SchoolHealthCtrWindham Hospital’s success in connecting with our community wouldn’t be possible without the strong partnerships the hospital has formed with community organizations, physicians groups, businesses, and other Hartford HealthCare affiliates. From working with a local community organization to create a culturally relevant diabetes education class to a historic partnership offers one standard of world-class care to our cancer patients, Windham hospital is committed to sustaining and seeking collaboration to ensure the best care for the people of Eastern Connecticut.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

HHCMSK-51aBecause Windham is part of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, which is a charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, Windham oncology patients have access to the world-renowned MSK standard of care and clinical trials – in a community hospital setting. Windham Hospital, with the help of Oncology Associates, achieved certification to be part of this alliance in 2014.

School-Based Heath Centers

Windham Hospital teamed-up with Windham Public Schools to open a third school-based health center at the Charles Barrows STEM Academy in Windham. The three health centers, located at Windham High School, Windham Middle School and Barrows, utilize a coordinated care approach with each center staffed with a nurse practitioner and a clinical social worker or licensed marriage and family therapist with a direct line to the hospital if necessary.

Ebola Preparedness

EbolaWindham875aAs the Ebola epidemic was tearing through east Africa and the first cases were diagnosed in the United States, Windham Hospital staff partnered with Backus and other HHC affiliates to prepare for the disease. Windham’s preparedness team took part in daily, regional and system-wide briefings and training sessions. In October, the hospital participated in a real time drill with a patient presenting in the emergency department and staff identifying the possibility of the disease, quarantining the patient, and coordinating a transfer to Hartford Hospital.