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  • Accomplished Spine Surgeon Performs First Case at Windham Hospital

    May 11, 2017 | By Steve Coates

    On May 8, 2017, Dr. Daniel George performed a lumbar (lower back) discectomy in the Windham Hospital operating room. It was the first time in more than 13 years that spine surgery was performed at the hospital. The same day procedure, which removes herniated disc material that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord, was a success with the patient being able to leave the hospital just hours after surgery.

  • Important Information for Patients with UnitedHealthcare and Oxford Health Plans

    April 15, 2017 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare and UnitedHealthcare have agreed on a new contract. Members of UnitedHealthcare and Oxford Health Plans may continue to use Hartford HealthCare services as usual, on an in-network basis.

  • WCMH Auxiliary Seeking Applications for Anne L. Card Memorial Scholarship

    March 02, 2017

    The Auxiliary to Windham Hospital is seeking applications from area high school seniors for the Anne L. Card Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, named in honor of the late Anne L. Card who was a 50-plus year member of the Auxiliary and a dedicated volunteer at the hospital, awards two $1,000 scholarships to students planning to enter a full-time course of study in medical related fields.

  • Windham Hospital Surgeons Perform Hospital’s First Robotic Joint Replacement

    February 16, 2017 | By Steve Coates

    Windham Hospital’s robotic joint replacement program has officially begun with three total hip replacement cases being performed in the hospital’s operating room on Feb. 14, 2017.

  • Highlights from the 2016 Windham Hospital Annual Meeting

    January 19, 2017 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Adding four orthopedic surgeons, purchasing a surgical robot for hip and knee replacement and the opening of the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging were highlights of fiscal year 2016 for Windham Hospital.

  • Windham Hospital Auxiliary Names Physician and Caregivers of the Year

    December 16, 2016

    Longtime Windham and Mansfield area family medicine practitioner, Ken Dardick, MD, has been named 2016 Windham Hospital Physician of the Year. Christine Combies, RN, from 4-Shea East and Adriana Figueroa of Public Safety have been named Caregivers of the Year by the Auxiliary to Windham Hospital.

  • New Orthopedic Practice Performs First Cases at Windham Hospital

    November 22, 2016

    Windham Hospital’s plans for increasing orthopedic surgery options for patients took a big step forward on Nov. 8 as surgeon Kevin Reagan, MD, from the Center for Bone and Joint Care Orthopedic Associates of Windham County performed his first procedures at the hospital.

  • Sumner Family Trust Café Now Open

    November 07, 2016

    Windham Hospital officially opened the new Sumner Family Trust Café, November 4, off of the hospital’s main Atrium.

  • Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at Windham Hospital celebrates grand opening

    October 24, 2016

    The Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at Windham Hospital hosted more than 100 staff and community members on Oct. 20 for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the official opening of new services at Windham.

  • HHC Center for Healthy Aging Adds GoodLife Fitness Program to Windham Hospital

    August 18, 2016

    The final piece of the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is now in place. The GoodLife Fitness program, which offers one-on-one individualized exercise for older adults, opened on Aug. 8, 2016. GoodLife Fitness is distinctive in that it is led by an exercise professional experienced in working with the older population.

  • Windham Hospital Adds Two Primary Care Providers to Medical Staff

    June 06, 2016

    Primary care providers Nickisha N. Berlus, MD and Vanessa M. Thomas, APRN have recently joined the medical staff at Windham Hospital.

  • Celebrating the East Region’s Top Nurses

    April 18, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Fourteen nurses from Hartford HealthCare’s East Region have been named Nightingale Nurse Award winners for 2016.

  • Auxiliary to Windham Hospital Seeks Applications for Anne. L. Card Memorial Scholarship

    March 15, 2016

    The Auxiliary to Windham Hospital is seeking applications from area high school seniors for the Anne L. Card Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, named in honor of the late Anne L. Card who was a 50-plus year member of the Auxiliary and a dedicated volunteer at the hospital, awards two $1,000 scholarships to students planning to enter a full-time course of study in medical related fields.

  • Auxiliary to Windham Hospital to Host Indoor Market

    January 29, 2016

    Every third Thursday through May, The Auxiliary will host the Auxiliary Market from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the hospital’s Atrium with specialty vendors offering a wide array of naturally made food and ingredients as well as locally-made, handcrafted products and crafts.

  • Windham Hospital to Host “Go Red” Event For Women’s Heart Health

    January 29, 2016

    Windham Hospital will “Go Red” for women’s heart health with its annual Girls Night Out event on Feb. 5 from 6-9 p.m. in the hospital’s Atrium and Education Center. The night includes free health screenings, spa treatments, hors d'oeuvres, and specialty vendors.

