Winsted’s Auxiliary Donates $60K To Fund New Analyzing Systems for CHH’s Winsted Operations

The Auxiliary For Community Health in Winsted has generously donated $60,000 to fund the purchase of a new Quinton Q-Tel Cardiac Rehab Telemetry System and a Hematology Analyzer for the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s operations at 115 Spencer Street, Winsted. 

“Our new systems are up and running and we cannot be happier for this amazing gift. The type of support and dedication shown by the Auxiliary For Community Health to our healthcare efforts is vital, and a great example of how community support helps us to provide the highest quality medical care to area residents.” says Michele Rainville, RN, Clinical Manager of Hungerford Emergency & Medical Care.

The new cardiac system offers the latest in cardiac technology, and consists of heart monitors worn by patients that attend exercise class three times a week for 12 weeks. 

During exercise, the device records and transmits heart signals to a Microsoft Windows XP operating system. This allows CHH staff to report patient data to physicians for analysis. The system benefits patients who have had a recent heart attack, cardiac bypass surgery or other critical cardiac event. The CHH Cardiac Rehab program offered in Torrington and Winsted helps patients return to their former level of functioning with knowledge and confidence. The program in Winsted served 1,300 patients in 2012.

In addition, the Auxiliary also purchased a new Hematology Analyzer, a machine that assists the staff with the processing and testing of a patient’s blood quickly and accurately when needed.

“We are once again extremely pleased that our donation will help make available the best of today’s technology for the people of Winsted.” said Millie Hudak, President of Winsted’s Auxiliary For Community Health in Winsted

Last year, the Auxiliary donated over $100,000 to purchase innovative new patient equipment and monitoring systems to benefit patients. These included a “GlideScope” advanced video laryngoscope to enable quick intubation and lifesaving airway protection and a fully integrated computer based system for the emergency department that records and tracks a patient’s vital signs and cardiac rhythm and allows it to be transmitted to Charlotte’s main campus for consultation and review by other medical professionals and staff. The hospital’s emergency department in Winsted sees about 7,000 patients annually.

The Auxiliary For Community Health was founded in Winsted over 100 years ago to support community health efforts and currently has 60 volunteer members. They have a history of supporting Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s services in Winsted, including past donations for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, sleep center, radiology, and laboratory equipment.

Members raise money through their membership, events, and a downtown Winsted thrift shop which offers affordable clothing and household items to the community.  All the proceeds from the sales then go to health-related causes and programs in Winsted. The store is located at 120 Willow St. and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 9:30 AM to Noon. Donations are welcome at their Willow St. location during open hours. For more information, call 860-379-1997.

Hungerford Emergency and Medical Care is part of The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital family of services located at 115 Spencer Street. It provides hospital-level, community-based health care and emergency services to northwest Connecticut and southwest Massachusetts. Winsted based services include emergency, X-ray, laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, digital mammography, and sleep evaluation services.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut.

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