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Danbury Hospital Debuts Spirit of Women Wellness Weekend

Thursday, October 01, 2009 - Danbury, CT

Danbury Hospital hosts an energizing Spirit of Women Wellness Weekend at the Danbury Fair Center Court (lower level) on Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

New Twist on Health and Wellness

Danbury Hospital’s Spirit Wellness Weekend is a fun-filled Saturday on October 17th where health education, health screenings, and other fun activities will be woven throughout the five-hours to emphasize the importance of awareness of common health issues affecting women today. Along with these important educational segments, the afternoon will also include some empowering and essential health tips and screenings for women:

  • Fashion shows featuring breast cancer survivors modeling women’s active clothing and lounge wear at 2 and 4 PM.
  • Private bra fittings courtesy of Macy’s
  • Flower arranging demonstrations and garden highlights by Confetti
  • Several high-“zenergy” fun, free activities
  • Seasonal flu shots
  • A chance to talk face-to-face with leading women physicians about your health questions

Spirit Wellness Weekend is organized and hosted by Danbury Hospital, a member of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network, with support provided by some Danbury Mall stores, Star 99.9 FM, and other local business sponsors.

Take Charge of Your Health

“Our health is our best investment,” said Patricia Tietjen, MD, FCCP, FACP, Chair, Danbury Hospital Department of Medicine. “As women, we are always looking for the latest health information to ensure our family’s health and wellness, but we often end up neglecting our own health.” Visitors can sign up right then and there for their screening mammogram and for those that can’t afford a mammogram, there will be information for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening grants.

Latest Advancements in Breast Health

Statistics show that breast and gynecological cancers are among the leading malignancies that occur in women -- together affecting more than 280, 000 Americans in 2008 according to the American Cancer Society. Most women will have no risk factors other than being a women and increasing age. As women, we sometimes put ourselves at the bottom of the list but it’s important to get routine screenings done.

“For women at high risk because of family history or other factors it’s essential to have a conversation with your doctor to discuss this risk,” said Pat Hough RN, MSN, Manager, Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital. “Detected early, survival rates for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in a localized stage is over 98 percent. That’s a very important reason why annual mammography screening continues to be so vital,” Pat and other health professionals will be at the Danbury Fair to give you information on the latest advancements in mammography that will benefit you and your loved ones.

Health Screenings Feature Flu Prevention and Preparedness

Flu season has started and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports influenza is ranked seven on the list of leading causes of death in the United States. These topics and more are discussed at the Spirit Wellness Weekend on Saturday, October 17th. Seasonal flu shots will be made available both days by the Danbury Visiting Nurse Association.

Spirit of Women

Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives with innovative health and community programs. Spirit of Women Hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere. Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support.

If you’re not a Spirit member yet, don’t worry. You can fix that and join us for these events; just go to by October 5 and we’ll be sure you get all the VIP treatment.

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with New York Medical College, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital provides centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, digestive disorders and radiology. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Medical staff members are board certified in their specialties.

In the area of cardiac care, Danbury Hospital is ranked number one in Connecticut for cardiac surgery and in the top 5 percent nationally for overall cardiac care by HealthGrades®. This is the second consecutive year for the national award.

Danbury Hospital is nationally ranked in the Top 5% in the Nation for Women’s Health and a recipient of the 2009/2010 Women’s Health Excellence Award for providing services to women and is in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country for overall clinical performance by HealthGrades®, a leading independent health care rating organization. It is the only health care facility in Connecticut ranked among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance five years in a row. For more information, go to