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IN THIS Health Screenings... p.2
Patient Satisfaction... p.6
Watch our website for future screenings.
ISSUE Managing Childhood Obesity... p.8
New Health Professionals... p.11
Jan. 24 – Carotid Artery Ultrasound 4-7pm A quarterly publication • Fall 2004 • www.pekinhospital.org
Feb. 10 – A Woman’s Heart
Checking in. . .
March 14 – Pulmonary Function Testing Where Families Connect.
April 16 – Cardiovascular Screen For info, call Beth Seidel
at 353-0480 or page her at 1-800-512-2937
Look for our up-to-date Community Calendar Check our website at
at www.pekinhospital.org. www.pekinhospital.org Breastfeeding Education
1st Tue. every other month
for place and times, or Jan. 4, Mar. 1, May 3 & Jul. 5 P E K I N H O S P I T A L
Mark Your Calendar! call Melodie Mendenhall 6:30-9pm
at 353-0559 $5
CPR Class Park Court Conference Center
For class dates and to register,
call Jill @ 353-0701. Professional Breastfeeding Support Group
Fri., Feb. 18
Fri., April 15
Loss and Grief Support Group
Meets every Tue. evening
5:30-7pm at First Presbyterian Church
Schedule for 2005
Tue., Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
Led by Beth Seidel, Lactation Consultant
Every other Wed.
AND 3rd Mon. of the month
Fri., June 17
Call 346-1848 with questions.
Wed., Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27 7-9pm Health Screenings Play an Important Role
Tue., June 7, 14, 21, 28 Park Court Conference Center
Park Court Conference Center Stroke Support Group Tue., Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23
To register, call 353-0204. Meets 4th Tue. of every month Wed., Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
6:30-8pm in the Women’s Diagnostic Center Breastfeeding Peer Mentor Support Group While many people discuss the importance of
6:30-8:30pm Every other Wed.
Pheresis Conference Room Shortened schedule for holidays,
Call Lori at 353-0382 with questions. 10am-Noon
Wed., Dec. 29 – 2:30-5:30pm extended class time nutrition and diet, as well as other lifestyle issues,
Park Court Conference Center
Wed., Mar. 30 Tue., Dec. 6, 13
Fri., April 29
6:30-9:30pm Sibling Class
Wed., June 29 Lite & Easy Exercise
Sat., Jan. 8, Apr. 9, Jul. 9 or Oct. 8
regular health screenings are often overlooked.
2-6pm Tue. & Thur. (ongoing) Weekends
Sat., Feb. 5, 12 10am
Park Court Conference Center 4-4:45pm Although people may appear healthy when
Sat., May 14, 21 8 North
To register, call 353-0204. $22/10 sessions
Sat., Aug. 20, 27 $5
Sat., Nov. 5, 12 Call OB at 353-0480 to register. they’re doing all the “right” things like exercise
Support Groups Easy Does It Exercise
Tue. & Thur. (ongoing) 8:30am-12:30pm
Alzheimer’s Support Group Play Group
5-6pm Park Court Conference Center and eating right, regular health screenings
Meets 2nd Wed. of every month Second Fri. each month
$22/10 sessions $5
2-3:30pm on 6 North 10am-Noon
Call 353-0608 with questions. Call OB at 353-0480 to register.
COME JOIN US Park Court Conference Center can provide prevention and early detection of
Breast Cancer Support Group Auxiliary Bake Sale Sign Language for Babies
Meets 3rd Mon. of every month Fri., Dec. 3 To register, call Kelly at 247-3460.
chronic and life-threatening diseases. In other
4-5:30pm in the Women’s Diagnostic Center 6:30am
Conference Room Hospital Lobby
Call 353-0931 with questions.
words, your lifestyle may be healthy, but without
Compassionate Friends the necessary health screenings to help diagnose
Meets 1st Thur. of every month Non-Profit
7-9pm in Park Court Conference Center U.S. POSTAGE and prevent disease, some vital information may
Call Janet Knight at 352-2966 with questions. PAID
600 South 13th Street • Pekin, Illinois 61554 PERMIT NO.149 go unnoticed... with chronic disease, disability
and premature death becoming a higher risk.
