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April 2018 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 4/18/2018

Advance Care Planning in 3 Easy Steps

It’s never too early to talk about Advance Care Planning, and this month’s National Healthcare Decisions Day is a helpful reminder that now is the perfect time to make a plan.

Advance Care Planning, or ACP, is the process of coming to understand, reflect on and discuss and plan for a time when you cannot make your own medical decisions. Through effective planning and the use of advance directives, you can help ensure your wishes are respected and honored by your loved ones and your healthcare providers. Though it may seem daunting at first, ACP is a pretty straightforward process.

Click here for three easy steps to help you get started.

Griffin Offers the Latest in Robotic Surgery

Griffin recently conducted its first robotic surgeries with the advanced da Vinci Xi Robotic-Assisted Surgery System.

This system is the latest generation in robotic surgery technology, featuring a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, the da Vinci Xi System enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. Benefits to patients include shorter hospital stays, less blood loss during surgery, few complications, less need for narcotic pain medicine, faster recovery, and smaller incisions associated with minimal scarring.

Click here for more information and a video of this revolutionary technology in action.

Griffin Hospital to Host Annual Baby Fair April 28

Expectant parents, new parents and their families can get a good feel for the Griffin’s maternity and child care resources from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 28 at Griffin Hospital’s Annual Baby Fair.

Held at The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division Street in Derby, this free event features more than 30 exhibitors, door prizes, tours of the Childbirth Center and information about the Center’s classes and support groups for before and after childbirth.

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Women’s Heart Wellness to Host Caring Heart Award Ceremony April 26

The Women’s Heart Wellness Committee will host its 13th Annual Women's Heart Wellness & Caring Heart Award Ceremony on Thurs., April 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Birchwoods at Oak Lane Country Club, 1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge.

The theme of the dinner will be “Who’s That Woman in the Mirror?” featuring a panel of health experts discussing women’s health and answering questions related to healthy aging. There will also be a health fair with information on overall wellness and more. WTNH Health Reporter Jocelyn Maminta will be the MC for the evening. The event will also honor Barbara Casagrande, of Oxford, with the Caring Heart Award.

Tickets for the dinner are $35 per person and includes plentiful hors d'oeuvres and a complimentary glass of wine. The deadline for reservations is April 22.

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Are You Feeling Stressed?

Stress is actually a very complicated and personal matter – everyone has their own triggers and ways of coping with it.

Click here for our tips on how to recognize and manage the stress in your life.

To help you manage stressful situations, support groups and programs are available free of charge. Free help is also available through Griffin Hospital’s Community Health Resource Center, a quiet, comfortable space with free information about stress, as well as techniques to help you better manage it. Call 203-732-7399 for more information.

You CAN Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

According to the CDC, 84 million Americans have prediabetes, but many don’t know it. A prediabetes diagnosis means that an individual’s blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be type 2 diabetes. Without lifestyle changes, people with prediabetes are very likely to progress to Type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Victoria Costales, a Griffin Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine physician who specializes in Lifestyle Medicine, will lead a free prediabetes information sessions called "Are you and your loved ones at risk for Diabetes?“ on Thurs., May 17 from 6-7 p.m. at Griffin Hospital. To register, call Esther Jones at 203-732-1523.

Series to Help Caregivers Keep Loved Ones Safely Independent

Griffin Hospital and The Valley Senior Services Council invite caregivers – especially those caring for seniors - to a series of talks to help provide education, information and support.

On Thurs., May 17, representatives from Voices Against Lyme Disease and Griffin will present “Summer Safety-Lyme Disease and Skin Cancer,” with information on how to help prevent and treat these diseases. On Thurs., June 7 “Caring for the Caregiver” will provide tips on how caregivers can take care of themselves so they can better care for others.

All presentations will start at 5:15 p.m. at Griffin Hospital. There will be a free light meal provided by Valley United Way and Griffin Hospital Lifeline at 4:30 p.m. before each talk. Registration is required for each event by calling 203-732-1511 or by clicking the title of each presentation above.

Volunteers Sought for Hospital Elder Life Program

The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) at Griffin Hospital is looking for volunteers to provide additional support for elderly patients.

Between 30 and 50 percent of seniors can experience a decline in their physical and mental abilities during a hospital stay. HELP is designed to offer special services to older adults while hospitalized at Griffin Hospital. HELP team members work in partnership with the doctors and nursing staff to highlight issues specific to geriatric care and to provide education to patients and their families.

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Friends & Family CPR at Griffin Hospital

Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Nurses are offering free Friends & Family CPR Training on Sat., April 21 and Sat., May 19 from 10 a.m. - noon. The course teaches the basics of adult and child CPR and relief of a foreign body (choking). Infant CPR skills will be offered at the end of the program to those who wish to learn these additional skills.

The course is offered on the third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. - noon. Registrations are required as space is limited. Call Cathi at 203-732-1337 to sign up or for more information.

Don’t ‘Sleep On’ this Free Sleep Apnea Talk

Griffin Hospital is offering a free talk that breaks down the ABCs of Zzzs on Tues., May 15 at 6 p.m.

Registered Polysomnographic Technologist Jackie Hoyle will present “Better Sleep for Better Health,” a discussion about the health risks of getting too little sleep, tips for getting better sleep, and warning signs of sleep apnea.

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Get Started on a Fulfilling Career as a CNA, PCT or Phlebotomist

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers is offering classes for its Certified Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician, and Phlebotomy programs this May.

The CNA program starts May 14. The PCT and Phlebotomy programs begin May 15. 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. The school is located at 300 Seymour Ave., Suite 206 in Derby.

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Relax in the Experience of Meditation at Griffin Hospital

Griffin Hospital is helping individuals refresh their spirits for spring with a free program on meditation from 6-7 p.m. on Thurs., April 26.

Janice Lautier, director of Spiritual Care and Education, will host “Finding Balance,” an interactive program about the benefits and styles of meditation that can help participants balance and settle themselves - especially during chaotic times. There will be group discussion and experiential learning as well as guidance on how to start a daily meditation practice.

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