Griffin Hospital’s mission is to provide personalized, humanistic, consumer-driven health care in a healing environment; to empower individuals to be actively involved in decisions affecting their care and well-being through access to information and education; and to provide leadership to improve the health of the community it serves.The Griffin Hospital of today can be characterized as a leading innovator in the healthcare field, grounded in a commitment to treating the whole person, to facilitating a superior patient experience, and to ensuring the highest levels of patient safety and medical outcomes. Griffin Hospital is known for creating its own future, rather than simply reacting to its environment, and to providing services in a way that anticipates and exceeds the highest expectations of those served. Seeking wholeness, rather than fragmentation, the physicians, staff and volunteers at Griffin Hospital are dedicated to rendering care that encompasses the mind, body and spirit and emphasizes prevention and wellness with a simple goal: to help members of the community Griffin serves live the happiest, healthiest lives possible.
Griffin is a teaching hospital and research center and offers outstanding post graduate medical education in internal and preventive medicine. Griffin is a teaching affiliate of the Yale University School of Medicine where many of Griffin’s physicians hold teaching positions.
Griffin Hospital is the home of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (PRC). The Center is one of thirty-two PRC’s funded by the Centers for Disease Control and is the only one that is hospital rather than university based. The goal of all PRCs is to develop innovative approaches to health promotion and disease prevention that will directly benefit the public’s health.
Griffin’s strategic plan will determine its course for the period 2017 through 2020. The Board adopted strategic plan challenges the organization to reach for higher levels of performance and achievement and to overcome the many obstacles impeding today’s hospitals and health care organizations including the most challenging – financial performance. It also considers the implications of health care reform and its impact on Griffin Hospital’s operation.
Last year, Griffin opened a new Interventional Radiology Suite with state-of-the-art digital imaging technology, which enables the hospital's radiologists to conduct life-saving, minimally invasive procedures that diagnose and treat a range of diseases without surgery. A 5-month comparison from last year to this year revealed a 73% increase in the number of procedures.
State-of-the-art equipment and updated medical and information technology are critical needs for a hospital to run efficiently and provide exceptional patient care. Therefore, acquisition of new products continues to be the most pressing priority.
Unrestricted funds are also needed to support the ongoing operational needs of the hospital. Funds used support programs such as the hospice fund, providing comfort to patients as well as family members; the Childbirth Center programs such as providing special dinners for families and working with the Read to Grow program; the Planetree Fund that supports amenities such as art and music services, soft touch and Reiki; and the Cancer Center, providing financial assistance to patients in need.
Over the years, Griffin Hospital has experienced significant growth, offering new services and improving our capabilities to better meet the heath care needs of the community. Last year, Griffin opened a new Interventional Radiology Suite, which is considered one of the most advance technologies available because it can diagnose and treat various medical conditions without surgery. The new Surgical Suite will open this summer to meet the hospital's growth in outpatient surgery, meet the expanding needs of new surgeons and provide our patients with an exceptional experience that exceeds expectations. The expansion of the Surgical Suite will also help accommodate new techniques developed by our highly trained surgeons, such as an outpatient hip replacement, where the patient can go home that same day.
The real impact of the Affordable Care Act on hospitals and the nation’s healthcare system is still unknown. What we do know is that the Act is aimed primarily at decreasing the number of uninsured Americans and reducing the overall costs of health care. It is still not clear though how that will be achieved and what the impact will be on hospitals. Additional reforms are aimed at improving healthcare outcomes and streamlining the delivery of health care. It is clear though that reimbursement to care providers from both government and commercial payers will shift dramatically to payment based on population health, decreasing unnecessary health services, quality, patient safety and the patient experience which might be called the “value proposition.”
The Strategic Affairs Committee must factor all of these into the next strategic plan as well as the environmental factors that will likely dramatically change Connecticut’s hospital playing field. The consolidation of the state’s hospitals into large systems and the acquisition of some by national for-profit companies are both escalating rapidly, and the impact on the marketplace, the competitive environment, and Griffin must be considered.
