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Officials question moving endowment-funded equipment from Southington hospital

Bradley Community Advisory Committee

Mike Riccio, Republican, Town Council chairman

Victoria Triano , Republican, town councilor

Chris Palmieri, Democrat, town councilor

Garry Brumback, town manager

Robert Verderame, Calendar House executive director

Shane Lockwood, Plainville Southington regional health director

Tim Connellan, school superintendent

Rosemary Champagne, resident

John Meyers, YMCA executive director

Kaye Davis, United Way of Southington executive director

Melissa Ericksen-Salmon, Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce board chairwoman

Mell Hobson, Main Street Community Foundation

Dr. Anthony Ciardella, doctor, chief of medicine at Bradley

Letterio Asciuto, doctor

George Skarvinko, doctor

Michael Lindberg, doctor

Lynn Faria, community relations and marketing director of MidState Medical Center

Lucille Janatka, CEO of Hartford HealthCare central region

Trish Walden, vice president of Hartford HealthCare’s Central Connecticut Senior Care

SOUTHINGTON — Town officials are looking for answers as to whether medical equipment at the Bradley Memorial campus of the Hospital of Central Connecticut, some of it bought with Bradley Barnes Trust or hospital auxiliary money, has been moved to New Britain.

“I think there should be an accounting of the equipment — when it was moved, why it was moved,” said Town Councilor Victoria Triano. “We want our stuff.”

Triano is also a member of a select advisory committee handpicked by Hartford HealthCare Corp. to study the future of Bradley.

During a town forum earlier this week on plans to move the emergency room from Bradley and close the inpatient unit, a former Bradley union representative said equipment had been moved to New Britain.

Marie Sepiol said nurses at the New Britain campus of the Hospital of Central Connecticut were “bragging” about eye surgery machines and beds for cataract surgery they’d received from Southington.

Intensive care equipment from Bradley is also gone, according to Sepiol.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut includes the Southington and New Britain campuses. It’s owned by Hartford HealthCare.

Because the two campuses operate under one hospital license,” the movement of equipment and supplies is fluid, going where it makes the most sense for patients,” according to Hartford HealthCare spokeswoman Rebecca Stewart.

A struggling Bradley Memorial Hospital merged with New Britain General Hospital in 2006, forming the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Some major purchases at the Southington hospital have been funded by the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust, currently managed by the Main Street Community Foundation.

Susan Sadecki, CEO of the foundation, said she’s going to request information from the hospital about machines purchased for Bradley and whether or not they’re still there. Last year, the trust funded a $150,000 portable echocardiograph machine for Bradley and gave $185,000 to Central Connecticut Senior Health Services for the implementation of a new medical records system. Senior Health Services is also owned by Hartford HealthCare.

Previous purchases have included equipment for the special procedures unit.

The hospital auxiliary organization also provided local funds for major purchases at Bradley in addition to the trust founded by the hospital’s namesake.

The auxiliary has raised money though sales at the Bradley gift shop, a golf tournament and a fashion show. Funds have helped purchase equipment, such as a portable sonic ultrasound machine for the emergency room as well as projects such as a patio.

Adriana Asciuto, wife of Dr. Letterio Asciuto and president of the auxiliary, said the fashion show won’t be held this year due to uncertainty over Bradley’s future. She said there are no upcoming projects that need funding help.

“Until we know how we can help, we decided to postpone the fashion gala this year,” Adriana Asciuto said. “It takes a long time to prepare and fundraise.”

Both Triano and Sadecki are on the committee appointed by Hartford HealthCare to advise them on Bradley’s future.

Triano said she also wants details of equipment at the hospital to see if removing services has contributed to declining patient visits. Hartford HealthCare officials have said visits are down at Bradley. (203) 317-2230 Twitter: @JBuchananRJ

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