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Breathe Easier After Stamford Hospital’s Chronic Lung Disease Workshop

10/26/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - October 26, 2010

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, claiming approximately 120,000 lives every year, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.  Stamford Hospital will hold its sixth annual COPD workshop on Saturday, November 13, in honor of National COPD Awareness Month.  The workshop will focus on how to cope with COPD and will feature several speakers and a Q & A session.
 
COPD is a serious lung disease in which the airways become narrowed and the flow of air into and from the lungs is limited.  While most cases present in people over 40 with a history of smoking, COPD can also occur in people with long-term exposure to lung irritants such as second-hand smoke, dust, chemicals or fumes in the workplace, air pollution, and with certain genetic conditions. 
 
The symptoms of COPD are often debilitating and can get in the way of even the most basic tasks.  Those experiencing signs of COPD notice excess phlegm production, shortness of breath, inability to take a deep breath, constant coughing and wheezing.  While the disease develops slowly, it can worsen over time causing severe damage to the lungs.
 
To kick off the workshop, Dr. Paul Sachs, Stamford Hospital's Director of Pulmonary Medicine and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, will provide an overview of COPD.  Following will be presentations about how to stay active with the disease, proper nutrition and advances in oxygen therapy.
 
The schedule for the workshop is as follows:
  • 10:00 a.m. - Registration, Exhibit Hall and refreshments.
  • 10:20 a.m. - Opening remarks by Dr. Paul Sachs, Director of Pulmonary Medicine and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
  • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. - "Pulmonary Rules! How to stay active with COPD" by Michele Lenes, OTR/L, Senior Occupational Therapist.
  • 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. - "Eat Well, Breathe Well. Nutrition and COPD" by Dr. Paula Meter, MS, RD, CSSD.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch and Exhibits.
  • 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. "How Can I be Less Short of Breath?" - by Dr. Paul Sachs.
  • 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. - "What's New in Oxygen Therapy?" by Dr. Evan Stepp, Associate Director of Pulmonary Medicine.
  • 1:30 p.m. - Q & A for Panel, Raffle and Prizes.
 
The free session will be held at the Tully Health Center's Brace Auditorium, 32 Strawberry Hill Court in Stamford, on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Complimentary oxygen refills and valet parking will be available for the workshop.  For more information, call 877.233.WELL (9355).
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care.  Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

Connecticut Hospital Association Honors Stamford Hospital For Efforts to Reduce Childhood Obesity

7/2/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - July 2, 2010

Stamford Hospital's KIDS' FANS (Kids' Fitness and Nutrition Services) effort has received the 2010 Connecticut's Hospital Community Service Award. Sponsored by the Connecticut Hospital Association and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the award recognizes a hospital in the state that has made an outstanding contribution to its community, particularly for a program or service targeted toward a particular segment of its community.  Stamford Hospital was honored for tackling the serious issue of childhood obesity in southwestern Connecticut.
 
About 50 percent of the five-year-olds observed in Stamford Hospital's Pediatric Clinic between 2004 and 2008 were obese, providing evidence that childhood obesity is a major health problem in Stamford. In 2004, Stamford Hospital launched its childhood obesity effort to address this alarming trend. The effort soon grew into a city-wide collaboration that now includes Stamford Public Schools and a number of agencies working with children. Chaired by Stamford Hospital's pediatrician Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, the childhood obesity effort focuses on prevention, advocacy, treatment, and research.  
 
"We are gratified that our KID'S FANS effort has been recognized for its impact on the community," said Dr. Gerald Rakos, Chair of Pediatrics at Stamford Hospital. "We are responsible for teaching our children how to lead healthy lives, and since we began our city-wide collaboration, we have seen many positive changes occur as we move towards the goal of building a leaner and healthier community."
 
KIDS' FANS endorses and promotes the preventive health message of 5-2-1-0: For each day, 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugar-sweetened beverages. Stamford Hospital's Pediatric Clinic has offered a 12-week group nutrition education and dance as exercise program since 2006. Over the years, KIDS' FANS has expanded to include such programs as Fun Fit Club, which offers nine weekly sessions of yoga and trampoline exercises along with nutrition education. Funded by Stamford Hospital Foundation and Stamford Youth Foundation, Fun Fit Club serves children in the community and offers scholarships to students who are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches. 
 
In 2009, the Hospital established the KIDS' FANS Wellness Program at the Tully Health Center. This is a 12-week individualized treatment regimen including medical, nutrition, social work, and exercise sessions. Most participants in KIDS' FANS and the KIDS' FANS Wellness Program have achieved a steady or lower weight and a lower Body Mass Index. 
 
Additionally, the Stamford Hospital Foundation, which funds KIDS' FANS, donated $175,000 to establish fitness centers at Stamford and Westhill High Schools and held a Train-the-Trainer program for 50 Physical Education teachers from Stamford Public Schools to share the latest scientific information. 
For more information about KIDS' FANS effort, please visit www.stamfordhospitalpediatrics.com/children/kidsfan/default.aspx
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  

Dr. Harvey L. Hecht Receives Stamford Hospital’s Physician Recognition Award

6/17/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - June 17, 2010

Dr. Harvey L. Hecht has received Stamford Hospital's Physician Recognition Award.  Dr. Hecht, who specializes in Radiology and Breast Radiology, was nominated by fellow physicians and hospital personnel for the honor.  
 
The Physician Recognition Award is given quarterly to the physician who has shown an ongoing commitment to the hospital's Planetree philosophy of patient-focused care and has been a role model to other staff members. Additionally, the selected physician has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to living Stamford Hospital's daily values: Teamwork, Integrity, Compassion, Respect and Accountability.
 
Dr. Hecht, who previously served as Chair of the Department of Radiology at Stamford Hospital, received this award because he leads by example and goes above and beyond his responsibilities. His work ethic and care for his patients are admired and emulated by his colleagues.
 
Dr. Hecht received his bachelor's degree from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., and his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City. He completed his residency at Columbia University Medical Center.
 
Dr. Hecht is board-certified in Nuclear Medicine and Radiology and serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Radiology at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

Dr. Joseph Connelly Graduates 25th Class of Family Medicine Program Residents

7/7/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - July 7, 2010

With tremendous pride, Dr. Joseph V. Connelly looked upon five residents ready to begin their careers as independent family physicians.  The occasion was extra-special for Dr. Connelly, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Stamford Hospital, as this year's class was his 25th to graduate. 
 
Residents in the program receive superior training in Family Medicine, a board certified specialty that attends to the needs of pregnant women, newborns, children, teens, adults and geriatric patients.  The curriculum gives residents the knowledge necessary to become skilled, compassionate and independent family physicians through lectures, consultations with specialists, formal reading assignments, discussions with faculty and management of patients. 
 
 "Dr. Connelly does a remarkable job balancing his roles as an administrator, clinician and teacher," said Dr. Henry Yoon, Assistant Residency Program Director.  "He has been an integral part of the Stamford medical community for over two decades and continues to remain a positive influence on his students." 
 
Dr. Connelly received a bachelor's degree in biology from Boston College and his medical degree from Georgetown University.  He completed a fellowship at the Institute for Urban Family Practice at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City and is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine.  Dr. Connelly is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Surgeons Clinical Instructor at the University of Connecticut. 
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Michael Coady Named Stamford Hospital's New Chief of Cardiac Surgery

3/25/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - March 25, 2010

Michael Coady, M.D. has joined the Stamford Hospital team as the new Chief of Cardiac Surgery.
 
Dr. Coady was the Chairman of Surgery at Landmark Medical Center in Rhode Island, where he led the cardiac surgery satellite program of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians. Most recently, he has been a cardiac surgeon at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.
 
Dr. Coady received his medical degree from George Washington University, completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and did his training in cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford University Hospital.  Upon completion of his residency training, he returned to Yale as Director of its Heart Transplantation Program.  In addition, he completed a master's degree in public health at Yale University. 
 
"Dr. Coady's extensive experience in cardiac surgery is a great asset to our team, and, under his leadership, we will grow and expand as we continue to provide state-of-the-art heart care to our community," said Dr. John Rodis, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Stamford Hospital. 
 
Dr. Coady is a member of many professional organizations and his work has been published in a number of medical journals. 
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care.  Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

Dr. Michael Parry Receives Stamford Hospital’s Physician Recognition Award

12/21/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - December 21, 2010

Stamford resident Dr. Michael Parry has received Stamford Hospital's Physician Recognition Award. Dr. Parry, Stamford Hospital's Director of Infectious Disease and Microbiology, was nominated by fellow physicians and hospital personnel for the honor.   
 
The Physician Recognition Award is given quarterly to the physician who has shown an ongoing commitment to the Hospital's Planetree philosophy of patient-focused care and has been a role model to other staff members. Additionally, the selected physician has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to living Stamford Hospital's daily values:  Teamwork, Integrity, Compassion, Respect and Accountability.
 
"Dr. Parry is an invaluable resource for our patients, families, staff and the community as a whole," said Dr. John Rodis, Sr. Vice President, Medical Affairs at Stamford Hospital. "He shares his knowledge with his peers to achieve quality outcomes and empowers them to be better patient advocates." 
 
