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Waveny’s wheelchair donation to New Canaan Fire Company

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When New Canaan's finest asked Waveny LifeCare Network for help in locating a wheelchair to use for teaching and training purposes, Waveny was only too happy to give them one of their own. “New Canaan Fire Company No. 1 helps to keep us safe around the clock,” said Waveny administrator Ron Bucci. “It's our pleasure to help support those who support us each and every day.” Pictured, Waveny Rehab assistant, Yolette Milord presents the gifted chair to New Canaan firefighters.



Hughes Health wins National Award for inspection results

Hughes Health & Rehabilitation announced it has received the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA) for achieving a deficiency-free inspection from the Department of Public Health. "We continuously strive for excellence for the benefit of our residents and their families,” said Mark Finkelstein, vice president of Hughes Health & Rehabilitation. “To again be recognized by NADONA for our deficiency-free inspection is a testament to the dedication of our entire Hughes Health team.” Hughes Health also received NADONA’s national recognition in 2013. Accepting the award on Hughes Health behalf at the recent NADONA National Conference in Atlanta was Lina Dureza, director of nursing. "The Circle of Excellence Award is very significant because it reflects our singular focus of providing a safe, caring, best-inclass environment for all those who enter our skilled nursing facility,” said Dureza. About Hughes Health & Rehabilitation Hughes Health & Rehabilitation, a family-owned and operated health care center for more than

50 years, provides quality care for those with chronic illness, as well as those needing convalescence and rehabilitation. Excellent healthcare, coupled with a genuine caring attitude are the hallmarks of Hughes Health. Hughes Health has been accredited for its quality as a nursing care center by The Joint Commission, and named as one of the best nursing homes in the United States for five consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report and seven consecutive years by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. Hughes Health has been named a Women’s Choice Award recipient as an America’s Best for Extended Care for two consecutive years, has received the Silver Achievement in Quality award by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living, has been recognized by the AHCA for achievement in its Quality Initiative Recognition Program and has received the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA) for achieving a deficiency-free inspection from the Department of Public Health. For more information about Hughes Health & Rehabilitation, visit

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JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES The Jewish Home 175 Jefferson Street Fairfield, CT 02825 203-365-6400


WAVENY CARE CENTER 3 Farm Rd. New Canaan, CT 06840 203.594.5200


HEBREW HEALTH CARE INC. 1 Abrahms Blvd West Hartford, CT 06117 (860) 523-3800

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MONT MARIE REHAB & HEALTHCARE CENTER 36 Lower Westfield Rd Holyoke, MA 01040 413.538.6050


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Gov. Malloy honored by Regional Hospice and Home Care

Governor Dannel P. Malloy never forgot the impact Regional Malloy Hospice nand Home Care’s Healing Hearts Center for Grief & Loss had on his constituents during his most painful days as Governor of Connecticut. His concern for grieving families lead to even more comprehensive bereavement services onsite in the new facility Regional Hospice recently opened in Danbury. At a recent reception at its new Center for Comfort Care & Healing, Regional Hospice and Home Care honored Governor Malloy for his advocacy and support of its new Healing Hearts Center for Grief & Loss. Regional Hospice President & CEO Cynthia Emiry Roy presented Governor Malloy with an award for his advocacy as head of the State Bond Commission that awarded a $1.2 million grant to build a 3,200 square-foot expansion to the hospice center’s original plans and house its bereavement center onsite. “We are so grateful to Governor Malloy for helping us obtain bonding support for our new bereavement center,” said Roy. “On behalf of thousands of children and families we have the privilege to care for, we thank him for recognizing the needs of dying patients and the community members who are grieving the loss of loved ones.” On December 14, 2012, as word spread throughout the media that a tragedy had unfolded in Sandy Hook, the bereavement team at Regional Hospice’s Healing Hearts Center immediately responded. To this day, the Healing Hearts Center team continues to support the Newtown community and their family members from throughout the region who suffered unfathomable loss that morning. “Regional Hospice and Home Care's Healing Hearts Center provides so many valuable support services to residents in the community during some of the most difficult times of people's lives,” Governor Malloy said. “The services offered are very unique, and the folks who provide this care do an amazing job delivering strength and understanding to those in need. Organizations like this are what truly make the neighborhoods in which we live stronger, more resilient communities.” Members of Newtown’s Kids In Deeds Organization (KIDOs) were among the 75 guests who attended the event in the Center’s tribute garden. The KIDOs started supporting the Healing Hearts Center as 7th graders in 2012 and raised $51,000 for the custom-designed heartstrings playscape for children in Healing Hearts bereavement groups and whose families are being cared for at

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From left to right: State Rep. David Arconti, Regional Hospice and Home Care Chief Clinical Officer Deborah Ryan, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Regional Hospice and Home Care President and CEO Cynthia E. Roy and Regional Hospice and Home Care Chief Operating Officer Paul L. Sirois.



the Center. Barb Patrick, the mother of the KIDOs founding member, Ryan Patrick, spoke on the group’s behalf and presented Governor Malloy with a quilt made in his honor. Regional Hospice also installed an etched paver in the garden walkway honoring Governor Malloy. The state grant allowed Regional Hospice to include a playground for children, and four specially designed and fully-appointed meeting rooms to serve children from age four through seven and pre-teen groups. Additionally, the grant supported large meeting rooms outfitted with technology to better serve the teen and adult groups. The Healing Hearts Center provides free bereavement support to more than 1,200 participants annually. For more information, visit

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Boston Children’s Hospital plans to acquire Children’s and Women’s Physicians of Westchester LLP, its first acquisition outside Massachusetts.

