Heart Attack Survivor Gets New Lease on Life
Heart Attack Survivor Gets New Lease on Life
TODAY Fall 2015 SOUTHWEST A P U B L I C A T I O N O F S O U T H W E S T G E N E R A L H E A LT H C E N T E R Heart Attack Survivor Gets New Lease on Life T he Pow er of Detection PAGE 3 T he Da rk Truth PAGES 8-9 Are Yo u A ging Too Quickly? PAGES 4- 5 PAGE 13 Suffe ring fro m Musc le Pain or Tensio n? N e w T herapy Te c hnique C ould Help! BACK COVER VAL AND RITA CHAPMAN VISIT US ONLINE AT Changes in the Hospital Environment Throughout the Past Quarter Century … What’s Next? As you may know, I am retiring from Southwest General at the end of this year. My retirement will conclude eight years at Southwest General and nearly a quarter century of leading hospitals in Greater Cleveland. During this time, I have had a frontrow seat to observe, and to participate in, the evolution of hospitals and health systems in Northeast Ohio. When I became the chief executive officer (CEO) of Parma Hospital in 1991, we were one of about thirty hospitals in the region. Health system consolidation began in 1995 when the Cleveland Clinic (CCF) acquired nine community hospitals in three years. Among them was the Meridia Health System—a group of four east side community hospitals. In 2003, I was recruited by CCF to become CEO of the Meridia Health System, and I left Parma Hospital after serving twelve years as its chief executive. Then, in 2007, I had the great opportunity to become CEO of Thomas A. Selden, FACHE, Southwest General. President and Chief Executive Officer Mergers, acquisitions and closures of hospitals since 1991 have been driven by economic situations resulting from market dynamics, such as consolidation of the power of insurance companies and creation of economies of scale to achieve financial stability and even better service for patients. While Southwest General did not merge with a larger partner, in 1997, we entered into a contractual relationship with University Hospitals, providing the benefits of scale without a change of ownership. For patients, some of the benefits of financial stability include local access to advanced technology and state-of-the-art facilities. For example, our da Vinci® Surgical System features advanced robotic technology. It allows surgeons to operate inside the body through an incision not much bigger than the diameter of a pencil. As a result, patients recover more quickly and return to the comfort of home sooner—sometimes the same day. For patients who need hospitalization, our new Pandrangi Tower, opened in 2014, offers 96 private patient rooms and provides a quiet, comfortable and peaceful environment for optimal healing. As the government works to drive down the cost of health care nationwide, you can expect many changes into the future. Hospitals will respond with technological advances that offer greater health care options. You, as a health care consumer, will have access to more information about health care providers to help you choose your source of care. Whether Southwest General chooses to remain independent into the future or chooses to merge to become part of something larger, remember that Southwest General is your community hospital. As in the past, we can commit to you that high-quality, award-winning care will continue in your community. 2 | SouthwestToday Fall 2015 In This Issue 3 Seeing Pink— The Power of Detection 4-5 Heart Attack Survivor Gets New Lease on Life 6-7 The Place to Be for Moms-to-Be 8-9 The Dark Truth 10 A Winning Combination 11 Southwest General News 12 Shoo Flu! Don’t Bother Me! 13 Tell Me Doctor 14- Education, Screenings and 15 Support Groups Back Cover: Suffering from Muscle Pain or Tension? New Therapy Technique Could Help Seeing Pink THE POWER OF DETECTION Breast health is a concern for every woman—whether it’s as simple as an annual screening or as serious as breast cancer treatment. Southwest General is dedicated to providing a full range of services for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast health issues, including breast cancer. Our Breast Center focuses on making it as convenient and comfortable as possible for women to seek preventive care for optimal breast health. We offer state-of-the-art technology, highly skilled staff members and an environment designed with your comfort, safety and privacy in mind. “With so many women being affected by breast cancer every year, it’s an issue that we all should take serious,” says Tejas Samaroo, MD, a board-certified radiologist on the Medical Staff at Southwest General. “Getting a regular mammogram, knowing the risk factors of breast cancer, being able to identify the signs of a possible tumor and talking to your doctor about your concerns are all important parts of prevention, detection and overall breast health.” Early detection is key to Tejas Samaroo, MD successful treatment of breast cancer, and mammography plays a vital role in early detection. Southwest General introduced digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D mammography) at the Breast Center on its Main Campus more than three years ago—shortly after converting all its locations to digital mammography. Research has shown that 3D mammography, in combination with digital mammography, may further improve cancer detection while reducing false positives. However, mammography does not find all cancers. A combination of mammography, breast self-examination and clinical breast exams by a physician offers the best chance to detect cancer early, when it is most treatable. In the event of an abnormal or questionable finding during a breast exam or in a breast image, additional testing may be done such as breast ultrasound or a breast MRI. If needed for further evaluation, a biopsy may be performed. Biopsies help physicians accurately diagnose breast conditions, such as breast cancer, and determine the appropriate course of treatment. Typically, biopsies are ordered after an initial evaluation. If a breast