UConn Health held a Veteran’s Day Observance today to thank and honor all of those who served or currently serve in the military. The ceremony included the UConn Health Fire and Police Color Guard, third-year dental student Dianne Gan sang the National Anthem, and Alison Valone Suhocki with the Student Services Center thanked the veterans for their dedication and service. Photos by Janine Gelineau.
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The UConn Foundation recently hosted a dedication luncheon for the new donor wall displayed in the mezzanine of University Tower. During the event, leadership thanked UConn Health donors for their support and were given tours of the new patient tower. Photos by Janine Gelineau and Tina Encarnacion.
Photos by Janine Gelineau.
You have two opportunities to get a sneak peek of the new patient care tower before it officially opens for business. The first is the Open House specifically for UConn Health employees taking place this coming Wednesday, April 20, from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
You’ll get a unique behind-the-scenes look at our new 11-story, state-of-the-art hospital. After the tour, you can pose for photos with Jonathan the Husky and some of the UConn cheerleaders. You’ll also get a chance to enter a drawing for UConn basketball tickets, and enjoy a snack to commemorate the occasion.
The second event is open to the public so this is when you can bring your family and friends and show them the cool place you work. It’s on Sunday, April 24, from noon to 3 p.m.
There will be guided tours through the emergency department, operating room suite, patient care floor, and public areas. You can take a fan photo with the 2016 Women’s Basketball National Championship Trophy or a selfie with the UConn Husky Mascot or cheerleader. There will be drawings, refreshments, giveaways and some special surprises. WRCH radio personalities will also be there broadcasting live during the event.
No R.S.V.P. is needed for either Open House but the tours do require navigating several flights of stairs. For more info, check out health.uconn.edu/opening. Hope to see you in the new tower!
December brings three new art exhibits to UConn Health.
Power Boothe, a professor of painting at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, will have his “New Work” exhibition on display in the Celeste LeWitt Gallery in the Food Court Dec. 7 through March 3. It is shown courtesy of the Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven.
Boothe, who lives in western Connecticut, has had more than 20 one-person exhibitions in New York City and nationally. The collections at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the New Britain Museum of American Art include his work, as do those of the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Honors he has received include the Guggenhein Fellowship for Painting, a National Endowment Individual Artist’s Fellowship, and a Pollock/Krasner Fellowship.
Also on display in the LeWitt Gallery Dec. 7 through March 3 is John LoPresti’s “Composing the rectangle.” LoPresti, of Wethersfield, has been painting for more than 35 years, often inspired by landscapes of his environment and travels throughout New England and Europe.
Many of LoPresti’s pieces originate en plein air (in open air) with charcoal and pastel, leading to oil paintings on canvas. He’s shown a particular fondness for the land and sea of Deer Isle, Maine, and rural Mediterranean Europe.
From Dec. 10 through Feb. 29, New London native Charles Reyburn’s “The Seasons” is on display in the lobby and mezzanine. Reyburn is considered one of the rare en plein air in southeastern Connecticut, working his paintings through elements of nature rather than in a studio. His style has been compared to that of the impressionists of the past, capturing a scene’s essence in a way that allows the viewer’s imagination to work into the painting.
Reyburn attended the Rhode Island School of Design in the late 1970s. His work is included in the Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s collection.
The UConn Health Art Advisory Committee invites viewings from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
UConn Health’s collection of fine art serves to enhance the environment and promote the sense of a caring community for patients, visitors, staff and students. Art is selected, acquired and exhibited by the UConn Health Art Advisory Committee. To view a selection of the permanent collection visit http://auxiliary.uchc.edu/art-collection.
