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First Pediatric Death of the Flu Season Reported
The state Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today the death of a child earlier this week from influenza. This is the first pediatric death involving a Connecticut child during this flu season.
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Feb 22, 2019 - 9:40:44 PM

Blumenthal leads letter urging HHS to curb youth e-cig epidamic
On Friday U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar pressing the department to immediately work to curb the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth. The letter urges HHS to further educate the public on the dangers of youth tobacco use, research treatments for youth already addicted to these pernicious products, and remove flavored e-cigarette products that attract kids from the market.
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Feb 18, 2019 - 9:23:44 PM

Relief for Extremely Dry Skin During the Winter
In the climes of Africa, the elephant’s dry, cracked skin is a boon, warding off heat and pests. But for humans, especially those subject to cold winters, dry skin can be a serious problem. “Once our skin gets really dry,” explains Rebecca Sklar, a certified registered physician’s assistant specializing in dermatology with Advanced Dermatology PC, “we’re faced not only with discomfort, but also with the possibility that serious conditions and infections may develop.”
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Feb 17, 2019 - 9:25:11 AM

Norwalk Hospital Association Announces New Board Membership
As the Norwalk Hospital Association (NHA) celebrates its 126th Anniversary; it proudly announces new appointments to the board of directors.
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Feb 16, 2019 - 4:20:24 PM

Stamford EMS and Stamford Health Team Up With Stamford Senior Center To Present Stroke Awareness Programming and CPR Instruction on February 8th
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Stamford EMS and Stamford Health are teaming up with the Stamford Senior Center to present Spot-A-Stroke - a stroke awareness program on February 8th. The program will help attendees recognize the common warning signs of a stroke and learn the steps to take in an emergency. In addition to an interactive demonstration of hands-only CPR, exciting advances in stroke care will be discussed. The free program is open to the public and will take place at 11:30am at the Stamford Senior Center, located at 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford, CT. Visit https://stamfordems1.ticketleap.com/spot-a-stroke/ to register.
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Feb 1, 2019 - 9:56:56 AM

CT DPH: Case of Measles Confirmed in Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) on Monday announced that it has confirmed a case of measles in a New Haven County adult, the first confirmed case this year in the state; three cases were confirmed during 2018. DPH is collaborating with local partners to identify contacts and implement appropriate control measures.
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Jan 29, 2019 - 5:43:54 AM

Norwalk Hospital names new CEO
New hospital leader joins the expanding Western Connecticut Health Network

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Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) President and CEO John M. Murphy, MD, announced the appointment of Peter R. Cordeau, MBA, BSN, RN, to the role of President of Norwalk Hospital. Norwalk Hospital is part of the growing WCHN, which currently also includes Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. In his new role, Mr. Cordeau will oversee all administrative and clinical functions at Norwalk Hospital.
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Jan 23, 2019 - 11:14:45 AM

Access Health CT announces 2019 health insurance open enrollment success
Access Health CT (AHCT) on Thursday announced that more than 111,000 Connecticut residents signed up for health insurance during the 2019 Open Enrollment period that ended Tuesday, January 15.
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Jan 19, 2019 - 9:40:27 AM

Blumenthal, Senators seek information on universal flu vaccine research
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Angus King Jr. (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in asking the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to provide an update on research initiatives to develop a universal flu vaccine. Last year, NIAID released its strategic plan to achieve a universal flu vaccine, which would meet the following criteria: (1) be at least 75 percent effective, (2) protect against multiple strains of the flu, (3) provide protection for at least one year, and (4) be appropriate for all age groups. He was able to secure $100 million for fiscal year 2018 and $140 for fiscal year 2019.
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Jan 19, 2019 - 9:21:17 AM

The Norwalk Health Department and Public Library Team Up for a Healthier 2019
As the holiday season comes to an end, many Norwalkers have started focusing on their New Year’s resolutions in anticipation of a healthier 2019.
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Jan 8, 2019 - 9:36:48 AM

Stamford EMS & The Boys & Girls Club Partner to Make the City Safer Stamford EMS Teaches Kids CPR and How to Call 911
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Over 100 children took a break from homework and activities to learn how and when to call 911 and to practice Hands-Only CPR, thanks to a visit by Stamford EMS at the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford.
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Dec 17, 2018 - 10:45:59 AM

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

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