cancer diagnosis is found, Southwest General’s Breast Center team works together with medical professionals from University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at Southwest General to support and empower patients during the treatment and recovery process. This includes helping breast cancer patients and their families through the many decisions that must be made during the patients’ care. Southwest General’s goal is to help patients achieve the best possible outcomes, and we are committed to providing state-of-the-art care and individual support for patients before, during and after treatment. For additional information regarding the Breast Center, call Health Connection at 440-816-5050. Mammography Saves Lives ... DON’T WAIT! According to breastcancer.org, in 2015, an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. Mammography plays a vital role in maintaining breast health and in diagnosing breast cancer and other breast-health issues early, when they are most treatable. Join us today by encouraging a family member, friend or loved one to schedule a mammogram. A physician’s prescription is required for mammography services. To schedule an appointment, call Southwest General’s Central Scheduling Department at 440-816-8605. SouthwestToday Fall 2015 | 3 Heart Attack Survivor Gets For more information on Southwest General’s Heart & Vascular Institute services, call 1-877-SWG-BEAT (794-2328), a FREE 24-hour critical care nurse support line. Val Chapman is an active, 63-year-old grandfather who used to referee high school soccer matches where he ran for an hour or more on the field. Even though that was more than 20 years ago, he still keeps fit through regular yardwork, outdoor activities and a job that requires him to walk a lot during customer site visits. So, when Val went into sudden cardiac arrest, no one was more surprised than he was. “I wasn’t having any heart problems nor was I experiencing high blood pressure,” says Val. “There may have potentially been some silent indicators but nothing that I knew of.” Val’s only health concern was one that affects many people—at five feet, 11 inches tall and 195 pounds, he was considered overweight. No Warning Signs On average, Val felt fine. That is, until this past February when he had a type of heart attack that stopped his heart suddenly—typically referred to as a “widow maker.” A widow maker may occur suddenly and often kills victims swiftly—unless they receive quick treatment. The condition is caused by a blockage in the left anterior descending (LAD) artery, which provides 45 to 55 percent of the blood supply to the heart. Both men and women are susceptible to LAD blockage. The days leading up to Val’s cardiac arrest were uneventful. He and his wife, Rita, spent the weekend relaxing after a busy workweek—they watched the snow fall and worked on chores inside their home. On Sunday afternoon, Val shoveled the drive while Rita made dinner. Afterward, they watched TV before heading to bed. After sleeping for a while, Val awoke feeling uncomfortable and was experiencing some pain. Thinking the pain was either heartburn or indigestion, he got up, drank some milk, took an antacid and tried to go back to sleep. However, the discomfort continued, so he woke Rita, asking for an aspirin. Groggy and confused, she went to the kitchen and rummaged for the medicine. Finally, she woke up enough to really get a look at Val. “He looked awful,” she says. “I asked him what was wrong and he said, ‘I’m having chest pain.’ I immediately said, ‘We need to go to the Emergency Room (ER). Get dressed.’” “I planned to drive him,” says Rita, recalling that night. “Then I remembered my daughter’s words after Val’s vertigo attack last September when I drove him to the ER. My daughter had placed her hands on my shoulders, looked me in the eyes like I was a kindergartner and said, ‘Mom, next time this happens, call 9-1-1.’” The 9-1-1 Call A lot of times, people hesitate to call for an ambulance. They think a condition isn’t lifethreatening or they don’t want the neighbors to be concerned. Worried about the symptoms Val was experiencing, Rita didn’t wait. She called 9-1-1 immediately, and in less than five minutes the Strongsville Fire Department rescue squad, from Station 4, under the medical direction of Southwest General, responded. 4 | SouthwestToday Fall 2015 New Lease on Life Southwest General’s exemplary care of stroke and heart failure patients continues to receive national recognition. Most recently, the hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and has been recognized on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll-Elite. These awards recognize the hospital’s sustained commitment and success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most effective treatments available. Additionally, the hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s Platinum Performance Achievement Award. The award, given to only 319 hospitals nationwide, recognizes high standards in heart attack care and the ability of Southwest General to reach the aggressive clinical guidelines and recommendations as outlined by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. As certified health care professionals, the Strongsville paramedics are trained to handle medical emergencies. When they arrived, they checked Val’s vital signs. For a few minutes, everything was calm. Then Val passed out. Rita remembers how quickly the paramedics reacted and the life support they provided. “I heard, ‘Clear. Clear. Clear.’ as they put the paddles on him,” she says about the defibrillation Val received as paramedics tried to restart his heart using electrical energy. “I heard them say, ‘He’s going again,’ and they would shock him again.” A second ambulance arrived at the Chapman’s home. One paramedic helped calm Rita, and instructed her to meet them at the hospital. Within minutes, Val was in the ambulance and speeding toward Southwest General. En route, paramedics continued to treat Val, using the defibrillator two more times. To prepare the ER physicians and staff, an electrocardiogram (EKG) was performed and sent remotely to the ER prior to Val’s arrival. Lifesaving Care Upon arrival at Southwest General, Val was quickly assessed in the ER, where a variety of tests were done. He was treated by Mark Harris, MD, a board-certified emergency medicine physician on the Medical Staff at Southwest General, and Trilok Sharma, MD, a board-certified cardiologist on the Medical Staff at Southwest General. Dr. Sharma reviewed Val’s EKG and his medical record and was able to diagnose Val’s condition. “Dr. Sharma saw the blockage in my heart and took me to the Catheterization (Cath) Lab right away. He completed an angioplasty and placed a stent in my artery to open it,” comments Val about the procedure done. “I was awake during the entire process—they only use local anesthesia—so that Dr. Sharma could ask questions and make sure I was okay.” “He really put me at ease,” Val continues. “He was very compassionate.” During his recovery in the Coronary Care Unit, health care professionals from Southwest General’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program educated Val and Rita about lifestyle changes, which would help reduce his risk of having future coronary events. Additionally, they met with a dietitian who explained how to incorporate a heart-healthy diet into their busy lifestlye and with a physical therapist to discuss regular aerobic exercise. The Road to Recovery The expert advice from professionals at Southwest General is helping both the Chapmans. “My wife has taken the cooking suggestions to heart,” Val says. “Gone are the heavy meat-and-potato meals and pre-packaged foods. Instead, we use fresher ingredients and replace red meat with fish and vegetables often.” “Apparently it’s working,” Rita says. “In six months, Val has lost more than 15 pounds, and I’ve lost more than eight pounds.” Additionally, Val enrolled in a continuously monitored exercise program offered at Southwest General. There are several phases to the program with each phase lasting 12 weeks. Val participated three days a week in the exercise program, which is designed to strengthen his heart. He wore a portable monitor during the onehour sessions, and the data was then downloaded to a computer. Regular reports were forwarded to Dr. Sharma as well as to Val’s primary care physician, Brian Zelis, MD, a board-certified family medicine physician on the Medical Staff at Southwest General. “It’s true that a heart attack doesn’t give you a warning that it’s coming that day,” Val says. “Considering what happened to me, I’m a very lucky person. The entire staff at Southwest General extended extraordinary and compassionate care and attention to me. I’m grateful for the care I received at Southwest General. From the paramedics to the doctors and health care professionals I met, none of them made me feel like just another patient.” SouthwestToday Fall 2015 | 5 The Place to Be For Moms-to-Be A “girlfriend relationship.” That’s how Mary Jo Alverson, a certified nurse midwife who practices at Southwest General, describes the bond she shares with her patients. “A midwife is there to support and advocate for her patients before, during and after their deliveries,” explains Mary Jo, who delivers 10 to 15 babies every month. “Our job is to provide safe care for our patients and then do whatever they choose to do during the birthing process, whether they want a natural birth, a water birth or an epidural.” Today, an increasing number of expectant moms are seeking a more natural, less clinical environment for childbirth—focusing on fewer technological and invasive interventions, says William K. Hahn, Jr., MD, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist on the Medical Staff at Southwest General. Many of these women may choose to see a midwife for a more holistic approach to their delivery. Southwest General responded to this growing demand by establishing a midwifery program at the hospital more than two years ago. Certified nurse midwives are master’s-degree prepared, advanced practice registered nurses, who specialize in the care of women. “Except for complicated procedures, such as a cesarean section, we can do everything a physician can do,” Mary Jo insists. “In addition to deliveries, we provide prenatal and postpartum care as well as annual examinations. We see women throughout their lives.” Midwifery care is just one of the many benefits of delivering at Southwest General. “The health care providers in our Maternity Unit are skilled and provide top quality, personalized care,” notes Dr. Hahn. “Unlike many hospitals, Southwest General provides every mother with her own personal nurse throughout labor and delivery. That provides more interaction and emotional support and allows the delivering mother to be better prepared for what she is experiencing.” Additionally, Southwest General’s Maternity Unit features private suites with all the comforts of 6 | SouthwestToday Fall 2015 William K. Hahn, Jr., MD Mary Jo Alverson, CNM home—from cozy couches for dad or guests to private bathrooms. Soft, soothing colors and warm oak tones help new and expectant parents feel relaxed and comfortable. Earlier this year, Southwest General added two birthing tub suites to its Maternity Unit. “Water births are a wonderful option for women with low-risk pregnancies,” Mary Jo explains. “Hydrotherapy and water births can provide increased mobility, comfort and energy for the delivering mom, while offering relaxation and pain relief.” “Southwest General provides a home-like atmosphere in a hospital setting,” continues Mary Jo. “Yet, just down the hall from our birthing tubs, we have all of the latest high-tech equipment available in case of an emergency.” To learn more about Southwest General’s Maternity Services—including how to schedule a tour—call Health Connection at 440-816-5050. Water