Healthgrades selects Hartford Hospital as one of 100 Best Hospitals in America

healthgradesHartford Hospital was once again named as one of America’s Best 100 hospitals by Healthgrades. The rating is based on hospital complication and mortality rates for common procedures. Healthgrades evaluated about 4,500 organizations and selected nearly 1,500 hospitals as being eligible for the award. The 100 selected hospitals represent the top 2 percent of hospitals in the nation, according to Healthgrades. Healthgrades noted that 165,636 lives would have been saved if all U.S. hospitals performed at the level of the 100 Best Hospitals from 2009 to 2011. Founded in 1998, Healthgrades is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Today, more than 225 million visitors use the Healthgrades websites to find, evaluate, compare, select, connect and communicate with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs.


Stroke Center Earns Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

After undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Hartford Hospital's Stroke Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center. (more)


American Stroke Association Gold Plus Award

Stroke Center Earns Gold Plus Recognition

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Hartford Hospital for improving the quality of patient outcomes. (more)

Blue Distinction

Spine & Joint Centers Recognized by Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield

The Spine Center and the Joint Center received "Blue Distinction Center" designation from Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield. "Blue Distinction" recognizes facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality, developed in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations. (more)

Consumer Choice Award

Hartford Hospital Receives the Consumer Choice Award

For each year since 2000, Hartford Hospital has received the "Consumer Choice Award" from the National Research Corporation. The National Research Corporation names the nation’s top hospitals every year as Consumer Choice Award winners. The award identifies hospitals in which healthcare consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image in over 250 markets surveyed by Ticker. For the past 15 years, Consumer Choice has become one of a kind – embodying millions of local consumer perspectives on which hospital is the very best. (more)


Best Regional Hospital 2014-15U.S. News & World Report Names Hartford Hospital Among the Best in Connecticut

Hartford Hospital has been ranked #1 in the Hartford region and among the best in Connecticut for 2014-15 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. This year, Hartford Hospital ranked in more specialties than ever before. Hartford Hospital also ranked high-performing in nine specialties: Cancer, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Urology. (read the press release) (see the rankings)



Health Care's Most Wired

Hartford Hospital Named 2013 Most Wired (7th Year in a Row)

For the seventh consecutive year, Hartford Hospital has been named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks. “Most Wired” hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures. MidState Medical Center was named Most Wired for the fourth consecutive year. (more


Hartford Hospital Ranked One of the Most Technologically Advanced Hospitals in the World

When it comes to modern medicine, Hartford Hospital is ranked in the top 30 among other elite hospitals in the world. According to Master’s in Healthcare Administration, Hartford Hospital was recognized for having eight surgical robots utilized in a variety of specialized operations, and using such advanced technology to provide education and research in the hospital’s Center for Education Simulation and Innovation (CESI). (more)


AAHRPP Accreditation

Hartford HealthCare Awarded Accreditation for Protecting Research Participants

Hartford HealthCare is pleased to announce that it has been awarded qualified accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) at the March 2013 meeting of its Council on Accreditation. (more



Chest Pain Center Receives Accreditation

The Society of Chest Pain Centers has awarded Hartford Hospital's Chest Pain Center with a three-year "Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI" accreditation. To qualify for this accreditation, a chest pain center must have: 24/7 availability with physician coverage, 24/7 onsite lab capability, patients accepted via EMS, a formal transfer relationship with a PCI-capable facility accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, the capability to observe low-risk cardiac patients. (more


American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Hartford Hospital's Surgical Weight Loss Program is a Nationally Recognized "Center of Excellence"

The Surgical Weight Loss Center at Hartford Hospital is is designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). (more)

Accredited for Computed Tomography from the ACR
Imaging Center Wins Three-Year ACR Accreditation

The Imaging Center at Hartford Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in CT Scanning as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Accreditation by the ACR reflects the “achievement of high practice standards” following a peer-review evaluation of the practice. (more)


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National Cancer Institute Names the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center a Community Cancer Center

The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital is one of 14 hospitals nationwide chosen to participate in the pilot phase of a new program that promises will help bring state-of-the-art cancer care to patients in community hospitals across the United States. (more)


Silver Performance Achievement Award

More National Recognition for Heart Attack Care

Hartford Hospital is among 93 hospitals across the country that have received the highest honor from a prestigious national registry for consistent quality in caring for patients with potentially-fatal heart attacks. The Silver Performance Achievement Award is currently the highest honor given to hospitals by the National Cardiovascular Data Registry®. (more


NAPBCPartnership for Breast Care Receives Accreditation

The Partnership for Breast Care received a Three Year Accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The NAPBC defines 27 program standards and 17 program components of care that collectively provide the most efficient and contemporary care available for patients diagnosed with diseases of the breast. Accreditation indicates the institution is "Dedicated to improving the quality of care and monitoring for patients with diseases of the breast." (more)

Hartford Hospital Website Wins National Award

Hartford Hospital’s website,, was chosen as a Gold Award Winner in the 2012 eHealthcare Leadership Awards in the category of Best Site Design among hospitals with 400 or more beds. The 13th annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards Program drew some 1,100 entries from small and large hospitals, health systems, medical practices, and healthcare associations. Websites were judged based on a standard of Internet excellence and how they compared with others in the organization's classification.

2014 Accomplishments

  • Began construction of Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. The institute will bring the latest advances to patients and is expected to become a national destination for multidisciplinary, comprehensive
    musculoskeletal care.
  • Opened Olin Center Annex at world-renowned Institute of Living psychiatric and research center; Olin Center is at the forefront of neuroscience research in brain disorders.
  • Opened Family Health Center in Farmington to increase community access to care.
  • Design approved for internationally recognized Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation’s (CESI’s) 25,000-square-foot expansion.
  • Opened home at Institute of Living (IOL) for ACCESS-Mental Health Connecticut, increasing access to mental health services and education for primary care physicians and pediatricians to assist children, adolescents and their families.
  • Opened Atrial Fibrillation Center – the first in the region to offer comprehensive evaluation, management and treatment services.
    Opened new post-anesthesia care unit, providing 12 additional state-of-the-art beds.
  • Opened specialized Organ Failure and Transplantation unit to provide complex, multidisciplinary care for patients with advanced organ disease and patients who are organ donors or recipients.
  • Expanded LDL apheresis program, making it one of the largest in the nation.
    Comprehensive Epilepsy Center expanded to satellite locations in Enfield and Wethersfield.
  • Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center has grown to serve 100 patients, attesting to advances in care.
  • Transfer center received 4,722 transfers of patients requiring complex treatment.
    Cancer program earned three-year accreditation with commendations from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Received two-year Certificate of Distinction from The Joint Commission for the ventricularassist-device (VAD) Program and the Gold Seal of Approval™ for VAD destination therapy.
  • Received recertification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Joint Commission.
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Program certified by American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and recognized for commitment to improving quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
  • Supported more than 90 nonprofit agencies addressing basic human needs such as shelter, community health, women’s health, behavioral health, obesity, nutrition and other services.
  • Participated in Take Charge of Your Health Program to inspire black men to lead healthier lives.
  • Partner with Urban Alliance through Revitalize to improve community health.
    Contribute to Hartford Promise, providing Hartford Public School students with access to higher education.
  • Assisted 10 employees with buying homes in the City of Hartford through Housing Incentive Program; total investment of $100,000.
  • Completed 3,000th transplant.
  • Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation was selected by Biomedical Engineering Alliance and Consortium (BEACON) Board of Directors as winner of the ninth annual BEACON Medical Technology Award.
  • Research Department supported innovative drug and device neuroscience clinical trials with Johns Hopkins University, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the University of California at San Diego.Genomas celebrated 10th anniversary of providing DNA-guided medicine to clinical practice for personalized medicine.
  • Hospital fund-raising campaign raised $37 million in commitments for the Bone & Joint Institute and other components of the hospital’s master facilities plan.
  • Fastest-growing hospital in Connecticut for three consecutive years.
  • FEMA published mass-shooting response guidelines incorporating recommendations from the Hartford Consensus, a national organization led by Hartford Hospital’s director of Trauma.
  • Named top hospital in region by U.S. News & World Report with 11 banners of distinction.
  • Among 100 hospitals named by Becker’s Hospital Review to "Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs."
  • Named among most technologically advanced hospitals in the world by Top Master’s in Healthcare Administration.
  • Rated by CareChex, a division of Comparion Medical Analytics Inc., as first in the state for cancer care, women’s health, and heart attack and stroke care and among top 100 in the nation in medical excellence and patient safety in cancer care, heart-attack treatment, gall-bladder removal and pneumonia care.
  • Awarded “gold” designation by U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources for raising organdonation awareness, registering new donors and supporting donor families.
  • Awarded OptumHealth Centers of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery for clinical quality and costeffective care.

Technological/medical firsts:

  • First hospital in nation to install tourniquet kits in public spaces to improve survival rates in the event of a mass-casualty event.
  • State’s first endoscopic submucosal dissection.
  • State’s first robotic minimally invasive esophagectomy.
  • First in state to provide breakthrough treatment for patients too frail to undergo open heart surgery.
  • First in region to implant a subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD)® in a patient at risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
  • As part of Metronic MRI clinical trial and as one of only 16 sites in the nation and the only site in New England, implanted the first cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) designed for use in an MRI scanner.
  • First in Connecticut to use the THERMOCOOL® SMARTTOUCH® catheter, the first catheter approved by the FDA to feature contactforce technology for ablation procedures in patients with atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.
  • First in state to implant new Medtronic loop recorder.
    Comprehensive Liver Center first in Connecticut to use Fibroscan® technology, a painless alternative to liver biopsy.
  • Eye Surgery Center was first in New England and one of first in the Northeast to use femtosecond laser technology to improve cataract surgery.
    Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) named a comprehensive Accredited Education Institute by American College of Surgeons. CESI trained 10,600 medical personnel and students from around the world.