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Dr. Joshua Frank Receives Sports Medicine Certification
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Coastal Orthopaedics of Norwalk is proud to announce that Dr. Joshua B. Frank has earned one of the most highly recognized certifications in the industry - a credential that is known as the Gold Standard around the world – the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. This award is a valuable way to demonstrate commitment to the highest quality care and recognition for the many long years of work put into achieving expertise. This sets Dr. Frank apart as a recognized specialist in the eyes of patients, hospitals, employers and insurers.
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Feb 2, 2016 - 3:46:57 PM

DPH Asks Health Providers to Watch for Suspected Cases of Zika Virus
State health officials today said they have asked Connecticut health care providers to report suspected cases of Zika virus infection to the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) and to the patient’s local health department. There are currently no reported cases of this mosquito-borne disease in Connecticut.
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Jan 15, 2016 - 10:27:29 PM

Jamie Masciarelli, Wife, Mother, and Stamford Resident Enjoys a Full and Active Life Following Weight Loss Surgery at Norwalk Hospital
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Three years ago, forty-six-year old Jamie Masciarelli, a long-time resident of Stamford and an Asia Immigration Specialist at GE Global Operations, had gastric bypass surgery at Norwalk Hospital's Surgical Weight Loss Center. One year later, she lost 125 pounds and has maintained her weight at 118 pounds since 2013. “I’m living a full life focused on my career and family while having more fun than I ever could have imagined,” said Masciarelli. “I’m actively involved with ballroom dancing and participating in dance recitals and competitions.”
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Jan 6, 2016 - 5:38:59 AM

Healthy Resolutions for 2016
Was your New Year’s resolution to become healthier in 2016? Whether you want to stick to a healthier diet, get more exercise, reduce stress, or lose weight, the Norwalk Public Library along with the Norwalk Health Department have just the tips to help you succeed! Join us for “Healthy Resolutions,” a 5-week program to be held on Wednesday evenings, beginning January 6th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Norwalk Library’s Main Auditorium. Each week, this program will focus on a different healthy resolution and the necessary skills to achieve your goal. Each session builds upon the previous one and includes thought-provoking videos, group discussion and support, giveaways, and the skill-building techniques you need to kick start a healthier 2016. Attend all 5 sessions for a chance to win prizes!
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Jan 6, 2016 - 5:02:03 AM

Learn Why Your Kidneys are So Important and How to Become a Living Donor
As part of the Norwalk Public Library’s Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies series, the National Kidney Foundation will present a program, “Kidney Health & How to Become a Living Donor,” in the Main Auditorium on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Dec 28, 2015 - 8:26:42 AM

Stamford Physician Joins AmeriCares Board of Directors
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AmeriCares is pleased to announce Dr. Katy Close has been elected to the AmeriCares Board of Directors. A board-certified internist specializing in medical care for the underserved, Dr. Close practices at the AmeriCares Free Clinics in Connecticut, providing primary care services to low-income patients without health insurance.
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Dec 15, 2015 - 5:03:50 AM

Recently Merged Multispecialty Group Announces New Name
With changes and uncertainty about healthcare in Connecticut, one recently formed medical practice shines as a beacon of quality, personalized patient care. Last year, Grove Hill Medical Centers, P.C. (GH) and Connecticut Multispecialty Group, P.C. (CMG) announced merger plans, and as of January 1, 2016, they are ready to launch as a unified organization known as Starling Physicians. Starling Physicians will become the leading physician-owned, fully integrated multispecialty medical practice in central Connecticut.
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Dec 10, 2015 - 5:17:19 AM

Access Health CT Sponsors Enrollment Fair in Bridgeport
Access Health CT (AHCT) on Tuesday announced it will hold a free enrollment fair on November 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the St Vincent’s Family Health Center located at 762 Lindley Street in Bridgeport. The enrollment fair will provide information on how Healthcare Reform will impact residents and their families, explain how people might receive financial help and provide assistance in enrolling for healthcare coverage through Access Health CT.
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Nov 18, 2015 - 9:37:57 AM

Fairfield County Residents Walk and Run for Heart
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More than 600 Fairfield County residents walked and ran for their hearts, and to help raise awareness and funds for the number one killer—heart disease--at the Fairfield County Heart Walk & 5K Run event, Sunday, October 25th at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Individuals, company teams and families, and even dogs, participated to support the mission of the American Heart Association.
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Nov 4, 2015 - 5:17:06 AM

City Employees Take 23 Million Steps During Three-Week Steps Challenge
Almost 200 City of Stamford Employees are participating in a 10-week Health and Wellness Challenge with the goal of developing and sustaining a healthier lifestyle. The Wellness Challenge takes place over a ten week period with five different challenges designed to encourage healthy eating, fitness, and weight loss. One component of the Challenge was a step challenge in which employees were encouraged to take at least 5,000 steps a day. When the three week step challenge ended employees had taken a combined 23,209,788 steps.
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Oct 31, 2015 - 5:27:21 AM

Access Health CT Hosts Community Chats Series
Access Health CT (AHCT) recently announced that it is inviting community organizations and leaders to join them for a Community Chat on Tuesday, October 20th form 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the Norwich United Community & Family Services Community Room, Meadows Shopping Center, 47 Town Street, Norwich. AHCT Staff will provide an overview of the accomplishments of Connecticut’s insurance exchange program and lead a discussion on ways AHCT can help bring quality, affordable healthcare to more residents of the Norwich community. Click on the following link to register to attend the Norwich Community Chat: http://learn.accesshealthct.com/events
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Oct 19, 2015 - 1:15:43 AM