births are a wonderful option for moms-to-be. Should You Have an Epidural? You may be among the increasing number of expectant moms who are considering a natural— or at least a less invasive—delivery. But once the contractions begin, you may decide that relief suddenly seems like a good idea. Should you have an epidural? Here is some information from Dr. William Hahn to help guide your decision: • An epidural is an injection of pain-blocking medication inserted into the epidural space of the spinal cord • It can provide the most effective level of pain control throughout mom’s labor and delivery • An epidural can result in less fetal exposure to medication than narcotics administered intravenously • There is evidence that an epidural may slow labor progress and add as long as two hours to the process • There is inconsistent evidence that epidural use may increase the risk of cesarean section If you are interested in learning more about your options for pain relief during delivery, call Health Connection at 440-816-5050. Pictured is one of Southwest General’s newly renovated water birth suites. SouthwestToday Fall 2015 | 7 The Dark Truth The world can be a dark and lonely place for teens who live in an unstable home environment or who are victims of bullying. Many numb the emotional pain with alcohol or other drugs. In many cases, they can become addicted to those substances, says Kristin Fox, a licensed independent social worker and manager of Outpatient Programs for Southwest General’s Oakview Behavioral Health Services. “Without help, addicted adolescents can become addicted adults, who could end up in jail or even worse,” Kristin warns. But it doesn’t have to happen, she insists. “Oakview offers a variety of adolescent mental health and addiction programs to help these kids,” she says. “Our counselors are specially trained to work with youth, and they all have backgrounds in mental health issues.” Today, the most common causes of stress and anxiety for adolescents are dysfunction within their families— such as divorce or limited or strained contact with a parent—and alienation from their peer groups. “It isn’t just bullying,” Kristin says. “It involves socialization problems in general. Technology has made a lot of existing social problems worse by giving kids the ability to say things instantly and anonymously to a large group of people that they might not say in person. That can alienate adolescents more than ever before.” Many troubled teens, she says, self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, or may start using them as a way to fit in with a group of peers who are users. Common signs of emotional problems or possible addiction can include unexplained decline in school performance, truancy, breaking laws and isolation or withdrawal from friends and family members. “Our treatment starts with an assessment of a patient’s family, medical, school and mental health issues,” Kristin explains. “Then, we match the appropriate clinical Oakview Behavioral Health Center Southwest General’s Oakview Behavioral Health Center serves the Greater Cleveland area. It is a state-of-the-art treatment center focused on providing care with compassion, dignity and respect. Oakview staff employs a variety of treatment programs to help you or your loved one achieve relief from the suffering associated with mental health disorders and chemical addiction. Services offered through Oakview include: • Behavioral Health and Dependency Assessment Services • Mental Health Services for Adults (aged 18+) and Adolescents (aged 13-18) • Addiction Recovery Services for Adults (aged 18+) and Adolescents (aged 13-18) For more information about Oakview Behavioral Health Services, call Health Connection at 440-816-5050. 8 | SouthwestToday Fall 2015 Southwest General’s Oakview Behavioral Health Services can help adolescents and adults face some of life’s most challenging problems. The following letter from a former patient is a powerful testimonial to the care provided through the hospital’s Adolescent Addiction Recovery Program. services to what the patient needs. We work with the patient as well as his or her family or whoever is in the patient’s support system.” This summer, Charles Luther, MD, a boardcertified psychiatrist with an expertise in treating drug addiction, joined Southwest General’s Medical Staff as medical director of Oakview Behavioral Health Services. After receiving his medical degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Dr. Luther practiced for more than 14 years in New York City—most recently at Lenox Hill Hospital. “Parents who have concerns about a possible mental health or addiction issue can always give us a call to discuss the issue,” Dr. Luther says. “We’ll walk them through the treatment process and explain the options. It’s better to find out whether treatment can help than to assume that an adolescent will grow out of his or her problem.” Learning to Cope “ In 2012, I was referred to Southwest General’s Oakview Behavioral Health Services for their Adolescent Addiction Recovery Program. My use of prescription pain medication and alcohol had become too much. Alcohol and pills were my way of “coping” with life. Also, I was not taking care of my depression, which only made my struggle worse. The idea of “opening up” about how I felt wasn’t appealing to me when I thought pills and alcohol would fix everything. A family friend had already worked through Oakview’s program and spoke highly of it. The groups with kids my age who also suffered from addiction helped me feel like I wasn’t alone. The counselors were able to educate me in a way that the information stuck. The family group sessions also were beneficial, as my parents were able to be educated among a group of individuals whose children also were addicts. It provided them with the counseling needed to give them the tools to deal with everything going on. Also, it gave them a forum to have an honest dialogue about