Talk on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Planned at CHH

This September, join with those who have been impacted by pulmonary fibrosis worldwide to unite for Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is working with its community to make a difference by providing enhanced patient support and spreading disease awareness to ultimately help find a cure!

Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a rare disease, impacting approximately 180,000 men and women in the United States. It is a rare disease with no cure. Over 40,000 patients die each year from Pulmonary Fibrosis. PF is a progressive disease that scars the lungs and prevents Oxygen from entering the bloodstream. There is no cure for PF, except for a lung transplant. In 2015 the FDA approved two new drugs that help to slow the progression of the “scarring” of the lungs. These new drugs, while not a cure, help patients and their caregivers live a better life using supplemental oxygen.

CHH Sponsors a free Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group designed for people who are imagesUGV5KXI8 currently experiencing Pulmonary Fibrosis and their families.  The group is facilitated by John Morthanos, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation ambassador and lung transplant recipient and Susan Murphy, RCP, of the CHH Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department and meets quarterly.

The group’s next meeting will feature a presentation by Glenell Morris, PA-C with CHH Ear Nose and Throat on the topic of Symptoms and Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), a  chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid or content flows back into the esophagus.A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 3, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Hungerford Center Conference Room, 780 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT.

The support group offers accurate, up-to-date information about Pulmonary Fibrosis, including symptoms, management, forms of treatment, clinical trials and ongoing research.  The group talks openly about the challenges of living with PF in a comfortable and safe environment, exchange ideas, compare experiences, and learn from others. It is also a place where mutual emotional support and empowerment is offered, and where people can develop relationships and friendships with others who have experienced

The group is supported by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation whose mission is to serve as the trusted resource for the pulmonary fibrosis community by raising awareness, providing disease education, and funding research. For more information about Pulmonary Fibrosis, visit

Please R.S.V.P. by September 29, 2017. For more information, contact Susan Murphy at or call 860-496-9381.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.

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