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Rep. Esty visits Regional Hospice and Home Care’s Center for Comfort Care & Healing

On May 5, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty visited Regional Hospice and Home Care’s new Center for Comfort Care & Healing in Danbury to take a tour of the brand new hospice center and meet with patients, families, nurses, volunteers and other staff. While giving a tour of the 36,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art center, Regional Hospice & Home Care CEO and President Cynthia E. Roy, MS, LCSW, CHA, described its importance to the state. “This is the first and only nonprofit, family focused, all-private-suite hospice center in Connecticut,” she said.

“We expect to serve more than 1,000 patients during our first year, many of them children.” During the visit, family members of patients repeatedly told Esty how “this area really needed this,” and they “don’t know how they would have take care of ” their loved ones at home. “The new facilities at the Regional Hospice and Home Care’s Center for Comfort Care & Healing will go a long way in providing patients and their families the support and comfort they need during the most difficult of times. I enjoyed my visit to the center, and

Cynthia E. Roy, CEO and president of Regional Hospice and Home Care, and Rep. Elizabeth Esty on the Healing Hearts Playground outside the Regional Hospice and Home Care Center for Comfort Care & Healing.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty visited with patients and families at the Regional Hospice and Home Care Center for Comfort Care & Healing on a tour with Regional Hospice and Home Care CEO and President Cynthia E. Roy. photos provided

I look forward to Regional Hospice and Home Care's continued success and positive impact on our community,” said Congresswoman Esty. “A passing should be sacred. It should be honored. It should be witnessed,” said Roy. “We are hospice workers. We are witnesses to this final sacred moment in someone’s life. We are blessed to help our patients and their families during this deeply personal time.” Regional Hospice & Home Care’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice

care program for the past 30 years. The new Center for Comfort Care & Healing is now open! Regional Hospice & Home Care is a nonprofit, state-licensed and Medicarecertified home health care and hospice agency. Now, with the opening of our new private-room, specialty hospital for palliative and end-of-life care — the Center for Comfort Care & Healing — we can bring that same hope and compassionate care close to home and under one roof. For more information, please visit www.RegionalHospiceCT.org. Follow us on twitter: @real_hope. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ RegionalHospice.

The first of its kind.

Regional Hospice and Home Care is proud to offer New York and Connecticut patients and their families a new option in end of life care — The Center for Comfort Care & Healing. Now open and conveniently located off of I–84 in Danbury, CT, this state-of-the-art, non-profit Center is unexpected in so many ways.

When you consider the advantages, choosing us is a very simple decision. Every detail has been carefully considered : • 12 private suites with balconies • Home-like interior design • In-room accommodations for family stay • Best practice in medical and palliative care • Outdoor play scape • Beautifully landscaped grounds, gardens and walking paths • 24/7 emotional, social and spiritual support • Professional chef • Spa and salon

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Nightingale Program Recognizes 216 Exceptional Connecticut Nurses

The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing was originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. In 2003, the program grew to include galas in the Hartford, New London, and Fairfield county regions. The goals of the Nightingale Awards are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level. On Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday May 7, during National Nurses Week, Nightingale Awards galas were held in Hartford, Mashantucket, and New Haven. The Greater Hartford Nightingale Awards, which was hosted by Hartford HealthCare at Home, was held at the Connecticut Convention Center with 572 in attendance. 100 deserving nurses, representing 33 different institutions, were chosen as Nightingale honorees. Adele Pike was the Keynote Speaker and the event’s lead sponsors were Hartford Hospital, and Saint Francis Care. The Eastern CT Nightingale Awards, hosted by the VNA of Southeastern Connecticut, was held at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum with 385 in attendance. 41 exceptional nurses from 16 different healthcare organizations were honored. Mary Lenzini was the chair person and

Honorary Co-Chairs Kiki & Ted Kennedy, Jr. with VNA South Central President/CEO John R. Quinn. As of November 2014, Ted is State Senator of the communities of Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, and North Branford.

Donna Blackstone was the co-chair. The event’s lead sponsors were L+M Healthcare, Backus Hospital, HHC East Region, and VNA of Southeastern Connecticut. The VNA of South Central CT hosted 442 attendees – including 75 deserving Nightingale honorees from 20 local healthcare organizations – at the New Haven Nightingale Awards held at Anthony’s Ocean View. Leadership for the event included Honorary Co-Chairs Kiki and Ted Kennedy, Jr., Guest Speaker Mary Jane Williams, Ph.D., RN, Chair of Government Relations Committee for Connecticut Nurses Association and Professor Emeritus from Central Connecticut State University, and Co-Hosts Gil Simmons, WTNH-8 Meteorologist, and John “Cadillac” Saville of Country 92.5 FM, who emceed the awards ceremony. The New Haven Nightingale Awards gala was generously supported by Platinum sponsor Yale-New Haven Hospital as well as other corporate and media sponsors, such as First Niagara, Masonicare, and Hospital Newspaper. For more information about the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, including updates on the 2016 events, visit the Nightingale website at www.nightingalenursingawards.org.