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Children’s is the dominant pediatric hospital in Massachusetts and New England. It is one of the highest-cost providers in the state, but known for treating the sickest and smallest of patients. The idea, said Dr. Kevin Churchwell, the chief operating officer at Children’s, is to create a pediatric health care network across the Northeast in which doctors coordinate care online and through electronic health records. “What is coming from health care reform, and what we see as the future of health care, is the continuum of care is going to be profoundly important,” Churchwell said. “In order to do that, we have to have alliances, we have to have partnerships, and we have to have practices that we control, that are part of us.” The Westchester practice is spread across 57 locations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Dr. Leonard Newman, president of the Valhalla, N.Y.-based doctors group, said that despite its reach across three states, the group needs to be part of a larger system. “In this health care market, to provide the best care for children, we need to have a partner that has stature,” Newman said, “and Boston Children’s Hospital has that reputation here in New York and New Jersey and Connecticut.”“It seems like it’s a

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The following is a statement from Michael Gerardi, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). “The American College of Emergency Physicians congratulates our esteemed colleague, Dr. Steve Stack, on his inauguration as president of the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Stack is the first emergency physician to lead the AMA and its youngest president in 160 years. Even as a very young physician, Steve demonstrated his interest in leadership by joining the board of the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) and went a step further by acting as the EMRA representative to ACEP’s Board of Directors from 1998 to 2000. Dr. Stack embodies all that is best about emergency medicine: staying cool under pressure, problem-solving, teamwork and the spirit of innovation. His career – already distinguished by governance roles in both emergency medicine and the house of medicine as a whole – offers a shining example to us all of how to blend leadership with hands-

on work in the emergency department, which he continues to do. Dr. Stack’s experiences as an emergency physician have kept him connected to the wide variety of patients who seek help every day in our nation’s emergency departments, giving him a unique and invaluable perspective on our 21st century health care system. We are very proud of Steve Stack’s inauguration as president of America’s largest physician organization and look forward to the great things we know he will accomplish in this new role.” ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

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AMA continues efforts to prevent chronic diseases impacting millions of Americas seniors

Statement attributable to: Andrew W. Gurman, M.D., President-elect, American Medical Association “As part of the AMA's long-standing commitment to improving the health of the nation, we continue to focus our efforts on identifying the best ways to prevent the chronic diseases that have the biggest impact on public health and put a fiscal strain on our health care system. We are pleased to be participating in the White House Conference on Aging and applaud the Administration for taking a step in the right direction to bring more attention to the importance of disease prevention, especially given that more adults than ever before are now living with multiple chronic conditions. “Through partnerships forged over the past two years, the AMA is working to prevent type 2 diabetes and heart disease--two of the country’s leading causes of disability and death, particularly among older Americans--to ensure patients live richer and fuller lives. We’ve begun our efforts by focusing on the precursors to these diseases, prediabetes and high blood pressure. “With more than 86 million Americans living with prediabetes and nearly 90 percent of them unaware of it, the AMA is working in partnership

with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Y-USA to increase awareness of prediabetes, and to spread the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program to reach more people who have prediabetes and stop the progression to type 2 diabetes. Most recently, together, the AMA and CDC launched Prevent Diabetes STAT™ and are urging others to join this critical effort to help prevent diabetes before it starts. “Additionally, the AMA is working to help the 30 million U.S. adults who have high blood pressure and a source of health care and yet do not have their blood pressure under control. Specifically, the AMA partnered with Johns Hopkins Medicine and ten physician practices in Illinois and Maryland to develop tools and resources that are being used by physicians and care teams throughout the country to help patients improve blood pressure control and reduce their risk for heart attack, stroke or death. These efforts will also help alleviate the $51 billion in annual national health care costs associated with high blood pressure. “We will continue our strong commitment to improving the health of the nation by supporting efforts and advocating for policies that help reduce the burden of preventable diseases and reduce health care costs.”

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SummerWood staff P.A.S.S. with flying colors

SummerWood staff member, JoAnn Bouchard, demonstrates the proper way to extinguish a small contained fire at SummerWood’s fire safety training session.

Hoffman SummerWood Community staff practiced putting out fires, literally, over 55 of them, recently during their fire safety training session with FPT (Fire Protection Team) trainers. An area was staged in the SummerWood parking with a large vat of flammable liquid and dozens of fire extinguishers on hand. After a full briefing on the proper use of the equipment, each staff member had an opportunity to “Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep (P.A.S.S.)” their own fire extinguisher. After each fire was put out, it was relit for the next staff member. The training took place following a staff meeting which incorporated hotdogs and hamburgers. Chefs, housekeepers, administrative staff, drivers, nurses, aides and all managers participated one by one and received applause from their peers as they looked on. SummerWood’s Executive Director, Joan Carney said, “our residents’ safety and well-being is our number one priority, and we thought this hands-on in-service would be another way to take that one step further. The FPT trainers did an excellent job today, and we will plan to do this again next year as a refresher, as well as for new staff.” Hoffman SummerWood Community is a national award-winning senior living community located on Simsbury Road in West Hartford, and is a member of the Hebrew HealthCare family. For more information on SummerWood please call 860-523-3808 or visit their website at


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Hallmark Health System named 2015 Most Wired Most Wired hospitals focus on security and patient engagement As hospitals and health systems begin to transition away from volume-based care to more integrated, value-based care delivery, hospitals are utilizing IT to better facilitate information exchange across the care settings. This includes greater alignment between hospitals and physicians. According to the survey, the physician portal is a key factor in strengthening physician-hospital alignment: • In 84 percent of Most Wired organizations, physicians can view and exchange other facilities’ results in the portal compared with 63 percent of hospitals surveyed.

• 76 percent use the portal and electronic health record (EHR) to exchange results with other EHRs and health information exchanges compared to 56 percent of those surveyed. • 81 percent can communicate with patients via email or alerts in contrast to 63 percent of all respondents. Driven beyond the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2, this year's Most Wired hospitals are utilizing the benefits of a patient portal to get patients actively involved in their health and healthcare. For instance, 89 percent of Most Wired organizations offer access to the patient portal through a mobile application.

