Coalition to host 6th Annual Gun
(Hartford, Conn. December 5, 2014) – For the sixth year, Connecticut Children’s Medical
Center, Hartford Hospital, and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center are
collaborating with the City of Hartford, Hartford Police Department, the
Hartford State’s Attorney’s Office and Community Renewal Team (CRT) to help get
guns off the streets. Each year,
hundreds of crimes and accidental injuries occur in Connecticut as a result of
the misuse of handguns.
year’s Community Gun Buyback Program will
be held on Saturday, December 6th
from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Community Renewal
Team, 555 Windsor St., Hartford. Over the past five years, more than 800
firearms have been collected during this no-questions asked initiative.
are proud to be holding our 6th Annual Gun Buyback for Connecticut
residents,” said Brendan Campbell, M.D., Director of Pediatric Trauma,
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. “It
is our hope that this event will be both an opportunity for individuals to get
rid of unwanted firearms, and a reminder for gun owners to make certain that
their firearms are stored safely,” concluded Dr. Campbell.
Gun Buyback Program provides Stop
& Shop gift cards to individuals who turn in an operable firearm. A $200 gift card will be offered for an
assault rifle; a $100 gift card for a handgun or revolver; and a $25 gift card
for the return of a shotgun or rifle. Guns must be unloaded, placed in a clear
plastic bag, and inside a paper bag or box. Guns may be returned anonymously.
guns received are destroyed unless forensic testing confirms they have been
used in the commission of a crime.
Non-working guns, black-powder weapons, BB guns, flare guns, and
ammunition can also be turned in; however, they are not eligible for a gift
“We want our community to
be safe,” said Jeff Finkelstein, M.D., Chief of Emergency Medicine, Hartford
Hospital. “We want to make sure our
children can play safely outside without fear of hearing gunshots or being
accidentally hit by a stray bullet. This
program aims to collect as many guns as possible for the benefit of our
communities,” added Dr. Finkelstein.
than 32,000 Americans die each year from gun violence,” said David Shapiro,
M.D., Physician Champion, Injury Prevention, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical
Center. “Removing guns from our streets is a critical component to making our neighborhoods
safe for everyone. Every effort we can
make to remove violence from our streets is a step toward a life saved.”
About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center:
Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children’s
hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of
Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Named among the
best in the nation for several of its pediatric specialties in the annual U.S.
News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, Connecticut
Children’s is the only free-standing children’s hospital in Connecticut that
offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. Our pediatric
services are available at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford and
at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, with neonatal intensive care units at
Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center, along with a
state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center, five specialty care centers and 10
other locations across the state. Connecticut Children’s has a medical staff of
nearly 1,100 practicing in more than 30 specialties. For more information, visit www.connecticutchildrens.org or connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/connecticutchildrens and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ctchildrens.
About Hartford Hospital: Hartford
Hospital, founded in 1854, is one of the largest teaching hospitals and
tertiary care centers in New England with one of the region’s busiest surgery
practices. It is annually ranked among
America’s Best Hospitals by US News & World Report and has been recognized
nationally for the quality of many of its programs, including, cardiology,
cancer, stroke and joint and spine care.
The 867-bed regional referral centers provide high-quality care in all
clinical disciplines. Among its
divisions is The Institute of Living, a 114-bed mental health facility with a
national and international reputation of excellence. Jefferson House, a 104-bed long-term care
facility, is also a special division of Hartford Hospital. The hospital’s major centers of clinical
excellence include cardiology, oncology, emergency services and trauma, mental
health, women’s health, orthopedics, bloodless surgery and advanced organ
transplantation. Hartford Hospital owns
and operates the state’s only air ambulance system, LIFE STAR.
About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care is an integrated
healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical
Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.
Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the
largest Catholic hospital in New England. Other major entities of Saint
Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the
Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute
of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce
D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and
Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners.
Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial
Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services
is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Saint Francis Care’s
services are supported by a network of seven major Access Centers and eight
additional medical office centers sited throughout the region. For more
information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.