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.”