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Community Benefit - Griffin Hospital

2022 Griffin Hospital Community Benefit Report

Community service and social responsibility

Beyond the inpatient care and outpatient services it provides to the community, Griffin Hospital has a history of community service and social responsibility dating back to its founding in 1909. In 1970, Griffin established one of the first hospital Departments of Community Health in the country to focus on the health and well being of the community it serves, providing a variety of health screenings and preventive programs and services.

Over the past decade, however, Griffin has been expanding its reach into the community like never before. In addition to providing health information and services to the public at the hospital and other satellite locations, Griffin takes these activities into the communities where patients live, work, and worship. By offering a variety of support groups, training sessions, educational programs, and other community-based resources and activities, and collaborating with other non-profit organizations and government entities, Griffin has extended its mission “to provide leadership to improve the health of the community served” far beyond the hospital’s walls.

Community Outreach & Valley Parish Nurse Program

The hospital established the Department of Community Outreach and Parish Nursing to fulfill its healthy community mission and goals. The department sponsors the Valley Parish Nurse Program (VPN), one of the largest parish nurse initiatives in the country. Parish nurses are persons of faith who are experienced registered nurses, and who have received special education in holistic health care. They have skills in teaching and health counseling as well as knowledge of community resources. More than 100 VPN Program nurses currently serve 34 area congregations as part of the hospital’s outreach efforts.

Members of the Community Outreach team visited 725 sites last year, including senior centers, shopping centers, neighborhoods, schools, libraries, daycares, companies and community events and fairs. Focusing on preventive health services and providing health education and screening services, the van is equipped with cholesterol, osteoporosis, diabetes and blood pressure screening equipment, as well as a television and VCR for patient education.

Last year, the Department of Community Outreach and VPN Program collectively served more than 45,000 people, a significant portion of the hospital’s primary service area population, and provided nearly 6100 health screenings. A summary of VPN activities follows:

Griffin Hospital/Valley Parish Nurse Program Statistics
Total Resident Contacts 45,308
Sites Visited 725
Health Screening Recipients 2,491
Number of People Referred for Care 8,321
Education/Wellness Programs Offered 2,380
Attendees at Education/Wellness Programs 17,827
Bike Helmets Provided and Fitted 135
Pedestrian Safety Program Participants 1,322
Infection Control/ “Germ Buster” Program Participants 767
Infant Safe Sleep Participants 1,028
Infant and Booster Car Seats Provided/Installed 69/294
Child Passenger Safety Education Program Participants 1,632
People Trained in CPR 1,984
Social Emotional Health Participants 2,810
Community AED Oversight Locations 93
Diabetes Related Program Participants 517
Exercise Program Participants 371
Breast Wellness Education Program Participants 479

Community Health Resource Center

Griffin further extends its reach and health leadership into the community by empowering residents to take a more active role in their health and their healthcare. Nearly 10,000 area residents now hold library cards with Griffin’s Community Health Resource Center, which makes its vast collection of consumer health information available to the public six days a week.


In total, Griffin Hospital provided more than $49 million in community benefit in 2021. A summary follows:

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    Note: A complete copy of Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service (Form 990) 2008 is available for review at the Griffin Hospital Comptroller’s office, 130 Division Street, Derby, CT.