  • Windham Hospital to Host Free Community Talk on Heart Disease and Atrial Fibrillation

    January 29, 2016

    Windham Hospital will host a free community education event on heart disease and atrial fibrillation on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6:30–8 p.m. in the hospital’s Bernard and Desrosier Room at 112 Mansfield Avenue in Willimantic.

  • Longtime New London-Area Cardiologist Mark Fiengo, DO, Joins Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Cardiology in Norwich and Willimantic

    January 21, 2016

    Cardiologist Mark Fiengo, DO, has joined Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Cardiology in Norwich and Willimantic and is currently accepting new patients.

  • Windham Hospital highlights achievements and path to future at 2016 annual meeting

    January 20, 2016 | By Shawn Mawhiney

    Completing a community health needs assessment and developing a community health improvement plan to address the region’s top health concerns -- including the establishment of the Center for Healthy Aging -- were highlights of fiscal year 2015 for Windham Community Memorial Hospital.

  • Hartford HealthCare announces two leadership changes

    December 17, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Thursday announced two leadership changes: • David Whitehead, president of the HHC East Region, which includes Backus Hospital and Windham Hospital, will become Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer for Hartford HealthCare. • Bimal Patel, HHC’s vice president for operational integration, will become president of the East Region. Both retain their roles as senior vice presidents of the system.

  • Windham Hospital, Natchaug Hospital and Hartford HealthCare to offer resources for local seniors

    December 16, 2015 | By Shawn Mawhiney

    Windham Hospital will begin to offer expanded services for senior citizens in January, when it opens its Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging program. The center helps seniors and their families connect with programs and services to maintain health and wellness as they age.

  • CHA Launches Multi-Channel Digital and Ad Campaign Opposing Governor Malloy’s Hospital Cuts

    November 05, 2015

    The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) today launched a new website, StopTheCutsNow.org, and unveiled a TV, radio, and digital campaign in opposition to Governor Malloy’s recent $240 million in hospital cuts. The campaign details the anticipated impacts of these cuts, calls on legislators to intervene, and urges Governor Malloy to restore the funding.

  • Talks between Windham Hospital, union reach impasse

    October 01, 2015

    Despite 11 scheduled meetings since August with the American Federation of Teachers Union, Locals 5099 and 5041, Windham Hospital has been unable to reach an agreement with the unions on proposals to create a sustainable future for Windham Hospital. The negotiations have reached a stalemate and further discussions would be futile, so Windham Hospital has declared an impasse in discussions.

  • Overdose Epidemic

    October 01, 2015

    Addiction is a growing health issue that is impacting a wider cross section of people in eastern Connecticut, but the problem is solvable with the right mix of collaboration, evidence-based treatment and coordinated care, a panel of experts said at Eastern Connecticut State University on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

  • Hurricane help from Hartford HealthCare

    September 30, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    "Be Prepared" is a great motto for the Boy Scouts, but it’s important for everyone in a natural disaster — such as a hurricane. Hartford HealthCare has compiled these tips from many respected official sources.

  • Windham Hospital and HHC Behavioral Health Network to hold forum on substance abuse Sept 29

    September 14, 2015

    Windham Hospital, Natchaug Hospital and the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network are hosting a forum entitled, “The Overdose EPIDEMIC: A community conversation on K2, heroin and prescription drug abuse,” on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Betty Tipton Room at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic.

  • Auxiliary to Windham Hospital Awards Scholarships To Two Local Grads

    July 02, 2015 | By Steve Coates

    Franklin resident Hannah N. Curry and Brooklyn’s Shelby Fundin are the 2015 recipients of the Anne L. Card Memorial Scholarship presented by the Auxiliary to Windham Hospital.

  • Backus and Windham Hospital Emergency Services Director Named Connecticut Hospital Association “Healthcare Hero”

    July 01, 2015 | By Steve Coates

    Backus and Windham Hospital director of emergency services Karen Butterworth-Erban, RN, was one of 11 health care workers from across Connecticut honored as a “Health Care Hero” at the Connecticut Hospital Association’s 97th Annual Meeting on June 30 at the Aqua Turf in Southington. The award, established in 2002, celebrates the invaluable contributions of health care workers, both to their field and to the community at large.

  • Mental Health Top Concern in Eastern Connecticut According to Windham and Backus Hospital Needs Assessment

    June 22, 2015 | By Steve Coates

    Mental health is the top health concern facing eastern Connecticut, according to approximately 100 community stakeholders and staff members who attended two separate health needs prioritization meetings hosted by Backus and Windham hospitals on June 11, 2015.

