Hartford Hospital

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Hartford Hospital
Hartford Hospital's main entrance
Hartford Hospital's main entrance
Geography
Location Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Organization
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university UConn Health Center
Services
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Helipad Yes
Beds 867[1]
History
Founded 1854
Links
Website www.harthosp.org
Lists Hospitals in the United States

Hartford Hospital is an 819-bed acute care teaching hospital located in the South End of Hartford, in the US state Connecticut.[2] Hartford Hospital was established in 1854. The hospital campus is located on Seymour Street in Hartford, and is directly adjacent to the main campus of the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

LifeStar taking off from the scene of a car accident in Glastonbury, Connecticut

Services[edit]

Hartford Hospital is an 819-bed acute care facility,[2] which operates Connecticut's only air ambulance service, LIFE STAR, which began operation in 1985 and operates one American Eurocopter BK-117 helicopter and one American Eurocopter EC-145.[3] One helicopter is based on the rooftop helipad at Hartford Hospital and another is based at affiliated Backus Hospital in Norwich, Connecticut. LIFE STAR provides patient care and inter-facility transport between hospitals in New England and New York. In addition, LIFE STAR provides advanced life support scene response and transport for the most critically injured and medically unstable patients in Connecticut. These patients are taken to Level I or Level II trauma centers across the state according to state regulations. The program averages 1,400 patient transports per year and plays a vital role in providing speedy access to trauma care for patients in outlying, rural areas.

Hartford Hospital operates the second largest multi-place hyperbaric chamber in the Northeastern United States, second only to Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Capable of treating up to ten patients at one time, this chamber treats both chronic wounds and emergencies, such as carbon monoxide poisoning and Necrotizing Fasciitis.[4]

Hartford Hospital was ranked #2 in Connecticut by U.S. News Best Hospitals and ranked #1 in the Hartford, Connecticut metro region by the same source.[5] The hospital is a major tertiary care facility for the statewide region and is state designated as a Level I Trauma Center, able to care for the most critically injured of patients. It has over 35 operating rooms one of the largest surgical caseloads in the United States. The emergency room receives about 96,000 visits per year.[5]

History[edit]

The hospital was formed in 1854 after the State of Connecticut granted a charter for the Formation of Hartford Hospital following a boiler explosion and resulting fire at the Fales and Grey Car Works resulting in 19 deaths and 23 people seriously injured.[6]

Jefferson House[edit]

Jefferson House is a department of Hartford Hospital that has provided long-term care and rehabilitation services to seniors in the greater Hartford area for more than 120 years.[7] Jefferson House is 104-bed long-term care facility,[1] and serves approximately 92 residents.

Jefferson House history[edit]

Fundraising drive for Hartford Hospital in WWII

Originally located at 36 Jefferson Street in Hartford, the Old People's Home of Hartford offered the "elderly an alternative to the county poorhouse." The Connecticut Legislature authorized the facility by a Special Act in 1873 and opened its doors in 1884.[8]

Public Documents of the State of Connecticut described the home:

PRIVATE PROVISION FOR THE AGED
THE OLD PEOPLE'S HOME HARTFORD
LA Sexton MD Superintendent

The Old People's Home is under the same management as the Hartford Hospital and was organized by an act of the General Assembly in 1873. An attractive three storied building of brick and stone was erected for the use of the Home on Jefferson Street opposite the Hospital grounds, and has accommodations for seventy persons. The rooms are large and well furnished and everything is provided which will insure to the occupants the comforts of a well-appointed home. Religious services are held every Sunday afternoon from October to July in an attractive and convenient chapel at the west end of the building.

Residents in the Home must be citizens of Connecticut persons of good character not under sixty five years of age and in reduced circumstances. For several years applicants for admission have exceeded so greatly the means of the Home to support them that it has been necssary [sic] to make the entrance fee $1,000 for permanent inmates. A few boarders are received at $7.00 per week and the Home is well filled at all times.[8]

The name was changed to Jefferson House in 1953. The home cared for and honored its commitment under the old life-care concept until 1979 when the last original resident died. It cared for 662 patients from 1884 to 1979.

A new facility was constructed and opened in Newington, Connecticut in 1980, as a short-term rehabilitation facility.

Medical education[edit]

Hartford Hospital has trained physicians for over 160 years,[1] through its residency and fellowship programs. A number of training programs are offered to newly graduated physicians (MD and DO), each of which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hartford Hospital Today". Hartford Hospital. 
  2. ^ a b "University of Connecticut Facilities". UCHC.EDU. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Life Star". OOCities. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatment Center Directory". Hyperbolic Link. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Hartford Hospital". US News. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Fales & Gray Explosion – Today in History". Connecticut History. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Jefferson House". Our Parents. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Public Documents of the State of Connecticut. Google Books. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 

Coordinates: 41°45′17″N 72°40′52″W / 41.7547°N 72.6811°W / 41.7547; -72.6811