anniversaryThe year 2014 celebrates 160 years of Hartford Hospital’s innovation, advances in medicine and community service. Here, advances in medicine take place each and every day.

Hartford Hospital was born in the wake of an industrial disaster – the 1854 explosion at a Hartford railroad car factory that killed 19 and injured 23 workers. There was no central place to care for the injured. In response, civic leaders came together to found Hartford Hospital. The community created our hospital, and we have cared for that community ever since.

Given our roots, it is not surprising that emergency pre- paredness and response are our most important functions. Hartford Hospital is the region’s only Level I trauma center, offering the most advanced level of care for the injured. Hartford Hospital is the home of LIFE STAR, our critical- care air-medical transport service, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in June.

We are a leader in emergency response best practices. Hartford Hospital is one of the founding partners of what is now known as the Hartford Consensus. National leaders convened at Hartford Hospital and developed recommenda- tions to improve mass-casualty-event protocols. We became the first hospital in the nation to implement these new standards. This fall, with a generous donation from the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary, we installed special bleeding- control bags across our campus. At Hartford Hospital, it’s our job to think about the unthinkable. Not only are we ready to respond to a disaster, we also are helping to shape national policy for first responders.

At a time when inpatient volume is dropping nationwide, Hartford Hospital is one of only four hospitals in the state growing in overall volume. We’ve seen year-over-year increases in major service lines, ambulatory surgery and outpatient services. Our transfer center volume grew 16 percent over the previous year. These services are not in silos. In accordance with Hartford HealthCare’s vision of coordinated care, we ensure that patients get the right care in the right place, and we create smooth transitions back to community care. In addition, our operational performance is strong, and we are on target to meet our financial goals.

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, including Hartford Hospital, recently was named the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a partnership that will bring even more cutting-edge treat- ments to our community. Hartford Hospital clinicians will conduct clinical trials right here in our community and are participating on MSK disease management teams and in MSK research. Hartford Hospital has enhanced behavioral health care by renovating our emergency psychiatric unit, reconfiguring the way care is delivered and engaging the community in Stop the Stigma, a campaign to end negative perceptions too often associated with mental illness.
Our hospital consistently receives numerous awards and recognition, including being listed by U.S. News & World Report as the number one hospital in the region and the best in 11 specialties.

In a tough time for health care, we look to the future with strength and confidence, building on the past to create an even better future. We have just broken ground on our world-class Bone & Joint Institute. We will begin a major expansion of our Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation, which has become a global hub for advanced medical training and health-technology partnerships.

As a Hartford HealthCare member, we are committed to providing high-value care to create healthier towns and cities. We have a rich history, and our commitment to the people we serve has not changed in 160 years.


Stuart K. Markowitz, MD, FACR
President, Hartford Hospital & Hartford Region Senior Vice President, Hartford HealthCare