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  • Why St. Vincent’s, the Daughters of Charity and Hartford HealthCare are the Right Fit

    October 02, 2019

    BRIDGEPORT — The ceremony Tuesday officially binding St. Vincent’s Medical Center, a Catholic hospital that traces its history to the early 1900s and the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, with Hartford HealthCare did not pass without at least one revelation. “Who believes in fate?” asked Vincent DiBattista, St….

  • St. Vincent’s Medical Center joins Hartford HealthCare

    October 01, 2019

    St. Vincent’s Medical Center is now officially part of Hartford HealthCare. On Tuesday, Hartford HealthCare completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, and its related operations, from Ascension. During a special ceremony and celebration, employees and leaders noted the rich history…

  • Natchaug Psychiatrist: Screen Time Boosts Mental Health Problems in Youth

    September 24, 2019

    In a recent Detroit News article entitled “Cellphone suspensions: Schools lock away digital distractions, Dr. Paul Weigle, associate medical director of ambulatory services at Natchaug Hospital in Mansfield, was quoted as relating increased screen use to mental health problems in youths. Dr. Weigle was speaking as a board member of Children…

  • Suicide Prevention: When People Offering Help Actually Need It

    September 16, 2019

    Two recent high-profile suicide deaths of men who worked with those at-risk for suicide highlights the increased suicide rate for those who provide services and care. The importance or raising awareness in September, National Suicide Prevention Month, is highlighted by the deaths of Gregory Eells, the executive director of counseling…

  • How to Prevent a Suicide? Ask the ‘Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge’

    September 15, 2019

    As a California Highway Patrol Officer, Sgt. Kevin Briggs worked on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, often with suicidal people, but his own struggles with depression made his presentation Sept. 13 even more impactful at the seventh annual World Suicide Prevention Conference at Heublein Hall at Hartford Hospital….

  • Panel: Suicide Prevention Starts with Empathy, Building Connections

    September 13, 2019

    As part of the seventh Annual World Suicide Prevention Day Conference Sept. 13, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network hosted a panel presentation about the role of healthcare providers in suicide prevention. The panel included Behavioral Health Network Physician-in-Chief John Santopietro; Sgt. Kevin Briggs, a retired California Highway Patrol officer and national speaker;…

  • Suicide Questionnaire Could Be the Next ‘Miracle Drug’

    September 12, 2019

    Major breakthroughs have been made for many health issues – genetic testing for cancer, antibiotics for infections, new procedures for heart disease. But what about suicide, which is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States? The answer is simple — ask the right questions, according to Kelly Posner,…

  • When Medical Illness Causes Mental Health Problems in Youths

    September 04, 2019

    As if struggling with chronic medical illness is not challenging enough for young adults, research shows they are also far more likely to develop mental illness than those not facing physical challenges or limitations. A two-year research study released by the Cambridge Health Alliance followed 48,000 youth between ages 6…

  • How Suicide Prevention Became Part of This Officer’s Job

    August 22, 2019

    When Kevin Briggs was sent out on his California Highway Patrol motorcycle to monitor the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, he had no training in interacting with suicidal people but the pain and anguish he saw in their eyes affected him instantly and deeply. “I just wanted to be…

  • New Program to Train Recovery Support Specialists

    August 15, 2019

    Sharing personal stories and helping others can be a rewarding part of the recovery process for many people, and the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network has created a way to make that happen. The Recovery Leadership Academy — an 80-hour certificate program for people in recovery from mental health and/or…


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