Other key findings include: • 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals offer the ability to incorporate patient-generated data. • 63 percent offer self-management tools for chronic conditions. • 60 percent offer patient-specific education in multiple languages. “We commend and congratulate this year’s Most Wired hospitals and their CIOs for improving care delivery and outcomes in our nation’s hospitals through their creative and revolutionary uses of technology,” said CHIME CEO and President Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME CHCIO. “These Most

Wired organizations represent excellence in IT leadership on the frontlines of healthcare transformation.” “Congratulations to our nation’s Most Wired hospitals for harnessing the potential of information technology to improve quality care and patient safety and lower health care costs,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA. “At the forefront of the field, these hospitals are setting the bar for protection of patient data through discerning security measures.” Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners visit

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For the fourth consecutive year, Hallmark Health System has been recognized as a Most Wired hospital/system, through the 17th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks. Health data security and patient engagement are top priorities for the nation’s hospitals, according to results of the 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired™ survey, recently released by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The 2015 Most Wired™ survey and benchmarking study, in partnership with CHIME and sponsored by VMware, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration. “Hallmark Health is proud to be named to the Most Wired list for the fourth consecutive year,” said Carol Dresser, vice president of information services at Hallmark Health. “Our entire staff - from the information services team to clinicians to support staff - play important roles in using technology to support the efficient delivery of high-quality patient care.” According to the survey, hospitals are taking more aggressive privacy and security measures to protect and safeguard patient data. Top growth areas in security among this year’s Most Wired organizations include privacy audit systems, provisioning systems, data loss prevention, single sign-on and identity management. The survey also found: • 96 percent of Most Wired organizations use intrusion detection systems compared to 85 percent of the all respondents. Privacy audit systems (94 percent) and security incident event management (93 percent) are also widely used. • 79 percent of Most Wired organizations conduct incident response exercises or tabletop tests annually, a high-level estimate of the current potential for success of a cybersecurity incident response plan, compared to 37 percent of all responding hospitals. • 83 percent of Most Wired organizations report that hospital board oversight of risk management and reduction includes cybersecurity risk.


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AdCare Hospital thanks employees for years of service AdCare Hospital recognized forty-eight employees for a total of 610 years of service at an Awards Dinner June 3rd at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, MA. Gail Lovejoy, who joined the Dietary Department at AdCare when it was Doctors Hospital, was honored for 45 years of continuous service. Patrice Muchowski, Sc.D., Vice President of Clinical Services, and Paula Morrissette, Psy.D., Senior Clinician, were each honored for 30-years of service. Twenty-five year service award recipients and members of AdCare’s Nursing team staff were: Celeste Edmundson, Amelia Whaley, Dianne Kenney, and Dale Coulter.

Additional award recipients were: 20 years –Frances Hopkins, Medical Records; Daryl Blaney, Nursing; Donna Burton, Nursing 15 years – Christine Caola, IP Counseling; Judith Richards, Nursing; Liliana Glozheni, Medical Records; Brian Binnall, Purchasing; George Festa, Nursing; Shaun Kelly, Worcester OP Counseling; John Peeler, Transportation.

10 years – Robert Walsh, Maintenance; Arthur Bowen, IP Counseling; Colleen Goodwin, Worcester OP; Christopher Griffin, IP Counseling; Peter Sullivan, Community Services, Sunita Godiwala, MD, Professionals, Inc.; Caroline Shepart, Nursing; Jenette Scott, Medical Records; Enoh Ukpong, Nursing, Irene Amevor, Nursing; Susan Stillwell,

Boston OP; Bradford Derderian, Transportation; Maria Rodriguez, First Contact Services; Ruth Shawler, Laboratory; Debra Haddad, NP, Professionals, Inc.; Joanne Bergeron, First Contact Services; Kara Levinson, Nursing.

5 years – Edward Gresham, First Contact Services; Jacqueline Gerardi, Dietary; Kristi Falamino, Community Services; David Laporte,N. Dartmouth OP; Amy Mosher, Medical Records; Shawn Walton, Dietary; Jessica Noto, IP Counseling; Jimmer Rivera, Housekeeping; Robin Landry, First Contact Services; Anthony Fulginiti, IP Counseling; Steven Tornell, Nursing; Grace Munyiri, Boston OP; Eliot Bell, Nursing and Jevon Rice, Boston OP Counseling.

Employees of the Month from July 2015 to April 2015 and honored guests were: Robin Ouellette, Comfort Danso, Kristina Maccartney, Lorraine Hartwell, April Lionette, Sammie Modique, Kerry Osborne, Pam Daveau, Roxanne Arakelian, Jim Scott, Zaida Delgado.

Photo from left front: Patrice Muchowski, ScD, VP of Clinical Services and 30-year service award recipient with James McKenna, VP of Special Projects for Rhode Island Back row: Christine Caola, Counselor and 15 year-year service award recipient, April Lionett, Counselor and Employee of the Month, and Paula Morrissette, PsyD, Senior David W. Hillis, Chairman & CEO, congratulates Gail Lovejoy on 45 years of service. Clinician and 30-year service award recipient.

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Conceived in 1975 as a ten bed alcoholism service in a general hospital, AdCare Hospital has grown to become New England’s most comprehensive provider of treatment services for persons affected by substance use disorders. With conveniently located inpatient and outpatient facilities in Worcester, Boston, Quincy, North Dartmouth, West Springfield, MA and in Warwick and North Kingston, RI, AdCare is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission and offers nationally recognized treatment for individuals and families affected by substance use disorders.

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Waveny celebrates caregivers with a carefree evening at the Casino

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Waveny LifeCare Network’s Caregiver Casino community event offered caregivers an opportunity to relax and unwind while enjoying a carefree evening of professional casino games, delicious food, live music, and complimentary on-site Adult Day Program services for their loved ones.

