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Maine’s Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehabilitation becomes part of The Mercy Community in Connecticut Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon transfer sponsorship of skilled nursing facility in Waterville to Trinity Senior Living Communities, local governance to The Mercy Community After working under a management contract with Michigan-based Trinity Senior Living Communities (TSLC) since April 2012, Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehabilitation in Waterville, ME has been granted a Certificate of Need by the State of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services and will transfer sponsorship to TSLC effective Friday, July 1, 2016. Under the terms of agreement, Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehabilitation will be governed by The Mercy Community, West Hartford, CT's only Life Plan Community. The Mercy Community is a member of Trinity Senior Living Communities, Livonia, Mich., a national health ministry of Trinity Health, Inc., also located in Livonia, Mich. "We are delighted to enter a new chapter of collaboration and care with Mount Saint Joseph Residence & Rehabilitation," said William J. Fiocchetta, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mercy Community. "We share a passion for the Missions of each of our community's founding sisters, and we will demonstrate that in the way we deliver care." Mount Saint Joseph was started in 1966 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon, who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in skilled nursing for those in need of long-term care, memory care, behavioral health care, and assisted living services. The Sisters' Mission is consonant with that of The Mercy Community's Sisters of Mercy, who established the Ministry in 1880 as a means of tending to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of a group of elderly infirmed men. Today, The Mercy Community campus includes the skilled nursing facility Saint Mary Home, the independent and assisted living community at The McAuley, an Adult Day Center, and The Frances Warde Towers Apartments: a residential care home comprising 97 units. The Mercy Community looks forward to enhancing its own legacy and vision by adding the Sisters' of Saint Joseph of Lyon heritage, culture, and standards of care and hospitality.


William J. Fiocchetta, president and CEO of The Mercy Community in West Hartford, CT, and Sister Gilla Dube, provincial for the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon, light a candle together on August 2 at a ceremony in Waterville, Maine symbolizing the unification of Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehabilitation with The Mercy Community.

"Mount St. Joseph has been a very important part of our Story since the mid-'60s. With the reality of an ever complex healthcare system and our reality of diminishment in our own numbers, it was clear we needed to let go of the Mount, pass it on to a Catholic Healthcare system which could assure that the tradition and mission and vision lives on into the future. We wanted to assure generativity. We found that with Trinity we found a kindred spirit. It's been a very favorable relationship with them these past years and we are most grateful. The path chosen: this is a transfer and not a sale. What we receive with the transfer is the assurance that the Mount will move forward well into the future and will continue to respond to the needs of the people of God, specifically tending to the needs of our elders," said Sister Gilla Dube, Provincial of the Sisters of St. Joseph. "While we look forward to the new opportunities that this transfer of sponsorship will bring, much of what we are known for in the greater Waterville area will remain constant – the clinical practices and reputation that have established us as Waterville's best nursing care facility 16 years in a row according to Market Surveys of America's annual "Best of the Best" awards, our compassionate care, and our topnotch interdisciplinary team of professional

caregivers," said Diane Sinclair, Administrator for Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehabilitation.

About Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehabilitation Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehabilitation (MSJ) has been caring for the people of Waterville and its surroundings since 1966. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon, MSJ takes pride in providing quality care that emphasizes quality of life. With a mission to foster unity and reconciliation in a spirit of respect and compassion for all, MSJ strives to: • create a caring, stimulating environment that promotes growth and independence; • enhance well-being through nutrition, fitness and activity; and • foster peace and contentment by honoring the unique spirit of each individual and treating everyone with dignity and respect. Discover more by visiting 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, memory, hospice, palliative, post-acute, residential and adult day services. THE McAULEY, West Hartford's only Life Plan 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 therapy services, or any of our other programs, please visit

About Trinity Senior Living Communities Trinity Senior Living Communities is a nonprofit senior living organization headquartered in Livonia, Mich. Offering independent living apartments, assisted living apartments, memory care, long-term care and short-term rehabilitation, TSLC serves thousands of seniors and their families each year in more than 45 communities across the country. Trinity Senior Living Communities is a National Health Ministry of Trinity Health, the second largest Catholic health system in the country.


