I am here today because doctors and nurses in Connecticut hospitals saved my life, and they treated me like gold. Now I can focus on what matters most – my family and my art. I wanted to do something special for other patients, and I volunteer and paint, bringing joy to patients’ lives. Connecticut hospitals really care about people here in Connecticut.
Our patients are our number one priority, from the minute they enter our doors to long after they leave the hospital. We’re innovating to make sure all caregivers are working hand in hand to help patients regain their health and vitality.
As an eight-year-old child in Uruguay, I would have died from an unknown condition if it weren’t for a local doctor who finally made the correct diagnosis. He became my hero and role model. For me, it’s not just a job, not just work, but also a devotion to helping patients and their families. Spiritually, it makes me a better person, since you get back much more than you give. It’s important for me to make a difference, even if it’s for just a few hours in the Emergency Department.
When your life or the life of someone you love is on the line, we’re here for you. But we don’t want to meet you in the ER. I work in our communities to keep people safe from preventable injuries– from expecting mothers to the elderly. You can see the difference it’s making. Hospitals are about improving the health of everyone in Connecticut.
Hospitals have always been dedicated to providing the best quality care to patients. We launched the first statewide initiative in the country to become high reliability organizations, creating cultures with a relentless focus on safety with the goal to eliminate all preventable harm.
Every day, hospital teams across the state are beginning their days with safety huddles, ensuring that safety is reinforced as the most important focus—the foundation on which all hospital work is done. This first-in-the nation program is not only changing the way we think about safety, it is saving lives.
Connecticut hospitals have also reduced infections, patient falls, pressure ulcers, readmissions, and more through a national program, Partnership for Patients. Connecticut hospitals have been recognized repeatedly for participation and performance in this program, working through the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust Hospital Engagement Network.
Improving The Health of Our Communities
The benefits of hospitals extend well beyond our walls, as we strive to improve the health of our communities.
Connecticut hospitals are deeply invested in the health of our communities. In 2012, hospitals spent $1.2 billion on community benefit initiatives, and provided more than 12.3 million community benefit services to individuals and families. Read the report and infographic.
These include support services for cancer, diabetes, asthma, and other chronic conditions, mobile vans and clinics delivering primary and preventive care, healthy lifestyle education programs, and many other programs targeted to meet specific community needs.
Serving as the Economic Lifeblood of Our Communities
Our hospitals are the cornerstones of our communities. We provide great jobs to more than 50,000 people who make sure we have access to the very best care whenever we need it. Hospitals are often the largest employers in our communities. Hospital jobs and spending generate additional jobs and spending in communities throughout our state.
In total, Connecticut hospitals contribute more than $20 billion to the state and local economies, generate more than 110,000 jobs in our communities, and serve as a magnet for other business and commerce. Read the report and infographic.
Healthcare reform accelerates the transformation already underway at hospitals, as we adapt to a new landscape that requires quality improvements, cost reductions, and increased efficiency in an atmosphere of increasing financial pressures.
Hospitals are strong supporters of the health reform goal of increasing access to coverage, and we are committed to giving patients the greatest opportunity to receive covered care anywhere in the state.
All Connecticut hospitals are participating in Access Health CT, the health insurance marketplace, and a large majority are participating with all three health insurance plans provided through Access Health CT. We’re also working with the exchange to train our staff to help people enroll in coverage.