Wellness Matter Summer 2009
Wellness Matters SUMMER 2009 Top 5% nationwide Take a Sneak Peek Inside our New Pavilion Exercise and Pregnancy Staying Active – Don’t Let Pounds Weigh You Down C L I N I C A L E X C E L L E N C E I N O U R C O M M U N I T Y President’sMessage Wellness Matters Volume 13, No. 2 SUMMER 2009 Dear Friends, As we welcome summer, at Howard County General Hospital we are happy for several reasons beyond the good weather. The Committee on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons awarded HCGH’s Cancer Services with their 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award. In addition to our recent accreditation as a “Community Hospital Comprehensive Care Program,” this recognition places our program among the top 19 percent of community hospital cancer programs in the nation. This kind of success must be credited to the dedication, hard work, and expertise of our staff. It is the commitment of all of our physicians, volunteers, nurses, and support staff that make it possible for HCGH to continue to provide high-quality health care to our community. The New Patient Pavilion As proud members of our community, we would also like to congratulate HCGH Board of Trustee member and past board chair, Beverly White-Seals who recently was inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame. This much-deserved honor recognizes her advocacy for increased access to health care for everyone in the community. Take a sneak peek in this floor-by-floor tour Having access to health care for all is an issue about which HCGH is passionate. To help ensure that community residents continue to receive the care and education they need to live a healthy life, HCGH recently sponsored a special open house in conjunction with “Cover the Uninsured” week. Those who attended learned about health coverage options for the uninsured from HCGH financial counselors and social workers as well as representatives from Howard County Health Department’s Healthy Howard Program and the Howard County Department of Social Services. CONTENTS: Our commitment to health care continues as we work toward the completion of our campus development and renovation project. While this has been a winter of long waits in our Emergency Department, we look forward to the opening of our patient pavilion in August 2009. Along with the aesthetic improvements this construction project affords, our campus development will enhance our services, reduce Emergency Department wait times, and improve the overall experience our patients and their families have at HCGH. Updating our look online, HCGH received first place in the Web site category at the 2009 Alfred Knight Awards. I encourage you to visit our enhanced site at www.hcgh.org to learn more about our free community health fair on July 11 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. as well as other upcoming events. Sincerely, 4 3 Health Matters 6 Wellness Classes 10 Hospital News 12 Obesity and Exercise 14 Giving Matters 16 Mark Your Calendars What you need to know about prenatal workouts Shed pounds while protecting your joints Victor A. Broccolino, President and CEO Howard County General Hospital Wellness Matters is published quarterly by Howard County General Hospital, a private, not-for-profit, health care provider, and a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Your physician should be consulted in regard to matters concerning the medical condition, treatment and needs of your family. Public Relations Mary Patton, director Writing/Editing/Design Bonnie Heneson Communications Custom Photography Carl Caruso Jill Myers Board of Trustees W. Brian McGowan, chair Harry L. Lundy, vice chair* Ann B. Mech, J.D., R.N., secretary Marc B. Applestein, M.D.* Vivian C. Bailey** Evelyn T. Bolduc Victor A. Broccolino* Marvin P. Davis, M.D. Adinarayana Divakaruni, M.D. George L. Doetsch, Jr. Miriam F. Dubin Jonathan S. Fish, M.D. H. Elizabeth Horowitz Robert T. Manfuso Ronald R. Peterson* Peter J. Rogers, Jr. Alton J. Scavo Henry M. Seidel, M.D. G. Daniel Shealer, Jr., Esq. Sue Song, APRN-PMH, Ph.D. Beverly J. White-Seals, Esq. W. Gill Wylie *Ex-Officio Trustee **Trustee Emeritus Howard County General Hospital, Inc. Victor A. Broccolino, president/CEO Howard Hospital Foundation Evelyn T. Bolduc, chair Howard County General Hospital Professional Staff Marc B. Applestein, M.D., president Volunteer Auxiliary Alicia Slahetka, president Please direct questions, suggestions and comments regarding Wellness Matters to the Public Relations Department at 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044-2912 Telephone Number: 410 -740 -7810, Hospital Information: 410 -740 -7890, TDD: 410 -740 -7990, Web site: www.hcgh.org. HealthMatters Working Out for Two What You Should Know about Prenatal Exercise ‘‘ Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for women of all ages, especially those who are considering having a baby or are pregnant, ” Dr. Daniela Meshkat, an OB/GYN on staff at Howard County General Hospital says. “Along with eating right, engaging in physical fitness can help keep your heart, bones and mind healthy during your pregnancy.” According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, healthy pregnant women should get at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week, spreading the workouts out over the course of the week. Getting Started “For most healthy women who do not have any pregnancy-related problems, exercise is safe and advisable,” explains Dr. Meshkat. “Exercise can ease and prevent aches and pains, lower your risk of preeclampsia or gestational diabetes, improve sleep, increase self-esteem, lower your risk of depression and anxiety, and help you recover more quickly following labor.” While the pros of prenatal exercise are clear, Dr. Meshkat advises women who are early in their pregnancy or who are thinking about getting pregnant to talk to their physician or midwife before beginning or continuing their exercise regime, especially women who have a high-risk pregnancy. Your doctor will be able to suggest a fitness plan that is safe for you, which may consist of low-impact activities such as walking, swimming and dancing. Maybe Baby? Health Issues to Consider Before Pregnancy June 11/ 7– 