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Nutrition Talk by Dr. Katz Kicks Off Wellness Week at Griffin Hospital

By Lisa Seaberg on 1/19/2005

DERBY, CT (January 19, 2005) - Today Griffin Hospital officially kicks off its new employee wellness program WinFit with a presentation by nutrition expert Dr. David Katz.

Griffin Hospital Neurologist Heads Study Group in FDA Approval of New Drug for Multiple Sclerosis

By Lisa Seaberg on 12/22/2004

DERBY, CT (December 22, 2004) - Griffin Hospital neurologist Dr. Joseph Guarnaccia is heading one of two study groups in a two-year clinical trial which has had such demonstrable first year results, the Federal Drug Administration has already approved use of the new drug to help people who have multiple sclerosis.The drug, natalizumab or Tysabri, is for people with relapses of multiple sclerosis.

Special Event at Griffin Hospital to honor retired Griffin Hospital Chaplain, Frederick Erson, 2004 Wholeness of Life Award recipient

By Lisa Seaberg on 9/15/2004

DERBY, CT (September 15, 2004) - Representatives from The Healthcare Chaplaincy in New York will visit Griffin Hospital tomorrow to join Griffin Hospital staff as they honor retired hospital Chaplain Fredrick Erson, recipient of the 2004 Wholeness of Life Award.

Griffin Hospital Inpatient Psychiatric Unit Receives Award

By Lisa Seaberg on 8/10/2004

DERBY, CT (August 10, 2004) - The Griffin Hospital Inpatient Psychiatric Unit recently received the 2004 Honorable Mention Award from the Connecticut Real Estate Exchange, a statewide organization that recognizes Connecticut projects that have had a "positive impact on the State and their communities, overcoming significant economic, geographic, bureaucratic or environmental obstacles."

Gastroenterologist, Scott Choi, M.D., to discuss Sleep and Gastric Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

By Lisa Seaberg on 5/12/2004

DERBY, CT (May 12, 2004) - On Wednesday, May 26th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Gastroenterologist, Scott Choi, M.D. of the Griffin Hospital Digestive Disorders Center will discuss Gastric Esophageal Reflux Disease and how it can interfere with sleep and how it can affect those who suffer from sleep apnea. Those interested in attending should register by calling 203-732-7571. This event is presented by the Griffin Hospital Sleep Apnea Support Group. There is no charge to attend.

Griffin Hospital Most Improved in Region

By Lisa Seaberg on 5/10/2004

DERBY, CT (May 10, 2004) - Community residents rate Griffin Hospital the most improved hospital in the region with the highest quality of care. The ratings are the results of a community telephone survey of 360 residents in Valley towns conducted by an independent market research company. The hospital uses the market research company to assess perception of programs, services and care, and to assist in determining community health service needs. The survey compares hospitals in Bridgeport, New Haven and Waterbury as well as Milford and Griffin Hospital.

The Sleep Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital Expands

By Lisa Seaberg on 3/9/2004

685 Sleep Studies Done Last Year

Jeri Opuszynski of Beacon Falls to Receive Wholeness of Life Award

By Lisa Seaberg on 10/15/2003

DERBY, CT (October 15, 2003) - Jeri Opuszynski, a member of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Griffin Hospital, was chosen to receive the prestigious Wholeness of Life Award from the Healthcare Chaplaincy of New York. The event will take place on November 13 in New York where Opuszynski will be among 18 honorees from healthcare organizations in New York and Connecticut. A special reception in Jeri's honor will be held at the hospital on October 16 at 2:30 pm in the main cafeteria. Herb Prem, a Board of Trustee from The HealthCare Chaplaincy will be in attendance to assist Patrick Charmel, Griffin Hospital CEO in presenting Opuszynski with the citation.

Valley Parish Nurse Program and Coordinator Daun Barrett Receives "Spirit of Caring" Award

By Lisa Seaberg on 8/19/2003

DERBY, CT (August 19, 2003) - Daun Barrett, R.N., Coordinator of the Valley Parish Nurse Program (VPNP) has been selected as Griffin Hospital's first Planetree "Spirit of Caring" award winner. Planetree started the "Spirit of Caring" award to publicly recognize health caregivers who personalize and humanize the health care experience for patients and their families and programs or services supporting extraordinary achievement in patient-centered care. The Valley Parish Nurse Program was selected as Griffin Hospital's "Spirit of Caring" award program.

Griffin Hospital Expands Planetree Care to New Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

By Lisa Seaberg on 6/18/2003

Media Welcome to Attend a Media Tour at 12:00 noon and Opening Ceremony at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2003