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.
BRIDGEPORT — Hematologist/oncologist Kenneth Dressler, MD has received the St. Vincent de Paul Mission Award as St. Vincent’s 2012 Physician of the Year in ceremonies held recently at Tashua Knolls in Trumbull before a gathering of physicians, administrators and guests. The award honors the attending physician who best demonstrates the qualities exemplified by St. Vincent de Paul, one who truly lives the mission and values of the Medical Center.
Dressler, chief of St. Vincent’s Hematology/Medical Oncology Division, received 19 nominations from fellow physicians, nurses, staff members and patients. Dressler has served as chief of hematology and medical oncology at St. Vincent’s Medical Center since 2007. He is board-certified by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Societies of Hematology and Clinical Oncology.
DERBY — Joseph Sokol, MD, recently became the first ophthalmologist in New Haven County to perform canaloplasty surgery, an advanced, less invasive treatment for glaucoma. “Canaloplasty uses revolutionary microcatheter technology to enlarge the eye’s natural drainage system,” Sokol explained. “It’s similar to angioplasty but for the eye.”
In the procedure, Sokol inserted a microcatheter into the eye’s drainage system canal to both enlarge and clean it out. This allowed fluid to drain from the eye much more efficiently. He then removed the microcatheter and placed a suture within the canal to keep it open. This restored the eye’s natural drainage system and lowered the pressure inside the eye.
An attending surgeon at Griffin Hospital in Derby and owner of Connecticut Eye Specialists in Shelton, Sokol received special training from iScience Interventional, the California-based company that invented the iTrack 250a microcatheter used in canaloplasty surgery.
NEW HAVEN — Connecticut women who meet income guidelines and need help providing their children with nutrient-rich foods can turn to the Hospital of Saint Raphael and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Saint Raphael’s coordinates the New Haven WIC Program, which consists of four full-time WIC offices: at Saint Raphael’s, Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Hill Health Center and the Fair Haven Community Health Center. There are also satellite offices in Branford, Hamden, Milford and West Haven.
WIC serves infants, children up to age five and pregnant, postpartum and breast-feeding women. Applicants are evaluated for both financial need and nutritional risk, classified as a medical or diet-based condition. Financial guidelines are based on the household’s gross income and family size: A family of four with a gross annual salary of $42,643 or less is financially eligible. Those participating in programs like SNAP (formerly food stamps), Temporary Family Assistance or HUSKY A/Medicaid are automatically income-eligible.
The New Haven WIC program is the largest in the state, serving more than 10,000 throughout the region. To learn more about the program phone 203-789-3563.
NEW HAVEN — State Attorney General George Jepsen announced June 1 that he would not seek to block the merger of Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and the Hospital of Saint Raphael (HSR) under the Connecticut's antitrust law.
Jepsen's office and the Federal Trade Commission had investigated whether the merger would substantially lessen competition for medical services in south-central Connecticut. Ultimately, the special situation surrounding the merger persuaded Jepsen to desist from seeking to block it.
"Based on the evidence developed during the investigation, and in light of the law applicable to these types of transactions — including taking into consideration St. Raphael's precarious financial condition and other expected efficiencies that will be realized through the acquisition — I have decided not to seek to block the merger under Connecticut's antitrust law," Jepsen said in a press statement.
Meanwhile, HSR President and CEO Christopher O’Connor, told a June 5 public hearing that the future of his hospital hinges on successful consummation of the merger.
“The immediate viability of our hospital is at stake,” O’Connor told hearing officers from the state’s Office of Health Care Access, according to the New Haven Register.
As part of the affiliation, QU med students will complete clinical rotations with required supervision at the Meriden hospital beginning in the summer of 2015, and physicians working with the students will be appointed clinical professors at the new medical school.
“The school of medicine needs high quality clinic experiences for our students. I am confident that the physicians and staff at MidState Medical Center will provide these experiences,” said Bruce Koeppen, MD, founding dean of Connecticut’s fifth and newest med school. “MidState Medical Center shares our commitment to primary care and interprofessional education of the health care team. They were an obvious choice for a clinical affiliate.”
MidState Medical Center, and two or three hospitals still to be named, will supplement St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, the medical school’s principal clinical partner.
“Having multiple clinical affiliates benefits students in two important ways,” Koeppen said. “First, it reduces the number of students at any given site, thus providing students with more patient contact and experiences. Second, it provides students with a perspective of how high quality patient care can be provided in different settings.”
In January 2010, Quinnipiac began the complex accreditation process to establish a medical school with an emphasis on primary care on its North Haven Campus. The university plans to enroll the charter class by fall 2013.
NEW HAVEN — Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) has been named to the 2012 Becker's Hospital Review list of the “Great Places to Work in Healthcare.” Becker’s top 100 workplaces list recognizes health-care organizations that create an outstanding workplace through robust benefits, opportunities for development and a strong sense of community.
In describing their selection process, Becker’s considers workplaces that go "above and beyond" to keep their employees healthy and motivated, consistently achieve high employee satisfaction scores and report low turnover rates.
According to Becker’s, YNHH was recognized in part due to its various programs benefiting employees including an annual merit pay program, year-end bonuses based on the hospital’s overall performance, special achievement awards and several programs designed to welcome employee feedback and encourage communication between staff and management.