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July 2019 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 7/30/2019

Have Your Healthiest Skin this Summer

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Click here to learn how you can stay sun safe.

Know the Causes, Symptoms of Melanoma

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other parts of your body if not caught early. Click here to learn about the risks and warning signs.

Refreshing Summer Recipes

Relax and enjoy the taste of Summer! Click here for some light, simple, and refreshing recipes.

Get on the Path to a Career in Healthcare

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers is accepting applications for its fall Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Phlebotomy and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (MA) programs. The evening session for the accelerated CNA program starts Sept. 3, the day PCT program and the Phlebotomy program begin Sept 17, and the daytime MA program starts Oct. 1. Click here for more information.

Not Sure What Careers Will Work for You? Come to a Free Open House Aug. 15!

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers is hosting an Open House on Thurs., Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will provide information on the school’s highly successful and affordable Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Phlebotomy and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (MA) programs. Attendees will be able to ask school representatives about the programs and financial aid options. See you there!

Get Relief for Joint Pain

Orthopaedic Surgeon Gary R. Richo, M.D., PhD, will present “Advances in Joint Replacement” options on Tues., Aug. 13 at 5:45 p.m. at the hospital. This open discussion will cover the causes of joint pain, conservative treatment options, total joint replacement techniques, post-surgical recovery and the return to normal activities. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Griffin Hospital Orthopaedic Care Specialist Amy Gagne at 203-732-7524.

Learn about Griffin’s Programs to Keep You Healthy and Well

Griffin Health is inviting the community to experience its preventative health, lifestyle management and support programs with a free Health and Wellness Fair on Thurs., Aug. 22 from 4-6 p.m. at the hospital.

Attendees at the fair will be able to learn about Griffin’s community health programs, talk with representatives, and even try out some of the programs’ features, including simple, but effective exercises and healthy recipes. There will also be free blood pressure screenings and consultation and information on Griffin’s many free support groups. There will also be giveaways and free raffles.

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., Aug. 21 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!

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.

Click here to see a video about the program.

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.

Make Sure Your Loved One Is Ready for the Transition Home

Griffin Hospital’s “Here to Home” program is a comprehensive overview of information and the important safeguards patients and their loved ones need to consider when transitioning back home from a hospital stay. Click here to watch a video on this program which helps keep patients and caregivers safe and healthy as well as provide the confidence needed to navigate this relatively difficult time in the healing process.

Become an ACP Volunteer!

Griffin Hospital is looking for volunteers to help provide patients and caregivers peace of mind about future healthcare decisions. The hospital’s new Advance Care Planning Facilitator Program will train individuals to help guide others in developing a plan for their healthcare, in the event they are unable to speak for themselves. Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process of understanding, reflecting on, and discussing individual goals, beliefs and values in order to determine one's healthcare wishes and select a Health Care Representative to make decisions on his or her behalf. Click here for more information.

Writers Needed!

Griffin Hospital’s Vital Patient Stories Program, which provides patients with short stories about their lives, is looking for volunteers. The program helps improve patient morale and the healing process by taking his or her mind off their illness or treatment.

For more information about the volunteer opportunities at Griffin Hospital or its upcoming complementary healing workshops, call Kathy Browne at 203-732-7555. Click here for more information.

Bereavement Support Groups

Griffin Hospital offers ongoing support groups for anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one.

These groups are facilitated by caregivers in Griffin’s Department of Spiritual Care and Education and provide grief education and support to ease the pain of loss as well as encouraging healing and growth. There will be groups meeting on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at the hospital.

Due to limited capacity, pre-registration is required. To learn more or to register, contact Janice Lautier at 203-732-1100 or jlautier@griffinhealth.org.

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