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First Responders, School Staff Receive Life Saving Award

Dozens of first responders and some civilians were honored by Waterbury Hospital during the EMS Awards Banquet on Wednesday. Among those honored were teachers, nurses and administrators at Maple Hill Elementary School in Naugatuck who saved the life of third grader Abel Hernandez, Jr. who collapsed in class last month.

Abel and his father Abel Hernandez, Sr. also handed out Life Saving awards to Naugatuck Ambulance and Naugatuck Police officials.

Waterbury Hospital to Honor First Responders

When a 10-year-old Maple Hill Elementary School student collapsed in the classroom his classroom teacher sprang into action performing CPR and shocking the student until Naugatuck Police and ambulance service members could take over. He was taken to Waterbury Hospital for treatment and later transferred to Yale New Haven Hospital.

The student will once again meet those who saved his life and present them with EMS awards during the EMS Week Awards Banquet, in the Bizzozero Conference Room at Waterbury Hospital on May 18, in the Bizzozero Conference Room at Waterbury Hospital at 6 pm.

Waterbury HEALTH, Diagnostic Radiology Associates bring latest open MRI technology to Southbury

Waterbury HEALTH and Diagnostic Radiology Associates have teamed up to bring the latest technology in open MRI to Southbury.

The ground-breaking Oasis Velocity Open MRI provides the latest technology and highest imaging quality in less time with the comfort of a wide-open design. Currently, this is the only MRI of its kind in New England and the second one in the country.

Waterbury Hospital Begins Pollen Count April 4

Waterbury Hospital will begin its daily pollen count on April 4. The daily pollen count is performed by the Waterbury Hospital Hematology Laboratory and sponsored by the Center for Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The data is made available to the public daily during the workweek, and the pollen count will run through September.

Waterbury Health Names New Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Greta Boynton, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Waterbury HEALTH network effective today.

Dr. Boynton has extensive experience in physician leadership, more recently as a Regional Chief Medical Officer with Sound Physicians, providing both clinical and financial oversight for their core service lines in the Atlantic Region. Dr. Boynton replaces Dr. Justin Lundbye who became President and CEO of Waterbury HEALTH in November 2021.

Waterbury Hospital Receives Level II Trauma Certification

Waterbury Hospital has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), through January 9, 2025. This achievement recognizes the hospital’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Yale New Haven Health has signed an agreement to acquire Connecticut Health Systems from Prospect Medical Holdings

Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS) and Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. (Prospect) today announced the signing of an agreement for YNHHS to acquire two Connecticut health systems from Prospect. The agreement also includes the health systems’ related businesses, real estate assets, physician clinic operations and outpatient services, and it is subject to customary regulatory approvals, with both organizations targeting completion of the transaction later this year. 

Waterbury Hospital Among Top Ten Percent In The Nation For Cardiac Intervention And Five-Star Recipient For Treatment Of Heart Attack

Waterbury Hospital is the recipient of the Healthgrades 2022 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™, among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation to receive this distinction, and a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2022, according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. 

Waterbury Hospital to Hold Blessing of Animals Event

The Waterbury Hospital Pastoral Care staff is holding its Annual Blessing of the Animals event on Sunday Oct. 10 at 12 p.m. in the Main Courtyard of the hospital at 64 Robbins Street.

Waterbury Hospital Director of Pastoral Care Deacon Neil Culhane and Rev. Paul Hibbard will be hosting the event, which commemorates the Feast of Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment. Prizes will be awarded.

Waterbury HEALTH Names New CEO

Dr. Justin Lundbye, has been appointed CEO of Waterbury HEALTH network following the retirement of CEO Lester Schindel, effective Nov. 2.

Patient Names Waterbury Hospital’s Newest Surgical Robot

A patient who received treatment using Waterbury Hospital’s newest surgical robot has earned the honor to name the robot.

The tradition of naming the surgical robots at Waterbury Hospital began several years back when the hospital added its first ever robot.

Waterbury Hospital Earns Two National Awards For Efforts To Improve Stroke And Heart Attack Treatment

Waterbury Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Waterbury HEALTH Welcomes Two New Obstetricians

Elbert Chang, DO, and Nandi Chihombori-Quao, MD, have has joined Alliance Medical Group, an affiliate of Waterbury HEALTH.

