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20 years of appreciation: Former patient delivers moving message to staff

On March 24th, a steady stream of Fairlawn employees waited in line to meet a woman who has visited the hospital on that same date every year since 1996. The woman, Cathy Woods-Goodwin, has made her annual visit to Fairlawn to deliver a message of gratitude for the care she received 20 years ago in the hospital’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program. As in years past, Cathy brought along a supply of Dove ice cream bars to share with employees as she shook their hands and thanked each one of them for the “hard work they do each day to make a difference in their patients’ lives.” The ice cream bars were Cathy’s own favorite treat when she was a patient at Fairlawn. Her late husband, Lan Goodwin, started the tradition of sharing the bars with staff in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit during his daily visits to Fairlawn back in 1996. Cathy subsequently made

the visits, and this year, to mark her twentieth one, brought along ice cream for all employees. Clearly moved by Cathy’s message, many staff who had never even met her, listened intently as she thanked them on behalf of “patients who cannot currently communicate their appreciation for the important work” they do. She also welcomed strong, extended hugs from many staff, several of whom were on her 1996 treatment team. Cathy was joined by her colleagues from Fairlawn’s Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC), which is composed of past patients and family members who give of their time to support current patients and families as they experience care at Fairlawn. The group was on hand to introduce a new Peer Visiting Program, which will make PFAC members available to patients and families to share the experience of illness, recovery and life after Fairlawn.

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2016 Nightingale New Haven VNA Awards for Excellence Catherine Alvarez, MA, RN, PCCN, CMNL, HNB-BC Yale-New Haven Hospital Sandra Amico, RN, MSN Yale-New Haven Hospital Karen Antonino, Nursing Diploma Milford Hospital Sherly Antony, RN Yale-New Haven Hospital Vanessa Aube, LPN Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut Sherry Austin, RN Waterbury Hospital Yale-New Haven Hospital Ranbir Mangat Bains, PhD, MSN, APRN Lisa Barker, BSN, RN VA Connecticut Healthcare System Victoria Barnes, RN, BSN Yale-New Haven Hospital Shelley Bayer, RN Yale-New Haven Hospital Alicia Bosse, RN Gaylord Hospital Paul Bosse, RN Masonicare Health Center Helen Brown, RN, BSN VNA Community Healthcare Allison Cable, MSN, ACNP, APRN Yale University School of Nursing Yale-New Haven Hospital Elena Cappannelli, MS, BSN, RN-BC Ann Marie Cirkot, RN, MSN Yale Health Center Ashley D’Agostino, RN, BSN, WCC Griffin Hospital Christina D'Amico, RN New England Homecare Maryanne Davidson, DNSc, MS, BS Sacred Heart University Bernalda Delgado, BSN Community Health Center, Inc. Patricia Deloge, RN Masonicare at Newtown Kristin DiGiovanni, RN Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut Constance Donovan, RN, MSN, FAAN Gateway Community College Susan Dougherty, LPN Yale Health Center Senada Duracak, RN Gaylord Hospital Kristine Eno, RN VA Connecticut Healthcare System Melissa Fetera, RN Yale-New Haven Hospital Sandra M. Fiola, RN, BSN Masonicare Home Health & Hospice Wilma Flores, RN, BSN Yale-New Haven Hospital Jayme Fralick, RN Yale-New Haven Hospital Tracey Frith, RN, RNC Yale-New Haven Hospital Jennifer Gallo, BSN, RN, WCC Waterbury Hospital Laura Galvin, MSN BSN RN Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut JoAnne Gatti-Petito, DNP, RN, CNE Sacred Heart University Melissa Gordon, RN, MBA VNA South Central CT Nancy Guarnieri, BSN, RN Yale-New Haven Hospital

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Married Nightingale Honorees bring new meaning to “In Sickness and In Health”


