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8 Reasons We Heart UConn Health

Let's face it: We're their not-so-secret admirers.

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1. Patient safety is their priority.

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For the third consecutive year, UConn John Dempsey Hospital has been awarded the highest A-rating in patient safety by The Leapfrog Group. Meaning they do a great job at keeping patients safe from medical errors, infections, and other harm.

2. They not only save lives, but set records while doing it.


Door-to-balloon time (n): The amount of time between a heart attack patient’s arrival at the hospital to the time he/she receives percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), such as angioplasty. For which UConn Health has a record-setting 39-minute average. Saving hearts and lives...quickly.

3. Count 'em: One, two, three (Gold Plus Awards in 2017, that is)


UConn Health earned 3 Gold Plus Awards in 2017, thanks to its commitment to providing rapid and appropriate stroke treatment, enhancing diagnosis and treatment in heart failure patients, and continued excellence in the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks, (Plus, since 2009, UConn Health has been recognized for excellence five times by the American Heart Assocation.)

4. They are protecting the long-term heart health of chemotherapy patients.

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As more patients survive cancer, the potential risk of developing cardiovascular health issues from chemotherapy and radiation treatments is also increasing. UConn Health is pioneering a clinical trial by tracking cancer patients before, during, and after chemotherapy and radiation therapy care, with the goal of detecting any potential cardiac health risks or conditions early.

5. The Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center has a specialized heart health program – just for women.


The UConn Health team are experts at diagnosing and treating gender-related cardiac conditions, as well as treating women with chest pain syndrome and heart failure using state-of-the-art techniques such as biomarker testing and advanced cardiac imaging. Translation: UConn Health is empowering women with the knowledge to become healthier, one consultation at a time.

6. They can stop heart attacks through a patient's wrist (yes, you read that right).

Under the leadership of Dr. Michael Azrin, UConn Health's use of coronary interventions utilizing radial access in the wrist became routine long before it gained more widespread acceptance. (Check this out: Dr. JuYong Lee was able to place a minimally invasive stent through the skin of the patient’s wrist, through her artery, and successfully restored proper blood flow to her heart.)

7. They turn heart patients into marathoners.

Dr. Heiko Schmitt

“Everything hurts but my heart.” Those were Bill Donovan’s words after finishing the Eversource Hartford Marathon half race in 2 hours and 27 minutes with his UConn Health cardiologist, Dr. Heiko Schmitt. Bill is a heart attack and three-time cardiac arrest survivor.

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