my addiction. Getting sober wasn’t easy. I relapsed multiple times, was hospitalized three times for being suicidal and struggled to stay sober. However, I was never made to feel ashamed in group when I opened up, and was offered support on how to learn from these situations. Jim Drozda, my counselor, was very helpful when it came to these issues. He was not only understanding of my mental health issues but also made sure to point me in the right direction to best help myself. There were times where he would stay late to walk me through issues that were bothersome—which meant a lot. I had taken many pain killers the last time I used, which, subsequently, landed me in the Emergency Room. The way I acted toward the people trying to help was a wakeup call. When I finally hit that moment of surrender, I saw that the things I had been retaining from group started to make sense. I started to see that asking for help is crucial in the process to stay sober. I, personally, can’t say enough about Oakview. I have been sober since Jan. 10, 2013. The program gave me the tools to build a solid foundation of sobriety. No road to sobriety is easy, but with the right guidance, I am now able to work at becoming the person I’m meant to be. Today, I am a student at Cleveland State University pursuing a degree in psychology with the goal of becoming a counselor one day. Also, I am happy to say that the hopeless and helpless feelings that once plagued me have now been replaced with ambition and happiness. NONE of this would have been possible without the counselors in the Adolescent Addiction Recovery Program. ˮ (The patient’s identity, for confidentiality reasons, has been removed from the content of this letter) Charles Luther, MD SouthwestToday Fall 2015 | 9 A Winning Combination As a self-described fitness fiend, Robyn Spencer works hard at staying in shape. The physical release she gets from Jazzercise or running helps Robyn balance her busy life as a wife, mom and employee. Plus, exercise helps her set—and achieve—personal goals. One of Robyn’s goals included running in the Brunswick Blue Pride Race on April 26, 2014. A seemingly normal day, it turned out to be anything but routine. “My friend said she saw me grab a cup of water and give her a thumb up,” shares Robyn. “Then, I collapsed.” Robyn, 42, doesn’t remember any of that or having a grand mal seizure and losing consciousness. On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Robyn, along with “Robyn’s Warriors,” completed the annual Brunswick Blue Pride Race. An Unexpected Disease As she lay on the ground unconscious, race personnel called an ambulance to take Robyn to the nearest emergency care center—Southwest General’s Brunswick Medical Center & 24-hour Emergency Room (ER). Once there, physicians discovered that Robyn had a slow-growing brain tumor, which would need to be surgically removed. Robyn was transported to University Hospitals for a craniotomy, where she remained comatose for several days until medication would calm her ongoing seizures. Because the tumor was intertwined within her brain, surgery was complicated, but neurosurgeons were able to remove 95 percent of the tumor, which was benign. Creating a Special Bond After surgery, Robyn was partially paralyzed on her right side and needed inpatient rehabilitation therapy to regain her movement and balance, and to relearn self-care skills, such as dressing, grooming and eating. “I chose to go to the Acute Rehab Unit at Southwest General,” she says. “I have a relationship with the hospital. Three of my four kids were born there and their pediatricians are there. I felt comfortable at Southwest General.” Robyn’s tie to Southwest General grew stronger in Acute Rehab—where she worked closely with Kim Holzinger, physical therapist, and Linda Weiss-DuChossois, occupational therapy assistant, for at least three hours each day. Southwest General’s Acute Rehab Unit is under the medical direction of Usharani Tandra, MD, a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist on the Medical Staff at Southwest General. Dr. Tandra carefully monitored Robyn’s therapy and progress, and after four weeks of intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy, Robyn returned home. “I cried because I was leaving,” she says. “Kim and Linda were like my second family. They inspired me to go the extra mile.” 10 | SouthwestToday Fall 2015 Robyn’s Warriors As the first anniversary of the discovery of her brain tumor approached, Robyn’s former therapists and nurses decided to band together for Robyn. Many of them knew how important finishing the 5K race was to her, so they became “Robyn’s Warriors” and attended the 2015 Brunswick Blue Pride Race with her. “They all wore orange shirts, which is my favorite color,” says Robyn, recalling the day. “About 80 people showed up— individuals from Southwest General as well as Kim and Linda, and my Jazzercise friends—to help me finish the race. “They said they did it to support me … truly, they’re the ones who help me stay upbeat,” she continues. “Even though my recovery will take time, my friends and family, along with the staff at the Acute Rehab Unit, continue to help me remain determined and do what is needed to get better.” Patients and their family members are encouraged to call to discuss Acute Rehab therapy services or to arrange a tour. For more information, call Health Connection at 440-816-5050. Excellence in Patient Safety Southwest General Continues to be a Top Place of Employment Southwest General recently was named a NorthCoast 99 award recipient for the 12th time. This designation, given by the Employer’s Resource Council (ERC), recognizes the 99 best places to work in Northeast Ohio—from Sandusky to Ashtabula. To achieve this recognition, businesses must meet stringent criteria in a variety of areas, including staffing and workforce planning, development and training, compensation and rewards, organizational culture and organizational