Alicia and Paul Bosse’s dinnertime conversations have been known to occasionally turn their guests green. The married nurses, who met five years earlier at a previous job and are now parents to an eight-month-old son, say that they have a connection shared by few couples. “Sometimes my friends will get jealous because I can come home and tell him about my day and he understands completely,” said Alicia, a staff nurse at Gaylord Hospital, a long-term acute care hospital that specializes in medical management and rehabilitation for patients who have experienced an acute illness or traumatic accident. The hospital is a part of Wallingford, Connecticut-based Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “He’s been through it all – the good and the difficult. I can talk about the crazy wound I dressed and he’ll be just as interested in it as I am.” Aside from a mutual love of their profession, the two registered nurses have something else in common: both were recently honored with the prestigious Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing Award at a gala event held at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. The couple’s awards marked the first time in the Nightingale program’s 16-year history that a husband and wife have been honored on the same year. Alicia recalled being “moved to tears” when she received a letter in the mail notifying her of the honor. Days later Paul, a clinical nurse manager for the short-term care units of Masonicare Health Center, called to say that he, also, would be among the year’s 72 honorees. “I almost didn’t believe him. Especially since he was joking the day before that I was younger than him and he hadn’t won yet,” Alicia said. Paul recalled the immense pride he felt upon learning his wife’s news.

“I remember when she started as a new nurse, fresh out of school. To see how far she’s come in her career and how much her co-workers value her is amazing.” Jean Shutak, RN, BSN Nurse Manager at Gaylord Hospital, explained that Alicia is highly regarded by her Gaylord colleagues for her attention to detail. She explained how she regularly goes above and beyond for all of her patients, including one particular young man with a spinal cord injury and a complex wound. “Alicia worked with the patient and family to solicit what they needed, making suggestions to increase comfort and gaining their trust in a short period of time,” she said. “As a result of her efforts and encouragement, the young man has made significant gains in his recovery.” Her husband’s supervisor, Michele Ackerman, RN, RAC-CT, Director of Nursing Services at Masonicare Health Center, says that like Alicia, Paul “demonstrates what it means to be a Nightingale in his daily work.” Paul’s nominator, Elaine Laydon, RN, said that when the clinician joined the Masonicare Acute Care Unit, he made an immediate and positive impact on patients recovering from surgery or illness as they regain their strength and make the most of their abilities. “Based on his strong clinical experience in hospice care,” she wrote, “Paul was identified as a leader with staff seeking him out daily for direction and input. What's most memorable is his consistent willingness to lend a hand to anyone for the betterment of the patient.” Alicia credits her nursing success and her Nightingale honor to her husband, who she claims motivates her nursing practice. “I feel that a lot of the nurse that I am today I learned from my husband. He’s inspired me and continues to inspire me every day. It’s fitting that we both were honored as Nightingales the same year.”

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Gaylord Hospital’s David Rosenblum, M.D., named a Connecticut Magazine “Top Doc” for tenth year

David S. Rosenblum, M.D., medical director of outpatient medical services at Gaylord Hospital, director of Gaylord’s spinal cord injury program and spinal cord injury research, and co-principal investigator of the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (a Model SCI Center), has been named a 2016 “Top Doc” by Connecticut Magazine. The announcement, featured in the April issue of the magazine, marks the tenth year that Dr. Rosenblum has been lauded with the honor. Since 1992, Dr. Rosenblum has treated patients at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare with a spinal cord injury or other types of neurologic injury or disease. As a physiatrist board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, subspecialty board certification in spinal cord injury medicine as well as additional board sub-specialization certification in brain injury medicine, Dr. Rosenblum continuously seeks out new ways to improve the present and future quality of life for his patients. His innovation and leadership has propelled Gaylord Hospital to the national forefront of spinal cord injury care and rehabilitation. In the 1990s, Dr. Rosenblum was instrumental in creating and directing Gaylord’s Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. At that time he also brought intrathecal baclofen - a technologically advanced treatment for spasticity (a muscle control disorder in which muscles are continuously contracted) - to Gaylord and to Connecticut. Gaylord continues to have an active program in providing stateof-the-art care to people with spasticity. Dr. Rosenblum also achieved his goal of helping Gaylord become an integral part of a Model Spinal Cord System. With only 14 model systems in the U.S. funded by NIDRR (National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research), the application process is rigorous and facilities must meet specific criteria. Dr. Rosenblum currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator of this Model SCI System. Dr. Rosenblum was also a key player in bringing exoskeletal robotic technology – a recent development in spinal cord injury therapy – to Gaylord. The wearable robot is used to help patients