Waterbury Hospital Achieves Accreditation From The Metabolic And Bariatric Surgery Accreditation And Quality Improvement Program®

Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving care at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality in the greater Waterbury area.

Waterbury HEALTH Mandates COVID-19 Vaccine

As of Sept. 30, 2021, COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all Waterbury HEALTH healthcare workers and staff (including employees, medical staff, volunteers, students, contractors and traveling staff). This mandate is effective at all Prospect Waterbury HEALTH locations.

The Ultimate Knee Replacement Experience Comes to Waterbury Hospital with New Robotic-Assisted Surgical Option

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons estimates knee replacement surgeries are expected to increase a staggering 180% between now and 2030 in United States1. In Connecticut alone, an estimated 22 percent of adults over 25 are at high risk for osteoarthritis and may need surgical intervention.

Waterbury Hospital Expands Its Award-Winning Cardiovascular Program With New, State-of-the-Art Valve Replacement Technology and Procedure

Waterbury Hospital has expanded its award-winning cardiovascular program with the addition of an advanced, less-invasive surgical procedure to repair damaged aortic valves. The hospital is the only one in the greater Waterbury area to offer this surgical alternative to traditional open-heart surgery – known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) – for people with severe aortic stenosis, a potentially fatal condition in which the opening of the aortic heart valve narrows, blocking the flow of blood to the body.

Waterbury Hospital To Begin Pollen Count For The Season

Waterbury Hospital will begin its daily pollen count on May 3rd. The daily pollen count is performed by the Waterbury Hospital Hematology Laboratory and sponsored by the Center for Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The data is made available to the public daily during the workweek, and the pollen count will run through September.

Waterbury HEALTH Hosts Second Community Cyclenation Event To Benefit American Heart Association

Stroke remains the No. 5 killer, and the leading cause of disability in the United States. The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, is again hosting CycleNation Waterbury to raise awareness about that fact – and to raise the funds to change the statistic.

Waterbury HEALTH Names CEO

Lester P. Schindel, has been named CEO of Waterbury HEALTH network.  Schindel served as interim CEO of the network for the past 12 months leading the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic, a particularly challenging year for the organization and healthcare in general.

Waterbury HEALTH Acquires A Minority Ownership Interest In Waterbury Surgery Center

Waterbury HEALTH -- a local network anchored by 357-bed Waterbury Hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient healthcare services as well as primary and multispecialty physician services and home health care -- has acquired a minority ownership interest in Waterbury Surgery Center, a free-standing multispecialty facility providing high-quality ambulatory surgical services.  Waterbury HEALTH began managing the facility Dec. 31, 2020.

Waterbury Hospital Closed To Visitors

The policy change comes as the number of COVID-19 positive patients in the hospital continues to increase and hospital officials are being proactive in protecting patients and colleagues.

The hospital continues to test all patients and follows strict guidelines for screening of all employees.

Waterbury Hospital Restricts Visitation

As the number of COVID-19 positive cases increases in the state, effective Thursday Nov. 5 at 8 am Waterbury Hospital is limiting visitor access for inpatient and outpatient care to:

One visitor per patient, per day for hospital patients (all medical/Surgical, ICU)

One support person in Family Birthing Center patients

Waterbury Hospital Named Only Hospital In Southern Connecticut To Achieve 5-Stars For Coronary Interventional Procedures In 2021

Waterbury Hospital is 5-star rated for Coronary Interventional Procedures (PCI) outcomes according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

Waterbury HEALTH Keeps Patients Informed With Live Video Series

Waterbury HEALTH has launched “Ask the Doctor,” a live informational series that connects doctors of different specialties with the community to answer questions about a variety of topics and address concerns regarding changes in care due to COVID-19. The Facebook Live event is held every other Thursday and is hosted by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Justin Lundbye.

Waterbury Hospital Receives Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award

Waterbury Hospital has received the Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Waterbury Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines Gold Achievement Award

Waterbury Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus & Target: Stroke Honor Roll Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Waterbury HEALTH Welcomes New Family Doctor

Waterbury HEALTH welcomes Dr. Okwuchi M. Ogbonna to Alliance Medical Group’s Women’s Health Center in Southbury.

