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March 2019 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 3/21/2019

Get “On Tract” this Month

March is both National Nutrition Month and Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so it's a good time to think about how our eating habits affect our digestive health. While colorectal screenings are generally recommended at age 50, it is still important for some patients to get screened earlier if you have a family history of colorectal cancer, or have disorders of the digestive system. Click here for a quick quiz will help assess your risk of colon cancer.

Lifestyle Factors to Lower Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer

About 1 in 20 Americans will develop colon cancer during their lifetime. Learn ways to help lower your colon cancer risk.

Learn from the Experts about Colon Cancer Prevention, Treatment

Griffin Hospital will host an in-depth overview on colon cancer prevention and treatment options on Mon., March 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the hospital. Gastroenterologists Dr. Harold Schwartz and Colorectal Surgeon Dr. Daniel Lavy will present, “Colon Cancer: From Prevention to Cure,” a comprehensive presentation on colon cancer including the extent of the disease, risk factors, prevention and screening, and therapeutic and surgical options. Both doctors will be available for questions at the end of the presentation. Read more.

Find Relief at Griffin’s Digestive Disorders Center

At the Digestive Disorders Center, we treat a wide range of digestive problems, from heartburn and bowel discomfort to colon cancer. Click here for more information.

Fiber Friendly Recipes

Consuming enough fiber is important for a well-balanced diet. These delicious recipes will help you maintain a fiber friendly diet.

Need Personal Support for Nutrition?

Griffin Hospital’s registered dietitians provide one-on-one nutrition counseling sessions for a variety of medical conditions. Click here for more information.

Learn about LGBTQ Services at Griffin

Griffin Hospital will host an informational supper on the LGBTQ services available at the hospital on Thurs., April 4 from 6-8 p.m. The supper is open to the LGBTQ community, friends and allies to connect with Griffin Health and learn what it can do to provide better care for everyone. Topics of discussion include advance care planning, HIV/STD/STI Testing and Counseling, PrEP/PEP for patient at risk for HIV, hormone therapy and monitoring, and gender confirming surgeries. Read more.

Griffin Featured on WTNH for National Kidney Day

News Channel 8 recently featured an interview with Nephrologist Dr. Paul Nussbaum, an active member of Griffin’s medical staff, about chronic kidney disease to raise awareness on World Kidney Day March 14.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the sixth-fastest growing cause of death globally, with one out of three Americans at risk. CKD happens when kidneys fail to get rid of built-up toxins. Diabetes, high blood pressure and family history are risk factors.

Dr. Nussbaum answered questions about dialysis and kidney pain. Click here to see the news report.

Be Prepared for the “What Ifs” in Healthcare

Griffin will offer a free talk on how to plan for future healthcare and medical decisions on Wed., April 3 at 6 p.m. Griffin Hospital Advance Care Planning Coordinator Lynn Aiksnoras will present, “What if?” an interactive presentation and discussion will focus on the first steps of Advance Care Planning – those “what if” scenarios which can profoundly alter an individual’s life and painfully disrupt even the most stable families. Read more.

Free Help with Managing Health Conditions

Griffin Hospital will host a free six-week workshop starting April 1 at the Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St., Shelton, to help individuals suffering from health conditions take back control of their lives. The Live Well Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop provides health information and strategies to help those with health conditions like pain, anxiety, diabetes, depression, heart disease, and arthritis increase their energy and take control of their health. Read more.

Ready to Quit Smoking?

Griffin Hospital will host a free talk on methods for quitting smoking on Tues., April 2 at 6 p.m. at the hospital. Richard Le Pera, Smoking Cessation Specialist and Exercise Physiologist, will host “That’s It – Learn to Quit,” an open discussion about the health risks of smoking and several methods that have helped individuals kick the habit. Read more.

Learn about the Latest Treatments for Joint Pain

Griffin Hospital will offer a free presentation on joint replacement options on Tues., April 9 at 5:45 p.m. Orthopaedic Surgeon Ignatius Komninakas, MD, will present “Advances in Joint Replacement," an open discussion of the causes of joint pain, conservative treatment options, total joint replacement techniques, post-surgical recovery and the return to normal activities. Dr. Komninakas will be available at the end of the presentation to answer any questions from attendees.

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

Become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant!

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers will offer a new Certified Clinical Medical Assistant training program starting in April. The program prepares students to become multi-skilled healthcare professionals that specialize in outpatient settings. Click here for more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or 203-732-7578 or visit griffinhealth.org/allied-health.

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., April 17 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!

Join the 1 Billion Step Challenge!

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.

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.

Volunteers Wanted for Innovative Hospital Elder Life Program at Griffin

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

HELP is designed to offer special services to older adults while hospitalized at Griffin Hospital. Between 30 and 50 percent of seniors can experience a decline in their physical and cognitive abilities during a hospital stay.

Training and supervision will be provided. No previous medical experience is required. Volunteers have a choice of working various weekday shifts between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Scholarship incentives are also available for eligible college students.

The next HELP training is scheduled to begin in the spring. To learn more about this exciting program or to become a HELP volunteer, please call Laura Murphy at 203-732-7466.

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