Patient Care Services


Clinical Services

Cunegundo Vergara, MD, FACP
Medical Director, Hartford Hospital Community Care Center and Brownstone Building
Associate Director, Department of Medicine, Hartford Hospital
Associate  Professor, UConn Medical School
80 Seymour Street, Hartford CT, 06102
860.972.2876 (p)
860.310.9387 (c)
860.972.5057 (f)
Mary Diaz-Raymond, MSN, RN
Director, Ambulatory Services, Hartford Hospital  Community Health

Adult Primary Care Clinic

Joel Wilken, DO, FACP
Assistant Director
Director of Primary Care Operations, HHCU
Hartford Hospital Department of Medicine
Assistant Professor, UConn School of Medicine
860.972.4659 (p)
Sara Small, RN
Nurse Manager, Hartford Hospital Community Health at Jefferson Street

Community Care Center (CCC) & Infectious Disease

Patrick Joseph Cahill, MD
Medical Director of Community Care Center - HIV/Primary Care
Ryan White Grant Center of Excellence
132 Jefferson Street, Hartford, CT 06106
860.972.9300 (p)
Ruth Garcia
Manager, HH Community Care, HH Infectious Disease, HH Addiction Medicine

Diabetes LifeCare Center (DLC)

Kaye-Anne Newton, MD
Medical Director, Diabetes Life Care Center, Hartford Hospital
Assistant Professor, UConn Medical School
860.972.3526 (p)
860.545.3184 (f)
Sharmila Shahani-Sewrathan, MS, RDN, LDN, CDN, CDCES
Practice Manager, Diabetes Life Care Center, Hartford Hospital
85 Seymour Street, Suite 725, Hartford, CT 06102
860.972.3323 (p)
860.573.4978 (c)

Specialty Care Services and Dentistry

Jeffrey A. Cutler, DMD
Hartford Hospital Department of Dentistry
79 Retreat Avenue 6th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106
860.545.2700 (p)
Hal Marshall Dym, DMD
Hartford Hospital Department of Dentistry
79 Retreat Avenue 6th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106
860.545.2700 (p)
Sonia Rivera, RN
Nurse Manager, HHCH/Department of Dentistry



Our clinical teams care for the majority of patients admitted to Hartford Hospital. We care for medicine patients at the floor, ICU, and step down level of care. Our teams consist of highly trained, board certified physicians, advanced practice providers, and medical residents. Our goal is to provide the highest quality efficient, safe, thoughtful, and empathetic care to all who need it. Our primary teams serve as the lynchpin around which your care in the hospital revolves; ensuring the appropriate diagnostic plan, specialists, services, and followups are arranged for you during your stay.

Addiction Services

Alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder are on the rise nationally. The most recent literature in this field indicates that hospitalizations are an ideal opportunity to start effective medication treatment for addiction and connect patients to ongoing outpatient services. Our inpatient addiction service, staffed by experienced and board certified addiction medicine providers, aims to provide both social and medical resources to all patients with these diagnoses (whether admitted for them or they coexist as a comorbid condition) in a standardized, evidence based manner. We also aim to ensure our patients have appropriate followup upon leaving the hospital, so they are able to continue on their healing journey.

Proactive Rounding Services

Our service, which is led by experienced intensive care advanced practice providers, aims to identify patients at risk for decompensation on our medical floors and pull together nursing staff, primary teams, and utilize their extensive critical care experience to implement interventions designed to act early and hopefully, avoid need for higher level of care (ie, ICU). When higher level of care is needed, our team works with patients/families to ensure patient goals of care are in line with this. They also work with bed management and the primary team to ensure the correct unit is assigned to the patient, ensuring seamless transition of care.

Transitional care services

Many patients admitted to the hospital do not have a primary care doctor or a way to obtain access to one post discharge. Our transitional care services help this population get seen in our primary care clinic soon after discharge to ensure their clinical status continues to improve. Our team also begins implementation of the post discharge care plan (ie, tests, labs, etc) and will help the patient set up primary care at the location of their choice.