8:30 p.m. Free. Learn about important choices to consider when starting your family. Topics include lifestyle, parent wellness, and health care matters. Presented by OB/GYN Daniela Meshkat, M.D. To register, call 410-740-7601. “If you are already doing more intense sports, you may continue with your doctor’s approval,” says Dr. Meshkat. “However, physicians typically recommend that pregnant women refrain from lifting heavy weights, performing certain yoga poses and becoming overheated. The most important thing to remember is to stay hydrated while exercising and to listen to your body. If you become fatigued, short of breath or dizzy, you should scale back your activity.” Dr. Daniela Meshkat is a board certified physician practicing with Capital Women’s Care Howard County in Clarksville. Her areas of interest are general OB/GYN, physical fitness and adolescent gynecology. For a referral to an OB/GYN on staff at Howard County General Hospital, visit www.hcgh.org or call 410-740-7750. SUMMER 2009 Wellness Matters [3 As part of Howard County General Hospital’s continuing effort to meet the health care needs of the community, increase patient safety and promote improved quality of care, the hospital has undergone significant new construction. : k E e P k Snea The highlight of this endeavor is the new 233,656 square-foot, five-story patient pavilion. Renovation of 122,970 square feet of existing hospital space is affecting nearly every level of the existing hospital building. Here is a floor-by-floor tour of the benefits this facility will offer HCGH patients and visitors. ............. The entire third floor will be dedicated to providing a continuum of care for the sickest patients, with the current Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a new Progressive Care Unit and a new Cardiac/Telemetry Unit. Intensivists, physicians who specialize in caring for critically ill hospitalized patients, will be able to conveniently and efficiently follow the care of these patients as they move to the appropriate level of care during their recovery. ........ THE THIRD FLOOR ........... ...................... The top three floors of the pavilion each ......... feature 30 all-private rooms. In addition to 90 new private rooms, all existing medical/surgical semi-private rooms will be converted to private through renovation, adding a total of 42 new inpatient beds. THE FIRST FLOOR ...... ................ New Outpatient Center A new, state-of-the-art Outpatient Center will centralize Outpatient Services, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology as well as Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, the Diabetes Management Program and Phlebotomy. In addition to the Outpatient Center, the first floor will also house the Center for Wound Care, Anticoagulation Clinic, expanded Laboratory, Pharmacy and MRI. Welcoming Amenities Renovations of the main lobby will include the Information Desk, Admitting Department, Café and expanded Gift Shop. 4 ] Wellness Matters ......... ............... THE SECOND FLOOR GROUND LEVEL State-of-the-Art Operating Rooms The construction project includes the renovation and upgrade of two existing operating rooms. Each of the new 600 square-foot operating rooms can accommodate the equipment and staffing necessary for complex orthopedic, vascular and general surgery cases. ‘‘ Currently many outpatient services are distributed in various locations throughout the hospital campus. With the new pavilion, many of these services will now be centralized, allowing ease of access to patients, coordination of care and ultimately improved outcomes to the Howard County community. ...... – Dr. Marc Applestein President of the Professional Staff SUMMER 2009 ” A Floor-by-Floor Tour of HCGH’s Campus Development Plan and New Patient Pavilion ‘‘ .......... Private rooms reduce noise and allow for improved communication and privacy for patients, family members and staff. The design of the room will also make it easier for patients’ family members to stay and advocate for them. ......... – Dr. Michael Silverman ” Chair of the Department of Medicine prove that private rooms promote ‘‘Studieshealing ................. and patient safety by decreasing .................... hospital-acquired infections, patient falls, and medication errors, thereby resulting in improved medical outcomes. You cannot overestimate the importance of private rooms and the impact on patient care. – Dr. Michael Macon ” Chair of the Department of Surgery New patient room SUMMER 2009 Wellness Matters [5 special .............Events: Advance Directives Seminar Bring a Sack, Get Answers Back May 14/ 6 – 7 p.m. Free. Learn about Advance Directives and how to appoint or be appointed a health care agent. At the completion of the seminar, you will leave with an Advance Directives document. Beneficial to all ages. Presented by Leslie Rogers, MSW, LCSW-C, OSW-C. June 9/ 2 – 4 p.m. Free. Bring your medications and learn from a pharmacist about the prescription drugs you are taking. Fitness and Sports Medicine Clinic May 16/ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Lord & Taylor Court in The Mall in Columbia. Talk with our physician experts, participate in our screenings including feet, ankles/knees, spine and shoulders, pain, and osteoporosis. Visit our many booths and learn fitness tips and ways to incorporate more movement into your life. Managing Joint Pain June 9/ 7– 8:30 p.m. Free. Moving from place to place may seem easy, but when you have pain in your joints you notice every motion. Learn about the newest treatment options that are aimed at increasing your comfort and mobility. Presented by Mark Bullock, M.D. Choosing a Pediatrician for Your Newborn June 18/ 7– 8:30 p.m. Free. Preparing for your new baby should include finding a pediatrician before you deliver. Learn what to consider and ways to promote health for your newborn. Presented by Michael Lasser, M.D. Focus on Men’s Health June 25/ 8:30 a.m.– 3 p.m. $50. Blood chemistry test including blood cell count, cholesterol (HDL, LDL, and triglyceride), thyroid test, and a measure of 15 blood chemicals will be provided. This test also is appropriate for women. Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Kids Clinic August 15/ 11– 3 p.m. Free. Lord & Taylor Court in The Mall in Columbia. Walk-in. Registration not required. Bring your family and participate in our screenings including pediatric vision, asthma, height, weight, and blood pressure. Stop by our booths and ask the pediatrician and obstetrician questions. Learn physical activities for the whole family, healthy nutrition, and other health and safety tips for children and the whole family. Focus on Women’s Health September 24/ 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Includes Women’s Health Check and Free Activities (see details below). Women’s Health Check This test measures 18 body chemicals, cholesterol (HDL, LDL, and triglycerides), blood cell count, and thyroid-stimulating hormone levels to check thyroid function. By appointment only. $50. FREE Activities Body fat analysis, breast self-exam techniques, blood pressure testing, and height and weight measurements are available on a walk-in, first-come, first-serve basis. Maternal Child Classes ............................................................. Class information and registration forms are available by calling 410-740-7601 or online at www.hcgh.org. H E A LT H Y FA M I L I E S Maybe Baby? Health Issues to Consider Before Pregnancy Learn about important choices to consider when starting your family. Topics include lifestyle, parent wellness, and health care matters. Presented by OB/GYN Daniela Meshkat, M.D. June 11, 7–8:30 p.m. Free. Maybe Baby? Financial Planning Issues for Prospective Parents Learn about the financial aspects of being a parent. The cost of raising a child, employer benefits, taxes, saving for college, and how to make confident financial decisions will be discussed. June 2 or September 9, 7–9 p.m. Free. Birthing Center Tour A preview of maternal-child services available for expectant couples. Call at least eight weeks prior to due date to schedule a tour. Free. Prepared Childbirth Program Five-part program to prepare for the birth of your baby. Go to www.hcgh.org for more information. Refresher Childbirth Program For couples who have attended a previous childbirth program. Breathing and relaxation exercises are practiced. Go to www.hcgh.org for more information. Prenatal Class for Early Pregnancy For parents-to-be in the first three months of pregnancy. Learn about the early stages of pregnancy and understand the physical changes, your baby’s growth, and easy ways to support your pregnancy. September 9, 7–9 p.m. Free. Childbirth Essentials Breastfeeding This one-day course is a condensed version of our Prepared Childbirth Program. Go to www.hcgh.org for more information. Learn advantages, preparation techniques, and ways to prevent and manage feeding problems. A nurse lactation consultant will teach practical tips for successfully combining career and breastfeeding. Go to www.hcgh.org for more information. Infant Care Lecture, group discussion, and handson practice are used to enhance learning about the care of an infant. Go to www.hcgh.org for more information. Childbirth Weekend Expectant couples will learn about childbirth preparation in this weekend class. Go to www.hcgh.org for more information. Positive Parenting In this two-week program, learn skills needed to raise a healthy, productive child including communication, disciplining your child, managing your child’s behavior, self-esteem and more. For parents of newborns through four years old. September 17 and September 24, 6–8:30 p.m. $25 per person/$40 per couple. Infant Massage A certified infant massage instructor will teach techniques to parents and caregivers. Babies age 1 to 12 months are welcome. September 19, 10–11 a.m. $20. Happiest Baby on the Block Endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this class will teach parents-to-be and parents of babies up to 3 months old successful techniques that can quickly soothe your crying newborn baby. June 3 or July 15, 7–9 p.m. $50 per couple (includes parent kits). Information & Registration: 410-740-7601• Online Registration: www.hcgh.org • TDD: 410-740-7990 • Long Distance: 800-850-3137• Pre-registration required for all programs 6 ] Wellness Matters SUMMER 2009 WELLNESS CLASSES WellnessClasses I M P R O V I N G Y O U R H E A LT H Living Well...Take Charge of Your Health Weight Loss through Bariatric Surgery Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation Program This chronic disease management program teaches coping techniques, exercises for strength and flexibility, and communication skills. For people living with chronic conditions as well as caregivers. Fridays, July 10 through August 14, 9:30 a.m.–noon. To register, call Maryland Access Point, 410-313-5980. $25. Learn about weight loss surgery for the morbidly obese patient presented by the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery. To register, call 410-550-0409 or register online at www.hopkinsbayview.org/bariatrics. July 8 or September 9, 5–6:30 p.m. Free. A four- to 12-week program to assist cardiac patients in the early recovery phase following a heart attack, angioplasty, or cardiac surgery. Provides exercise, education, and emotional support. Call 410-740-7970 for information and an appointment. Blood Pressure Screening & Monitoring HCGH Wellness Center: Wednesdays, 3–6 p.m. Ellicott City Senior Center: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center: first Wednesday and third Friday of each month, 9:15–10:45 a.m. The Mall in Columbia: second Tuesday of each month, 8–10 a.m. Western Howard County Senior Center: second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 9–11 a.m. Glenwood Library: first and third Monday of the month, 3:30–5:30 p.m. The Bain Center: first and third Thursday of each month, 10 a.m.