, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. November 16, 2012) – Constantinos Constantinou, M.D., of Tolland, a specialist in Cardio-Thoracic surgery, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Kristofer A. Bagdasarian, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. November 5, 2012) – Kristofer A. Bagdasarian, M.D., of Southington, a specialist in vascular surgery, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Care is #1 in Connecticut for Joint Replacement Surgery Outcomes

(Hartford, Conn. October 23, 2012)Saint Francis Care is #1 in Connecticut for Joint replacement outcomes and is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement, according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or a hospital.  

Shahla Yassir, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. October 17, 2012) – Shahla Yassir, M.D., of Shelton, a specialist in hospital medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Nayyara Malik, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. September 25, 2012) – Nayyara Malik, M.D., of Farmington, a specialist in Psychiatry, has joined the medical staff at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Kathryn E. Pascucci, D.O., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. September 25, 2012) - Kathryn E. Pascucci, D.O., of West Hartford, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

John Hanna, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. September 21, 2012) – John Hanna, M.D., of Manchester, a specialist in hospital medicine, has joined the medical staff at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Miracles XXIII Gala

(Hartford, Conn. September 18, 2012) – It was another sellout evening with over 1,400 guests at the Connecticut Convention Center for this year’s MIRACLES XXIII gala, presented by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Marcus M. Mckinney, Vice President of Community Health Equity and Health Policy, Graduates from Health Leadership Program

(Hartford, Conn. September 18, 2012) – Marcus M. McKinney, D.Min., L.P.C., of South Windsor,  Vice President of Community Health Equity and Health Policy at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, recently graduated from the Health Leadership Fellows program of the CT Health Foundation. 

Saint Francis Care Partners with Surgical Care Affiliates to Develop Ambulatory Surgery Center Strategy

(Hartford, Conn. September 17, 2012) – Saint Francis Care, Inc. has signed a co-development agreement with Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), a nationally recognized leader in the development and management of ambulatory surgery centers.

Shayna B. Burke, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. September 12, 2012) – Shayna B. Burke, M.D., of Simsbury, an allergist, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Brian Lyngaas, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. September 4, 2012) – Brian Lyngaas, M.D., of New Haven, a specialist in emergency medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Cristina Cefaloni, M.D., Joins Saint Francis, Specialist in Pediatrics

(Hartford, Conn. August 20, 2012) – Cristina Cefaloni M.D., of West Hartford, a specialist in pediatrics, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Rachelle Dyquiangco, M.D., Joins Saint Francis, Specialist in Hospital Medicine

(Hartford, Conn. August 14, 2012) – Rachelle Dyquiangco, M.D., of Wethersfield, a hospitalist, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Names New Director, Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation Crystal L. Clark, M.D., M.P.H., Proven Leader And Innovator

(Hartford, Conn. August 13, 2012) – Crystal L. Clark, M.D., M.P.H., has joined Saint Francis Care as Director of the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation (CIPCI), a collaborative enterprise with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Asha Dhamija, M.D., Hospital Medicine, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 13, 2012) – Asha Dhamija, M.D., of Hartford, a specialist in hospital medicine, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Medical Group Names New Director of Operations David Ness to Fill Position

(Hartford, Conn. August 13, 2012) – David Ness, of Torrington, has joined Saint Francis Medical Group as Director of Operations.

Adam R. Silverman, M.D., F.A.C.P., Primary Care, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 13, 2012) – Adam R. Silverman, M.D., F.A.C.P., of Simsbury, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as Medical Director for Primary Care Service Line.

Abdul Majeed Sheikh, M.D., Hospital Medicine, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 13, 2012) – Abdul Majeed Sheikh, M.D., a specialist in hospital medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Christopher Chan, M.D., Ph.D., Emergency Medicine, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 13, 2012) – Christopher Chan, M.D., Ph.D., a specialist in emergency medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Jyothi Amin, M.D., Specialist in Podiatry Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 9, 2012) – Jyothi Amin, M.D., of Hartford, a specialist in podiatry, has joined the staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. 

