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Medical Mission Returns at SVMC

Robin Stanley

The St. Vincent’s Medical Center Medical Mission at Home returned for its seventh year in November, providing a variety of health screenings to the community. 

While “medical mission” refers to volunteer caregivers who travel to other countries to provide medical services, Medical Mission at Home is designed to deliver healthcare, social and support services to neighbors in need right in our own community. 

More than 200 volunteers from St. Vincent’s, as well as student nurses from Sacred Heart University, provided medical exams, vaccinations, cholesterol screenings, behavioral health services, foot washing, and donated coats and shoes to local community members. 

“You don’t have to travel far to find people in need of medical services,” said Bill Hoey, vice president of mission integration at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. “The concept of Medical Mission at Home resonates with staff and the community that we’re helping our neighbors. We’re helping people who live right here in the community with us.” 

Photos by: Jeff Evans

The Year in Pictures

Hartford HealthCare’s photographers are all over the place, documenting momentous occasions and small, meaningful snippets in the life of our system. We asked them to look back at 2021 and share their favorite images. From the hundreds they take, these are they ones they chose and why. 

Rusty Kimball

Boost for Research

It was all smiles at the dedication of the Beverly Buckner Baker Research and Innovation Center at the Bone & Joint Institute (BJI). A multi million-dollar gift from Baker, center, will propel BJI’s research program, fueling innovation that will change the lives of our patients.

Rusty Kimball

Painting the Park Pink

A familiar face from The Hospital of Central Connecticut took part in the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative’s (BHI) virtual Celebration of Survivors event in New Britain in May. At left, Tina Fabiani, Central Region philanthropy manager, walks with with Marsha Goldstein, a board member at the BHI.

Rusty Kimball

Sisters' Story

Sisters Betty Hebert and Margaret Plocharczyk, from left, can just walk down the hall at Arbor Rose to chat. During a visit, Betty showed one of her paintings while Margaret explained how she makes dolls like the one she’s holding. 

Chris Rakoczy

Nailing it Down

David Casale, System Director of Construction (left), and Thomas Vaccarelli, VP Facilities, Construction, Real Estate (right), review construction progress at 100 Pearl St. in downtown Hartford. The site will house hundreds of system employees, including senior leadership, when complete. 

Jeff Evans

Almost Made It

Backus Hospital Emergency Department physician Theresa Adams, MD, center, carefully wraps a newborn baby girl in blankets before quickly carrying her into the hospital during a snowstorm. Kaitlyn Vacchina and her husband David of Lebanon made it as far as the Backus parking lot but the baby was born in their car as staff rushed out of the hospital to assist. 

Chris Rakoczy

Training Tactics

The Connecticut State Police Tactical Unit trains at Hartford HealthCare’s Center for Education, Simulation, and Innovation at Hartford Hospital. 

Introducing A Life-Saving Vaccine

Eric Arlia, System Director of Pharmacy, presents a vial of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. 

Jeff Evans

Good Dog

Backus Hospital Public Safety Officer Craig Plante trains the newest member of the public safety team — Remi. The three-year-old black female lab will assist the department at Hartford HealthCare facilities around Backus and act as an ambassador. The reward system for a good job is a chance for Remi to play with a toy and chase a ball, something that both she and Plante seem to enjoy 

Jeff Evans

Congratulations, Graduates!

Four high school graduates were honored during the 2021 Joshua Center Thames Valley Graduation Ceremony at the East Region System Support Office in Norwich. Graduate Sanye Taylor gets a big hug from her father, Richard Taylor.