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When it comes to patient care, Michael Bennick, MD and his colleagues at Connecticut Gastroenterology Consultants, PC, sum it up succinctly -- "We provide high-quality, compassionate care, with a focus on the community."

As a large, diverse practice with offices in New Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Milford, North Haven and Branford, they provide state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatments for the full range of gastroenterology diseases. Their dedication to being on the cutting-edge of medicine also means the availability of clinical trials of new drugs and procedures for their patients.

Physicians in the Community

As physicians in the community, they have a commitment that goes far beyond excellence in patient care. "We believe that the health of the patient is dependent on the health of the community," says Dr. Bennick. "Everyone on our team looks for ways to give back, with a particular dedication to health-related issues."

The Importance of Screening

One of those ways is through a program in which members of their team provide one free screening colonoscopy each month to underinsured and uninsured people in the New Haven area who have never had one. Connecticut Gastroenterology Consultants offers this service in partnership with Yale-New Haven Shoreline Medical Center's endoscopy suite and Yale Pathology. Because of their efforts, more than 120 area residents per year will have access to this important screening tool.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in America, in men and women combined. The good news is that colorectal cancer is curable 90 percent of the time when detected early. "The evidence that screening colonoscopy saves lives is irrefutable," says Dr. Bennick. "We view this program as a part of our clinical mission. It is our privilege to be able to provide this service to our community."

Giving Back

Another way that the staff of Connecticut Gastroenterology Consultants gives back to the community is by helping to build Habitat for Humanity houses in New Haven. Dr. Bennick and Suzanne Lagarde, MD, spearheaded the partnership between the Yale-New Haven Hospital Medical staff and the Hospital in building their first Habitat home in 2008. It was such a success that they are building two more houses. Says Dr. Lagarde, "It's just one more way for us to give back to our community."