Kimberly Caprio, M.D., Joins Saint Francis, Specialist in Breast Surgery

(Hartford, Conn. August 8, 2012) – Kimberly Caprio, M.D., of West Hartford, a specialist in breast surgery, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Trailokya Nath Pandit, M.D., Hospitalist, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 7, 2012) – Trailokya Nath Pandit, M.D., of New Britain, a specialist in hospital medicine, has joined the staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center Department of Radiation Oncology Earns ACR-Astro Accreditation

(Hartford, Conn. August 7, 2012) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

SBM Charitable Foundation Awards $20,000 Grant for Violence and Injury Prevention Program at Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 7, 2012) – The Violence and Injury Prevention Program, an initiative of the Trauma/Surgery Department at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, has received a $20,000 grant from the SBM Charitable Foundation (“SBMCF”) for the Kids In Safety Seats (KISS)-CT program.

Saint Francis Names Andrew K. McFarlin Director of the Strategic Portfolio Management Office

(Hartford, Conn. August 7, 2012) – Andrew K. McFarlin, of Woodstock, has joined Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as Director of the Strategic Portfolio Management Office.

Maria Tsarouhas, D.O., Rehabilitation Specialist, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 7, 2012) – Maria Tsarouhas, D.O., a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Curtis D. Robinson Honored with National Medical Association Award

(Hartford, Conn. August 7, 2012) – Curtis D. Robinson, co-founder of the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute and a Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Board member, received the Scroll of Merit Award at the National Medical Association’s (NMA) annual convention and scientific assembly in New Orleans on July 30th. 

Ernesto Canalis, M.D., Director of Research at Saint Francis, Earns National Medical Association Award

(Hartford, Conn. August 7, 2012) – Ernesto Canalis, M.D., Director of Research at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, has been selected by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) to receive the 2012 Lawrence G. Raisz Award for contributions to research in bone metabolism.

Johnson Memorial Medical Center, Saint Francis Announce Affiliation

(Hartford, Conn. July 25, 2012) – Johnson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC), the parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital (JMH), Evergreen Health Care Center and Home & Community Health Services; and Saint Francis Care, Inc., the parent organization of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, announced today completion of an affiliation agreement designed to maintain JMMC as an independent source of high-quality healthcare and expand its clinical services in North Central Connecticut. 

Saint Francis Recognized as Most Wired

(Hartford, Conn. July 10, 2012) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey published in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Antarpreet Kaur, M.D., Hospitalist, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. July 10, 2012) – Antarpreet Kaur, M.D., of Stratford, a hospitalist, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

James Vredenburgh, M.D., Hematology/Oncology, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. July 10, 2012) – James Vredenburgh, M.D., of Hartford, a specialist in hematology and oncology, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Samuel D. Buonocore, M.D., Plastic Surgery, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. July 9, 2012) – Samuel D. Buonocore, M.D., of Branford, a specialist in plastic surgery, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Anna Jamrozik, M.D., Family Medicine, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. July 9, 2012) – Anna Jamrozik, M.D., of Ashford, a family medicine physician, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Robert Bona, M.D., Hematology/Oncology, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. July 9, 2012) – Robert Bona, M.D., of Windsor, a specialist in hematology and oncology, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Jaykumar Thumar, M.D., Oncologist, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. July 9, 2012) – Jaykumar Thumar, M.D., of Middletown, an oncologist, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Rosa Parks Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to a Saint Francis Board Member

(Hartford, Conn. June 29, 2012) – Curtis D. Robinson, co-founder of the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute and a Saint Francis Hospital and medical center board member, received the Rosa Parks Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Pediatrician is Healthcare Hero for Work in Lead Treatment

(Hartford, Conn. June 29, 2012) – The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) has recognized Lisa Menillo, MD, attending pediatrician, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and director, Hartford Regional Lead Treatment Center and Health Homes Program, as a 2012 Healthcare Hero.