–noon. Savage Library: second Monday of each month, noon–3 p.m. Free. Nutrition and Cancer Individualized, three-session counseling with a registered dietitian. For those who wish to lower their risks of certain cancers and those who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Call for dates and times. $90. Individualized Weight-Loss and Dietary Counseling Nutritional counseling with a registered dietitian to discuss your dietary concerns and goals including weight loss, healthier bones, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, or for those wanting to maintain a vegetarian diet. For adults and children. Day and evening appointments available. $35 for a half-hour visit. Call for an appointment. Complementary Therapy and Fitness Programs Exercise with knowledgeable exercise physiologists who can provide personal training. Take advantage of one-on-one sessions with our golf physical therapists. Eliminate injuries with our “wHole-In-One” Golf Body Enhancement Program. Enjoy benefits of massage therapy and acupuncture. Contact Central Maryland Rehabilitation Center at 410-312-9000. External Enhanced Counterpulsation Therapy A non-invasive alternative treatment for patients with stage III or IV angina. For information, call 410-740-7970. HCGH Cardiac Rehabilitation Maintenance Program An exercise maintenance program for cardiac rehab program graduates to continue exercising in a medically supervised setting. Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. $60 per month. For information, call 410-740-7970. Pulmonary Rehabilitation A program lasting up to 10 weeks that is designed to decrease the debilitating symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease through exercise therapy, education, and emotional support. HCGH Rehabilitation Services Dept. Call 410-740-7970 for information and an appointment. Pre-Diabetes: What Is It and What Can You Do About It? Understand what pre-diabetes is and how to make changes to prevent or delay actual diabetes. June 17, 7–9 p.m. Ambulatory Care Center. $15. Individualized Diabetes Management Learn from a certified diabetes nurse educator how to manage your diabetes. For information or an appointment, call 410-740-7695. Dietary Counseling for People with Diabetes Presented by a registered dietitian, this individualized counseling program focuses on the dietary requirements of diabetes. Call 410-740-7695 for information. Living with Diabetes Johns Hopkins education at HCGH and recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Learn how you can be an expert at managing your own diabetes from presentations by an endocrinologist, podiatrist, psychologist, diabetes nurse educator, and dietitian. May 15 & 16, June 12 & 13, or July 17 & 18, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Ambulatory Care Center. For information, call 410-740-7695. The Mall Milers Walking for health program at The Mall in Columbia. Cosponsored by HCGH, area agencies, and local businesses. Blood pressure screenings available the second Tuesday of each month. Call 410-730-3300 for details. Free. IMPROVING WITH AGE Be Seated Fitness Fun for Seniors AARP Driver Safety AgeWell Seated fitness program geared to adults age 50 and older. Increase range of motion and build muscle strength. Cosponsored with Howard County Dept. of Parks and Rec. $24. Exercise to music at your own pace for flexibility and fun. For age 60 and older. Cosponsored with Howard County Dept. of Parks and Rec. Call 410-313-7275 to register. $36. Classroom refresher for drivers age 50 and older. $10. Ongoing exercise program for people 60 and older. Cosponsored with the Howard County Office on Aging. Call 410-313-7213. Information & Registration: 410-740-7601• Online Registration: www.hcgh.org • TDD: 410-740-7990 • Long Distance: 800-850-3137• Pre-registration required for all programs SUMMER 2009 Wellness Matters [7 H E A LT H Y L I F E S T Y L E S Well-Being Through Massage A licensed massage therapist will show you how to use massage to promote a healthier life and a sense of well-being. Techniques for upper body: May 8, June 12, or September 11, 7–9 p.m. Techniques for lower body: May 22, June 19, or September 25, 7–9 p.m. $50 per couple for one class or $90 per couple for both classes. First Aid: Adult Basic Through lecture and hands-on training, learn to effectively assess and treat a wide range of ailments in emergencies. Treatments covered are for adult victims and children over 8 years old. Earn a three-year National Safety Council Certification. June 20, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. $60 (includes book). Adult/Child/Infant CPR Earn a two-year Heartsaver certification card upon completion of this class. This is not a health care provider course. May 21, June 10, June 24, July 9, July 23, or August 11, 5:30–9 p.m. $48. FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS CPR for Teens Essentials in Babysitting This American Heart Association course prepares teens, ages 11 to 17, to perform CPR on an adult, child, and infant. Other topics include choking, how to call 911 and answer dispatcher questions, and brief overview of an AED. June 27, 1:30–4:30 p.m. $30. Learn how to effectively manage children, create a safe environment, and apply emergency techniques. May 30, June 27, or August 8, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $46 (includes lunch and certificate of attendance). Self-Defense for Young Women Kids Self-Defense Age-appropriate self-defense for young women ages 12 –15. Learn physical and psychological strategies. Also discusses concepts of selfimage, self-esteem, and assertive behavior. July 18, 9–11 a.m. $30. Children ages 8 to 12 will learn basic principles of safety awareness and age-appropriate self-defense techniques. Program includes discussion, role-playing, and practice. September 18, 6–8 p.m. D E V E L O P I N G C H I L D AWA R E N E S S Pediatric Preoperative Tour For children scheduled for outpatient surgery and their families. Tours offered Monday–Friday, 4–6:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m.–noon. Call 410-884-4500 for information. Free. Pediatric Unit Tour For children ages 3 to 12 and their parents. Visit the Children’s Care Center and meet the staff. Space is limited; early registration is advised. Call 410-884-4848 for dates and times. Free. Sibling Preparation Tour Help siblings-to-be prepare for baby’s arrival. Children ages 4 to 12 can tour the hospital. Free. F R E E H E A LT H S C R E E N I N G S Skin Cancer Screening Oral Cancer Screening May 12 & 14, 5–7 p.m. Central Maryland Rehabilitation Center. June 11, 9–11 a.m. Program Registration Register online for HCGH’s Wellness Classes Unless otherwise noted, classes will be held at HCGH Wellness Center. Advance registration is required for all classes and programs. Make checks payable to HCGH. A $25 processing fee will be charged for refunds and returned checks. Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment. 410-740-7601 – information & registration Registration is required. Call 410-740-7601 or register online at www.hcgh.org. 410-740-7990 – (TDD) Effective July 29 800-850-3137 – long distance only, please HCGH Wellness Center is Moving! www.hcgh.org – online registration & to find a physician Medical Pavilion at Howard County 410-740-7750 – physician referral 10710 Charter Drive, Suites G010 and 100, Columbia, MD 21044 Information & Registration: 410-740-7601• Online Registration: www.hcgh.org • TDD: 410-740-7990 • Long Distance: 800-850-3137• Pre-registration required for all programs 8 ] Wellness Matters SUMMER 2009 WELLNESS CLASSES WellnessClasses CANCER SUPPORT PROGRAMS Yoga and Acupuncture Transition to Wellness Instruction, fellowship, and good times assured for the beginner or the advanced needler. Knit or crochet your own projects or create chemo caps, lap blankets, or preemie hats to donate. First and third Wednesdays of each month, 10:30 a.m.– noon. Free. Free yoga classes and acupuncture treatment designed for cancer patients to revive; relax; and rebuild body, mind, and spirit are available and offered in partnership with the Tai Sophia Institute. Call 410-740-5858 for class times and to register. Women at or near the conclusion of breast cancer treatment receive coping tools and information as you enter the wellness phase of your journey as a breast cancer survivor. July 29. Ambulatory Care Center. Call 410-884-4574. Hand-stitching and Quilting Group Survivors Offering Support (SOS) Learn new methods of hand-piecing, including Dresden plate and yo-yo in upcoming months. Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Free. Volunteer mentors, trained by the hospital, offer encouragement to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. For details or to be a mentor, call 410-884-4574. Knitting and Crocheting Group ONGOING SUPPORT GROUPS Adult Type 1 Diabetes Support Group Photo Organizing Class In this two-part series, learn how to use your pictures to create meaningful, archival-safe albums. Materials are available for purchase or bring your own. Call 410-740-5858 for details and dates. I Can Cope Third Monday of the month, 7 p.m. 301-490-0029 or 410-788-8720. Third Wednesday of each month, 7–9 p.m. Central MD Oncology Center. 410-884-4650. Alcoholics Anonymous Caregiver’s Support Group Sundays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 410-663-1922. For families and friends of alcoholics. Sundays, 7 p.m. 410-832-7094. Provides a chance for caregivers to connect with each other, share coping strategies, and build a network of people going through a similar experience. To register for the group, call 410-740-5858. An educational series for people facing cancer sponsored by the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center and the ACS. Registration required. 410-740-5858. Alateen Chronic Pain Support Group For teenagers with an alcoholic friend or family member. Sundays, 7 p.m. 1-888-4AL-ANON. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Groups Caregivers: first Friday of each month, 11 a.m. Spouse caregivers: second Tuesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. 410-313-9744. Aneurysm Support Group First Monday of the month, 7 p.m. 410-442-4045. Bereavement Support Group For families and friends who have lost loved ones at HCGH. Thursdays, 7– 8:30 p.m. To register, call Pastoral Care office at 410-740-7898. Better Breathing Club In conjunction with the American Lung Association. Meets monthly. 410-740-7803. Third Monday of each month, 1–2:30 p.m. 301-873-3959. Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Support Group Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7–8:30 p.m. 1-800-618-5583. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Howard County Second and fourth Fridays of the month, 7–9 p.m. 301-575-6766. Hospice Services of Howard County Support for the terminally ill, their families, and the bereaved. 410-730-5072. Howard County Diabetes Education and Support Group First Tuesday of each month, 7:30–9 p.m. The Bain Center. 410-740-7695. Spouses or partners of breast cancer patients gain insight into care giving and types of support patients and families require after a breast cancer diagnosis. June 22 and August 17. For information and location, call 410-884-4574. CANCER SUPPORT PROGRAMS are held at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center unless otherwise noted. Call 410-740-5858 or visit www.hcgh.org for details. Registration required. Cosponsored by HCGH Breast Cancer Support Group Al-Anon Partner Support Workshop Look Good Feel Better Licensed cosmetologists teach women undergoing cancer treatment how to manage appearance-related side effects of treatment. 1-888-535-4555. Lupus Mid-Atlantic First Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. 800-777-0934. Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group Third Thursday of each month, 7–9:30 p.m. 410-379-2896. Maryland Sickle Cell Disease Association Fourth Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. 410-465-4822. Narcotics Anonymous Rising Hope Support Group For parents who have lost a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death. First Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m. 410-740-7845. Stroke Support Group Select Wednesdays of the month, 6:30–8 p.m. Ambulatory Care Center. Call 410-740-7601. 410-964-2180. WomenHeart, the National Coalition of Women with Heart Disease Overeaters Anonymous 443-854-8333. 1-800-317-3222. Nicotine Anonymous Fridays, 10:30–11:30 a.m. 410-963-2102. Support group information is subject to change. Before attending a meeting, verify information and location by calling the contact number listed. Information & Registration: 410-740-7601• Online Registration: www.hcgh.org • TDD: 410-740-7990 • Long Distance: 800-850-3137• Pre-registration required for all programs SUMMER 2009 Wellness Matters [9 HCGH Cancer Services Ranked in Top 19 Percent Nationwide The Committee on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons awarded HCGH’s Cancer Services with the 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award. In addition to our recent accreditation as a “Community Hospital Comprehensive Care Program,” this recognition places our program among the top 19 percent in the nation. Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Pictured left to right: Dr. Jon Minford; Victor A. Broccolino, president and CEO of HCGH; Sheryl Roberts, cancer Achievement Award (OAA) recognizes cancer registrar; Dr. Nicholas Koutrelakos; and Paul Gleichauf, senior vice president of planning and marketing for HCGH. programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. A facility receives the OAA following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates compliance with seven standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program. Construction Update The new entry plaza opened in mid-December. The mock-up of a new patient room is complete and will be used to test furniture and equipment. Renovation of the existing hospital is also underway and will continue over the next two years. Phase 1 was undertaken in order to facilitate construction of the new connection between the existing hospital and The Center for Ambulatory Surgery. Other first floor hospital departments have been relocated in order to vacate space that will be incorporated into the expanded Laboratory and other support departments. The lobby continues to undergo transformation. Phase 2 Three additional ORs will be added in later phases of the project. There will be a large inpatient/outpatient surgical waiting room as well as a complete renovation of the Cafeteria. Anticipated completion of the campus is expected by early 2011. Ask THE Doctor Have a question you would like a doctor to discuss in Wellness Matters? Submit your question to [email protected], or mail it to Ask the Doctor, Public Relations Department, Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044. If your question is selected, an HCGH physician on staff specializing in a relevant field will provide a comprehensive answer in a future issue of Wellness Matters. Questions and answers also will be displayed on www.hcgh.org. Remember that the information provided in Wellness Matters is intended to educate our readers and is not a substitute for consulting with a physician. ? 10 ] Wellness Matters SUMMER 2009 Come Grow With Us: HCGH Offering Many Job Opportunities in Multiple Departments HCGH is opening its new pavilion in August 2009 and offers many hospital-wide job opportunities for nursing, dietary, housekeeping, admitting counselors, patient care technicians, patient clerical assistants, OB techs, and more. HCGH employment benefits include competitive salaries as well as opportunities for growth and education. Other benefits include college tuition for your child(ren) of up to $10,000 per year; 401(k); flexible spending accounts; premier medical, dental and vision coverage; disability and life insurance; paid vacation and holidays; employee assistance program; and more. If you desire a career change and require training, Howard Community College, our community partner, offers special programs to put you on the right track. To learn more about the job opportunities at HCGH or apply online, visit www.hcgh.org. HOSPITAL NEWS HCGHNewsMatters HCGH doctors ...... serving you These HCGH physicians have recently relocated or established new offices in Howard County. FAMILY PRACTICE Gulshan Nazir, M.D. 8367 Cherry Lane Bldg. C Unit 7 Laurel, MD 20707 301-498-4700 Deepak A. Shah, M.D. Johns Hopkins Community Physicians at Howard County 6350 Stevens Forest Road Columbia, MD 21046 443-259-3770 INTERNAL MEDICINE Healthy Families Howard County Accredited for Quality Service New 2009 Physicians Directory Prevent Child Abuse America has accredited Healthy Families Howard County at Howard County General Hospital as a provider of high-quality home visitation services to families who want to improve their child’s health, nutrition and developmental outcomes. TO BE PUBLISHED SOON Heathy Families provides first-time parents with educational and emotional support to ease their transition through pregnancy and into the first five years of parenthood. This free program gives parents access to community resources and allows qualifying participants to receive home visitation and referrals from Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland. HCGH Assists Residents during “Cover the Uninsured Week” Rupal R. Desai, M.D. Crossroads Medical Associates 4801 Dorsey Hall Drive #201 Ellicott City, MD 21042 410-997-5791 Sharon Silverman, M.D. 10910 Little Patuxent Parkway Suite 105R Columbia, MD 21044 410-964-5311 ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY Jay I. Haddad, D.D.S. Implant & Oral Surgery Center 7625 Maple Lawn Blvd #240 Fulton, MD 20759 301-617-3404 OTOLARYNGOLOGY Barry S. Tatar, M.D., LLC 8178 Lark Brown Road Suite 101 Elkridge, MD 21075 410-799-3940 PSYCHIATRY Arti Parwani, M.D. Humanim 6355 Woodside Court Columbia, MD 21046 410-381-7596 The new 2009 HCGH Physicians Directory is being prepared for distribution. This year’s directory lists the more than 700 skilled physicians that practice at HCGH in more than 70 specialties and subspecialties. Copies will be distributed to the community through Patuxent Publishing in the June 25 Columbia Flier, Howard County Times, Catonsville Times and Laurel Leader. Julie Harmon, HCGH senior financial counselor, and Victor A. Broccolino, president and CEO, welcome a guest to the Cover the Uninsured event. Joining hospitals and health systems throughout the country, HCGH supported “Cover the Uninsured” week, the largest, nonpartisan mobilization in history seeking solutions for the nearly 45 million Americans who are uninsured, by sponsoring a special open house on Thursday, March 26. Participants learned about health coverage options for the uninsured from HCGH financial counselors as well as representatives from Healthy Howard and the Howard County Health Department and the Howard County Department of Social Services. Got Sunscreen? Campaign Childhood sunburn is the number one cause of skin cancer in adults. While skin cancer is the most common cancer, it is also the most preventable. In collaboration with local physicians, Howard