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Blog: Griffin Hospital News Releases

Griffin Hospital Offers Soft Touch Workshop

By Lisa Seaberg on 8/28/2009

DERBY, CT (August 28, 2009) - The Griffin Hospital Volunteer Department is conducting a Soft Touch Workshop on Saturday, September 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will explain the basic concepts of Soft Touch and provide time for hands-on practice. There are no pre-requisites to attend the workshop and it is open to the public. Register online at www.griffinhealth.org or by phone at (203)732-7555 or by e-mailing twanciak@griffinhealth.org. A workshop deposit of $20 is required to reserve a space, however, it will be refunded to those who attend. Register early as class size is limited!

Griffin Hospital Hosts Weekly Farmers' Market

By Ken Roberts on 8/24/2009

DERBY, CT (August 24, 2009) - This summer Griffin Hospital's employees, physicians, and volunteers - as well as its patients and visitors - are once again be able to enjoy the freshness and convenience of buying locally grown produce right at the hospital's front door. The farmers' market also provides an opportunity to support the local economy, with local farm, Aspetuck Valley Apple Barn of Easton and other local vendors providing a wide variety of produce.

Six to be Honored as Women Making a Difference

By Ken Roberts on 8/21/2009

DERBY, CT (August 21, 2009) - The Valley Women's Health Initiative will present the 9th Annual Women Making a Difference in the Valley (WMDIV) Tribute Luncheon and Breast Cancer Fundraiser on Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 12:00-2:00 pm at the Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby. The tribute recognizes “outstanding women" who have made positive contributions to the community and have demonstrated significant achievement in their fields of endeavor, both professional and volunteer.

Enriching the Patient Experience at Griffin Hospital

By Ken Roberts on 8/18/2009

DERBY, CT (August 18, 2009) - It has been said that everyone has a story -- and for a number of the patients at Griffin Hospital their stories are captured by community members who participate as "Vital Patient Stories" (VPS) volunteers.

New Single-Incision Laparoscopic Gall Bladder Surgery Speeds Recovery

By Ken Roberts on 8/18/2009

DERBY, CT (August 18, 2009) - Evelyn Amico of Ansonia didn't welcome the news that she needed gallbladder surgery, recalling the experiences of friends and family who had undergone the procedure in years past. While she had heard of the less invasive laparoscopic procedures used more commonly today, she still wasn't looking forward to the idea of surgery and the recovery period, which would take her away from her weekly golf game. But when her surgeon, Leland Soto, M.D., suggested that she might be an ideal candidate for Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) at Griffin Hospital, she began to feel much better.

Griffin Hospital Talk Series Features Variety of Topics

By Ken Roberts on 8/14/2009

DERBY, CT (August 14, 2009) - The latest imaging and diagnostics technology, chronic knee or hip pain, single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), arthritis, and syncope, a temporary loss of consciousness or fainting, are among the scheduled talks by Griffin Hospital physicians to be presented as part of the ongoing Health Empowerment Series. Other topics include shoulder pain, reconstructive breast surgery, congestive heart failure, and complementary medicine. Registration is requested. Please call (203)732-1511 or register online at www.griffinhealth.org.

Free Diabetes Education Workshop at Griffin Hospital

By Ken Roberts on 8/14/2009

DERBY, CT - (August 14, 2009) - Being told that you have diabetes can leave you with questions. Where can you get information? What should you look for? What changes should you make to your diet? Get some answers.

Bereavement Support Groups at Griffin Hospital

By Lisa Seaberg on 8/11/2009

DERBY, CT (August 11, 2009) - Beginning in September, Griffin Hospital will offer support groups for anyone who is experiencing grief resulting from the loss of a loved one. The eight-week, leader-facilitated groups will provide grief education and emotional support to participants. Both an afternoon and an evening group will be offered.

Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center Awarded Grant to Study Health Effects of Fruit and Vegetable Concentrate - Juice Plus+

By Lisa Seaberg on 8/3/2009

DERBY, CT (August 3, 2009) - Derby, CT - The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, located at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT, has received a grant from NSA, LLC to study the health effects of a fruit-vegetable concentrate that is high in antioxidants. Specifically, the study will examine the effects of consuming Juice Plus+ capsules for eight weeks on endothelial function, a measure of heart health, in overweight men.

Griffin Hospital Mini Med School to Begin Sept. 17

By Ken Roberts on 8/3/2009

DERBY, CT (August 3, 2009) - The Fall 2009 session of Griffin Hospital's popular "Mini-Med School" course will begin Thursday, September 17, 2009. The free course, which will be conducted over 10 consecutive weekly sessions by various Griffin Hospital physicians who serve as faculty, will meet Thursdays from 6:30 - 9:00 pm in the hospital's Meditation and Learning Center. The Mini-Med School will culminate with a "graduation" ceremony for participants on November 19.