Aces were high at Waveny LifeCare Network’s “Caregiver Casino� on Main Street at The Village at Waveny. The non-profit organization recently held a free casino-themed evening that offered family caregivers a carefree opportunity to relax, unwind, and enjoy an evening of professional gaming, while their loved ones enjoyed casino-themed programs and live music through complimentary extended hours at Waveny’s Adult Day Program. Caregivers played for raffle tickets on professional BlackJack and Roulette tables and Slot machines staffed by gaming professionals. Professional massage and reflexology services were also offered on-site between games.

“It was an evening specifically organized to offer caregivers a moment of relief and respite from their demanding full-time care roles,� said Ginny Carroll, Waveny’s Director of Admissions. “Not only did we welcome Waveny’s families, but also the public at large, so we were able to help caregivers whom we had never met before.� The event’s premier Royal Flush Sponsor was Omnicare of Connecticut, which helped to defray event costs. High Roller Sponsors included Foxwoods Resort & Casino, which donated a generous overnight getaway package, and Waveny at Home, which donated hours of complimentary companion care.

Event Sponsors included PRAI Beauty Group, Wilton Internal Medicine, Stamford Nephrology, and Stacy Steiger. Prize sponsors included A&S Fine Foods, Baldanza CafĂŠ, Chicken Joe's, Foxwoods Casino, Fresh Market, Harry C. Reid, Hawley Lane Shoes, Le Pain Quotidien, Locali Restaurant, Mitchell's of Westport, Mohegan Sun, Pimlico, PRAI Beauty Group, Rizzuto's Restaurant & Bar, Tarry Lodge, TOGS, and Trader Joe's. Comitted to caregiver support, Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of care to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny

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Hughes Health & Rehabilitation receives Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best for Extended Care Hughes Health & Rehabilitation honored for two consecutive years for providing exceptional care to residents

Hughes Health & Rehabilitation of West Hartford has been named a Women’s Choice Award recipient as one of the America’s Best for Extended Care for the second consecutive year, acknowledging Hughes Health & Rehabilitation extraordinary service in meeting the highest healthcare standards. By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, they are identified as a facility that women would highly recommend for their loved ones’ long-term care, rehabilitation, and nursing care needs. Hughes Health & Rehabilitation qualifies for this highly selective annual list based on an in-depth proprietary screening process. The process utilizes data reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and identifies those facilities that provide comprehensive extended care services, and that meet criteria for resident safety, satisfaction and excellence based on female needs and preferences. “To be honored for two consecutive years with a Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best in Extended Care is a testament to the consistent, unwavering and dedicated care our group of trained nursing, rehabilitation and medical

professionals performs every day here at Hughes,” said Mark Finkelstein, vice president of Hughes Health & Rehabilitation. “We are very grateful for the recognition bestowed upon us by the Women’s Choice Award and other national organizations in 2015. It inspires us to do and be better continuously,” adds Finkelstein. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Extended Care facilities include health agencies, nursing homes, hospice and residential care communities. The majority of individuals in need of this care are 65 years of age or older (American Association of Retired Persons). As America faces an increase in life expectancy with one in every four 65-year-olds living past the age of 90 (Social Security Administration), one-third of all Americans will require long-term care at some time in their lives with more women than men residing in nursing homes (Illinois Council on Long Term Care). Therefore, the number of individuals receiving these services will likely double from 13 million to 27 million by 2050 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Department of Labor).

“Among the most difficult and emotional decisions families must make is the selection of an extended care facility. With more than 15,000 facilities in the US, providing families the ability to select among fewer than 430 best is important to achieving our mission of empowering women and their families to make the best health care choices.” Sharyn Lee, President, Healthcare Division, Women’s Choice Award. “One of the hardest decisions a woman will ever have to make is to choose a nursing home or Extended Care facility for a loved one. Reducing the risk of making the wrong healthcare choice is our mission,” said Delia Passi, CEO and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award. The Women’s Choice Award program provides women with a trusted third party endorsement which is supported by selected objective performance data. By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, Hughes Health & Rehabilitation has joined an elite network of institutions committed to a global mission to empower women to make smart healthcare choices.

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Hughes Health & Rehabilitation of West Hartford today announced the appointment of Jennette Livingston as director, Social Services. In her new role, Livingston will utilize her skills as a Social Worker to provide emotional, physical and spiritual support to Hughes’ residents. “Jennette provides the holistic care we believe is vital to our residents, as well as to their families,” said Mark Finkelstein, vice president of Hughes Health & Rehabilitation. “Jennette has already engaged with many Hughes’ residents in a unique and supportive way.” Livingston also specializes in the training and education for caretakers dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease through her work with the Alzheimer’s Association. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.

“Women carry the burden of making the majority of healthcare choices for themselves and their families. The Women’s Choice Award seal is like a warm embrace validating that she is choosing the best care for her family,” added Passi.

ABOUT HUGHES HEALTH & REHABILITATION Hughes Health & Rehabilitation has been family owned and operated since 1961 and is accredited by The Joint Commission. Hughes has been named as one of the best nursing homes in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for five consecutive years and by the Consumers’ Research Council of America for seven consecutive years. In 2015 Hughes received the highest Overall Five-Star Quality Rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Hughes was one of just seven facilities in Connecticut to receive this highest ranking in all categories, and has maintained its

Five Star Rating for five consecutive years despite tougher federal ratings standards. In addition, Hughes was the recipient of the 2015 Circle of Excellence Award from the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA) for achieving a deficiency-free inspection from the Department of Public Health. Hughes Health’s Vice President and Administrator, Mark Finkelstein, is the recipient of the 2012 American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) Distinguished Nursing Home Administrator Award, and its Director of Nursing, Lina Dureza, is the recipient of the 2015 NADONA Nurse Administrator of the Year Award.

