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January 2020 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 1/29/2020

Set Your Wellness Goals for 2020

Happy 2020! Many of us start off the New Year thinking about ways we can improve our health and well-being, but not all of us are able to stick to our vision. Click here to learn how to make a plan that helps you achieve your wellness aspirations.

New Year’s Detox Recipes

Kick off the New Year with these simple detox recipes that will help you reset your body and refresh your mind. Click here to download the recipes.

Annual Physicals vs Annual Wellness Exams

If improving your well-being is your New Year’s resolution, a visit to your primary care physician is a great start! Click here to learn whether you should request an Annual Physicals or an Annual Wellness Exams.

Griffin Welcome the First Connecticut Baby in 2020

The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital celebrated the start of a new decade by welcoming Arabella Venice, of Woodbridge, into the world at 12:04 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Arabella is the first baby born in Connecticut in 2020. Click here to see photos of the happy family!

Meet Dr. Kessler, OBGYN

Perhaps there’s plans for a baby in your future? Griffin Faculty Physicians is proud to have Dr. Michael Kessler, OBGYN, as part of its caregiver team. Dr. Kessler believes that making personal connections with his patients is of utmost importance and through a combination of holistic and evidence-based medical care, strives to make each patient comfortable and happy. Click here to watch Dr. Kessler’s profile video.

Got Hip Pain? We Can Help!

Griffin Hospital will offer a free presentation on minimally invasive hip replacement surgery on Wed., Feb. 19 at 5:45 p.m. at the hospital. Orthopedic Surgeon Philip Minotti, MD, will discuss the advanced direct anterior approach for hip replacement, which offers important advantages over standard surgical procedures. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Griffin Hospital Orthopaedic Care Specialist Amy Gagne at 203-732-7524.

Planetree, Griffin Selected to Help Improve Quality of Care for US Health System

Derby-based Planetree International and Griffin Health will be driving forces in shaping quality care improvements for the national healthcare system. Planetree International President Susan Frampton, PhD., was recently appointed to the National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors which is comprised of the nation’s most influential healthcare leaders. NQF is a national, consensus-based healthcare organization that the federal government relies on for defining the best, evidence-based approaches to improving care. Click here to read more.

Discussion on Diabetes and Fall Risk

The Diabetes Education & Support Group at Griffin Hospital will host a free discussion on diabetes and fall risk on Tues., Feb. 11 at 2:30 p.m. Lifeline Program Coordinator at Griffin Hospital Vanessa Shimer will talk about why individuals diagnosed with diabetes are at a higher fall risk and what they can do to help protect themselves from debilitating fall injuries. No registration is required. For more information, call Mary Swansiger at 203-732-1137.

Griffin Chosen to Pilot Social Care Coordination Network

Griffin Hospital will be one of the first hospitals in Connecticut to launch Unite Connecticut – a statewide initiative of the Connecticut Hospital Association that connects health and social services providers through a shared technology platform to address social needs and deliver integrated care. Through Unite Connecticut, Griffin is able to screen and refer patients to community-based organizations for needs such as housing, food, transportation, and employment, effectively addressing social needs on an individual level. Click here to read more.

Griffin Offers Training on Therapeutic Touch Healing

Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, is promoting wellbeing in the community with a two-day Foundations of Therapeutic Touch workshop on Fri., March 6 and Fri., March 27 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Therapeutic Touch (TT) is an energy healing technique that is derived from the ancient practice of laying on of hands. It has been taught to thousands of healthcare professionals and can help reduce pain and anxiety, expedite healing, and increase overall feelings of well-being. The fee for the workshop is $100, and includes all class materials. The deadline to enroll is Feb. 28. For more information, or to enroll, contact Laura Howell at 203-732-7466 or lhowell@griffinhealth.org.

HELP Program Honored with Innovation Award

A program at Griffin Health designed to reduce instances of delirium in older patients recently received The Person-Centered Care Innovation Award. Awarded by Planetree International, the Person-Centered Care Innovation Award recognizes ideas and initiatives that have fundamentally improved the experience of care for patients, families, staff, and communities.

Griffin’s Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) prevents cognitive and functional decline in older hospitalized patients by helping them stay oriented to their surroundings, meeting their needs for nutrition, hydration and sleep, and by keeping them mobile within the limitations of their physical condition. Click here to read more.

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.