Dr. Parry received his medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He completed a residency at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York and a fellowship in infectious disease at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Dr. Parry is board certified in Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine and is currently a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care.  Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Rudolph Taddonio Receives Stamford Hospital's Physician Recognition Award

9/20/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - September 20, 2010 

Dr. Rudolph Taddonio has received Stamford Hospital's Physician Recognition Award. Dr. Taddonio, who is an orthopedic spine surgeon, was nominated by fellow physicians and hospital personnel for the honor.   
 
The Physician Recognition Award is given quarterly to the physician who has shown an ongoing commitment to the Hospital's Planetree philosophy of patient-focused care and has been a role model to other staff members. Additionally, the selected physician has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to living Stamford Hospital's daily values:  Teamwork, Integrity, Compassion, Respect and Accountability.
 
"Dr. Taddonio is a man of noble character and consistently demonstrates his commitment to the patients we serve together," said Vicki Hoffman, Director of the Orthopedic Institute at Stamford Hospital.  "He is a tremendous physician leader, well-respected by his peers, and was instrumental in helping us achieve a recent Joint Commission certification.  A physician of Dr. Taddonio's caliber certainly deserves this recognition and his efforts are immensely appreciated." 
 
Dr. Taddonio received his medical degree from the University of Bologna, Italy and New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y.  He completed his residency at New York Medical College and Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, and fellowships at The Rush-Presbyterian - St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago, IL, and Shriners Hospital for Children at the University of Illinois.  Dr. Taddonio is Board Certified in orthopaedic surgery.  He is the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Stamford Hospital.  He is Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, the Director of Scoliosis Surgery and the Orthopaedic Director of Spinal Surgery at New York Medical College.  Also, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care.  Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

Dr. Sanford Swidler Receives Stamford Hospital's Physician Recognition Award

3/15/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - March 15, 2010

Stamford resident Dr. Sanford L. Swidler has received Stamford Hospital's Physician Recognition Award.  Dr. Swidler, who specializes in Pediatrics, was nominated by fellow physicians and hospital personnel for the honor.   
The Physician Recognition Award is given quarterly to the physician who has shown an ongoing commitment to the hospital's Planetree philosophy of patient-focused care and has been a role model to other staff members. 
 
Additionally, the selected physician has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to living Stamford Hospital's daily values: Teamwork, Integrity, Compassion, Respect and Accountability.
 
"Dr. Swidler has been a model physician in the community for 25 years. Over this time, he has held a number of medical staff leadership positions, been involved in the community activities, and been a role model mentoring new physicians joining the staff," said Dr. Gerald B. Rakos, Stamford Hospital's Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. "Dr. Swidler is a classy, unassuming physician who goes about his work in a professional manner and is always willing to lend a hand while asking nothing in return." 
 
Dr. Swidler has been an Attending Pediatrician on staff at Stamford Hospital since 1984. He also serves on Stamford Hospital's Medical Executive Committee.
 
After receiving his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Swidler completed a chief residency in Pediatrics at New York University Medical Center's Bellevue Hospital Center.
Dr. Swidler is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is an active member of the Fairfield County Medical Association.  
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  

“Fashion From The Heart” Organizers Announce Honorees

2/25/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - February 25, 2010

Many diseases are non-discriminatory, equally affecting people of all ages, races and ethnicities.  Unfortunately, heart disease, stroke and diabetes are among the few that do not follow this protocol, putting those in the African-American and Hispanic communities more at risk than Caucasians.  In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of death among Connecticut's African-Americans (3.8) and Hispanics (2.2) in comparison with Caucasians. 
   
  "Fashion From the Heart," a one-night fashion and comedy extravaganza, spotlights the dangers of heart disease, stroke and diabetes among the African-American and Hispanic communities.  Each year, event organizers honor individuals who have worked to improve the cardiovascular health of minorities in the region.  
 
This year, coordinators for the upcoming "Fashion From The Heart" event have identified Stamford Hospital's Associate Chair of Medicine Dr. Maria Maldonado, F.A.C.P., the Stamford Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) and News 12 Host and Producer Gwendolyn Taylor Edwards for their life-saving efforts in the community.  Representatives from Stamford Hospital and the Fairfield County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will recognize them at the March 13 event for the following:
 
  • Dr. Maria Maldonado, F.A.C.P for her commitment to providing first-class patient care to underserved populations, mentoring the hospital's medical residents and educating the African-American community about major health concerns.  Dr. Maldonado is Stamford Hospital's Associate Chair of Medicine and served as the Medical Director of Ambulatory Services from 2006 through 2009 before assuming the position of Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program in July of 2009.
  • Stamford Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) for its special commitment to raise awareness of heart disease and teach CPR in the community.  It offers 24/7 emergency medical care as well as a variety of health education programs to the community including a CPR Education program, available to groups throughout Southwestern Connecticut.  SEMS has long been affiliated with the Stamford Health System, and hospital physicians train paramedics in new, on-the-scene techniques to help improve the survival rates of incoming cardiac patients. 
  • Gwendolyn Taylor Edwards, for her work in raising awareness regarding health disparities and the prevalence of heart disease and diabetes among the show's predominantly African-American viewing audience.  Edwards, host and producer of News 12 Connecticut's weekly talk show, "Our Lives," is an award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 25 years of experience at broadcast stations in Connecticut, Tennessee and Kentucky. 
 
The fourth annual "Fashion From the Heart" event will feature today's top designers in children, women and men's wear.  The audience will also enjoy comedic theatrical skits, called Theater Shorts, to educate and entertain them about heart disease and prevention.  
 
The event will take place on Saturday, March 13, from 8 - 10 p.m. at the Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford. Tickets cost $20, and can be reserved by calling (203) 504-8400. Please visit www.fashionfromtheheart.org or email info@fashionfromtheheart.org for more information.
 

About the Sponsors

"Fashion from the Heart" is made possible through a partnership between Stamford Hospital and the Fairfield County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and is produced by Her Game 2 Productions of Stamford. 
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit, community teaching hospital that has been serving Stamford and surrounding communities for more than 100 years. The hospital has a long tradition of community education and outreach, including programs such as Paint the Town Pink and the Power to End Stroke.
 
The Fairfield County Chapter of The Links Incorporated, is part of an international volunteer service organization of over 10,000 accomplished women.  In 2006, the chapter launched "Your Link to Health" to raise awareness about the unique health concerns that disproportionately affect African Americans and people of color. 

Flu Shots Still Available at Tully Health Center

10/20/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - October 20, 2010

Area residents looking to protect themselves from influenza this season can still receive a flu shot at the Tully Health Center. Beginning the week of October 25, the flu clinic schedule will change as follows:
  • Monday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday 4 - 8 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. (except November 5, 2010)
 
For $30, individuals can receive a single dose of preservative-free vaccine to protect against two strains of the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus.  The vaccine lasts throughout the flu season.  
 
While the CDC advises that everyone over the age of six months receive a regular flu vaccine, those who run a higher risk of serious flu complications include: young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 years and older.  For seniors over 65, an optional, high-potency shot will be available for $40.  Primary Medicare Part B is accepted as payment.
 
In addition to the flu shot clinics at the Tully Health Center, area residents can also get vaccinated at the following locations:
 
Stamford Government Center Lobby: 888 Washington Blvd.
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thursdays: 12 - 2 p.m. 
 
Stamford Plaza: 2701 Summer Street
Tuesday, November 16
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
 For more information, please call Stamford Hospital's flu hotline at (203) 276-4948.

Last Chance To Get a Flu Shot at Tully Health Center

11/15/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - November 15, 2010

Flu shots will be available at the Tully Health Center until Tuesday, December 7 for area residents looking to protect themselves from influenza this season. Beginning the week of November 15, the flu clinic schedule will change as follows:
  • Monday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday 4 - 8 p.m.
 
For $30, individuals can receive a single dose of preservative-free vaccine to protect against two strains of the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus.  The vaccine lasts throughout the flu season.  
 
While the CDC advises that everyone over the age of six months receive a regular flu vaccine, those who run a higher risk of serious flu complications include: young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 years and older.  For seniors over 65, an optional, high-potency shot will be available for $40.  Primary Medicare Part B is accepted as payment.
 
For more information, please call Stamford Hospital's flu hotline at (203) 276-4948.

Music Legend Paul Simon to Perform at Stamford Hospital’s Dream Ball

10/7/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - October 7, 2010

In a show of support for quality healthcare, Grammy Award-winning music legend Paul Simon will be a special guest at Stamford Hospital's Dream Ball on Saturday, November 6. The celebrated musician and songwriter will treat attendees to a two-man acoustical guitar session of songs from his musical past and present.  
 
Mr. Simon, a New Canaan resident, joins guests at this year's Dream Ball in support of Stamford Hospital's mission to bring quality healthcare to the region.  Mr. Simon joins a growing list of celebrities that have appeared at the function including Brian Williams of NBC's "Nightly News and Dr. Mehmet Oz of "The Dr. Oz Show." All proceeds from the event will benefit the Hospital's healthcare programs and services.
 
