27 Oct

Luv Ya Bump – A New Infection Control Initiative

October 3, 2014
Contact: Marcel Blanchet (203) 215-4535

A New Infection Control Initiative

The “Luv Ya Bump”

Branford, CT – The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., at its advanced palliative care center, with its Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., has a new initiative, the “luv ya bump℠.” The “luv ya bump℠” initiative is to help protect and bring awareness to the importance of preventing the spread of germs during flu season. The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., has developed a new symbol of love called the “luv ya bump℠”, a graphic showing the bumping of two fists, an expressive greeting, as opposed to extending your hand and shaking another’s when you meet and greet someone or/and when you need to say farewell. It shows that you care about not only protecting yourself, but also being empathetic to the person that you are greeting and the world in which you both live.

The “luv ya bump”℠started as an inspiration for its staff, volunteers, patients, families, students and the initiative is spreading throughout our community.

We are creating this symbol, “luv ya bump”℠so that the worry about all the germs on hard surfaces and floating about in the air are diminished by educating ourselves to this new symbol during flu season and beyond. “The importance of taking care of yourself and your loved ones cannot be over emphasized”, said Sylvia van Heerden, BSN, Chief Quality Officer.

On October 1, 2014 an action plan was implemented at the center, but will need constant reinforcement.

Mrs. Marc Alphons Hurzeler, RN said, “Hospice hugs are the norm at our Hospice, but when a hug is not appropriate, the new standard should be the “luv ya bump.℠””

For more information visit www.hospice.com/luvyabump or use your smartphone to scan this
Q code.


100 Double Beach Road Branford, CT 06405
Contact Phone: (203) 215-4535
Contact Email: mblanchet@hospice.com
Website: www.hospice.com

23 Sep

Calgary Hospital brings Japanese Medical Team to The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. September 10, 2014

A physician and two nurses from Sappora, Japan toured Connecticut Hospice to see our Palliative Care Program that provides excellence in care to our patients. Connecticut Hospice, recognized internationally as a leader in hospice and palliative care, was chosen to be a part of the Calgary Hospice Educational Program. The John D. Thompson Foundation was proud to host Dr. Toshiro Kusakabe, Keiko Kusakabe RN, and Makiko Hirata RN from the Higasi General Hospital, Sapporo, Japan.

11 Sep



Acclaimed Surgeon/Sculptor Southwick; Renowned Sculptor Lucchesi and spouses to be honored in Branford September 21st.

On Sept. 21, acclaimed doctor and sculptor Wayne O. Southwick, M.D., Chairman of the Board, and his mentor, world-renowned Italian sculptor Bruno Lucchesi, will be honored with their spouses at their poignant bronze sculpture crafted for the country’s first hospice, The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. in Branford, CT.

The life-sized sculpture of a nurse with raised, lighted torch, aside family members supporting a loved one, embodies the circle of care at Connecticut Hospice Inc. In recognition of hospice’s focus on family as an indivisible element of a patient’s care, the 2014 “Patient Advocate for Life” awards will be presented to the sculptors and their wives who have so lovingly supported them in their lives, said President and CEO Mrs. Marc Alphons Hurzeler.

“It’s a testament to how strong each couple is as a team; and how together they have put their talents into creating this beautiful symbol of hope that graces our grounds,” said Hurzeler.

Installed in 2007, the sculpture is the focal point of an annual “Legacy of Hope” ceremony held each fall at Connecticut Hospice, Inc. This year’s Sept. 21 ceremony will be especially notable as it also marks hospice’s 40th year – or 21st millionth minute – of care to the palliative community.

“In this year, as we celebrate our 21st millionth minute of care, in which every minute is precious, we recognize the creators of this beautiful sculpture that is so symbolic of how patients and family are at the center for care at hospice,” said Hurzeler.

Southwick is Co-Chairman of the Connecticut Hospice Board of Directors and Chairman of the Old Lyme Academy for the Arts when he undertook creating the statue with his mentor as a gift to hospice. His acclaimed career in medicine includes credit in pioneering work in cervical spine surgery and culminated with his appointment as Professor and Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine. Many of Southwick’s sculptures are installed at Yale School of Medicine. Southwick met and married his wife, Jessie Ann (Seacrest) Southwick, during his medical studies at the University of Nebraska.

Lucchesi has been recognized as “the last of the Renaissance sculptors.” Since the 1950’s, he has created over 70 public works around the world, from China to Colorado, New York to New Haven (at Yale University). His wife, Ann Rosow-Lucchesi, is a West Hartford native and accomplished artist and sculptor.

Non-profit Connecticut Hospice Inc. operates with the knowledge that every minute of life is precious. Established in Branford in 1974, this year marks hospice’s 40th anniversary, or 21st millionth minute, of providing exceptional care for all in need. As the nation’s top-rated, award- winning hospice, The Connecticut Hospice Inc. continues to set the national standard for home and inpatient hospice care.


10 Sep

Behind the Scenes: Meet Our “Unitex Man” Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson, A delivery professional with Unitex for 15 years

In a day filled with delivering medical textiles to many a health care location, Richard Johnson’s visit to Connecticut Hospice is a welcome reprieve.