  • East Region President Reiterates Commitment to Windham Hospital

    June 19, 2015

    WILLIMANTIC—Hartford HealthCare East Region President Dave Whitehead used the presentation of the community health needs assessment to assure the audience at ECSU that Windham Hospital is committed to continuing to offer cornerstone services to the community.

  • Windham Hospital to Hold Cancer Survivors Day Celebration

    June 02, 2015

    Windham Hospital’s 10th Annual Cancer Survivors Day® Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 13 from 12 noon to 2 pm in the Betty Tipton Room at Eastern Connecticut State University on 260 High Street in Willimantic.

  • Top Notch Nurses!

    April 20, 2015

    Eleven nurses from Hartford HealthCare’s East Region have been named Nightingale Nurse Award winners for 2015.

  • Windham Hospital to Hold Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

    April 14, 2015 | By Steve Coates, 860.456.6112

    Windham Hospital will host a head and neck cancer screening event on Tuesday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Windham Hospital Family Health Center’s, 2nd Floor Infusion Center at 5 Founders Street in Willimantic.

  • Auxiliary to Windham Hospital Seeks Applications for Anne. L. Card Memorial Scholarship

    April 09, 2015 | By Steve Coates, 860-456-6112

    The Auxiliary to Windham Hospital is seeking applications from area high school seniors for the Anne L. Card Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, named in honor of the late Anne L. Card who was a 50-plus year member of the Auxiliary and a dedicated volunteer at the hospital, awards two $1,000 scholarships to students planning to enter a full-time course of study in medical related fields.

  • Dr. J. Craig Allen talks about the dangers of the party drug “Molly” on WTIC-AM

    February 25, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    After 12 Wesleyan students overdosed from taking MDMA, Dr. J. Craig Allen, medical director of Hartford HealthCare partner Rushford Center, was a guest on WTIC-AM 1080 to talk about the dangers of the party drug also known as “Molly.”

  • PUBLIC ALERT:

    February 01, 2015

    Another storm hits – no closures or delays at this time

  • 2014 Windham Hospital Annual Meeting Highlights

    January 23, 2015

    Increased Access to Primary, Ambulatory, and Specialty Services, Historic Cancer Alliance and Expansion of Women’s Health Services Highlight 2014 Windham Hospital Annual Meeting

  • Windham, Backus, and Hartford Hospitals Team-Up For Free Breast Health Event

    September 29, 2014 | By Steve Coates

    To help kick off of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Windham and Backus hospitals, with the help of the Hartford Hospital Digital Mammography Coach, will host a Breast and Women’s Health Expo on October 8, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. outside of Windham High School, at 355 High St, Willimantic.

  • Windham Hospital to Host Smoking Cessation Program

    August 21, 2014 | By Steve Coates, 860.456.6112

    Windham Hospital will begin hosting an American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking® Program on September 9 at the Windham Hospital Family Health Center at 5 Founders Street in Willimantic.

  • Hartford HealthCare Hosts Free Talk on Training Tips For Runners in Storrs

    July 22, 2014 | By Steve Coates, 860-456-6112

    Physical therapist Paul Canavan, PhD, from the Windham Hospital Rehabilitation Network will host a free community talk for runners of all skill levels on Tuesday, July 29, from 6:30-8pm at the Mansfield Community Center at 10 South Eagleville Road in Storrs.

  • Windham Hospital to Hold Blood Drive July 11

    June 25, 2014 | By Steve Coates, 860.456.6112

    Windham Hospital will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, July 11, from 8:00 a.m.-5:45 p.m. in the hospital’s Bernard Desrosier Room at 112 Mansfield Avenue in Willimantic.

  • Cancer Survivors Day Ceremony on June 7

    June 03, 2014 | By Steve Coates

    Windham Hospital to Host Cancer Survivors Day Ceremony on June 7

  • Windham Hospital Endocrinologist to Host Free Talk On Preventing and Living with Diabetes

    May 23, 2014 | By Steve Coates, 860-456-6112

    Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and Windham Hospital Endocrinologist Fadi Al-Khayer, MD, will host a free community talk on diabetes control and prevention on Monday, June 2, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Mansfield Community Center at 10 South Eagleville Road in Storrs.

  • Celebrating National Hospital Week

    May 13, 2014

    In honor of National Hospital Week, please join Backus and Windham hospitals in thanking a team of more than 3,700 employees, medical staff and volunteers who provide quality, compassionate care everyday.

  • Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and Windham Hospital Host Free Community Talk: “Healthy Choices for a New You”

    May 08, 2014 | By Steve Coates, 860-456-6112

    Hartford HealthCare Medical Group’s Megan Lynn, PA-C, will host a free community talk—Healthy Choices for a New You—on Tuesday, May 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Mansfield Community Center at 10 South Eagleville Road in Storrs. The talk will focus on making safe lifestyle changes to improve overall health and fitness.

  • Dr. John Foley assumes role of regional Cardiovascular Services leader

    May 05, 2014 | By Shawn Mawhiney, Director

    John Foley, MD, FACC, member of the Backus Hospital Medical Staff and long-time cardiologist, has been named Hartford HealthCare regional director of Cardiovascular Services at Backus and Windham hospitals.

  • Windham Hospital Golf Classic to be held At Tunxis Plantation Country Club on May 21

    May 05, 2014 | By Steve Coates, 860-456-6112

    The 19th Annual Windham Hospital Golf Classic tees off on Wednesday, May 21 at Tunxis Plantation Country Club in Farmington, CT. The event is nearing a goal of raising $1,000,000 to support the Jeffrey P. Ossen Emergency Department and Outpatient Services. The Golf Classic Committee consisting of local businesspeople, staff and lovers of the game of golf plan the event each year.

  • Eleven East Region nurses named 2014 Nightingales

    April 21, 2014

    This year’s “rock stars” of nursing will be honored at the annual Nightingale Awards ceremony May 9 at Mystic Marriott in Groton.

  • Windham Hospital Neurologist to Hold Free Community Talk on Diagnosis and Treatment for Migraines

    April 10, 2014 | By Steve Coates

    Willimantic—Windham Hospital and Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Neurologist Dr. Michelle Boudreau will host a free community talk on Migraines: Causes and Treatments on Wednesday, April 16 from 6:30-8pm at the Mansfield Community Center at 10 South Eagleville Road in Storrs.

  • Hartford HealthCare Opens Its Newest Family Health Center in Storrs Offering Extended Urgent Care Hours, Primary Care, Endocrinology and Rehabilitation

    April 10, 2014 | By Steve Coates

    STORRS, CT—Hartford HealthCare (HHC) has opened a new Family Health Center in Storrs offering residents primary care, endocrinology, extended hours for urgent care and rehabilitation right in downtown Storrs within the same complex as Starbucks.

  • Windham Hospital Physicians Named Top Docs

    April 04, 2014 | By Shawn Mawhiney, Director

    Willimantic – Four physicians on the Windham Hospital Medical Staff have been named to Connecticut Magazine’s annual listing of “top doctors” in the state.

  • A Year of Growth and Transformation For Windham Hospital

    January 16, 2014

    The creation of a true regional health care delivery system, a historic alliance with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the opening of the Windham Hospital Family Health Center and the Center for Women’s Health in Hebron were named as highlights of Fiscal Year 2013 during Windham Hospital’s annual meeting of its’ Board of Corporators.

  • Two Named to Windham Hospital Board of Directors

    January 16, 2014

    Internist Edward Sawicki, MD, and Storrs attorney Stephen M. Bacon were approved as new members of the Windham Hospital Board of Directors during the hospital’s Board of Corporators Annual Meeting on January 16, 2014.

  • New LIFE STAR Stretchers Ensure Timely Care For Windham Hospital Heart Attack Patients

    December 25, 2013

    Thanks to a collaboration with the Chest Pain Center at Hartford Hospital, the Windham Hospital Emergency Department (ED) has two new stretchers designed to make the transfer of patients from the ED to LIFE STAR even faster and ensure that heart attack patients receive the advanced life-saving treatment they need.

  • SBM Awards Funds to Combat Childhood Obesity

    December 02, 2013

    The SBM Charitable Foundation has granted $28,731 to the Windham Hospital Foundation to create and implement a sustainable, school-based Nutrition/Exercise program for students at the Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School in Coventry and the Mansfield Middle School in Mansfield.

  • Auxiliary to Windham Hospital to Honor Physician, Caregiver and Philanthropist of the Year During 18th Annual Autumn Gala

    November 16, 2013

    The Auxiliary to Windham Hospital will honor the hospital’s Physician, Caregiver and Philanthropist of the year during its 18th Annual Autumn Gala, “Viva Las Vegas,” on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Marriott Hartford Downtown.

  • Unprecedented Cancer Alliance Announced Hartford HealthCare Selected to Be First MSK Cancer Alliance Member

    September 17, 2013 | By Rebecca Stewart Director, Media Relations, Hartford HealthCare

    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center today launched a transformative initiative to improve the quality of cancer care and the lives of cancer patients. Hartford HealthCare, a multi-hospital health care system in Connecticut, was selected as a pioneering member of the newly formed Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Alliance.

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