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COVID-19 update: Sharon Hospital visitation changes effective 3/2/2021

Posted: 3/4/2021

Due to a decline of COVID-19 in the community, Sharon Hospital, part of Nuvance Health, will begin limited visitation for inpatients, effective Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Inpatients without suspected or confirmed COVID-19 disease are allowed one support person per day for up to four hours. Visitors must remain in the patient’s room for the entire visit and follow the hospital’s personal protective equipment guidelines. Daily visitation hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. “The impact of family and patient separation...

Jeffrey M. Nicastro, MD, FACS, FCCM named as Chief Medical Officer & Network Chair of Surgery for Nuvance Healt

Posted: 2/22/2021

Highly respected clinician leading system medical staff through the pandemic   Nuvance Health announces the appointment of Jeffrey M. Nicastro, MD, FACS, FCCM as Chief Medical Officer & Network Chair of Surgery for Nuvance Health effective immediately. Dr. Nicastro has served as our Interim Chief Medical Officer for the past six months while continuing to serve as the Network Chair of Surgery.  Dr. Nicastro joined the Nuvance Health team in January 2019 as the first Network Chair of Surger...

$450K gift supports Nuvance Health’s digital health strategy

Posted: 2/9/2021

For nearly two decades, Danbury couple has donated $1 million to support strategic initiatives Today, consumers use their high-tech mobile devices for nearly everything — from ordering groceries to streaming entertainment to transferring their bank funds. And one Nuvance Health donation will help ensure people can use their smartphones to improve their health. “The majority of traffic to retail websites now comes from smartphones, but the healthcare industry has lagged behind in this key trend,” said Jo...

Nuvance Health winter storm impacts for Tuesday, Feb. 2

Posted: 2/1/2021

With snowy conditions and difficult travel forecasted to continue into Tuesday, Nuvance Health announces the following impacts: Nuvance Health hospitals and emergency departments are open 24/7. Most N uvance Health medical practices plan to open at noon Tuesday. Virtual Visits may be available if patients cannot make it into their provider’s office. COVID-19 specimen collection sites will be open Tuesday with the exception of Brookfield, Conn., while vaccination sites may be impacted. More vaccine clini...

COVID-19 Vaccines Update from Nuvance Health

Posted: 1/21/2021

Nuvance Health knows there is excitement about COVID-19 vaccines, and those who want one are wondering when and how to schedule an appointment. Nuvance Health is prepared to offer vaccines to our patients based on federal and state distribution phases and supply of vaccines. At this time, residents of Connecticut who are in Phase 1a and 1b are eligible for a vaccine. We are not scheduling appointments or creating wait lists for those who are not eligible. We will let our patients know when we are able t...

Sharon Hospital Region Rises to Surpass $1 Million Match-Challenge

Posted: 1/13/2021

  Eight months after an anonymous benefactor called on the region to raise $1 million for Sharon Hospital’s COVID-19 and emergency preparedness efforts, more than $2,013,00 has been raised with the help of nearly 300 donors and the challenger’s matching $1 million gift. “We are immensely grateful to our visionary benefactor and the hundreds of generous supporters who brought this transformative opportunity — for the region and facility — to life,” Sharon Hospital President Dr. Mark K. Hirko said. “...

Sharon Hospital president to update community on December 14

Posted: 11/17/2020

Sharon Hospital, part of Nuvance Health, will host its online “Community Update” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, via online livestream video. Members of the surrounding community are invited to join the virtual webinar to hear from hospital President Dr. Mark Hirko. He will discuss the latest hospital developments and updates on the affiliation that created Nuvance Health. The independent monitor engaged by Nuvance Health will be present to report on its review of compliance with the affiliation...

COVID-19 update: Sharon Hospital entry points, testing, and visitation changes effective 10/16/2020

Posted: 10/17/2020

SHARON, Connecticut, October 16, 2020 — Today, Sharon Hospital learned about a cluster of COVID-19 cases within Connecticut’s northwest corner, including the towns of Canaan and Salisbury. At this time, there are no COVID-19 positive patients at Sharon Hospital. Out of an abundance of caution and to safeguard our patients and staff, effective October 16, 2020, Sharon Hospital has limited its open entrances, expanded COVID-19 testing hours, and limited visitation.   Sharon Hospital entry points &nbs...

Self-Referral Screening Mammogram Frequently Asked Questions

Posted: 10/6/2020

Spanish Portuguese   What is a screening mammogram? Mammography is a specialized type of medical imaging that uses low-dose x-ray to see inside the breasts. A mammography exam is called a mammogram. A screening mammogram is different from a diagnostic mammogram. A screening mammogram is for women who have no apparent signs of breast cancer. Women who are at average risk of developing breast cancer should start having annual screening mammograms at age 40. A physician may recommend a diagnostic mamm...

Nuvance Health launches self-referral screening mammogram program at new locations

Posted: 10/5/2020

Women who meet criteria can now schedule a screening mammogram without a physician order at Nuvance Health imaging centers in Carmel, Fishkill, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and Rhinebeck NY, and Sharon, Conn. Nuvance Health has launched a self-referral screening mammogram program at imaging centers in Connecticut and New York. Self-referring screening mammogram means that women who meet criteria can schedule a routine mammogram without a physician order. This improves access to these important screenings and...

