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CT Mom Inspires New Law Requiring Schools to Teach Breast Health Education
During her own battle with breast cancer, Mary Ann Wasil of Milford created the nonprofit Get In Touch Foundation (GIT) to educate girls about breast health. As an all-girls’ high school, Lauralton Hall has had a strong GIT school chapter for ten years and active youth ambassadors who help raise awareness about the cause. In recognition of the students’ support, GIT President Betsy Nilan and Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) recently held a press conference at Lauralton Hall on Oct. 5th to announce the passage of a new law inspired by Wasil.
Oct 6, 2016 - 11:12:35 AM

Norwalk Health Department Announces its Flu Clinic Dates
The leaves are changing, and the air is getting cooler—that must mean flu season will be here soon! Never fear, the Norwalk Health Department has the information and services you need to protect yourself and your family.
Oct 6, 2016 - 9:28:52 AM

Children's Fund of Connecticut Awards Grant to UCONN to Study Pediatric Emergency Department Use for Behavioral Health Concerns
The Children's Fund of Connecticut (CFC) announced the award of a one-year $57,500 grant to the University of Connecticut School of Social Work to evaluate the impact of Connecticut's Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) program on the use of emergency departments (ED) among youth with behavioral health concerns. When children face behavioral health crises, many families turn to hospital EDs for treatment. Although treatment in an ED can be the appropriate level of care for youth at imminent risk of harm to themselves or others (e.g., actively suicidal, experiencing psychotic symptoms), for many other youth, community-based alternatives are preferred. Connecticut has developed one of the nation's best mobile crisis intervention service programs for children (EMPS), which is used by many families and schools as an alternative to an ambulance or ED.
Oct 3, 2016 - 6:07:23 AM

Jeffrey A. Gordon, MD Sworn in as 178th President of Connecticut State Medical Society
At the 224th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut State Medical Society, Jeffrey A. Gordon, MD was sworn in as the 178th CSMS President. An actively-practicing hematologist-oncologist at the New London Cancer Center, he is the first Windham County physician to serve as CSMS President in 30 years.
Oct 3, 2016 - 6:04:50 AM

New Stamford Hospital Opens, Bringing New Era of Care to Region
On September 26, 2016, Stamford Health President and CEO Brian Grissler, other Stamford Health executives and Stamford Hospital staff participated in a celebratory ribbon cutting commemorating the official opening of the new Stamford Hospital in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The $450 million project opened on schedule and on budget – representing one of the largest hospital projects in the country this year, according to healthcare construction data.
Oct 3, 2016 - 5:31:32 AM

Western Connecticut Health Network Announces Breast Cancer Awareness Programs and Special Events Taking Place in October
Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) is promoting breast cancer awareness throughout the entire month of October, which is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Network’s cancer centers will be hosting, sponsoring and supporting programs and events that are educational, informative and even entertaining – but all will focus on the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. The schedule of events is as follows:
Oct 2, 2016 - 10:30:07 AM

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, St. Vincent's Mobile Mammography Coach to Offer Free and Low-Cost Digital Screenings
To mark October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 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.
Sep 30, 2016 - 8:00:37 AM

AEDs Donated by the Gudis Family Installed in Area Towns
AEDs (automated external defibrillators) have been installed in area towns thanks to the generosity of MaryGrace and Mark Gudis of Westport. The Gudis family partnered with Norwalk Hospital to donate 100 AEDs for distribution in the towns of Westport, Norwalk, New Canaan, Wilton, and Weston. An AED is a portable device that delivers electrical shock to a heart that is not beating with the intent of restoring normal electrical rhythm so that the heart will beat again.
Sep 23, 2016 - 6:28:19 AM

Whittingham Cancer Center Oncology Dietitian Bridge Bennett to Present Talk on Healing Cuisine
The Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital will present a talk on “Healing Cuisine – From Prevention through Survivorship” on Thursday, October 6, 2016. The featured speaker will be the new Whittingham Cancer Center oncology dietitian Bridget Bennett, MS, RD. She will discuss how nutrition can help prevent cancer, ease side effects during cancer treatment, and fuel the survivor. The program takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Perkin Auditorium at Norwalk Hospital.
Sep 21, 2016 - 7:30:24 AM

Norwalk Hospital NICU Graduates to Reunite at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Norwalk Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates, families and staff will reunite on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at The Jeffrey Peter Bauer Newborn Intensive Care Unit Reunion. The “Spooktacular” party takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children located at Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue in Norwalk.
Sep 2, 2016 - 9:25:53 AM

Mayor Martin, Health Officials Continue to Offer Guidance for Mosquito Control
Stamford Mayor David Martin, and the Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare Ted Jankowski continue to urge residents to be vigilant in removing standing water from their properties, to protect themselves from mosquito bites and use caution when traveling to areas where mosquito-borne illnesses are detected.
Aug 28, 2016 - 6:42:35 PM

Volunteer with the Norwalk Health Department
Do you enjoy helping others and giving back to your community? If so, join the Norwalk Health Department Emergency Response Team (ERT), a team of volunteers (18 years and older) who donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to health emergencies and help promote healthy living throughout the year.
Aug 24, 2016 - 10:56:26 AM

St. Vincent's Medical Center Recognized for Heart Failure Care with Gold Plus Award
St. Vincent's Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation's secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure. This marks the second year that St. Vincent's has been recognized with this heart failure quality achievement award.
Aug 24, 2016 - 8:54:03 AM

