Free Influenza Vaccination Clinic Available This Saturday
Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Raul Pino, in preparation for the influenza season, is proactively encouraging all residents to get vaccinated against influenza. To increase the number of vaccinated Connecticut residents, the Department of Public Health has launched a statewide Influenza Clinics campaign to provide vaccination for persons without insurance.
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Nov 27, 2018 - 5:54:13 PM

Norwalk Hospital Honors Inaugural Founders’ Award Winner
Local philanthropist and Norwalk Hospital volunteer, Carol Bauer, receives prestigious award

Norwalk Hospital honored Wilton, Connecticut resident and longtime hospital volunteer, Carol Bauer, with the inaugural Founders’ Award. Mrs. Bauer was presented with the award at the recent Norwalk Hospital 125th Anniversary Gala. The Founders’ Award recognizes exceptional members of the Norwalk Hospital community whose caring and influence are both life-changing and transformational. The Founders’ Award is a reflection of Mrs. Bauer’s impact on Norwalk Hospital, not just today but for generations to come.
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Oct 29, 2018 - 8:09:12 AM

Wilton Heart Disease Survivor Finishes Chicago Marathon
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Wilton resident, Selina Santos, 42, completed the Chicago Marathon Saturday, her heart beating strong with every stride in the 26.2-mile race. Finishing a marathon is no small feat for any runner, but for Santos, a heart disease survivor, crossing that finish line meant so much more.
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Oct 12, 2018 - 5:21:04 AM

St. Vincent’s Mobile Mammography Coach Will be in Westport on Sunday, October 14
The St. Vincent's Breast Health Center will offer free and low-cost digital mammography screenings through its luxurious mobile mammography coach for women age 40 and older on:
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Oct 5, 2018 - 3:22:36 PM

Teamwork from First Responders and Norwalk Hospital Staff Leads to Remarkable Recovery After Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Norwalk resident made full recovery from life-threatening cardiac event

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Todd Boe of Norwalk, Connecticut, knew he had a heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, which affects his heart’s ability to pump blood effectively. But for the past several years he had been living with his condition successfully.
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Oct 5, 2018 - 5:19:46 AM

Connecticut State Medical Society, CTHealthLink, and the Connecticut Office of Health Strategy Announce Collaboration
Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) and CTHealthLink are pleased to announce a collaboration with the Connecticut Office of Health Strategy (OHS) to improve patient care through the interoperability and connectivity of health information in Connecticut.
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Oct 4, 2018 - 7:08:50 AM

Stamford Health Announces Kathleen Silard as New President & CEO
Stamford Health is pleased to announce that Kathleen Silard, RN, BSN, MS, FACHE, has been named as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Silard will lead the independent non-profit health system, which includes Stamford Hospital, on the Bennett Medical Center campus, Stamford Health Medical Group, and the Stamford Hospital Foundation.
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Oct 2, 2018 - 4:15:33 PM

Hartford HealthCare Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire St. Vincent’s Medical Center
St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport has signed a definitive agreement with Hartford HealthCare (HHC) for HHC to acquire substantially all of the assets of St. Vincent’s and its related operations. The transaction is subject to required governmental approvals. St. Vincent’s, with more than 3,200 associates, includes a licensed 473-bed community teaching hospital, a 76-bed inpatient psychiatric facility in Westport, a large multispecialty provider group, and St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services. St. Vincent’s is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest non-profit health system.
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Oct 1, 2018 - 7:34:57 PM

The Connecticut State Medical Society Announces 180th President, Claudia Gruss, MD
At the 226th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut State Medical Society on September 27, 2018 Claudia Gruss, MD of Norwalk was inaugurated as the 180th President of the nation’s oldest medical societies.
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Oct 1, 2018 - 2:44:33 AM

Connecticut State Medical Society Launches Health Equity Tool Kit at October 11th Event
On October 11th, the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) is holding a dinner event to launch and showcase their newly developed Health Equity Data Collection Guide, “How Do I Ask? Asking Sensitive Questions in the Quest to Reduce Health Disparities.”
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Sep 25, 2018 - 5:45:44 AM

Norwalk Health Department is Preparing for Emergencies--during National Preparedness Month and All Year-Round
No one wants to spend time thinking about natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and other large-scale events that could put us in danger. However, the Norwalk Health Department does just that, and not just during National Preparedness Month in September. Our staff works year-round with partners and volunteers to get ready for public health emergencies. NHD creates plans, conducts trainings and drills, and coordinates with other agencies to ensure we can respond in the event of an emergency.
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Sep 18, 2018 - 5:11:39 AM

State medical societies collaborate to impact healthcare disparities
Seven state medical societies announced the creation of the Health Equity Network for Change (HENC) which is focused on improving the health status of medically underserved populations. HENC employs a new data source, health information exchange data, and powerful analytic tools provided by KAMMCO. Medical societies in each of these states have engaged KAMMCO to build physician-led exchanges: Kansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, Missouri, and Louisiana.
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Sep 17, 2018 - 5:34:11 AM

CT Ortho Surgeon Uses Time-Release Pain Med instead of Opioids
The path to opioid addiction often starts when a patient leaves the operating room. In fact, 1 out of 15 surgical patients goes on to long-term opioid use. Dr. Robert Belniak, an Orthopedic Surgeon with Starling Physicians, is offering a new opioid-free approach to pain management for knee and joint replacement surgery.
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Sep 12, 2018 - 3:11:33 AM