Mr. Simon has long had a passion for providing healthcare to the underserved - a commitment he has in common with Stamford Hospital, his local hospital.  He is the co-founder of the Children's Health Fund (CHF), which provides healthcare to poor and indigent children around the U.S. through mobile medical vans. He has also raised money for healthcare organizations such as amfAR and Autism Speaks.
 
"We are thrilled to have Mr. Simon join us at this year's Dream Ball," said H. Darrell Harvey, co-chairman of the Stamford Hospital Foundation.  "We all know that Mr. Simon has long used his voice to improve the world around him.  It is especially gratifying to know that he and Stamford Hospital share a common goal - to increase access to quality healthcare.  He is a great example of a celebrity who is putting his immense talent to use for the greater good."
 
Dream Ball attendees will dine, dance and donate in the intimate, black-tie gala event at Stamford Hospital's Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court in Stamford on Saturday, November 6 from 6 p.m. to midnight.  Proceeds from the event will support Stamford Hospital's mission to provide quality healthcare to the region.
 
Dreamer tickets cost $350 per person.  Groups can sponsor a table of 10 at the following sponsorship levels: Event Patron at $5,000, Majestic Sponsorship (with a full-page ad in the event guide) at $10,000, and Grand Sponsorship (with a Gold full-page ad) at $25,000.  RSVP at (203) 276-2554 or kpollak@stamfordhospital.org.  For more information, visit www.dreamball.org
 
Stamford Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of Stamford Hospital, seeks to obtain philanthropic resources on a sustaining and endowment basis for the support of Stamford Hospital, the regional center for health.

Prostate Cancer Program at Stamford Hospital Combines Leading Technology With Personalized Care

8/26/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - August 26, 2010

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among American men, according to the American Cancer Society.  Fortunately, men can be treated locally through Stamford Hospital's comprehensive prostate cancer program which combines the medical profession's leading technology with personalized care.
 
Stamford Hospital's Bennett Cancer Center houses a full-service program which offers advanced treatments including CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery and the da Vinci® laparoscopic robotic prostatectomy.  Complimenting the Hospital's technologies is a nurse navigator who offers guidance throughout the entire process from diagnosis through treatment and survivorship. 
 
For selected patients, CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery delivers five treatments of intense radiation with pinpoint accuracy to the prostate gland while minimizing radiation exposure to normal surrounding tissues.  For patients electing a surgical approach, the minimally invasive da Vinci prostatectomy enables surgeons to remove the prostate gland through small incisions using state-of-the-art robotic technology.  Blood loss is minimal and most patients require a one night hospital stay.  Both options result in a rapid recovery time, allowing patients to quickly return to their normal activities.
 
Stamford Hospital's comprehensive prostate cancer program offers a wide variety of options to newly diagnosed patients.  Based on physician guidance, options include active surveillance, surgery, radioactive seed implant, intensity modulated image guided radiation therapy (IMRT/IGRT), CyberKnife, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.  Additionally, for some patients, clinical trials may be available.  
 
"Management of prostate cancer must be individualized because treatment recommendations can vary significantly among patients," said Dr. Frank Masino, Medical Director of Cancer Services at Stamford Hospital.  "Physician collaboration, patient education and locally available state-of-the-art technology and treatments assure our patients that an appropriate plan to address their prostate cancer will be followed." 
 
Another unique aspect of the program is our Genitourinary Nurse Navigator, Dominique Srdanovic, RN, MA, OCN.  Through Dominique, patients have access to an internal support system.  She is a very compassionate person who provides clinical education, facilitates interaction with health care staff, streamlines paperwork and appointments, assists with financial services and follows patients after treatment. 
 
"Many patients are getting to know the friendly and comforting faces of the Bennett Cancer Center's Nurse Navigators," said Elizabeth Manfredo, Director of Cancer Services at Stamford Hospital's Bennett Cancer Center.  "A skilled oncology nurse, Dominique offers knowledge and support to individuals from diagnosis through treatment and post-treatment care."
 
To find out more about CyberKnife® radiosurgery and the da Vinci® Prostatectomy or other treatments Stamford Hospital offers, please visit www.StamfordHospital.org
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care.  Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  

Solid Financial Management at Stamford Hospital Brings Additional Benefit to Community

1/5/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - January 5, 2010

At a time when many healthcare institutions are struggling to stay afloat, Stamford Hospital announced today that it achieved a positive operating margin during its most recent fiscal year - the sixth consecutive year in which the organization's revenue has exceeded expenses.  This solid financial performance enabled the Hospital to deliver additional service and benefit to the Greater Stamford Community, including approximately $60 million in uncompensated care.
 
Un-audited numbers from October 1, 2008 - September 30, 2009 indicate Stamford Hospital collected $482.8 million while incurring expenses of only $457.8 million, which resulted in $25 million of income from operations.
 
"As a non-profit institution, of course, we reinvest our surplus into the Hospital to support and expand programs, such as the Women's Breast Center, Mobile Wellness Center and Wound Care," said President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Grissler.  "Generating an operating surplus is especially important right now in order to reduce the amount of external funding required for the long term facility expansion."
 
Solid financial management has enabled the Hospital to add or expand services to the community in many ways, including, over the past year:
 
  • Supporting the Hospital's Women's Breast Center, which was recognized as the first in the nation to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) of the American College of Surgeons;
  • Becoming certified for Total Hip and Total Knee programs, making Stamford the only Joint Commission (JCAHO)-certified Joint Replacement program in Lower Fairfield and Westchester Counties;
  • Expanding Wound Care services to include hyperbaric oxygen therapy;
  • Expanding the mobile wellness program with the addition of a new Mobile Wellness Center that includes digital mammography, bone densitometry, and cardiac, vascular and other wellness screenings;
  • Renovating and expanding the Darien Medical Center to include outpatient physical therapy and a lab draw station, along with surgical and obstetrical/gynecological physician practices;
  • Beginning, along with eClinicalWorks, the implementation of ambulatory electronic medical record (EMR) in approximately 100 physician offices;
  • Launching a new, innovative program - the only one of its kind in the area - Graduates: Engaged, Mastering & Succeeding (GEMS), designed to ease newly graduated nurses into patient care through clinical experiences in four areas;
  • Passing the Joint Commission re-accreditation survey for three years; and
  • Preparing for the building of a replacement hospital, by filing a Certificate of Need with the State; announcing a formal collaboration with Charter Oak Communities for land swap; selling the Progress Drive facility to Charter Oak Communities; filing a text amendment application with the City for a new hospital zone; and completing property acquisitions surrounding the hospital campus.
 
In addition, the Hospital achieved top quartile performance in both patient and employee satisfaction.
 
The community continued to show its support for the Hospital philanthropically with The Foundation raising nearly $5 million in new cash and pledges and the Hope in Motion event raising a record $830,000.
 
"It's not an easy time for hospitals," added Grissler.  "The physicians, employees and managers of Stamford Hospital deserve a lot of credit for delivering such top-notch healthcare to the community while helping to keep us financially sound.  Their teamwork has provided us with the professional commitment and financial resources to continue to provide the quality healthcare and services necessary to meet the Greater Stamford Community's needs." 
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities. Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with the New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Stamford Hospital, FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA, and AmeriCares Partner to Improve Healthcare in Haiti

2/5/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - February 5, 2010

Injured Haitians desperately in need of medical treatment will soon have advanced technology available to the medical professionals providing their care.  Through a partnership of Stamford Hospital, FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA (Fujifilm), and AmeriCares, a portable digital x-ray system is being donated to the Haitian relief effort and will be sent to a hospital where currently x-ray capabilities are simply non-existent.  Physicians at the hospital in Carrefour, Haiti, located approximately 10 miles southwest from Port-au -Prince, will now greatly benefit from the use of x-ray when setting fractures and treating and evaluating a range of injuries and problems from the earthquake.
 
To honor both the donation and the dedication of the hospital staff going to Haiti, a press conference was held at Stamford Hospital's Tully Health Center on Friday morning, February 5.  Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia commended the diligence of the local organizations collaborating to assure that better medical care is made available.
 
"It is so gratifying for me to witness our area businesses and residents working together to help everyone in Haiti impacted by the devastating earthquake," Mayor Pavia said. "It is further proof of the talent and compassion that exists in Stamford."
 
David Reed, MD, a Stamford Hospital physician, recently returned from a week in Haiti where he saw first hand the dire medical situation that exists today.  Dr. Reed and the medical teams treated hundreds of patients, many of whom would have benefited from x-rays.
 
"To properly care for the tens of thousands that are injured, the needs are now beyond providing just the food and medical supplies.  We absolutely need x-ray imaging to provide care in the next phase of this disaster," Dr. Reed explained.
 
For the more than 30,000 Haitian natives living in the Greenwich / Stamford / Bridgeport region, knowing that medical aid is on the way is a comfort.  Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4), met with local Haitian community leaders just prior to appearing at the press conference.
 