innovation, success and performance. Additionally, in June 2015, The Cleveland Plain Dealer announced “The Plain Dealer Top Workplaces”—a list of the best places to work in Northeast Ohio. We are pleased to share that Southwest General was named to this list for the sixth consecutive year! Top Workplaces leads the way in measuring the health of U.S. companies based on employee opinions. To be named a Top Workplace 2015, employees were sent a short, confidential 24-question survey asking their opinions on six areas of the workplace, including: direction, execution, connection, career, work, managers, pay and benefits and engagement. Southwest General is extremely proud of the dedication and commitment of its employees and grateful to have earned these distinctions. In the spring of 2015, Southwest General again was recognized as a “Grade A” institution by the Leapfrog Group in its biannual Hospital Safety Score Report. Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the Hospital Safety Score Report is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. Health Connection—Southwest General’s Physician Referral and Health Information Phone Line Find the right doctor, get answers to your non-emergency medical questions and connect with hospital and community resources—all through Southwest General’s Health Connection. Our staff of registered nurses is available to help guide you through the health care maze and answer any questions along the way. If you need to find a physician, have a non-emergency medical question, can’t reach your doctor and/or you’re just not sure if you have a problem, give us a call. To reach Health Connection, call 440-816-5050, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. C L I P A N D S AV E Wellness Clinic Sites Southwest General’s Community Nurse Program offers a variety of health and wellness programs in local communities throughout the year. This includes screenings such as blood pressure, body fat, cholesterol, glucose, hearing, osteoporosis and more. To learn more about these programs and/or to register, visit swgeneral.com/events-education-screenings or call 440-816-4037. Berea Recreation Center 451 Front Street Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening 1st Tuesday each month, 7:30–8:30 a.m. 3rd Monday each month, 8 a.m.–noon Berea Senior Center St. Paul Lutheran Church, 276 Bagley Road Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening 2nd Tuesday each month, 12:30-2 p.m. John A. Poloyne Community Center (Brook Park) 17400 Holland Road Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening 1st Tuesday each month, 9 a.m.–noon 3rd Wednesday each month, 8–9:30 a.m. Brunswick Community Recreation & Fitness Center 3637 Center Road Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening 2nd & 4th Wednesday each month, 8 a.m.–noon Brunswick Library 3649 Center Road Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening 4th Tuesday each month, 9–11 a.m. Ehrnfelt Recreation Center 18100 Royalton Road Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening 1st Monday each month, 7–9:30 a.m. Ehrnfelt Senior Center 18100 Royalton Road Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening 1st Monday each month, 9:30–11 a.m. 3rd Tuesday each month, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. LifeWorks of Southwest General 7390 Old Oak Boulevard Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening 1st Monday each month, 5–7 p.m. 2nd Monday each month, 9 a.m.–noon Middleburg Heights Community Center 16000 Bagley Road Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening 2nd Monday each month, 7–8:30 a.m. 2nd Tuesday each month, 8 a.m.–noon SouthPark Mall 500 SouthPark Center SouthPark Mall—Upper Food Court Blood Pressure Screening 3rd Tuesday each month, 9–10 a.m. SouthwestToday Fall 2015 | 11 A Holiday Tradition— Southwest General’s Annual Festival of Lights SHOO FLU! Don’t Bother Me! Are you sick and tired of getting the flu? Protect yourself by receiving a flu shot at the Southwest Community Pharmacy, located in the Main Lobby of the hospital, at: 18697 Bagley Rd. Middleburg Hts., OH 44130 Save the date for the 30th annual Festival of Lights on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., in Southwest General’s Main Lobby. After entertainment and a few words from hospital representatives, all the trees lining Old Oak Boulevard will be lit for the holiday season. Refreshments will follow the tree lighting. Individuals may make a $20 donation in tribute to, or in memory of, family, friends or other loved ones. Corporations may make a donation of $50. All honorees will have his/her name included in the Festival of Lights book, displayed throughout the year in the Main Lobby as well as on the Foundation’s Special Events page, located at www.swgeneral.com/ways-to-give/special-events. Checks can be made payable to Southwest Community Health Foundation before Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, and mailed to: Southwest Community Health Foundation 18697 Bagley Rd., C-105 Middleburg Hts., OH 44130 This year’s proceeds benefit The Thomas P. Perciak Family Residential Hospice. For more information, call the Foundation Office at 440-816-6713. You must be 18 years or older to receive a flu shot. Most insurances, including Medicare Part B, are accepted. No appointment necessary. Available while supplies last. For more information, call Health Connection at 440-816-5050. Flu Shots Available 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday 10 a.m.