NEW HAVEN — George Lister, MD of Guilford will chair the department of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine and serve as pediatric chief at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he will also serve as physician-in-chief of the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Lister was a member of YNHH’s pediatrics department for 25 years before relocating to Texas in 2003 to become the Robert L. Moore Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Education at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (UTSW). From 2003-2011, he served as chair of pediatrics at UTSW and pediatrician-in-chief at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Lister was graduated from Brown University and earned his MD from the Yale School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at YNHH, followed by a fellowship in pediatric cardiology and neonatology at the University of California/San Francisco. He returned to YNHH in 1978, where he rose to professor of pediatrics and anesthesiology, founded the section of critical care and applied physiology at Yale-New Haven and was its chief for more than 20 years. He also created a pediatric critical care fellowship program, which has trained a generation of pediatric critical care physicians across the country.
HAMDEN — Richard A. Gonzalez of North Haven has been appointed to the founding faculty of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. As assistant professor of medical sciences, Gonzalez will teach human gross anatomy, coordinate the school’s medical humanities concentration for the scholarly reflection capstone course and teach medical anthropology-related topics. Gonzalez holds a doctorate in anthropology and a master of science degree in social science interdisciplinary studies from SUNY/Buffalo. He also holds master of arts and bachelor’s in anthropology from Wichita State University. Gonzalez is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American Association of Physical Anthropologists and American Association of Anatomists.
HAMDEN — Orthopaedic surgeon Jeffrey M. Klauser, MD of Shelton has joined Connecticut Orthpaedic Specialists (COS). Klauser specializes in arthroscopic and open treatment of shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle injuries. He studied sports medicine under the tutelage of renowned orthopaedic surgeon James Andrews. In mid-September Klauser will launch COS’ new Saturday Morning Injury Clinic at 889 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton, intended to provide timely care to athletes injured in games the night before.
WALLINGFORD — Board-certified clinical neuropsychologist Sarah Bullard has been named director of psychology at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, where she will oversee delivery of inpatient and outpatient psychological services as well as conduct neuropsychological evaluations. Previously a staff neuropsychologist at Hartford Hospital, Bullard earned bachelor and doctoral degrees from the University of Connecticut.
Reproductive-services flap stalls talks
WATERBURY — Merger talks between two Waterbury hospitals and a Texas company have reached an impasse over how to offer reproductive services for women.
All parties have pledged to continue meeting, but their previously quiet negotiations spilled into public view early this month when the state's Permanent Commission on the Status of Women objected to the most recent reproductive services plan.
The overall proposal under discussion calls for Waterbury Hospital to join St. Mary's Hospital in an acquisition and merger with a private Texas company, LHP Group. The plan calls for building a new, state-of-the-art replacement hospital with 426 beds in private rooms.
On September 6, presidents from Waterbury Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital sounded exhausted and a bit frustrated.
"We've been at this now for well over 15 months. Put together, it's a long time to be working through some of the issues," said Chad Wable, president and CEO of St. Mary's Hospital.
The main stumbling block has been trying to provide reproductive services while respecting the ethical and religious directives of Catholic Health Services, which prohibit tubal ligations, vasectomies, contraceptive care and medically induced abortions. The joint venture had to be approved by the Vatican because the archdiocese owns St. Mary's Hospital.
The merger sought to address that by putting reproductive services in a separate building called the Women's Pavilion across the street from the hospital. The building would be separately licensed.
But the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women this week opposed the reproductive services plan, saying it is inadequate to serve the needs of the Waterbury area's women.
In a press release, the women's advocacy group said that "any state-of-the-art facility being built — especially with partial support from taxpayers' dollars — should represent the needs of all the residents of the area, should treat all citizens equitably, regardless of gender, religion or socio-economic standing, and should have a far more definitive plan for future financial sustainability. It is unfortunate, therefore, that the dictates of the Ethical and Religious Directives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will derail a much-needed facility."
Darlene Stromstead, President and CEO of Waterbury Hospital, said this is the seventh plan that all sides have come up with and said the process is very complicated.
"As the non-religious organization, we have been trying very hard to come up with solutions," Stromstead said. "We have consulted the Permanent Status of Women, Merger Watch and others, trying to find something that will work and will address long-term sustainability, demonstrate medical quality and provide services in a non- discriminatory manner."
This article originally appeared in CTMirror.com.
NEW HAVEN — Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) has been included among the top hospitals in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Hospitals.” Of the 5,000 hospitals and nearly 10,000 specialists surveyed nationwide, only 140 hospitals were nationally ranked in more than one specialty. YNHH ranked at the national level in ten of 16 specialties surveyed.
YNHH had one specialty ranked in the nation’s top five: diabetes and endocrinology at No. 5, while psychiatry at No. 11 and gynecology (No. 13) also ranked high. YNHH is the only hospital in Connecticut to be included in the U.S. News & World Report national listings and among the highest ranked in the region.
Yale-New Haven also ranked among the best in the nation in seven additional medical specialties: cancer; heart and heart surgery, gastroenterology, geriatrics, kidney disorders, ear, nose and throat and pulmonolgy.
BRIDGEPORT — Christopher Iannuzzi, MD has been named chairman of the Department of Oncology at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He will work with clinical and administrative leadership within the department to develop cancer services at St. Vincent’s over the next few years.
At St. Vincent’s since 2002, Iannuzzi has served as division chief of Radiation Oncology and, since 2009, as vice chairman of the Department of Oncology. He has also served as the Cancer Liaison Physician to the Commission on Cancer, is the current chairperson of the St. Vincent’s Cancer Committee, and has also been an active participant serving on both the Credentials and Executive Committees of the hospital.
In 2006 Iannuzzi received the American Cancer Society Star of Hope Award recognizing his skill and compassion in caring for cancer patients. Board-certified in radiation oncology, Iannuzzi has written widely on prostate and breast cancer and has published abstracts and many peer-reviewed reports.
NEW HAVEN — The Hospital of Saint Raphael has earned an A grade in safety from the Leapfrog Group, an organization that analyzes data on 26 separate health-care quality measures. Saint Raphael’s was the only hospital in New Haven and one of only four in the state to earn an A grade.
Leapfrog gave Saint Raphael’s top marks on indicators including stroke care, timely sepsis treatment, the reduction of central line and surgical infections and fall prevention. Consumers can see the grades at the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score website, Hospitalsafetyscore.org.