"So many people here in Connecticut have been personally touched by this tragedy, and knowing that their families, friends, and the greater Haitian population will benefit from the generosity of their friends, co-workers, and employers is truly inspiring," said Congressman Himes. "Thank you to Fujifilm, AmeriCares, Stamford Hospital, and all of the generous people who have contributed to the relief effort in Haiti. I am continually proud to be a member of this community and to represent you."
 
The digital x-ray system, the FCR Go from Fujifilm, is a portable system that includes all necessary components to take and view x-rays in one single piece of equipment.  It can easily be wheeled to the patient, and because the x-rays are digital, physicians in Haiti will be able to immediately view them (no x-ray film developing), eliminating any guesswork when treating and evaluating patients.  Elourde Joseph, a Stamford Hospital x-ray technologist with family in Haiti was trained by Fujifilm on the system and will be traveling to Haiti to help use it, and then train other medical professionals so there is continuity of care when she departs.
 
"It's both gratifying and humbling to know that the products we make can have such a profound impact and help save lives in Haiti," said Fujifilm Senior Vice President, Paul Genovese.  "Our sincere thanks to all those who have helped us deliver this system where the need is greatest, so that Elourde Joseph and the other medical professionals who are so tirelessly working can begin helping patients with more advanced tools."
 
Fujifilm donated the system to Stamford, Conn.-based AmeriCares, the global health and disaster relief organization who helped identify the medical location.  AmeriCares has delivered over $11 million in medicines and medical supplies to over 20 hospitals in Haiti since the earthquake struck, and their emergency response team has first hand knowledge of the needs throughout the region.  Once the x-ray system arrives, AmeriCares will provide transportation to Carrefour, Haiti. 
 
"AmeriCares has been delivering medical assistance to Haiti for more than 25 years, and we are committed to helping support and rebuild Haiti's health care system in the weeks, months and years ahead. We are pleased to work with Fujifilm and Stamford Hospital to deliver this portable x-ray equipment to Haiti. Its use will significantly improve the medical treatment available to the people of Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake," said Elizabeth Furst Frank, Senior Vice President of Global Programs at AmeriCares.
 

About Stamford Hospital

Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities. Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with the New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. www.stamfordhospital.org
 

About FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA

As one of the FUJIFILM Holdings family of companies with 70 years of imaging experience and $25 billion in sales, FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA, Inc. is a leading provider of diagnostic imaging products and network systems to meet the needs of healthcare facilities today and well into the future. Fujifilm's family of Imaging Systems products and technologies—including digital x-ray, women's health imaging, dry imagers, and conventional x-ray film and equipment—are tailored to suit many different applications for a variety of imaging environments. The pioneer in the field, Fujifilm remains the market leader in digital x-ray with products that are clinically proven and constantly evolving to set the standard in digital imaging innovation. FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA is headquartered in Stamford, CT.  For more information, visit www.fujimed.com.
 

About AmeriCares

AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief aid organization, which delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in crisis around the world.  Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $9 billion in humanitarian aid around the world and across the United States.  For more information, log onto www.AmeriCares.org

Stamford Hospital’s Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery Program is the First Joint Commission Certified Program in Connecticut

7/20/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - July 20, 2010

Stamford Hospital's Orthopedic Services have earned Joint Commission certification for its Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery Program, making it the only Joint Commission-certified program in Connecticut.
 
 "This certification verifies that our staff offers the highest possible quality and caliber of care to the community," said Rudolph Taddonio, M.D., Stamford Hospital's Chief of Orthopedic Surgery.  "Our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons work together very well on this collaborative effort to uphold a consistent continuum of care.  We are extremely proud that the Joint Commission, a well-respected third-party surveyor, has validated our efforts."
 
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, approximately 250,000 spinal fusions are performed each year.  Lumbar fusion is a spinal surgery designed to treat pain associated with conditions such as degenerative disc disease. The surgery involves placing small pieces of bone in front and/or in back of the spine allowing the bone to grow together and fuse, limiting the motion in painful joint or spine segments.  While the procedure spans generations, it is growing in popularity especially among younger clients as it allows for a quick return to active routines and lifestyles.
 
"What makes our program so unique is the continuous care our patients receive starting prior to hospitalization through their return to home," said Vicki Hoffman, Director of the Orthopedic Institute.  "Before surgery, patients learn about the procedure at educational classes, facilitated by our dedicated clinical nurse coordinator.  After surgery, this coordinator continues to oversee patients during their hospital stay and follows up with them upon their return home.  This way, patients are never left with questions about the procedure or what they should expect from their recovery. We have a focused program with a dedicated team of professionals, including anesthesia, nursing and therapists to name a few. All of our nurses have completed specialized training in the care of spine patients and several have gone on to achieve the status of Certified Orthopedic Nurse. I think all of this speaks to the team's level of commitment to provide high quality care."
 
After being evaluated on-site by a Joint Commission reviewer, Stamford Hospital's spine surgery program was awarded the Gold Seal of Approval™ for complying with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care.  The program will be reviewed every two years to retain this certification.  
 
Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. More information about the Joint Commission and a list of certified programs are available at www.jointcommission.org.
 
For more information about Stamford Hospital's orthopedic services or to find a physician, please visit www.stamfordhospitalortho.com or call (877) 233-9355.
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care.  Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

Stamford Hospital and Domestic Violence Crisis Center Develop Partnership to Enhance Services to Victims

9/7/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - September 7, 2010

Domestic violence is the number one public health issue facing women and children and the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States; more than car accidents, rapes and muggings combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recognizing this, Stamford Hospital and the Stamford-based Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) have created a partnership that will integrate the services provided by the DVCC's Medical Advocacy Project (MAP) and the expertise of Stamford Hospital's medical professionals in order to better serve victims of domestic violence.
 
The DVCC developed its Medical Advocacy Project 18 months ago with the goal of building comprehensive collaborations within the health care system and creating systems change in order to ensure that victims of domestic violence are identified and are given access to a broad range of services. Modeled after successful programs in other states such as Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Minnesota and California, it is the first domestic violence medical advocacy program in the state of Connecticut.
 
"Health care providers across the United States have become increasingly aware that addressing domestic violence as part of comprehensive patient care is not only a moral responsibility, but also a social necessity, given that the CDC estimates the annual cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion and that so many studies that have shown chronic domestic violence to have a devastating impact on the health of victims and their children," said Susan Delaney, the Director of DVCC's Medical Advocacy Project. "Thanks to the enthusiastic response by Stamford Hospital medical professionals and their recognition that domestic violence is an under reported and serious issue with many patients, we have been able to develop a working relationship in a very short period of time." 
 
While Stamford Hospital already adheres to the domestic violence health care standards established by the Joint Commission, this new initiative addresses the issue in a more comprehensive manner. Specifically, the program will promote earlier identification of domestic violence victims, offer onsite advocacy services, provide training on domestic violence for health care professionals and evaluate intervention methods.
 
With regard to training, Stamford Hospital will implement an educational program to ensure all employees are informed about domestic violence - what it is, how to identify and assess it, how to properly document it, and how to ensure patients receive attention in a timely fashion.  The DVCC will provide ongoing training on domestic violence to Hospital staff and work closely with them to enhance screening procedures.
 
"Our goal is to educate all Hospital employees as to how to identify victims, especially women, earlier in the cycle of injury," said Mary Henwood-Klotz, MPH, of Stamford Hospital's Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness.  "We look forward to working closely with the DVCC on this initiative and further developing all aspects of the partnership."    
 
Through the partnership with the DVCC, Stamford Hospital seeks to adopt the CDC's RADAR system, a training device which encourages health care providers to incorporate domestic violence screening into practice.  Stamford Hospital can then effectively track and measure its progress in improving its institutional response to victims of domestic violence.
 

About the Domestic Violence Crisis Center:

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center is committed to promoting the fundamental right of all individuals to be safe in their personal relationships. With a professional staff who have years of  experience and advocacy in the field of domestic violence, we offer confidential services at no charge, including court and legal services, group and individual counseling, temporary shelter, housing services, children's services, medical advocacy,  multilingual services, PeaceWorks prevention education and a 24-hour hotline (1-888-774-2900). With offices in Stamford and Norwalk, DVCC is the only domestic violence agency serving the communities of Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton and Weston. In fiscal year 2008 - 2009, DVCC provided shelter and counseling services to over 4,000 unduplicated victims of domestic violence, and PeaceWorks provided programs to nearly 27,000 students and conducted workshops and awareness events for nearly 4,000 adults.
 

About Stamford Hospital:

Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

Stamford Hospital and YWCA of Greenwich To Present Bonnie St. John in “Live For Joy” Program

1/7/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - January 7, 2010

To inspire women to create joy in their lives, Stamford Hospital, together with the YWCA of Greenwich, will feature Bonnie St. John in a lecture and book signing event "Live for Joy" - a Spirit of Women program. The Hospital is collaborating with the YWCA of Greenwich to provide women's leadership programming to communities.
 
As an amputee, Paralympics silver medalist, Harvard and Oxford graduate and single mom, St. John has faced some of life's toughest challenges. Her new book, Live Your Joy, is a collection of real-life, modern-day stories that reveal the power of joy.
 