Pekin Hospita Continued inside...
Tue., Dec. 7, 9am
Tue., Dec. 8, 7am
For more information on our programs & services,
please contact Melodie Mendenhall at 353-0559.
When we held
Day in August,
Prostate 58 25
Thyroid 73 34
Cholesterol 49 32
Put Prevention Glucose 52 2
into Practice Blood Pressure 95 62
(1 escorted to E.R.)
Although people may say, “What you Skin Cancer 50 16
don’t know won’t hurt you,” research Bone Density 36 17
sadly proves it’s wrong. Without health Pulmonary Function 35 9
screenings, many people may have NOTE: Screenings are not Body Composition 20 8
symptoms that are unnoticeable or intended to take the place of
regular physical examinations, Carpal Tunnel 35 17
attributed to “nothing.” But, according but do help in early detection
to the U.S. Department of Health and of major diseases and other Diabetic Foot 13 12
Human Services, regular checkups and
screenings help to “Put Prevention into
Practice” (PPIP) to help detect problems
Another important screening held by Pekin
before reaching life-threatening conditions...
Hospital in September, “Legs for Life”
often leading to an earlier diagnosis and
screened 136 people. Of those people,
treatment for a better outcome. In fact, the
five discovered they
PPIP program was designed to increase the
were at risk for Abdominal
appropriate use of clinical preventive services,
Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
such as screening tests, immunizations and counseling,
and 22 were at risk for
based on recommendations by the U.S. Preventive
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) – that’s almost 20%
Sciences Task Force.
of the people screened!
Further testing was recommended for those at risk.
The Good News
According to the Annual Report on the Status of Cancer,
which is released by the nation’s leading cancer organizations,
the incidence of cancer and death rates are on the decline. A Special Thanks to
According to the report’s authors, survival rates are showing
significant improvement. They indicate the new data reflect the Pekin Boat Club!
progress in prevention, early detection and treatment. Thanks to the members of the Pekin Boat Club, it was
possible to screen 58 men with a PSA blood test and rectal
Take advantage of the frequent exam during our Community Health Check Day! Of the
58 men tested, 25 were referred to primary care physicians
Community Health Screenings for additional testing. The Pekin Boat Club raised $2,000
offered by Pekin Hospital! Check to pay for the PSA blood tests during their first annual
Jim Timke Blues Festival.
our community calendar on the
Consider the statistics... a man in his lifetime has about a 16%
back page of this newsletter chance (1 in 6) of being diagnosed with prostate cancer... and a
or call Melodie Mendenhall 3% chance (1 in 33) of dying from it! And the older the man, the
greater the risk.
Congratulations to O ur Gold Star Winners!
August May February
Buffi Chapman, Cheri Lawrence, RN, Amy Barnett, RN,
RN, ER1 Cardiac Care Unit Skilled Nursing Floor
These healthcare providers
“... your great attitude – you do the work “... being very professional in dealing with “... excellent recognition and response to
were voted by our physicians as of two or three nurses much of the time. any situation!” – Dr. Esperanza Kabatay patient’s deteriorating conditions.”
