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August 2019 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 8/12/2019

Have Your Healthiest Skin this Summer

Griffin Health is pleased to announce the opening of the new Diagnostic Imaging Center and Blood Draw Station at Quarry Walk in Oxford, offering advanced technology for exceptionally detailed scans in a shorter amount of time, and with enhanced patient comfort.

The center features Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening, Ultrasound Imaging, Diagnostic Radiography (X-Ray), 64-slice CT Scan and a state-of-the-art 3 Tesla (3T) MRI.

The 3T MRI provides many benefits to you and your patients, including:

  • Significantly more detailed, high resolution images which are extremely beneficial in diagnosing pathological conditions involving the brain, spine, and musculoskeletal system
  • Increased clarity that allows radiologists to identify smaller lesions and anatomical structures that cannot be seen with less powerful machines
  • A more pleasant patient experience with a 70-cm Open Bore that is roomy enough to accommodate a large variety of patients, and is also compact, so that many studies can be completed with the patient’s head outside the bore - relieving the sense of confinement patients associate with most MRI scanners
  • Extreme precision and efficiency which shortens examination times, provides sophisticated imaging procedures for more accurate diagnosis, and lowers the risk of distorted images, thus eliminating the need for repeated scans

For appointments, call 203-732-7101, or click here for more information.

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

Join us for a free Open House at The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, 300 Seymour Ave., Derby, 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 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.


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, information on Griffin’s many free support groups, giveaways and free raffles.

Learn like a Physician at Griffin's Mini-Med School

Griffin Hospital is accepting registrations for its free, 10-week “Mini-Med School” course that begins Thurs., Sept. 5.

Specifically designed for the layperson with little or no medical background, Mini-Med School provides a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding of how the human body works, insight into common disorders of the various organ systems, as well as information about disease prevention. There is no fee to enroll in the Mini-Med School, but space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. To register, click here or call 203-732-1511.

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.

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!

The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital 5K Set for Sept. 28

The Annual 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby, will celebrate its 11th year on Sat., Sept. 28. This non-competitive, family-friendly event begins with day-of registration at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk/Run kicking off at 9 a.m.

Registration is $30. The registration fees will increase by $5 after Sept. 14. Pre-registration is encouraged at griffinhealth.org/5k with the first 500 registered participants receiving t-shirts.

Volunteers Needed for Study on Fecal Microbial Transplantation in Adults with Multiple Sclerosis

The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, the Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Center at Griffin Hospital, and Yale University are teaming up see if changing the bacteria in a person’s intestines can be an effective, safe and tolerable strategy to slow the inflammatory process involved in multiple sclerosis (MS).

Those who complete the study will receive $800, payable in installments. The capsules, procedures, and tests will be provided free of charge. The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health is providing funding for this study.  To learn more about this study, contact Dr. Guarnaccia, MD, at 203-732-1290 or msteatmentcenters@griffinhealth.org.

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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