Guest speaker Mary Jane Williams, Ph.D., RN, Chair of Government Relations Committee for Connecticut Nurses Association and Professor Emeritus from Central Connecticut State University.

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2015 Hartford Nightingale Honorees Hospital Newspaper - NE May/June 2015

Danielle Andrews, LPN - UConn Health Correctional Managed Health Care Catherine Ashline, RN, BS, CCCP, I-CM - Integrated Care Partners, Hartford HealthCare Nancy D. Baccaro, APRN - UConn Health/John Dempsey Hospital Lauren Backman, RN, MHS - State of Connecticut Department of Public Health Martha Barnes, RN - Johnson Memorial Hospital Barbara Baron, MS, APRN, ACNP-BC - UConn Health/John Dempsey Hospital Carolyn Bauer, RNBC - Hartford Hospital Elaine Bernier, RN - Saint Francis Care John J. Blake, RN - Eastern Connecticut Health Network Janet Boucher, BSN - Aetna Inc. Sandra Brink, RN, BSN, CWCN, CCRN - Connecticut Children's Medical Center Marcia Caruso-Bergman, MSN, APRN - Hartford Hospital Louise Carvalho, RN, BSN - Saint Mary's Hospital Lori Chaponis, RN – Masonicare Partners Home Health & Hospice Cerie Cielo, LPN - Jefferson House Robert Cilley, RN, CCM - Johnson Memorial Hospital Nancy Clements, RN, PCCN - MidState Medical Center Carrie Collin, BSN, RN, CURN - Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute Esther Coutain-Julien, RN, BSN - Saint Francis Care Charlene DeCampos, RN, BSN - UConn Health Correctional Managed Health Care Mary DeLeo, RN, MN, CHPN - Saint Francis Care Pamela Delfino, BSN - Saint Francis Care Laurie Dewey, RN-BC, BS - Hartford Hospital Patty Dion, RN - Southington Care Center Karen Doig, RN - Johnson Memorial Hospital Monica Ferrero, RN - Saint Francis Care Megan Fitzsimons, RN, BSN - Connecticut Children's Medical Center Delia Foran, RN, BSN - Saint Francis Care Kathy Fortier, RN, BSN - Jerome Home Monique France, RN, CPN - Connecticut Children's Medical Center Wendy H. Furniss, RNC, MS - State of Connecticut Department of Public Health Frances Gadd, RN, ASN - Hospital for Special Care Chris Goodman, RN - Hartford Hospital-Institute of Living Caitlin Greenslade, RN, BSN - Community Health Center, Inc. Megan Griffin, RN - MidState Medical Center Tina Hale, RN, ASN - Sharon Hospital Joan Harovas, RN, BSN, HNB-BC - Saint Francis Care Rachael Harwood, RN, ASN - Hospital for Special Care Barbara Hoxsie, RN, BSN, MSN - Sharon Hospital Jean Iovene, LPN - Hebrew HealthCare Rosa Janiero, RN - Saint Mary's Hospital Juanita Johnson, RN, MDIV, DTS, CDP - Aetna Inc. Laura Johnston, RN, BSN - Hartford Hospital Andrea Kacmarcik, RN, CM - Aetna Inc. Barbara Kimsza-Mendes, RN, CCRN, WCC - The Hospital of Central Connecticut Janet Knecht, PhD, RN - University of Saint Joseph Karen Krueger, RN, OCN - Eastern Connecticut Health Network Beata Kubacka, RN, MSN, CDE, RD - The Hospital of Central Connecticut Amy LaCilento, RN - Hughes Health and Rehabilitation, Inc. Sandy Lambert, RN - Eastern Connecticut Health Network Nic’Cole Lambert-Talhaoui, RN, BSN - The Hospital of Central Connecticut Trish Lane, RN - UConn Health/John Dempsey Hospital Meghan Laughlan, RN, BSN - UConn Health/John Dempsey Hospital Tammi Lavoie, RN - The Hospital of Central Connecticut Cheryl M. Leslie, RN, MPH - The Corridor Group Cindy Letavec, RN, BSN - UConn Health Correctional Managed Health Care Martine Maldonado, BSN - Hartford Hospital Kelly Marcroft, RN, MSN, CEN - The Hospital of Central Connecticut Oral Martin, RN - Saint Francis Care Linda Massa, RN – Masonicare Partners Home Health & Hospice Karen Matzek, RN, CNOR - Eastern Connecticut Health Network Allison McDonald, RN, BSN, CHPN - Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut Mary McKeough, RN, BSN - Hartford Hospital Cynthia Meloling, RN, BSN, OCN - MidState Medical Center Ryan Millbury, RN, BSN - Hartford Hospital Priscilla Moreira, RN, OCN - MidState Medical Center Incy S. Muir, RN, MPA, NEA-BC - Farmington Valley VNA Mollie Mullaney, BSN, CCRN - Connecticut Children's Medical Center Anne Neary, RN - Eastern Connecticut Health Network Jennifer Nero, RN - Rushford Judith Nodwell, RN, BSN - Natchaug Hospital Laurie Nolan, RN - Hospital for Special Care Katherine Ortiz, BSN - Hartford Hospital Jennifer Palumbo, LPN - Woodlake at Tolland Amanda Paugas, RN, BSN - Interim HealthCare of Hartford, Inc. Kathy Paul, RN - Hebrew Home and Hospital Dawne Paulhus, RN, BSN - Hartford Hospital

