Social Work

Our Vision

Social Workers are innovative leaders recognized for integrity and competence; honoring the central importance of human relationships
Our Mission

Social Workers advocate and empower people; enhancing physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being through culturally competent, empathetic person-centered care.
Social Workers are Essential

What We Do


“…To enhance the effective functioning and well-being of individuals, families, and communities… preserving rights, strengthening voices… the power of social work…”


Hartford HealthCare offers expert Social Work dedicated to provide comprehensive care to you and to your family and caregivers. Social workers are available to support people managing the physical and emotional stress of illness. Social Work provides compassionate support. Our social work team is uniquely qualified to advocate, empower and enhance your physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. Social Workers strive to provide care with you at the center with empathy and cultural humility.

Social work is rooted in a set of core values

Social workers' primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems

Social Justice
Social workers challenge social injustice

Dignity and worth of the person
Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person

Importance of human relationships
Social workers recognize the central importance of human relationships

Social workers behave in a trustworthy manner

Social workers practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise


When to Call a Social Worker


You may benefit from talking with a Social Worker if...


You are dealing with a new diagnosis, living with a serious illness or a chronic illness

You need support communicating with the health care team

You need someone to listen to your concerns

You are worried about the future

You are wondering about advance directives and who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself

You are feeling sad, depressed, or frustrated

You have concerns about your safety

You are looking for counseling or guidance

Social Work

  • Need a Social Worker?

    Ask a member of your healthcare team to contact Social Work

    Social Work Department

    Phone: 860.972.2966
    (ext. 22966 from any hospital phone)

    Colleen M. Mulkerin, MSW, LCSW, APHSW-C