This is the last in a series of articles looking at area expectations for the year ahead.
New Britain’s two hospitals are looking ahead into 2018 to keep up with the demands of the 21st century.
The Autism Center at Hospital for Special Care was awarded a $150,000 grant from the American Savings Foundation, which they will use in the New Year to support the expansion of services to meet the needs of children and youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
The hospital’s Charles H. Kaman Foundation Neuromuscular Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary in early 2018.
In addition to being a Center of Excellence for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and muscular dystrophy, the center is also meeting the growing need for integrative approaches to care for patients with Parkinson’s Disease and advancing toward their achievement of designation as a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence.
An event to commemorate the milestone is currently being planned.
Hospital of Central Connecticut, part of the Hartford HealthCare network, told The Herald in December that it began using a robotic device called Globus, which will allow neurosurgeons to better manage patients for spinal procedures.
According to Regional Vice President of Operations for the Central Region of Hartford Healthcare, Gary Havican, the device is the safest most accurate way to fix the spine for patients.
Hartford Healthcare is also the first hospital in the Northeast to be using this technology, which will increase safety and accuracy as well as decrease the minutes and hours spent in the operating room.
Another thing Hospital of Central Connecticut is looking forward to in 2018 is opening a Wound Care Center in April.
After doing a needs assessment a year ago in New Britain, Havican said they found the primary need in the area is for an increase presence for wound care for elderly patients especially and those who have experienced trauma or surgery.
Also in April, the hospital will be launching a hybrid lab using cutting edge technology cardiovascular as well as vascular and interventional radiology. Currently people have to travel to Hartford Hospital or Yale New Haven Hospital for that technology.