Danbury Hospital First in Western Connecticut to Offer New Procedure to Treat Carotid Artery Disease
78-year-old woman is first to receive minimally invasive TransCarotid Artery Revascularization procedure that significantly reduces risk of stroke

Danbury Hospital is the first in western Connecticut to offer a breakthrough, minimally invasive procedure to treat carotid artery disease. TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) is a clinically proven, safe option for those at high risk of complications from traditional open surgery.
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Aug 29, 2018 - 3:44:45 AM

Ready Set Walk in Norwalk to prevent childhood obesity
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Norwalk Community Health Center, Inc. (NCHC) and premier sponsor Fairfield County Bank invite everyone to put their best foot forward to raise awareness and funds to prevent childhood obesity in Fairfield County. The non-profit healthcare provider’s inaugural Ready Set Walk and Keep Moving event starts at 9 AM, Sunday, September 23 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk.
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Aug 27, 2018 - 5:46:09 AM

The Eat Well Program Helps you Choose Healthy, Delicious Options When Dining Out
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If you are one of the millions of Americans searching for healthy, delicious prepared foods at restaurants and markets in your area, look no further! Whether it’s a special occasion or a quick meal on the go, healthy options are on the menu, and the Eat Well Healthy Restaurant Program can help you find them.
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Aug 24, 2018 - 5:38:35 AM

Norwalk Celebrates Health Center Week Aug 13-16
Norwalk Community Health Center, Inc. (NCHC) is pleased to announce a slate of free activities and events for its patients and the public, to mark 2018 National Health Center Week. Unless otherwise noted, all activities take place at 120 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854.
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Aug 11, 2018 - 3:14:19 AM

Norwalk Health Department recognizes World Breastfeeding Week, National Breastfeeding Month
Tuesday marked the final day of World Breastfeeding Week, and August is National Breastfeeding Month. The Norwalk Health Department encourages mothers to learn more about breastfeeding and urges other members of the community to support families in their breastfeeding goals. The Health Department educates, encourages, and supports mothers in their breastfeeding goals through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and other outreach efforts. In addition to providing education and support, the Health Department also offers a private space at the office for clients to breastfeed or pump.
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Aug 8, 2018 - 1:19:18 AM

Bridgeport Native Robert Fulton, Jr., to SWIM Across the Sound in Honor of his Grandmother
On Saturday, August 4th, 2018, native Bridgeport resident, Robert Fulton, Jr., will SWIM Across the Sound with St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s very own Bullsharks team. The relay team will take turns swimming 15.5 miles from Port Jefferson, New York, across Long Island Sound to Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport – along with approximately 150 other swimmers and accompanied by a fleet of approximately 100 boats. All are participating in St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound marathon to raise money for cancer patients. Net proceeds are used to help individuals and families who are battling the multi-faceted challenges of cancer.
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Aug 2, 2018 - 10:42:17 AM

Board of Physicians recommends new condition and more research on opioid use disorder/opiate withdrawal
On Monday morning, the Board of Physicians met to consider Opioid Use Disorder/Opiate Withdrawal and Progressive Degenerative Disc Disease of the Spine. This meeting was a follow up to the February 26th public hearing where the Board requested more information specifically from addiction specialists regarding Opioid Use Disorder/Opiate Withdrawal. The record was left open until the end of March for all members of the public, including addiction specialists to submit written testimony to the Board.
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Jun 26, 2018 - 5:07:56 PM

Western Connecticut Health Network Expands Structural Heart Program
93-year-old patient is one of the first to receive a new minimally invasive heart procedure now offered at Danbury Hospital

Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) has expanded its structural heart program to include a new procedure that offers hope to patients who otherwise would not be candidates for heart surgery. MitraClip, a minimally invasive procedure to repair severe mitral valve regurgitation (MR), is now available at Danbury Hospital. MitraClip is a safe alternative for patients who are at high risk for complications related to open-heart mitral valve surgery. Until recently, open-heart mitral valve surgery was the only option to treat severe MR.
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Jun 21, 2018 - 2:12:43 AM

New Canaan’s Santopietro of Silver Hill Awarded National Commendation
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Silver Hill Hospital is pleased to announce that its President and Medical Director Dr. John Santopietro, MD, DFAPA has been awarded the Special Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The award is given in recognition for enduring excellence in soulful community psychiatry leadership.
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Jun 18, 2018 - 12:09:12 AM

Starling Physicians Lead Next Era of Cancer Care
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As a recognized leader in cancer care across Connecticut, Starling Physicians is pioneering a new era of personalized medicine. Starting in June, Dr. Daniel Morganstern will join the team as a breast cancer subspecialist as they further their understanding of the molecular heterogeneity of breast cancer and other cancers. Within breast cancer there is an emerging consensus that there are many clinically meaningful subtypes, each unique and requiring a customized treatment plan.
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May 23, 2018 - 5:22:46 PM

May is American Stroke Month and High Blood Pressure Education Month
May is American Stroke Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month. The American Heart Association/Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) is on a mission to help people control their blood pressure and reduce stroke incidence. Get free resources online at www.strokeassociation.org/strokemonth.
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May 8, 2018 - 2:40:15 AM

DPH: Third Case of Measles Confirmed in Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) last week announced that it has confirmed a case of measles in a Hartford County adult, the third confirmed case this year in the state. The infected individual did not have contact with the 2 cases reported in April from New Haven County, and acquired their infection out of state. DPH is collaborating with local partners to identify contacts and implement appropriate control measures. 
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May 7, 2018 - 7:30:53 AM

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