Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

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CHH holds Awareness Event
National Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month
Saturday, September 22 ~ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Stop and Shop in Litchfield
In honor of National Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group will be holding a Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness event on Saturday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. outside of Stop and Shop in Litchfield.

This event is held to raise awareness about Pulmonary Fibrosis and how it affects individuals and their families, and to help raise funds for research which will go directly to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (pulmonaryfibrosisfoundation.org).

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is a lung disease that makes it harder to breathe over time. It is a condition in which lung tissue becomes scarred, thickened and stiff. It can dramatically limit the lifestyles of those afflicted with this disease. Currently there are no known cures and more research is needed. It is estimated that over 200,000 people suffer with this disease and over 40,000 will be diagnosed this year.

CHH also holds quarterly Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group meetings that offer accurate, up-to-date information about Pulmonary Fibrosis, including symptoms, management, forms of treatment, clinical trials and ongoing research.  The group talks openly about the challenges of living with Pulmonary Fibrosis in a comfortable and safe environment where participants exchange ideas, compare experiences, and learn from others. It is facilitated by John Morthanos, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation ambassador and lung transplant recipient and Susan Murphy, RCP, of the CHH Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Hungerford (CHH) Center Conference Room, 780 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT. For more information and to RSVP for the meeting by October 5th, contact Susan Murphy at susan.murphy@hhchealth.org or call 860-496-9381.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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CHH Sponsors Free Live Well Workshop with    
with Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging
Interested in learning more about living a healthier lifestyle? Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has teamed up with the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging to offer a free, interactive six-week "Live Well" Workshop to teach the skills you need to help you take charge of your ongoing health conditions.

Participants with ongoing health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and other chronic illnesses will learn better ways of dealing with health concerns such as pain, fatigue, difficult emotions, anxiety and stress. Topics will include easy exercises to help improve or maintain strength and energy, ways to improve nutrition, the appropriate use of medications and more.

Live Well Workshops are also beneficial for caregivers, family members and friends of those with chronic conditions. The workshops are sponsored by The Western CT Area Agency on Aging, CT Dept. of Public Health, and the State Unit on Aging through a grant from the Administration on Aging. They are held throughout the year at various locations.

Want to learn more? Attend an introductory class on September 26 at 10 a.m. at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's Hungerford Center Conference Room, 780 Litchfield Street in Torrington.

The class series will be held weekly at the Hungerford Center on Wednesday mornings, 9:30 am to 12 noon, beginning October 10 through November 14.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call 860-496-6676. Participants who attend at least four of the six weeks will be entered in a drawing to win a gift card or other prizes.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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American Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, September 28 ~ 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
CHH Memorial Building, First Floor.
540 Litchfield Street, Torrington
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is hosting a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross. The drive will be held on Friday, September 28th, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington, in the CHH Memorial Building, First Floor.   

To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code CHHCT.

Blood donors of all types, particularly AB, O, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are needed. The American Red Cross has been facing emergency blood shortages and has issued an urgent call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and help save patient lives. Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to prevent delays in urgent medical care to vulnerable patients.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Download the Blood Donor App at www.redcrossblood.org to keep informed.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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CHH Sponsors Free "Dinner
with a Doc" Orthopedic Talks
 This October, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is presenting "Dinner With a Doc", a series of three FREE health talks at Chatterley's Banquet Hall in Torrington that will provide information and the latest updates related to orthopedics.

Attendees may choose to come to one or all of the presentations given by local Orthopedists affiliated with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital while enjoying a light healthy dinner and opportunity to ask questions on the covered topics.

Total Joint Replacement: Is Surgery For You?
Presented by Frank J. Pompo, MD
Tuesday, October 2 ~ 5:30 -7:00 p.m.
Chatterley's Banquet Facility
371 Pinewoods Road, Torrington

Oh, My Aching Back!
Presented by Mitchell S. Garden, MD  
Wednesday, October 17 ~ ~ 5:30 -7:00 p.m.
Presented by Mitchell S. Garden, MD  
Chatterley's Banquet Facility
371 Pinewoods Road, Torrington

Sports Medicine & Concussions: What You Need to Know
Presented by Keith E. Penney, MD
Tuesday, October 30 ~ 5:30 -7:00 p.m.
Presented by Keith E. Penney, MD
Chatterley's Banquet Facility
371 Pinewoods Road, Torrington

All three talks will be held at Chatterley's Banquet Facility, 371 Pinewoods Road, Torrington from 5:30 -7:00 p.m. Light dinner will be provided prior to the presentation with a question and answer session to follow. To register for any of the three talks, please call 860-496-6479. Registration is required. Seating is limited so call early. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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CHH offers FREE Smoking Cessation Classes
In Torrington and Winsted This Fall
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) will be offering its popular "Freedom From Smoking" cessation programs in both Torrington and Winsted this fall as part of their ongoing efforts to help smokers kick the habit and live smoke free.

The FREE program features discussion and skill sessions led by trained, certified American Cancer Society facilitators who understand the motivations and rationalizations of smoking, and use a positive behavior change approach that teaches people how to become permanent non-smokers. Participants attend eight interactive classes with "Quit Day" midway through the session.

The program will be offered in Torrington on Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 PM in the Conference Room at the CHH Hungerford Center, 780 Litchfield Street, Torrington, just up the hill from the main hospital building from October 10 to November 28.