As a delivery driver with service provider Unitex, Richard can be counted upon to help CT Hospice provide the superior linens to ensure the utmost comfort and quality of life for each client in our care.

Richard’s smiling face and quiet, friendly demeanor fits with the flow of the many behind-the-scenes services happening on a daily basis here. As Richard describes his visits, which take place four to six times a week, “…it’s all nice and smooth.” A delivery professional with Unitex for 15 years, Richard’s daily route includes many area hospitals and medical facilities; but he counts his deliveries to CT Hospice among his favorite part of the job.

“It’s a very nice setting, a beautiful setting,” says Richard. “I enjoy making deliveries here. The people are so nice and everybody is getting their linens. They’re nice people at a nice place.”

23 Apr

The Norma F. Pfriem Foundation has granted an extraordinary opportunity for Hospice patients and families


 Norma F. Pfriem Foundation has granted beds for Connecticut Hospice

L to R: Delfino; Nina, RN Instructor; Rachel, Fairfield University Nursing student; Carol*, an original Pioneer of our first bed; Judy, RN*, also a founder of the first bed and weekend supervisor; Robert, Director of Engineering; Lynne, our photographer in nursing; and Luis.

A special Thank You to the Norma F. Pfriem foundation for their generous donation of 52 beds.

A special Thank You to the Norma F. Pfriem foundation for their generous donation of 52 beds.

The Norma F. Pfriem Foundation has granted an extraordinary opportunity for patients and families to have the luxury of a first-class bed, upon their arrival. The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., the first palliative teaching hospital, who received the first Advanced Palliative Care certification in the United States of America, became the recipients of an enormous gift.

A beautiful bed for each patient and family with a state-of-the-art mattress, as envisaged in the finest homes in America, arrived for our bedrooms on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

As Spring evolves, our Norma F. Pfriem beds, together with our precious patients, will be seen on the Norma F. Pfriem Promenade. The Norma F. Pfriem Promenade, goes right to the sea and in their new Norma F. Pfriem beds, our patients will be able to sit up and enjoy the splendor of sunrises and sunsets with their families.

One of our housekeepers, Luis, said that this would be “beautifully best for families.”

Co-Chairman of the Board and of the Professional Advisory Committee, Dr. Wayne Southwick, M.D., together with Dr. Wen-Jen Hwu, M.D., Ph.D., Board of Directors and Chairman of Professional Advisory Committee, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Professor, Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology and United States Chairman of Woman in Cancer Research, and member Chief William Farrell, who is also Chairman of the President’s Circle, “never has a gift been beamed more intensely at our patients and families.” The only exception was 14 years ago when Norma F. Pfriem, herself, granted the state-of-the-art beds to each patient and family.

The nursing staff all participate in the International Norma F. Pfriem Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing, has enabled over sixty-eight (68) of the nurses to sit and pass their national boards in hospice and palliative care and thirty-three (33) of our certified nurses aides.

Some of those staff, pictured here in their ta-dah mode, were the very ones who selected the first* state-of-the-art, ICU superbly crafted mattress to support the remarkable patients that we are honored to care for.

The luxury of this support is only matched by the magnificence of the Norma F. Pfriem nursing staff at the Hospice, as “The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. will celebrate its 40th Anniversary, or in a place where every minute counts, its 21st Million Minute, “Operation Blessings”.

Eileen Mino
The Connecticut Hospice, Inc.
Communications Department
emino@hospice.com http://www.hospice.com


25 Mar

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), accredits The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., (“The Institute”) with Commendation.

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., and its related research and training affiliate The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., (“The Institute”) is pleased to announce that the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), has again credited the Institute, with commendation, for a six year period, through 2019.  The ACCME’s mission is the identification, development, and promotion of standards for quality continuing medical education (CME) utilized by physicians in their maintenance of competence and incorporation of new knowledge to improve quality medical care for patients and their communities.

The ACCME undertook a detailed review of the Institution, evidence of performance in the practice and extensive interviews.  Accreditation with Commendation is awarded to providers that demonstrate compliance in all 22 Criteria and the accreditation policies.  The ACCME commends “The Institute” for meeting the ACCME’s accreditation requirements and for demonstrating that ours is a learning organization and a change agent for the physicians we serve.  The ACCME stated that the Institute has demonstrated an engagement with our environment in support of physician learning and a change that is a part of a system for quality improvement.

Luis Gonzalez, M.A., M.P.H., HA, an extraordinary administrator of The Institute since 1996, said that, “The vitality and endurance that his colleagues and staff play, the passionate response from the students, and the comprehensive and diverse nature of the materials, gave way to the academic achievement that The Institute received validation for, through the ACCME Board of Directors.”

President and CEO Mrs. Marc Alphons Hurzeler, R.N., M.P.H., H.A. said that, “The Institute, having achieved three decades of educating intrastate, continues to rely on “Doctor” Gonzalez for his brilliant trailblazing.”

The Connecticut Hospice was the first hospice in the United States and is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary of providing the utmost care to its patients and families.  The Institute is Hospice’s education arm and stands for the commitment to educate the medical community on palliative and hospice care.

For additional information please contact:

Eileen Mino

Communications Department

The Connecticut Hospice Institute

(203) 315-7556