Hospital kudos round-up

A brief collection of a few bits of good news at area hospitals:

St. Raphael’s recognized:

The Spine Center of the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven has been designated a Center of Excellence for Spine Surgery by the Joint Commission, an organization that accredits over 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Saint Raphael’s certification as a “Gold Seal” center from the Joint Commission makes it the only program in Connecticut to earn the designation in three types of surgery:

  • Discectomy (removal of part of a disc pressing on the spinal cord or nerves)
  • Decompression (removal of overgrown vertebral joints or ligaments that narrow the spinal canal)
  • Fusion (surgical joining of vertebrae to create stability and alleviate back pain).

For more information about Saint Raphael’s Spine Center, call 203.789.5997 or visit

Griffin gets Komen grant
Griffin Hospital will be able to expand breast cancer education to women in the Naugatuck Valley, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Komen Connecticut.

The grant will support the Valley Breast Health Initiative, which provides outreach and education to all women, including the uninsured or underinsured, about the importance of breast wellness and early detection and provide screening mammograms to women who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

The initiative will maintain a presence in neighborhoods, businesses, churches, health clubs, etc. in the greater Valley area, with a special focus on Shelton and Naugatuck, and will help navigate patients through the local health care system, working in tandem with partnering organizations.

Amanda Cuda