Summer’s End Newsletter- September 2021

Comprehensive Services in 2020

StayWell Services

11 Locations in Naugatuck & Waterbury

20,000 Patients

40 Different Towns of Residence

Don Thompson, CEO

A Message from our CEO

StayWell proudly provides healthcare to people of all ages regardless of their insurance status. The past year has illustrated how critical access to healthcare is needed by everyone. Our ongoing commitment to the region is to deliver the full scope of healthcare for the whole family and the whole person.

For the past 49 years, StayWell has grown to serve the community’s health needs, whatever they may be. In 2020 dental services were temporarily suspended, while widespread testing and vaccination were added. Whatever the service, quality outcomes for a healthier community are always at the center of what we do.

StayWell’s extraordinary staff members and clinicians risked their health, and came together immediately and implemented remote work platforms and tele-health programs. Award-winning services continued to be provided in addition to a COVID response.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and leadership team, we thank you,  the community for your support.


9th Annual Summer’s End Fete

It is with great disappointment that StayWell leadership and its Board of directors announces the cancellation of the 9th Annual Summer’s End Fete. StayWell continues to focus on staying strong during this newest Covid surge and keeping our community Covid free while many transition back to work and school. It is our hope that in 2022 the situation will be different and we can celebrate our well-deserving healthcare champions, Adam Rinko & Dr. Zife Krosi.

Social & Supportive in September- Online Raffle!

We still welcome and need your support and there are many ways to support StayWell. In lieu of the Fete, StayWell will be holding an online raffle to help raise funds. Click Here to choose the raffle items you would like to purchase tickets for. Drawings will take place on Friday, October 15th during a Facebook Live event at 1pm! A tax-deduction letter will be sent for tickets purchased online.

  • 4 Tickets to Hartford Wolfpack, Date: TBD 2021-2022 Season
  • 4 Tickets to Bridgeport Islanders, Date: TBD 2021-2022 Season
  • 4 Tickets to Hartford Yard Goats, Date: TBD 2022 Season
  • 4 Flex Tickets- Thomaston Opera House to see a show of your choice
  • Hawk Ridge Winery Gift Card– Tasting for 2
  • 4 Tickets to the Wadsworth Museum
  • $25 Chipotle Gift Card
  • $25 Chipotle Gift Card


Community Covid-19 Testing

With the recent announcement that free community testing will no longer be available, you may be wondering where and how you can get tested if you suspect you have Covid-19 or have been exposed to Covid-19. StayWell patients can call 203-756-8021 and either schedule a same day appointment to asses symptoms, or have a provider order a test to be done at a lab. Other testing options are to schedule a test at a local Pharmacy, either online or by driving-up. Pharmacies also carry over-the-counter Binax rapid tests for those who are symptomatic.

Back to School! School Based Health Centers

Yay! Kids are returning to school. Keeping kids healthy during the school year can be challenging. Finding time to get them to appointments can be even more challenging, especially if parents don’t have flexible work schedules. StayWell works to get students the medical, dental, and behavioral health care they need while missing little class time.

“Mia was a five year old kindergarten student at Driggs Elementary School who was very frightened to have her first dental cleaning, despite coaxing from staff. The first time Mia came to the Center, she could only sit and watch as a classmate had her teeth cleaned. The second attempt resulted in Mia only putting on the masks and gloves, seeing herself in a mirror, and taking a ride in the “banana chair”. However, the third time was the charm. Mia allowed the dental hygienists to clean her teeth. Parents and dentists alike probably couldn’t afford to make three dental appointments without being sure of a child’s cooperation. Mia and the staff were all happy that she was able to have her teeth cleaned without fear and trauma. Mia gained confidence about herself and her ability to have dental care in the future.“

Mental Health

Many have struggled during the last year in one way or another and StayWell is taking a moment to check in. Whether you or someone you know is struggling, we understand that life has been hard for a lot of people.

Signs you are not your best self

Excessive worrying & stress
Prolonged sadness or irritability
Feelings of extreme highs and lows
Excessive fears & anxiety
Social withdrawal
Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
Strong feelings of anger
Difficulty coping with daily problems and activities
Suicidal thoughts
Feelings of hopelessness
Numerous unexplained physical ailments
Problematic drug use
Confusing thoughts

Call 203-756-8021 Ext. 3529 or Ext. 3543 and speak to one of our open and welcoming staff members to make an appointment today.