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									                                                                          W I N T E R 2006


                           back to
                                         after advanced
                                         orthopedic care

                                                     ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
              Maternity, Surgery   Preventing            New Physicians      Colonoscopy:
 health       and Radiology        Surgical Infections   Join Emerson        Getting Beyond
calendar      Upgrades are                               Hospital Staff      the Myths
contents                                               back to life
            Back to Life After                         Orthopedic care is a specialty area that has been shaped by remarkable advances,
            Advanced Orthopedic                        from breakthroughs in sports medicine to the use of minimally invasive surgical
            Care                                       techniques. Joint replacement surgery is a medical success story; the vast majority
            Page 2                                     of those who receive a new knee or hip experience immediate pain relief and go on
                                                       to function at an activity level that would have been otherwise impossible. Painful
            Construction Upgrades
            Anticipate Growth and                      knees that keep people of all ages from enjoying life can be repaired arthroscopi-
            Progress in Medicine                       cally. Shoulder surgery that used to require a large incision, several days in

            Page 5                                     the hospital and a long rehabilitation now can often be performed through small
                                                       incisions, to the relief of patients who need to return to active lives and jobs.

                                                       The orthopedic surgeons at Emerson Hospital are experts at delivering all of this
            Pullout Health Calendar
                                                       advanced care within a comprehensive program that takes a customized approach
            (see center section)
                                                       to the surgery itself, as well as pain control. Seasoned rehabilitation professionals
                                                       guide patients back to safe activities, and the hospital’s Rehabilitation and
            Emerson Advisor:
                                                       Transitional Care Unit (TCU) provides the perfect setting for making progress after
            Arthritis, Common and
                                                       surgery. Emerson Home Care can help continue the recovery process at home.
            Page 11                                    This combination of elements has produced success stories for area residents of all
                                                       ages who share the goal of getting back to independence and busy lives.
            Preventing Infections:
            Steps in the Operating
            Room Are Aimed
            at Reducing the Risk

            Beyond the Myths
            Page 15

On the Cover: Scott Vanderhoof lowers the awning
on the front of his Concord hardware store.

Emerson Hospital, an acute care medical
center located in Concord with health centers
in Westford, Groton and Sudbury (February
2006), is well known for its medical and
surgical specialists, outstanding nursing care,
and patient-centered services, including the
Birthing Center, the Bethke Cancer Center and
the Polo Emergency Center.                         Donald Driscoll, MD (left), is shown performing knee surgery with Robert First, MD, and
                                                   Liz Mammone, surgical technician.
                                                      success stories

after advanced orthopedic care
 Hip Replacement Surgery:
 Taking the Long View
 People are living longer, and they are
 leading more active lives.That is the story
 behind the 300,000 hip replacement
 surgeries that are performed in the U.S.
 each year.The surgery has proven itself,
 and it has been continually perfected in
 terms of the surgical technique, implant
 design and approach to rehabilitation.
 According to Donald Driscoll, MD, who
 is fellowship-trained in total joint replace-
 ment surgery, those in search of successful
 hip replacement surgery should select an
 experienced orthopedic surgeon who will
 take the long view on their behalf. “Many                                                                        “We always select an implant that
                                                                                                                   is right for the individual patient,”
 patients focus on the short term, which is
                                                                                                                   says Dean Howard, MD.
 understandable,” he says. “They want to get
 home from the hospital and get on with
 their lives.We feel our job is to look
 further down the road, because we want           also use the latest implants, including            Sneaking into the knee—
 our patients to avoid complications and          ceramic models, which were approved by
                                                                                                     or replacing it
 be happy ten years from now.We know              the FDA last year and are thought to be
 what works, so we customize each patient’s       associated with longer wear.                       The knee is known as the body’s hardest-
 surgery with that goal in mind.”                 When the right operation is performed by           working joint.That is why knee pain,
                                                  an orthopedic surgeon who takes the long           whether intermittent due to injury or
 That is why Dr. Driscoll and his colleagues
                                                  view, patients can expect many years with          chronic due to arthritis, is a common
 inject a note of caution when patients
                                                  their healthy hips. “Short of playing basket-      occurrence. Emerson’s orthopedic surgeons
 request minimally invasive hip replace-
                                                  ball, our patients return to active lifestyles,”   provide the full range of knee procedures,
 ments. “The surgery has gotten a little
                                                  says Dr. Driscoll. “It gives us a lot of satis-    including total knee replacements and
 ahead of itself, especially when the focus
                                                  faction.”                                          anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) recon-
 is on making the smallest possible inci-
 sion,” he says, noting that the size of the
 incision is a relatively insignificant factor.                                                      But the vast majority of knee surgeries
                                                  “Safe, successful hip replacement                  are arthroscopic—procedures that sneak
 “We need to place the hip components
                                                                                                     into the joint through a tiny incision, as
 in perfect position while being kind to           surgery protects the patient’s muscles            small as one-eighth inch—in order to
 the adjacent tissues,” he explains. “Safe,
                                                   and prevents nerve damage.”                       repair torn or damaged cartilage or remove
 successful hip replacement surgery protects
                                                                                                     joint debris. “This is the most common
 the patient’s muscles, prevents nerve                                 ——Donald Driscoll, MD
                                                                                                     orthopedic surgery performed,” notes
 damage and results in minimal blood loss.”
                                                                                                     Dean Howard, MD. “All of us at Emerson
 Emerson’s orthopedic surgeons have been
                                                                                                     perform arthroscopic knee surgery, and we
 performing the operation through four-
                                                                                                     stay on top of all the advances.”
 or five-inch incisions for some time.They

