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n 1973, Manchester Memorial Hospital established a 14-bed adult inpatient unit to meet the behavioral health needs of the community at that time. In subsequent years, ECHN developed additional services to meet those needs that existed beyond our community as the State of Connecticut struggled with healthcare changes and the closing of hospitals that provided mental health care. The program at Manchester Memorial Hospital has now expanded into a 29-bed adult and 6-bed adolescent inpatient unit. Services in the adult Behavioral Health program include an outpatient clinic and partial hospital program, serving both behavioral health and substance abuse patients. These programs offer crisis management, vocational support, case management, and geriatric services. Manchester Memorial Hospital also houses a full-time clinical day school, partial hospital, and outpatient clinic for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18. According to Tom King, director of the Behavioral Health program, "ECHN has one of the most comprehensive behavioral health continuums of care in the state, and probably one of the largest for a community hospital in Connecticut."Keeping patients safe and within their community is vital to the mission and goal of the Behavioral Health program, which is to enhance mental well-being through compassionate care. Teamwork and our commitment to excellence enable us to provide accessible, high quality, responsive care while anticipating and adapting to the needs of the people we serve.Currently, our inpatient behavioral health unit is being refurbished in order to provide enhanced environments of care for our patients, visitors, staff, physicians and the community. This project will include safety and aesthetic design in the renovations. The upgrades will provide a more secure and therapeutic environment.The Business Alliance for Community Health, a program of the ECHN Community Healthcare Foundation, is providing pro bono assistance through donations of services, labor and materials. Fletcher Thompson, an architectural firm located in Hartford, has donated renderings that present images of completed areas, along with samples of materials to be used. Also, Erland Construction, located in East Windsor, is providing preliminary estimates.To date, ECHN has received donations or grants from the following entities and individuals to assist with this project: Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving $45,000; Connecticut Health & Education Facilities Authority (CHEFA) $75,000; Connecticut Business Systems $5,000; Lynch Toyota Scion $2,500; Home Builders Association of Hartford County $1,000; the Behavioral Health Department physicians and staff, and numerous contributions from ECHN employees.Phase 1 of the project includes upgrades to the entrance corridor and the main staff station. A new secure vestibule at the entry will be introduced to provide visibility to a staffed station upon entrance to the unit. The materials chosen for the vestibule will evoke a welcoming space: wood panels, pops of color, warm stone floors and glazed doors fitted with safety glass. The existing staff station will be demolished and a new open concept station will be created, allowing for improved visibility and a friendly atmosphere. A transparent panel with natural fibers will be applied to the fa├žade of the reception desk, which will be flanked by two hanging light fixtures. The corridors will be improved with the following:. Lighting modifications. New wood-look flooring. New wall surface materials. New signage"I am very excited to be part of ECHN's initiative for safety renovations and aesthetic improvements in our inpatient behavioral health unit. These renovations will support our staff in providing the highest quality care in a safe environment to our patients," states Tom King. If you or your company would like to assist in any way in making these essential renovations, please contact the Foundation at 860.647.4754.7

ork at the Manchester or East Hartford/Glastonbury ShopRite supermarket, and you're expected to be exceptional. Under the direction of owners Richard and Kye (Carleen) Cohen, every employee is trained to give exceptional service. For the Cohens, this emphasis extends far beyond the confines of the supermarket aisle."We don't just sell groceries; we're a service to the community," Richard says. "We're a family feeding families."The Partners in Caring program the Cohens' two ShopRite stores participate in raises close to $20,000 in Foodshare credits for 18 local community agencies every year. The ShopRite for Education program raises about $25,000 a year for local schools as well. And Kye and Richard encourage employees to come to them with their own charitable and community service ideas.At ECHN, the Cohens contribute to silent auctions like the one held for the Salute! wine-tasting event that benefits the Women's Center for Wellness. At the 2010 and 2011 Healium Ball galas that were held to benefit the DeQuattro Cancer Center, the Cohens donated the dozens of floral arrangements that graced the tables. (Kudos to ShopRite floral designer, Carol Smith.) Also, Wakefern, the ShopRite cooperative Kye and Richard are members of, made a large financial contribution to both years' Healium Balls.Kye also supports ECHN's Women's Center for Wellness in South Windsor. She views that facility as a combination of the state-of-the-art healthcare you find at the country's best hospitals, and the comfort, hometown feel and personal attention you can only find locally.Contributing to healthcare, particularly to the fight against cancer, seems essential to Kye and Richard. "Between our 500 employees and over 40,000 customer transactions per week, there isn't anyone at ShopRite who isn't affected by cancer," Kye says. "ECHN's John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center is a jewel in Manchester. It's not only a magnificent facility but the medical care they provide, the human approach they take, is very rare and special."Kye should know. For four years, Kye was the primary caregiver for her mother as she fought breast cancer. "I'm so impressed that when someone is handed a cancer diagnosis, they have people like ECHN's nurse navigator who will immediately help them find what they need. I understand how difficult that job can be."Whether it's giving food, volunteering, serving on boards, donating funds or other forms of philanthropy, the Cohens are there. "We want to return to the community part of what it gives to us," says Richard. "Business should be done that way."8860.647.4753