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Hospital honored for work with heart failure patients

New Britain [January 19 2012] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) recently received a 2011 Health Care Hero award from the Hartford Business Journal for its participation in a collaborative working to reduce readmissions for heart failure patients.

HOCC belongs to one of the 12 Communities of Care honored as Health Care Heroes in December. Each community consists of nursing homes, hospitals and home-care and physician partners.

Qualidigm, a healthcare consulting and research organization, established the Communities two years ago to help meet a Connecticut Hospital Association goal to reduce heart failure preventable readmissions by 20 percent.

HOCC belongs to the New Britain community, which also includes VNA HealthCare and Central Connecticut Senior Health Services, including Jerome Home, Southington Care Center and Arbor Rose. Other area home-care agencies and skilled nursing facilities also belong to the community. The group meets monthly to share information to ensure heart failure patients are getting the care and services they need in the hospital and after discharge, says Shelley Dietz, R.N., MBA, HOCC’s director of Care Coordination.

As part of the project, Dietz and representatives from other Communities of Care created Heart Talk, an educational video and guide for patients that contain easy-to-understand information about heart failure.

The Hartford Business Journal’s annual Heroes recognition identifies outstanding leaders in health care who embody heroes through their proven excellence in helping others.

Contact: Nancy Martin, (860) 224-5900, X4366






Steven Hanks, M.D., HOCC executive vice president and chief medical officer, and Shelley Dietz, R.N., MBA, HOCC director of Care Coordination.









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