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Ann Pearson, RN, BSN - Hartford HealthCare at Home Jennifer Petke, RN - The Hospital of Central Connecticut Lori Postemski, RN, MSN - Hartford Hospital Heather Priest, RN, CFRN, CCRN, NREMT-P - Hartford Hospital Kathleen Race, RN, BSN - Hartford Hospital Jessie Riemer, RN, MSN, AOCNS - UConn Health/John Dempsey Hospital Anastasia Robinson, BSN, RN-BC - Bristol Hospital Devon Root, RN, BSN - Sharon Hospital Deborah Rossi, RNC-NIC, MSN, CNL - Saint Francis Care LuAnn Satherlie, RN, MBA - UConn Health/John Dempsey Hospital Nancy Scheetz, APRN - Saint Francis Care Sarah Schultz, RN - Johnson Memorial Hospital Kara Senecal, RN, BSN - Hartford Hospital Coleen Smart, RN, BSN, MSN - Hartford Hospital Melissa St. Jean, RN, AND - The Hospital of Central Connecticut Cheryl Taylor, RN - Eastern Connecticut Health Network Margaret Tentoni, RN, BSN - Hartford HealthCare at Home Kerry Varney, RN, BSN, CPEN, TNCC, PALS, ENPC - Connecticut Children's Medical Center Jake Wayne, RN, BSN, CEN - Bristol Hospital Heidi Whiteley, RN, BSN - UConn Health Correctional Managed Health Care Robin Wright, RN - Saint Mary's Hospital Kerry Yeager, MSN, RN-BC - Bristol Hospital Kim Zanavich, RN - Hospital of Central Connecticut

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Thousands of students will take that stroll up to the podium this year and it is an emotional time for me as my son, Robert, graduates from SUNY Brockport. Meanwhile, my daughter, Brianna, graduates from Washingtonville High School. I’m proud of them both for so many reasons. Robert played four years of baseball at Brockport, providing me with a thrill. He was third all-time in appearances as a pitcher and helped win SUNYAC playoff games in dramatic fashion. Most of all, he learned responsibility, and grew into a fine young man. Robert served as a leader to the younger players. He has had some setbacks, but has worked as hard as he can to earn his Bachelor’s degree. Robert’s strengths are in, among other things, leadership and marketing. Brianna will, of course, be a stunning, beautiful graduate for Washingtonville High. In younger years, she would glide across the floor as a ballerina, as I proudly watched. As a teenager, Brianna suffered from a heart condition that almost took her life. She needed a heart transplant to survive. You would think something like that would hold her back, but Brianna has blossomed. She is a beautiful person inside and out. She has walked the “Relay for Life” and has been a speaker at the American Heart Association’s Go for Red events. Brianna loves animals and would love to become a Veterinarian in the future. I send my congratulations to all graduates and in particular my two beautiful children. I love you, Robert and Brianna, and am so proud of you. I know you are both ready to take on the world! Please share your stories with us: news@hospitalnewspaper.com. Jim can be reached at 845-534-7500 ext. 219 and via email at jim@hospitalnewspaper.com.

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Jeffrey W. Hillis, J.D., M.B.A, president of AdCare Hospital, named chair of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) Addiction Treatment Committee, NAPHS Board Chair Lisa Shea, M.D., has announced. Jeffrey Hillis is also a member of the NAPHS Board of Trustees. In addition, Mr. Hillis is chair of the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems (MABHS), and a member of the Massachusetts Hospital Association Substance Abuse Task Force. The NAPHS Addiction Treatment Committee advocates for the resources necessary to best serve the millions of Americans of all ages who are experiencing serious, complex, and potentially life-threatening addictive disorders and co-occurring substance use/psychiatric disorders. The Committee provides a forum within NAPHS for discussion and recommendation of action plans related to issues affecting addiction treatment providers and the patients they serve. 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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2015 New Haven Nightingale Honorees Hospital Newspaper - NE May/June 2015

