New statin guidelines are an improvement, Yale study shows
New national guidelines can improve the way statin drugs are prescribed to patients at risk for cardiovascular disease, a Yale University study has found.
Aug 25, 2014 - 3:31:24 PM

Sarah E. Edgar, DPM, Appointed to the Norwalk Hospital Medical Staff
Dr. Sarah E. Edgar of Greenwich, a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, was recently appointed to the Norwalk Hospital medical staff.
Aug 25, 2014 - 4:04:55 AM

Norwalk Hospital Offers New Treatment Option for Chronic Reflux Disease
Neil Floch, M.D., FACS, director of minimally invasive surgery and director of bariatric surgery at Norwalk Hospital, has now completed several laparoscopy surgeries using the LINX ® System for the treatment of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Aug 12, 2014 - 5:37:16 AM

Access Health Connecticut: Statewide uninsured rate cut in half
Access Health Connecticut, the state’s health care exchange, announced on Wednesday that new research shows that Connecticut’s uninsured rate has dropped by 50 percent since 2012. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the 2012 state’s uninsured rate was 7.9 percent. Research being conducted by Access Health CT indicates that figure has now dropped to 4.0 percent. Figures also indicate that of the 256,666 residents who signed up for health insurance through the exchange, approximately 53 percent, or 138,834, were uninsured at the time of enrollment.
Aug 7, 2014 - 10:39:50 AM

Federal Grant Awarded to Develop a Better Test for Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Western Connecticut Health Network Biomedical Research Institute Partnership With RareCyte To Improve Lyme Disease Testing Wins NIAID SBIR Research Grant

The goal of finding a more effective test to diagnose Lyme disease may be closer to reality with a two-year, $600,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) awarded to RareCyte, Inc. in collaboration with researchers from the Western Connecticut Biomedical Research Institute. Lyme disease, a tick-borne infection caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, has expanded to an estimated 300,000 US cases per year with many communities calling it a public health imperative. Currently as many as half of those approved tests of immune response are sub-optimal and often give negative results early in the disease causing painful delays in treatment and even misdiagnosis. Better testing will enable earlier detection – and hence better treatment – of Lyme disease.
Aug 7, 2014 - 7:37:04 AM

Norwalk Health Department Recognizes World Breastfeeding Week
The Norwalk Health Department recognizes World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 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. To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, the department has an educational display and take-home materials available in the lobby.
Aug 7, 2014 - 7:08:03 AM

Danbury Hospital Diabetes Education Program Presents “The Psychology of Weight Loss”
Western Connecticut Medical Group Behavioral Medicine Specialist Dr. Andrew Tucker will present a program regarding “The Psychology of Weight Loss” on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Danbury Hospital Medical Arts Center located at 111 Osborne Street in Danbury. The program, hosted by the Danbury Hospital Diabetes Program, will take place in the second floor conference room at 7 p.m.
Aug 5, 2014 - 11:45:39 AM

Norwalk Health Department to Provide School Physical Exams
Norwalk public school students will return to classes in just a few weeks. The Norwalk Health Department is helping parents prepare for the upcoming school year by offering affordable school physicals for all children in Kindergarten through grade 12 during the month of August. Examinations include all necessary screening tests, laboratory tests, and vaccines.
Jul 29, 2014 - 5:03:03 AM

Quinnipiac University School of Nursing awarded $652,000 grant
The Quinnipiac University School of Nursing has been awarded a $652,000 grant that will be used to support underrepresented students in its doctor of nursing practice program.
Jul 16, 2014 - 5:17:48 AM

Greenwich Hospital receives $1 million gift from McMahon Foundation to support cutting-edge technology for breast cancer detection
The Greenwich Hospital Foundation recently announced that Linda McMahon has given a $1 million gift through the Vince & Linda McMahon Family Foundation to purchase 3-D mammography machines, the most advanced technology available for early breast cancer detection.
Jul 14, 2014 - 2:00:12 AM

Quinnipiac University physician assistant student organizing free asthma camp for children 6-12 Aug. 2
A physician assistant student at Quinnipiac University is offering a free asthma camp for children between the ages of 6-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 on the North Haven Campus, 370 Bassett Road.
Jul 7, 2014 - 9:52:04 AM

Greenwich Hospital completes conversion to 3-D mammography
Greenwich Hospital has converted all its mammography equipment to 3-D units, which offer improved cancer detection.
Jul 3, 2014 - 8:37:34 AM

