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Hartford Continues to Build Its Relationship with Israel

May 03, 2019

IsraelAllianceMetroHartford Alliance Vice President, Global Business Development Rebecca Nolan recently spent five days in Israel. While there, she and representatives from Alliance Leadership Investor Hartford HealthCare explored ways to develop long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships that leverage Hartford-area talent and innovation.

Introducing Global Companies to Connecticut

“In 2007, the Alliance collaborated with the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford to create opportunities for innovative Israeli healthcare companies to consider Greater Hartford as a viable location to create their U.S. presence,” explained Nolan.

“From those efforts, Hartford HealthCare has advanced its relationship with several Israeli organizations and encouraged more research and tech-based interaction,” she added. “For instance, through a partnership with Magen David Adom, Hartford HealthCare has accelerated opportunities with hospitals throughout New England.”

With her role, Nolan plays an integral role in encouraging global companies to form collaborations with Greater Hartford companies and/or create a presence in the state.

“I’ve created relationships with key stakeholders and decision makers in many industries here. Global companies considering Connecticut want to know what it is around economic development that can support the community?” she said.

“With Israeli companies, I highlight the strengths our health industry has been able to attain—our high-quality healthcare and cutting-edge technology and research facilities. Beyond that, I help international companies transition to our area by showcasing our communities and quality of life.”

During the visit to Israel, Hartford HealthCare highlighted some of the organization’s nationally recognized innovation initiatives and accolades, which demonstrate our region as a healthcare hub. Hartford HealthCare also talked about its clinically integrated healthcare ecosystem and the value it brings to Israeli startups and entrepreneurs.

For example, Hartford Hospital cardiac surgeons were the first in Connecticut to utilize robotics for mitral valve repair and have been recognized as high performing in aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, and heart failure by U.S. News & World Report.

Advancing Opportunities with Global Companies

Throughout the visit to Israel, many opportunities for continued and new collaborations were brought to the table through discussion, tours, and on-site meetings.

As an example of collaboration and innovation, Yoav Shoam, M.D., from the Emergency Department at the Rabin Medical Center, spoke about his experience training at the Hartford Hospital’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI). He spent six weeks in Hartford in 2016 to learn and understand how to set up CESI. Three years later, the Rabin Medical Center now has an active Center for Medical Simulation program. Rabin signed an MOU with Hartford HealthCare and plans to have a similar new building like the one in Hartford.

RebeccaNolan“We’re seeing the fruit of our labor after years of collaboration impacting the healthcare industry in Greater Hartford,” said Nolan.

The government of Israel through the Economic Mission & Trade Investment will bring a delegation of companies to Connecticut this fall.

“They typically make stops in New York City and Boston,” explained Nolan. “Now, as a result of this recent visit, they will focus on bringing more companies to Connecticut—specifically, to Greater Hartford.”

For more information about Global Business Development, contact Rebecca Nolan at rnolan@metrohartford.com or 860-525-4451 ext. 280

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