CHA Distinguished Service Award to Judith Carey, RSM, Ph.D

(Hartford, Conn. June 27, 2012) – The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) presented Judith A. Carey, RSM, PhD, Vice President for Mission Integration at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, with the T. Stewart Hamilton, MD, Distinguished Service Award.

Saint Francis Gets an A for Patient Safety

(Hartford, Conn. June 27, 2012) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center announced today that it has been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, a nationally recognized organization.

Robotic, Single-Incision Gall Bladder Surgery First in Connecticut

(Hartford, Conn. June 27, 2012) – Ibrahim Daoud, M.D., Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, performed the Hospital’s first single-incision gallbladder removal procedure with the state-of-the-art daVinci Si® Surgical System.

Saint Francis Wins Gold Award for Surgical Safety Innovations

(Hartford, Conn. June 18, 2012) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received a 2012 Gold Level CQIA Innovation Prize (CIP). 

Marcus M. McKinney Named Vice President of Community Health Equity and Health Policy

(Hartford, Conn. June 18, 2012) – Marcus M. McKinney, D.Min., LPC, has been named to the new position of vice president of Community Health Equity and Health Policy at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Wins Gold for Heart Failure Care

(Hartford, Conn. June 13, 2012) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received the Get with the Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for its excellence in the treatment of patients with heart failure.

Faustinus C. Onyirimba, M.D. Pulmonary Medicine Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. June 12, 2012) – Faustinus C. Onyirimba, M.D., M.R.C.P., F.C.C.P., of West Hartford, a specialist in pulmonary medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Jennifer H. Johnson, M.D., OB/GYN, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. June 11, 2012) – Jennifer H. Johnson, M.D., of Bloomfield, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

David Wasserstein, M.D., Pulmonology, Critical Care, Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. June 6, 2012) – David Wasserstein, M.D., FCCP, of Tolland, a pulmonary critical care physician, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Romana Zar, M.D., Joins Saint Francis - Specialist in Geriatrics

(Hartford, Conn. May 24, 2012) - Romana Zar, M.D., of Newington, a geriatrician, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Care in Top 5% for Patient Safety

(Hartford, Conn. May 22, 2012) – Saint Francis Care is recipient of the 2012 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, indicating that its patient safety ratings are in the top 5% of U.S. hospitals.

Hartford City Hall Clinic Offers Healthcare to City and State Employees

(Hartford, Conn. May 17, 2012) – The City of Hartford, State of Connecticut, and Saint Francis Care are pleased to announce the opening of Saint Francis Care Connect@City Hall, a primary care practice dedicated to the healthcare needs and well-being of city and state employees.

Mark Aresco Named Director of Saint Francis Medical Group

(Hartford, Conn. May 16, 2012) – Mark R. Aresco, of Burlington, has joined Saint Francis Medical Group as the executive director.

New Bundled Pricing Makes Knee and Hip Replacement More Affordable

(Hartford, Conn. May 14, 2012) – The Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute (CJRI) at Saint Francis has signed a contract with Farmington-based health insurer ConnectiCare to offer an innovative program for total hip and knee replacement surgery aimed at delivering high quality care while controlling costs.

New Director of Stroke Center Named

(Hartford, Conn. May 11, 2012) – Mansour Afshani, M.D., a neurologist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as the new Medical Director of the Stroke Center and Director of the Interventional Neuroradiology Service at Saint Francis.

Nursing Research Day at Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. May 9, 2012) –10th Annual Nursing Research Day 2012 -- This conference presents nurses with research using a qualitative perspective to gain a deeper understanding of critical issues relevant to nursing. Topics range from education in end of life care to quality of life following bariatric surgery.

Center for Health Equity at Saint Francis Names New Medical Director

(Hartford, Conn. April 17, 2012) – Luis F. Diez-Morales, M.D., of Avon, has been named Medical Director of the Center for Health Equity and the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute at Saint Francis.