with spinal cord injury or lower extremity paralysis or weakness to stand and walk. Gaylord is one of the few facilities in the world to offer the Ekso bionic exoskeleton, which was named a top-ten invention by CNN and Wired and one of the “Best Inventions” by Time. "Dr. Rosenblum is extremely deserving of this honor,” explained George Kyriacou, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “He is valued by patients and peers for his compassionate approach and forward-thinking vision. We are proud to have outstanding

doctors like Dr. Rosenblum who help make Gaylord a national leader in rehabilitative health.” The Woodbridge resident graduated summa cum laude and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center where he served as chief resident. Dr. Rosenblum is also an associate clinical professor at Yale Medical School.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a 137-bed non-profit specialty hospital, also known as a long-term acute care hospital, specializing in medical management and rehabilitation for patients who have experienced an acute illness or a traumatic accident. Gaylord treats individuals who need care and rehabilitation for illness or injury related to the brain and nervous system, spine, bones and joints, and lungs and other conditions through both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. The hospital is located at 50 Gaylord Farm Road in Wallingford, Conn.


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2016 Hartford Nightingale Honorees Iqra Abbas, RN, Bristol Hospital Joanne Addamo, RN, Berlin Visiting Nurse Association Roxanne Aldi, MSN, RN, CCRN, The Hospital of Central Connecticut Jenilee Amankwah, MSN, RN, MidState Medical Center Elaine Balicki, RN, Home & Community Health Services Meghana Baliga, LPN, Eastern Connecticut Health Network Deborah A. Casinghino, RN, State of Connecticut Department of Public Health Beth Castro, RN, Hebrew HealthCare Judith A. Charneski, MS, BSN, RN, CCM, CPHM, Hartford Hospital Kathy J. Chiulli, MSN, RN, Hartford HealthCare Senior Health Services Wioletta Chrostowski, RN, BSN, Hartford Hospital Meghan Cicero, MSN, RN, The Hospital of Central Connecticut Susie Citro, RN, BSN, Hartford Hospital Ashley Cote, RN, Johnson Memorial Hospital Jacqueline Coveney, RN, Farmington Valley VNA, Inc. Milagros Cruz, BSN, RN, The Hospital of Central Connecticut Rose-Marie Curtin-Clarke, RN, BSN, Hartford Hospital Eileen Curtis, RN, BS, Aetna Jennifer Davis, RN, BSN, RN-C, Eastern Connecticut Health Network Sharon Davis, BSN, RN, CWCN, COCN, The Hospital of Central Connecticut Stephanie Delaney, RN, BSN, Saint Francis Care Kathryn DePucchio, RN, BSN, Institute of Living Sandra Dinnall-Nevin, RN, BSN, Hughes Health and Rehabilitation, Inc. JoAnn Donaldson Blythe, RN, UConn Health Jill Espelin, DNP, PMHPNP, -BC, CNE, APRN, Central Connecticut State University Frank Faccin, LPN, Correctional Managed Health Care Linda Filipetti, MS, RNC, Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc. Deborah Fischer, RN, BSN, Hartford Hospital Karen Fiume, RN, CHPN, Eastern Connecticut Health Network Debby Foster, RN, BSN, AE-C, Connecticut Children's Medical Center Sara Garcia, RN, BSN, Hartford Hospital Melissa Garvey, RN, BSN, Aetna Barbara Gaughan, RN, Hartford Hospital Lisa Gentile, RN, BSN, UConn Health Pamela George, RN, Sharon Hospital Joanna Gerwick, ADN, RN, The Hospital of Central Connecticut Linda Gilbert, MSN, RN, Goodwin College Tricia Giscombe, RN, BSN, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group, Tallwood Institute of Urology Debra Glover, RN, BSN, Aetna, Inc. Debra Godin, BSN, RN, The Hospital of Central Connecticut Keith Grant, BSN, RN, CIC, Saint Francis Care Susan Harrison, RN, Genesis Healthcare Jennifer Hatcher, RN, RNC-OB, MidState Medical Center Bonnie Johnson, BSN, CHPN, Hartford HealthCare at Home Clare Johnson, BSN, RN, Saint Francis Care Elaine Johnson, RN, CNOR, Connecticut Children's Medical Center Keisha Johnson, LPN, Correctional Managed Health Care Kristina Kaminski, BSN, MSN, Connecticut Children's Medical Center Laurie Kenny, RN, Saint Mary's Hospital John Lagosz, RN, MSN, Capital Community College Maureen Lahickey, RN, Jefferson House Jeannine Landry, RN, Hartford Hospital Erick Lau, LPN, Hebrew HealthCare Monica Leone, RN, I-CM, Hartford HealthCare at Home Jessica Hite LeRoux, RN-BC, MSN, Hartford Hospital Jeana Lovell, RN, CRNI, Professional Home Care Services Lori Lyles, RN, CAPA, The Hospital of Central Connecticut Michael Madigan, BSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, Saint Francis Care Jennifer Martin, BSN, RN, CPN, Connecticut Children's Medical Center Andrea Matthews, RN, Interim HealthCare of Hartford Patricia Mencel, APRN, Woodlake at Tolland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Diane Mendez Wilson, RN, MSN, Hartford Hospital Caroline Merrick, RN, Masonicare Partners Home Health & Hospice