Through a relentless pursuit of excellence for more than two decades, Griffin Hospital has become the hospital of choice for the majority of residents who count on our efficient, high quality and personalized care. Griffin will continue to invest in technology and services that expand our capability to meet the needs of those we serve and maintain our industry leading performance in the areas of quality, safety, patient satisfaction and efficiency of care. This is a formula that has worked in the past and will continue to work no matter how much change occurs in the healthcare world.
Consistent with Griffin Hospital’s mission to improve the health of the community it serves, the Department of Community Outreach and the Valley Parish Nurse (VPN) program extend the hospital’s reach well beyond its walls. The nurses providefree health screenings, informational resources, links to healthcare, wellness and safety programs, education, and supportive services to community members throughout the Valley. TheNurses do not work in offices, rather in the hearts of the neighborhoods they serve, identifying shortages and problems, and linking adults and children with the services and resources that can best help them. In 2007, Griffin expanded its visibility and was able to effectively and efficiently reach more community members with the addition of a state-of-the-art, 29-foot Mobile Health Resource Van. The van visits approximately 35 sites a month, and is present at virtually every other fair, festival, and community gathering in the Valley.
During 2012, the Community Outreach department and the Parish Nurses made more than 50,000 contacts in the community and made nearly 22,000 referrals and/or recommendations. They performed 8,300 health screenings, which can help identify problems when they are most treatable, provided more than 600 bicycle helmets and over 300 car/booster seats at no cost. Of the 8,300 screenings two people were sent to the emergency department, with 680 needing to see their doctor for a health issue identified by one of the nurses.
The Valley Parish Nurses make significant contributions to the health, safety and wellness of the lives of many in the Valley community. They listen and help people on a variety of issues. They comfort and refer parents and children who are coping with illness, financial strain and family domestic issues. They educate parents and children show who are at risk for Internet predators. They meet and counsel elderly people who are struggling amid the problems and complications of aging. They educate parents and children on topics such as bike safety and many preventable unintentional childhood injuries. The nurses are also part of the Local Prevention Council for three of the six Valley towns, working toward educating children of the hazards of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. In conjunction with the Boys and Girls club, the Valley Parish Nurses host the largest Children’s Health & Safety fair, working with 100 volunteers and more than 2,000 participants.
The Valley Parish Nurse Program is directed by Daun Barrett who was also a guiding force in its early design and evolution. Daun is active in the community and has been the recipient of numerous service recognition awards.
A mom shared her story about how her trailer caught on fire, but everyone was able to escape thanks to the “Smoke House” education program at the Children’s Health and Safety Fair. The “Smoke House” is filled with water vapor to simulate smoke and children practice how to get out of a burning building. Using what they learned from this exercise, the children and mother were able to escape unharmed.
Another story came from a woman who came for a simple “blood pressure check” and ended up being rushed to the hospital. During her visit the nurse identified stroke factors and quickly determined that something was very wrong. Because of this immediate action, the impact of a beginning stroke was significantly diminished.
The Valley Breast Wellness Initiative provides free screening mammograms and assistance for diagnostic testing to women in the greater Valley area regardless of their ability to pay. The Community Outreach department and Valley Parish Nurses maintain a presence in neighborhoods, businesses, churches, health clubs, etc., in the greater Valley area, providing outreach and education to all women about the importance of breast wellness and early detection. The Nurse Navigator encourage women to get a mammogram and help navigate patients through the local healthcare system, working in tandem with the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital.
Since the program started a decade ago, more than 2,000 women have received a free screening mammogram.
In some cases, an abnormality was discovered after a breast screening. These women were able to receive additional testing and in a couple of rare cases, treatment which helped save their lives.
The Community Outreach Director, Daun Barrett and the Director of Radiology, Christine Cooper oversee this initiative.
Radiation Oncology relationship with the Hospital of St. Raphael
Genetic Counseling with Yale New Haven Hospital
Pathology Lab Services with Waterbury, Middlesex, Manchester, Norwalk and Danbury Hospitals
Charger Health Center/Ansonia High School
Hill Health Center
Yale School of Medicine
Yale- Griffin Prevention Resource Center
The Valley Women’s Health Initiative
Women’s Heart Club
Valley Parish Nurse Program
Valley Council of Health and Human Service Organizations
Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce
Connecticut Hospital Association
American Hospital Association
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