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Backus, Uncas Health partner to eliminate whooping cough

With cases of pertussis, also known as “whopping cough” rising at alarming rates, Backus Hospital is partnering with the Uncas Health District to protect infants by providing immunizations for parents, grandparents and caregivers.

Virus going around, but children are resilient

By: Tim Sullivan, MD Pediatrician with the Norwich Pediatric Group and the Backus Hospital Medical Staff The cold and flu season isn’t even here yet, but some of us are already dealing with our little ones suffering from high fevers, sneezing and coughing.

Weight loss program begins Aug. 23

The next Backus Weight Loss and Wellness Program will be Aug. 23–Dec. 20. The 18-week program includes meetings each Thursday (excluding Thanksgiving week) from 5-6 p.m. at the Backus Outpatient Care Center off Interstate 395 in Norwich. The comprehensive program includes education and support from registered dietitia

Backus conducting health survey

NORWICH – The William W. Backus Hospital will begin a phone survey July 23, part of its next Community Health Needs Assessment that includes focus groups and interviews with community leaders.

Backus and partners offer sports physicals and dental screenings

NORWICH – The William W. Backus Hospital is partnering with United Community & Family Services and the Uncas Health District to offer sports physicals and dental screenings in Greeneville.

The Season for Sneezin’

The early unseasonably warm weather has sent pollen counts soaring. Jan Akus, MD, a member of the Backus Medical Staff,...

Nurse finds herself in patient’s role

One day she was working as clinical director of A-3, the next day she was a patient herself. This sudden turn of events occurred on Oct. 16, 2011, when Terri Biss, RN, was diagnosed with leukemia.

Backus to host seminar: “Tips for Talking with your Doctor”

NORWICH – The William W. Backus Hospital will host its next Enjoy LIFE (Lifelong Investment in Fitness and Exercise) seminar, “Tips for Talking with your Doctor,” on Thursday, Jan. 19,

Backus health centers offer flu shots

NORWICH – The William W. Backus Hospital’s health centers in Colchester, Montville, Ledyard and Plainfield are offering flu shots to the public. Call ahead of time to ensure that there is adequate supply. The Colchester number is 537-4601, Ledyard is 464-3104, Plainfield is 564-2198 and Montville is 848-1298.

Multicultural Health Fair 2011

The Backus conference rooms were packed Thursday afternoon, Sept. 29, during the third annual Multicultural Health Fair . Among the 20 countries were represented at the health fair including Honduras, Cambodia, Puerto Rico, Poland, Cape Verde, Haiti and France. The fair offered visitors a chance to learn about health issues, birth customs and end-of-life issues of the various cultures represented.