Barbara Agachinski, RN - Visiting Nurse Service of Connecticut Sarah Allen, LPN - Masonicare Health Center Donna Andruskiwec, RN, BSN – Yale-New Haven Hospital Sharon Ashcroft, RN - Griffin Hospital Celeste Avenable-Turner, RN - Jewish Senior Services Diane Avery, BSN, MA - VA Connecticut Healthcare System Cristina Ayala, RN, ASN - Milford Hospital Kimberly Badowski, RN, BSN - Griffin Hospital Amber Bailey, LPN - Masonicare Health Center Marlene Beck, DNP - Sacred Heart University Jeanette Bernardo, RN - Gaylord Hospital, Inc. Kristen Borgia, RN, BS – Yale-New Haven Hospital Gary Bouley, RN, MS – Yale-New Haven Hospital Yael Calle, RN, BSN – Yale-New Haven Hospital Donna Collins, RN, MS – Yale-New Haven Hospital Christopher Consolini, LPN - Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut Bryhana Coombs-Brown, RN - New England Homecare Marianne Davies, DNP, MSN, RN, APRN, CNS-BC, ACNP-BC, AOCNP - Yale School of Nursing Gemma DeGuzman, RN, BSN - Milford Hospital Jocylen Delgado, RN, BSN - VA Connecticut Healthcare System Stephanie Despres, RN, MS – Yale-New Haven Hospital Sherri Desrosiers, RN - Waterbury Hospital Samantha DiCicco, RN, BA, BSN, CBCS - VNA of South Central CT Marnie Dickens, RN, BSN – Yale-New Haven Hospital Catherine Cruite DiGiorgi, RN - Yale Health Michael Dion, PhD, RN - Sacred Heart University Magda Esquilin, RN - New England Home Care Addie Geary, RN - Waterbury Hospital Carmen Gonzalez, RN - Fair Haven Community Health Center Christine Harrison, RN, BSN - VA Connecticut Healthcare System Melissa Hinckley, RN, BSN - Milford Hospital Patricia Hurlock, RN, BSN - Waterbury Hospital Traci Iasparra, RN - VNA Community Healthcare, Inc. Jessica Irizarry, RN, BSN – Yale-New Haven Hospital Regina Lanouette, RN, BSN - VNA Community Healthcare, Inc. Elaine Laydon, RN - Masonicare Health Center Stefania Levesque, RN, BSN – Yale-New Haven Hospital Marlene Lichatz, RN, BSN – Yale-New Haven Hospital

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare honors Laura Phipps as Employee of the Year

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT named Laura Phipps, as the Joseph A. Lindenmayer 2015 Employee of the Year. The award was established in 1992 by the family of Joseph A. Lindenmayer, who had been a patient at Gaylord. According to his daughter, Josephine L. Gierer, the award acknowledges the kindness that was returned to her father by the employees at Gaylord. There have been 24 recipients of the annual award since its inception. Phipps from Naugatuck, CT is Gaylord’s Graphic Designer and Marketing Specialist and has been an employee since April of 2007. She was nominated for the award by a colleague stating that she embodied the hospital’s ICARE Values of Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence. “She is one of the hardest working employees at Gaylord,” said Tara Knapp, Vice President, Development, Public Relations & Marketing. “She works to perfection and takes great pride in every

piece of material, sign, article or brochure she creates. She knows the Gaylord standards and never strays from those standards.” According to Laura’s supervisor she is a superstar. Her vast talent as a graphic designer has transformed the hospital and won several national awards. There is a rigorous selection process to receive this distinction starting with a nomination from either a patient or their family member or a fellow employee. The employee’s performance record must be outstanding and supported by their supervisor. Finally a committee of employees reviews all the nominations for final selection. Gaylord Specialty Healthcare (GSH), headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with medically complex and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford and North Haven.