Orthopedic Surgeon Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. April 17, 2012) – Scott A. Bissell, M.D., of Glastonbury, an orthopedic surgeon, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Orthopedist Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. April 2, 2012) – James T. Mazzara, M.D., of Farmington, an orthopedic surgeon, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. April 2, 2012) – Reinaldo Figueroa, M.D., of Bloomfield, a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Wins Major Grant to Fight Prostate Cancer in African-American Men

(Hartford, Conn. March 27, 2012) – The Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute (CDRMHI) at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received a $500,000 grant, payable over three years, from the Norflet Progress Fund.The funds are disbursed by the Norflet Cy Pres Advisory Committee, chaired by civil rights leader and law professor John Brittain.

Car Seat Safety Check March 24

(Hartford, Conn. March 24, 2012) – Have your car seat checked free of charge by an experienced car seat technician! No appointment needed! There is a 4 out of 5 chance that your child is not as secure as you think. Be sure that yours isn't one of them.

Specialist in Hospital Medicine Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. March 23, 2012) – Avinash Srikanth, M.D., of Hartford, a hospitalist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Affilliate JMMC Expands Services in Enfield

(Hartford, Conn. March 15, 2012) – Johnson Memorial Hospital (JMH) today announced the expansion of services on its Enfield campus with the opening of a new infusion center, bringing services closer to home for those living in the greater Enfield area.

Certified Nurses' Day March 19

(Hartford, Conn. March 13, 2012) – Saint Francis is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, March 19, by honoring its board certified nurses with a special reception at the Governor’s Mansion.

Waltmire Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. March 9, 2012) – Hank Waltmire, M.Div., of Manchester, has joined Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as the Director of the Center for Health Equity and the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute.

Hospitalist Lynn Phillips, M.D. Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. March 9, 2012) – Lynn Phillips, M.D., of West Hartford, a hospitalist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Internist Julian Nieves, III, M.D., M.P.H., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. March 1, 2012) – Julian Nieves, III, M.D., M.P.H., a specialist in internal medicine, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Hospitalist Jose Antonio Soriano, M.D. Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. February 24, 2012) – Jose Antonio Soriano, M.D., of West Hartford, a hospitalist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Specialist in Emergency Medicine Joan K. Gelin, M.D. Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. February 21, 2012) – Joan K. Gelin, M.D., of West Hartford, a specialist in emergency medicine, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Ob/Gyn Alena B. Eastman, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. February 21, 2012) – Alena B. Eastman, M.D., of Farmington, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Specialist in Hematology/Oncology Xuemei Li, M.D. Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. February 20, 2012) – Xuemei Li, M.D., of Farmington, a specialist in hematology and oncology, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Ob/Gyn Jonathan A. Zeisler, M.D. Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. February 20, 2012) – Jonathan A. Zeisler, M.D., of West Hartford, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Neurosurgeon David Spiro, D.O., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. February 10, 2012) – David Spiro, D.O., of West Hartford, a neurosurgeon, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Saint Francis Names New Chief Affiliation Integration Officer

(Hartford, Conn. February 1, 2012) – Karen Beauchesne, R.N., M.N., of Narragansett, R.I., has joined Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as the Vice President/Chief Affiliation Integration Officer. In her new position, Beauchesne will be responsible for the implementation of clinical alliances as Saint Francis develops its corporate strategy of being an integrated delivery system and delivering BestCare for a LifetimeSM 

Saint Francis Names New Chief Human Resources Officer

(Hartford, Conn. February 1, 2012) – Dawn Bryant, M.S., of Hartford, has joined Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as the Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer. In her new position, Bryant will be responsible for all human resources activities, including talent acquisition and management, compensation, benefits, employee relations and organizational development.

Saint Francis Names New Administrative Director, Supply Chain

(Hartford, Conn. February 1, 2012) – David L. Walsh, of East Bridgewater, Mass., has joined Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as the Administrative Director, Supply Chain. In his new position, Walsh will be responsible for managing purchasing agreements and vendor contracts.

Saint Francis Names New Chief Information Officer

(Hartford, Conn. February 1, 2012) – Linda Shanley, M.B.A., of Burlington, has joined Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as the Vice President/Chief Information Officer.

