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October 2019 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 10/28/2019

Breathe Easy this Month

October is Healthy Lung Month, and a good time to learn about how to maintain healthy lungs. Along with your heart, your lungs are among your most vital organs. That's why it's wise to take proactive steps to keep them healthy. Click here for lung health tips.

Support for Lung Health

Griffin Hospital's Department of Pulmonary/Respiratory Medicine incorporates diagnostic testing and treatment for disorders and diseases of the lungs and chest. Click here to learn more. If you suffer from a lung disease, join our Better Breathers Club! Each month the club brings people together to learn how to manage their condition and improve their quality of life. Click here for more information.

Preventative Health is Key to Fighting Breast Cancer

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Are you due for a screening? The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital offers advanced technology, a team of highly trained physicians and staff, and a Planetree healing environment to offer patients a comprehensive range of personalized breast care and wellness services. Click here to see a video about our wonderful Center!

Support Breast Cancer Awareness by Supporting Valley Goes Pink!

The 10th Annual Valley Goes Pink Campaign invites the Lower Naugatuck Valley and surrounding communities to enjoy a variety of events throughout October featuring great food, drink and fun for a good cause. Visit griffinhealth.org/vgp to see what fun events are in store and to reserve your spot!

The Valley Goes Pink is a grassroots, community-wide effort to increase awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, support the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital, and to celebrate the charitable spirit of the region’s businesses and organizations.

Free Diabetic Foot Screenings Nov. 15

The Comprehensive Wound Care Center at Griffin Hospital is offering individuals diagnosed with diabetes free help with taking care of their feet.

On Fri., Nov. 15 from 5-7 p.m., the Center will host a free diabetic foot screening event at the hospital. Each screening will take about 10 minutes and will include consultation with a podiatrist if needed. The screenings will be first come, first served, however registration is required by visiting the event’s calendar listing here or by calling 203-732-1511. For any questions, call the Center at 203-732-7140.

Start a Fulfilling Career in Healthcare - Become a CNA

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers is offering classes for its fall Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. The School of Allied Health Careers is offering a day session for its CNA program with classes on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. starting Nov. 4. For more information or to set up an entrance interview, call 203-732-1276.

Learn the Healing Power of Reiki

Griffin Hospital will host a Reiki Level 1 Workshop from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 8 at The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital.

Reiki Master Eileen Carino, R.N.-BC, MA, ADS, will teach the basic concepts of Reiki, allowing ample time for hands-on practice. Reiki is a complementary healing method based on ancient healing practices that involves the conscious direction of healing energy through the practitioner's hands. When channeled properly, this energy relieves energy blockages to the body and bring balances to the energy fields thereby promoting healing on all levels.

The cost is $125, including certificate and Reiki book. Griffin Hospital employees and current volunteers can register at the discounted rate of $25.

Workshop space is limited, and preregistration is required by Nov. 1. To register, contact Laura Murphy, Planetree Services Supervisor at 203-732-7466.

Stroke Support

The Griffin Health Stroke Support Group will discuss “Fatigue and the Effects of Stress following a Stroke” on Mon., Nov. 11 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital.

Stroke Support Group helps stroke survivors and their caregivers understand the effects and manage their lifestyles. The group provides education to survivors and caregivers to help them understand physiological and psychological effects post stroke, and provide an emotional outlet through group discussions. Guest speakers will be invited to discuss various topics, including fatigue, stress, exercise and local and national resources.

For more information, contact Griffin Hospital Rehabilitation Services at 203-732-7445.

Child Passenger Safety 101

Griffin Health and SafeKids Greater Naugatuck Valley are offering free training on how to make sure children are safe when travelling in cars.

Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley Coalition Coordinator Cathi Kellett, MA CPST-I, SN-I, will host “Child Passenger Safety 101” on Wed., Nov. 6 at Griffin Hospital. There will be a session from 6-7 p.m. on general child passenger safety and a session focused on passengers with special needs from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Both sessions will provide information about the importance of child safety seats and crash dynamics, infant seats and rear-facing convertibles, forward-facing seats, including combination seats, booster seats and seat belts, and aftermarket products and objects in the car.

To register, email Cathi at ckellett@griffinhealth.org by Nov. 1.

5K Walk/Run Raises More than $57,000!

Hundreds of participants raised over $57,000 at the 11th Annual 5K Walk/Run to Benefit the Center for Cancer Care on Sept. 28.

This year featured awards for the top individual fundraiser and top team fundraiser. The winner of the William C. Powanda Memorial Award for the top fundraiser was Stephanie Ventimiglia, of Derby, who raised $4,455. Team Aversa raised $10,700 and won the Team Synergy Award as the top fundraising team.

The Walk/Run was supported by the Ansonia and Derby police departments. The event was sponsored by Jefferson Radiology, All About You, the Ansonia Rod & Gun Club, Smilow Cancer Hospital Yale-New Haven, R.D. Scinto, The Edge Fitness Clubs, Teamsters Local No. 1150, Southern Connecticut Dental, Frame It Easy, Ion Bank, Yale Therapeutic Radiology, Centrix, CW Fitness, and Star 99.9 FM.

Donations are still being accepted at griffinhealth.org/5k. For more information, contact Laura Murphy at lkmurphy@griffinhealth.org.

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., Nov. 20 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!

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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