Meet some of the clinicians who recently joined the UConn Health faculty.
|Dr. Matthew Imperioli is a neurologist seeing patients in the UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion. He specializes in neuromuscular medicine and electromyography, and treats variety of neuromuscular disorders and diseases of the peripheral nervous system, including myopathy, myasthenia gravis, and autonomic disorders. Imperioli completed his neurology residency at UConn Health and a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine and electromyography at the University of Michigan Medical Center. His M.D. is from St. George’s University, Grenada.|
|Dr. Bernardo Rodrigues is a neurologist with expertise in movement disorders who offers treatment including botulinum toxin (Botox) injections and deep brain stimulation. He also sees patients in the Outpatient Pavilion. Rodrigues is a graduate of the UConn School of Medicine Neurology Residence Program. Before returning to UConn Health, he completed a fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He holds both an M.D. and a Ph.D. from Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. He is board certified in neurology and speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.|
|Dr. Jose Montes-Rivera is another recent addition to UConn Health’s neurology faculty and is seeing patients in the Outpatient Pavilion. He specializes in general neurology and epilepsy. Montes-Rivera completed a fellowship in neurophysiology and electroencephalogram (EEG) interpretation, as well as his neurology residency, at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He’s a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University.|
|Dr. Houman Rezaizadeh is a gastroenterologist seeing patients in the Outpatient Pavilion. His expertise is in Barrett’s esophagus and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Rezaizadeh is specially trained in Barrett’s ablation. He remains at UConn Health, where he completed gastroenterology fellowship following his residency training in internal medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Rezaizadeh earned his M.D. at New Jersey Medical School. He is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in gastroenterology.|
|Dr. Mona Shahriari is a UConn-trained dermatologist who sees patients in Farmington, at 21 South Road, and the UConn Health office in Canton, 117 Albany Turnpike. She practices general dermatology and has specialized interests in pediatric dermatology and pigmented lesions. Shahriari earned her M.D. at the UConn School of Medicine and completed a residency in dermatology at UConn Health, including as chief resident her final year. She also completed an internal medicine internship at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Shahriari is board certified in dermatology, and speaks English and Farsi. She also is associate director of clinical trials at UConn Health.|
|Dr. Glenn Konopaske is a psychiatrist with expertise in a variety of psychiatric disorders, especially bipolar disorder. He sees patients in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program and in the Huntington’s Disease Program, where he’s medical director. He also is medical director of UConn Health’s Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Program. Konopaske graduated from the UConn School of Medicine and from the UConn Health/Institute of Living Adult Psychiatry Residency program, then completed a fellowship in translational neuroscience at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh.Konopaske rejoins UConn Health from MacLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., where, as a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, he saw patients in the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Program and the Clinical Evaluation Center, and conducted NIH-funded research of the biology of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He is board certified in psychiatry.|
Photos by Janine Gelineau/UConn Health
Three art exhibits are adorning the walls of UConn Health in the late summer.
The first, “Garden Gems” by Edith Skiba LaMonica, is already here, and runs through Oct. 1 in the exhibition cases in the hospital lobby and mezzanine (near the escalator).
LaMonica’s work has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New Britain Museum of American Art Bulletin. She has lectured and taught studio art in New York and New Jersey, and is a member of the UConn Health Art Advisory Committee and the Canton Artist’s Guild. “Garden Gems” is a tribute to the influence of Monet, fusing impressionist color and light.
Two other exhibits go up Aug. 27 in the Celeste LeWitt Gallery (in the Food Court).
“The Numinous World” by Tom Morganti and “Of Water, Clouds and Light” by Carmine L. Angeloni will be here through Dec. 7.
Morganti is a practicing veterinarian in Avon and a self-taught artist who works primarily in acrylic and oil. His work explores the convergence of nature and religion and their interaction with the world.
Angeloni’s is a photography exhibit of landscapes and seascapes. He’s an amateur photographer who lives in Belchertown, Mass. Angeloni likes to capture images of nature in the Pioneer Valley, New England coast, and Long Island Sound.
The UConn Health Art Advisory Committee invites viewings from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
UConn Health’s collection of fine art serves to enhance the environment and promote the sense of a caring community for patients, visitors, staff and students. Art is selected, acquired and exhibited by the UConn Health Art Advisory Committee. To view a selection of the permanent collection visit: http://art.uchc.edu