Advancing Medicine

Since 2009 our Advancing Medicine and Hartford Med series of broadcasts have brought to you inspiring real-life stories.

Watch and listen to Hartford Hospital’s patients describe their awe-inspiring journeys. Some turned to us with debilitating pain, seeking state-of-the-art care to diagnose and treat their conditions. Others went in for routine screenings, where they learned of their life-changing diagnoses. Meet women who rely on Hartford Hospital experts and the most advanced technology to diagnose and treat gynecologic disorders. Meet Colby Salerno who’s heart didn’t have much life left... for six months he waited for the gift of life on the 10th floor of Hartford Hospital. And learn about the hero who tried to run down a gunman during the Hartford Distributors shooting in Manchester.

Their experiences may be different, but every patient you’ll meet has one thing in common: each was helped by an extraordinary team of Hartford Hospital doctors. We dedicate these shows to the courageous people who walk through our doors every day.

Prepare to be amazed and inspired.

Links to each broadcast are found below. To learn more about topics discussed in these programs, check out these pages:

Dec. 4, 2014

Hartford Med: Living Miracles

Jillian Weitknecht collapsed on the floor of Hartford Hospital’s emergency department. She was pregnant with her third daughter at the time, and never knew she had a rare condition that could kill her and her unborn child in minutes. Because of her exceptional care, she made it, against all odds, and is one of Hartford Hospital’s living miracles.

Sep. 23, 2014

Advancing Medicine: Breakthroughs in Urology

Katalin Pierce loved dancing, but incontinence forced her to hang up her dancing shoes. Until one day, she decided she’d suffered in silence long enough. She came to Hartford Hospital for expert care.

Jun. 26, 2014

Advancing Medicine: Taking Charge: Men's Health

The most advanced technology, an MRI-US fusion, revealed that Avi Elnekave had prostate cancer. The 3D image is a cutting-edge test offered at one place in the region: Hartford Hospital. And though it confirmed the unthinkable, Avi wasn’t about to give up.

Mar. 6, 2014

Advancing Medicine: Transplanting Hope

Retired Enfield Police Chief Ronald Marcotte desperately needed a kidney. Paul Bouchard knew he wanted to help. See the incredible story of how they met and learned they were the perfect match. Go inside the operating room as doctors perform this life-saving surgery.

Dec. 5, 2013

Minds to Heal: Going Beyond Brain Surgery

John Baskowski was enjoying a beautiful day at the Big E with his wife when he suddenly fell ill. An MRI revealed a tumor on his brain stem, positioned dangerously close to his spinal nerves. Experts would remove the tumor through his nose, a surgery only a highly skilled team can do.

Oct. 10, 2013

Hartford Med: Living Miracles

Todd Lentocha was critically injured in a serious car accident. For more than a month, family, friends and people throughout the state followed his story and hoped he would make it. After five weeks in a coma, Todd Lentocha woke up. For the first time, this remarkable survivor speaks out. He is one of Hartford Hospital’s living miracles.

Jun. 27, 2013

Healing Hearts: Pioneers in Cardiac Care

When Howard Gaynor's heart stopped working, his physicians didn't give up. They sought special approval from the FDA to use cutting-edge treatment that would save his life.

Mar. 7, 2013

Emergency Care: When Seconds Matter

Chris Perry’s car accident nearly killed him. But the amazing trauma teams at Hartford Hospital brought him back to life. Follow Chris and other patients who came to Hartford Hospital on their worst days. Because of the care they received, their best days are still ahead of them.

Dec. 6, 2012

Hartford Med: Living Miracles

He captured the nation’s attention. The hero who tried to run down a gunman during the Hartford Distributors shooting in Manchester. For the first time, survivor Jerry Rosenstein speaks out about Connecticut's deadliest workplace shooting. He is one of Hartford Hospital’s living miracles.

Sep. 27, 2012

The Colby Salerno Story: A Tale of Heart & Hope

Colby Salerno’s heart didn’t have much life left. Only a new heart would save him. For six months he waited for the gift of life on the 10th floor of Hartford Hospital.

Jun. 28, 2012

State of the Art Spinal Care: Saving Spines, Saving Lives

Unable to perform simple tasks like getting dressed or feeding herself, Norma Nielsen turned to Dr. David Kvam at Hartford Hospital. Follow Norma on her amazing journey to an even more amazing recovery.

Mar. 8, 2012

Pregnancy & Robotic GYN: From High Risk to High Tech

Join us as we follow mothers-to-be through routine births and high-risk pregnancies. Then meet women who rely on Hartford Hospital experts and the most advanced technology to diagnose and treat gynecologic disorders.

Dec. 1, 2011

Digestive Disorders: Keeping Your GI Tract on Track

Some turned to us with debilitating pain, seeking state-of-the-art care to diagnose and treat their conditions. Others went in for routine screenings, where they learned of their life-changing cancer diagnoses. Each was helped by an extraordinary team of doctors.

Sep. 15, 2011

Saving the Brain: Prevention & Intervention

Some turned to us facing a life-threatening stroke and sought state-of-the-art care to save their lives. Others looked to prevent a stroke and with the help of extraordinary physicians, protected their quality of life. Follow these courageous patients battling brain-threatening illness.

Mar. 3, 2011

Weight Loss Surgery: Shaping Lives

Meet the amazing patients on the front lines in the battle against the epidemic slowly killing America: obesity.

Sep. 23, 2010

Cardiac Care: Helping Patients Keep the Beat

Join us as we follow several courageous patients who came through our doors when their hearts failed. State-of-the-art care in the right hands saved their lives. Together, they remind us to take heart and celebrate the enduring strength of the human spirit.

Mar. 4, 2010

Robotic Surgery: Healing Technology in Skilled Hands

These robots aren’t science fiction. They help experienced doctors put patients and their families on the road to recovery faster than ever before.

Oct. 27, 2009

Cancer Care: Turning Fear Info Hope

Hartford Hospital’s cancer patients describe their awe-inspiring journeys. Join us to meet people from our community who will make you cry and make you laugh.