Andrew J. Pinkes Elected To Saint Francis Board

(Hartford, Conn. January 25, 2012) – Andrew J. Pinkes, of West Hartford, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Pinkes is an insurance industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in the field.

Adrienne W. Cochrane Elected To Saint Francis Board

(Hartford, Conn. January 25, 2012) – Adrienne W. Cochrane has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Cochrane currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Hartford.

Saint Francis, Johnson Memorial Announce Affiliation

(Stafford Springs/Hartford, Conn. January 23, 2012) – Johnson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC), the parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center and Home & Community Health Services; and Saint Francis Care, Inc., the parent organization of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, announced today their intention to enter into an affiliation agreement designed to maintain Johnson Memorial as an independent source of high-quality healthcare and expand its clinical services in North Central Connecticut.

Saint Francis Receives NICHE Designation

(Hartford, Conn. January 23, 2012) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received designation as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) site. NICHE is the only national designation indicating a hospital’s commitment to excellence in elder care.  Saint Francis is one of only three hospitals in Connecticut to earn this designation.

Saint Francis Names Executive Director For Surgery Service Line

(Hartford, Conn. January 23, 2012) – Patricia A. Jagoe, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.O.R., of Avon, has joined Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as Executive Director, Surgery Service Line. In her new position, Jagoe will be responsible for all inpatient and outpatient surgical services and activities, working in concert with Steven Ruby, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Surgery, who is serving as Physician Leader of the Surgery Service Line.

Internist Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. January 3, 2012) – Cameale Smart, M.D., of Broad Brook, an internist, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.Dr. Smart received her medical degree from the Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica,

Internist Cameale Smart, M.D. Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. January 3, 2012) – Cameale Smart, M.D., of Broad Brook, an internist, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Specialist in Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. December 22, 2011) – Zeeshan S. Aziz, M.D., of Windsor, a specialist in otolaryngology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.Dr. Aziz received his medical degree from

Emergency Medicine Specialist Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. Dec. 22, 2011) – Jennifer M. Dugan, M.D., of Oxford, a specialist in emergency medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.Dr. Dugan received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. December 21, 2011) – Benjamin J. Wycherly, M.D., of Canton, a specialist in otolaryngology and otology, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.Dr. Wycherly received his medical degree from the Tulane University

Surgery Pavilion with New Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Dedicated at Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn.) – Newly dedicated at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in the new John T. O’Connell Tower is The Arthur and Mariko Byrne Surgery Pavilion, totaling 70,486 square feet and consisting of 17 operating suites, four of which

Oncology Director Named at Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. December 19, 2011) – Kathleen M. Noone, R.N.C., B.S.N., M.B.A. C., of West Hartford, has joined Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as executive director of the Oncology Service Line.In her new position, Noone will partner with Jonathan Sporn,

Podiatrist Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. December 7, 2011) – Jameela R. Fulton, D.P.M., of Hartford, a podiatric surgeon, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.Dr. Fulton received her degree in podiatric medicine from the Temple University School of

Nephrologist Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. December 1, 2011) – Christine B. Vigneault, M.D., of Vernon, a nephrologist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.Dr. Vigneault received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk. Va.  She served

Hospital Names Director of Nursing Education and Practice Innovation

(Hartford, Conn. December 1, 2011) – Lee A. Galuska, M.S.N., R.N., of Southington, has rejoined Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as Director of the Center for Nursing Education and Practice Innovation.  In her new position, Galuska will be

Child Psychiatrist Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. November 17, 2011) – Mehran Motamed, M.D., of Farmington, a child psychiatrist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.Dr. Motamed received his medical degree from the Tehran University School of Medicine, Tehran, Iran. 

Internist Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. November 8, 2011) – Kamal Singh, M.B.B.S., of New Haven, a specialist in internal medicine, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.Dr. Singh received his medical degree from Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India,

Emergency Medicine Specialist Joint Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. November 1, 2011) – Emily A. Ryan, D.O., of West Hartford, a specialist in emergency medicine, has joined the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr.