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Celebrating 10 years of home care services with physicians and wound care centers, the team uses new products such as calcium alginate with honey, which has antibacterial and healing properties, and technology such as wound VACs (vacuumassisted closures) to combat lifethreatening wounds in older adults. “We had a client who had an incision that went from the back of the shoulder down to the abdomen. When we began service, the wound was infected and non-healing. Through our care, the incision had healed well,� says Catherine Symes, Coordinator, Non-Medical home care. “We have clients who have complex health conditions like diabetes and vascular issues that make it harder for wounds to heal. These kinds of wounds can linger for months and become

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Ten years ago, The Jewish Home began providing private duty home care services in the community. “Recognizing the need in our community we wanted to offer this service to seniors and families as an extension of the services we provided at The Jewish Home,� commented Andrew H. Banoff who developed the business model for the program. The program was a great success and as the need for compassionate and quality care continued to grow the program expanded as well. In 2010, medical home care was added as a Medicare-certified service, providing a host of services to individuals after hospital discharges or homebound. The two services worked in conjunction providing private duty aides, skilled nursing, social work, and physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Again, in 2012, services expanded to include hospice for end of life care. Friedman Home Care and Chaifetz Family Hospice reflect the generous contributions of the Friedman and Chaifetz families, who are committed to ensuring the community has access to these vital services. All three programs have grown both separately and together serving thousands of clients. In 2015, Jewish Senior Services announced two new leaders in the home care program. Doreen BrownWade has been appointed Director, Home Care and Hospice. Doreen brings a wealth of knowledge to the position having served as administrator of Home Health Services of Connecticut, Visiting Nurse Services of Southern Connecticut, and hospice manager for VNA Care Network and

Hospice in Dedham, Massachusetts, and most recently as hospice director at Masonicare Home Health and Hospice. She holds a B.S. degree in nursing and an M.B.A. Catherine Symes, RN, was recently promoted to Coordinator, Non-medical Home Care, and oversees client services and private duty services with our short term rehabilitation, medical home care, hospice, and Senior Choice at HomeŽ programs. Catherine’s background includes working in business administration, assisted living and senior living communities. Catherine has worked with clients, families and staff over the past four years at

infected and life-threatening if not addressed,� explains Filomena Ferraro, RN. Furthermore, physical therapists also assist clients in returning to normal functioning as they recover from the pain and debility of serious wounds and infections. The team spends time on education and self-care, so clients and families are able to keep the wound clean between visits. “One of the most satisfying things about being a home care nurse is working with clients and families to avoid serious complications while healing challenging wounds. It’s nice to visually see the improvement as the wound heals,� adds Gerard Spenard, RN. For more information on home care services, call 203-396-1136 or email

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Rehabilitation Victories in Recovery A head-on automobile accident in August of 2012 put Peter Callan’s life on hold and hurled him into a tunnel of darkness and uncertainty. The accident sent him to a hospital with a broken back, separated shoulder, two broken hips, broken legs, broken ribs and life-threatening internal bleeding. Up to that point in his life, Peter had never been in a hospital. “Surreal is the best word for me to describe it. One minute your life is full and busy with family and work, and in a flash things are taken out of your hands. I found myself lying on the pavement, having pulled myself from my car for fear of it catching fire.” Five surgeries and 10 days later, it was time for him to leave the acute care hospital and begin rehabilitation. Peter chose Hospital for Special Care (HSC) for his six-week journey to recovery. “Peter asked me what he needed to do to leave,” said Robyn Cop, Peter’s occupa-

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tional therapist at HSC. “I told him that he would need to work through the pain, and if he did, his body would respond. I said, Peter, this is going to hurt a little, but I can’t want this more than you.” Peter owns and manages Lantern Energy, a successful and growing business that provides homeowners and business-owners with a simple path to energy efficiency. Throughout the latter course of his rehabilitation, Peter’s partner would visit him at HSC and bring him mail. “I was starting to feel a sense of normal,” Peter said. Once an avid runner and biker, Peter left HSC in a wheelchair, now long since gone. Robyn and Jenna Murphy, Peter’s physical therapist, accompanied him home to make sure that he could take care of himself. They inspected his house and didn’t leave until they were satisfied Peter would be safe managing on his own. Although the pain hasn’t gone away even after almost three years since the accident, Peter now says

that he has more of a sense of purpose. “Going through what I did really opened my eyes. I have less patience for the nonsense of what’s not important in life, and I


have a greater sense of empathy.” “The surgeons at Hartford Hospital saved my life, but HSC got me home and gave me my life back.”

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Annie Park, LICSW, CCADC, named Top Social Worker in West Springfield, MA by International Association of Healthcare Professionals (IAHCP)

The International Association of HealthCare Professionals (IAHCP) recognized Annie Park, LICSW, CADC, Director of AdCare Outpatient Services-West Springfield, as a top social worker representing West Springfield, MA. Director of AdCare Outpatient Services West Springfield since 2007, Annie Park, LICSW, received

AdCare’s Excellence in Patient Care Award in 2012. “Annie is well-known throughout AdCare and the treatment community as an outstanding champion of patient care,” said David Hillis, VP of Outpatient Operations, in presenting the award. “Annie has been instrumental in the expansion of services provide and number of patients served at the AdCare West Springfield office.” Ms. Park’s previous clinical and supervisory experience includes positions as Coordinator of the Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs, CT, and Triage Clinician and Case Manager for Cigna Behavioral Health’s mental health and substance abuse admissions. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Springfield College.

RI Labor Professionals Association honors Jim McKenna


Pictured from Left: Anthony Lancellotti, President of RILAP with Jim McKenna, VP of Special Projects for AdCare Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Labor Assistance Professionals (RILAP) recognizes Jim McKenna, Vice President of Special Projects for AdCare Rhode Island, at an Annual Awards Luncheon held June 18, 2015 at Lancellotta’s Restaurant, North Providence, Rhode Island. Jim McKenna honored by the Rhode Island Labor Assistance Professionals for his and AdCare Hospital’s help and compassion to labor assistance professionals over the past forty years. Rhode Island Labor Assistance Professionals (RILAP) provides help and information to union members and their families suffering from drug, alcohol, family, marital, financial, and behav-

ioral/mental health and other issues caused by every day work and life stress. Conceived in 1975 as a ten bed alcoholism service in a general hospital, AdCare Hospital has grown to become New England’s most comprehensive provider of treatment services for persons affected by substance use disorders. With conveniently located inpatient and outpatient facilities in Worcester, Boston, Quincy, North Dartmouth, West Springfield, MA and in Warwick and North Kingston, RI, AdCare is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission and offers nationally recognized treatment for individuals and families affected by substance use disorders.

