For the Media

Hartford HealthCare Contact Information

Hartford HealthCare welcomes inquiries from media outlets. Someone is always available to take your calls. We ask that all journalists call us before contacting a physician, an employee, a patient or volunteer at any Hartford HealthCare facility.

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The Hartford HealthCare News Service

Our News Service, an Emmy-winning newsgathering team with more than two decades of experience, can connect you with nationally renowned experts.
We are also an active health newsroom that produces high-quality health news content available for distribution on several platforms: online, in print, radio or broadcast.

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 Director, News Service
 860.972.4285 (phone)
 860.726.8283 (cell)



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 Manager, News Service
 860.972.4475 (phone)
 860.310.7640 (cell)


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Media Contacts

Hartford HealthCare

Shawn Mawhiney
Director, Communications


Hartford Hospital

Pamela Cruz

Hospital of Central Connecticut (New Britain and Southington) and MidState Medical Center (Meriden)

Amanda Blaszyk
Corey Hirth

Backus Hospital (Norwich) and Windham Hospital (Willimantic)

Steve Coates

Outpatient Services:

Hartford HealthCare at Home

Melissa Dethlefsen

Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network

Melissa Dethlefsen

Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network:
The Institute of Living, Natchaug Hospital, Rushford

Matt Burgard

Senior Health Services:

Hartford HealthCare Senior Services, Centers for Healthy Aging, Arbor Rose at Jerome Home, The Orchards at Southington, Southington Care Center, Mulberry Gardens of Southington, Jerome HomeJefferson House, Cedar Mountain Commons

Erika Stinson

Physician Practices: 

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and Integrated Care Partners

Wheatley Wentzell

Release of Patient Information

Privacy regulations issued by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) strictly govern the use and release of a patient's personal health information. As a member of the media, here is what you need to know if you want information about a Hospital HealthCare patient:

  • Media Relations must first check to see that the patient has not secured his/her privacy, in which case we would be unable to release any information. Patients have the right to deny the release of information about their condition. For a minor, the parent or guardian has the authority to make that decision.
  • You must have the patient's first and last name before we can release a condition. Without a name, condition reports can't be released.
  • If you have the patient's first and last name, the only information that may be released to the media is a one-word condition report.
  • Patients have the right to deny the release of any information about their condition - even that one-word condition report. For a minor, the parent or guardian has the authority to make that decision.
  • To protect patient confidentiality, patients must sign a release form before reporters can interview them or their doctors about issues specific to their care.
  • To protect the privacy of all other patients and families, a member of our media relations team must accompany all reporters and photographers at any Hartford HealthCare facility.

Here are the one-word patient conditions we can release:


Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable; indicators are excellent.


Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable; indicators are favorable.


Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill; indicators are questionable.


Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may not be conscious; indicators are unfavorable.