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The spacious and welcoming Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 16. This event was one of several during the week to highlight the center’s opening.

Other events held that week to highlight the center’s opening included a Survivors’ Day celebration, public tours separate receptions for physicians and donors, and tours for employees and volunteers.

The center, located in New Britain next to the Plainville town line, recently opened its doors to patients. It’s located in a stone-inlaid building covering more than 140,000 square feet at 183 North Mountain Road near Interstate 84. It adjoins the Medical Arts Center located on the Plainville side at 201 North Mountain Road. Located in the Medical Arts Center are The Hospital of Central Connecticut Imaging Center and Comprehensive Breast Health Center and several physician office suites offering a range of specialties.

“We are extremely pleased to open this wonderful new facility to patients, which will go a long way in eliminating the need to travel far to receive the very best cancer care possible,” says Donna Handley, vice president of operations for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI).

The new cancer center is home to the cancer program at HOCC. Incorporating five cancer centers at hospitals across Connecticut, HHCCI is one of the largest providers of cancer services in the state, with more than 5,000 new patients receiving care each year. HHCCI is also the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative of one of the world’s premier cancer centers. Through the Alliance, HHCCI provides patients access to MSK’s leading-edge clinical trials and research.

Available at the new center are:

  • Radiation therapy, including state-of-the-art linear accelerator technology
  • Medical, surgical and gynecologic oncology
  • Infusion Center
  • Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation
  • Research/Learning Center for patients and their families
  • Nurse navigation
  • Boutique and gift shop
  • Nature trail and reflection garden

Ribbon cutting – Taking part in the June 16 cancer center ribbon cutting are (from left) Elliot Joseph, president and CEO, Hartford HealthCare; Erin Stewart, mayor of the City of New Britain; Lucille Janatka, senior vice president, Hartford HealthCare and president, The Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center; Francine Shanfield, cancer survivor; Donna Handley, vice president of Operations, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute; Dr. Kristen Zarfos, surgical director, The Hospital of Central Connecticut Comprehensive Breast Health Center; and Katherine Pugliese, chairwoman of the Town Council, Town of Plainville.

Taking part in the June 16 cancer center ribbon cutting are (from left) Elliot Joseph, president and CEO, Hartford HealthCare; Erin Stewart, mayor of the City of New Britain; Lucille Janatka, senior vice president, Hartford HealthCare and president, The Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center; Francine Shanfield, cancer survivor; Donna Handley, vice president of Operations, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute; Dr. Kristen Zarfos, surgical director, The Hospital of Central Connecticut Comprehensive Breast Health Center; and Katherine Pugliese, chairwoman of the Town Council, Town of Plainville.

The new cancer offers an inviting and comfortable environment, including a serene reflection garden in the back of the building.

The new cancer offers an inviting and comfortable environment, including a serene reflection garden in the back of the building.

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