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GET ME OUT OF HERE: The Beth Brady Story

“It’s just not in my DNA to be unhappy or dwell on bad things,” says Elizabeth (Beth) Brady, MD, a renowned Connecticut breast surgeon. Beth helped build Hartford HealthCare’s breast center into one of the busiest in the state. She was a very active surgeon - until she found herself in an intensive care unit (ICU). It was a sunny April morning on the driving range, and other than experiencing a little back pain while hitting golf balls she had little warning of what was to come. That night the back pain was so severe she called an ambulance herself to take her to the Emergency Room. An MRI showed nothing, but other tests indicated that Beth had contracted community-acquired staphylococcus aureus, most likely from a small cut. “The infection spread so quickly that it overwhelmed my system, and I had no idea what was about to happen to me. The next thing I remember is waking up in the ICU in a lot of pain. A day or so later, once the antibiotics started to work, my head cleared. It was then that I realized I was paralyzed. Certainly this is not what I expected, but my reaction was okay, what do I need to do to get better,” Beth said. It turns out that what Beth had to do would be quite significant. “I didn’t feel despondent, just impatient. I knew that I had to get to a place that would truly help me, and getting to the right place was essential,” she said. The discharge planner gave her the options, which included Hospital for Special Care (HSC). “I talked to others - including my best friend - who had recently been an inpatient at another long-term specialty hospital in the state,” said Beth. “It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had chosen the right place. My team at HSC started my rehabilitation therapy right away. We were all on the same page. I was at HSC for one purpose, and that was to get out of there as soon as possible and on with my life.” Beth said the nights were long, and she just wanted to sleep through so she could rise at 6 am and start therapy right away.

“I think I was a good patient. I respected the job that everyone did - from my CNA Julia Goncalves who brightened my entire day to my team of occupational and physical therapists Robyn Cop and Colleen Murphy. I had fun in therapy, and I looked forward to it. To go without it just one day on the weekend was tough.” Beth praised her team for always going the extra mile, adding that “They were great. They hung photos of my dogs to inspire me to work through the pain and brought me on a road trip to be with my best friend BJ who was terminally ill with breast cancer. BJ and I had a wonderful 90-minute visit and talked through a lot of things. Most important to BJ was that I would be well cared for. BJ and I were like sisters. We took care of each other. Robyn and Colleen assured BJ that they would now look after me.”

Inner Determination “My inner determination drove me to do more than I actually could do, and I was shocked at what I couldn’t do, such as step into the shower,” Beth explained. She remembers the first time she could walk again, saying that it felt so cool but scary. “I wanted to do more, but could take only 20 steps. Yet the walking and going outside into the courtyard were signs that my life was there waiting for me. Anything that showed progression just made me more determined.” Naturally, some days were better than others for Beth. “Improvement is not a linear thing. You have to listen to your caregivers and family and stay positive. Nobody wants to be with a Debbie Downer! Robyn was remarkably strong and determined to keep me focused; Colleen added an element of fun; Julia is gifted in making you feel better about yourself. After all, there are always people that are worse off than you are,” Beth said.

An Opportunity on the Journey Beth completed rehabilitation therapy in January 2015 and is back at work. She explained that her illness has given her the opportunity to make a shift in her practice, something that she was struggling to make happen.

“While I still maintain my clinical practice, I have now begun to decrease my patient visits so I can be available to do other things. In essence, I emerged with a clean slate - a chance for a new direction. I can now do more work in training and mentoring young surgeons, enabling us to grow our market share. The challenges in healthcare today are enormous, and I have the skill set to contribute as a physician leader to positive change. HSC helped me with my journey. I still have many goals in my recovery, and other patients in the position that I was in need to understand that getting well is a journey. You must begin that journey by understanding that you have a responsibility. You have to demand yourself to be healthy, and your team must be ready to support that.”

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Nurses to celebrate 50th Anniversary in over 25 actions to honor Medicare Registered nurses will join actions in over 25 U.S. cities July 30 to honor Medicare and Medicaid’s 50th anniversary with a National Day of Action celebrating the theme, “Medicare is as American as Apple Pie” – and call on policy makers to protect, improve, and expand Medicare to cover all Americans with a single standard of quality care not based on ability to pay. The RNs, affiliated with National Nurses United, and an ad hoc coalition, Medicare Turns 50, plan actions in Chicago, El Paso, Tx., Lakewood, Oh., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Oakland, Portland, Me., St. Paul, Mn., Washington DC, and other cities, including additional locales to be announced. “RNs are celebrating the birthday of Medicare because it has a terrific track record of providing quality patient care to millions of elderly and disabled Americans,” said NNU Secretary-Treasurer Martha Kuhl, RN. “There are still far too many people who are uninsured and under insured, or priced out of access to needed care due to cost. Medicare for all is the answer. As nurses, we are committed to expanding and updating Medicare to cover everyone.” The Medicare Turns 50 coalition includes Physicians for a National Health Program, Alliance for Retired Americans, Campaign for a Healthy California, Healthcare-NOW!, Progressive Democrats of America, Health Care for All Colorado, Healthcare for All Texas, Illinois Single-Payer Coalition and Public Citizen among others. Planned actions include public forums, rallies, marches, skits, flash mobs and birthday celebration parties, picnics and BBQ’s. In Washington DC nurses will lobby legislators to support HR676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act. This bill would create a publicly financed, privately delivered health care system that improves and expands the already existing Medicare program to all U.S. residents, and all residents living in U.S. territories. NNU also supports HR 1200, the American Health Security Act of 2015, a state-based single-payer bill, introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott. Organizers say the actions will underscore the need to expand access to health care in the U.S. since, despite passage of the Affordable Care Act, millions of residents continue to go without adequate care. Twenty-one states have refused to expand Medicaid coverage to eligible patients and members of Congress, such as U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, continue to push for reductions in Medicare with proposals to increase the eligibility age, eliminate providers and turn Medicare into a voucher program.” After 50 years, we have a lot of experience with Medicare, enough time to see that it works, has kept tens of millions of Americans out of poverty, and remains enormously popular,” said NNU Co-President Jean Ross, RN. “Schemes to privatize or erode Medicare would be devastating for many, many people. The best way to protect Medicare is to upgrade it and expand it to cover everyone. It is time for this country to catch up with other nations and implement a universal system of guaranteed healthcare,” Ross said.