The program will also be offered on Tuesdays in Winsted at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in the new Joyner Health Science Center (Room #143) from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. and again from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. from October 9 to November 27.

In Winsted, CHH is partnering with Northwestern Connecticut Community College in support of their current plan to a create smoke, vape and tobacco free campus in 2019. CHH used a recent grant to train four new facilitators in anticipation of the fall offerings, including Carla Angevine, Susan Murphy, Damaris Sierra, and Maria Capobianco.  

"In this step-by step program, participants will receive the personal attention they need to help them quit smoking and transition to a healthier, smoke free lifestyle through education, relaxation techniques, and methods of preventing weight gain." says Sandy Markus, long time smoking program facilitator.

As a special incentive, the $75 program fee will be waived for all participants. Call 860-496-6538 to register or receive more information. Space is limited.

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet millions of Americans still smoke. For more information about smoking and its dangers, visit the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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CHH Donates Heart Defibrillator to the Goshen
Agricultural Society for the Goshen Fairgrounds
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, a Hartford HealthCare Partner, has donated a new heart automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Goshen Agricultural Society that will be kept on premises of the Goshen Fairgrounds. This lifesaving device helps perform life-saving treatment in the event that a person experiences a sudden heart attack.

"We are so pleased that we will now have access at the fairgrounds to this life saving device if the need arises. We thank everyone at Charlotte Hungerford for their generosity and continued support in helping us ensure the safety of our visitors. " said Barbara Breor, member of the Goshen Agricultural Society Board of Directors

The new ZOLL AED Plus device analyzes and looks for shockable heart rhythms, advises the rescuer of the need for defibrillation, and delivers a shock if needed. When the heart unexpectedly and abruptly stops beating, it is usually caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation or VD. Effective treatment for this is an electrical shock which delivers an electrical current applied to the chest providing an opportunity for the heart's normal electrical system to take control.

The device also provides real-time feedback on rate and depth of chest compressions and supports rescuers with integrated text, voice, and visual prompts to help guide rescuers. The latest American Heart Association guidelines suggest that successful defibrillation requires the performance of immediate "high quality" CPR. This means providing compressions at the proper depth and rate, making sure not to lean on the chest, and keeping interruptions to an absolute minimum.

"Helping to ensure that members of our community have the best tools and resources to serve the people of region is an important part of our healthcare mission and outreach at Charlotte." said Tim LeBouthillier, Director of Communications and Community Development at CHH.

This year, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Hartford HealthCare are pleased to be a sponsor of the 2018 Goshen Fair being held Labor Day Weekend September 1-3 at the Goshen Fairgrounds. Visit www.goshenfair.org for more information and entertainment schedules.  

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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CHH Recognizes Hospital Employee Service
At Annual Awards Dinner
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) paid special thanks to its staff at their annual Employee Service Recognition Dinner held recently at Fairview Farm Country Club. Each year, full-time, part-time and per diem Hospital employees are selected and honored based on their years of service in 5-year increments and given special gifts.

This year, the hospital recognized a total of 124 employees celebrating milestone anniversaries, including one with 45 years of service, three with 40 years, five with 35, ten with 30, four with 25, 17 with 20, 22 with 15 years, 24 with 10 years and 38 with 5 years of service.

Highlights of the evening included the hospital's senior staff honoring Linda DiMauro of the Patient Access Department who received a standing ovation for her 45 years of service, along with Annamarie Corrolo, Diane Nadeau, Kateri Veillette, and Sandra Markus for their 40 years of service.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for us to formally thank our employees for their loyal service. Whether they are celebrating five or 45 years at Charlotte Hungerford, it is evident that we are all proud of their accomplishments," says Brian Mattiello, Vice President, Organizational Development.

Linda DiMauro (above) of the CHH Patient Access Department was recognized for her 45 years of service at the 2018 Annual Service awards held recently at the Fairview Farm Country Club.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.

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 Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary
Awards 2018 Scholarships
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital's (CHH) Auxiliary has awarded twelve local students $1,000 scholarships to pursue higher education opportunities at a recent hospital reception.

The CHH Auxiliary recently presented ten students pursuing an education in the healthcare field with the honor after a thorough review process of many qualified candidates. The awardees were Jacqueline O. Nicholas, Paul Durstin Alderete, Alexa Nicole Sanson, Megan Elizabeth Facteau, Kathleen Bridget Morton, Lindsey Marie Rouleau, Lilli Taylor Ferrucci, Erin Elizabeth Gonchar, Brooke Murphy Neller, and Cameron John Rouleau. Also awarded was the Joseph Curi, M.D. Memorial Scholarship to Zachary Golden Kwalick and the J. Alfred Fabro, MD Memorial Scholarship to  Rebecca Ann Kraus.

Judith Hogan, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee said, "The Auxiliary received 53 scholarship applications this year, all from exceptional students who intend to pursue healthcare careers. We wish we were able to able to present a scholarship to each student who applied. They are the caregivers of the future!"

The CHH Auxiliary celebrated 100 years of supporting Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in 2016. It has been a significant source of physical and financial aid to the Hospital. The CHH Auxiliary has over 200 volunteer members who assist in raising funds for CHH through donations, the gift shop, and special fundraising events.

College bound students pursuing healthcare careers and recipients of 2018 Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary scholarship awards pose at recent annual presentation ceremony.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH is a Hartford HealthCare partner, and offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital - Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Learn more at www.charlottehungerford.org.