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Emily Mackey, RN, BSN – Yale-New Haven Hospital Karen Mandeville, RN, CGRN - Griffin Hospital Megan Maraday, RN – Yale-New Haven Hospital Dorinda Maurice, RN - Waterbury Hospital Dawn McDermott, LPN - Fair Haven Community Health Center Karen McHugh, RN, BSN - VA Connecticut Healthcare System Deborah Meredith, RN - Yale Health Valerie Merritt, RN - Gaylord Hospital, Inc. Alyssa Miller, RN, BSN – Yale-New Haven Hospital Charmaine Mitchell, RN - Jewish Senior Services Annie Mpanda, LPN - Jewish Senior Services Sue Nagle, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing - Hamden Health Care Center Kim Nguyen, RN, BSN - New England Home Care Gina Novick, CNM, PhD - Yale School of Nursing Sharon Peralta, RN, BS – Yale-New Haven Hospital Gail Perugini, RN - New England Home Care Stacy Plaskowitz, RN, ASN - Milford Hospital Vanessa Pomarico-Denino, MSN, FNP-BC, APRN, FAANP - Southern Connecticut State University Laurie Pompa, RN - Jewish Senior Services Nieves Portilla, RN, BSN - VA Connecticut Healthcare System Derek Pozzessere, RN - Griffin Hospital Elise Reed, RN, BSN – Yale-New Haven Hospital Janice Rosenberg, RN - VNA Community Healthcare, Inc. Prasama Sangkachand, RN, MSN – Yale-New Haven Hospital Meaghen Scalley, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC – Yale-New Haven Hospital Theresa Scharn, RN, PCCN – Yale-New Haven Hospital Patricia Scoville, RN - Masonicare Health Center Jim Shokite, RN - New England Homecare Thayer Sifers, RN, BS, BC – Yale-New Haven Hospital Iris Simon, RN - Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut Josephine Tabor Heacox, RN, BSN, OCN – Yale-New Haven Hospital Marylou Vecchitto, RN - Gaylord Hospital, Inc. Lisa Warren, APRN, MSN – Yale-New Haven Hospital Kerry Weinzimmer, RN, BSN, CHPN - Masonicare Home Health and Hospice Kristy Wood, RN, BSN - Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut Eileen Woods, RN, MSN - Waterbury Hospital Jamie Wuennemann, LPN - Cambridge Health & Rehabilitation Center

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The Mercy Community receives $50,000 grant to expand Palliative Care Program The Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation makes major contribution towards the remodeling of a skilled nursing unit at Saint Mary Home

The Mercy Community, West Hartford’s premier continuing care retirement community, is pleased to announce a recent grant of $50,000 awarded from The Maxmilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation to expand the Palliative Care Program and create a dedicated unit inside Saint Mary Home on the campus of The Mercy Community. Recognized as a critical component of healthcare, palliative care is the treatment and management of pain that comes with serious disease and illness. While it is often a component of hospice care, Palliative Care can be used at any stage of life. Currently, only 55% of hospitals nationwide provide any type of Palliative Care. With this grant and expansion, The Mercy Community will become one of the limited number of continuing care communities in the nation to offer a Palliative Care Unit. The generous Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation grant of $50,000 will be used to convert a number of rooms which were double occupancy to single occupancy, as well as to create a Family Room to support the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of not only the resident, but the entire family, including children and/or grandchildren of those under care in the Palliative Care Unit. Also based in West Hartford, The Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, was established in 1982 by Marion O. Hoffman in memory of her husband, Maximilian E. Hoffman. The organization regularly supports Connecticutbased institutions that further education, medicine and the arts. In recent years, the Foundation has funded a remodel of

The Mercy Community’s Adult Day Center, developed a Residents’ Library at Saint Mary Home, and revamped the front entry to Saint Mary Home, making it more distinctive and easier to access the facility. “We are thrilled by this generous grant from The Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, which will enable us to advance The Mercy Community’s reputation as a place of healing, a place of Mercy, and a place of Grace through a dedicated program in Palliative Care,� said William J. Fiocchetta, President and CEO of The Mercy Community. To learn more about the Palliative Care Program, Saint Mary Home, The McAuley, and the full scope of services available at The Mercy Community, please call 860.570.8400 or visit www.TheMercyCommunity.org.

About The Mercy Community: The Mercy Community offers a comprehensive and integrated continuum of senior care and services, including: SAINT MARY HOME, which provides skilled nursing, short- and long-term rehabilitation, dementia, hospice, palliative, subacute, residential and adult day services. THE McAULEY, a Continuing Care Retirement Community, which promotes and fosters an independent lifestyle within a life care setting. In addition, The McAuley offers an Assisted Living Program for those residents who require more assistance with the tasks of daily living. For more information about The Mercy Community, The McAuley, Saint Mary Home, rehabilitation services, or any of our other programs, visit www.TheMercyCommunity.org.

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Leading Researcher shares advice from the wisest Americans

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Karl Pillemer, Ph.D., one of America’s leading family sociologists and researchers will be speaking about elder wisdom on June 4 at 7:30pm at Jewish Senior Services in Fairfield, Connecticut. Dr. Pillemer is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University, Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. In addition, Dr. Pillemer created the Cornell Legacy Project devoted to surveying thousands of older adults about their lessons on life. His talk will be based on his latest, 30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage. Dr. Pillemer explains how the idea from the project came about, “I had been studying issues like disability, chronic pain, and dementia. It suddenly hit me that I needed to focus on older people as critically important sources of wisdom and insight. So, I went on a decade-long quest to find out what older people know about living happier and more fulfilling lives that the rest of us don’t, and to share their advice with younger people.�

Dr. Pillemer will share what the “experts� he interviewed told him about being friends with one’s spouse, respecting each other, communicating, embracing change, making time together, and not holding grudges. Jewish Senior Services is grateful to Joel and Lois Coleman for sponsoring his visit as part of their annual lecture series. Please RSVP to 203-365-6463.