    advanced orthopedic care

    Their expertise extends to knee replace-       patients who want to stay active,” explains         When they do, they hear about a compre-
    ment surgery. “Similar to hips, there is       John Blute, MD, who performs the proce-             hensive program that emphasizes pain
    pressure to perform knee replacements          dure. “It is a less-invasive surgery than the       control, starting in the operating room and
    through ever smaller incisions,” he says.      total knee replacement, and it requires less        throughout the hospital stay and rehabilita-
    “We are making progress in this approach       recovery time. But it does not last as long         tion. “Job one is getting the knee moving,”
    to surgery, but not everyone is a candidate.   as a total knee. Also, if the individual has        says Dr. Howard. “By paying attention to
    We also find that patients often are less      arthritis elsewhere in the joint, they ulti-        all the details, we can give our patients a
    sore, and their rehabilitation proceeds more   mately may need to have a total knee any-           knee that works well for 15 or 20 years.”
    quickly, with the traditional, proven          way.That is something we cannot predict.”
                                                                                                       Shoulder surgery:
    approach to this surgery.”
                                                   Timing is important when it comes to                the most complex joint
    Many of today’s knee implants incorporate      knee replacement surgery. “Some people              comes into view
    new materials and new designs aimed at         want to put it off, and we can provide a
    minimizing wear and improving the knee’s       variety of treatments that will help our            Not so long ago, shoulder surgery was a
    motion. “We always select an implant that      patients do that by keeping their pain              big operation—the kind of operation
    is right for the individual patient and that   under control,” says Dr. Howard.Tailored            people dreaded because of the long rehab-
    we know has a good track record, based         exercise programs, cortisone injections             ilitation. According to Paul Re, MD, chief
    on our experience,” says Dr. Howard. “The      and leg bracing are some examples.                  of orthopedic surgery, sports medicine
    newest device on the market isn’t always                                                           spurred the development of a new era in
                                                   “I keep a list of patients who have had
    the best choice.”                                                                                  treating the body’s most complex joint.
                                                   knee replacement surgery,” he says. “If
    As knee replacement surgery evolves,           someone clearly needs the surgery but               “Techniques aimed at getting professional
    alternatives have been developed, including    is hesitant, I encourage them to speak with         pitchers and basketball players back to their
    the uni-compartmental, or half-knee,           one of them, patient to patient.”                   sport are now applied to everyone,” says
    replacement. “This is an option for selected                                                       Dr. Re, who is fellowship-trained in sports
                                                                                                       medicine. “Sports medicine has led the way

                                                                transitional care unit: for recovery and rehab
                                                                after surgery

                                                                Emerson’s Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Unit (TCU) feels like a world
                                                                apart. It is carpeted and cozy, a place where patients wear their own clothes,
                                                                work with physical and occupational therapists and relax with their visitors. For
                                                                those who have had orthopedic surgery, the TCU is the place to gain the nec-
                                                                essary mobility and independence so that they can head home with confidence.

                                                                Because it is on-site at Emerson, the TCU provides a level of efficiency and con-
                                                                venience appreciated by patients and surgeons alike. “The TCU is a real plus
                                                                because it answers the need for continuity of care,” says John Blute, MD. “Since
                                                                they are right here at Emerson, I can see my patients easily, and I know the
                                                                nurses and rehabilitation staff, who watch out for problems and contact me
                                                                immediately when they occur. Patients and families always have good things to
                                                                say about the TCU.”

                                                                John Blute, MD, stops in to see one of his patients on Emerson’s Rehabilitation and
                                                                Transitional Care Unit.

“Techniques aimed at getting
                                                 success stories
 professional pitchers and basket-
 ball players back to their sport
 are now applied to everyone.”
                          —Paul Re, MD

in how to best repair ligaments, cartilage
and bones, including in the shoulder. As
a result, today we perform all types of min-
imally invasive surgery on non-athletes.”
The tools of arthroscopic surgery—
sophisticated scopes and slim instruments—
provide orthopedic surgeons with an
extensive view of the shoulder and a way                                                            hardware store
to repair it with less trauma. “We can
now see the whole joint in motion,” says                                                            owner becomes an
Dr. Re, who also performs shoulder
replacement surgery. “Because we can see                                                            expert on hips
more, we can do more—repair the rotator
                                                                                                    Thanks to hip replacement surgery,
cuff and also fix cartilage—and we no                                                               Scott Vanderhoof is busy, active and
longer cut the deltoid muscle, the shoul-                                                           has few limitations.
der’s major muscle.That means many
patients require no hospital stay.”              As hips go, it may be one of the better-known      muscles in advance of surgery. He also select-
The good news, he says, has to do with           in Concord. According to Scott Vanderhoof,         ed a type of hip implant that is well-suited to
the resulting pain relief. “Patients who have    who runs Vanderhoof Hardware Co., the              younger, more active individuals. Although Mr.
had successful shoulder surgery are most         store’s customers knew when his hip replace-       Vanderhoof no longer jumps from counter-
happy about being able to sleep at night.”       ment surgery was scheduled, welcomed him           tops with gallons of paint in his hands, he
                                                 back after his rehabilitation and, five years      leads an active life. His need for surgery at a
Dr. Re is also working with a local              later, ask for advice about their own need for     relatively young age was the result of several
biomedical company on techniques                 orthopedic care.                                   factors: arthritis, an accident in the store
to improve how ACL reconstruction is                                                                where he fell off a ladder and a lifestyle that
performed.When the major ligament that           When they do, Concord’s hardware expert tells
                                                                                                    included playing hockey three nights a week.
controls knee movement is torn, difficult        them that life after hip replacement surgery is
surgery and a long rehabilitation follow.        much better than life before it. Since having      Annual checkups with Dr. McInnis, who is fel-
“We have developed and are testing               hip replacement surgery at Emerson Hospital,       lowship-trained in joint replacement surgery,
devices that allow us to reconstruct the         Mr. Vanderhoof, 49, is on the job—and on his       are reassuring. “He looks at my x-rays, watch-
ACL arthroscopically with less injury,           feet—six days a week. He has few limitations.      es me walk and tells me I’m tracking beauti-
which allows the muscles to recover more         “I gave up playing hockey, but I can go skating    fully,” says Mr. Vanderhoof. “That means the
quickly,” Dr. Re explains. “This technology      with my kids,” he says.                            hip looks good.” His primary care physician,
has proven to be successful and allows                                                              Scott Paparello, DO, at Acton Medical
                                                 Prior to his surgery, Mr. Vanderhoof had a dif-
patients to get off their crutches sooner.”                                                         Associates, also keeps an eye on his hip and
                                                 ficult time climbing stairs. “Finally, I reached
                                                                                                    overall health.
The progress in orthopedic surgery keeps         the point where I couldn’t walk the dog any-
coming, and area residents—young, old,           more,” he recalls. That was when he told John      People still come into the store, which his
active and sedentary—are benefiting.             McInnis, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at              great-grandfather founded in 1904, and ask
                                                 Emerson, that he was ready for a new hip. Mr.      Mr. Vanderhoof “how’s your hip?” He reports
For more information about orthopedic surgery    Vanderhoof knew he was in good hands. “My          that he feels great, requires no pain medica-
at Emerson Hospital, please call the Physician   grandmother had a hip replacement at               tion and was completely impressed with the
Referral Service at 978-287-3456 or visit our    Emerson, and my mother-in-law had very suc-        care he received at Emerson. “It was the best
web site at             cessful surgery performed by Dr. McInnis.”         care I’ve ever seen,” says Mr. Vanderhoof.
                                                                                                    “You hear nothing but success stories at
                                                 Dr. McInnis prescribed an exercise program
                                                                                                    Emerson. I’m a good example.”
                                                 aimed at strengthening Mr. Vanderhoof’s

