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Higher and higher - 2012 Annual Report
 

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A higher sense of community.

At MidState Medical Center, our mission is to improve the health and healing of the people who live and work in our community. In fulfilling that mission, we believe that our role goes beyond providing care to the sick. It also means helping our neighbors strive for total wellness throughout life, whether that’s giving them the tools they need to prevent chronic disease or ensuring that the resources that will help our community thrive are in adequate supply.

Community needs assessment.

Every three years, MidState, in partnership with United Way of Meriden and Wallingford, conducts an assessment to understand the community’s needs and uncover any gaps in services. We gather feedback from various community members, including residents, opinion leaders and agency workers who know the needs of the community firsthand.

We completed our latest assessment in May 2012 and are currently partnering with community organizations to address the needs that we identified in the assessment. For example, we found that the rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes among our community members are higher than the state’s average, so we’re focusing our efforts on physical activity and diabetes risk reduction. Other organizations are also using the results of the assessment to improve various areas of need.

Community support.

MidState continues to provide significant free healthcare to our community. This year, we provided more than $13 million in charity medical care, and our physicians and other clinical staff members have reached hundreds through free screenings, support groups and educational seminars. In addition, our geriatric outreach worker logged thousands of visits with area seniors, providing consultation, blood pressure checks and other health services. Finally, we continue to offer our staff advanced training and professional development opportunities to ensure that our community continues to receive the best care possible.

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A higher priority for coordinated care.

A message from the Chief of Medical Staff

The past year has been a time of growth and maturity for MidState Medical Center. We have expanded our partnership with Hartford HealthCare, and trust is building throughout our entire system. As many of our leaders and medical teams network and collaborate with each other, we are growing more integrated. And more importantly, we've come to share a common vision: to deliver and coordinate quality care that is close to home.

Two huge initiatives are underway that will ensure this vision becomes reality—and position us at the forefront of healthcare reform. The first one is creating a medical foundation so that all physicians, who were employed by their local hospital organizations, will now be joined under—and employed by—the Hartford HealthCare system. Being part of a single group, under one tax ID, will allow us to all truly be one to deliver coordinated and integrated care. We'll be able to share medical records and conduct all transactions with greater transparency.

The second initiative involves the clinical integration of care. Through shared information technology, our physicians will ensure best practices and consistent benchmarking. This means that wherever you go in our system, you can expect to receive the same quality of care.

As an oncologist and leader of this hospital, I am passionate about influencing the direction of patient care…and making a difference in the lives of our patients and in this community. At MidState Medical Center, we continue to strive to give the best care that we can give. For early detection of cancer, we offer a risk assessment program. This helps families with multiple incidences recognize what they're susceptible to—and how to improve their lifestyles. Through collaboration with Hartford HealthCare, patients and their loved ones can get connected to expert cancer care at any time by calling Cancer Connect. We've also created a wonderful cancer patient program. It not only provides excellent oncology care, with a state-of-the-art radiation department, it also offers a fantastic wellness program to further strengthen the minds and bodies of our cancer survivors, particularly through music, massage and yoga.

As we move forward with our partnership with Hartford HealthCare, MidState Medical Center remains deeply committed to influencing change—and delivering a higher state of healthcare.

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Rajani Nadkarni, MD
Chief of Medical Staff

  1. Higher sense
    of community
  2. Chief of
    Medical Staff