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Appetite for Life is back, but the annual fundraiser for the Middlesex Health Cancer Center looks very different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Middlesex, like many other health systems, had halted all purely elective surgeries in late March, but continued to perform urgent or emergency surgeries as needed. The decision to resume elective surgeries was made because Middlesex believes it is now safe to do so.
Middlesex Health has joined a national initiative, led by Mayo Clinic, that is investigating the use of convalescent plasma during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative is using convalescent plasma from patients who have fully recovered from COVID-19 with the hope that antibodies in the plasma can help hospitalized patients who have COVID-19.
Andre Drummond, a former UConn basketball standout and current center for the Cleveland Cavaliers, has generously donated $100,000 to Middlesex Health’s Emergency Response Fund. The fund was recently established to help the health system, based in Middletown, Conn., with expenses related to its response to COVID-19.
Effective immediately, all Middlesex Health service locations are closed to visitors except for those making compassionate visits. Compassionate visits include visits to see patients receiving end-of-life care and visits to see patients being cared for in the Middlesex Health Pregnancy & Birth Center.
Effective immediately, Middlesex Health is restricting visitors to only one support person at all service locations. That person must be designated at the time of registration.
Beginning today, Middlesex Health is further tightening its visitor policy as a precaution. This is an effort to help prevent the spread of the flu and COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.
To date, Middlesex Health has not had a confirmed case of COVID -19.
On March 12, the Valentine H. Zahn Community Gallery will hold a reception for its Local Vision V exhibit, “Take a Breath.” This group exhibition will feature artists from Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Middlesex Hospital, a part of Middlesex Health, has earned the Healthgrades 2020 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award and is the only hospital in Connecticut to receive such an honor.
Due to a significant increase in the prevalence of the flu, Middlesex Health is now limiting who can visit or accompany patients at its facilities. These restrictions are effective immediately and apply throughout Middlesex Health’s service locations, including, but not limited to, the Middlesex Hospital main campus in Middletown, its two satellite emergency departments in Westbrook and Marlborough and its outpatient surgical center on Saybrook Road in Middletown.