                                                               construction upgrades anticipate
                                                               growth, progress in medicine
    The new Clough Surgical Center will have a dedicated entrance/drop-off area.

    Hospital Designs for Patient Satisfaction                           “We are converting the unit to all private rooms—something
    Emerson Hospital patients will experience a new level of            many families request,” says Mr. Smith. “After giving birth in
    comfort and privacy before long, thanks to planned upgrades to      one of our comfortable labor-delivery-recovery rooms, mothers
    three key areas: surgery, the maternity unit and interventional     and babies will move to their own room.”
    radiology. According to Glenn Smith, vice president for clinical    But privacy is only part of the story.The new rooms, where
    and administrative services, each of these areas will be trans-     mothers and newborns typically spend between two and four
    formed by an expansion in space and a design aimed at increas-      days, are being designed according to feng shui principles.
    ing patient and family satisfaction.                                “We are paying attention to color, sunlight—even the placement
    “This project will add new space, renovate existing space and       of furniture,” Mr. Smith explains. “The resulting space will be
    include sophisticated imaging and surgical technology,” says        soothing and spa-like—ideal for a family to spend time together
    Mr. Smith. “In the process, we will improve the efficiency of       after the birth of a baby.”
    how care is provided. But the main goal is to enhance our
    patients’ overall experience.”                                      Interventional radiology moves to the next level
                                                                        Imaging continues to transform medical practice. In Emerson’s
    That is clearly true of the new Clough Surgical Center, the site
                                                                        interventional radiology suite, sophisticated imaging systems
    of 9,000 outpatient surgeries each year. Its architectural design
                                                                        guide diagnostic procedures and treatment every step of the way.
    supports streamlined care, beginning with a dedicated patient
    entrance and separate, private areas for pre-surgery discussions    Many of those treatments require that catheters, balloons or
    and after-surgery recovery. Family members will appreciate the      coils be threaded into blood vessels; some represent alternatives
    spacious new waiting area and kitchenette.                          to surgery. For example, uterine fibroid embolization shrinks
                                                                        fibroids by safely blocking the uterine arteries, and endovascular
    The surgery upgrades continue with three new operating rooms
                                                                        laser therapy treats painful varicose veins.
    and integrated technology. An equipment column attached to
    the ceiling will supply the lighting, camera and TV screens         These modern therapies will soon be performed in an interven-
    required to perform laparoscopic gastrointestinal and gynecolog-    tional radiology suite that is almost twice the size of the current
    ic surgery.This essential technology will be within arm’s reach.    room and can be converted to a sterile OR for complex
                                                                        procedures.The state-of-the-art suite will feature the newest-
    “Minimally invasive surgery requires more technology,” notes
                                                                        model fluorosocopy unit, which provides sophisticated, real-time
    Michael Reinhorn, MD, a general surgeon. “The operating
                                                                        x-rays that guide procedures.The new suite will add six patient
    rooms of the future, like those we are planning at Emerson,
                                                                        recovery bays and a consultation room.
    facilitate surgery and also provide a safer environment for the
    patient and the surgical staff.”                                    Mr. Smith says the hospital anticipates growth in all three
                                                                        clinical areas. “There is so much progress going on in medicine,”
    After the baby: privacy for families                                he notes. “This construction upgrade shows Emerson is not
    Having a baby at Emerson’s Birthing Center will soon come           standing still.We are planning to grow and, in the process,
    with the guarantee of a private room on the postpartum unit.        meet our patients’ needs for comfort and privacy.”


              Emerson Hospital’s

                      healthcalendar                                              lectures, classes and more
                      T A L K I N G A B O U T H E A LT H                                                  ( FREE )
                      Emerson Hospital Speaker Series
Mark your calendar now. Don’t miss these informative talks with Emerson experts. Light refreshments will be served.

                Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions                                    Demystifying Headaches
                To Stay Healthy                                                        Barry Levin, MD, neurologist
                Thomas Goodman, MD, internal medicine                                  Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 pm
                Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 pm                                           Headaches are among the most common
                Need motivation? Dr. Goodman will offer advice                         medical problems and can be difficult to treat.
                about setting goals and maintaining good health                        Dr. Levin will discuss the evaluation and
                year-round.                                                            treatment of headaches, including approaches
                                                                                       to making a correct diagnosis and current
                Cardiovascular Health—Especially for Women
                                                                                       information on treatment.
                Anjum Butte, MD, cardiologist
                Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 pm                                           Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention
                Heart disease is the number one cause of death                         Matthew Zipoli, MD, dermatologist
                in women. Dr. Butte will discuss key risk factors                      Tuesday, May 16, 7:00 pm
                for heart disease and the importance of diet,                          Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed
                exercise and controlling stress.                                       cancer, yet it is largely preventable. Dr. Zipoli will
                                                                                       talk about sun exposure, safe behavior and skin
                Preventing Colorectal Cancer—
                                                                                       care for all ages.
                What Should I Know?
                Michael Epstein, MD, gastroenterologist
                Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 pm
                Colorectal cancer is the third most common
                cancer in both men and women. Dr. Epstein will      Information: Talking about Health lectures are on Tuesdays from
                explain how the combination of lifestyle changes    7:00 to 9:00 pm in North Assembly Room A at Emerson Hospital
                and appropriate screening can prevent colorectal    in Concord. Seating is first come, first served. For e-mail updates
                cancer.                                             about these events, log on to
health & wellness classes

The following courses are held at Emerson Hospital in Concord.
Call 978-287-3777 to register.

