Dr_Sarma,Akella_2Message from the Chief of Medical Staff

Integrating The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) and MidState Medical Center has meant changes at both institutions. However, members of our medical staff understand that these changes will help HOCC adapt to the new healthcare environment, become financially stronger and be even better prepared to provide our community with outstanding care.

We look forward to establishing strong professional relationships with our colleagues at MidState.

The transition to a Central Region has already led to some changes in the way care is organized. Both HOCC and MidState are working collaboratively to streamline varied service lines and certain aspects of inpatient care. One example is a more centralized bariatric program that, while now based at MidState, integrates specialists from each hospital. As you’ll read in this report, we also worked with physicians and MidState to recently open Hartford HealthCare’s new outpatient orthopedic Southington Surgery Center at our Bradley Memorial campus. Additional collaborations are likely, as we build upon our respective strengths.

HOCC continues to excel in orthopedics, cardiology and cancer care. Our Knee and Hip Replacement Program won The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. Our cardiology and stroke programs received national recognition. In spring 2015, we will open our new cancer center. We are now officially part of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, which will enable residents of our communities to receive the newest treatments right here in our region.
Other HOCC highlights from the year include the enhancement of our robotic surgery and vascular programs and the addition to our medical staff of numerous young, talented physicians.

Certainly the year brought many changes, but I believe they represent growth and progress that will benefit our patients and the hospital. We are proud to be part of the changes and innovations in Hartford HealthCare.

Akella Sarma, M.D.