Heart Center HistoryThe Heart Center of Greater Waterbury has a rich history. It is the first collaborative program of its kind at two seperate campuses in the same Connecticut city. The following history involves a series of events leading to the opening of the Heart Center of Greater Waterbury. We continue to make history as we serve the greater Waterbury community with quality cardiac care.
July 2010The Heart Center of Greater Waterbury has been saving lives in Waterbury for five years.
April 2010The Heart Center of Greater Waterbury is awarded the American Lung Association's "Breath of Life" Award for its ongoing committment to providing smoking cessation programs to the community.
The Heart Center campuses and local ambulances "go live" with new technology. Ambulances are now equipped to perform 12 lead electrocardiograms in the community. The data is then transmitted electronically to either Emergency department where Emergency physicians can quickly activate the cardiac team. This will help to reduce the critical time to treatment.
October 2009The Heart Center of Greater Waterbury receives a grant from the Margaret A. Hallden Fund at the Connecticut Community Foundation through the American Heart Association.
The grant provides for advanced technology which will assist emergency medical professionals to identify the most serious heart attacks "in the field" and transmit this information to the hospital Emergency Departments.
July 2009The Heart Center of Greater Waterbury has been saving lives in Waterbury for four years.
January 2009Saint Mary's Hospital and Waterbury Hospital were notified by the State of Connecticut's Office of Health Care Access that the cardiac program had been granted permanant status.
October 2008Heart Center of Greater Waterbury delivers letters signed by more than 12,000 community members who support a proposal to grant permanent status to the Heart Center of Greater Waterbury were delivered today to the state's Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) for consideration at a public hearing held on October 30, 2008.
September 2008Heart Center of Greater Waterbury filed a Certificate of Need (CON) with with the Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) for permanant status.
August 2008The Office of Health Care Access (OCHA) held a public hearing on August 29, 2008, at the Legislative (LOB) in Hartford to determine the fate of the Heart Center of Greater Waterbury. The public hearing determined if the request to remain in operation through January 19, 2009 should be granted. A public rally in support of the Heart Center was held at Kennedy High School on August 18, 2008.
February 2007The Heart Center of Greater Waterbury joins the D2B Alliance, a national quality initiative to reduce "Door to Balloon" time for patients suffering an emergency myocardial infarction.
January 2007Heart Center of Greater Waterbury is featured in a Waterbury Republican-American story about New Years' Resolutions and the need to quit smoking. The Heart Center of Greater Waterbury teams up with the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association to bring three eight-week stop smoking clinics to the Greater Waterbury area.
November 2006The Heart Center of Greater Waterbury initiated a support group for all post procedural patients. The support group is held monthly and all cardiac patients are welcome. Sandra Micalizzi, APRN, CDE is the facilitator.
September 2006The Heart Center of Greater Waterbury teams up with the American Heart Association for an educational presentation for physicians and Heart Center of Greater Waterbury clinicians by Dr. Jennifer Mieres. Dr. Mieres is nationally known for her research in the area of coronary artery disease in women and other minorities.
July 2006The Heart Center he Heart Center of Greater Waterbury celebrates its first anniversary. Over 800 hearts were saved in the first year of operation through a combination of angioplasty and open heart surgery procedures.
January 2006The Heart Center of Greater Waterbury's Community Outreach and Education Program is in full swing. Sandra Micalizzi, APRN, CDE is available to community groups for the purpose of educating the public about heart health.
October 1, 2005The Heart Center of Greater Waterbury officially thanks the Greater Waterbury community by sponsoring a community celebration health fair at the Brass Mill Center in Waterbury, CT. Information regarding heart-health news and health screenings were provided.
July 18, 2005The official launch date of the Heart Center of Greater Waterbury program. The first open heart surgery and first angioplasty are performed in the city of Waterbury.
December 2004The name of the Waterbury Area Heart Center changes to the Heart Center of Greater Waterbury.
July 23, 2004OHCA approves the Waterbury Area Heart Center proposed by Saint Mary's Hospital, Waterbury Hospital and the UConn Health Center as a three year demonstration project. The name of the Waterbury Area Heart Center changes to the Heart Center of Greater Waterbury.
June 2, 2004CEO Bob Ritz of Saint Mary's Hospital and CEO John Tobin of Waterbury Hospital testify at a technical hearing before OHCA in Hartford. Also testifying are several Waterbury cardiologists, who must travel with their patients to other hospitals outside the area to perform angioplasty. Three of the hospitals that already offer advanced cardiac services, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital and Saint Vincent's Medical Center, oppose the Waterbury proposal at the hearing.
May 19, 2004Hundreds of area residents attend a public hearing on the cardiac center in Waterbury. Testimony in support of the proposal is offered by more than 60 cardiac patients, their family members, healthcare providers, business leaders and state and local officials. Additional recorded and written testimony is submitted to OHCA , along with hundreds of signatures from an online petition.
March 24, 2004Dr. J. Robert Galvin, commissioner of the state Department of Public Health, is selected to oversee the applications filed by the Waterbury and Danbury hospitals.
February 27, 2004Dr. J. Robert Galvin, commissioner of the state Department of Public Health, is selected to oversee the applications filed by the Waterbury and Danbury hospitals.
February 11, 2004More than 1,000 area residents sign a petition in support of the heart center at the Save a Heart family health fair at the Brass Mill Center. Cardiac patients also share their stories and participate in free health screenings. Information about the heart center is presented during a live radio broadcast on WATR.
December 23, 2003The three hospitals file a 1,000-page application for a Certificate of Need with OHCA.
December 11, 2003Gov. John G. Rowland names Cristine Vogel as the new OHCA commissioner.
November 5, 2003Mary M. Heffernan resigns as OHCA commissioner.
November 2003Saint Mary's Hospital and Waterbury Hospital object to an interim report filed by OHCA in October, concluding 80 percent of Connecticut residents live within an hour of advanced cardiac care. The two hospitals claim the state significantly underestimated those distances based on time of day, traffic, weather, construction and other variables that contribute to delays and can result in damage to the patient's heart muscle.
August 25, 2003Saint Mary's Hospital, Waterbury Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center file a letter of intent with the state's Office of Health Care Access, stating their intention to provide advanced cardiac services at the two hospitals in Waterbury.