DPH Reminds Public about the Health Benefits of Handwashing
In conjunction with “Global Handwashing Day,” October 15, 2015, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is reminding people of the importance of hand washing to stay healthy.
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Oct 15, 2015 - 2:43:27 PM

Child Guidance Center Awarded $50,000 from Community Fund of Darien
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The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut (CGC), a local provider of Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS), was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Community Fund of Darien (TCF) to support crisis services for local children and adolescents.
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Oct 14, 2015 - 3:29:41 AM

Fifth Annual Candy Collection & Win A Nintendo 3D
For a firth year in a row, Dental Care of Stamford and Dental Care Kids is collecting and sending left over Trick-Or-Treat candy to our troops in Iraq. More
Oct 12, 2015 - 6:19:01 AM

Waveny Walkers raise $4,000 for Alzheimer's disease research
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Waveny LifeCare Network staff, volunteers and family members helped fight Alzheimer’s disease by raising $4,000 in sponsorships for this year’s annual “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on Sunday, October 4th. Held annually at more than 600 sites nationwide, the Association’s Walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
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Oct 8, 2015 - 5:25:24 AM

Smoking Cessation Program Offered at Norwalk Hospital
Norwalk Hospital is offering a free smoking cessation program beginning on Thursday, October 8, in the third floor respiratory classroom in the Section of Pulmonary Medicine at the hospital. The program consists of six weekly sessions.
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Sep 18, 2015 - 10:09:45 AM

Westport Library to Offer Free HPV Cancer Lecture on September 11
St. Vincent's Medical Center will host a free lecture on "The HPV Cancer Epidemic" on Friday, September 11, 2015 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport. Why should we vaccinate our children? Erich M. Sturgis, MD, MPH, will discuss the need to vaccinate for human papilloma virus (HPV), which can cause cervical and other cancers seldom detected in early stages. More
Sep 1, 2015 - 3:57:30 AM

Wilton Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient Presents 50 Trauma Dolls to the Pediatric Department at Norwalk Hospital
Michelle Garvey of Wilton (pictured center) shares the results of her service project to earn a Girl Scout’s Gold Award with staff at Norwalk Hospital.  From left are: Maureen Vita, Carol Bauer, Kathleen Tighe,
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Michelle Garvey, Jill Immermann, and Madeline Eicas.  Michelle graduated last spring from Wilton High School.  The project that she selected to positively impact the community was to make trauma dolls for the Pediatric Department at the hospital.  With the help of Christie's Quilting Boutique and the New Canaan Sewing Group and members of the community, she recently presented 50 dolls to the hospital.  The dolls will be used by staff as education tools and can also be given for recreation purposes to pediatric patients who can draw faces on them with special markers, also provided as part of this project.
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Aug 26, 2015 - 1:00:10 AM

CPR Volunteers Visit Capitol for CPR in Schools Bill Signing
American Heart Association volunteers recently attended the ceremonial signing for SB 962, which requires local and regional Boards of Education to provide CPR training to all students before they graduate as part of the health and safety curriculum.
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Aug 25, 2015 - 1:46:13 AM

State Mosquito Program Reports Increase in Mosquitoes Testing Positive for West Nile Virus
Residents are urged to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites

The State Mosquito Management Program announced Friday that an increasing number of mosquitoes trapped and tested by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station are positive for West Nile virus (WNV). Residents are cautioned that August and September are generally the months when people are at the highest risk of acquiring WNV infections in Connecticut.
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Aug 24, 2015 - 10:50:25 AM

Local Author Nan Rossiter to Speak at New Milford Hospital on September 9th
Community residents are invited to attend the next Community Speakers Series program at New Milford Hospital on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Robison Conference Rooms. The program is free and takes place in conjunction with the Hospital’s Plow-to-Plate® Senior Suppers.
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Aug 23, 2015 - 11:49:55 AM

Hope After Loss hosts walk to remember babies October 11
Hope After Loss, a non-­profit provider of support services to women and men who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or infant, will hold its fifth annual Footprints on Our Hearts Walk at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, at East Shore Park in New Haven, Conn.
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Aug 19, 2015 - 12:26:00 AM

Norwalk Hospital’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program Earns 10 Year Re-accreditation
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The Reverend Debra Slade, M.Div. BCC, Director of Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Norwalk Hospital is pleased to announce that its CPE program is re-accredited for another ten years by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE). ACPE is a nationally recognized CPE accrediting agency by the U.S. Secretary of Education through the U.S. Department of Education. The CPE program at Norwalk Hospital continues to meet all of the high standards of ACPE.
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Aug 14, 2015 - 10:22:09 AM

Stamford Hospital Recognized by Women's Choice Award in Five Areas
Stamford Hospital received five 2015 Women's Choice Awards(r), recognizing it as one of America's Best Hospitals for Heart Care, Obstetrics, Cancer Care, Best Breast Center and Best Stroke Center. These awards signify Stamford Hospital's commitment and passion toward delivering an extraordinary healthcare experience to women and all patients. By carrying the Women's Choice Award seal, Stamford Hospital is a member of an elite network of hospitals committed to a global mission of empowering women to make informed healthcare choices.
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Aug 14, 2015 - 1:04:36 AM

New Immune and DNA Targeted Therapies for Advanced Breast Cancer Studied at Norwalk Hospital
Norwalk Hospital, part of the Western Connecticut Health Network, has recently opened two important clinical research trials for women with advanced (stage IV) breast cancer. The first trial will test whether an anti-PDL1 antibody can improve the effects of chemotherapy for women with “triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC)” The anti-PDL1 antibody targets a patient’s immune system so that it can recognize cancer cells and attack them.
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Aug 12, 2015 - 10:18:08 AM

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