A program at the Hospital for Special Care is nationally recognized

Published on Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:37
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN – Hospital for Special Care recently announced that its Gawlicki Family Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Management program was recognized as the nation’s first and only Patient Centered Specialty Practice.

The recognition was awarded by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the program is funded by the Gawlicki Family Foundation.

“Nearly 16 million Americans are diagnosed with chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily COPD,” Mary Gawlicki, who founded the Gawlicki Family Foundation with her husband Ted, said. “We believe that investing in programs like Hospital for Special Care’s COPD DM program, a program that is a national leader in delivering highly coordinated care that yields outstanding outcomes, is a sound strategy for reducing mortality and improving patients’ quality of life.”

In 2017, the Gawlicki Family Foundation gave a $250,000 grant to Hospital for Special Care to support the hospital’s efforts to achieve the Patient Centered Specialty Practice recognition.

The funds reinforce tracking and coordination of care referrals and help strengthen access and communication to patients. The funds also support better managing and planning patient-centered care.

Stephanie Alderman, a respiratory therapist at Hospital for Special Care also received recognition from the Hartford Business Journal as a Health Care Hero for her dedication to supporting patients with COPD.

“With support from the Gawlicki Family Foundation and outstanding staff like Stephanie, we are able to provide unparalleled care to patients with COPD and other pulmonary health issues,” Lynn Ricci, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), president and chief executive officer of Hospital for Special Care, said. “Stephanie has helped to develop the Gawlicki Family COPD DM program, runs a successful pulmonary rehabilitation program and facilitates the Breathtakers Support Group, the largest COPD support group in Connecticut and even helps her patients achieve life goals, like participating in the Eversource Hartford marathon 5K. She is a hero to her patients and their families.”

The National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Specialty Practice award is a program that supports the improvement of specialty care. To receive such recognition, health centers must meet the three levels of specific criteria that include team work, coordinating and tracking care with primary care and specialty care colleagues and information practices about organizing care around patients. Patient-Centered Specialty Practice recognition is modeled after the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition program.

To learn more about Hospital for Special Care call 860-223-2761 or visit the hospital’s website at http://hfsc.org.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or ksantos@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News on Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:37. Updated: Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:39.