About Jewish Senior Services Jewish Senior Services is one of the premiere providers of senior care in Connecticut serving clients at their two Fairfield locations and in clients’ homes throughout Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Their 5-star skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation facility has been serving the community for 40 years with an unparalleled level of quality and personalized care. Other services provided include home care, hospice, day services, advocacy and education, and long term care protection. Please call 203-365-6400 or visit www.jseniors.org for more information.

Jewish Senior Services Vice President receives Professional of the Year Award

Linda Ciszkowski of Milford, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Jewish Senior Services in Fairfield, is the recipient of the 2015 Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) Professional of the Year Award. The award, presented at the AJAS Annual Conference in San Diego, California, recognizes an outstanding individual who reflects the highest standards of professional knowledge and expertise, has shown exceptional leadership, and is highly respected by the staff, residents, and families served. AJAS is a national association of not-for-profit community-based organizations. “Linda has been with Jewish Senior Services for 15 years and is one of the key leaders of JSS and our “Journey� which embodies the culture change efforts and transition to a new household model of care. She is incredibly passionate about the work she does and reminds us all of why the work we do makes a difference,� commented Andrew H. Banoff, President and CEO. “I am thrilled that she has achieved national recognition for her outstanding efforts.�

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Waveny LifeCare Network celebrates with hundreds of volunteers Waveny LifeCare Network recently recognized its many volunteers for their unique contributions of time and talent throughout the Network, including Waveny Care Center, The Village, the Adult Day Program and The Inn. More than 200 volunteers gathered together on ‘Main Street’ at The Village in celebration and recognition of their service to Waveny throughout the year. “As I look around this room I see a diverse group of individuals who have made a decision to serve,� said Rebecca Albrecht, Director of Human Resources for Waveny. “I see hearts larger than life. I see individuals rich with soul.� More than 80 active Waveny volunteers were recognized for service-hour milestones ranging from 50 to 5,500 hours. In addition to recognizing hours of service, 13 loyal volunteers received awards commemorating their anniversaries of 5, 10, 15, and 20, 35 and 40 years of service at Waveny. A special honor was given to Waveny’s longest-serving volunteer, Fiz Tomaselli, for marking four decades of service as Waveny celebrated its 40th anniversary on April 22. Specially recognized for their volunteer service in beautifying Waveny were the New Canaan Garden Club, the Beautification League, The Gardeners, the PEO group, the Tuesday Ladies, New Canaan Florist Garden & Gifts, and the Stamford Garden Club. Also recognized were the New Canaan Jewish Women’s Group, former members of RSVP (the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), Waveny’s Pet Therapy volunteers, and the Healing Touch Volunteers who apply Reiki principles and energy work to enhance the well-being of Waveny’s residents. “Being connected makes us feel purposeful in our world and service brings with it a deep sense of connection,� said Debbie Perron, Director of Volunteers for Waveny. “Waveny becomes our extended family and there is no better feeling than when a resident asks ‘when are you coming back dear?’ You are all living proof of what happiness research reveals: That close relationships and service boost our well-being.� Over 500 individual volunteers collectively donate more than 15,000 hours of service to Waveny each year, with nearly 200 new volunteers joining Waveny over the past year alone. The awards ceremony marked the mid-point of a week-long celebration in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, which was themed “Volunteers: A Work of Heart.� “Waveny was built by the community to serve the community,� said Bill Piper, Waveny CEO.

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“All of you are a major support to that mission. We thank you for everything you do to make Waveny the special place it is and a jewel in the town of New Canaan.� Volunteers and Junior Volunteers help in a variety of ways throughout Waveny LifeCare Network’s continuum of care. In addition to providing one-on-one attention, they assist with activities for Waveny’s residents, patients and program participants like helping with social hour, afternoon

tea, window painting, reception, gardening, flower arranging and intergenerational programs, which include running the General Store or playing games and cards. Volunteers also help with special projects in the dining, marketing, development and therapeutic recreation departments. Volunteer jobs are tailored to individual skills and interests, with orientation and training sessions provided on-site by Waveny LifeCare Network. For more information about

volunteering at Waveny, please contact Debbie Perron, Director of Volunteers, at 203.594.5334 or dperron@waveny.org. Celebrating 40 years of serving the community, Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and

