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CDC and FDA perform multistate meningitis outbreak investigation

NORWICH – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration, have recently announced a multistate investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection with a potentially contaminated product.

Cancer Survivors Day 2012

More than 600 cancer survivors, families and friends gathered Saturday at Backus Hospital to celebrate survivorship. As part of Cancer Survivors Day some speakers spoke about their own experiences with cancer and Bernie Siegel, MD, a nationally recognized inspirational speaker and author, spoke about the importance of surrounding yourself with love and support while going through treatments. View the photos in this gallery and to learn more about the Backus Center for Cancer Survivorship go to

Backus Joins In Heart Walk 2012 at Rocky Neck State Park

A team of hearty walkers from Backus joined groups from throughout the region for the annual Heart Walk at Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic Sunday morning. The event, which supports the American Heart Association, raises money to help in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Thanks to all of the Backus staff, Backus volunteers and their families and friends for taking part in this event.

Laura Beth Seder Memorial Golf Tournament

The Laura B. Seder Memorial Golf Tournament that took place Friday, October 5th at the Mohegan Sun Country Club at Pautipaug was a great success. The weather was perfect and the golfers and sponsors had a great time. Thanks to all who contributed through their sponsorships and participation. Funds raised from this meaningful outing will be directed to the Laura B. Seder Memorial Fund in support of the Backus Breast Health Initiative.

Backus Hosts Fourth Annual Multicultural Health Fair

The tastes of native dishes and sounds of ethnic music were evident Thursday as the Backus Hospital conference rooms were transformed into a meeting of countries at the fourth annual Multicultural Health Fair.

Step Out walk at Ocean Beach Park

Hundreds of people helped to join in the fight against diabetes during the American Diabetes Association's Step Out walk to stop diabetes Sunday, Sept. 23, at Ocean Beach Park in New London. Many local teams, including one from Backus, took part in the event which was blessed by beautiful weather and a brisk breeze coming in off the ocean. Thanks to all of those who participated and who volunteered their time to help raise money to help fight this disease that has touched 296,000 lives in Connecticut this year.

Backus to sponsor smoking cessation program

NORWICH – The William W. Backus Hospital will offer the American Lung Association’s “Freedom From Smoking” program focusing on group support and behavior modification beginning August 21.

Backus Hospital offers cancer support group

NORWICH – Backus Hospital is offering a monthly support group on the second Tuesday of each month for cancer patients, survivors and their families. July’s session will discuss communicating with your provider on Tuesday, July 10, from 5-6 p.m. in the hospital’s main lobby conference room #1 on 326 Washington Street.

Skies clear in time for Plainfield Relay for Life

In the morning there was a downpour. But when the Plainfield Relay for Life began Saturday at 11 a.m. the skies had cleared and cancer survivors, caregivers, families and friends flocked to Lions Field next to the Plainfield Town Hall for the 10th anniversary of The Relay For Life of Eastern Connecticut. Backus' Wendy Brennan headed up an enthusiastic team of helpers and participants at this year's event.

Backus offers tips to avoid heat-related illness

NORWICH – As we experience potentially record-breaking temperatures and humidity, Steven Powell, MD, a pulmonologist on The William W. Backus Hospital Medical Staff, said heat is one of the most dangerous weather conditions.