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Hold the cape: This Nursing “Superhero” sports a stethoscope instead

From the moment she set foot in the elderly woman’s home Monica Leone, RN, sensed that something was awry. “She was confused and her blood pressure was unusually high considering that she was on medication,” she explained. The Hartford HealthCare at Home nurse knew that unless she were able to get to the root of the problem it would be only a matter of days – if not hours – before the woman would need to be hospitalized. The indefatigable nurse was determined not to have that happen on her watch. Monica spent the greater part of the visit talking with the patient and assessing her health needs. After beginning to feel comfortable in the nurse’s presence, the patient confided that she would routinely hide her blood pressure pills before the pharmacy came to pick up her medication box each week. With a clearer picture of what was going on, Monica sprang into action. She coordinated care with the patient’s primary care physician and pharmacist to make multiple medication adjustments, arranged for daily in-home supervision, and teamed up with a dementia specialist to provide support and coaching to the patient and her family. “We put together a plan that fulfilled the patient’s wish to stay at home while keeping her safe and out of the hospital.” Interventions like these are all in a day’s work for the nurse who came to the home health and hospice care agency three years ago as its first Transitional Care Nurse. The new program provides free home visits and telephonic support to individuals with complex medical needs who are not currently receiving in-home nursing services but are deemed to be at high risk of future hospitalization. Monica acts as patient advocate by identifying potential medical issues and financial or social barriers that could impede access to care. The results, say her supervisor Wendy Martinson, RN, MSN, speak for themselves with the hospital readmission rate for Transitional Care Program patients at nearly half the national average for home care patients. “Monica is one of the best nurses I’ve ever worked with,” said Martinson, Director of Care Transitions at Hartford HealthCare at Home and Program Director for Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging.


“She’s not just focused on patients’ medical needs. She’ll pick up on financial troubles and changes in their mental status and she excels at linking them to the appropriate resources they need to be successful at home.” Lindsay Beckwith, RN, MPH, Nurse Care Manager with Integrated Care Partners, likened her colleague to a “superhero with a stethoscope and a little white car instead of an invisible plane and cape.”

