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Hartford Healthcare, Connecticut College announce new partnership to keep students safe

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut College and Hartford HealthCare announced a new partnership Wednesday. They want it to serve as a model for other institutions as students head back to campus.

We’re living through a new era. And institutions are figuring it out day by day. They have to re-work the way they operate and new partnerships are key.

Hartford HealthCare began expanding its reach in Southeastern Connecticut about six months ago before the first Coronavirus cases were reported in Connecticut. Now, the timing is perfect for a new partnership with Connecticut College before students get back to class.

“We will be doing significant efforts around infection prevention and the monitoring of all of the infectious disease and hygienic procedures within Connecticut College to make sure we together are putting best practices forward,” said Jeffrey A. Flaks, President and CEO, Hartford HealthCare.

HHC Campus Cares will open up Hartford HealthCare’s network of some 3,000 doctors to keep students safe. Students will be tested for Coronavirus weekly and work with doctors in the network should they become sick.

“They will see an increased staffing in student health services with a variety of different roles supporting the work of the health sector. In addition, both student health services and sports medicine will have expanded services and access to a dedicated team of medical personnel from HHC on campus,” said Victor Arcelus, Dean of Students, Connecticut College.

An urgent care facility is just miles from campus but as they work to prevent and monitor infection, students may never have to leave their rooms.

“Many of our students will be able to just log on from their dorm room and receive medical care without having to even go the two miles to the center,” said Eric Walsh, MD, Medical Director, Hartford HealthCare Go Health Urgent Care.

Classes resume August 24 and the healthcare group hopes to expand partnerships like this to other schools.

Conn College officials hope this helps to ease some of the fears parents have about sending students back to school amid a global pandemic.

WEB EXTRA: Wendy Nichols, Campus Care Manager with Hartford HealthCare, tells News 8 how this partnership impacts students and student-athletes.

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