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Infectious Diseases

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For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 203-709-5904.

Saint Mary’s Hospital has a highly skilled and experienced team of physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. They consult with our attending and community physicians, hospitalists, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Physician Assistants to provide the very best care for patients in the hospital, and those who are referred by a physician for outpatient consultation and care.

Our infectious disease specialists are experts in the diagnosis, treatment and management of all infectious diseases, including  chronic viral diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. They are also highly skilled in travel medicine, adult immunization and antibiotic utilization, as well as infection prevention. They provide guidance in the proper use of antibiotics and know which adult immunizations can keep you and your family healthy. They encourage everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot every year. Here is more information about their areas of expertise.

Chronic Hepatitis C

Did you know that Hepatitis C can often be treatable and that referral to an infectious disease specialist can make all the difference? With our deep knowledge of the latest options and treatments, the specialized staff at the Saint Mary’s Hospital Hepatitis C Clinic can help you make Hepatitis C treatable and even curable.  

What Should Patients Do?

The first step is to know your status. If you meet any of the following criteria ask your doctor to test for Hepatitis C:

  • All patients born between 1945-1965
  • Patients who have used IV drugs even once in their life
  • Patients with tattoos
  • Individuals who have shared straws with others for nasal drug use
  • Those who received blood or blood products before 1992

Saint Mary’s Hospital Hepatitis C Clinic

Once you have a diagnosis and referral, come to the clinic. Our office hours and contact information are: 

Monday: 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Friday:    9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Phone: 203-709-6402

Fax:     203-709-3049

One Patient's Success Story

HepCSaint Mary’s Hospital’s Hepatitis C Clinic made a major difference to Juan Rivera, who recently became the first patient to be cured of Hepatitis C by the infectious disease specialists at Saint Mary’s. It wasn’t easy. Juan had to come to the hospital every week for 48 weeks to receive three new medications that, when taken in combination, had a good chance of curing his disease. To Juan, it was an investment in his health and his future.

"I’ve got six grandkids and I’ve been married 35 years,” said Juan, whose brother died from complications of Hepatitis C. Juan himself became so sick that he lost his job two years ago. He knew his treatment would take a long time but he was committed to coming to the Hepatitis C Clinic each week. His treatment team, Dr. Arjet Gega, Loli Darling, APRN, and Patricia Wallace, who scheduled his appointments, "became family."

He is now healthy and well. At his last appointment, he said he was starting a new job at a warehouse in Waterbury.  “I love living,” Juan said. “I fought for it.”

Infection Prevention

At Saint Mary’s Hospital, our very first commitment, above all else, is to patient safety. You can be sure that everyone here shares a relentless focus on making sure that you, and all our patients, are safe. Our patients should feel a sense of comfort and security when under our care. Our infectious disease specialists work closely with the hospital’s Quality Management team, our physicians and caregivers to maintain the highest standards of infection prevention and adult immunization.

Travel Medicine Program

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For an appointment, please call 203-709-5904.

Before you head off on your next trip, make the Travel Medicine Program at Saint Mary’s Hospital your first stop. Our team of infectious disease specialists has everything you need to make your next getaway a safe and healthy one. We offer advice and preventive care before you leave, mid-trip consultations and follow-up care for after you return home, if needed. We are available to consult with your primary care physician or other specialists by phone.

The Travel Medicine Program offers a full range of prescriptions, vaccinations and travel advice, whether you are heading to the mountains or the beach, or traveling abroad for business. Our program is one of only a few federally licensed providers of yellow fever vaccine, and we follow all current vaccination recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. See our free online health library for the latest CDC Vaccine Information Statements and suggestions for a First Aid Kit for Travelers.

HIV

Saint Mary’s Infectious Disease specialists provide education, prevention and treatment of HIV patients at 185 Grandview Avenue in Waterbury. This center is supported by federal and state funds and staffed in conjunction with physicians from Waterbury Hospital. The center provides a full range of patient resources, including access to social services and health care and assistance with housing, transportation, medication and support services.

Adult Vaccines

Vaccines are not just for kids. In fact, adult vaccines can help keep you and your family healthy. Saint Mary’s adult vaccine clinic offers the following vaccines:

  • Meningococcal vaccines
  • Zoster (also known as the Shingles vaccine)
  • TDap
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Vaccines for travel: Twinex, Japanese B encephalitis, polio, rabies, typhoid and yellow fever.