Lisa Chedekel

Senior writer and co-founder of C-HIT, Lisa Chedekel is an award-winning investigative reporter who wrote for the Hartford Courant for 15 years, covering a wide range of beats, from politics to healthcare. In 1999, she was among a team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting. In 2002, she was among a handful of U.S. journalists who visited Saudi Arabia in the year after 9/11 to report on the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. More recently, she co-authored a series on mental health in the military that won a George Polk Award, the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, and was a 2007 finalist for the Pulitzer in Investigative Reporting. Before writing for The Courant, she was a staff writer and columnist for the New Haven Register. You can contact Lisa at chedekel at c-hit.org

Recent Stories

Hospital Mergers Raise Concerns Over Patient Costs

Yale-St. Ray's Hospital

Hospital administrators in Connecticut who have been involved in the unprecedented streak of mergers and consolidations often tout the financial benefits and efficiencies of such moves. But as the number of independent hospitals in the state dwindles – with more than half of the 29 acute-care hospitals now operating in networks with other hospitals or out-of-state partners – experts and advocates worry that the consolidations will reduce competition in the market and give hospitals more leverage to raise prices.  Adding to their concerns is a proposal by a private company to convert four non-profit hospitals to for-profit entities. (more…) Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Malloy Proposes Beefing Up Child Care Inspections

Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed state budget for FY 2015 includes  $1.5 million to add 28 child care inspectors, so that the frequency of licensing inspections of day care facilities can be increased to once a year. (more…) Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , ,

Restraints, Seclusions Target Students With Autism, New Report Shows

Restraint graphic

Children with autism were the most frequently subjected to restraint or seclusion in Connecticut schools in the 2012-13 school year, according to a new state report that tallied more than 33,000 incidents of physical restraint or seclusion in public schools and private special education programs.

The report from the state Department of Education shows that autism was the primary disability among special education students subject to “emergency” restraint or seclusion, with 40.4 percent of all such incidents involving a child with autism. Autism also accounted for nearly half of all cases in which children were put in seclusion as part of their individualized education plans, or IEPs. (more…) Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

State Launches Coalition To Reduce Restraints And Seclusion In Schools

If Connecticut officials are going to continue to allow schools to use seclusion as a behavioral intervention, can’t they at least make sure that seclusion rooms have chairs? (more…) Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Middletown Doc Fined By Banking Dept. For Soliciting Investments

A Middletown physician has been sanctioned and fined by the state banking department for selling unregistered securities to investors, including at least one former patient, and using some of the proceeds to pay his medical malpractice insurance. (more…) Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , ,