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community Based, Not For Profit yourhealth spring 2007 Bringing Wellness and health News to Northern california Where’s the Fruit? eat More for healthy cholesterol Page 8 Improving Our Services for You Page 3 We’re Helping Women to Be heartsmart Page 6 Volume 8, No. 1 The Sutter Health Network Contents 6 Medicine Tips to Keep You Safe 4 Our patient-safety officers offer timely tips for reducing drug interactions and side effects. Springtime Allergies 5 Take the Sutter Health allergy quiz and find out how to manage your springtime allergies. Healthy Cholesterol Highs and Lows 8 Carol Sandoval didn’t know her cholesterol numbers until she had a heart attack. She tells her story to encourage others to get checked. Beyond the Number on the Scale 10 When it comes to weight, the scale doesn’t tell the whole story. Learn better measures for healthy weight. Screenings Men Shouldn’t Miss 11 Men are less likely to get regular checkups. Use these strategies to help the man in your life stay healthy. Community Education and Support 14 Find out what classes and support groups we have available. ON the cOVer: the cOVer PhOtO Was takeN at Nugget Markets IN West sacraMeNtO. Welcome to Your Health Memorial Hospital Los Banos is part of Sutter Health, a family of not- for-profit hospitals, physician organizations, and other health care services that share resources and expertise to advance health care qual- ity. Serving more than 100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a regional leader in obstetrics, cardiac care, neurosciences, cancer services and orthopedics. Working together and sharing ideas, doctors, hospitals and other health professionals across the Sutter Health network partner with each other and their patients to provide the highest quality, most personalized care possible. Your Health is designed to help you and your family make informed decisions about your health care. Want to learn more about healthy lifestyles? Visit us Please note that while the information in Your Health is gathered from a wide range of online at www.memoriallosbanos.org. Our Web medical experts, it may not apply to your particular situation. If you have specific questions site contains hundreds of health topics, the latest about your health, contact your personal physician. Nothing contained in this publication is news on our programs and services, and a direc intended to be for medical diagnosis or treatment. tory to help you find a physician. 2 yourhealth spring 2007 Preparing for the Future MHLB Wins Award for Outstanding Performance Memorial hospital Los Banos (MhLB) is As Los Banos continues its remarkable growth, we’re the proud recipient of the 2006 sutter hard at work planning the hospital’s future. Recruiting health President’s award for Most new physicians, evaluating new services and equip- Improved Dashboards Performance. ment, and altering our facility to satisfy our patients’ sutter health, our parent organization, expectations are among our top priorities. Taking into account that the projected growth in recognized MhLB out of 26 network population and services outstrips our current location, hospitals for outstanding improvement we have identified a parcel of land as the site for a achievement in the areas of: new hospital. Conveniently located in the western part clinical excellence Richard Liszewski of town, the parcel positions the hospital in a rapidly employee and physician satisfaction growing part of Los Banos while maintaining excellent service excellence and patient accessibility for the community at large. Acquiring the land is the next step in a long hospital-replacement pro- satisfaction cess, which normally takes eight to 10 years before a new hospital opens. community benefit and charity care Obtaining sufficient funding as well as regulatory approvals and construc- targeted growth tion itself contribute to this timeline. Financial stability In the meantime, we continue to make our current location more comfortable and accessible. This year, we remodeled and enlarged our “the award says a lot about the hos Radiology and Emergency departments, opened a new Support Services Building, and moved our Rural Health Clinic to a larger, nicer location. We pital and the people who work here,” continue to plan enhancements to our emergency area to accommodate an says hospital administrator richard increasing demand for those services. Liszewski. “We’ve all pulled together A growing population also means a need for more physicians. In 2006, over the past year to make many we assisted in recruiting two new internal medicine physicians to the Apex changes that have benefited patients Medical Group and recruited a third internal medicine doctor who will be and their families, as well as our part of the Sutter Gould Medical Group practice opening in early 2007. A work group composed of board, medical staff and administration members employees and physicians. But we’re is busy projecting our physician needs for 2008 and beyond. not about to rest on our laurels. We’ll Throughout all the changes and growth, we will remain dedicated to not continue to work hard to improve our only providing top-quality medical services to you and your family, but facilities and services and provide our also ensuring your complete satisfaction with our efforts. We are at your community with the best health care service and want you to know that we are grateful for and honored by possible.” being entrusted with your health care needs. Richard S. Liszewski, CHE Hospital Administrator Memorial Hospital Los Banos www.memoriallosbanos.org 3 Medicine Alert 6 Tips to Keep You Safe I n t h e U . S . , m o re t h a n 2 m i l l i o n a d v e r s e d r u g re a c t i o n s are reported every year and are a leading cause of hospitalization and death. Most prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications are safe and effective when used properly. Taking them in the wrong combination, however, can lead to serious side effects or make the medications less effective. Even vitamins, herbal supplements and certain foods may interfere with some medications. “The best way to avoid negative drug interactions is to tell your doctor about all the medications you take, including any nonprescription drugs and dietary supple- ments,” says Theresa Manley, R.N., MBA, patient safety officer for the Sutter Health– affiliated Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “Simple aspirin or the herb ginkgo biloba can be harmful if taken with prescription blood thinners. Antacids and milk can prevent some antibiotics and other medications from working as well as they should.” Tips From Our Patient-Safety Officers 1 B r i n g a n u p - t o - d a t e l i s t or the bottles of your prescriptions and OTC medications and supplements with you to your doctor’s appointment. Update your list with your doctor whenever something changes. Sutter Health can help! Simply print out our handy form available at www.sutterhealth.org/images/hwise/pdf/hw/form_zm2251.pdf. 2 F i n d o u t e v e r y t h i n g you can about your medications from your doctor, including what to avoid (if anything) when taking them. Take notes and ask questions. 3 D o u b l e - c h e c k t h e l a b e l on the bottle to make sure you have the right medication, and repeat the instructions back to your doctor or pharmacist. 4 Te l l y o u r d o c t o r about any adverse reactions you have to a medication. He or she may be able to adjust the dose or prescribe something different. 5 D o n ’t s t o p t a k i n g a m e d i c a t i o n or change the dose yourself before talking with your doctor first. 6 N e v e r t a k e s o m e o n e e l s e ’s m e d i c a t i o n . You could have a bad reaction. Putting Your Safety First Sutter Health has long been focused on patient safety and the factors that con- tribute to safe medical outcomes. By investing in innovative technologies such as medication bar coding, the electronic intensive care unit and the electronic health record, the not-for-profit network is continuing to lead the transformation of health care to achieve the highest levels of clinical quality. Find out more at www.sutterhealth.org/about/patientsafety. 4 yourhealth spring 2007 What’s Your Strategy for Springtime Allergies? Take the Sutter Health Allergy Quiz Spring will be here s o o n along with blooming flowers, trees and grass — and lots of pollen. If you’re among the 50 million Americans suffering from seasonal allergies, all that pollen could leave you with a sneezy, runny, stuffy nose; itchy, red, watery eyes; and a scratchy throat. “You can minimize allergy symptoms by knowing what triggers your allergies and taking steps to minimize your exposure,” says Wallace B. Carroll, M.D., allergist with Sutter Gould Medical Foundation in Modesto. “Over-the- counter or prescription allergy medications may help relieve symptoms. If your allergy symptoms persist or get worse, however, it’s best to talk with your doctor or an allergist.” How much do you know about aller- gies? Take our quiz and find out! season begins. sign of symptoms or before allergy Test Your Allergy IQ to work. Start using them at the earliest sprays are effective but take a few days 1. Which situation is most likely to trigger an allergy attack? swell. Prescription nasal corticosteroid effect that causes the nasal lining to n a. Taking a shower after being outdoors 5. False. These sprays have a rebound n b. Staying in an air-conditioned environment with the windows closed bagless vacuum with a HEPA filter. n c. Driving with the windows open to let in fresh air allergen-approved vacuum bags or a n d. Beginning a series of allergy shots and cooling system once a month. Use 2. If you have seasonal allergies, it’s best to exercise outdoors early in the morning. Change the filters on your home heating 4. True. Keep your house dust-free. n True n False symptoms. 3. To help relieve allergy symptoms, you should: 3. All of the answers help ease allergy limit your pollen exposure. n a. Drink plenty of fluids Exercise indoors or later in the day to n b. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke workout opens up nasal passages. n c. Limit alcohol consumption as an excuse to avoid exercise. A good n d. Do a thorough spring-cleaning of your home However, don’t use high pollen counts n e. Try an over-the-counter (OTC) remedy highest between about 5 and 10 a.m. 4. More than half of those with allergies are allergic to dust mites. 2. False. Pollen counts are usually to recirculate or use the air conditioner. n True n False dows and vents closed. Set the air flow 5. OTC nasal sprays are effective and harmless. 1. c. When riding in a car, keep the win- n True n False Answers Memorial Hospital Los Banos www.memoriallosbanos.org 5 Teaching Women to Be Heart-Smart True or false: B re a s t c a n c e r k i l l s m o re w o m e n t h a n h e a r t disease. False! Heart disease kills more women in the U.S. than all forms of cancer combined. Know the Signs “Many women don’t think they are at risk for heart disease, so of a Heart Attack they often ignore symptoms or don’t know what symptoms to look for until it is too late,” says Jason R. Mevi, M.D., of Memorial Hospital chest discomfort, pressure Los Banos (MHLB). “Heart disease can also look and act differently in or burning women than it does in men. As a result, women are less likely to be chest or abdominal discomfort, diagnosed and treated early.” or pain spreading to the shoul MHLB and other Sutter Health hospitals are working to reverse this trend through the Sutter Health Women’s Heart Advantage Program. ders, neck, arm or jaw The educational and clinical initiative was created to raise awareness Discomfort or pain between of heart disease in women and improve early detection and treatment. the shoulder blades* The hospital will also participate in the American Heart shortness of breath* Association’s annual Go Red for Women campaign in February. sweating* Festivities will include a Wear Red Day promotion and women’s health Nausea or vomiting* fair held at the Los Banos Fairgrounds. The fun-filled event will feature health exhibits and lectures, tips from fitness and beauty experts, and Indigestion or gaslike pain* free heart-health screenings. Exciting prizes, food and special attrac- Dizziness or fainting tions for children will make for a great day for the entire family. unexplained weakness or “These educational campaigns can increase awareness and make a fatigue real impact on women and heart disease, just like the campaigns that sense of impending doom target breast cancer have,” says Jessica Gomez, R.N., patient education coordinator. “Women are so used to being caregivers that they often forget to take care of themselves. It’s time we change that.” *these symptoms are more See “Giving Women the Advantage” on page 9 to learn how you can common in women than men. find out your risk for heart disease. For more information or to sched- ule a speaker for your club or event, please call 209-826-0591, ext. 256. 6 yourhealth spring 2007 “Thank You” to Our Respiratory Therapists! You’ll find our respiratory therapists hard at work throughout the hospital every day taking care of patients of all ages — from critically ill adults on life support to children with asthma who need oxygen therapy. We are proud to recognize two outstanding respiratory thera- pists for their dedication, compassion and excellence — traits typical of our entire respira- tory therapy team! Sharon Stevens, R.T. Sharon Stevens, R.T., joined Memorial Hospital Los Banos (MHLB) in 1978 and has been man- ager of the Respiratory Therapy and Physical Therapy Department since 1996. She currently oversees 15 employees as well as Maric College respiratory therapy students doing their clinical rotation at the hospital. Originally in nursing school, Stevens switched gears after her son was hospitalized numerous times for respiratory problems. Watching the respiratory therapists care for her young son inspired Stevens to earn a degree in respiratory therapy from Pruitt College in Concord. “I love my job and the variety that comes with it,” says Stevens. “Most of all, I love seeing patients get well and knowing that I played a part in their recovery. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this hospital. The patients and staff are wonderful.” “Our staff really counts on the critical care the respiratory therapists provide our patients,” says Sharon Palmer, R.N., Emergency Department manager. “Sharon is an excellent manager and always Nunes earned his degree as a respiratory care practitioner makes sure that her team is up-to-date on the newest in 2003 and spent a year working at Doctor’s Hospital in equipment and techniques. We’re lucky to have her.” Modesto. He joined MHLB in 2004 at the suggestion of his wife, Sandy, a nurse in the hospital’s Obstetrics Department. Rick Nunes, RCP “I really enjoy what I do and being able to help people Watching respiratory therapists care for his infant son also every day,” says Nunes. “It’s a very interesting and fulfilling inspired Rick Nunes, RCP, to become a respiratory thera- job. I also learn a lot from my co-workers, who have a great pist. Before enrolling in the respiratory therapy program at deal of talent and experience. I’m very happy to be here.” Modesto Junior College, however, Nunes spent nine years “Rick is awesome and constantly goes above and beyond working for the City of Los Banos Public Works Department. the call of duty,” says Stevens. “He’s very thorough and great He also volunteered for the California Department of with patients, family members and staff. It’s wonderful to Forestry. have him as part of our team.” Memorial Hospital Los Banos www.memoriallosbanos.org 7 Cholesterol: The High, the Low and the Healthy You probably kn o w t h a t h a v i n g c e r t a i n was told I had had open-heart surgery,” says high cholestero l numbers isn’t good for you, Sandoval, director of information technology at but do you know that having a low cholesterol Sutter-affiliated Eden Medical Center in Castro number can also be unhealthy? When it comes Valley. to cholesterol, there are three numbers to track: Sandoval had suffered a major heart attack LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol — this number and was transferred to Sutter-affiliated Alta should be lower than 100 mg/dl. Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland for HDL, or “good,” cholesterol — this number specialized heart surgery. should be higher than 40 mg/dl for men and 50 mg/dl for women. Proactive Prevention Triglycerides — this number should be lower Sandoval, 56, has since recovered. She likes than 150 mg/dl. Jazzercise, body sculpting and walking, and she watches her diet. Although she always thought A recent study in American Heart Journal showed she was in good shape and ate pretty well, that a decrease in HDL led to an increase in Sandoval didn’t learn until after her heart attack heart attack or other sudden heart problems. that her cholesterol level was unhealthy. Experts agree that it’s not enough to lower your “It was all such a big surprise,” says LDL number; you also need to increase your Sandoval. “I didn’t have any symptoms before HDL. Luckily, this can be done by first knowing the attack, and I never thought I was at risk for your numbers. It’s important to get a cholesterol heart disease. I really want to encourage women screening test called a lipid profile, which mea- to be more proactive about their health. Maybe sures all three levels. Then you can change your if I had seen my doctor for regular checkups numbers with lifestyle adjustments. and cholesterol screenings, I could have done something to prevent all this.” One Woman’s Surprising Story For Carol Sandoval, not knowing her cholesterol Raise Your Cholesterol Awareness numbers almost took her life. Although she You can increase your HDL level and prevent had a normal LDL cholesterol level, her HDL the heart problems that affected Sandoval cholesterol was too low. That scenario put her by making some lifestyle changes. Engage in at higher risk for having a heart attack, which is regular physical activity (at least 30 minutes on exactly what happened. most, if not all, days), quit smoking, lose weight One morning about two years ago, Sandoval if you are overweight and eat a healthy diet that was busy gearing up for a big event at work is low in trans fats. Eat fats sparingly, and when and went to get something from her car. That’s you do eat them, fats such as those found in when she felt a severe pain in her chest that olive oil, nuts, and certain fish can help increase stopped her in her tracks. your HDL. “I remember making it to the emergency Get to know your cholesterol numbers, and department, but my next memory wasn’t until you can help prevent heart disease. I woke up in the hospital 10 days later and 8 yourhealth spring 2007 Women’s Top Three Health Risks heart disease may be the biggest threat to women’s health, but it’s not the only one. knowing the other risks can help you make healthier choices for the future. 1 . H e a r t d i s e a s e . heart disease kills more women in the u.s. than the next seven causes of death combined. 2 . C a n c e r. Lung, breast and colorectal cancers are the three most deadly cancers in women. and cancer accounts for the second largest number of deaths among women in the u.s. to find out about can cer prevention and early detection, visit www.cancer.sutterhealth.org. 3 . S t ro k e . More than 160,000 people die of stroke every year in the u.s. — about twothirds are women. stroke and heart disease share many of the same risk fac tors. reducing your risk factors can go a long way toward preventing stroke and helping you live a long, healthy life. Giving Women the Advantage Women tend to have a lower total cholesterol level than men of the same age. After menopause, wom- en’s LDL level tends to rise. Sutter Health’s Women’s Heart Advantage program aims to raise awareness of heart disease in women and improve early detection and treatment. Visit www.hearts.sutterhealth.org/women and take our 10-minute heart quiz to find out your risk for heart disease. Then read more about heart disease and what you can do to protect yourself against it. Memorial Hospital Los Banos www.memoriallosbanos.org 9 Beyond the Number on the Scale You’re eating be t t e r a n d e x e rc i s i n g m o re , but you still haven’t lost a pound, according to your bathroom scale. What gives? “If you’ve lost fat and gained muscle, you may not show any weight loss on the scale, but your clothes will probably fit looser, and you’ll look better,” says Jeffrey Jenkins, M.D., FACS, general and bariatric surgeon with Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. “Muscle is denser than body fat. This means that pound for pound, muscle takes up less space than fat.” Measuring Up If you can’t rely on your scale to tell if your weight is healthy, what can you use? The body mass index (BMI) is considered a reliable way to measure healthy body weight for most men and women older than age 20. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. How can you find your BMI? Use the Sutter Health online calculator at www.sutterhealth.org/ health/bmi_calculator.html. Compare your BMI number to the chart below. BMI Numbers 18.4 or less underweight 18.5 to 24.9 normal 25 to 29.9 overweight 30 or more obese BMI is a less accurate measure for athletes and older people, so they should see their doctor to determine their healthy weight. Did you know? The Bottom Line on Fat “Having a large percentage of body fat is unhealthy regardless A waist measurement greater than of how much you weigh or how thin you look. Women with more than 30 percent body fat and men with more than 25 per- 40 inches in men or 35 inches cent are considered obese and putting their health in serious danger,” says Dr. Jenkins. “The safest and most effective way in women increases your risk of to decrease overall body fat is to eat healthy foods in smaller developing obesity-related diseases. quantities and exercise regularly. Judge your progress by how your clothes fit and how you feel rather than by a number on the bathroom scale.” Watch Your Health — on TV! What’s the skinny with trans fats, and why are they being banned from some Northern California restaurants? Learn more by watching the Your Health TV show. Tune in any Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., on Channel 14. 10 yourhealth spring 2007 Screenings Men Shouldn’t Miss Men’s Health Screening Guidelines Screening Age to Start* How Often* For a lot of guys, a trip to the doctor Blood Pressure 18 at least every two years is not a high priority. Pride may play cholesterol 35 every five years a role in this pattern of behavior. Our colorectal cancer 50 Depends on type of test culture equates being male with being healthy and strong, and a hint of vul- Diabetes talk with your doctor talk with your doctor nerability to illness might be seen as a Prostate cancer 50 Yearly sign of weakness. (40 to 45 for africanamericans “Many men don’t bother going to and others at high risk) the doctor if they feel healthy, but that testicular cancer talk with your doctor talk with your doctor can be a dangerous way of thinking,” says Sean Hennessey, M.D., family * Your doctor may recommend screening at an earlier age or more frequent medicine physician affiliated with screening if you have any of the following risk factors: Sutter Solano Medical Center. “Men a personal or family history of a disease Diabetes need regular health screenings, just like or condition high blood pressure women. They should also get checked out if they notice changes to their body, Being overweight high cholesterol such as blood in the urine, abnormal smoking bowel habits or chest pain. These could be signs of a serious illness.” Fear, denial or simply lack of time are common excuses men or anyone might use to avoid seeing their doctor 3 Ways to Set a Date Your Man Won’t Dodge or health care provider. surveys have shown that men actually get most of their health information from “Colorectal cancer and other health screenings are very easy and virtu- their wife, girlfriend or mother. to help your guy set a date to see his doctor, try ally painless nowadays. There’s no these three tips: good reason to avoid them,” adds Make it convenient. schedule an appointment for the evening after work or on Dr. Hennessey. “If you wait too long, the weekend, if possible. you could put your health at risk. You Get a recommendation. ask your family, friends or coworkers whom they go owe it to yourself and to your family to to. Most people are eager to recommend a good doctor. get checked.” Show support. Let him know that you have his best interests in mind — and so will his doctors. the more they know about his health, the more they can do to help. Memorial Hospital Los Banos www.memoriallosbanos.org 11 Getting to Know the Memorial Hospital Los Banos Board of Directors Brian Walker Michael K. Larson William K. Rapp Jr., DDS Brian Walker Michael K. Larson William K. Rapp Jr., DDS Brian Walker is superintendent of Mike K. Larson is a certified pub- William K. Rapp Jr., DDS, opened his schools for the Dos Palos–Oro Loma lic accountant for O. Ray Sheets general dentistry practice in Los Banos Joint Unified School District. He started Accountancy Corporation in Los Banos, in 1978 and cares for patients of all his education career more than 20 years where he works with both individuals ages. Prior to starting his own practice, ago and taught in a private American and businesses. He joined the Memorial he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. school in South America before moving Hospital Los Banos board of directors Navy Dental Corps for three years. He to Los Banos in 1988. Walker joined the in 2001. Larson currently serves as vice joined the Memorial Hospital Los Banos Memorial Hospital Los Banos board chair of the board and will assume the board of directors in 2005. of directors in 1998 and has served as position of board chair in June. He has “As board members, it’s our job to board president, treasurer and secretary. also served as secretary and treasurer. help guide and direct the future of our “Serving on the hospital board has “The board functions very well as community hospital,” says Dr. Rapp. been a very worthwhile and educa- a team, and I’m honored to be work- “The hospital faces some tough chal- tional experience for me,” says Walker. ing with such dedicated and intelligent lenges ahead, and I’m excited to be part “The hospital is very important to people, both on the board and at the of the team responsible for moving the everyone in the greater Los Banos area, hospital,” says Larson. “I look forward hospital forward.” and the board’s job is to ensure that it to continuing our work to make sure Dr. Rapp has served on the Ken continues to meet the growing health that the hospital remains financially Anderson cancer fund-raising commit- care needs of our community well into healthy and continues to grow and keep tee for the American Cancer Society the future.” pace with our community.” for the past 25 years. He also served Walker is a member of the Dos Palos Larson also serves as treasurer of as president of the Yosemite Dental “Y” Service Club, a past president of the Los Banos Rotary and chairs the Society, Los Banos Lions Club and Our the Dos Palos Rotary and involved with Fatjo Corporation. He and his wife, Lady of Fatima School Advisory Board. numerous youth athletic groups. He Marsha, moved to Los Banos with He and his wife, Deborah, have three and his wife, Shelly, have four children. their two sons in 1990. children. 12 yourhealth spring 2007 Who Makes Up the Board of Directors? Memorial hospital Los Banos, affiliated with Memorial hospital association, is locally governed by a volunteer board of directors that lends its expertise, knowledge and commitment to guide the hospital toward its mission. here is a list of the current board: David P. Benn John Mevi, M.D. Loretta garcia (not pictured) Joe gutierrez William k. rapp Jr., DDs Joe hirt Brian Walker Michael k. Larson tony Whitehurst richard Liszewski Julian Y. Yip, M.D. Anthony Whitehurst Anthony Whitehurst Anthony Whitehurst is a planning and David P. Benn Loretta Garcia development consultant serving the Central Valley area. For the past 15 years, he has assisted land owners and developers throughout the entitlement and develop- ment process. He joined the Memorial Hospital Los Banos board of directors in 2003 and currently serves as board secretary. “I feel honored to be able to contribute to the growth and development of the hos- pital and the medical care in our commu- nity,” says Whitehurst. “As our community Joe Hirt Richard Liszewski expands and becomes more diverse, it’s important that the hospital also grow and offer a broader range of services.” A Los Banos native, Whitehurst has served on the Chamber of Commerce board of directors and been a member of the Rotary Club for nearly 30 years. He also serves on the Los Banos City General Planning Advisory Committee and has been involved with many youth groups. He and his wife, Mary Jean, have six grown children. Joe Gutierrez Julian Y. Yip, M.D. Memorial Hospital Los Banos www.memoriallosbanos.org 13 Upcoming Community Education and Support Groups Childbirth and New Parent Classes Spanish Childbirth Education this oneday childbirth class, taught in spanish, teaches Breast-Feeding Support basic breathing and relaxation techniques and gives a better Learn the basics of breastfeeding, how to get started and understanding of the birthing process. how to avoid difficulties. We offer free oneonone consulta tions as well as free support classes. call 2098260591, Stork Tour ext. 270, for more information. take a free tour of our Labor and Delivery Department and meet our staff before you deliver your baby. tours Car Seat Safety are available every tuesday, thursday and Friday. Please this class teaches you how to protect your infant or child call 2098260591, ext. 270, to register. when riding in a car. It meets on one saturday a month, from 10 a.m. to noon for english speakers or 1 to 2:30 p.m. for Teen Childbirth Education spanish speakers. the $20 fee includes one child car seat this free eightweek program, designed especially for teens, or child booster seat. a parent or guardian must attend. provides parentstobe with the information they need to call 2098260591, ext. 270, for more information. become responsible parents, with an emphasis on infant care. classes are held on thursdays, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Car Seat Safety Checks Patients can enroll at any time by calling 2098260591, every Friday afternoon we offer free checks to ensure that ext. 270. your car seat is safe and installed properly. Please call 2098260591, ext. 270 or 356, for an appointment. Classes for Children and Teens Childbirth Education this free sixweek course gives expectant parents the tools Safe Sitter Babysitting Class and knowledge needed to make the transition from preg this class teaches safe and fun babysitting techniques, nancy to parenthood. Patients can enroll in the class at any along with some first aid and rescue breathing. adolescents time and are encouraged to bring their partner. classes must be at least 11 years old to attend. Fee is $20. the are held every Wednesday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. call class is held every Wednesday, from 4 to 6 p.m. call 2098260591, ext. 270. 2098260591, ext. 270, to enroll. 14 yourhealth spring 2007 Sibling Class Diabetes Support Group for Parents this class is designed to help children prepare for the this free support group for parents of children with diabetes arrival of a new baby in the home. the class is offered once meets on the second tuesday of every month, from 7 to 8 p.m. a month, but special dates and times may be arranged. call Please call 2098260591, ext. 356, for more information. 2098260591, ext. 270, to make an appointment. Diabetes Support Group for Teens this free support group for teenagers with diabetes meets CPR and Other Programs on the second thursday of every month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Please call 2098260591, ext. 356, for more information. CPR Certification or Renewal Learn the basics of cPr through this handson course. Mom’s Support Group certification class is held every Friday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meet new people and learn new things about common con renewal class is every Friday, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. the fee cerns of motherhood while giving your baby, toddler or pre is $15. call 2098260591, ext. 270, to join. schooler a chance to interact with others. this free group meets bimonthly. call 2098260591, ext. 356, for more information. Heartsaver CPR For only $10, learn the basic adult, child and infant cPr tech Personal Patient Education niques through our partnership with the american red cross. We offer oneonone sessions for patients concerning diabetes, classes are offered every saturday, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. congestive heart failure, cholesterol and much more. Please call the cPr card you earn will be good for two years. 2098260591, ext. 356, to make an appointment. Personal Support Classes Our Lab Has Moved! Diabetes Support Group for Adults this is a free support group for adults who have diabetes. Our laboratory has moved to the new support services It meets on the second Wednesday of every month, from Building. the lab is open Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Please call 2098260591, ext. 356, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. the new phone number is for more information. 2098260591, ext. 423. Memorial Hospital Los Banos www.memoriallosbanos.org 15 Foundation Gala Raises $93,000 for Great Cause! This past Octob e r, m o re t h a n 5 0 0 p e o p l e e n j o y e d a night of great food, entertainment and dancing at the Arabian Nights Foundation Gala. The hospital foundation’s annual event raised a whopping $93,000! The proceeds are already being put to good use remodeling the hospital’s Obstetrics (OB) Department. Family members and visitors will appreciate the new couches and pull-out guest beds in the labor and delivery rooms, and everyone will enjoy the brighter, cozier postpartum rooms. The face-lift will include newly painted walls, pretty valances, quilted bedspreads and attractive cabinets to hide equipment and give rooms a homier feel. A reorganization of the floor will free up space for an additional postpartum room, while an existing labor and delivery room will be completely updated. “We delivered more than 750 babies by November 2006, and things can get a bit crowded when the unit is full,” says Barbara Gettings-Bourque, R.N., perinatal nurse manager. “I think every- one will appreciate the extra space and more comfortable sur- roundings, especially women and their families. We want the birthing experience to be as enjoyable as possible for them.” A not-for-profit organization, Memorial Hospital Los Banos appreciates your support, which has helped expand health care services, invest in new technology and fund numerous commu- nity programs. The foundation raises money through the annual gala and other special events and donations from individuals and businesses. To learn how you can support the foundation and become a partner in our community’s health, please call 209-826-0691, ext. 276. All donations are tax-deductible. NonProfit Org. u.s. Postage PaID Memorial hospital Los Banos Memorial hospital Los Banos 520 West I st. Los Banos, ca 93635 Call 1-800-4SUTTER or visit thedoctorforyou.com to find a physician affiliated with Memorial Hospital Los Banos.
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