New Branford Office is Taking Appointments

Our new satellite location in Branford’s Stony Brook Medical Center at 6 Business Park Drive will officially open in March 2019. Appointments are now being taken.

The new Branford location joins the Center’s main facility in Farmington, plus two additional satellite locations in Hartford and New London. According to the Center’s CEO, Paul Verrastro, “We are excited to open our new Branford facility to better serve patients in New Haven county and surrounding areas. Fertility treatment can require many trips to our facilities, so we made sure our new office is designed specifically for patient convenience and comfort. Easily accessible off main highway routes, our new location offers free parking, private waiting areas, and comfortable, patient-friendly rooms.”

In 2015, the Center opened a state-of-the-art, custom-designed facility in Farmington featuring one of the most highly advanced IVF labs in the world including an innovative air purification and irradiation technology called the LifeAire System. New data from in vitro fertilization programs using LifeAire System demonstrates dramatic increases in clinical pregnancies through in vitro fertilization.

The Center for Reproductive Services is Connecticut’s largest fertility program, and one of the most successful in the country. Started in 1984, the Center employs over 100 individuals in the state and is responsible for the births of close to 13,000 babies. The Center is an academic affiliate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and runs the fellowship program in Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at the UConn School of Medicine. The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services is managed by In Vitro Sciences, Inc., a subsidiary of Women’s Health USA, Inc. (Whusa). Whusa is a family of companies dedicated to providing the best in business management solutions in partnership with physicians.

The Center’s Lab Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) awarded accreditation to our laboratory here at The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services based on results of a recent on-site inspection conducted by CAP inspectors. The inspection team included practicing pathology and laboratory medicine professionals.

The CAP advised Claudio Benadiva, MD, HCLD of this national recognition and congratulated the laboratory for its excellence in the services being provided. Our laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

Congratulations to every member of our team for this significant accomplishment that further demonstrates our commitment to high-quality patient care at the Center.

 About the College of American Pathologists

As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. For more information, read the CAP Annual Report at cap.org.

Thank You For The Sweet Treats!

We cannot express our gratitude enough when we are visited by those we were able to help. And especially when we’re greeted with sweet treats by a wonderful young man who, as his mom says, “loves to visit his special friends and deliver them treats.”

New Branford Satellite Office Opening Soon!

Exciting news! The Center is pleased to announce we are opening a satellite location in Branford at the Stony Creek Medical Center, 6 Business Park Drive in March 2019. Appointments will be taken beginning in January 2019 by calling (203) 481-1707 or filling out the appointment form on our website.

Consider Anonymous Egg Donation

As this is the season of giving, have you ever considered being an anonymous egg donor? Egg donation is an incredible gift that can help individuals who might never otherwise have a child experience the joy of parenthood. Often, those who choose to use an egg donor have exhausted every other type of fertility treatment or are in need of donor eggs for their conception attempts. Very simply, the choice to become an egg donor means giving the gift of life. The Egg Donor Program at The Center assisted in the conception of the first child born from a donor egg in New England in 1987. Since then, we’ve helped many build their families with donated eggs, and our program continues to grow. Egg donors are compensated $8000 for their time and effort during the screening & donation process. Minimum requirements to be an egg donor include: age 21-32, non-smoker and full medical history of both biological parents. For more information on becoming an egg donor please visit https://www.donoreggct.com or call 860.321.7082 EXT 8022.

Farmington Office – elevator refurbish

Beginning Monday, December 10 the elevator in the Farmington office will be down for maintenance. We expect the work to take 3-4 weeks. To accommodate patients requiring elevator access to our second floor we have installed a chair lift in one of our stairwells and will be able to accommodate most appointments on the first floor. If you have any concerns about the elevator down time please contact Susan, Practice Manager at 860.321.7082, EXT 8008. Thank you, The Center

Holiday Hours

Monday December 24th  , Christmas Eve 7:00 am to 1 pm We will be closing to direct patient care at 1 pm, however staff will remain on site until all clinical care and phone calls are complete. Patient needs after 1 pm will be handled via the answering service and clinical staff on call.

 

Tuesday, December 25, Christmas Day CLOSED Patient needs for day will be handled via the answering service and clinical staff on call.

 

Monday December 31st, New Year’s Eve 7:00 am to 1 pm We will be closing to direct patient care at 1 pm, however staff will remain on site until all clinical care and phone calls are complete. Patient needs after 1 pm will be handled via the answering service and clinical staff on call.

 

Tuesday, January 1, New Year’s Day CLOSED Patient needs for day will be handled via the answering service and clinical staff on call.

Dr. Jeff Thorne Wins at ASRM

Today was an exciting one for UCONN HEALTH and The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at the American Society for Reproductive Meeting being held in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Thorne with his award winning poster

Our third year REI fellow, Dr. Jeff Thorne won 2nd place for best research poster out of nearly 800 entries. The posters title was “Higher rates of mosaic only embryos found in younger patients evaluated by next generation sequencing”. Authors were: Jeffrey Thorne, MD, Alexandra Loza, DO (UConn ObGyn Resident), Leah Kaye, MD (former UCONN/CARS REI Fellow), John Nulsen, MD, Lawrence Engmann, MD, Claudio Benadiva, MD and Dan Grow, MD.

Dr. Thorne receiving award & congratulations from Christos Coutifaris, MD, PhD, current ASRM President

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Thorne! This is the second consecutive year UCONN HEALTH/CARS has been honored in this way. Last year’s third year fellow Eric Anspach Wall, MD won first place for her research poster presentation at the 2017 ASRM meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. It provides a forum for lay public, researchers, physicians and affiliated health workers through education, publications, and meetings. The annual meeting attracts participants for all over the world and is considered the preeminent scientific congress on reproductive medicine. Each year the ASRM presents awards for outstanding papers and posters.

Patient News: HCG Repackaging

“HCG” (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) medication is a frequently used medication for ovarian stimulation cycles for IVF and IUIs. “HCG” comes as a “generic” HCG, a branded HCG named “Pregnyl” and a branded HCG named “Novarel”. Depending upon the pharmacy of purchase, you may receive any of these packaging options.  It is important to please note however that there has been a recent change in the packaging of the “Novarel” branded HCG product. “HCG  generic” and “ Pregnyl” continue to be packaged in a 1 vial formulation of 10,000 units.  “Novarel” HCG brand however is now packaged in 5,000 unit vial formulations. Please note that if you are sent the “Novarel” branded box you will need to follow new specific instructions to accommodate this change –  as the Novarel vial is only 5,000 units (not 10,000 units). The Center has specific written instructions for the Novarel brand packing which will be provided to you. Please call your nurse if you have any questions. Your mail order pharmacy can also assist you with any questions.

Congratulations to the Center’s Lab Team

Congratulations to the Center’s lab team, who under the leadership of Alison Bartolucci, recently passed with distinction a very rigorous inspection of the College of American Pathologists.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the leading organization of board-certified pathologists, serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a member-based physician organization founded in 1946 comprising approximately 18,000 board-certified pathologists. The CAP does accreditation of IVF laboratories under deemed authority by The Society of Advanced Reproductive Technology (SART). Being CAP certified is a SART requirement.

For 70 years, the CAP has fostered excellence in laboratories and advanced the practice of pathology and laboratory science. As medicine, technology and pathology have evolved since 1946, the CAP has led the way to meet new challenges that result in better patient outcomes. People are healthier and IVF is safer and more successful because of excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine.

Alison Bartolucci, Operational Lab Director

The CAP inspection is another example of how excellence does not happen in an hour, day or week. It is the result of a daily commitment to an organizational culture and mission to provide outstanding clinical care and an exemplary patient experience.