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Nurse’s Viewpoint By Alison Lazzaro, RN

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Taking the First Bite

Seasoned nurses are notoriously known for “eating their young.” A 2011 retrospective design study demonstrates that the new graduate nurse retention rate is as low as twenty-five percent. It is time for the traditional approach - that of more experienced nurses belittling new comers - to become a thing of the past. Renowned nursing theorist Patricia Benner’s (1984) model of skill acquisition shines light on the stages through which new nurses progress through in their careers. At the lowest rung on the totem pole, beginning nurses start out as “novices” in the profession. With experience in the field, these novices advance to competent and proficient nurses. Veteran nurses who can walk into a room and proceed solely by intuition with just their sense of smell and observation, are called “expert” nurses accorder to Benner's model. Using Benner's philosophy to drive the culture of health care settings, proposes a way to guide novice nurses by understanding that with time and experience comes expert professionals. The American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC) awards Magnet status recognition to hospitals that strive to retain nurses. Incorporating the professional practice model of Synergy helps new nurses feel comfortable in their new role. The Synergy model pairs the “right nurse to the right patient.” The model notes the unique individual patient's needs and matches the patient to a nurse who has the qualifying skill sets. Matching the nurses' competencies improves quality of care for the patient, while adding to nurse satisfaction. Applying this model to staffing assignments can help new nurses develop their skills safely. Formal mentorship programs can also successfully ensure that new nurses have a trusting and competent co-worker to approach. Fostering mentorship programs can a provide a valid resources for the new nurses that will help support professional growth, help nurses seek learning opportunities, and help the nurses deal with stressors. Nursing is a profession built on caring, compassion, and empathy. These traits have not always aligned with the hazing attitude towards new-comers into the coveted circle of caregivers. Rather than taking a bite out of new nurses, it is time to stop the bullying mentality. Through re-vamped orientation programs, synergistic assignments, and mentorship, the culture can change to foster pride in novice nurses for their decision to enter the field of nursing.

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David Storto recognized as Grassroots Champion The American Hospital Association (AHA), in partnership with the Massachusetts Hospital Association has awarded David Storto, President of Partners Continuing Care and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, with the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champions Award. As a 2015 Grassroots Champion Storto is being recognized for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital’s mission. The American Hospital Association Grassroots Champions Award was created to recognize those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital, and is a tireless advocate for the hospital and its patients. In addition to his role at Partners Continuing Care and Spaulding, Storto is currently a Delegate to the AHA’s Regional Policy Board 1 and in that capacity participates in shaping and carrying out AHA policy. “We depend upon strong voices like yours to help tell the story of hospitals as cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. “This award is a small token of our appreciation for your hard work and dedication to improving health and health care in America.” “David is a well-established and well known member of the Massachusetts post-acute care community, advocating on behalf of the individuals with disabilities that Spaulding serves for better community access and inclusion," said Lynn Nicholas, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Hospital Association. “He is in regular contact with members of our state and federal delegations, has testified in support of vital strategic priorities before elected officials in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. and provides consistent updates to the Partners Continuing Care and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network’s supporters on legislative imperatives.” “His dedication comes through in many aspects of his life. After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, David, a dedicated runner who had planned to make that his final Boston Marathon, was instead

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L-R John (Jack) Barry, American Hospital Association Regional Executive for New England presenting David Storto the award.

stopped before finishing the race and ended up assisting with the transfer of some patients to Spaulding. Thirty-two of the most critically injured survivors were treated over many months throughout Spaulding and Partners HealthCare at Home, including the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital that opened just days after the Marathon bombing and serves as a national model. David then ran the 2014 Boston Marathon to finish what he’d started a year earlier,” Nicholas added.

The Grassroots Champion award is presented annually to one individual from each state with winners being chosen by the state association. Storto is one of 50 individuals honored this year.

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Bernstein & Associates, Architects Founded in 1990, Bernstein & Associates, Architects, specializes in the design and construction of hospital and healthcare facilities. Our focus: high-quality design, excellent service, and client satisfaction. We have worked for over 100 hospitals and another 200 private healthcare facilities, across the United States. Our project types have included all hospital and healthcare service groups, including: Adult Day Care, Alcoholism Treatment Facilities, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Assisted Living, Cancer Centers, Cardiac Cath, Cardiology, CCU/ICU, Clinics, Coronary Care, Dental, Dermatology, Dialysis Clinics, Doctors Offices, Drug Treatment Facilities, Elder Care, Employee and Student Health Support Services, Emergency Departments, Emergency Preparedness, Endoscopy, ENT, Expert Witness, Group Practices, Hospices, Hospitals, Infectious Disease, Information Systems, Intensive Care, JCAHO Survey, Joint Commission Survey, Laboratories, Master Plans, Medical Offices, Medical Equipment, Medical Libraries, Medical Records, Neurology, Nursing Homes, Ophthalmology/Eye Center, OB/Gyn, Orthopedic, Pain Care Facilities, Pathology, Patient Safety Consulting Services, Pediatric, Pharmacy, Physical Fitness and Sports, PT/OT, Primary Care Programs, Psychiatric, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Senior Citizen Facilities, Sleep Centers, Social Services, Statement of Conditions, Surgical Suites and Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Urgent Care Centers, and USP 797 Consulting Services. The firm's projects have won design awards from Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and the Architectural Woodworking Institute, and have been published in Advance, Health Facilities Management, Medical Technology Today, Bio/Technology, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Design Solutions, Hospitality Design, Sound and Communication, Contract Design and Hospital Newspaper. Architectural Services include: programming, planning, design, construction documents, bidding and negotiation, and construction administration. The firm also offers sustainable or “green” healthcare design. The firm has a number of LEED-accredited professionals, has successfully completed numerous green healthcare projects, and has published articles on “Greening the Healthcare Environment”. Project Management (or Owner’s Representative Services) is offered as a stand-alone service through our affiliated project management company, Empire Projects, Inc. ( Bernstein & Associates, Architects - PLLC 100 Pearl St. - 14th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103 Contact: William N. Bernstein, AIA Managing Principal Tel: 860-616-2200 Fax: 860-616-0018 NEW YORK - HARTFORD - PRINCETON

