OK, I have a big backlog of hospital news I’m dying to get out there. So, behold, the latest edition of hospital kudos round-up.
St. Vincent’s gets grant money
The St. Vincent’s Foundation received one of the first grant awards from Pink Aid, a grant-based organization that helps fund compassionate services to the uninsured and under-insured women in our community. The foundation supports the various arms of St. Vincent’s Health Services, including St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport.
The grant of $105,000 will be used to provide free mammograms to women who have barriers to care, as well as provide education and support services to cancer patients through the St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound program.
Standing in front of the St. Vincent’s Mobile Mammography Coach are (from left to right): Renee Mandis, Co-Chair of Pink Aid; Lyla Steenbergen, Director of Major Gifts, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation; Michael Bisciglia, Vice President, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation; Andrew Mitchell-Namdar, Founder of Pink Aid and is from Mitchells of Westport; Amy Katz and Amy Gross, Co-Chairs of Pink Aid
‘Bridge to Recovery’ receives SAMHSA award
Connecticut Counseling Centers Inc. announces that its Bridge to Recovery program will receive the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Science and Service Award at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence Conference Award Banquet in Las Vegas on April 24. The Bridge to Recovery Program has been chosen to receive the award out of thirty-eight applicants. The program received funding from the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Norwalk United Way.
The Bridge to Recovery program is a treatment initiative designed to increase medication assisted treatment retention and produce positive treatment outcomes. The initiative provides enhanced services to patients receiving treatment for narcotic dependence from Connecticut Counseling Centers’ Norwalk Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program. The program trains patients as peer mentors who demonstrate a desire to help others achieve their own recovery. The mentors meet with patients who are having difficulty maintaining sobriety, missing counseling sessions, and are at risk of dropping out of treatment.
Connecticut Counseling Centers, Inc. is a state-licensed, nationally accredited, not for profit Behavioral Healthcare Corporation that offers counseling, psychiatry, education and medication assisted treatment. Connecticut Counseling Centers’ has facilities in Norwalk, Waterbury and Danbury which serves approximately 1,700 patients annually from 67 Connecticut cities and towns.
For more information about the Bridge to Recovery program contact Robert C. Lambert, MA, LADC at 203-838-6508 ext. 238, or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact at Kurt Kemmling, CMA at 209-RECOVER, or email@example.com
Stamford Hospital to participate in study
The Bravewell Collaborative today released Integrative Medicine in America: How Integrative Medicine Is Being Practiced in Clinical Centers Across the United States, a study of the patient populations and health conditions most commonly treated with integrative strategies.
Twenty-nine integrative medicine centers, including, Stamford Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness, were surveyed by The Bravewell Collaborative. All participating centers were affiliated with hospitals, health systems and/or medical and nursing schools. Patient services include adult care (100 percent of those surveyed), geriatric care (97 percent), adolescent care (86 percent), OB-GYN care (72 percent), pediatric care (62 percent) and end-of-life care (66 percent). Findings from the report, which evaluated trends in prevention and wellness, patient outcomes, emerging norms of care and reimbursement, suggest that the practice of integrative medicine offers promise for increasing the effectiveness of care and improving people’s health.
In the survey, 75 percent of centers reported success using integrative practices to treat chronic pain and more than half reported positive results for gastrointestinal conditions, depression and anxiety, cancer and chronic stress.
Integrative medicine is an approach that puts the patient at the center of care and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect health. Employing a personalized strategy that considers the patient’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances, integrative medicine uses the most appropriate interventions from an array of scientific disciplines to heal illness and disease and help people regain and maintain optimal health.
St. Raphael’s celebrates birth center anniversary
A bevy of moms, babies and VIPs celebrated the first birthday of the Dr. Romeo A. and Lena B. Vidone Birth Center at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven on Friday, Feb. 10. Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Jewel Mullen, M.D., attended the event, which also marked the Vidone Center’s designation as Baby-Friendly™ for promotion of breast feeding.
The World Health Organization and UNICEF started the Baby-Friendly initiative to recognize hospitals that educate and enable parents to make informed choices about how they feed and care for their babies.
Saint Raphael’s also celebrated a $75,000 grant to create a special resource and support center to help new mothers with breastfeeding after they are discharged from the hospital. The center, called the Breastfeeding Advances Baby’s first Year (BABY) Program, opens Feb. 14 with funding from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA). David Wasch, CHEFA’s manager of Government Programs, presented the grant check to Dr. Annmarie Golioto, medical director of the Newborn ICU and Newborn Services at the Hospital of Saint Raphael.