During the program, St. John will share simple tricks and tools she has learned to increase one's daily "joy factor." The event will be held at Stamford Hospital's Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court in the Brace Auditorium on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
 
St. John was the first African-American to win Olympic medals in ski racing, bringing home a silver and two bronze medals in the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. She graduated with honors from Harvard University, won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford and was appointed to the White House National Economic Council. St. John was interviewed on The Today Show, The Montel Williams Show and Good Morning America, as well as for Oprah's O magazine, People, The New York Times and Essence. Critically acclaimed as an author, she is one of the most highly sought-after keynote speakers in the country.
 
The YWCA of Greenwich is part of a global organization which began in London in 1850. Today, more than 300 YWCAs in America are dedicated to mission of "eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all."
 
Stamford Hospital is part of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network, a coalition of hospitals and healthcare providers across the United States that ascribe to the highest standards of excellence in women's health, education and community outreach.
 

About the YWCA of Greenwich 

Founded in 1919, the YWCA Greenwich is now in its 91st year of playing a significant role in the lives of thousands of women, children and families in the Greenwich and Stamford communities. From small beginnings, the YWCA now offers 137 programs and services; from swimming to yoga…from preschool to summer camp …from dance to badminton…from group exercise to women's seminars. And the YWCA has and will continue to fight for racial justice, encouraging women to take on leadership roles, and providing a full range of free services for domestic violence victims. www.ywcagreenwich.org.   
 

About Stamford Hospital

Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care.  Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Stamford Hospital Announces New Vice President of Quality and Chief Quality Officer

10/13/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - October 13, 2010

Stamford Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Sharon Kiely has been appointed as the new Vice President, Quality & Chief Quality Officer.  In her new role, Dr. Kiely will oversee the Hospitalist Service, Clinical Quality and Patient Safety.  She will also chair the Clinical Leadership Council and serve as an ex-officio member of the Medical Executive Committee and the Board Quality and Clinical Affairs Committee. 
 
Dr. Kiely comes to Stamford Hospital from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.   Most recently she served as their Vice President, Quality and Chief Quality Officer.  She also worked as their Director of Hospitalist Service, Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine and Medical Director of Quality and Patient Safety. 
 
After receiving her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Kiely earned a master's degree in Public Management at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy & Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.  She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent's Medical Hospital and Medical Center of New York and was a White House Fellow assigned to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care.  Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

Stamford Hospital Designated as a Primary Stroke Center

4/5/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - April 1, 2010

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has designated Stamford Hospital as a Primary Stroke Center (PSC). The designation comes as a result of an on-site evaluation, confirming that the Hospital provides rapid diagnostic evaluation and treatment of stroke patients.
 
 As a PSC, the Hospital provides 24-hour immediate coverage by a highly trained team of emergency department physicians and nurses, radiologists, neurologists, CAT scan and lab technicians and pharmacy staff. The stroke team makes a diagnosis and delivers the expert care quickly to ensure the best possible outcomes. Before the patient enters the hospital, a stroke alert is issued by paramedics to facilitate rapid diagnosis and treatment for the fastest care delivery. 
 
 "The designation officially recognizes the highest level of care that Stamford Hospital offers our stroke patients," said Dr. Louise Resor, Stamford Hospital's Director of Neurology and Medical Director of Stroke Program. "Generally, patients who have been treated in a stroke center leave the hospital with fewer disabilities." 
 
Activation of the stroke team provides patients with the best chance to receive acute therapies such as the "clot-busting" drug, TPA. The stroke program also ensures that patients receive optimal inpatient care and have fewer stroke complications.
 
Additionally, Stamford Hospital offers a stroke rehabilitation program through its acute inpatient Van Munching Rehabilitation Unit. The rehabilitation services include the specialized physical and occupational therapy to help restore the individual to optimal health, functioning, and well-being.
 
Stamford Hospital employees are educated in stroke alert response, symptom recognition and treatment protocols. Most common stroke symptoms that individuals and their families should also recognize include the following:
  • Sudden numbness of the face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body;
  • Slurred speech;
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes;
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, and loss of balance or coordination;
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
 
For more information about stroke, visit www.stroke.org. To learn more about Stamford Hospital services, visit www.stamfordhospital.org
 
 Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities. Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with the New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Stamford Hospital Hosts “World Asthma Day” Event on May 8

4/22/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - April 22, 2010

Asthma, a common chronic lung disease, affects 16.4 million adults and 7 million children in the United States, with more than 380,000 affected individuals in Connecticut. It is also the leading cause of all emergency room visits and school absenteeism. This year, join Stamford Hospital on Saturday, May 8, as it hosts a World Asthma Day in an effort to educate the community about asthma and ways to manage it.
 
Dr. Paul Sachs, Director of Pulmonary Medicine, will kick off the day with an introduction to asthma and will discuss the topic, "What's the Best Asthma Medicine?"
 
Several other Stamford Hospital physicians will also offer presentations, including:
  • "Sinusitis and Asthma" by Dr. Biana G. Lanson, the Ear Nose and Throat Center: 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
  • "The Role of Allergies in Asthma" by Dr. Paul Lindner, Allergy and Asthma Center of Stamford: 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
  • "Asthma: An Integrative Medicine Approach" by Dr. Marc Brodsky, Medical Director, the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness: 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Q&A for Panel and Raffle: 1:30 - 2 p.m.
The free educational event will take place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Stamford Hospital's Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford. Registration with refreshments will take place in the Exhibit Hall from 10 - 10:20 a.m. The event includes a raffle, lunch and panel discussion, as well as an exhibit of patient education materials and demonstrations. For more information or to register, call 1-877-233-WELL (9355) or visit www.stamfordhospital.org.
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities. Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with the New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Stamford Hospital Launches Center For Surgical Weight Loss

10/14/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - October 14, 2010

More than 72 million Americans are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Area residents who find themselves struggling with obesity and weight loss options can now find help locally at Stamford Hospital's Center for Surgical Weight Loss, where a team of weight management specialists assist patients through a safe and seamless weight loss journey.
 
Stamford Hospital's program currently offers four types of weight loss surgery: 
  • Laparoscopic gastric bypass - The stomach is stapled to form a small pouch . The remaining stomach and part of the intestinal tract is bypassed, making the patient feel full more quickly.  
  • Laparoscopic gastric banding - An adjustable silicone band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach and is slowly tightened to promote a sense of fullness on fewer calories. 
  • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy - The left side of the stomach is surgically removed making the new stomach the size and shape of a banana, resulting in a decrease in the amount of calories consumed. 
  • Laparoscopic duodenal switch - The size of the stomach is reduced while the small intestine is rearranged to separate the flow of food from the flow of digestive juices. 
 
In addition to a physician consultation, a nurse practitioner, registered dietitian, psychologist and exercise physiologist will provide patients with nutritional consultation, psychological evaluation and support, fitness counseling, and the basic knowledge and skills needed to achieve the best possible results.  Non-surgical bariatric weight loss services ranging from seminars and community education to dietary and diabetes counseling will also be offered.  
 
Unique to the program is the option for patients to utilize pre-surgery treatments such as Reiki, massage, lifestyle coaching, mind-body therapies and acupuncture at the Hospital's Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness.  Before and after surgery, patients have access to state-of-the-art exercise equipment, 25-yard lap pool, therapeutic pool and jacuzzi and weight management, nutrition and health classes at the Hospital's Health and Fitness Institute.  Both facilities are conveniently located at the Tully Health Center.  A 90-day complementary membership is offered through the Health and Fitness Institute. 
 
Dr. Daniel Davis, Stamford Hospital's Director of Bariatric Surgery, oversees the Center for Surgical Weight Loss.  Dr. Davis most recently served as the Director of Bariatric Surgery at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY and Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ and currently is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University.  He specializes in traditional and laparoscopic surgery for obesity, advanced laparoscopic surgery, gastroesophageal reflux surgery and esophageal surgery.  
 
For more information about Stamford Hospital's Center for Surgical Weight Loss, please call (203) 276-2370 or log on to www.stamfordhospitalweightloss.com
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care.  Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  

Stamford Hospital Lifts Visitor Restrictions Due to H1N1

1/8/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - January 8, 2010

Due to the marked decrease in the incidence of H1N1 within Connecticut over the last several weeks, Stamford Hospital has lifted the visitation restrictions for the Maternal-Child Health units, effective immediately, with the exception of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 
 
Stamford Hospital will continue to monitor flu activity within the community over the next several months and respond accordingly, should it become necessary. 

Stamford Hospital Names 2009 Employee Of The Year

1/18/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - January 18, 2010

Stamford Hospital named Chad McLaughlin, a systems analyst in the Information Services department, as its 2009 Employee of the Year. He received the honor at Stamford Hospital's "Celebration of Achievement" event at the Greenwich Hyatt. 
 
McLaughlin was one of almost 400 employees honored at the "Celebration of Achievement" event. Employees were recognized for milestone years of service, patient satisfaction recipients, nightingale nursing award winners, physician recognition winners, and the Planetree caregiver of the year and Dr. Melvin Magida Award recipient. In addition, each of the 12 employees of the month was acknowledged as well.
 