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Whaler’s Cove Assisted Living has 120 safe and affordable rental apartments in a beautifully restored historic building. Life at Whaler’s Cove means living independently for senior adults who no longer want the responsibility of maintaining a home, but may need a helping hand with personal care and other needs. Located in Southeastern Massachusetts, on the site of the former Whitman Mills, bordering the Acushnet River, Whaler’s Cove offers all of the comforts of home. Amenities include a spacious dining room, large sunroom with interior gardens, chapel, library, beauty/barber salon and beautifully furnished lounge areas. Whaler’s Cove has recently added a billiards room and gym, as well as refurbished the Reception Desk area. At Whaler’s Cove, our professionally trained and dedicated staff is sensitive to residents’ changing needs, assuring that they receive the services they need to maintain their independent lifestyles. Whaler’s Cove is one of the most affordable assisted living facilities in the area. In addition, our units are 20-50% larger than other local facilities, making ours the most generously sized apartments in Southeastern Massachusetts. Are you in need of accommodations following surgery or an injury or just want to try us out before you decide? Ask about our Short Stay Suites. At Whaler’s Cove, we understand that everyone’s financial situation is unique and that these circumstances determine how you will fund your or your loved one’s stay in an assisted living. There are a wide variety of options available which offer the flexibility and additional resources that you need. Call us today to ask how we may be able to help you make the transition to assisted living. Whaler’s Cove Assisted Living 114 Riverside Avenue New Bedford, MA 02746 Phone 508-997-2880 • Fax 508-997-1599


HOSPITAL WORKERS HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED ON THE JOB? Learn What You Must Do To Protect Your Workers' Compensation And Disability Rights! Do Not Make These Mistakes That Can Cost You Benefits 1. You must report the accident or injury as soon as possible, even if you might not lose time from work or need immediate medical care. 2. Report all injuries to all body parts, no matter how minor they may seem. If you do not report it and the injury gets worse over time, the job may deny benefits. 3. Remember, you are entitled to treatment and benefits even if you have previously injured the same body part in a prior accident. Do not let the job tell you different. 4. Your doctor controls the treatment, not risk management. If you need an MRI and the job will not approve it, the experienced attorneys at BAGOLIE FRIEDMAN can fight to get it approved at no cost to you. 5. When you are released from treatment, you may be entitled to money for your injury and disability. You may also collect for repetitive stress, cumulative trauma, cancer, hearing loss & hepatitis. 6. Contact Attorneys Ricky Bagolie or Alan Friedman now for a confidential and free consultation and to discuss your workers' compensation and disability rights. There is no fee if there is no recovery.


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Waveny LifeCare Network offers bi-weekly support group for caregivers coping with the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss

continued education about Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and available community resources. Sharing openly with others in similar situations can help one feel refreshed and re-energized, especially in the case of caregivers.” In addition to giving caregivers a forum to discuss their experiences with Alzheimer’s disease, Waveny’s support group also provides its participants with an important social outlet. “Caring for a person with memory loss can take an emotional toll on the caregiver,” said Bacon. “Participation in a support group helps to diffuse the sense of isolation that often affects people who care for a person with Alzheimer’s or memory loss. When a caregiver takes the necessary time to attend to his or her own physical, mental and emotional well-being, the recipient of their care always benefits, too.” For more information about Waveny’s caregiver support group, please contact group leader, Kath Bacon, MSW, at 203.594.5470 or, or visit Waveny’s informative website at

Surf’s Up at Waveny’s Adult Day Program


Waveny LifeCare Network hosts a regularly-scheduled public support group for people coping with the impact of caring for a loved one with memory loss. Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in the Care Center’s library at 3 Farm Road, New Canaan, the support group is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut. Upcoming meeting dates for the group’s summer schedule include August 11th and 25th, and September 8th and 22nd. Meetings begin at 1:45 p.m. and last for approximately one hour. Led by Kate Bacon, MSW, social worker at Waveny Care Center, the group focuses on the enormous responsibility of caring for people with memory loss including Alzheimer’s disease, and welcomes individuals from all areas to attend, free of charge. “Our support group gives families and caregivers the opportunity to meet other people facing similar challenges,” said Bacon. “Our sessions provide an open forum for problem solving, interpersonal networking, stress reduction and


Waveny LifeCare Network’s Adult Day participants were able to enjoy a fun-filled day at the beach without even leaving campus during a specially-themed “Surf’s Up” event. To celebrate summer, all programs and activities throughout the day were devoted to surf, sun and sail. Participants enjoyed the summer sounds of the Beach Boys, went on a radio road-trip, worked together on a special stencil art project, reminisced about their most memorable family vacations, and even played some classic picnic games, like bocci, croquet and badminton. They wrapped up their day-long staycation with tasty homemade watermelon and fruit smoothies. For more information on Waveny’s Adult Day Program, which is available weekdays and provides free local transportation, please call 203.594.5331 or visit


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