Friday, August 9, 2013

Hewitt Foundation awards $600,000 to Griffin Hospital in Derby

DERBY - Adding to its longtime support for Griffin Hospital, the Hewitt Foundation recently awarded the hospital a $600,000 grant to augment the hospital’s Interventional Radiology (IR) Suite and its capabilities.

The funds will be used to purchase advanced IR technology, enabling the hospital to enhance and expand its interventional radiology procedure offering used to diagnose and treat a vast range of diseases for both inpatients and outpatients.
“The Hewitt Foundation is proud to once again partner with Griffin Hospital and ensure the hospital continues its tradition of providing state-of-the-art medical services for the community,” said Hewitt Foundation Board Member Harry P. DiAdamo.

“The Hewitt Foundation is committed to supporting health care and services for the elderly, especially in the Lower Naugatuck Valley. This donation is part of our ongoing support of Griffin Hospital as it continues to provide high-quality, patient-centered care to the Valley and surrounding communities.”
The Hewitt Foundation has supported Griffin Hospital with 14 donations totaling more than $1.8 million over the past seven years. Griffin showed its appreciation of the Foundation’s support by naming the building that houses its rehabilitation center and Special Procedures unit the Hewitt Pavilion and its breast center The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness.
“Griffin Hospital is deeply grateful for the philanthropic investments made by the Hewitt Foundation,” said Griffin President Patrick Charmel.
“The Foundation’s support for facilities and medical equipment such as the Breast Tomosynthesis 3D mammography unit has enabled Griffin Hospital to offer leading-edge services with the most advanced technology in a Planetree patient-centered environment. These investments have not only brought life-saving, state-of-the-art care to the people of the Valley, they have also allowed us to attract outstanding  physicians to practice at Griffin with the best tools modern healthcare has to offer.”
Griffin Hospital has offered interventional radiology services for almost 40 years. It is considered one of the most advanced technologies available because it can be used to diagnose and treat many different medical conditions, some quite serious, without surgery,” said Charmel. “It allows minimally invasive procedures to be performed guided by high resolution radiologic images. These procedures involve small incisions and minimal pain, allowing for a shorter recovery time than traditional surgery and a more tolerable experience for the patient.”
Interventional radiology allows specially trained radiologists to treat a wide variety of medical disorders, ranging from blocked arteries in the limbs and bleeding in the brain, to compression fractures of the spine and obstruction in vital organs.
Griffin Hospital’s Department of Radiology incorporates state-of-the-art imaging in a personalized and healing environment. Griffin Hospital has continually invested in the best diagnostic imaging equipment to insure cutting-edge technology.
The Radiology Department offers low dose mammography screening, ultrasound, PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scans, CT Scans and traditional MRI and Open MRI for those who experience anxiety or claustrophobia during traditional MRI.
Griffin’s Diagnostic Imaging Departments are recognized by the Joint Commission as well as credentialed by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Cardiology (SPECT Imaging), Nuclear Medicine: General Planar Imaging, PET, and Ultrasound: General, Breast, GYN, Small Parts and Vascular.

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This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

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