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August 2018 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 8/23/2018

Vaccination Plays Key Role in Good Health

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which brings a focus to an often over-looked part of good health. Vaccination is important because it protects the person getting the vaccine and helps prevent the spread of disease, especially to those who are most vulnerable to serious complications (such as infants and young children, the elderly and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems).

While a lot of conflicting data exists around vaccines, experts agree they are a necessary part of maintaining public health. CLICK HERE for a guide to the most common myths and facts about vaccines.

Vaccinations are also an important reason to have your annual check-up, so that your doctor can be sure you are up-to-date. According to the Centers for Disease Control, every adult should get one dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) if they did not get Tdap as a teen, and then receive a Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster vaccine every 10 years.

Enrollment is Open for Griffin’s Mini Med School!

Griffin Hospital is accepting registrations for its free, 10-week “Mini-Med School” course that begins Thurs., Sept. 6.

Specifically designed for the layperson with little or no medical background, Mini-Med School provides a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding of how the human body works, insight into common disorders of the various organ systems, as well as information about disease prevention. The program meets Thursdays from 6:30–9 p.m. in the hospital’s Meditation and Learning Center. There is no fee to enroll in the Mini-Med School, but space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. CLICK HERE to register or call 203-732-1511.

Discover the Future of Healthcare at the Griffin Gala Sept. 29

The 2018 Griffin Hospital Gala offers a unique look into the future along with lavish food, tantalizing auction items, and lively music and dancing on Sat., Sept. 29 from 6 – 11 p.m. at Quarry Walk, 300 Oxford Rd., Oxford.

The location of the Gala highlights the emerging Quarry Walk, an innovative multi-use development that will also be the sight of an advanced medical office campus designed for Griffin’s vision of a “new generation of care,” focusing on preventative services, chronic disease management and care coordination to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals that live and work in the region.

Tickets start at $185 per person. Black tie is suggested. Proceeds from the Gala will help Griffin advance the development of this next-generation population health approach.

CLICK HERE for more to purchase tickets or for more information.

Hip Pain? We can help!

Learn how minimally-invasive surgery can relieve your pain and get you back in action!

Join Orthopedic Surgeon Philip Minotti, MD, for a free seminar about the anterior hip replacement surgery at Griffin Hospital on Wed., Sept. 19 at 5:45 p.m.

These seminars are offered monthly at Griffin Hospital. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Griffin Hospital Orthopaedic Care Specialist Amy Gagne at 203-732-7524.

Dr. Minotti will explain the advanced Direct Anterior Approach, which offers important advantages over standard surgical procedures. There is generally less pain, it decreases the length of stay in the hospital, and can have you enjoying better comfort and mobility in as little as a few days!

The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital 5K Celebrates 10 Years with a Xenathlon! REPEAT

The Annual 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital will celebrate its 10th year with events for the mind, body and spirit.

This non-competitive, family-friendly event is set for Sat., Sept. 22 at the Griffin Hospital Center for Cancer Care, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby, and will feature a “Xenathlon” of ways to improve one’s well-being.

The event begins with an all levels yoga practice at 7:30 a.m., followed by the Walk/Run kicking off at 9 a.m. Following the kickoff, there will be an on-site spin class.

CLICK HERE to register or for more information.

Join the 1 Billion Step Challenge! REPEAT

Get fit and help Griffin meet its community goal of one billion steps!

Griffin Hospital and News8-WTNH have challenged Connecticut to get up, get moving and improve their well-being by taking one billion steps.  Sign up for free at OneBillionStepsCT.com, create a profile and follow the directions to start tracking steps.

Click here for more information.

Griffin Awarded Advanced Certification for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital

Griffin Hospital, of Derby, has received an advanced certification as an “Acute Stroke Ready Hospital” by the Joint Commission. This certification, developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recognizes hospitals that have developed and met the standards to deliver better outcomes for stroke. Our dedicated stroke program ensures that those suffering from a stroke. CLICK HERE for more information.

Keep Full and Hydrated with these Recipes

Staying hydrated can be a challenge in the summer as we spend more time sweating in the sun. One solution: Eat your water! CLICK HERE for water-rich recipes to keep you hydrated (and make you feel full!)

Be On the Lookout for the Mobile Health Center

Griffin Hospital’s Mobile Health Center will be making several appearances at the Shelton Farmers Market on Canal Street over the next few months, providing free blood pressure readings as well as health information on a variety of topics including breast cancer awareness and sun safety.

The Mobile Health Center is a custom built Winnebago that travels to various locations throughout the Valley, such as senior centers, shopping plazas, companies and community events to offer free preventative health services and promote well-being in the community.

It is scheduled to be at the farmers market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 8, Oct. 13, and Nov. 3 Health information offered by the Mobile Resource Center will focus on a specific topic each week, but staff will be available to discuss any health questions.

Take the First Steps towards a Fulfilling Career in Healthcare

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, at 300 Seymour Avenue, Suite 206 in Derby, is offering classes for its fall Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT) and Phlebotomy programs.

The evening session for the CNA program starts Sept. 17, and the day PCT program and the Phlebotomy program begin Sept 18.

The accelerated CNA course offers students an affordable and condensed six-week schedule with classes Monday through Thursday from 5-9 p.m.

Anyone 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED may apply for admission. Early application is encouraged for all courses, as space is limited. For more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or 203-732-7578 or visit griffinhealth.org/allied-health.

Do You Know about Advance Care Planning?

Did you know Medicare covers Advance Care Planning services like help creating an Advance Directive (living will)? Contact Griffin Hospital’s Advance Care Planning services at 203-732-1255 or acp@griffinhealth.org to find out how we can help. CLICK HERE for an explanation of Advance Care Planning and resources to help you get started. We’ve also created a list of questions to help you prepare.

Free Fall Prevention Program

The Valley Parish Nurse Program at Griffin Hospital and Griffin Hospital Lifeline will host a free Fall Prevention Program on Fri., Sept. 14 from 9 a.m.-noon.

The program will discuss the dangers of falling, especially for seniors, and will help attendees prevent falls by: Assessing their fall risk; teaching them to assess their, or a loved one’s, risk of falling; teaching and practicing exercises to improve balance and leg strength; providing a medication review; encouraging annual eye exams; teaching ways to reduce tripping hazards at home and learning how to get up or to call for fast help if a fall occurs.

A light breakfast will be provided by Griffin Hospital Lifeline. To reserve a seat or for more information, contact Esther at 203-732-1523 or ejones@griffinhealth.org.

What's Your Independence Score?

Although you may be perfectly independent at the moment, you may have certain risk factors that could limit your ability to care for yourself in the future. Take this SHORT QUIZ to find out your independence score.

Griffin Hospital to Host AARP Driver Safety Program Sept. 15

Griffin Hospital will host an AARP Driver Safety Program from 8:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 15.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest refresher course for drivers. While the course is geared toward drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to everyone.

The training is designed to help you learn current rules of the road, how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment, and make some adjustments to common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Make checks payable to “AARP.” To register, call Esther at 203-732-1523.

CHF/COPD Wellness Center Featured on Channel 8

WTNH Channel 8 News recently featured Griffin’s Congestive Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (CHF/COPD) Wellness Center on its CT Style program. The CHF/COPD Wellness Center was developed 2011 as part of Griffin’s Planetree person-centered care philosophy, which seeks to partner with patients, caregivers and the community at large to improve overall health and well-being. The Center also plays an important role in Griffin’s focus on Population Health, which reaches out into the community with a well-treatment approach of free education and resources – like the Wellness Center – to proactively help individuals manage their health, and keep them out of the hospital. Click here to watch the interview.

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