HealthGrades Ranks Saint Francis Care Among Top 5 in Connecticut for Joint Replacement, Spine Surgery, and Neurosciences

(Hartford, Conn. October 18, 2011) – A report released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, ranked Saint Francis Care among the top 5 in Connecticut for joint replacement, spine surgery,

Mandell M.S. Center Gets Bigger and Better

(Hartford, Conn. October 12, 2011) – The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital has completed a major $ 1.7 million

Saint Francis Launches Online E.R. Check-In

(Hartford, Conn.) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is taking an innovative approach that is revolutionizing patient satisfaction in the emergency room.  Beginning today, InQuicker, a web based service, will enable patients with

Saint Francis Receives $10 Million Gift

(Hartford, Conn. September 22, 2011) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received a $10 million gift from a grateful family that wishes to

Miracles Gala to Benefit Joint Replacement Institute

(Hartford, Conn.) – Nearly 1,400 guests are expected to turn out at the Connecticut Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 17 for this year’s MIRACLES gala, presented by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  The black tie event will raise

Yadira E. Acevedo, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 25, 2011) - Yadira E. Acevedo, M.D., of Portland, a family practitioner, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Acevedo received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Randall J. Risinger, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 24, 2011) - Randall J. Risinger, M.D., of Glastonbury, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, has joined the Medial Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Risinger received his

Specialist in Emergency Medicine Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 11, 2011) – Jeremy Fried, M.D., an emergency medicine specialist, of West Hartford, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Fried received his medical degree

Saint Francis Recognized for Quality Stroke Care

(Hartford, Conn.) – Saint Francis has been recognized for achievement in using evidence based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through the American Heart Association American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines” program. Saint Francis and 789

Saint Francis Expands its Hospitalist Team

(Hartford, Conn. Aug. 11, 2011) – Syed Salman Ali, M.D., a hospitalist, of Farmington, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Ali received his medical degree from

Saint Francis Wins CQIA Silver Innovation Prize

(Hartford, Conn. August 10, 2011) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has won a Silver Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) Innovation Prize.“Saint Francis has shown that forward looking organizations

Saint Francis Welcomes Hospitalist

(Hartford, Conn. August 4, 2011) – Mona Parikh M.D., a hospitalist, of New Britain, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Parikh received her medical degree from

Johnson Memorial and Saint Francis To Discuss Affiliation

(Stafford Springs/Hartford, CT) - Johnson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC) and Saint Francis Care, parent company of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, have entered into an exclusive and confidential agreement to explore an affiliation between the two entities.

Neonatologist Joins Saint Francis Staff

(Hartford, Conn. August 3, 2011) – Fadel Balawi, M.D., a neonatologist, of Avon, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  Dr. Balawi received his medical degree from the

Hospitalist Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. August 3, 2011) – Theodore Hartenstein M.D., a hospitalist, of Springfield Mass., has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.Dr. Hartenstein received his medical degree

Saint Francis Names Geriatric, Palliative Care Chief

(Hartford, Conn. August 2, 2011) – Elisa Gil Pires, M.D., of Canton, has been named Chief of the Section of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.In

Saint Francis CEO Named To American Hospital Association Board Of Trustees

(Hartford, Conn. August 1, 2011) – Christopher M. Dadlez, of Simsbury, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center,

Celebrity Golf Tournament to Benefit Free Prostate Cancer Program

(Farmington, Conn. July 28, 2011) – The Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center will hold its 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Tunxis Plantation Country Club, 87

Saint Francis Named 2011 Most Wired

(Hartford, Conn. July 12, 2011) - Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to the results of the 2011 Most Wired Survey published in the July issue of Hospitals

Saint Francis Names Interim Pediatrics Chairman

(Hartford, Conn. June 30, 2011) – Jose Maria Arias Camison, M.D., has been named Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Interim Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics

Saint Francis Names Ob/Gyn Chairman

(Hartford, Conn. June 27, 2011) – John F. Rodis, M.D., of Farmington, has been named Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Women’s and Children’s Health Services at Saint Francis

Ernest B. Jermin, II, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. June 20, 2011) – Ernest B. Jermin, II, M.D., of Hartford, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Jermin received his

Swathanthra Kumar Melekote, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. June 6, 2011)– Swathanthra Kumar Melekote, M.D., a pediatrician, of Ellington, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  Dr. Melekote received his medical degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College

Ron Margolis, M.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. June 6, 2011) – Ron Margolis, M.D., of Bloomfield, an ophthalmologist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Margolis received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, New

Leo Otake, M.D., Ph.D., Joins Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. June 6, 2011) – Leo Otake, M.D., Ph.D., of New Haven, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

SAINT FRANCIS HONORS SIX EMPLOYEES - Sisters of Saint Joseph, Living Our Mission Awards Presented

(Hartford, Conn. May 2, 2011) – Six employees of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center recently were presented with awards honoring their service

THE CURTIS D. ROBINSON MEN’S HEALTH INSTITUTE AT SAINT FRANCIS PARTNERS WITH TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY ON GROUNDBREAKING PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH

(Hartford, Conn.) – The Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute (CDRMHI) at Saint Francis signed a memorandum of understanding today with the Tuskegee University Cancer Research Program.

SAINT FRANCIS WINS NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

(Hartford, Conn. April 7, 2011) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received a 2011 Partner for Change with Distinction award from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for healthcare facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations.

JOHN. J. OSOWSKI, M.D., JOINS SAINT FRANCIS Specialist in Hospitalist Medicine

(Hartford, Conn. April 5, 2011) – John J. Osowski, M.D., of New Britain, a hospitalist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Osowski received his medical degree from Albany Medical College and served

HUGH BLUMENFELD, M.D., PH.D., JOINS SAINT FRANCIS Specialist in Family Medicine

(Hartford, Conn. March 30, 2011) – Hugh Blumenfeld, M.D., Ph.D., of Coventry, a family practitioner, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Blumenfeld received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School

SAINT FRANCIS HEALTHCARE PARTNERS ANNOUNCES TWO LOCAL PRACTICES RECEIVE PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOME (PCMH) RECOGNITION

(Hartford, Conn. March, 2011) - The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) officially recognized two members of Saint Francis HealthCare Partners (SFHCP) as designated Physician Practice Connection—Patient Centered Medical Homes. The patient centered medical home is an approach to providing

PAVANI REDDY PINGLE, M.D., JOINS SAINT FRANCIS Specialist in Obstetrics-Gynecology

(Hartford, Conn. March 24, 2011) – Pavani Reddy Pingle, M.D., of West Hartford, an obstetrician gynecologist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Pingle received her medical degree from Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal,

SOWMYA S. KURTAKOTI, M.D., JOINS SAINT FRANCIS Specialist in Family Medicine, Geriatrics

(Hartford, Conn. March 23, 2011) – Sowmya A. Kurtakoti, M.D., a family practitioner, of Farmington, has joined the Medial Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Kurtakoti received her medial degree from B.M. Patil Medical College, Bijapur, India. She served

ARZU I. DEMIRCI, M.D., JOINS SAINT FRANCIS Specialist in Internal Medicine

(Hartford, Conn. March 22, 2011) – Arzu I. Demirci, M.D., of Farmington, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Demirci received her medical degree from the University of Istanbul Medical School at Cerrrahpasa,

ASHIF JETHAVA, M.D., JOINS SAINT FRANCIS Specialist in Hospital Medicine

(Hartford, Conn. March 22, 2011) – Ashif Jethava, M.D., a hospitalist, of Newington, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Jethava received his medical degree from Al Ameen Medical College, Rajiv Gandhi University,

GEORGE MOORE, M.D., M.Sc., RETURNS TO SAINT FRANCIS Three Board Certified Physicians Now Lead Occupational Health Program