PREPARE FOR SURGERY, HEAL FASTER WORKSHOP                                     TAI CHI Beginner
If you are like many who are anxious about upcoming surgery, a                Tai Chi, a Chinese ancient martial art, is practiced to achieve thera-
medical procedure, chemotherapy or radiation, this workshop, based            peutic benefits, including stress reduction and arthritis pain relief, as
on Peggy Huddleston’s five-step process, is designed for you. The             well as to promote balance, flexibility and overall strength. Dr. Darith
workshop focuses on helping you to feel more peaceful, create the             Phat has 10 years of tai chi experience with full-instructor status.
biochemistry to help decrease anxiety, boost the immune system,               8-week sessions beginning January 11, March 15, May 17, July 12
diminish pain and accelerate the healing process.                             All classes are Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Please call to arrange a personal workshop, or for group                      Donaldson Conference Room, John Cuming Building
workshop dates.
                                                                              $98 for each 8-week session
$95 (Includes one companion and book/relaxation CD)
                                                                              BREAKING THE CYCLE OF DEPRESSION
PRENATAL EXERCISE Exercise for a Healthier Pregnancy
                                                                              Research shows that those suffering from depression who only take
Specifically designed for mothers-to-be, this class teaches injury pre-       medication and do not receive psychotherapy have a significantly
vention through proper body mechanics. Strengthening of postural              higher rate of relapse. This class will review the three psychotherapies
muscles and muscles of the pelvic floor is emphasized, along with             shown to have the greatest success rates with depression: interper-
general conditioning. Don’t miss this great opportunity to stay               sonal, cognitive and behavioral therapies, as well as the mindfulness-
healthy and meet other expectant mothers! Led by Patricia Davis,              based cognitive approach. Presented by Frances Bigda-Peyton, EdD,
Emerson Hospital physical therapist.                                          certified psychoanalyst.
Please choose EITHER Monday or Friday evening classes.                        Monday, January 23, 7:00-9:00 pm
$72 for each 6-week session beginning:                                        Donaldson Conference Room, John Cuming Building $30
          Mondays            Fridays
          January 9          January 13                                       CHANGE YOUR INNER TALK: CHANGE YOUR LIFE
          February 27        March 3                                          How we talk to ourselves creates our experience of the world and
          April 10           April 21                                         shapes our life. Learn how to use your inner talk to change habits,
          June 5             June 9                                           reach goals and live a more conscious, creative life through demon-
          July 24            July 28                                          strations, experiential exercises and guided meditation. Handouts are
North Assembly Room A 7:00-8:30 pm                                            included, but please bring a notebook and pen. This course is taught
                                                                              by Robert Gerzon, MA, LMHC.
YOGA AND MEDITATION                                                           Thursday, January 26, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Reduce stress and muscle tension with yoga and meditation. Learn
                                                                              North Assembly Room A          $ 30
to improve posture and flexibility, breathe more effectively and
strengthen your entire body. Taught by Kripalu-certified yoga instruc-        BABYSITTING TRAINING: Everything You Need to Know
tor Patricia Buttner. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring an           This popular one-day class, designed especially for boys and girls
exercise mat. Not for expectant mothers.                                      from 10-13 years old, covers everything you need to know to be a
Please choose EITHER Monday or Friday classes.                                great babysitter! Bring a lunch, snacks and a baby-sized doll. To
$91 for each 7-week session beginning:                                        avoid disappointment, please register early. Taught by educator Becky
                     Mondays            Fridays                               Patterson. Certificate of Participation awarded upon completion.
                     5:30 – 6:45 pm     9:30 – 10:45 am                       Choose a Saturday: January 28, February 11, March 25,
                     January 9          January 13                            April 8, May 6, June 24, July 22, or August 26
                     February 27        March 3                               All classes held 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
                     April 24           April 21                              North Assembly Room A
                     June 19            June 9
                                                                              $39 per person or 2/$70 when registering together
                     August 7           July 28
North Assembly Rooms A & B

Payment for classes must be received 48 hours in advance of the class. Refunds for cancellations will not be issued after that date. If a program needs to
be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or inclement weather, you will be notified. If you have any questions, please call 978-287-3777.
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION                                           THE NO-DIET WORKSHOP
Introduction plus eight-week program                                         Explore your relationship with food, including the emotional and psy-
Stress is often the prelude to illness as the body reacts to danger          chological factors that may control your eating behavior. How much,
or adversity. In this class, you will learn to develop the practice of       when, what and why do you eat? Learn to eat with awareness, identi-
mindfulness, use your inner wisdom and help improve health, rela-            fy feelings of hunger and fullness and become a healthier eater in this
tionships and quality of life. This program is based on the practice         popular workshop. Presented by Alice J. Rosen, LMHC, and Heather
developed by Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn of the University of Massachusetts           Salemme, Emerson Hospital dietitian.
Medical Center. Presented by Patricia Howard, MBSR instructor.               Six alternate Thursday evenings, beginning March 9, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Attend an introductory lecture and learn about the program.                  White House Conference Room
Wednesday, February 1, 7:00 – 9:00 pm                                        $150 plus $80 for required course materials/ 4 CD set
White House Conference Room
$45 (cost will be applied to the eight-week program fee)                     WHEN CHRONIC PAIN MOVES IN: Reclaim Your Life
Eight-week program begins Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 – 9:00 pm,             This workshop will explore the experience of living with chronic pain
plus Sunday, March 12, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.                                    and present strategies to improve the quality of life. Topics include
                                                                             types of pain, treatment approaches for pain and the spiritual and
White House Conference Room                                                  psychosocial dimensions of living with pain. Dr. Nancy Sweeney is a
$600 plus $45 for required course materials/CD set                           clinical psychologist in private practice and an instructor in psych-
                                                                             ology at Harvard Medical School.
                                                                             Tuesday, March 21, 7:00-9:00 pm
Use the transformative power of your breath to still the mind, relax
the body, clear emotions and create a more conscious connection to           North Assembly Room A $30
body-mind and spirit. A breath session begins with a short vigorous
                                                                             HEALTHY SPRING COOKING WITH HERBS
warm-up followed by hour-long breathing where the participants lie
comfortably on a mat. Music and guided meditation are used to facili-        Add variety to your food repertoire and discover how to make
tate the process. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Facilitated       delicious and healthy meals using fresh and light spring ingredients.
by Tamar Naor, MA, LMHC.                                                     Explore alternative ways of creating tasty new recipes without adding
                                                                             fat, sugar and calories. Take home recipes that add excitement to
Thursday, February 16                                                        your dinner table and give you energy and better health. This class
North Assembly Room A $ 30                                                   concludes with a hearty feast of your preparations. Please
                                                                             register early, as class size is limited. Presented by
                                                                             Heather Salemme, Emerson Hospital dietitian.
Discover reiki: the hands-on energy therapy that can be used to
                                                                             Thursday, March 30, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
provide relaxation, manage pain and promote overall wellness. Reiki
Master Libby Barnett, MSW, of the Reiki Healing Connection inte-             Transitional Care Unit, North 6 $40
grates her healing skills with past experience as a hospital social
                                                                             SELF-HYPNOSIS: Stress Reduction for Daily Living
worker to provide an introduction to this ancient energy therapy.
Participants will receive Reiki I level certification. This class has been   In an age when many of us are over-scheduled, overworked and over-
approved for 7 contact hours for nursing for a full day of attendance.       tired, the resulting stress is often overwhelming. Self-hypnosis can
Lunch will be provided.                                                      be a useful tool to help reduce tension and take a mini-vacation from
                                                                             daily worries. With practice, simple techniques can be effective in
Saturday, March 4, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm                                         restoring a sense of well-being. Led by Tom Quinn, PhD.
North Assembly Room A        $145 (includes lunch)                           Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
REIKI LEVEL II                                                               North Assembly Room B $30
Explore three ancient reiki symbols and learn to use them to advance         POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
your effectiveness as a reiki practitioner. Presented by Libby Barnett,
                                                                             Planning for the 4th Trimester (Free Lecture)
MSW, of the Reiki Healing Connection. Participants will receive Reiki
II level certification. This class has been approved for 7 contact hours     Learn about the biological, psychological and situational factors that
for nursing for a full day of attendance. Lunch will be provided.            put women at risk for postpartum mood disorders. Elizabeth Torres,
                                                                             PsyD, will help participants assess their risk and help with coping
Sunday, March 5, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm                                           resources. Husbands, partners and new moms are encouraged to
Donaldson Conference Room, John Cuming Building                              attend.
$160 (includes lunch)                                                        Monday, May 1, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
                                                                             Lovejoy Conference Room
                                                               special programs
support groups                                               TENDER BEGINNINGS
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Support:        978-287-3520     The following childbirth education classes are held at Emerson
                                                             Hospital in Concord. For more information, call 978-287-3268.
Breast Cancer Support:                      978-287-3178
                                                             • Prenatal Education*          • Breastfeeding*
Diabetes Support:                           978-287-3054     • Prenatal Refresher           • Infant Care
Melanoma Support:                           978-371-5613     • Sibling Preparation          • Infant/Child CPR
                                                             • HypnoBirth
M.O.M.S (Mothers Offering Mothers Support): 978-287-3176
                                                             Free tours of the Birthing Center are offered on a regular basis.
New Mothers Group:                          978-287-3176     Call 978-287-3268 to register.
Parkinson’s Support:                        978-287-8200     *Prenatal Education and Breastfeeding are also offered in Westford.

Pulmonary—Better Breathers Club:            978-287-3715     AARP SAFE DRIVING PROGRAM
                                                             This classroom refresher course focuses on compensating for
Sleep Disorders Support:                    978-287-3735
                                                             physiological changes that can affect the perceptual skills of
Surgical Weight Loss:                       978-287-3532     drivers over 55 years of age. Call 978-287-3085 to register or for
                                                             more information. Co-sponsored by Emerson Hospital and AARP.
Widowed Outreach:                           781-894-1100
                                                             Tuesday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 9 (2-day course)
                                    800-676-6424, ext.272
                                                             10:00 am – 3:00 pm
special services                                             Donaldson Conference Room, John Cuming Building
                                                             $10 Lunch is provided.
Alzheimer’s Information:                    978-287-3170
                                                             DONATE BLOOD AND SAVE A LIFE!
Body Composition Analysis:                  978-287-3782
                                                             By donating blood at Emerson Hospital, you can help us meet a crit-
CPR:                                        978-287-3050     ical and constant need. Call 978-287-3390 to schedule an appoint-
                                                             ment in Concord. Walk-ins are welcome. Free parking for donors.
Cardiac Rehabilitation:                     978-287-3732
                                                             Blood Bank – John Cuming Building at Emerson Hospital
Chronic Lung Disease Program:               978-287-8300     Hours: Monday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Gambling Problems:                          978-287-3520               Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
                                                                       Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Heart Failure Program:                      978-287-8300
                                                                       Thursdays, 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Health Care/Physician Referral:             978-287-3456     (Closed for lunch from 1:00 – 1:45 pm)
Home Health Services:                       978-287-8300
Hospice:                                    781-894-1100
Lifeline:                                   800-543-3546     SLEEP DISORDERS CENTER
                                                             Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy
Look Good…Feel Better:                      978-287-3237     and restless leg syndrome, affect more than 100
Nutritional Counseling:                     978-287-3782     million Americans. These disorders can deprive
                                                             people of the sleep they need and have an impact
Pastoral Care:                              978-287-3015     on overall health.
Pediatric Bereavement Workshop:             978-287-3422     Emerson's Sleep Disorders Center provides diagnostic
                                                             testing and treatment for the full range of sleep problems. Diagnosis
Pediatric Pre-Admission Program:            978-287-3420     often begins with a sleep study, which can be conducted in the
                                                             center's private, comfortable, four-bed unit. The state-of-the-art facility
Pelvic Health/Bladder Control:              978-287-8200
                                                             is overseen by a board-certified neurologist and board-certified sleep
REACH (hotline for domestic violence):      800-899-4000     specialist and staffed by specially trained sleep technologists.
                                                             For more information about the Emerson Hospital Sleep Disorders
SHINE Program:                              781-272-7177
                                                             Center, please call 800-432-8808.
Speech & Language Screening for Preschoolers: 978-287-8200
Volunteer Program:                          978-287-3200
emerson                     ADVISOR
                            arthritis: common and treatable
                            what is the underlying process that                       through a combination of appropriate exercise, weight
                            causes osteoarthritis?                                    control and medication. Exercise might include
                                                                                      riding a stationary bike, swimming and weight
                            Regardless of the cause, all cases of osteoarthritis
HealthWorks’                                                                          training to build the muscles, strengthen the joints
                            have one thing in common: change in the cartilage
editorial staff spoke                                                                 and increase the range of motion. Available
                            followed by its gradual deterioration—usually a slow
                                                                                      medications include over-the-counter painkillers
with Alan Marks, MD,        process.The disease typically spreads beyond the
                                                                                      such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen and
a rheumatologist at         cartilage to involve the joint lining and ultimately
                                                                                      prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs. Some patients
Emerson Hospital,           the bone itself.The most commonly affected joints
                                                                                      report good results from taking glucosamine-
about osteoarthritis, the   are the neck, back, hip, knee, knuckles and large toe.
                                                                                      chondroitin; others benefit from cortisone injec-
most common form of
                            what are the most common symptoms                         tions, which may provide pain relief in the short
arthritis, which affects
                            of osteoarthritis?                                        term. Supportive devices—canes, orthotic devices
more than 20 million                                                                  or elastic braces—can be helpful.When someone’s
Americans.                  The most common symptom is pain, which may
                                                                                      quality of life is seriously affected due to pain or
                            vary from mild to severe, may affect only weight-
                                                                                      an inability to get around and obtain a good night’s
                            bearing joints and might occur only when the
                                                                                      sleep, we evaluate them for possible joint replace-
                            individual is physically active. Joint stiffness, which
                                                                                      ment surgery.
                            can affect one’s range of motion, is another symp-
                            tom and indicates inflammation in the joint lining.       is rheumatoid arthritis a completely
                            Many people with osteoarthritis feel a weakness           different disease?
                            in the affected joint, and some describe hearing a
                                                                                      Yes. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic
                            noise, which indicates that the joint is starting to
                                                                                      autoimmune disease that develops when someone’s
                            grind as a result of worn cartilage.
                                                                                      immune system attacks the joint lining, causing
                            what factors contribute to the                            inflammation and swelling. If RA is not diagnosed
                            development of osteoarthritis?                            and treated early, it can cause structural damage—
                                                                                      permanent deformity of the affected joints.
                            The three major risk factors are advanced age,
                                                                                      Fortunately, major breakthroughs have occurred in
                            female gender and obesity. After menopause,
                                                                                      the past five years.We now have medications that
                            obese women are especially at risk for developing
                                                                                      literally can shut down the disease, prevent future
                            osteoarthritis, particularly of the knee or hip.
                                                                                      joint damage and, at times, repair joint damage.
                            Trauma in the form of a fracture, in or near a
                            joint, may cause arthritis decades later. Repetitive      is osteoarthritis inevitable as we age?
                            trauma, which may occur in individuals whose              Most people will develop some degree of
                            work involves standing or walking on hardwood             osteoarthritis. Although we cannot control our age,
                            floors, is another risk factor. Finally, we know that     there are things we can do to prevent osteoarthritis,
                            genetic factors are sometimes involved though they        such as maintaining a healthy weight and getting
                            are not well understood.                                  exercise throughout our lives, which keeps our
                            what are the standard treatments for                      muscles strong and helps keep our joints in good
                            someone with osteoarthritis?                              working order.
                            Successful treatment begins with clarifying the type      For more information on arthritis care at Emerson
                            of arthritis—osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis—      Hospital, please call the Physician Referral Service
                            and determining which joints are affected. Many           at 978-287-3456 or visit our web site at
                            patients will experience relief of their symptoms

                       on call
                                 Emerson Hospital is pleased to introduce the following new physicians.
                                Christine W. Chang, MD                                                              Barry L. Levin, MD
                                INTERNAL MEDICINE                                                                   NEUROLOGY
                                321 Main Street, Acton                                                              131 ORNAC, Concord
                                978-263-1131                                                                        978-341-0060
                                592 King Street, Littleton                                                          Dr. Barry Levin has joined the department of
                                978-486-9255                                                                        neurology. He earned his medical degree from
                                Dr. Christine W. Chang has joined the internal                                      Northwestern University Medical School in
                                medicine practice of Acton Medical Associates.                                      Chicago and completed a residency in neurology
     She earned her medical degree from University of Texas Medical School at           at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Levin is board-certified in neurology, and his
     San Antonio and completed a residency in internal medicine at Caritas St.          clinical interests include general neurology, EMG and NCV (nerve and muscle
     Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Chang is board-certified in internal     testing), headache and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Levin has been a clinical
     medicine, and her clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, women’s health     assistant professor of neurology at Brown University School of Medicine.
     and general internal medicine.
                                                                                                                    Caroline L. Levine, MD
                                Joan Eagan, MD                                                                      DERMATOLOGY
                                PEDIATRICS                                                                          290 Baker Avenue, Concord
                                133 Littleton Road, Westford                                                        978-369-9023
                                978-577-0437                                                                        300 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge
                                Dr. Joan Eagan has joined the practice of Pediatrics                                617-354-5658
                                West. She earned her medical degree from Boston                                     Dr. Caroline Levine has joined the practice of
                                University School of Medicine and completed a                                       Dermatology Associates. She earned her medical
                                residency in pediatrics at Boston Medical Center        degree from University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed a
     and Children’s Hospital. Dr. Eagan has clinical interests in general pediatrics,   residency in dermatology at University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics.
     adolescents and complex medical patients.                                          Dr. Levine is board-certified in dermatology. Her clinical interests include gen-
                                                                                        eral dermatology, children’s dermatology, cutaneous oncology and surgery.
                                Timothy Hale, MD
                                OBSTETRICS/GYNECOLOGY                                                               Sarah F. Taylor, MD
                                131 ORNAC, Concord                                                                  INTERNAL MEDICINE
                                978-371-0050                                                                        133 Littleton Road, Westford
                                498 Great Road, Acton                                                               978-589-6700
                                978-371-0050                                                                        Dr. Sarah Taylor has joined the practice of
                                Dr. Timothy Hale has joined the practice of                                         Westford Internal Medicine. She earned her
                                Dr. Rachel Kramer at Kramer Ob/Gyn Associates.                                      medical degree from University of Massachusetts
     He received his medical degree from SUNY, Stony Brook School of Medicine                                       School of Medicine in Worcester and completed
     in New York and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at              a residency in internal medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, an affiliate of
     SUNY, Stony Brook. Dr. Hale’s clinical interests include minimally invasive        Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Taylor is board-certified in internal
     surgery (laparoscopic hysterectomy), obstetrics (including twins) and treat-       medicine, and her clinical interests include general internal medicine, hyper-
     ment for incontinence.                                                             tension, diabetes and smoking cessation.

