Hewitt $600k grant bolsters Griffin Hospital’s radiology service

The Hewitt Foundation has awarded a $600,000 grant to Griffin Hospital augment the hospital’s Interventional Radiology (IR) suite.

The funds will be used to purchase advanced IR technology, enabling the hospital in Derby to enhance and expand its interventional radiology procedure.

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 Griffin President Patrick Charmel.

“It allows minimally invasive procedures to be performed guided by high-resolution radiologic images,” Charmel said. “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.”

Fourteen donations from Hewitt

Hewitt Foundation board member Harry P. DiAdamo said the foundation “is committed to supporting healthcare 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 during 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 naming its breast center the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness.

Leading-edge services

Charmel said the foundation’s support for facilities and medical equipment has enabled Griffin Hospital to offer leading-edge services in a 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,” Charmel said.