Community Health

Doctors and nurses at Hartford Hospital’s Community Health have been providing high-quality medical care to patients in the Hartford area for over five decades.

We’re dedicated to keeping people in our community healthy and well, regardless of the ability to pay. At our clinics, we care for the whole person. That means we take care of medical needs and health issues, but also offer services that address mental health, nutrition and social service needs, too.

About Community Health

In 1969, we opened our doors as the Brownstone Clinics to provide primary care services to those in need in the Greater Hartford area. Today, we offer a wide array of health services beyond primary care.

Hartford Hospital’s Community Health welcome all in need. We see over 40,000 patients every year for medical care, and over 17,000 for dental care. We are also home to the largest HIV facility in the state.

When you come to us for care, you can take pride in knowing you will be seen by some of the best doctors in Connecticut - all affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

We’re also recognized for excellence by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. That means we have met the highest standards for a healthcare provider.

Primary Care Services

We build lasting relationships with our patients and enjoy caring for them throughout the many stages of their lives. We provide yearly physicals and regular check-ups, flu shots and other immunizations, and nutritional counseling.

Taking care of a patient’s mental health is just as important as their physical health. At our Clinic, patients also have access to social support and can meet with social workers to discuss any behavioral health needs.

Providers also help patients with ongoing management of any chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

At Hartford Hospital Community Health, patients have a whole team of professionals behind them.

Primary Care Locations

  • Hartford Hospital Community Health – Jefferson Street
    132 Jefferson Street, Hartford
    Call 860.972.0200 to make an appointment
    Open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Care After HoursGoHealth Urgent Care

If you need care for minor illnesses or injuries outside of our normal primary care hours, you can visit our partner, Hartford HealthCare-Go Health Urgent Care.

With many convenient locations throughout Connecticut, and extended hours seven days a week including holidays, Hartford HealthCare GoHealth Urgent Care is here for you and your family.

Is it Urgent or an Emergency? If a medical condition is life- or limb-threatening, or involves severe wounds or amputations, patients should go to the ER. If the medical condition is non-life-threatening, GoHealth Urgent Care offers experienced providers who are ready and waiting for you.

Find a Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care center near you and save your spot online today. Walk-ins are always welcome!

Can’t make it into one of our urgent care centers? No problem! Learn more about online video care via virtual visits

Specialty Care Services

If the need arises, providers at our Clinic can connect patients to a variety of specialized doctors who treat and manage health conditions that affect the following:

  • Breast
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Endocrine problems
  • Eye problems
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Heart
  • Hernias
  • Hormone system
  • Movement disorders within the Spanish speaking community
  • Neurological issues
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Stomach or colon problems
  • Urinary issues

A referral from your primary care doctor is required for specialty care services. For more information about how to access a specialist, please call 860.972.2791.

We are open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Specialty Care Locations

  • Hartford Hospital Community Health – Retreat Avenue
    (Brownstone Building)
    2nd and 5th floors
    79 Retreat Avenue, Hartford

The Community Care Center

The Community Care Center, part of Hartford Hospital’s Community Health, opened in 1992 as part of the Brownstone Clinics. It provides a wide range of services for patients with suspected or established infectious diseases as well as primary care services.

These services include travel medicine; evaluation and treatment of all infectious diseases including: tick-borne illnesses, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, fever of unknown origin, tuberculosis, and evaluation of immunocompromised patients.

It is also a (Ryan White) Center of Excellence, with one of the largest HIV facilities in the state, serving approximately 500 patients. We provide comprehensive care for persons living with HIV including substance use disorder management, psychiatry, and have access the Hartford Healthcare’s referral network for any subspecialty needs.

Our Center for Gender Health creates a welcoming, supportive environment for gender diverse individuals to receive comprehensive healthcare and has access to experts in endocrinology, gynecology, plastic surgery, behavioral health and primary care.


  • Hartford Hospital Community Health – Jefferson Street
    132 Jefferson Street, Hartford
    Open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact the Department of Medicine