                                                                                          Looking for a Primary Care
                            Sonal M. Ullman, MD
                                                                                          Looking for a primary care physician close to home or work?
                                                                                          Doctors affiliated with Emerson Hospital are conveniently
                            131 ORNAC, Concord                                            located in the following towns. To find out which physicians
                            978-369-4999                                                  are accepting new patients, call the phones listed here, log
                            190 Groton Road, Ayer                                         on to or call the Emerson Hospital
                            978-772-3547                                                  Physician Referral Service at 978-287-3456.
                            Dr. Sonal Ullman has joined the practice of
                            Middlesex Gastroenterology, PC. She earned her
                                                                                          ACTON                                GROTON
medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed a
                                                                                          Acton Medical Associates             Groton Medical Associates
residency in internal medicine at University of Virginia Medical Center.
                                                                                          978-263-1131                         978-448-4300
Dr. Ullman completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center. She is board-certified in internal medicine.                    BEDFORD/LEXINGTON                    HARVARD
                                                                                          Magda Mikhil, MD                     Acton Medical Associates
                            Charles S. Wasserman, MD
                                                                                          781-275-4479                         978-772-1213
                            Emerson Hospital, Concord                                     Bedford-Lexington Internal
                            978-287-3512                                                  Medicine
                                                                                                                               Lincoln Physicians
                            Dr. Charles Wasserman has joined the department               781-274-6274
                            of psychiatry. He earned his medical degree from
                            University of Tennessee College of Medicine and
                                                                                          Concord Hillside Medical
                            completed his residency in psychiatry at SUNY,                                                     Acton Medical Associates
Stony Brook. Dr. Wasserman also completed a fellowship in geriatric psychia-                                                   978-486-9255
try at McLean Hospital in Belmont. He is board-certified in psychiatry with
additional qualifications in geriatrics. Dr. Wasserman is a hospital-based                Concord Internal Medical             MAYNARD
psychiatrist and does not have a private practice.                                        Associates, PC                       Krishma Medical Associates
                                                                                          978-369-5575                         978-897-4757
                            Jenny H. Yan, MD
                            INTERNAL MEDICINE                                             David Eldridge, MD
                            Emerson Hospital, Concord                                                                          Paula Jo Carbone. MD
                            978-287-3167                                                  Vineeta Joshi, MD                    978-443-8810
                            Dr. Jenny Yan received her medical degree from                978-318-0007
                                                                                                                               Jay Krasner, MD
                            University of Massachusetts School of Medicine
                                                                                          Marvin Kendrick, MD                  978-443-8010
                            in Worcester and completed a residency in internal
                            medicine at Boston Medical Center. She is board-
certified in internal medicine and has clinical interests in telemedicine. Dr.Yan         Krishma Medical Associates           Westford Internal Medicine
is a hospital-based internist who treats adult inpatients and does not have a             978-371-7778                         978-589-6700
private internal medicine office practice.

Dorothy Christiansen, MD, Thomas Goodman, MD, and William Heinser, MD, have formed Groton Medical Associates, 100 Boston Road, Groton, 978-448-4300.
Summer Getzen, DPM, has recently moved to 1732 Main Street, Suite 1, Concord, 978-369-2665.
Karen Hiltunen, MD, has recently moved her practice to Pediatrics West, 100 Boston Road, Suite F, Groton, 978-448-8282.
Frederick Lea, MD, has recently moved to 747 Main Street, Suite 212, Concord, 978-369-2583, and has limited his practice to gynecology.
Ira Skolnik, MD, PhD, FAAP, has recently moved from Concord to his new offices at 1 Acton Place, Suite 102, Acton, 978-264-3131 and at
340 Maple Street, Suite 203, Marlborough, 508-485-7779.                                                                                                     13
     infections:                                                           “Today we know much more about how infections are caused.
      Steps in the Operating Room Are Aimed
      at Reducing the Risk                                                  With this project, we are doing something about it.”
                                                                                                        —Robert Cantu, MD, chairman of surgery
     People who come to Emerson Hospital for surgery won’t be
     likely to notice it, but changes are underway inside the hospital’s    Surgical staff are also seeing that patients maintain a normal
     operating rooms.The goal is to lower the risk of post-operative        body temperature throughout surgery, as hypothermia is
     infections.                                                            associated with a slightly higher risk of infection. Individuals
     Emerson’s rate of surgical infections is already low and, for the      with diabetes have their blood sugar level monitored before
     most commonly performed surgeries, it is well below the                and during surgery and are given insulin if it is higher than
     national average. By joining an important initiative involving a       normal—another potential risk for infection.
     dozen other Massachusetts hospitals, Emerson is committing to          Finally, surgical staff at Emerson have discarded their razors,
     bringing that statistic even lower. According to Robert Cantu,         which traditionally have been used to shave the surgical site.
     MD, chairman of surgery, the hospital’s track record prompted          “Data has shown that, because staphylococcal (staph) germs may
     MassPRO, the quality improvement organization for Medicare             reside in hair follicles, razors should be avoided,” says Dr. Cantu.
     and Medicaid, to invite Emerson to join its ambitious Surgical         “We now use a specialty clipper, which does not abrade the skin.”
     Care Improvement Project. “MassPRO knew we were already
                                                                            The MassPRO project aims to achieve 100 percent compliance
     addressing several quality and patient safety issues, which is why
                                                                            among participating hospitals within one year, which should
     they asked us to become involved,” he says.
                                                                            lead to a measurable reduction in post-surgical infections.
     Becoming involved means complying with a four-part protocol
                                                                            Regina Burzynski, RN, director of patient care assessment, says
     that is proven to reduce post-surgical infections. “The most
                                                                            the project represents a change for area hospitals. “We are
     important component is administering an antibiotic to the
                                                                            all addressing patient safety issues like post-surgical infections,
     patient within one hour of when surgery begins and stopping
                                                                            but now we are working together, sharing information and
     the medication within 48 hours,” says Scott Paparello, DO,
                                                                            challenging each other to raise the bar,” she says.
     chairman of the hospital’s infection control committee.
     “Research has shown that antibiotic timing, both pre- and              Dr. Cantu is optimistic that the statewide initiative will have
     post-operatively, can significantly improve patient outcomes.”         an impact. “Today we know much more about how infections
                                                                            are caused,” he says. “With this project, we are doing something
                                                                            about it.”