Thank you! Keep up the good work.” – Dr. William Fisher
outstanding in providing “personal – Dr. Patricia Deters “... your consistently professional,
competent and reliable nursing care. “... knowing what is going on with all the
care” to our patients. All Gold Star “... your energy, positive attitude and You are very much appreciated!” patients when I ask.” – Dr. Don Blair
unflagging enthusiasm as well as excellent – Dr. Scott Moats
Award winners receive a $50 gift nursing skills.” – Dr. Greg Oakley
certificate for dinner and their
name is added to the Recognition
Wall in the hospital’s main hallway. July A pril Jan uary
Becky Bishop, Carol Urban, RN, 4 North
RN, 5 North RN, 8 North
“... helping to make 5N an outstanding “... your care and concern for all patients “... helping to raise the quality of care on
place to work. Your dedication in spite and helpfulness to all doctors.” 5N over the past year. It’s a pleasure
of physical/personal setbacks is admirable, –Dr. Terry Tosi working with you!” – Dr. Scott Moats
and I’m happy to be able to work with
you!” – Dr. Scott Moats “... getting me to my deliveries on time! “... always being on top of the patient
Your labor experience is invaluable.” care and being a JOY to work with!”
“... alerting me of a patient who might have –Dr. William Fisher – Dr. Nani Moazzam
Thank You for... been taking too much Tylenol. Thanks
for your willingness to work even with
a broken arm!” – Dr. Don Blair
“... being the best nurse and glue for the
department.” – Dr. Douglas Harrington
S eptember Kristen Kirgan,
“... your positive outlook, cheerful demeanor,
excellent nursing skills and clinical judgment. Lori Delaware, Patsy Bowers,
You are one of a handful of true ER1 RN, Pediatrics RN, 7 North
standouts who consistently provides the
standard of care which has propelled us If you are interested in working at a
forward in excellence.” – Dr. Greg Oakley hospital where employees can make a
“... being helpful and friendly, while taking “... helping me make it through the days! difference, please call Wendy Hess
“... never having a cross word, always wear- excellent care of our patients.” Your assistance is much appreciated and
ing a smile and displaying all that Pekin at 353-0946 or go online
– Dr. Steven Clark it’s a pleasure!” – Dr. Scott Moats
Hospital stands for!” – Dr. Frank Novy at www.pekinhospital.org.
“... providing continued excellent care “... persistent outstanding support of the
to my pediatric patients.” – Dr. William Fisher
“... your dedication to all patients and
7N telemetry unit.” – Dr. Paul Siebert
“... being a great charge nurse.”
helpfulness to all physicians.”
– Dr. Terry Tosi
– Dr. Bernard Taylor
All You Do! 5
The Five Pillars of Progress
To be the healthcare provider of choice in the communities we serve.
Vision: Pekin Hospital will be the place where the patients receive the highest quality
healthcare and where every physician and employee can make a difference.
The Five Pillars – People, Service, Quality, Growth and Finance In this issue, we are reporting Service. More information In both sections there is a colored square in the upper
– are the foundation for setting organization goals and provide on People, Quality, Growth and Finance will be reported right-hand corner of the graph.
the framework for evaluating our progress. This will lead us Through patient later. The graphs in the Service Pillar display a dark Green = Meets or exceeds the standard (90th percentile or higher)
to becoming the best hospital for the community. For the surveys, this is how straight line at the 90th percentile that shows our overall
first time, we are showing statistics benchmarked against minimum standard. The other line on the graph represents Yellow = Within 10% of achieving the goal (80th to 89th percentile)
nationwide standards. Watch for additional data in our patients rate us. the previous eight quarters of reported patient satisfaction
future Checking In publications. rankings at Pekin Hospital. Red = More than 10% below the standard (79th percentile or lower)
PREVENTION & TREATMENT OF OBESITY IN CHILDREN
According to the American Heart Association, overweight children are more likely to be
overweight adults. Successfully preventing or treating obesity in childhood may reduce the
risk of adult obesity. This may help reduce the risk of heart disease as well as other diseases.
The major health threat is Type 2 diabetes (adult onset), particularly in children with a
family history of the disease. Doctors are reporting a surge of young adolescents developing
Type 2 diabetes, which can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, stroke,
limb amputations and blindness.
WHAT’S A PARENT TO DO?
• Encourage participation in school and community sport activities while limiting
the time spent in front of the TV or computer. As a parent, set a good example
by volunteering at these school and community activities.
• Take family walks, hikes or bike rides.
• Provide nutritious, well-balanced, low-calorie and low-fat snacks, such as fruits,
vegetables and smoothies. Ask your doctor or a dietitian to
teach you about the right kinds of food to feed your children.
Fall is in the air... the temperature is dropping Fast-food restaurants can be dangerous.
• Don’t make your child eat when he or she isn’t hungry.
and the winter clothes are coming out of storage. • Don’t use desserts to comfort or reward your child –
it only teaches children to value sweets over other foods.
We are heading into the season of bulky sweaters • Include your children when going to the grocery store.
Teach your children to read food labels early to encourage
their awareness of what they’re eating. (If you can’t pronounce
and big coats, and it’s important not to hide behind it, it probably isn’t good for you.)
• Start with small, attainable goals to help build healthy habits for
them and let our bodies expand! the entire family and make it fun!
By Dr. Erika Hunter,
Over the past 20 years,
the rate of obesity in children
examples of good snack choices include: fresh fruits,
pretzels, baked potato chips, vanilla wafers and low-fat
Get up and get moving! AREA CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
Just modifying diet is not enough. In addition to making Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor activities, there
has risen from 6% to greater frozen yogurt. Mealtimes should also include sensible choices
good food choices, one must get up and move around. are many fun programs offered in the community for children
than 15%. And a serious reality is – baked or grilled, not fried – and fresh vegetables. If good
Turning off the TV and going outside is a big step in the to stay healthy.
that children who are overweight or food choices are followed on a routine basis, then splurging
right direction. There are so many fun things that kids can
obese tend to grow up to be adults every once in a while is okay. The yummy treats like cakes, Boys & Girls Club – Basketball & Wrestling, Game Room,
do to get them moving, such as playing tag or jumping rope.
who are overweight or obese. This is cookies, donuts, etc., don’t need to be forbidden. In fact, Volleyball, Soccer, Floor Hockey, Karate, and Cheerleading.
Now that fall is here, there are wonderful piles of For more information, call 346-5437.
not only a cosmetic problem, but one that making foods forbidden, just seems to make them more
leaves to jump in and soon it will be time for building
imposes real health dangers, such as heart desirable! The main goal is to be sensible and not to
snowmen. Taking family walks after dinner is a great way Pekin Park District – Outdoor: Archery Range,
disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, overdo any one type of food.
to get everyone moving. Although it may be tempting to Basketball Courts, Bike Trail, Frisbee Golf, Skate Park,
diabetes, stroke and sleep apnea. In addition to Hiking at McNaughton, or Sledding when there’s
curl up inside as it gets colder, there are many indoor
the medical risks, there are significant emotional snow, and Tennis. Inside: Tot Time Adventures,
activities that can get kids and adults moving: gymnastics,
risks to being overweight as well. Kids can be Gymnastics & Dance, Ice Skating, Hockey, and
swimming, basketball, karate, trampoline jumping, etc. Public Skate Times for the entire family.
tough on one another, and children often tease
their peers, making overweight children face For more information, call 347-7275.
social discrimination, low self-esteem Model sensible choices. Union Mission Center – Basketball
and depression. The most important thing we can do to help our children For more information, call 346-0724.
is to be positive role models. If we as parents make
What causes children sensible food choices, our children will be much more YWCA – Open swims and swim
lessons; please call for open
to be overweight? likely to do the same. Also, it is much easier to get up
and get moving when you have company, so planning
swim times and for
Of course, genetics play a part, but the main culprits additional information
activities that get the whole family involved, such as about programs,
are overeating and under-moving! Offering children 347-9922.
skating or bike riding, can be great! This is a wonderful
good food choices is important. If they grow up making
time of year to start making healthy changes – start now,
good choices about food and snacks, they will continue
and reap the benefits! During school holidays,
this pattern of good behavior into adulthood. Some
contact these organizations
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Richard Kriegsman Joins Board of Trustees! More Health Professionals Added to Our Team...
To Assure Your Good Health!
We’re pleased to welcome three new professionals to our medical staff
Michele Pepperell, M.D. specializes in Obstetrics &
Lynn Kepple Byerly, M.D.
Gynecology. With a Medical Degree from Southern Illinois
University School of Medicine, she performed her internship
and residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University
of Texas, where she was elected Chief Resident by her
peers and department physicians. Dr. Pepperell has joined
Harrington Obstetrics and Gynecology and enjoys providing
the highest standard of care to area women of all ages.
Also welcoming new patients, she can be reached for an
appointment by calling 353-3330.
Michele Pepperell, M.D.
Our Board of Trustees
Front Row Left to Right: Dr. Steven G. Clark; Carol Shields, Chairman;
Frank H. Mackaman, Vice Chairman; James L. Johnston, Treasurer. Lynn Kepple Byerly, M.D. specializes in Ophthalmology.
Back Row: Patrick E. Oberle, Dr. James R. Smalley, Scott Jeckel, A graduate of Richwoods High School, she earned her
Ronald Miller, Richard Kriegsman. Medical Degree from Rush Medical College and completed
O Not Pictured: Dr. John Lovell, Perry Soldwedel
On behalf of the entire Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health
Systems Board of Trustees, we welcome Richard Kriegsman
of KMI Packaging & Exporting! Rich, who attended Pekin
Community High School and DePaul University, is a member
of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. He also serves on
the Boards of... Pekin Community High School, Pekin Insurance,
Herget National Bank, Tazewell Machine Works,
Illinois Central College Education Foundation, the Peoria Area
Civic Chorale and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce
(transportation committee). In addition, Rich works with the
Heartland Partnership, a Peoria Chamber initiative. He and
his wife, Nancy, have three children: Kate, Amy & Scott.
We look forward to his contribution!
her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of
Chicago, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual
Sciences. She is available at both the Peoria and Pekin
Midwest Eye Care locations and is currently accepting
new patients. Call Midwest Eye Care at 347-5115 (Pekin)
or 685-2424 (Peoria) to make an appointment.
Erika Hunter, M.D. specializes in Pediatrics. Originally
55 Women Get FREE Mammograms!
Erika Hunter, M.D.
from Manito, IL, she is a 1997 graduate of Rush St. Luke’s
Presbyterian Medical School in Chicago, where she
completed her internship and residency in 2000. In addition,
On October 15, the Tazewell County Health Department Sarah Fenton, Director of
(TCHD) and Pekin Hospital offered FREE Mammograms to Preventive Service for TCHD, Dr. Hunter has just completed a four-year tour of duty
women needing financial assistance with their preventive healthcare. said, “we hope to serve some with the United States Army as a pediatrician to the 101st
The free mammograms were offered to women who brought proof of of those women who might not Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She is
age and household income. Most were either underinsured otherwise have a mammogram. Board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and
or had no insurance at all. Of the 55 women tested, 10 were It’s our goal to reduce the is affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics. She
referred to their physicians because of abnormal results. number of deaths attributed to
breast cancer in our county.”
is also certified in Neo-natal Resuscitation and offers
As the importance of annual mammograms for women over instruction for Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Dr. Hunter
40 has become better understood, insurance coverage has increased “We’re very excited to offer this is currently seeing patients in her office at 1503 Valle Vista.
and contributes to more women having regular mammograms. outreach to the communities we For an appointment, please call 353-1822.
Unfortunately, rates have not increased for women without insurance. serve," Dorcas Malcome, our
“By opening the Women’s Diagnostic Center for a day and inviting Director of Radiology, said. “We have offered mammographies
women who qualify to come in for a free mammogram,” to women on National Mammography Day for the past three
years and plan to do so again next year.”
10 To schedule your mammogram, please call 353-0410. 11