– noon, Saturday Don’t Make the Ladder a Matter Attention all gutter cleaners, holiday light stringers and other “ladderists!” Did you know that Southwest General’s Emergency Room sees hundreds of patients each year who have fallen from a ladder? Or that there is a higher incidence of falls during Oct. and Nov. when individuals are cleaning gutters and stringing holiday lights? The majority of these falls result from the ladder slipping out from underneath people due to improper use. Take a minute to be safe during the upcoming season by viewing the “Watch Your Step” video, courtesy of Safety.com, at www.safety.com/videos/ladder-safety-training-video. Are You Aging Too Quickly? Q. How Do I Know If I’m Aging Too Quickly? A. No two people age the same way. Older patients who are experiencing various degrees of memory loss or physical problems are often concerned about whether these things are normal or whether they are aging faster than they should be. There is no single, universal path of aging. We all age differently, and in terms of development, individuals 65 and older show much greater variance than younger groups. It is genes, lifestyle and disease processes that determine a difference in aging. A program, such as Southwest General’s Geriatric Assessment Program, can help seniors and their caregivers understand the senior’s physical and mental health. It can be a valuable part of delivering medical care, helping primary care physicians care for their frail, elderly patients with complex health care needs. Q. What Is The Geriatric Assessment Program? A. The Geriatric Assessment Program at Southwest General offers a comprehensive look at an individual’s health, living environment and support needs. During an initial visit, a multidisciplinary team provides a detailed assessment of an individual’s overall health, physical abilities, home situation, eating habits, medications and sleep. If needed, additional evaluations can be done. Additionally, we work with board-certified neuropsychologists and provide a more in-depth examination of brain function, when required. A geriatric assessment can be a key factor in staying healthy for seniors. Q. What Do I Do With My Results? A. To help seniors and their caregivers use the assessment results to plan for care, Southwest General offers the support of a social worker and a nurse specializing in geriatrics. Our goal is to help seniors stay healthy and remain independent for as long as possible. This includes finding ways to help seniors stay physically and mentally active, get outside and keep up with scheduled screenings and exams. Q. How Can I Learn More? A. For more information on Geriatric Services at Southwest General, or to schedule a Geriatric Assessment, call Health Connection at 440-816-5050. Tell Me Doctor Southwest General’s Geriatric Assessment Program helps evaluate where seniors stand on their physical and mental health. Monika Demko, MD, a board-certified internal medicine physician, and geriatric medicine specialist, on the Medical Staff at Southwest General, explains this program and how it can help older patients and their families. The Geriatric Assessment Program at Southwest General, led by Dr. Monika Demko and her multidisciplinary team of medical professionals, can help older adults understand their own aging process. Monika Demko, MD Along with the Geriatric Assessment Program, Southwest General provides a variety of services and programs designed for the special needs of the older adult population and their caregivers. This includes the Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit at Southwest General, educational activities for seniors provided by community nurses, and Home Health Services, providing in-home nursing services and physical therapy. To learn more, call Health Connection at 440-816-5050. SouthwestToday Fall 2015 | 13 Education, Screenings and Support Groups EMS Programs Health and Nutrition C.E.R.T. – Community Emergency Response Team Contact your city rep for upcoming classes. A Matter of Balance:.................. 440-816-8036 Managing Concerns About Falls Berea.............................. [email protected] Diabetes Education Program...... 440-816-5728 Brook Park.......... [email protected] Hospice Volunteer Training.......... 440-816-5967 Brunswick [email protected] Individualized Nutrition............... 440-816-8605 Counseling Columbia Station.............. [email protected] Registration The following is a listing of Southwest General’s educational opportunities, screenings and free support groups. Hinckley Township............. [email protected] Middleburg [email protected] Diabetes Basics......................... 440-816-5728 Life Support Programs— Basic Olmsted [email protected] Health Care Provider CPR........... 440-816-8036 Strongsville....... [email protected] Health Care Provider Renewal..... 440-816-8036 For complete details (date, location, registration, etc.), visit www.swgeneral.com/eventseducation-screenings. Cleveland Hopkins Airport ........................... [email protected] Heartsaver CPR and AED............ 440-816-8036 Searching this web page is easy and quick! To ensure a place in the class/program of your choice, register as soon as possible by calling the number listed. Payment at the time of registration will guarantee your placement into the class. Please note, no refunds are offered. First Responder......................... 440-816-4553 Location Most classes meet at Southwest General, 18697 Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights. When you call to register, you will be told the location of your class. Some classes are held outside the hospital. To register for a class, call the phone number listed next to each class title. Emergency Medical Technician EMT Paramedic Refresher.......... 440-816-4553 American Heart Courses Heartsaver/First Aid.................... 440-816-4553 Pediatric Advanced Life.............. 440-816-4553 Support (PALS) Advanced Cardiac Life............... 440-816-4553 Support (ACLS) International Trauma............... 440-816-4553 Life Support (ITLS) Prenatal & Family Life Programs Now that You’re Pregnant Boot Camp for New Dads........... 440-816-8036 Breastfeeding............................ 440-816-8036 Maternity Unit Tour..................... 440-816-8036 Infant Massage & Happiest ........ 440-816-8036 Baby on the Block Infant Care................................ 440-816-8036 Prepared Childbirth.................... 