Dr. Ogbonna received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in the West Indies and completed her residency training in family medicine at the University of Connecticut.  She also holds a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology.

Waterbury HEALTH Welcomes New Physician Group

Waterbury HEALTH welcomes Dr. David DeLucia, MD, Dr. Hector Pun, MD and Eileen Knox, APRN to Alliance Medical Group in Waterbury.

Waterbury HEALTH Welcomes Neurologist

Waterbury HEALTH welcomes Dr. Cara Pittari, MD to Alliance Medical Group in Middlebury.

Dr. Pittari is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for the specialty of neurology and is also board certified in clinical neurophysiology.

Waterbury Hospital Welcomes New ED Medical Director

Carlos Holden, M.D. FACEP was recently appointment Medical Director of the Waterbury Hospital Emergency Department.

Dr. Holden comes to Waterbury HEALTH from Catskill Regional Medical Center where he served as medical director of the emergency department. Dr. Holden has also worked in emergency departments in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Waterbury Hospital Celebrates Launch Of Donor Milk Program

Waterbury Hospital has partnered with Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, a nonprofit community milk bank, to offer donor human milk to premature babies.

“We are pleased to be the only hospital in the area to offer donor human milk to our premature and sick infants” said Michelle Jose RN, IBCLC.

Waterbury Hospital Eases Visitor Restrictions

As the number of Coronavirus cases has decreased in the past several weeks, Waterbury Hospital officials have decided to allow visitors back to the hospital with some restrictions. Starting today, one visitor will be allowed per patient in all acute and ambulatory areas with some restrictions:

Message From Waterbury HEALTH Network

Like you, we have taken notice of the recent incidents taking place across our country. These are disturbing events that demonstrate that much work remains to build societies that provide equal justice and respect for all regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or any other form of discrimination.

Waterbury HEALTH Welcomes Breast Surgeon

Waterbury HEALTH welcomes Dr. Elizabeth C. Riordan, MD, FACS to Alliance Medical Group’s Women’s Health Center in Southbury.

Joint Statement from Waterbury Hospital and Connecticut Health Care Associates District 1199, NUHHCE

Waterbury Hospital and Connecticut Health Care Associates District 1199, National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employers (CHCA/NUHHCE), the labor union that represents the hospital’s nursing staff and technical positions including respiratory therapists, and radiology and surgical technicians, today hailed the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that has enabled them to work effectively together to care for the community during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

Waterbury Hospital Issues Visitor Restrictions

As the number of Coronavirus cases increases in the state, Waterbury Hospital officials have decided to allow no visitors on the premises in order to protect patients and employees.

Waterbury HEALTH Partners With Urology Associates Of Waterbury To Provide Clinical Services In Urology

Waterbury HEALTH is excited to announce the Partnership with Drs. Sagar Phatak and Michael Flanagan to expand our clinical offerings to now include Comprehensive Urology Services to our multispecialty practice, Alliance Medical Group, a Waterbury HEALTH affiliate.  

Waterbury Opens Drive Through Coronavirus Sampling Station For Patients

In order to increase testing volume for patients suspected of having Coronavirus, Waterbury Hospital opened the state’s second Department of Public Health approved drive through Coronavirus Sampling Station for patients. Our colleagues worked very hard to get this station up and running by early Friday afternoon. The sampling station will be open seven days a week, from 8 am to 4 pm.

Waterbury Hospital Surgeon On 21st Medical Mission To Liberia

Dr. David Knight a Waterbury Hospital surgeon begins his 21st medical mission to Liberia on Saturday. Dr. Knight and doctors Sepehr Kamini and Mohammad Ali, surgical residents at Waterbury Hospital, will spend two weeks performing surgeries and teaching medical residents and students at John F. Kennedy Medical Center and Hospital, the main hospital in Liberia.

Leadership Transition Announced At Waterbury Hospital

Peter Adamo has been promoted to CEO of Crozer-Keystone Health System, Prospect Medical’s four-hospital health system based in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Adamo, who has held the President and CEO position at Prospect’s Waterbury Hospital since August 2017, began transitioning to his new role at Crozer-Keystone on Feb. 10.