Cardiologist Dr. Daniel O’Dea joins The Heart Center in Sharon

Posted: 7/1/2020

Cardiologist Dr. Daniel O’Dea is the latest addition to the medical staff at The Heart Center, a Nuvance Health affiliate, in Sharon. He will treat patients at its Sharon Hospital location, 50 Hospital Hill Road. “Cardiovascular services are critical to supporting general wellness, so enhancing current services will set a new standard for what it means to improve your heart health,” O’Dea said. O’Dea will provide expertise and education on varying conditions, including preventive cardiology, to help pat...

Sharon Hospital updates visitation policy

Posted: 6/24/2020

Sharon Hospital welcomes back more visitors Sharon Hospital, part of Nuvance Health, has updated its visitation policy to bring back more visitors. The hospital can expand visitation following safety guidelines because the campus and the region are observing a decrease in the rate of new COVID-19 infections. “Restrictions will be lifted in a phased approach over the next several weeks to ensure high levels of safety and security for staff, patients and the community,” said hospital president Dr. Mark Hi...

Sharon Hospital resumes suspended services, appointments required

Posted: 6/2/2020

Beginning Wednesday, June 3, hospital services previously suspended due to COVID-19 will resume on an appointment-only basis at Sharon Hospital. This includes radiology, laboratory, cardiology, rehabilitation and wound care services. “Our operational reboot takes a strict but very necessary approach to uphold a safe environment for patient care,” said Dr. Mark Hirko, hospital president. “We want everyone to feel confident when visiting us for routine care, tests or elective procedures. Do not put your h...

Nuvance Health hospitals in Connecticut resume elective surgeries and procedures

Posted: 5/21/2020

Post-pandemic care is set with safety of patients and staff as top priority Nuvance Health hospitals and ambulatory care centers in Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk and Sharon, CT are reopening for elective surgeries and endoscopy procedures starting today as the region observes a decrease in the rate of new COVID-19 infections and in accordance with Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order. Staff at Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital have been preparing for weeks to resu...

Donor challenges region to raise $1M for Sharon Hospital

Posted: 5/11/2020

An anonymous benefactor from the region has made an extraordinary offer to match up to $1 million in philanthropic support for coronavirus (COVID-19) care efforts and ongoing emergency preparedness at Sharon Hospital. “These remarkable acts of kindness remind us of the region’s strong support for healthcare teams on the frontlines of one of the greatest public health crises of our lifetimes,” said Dr. Mark Hirko, the hospital’s president. “Significant gifts like this strengthen our ability to advance pa...

Sharon Hospital earns 3rd straight ‘A’ safety grade from healthcare watchdog

Posted: 5/6/2020

Sharon Hospital earned an “A” from The Leapfrog Group for quality patient care and overall safety for the third time in a row. “Now more than ever, our team’s shared vision of redefining the safe and effective delivery of care is crucial to fostering a safe environment here and across the region,” Sharon Hospital President Dr. Mark Hirko said. “The pledge of our clinical and support services staff to keep you and patients safe and well-cared for is unwavering.” The Leapfrog Group is an independent natio...

Mobile Field Hospital at Sharon Hospital

Posted: 4/14/2020

On Friday, April 10, members of Governor Ned Lamont’s Foot Guard and Horse Guard, along with the Connecticut National Guard, deployed the final portion of the Department of Public Health’s Mobile Field Hospital in the exterior parking area of Sharon Hospital. Overseen by the Connecticut Military Department, the 25-bed site is a precautionary measure, part of Lamont’s statewide COVID-19 surge plan. The site in Sharon was strategically chosen to serve communities across the northwest corner, enhance bed c...

Nuvance Health offers virtual doctors’ appointments

Posted: 3/26/2020

To make medical providers readily available in our communities, Nuvance Health launched Virtual Visits for primary and specialty care, advancing access to healthcare for patients during a critical time of need. “We are leveraging the power of the digital age to expand our capabilities to connect patients with our physicians as one more thing we can do to offer them continuous safe care,” said Dr. Christopher Lehrach, president of Nuvance Health’s medical practices. Available today, patients of Western C...

Tips on talking to children about the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted: 3/16/2020

Answers to how to minimize anxiety in children during this difficult time. By Dr. Maria Lombardi, pediatrician, Nuvance Health With school closures, sports games cancellations and family vacations postponed due to the evolving spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), it is important to remember the toll this may be taking on children. They may be experiencing anxiety about catching the virus or perhaps, their grandparents getting sick, not knowing how to express their concerns and emotions. Parents, extended f...

Nuvance Health prepares for possible coronavirus cases

Posted: 3/5/2020

Nuvance Health steering committee establishes plan to keep patients, staff, and communities informed and safe about 2019 novel coronavirus. Nuvance Health is closely monitoring this new infectious disease surge and is prepared to provide the communities it serves with the safest, most current care and information. Nuvance Health is comprised of a family of seven nonprofit hospitals spanning New York’s Hudson Valley and western Connecticut. Staff throughout the health system have taken several steps, in ...

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