McLaughlin, of Milford, was named the June employee of the month and was selected Employee of the Year among his fellow monthly winners.
 
"Chad's can-do attitude and willingness to help was instrumental in the successful implementation of the hospital's new automated time recording system," said Greg Jordan, Director of Application Services and Chad's supervisor.
"Chad is another fine example of a Stamford Hospital employee whose passion for living our values of teamwork, integrity, compassion, respect and accountability is evident in everything he does," said Darryl McCormick, Senior Vice President, Talent and Culture. 
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is affiliated with the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition, Stamford is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care.

Stamford Hospital Nurses Recognized With Nightingale Award For Excellence in Nursing

4/30/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - April 30, 2010

Twelve Stamford Hospital nurses have been awarded the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing, Connecticut's largest state-wide nursing recognition program. The awards will be presented to the nurses on Tuesday, May 11, at the Italian Center of Stamford.
 
The recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of nursing professionals. Honorees are recognized for making a significant impact on patient care; going "beyond the call of duty;" demonstrating excellence in the field and a commitment to the community; or for outstanding life-long achievement.
 
"Many of our nurses receive the Nightingale Award every year, and this is truly a testament to the exceptional quality of patient care we provide," said Debra Hernandez, Stamford Hospital's Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. "It is with great honor that we celebrate these women and recognize their commitment and dedication to excellence in the profession."
 

Stamford Hospital nurses who were honored this year include:

 
  • Sandy Swiatek, Operating Room
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  • Alice Ricard, Case Management
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  • Greenwich Germaine Fraser, Float
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  • Nancy Teixeira, Cardiovascular
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  • Julisa DeLuta, Cardiology
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  • Ruth Erway, M2S (Orthopedics and Neurosurgery)
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  • Tanya Riordon, Operating Room
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  • Perry Burgess, Cardiovascular
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  • Anne Gerstner, Labor and Delivery
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  • Ann Giuli, Case Management
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  • Mary Judge, Community Relations 
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  • Melissa DiNoto, Day Surgery
 
The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program was originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA/SCC) as a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. The goals of the program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and encourage licensed nurses who currently work outside health care to return to practice.
 
Stamford Hospital is one of the local area program sponsors. Across the state, nearly all of the major hospitals and numerous health care organizations serve as program sponsors.
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities. Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with the New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Stamford Hospital Physicians Recognized as “Top Docs” by Connecticut Magazine

4/1/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - April 1, 2010

Connecticut Magazine has named 71 Stamford Hospital physicians across 22 categories in its annual list of Top Doctors.
 
More than 5,000 questionnaires were sent to doctors from one end of Connecticut to the other asking them to recommend a doctor to whom they would send a loved one for expert medical care. In this year's survey, the focus was on general internal medicine as well as the specialties of allergy and immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, family medicine, geriatric medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, oncology and hematology, physical medicine, podiatry, radiology, and rheumatology. The most recommended doctors, as well as top finishers from 2007-2009 made the final list. 
 
Stamford Hospital doctors recognized include: Dr. Denis Bouboulis (allergy/immunology), Dr. Paul Linder (allergy/immunology), Dr. Mark Litchman (allergy/immunology), Dr. Charles Augenbraun (cardiology), Dr. Jeffrey Green (cardiology),  Dr. Ellen Naidorf (dermatology), Dr. Debra Pruzan-Clain (dermatology), Dr. Mary Arden-Cordone (endocrinology),  Dr. Antonio Pantaleo (endocrinology), Dr. Noel Robin (endocrinology), Dr. Rodrigo Acosta (family medicine),  Dr. John Greeley (family medicine), Dr. Marc Robin (family medicine), Dr. Robert Dettmer (gastroenterology), Dr. Peter Gardner (gastroenterology), Dr. Sarah Kahn (gastroenterology), Dr. Richard Sheinbaum (gastroenterology), Dr. Stuart Waldstreicher (gastroenterology), Dr. Neil Dreyer (internal medicine), Dr. Ted Listokin (internal medicine),  Dr. Craig Olin (internal medicine), Dr. Remi Rosenberg (internal medicine),  Dr. Michael Zucker (internal medicine), Dr. Philip Overby (neurology), Dr. Louise Resor (neurology), Dr. Evangelos Xistris (neurology), Dr. Gary Besser (obstetrics/gynecology),  Dr. Corinne de Cholnoky (obstetrics/gynecology), Dr. Leonard Ferrucci (obstetrics/gynecology), Dr. Michael Bar (oncology/hematology), Dr. K.M. Steven Lo (oncology/hematology), Dr. Glenn Ostriker (ophthalmology), Dr. Elizabeth Siderides (ophthalmology), Dr. Esteban Vietorisz (ophthalmology), Dr. Eric Wasserman (ophthalmology), Dr. Steven Bramwit (otolaryngology), Dr. Bruce Klenoff (otolaryngology), Dr. Jason Klenoff (otolaryngology), Dr. Stephen Salzer (otolaryngology), Dr. Timothy Kenefick (pediatrics), Dr. Rosemary Klenk (pediatrics), Dr. Arnold Korval (pediatrics), Dr. Dorothy Levine (pediatrics), Dr. Jeanne Marconi (pediatrics), Dr. Alan Morelli (pediatrics), Dr. Harry Romanowitz (pediatrics), Dr. Sanford Swidler (pediatrics), Dr. Harris Greenberger (podiatry), Dr. Andrew Rice (podiatry), Dr. Simon Epstein (psychiatry), Dr. Justin Schechter (psychiatry), Dr. Michael King (radiology),  Dr. Ravi Thakur (radiology),  Dr. Sharon Karp (rheumatology), Dr. Irene Tan (rheumatology), Dr. Tomas Vietorisz (rheumatology),  Dr. Charles Littlejohn (surgery: colorectal), Dr. James McClane (surgery: colorectal), Dr. Steven McClane (surgery: colorectal), Dr. Sherman Bull (surgery: general), Dr. Paul J. Apostolides (surgery: neurosurgery), Dr. Mark H. Camel (surgery: neurosurgery), Dr. Amory J. Fiore (surgery: neurosurgery), Dr. C. Cory Rosenstein (surgery: neurosurgery), Dr. Frank DiFazio (surgery: orthopedic), Dr. Kevin Plancher (surgery: orthopedic), Dr. Rudy Andriani (urology), Dr. Robert Lovegrove (urology), Dr. Michael Nurzia (urology), Dr. Richard Santarosa (urology) and Dr. Jonathan Waxberg (urology).
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities. Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with the New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Stamford Hospital Receives Performance Award From American Heart Association

9/9/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - September 9, 2010

Stamford Hospital was recently recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) for participating in Mission: Lifeline, and was awarded Bronze status for meeting or surpassing program requirements. As of June 10, 2010, Stamford Hospital was  the only hospital in the State of Connecticut to receive this honor. 
 
Mission: Lifeline is a community-based initiative created to improve systems of care for patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a type of  heart attack.  The program focuses on streamlining and coordinating processes to help speed the delivery of appropriate treatment for patients.  Stamford Hospital submitted Acute Myocardial Infarction data to the AHA for a time period of 90 consecutive days in 2009.  
 
In order to be recognized for their efforts to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients, the Hospital was required to achieve a composite score of 85% or higher, with no single measure below 75% on the following achievement measures:
  • Percentage of STEMI patients with a door-to-first echocardiogram (ECG) time of less than 10 minutes.
  • Percentage of reperfusion-eligible patients receiving therapy
  • Percentage of reperfusion-eligible patients with door-to-needle time within 30 minutes
  • Percentage of reperfusion-eligible patients transferred to a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) center with door-in to door-out time within 45 minutes
  • Percentage of STEMI patients receiving aspirin within 24 hours
  • Percentage of STEMI patients receiving aspirin at discharge
  • Percentage of STEMI patients on beta blocker at discharge
  • Percentage of STEMI patients with an LDL less than 100 who receive statins or lipid-lowering drugs
  • Percentage of STEMI patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction on angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin receptor blockers (ACEI/ARB) at discharge
  • Percentage of STEMI patients that smoke with smoking cessation counseling at discharge
 
Stamford Hospital's achievement will be displayed in an advertisement purchased by the AHA in the August 2010 issue of US News & World Report, the "America's Best Hospitals" edition.  
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care.  Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Stamford Hospital Re-Verified as a Level II Trauma Center

2/2/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - February 2, 2010

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has once again re-verified Stamford Hospital as a Level II Trauma Center for three more years. As a result of the ACS re-verification, Stamford Hospital has also been re-designated a Level II Trauma Center by the State of Connecticut.  Stamford is only one of nine hospitals in Connecticut with this special designation.
 
"Maintaining our Level II Trauma status recognizes Stamford Hospital's commitment to prompt and effective treatment for all trauma patients," said Kevin Dwyer, M.D., Stamford Hospital's director of trauma services and surgical critical care. Stamford Hospital has been designated a Level II Trauma Center since 1993.
 