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Carol Cooney suffered three strokes from June 2014 to June 2016, each a year apart. Following her most recent stroke in 2016, Cooney’s family chose Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital in Worcester for her rehabilitation. Upon admission to the hospital, Cooney was unable to use her left side and her speech and swallowing abilities were also severely impaired. After three weeks of intensive, multidisciplinary treatment at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital, Cooney was walking with a cane, her speech had significantly improved and she was eating solid foods. “This place is important,” said Cooney. “The therapy is almost constant with nearly one session after another and some rest in between. Everyone motivates you to get out of bed. They push you hard, but they also praise you.” According to the recent adult stroke rehabilitation guidelines released by the American Heart Association, whenever possible, stroke patients should be treated at an in-patient rehabilitation facility rather than a skilled nursing facility. While at an in-patient rehabilitation facility, a patient participates in at least three hours of rehabilitation a day from physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Nurses are

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Celebrating World Heart Day: 5 tips for living a more heart healthy lifestyle

Each year, on September 29, we celebrate World Heart Day. It’s a time to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke and think about ways to improve our own health. Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager, Aggie Casey, RN, MS, shares 5 tips you can try to live a more heart healthy lifestyle.

Tip 1: Increase your physical activity The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that we try to get a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity weekly. -Climb a flight of stairs instead of waiting for the elevator -Try to get 10,000 steps per day -Get 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week -Add free weights 2 times a week

Tip 2: Eat healthy Don’t skip meals -Eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day -Avoid drinking coffee all day -Try to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water or other non-calorie beverages a day -Choose whole grains and healthy proteins -Eat 4 to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day -Avoid processed foods Tip 3: Learn to reduce your stress level -Reduce the noise level in your environment -Don’t watch the late evening news -Allow 15 minutes of extra time to get places -Check your breathing throughout the day

Tip 4: Get a good night’s sleep Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to your physical and emotional well-being. Most people require 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. -Stick to a sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day -Decrease noise, bright lights or a TV or computer in the bedroom and try room darkening shades or relaxation exercises before sleep -Try soothing music, a warm bath or a shower before bedtime

Tip 5: Have fun! Build in time for yourself. Life is about achieving balance between work, family and leisure activities.

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Valley Goes Pink offers ways to support breast health The 7th Annual Valley Goes Pink Campaign invites the Lower Naugatuck Valley and surrounding communities to enjoy a variety of events featuring good food, drink and fun for a good cause throughout September and October. The Valley Goes Pink is a grassroots, community wide effort to increase awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, support the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital, and to celebrate the charitable spirit of the region’s businesses and organizations. The following is a list of unique Valley Goes Pink fundraising events. For more information about “going pink” and joining the campaign visit or contact the Griffin Hospital Development Fund at 203-732-7504, Jodi Dawley at 203-521-2233 or, or Sue Petrizzo at 203-400-1068 or For more information about Valley Goes Pink and additional events, visit the Valley Goes Pink on Facebook or Waiters Go Pink, Sept. 26 from 5:30-9 p.m. – Volunteers waiters will serve guests at Wellingtons Restaurant, 51 Huntington St., Shelton, and tips will go to the cause. Reservations required at 203-929-0336. Trivia Night, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. – Come for a fun night filled with trivia and fun prizes at Porky’s Café, 50 Center St., Shelton. Call Karyn for reservations 203-445-3091. Wine Pairing for Pink Dinner, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. – Enjoy dinner paired with wines for each course at Ari Bella Restaurant, 66 Huntington St., Shelton. Call Sue Petrizzo at 203-400-1068 to reserve your spot. Paint for Pink, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. – Come to the everpopular Paint & Sip event which features great raffle prizes at Vazzy’s Cucina, 706 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton. Call Ann at 203-305-0817 for reservations.

Mystery on Main, Oct. 7 from 6-9 p.m. – A Clue inspired evening of mystery, intrigue, music and more at Spector Furniture, 385 Main St., Ansonia. $40 per person. Pinktoberfest by Yuengling Night, Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. – Come enjoy Yuengling beer specials, a special “Germanfest” tasting menu and great giveaways at Wellingtons Restaurant, 51 Huntington St., Shelton. Bingo for Boobies Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. – Enjoy a fun-filled night of bingo and great prizes, including a flat screen TV, at The Hops Company (THC), 77 Sodom Lane, Derby. Call Sue for reservations at 203-400-1068. Rock Out Your Pink, Oct. 12 6:30 p.m. – Enjoy wine and cheese while viewing the dazzling works of Marks of Design, 500 Howe Ave., Shelton. 10% of all sales will be donated.