“Like a superhero, she’s able to accomplish things no one else can,” she explained. “In addition to her extensive skill and experience as a nurse, Monica employs the greatest tools a nurse can possess: compassion, commitment, and empathy.” Wendy Martinson recalled how Monica helped one patient, a single mother who confided that she didn’t have enough money to purchase Christmas presents for her

eight-year-old son. Monica rallied her coworkers to collect grocery gift cards and presents for both mom and son. The gesture moved the patient to tears. “Learning that Monica was chosen as a Nightingale honoree wasn’t a surprise,” Martinson said. “There’s simply no one more qualified.” Monica said that she “got goose bumps” when she learned that she was chosen for the Nightingale

honor, a tribute to a career in caring that began as an EMT while still in her teenage years. “I love nursing … there is so much we can do for so many people. No matter how small it may seem to us, it’s the little things that can make such a difference in peoples’ lives,” the humble nurse said. “It’s a blessing to be recognized for something that I have such a passion for.”


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The shocking truth about diet and memory

By Pamela Atwood, MA, CDP, CADDCT, CLL, Director of Dementia Care Services, Hebrew HealthCare

I love the popular media; it seems they plot to confuse us in order to sell more papers/magazines/online subscriptions. Eat this, don’t eat that. This spice will cure. That spice will destroy. These berries will protect. Those will poison. News at 11‌ But here’s the shocking truth: diet is important to your gray matter, but it’s not an all-or-nothing-deal.

Truth – some forgetfulness is expected with aging. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging.

Truth – there are several nutrition studies which show “correlation� effects, but are later proven wrong, or are too small to be generalized to a larger population.

Truth – the latest research supports common sense – it’s not a single food, spice, oil or supplement, but an overall lifestyle which seems to impact the risk of dementia.

A “prudentâ€? diet was studied and compared to a “westernâ€? diet by researchers in Sweden. Their work was published in February 2016 in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. • The study was huge (more than 2,000 people),

• well designed (considered demographic info, health issues, exercise, and a number of other factors), and was a study done over a long period (20042010). • The “westernâ€? diet included high saturated/trans fats, frequent intake of processed/red meat, beers, spirits and sugars. • The “prudentâ€? diet was characterized by more frequent consumption of fruit, veggies, low-fat dairy, ďŹ sh, legumes, poultry, whole grain rice/pasta, water and healthy oils. Truth – the Western dietary pattern was found in participants with more decline in cognition over time. People who followed the “prudentâ€? diet had much less cognitive decline.

According to the research, “it is common that people consume a combination of healthy and less health foods...68% of the participants had mixed adherence to both dietary patterns.�

THE SHOCKING TRUTH – When the prudent diet was followed “most often�, the cognitive decline was cut in half. That means that perfection in following a so-called healthy diet is not necessary. More and more research points to diet as having a big impact on brain health, and likely more of an impact than exercise, but for those of us who “fall off the wagon� and feel like we’ve doomed ourselves, we can rest assured that “most of the time� is better than none of the time.


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The patient is the most important thing

When a furry, four-legged friend comes clicking through the halls of the Intensive Care Unit at Hartford Hospital, many times, Judy Charneski has a hand in it. Pet therapy is just a tiny sliver of the services offered on the unit to help patients feel calmer and more comfortable, but to Charneski, they’re one of the most important supplemental tools the hospital can use. “When you have patients who have animals, and you see a pet therapy dog here at the hospital, they just light up,” she said. “The animals can get up onto the beds, and you can help them pet the animals, and it means so much to them.” Studies have proven that pets can help the healing process, but Charneski is so much more than just a pet liaison. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years, and in her long career she’s moved from a pediatric staff nurse to the Case Coordinator Resource at Hartford Hospital through education, hard work and patient dedication. Through her job with the Case Coordination Department at Hartford Hospital, she helps those who are critically ill transition to their lives after staying in the Intensive Care Unit. When other hospital staff think of Charneski, her ability to infuse the starkest situations with acceptable and appropriate humor is what comes to their minds. Helping patients and their families deal with sometimes insurmountable illnesses, complications or other lifechanging events is a delicate affair, and Charneski has the unique ability to build a bridge of trust with all involved so that the patient is best cared for and as comfortable as possible. “You must always really try to listen to people: to hear them, to understand what their concerns are, and to offer assistance,” she said of her work. “The patient and family are the most important pieces of our equation. They are valued, and we must make them feel valued. I always ask myself, ‘what can I do to help them?’” Charneski has helped countless patients in her 15 years as Case Coordinator by meeting with the patient and family, ascertaining their previous level of function and putting in place a support system for their next steps. She works with physical and occupational therapists, physicians, long-term care facilities and visiting nurses to come up with the best and safest plan for her patients when they are released from ICU care. But her most important job, she says, is asking


