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

New Post Secondary Occupational School Opens Downtown Stamford
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On Monday, April 30th over fifty people gathered to celebrate the opening of a new post-secondary occupational school in downtown Stamford. The Northeast Medical Institute is located at 29 Bank Street in the heart of Columbus Park with easy parking all around. Community leaders from the City of Stamford, Building One Community, the Family Centers, the Stamford YMCA, Stamford Hospital, DOMUS, Stamford Academy and the J.M. Wright Tech School gathered to learn more about the certification programs being offered that are geared to help jump start healthcare careers for individuals in transition and those seeking new career opportunities. The school can serve up to 60 students per month during the day and evening courses. They expect to graduate 200 students per year as certified nurse’s aides and phlebotomists.
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May 7, 2018 - 7:08:48 AM

National Infant Immunization Week is April 21-28
Visit the Norwalk Health Department during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) this week to get valuable information about childhood vaccines. On Monday, April 23 and Friday, April 27, from 10 am to 3 pm, a representative from the Immunization Action Plan Program will be in the Health Department lobby to provide information about the Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS), childhood vaccines, vaccine safety, and the whooping cough vaccine.
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Apr 23, 2018 - 7:27:15 AM

City of Bridgeport Health Department Launches 24-Hour Public Health Emergency Hotline
Furthering their commitment to better serve the Bridgeport community, the City of Bridgeport Health Department has launched a 24-hour hotline for all public health emergencies. By contacting 203-332-3000, Bridgeport residents will be able to communicate their concerns through the appropriate channels in a timely manner.
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Apr 13, 2018 - 6:01:35 AM

April 19th Brings Health Fair to Stamford’s Immigrant Population
Franklin Street Community Health Center and Building One Community Co-Host “Health Day”

A variety of health services and some useful tips on diet, exercise and lifestyle activities will be available from 9am until 4pm on April 19th as part of “Health Day,” an event co-hosted by Franklin Street Community Health Center and Building One Community. This event was originally scheduled for March 22nd and was postponed due to inclement weather.
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Apr 10, 2018 - 1:16:02 PM

Rotary Club of Bridgeport helps Doctors Prescribe Reading to Young Children
Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together, today announced their receipt of a $2,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Bridgeport. With the help of this donation, Reach Out and Read’s programs in Bridgeport will continue to provide new, developmentally-appropriate books and early literacy guidance during regular pediatric checkups to the over 2,300 children and families served by Reach Out and Read in the City through seven clinical locations.
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Apr 7, 2018 - 2:28:43 AM

Western Connecticut Health Network Honors Those Who Have Saved Lives through Organ and Tissue Donation
April is National Donate Life Month

Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) is honoring the extraordinary people who have saved and enhanced lives through organ and tissue donation. Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, and Norwalk Hospital — collectively WCHN — facilitate the donation process in order to fulfill a donor’s wish to give the gift of life. In 2017, WCHN, through coordinated efforts with New England Donor Services (NEDS), helped to save 23 lives and enhance up to 3,600 more through organ and tissue donation.
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Apr 4, 2018 - 4:41:29 AM

Western Connecticut Health Network To Offer Community Health and Wellness Programs
Comprehensive Diabetes Education Classes (a series of three sessions) will take place in Danbury at 41 Germantown Road, Suite B03 on Thursday, March 8, March 15, and March 22, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Classes are taught by Certified Diabetes Education and most classes are covered by health insurance. For more information, and to register, please call Joan at 203-739-4980. More
Feb 26, 2018 - 12:35:28 AM

Norwalk Health Department Continues to Offer Flu Shots, Guidance this Flu Season
In response to the continued intensity of this flu season and the concerns of our community, the Norwalk Health Department will offer additional appointments for flu shots in the coming weeks. If you have not yet gotten a flu shot and would like to be vaccinated, please call the Health Department at (203) 854-7776, and staff will work to schedule an appointment at a convenient time for you.
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Feb 24, 2018 - 2:35:16 PM

Multidisciplinary Care Team Expanding at Hospital for Special Care’s Autism Center
The Hospital for Special Care (HSC) has expanded the multidisciplinary care team at the Autism Center to respond to growing community need for services as the center marks five years of service to children and youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. “We are pleased to continue to develop our highly specialized, multidisciplinary team,” said Lynn Ricci, FACHE, president and CEO of HSC. “The need for these services continues to grow across Connecticut and our integrated team approach integrates a range of specialties to address the unique needs and strengths of each child and family.”
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Feb 19, 2018 - 5:38:23 AM

City of Bridgeport, City Council to Host Free Health Screenings to Raise Awareness for Heart Disease and Diabetes
The City of Bridgeport City Council members and The Greater Bridgeport Primary Care Action Group will host the fifth annual “Know Your Numbers” campaign with free health screenings today, February 5, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In an effort to raise awareness for heart disease and diabetes during American Heart Month, the Greater Bridgeport Primary Care Action Group, a regional collaborative that includes Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and other healthcare, government and social service agencies will provide free community health screenings in Bridgeport and throughout the region until February 28th.
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Feb 10, 2018 - 10:03:52 PM

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