Bras for the Valley, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. – Design a bra and have it modeled in our fashion show with local “celebrity” models for a live auction, or just come for the fun at Il Palio, 5 Corporate Dr., Shelton. Call Ann at 203-3050817 for more information. Durante Family Brunch for Pink, Oct. 16 at noon – Come have an extravagant brunch at Maria V’s Restaurant, 220 Leavenworth Rd., Shelton. Tickets are $50. Contact Anna Durante at 203-732-1977 or for reservations. Tacos for Tatas, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. – Enjoy delicious tacos for a good cause at River Rock Tavern, 5 Main St., Derby. Shoot for a Cure Basketball Clinics, Oct. 22 – Girls and boys ages 8-13 learn valuable pointers from the best! UCONN stars Maria Conlon Rinaldi and Ashley Battle will host a girls’ clinic from noon-3 p.m. at Shelton High School, 120 Meadow St., Shelton, and Dennis Kelly and Dribble Drive Basketball will host the boys’ clinic from 1-4 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Family Center, 220 Shelton Rd, Trumbull. Admission is $40. Call Jodi at 203-521-2233 to reverse a spot. Pink Ribbon Yoga, Oct. 23 from 10 -11:15 a.m. – Join Kimmarie for a yoga session at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby. Minimum donation of $20. Please visit to register. Vineyards of the World Wine Tasting, Oct. 24 from 6-9 p.m. – Several distributors will be highlighting their wines at Wellingtons Restaurant, 51 Huntington St, Shelton, and the restaurant will offer great food to pair. Tickets are $50 per person. Call Linda for tickets at 203-414-8851. The Valley Goes Pink is sponsored by 99.1 FM WPLR and Hearst Connecticut Media Group.


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The Drs. Charlotte & David Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic is a well-respected outpatient program that was established in 1998 to address common, but often complex, medical issues in older adults especially memory loss. Led by a board-certified geriatrician, the Clinic focuses on the evaluation and ongoing management of clinical problems that affect seniors and their families.


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Empower yourself and your family to make great decisions about memory care

When a loved one is no longer safe at home alone due to a memory deficit, choosing the right day center or skilled nursing facility is vital. All types of facilities should offer person-centered care. Here are some questions to ask to help you and your family make placement decisions.

Adult Day Center Is there an Adult Day Center convenient to your location with a special emphasis on clients with memory loss? Is the center staffed with licensed professionals such as LPNs or RNs for medical needs? Is the staff trained in dementiaspecific areas?

Ellen Sanders-Nirenstein, RN-BC, Community Health and Well-Being Director for The Mercy Community

What is the facility's policy on the use of restraints, both physical and chemical?

Food Does the food look and taste appetizing? Do most of the unit's residents eat in a dining room? How does the facility encourage eating among residents who are uninterested in food? Does it encourage healthy eating?

Will the facility cater to special nutritional needs or requests?

Activities Does the facility offer a variety of activities geared towards people with differing levels of dementia? Are there specialized medical arts offered such as art, dance, drama, music and poetry therapies? Does the facility offer regular exercise sessions for its residents with dementia?

Is there a pastoral care team to address the spiritual needs of residents of different faiths? What resources are available to engage resident's long-term memories? Are family pets allowed to visit? Is pet therapy available?

End of life What are the facility's policies about end-of-life treatment? Does the facility offer both palliative and hospice programs?

Does the facility or hospice partner offer bereavement support?

After creating a list of priorities that meet your loved one's needs and wants, schedule a tour. After touring, call and review your feelings and findings with the admission team. No matter how good a facility might be, continued family and friend support and involvement are critical to ensure a satisfying stay. Go by your research, findings and instincts.

For Long Term Care Facilities

Memory Care Unit Is the memory care unit a separate, secure area with skilled staff? Is the facility able to accommodate people at all levels of memory loss? Has the staff received special training to work with residents with memory loss? Is the facility generally pleasant, clean and peaceful? Is there an enclosed, secure outdoor area with walking paths?

Safety Are hallways and common areas well-lit? Does the facility feature non-slip floor surfaces in all rooms and common areas? What safety measures are in place to protect confused residents who may attempt to leave?

Comfort and orientation Are doors and rooms labeled clearly, both with words and pictures, to assist residents in orienting themselves? Do residents have "memory boxes" outside their rooms to help them identify the correct room and help staff members to get to know them better?

