Connecticut Children’s Acquires Well-Known Fairfield County Concussion Clinic

For Immediate Release: August 2, 2018
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Monica Buchanan, Director, Corporate Communications

HARTFORD, Conn.–Connecticut Children’s Medical Center has acquired HeadZone, based in Shelton, CT the organization announced today. The HeadZone practice specializes in sports-related concussion care for patients ages 10 to 30. HeadZone serves hundreds of children each year and shares the same values that serve as the foundation of care at Connecticut Children’s.

“As I plan for my own personal future, it was imperative for me to ensure the future success of the practice I built in the Fairfield County community,” said Karen Laugel, MD, FAAP, Medical Director of HeadZone. “Connecticut Children’s is the ideal organization to provide sports-related concussion management for the patients and families I’ve been privileged to serve. I’m thrilled that a hospital of such elite stature will take this practice and take it to the next level.

Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE, President and CEO of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center added, “The acquisition of HeadZone greatly enhances our sports medicine portfolio and ensures access for all children in Connecticut. This well-established shoreline practice was established with the same values and mission as Connecticut Children’s. It is a perfect fit and has tremendous potential for further growth as we expand our footprint in Fairfield County.”

The HeadZone acquisition is the latest addition to Connecticut Children’s growing portfolio of specialty locations. Ranked as a 2018-2019 U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital, Connecticut Children’s is actively expanding services throughout Connecticut to ensure all children have access to quality healthcare in the communities where they live.

About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Women’s Choice as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. With a medical staff of more than 1,000, Connecticut Children’s provides comprehensive, compassionate health care in more than 30 pediatric specialties and subspecialties. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a not-for-profit organization, which serves as the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the UConn School of Medicine, has a teaching partnership with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and is a research partner of The Jackson Laboratory. Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health is a national leader in community-based prevention and wellness programs.

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