Valley Community Foundation donates $200,000 to hospital

The Valley Community Foundation recently helped Griffin Hospital get one step closer to enhancing its Interventional Radiology (IR) Suite with a $200,000 grant.

The foundation will donate the funds over the next three years. The donation will help Griffin Hospital enhance and expand its IR services with advanced imaging technology that is used to diagnose and treat a vast range of diseases for both in-patients and out-patients.

“Interventional Radiology is considered one of the most advanced medical technologies available, allowing physicians to diagnose and treat patients in ways that cause minimal disruption to their lives,” said Griffin Hospital President Patrick Charmel.

Charmel, expressing gratitude for the foundation’s grant, said the Derby-based hospital is “always looking for ways to help patients recover more quickly and experience less pain.”

Four decades of IR services

Griffin Hospital has offered IR services for almost 40 years. Interventional radiology allows specially trained radiologists to treat a wide variety of medical disorders, ranging from blocked arteries in the limbs and cancer in the liver, to compression fractures of the spine and obstruction in vital organs.

The hospital is looking to raise $500,000 to update its IR imaging suite and create new patient and staff areas to house the equipment.

Sharon Closius, president and CEO of the Valley Community Foundation, said by supporting Griffin Hospital “in securing the best medical resources available, this grant promises to benefit everyone in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.”

About the hospital and foundation

Griffin Hospital’s Department of Radiology offers low-dose mammography screening, ultrasound, PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scans, CT scans, traditional MRI, and open MRI for those who experience anxiety or claustrophobia during traditional MRI. Learn more at 203-732-7260 or

The Valley Community Foundation serves Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Oxford and Seymour by awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants each year. Its mission is to make the Valley a better place to live and work by connecting private philanthropy to the long-term public good of the Valley. Get details at