Staff members What type of dementia–specific training do staff members have? Do staff members seem kind and attentive to residents' needs? What is the staff-to-resident ratio? How do staff members deal with difficult behaviors like aggression, mood swings and sundown syndrome?

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Skin Safety

Whether in the hospital, at home, or in a long-term care facility, prevention of skin abnormalities is an overarching goal. Skin is the largest organ of the body and serves as a defense mechanism between the body and the environment. Pressure ulcers are injuries to the skin with complications including delayed recovery, pain, infection and even mortality. A pressure ulcer is a localized injury to the skin and underlying tissue that usually occurs over a bony prominence as a result of too much pressure or shearing forces. Pressure ulcers occur because of prolonged compression in an area that reduces circulation and results in tissue hypoxia, edema or ischemia.

Who's At Risk? Patients in the critical care setting are high risk for skin abnormalities due to mechanical ventilation, inability to change positions, hemodynamic instability, reduced tissue perfusion, vasopressor use and even diaphoresis. Furthermore, any patient who is unable to move independently is at risk for skin breakdown. Incontinence can also greatly impact skin integrity due to prolonged moisture.

Signs To Look For Areas of the body most at risk for pressure ulcers include the sacrum, ankles, heels, bony shoulders and elbows. Skin abnormalities can occur behind the ears with a nasal cannula or on the lip due to an endotracheal tube. Nurses should look for areas of discoloration, numbness, pain, heat or hardness because these are impending signs of skin breakdown.

Prevention Strategies Many interventions can help stop pressure ulcers before they form. Skin hygiene is important to maintain clean, dry skin. A turning schedule that positions patients left lateral, supine, and then right lateral using foam wedges every 2 hours is optimal. Pressure re-distribution mattresses are available to help provide a dynamic support surface. Good hydration and nutrition also help protect the skin. You Can Make A Difference Being alert for skin breakdown and remobilizing patients can truly save lives. Getting out of bed, moving invasive lines from damaging the skin and being diligent to turn patients every 2 hours decreases hospital length of stay.

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School of Allied Health Careers offers Accelerated CNA Evening Classes

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, at 300 Seymour Avenue, Suite 206, in Derby, is offering an evening session of its Accelerated Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program starting Oct. 3 to help individuals start the journey to a fulfilling career in healthcare The CNA course offers students an affordable and condensed 6-week schedule with classes Monday through Thursday from 5-9 p. m. Course content includes infection control, legal and ethical responsibilities, communications, body mechanics, moving and positioning residents, personal care skills, nutrition, measuring vital signs, and restorative care. The CNA course tuition fee includes the course book, CPR training, and malpractice insurance coverage for the clinical rotation. The CNA clinical experience will be at Griffin Hospital and a long-term

care facility from 5-10 p.m. for 40 hours. After successfully completing the course and clinical experience, students will be qualified to take the State exam for certification as a Nursing Assistant in Connecticut. For more information or to apply, please call 203-732-1276 or please visit Griffin Hospital's School of Allied Health Careers was one of the first hospital-based schools of its kind to be authorized by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and offers training, education, and certification for Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant, and Patient Care Technician healthcare careers. Classes are taught by certified instructors in the Griffin Hospital Medical Building, located at 300 Seymour Avenue in Derby.


The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers is offering an evening session of its 6-week Accelerated Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program starting Oct. 3.

Kent Hospital announces new Pharmacy Residency Program

Kent Hospital has established a pharmacy residency program affiliated with the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. The hospital’s first class of pharmacists began in July and will take part in a one year residency offering competency development in a broad area of pharmacy practice. Kent’s pharmacy residency program is one of four post-graduate, year-one pharmacy residency programs in the state of Rhode Island. Pharmacy residents contribute to the hospital’s mission by providing patient care rounds, target drug monitoring and patient monitoring. “We are very excited to announce our new pharmacy residency program which is a tremendous benefit to not only the new pharmacists taking part, but to the clinical staff here at Kent Hospital,” saidMichael J. Dacey, president and COO, Kent Hospital. “The program allows us to grow as a teaching hospital, while enriching educational opportunities for pharmacists, physicians and nurses. This residency will allow the opportunity for increased pharmacy presence and expanded clinical services within the hospital.”


