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Griffin Hospital Offers Free Smoking Cessation Starting Aug. 1

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Jul 312018
 

Griffin Hospital offers free education, advice, and support to help individuals prepare to quit smoking with its four-week smoking cessation program starting Aug. 1.

“That’s It – Learn to Quit” teaches a variety of methods to help individuals quit smoking. The program consists of Wednesday night meetings from 5:30-7 p.m. scheduled for Aug.1, 8, 15 and 22 at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby. There also is a “reunion” for graduates of the program on Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Center.

“The goal of the program is to help you learn how to quit,” said program co-coordinatorRichard Le Pera. “There are different methods of quitting and managing nicotine withdrawal. If one method didn’t work for you in the past we’ll help you understand all your options.”

Through group discussion and interactive activities, participants learn how to develop a quit plan that addresses their personal behaviors and habits. Strategies to manage nicotine withdrawal, behaviors, triggers, and urges are discussed as well as weight control and stress management.

Participants must be prepared to attend all four sessions.

To register for “That’s It – Learn to Quit,” call 203-732-7106.

Learn about the Stress-Relieving Emotional Freedom Technique

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Jun 062018
 

With everything that’s going on in the world, it’s easy for anyone to get stressed out. Stress will cause headaches, trouble concentrating, and sleep disturbances. If you experience any of these symptoms, here’s something that may help.

The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, will host a free talk about the stress-relieving Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) on Thursday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Stacey Altomari, a certified EFT Level 1 & 2 practitioner, will discuss how EFT, also known as “tapping,” can help individuals lower stress, and improve focus and sleep. EFT is a non-invasive and painless technique that combines acupressure and modern psychology to help a person feel calm and safe.

This program is part of a series of free, educational forums hosted by the Community Health Resource Center in an effort to help improve the health of the community. To register or for more information, call Kerry or Deborah at 203-732-7399.

The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital is a traditional library that provides an array of medical and health information, including a large collection of easy to read health and lifestyle-related materials. The Center is open to the public to educate themselves on ways to enhance their well-being, prevent illness and play an active role in decisions about their health.

Obituary: Ronald T. Chirgwin, 77, Beloved Husband, Father, Dedicated Town Employee

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Dec 212017
 

Ronald T. Chirgwin, 77, peacefully entered into eternal rest on December 17, 2017, at Griffin Hospital.

He was the beloved husband of fifty-two years to Rosalie DeCarli Chirgwin.

Mr. Chirgwin was born in Ansonia on Nov. 9, 1940, son of the late Donald and Gertrude Walsh Chirgwin. He was raised in Ansonia and moved to Derby in 1968. Ron was a dedicated employee of the Town of Orange, Dept. of Public Works for thirty-two years, where he also served as safety officer. He was past president of the AFSCME Union.

Ron loved cars, took great pride in his job and enjoyed gardening, plowing snow, traveling and especially spending time with his loving family including the twenty-year tradition of attending the Big E with his daughter and family, where they shared many great memories.

In addition to his wife Rosalie, he is survived by a son, John W. Chirgwin (Lori Ann Young) of Pompano Beach, FL, a daughter, Susan E. Masella (Louis) of West Haven, a brother, David J. Chirgwin (Laurie) of Seymour, sisters, Joan C. Sweet (Charles) of Ansonia and Lois Brozek (Allan) of Oxford, cherished grandchildren, Pamela, Dominic and Nico Masella and Craig, Samantha, Meghan, Ciara and Catalina Chirgwin, great-grandchildren, Brody, Brie and Brock Chirgwin and Michael Masella and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his twin brother, Donald Chirgwin.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the chapel of the SPINELLI-RICCIUTI/BEDNAR-OSIECKI FUNERAL HOME, 62 Beaver Street in Ansonia. At 7:00 pm, a funeral service in celebration of Ron’s life will take place with Rev. Leonard Kvedas officiating. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Griffin Hospital/CT Hospice, 130 Division St., Derby, CT 06418 or through the funeral home.

The family sends a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff of Griffin Hospital, especially Dr. Kathleen Chaisson, for their outstanding care. To send an act of sympathy, please visit www.spinelliricciutifh.com.

Griffin Hospital Holds Press Conference Regarding Insulin Needle Concerns

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May 162014
 

 

Griffin Hospital CEO/President Patrick Charmel.

Griffin Hospital CEO/President Patrick Charmel.

Patrick A. Charmel, President & Chief Executive Officer of Griffin Hospital held a press conference Friday afternoon at the hospital regarding possible contamination of multi-dose insulin pens meant to be used on one patient.

During a recent safety meeting, the Pharmacy Director mentioned an inquiry she’d received about the use of insulin pens – could they have been used on more than one patient?

“We believe insulin pens, in a small number of cases, may have been used on more than one patient,” Charmel said. “When you inject the patient there could be backflow through the needle into a cartridge possibly transmitting skin or blood cells to the patient.”

Pens used between Sept. 1, 2008 and May 7, 2014 might have been used by more than one patient.

“We discovered that in a small number of cases, multi-dose insulin pen cartridges intended for single patient use may have been used for more than one patient,” a letter the hospital sent to patients stated. “Upon learning this, we stopped using this type of insulin pen to avoid any further potential for improper use.”

Although Hospital officials haven’t identified specific patients who received injections from another patient’s insulin pen.They said there also is no evidence that needles were shared. But it was important to be open with the public about the possibility and along with discontinuing the use of one type of pen. they are taking the following action:

The hospital recommends that patients identified at possible risk be tested for within the next 30 days for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV as a precaution. The hospital is offering free and confidential testing for patients whose pens were ordered for over the five-and-a-half year span.

Special phone lines, 203-732-1411 and 203-732-1340, have been established and will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to answer questions or concerns.

 

 

Orange Resident Wins Prize at Men’s Health Day Event

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Jul 112013
 

Maynard Marquis of Orange, right, and Ken Roberts of Griffin Hospital pose by the grill Marquis won at the Men’s Health Day event on June 29.

Maynard Marquis of Orange, right, and Ken Roberts of Griffin Hospital pose by the grill Marquis won at the Men’s Health Day event on June 29.

Maynard Marquis of Orange was a big winner at the June 29 Men’s Health Day event sponsored by Griffin Hospital’s Health Initiative for Men (HiM) campaign.

Marquis won the raffle for a new Char-Broil grill.

About The Health Initiative for Men (HiM)

In an effort to help inspire men to have an annual physical and to raise awareness about men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, Griffin Hospital launched the Health Initiative for Men (HiM), a community-wide preventive healthcare effort.

The goal of the HiM is to influence men to see their physician annually, and to be screened for various diseases that respond better to treatment if detected early. For more information about HiM, visit griffinhealth.org/him.