Dr. Thomas Koobatian Takes the Helm at New Milford Hospital
John M. Murphy, MD, President and CEO of the Western Connecticut Health Network is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Thomas Koobatian as the new Executive Director and Chief of Staff for New Milford Hospital. Dr. Koobatian has been at New Milford Hospital for 17 years and worked closely with the former Executive Director, Deborah Weymouth. Dr. Koobatian will take on the oversight of day-to-day clinical operations, while retaining his responsibility for the Emergency Department and oversight of the New Milford Hospital Medical Staff.
Jul 2, 2014 - 8:38:25 PM

Greenwich Hospital CEO recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives
The Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) recently presented Frank A. Corvino, president and CEO of Greenwich Hospital, with the Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award. The award was presented during the ACHE Annual Meeting at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville, CT.
Jul 2, 2014 - 6:51:28 AM

New Milford Hospital Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening
The Diebold Family Cancer Center at New Milford Hospital, located at 21 Elm Street, will host a free skin cancer screening on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY). The screenings will be provided by physicians from Dermatology Associates of Western Connecticut. The public is invited and encouraged to take advantage of this free screening. Appointments are required and must be made no later than July 21, 2014. To make an appointment, please call 1-800-350-1595.
Jul 1, 2014 - 10:52:33 PM

Mystic Aquarium Scientists Tracking Unusual Whale Activity in Fall River and Nantucket
Whale Behavior Experts Seek Reasons for Taunton River Sightings of Belugas and Pod of Orcas off Nantucket

Researchers from Mystic Aquarium, the only aquarium in the Northeastern U.S. with Beluga whales on-site for study and exhibition, are in Fall River, Mass., at the Taunton River today to determine what has brought a young Beluga so far from its usual habitat.
Jun 27, 2014 - 6:11:31 AM

Malloy: CT awarded $9.7M to integrate healthcare for high-cost Medicaid beneficiaries
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced a new federal award of $9.7 million for spurring a Connecticut initiative to transform the way health care is delivered to children and families with extensive behavioral and physical health needs.
Jun 17, 2014 - 11:47:43 AM

Norwalk Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center Earns Accreditation
Norwalk Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center recently earned national accreditation by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), a nonprofit international organization that serves as a primary source of scientific information for divers and hyperbaric medicine physiology.
Jun 17, 2014 - 9:56:13 AM

Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Procedure Offers New Hope
Ruth Hoberman, 82, is on the move again, travelling between her Manhattan apartment and her Connecticut home just weeks after doctors at Danbury Hospital used a minimally invasive technique to replace the aortic valve in her heart. “I will never be perfect,” she said. “But I have a full life again.”
Jun 9, 2014 - 10:13:06 AM

Greenwich Hospital President and CEO Frank A. Corvino to retire after 26 years
Greenwich Hospital on Monday announced that Frank Corvino, president and CEO, will retire effective December 31, 2014. Corvino will also retire from his position as executive vice president of Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS). Corvino’s retirement will bring to a close a remarkable 43-year career in healthcare.
May 20, 2014 - 6:08:28 AM

Darien Paddle Tournament Supports Stamford Hospital's Hope in Motion
The 6th annual Paddles with a Purpose event was held on Saturday, April 5th, at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien, CT. Created to foster a competitive yet enjoyable event where players can come out, have fun and raise money for Stamford Hospital's Bennett Cancer Center, this year's event raised $7,800. 100% of the funds raised will support vital programs and services provided by the Bennett Cancer Center to patients and their families.
Apr 28, 2014 - 8:08:11 AM

State to Conduct Exercise on Managing Emergency Medications
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), in conjunction with other state partners, will conduct a full-scale exercise to test the state’s ability to obtain emergency medical supplies from the federal Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The exercise takes place this week.
Apr 22, 2014 - 11:44:45 AM

Norwalk Hospital Announces Use of Miniature Cardiac Monitor
Norwalk Hospital has become the first hospital in Fairfield County to implant the Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System in a patient, the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available. Dr. Joseph J. Tiano, electrophysiologist with Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County, P.C., implanted four of these devices in patients at Norwalk Hospital last week.
Apr 22, 2014 - 5:39:23 AM

Yale-New Haven Hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center offer free head and neck cancer screening
Yale-New Haven Hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center will hold a free public screening for head and neck cancers. The free screenings will be held on Thursday, April 23 on the Saint Raphael campus from 4-6 pm at the McGivney Center for Cancer Care and on Friday, April 25, from 9 am- 4 pm in the East Pavilion special events area at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The annual screening, called “Check up from the neck up,” is a simple, five-minute exam that can save lives.
Apr 7, 2014 - 9:34:45 AM

Getting Fit? Hartford HealthCare Has an App for That!
Hartford HealthCare (HHC) is taking health and wellness to the mainstream by launching its HealtheMinder app and a radio station on Pandora designed to inspire listeners to get fit.
Apr 4, 2014 - 5:08:58 PM

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