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Nine-year-old Tyler Mayeran from Trumbull echoed the sentiments of many of the children who recently took part in Greenwich Hospital’s fifth annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. “I would say that this day so far is great,� said Mayeran, a fourth-grader whose mother works at the hospital. Mayeran was among the 66 children of Greenwich Hospital employees who enjoyed a day of interactive activities, clinical demonstrations and behind-the-scenes tours showcasing a variety of hospital operations and careers. Children toured the physical plant and the data center, viewed the inside of an ambulance, and learned about radiology, physical medicine, pharmacy, the emergency department and other medical specialties through hands-on activities. “This is a very special event for our staff and their families. We are so proud to offer such a unique opportunity for a connection between busy home and work lives� said Melissa Turner, senior vice president of Human Resources for Bridgeport and Greenwich Hospitals. “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day has become a wonderful tradition and been attributed to some children claiming a newfound career interest in medicine. Our patient’s often remark at how much they enjoy the touching and often encouraging handmade get well cards they receive with their meal tray as just one of the day’s activities.� Norman G. Roth, interim president and chief executive officer, kicked off the festivities which was open to children from kindergarten through 12th grade. The day also included breakfast and lunch capped with a visit from Polar Pete’s ice cream truck. Melanie Armstrong, RN, a nurse in the post-acute care unit, brought her three children – 11-year-old twins Megan and Alexis and 7-year-old Connor – for the first this year.

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Greenwich Hospital celebrates “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day�

Tyler Mayeran, 9, creates a greeting card for patients during Greenwich Hospital’s Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day. A total of 66 children of hospital employees enjoyed a day of hands-on activities and tours.

Armstrong said the event was a good way for her children to understand how the hospital operates and learn more about what their mother does as a nurse in the recovery room. “It’s good for them to see what it’s all about,� said Armstrong. “They’re always asking about what I do at the hospital.�

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Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day was a family affair for Melanie Armstrong, a recovery room nurse who brought her three children – 11-year-old twins Alexis and Megan and 7-year-old Connor.

Medical Jeopardy was by far the most popular activity of the day. Categories included “Ouch,� “Eww, Gross,� “Whatchamacallit,� “My real name is,� “Spelling Bee� and “Organs.� “I really liked playing jeopardy,� said Megan. “I learned a lot about the human body.�

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Nurse’s Viewpoint By Alison Lazzaro, RN

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What comes to mind when you hear the word "epidemic?" Fear? Death? Mass casualties? There is a new type of epidemic spreading across both affluent and poverty stricken geographic locations. The heroin epidemic is unfortunately spiraling out of control in some states and overdose often leads to heart-wrenching fatalities. As nurses, what do we need to know about the rising epidemic and how can we help prevent further occurrences? In 2010, 16,751 people died from opioid overdose, equating to an opioid related death every half hour. Opioids like heroin work by binding to receptors in the body to provide an analgesic effect, but at the expense of respiratory depression. The drug Narcan (Naloxone hydrochloride) has antagonistic effects to prevent heroin from binding to the receptors and reverses the effects. One way to help decrease the amount of overdoses is to make Narcan more available to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel, police officers, and even non-healthcare professionals. Spraying the drug Narcan once into each nostril allows the drug to be absorbed through mucus membranes and reverses the effects of the overdose. Home use Narcan is a controversial topic to help prevent opiate overdose deaths. Studies show that Narcan does not have potential for abuse and adverse reactions to the drug are rare. Distributing Narcan to friends and family of drug users is similar to harm reduction efforts such as syringe exchange programs. Providing training programs and home-use Narcan could potentially empower users to protect themselves. Since calling 9/11 is usually a last resort to due fear of repercussion, peers who are at the scene and are willing to help may run out of time to save those who are in urgent need of an intervention. In these cases, having Narcan on hand could potentially save a life, similar to the way Epinephrine injections can quickly save a life of someone suffering from an anaphylactic reaction. On the contrary, proposing home use Narcan has its drawbacks. Physicians are resistant to prescribe home Narcan, despite laws that provide immunity to providers from civil liability for dispensing Narcan to a layperson. Furthermore, allowing opiate users to reverse the effects of heroin at home rather than seeking medical treatment may allow users to continue without facing negative consequences or finding help. Another objection to home Narcan access is that availability may encourage more frequent and higher-doses of opioids, knowing that there is a safety net of a reversal. Although Narcan is one way to potentially save lives, it does nothing to treat addiction, masking the underlying problem. Without follow-up care after life-threatening overdose, the drug-user is in the same deadly predicament as they started. Nurses can be at the forefront of legislation policy making to make Narcan more available, as well as push for public health policy reform that provides adequate follow-up care programs. Preventing Epidemic H needs to involve nurses to educate patients and their families about opioid misuse and treatment options.


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Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital presents Spirit Of Rehab Award

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Our staff loves working at BEAUMONT! Here are a few reasons why…

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Dr. Robert Krug, President & CEO, Medical Director MSRH, and Maura Murray, Executive Director MSRH (left) present the Dr. Catherine Bontke Spirit of Rehab Award to Lori Kostich.

