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About Hartford Hospital

Hartford Hospital, founded in 1854, one of the largest teaching hospitals and tertiary care centers in New England with perhaps the region’s busiest surgery practice, has been training physicians for over 160 years.

It is a member of Hartford HealthCare, a large, diversified health care system.


The hospital is an 867-bed regional referral center that provides high-quality care in all clinical disciplines. Among its divisions is The Institute of Living, a 114-bed mental health facility with a national and international reputation of excellence. Jefferson House, a 104-bed long-term care facility, is also part of Hartford Hospital.

The hospital’s active medical staff includes more than 1,000 physicians and dentists within 18 departments. In 2012 the hospital had over 41,000 discharges and almost 100,000 emergency department visits. It performed over 36,000 surgeries in 42 operating rooms and delivered almost 3,700 babies that year.

The hospital garners numerous awards and recognition including being ranked #1 in U.S. News & World Report's latest Regional Ranking.

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Letter from the President:

Stuart Markowitz, MD, FACR President, Hartford HospitalYou are visiting the web site of central Connecticut’s leading tertiary medical center with a world class medical staff, supported by over 7,000 extraordinary nurses and staff members.

The history of Hartford Hospital is long and illustrious. Founded in 1854, it was the first hospital to be built in Hartford. An industrial explosion that killed or injured many people spurred the community to build the area’s first hospital, and from those early beginnings has grown to be the leading medical center in Hartford and one of the finest hospitals in New England.

Hartford Hospital is the major teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut Medical School, serving the New England region. Our reputation for providing complex and innovative care to those in need is built on the foundation of excellence in patient care, teaching and research. Our quality programs have continually been recognized for excellence by the Federal Government, US News and World Report, Solucient, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the National Cancer Institute, to name a few.
Hartford Hospital performed the first successful heart transplant in the state, and pioneered the use of robotics in surgery. We maintain the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the region, and operate the state’s only air ambulance system, LIFE STAR.

Our medical staff is the finest in the state. Many of our physicians enjoy national reputations as being among the most experienced practitioners in their fields. Our nursing staff is also superbly trained and attentive. Our entire team of professionals takes great pride in the quality of the care we provide and in the integrity of our institution.

Stuart Markowitz, MD, FACR
President, Hartford Hospital & Hartford Region
SVP, Hartford HealthCare