Peers say that ICU Nurse Judy Charneski, MS, BSN, RN, CCM, CPHM (right), has the unique ability to build a bridge of trust with all involved so that the patient is best cared for and as comfortable as possible.

questions and truly listening to the answers. She jokes that half her job is playing detective. “I’m never afraid to ask questions,” Charneski said. “You ask the patients and their families, and you ask our managers and coworkers, and you ask your resource team members from other departments, and through that you uncover information that otherwise may have been lost that helps to set up a safe, effective plan for the patient.” The other half of building trust, of course, is following through on promises made, another aspect of the job where Charneski excels. “Once you uncover issues or details about the patient, you have to follow up on it, even if they seem unimportant at the time,” she said. “So, if I say I’m going to do something, I do it. That builds trust and reminds me to never lose sight of the patient. The patient needs to be the focus of everything. There are always a lot of things going on, but the patient is the most important.” Charneski’s patients and staff feel important, valued and heard. And that’s what matters most.


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Nurse’s Viewpoint By Alison Lazzaro, RN


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May: Critical Care Awareness Month!

Just when you think things have settled down and it is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and do some charting...a three star alarm sounds! The arterial line tracing on your patient dampens, the dialysis machine you are navigating howls, the patient's heart rate slows and you internalize that seconds cannot be wasted. The human being lying before has a breathing tube, an orogastric tube, mediastinal chest tubes, pleural chest tubes, epicardial pacer wires, a central line in the jugular vein, a femoral dialysis line, a radial arterial line and a foley catheter. Managing these tubes is nothing compared to the ten different life-preserving infusions running simultaneously. You make split second decisions in these scenarios daily and love the members of your team working at your side. These adrenaline pumping moments keep your passion for critical care nursing alive.

Critical care nursing is a unique field that cares for patients suffering from life-threatening conditions. These conditions range from traumas to heart attacks, and brain bleeds to septic shock. The month of May recognizes the work of critical care nurses and celebrates their dedication to the skilled nursing of their patients and patient families.

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, and is comprised of over 500,000 critical care nurses worldwide. The organization awards Beacon designation for exceptional care though improved outcomes and patient satisfaction. Beacon Awards signify a supportive work environment and high morale.

Many residency programs train new graduates or nurses from other specialties to specialize in critical care. These programs allow for training with a mentor and classes designed around ventilator management, pulmonary artery catheters and critical care medications. These measures serve to ease the transition to this field.

After gaining several months of valuable experience on the unit, the critical care nurse can sit for the certification examination. After studying and passing the examination, the nurse adds the credentials “CCRN� to their badge.

Communication is key. Critical care nurses provide vigilant care to one or two patients in order to observe subtle changes in patient conditions. Interdisciplinary rounds create a plan for stabilizing the patient and allow family members to ask questions to physicians, NP/PAs, nurses, pharmacists, and dieticians. Many patients are intubabted and cannot verbally communicate their needs. Critical care nurses utilize their voice to advocate on behalf of their patients.

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Yale APRNs learn from The Village at Waveny


An entire class of Yale University School of Nursing APRN Psychiatry students led by Professor Andree Delisser, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC visited The Village at Waveny to see firsthand the powerful impacts of The Village’s environmental design and therapeutic approaches to memory care for people with dementias including Alzheimer’s disease. To learn more about assisted living completely dedicated to memory care at The Village, call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visit

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Learn stroke warning signs to get victims help F.A.S.T.