                                              “When we wake patients up, they are surprised to hear that the test is over.”
                                                                —Eleanor Adamowicz, RN, associate nurse manager in the endoscopy unit

colonoscopy: getting beyond the myths
                                              Most find the screening test is well worth the trip

It happens every day. An individual who is    No one enjoys the
around age 50 comes to Emerson Hospital       preparation required
for a colonoscopy and receives an instant     prior to a colonoscopy,
lesson in why the screening test is so        says Dr. Andreson, refer-
important. “It is very common to find         ring to the solution that
colon polyps in individuals with no           cleans the large intestine.
symptoms and no family history,” says         “It may not be easy for
James Andreson, MD, a gastroenterologist      most folks, but the solu-
at Emerson. “We remove the polyps and,        tion comes in different
when the patient wakes up, we tell them       flavors, and there are
the good news.”                               newer preparations that
                                              require you to drink
It is good news, because by having polyps
                                              less.” At least when a
detected and removed early, that individual
                                              patient arrives for a
has likely prevented colon cancer from
                                              colonoscopy, he adds,
developing later. Dr. Andreson says the
                                              the nurse can assure them
typical response is “Gee, and I was going
                                              that the most unpleasant
to put this off.”                                                           James Andreson, MD, a gastroenterologist at Emerson, and
                                              part is over.                 Beckie Mangus, RN, chat with a patient after a colonoscopy.
As Dr. Andreson and his Emerson col-
                                              Pain or discomfort may
leagues see firsthand, it is well worth it
                                              be another concern. “While many patients           Expertise and an up-to-date unit
to go for a colonoscopy at age 50 or, if a
                                              worry that they will experience discom-            Emerson’s Gastroenterology Unit is both
first-degree relative has had colon cancer,
                                              fort, they usually find that is not true,”         up-to-date and comfortable, he adds, and
a decade or more earlier. “Approximately
                                              says Eleanor Adamowicz, RN, associate              the staff is very experienced. “Among our
25 percent of people will develop colon
                                              nurse manager in the Emerson Endoscopy             ten gastroenterologists, most have been
polyps, the precursors of colon cancer,
                                              Center. “We administer conscious sedation,         performing colonoscopies for at least five
which is the third most common cancer
                                              which relieves pain and relaxes the patient.       years,” he says. Dr. Andreson also thinks
in men and women, at some point in their
                                              In the majority of cases, when we wake             community hospitals like Emerson are
lives,” he says. “Medical studies indicate
                                              patients up, they are surprised to hear that       the right place to have the test performed.
that polyps appear more frequently once
                                              the test is over.”                                 “Since patients need to be dropped off
we reach age 50. If everyone came for
colonoscopy screening at age 50, evidence     What about embarrassment? “We do                   and picked up afterward, it makes sense
suggests we would catch 90 percent of         everything possible to make colonoscopy a          to have colonoscopy performed close to
lesions before they become cancerous.”        positive experience,” says Ms. Adamowicz.          home,” he says. “Here at Emerson we have
                                              “It starts with education.We review                all the medical backup that could ever be
Myths keep many from having the test          with our patients what’s going to happen,          needed, such as anesthesiology staff on site
Yet the vast majority of those who have       encourage their questions and provide              at all times.”
reached the “magic age” have not yet been     them with privacy.”                                Those who put the myths aside and are
screened.Why? According to those who          Safety should never be a concern, notes            screened for colon cancer are doing them-
work in the hospital’s Gastroenterology       Dr. Andreson. “At all times, the patient has       selves a favor, says Dr. Andreson. “Not too
Unit, several myths keep them away.           a nurse with them whose job is to monitor          long ago, in 50 percent of cases colon can-
Drinking the preparation the day before,      their vital signs,” he says. “Colonoscopy is a     cer was incurable at the time of diagnosis.
fear of discomfort or embarrassment and       very safe test.”                                   Today, we are detecting and removing
concerns about safety are the main issues.                                                       many more precancerous lesions, thanks
                                                                                                 to colonoscopy screening.”

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Emerson Hospital President and CEO
Christine C. Schuster
HealthWorks Magazine editorial staff
Christine Gallery, Jennifer Hart,
Jan Quinty
Laura Duffy
Tony Rinaldo                                   cancer awareness day
Steve Gilbert
                                               Saturday, May 6, 2006
                                               The twelfth annual Cancer Awareness Day will be held Saturday, May 6, in the Bethke Cancer
                                               Center at Emerson, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. Free health screenings include: skin cancer
                                               screening,* an occult blood test for colon-rectal cancer, respiratory screening, blood pressure
The information included here is intended      exam, diabetes screening, oral cancer screening, a lipid profile cholesterol test** (12-hour
to educate readers about health issues,        fasting is required—no food or drink except water!), thyroid screening,** and, for men, a
but it is not a substitute for consultation    prostate-specific antigen (PSA)** blood test to detect prostate cancer. In addition, there will
with a personal physician.                     be numerous information tables staffed by physicians and representatives from many different
The mission of Emerson Hospital is to
deliver the highest quality, safest and        *For patients who have not had a skin cancer screening within the past year. Registration is required.
most cost-efficient care to our patients and   **Registration is required for the cholesterol, thyroid and PSA screenings.
to maintain a professional and respectful      Call 978-287-3237.
environment for all members of the
Emerson Hospital community.

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