As a Level II Trauma Center, Stamford Hospital provides 24-hour immediate coverage by highly trained trauma surgeons and physicians specializing in emergency medicine, anesthesiology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, radiology, and critical care, and trauma-trained nurses. In addition, a Level II Trauma Center is committed to trauma prevention, continuing education of the trauma team members and to continued improvement in trauma care through a comprehensive quality assessment/performance improvement program.
 
In fiscal year 2009, Stamford Hospital's Emergency Department provided care to 46,300 patients. Of those patients, 9,254 were treated for some type of traumatic event, ranging from a sprained ankle to a critically injured patient from a motor vehicle accident. Over 1,000 patients are seen by the Trauma Service team, with 85% of these patients being admitted to the hospital.
 
The re-verification process occurs every three years to ensure optimal care is given to trauma patients. The process includes an extensive review of the hospital's physical plant, equipment, personnel qualifications, and performance improvement process during a two-day site visit by two ACS surgeons. Carla Rennie, RN, MSN, manager of trauma and surgical services, coordinated Stamford's successful site visit.
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County.  The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities. Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with the New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Stamford Hospital to Help Women “Dance Their Way” to Heart Health

1/29/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - January 29, 2010

To raise community awareness for cardiovascular health and motivate women to dance their way to a healthier heart, Stamford Hospital, together with the Fairfield County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, will host the national "Day of Dance for Cardiovascular Health." This free event will take place on Saturday, February 27, at the Holiday Inn, 700 Main Street in Stamford, from 10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
 
During this fun and educational event, women will learn about the steps that they can take to reduce their chances of getting heart disease. They will enjoy free dance classes taught by instructors from Stamford Hospital's Health and Fitness Center, Stamford Performing Arts Center, Maria Fioras Dance Studio, Darien Arts Center and Fred Astaire Dance Studio - Norwalk. Tai Chi and Yoga classes will also be offered. New this year, a dance competition will allow dance enthusiasts to showcase their talents.
 
"Day of Dance" will include a special guest speaker Ms. Dana Kinsella who will talk about her daughter's dramatic heart disease experience. Free health screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol, pulmonary function, diabetes and bone density, will be offered. Women can also schedule a free mammography screening during pre-registration. Additionally, Stamford Hospital physicians will be available throughout the day to answer the participants' questions about heart health. Lunch will be provided.
 
To register, call toll-free 1-877-233 WELL (9355) or visit www.stamfordhospitalheart.com/preventionwellness/events.aspx.
 
"Day of Dance" is a national program of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network, a coalition of hospitals and healthcare providers across the United States that ascribe to the highest standards of excellence in women's health, education and community outreach. This event is being co-sponsored with The Fairfield County chapter of The Links Incorporated, a not-for-profit organization of women of color, committed to enhancing the quality of life in our communities.
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is affiliated with the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition, Stamford is  a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care.

Stamford Hospital Unveils the Sixth Annual “Paint The Town Pink” Calendar of Events

9/16/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - September 16, 2010

This October marks the sixth annual "Paint the Town Pink" campaign, and Stamford Hospital is celebrating with a line-up of its most popular educational and social events for the towns of Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Westport and Norwalk. 
 
A community-wide effort, Paint the Town Pink raises awareness about breast cancer-related issues and stresses the importance of screening and early detection during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Following is the entire "Paint the Town Pink" calendar:
 
  • Friday, October 1: Wine Dinner, 8 p.m.

    • Blue Lemon Restaurant, 7 Sconset Sq., Westport. Enjoy a multi-course dinner with select wine for each course provided by Soda Man-Wine Cellar of Norwalk.  Reservations are required, call (203) 849-9003
  • Saturday, October 2: Mile of Pink, 10:30 a.m.

    • Veterans Park, Atlantic Street, Stamford. Come together and show your support for local breast cancer survivors.  Line the streets downtown and literally "Paint the Town Pink."  Join Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia and WABC-TV's Bill Evans in our most visible display to promote breast cancer awareness.
  • Monday, October 4: Faces of Light

    • Government Center, Washington Blvd., Stamford. Beginning October 4, visit the Government Center lobby throughout the month to see an inspiring exhibit featuring photographed portraits of breast cancer survivors from Stamford.
  • Thursday, October 7: Pink up the Runway, 6 p.m.

    • Helen Ainson, 1078 Post Road, Darien. Meet "Project Runway" winner Irina Shabayeva, who is debuting her first collection.  Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres by Scena Wine Bar & Restaurant.  Tickets are $25 donation and can be purchased online at www.helenainson.comwww.helenainson.com, with proceeds benefitting Stamford Hospital's breast cancer programs.  For more information, call (203) 655-9841.
  • Friday, October 8: Girlfriends Luncheon, 12 noon

    • The Italian Center, 1620 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Celebrate love and friendship at an event that raises awareness for the importance of breast cancer screening and supports women with breast cancer.  The cost is $45 per person.  Space is limited, with reservations required by Sept.24th.
  • Wednesday, October 13: A Night of Shopping, 5 p.m.

    • Agabhumi The Best of Bali, 27 Magee Ave., Stamford. Join us for an evening of fun with music, hors d'oeuvres and wine, with 20% of sales donated to Stamford Hospital's breast cancer programs.
  • Thursday, October 14: Cherry Street Salon Turns Pink, 5 p.m.

    • 123 Cherry Street, New Canaan.  Enjoy an evening of wine, food, music and relaxation treatments.  Every guest receives a gift bag of products and a salon gift certificate.  A $25 fee at the door will benefit Stamford Hospital's breast cancer programs.  RSVP to (203) 966-2433.
  • Friday, October 15: Girls' Night Out, 6 p.m.

    • Hilton Stamford Hotel, 1 First Stamford Pl., Stamford.  Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and all-female entertainment make this a night you won't want to miss.  With "hats off" to survivors, gather all the wonderful women in your life and enjoy this fun-filled special event.  The cost is $50 per person and reservations are required. Call (203) 233-WELL (9355).
  • Tuesday, October 19: Art for Awareness, 6 p.m.

    • Gates Restaurant & Bar, 10 Forest St., New Canaan.  Come and enjoy a special auction including jewelry, photography, paintings etc.  The cost is $40 per person and includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, with proceeds benefitting Stamford Hospital's breast cancer programs.
  • Wednesday, October 20: Fashion Show, 6 p.m.

    • Saks Fifth Avenue, Stamford Town Center.  Get an up-close look at the latest fall fashions modeled by breast cancer survivors and their physicians and kick off the store's Key to the Cure event, a four-day nationwide initiative that raises awareness and funds for early detection and cures for women's cancers.  A percentage of sales will benefit Stamford Hospital's breast cancer programs.
  • Sunday, October 24: "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer," 11 a.m.

    • Sherwood Island State Park, Westport.  For more information call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.
  • Tuesday, October 26: Pretty in Pink, 5:30 p.m.

    • Atria Senior Living, 50 Ledge Rd., Darien. An evening of wine and food hosted by Atria with fashions provided by Helen Ainson.  Enjoy shopping, a chair massage and more!  A $10 donation will benefit Stamford Hospital's breast cancer programs. For more information, call (203) 662-1090.
  • Wednesday, October 27:  Treats & Treasures, 6 p.m.

    • United House Wrecking, 535 Hope St., Stamford. Sample food and wine from area merchants and get a jump on your holiday shopping with unique wares from United House Wrecking and other local vendors offering specialty items such as jewelry, pashminas, handbags and giftware.  20% of all sales will benefit Stamford Hospital's breast cancer programs.  The entry fee is $10.
  • Thursday, October 28:  Green for Pink, 5:30 p.m.

    • Goldenberry Home.Child.Gift.Gourmet, 110 Post Road, Darien. Grab a friend and join us for an evening of fun, wine, appetizers and raffle prizes, with 20% of sales donated to Stamford Hospital's breast cancer programs.
  • Friday, October 29:  Dance the Town Pink, 7:30 p.m.

    • The Continental Manor, 112 Main St., Norwalk. Enjoy dinner and dancing to the smooth sounds of "Groovology," a locally based band with lead singer Jenifer Menedis, a Darien resident and breast cancer survivor. Tickets are $60 per person, plus cash bar. For information and reservations, call (203) 846-2864 or (203) 326-1925.
 
To book a Pink Bag Lunch & Learn for a party of 20 or more, call (203) 276-6143. At this event, you can enjoy lunch and learn more about the prevention and treatment of breast cancer from experts from Stamford Hospital's Women's Breast Center. 
 
For more information about this year's events, visit www.paintthetownpink.org or call (203) 276-6143.
 
Sponsored by Stamford Hospital and other community partners, "Paint the Town Pink" stresses the importance of screening and early detection and spreads the word about the comprehensive breast care services available right here in our community.

Stamford Hospital Wins Seven Communications and Advertising Awards

6/15/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - June 15, 2010

Stamford Hospital recently received seven communications and advertising awards - including four Gold - from the 2010 Lamplighter Awards competition. Sponsored by the New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo), the Lamplighter Awards recognize excellence in a variety of marketing, communications and public relations categories.
 
