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Hartford HealthCare and Westfarms Mall Join Forces To Improve Community Health and Wellness

December 12, 2012

HARTFORD – This holiday season, enjoy wellness at Westfarms!

Hartford HealthCare has become the exclusive health and wellness partner for Westfarms Mall. Located on the town line between West Hartford and Farmington in central Connecticut, Westfarms is a 1.3 million square foot regional shopping center that features more than 160 shops.

We are proud to announce that the first phase of “Wellness at Westfarms” launched with the opening of a relaxation lounge located outside of Lord & Taylor on the second floor of the mall. The lounge provides a place for shoppers to unwind, recharge mobile devices and learn about health and wellness services available in the region. At various times throughout the holiday season, the lounge will also feature healthy snacks and water for shoppers.

According to James Blazar, chief strategy officer and senior vice president for Hartford HealthCare, the wellness lounge is the first component of what will become a long-term partnership between the two organizations.

“This partnership makes it possible for Westfarms and Hartford HealthCare to collaborate in providing wellness services and resources in a retail venue that is convenient for hundreds of thousands of residents,” said James Blazar, chief strategy officer and senior vice president “Our goal is to improve community wellness by increasing access to vital health information and educational resources.”

“Westfarms is excited to be partnering with Hartford HealthCare and we look forward to showcasing their broad spectrum of health and wellness services to our community of customers and merchants,” said Kevin Keenan, general manager of Westfarms. “We strive to align ourselves with brands that share our commitment to excellence and feel Hartford HealthCare is a perfect fit. We look forward to continuing to surprise and delight our shoppers as we unveil a multi-phase wellness education program through 2013.”

In addition to opening the relaxation lounge, Hartford HealthCare has also partnered with the mall to sponsor the holiday gift wrap kiosk, with all proceeds benefitting the system’s Cancer Connect support line. “I commend the leadership of Westfarms Mall for recognizing the importance of health management to their customers,” added Blazar. “Wellness at Westfarms will continue to showcase our shared commitment to supporting the health and wellness of the communities we serve.”

About Hartford HealthCare
Hartford HealthCare (HHC) is focused on becoming the next generation of integrated health systems, marked by strong patient focus, heightened efficiency, consistent quality performance and open, collaborative sharing of best practices. The HHC system includes Hartford Hospital, MidState Medical Center; Windham Hospital; The Hospital of Central Connecticut, The Institute of Living psychiatric center; VNA HealthCare; VNA of Central Connecticut; Clinical Laboratory Partners; Hartford Medical Group; Eastern Rehabilitation Network; and two regional behavioral health centers, Rushford and Natchaug Hospital.

About Westfarms
Westfarms is the premier shopping center of central Connecticut and features more than 160 fine shops, including anchors Nordstrom, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and JCPenney. The shopping center offers a stellar mix of stores and restaurants, many unique to the trade area, including Apple, Bare Escentuals, bebe, Brio Tuscan Grille, California Pizza Kitchen, Coach, Free People, J.Crew, Janie and Jack, Louis Vuitton, Pandora, P.F. Chang's, Rainforest Café, Restoration Hardware, Tiffany & Co., True Religion Brand Jeans and many more. The shopping center straddles the towns of Farmington and West Hartford, and is conveniently located at the intersection of I-84 and Route 9. For more information, call 860-561-3024 or visit
www.shopwestfarms.com.

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