Pictured from left to right, Kristen Butler, Pharm.D., and Sarah Hendrick, Pharm.D., Kent Hospital Pharmacy Residents

Areas of rotations/learning experiences include: cardiology, critical care, infectious disease, internal medicine, neonatology, psychiatry, outpatient oncology, practice management and drug information.

Pharmacists who comprise the program are: Kristen Butler, Pharm.D.: obtained her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2016, from Eastern Tennessee State University and an

undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. Kristen’s career interests include clinical pharmacy in cardiology. Sarah Hendrick, Pharm.D.: obtained her doctor of pharmacy de-

gree in 2016 from University of New England. Her career interests include emergency medicine, critical care and infectious disease. The Kent Hospital Pharmacy Department is comprised of 27 pharmacists, 28 pharmacy technicians and inventory support personnel, and a department director. The pharmacy provides a wide range of clinical services including: therapeutic drug monitoring, antimicrobial stewardship, interdisciplinary care team rounding, various hospital committees, rapid response and code blue situations. Pharmacists staff the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, and multiple medical floors. In addition, the department has a clinical coordinator information technology and infectious disease specialist pharmacists. On average, the pharmacy processes 2,400 orders daily. For more information on the Kent Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact Michelle Kelley, Pharm.D., clinical coordinator of pharmacy services, director of Kent Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program, at (401) 737-7000 ext. 31762.

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Hallmark Health donates school supplies to Medford Public Schools

Hallmark Health’s Team Medford (staff who volunteer in the City of Medford) held their 9th annual school supplies drive to benefit Medford Public Schools. This year’s drive was another great success with items donated adding up to a retail value of more than $27,000, a 35% increase over last year’s total. The items will be distributed to students throughout Medford Public Schools. The drive was also supported by major sponsor Staples, as well as Armstrong Ambulance, Medford Kiwanis, Genesis HealthCare Courtyard Nursing Care Center and the Medford High School PTO.

Pictured, left to right: Beverly Nelson, deputy superintendent of Medford Public Schools; Janet Perault, Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Kelsey Flynn, Armstrong Ambulance; Joe Raho, Staples strategic account leader; John McLaughlin, Medford Public Schools; Roy Belson, superintendent of Medford Public Schools; Sam Tarabelsi, regional practice administrator of Hallmark Health Medical Associates; Derek Marchand, Genesis HealthCare, Courtyard Nursing Care Center; Pat Velie, director of finance at Medford Public Schools; Diane Caldwell, assistant superintendent of Medford Public Schools; Taylor Natella, Genesis HealthCare, Courtyard Nursing Care Center


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Waveny Adult Day ‘Back to School’

Waveny LifeCare Network’s Adult Day Program participants recently enjoyed an entire day devoted to “His & Hers” programs with a special Back to School theme. The morning started in Homeroom with News and Warm-up exercise, followed by the day’s course curriculum of Men’s Glee Club, Phys. Ed, Wood Shop where participants built their own Race Cars, Literature, History featuring heroines throughout the ages, and Home Economics. For more information on Waveny’s Adult Day Program, which is available with flexible days and free local door-to-door transportation provided throughout most of lower Fairfield County, call 203.594.5429 or visit

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AdCare Hospital awarded Behavioral Healthcare Accreditation from The Joint Commission

AdCare Hospital announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with performance standards for all services surveyed. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care. AdCare recently completed a rigorous on-site survey. During the review, compliance with behavioral healthcare standards related to several areas, including care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm were evaluated. On-site observations and interviews were also conducted. The nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation program currently accredits more than 2,250 organizations for a three-year period. “AdCare Hospital is pleased to receive Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” says Jeffrey W, Hillis, president of AdCare Hospital. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for those in our community.”

The Joint Commission’s behavioral healthcare standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, quality improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families to help organizations such as AdCare measure, assess and improve performance. AdCare Hospital’s full continuum of alcohol and drug treatment provides hospitallevel of care in Worcester, MA, as well as outpatient services at offices conveniently located throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. AdCare … your recovery begins here. Visit or call 1-800-ALCOHOL for more information.


