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Hartford HealthCare and Connecticut Children’s broaden partnership extending pediatric care

The top executives of Hartford HealthCare and Connecticut Children’s on Monday signed an agreement broadening a 25-year partnership to combine pediatric services with the hospital system’s extensive network across Connecticut.

“This is a continuation and expansion and formalization of an existing relationship,” James Shmerling, president of Connecticut Children’s, said at an announcement outside Hartford Hospital.

Jeffrey Flaks, president of Hartford HealthCare, promised investments and modernization of services at neonatal intensive care units as Connecticut Children’s services are moved into Hartford HealthCare facilities.

“We’re going to work perfect the hand-off when children become adolescents and adolescents become adults for their health care,” he said.

Hartford HealthCare includes two tertiary-level teaching hospitals, an acute-care community teaching hospital, an acute-care hospital and trauma center, three community hospitals, a behavioral health network and a multispecialty physician group.

Stephen Singer can be reached at [email protected]

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