Hartford is a medium sized New England city commonly associated with two major industries: insurance and defense. It is convenient to Boston (1.5 hrs. drive), New York City (2 hr. drive), to ski country in Western Massachusetts and Vermont (1.5-2 hr. drive), and the University and Connecticut Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine (20 min.).
 Hartford is also close to the Connecticut and Rhode Island shore points on Long Island Sound. Cape Cod is accessible by car. The Mark Twain House and Harriet Beecher Stowe House are only 2 blocks away from the hospital campus. The Farmington Valley just west of Hartford is a picturesque landscape of heavily wooded, rolling hills. There are many opportunities for cultural and culinary pursuits. The outdoor enthusiast will not be disappointed. Hiking, camping, golfing, fishing and hunting opportunities abound.