County General Hospital and the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center are once again participating in the “Got Sunscreen?” sports banner program to educate children about sun safety and skin cancer prevention. These banners, posted on local fields including the fields at Kiwanis-Wallas Park, help convey this message. Cases of individual packets of sunscreen were provided to stock the coaches’ first-aid kits, the players’ gear bags, and the snack stand. Correction: In the Spring 2009 issue of Wellness Matters, we incorrectly stated on page 3 that Howard County General Hospital received “Accreditation with Commendation” by The Joint Commission. This status is no longer used by The Joint Commission. The statement should have read that Howard County General Hospital received “Accreditation” by The Joint Commission. HOSPITAL NEWS SUMMER 2009 Wellness Matters [ 11 Stop Your Extra Pounds From Weighing You Down According to the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, being only 10 pounds overweight increases the force on your knee by 30–60 pounds with each step. With this increased weight comes increased stress on your joints, which can cause pain and rob you of the motivation to get active and lose weight. “It’s a catch 22,” says Dr. Rajiv Dua, a family physician on staff at Howard County General Hospital. “For obese people, diet alone will not help them shed the pounds; they need to exercise. However, the stress the added pounds puts on their joints often results in pain—as a result, people become even less mobile and risk gaining more weight.” Pounding on Your Joints According to Dr. Mark Bullock, an orthopedic surgeon on staff at HCGH, the increased weight causes wear and tear on your joints that can exacerbate or hasten the onset of arthritis. People with a high body mass index (BMI) tend to get arthritis at a younger age, often resulting in the joint needing to be replaced. All of the studies pertaining to BMI and joint surgery come to basically the same conclusion—people who are overweight have more preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative complications, including earlier wear of the prosthesis, which can lead to the need for more complicated revision surgery. Step in a Lighter Direction According to both Drs. Bullock and Dua, if you are experiencing joint pain, talk to your primary care physician to determine your function level. “The body of an obese patient is comprised mostly of fat versus muscle,” explains Dr. Dua. “They can’t simply put on their tennis shoes and hit the streets to go for a jog. Because of the lack of muscle, they need to tone so there are muscles to support and stabilize the joints and keep them protected.” “It is hard for people to exercise once you have arthritis in the lower extremities,” notes Dr. Bullock. “High-impact exercises are too hard on your joints and can accelerate the arthritis. I recommend low-impact exercise such as a stationary bike, elliptical machine, or aquatic therapy.” While physical activity is necessary to effectively lose weight, Dr. Dua warns that true long-term success comes from a balance between nutrition, activity, and behavior. “While you may be anxious to drop the weight quickly, you should never look at achieving weight loss within a specific time period,” says Dr. Dua. “It should be viewed as ongoing management as you aim to gain more flexibility and range of motion. Even small amounts of weight loss can make a difference to your joints.” 12 ] Wellness Matters SUMMER 2009 Dr. Rajiv Dua is board certified in family medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Weight Management Center of Maryland and practices with Centennial Medical Group in Elkridge. His interests include obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Dr. Mark Bullock is board certified in orthopedic surgery and practices with Orthopedic Solutions. He focuses on sports medicine and adult reconstruction of the hips and knees. Exercise Your Way to Healthy Joints Managing Joint Pain June 9/ 7– 8:30 p.m. Free. Moving from place to place may seem easy, but when you have pain in your joints you notice every motion. Learn about the newest treatment options that are aimed at increasing your comfort and mobility. Presented by Mark Bullock, M.D. To register for this program, please call 410-740-7601. SUMMER 2009 Wellness Matters [ 13 A Leading Legacy at the Howard Hospital Foundation Dear Friends, In June of this year, I will complete my final term as chair of the Howard Hospital Foundation (HHF). It has been my privilege and honor to have been associated with the HHF and Howard County General Hospital these past eight years. I leave with mixed emotions. On the one hand, I am delighted with the response of our community to the Foundation’s fundraising initiatives and the benefits that have accrued to the hospital and our community as a result. On the other hand, I am saddened to leave a most challenging and rewarding position and the friendships and relationships I have made. While I am leaving my position, I will not be abandoning the cause for which I came to the HHF in the first place. I will continue to work on the hospital’s current campaign, the Campus Development Plan, until our goal is met. My hope is that everyone in Howard County will make a donation in support of this very necessary and worthwhile expansion and renovation to our community hospital. Sincerely, Evelyn Bolduc, Chair Howard Hospital Foundation Events To best support HCGH and provide you with fun, familyoriented events, Evelyn challenged the Foundation to continuously expand and improve its fundraising events. Her leadership has led to steady growth and increased community participation in the Foundation’s Symphony of Lights and its kick-off weekend Dazzle Dash. In 2008, Dazzle Dash and the Symphony of Lights raised $147,000 for HCGH’s Maternal Child Services. And, the Foundation’s Annual Benefit Golf Classic raised $125,000 last year alone, thanks to both sponsors and golfers! 