Speech Language Pathologist Lori Ann Kostich M.S. CCC-SLP, MSCS, received the third annual Dr. Catherine Bontke Spirit of Rehab Award at the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital’s Annual Town Meeting. This peer-nominated award is presented to a rehabilitation service line employee who exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the patient populations served. Dr. Bontke was the first medical director at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Connecticut, now Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital (MSRH), and was known for her humanistic caring of patients with brain injuries. Kostich, a Madison resident, is a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist at Mount Sinai Outpatient Rehabilitation Hospital/Mandell Center for Multiple Sclerosis, where she has worked for the past four years. “Lori is very passionate about her work. She frequently volunteers to take students and is eager to share her knowledge,” notes Amy Neal, PA-C, who nominated Lori for the award. “She is often willing to alter her schedule to accommodate early and late appointments requested by patients. “Lori views any new observation as a research opportunity even if it will ultimately benefit

just one patient’s needs. Her dedication is ever-present and admirable among her peers,” she adds. “Lori is a shining example among the clinicians at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital and the Mandell Center for Multiple Sclerosis. She exceeds expectations on a daily basis to provide excellent and compassionate care for our patients,” notes Dr. Robert Krug, President & CEO, Medical Director MSRH. “Lori is well respected among her peers and she always puts her patients’ needs first by continually looking for personalized solutions that will enhance their lives,” says Maura Murray, Executive Director MSRH. This past fall, she was a speaker at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s national conference on evaluating and writing goals when working with people with MS. She is currently in the process of completing her findings for a Saint Francis grant on a patient-centered, cognitive-linguistic checklist to be used when writing treatment goals with MS patients. Kostich will also feature the checklist at a poster at the upcoming Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers conference next month.

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“Nothing makes me happier than checking out my groceries at Stew Leonard’s and seeing such a wonderful display staring right back at me. This distribution alone is invaluable. Words simply cannot do justice to the magnitude of our gratitude!

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Distinguished Physicians honored by Saint Francis The Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Distinguished Physician of the Year award has been presented to Paul F. Mitchell, D.M.D., and John Polio, M.D. The Distinguished Physician of the Year Award is given by the Saint Francis medical staff to physicians who have demonstrated clinical excellence and achieved a high degree of recognition for their non-clinical contributions in the Hospital, regionally or nationally. The Hospital medical staff began presenting the award in 1997 at the group’s annual dinner dance. The recipients are chosen by the medical staff’s Medical Executive Committee which consists of the officers of the medical staff, the chair of the credentials committee, the chair of the quality oversight committee, the medical department chair, the surgical department chair, the chair of the OB/GYN, and five active medical staff members elected at-large. Dr. Mitchell is the Director/Chairman of the Department of Dentistry and a past president of the Medical Staff. He has been practicing at Saint Francis since 1989. Dr. Mitchell received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers, his D.M.D. from New Jersey Dental School (now Rutgers School of Dental Medicine); and completed his dental residency at Martland Hospital (UMDNJ). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Lawrence J. Chasko award, the highest honor given by the American Association of Hospital Dentists for his contributions and leadership to the field. Since its inception in 2000, only seven individuals have received this honor. His areas of interest include pain control, intravenous conscious sedation, pre-prosthetic surgery, implant placement and restoration, removable and fixed prosthetics. Dr. John Polio completed his undergraduate studies at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA and his medical degree at

Two Physicians Chosen for Annual Award

Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen

Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.

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Saint Francis Hospital medical staff awarded Dr. Paul F. Mitchell (L) and Dr. John Polio the Distinguished Physician of the Year Award.

Boston University. He was the Resident/Chief Medical Resident in Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y., and completed his Fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Polio is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. His clinical interests are in the areas of general gastroenterology, diseases of the liver and liver transplantation. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine: University of Connecticut and Co-Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program at Hartford Hospital.

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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. (www.empireprojects.com). 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 wb@bernarch.com NEW YORK - HARTFORD - PRINCETON

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ASSISTED LIVING

WHALER’S COVE ASSISTED LIVING “EXCEPTIONAL CARE AT AN EXCEPTIONAL PRICE”

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

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

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’s Adult Day Program Spring time event

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Waveny LifeCare Network’s Adult Day Program recently devoted an entire day to exploring the abundant wonders of springtime. After what seemed like an endless winter, program participants spent the day gardening, learning about farming and agriculture, creating birdhouses while discussing birding, and enjoying a Flower Show inspired by the Floriade, Keukenhoff and Chelsea Flower shows. For more information on Waveny’s Adult Day Program, which is available weekdays and provides free local transportation throughout most of lower Fairfield County, please call 203.594.5331 or visit waveny.org


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