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Canton Considers Proposal To Upgrade its Ambulance Service

November 30, 2014 Government, Health No Comments

Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department Officials are recommending the town upgrade its ambulance service to a paramedic level.

Currently the town operates an Advanced EMT — or AEMT service — with paramedic support from the University of Connecticut Health Center.

The AEMTs are a combination of volunteers and employees of a vendor that provides additional coverage, primarily on weekday shifts.

AEMTs not only provide basic life-saving skills but also enhanced assessment, IV therapy to improve blood volume/pressure, some pharmacological interventions, better airway management, trauma care, and cardiac care such as manual and mechanical CPR and AED use.

Paramedics, however, are paid professionals with even more training and can administer additional techniques, especially in the areas of pain management, advanced airway techniques and advanced cardiac care.

Due to changes in the field and at the state level, UConn will no longer sponsor the service as of July 1, 2016, fire officials said. … Continue Reading

Rotary Club of Avon-Canton Donates $2,000 Toward the Purchase of a New Bladder Scanner at Cherry Brook Health Care Center

November 23, 2014 Community, Health, Nonprofits No Comments
Rotarian Paul Mikkelson, Jacob Bompastore, Administrator of CB and Rebecca Stevenson, Director of Admissions at CB.

Rotarian Paul Mikkelson, Jacob Bompastore, Administrator of CB and Rebecca Stevenson, Director of Admissions at CB.

(Submitted Release) In the United States, 50 percent of nursing home residents are incontinent. Incontinence can cause skin rashes, falls, isolation and pressure ulcers.  Urinary incontinence is curable in many elderly residents but realistically not all will benefit from an evaluation which can result in the placement of an indwelling catheter. Catheter use increases the risk of life threatening infections, bladder stones and results in resident discomfort.  The use of a bladder scanner can greatly reduce the need for catheters.

“The primary benefit to owning a bladder scanner is preventing unnecessary catheterization, reducing the rate of infection and preserving the resident’s dignity,” said Rebecca Stevenson, Director of Admissions and Marketing. ” More importantly the decreased incidents of infection translates to decreased hospitalizations leading to an improved quality of life for our residents. On behalf of the residents and staff at Cherry Brook, I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton for their $2000 donation towards our new bladder scanner.”  … Continue Reading

Canton Karate Studio Offers Specialized Women’s Self Defense Program

October 30, 2014 Business, Health, Video No Comments

Master Dominick Violante has taught self defense techniques for decades but over the years he gradually realized that many programs, including his own, were too complicated for those who don’t regularly practice the martial arts.

So Violante developed WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere), which is now offered at Avon Kemp & Aikido Academy, the Canton studio run by he and Master Jeanene Violante.

Violante said his past experience is that those taking most classes forget about 80 to 90 percent of what they’ve learned. With the WAVES program most of the techniques consist of just two moves. … Continue Reading

Cherry Brook Health Care Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary

October 17, 2014 Business, Health No Comments
State Rep. Tim LeGeyt presents Cherry Brook administrator Jacob Bompastore with a citation marking the occasion.  Photo by JohnFitts

State Rep. Tim LeGeyt presents Cherry Brook administrator Jacob Bompastore with a citation marking the occasion.
Photo by JohnFitts

With the help of local and state officials, area business owners, friends and residents, Cherry Brook Health Care Center celebrated its 20-year anniversary Thursday evening.

“Over the last 20 years Cherry Brook Health Care Center, owned and operated by New Horizons Village in Unionville and managed by Athena healthcare, has provided the Canton Community and New Horizons residents with quality 24-hour skilled nursing and rehabilitation care,” said Rebecca Stevenson, Director of Admissions and Marketing.  “Cherry brook has amazing residents, supportive family members, strong leadership and dedicated and compassionate employees.” … Continue Reading

Breast Cancer Specialist to Speak at Canton Public Library

October 10, 2014 Health No Comments
Dr. Julie S. Gershon

Dr. Julie S. Gershon

(Submitted) Radiologist Dr. Julie S. Gershon of Avon will give a free lecture on the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Canton Public Library. The program, which begins at 7 p.m., is entitled “Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis: Imaging Findings, Current Recommendations, and Risk Factors.” Her talk will discuss current recommendations and imaging techniques for breast cancer screening and the means by which breast cancer is diagnosed. … Continue Reading

With Successful Lung Transplant, Bob Glynn Is Thankful for Community’s Support

October 6, 2014 Community, Health No Comments
Bob Glynn at home Monday afternoon.