14 ] Wellness Matters SUMMER 2009 Since 2001 Evelyn Bolduc has served as chair of the Howard Hospital Foundation’s Board of Trustees. She has also served for eight years on Howard County General Hospital’s Board. As Evelyn’s final term as chair of the Foundation concludes in June, we pay tribute to her legacy of service and recognize some of the many accomplishments made possible by her leadership. FOUNDATION NEWS Foundation News GivingMatters New Patient Pavilion Two years ago, with our growing and aging community requiring further renovation and expansion of the hospital’s facilities, Evelyn spearheaded a large-scale capital campaign, with the goal of raising $30 million in support of HCGH’s 233,656 square-foot Campus Development Plan (CDP). This landmark project is currently underway and includes a new five-level patient pavilion that will open in August. The CDP will allow HCGH to keep pace with advances in global health care and national patient safety requirements, providing you and your family with technologically advanced, world-class care in the convenience and comfort of a community hospital setting. This CDP campaign has had record success, to date standing at $21 million, but we must work together to reach the final goal. As Evelyn often points out, every dollar counts and every donor can make a difference! We’re grateful that Evelyn has agreed to continue her work as a co-chair of the CDP fundraising committee until the successful completion of this historic campaign. Entry Plaza Evelyn recently helped launch the Foundation’s new Entry Plaza Campaign to provide donors with an exciting way to support HCGH and leave a lasting mark in the community. Through this campaign, you can purchase an engraved commemorative paving stone that will become a centerpiece of the hospital’s new entryway and gardens. A limited number of these special paving stones are available, so purchase yours online today at www.hcgh.org. Emergency Room Through contributions of our generous donors, Evelyn helped the Foundation mount a successful Master Facility Plan campaign in 2001. The campaign raised $5 million for the expansion and relocation of the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, the Emergency Department and Pediatric Unit, the Labor and Delivery Unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Diagnostic Imaging. These improvements helped HCGH meet its community’s most pressing health care needs. Ongoing Support Throughout the years and even during major capital campaigns, Evelyn and the Foundation Board have not lost sight of the hospital’s other needs. Under the leadership of Evelyn and the Board, the Foundation has utilized gifts from our donors to provide ongoing support of HCGH programs and services that are vital to the health care of the Howard County community. From wellness programs to advanced training for nurses and from lifesaving defibrillators to special beds for NICU babies, donor gifts allow HCGH to remain prepared to meet the needs of our growing community. This has indeed been a tremendous decade for the hospital, for the Foundation, and for our community. Evelyn’s dedication and determination and our donors’ generosity have helped ensure that you have the best health care possible, conveniently close to home. We thank our donors for securing the future of our community’s health care and we honor Evelyn for leading us there! SUMMER 2009 Wellness Matters [ 15 Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PA I D Balto., MD Permit No. 1608 5755 Cedar Lane Columbia, MD 21044 2OO9 calendar ........... of Events: May Fitness and Sports Medicine Clinic Saturday, May 16/ 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. Free Lord & Taylor Court in The Mall in Columbia Talk with our physician experts, participate in our screenings including feet, ankles/knees, spine and shoulders, pain, and osteoporosis. Visit our many booths and learn fitness tips and ways to incorporate more movement into your life. June 19th Annual Howard County General Hospital Benefit Golf Classic Friday, June 5 Waverly Woods Golf Club in Marriottsville The annual tournament at Waverly Woods Golf Club in Marriottsville includes morning and afternoon rounds. Proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital. Please register by May 30, 2009. For more information, call the Howard Hospital Foundation at 410-740-7570. July Howard County General Hospital Health Fair Saturday, July 11/ 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. HCGH parking lot A family friendly event that includes free health screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, pulmonary function, vision and more. Enjoy live entertainment and pick-up your copy of the 2009 Directory of Physicians. August Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Kids Clinic Saturday, August 15/ 11 a.m.– 3 p.m. Free Lord & Taylor Court in The Mall in Columbia Walk-in. Registration not required. Bring your family and participate in our screenings including pediatric vision, asthma, height, weight, and blood pressure. Stop by our booths and ask the pediatrician and obstetrician questions, learn physical activities for the whole family, healthy nutrition, and other health and safety tips for children and the whole family. September Howard County Relay for Life Cuts Against Cancer Friday, June 5/ 6:30 p.m.– Saturday, June 6/ 8 a.m. For more information, call 410-781-4316 or visit www.howardrfl.com. Sunday, September 20/ 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Symmetry Salon and Spa, Ellicott City and Victoria and Albert Hair Studio, Columbia Featuring some of Howard County’s finest salons including Lutfi’s International Salon & Spa, Luna Day Spa, Mason & Friends Salon.Spa, Victoria & Albert Hair Studio, Salon Tuséy, Studio K Salon & Spa, Corporate Pit Stop, George of New York, Symmetry Salon & Spa, and Rafet’s Hairmasters. Participants can receive haircuts and manicures at discounted prices while supportinga good cause. Proceeds benefit the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. For details, call 410-740-5858. 2nd Annual Healthy Howard Day Sunday, June 7/ 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Free Centennial Park Bring the whole family for a day geared to help you fight obesity by supporting healthy living, proper nutrition and exercise throughout your day. The event includes free health screenings, worksite wellness area, an active kids zone, healthy food tasting, and live entertainment.