It’s been almost nine years since Pomona resident, Beverly Paige, survived a stroke thanks to her nephew, Aaron Smith. She shared her story, with her nephew in the audience, at the recent Go Red For Women Luncheon in nearby Stamford, Connecticut. Her story, along with six others, were shared in two short videos about heart disease and stroke in women. The video can be viewed at May is American Stroke Month and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s awareness campaign is dedicated to stroke awareness, prevention, and survival. Early recognition of a stroke and fast action are keys to surviving. Hemorrhagic strokes like Paige’s, or bleeding in the brain, can be fatal if not treated quickly. Luckily for Paige, her nephew remembered his health class lesson on the symptoms of stroke--he knew F.A.S.T. – the acronym for stroke warning signs. If you see F-Face drooping, A-Arm weakness or SSpeech difficulty, it’s T-Time to call 9-1-1 if any of these symptoms exist. So when his Aunt Beverly fell getting out of the car, couldn’t move her arms or legs, and wasn’t making any sense when she spoke, he told the family that she was having a stroke. They got her to the hospital quickly and she survived. Like many stroke victims, she missed the warning signs that could have helped her treat the underlying causes, and prevent the stroke. “I didn’t pay attention to the signs--headaches, flashes of light,” she said in the video. Nor did she consider her family history of high blood pressure in her mother, father and sisters. She was a high-powered music industry publicist in New York City. She had her own company, worked out often and thought she was healthy, but never had her blood pressure checked. She missed the red flags that said she was at risk. “My father had high blood pressure and died from a stroke. I never thought it would happen to me,” she said. She was only 52 at the time. High blood pressure is public enemy #1 for stroke. About 80 million Americans have high blood pressure, but only half have it under control. Three out of four people who have a first stroke report blood pressure higher than 140/90, making it the most important controllable risk factor.

Paige wants people to know their risk for stroke and get high blood pressure under control early to avoid the emotional and physical devastation that stroke caused her. As a fiercely independent go-getter – she had to rely on complete strangers at rehabilitation to go to the bathroom, or brush her hair and teeth. After weeks of rehab and hard work, she finally was able to stand, then walk. Her deep faith helped her throughout her recovery, and she felt that since she was given grace and mercy to rise up again, it should be to help others. She has since raised money and walked in the AHA’s Heart Walk, spoken at Go Red For

Women luncheons and served as a Power to End Stroke Ambassador for church-based stroke awareness for African Americans, who are at twice the risk for stroke. For women who put their health last on the list of things-to-do, she has a special message, “You have to take of yourself, just as well as you take care of everyone else. You can’t put everyone else first because then you won’t be able to do anything for them.” To learn more about how stroke is preventable, treatable and beatable, please visit and

Beverly Paige, stroke survivor, with her nephew Aaron Smith, who knew the F.A.S.T. stroke symptoms and helped get her to the hospital quickly.

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L to R: Virginia Kuper, AHA Board Member with Faces of Heart video Ambassadors: Patty Macias, Cindy King, Selina Santos, Martha Glantz and Beverly Paige.

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The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. Men should make their health a top priority and take daily steps to be healthier and stronger. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers these tips for men on leading a healthy life: Eat healthy. Nutritious foods give you energy and may lower your risk of certain diseases. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat milk products.

Stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can raise your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Eat healthy foods, control portion sizes, and be active to keep your weight in check. Get moving. Regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Be smoke-free. Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of death, including cancer, lung disease, and stroke. If you smoke, quit today! Also, avoid secondhand smoke.

Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mood and health. Sleep apnea, a common problem in which your breathing stops briefly, can increase the risk of accidents and certain health problems. Manage stress. Balancing work and family obligations can be challenging. But it’s important to protect your mental and physical health.

Get routine exams and screenings. Ask your doctor how often you need to be examined. Ask about screening tests for certain diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, and certain types of cancer.

Take any medications you need. Make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for all medications, including those that help control conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.

Avoid heavy drinking. Heavy drinking can lead to many problems, including high blood pressure, various cancers, psychological problems, and accidents. Stay safe. Safety means many things, like wearing seatbelts and helmets, having working smoke detectors, and following safety rules at work. It also means using condoms, washing your hands, taking care of your teeth, and wearing sunscreen.