USDA Awards Four Connecticut WIC Programs
The Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that four of Connecticut’s local Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs are being recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for exemplary efforts in supporting breastfeeding WIC mothers. The four agencies are receiving the Loving Support Award of Excellence as part of the USDA’s National WIC Breastfeeding Week, celebrated August 1-7, to highlight their ongoing efforts to encourage breastfeeding among WIC participants.
Aug 12, 2016 - 7:27:23 PM

State confirms case of Legionnaires' disease in Connecticut
The state Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and Public Health (DPH) today confirmed that a patient at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) has been diagnosed with legionellosis, a bacterial infection that causes pneumonia-like symptoms, commonly known as Legionnaires’ disease.  The patient is receiving treatment at a local area hospital and is doing well.  A second suspected case is currently being treated, and DPH is awaiting the results of a confirmatory test. 
Aug 10, 2016 - 8:07:28 AM

Dr. Robert C. Gallagher to Lead Cardiothoracic Program at Western Connecticut Health Network
Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) is pleased to welcome board certified thoracic and cardiac surgeon Robert C. Gallagher, MD, as chief of cardiothoracic surgery for WCHN. Most recently, Dr. Gallagher served as a senior attending cardiothoracic surgeon at Hartford Hospital where he founded the robotic cardiothoracic program, which has grown to be the largest program of its kind in New England. He comes to WCHN with extensive experience in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), aortic and mitral value surgery, and video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS).
Aug 9, 2016 - 8:38:56 AM

Malloy: State receives nearly $580K to address Zika, monitor Zika-related birth defects
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation on Monday announced that the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) will be receiving a $579,055 grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support and enhance the state’s efforts to protect Connecticut residents from Zika virus and monitor serious birth defects, like microcephaly, and other adverse health outcomes that can be caused by Zika virus.
Aug 2, 2016 - 2:38:57 PM

CT DPH to workers: Take precautions during summer heat
With temperatures anticipated to peak well into the 90’s during the next several days, the State Department of Public Health (DPH) urges workers to be cautious during periods of intense heat.  In 2013, the last year that statistics are available, there were 56 work-related emergency department visits to Connecticut’s hospitals for heat-related events.
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Jul 25, 2016 - 8:58:36 AM

DPH announces new rabies testing guidelines
Starting July 1st, the state Department of Public Health’s (DPH) State Laboratory in Rocky Hill no longer provides state-funded testing of rabid wild animals suspected of infecting domestic pets but where there was no human exposure. DPH’s State Lab will continue to provide and pay for rabies testing of any wild or domestic animal suspected of carrying rabies if humans have been exposed.
Jul 12, 2016 - 12:28:20 PM

City of Stamford Selects New Health Director
Stamford Mayor David Martin and Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare Ted Jankowski are pleased to announce that Jennifer A.M. Calder, D.V.M., M.P.H., Ph.D., CHSV has been selected by the Mayor, based on a recommendation by the Health Director Search Committee, to be the City’s new Director of Health. The rigorous interview process had input from the Mayor’s Office, Health Department, HR Department, Stamford Hospital and the Health Commission.
Jul 11, 2016 - 5:30:23 AM

Raising Sails and Dollars to Support Local Cancer Patients and Their Families Through the 15th Sail Park City Regatta™
For 15 years, sailors from the greater Bridgeport area have participated in one of the oldest and largest independent fundraising regattas on Long Island Sound - the Sail Park City Regatta™. This major fundraising event will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Fayerweather Yacht Club (FYC) in Bridgeport, CT. The Regatta will be hosted by FYC and Black Rock Yacht Club in Bridgeport. Proceeds will benefit St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound, Connecticut's premier cancer charity.
Jul 5, 2016 - 3:25:24 AM

Norwalk Health Department's Mosquito Management Program helps control mosquitoes
The Norwalk Health Department recently launched its annual larvicide application program to reduce the mosquito population and prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Workers from All Habitat Inc. applied larvicide to various standing water locations around the city. Larvicide prevents mosquito eggs from hatching. More
Jun 16, 2016 - 2:40:12 AM

In Light of Zika Virus, Stamford Mayor Martin and Health Officials Offer Guidance for Mosquito Control
Stamford Mayor David Martin, Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare Ted Jankowski and Interim Health Director David Knauf are urging residents to be vigilant in removing standing water from their properties this spring and summer. In addition to the West Nile Virus, health officials will also be testing mosquitoes that may spread the Zika virus, which has been reported in Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Southern United States. More
May 23, 2016 - 4:46:42 AM

Norwalk Health Department, pediatric providers see high vaccination rates
Year after year, the Norwalk Health Department works hard to make sure Norwalkers receive their recommended vaccines, especially our youngest citizens. Again, the Health Department has seen success from its hard work.
May 16, 2016 - 5:26:46 AM

CTDPH: Two More Female Patients, One Pregnant, Test Positive for Zika
The state Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that two female Connecticut residents, one of them pregnant, have tested positive for the Zika virus.  The non-pregnant patient returned from Puerto Rico in late April and became ill on April 29th with a rash, conjunctivitis and other symptoms associated with Zika. The other patient, nine weeks pregnant, returned from the Dominican Republic also in late April and became ill on April 28th with a rash. Both patients and their physicians have been informed of the test results.
May 12, 2016 - 11:30:43 PM

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