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.

 Media Contacts Release of Patient Information One-word patient conditions

Hartford HealthCare:

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Rebecca StewartRebecca Stewart
Vice President, Content Strategy
860.972.4285 (phone)
860.726.8283 (cell)

Tina VaronaTina Varona mugshot
Director, Media Relations
860.972.4475 (phone)
860.310.7640 (cell)

Jocelyn MamintaJocelyn Maminta
Director, Multimedia
860.637.3815 (cell)


Backus Hospital (Norwich)
Windham Hospital (Willimantic)

Ken Harrison
Marketing & Communications Manager, East Region
860.929.6035 (cell)
860.889.8661 x2312 (office)

Elizabeth Marino
Senior Communications Specialist
860.491.6723 (cell)

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (Torrington)

Tim LeBouthillier
Director, Communications & Community Development
860.415.6544 (cell)
860.496.6544 (office)

Hartford Hospital (Hartford)

Steve Coates
Director, Marketing and Communications

Brenda Kestenbaum
Senior Communications Specialist

Patient Condition Inquiries
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The Hospital of Central Connecticut (New Britain General)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (Bradley Memorial, Southington)

MidState Medical Center (Meriden)

Amanda Blaszyk
Marketing Manager

Brian Spyros
Senior Communications Specialist

St. Vincent's Medical Center (Bridgeport)

Danielle Swift
Director, Marketing & Communications
475.210.6431 (office)
203.464.8510 (cell)

Robin Stanley
Communications Specialist
860.305.4122 (cell)

Hartford HealthCare Community Network:

Hartford HealthCare at Home

Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network

Hartford HealthCare Senior Services

Center 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

Bonnie Tormay
Sr. Communications Specialist
860.378.1268 (office)

Erika Stinson
860.420.8043 (cell)
860.378.1283 (office)

Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network:

The Institute of Living, Natchaug Hospital, Rushford

Shawn Mawhiney
Director, Communications

Kate Carey-Trull
Communications Specialist
860.414.4639 (cell)

Physician Practices: 

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Integrated Care Partners

Chris Wojcik
Communications Manager
413.320.8605 (cell)
860.972.7163 (office)

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.

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