(Hartford, Conn. March 21, 2011) – George Moore, M.D., M.Sc., of Glastonbury, has rejoined Saint Francis Occupational Health as Medical Director of the practice’s Windsor clinic, located at 100 Deerfield Road. He joins Indrek Melder, M.D., and James Mazo,

SAINT FRANCIS ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBER Gen. John M. Watkins, Jr., U.S.A. (Ret.), To Fill Position

(Hartford, Conn. March 16, 2011) – Gen. John M. Watkins, Jr., U.S.A. (Ret.), of Farmington, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Gen. Watkins retired from the U.S. Army in 1995

MARCH IS COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

(Hartford, Conn. March 16, 2011) – Oncologists at the Saint Francis Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center encourage adults to take steps to detect colorectal cancer early, when it is in its most treatable stages. Generally, men and women should

The Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute Introduces Innovative “Step Ahead” Plan

(Hartford, Conn. February 28, 2011) - The Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center (CJRI) is pleased to announce the establishment of a comprehensive, fully integrated basket of care program for Primary Hip and Knee Replacement surgery. 

ANURADHA KAPUR, M.D., JOINS SAINT FRANCIS Specialist in Hospital Medicine

(Hartford, Conn. February 23, 2011) – Anuradha Kapur, M.D., of Glastonbury, a hospitalist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Kapur received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, and

SAINT FRANCIS NAMES CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER John N. Giamalis To Fill Position

(Hartford, Conn. February 21, 2011) - John N. Giamalis, of Farmington, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. In his new position, effective March 7, 2011, Giamalis will oversee the fiscal

SAINT FRANCIS NAMES CHIEF PHYSICIAN EXECUTIVE Arthur W. DeTore, M.D., M.B.A., To Fill Position

(Hartford, Conn. February 21, 2011) – Arthur W. DeTore, M.D., M.B.A., of West Hartford, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. In this newly created position, effective March 7,

Taking Local Healthcare To New Heights, Saint Francis Launches New Tower

(Hartford, Conn. February 18, 2011) – Three years of construction on a project delivered on time and on budget have culminated in today’s official grand opening and dedication of Saint Francis’ newest building, the John T. O’Connell Tower.

STEVEN RUBY, M.D., ELECTED MEDICAL STAFF VICE PRESIDENT Will Serve Two-Year Term

(Hartford, Conn. February 3, 2011) - Steven Ruby, M.D., of Bloomfield, has been elected to a two year term as Vice President of the Medial Staff at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Ruby, an attending vascular surgeon at the

PAUL F. MITCHELL, D.M.D., ELECTED MEDICAL STAFF PRESIDENT Will Serve Two-Year Term

(Hartford, Conn. February 3, 2011) - Paul F. Mitchell, D.M.D., of Hartford, has been elected to a two year term as President of the Medical Staff at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, after serving as Vice President of the

MARK S. SCHANER, D.O., JOINS SAINT FRANCIS Specialist in Internal Medicine

(Hartford, Conn. January 6, 2011) – Mark S. Schaner, D.O., of Bloomfield, an internist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Schaner received his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

RACHEL BALLOCH, D.P.M., A.A.C.F.A.S., JOINS SAINT FRANCIS Specialist in Podiatry

(Hartford, Conn. January 5, 2011) – Rachel Balloch, D.P.M., of Marlborough, a podiatrist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Balloch received her degree in podiatric medicine from Des Moines University College of

MICHAEL C. BIONDI, M.D., JOINS SAINT FRANCIS Specialist in Radiology

(Hartford, Conn. January 5, 2011) – Michael C. Biondi, M.D., of West Hartford, a radiologist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Biondi received his medical degree from the Loyola University Stritch School

DEEPALI MATHUR, M.D., JOINS SAINT FRANCIS Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology

(Hartford, Conn. January 5, 2011) Deepali Mathur, M.D., of Manchester, an obstetrician gynecologist, has joined the Medical Staff of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Mathur received her medical degree from and served as an intern at Sardar