Also, make sure to pay attention to signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination. If you have these or symptoms of any kind, be sure to see your doctor right away. Don’t wait!


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Shriners Hospitals for Children teams up with school nurses to keep kids safe – especially during the summer season On National School Nurses Day, kids learn to be Superheroes of Summer Safety Shriners Hospitals for Children and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) announce they are working together to encourage kids across the nation to be Superheroes of Summer Safety by following tips to reduce the risk of injuries during their summer break. Swimming-related incidents, playground accidents, as well as campfire and fire pit burns are some of the more common and potentially life-altering childhood injuries that can occur during this time of year. Now through the end of the school year, school nurses nationwide will conduct safety demonstrations and distribute activity sheets that give basic rules for safe summertime play. It is all part of a larger, yearround collaboration between Shriners Hospitals for Children and NASN to improve the health and safety of all children. Through educational materials, events and professional training, Shriners Hospitals and NASN will work together to ensure students know how to have a fun, injury-free summer. “We understand that school nurses are the foundation for student health,” said Jerry Gantt, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Providing school nurses with additional resources to help improve the health and safety of children is just another way we send Love to the rescue.”

“School nurses strive to keep students healthy, safe and ready to learn,” said NASN president Beth Mattey, MSN, RN, NCSN. “Working with students in schools, and their families, is a key piece of the safety puzzle and NASN is proud to be a part of Shriners Hospitals for Children’s campaign." As experts in the treatment of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and other specialty care services, Shriners Hospitals for Children provides critical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children urges parents and caregivers to remind kids of these simple precautions to keep them injury-free this summer: • At the playground, slide feet first and swing sitting down. • Keep children inside when lawn mowers are in use. • Keep several feet away from fire pits, campfires or grills. • Swim only with an adult present and wear lifejackets on open water. • Protect yourself from the sun with hats and sunscreen.

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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 celebrates the generosity of its hundreds of volunteers

Waveny LifeCare Network recognized its many volunteers for their unique contributions of time and talent throughout the Network, including Waveny Care Center, The Village at Waveny, 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. “The gifts of time and talent you give so freely enrich the lives of everyone we serve,” said Rebecca Albrecht, Director of Human Resources for Waveny. “Thank you for being a part of Waveny’s past, present and future.” Nearly 80 active Waveny volunteers were recognized for servicehour milestones ranging from 50 to 5,700 hours. In addition to recognizing hours of service, 13 loyal volunteers received awards commemorating their anniversaries of 5, 10, 20, 25, and 30 years of service at Waveny. Specially recognized for their volunteer service in beautifying Waveny were the New Canaan Garden Club, the Beautification League, The Gardeners, the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), the Tuesday Ladies, New Canaan Florist and the Stamford Garden Club. “Forty-one years ago, some of you here tonight began a personal journey volunteering with Waveny that continues to this day,” said Debbie Perron, Waveny’s Director of Volunteers. “Our strength comes from our shared mission to champion quality of life for all whom we serve.” Over 500 individual volunteers collectively contribute approximately 15,000 hours of service to Waveny annually, with over 200 new volunteers joining Waveny each year. The event marked the mid-point of a week-long celebration in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, which was themed Volunteers: Giving Time, Touching Hearts. “Waveny was built by the community to serve the community,” said Bill Piper, Waveny CEO. “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. Volunteer roles are tailored to individual skills and

Waveny’s 50-hour volunteers

interests, with orientation and training sessions provided on-site at Waveny. In addition to providing one-on-one attention, they assist with activities for Waveny’s residents, patients and participants by helping

with social hour, afternoon tea, window painting, reception, gardening, flower arranging and leading intergenerational programs, which include running the General Store or playing games and cards. Volunteers

also help with special projects in the dining, administrative, development and therapeutic recreation departments. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Waveny, please contact Debbie Perron, Director of


Volunteers, at 203.594.5334 or For more information about Waveny LifeCare Network call 1855-WAVENY-1 or please visit

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