October 12, 2015
Of Note

Two CT Manufacturing Companies Named National Young Adult Employer Champions

Pictured (from left to right) Ken Fogler, operations manager, Mallory Industries; Paul Murphy, vice president, chief operating officer, Mallory Industries; Linda Lopez, CTT Manager, Hartford Job Corps Academy; Jack Carey, president, Carey Manufacturing; Alphonso Floyd, president, Floyd Manufacturing; Sarah Bradshaw, quality lab assistant, Carey Manufacturing; Tami Schweikert, academy director, Hartford Job Corps Academy; Peter Egan, human resources director, Carey Manufacturing/Floyd Manufacturing.

The Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford member companies Carey Manufacturing/Floyd Manufacturing of Cromwell and Mallory Industries Inc. of Farmington have been recently named "Young Adult Employer Champions" by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

The companies were recognized at an award ceremony at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. in East Hartford.

Supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the National Fund's Young Adult Employer Champion program honors employers who have made a lasting investment in young adult workers by promoting effective hiring techniques and providing access to on-site training and skills-development opportunities that aid in retention and career stability.

This is the first year of the program.

CT gets an ‘A’ for its palliative care

Connecticut gets high marks for its palliative care in a new study released by the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Its "A" grade ranks it in the top-third of states with 84 percent of hospitals offering the care.

Palliative care is a medical specialty that aims for maximum quality of life while patients are being treated for serious illness. Among the techniques are relief of pain, related symptoms, and the stress that patients and their families go through. Relatively new in the medical world, it is delivered concurrently with other traditional treatments.

Connecticut received the "A" grade because more than 60 percent of hospitals offer palliative care. By contrast, states like Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming received a "D" grade for having less than 40 percent of their hospitals offering palliative care. The Southern U.S. is the lowest region nationally.

There's a sharp divide between for-profit and nonprofit hospitals when it comes to palliative care. The study shows 23 percent of for-profit hospitals have palliative care, while not-for-profit hospitals are seven times more likely to have it.

The larger a hospital is the more likely it is to have palliative care. It is offered at 90 percent of hospitals with more than 300 patient beds. All of Connecticut's top 10 hospitals offer palliative care, according to the website GetPalliativeCare.org.

CT State Medical Society Recognizes Representatives at Annual Meeting

At the recent Connecticut State Medical Society annual meeting Dr. Henry Jacobs of West Hartford was sworn in as the organization's 177th president.

Also at the annual meeting, Dr. William Petit, Jr., of Burlington, was presented with the 2015 Maloney Award for Distinguished Service, the highest honor CSMS bestows upon a member.

The Connecticut Medicine Healthcare Leader and Innovator Award was presented to Dr. Suzanne Lagarde, of New Haven.

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