3D Tissue Models

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The University of Connecticut Health Center is a vibrant organization composed of the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, John Dempsey Hospital, the UConn Medical Group, UConn Health Partners and University Dentists. Founded in 1961, the Health Center pursues a mission of providing outstanding health care education in an environment of exemplary patient care, research and public service. The Health Center's 206-acre campus is situated around a wooded hilltop in the beautiful, historic community of Farmington. From this vantage point, the skyline of Hartford, the capital of Connecticut, can be seen about eight miles to the east. The University's main campus is in Storrs, about 30 miles east of Hartford. With approximately 5,000 employees, the Health Center is Connecticut's 16th largest employer and an important contributor to the local and regional economy.

Health Care Services

Through John Dempsey Hospital (204 general acute care beds and 20 nursery beds), the Health Center provides specialized and routine inpatient and outpatient services. John Dempsey Hospital has long been regarded as the premier facility in the region for neonatal intensive care and high-risk maternity. It is also widely recognized for its comprehensive cardiovascular, cancer and musculoskeletal services. Additionally, John Dempsey Hospital is home to the only Emergency Department in Connecticut's fast-growing Farmington Valley.

Also offered are a wide range of ambulatory and primary care services on the Health Center campus in Farmington and in physician offices conveniently located in West Hartford, Simsbury and East Hartford. The UConn Medical Group is the largest medical practice in Greater Hartford, offering patients access to health care services from more than 350 Health Center physicians in more than 50 specialties.

In October 2007, John Dempsey Hospital was honored with a 2007 Premier | CareScience Select Practice National Quality Award for superior patient outcomes in both quality and efficiency. John Dempsey Hospital was one of 49 hospitals nationally, the top 1 percent of acute inpatient facilities, recognized with the Select Practice Award.

In March 2007, the Health Center was named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals in the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks for Success. It was one of only 15 hospitals nationwide recognized in the major teaching hospital category. The award by Solucient, a leading source of healthcare information, is considered one of the hospital industry’s most prestigious. It uses a score card based on objective statistical measurement of performance in critical areas including clinical outcomes, patient safety, operational efficiency and growth in patient volume. Winning hospitals display an ability to provide sustainable and reliable health care services to their communities.

In April 2005 and again in May 2006, the Health Center was named a “Top 100 Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leader” by Solucient. The award was based on statistical analysis of validated measures and a comparison of rates of improvement over five years. The data included more than 800 elements for more than 6,000 U.S. acute care and specialty hospitals. The analysis showed that the hospitals identified as performance improvement leaders have lower mortality rates, shorter lengths of stay, and lower expenses compared with peer group hospitals.

The Correctional Managed Health Care (CMHC) program, a partnership with the Department of Correction, delivers comprehensive managed health care to State of Connecticut inmates. Medical, mental health, dental and ancillary services are provided in all eighteen facilities across the state (Bridgeport; Brooklyn; Cheshire - Manson Youth, Webster, Cheshire; Enfield/Somers - Robinson, Willard/Cybulski, Northern, Osborn, Enfield; Hartford; New Haven; Newtown - Garner; Niantic - Gates, York; Storrs - Bergin; Suffield - MacDougall/Walker; Uncasville - Corrigan/Radgowski).

Name:Ren-He Xu
Organization:University of Connecticut

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