For the Media

    Hartford HealthCare Contact Information

    Hartford HealthCare welcomes inquiries from media outlets. Someone is always available to take your calls. We ask that all journalists call us before contacting a physician, an employee, a patient or volunteer at any Hartford HealthCare facility.


    Need An Expert?

    The Hartford HealthCare News Service

    Our News Service, an Emmy-winning newsgathering team with more than two decades of experience, can connect you with nationally renowned experts.
    We are also an active health newsroom that produces high-quality health news content available for distribution on several platforms: online, in print, radio or broadcast.

     Rebecca StewartRebecca Stewart mugshot
     Director, News Service
     860.972.4285 (phone)
     860.726.8283 (cell)
     rebecca.stewart@hhchealth.org

     

     

     Tina Varona Tina Varona mugshot
     Manager, News Service
     860.972.4475 (phone)
     860.310.7640 (cell)
     tina.varona@hhchealth.org

     


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    Media Contacts

    Hartford HealthCare

    Shawn Mawhiney
    Director, Communications
    860.634.3383
    Shawn.Mawhiney@hhchealth.org

    Steve Coates
    Senior Communications Specialist
    860.634.4477
    Steve.Coates@hhchealth.org


    Hospitals

    Hartford Hospital

    Pamela Cruz
    860.681.8161
    Pamela.Cruz@hhchealth.org

    Matthew Clyburn
    860.500.0464
    Matthew.Clyburn@hhchealth.org

    Patient Condition Inquiries
    860.545.4200
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    Hospital of Central Connecticut (New Britain and Southington) and MidState Medical Center (Meriden)

    Amanda Blaszyk
    860.937.4726
    Amanda.Blaszyk@hhchealth.org
     
    Corey Hirth
    860.471.3845
    Corey.Hirth@hhchealth.org

    Backus Hospital (Norwich) and Windham Hospital (Willimantic)

    Sue McDonald
    860.874.2196
    Susan.McDonald@hhchealth.org 


    Outpatient Services:

    Hartford HealthCare at Home

    Erika Stinson
    860.420.8043 (cell)
    860.378.1283 (phone)
    StinsonE@ctseniorcare.org

    Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network

    Erika Stinson
    860.420.8043 (cell)
    860.378.1283 (phone)
    StinsonE@ctseniorcare.org


    Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network:

    The Institute of Living, Natchaug Hospital, Rushford

    Shawn Mawhiney
    Director, Communications
    860.634.3383
    Shawn.Mawhiney@hhchealth.org


    Senior Services:

    Hartford HealthCare Senior Services

    Center for Healthy Aging, Arbor Rose at Jerome Home, The Orchards at Southington, Southington Care Center, Mulberry Gardens of Southington, Jerome HomeJefferson House, Cedar Mountain Commons

    Erika Stinson
    860.420.8043 (cell)
    860.378.1283 (phone)
    StinsonE@ctseniorcare.org


    Physician Practices: 

    Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and Integrated Care Partners

    Wheatley Wentzell
    860.972.7704
    Wheatley.Wentzell@hhchealth.org


    Release of Patient Information

    Privacy regulations issued by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) strictly govern the use and release of a patient's personal health information. As a member of the media, here is what you need to know if you want information about a Hospital HealthCare patient:

    • Media Relations must first check to see that the patient has not secured his/her privacy, in which case we would be unable to release any information. Patients have the right to deny the release of information about their condition. For a minor, the parent or guardian has the authority to make that decision.
    • You must have the patient's first and last name before we can release a condition. Without a name, condition reports can't be released.
    • If you have the patient's first and last name, the only information that may be released to the media is a one-word condition report.
    • Patients have the right to deny the release of any information about their condition - even that one-word condition report. For a minor, the parent or guardian has the authority to make that decision.
    • To protect patient confidentiality, patients must sign a release form before reporters can interview them or their doctors about issues specific to their care.
    • To protect the privacy of all other patients and families, a member of our media relations team must accompany all reporters and photographers at any Hartford HealthCare facility.

    Here are the one-word patient conditions we can release:

    Good

    Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable; indicators are excellent.

    Fair

    Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable; indicators are favorable.

    Serious

    Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill; indicators are questionable.

    Critical

    Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may not be conscious; indicators are unfavorable.

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