Welcome Dr. Grow!

Paul Grow, MD, MHCM joins The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services as Lead Physician and Associate Fellowship Director.

Dr. Grow is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. Formerly affiliated with Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, Dr. Grow was a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the new University of Massachusetts Medical School- Baystate, and Chairman of the department of Ob/Gyn for Baystate Health System. After training in reproductive endocrinology in Norfolk VA, he led the IVF program at Baystate for 15 years, pushing their efforts toward excellence, with high pregnancy rates and leading the nation in single embryo transfer and minimizing preterm delivery. “Dr. Grow has been involved in all aspects of infertility and is a passionate advocate for quality and safety in women’s health,” stated John C. Nulsen, MD, Director and a lead physician at the Center. “We are extremely pleased to have him join our team.”

Dr. Grow has long had an interest in health care quality. He has contributed to 40 peer reviewed publications, which have focused on optimizing ovarian stimulation, improving embryo transfer, and mastering techniques in reproductive surgery. He specializes in the reproductive medicine needs of his patients and gives them individualized care, honed through many years of experience. According to Claudio Benadiva, MD, HCLD, Director of the IVF Laboratory and a lead physician at the Center, “With his research experience and commitment to the latest technologies and treatments, Dr. Grow will be an asset to our patients.”

Dr. Grow graduated with his medical degree in 1987 from Pennsylvania State University and he completed his residency in Ob/Gyn from York Hospital in PA. His fellowship in reproductive endocrinology was completed at The Jones Institute- Eastern Virginia Medical School. He recently graduated with an M.S. in Health Care Management from Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Grow has been selected annually since 2001 as a “Best Doctor in America”, a special honor given to the top 5% of physicians in over 400 subspecialties.

Now Hiring Full Time RN’s

The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services is seeking full time RN’s to meet the needs of its growing program.

This is an excellent opportunity for dynamic and motivated RNs to work in a comprehensive state-of-the-art infertility treatment program which includes general clinical, in vitro fertilization (IVF), ambulatory surgery suite and/or third party reproduction.

For more information, click on this link to go to our Career Opportunities page.

Applications for Nest Egg Grants Extended

Extended until August 16th!

Founded in 2015, the organization provides financial grants for IVF treatment to those who have been unable to start their families due to financial need. Applications will be accepted between June 26, 2017 and August 16, 2017.

These grants are only for patients of the Center plus one other program. The basic criteria is:

  • Applicants MUST be a U.S. citizen and reside in Connecticut (both partners, if applicable)
  • Applicants MUST have a medical diagnosis of primary infertility certified in writing by a medical provider with the following exceptions:
    • applicants who are part of a same sex couple
    • applicants who are single
  • Have an annual household income of less than $85,000 if single, or $140,000 if married or in a domestic partnership

For detailed information and the application, go to: http://www.nesteggfoundation.org/

 

 

New England Walk of Hope

The New England Walk of Hope (September 17th) is co-hosted by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association (RESOLVE) and RESOLVE New England. Funds raised through the New England Walk of Hope benefits RESOLVE and RESOLVE New England. RESOLVE’s Walk of Hope is a 1-mile, all ages awareness and fundraising event for the infertility movement. The infertility community and those who support us are invited to attend. One morning, to walk one mile, and unite one community.”

For more information, go to: http://familybuilding.resolve.org/site/TR/WalkofHope2018/General?pg=entry&fr_id=1491

Congratulations to Dr. Erica Anspach Will!

The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services and UConn School of Medicine wish to congratulate Dr. Erica Anspach Will on graduation from REI Fellowship. The Center along with faculty from UConn School of Medicine celebrated this milestone with Dr. Will at a recent Hartford Yard Goat’s game.
Dr. Will has been a valued member of our team for 3 years working with our MDs and conducting research at UConn Health. Staff and patients alike are going to miss her very much. She will be returning home to Indianapolis where she will be joining Midwest Fertility Specialists as a full-time physician. Please join us in wishing her the best of luck!

Applications for Nest Egg Grants Now Open

Today’s the day! Applications for Nest Egg Foundation financial grants are now open. Founded in 2015, the organization provides financial grants for IVF treatment to those who have been unable to start their families due to financial need. Applications will be accepted between June 26, 2017 and August 7, 2017.

These grants are only for patients of the Center plus one other program. The basic criteria is:

  • Applicants MUST be a U.S. citizen and reside in Connecticut (both partners, if applicable)
  • Applicants MUST have a medical diagnosis of primary infertility certified in writing by a medical provider with the following exceptions:
    • applicants who are part of a same sex couple
    • applicants who are single
  • Have an annual household income of less than $85,000 if single, or $140,000 if married or in a domestic partnership

For detailed information and the application, go to: http://www.nesteggfoundation.org/

 

 

Connecticut First State With Fertility Preservation Coverage

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law this week, legislation (HB 7124) to require insurance coverage of fertility preservation for insured individuals diagnosed with cancer, or whenever this treatment is medically necessary. The bill unanimously passed the House in late May and unanimously passed the Senate earlier this month.

Specifically, the new law amends the existing insurance requirement for infertility coverage in the state by changing the definition of infertility. Previously, it was defined as “the condition of a presumably healthy individual, who is unable to conceive or produce conception or sustain a successful pregnancy during a one-year period.” The new law removes the words “presumably healthy” from the definition, and extends it to include those for whom fertility services are “medically necessary.” The new definition means the condition of an individual who is unable to conceive or produce conception or sustain a successful pregnancy during a one-year period or such treatment is medically necessary.

The changes apply to individual health insurance policies providing coverage delivered, issued for delivery, amended, renewed or continued on or after January 1, 2018.

Championing an original version of the bill, was State Rep. Matthew Lesser, a cancer survivor who elected to preserve his gametes prior to cancer treatment. Also instrumental in the bill’s passage was patient advocate Melissa Thompson who was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer just five weeks after giving birth to her daughter. Melissa was empowered to work to advance the bill after learning that she would have to freeze her eggs if she wanted more children but that insurance would not cover the fertility preservation procedure. ASRM applauds both Rep. Lesser and Melissa Thompson for channeling their personal experiences into an advocacy awareness campaign that brought about access to this vital care for cancer patients, and others.

ASRM sent out the following press release today.

Statement of Richard J. Paulson, MD
President, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

“We applaud the leaders in Connecticut for passing the first-in-the-nation bill to mandate insurance coverage that will allow cancer patients to access treatment to protect their fertility. Thanks to advances in oncology, more and more patients of reproductive age are beating their cancer. Often, these treatments end or impair their ability to have children after successful completion. Working with our oncology colleagues we can, in many cases, preserve the fertility of these patients. Too often, lack of insurance coverage creates a financial barrier that keeps patients from getting access to these fertility-preserving treatments. Thanks to the passage of this precedent-setting legislation, patients in Connecticut will not have to choose between their own health, and their ability to have children.”