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May 2019 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 5/21/2019

A Good Night’s Sleep is Key to Good Health

Did you get enough sleep last night? May is Better Sleep Month, so it's a good time to look at your sleep habits, and make simple changes in your lifestyle to help improve your sleep habits. If you are having problems sleeping or your loved ones are complaining about your snoring, Griffin’s The Sleep Wellness Center provides sleep counseling, relaxation therapy, respiratory therapy and sleep support groups. Learn more.

The ABCs of Zzzs

Griffin is offering a free talk that breaks down the ABCs of Zzzs on Thurs., May 30 at 6 p.m. at the hospital. Medical Director of The Sleep Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital K. Marya Chaisson, MD, will present “Better Sleep for Better Health,” an interactive discussion about what happens to the body during sleep, sleep disorders and treatments. Learn more.

Rock Out for Cancer June 9

A Shelton cancer survivor will be taking the stage to help others fight the disease.

Mark Solotruk and the Orchard Hill Band are hosting “Rock Out for Cancer” Sun., June 9 from 1-5 p.m. at M.A.G.’s Pizza, Bar & Grill, 15 Klarides Village Dr., Seymour to raise money for the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby. Learn more.

Are Spring Allergies Giving You Something to Sneeze at?

Spring is in the air—along with sneeze-inducing pollen! Seasonal allergies are common, but no need to suffer this year. Click for tips on preventing allergies this Spring.

The Power of Positive Thinking

Griffin will host a free presentation about positive thinking and how it can help individuals cope with life stressors and symptoms of depression on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. Deborah Ranilla, LCSW, and Emily Medina, LCSW, of Griffin Hospital’s Outpatient Psychiatry Department will host “Positive Psychology,” a free discussion on how gratitude, kindness, optimism, self-compassion, forgiveness and other similar topics can improve well-being and help people live happier and more fulfilling lives. Learn more.

Improve Your Lifestyle this Summer

Griffin Hospital is helping individuals make this summer a sensational start to a healthier life with a special condensed eight-week version of its popular Wellness for Life Program starting June 25. Wellness for Life is an evidence-based lifestyle change program that helps prevent and treat many chronic diseases. Learn more.

Griffin Hospital recognizes volunteers, awards scholarships

Griffin honored its volunteers for selflessly giving their time and talents to the hospital in 2018 at its Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner held at The Inn at Villa Bianca in Seymour recently. A total of 328 hospital volunteers logged more than 34,900 hours last year while serving as ambassadors, candy stripers, bakers, shuttle drivers, room service, soft touch therapy providers, writers of vital patient stories and many more roles that benefited hospital patients, visitors and staff. Read more.

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., June 19at 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!

Condensed CNA Certification Course

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, 300 Seymour Ave., Suite 206 in Derby, is offering a summer session of its Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course starting July 15. The School is also taking applications for its Certified Clinical Medical Assistant course starting in the fall. Learn more.

Valley Students Compete in Healthy Cooking Competition

Perry Hill School Fifth Grader Alexandra Calandro, of Shelton, was top chef at the 6th Annual Valley Initiative to Advance Health and Learning in Schools (VITAHLS) Healthy Cooking Competition. Calandro’s “Fiesta Mango Pork and Salsa with Authentic Mexican Grilled Corn” was named best by a panel of judges that included local government officials and experts in cooking and health at Griffin Hospital in Derby on May 7. The recipe beat out Cinco de Mayo inspired entries by Sixth Grader Brooke Johnson from Prendergast School in Ansonia, and Sixth Grader Rashiya McNeil, from Derby Middle School. Learn more.

Griffin Hospital Honors Its Nurses

Griffin Hospital recently held its 33nd Annual Nurse Day Celebration to honor its more than 350 staff nurses. The nursing staff were treated to hors d'oeuvres, raffles and award presentations to those nurses who provided exceptional care during the year. Carol Lauer, RN, BSN, of Naugatuck, Gene Brazee, RN, BSN, CCM, of Plymouth, Maria Cantito, RN-BC, of Middlebury, and Heather McFarland, RN - BC, BSN, of Southbury, were named winners of the 2019 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing, and Ashley D'Agostino, RN, MSN, clinical educator in Professional Development, received the 2019 Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award. Learn more.

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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