Bob Glynn at home Monday afternoon.

Bob Glynn received the call at 3 a.m. on Sept. 15. Three hours, a pot of coffee and a light breakfast later, he and wife Janet rode 2 ½ hours to New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

During that call, the person on the other side had informed Glynn that just three days after he was officially listed, it was time for doctors to attempt a lung transplant. Glynn, diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2008, needed it to survive.

“It was like Oh my God,” Glynn said about that morning, adding that he was tapping his wife on the side as he listened to the call. “It was a very quiet car ride to New York.” … Continue Reading

Avon-Canton Rotary Launches Fundraising Campaign in Support of NICU Webcam Project at Connecticut Children’s

September 30, 2014 Health, Nonprofits No Comments

(Submitted) The Rotary Club of Avon-Canton has officially launched its fundraising efforts to help bring “Angel Eye” webcam technology to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in Hartford and Farmington. The webcam technology will provide parents of critically ill or premature newborns with a way to bond with their babies during their baby’s stay in the NICU, even when Moms and Dads are not physically present.

… Continue Reading

Curaleaf Expects Its Medical Cannabis Offerings to Be at Dispensaries by late September

August 10, 2014 Business, Health 1 Comment

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 12.49.45 AMCuraleaf, a Simsbury-based, state-approved medical marijuana producer expects its products to be available at dispensaries by late September.

Curaleaf Chief Operating Officer April Arrasate has been a vocal advocate of the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

“We’re talking about real, therapeutic benefit,” Arrasate said. Before co-founding the company, Arrasate and her siblings ran The Flea Circus in Collinsville for two years.

In January Curaleaf, based in Simsbury, became one of four Connecticut-approved growers under the Medical Marijuana Program, made possible by the state’s 2012 “Act Concerning The Palliative Use Of Marijuana.” Six dispensary facilities were also approved.

Touting its long history of medicinal use, Curaleaf steers clear of the marijuana term, instead carrying the tagline of “pure medical cannabis.”  … Continue Reading

Despite Senior-Year Challenges, Carter Janssen Remains Focused on the Positive

July 22, 2014 Health, Schools No Comments

One could look back on Carter Janssen’s senior year and focus on how much he missed while battling Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).

Carter Janssen with his parents Lizanne and Bruce.  Photo by John Fitts

Carter Janssen with his parents Lizanne and Bruce.
Photo by John Fitts

But Carter would tell you how appreciative he is for supportive friends, a gracious community, family, the chance to spend time outdoors, a good meal and much more.

Late last year Carter began feeling overly tired and pale. Something wasn’t quite right and doctors were looking for an exact cause.

On Dec. 10, Carter, who has hemophilia, went into the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for a transfusion.

That day, while still 17, he was diagnosed with AML.

“It was very strange and sobering,” Carter said. “Even that morning, I didn’t think it was anything that serious. Getting that diagnosis was pretty crazy.” … Continue Reading

Student Project Nets $1,000 for National Cervical Cancer Coalition

June 2, 2014 Health, Schools No Comments
Elizabeth Corso and Jenna DiMartino stand with Alyssa LaPorte from the New England chapter of the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. Submitted photo

Elizabeth Corso and Jenna DiMartino stand with Alyssa LaPorte from the New England chapter of the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.
Submitted photo

This past weekend’s Burgers and Bands raised approximately $1,000 for the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.

The event, held at Jamboree Field in Collinsville, was an 8th-grade project of Jenna DiMartino and Elizabeth Corso.

See more about the effort in this previous story.

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