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America’s new drug dealer: The family medicine cabinet The best way to can protect your family, loved ones, and community is to clean out your medicine cabinet. Get rid of any medication you no longer use or that has expired, but make sure to do it properly:

• Find a prescription drop-box or take-back facility near you4 • Call your city/county’s trash and recycling service to see if they have a drug take-back program

By Georganna Koppermann, VP of Community Services at AdCare Hospital

Prescription pain medication has played a large role in the current opioid overdose crisis. Despite the fact that Americans reported about the same amounts of pain, the sale of prescription opioids nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2014. During the same period of time, prescription opioid overdose deaths increased at nearly the same rate.1 To make matters worse, many individuals who become dependent on prescription opioids later turn to heroin, which is much cheaper. Four out of five new heroin users started out with misusing prescription opioids. Following the trajectory of prescription pain pills, the rate of heroin overdoses increased beginning in 2000. From 2000 to 2010, heroin overdoses increased around 6% each year; beginning in 2010, the rate of overdoses increased dramatically: 37% each year from 2010 to 2013.2 Both the state and federal governments, as well as prominent medical institutions, are taking action to curb the availability of prescription opioids and turn the tide of the drug crisis. And while these measures are sorely needed, the most immediate source of relief does not come from a large institution: it comes from you. Individuals such as yourself can start alleviating the drug crisis right now, and the relief may come from an unexpected source: your medicine cabinet. Research has shown that most people who misuse prescriptions are given them by friends and family, free of cost. In fact, individuals who are at the highest risk of overdosing on prescription opioids are more likely to get them free (or at a cost) from friends and family (49%) than from a drug dealer (15%)3

Proper storage and monitoring of your medicine goes a long way in protecting your family members or loved ones from misusing medication: Storage:

• Consider locking up prescription opiates. Medicines like oxycodone (OxyCotin® and Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), hydromorphone (Dilaudid®) and alprazolam (Xanax®) all contain controlled substances that can be addictive. To prevent your loved ones from being exposed the potentially dangerous drugs, and to prevent theft, consider locking such prescriptions in a drawer or cabinet only you can access. Monitoring:

• Take inventory of your meds. Count how many pills you have per prescription and write it down. This will not only help you spot potential misuse if too many

pills disappear within a short period of time, but it will also help you keep track of important prescriptions and weed out expired medication. • Keep track of refills.

Knowing how often a prescription has been refilled can also help you spot the early signs of misuse. If a prescription is being filled more regularly than expected, or is being refilled after it is no longer medically necessary, someone with access to your medication

may be using it inappropriately. Your action can help change the tide of the drug crisis. Protect your loved ones and your community: Stop, Drop, or Lock Your Meds! If you know someone who is currently struggling with a substance dependency, there is help. Visit or call 1-800ALCOHOL for information on treatment options.

Georganna Koppermann is Vice President of Community Services at Adcare Hospital. She can be reached at

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American Society of Addiction Medicine. (2016). Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts and Figures. Retrieved from advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-factsfigures.pdf


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The Inn celebrates 35 years of independent senior living

The Inn, Waveny LifeCare Network’s independent living community, recently celebrated its 35th birthday with a Clambake, and welcomed nearly 200 guests including families, friends, Waveny staff and volunteers, for the celebration. Guests were treated to an assortment of distinctively New England specialties prepared on-site, including lobster rolls, clams casino, steamer buckets and more, as well as a craft beer station with an assortment of hand-selected beverages from small local breweries.

“As we celebrate this landmark year, we reflect upon 35 years of community support with deep gratitude,” said Kristin Sinatra, Waveny’s Director of Marketing. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to say ‘thank you’ to our friends, families, supporters and the greater community for supporting The Inn and its mission to serve seniors since 1981.” The Inn provides seniors with an active community lifestyle in the heart of downtown New Canaan. In addition to unique benefits and amenities – including a com-

plimentary membership to Staying Put in New Canaan – the Inn offers priority access to Waveny’s entire non-profit continuum of care, including supportive services and Waveny Care Center, the orgnaization’s 5-star Medicare and Medicaid accredited skilled nursing facility, should personal or financial needs ever change. “We’re devoted to providing our residents with an independent lifestyle and a diverse array of activities to promote wellness, dignity and choice,” said

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Sinatra. “And, the long-range confidence that comes along with knowing Waveny’s entire continuum is always here to support them with whatever they may need in the future, is priceless.” Located at 73 Oenoke Ridge in the heart of New Canaan, The Inn provides carefree, independent senior living and welcomes older adults from all areas. For more information, or to join us for lunch and a tour, call 203.594.5450 or visit

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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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