440-816-8036 Grandparenting.......................... 440-816-8036 For Children Sibling Preparation..................... 440-816-8036 Safe SitterTM.............................. 440-816-8036 14 | SouthwestToday Fall 2015 First Aid..................................... 440-816-8036 Family and Friends CPR............. 440-816-8036 The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the Association. Physician Presentations Free community talks ................ 440-816-8446 www.swgeneral.com/events-education-screenings Recovery Programs Arthritis Exercise Program.......... 440-816-8036 (formerly P.A.C.E.) Cardiac Rehabilitation................ 440-816-5772 —Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation................ 440-816-5772 —Phase III Heart Failure Education.............. 440-816-5772 Look Good ... Feel Better........ 1-888-227-6446 option 2 Moving On Aquatics................... 440-816-8019 Pulmonary Rehabilitation II......... 440-816-8982 Pulmonary Rehabilitation III......... 440-816-8982 Speaking On.............................. 440-816-8010 Education, Screenings and Support Groups Free Women’s Health Membership A Six-Week Series (reg. required) Heartwise Education/................. 440-816-5772 Support Group Sign up for Southwest General’s FREE Women’s Health Membership Program, Season’s of a Woman’s Life. You’ll enjoy the many benefits such as monthly informational e-blasts, invitations to fun events and so much more. Contact Robyn Harker at 440-816-5395 or [email protected] Free Support Groups Amputation Support Group.....1-877-SWG-BEAT (794-2328) Breastfeeding Mothers’.............. 440-816-5018 Support Group “Out of the Valley”: .................... 440-816-5019 A Grief Support Group For complete details about the listings, visit www.swgeneral.com/eventseducation-screenings Caregiver Support Group............ 440-816-5018 and Resource Center Domestic Violence....... 216-651-8484, ext. 311 Support Group Healthy Grief Class .................... 440-816-5019 www.lifeworksfitness.net A Premier Health and Fitness Center 7390 Old Oak Boulevard Middleburg Heights, OH 44130 440-816-4202 LifeWorks of Southwest General is a medically integrated health and fitness center owned by Southwest General. At LifeWorks, we believe that everyone has the potential to live their best life. We are here to help you create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. A LifeWorks fitness membership includes: - Complimentary fitness coaching (including health and fitness assessment, functional movement screening) - More than 100 weekly group exercise programs, such as Spinning, Zumba, Yoga, Aqua Tabata and Warm Water Arthritis - Deluxe locker rooms, each with a hot tub, dry sauna and steam room - Towel service and digital locks - A team of caring fitness professionals Special programs for both members and nonmembers of LifeWorks include: - Tai Chi - Small group and team training - Massage therapy - Rx for Health – a physician referred exercise program - Pilates reformer center - Pre-op hip/knee replacement program - Post physical therapy program - Meditation For more information, visit www.lifeworksfitness.net, or contact program specialist, Kelly Jones, at 440-816-4303 or [email protected] Check us out on Facebook! Visit www.facebook.com and search “LifeWorks of Southwest General Hospital.” 50% off Enrollment Fee Receive 50% OFF the enrollment fee when you join LifeWorks now through Dec. 31, 2015. To learn more, contact our Membership Department at 440-816-4214 or [email protected] One Free Guest Visit Valid on first visit only. www.lifeworksfitness.net ________________________ Name ________________________ E-mail Must present coupon at time of sign up. Certain restrictions apply. Must be aged 18 or older. Cannot be combined with other promotions/specials. Valid through 12-31-15. Month-to-month membership options are available. Guests must be 18 years of age or older and present a valid photo ID. Guests are limited to three visits per calendar year. Certain restrictions apply. Offer expires 12-31-15 SWT. SouthwestToday Fall 2015 | 15 Non-Profit Org. U.S. POSTAGE PAID Greenfield, OH Permit No. 771 Southwest General Health Center 18697 Bagley Road Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130-3497 440-816-5050 Thomas A. Selden, FACHE President & CEO Published by the Marketing Department www.swgeneral.com Suffering from Muscle Pain or Tension? New Therapy Technique Could Help Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) is a new service offered through Southwest General’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Department. TDN is an emerging physical therapy technique used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions such as neck, back and shoulder pain, migraine headaches, muscle spasms and carpal tunnel syndrome. The technique is similar to acupuncture. It uses ultra-thin needles, which are inserted into various “trigger points” in a patient’s body, depending upon where he or she is feeling pain. This triggers a “twitch response,” or a brief contraction of the muscle, followed by an immediate relaxation. Dry needling is used in tandem with other physical therapy treatments and exercise routines you may already be doing. Benefits of dry needling include, but are not limited to: • Longer lasting pain relief • Eliminating tension • Releasing tight or knotted muscles • Healing muscles after an injury • Accelerating healing time • Increasing range of motion Not all therapists are trained to perform dry needling. However, therapists at Southwest General have advanced training and have been certified through Dr. Ma’s Integrative Dry Needling Institute LLC, an internationally recognized and respected authority on this technique. As a recognized physical therapy treatment, dry needling is covered by most major insurance plans. To learn more about dry needling, call Health Connection at 440-816-5050.