This year's winners were selected from a total of 350 entries. All entrants were judged by a panel of recognized professionals from outside the New England region and evaluated on their quality and achievement of desired results.
 

Stamford Hospital received Gold awards for:

  • Excellence in Writing Pitch Letters/Press Releases - for the pitch letter on the benefits of colonoscopies;
  • Advertising - Print for the "Discover More" campaign;
  • Advertising ­- Television for the "Discover More" campaign; and
  • Website - Design for the re-launch of Stamford Hospital's website. 
 

Stamford Hospital's entries that received the Award of Excellence include: 

  • Excellence in Writing Letters - for the Economic Downturn Update to the Community;
  • Media Relations - for the Mobile Wellness Center launch at Stew Leonard's in Norwalk; and
  • Public Relations Projects - for the Employee Partnership Survey promotion.

Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities.  Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

Stamford Mayor and WABC-TV Meteorologist To Join Upcoming “Mile of Pink”

9/20/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - September 20, 2010

Breast cancer survivors and supporters will stand alongside Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia and WABC-TV's Senior Meteorologist Bill Evans in this year's "Mile of Pink" on Saturday, Oct. 2.  The event kicks off Stamford Hospital's sixth annual "Paint the Town Pink" campaign, which takes place throughout the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 
 
This year, the "Mile of Pink" will line up in front of Stamford's Veterans Park along Atlantic Street from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. The chain of participants will create a visible show of support for breast cancer survivors and also promote breast cancer awareness. Mayor Pavia and Bill Evans will speak at the start of the event. 
 
"'Mile of Pink' gives breast cancer survivors as well as their friends and families an opportunity to make a powerful statement about surviving breast cancer and the support that exists within our communities," said Liz Manfredo, Director of Cancer Services at Stamford Hospital's Bennett Cancer Center.  "We look forward to seeing everyone come together once again this year, and help spread the word about breast cancer awareness."
 
Participants can purchase "Paint the Town Pink" T-shirts for $10 each at the event or at the following locations throughout October:
 
  • 123 Cherry Street Salon, 123 Cherry St., New Canaan
  • Bennett Cancer Center, 30 Shelburne Rd., Stamford
  • Darien Imaging Center, 6 Thorndal Cir., Suite 104, Darien
  • New Wave Seafood, 81 Camp Ave., Stamford
  • Women's Breast Center at the Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Ct., Stamford
 
During the event, individuals can visit the Bennett Cancer Center's pink tent to learn more about screening for breast cancer.
 
In addition to the "Mile of Pink," Stamford Hospital and its community partners have planned a month of educational and social events that will be taking place in Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Westport and Norwalk. 
 
For more information, call (203) 276-6143 or log on to www.paintthetownpink.org
 
Sponsored by Stamford Hospital and other community partners, "Paint the Town Pink" stresses the importance of screening and early detection and spreads the word about the comprehensive breast care services available right here in our community.  

The 15th Annual Hope In Motion — Walk, Run & Ride Raises More Than $900,000 for Stamford Hospital’s Bennett Cancer Center

6/15/2010
 

Stamford, CT - June 15, 2010

More than 4,500 walkers, runners, and riders took to the streets of downtown Stamford raising a record $900,000, and counting, for the 15th annual Hope in Motion — Walk, Run & Ride. The event held June 6 on National Cancer Survivors Day®, raises vital funds for local cancer programs and services offered at Stamford Hospital's Bennett Cancer Center, and honors those whose lives have been touched by the disease. 
 
This year's record total surpasses 2009's final tally of $830,000. Event organizers are optimistic that the goal of $1 million can be attained by the September 30 donation deadline. 
 
"Our $1 million goal for the 15th anniversary is within reach, demonstrating just how much of an impact cancer has on our community," stated Elizabeth Manfredo, Director of Cancer Services.  "Every dollar donated to Hope in Motion makes a difference in the lives of local cancer patients. Donations to this event provide a number of supportive services at no cost to our patients.  These include psychological and nutritional counseling, support groups, Integrative Medicine and Survivorship programs, to name a few. In addition, Nurse Navigators are funded to guide patients and their families from diagnosis through treatment and post-treatment care.  We are overjoyed with the success of this year's event, and thank everyone who participated for making it such a wonderful day."
 
Rose Capuano (Stamford), Janine Nanos (Stamford), and Nicole Nienstadt (Bethel) led their team, Rose's Buds, comprised of members from Shelton, Stamford and Bethel, along with a number of New Yorkers, to become the top fundraising team, raising over $33,000. Rose's Buds led the walk on June 6. The top individual fundraiser, Craig Price (Stamford) raised over $17,000 to date in memory of his mother-in-law, Nancy Leferman, while a member of the Sock-it-to-Cancer team she started.
 
Donations are accepted until September 30. For more information about the Hope in Motion event, or how you can still donate this year, www.hope-in-motion.org.
 
The date for the 16th anniversary event is Sunday, June 5, 2011. 
 
The Hope in Motion event is presented by Stamford Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of Stamford Hospital.  The event's Founding and Presenting sponsor is The Ashforth Company.  Other event sponsors include: Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Athlete's Foot; Colliers; Diamond Properties; Encon; Fairfield County Bank; First County Bank; Jackson Lewis; Silver, Golub & Teitell; Synapse Group; Thomson Reuters; UBS;  Wachovia Bank;  and many more local businesses offered their support.
 
This year, an increase in social media helped to raise awareness and funds. The Hope in Motion Facebook page has over 500 fans, allowing participants to post photos, share memories, and swap stories. The Twitter page allows for much of the same, and keeps its followers up to date on all of Hope in Motion's goings on. A new medium, which allows anyone to make a quick and easy $10 donation by texting "HIM" to 20222, also helped to raise funds.

The Spotlight is on Heart Disease and Diabetes Prevention in “Fashion From The Heart” Event

3/2/2010
 

STAMFORD, CT - March 2, 2010

Over 100 models will hit the runway on Saturday, March 13 at Stamford's Palace Theater during the fourth annual "Fashion From The Heart" event.  An evening of fashion, comedy and live entertainment will educate attendees about the prevalence of heart disease, stroke and diabetes among the African-American and Hispanic communities.  
 
The show, produced by Her Game, 2 Inc., will showcase 14 fashion designers' latest children's, women's, men's and plus-sized fashion collections.  New to the catwalk this year is a line of couture hats designed by Josephine Steward and modeled by members of the Fairfield County Chapter of The LINKS, Incorporated.  In addition, comedian, TV and movie star Steve Harvey will have his collection of men's wear and boys' fashions represented for a second consecutive year.
 
Joining Steward and Harvey is a unique selection of emerging designers, including: A-Doms, Big Girls United (BGU), Cantoire by Carlos Reeves, Chila For Fun, CooGi, Steven Daniel, Her Game 2 Apparel, La Diva Lamonte, Pastry, Rocawear, Janice Stofer, and Terrieion.
 
The audience will also enjoy comedic theatrical skits, called Theater Shorts, created to inform about heart disease and prevention.  This year's sketches will include "Jeopardy: What is Health?" - where common Jeopardy questions will reveal your health smarts - and "Exercise Myths" - in which a crazed 1980s fitness instructor will lead a 2010 aerobics class awry.  Stamford residents Trina M. Britt and James E. Hinton, Jr., scripted and directed the satirical spoofs in collaboration with Stamford Hospital's Chief of Cardiology Steven F. Horowitz, MD.
 
Also, during the show, coordinators for "Fashion From The Heart" will honor Stamford Hospital's Associate Chair of Medicine Dr. Maria Maldonado, F.A.C.P., the Stamford Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) and News 12 Host and Producer Gwendolyn Taylor Edwards for their life-saving efforts to build awareness about heart disease, diabetes and stroke in the African-American and Hispanic communities.
 
This year's non-profit event will feature live music by three vocalists and recording artists: Norwalk native and Bridgeport resident Tangela, a former "American Idol" contestant; Anna Harrington, who was featured in Oprah's Karaoke Challenge; and Yvette Michelle, whose nationally broadcast R&B single "Every Day, Every Night" went Gold in 1995.
 
The one-night, fashion and comedy extravaganza will take place on Saturday, March 13 from 8 - 10 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford. A dessert reception will follow the event.  Individual tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling (203) 504-8400.  For more information, visit www.fashionfromtheheart.org or email info@fashionfromtheheart.org
 

About the Sponsors

"Fashion from the Heart" is made possible through a partnership between Stamford Hospital and the Fairfield County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and is produced by Her Game 2 Productions of Stamford. 
 
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit, community teaching hospital that has been serving Stamford and surrounding communities for more than 100 years. The hospital has a long tradition of community education and outreach, including programs such as Paint the Town Pink and the Power to End Stroke.
 
The Fairfield County Chapter of The Links Incorporated, is part of an international volunteer service organization of over 10,000 accomplished women.  In 2006, the chapter launched "Your Link to Health" to raise awareness about the unique health concerns that disproportionately affect African Americans and people of color.