Hospital Fall 2009 A magazine for the community of Carroll Hospital Center News On the Road to Recovery Winning the Fight Against Vascular Disease Also in this issue: • Take Your Best Shot Against the Flu • De-stress for Success President’s Letter | John M. Sernulka Dear Friends, It’s hard to believe, but summer has come and gone, and fall is settling in. The kids are back to school, seasonal plans are underway and the holidays are just around the corner. Autumn, a time of excitement and new beginnings, provides a great opportunity “ to take stock of your health. During this period, try to commit to a healthier “ lifestyle by learning how to manage stress, getting a flu shot or scheduling your annual mammogram. At Carroll Hospital One of the best ways to prevent any illness or disease is through early detection. When caught during the infancy stages, diseases like breast cancer have a very Center, we are committed high cure rate. Preliminary screenings and prompt intervention also can help to putting you on the if you present risk factors for life-threatening conditions, like vascular disease. Preventive measures and knowing the tell-tale signs of a particular ailment are road to good health. another line of defense against certain illnesses like the flu and depression. Learning to balance work and family commitments, especially around the holidays, also is key for ensuring good health. It’s important to manage stress for a more relaxed, productive and happy life with colleagues, friends and loved ones. Carroll Hospital Center Board of Directors Charles O. Fisher, Jr., Chairman At Carroll Hospital Center, we are committed to putting you on the road to Ethan A. Seidel, Ph.D., Vice Chairman good health. As the seasons change, we wish you a host of new beginnings, and K. Wayne Lockard, Secretary/Treasurer a happy, healthy holiday season. Miriam Beck Charles O. Fisher, Sr. Sincerely, Stephan Hochuli, M.D. Kimberly Johnston, M.D. Paula Langmead Mokhtar Nasir, M.D. John M. Sernulka Stanley H. Tevis, III John M. Sernulka President and CEO Harold W. Walsh Carroll Hospital Center Helen W. Whitehead Jeffrey Wothers Carroll Hospital Center: Hospital and Carroll Hospice John M. Sernulka President and CEO raise close to $3.2 million in Fiscal Year 09 Marketing: Mark Blacksten (left), chair of Carroll Hospice’s Board David Horn of Directors, and Jack Tevis (right), chair of the Vice President of Marketing and Foundation’s Board of Trustees, accepted a check for Business Development $3.2 million from Ellen Finnerty Myers, C.F.R.E. (center), vice president of development, during the Foundation’s Teresa Fletcher last board meeting of fiscal year 2009. The donation Director of Marketing and Public Relations consists of monies raised through major and planned Production: giving programs as well as annual fund activities and Tracey Brown events. The funds will be used to advance a range of Photography programs at the hospital including cardiovascular Devaney & Associates, Inc. and emergency services, as well as the expansion of Design and Production the Special Care Nursery and surgical services. Funds also will be used to support Carroll Hospice’s bereave- ment program, nursing and patient services. Contents | Fall 2009 6 2 10 Features In Brief 2 Take Your Best Shot against the Flu On the Board 8 Learn how to protect yourself and your family from what promises to be a very active flu season. Silvery Moon Ball 9 6 Winning the Fight Against Calendar & Support Groups 15 Vascular Disease The Vascular Center brings specialized expertise and A Season to Remember 18 the latest therapies to identify vascular disease and help prevent its complications. On the COveR: Paul Frye, a truck driver from Hampstead, was back on the road within a month after 10 De-stress for Success undergoing surgery for vascular disease. Everyone has stress; understanding how to He credits his quick comeback to the exper- minimize it can help you live a happier, more tise, treatment and care he received at the relaxed and productive life. Vascular Center at Carroll Hospital Center. 12 Beating Breast Cancer Thanks to a routine mammogram at the Dixon Imaging Center, Julie Wright, R.N. beat breast cancer and has a new appreciation for our nationally accredited Cancer Program. www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org 1 Take Your Best Shot Against the Flu and Other Seasonal Illnesses It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again—time for those who are religious about getting flu shots and other vaccines to do so. That’s good news! But ushering in the fall season also means it’s time to hear from the many naysayers who never get the flu, never get the flu shot, or if they did get the flu shot, are positive that it caused their bout with the flu. No matter what stance you’ve taken on the debate in the past, one thing is certain. This year, more than ever, it’s important to protect yourself and your family from what promises to be a very active flu season. That’s why we offer the following infor- mation to help you stay healthy by preventing the flu and other seasonal illnesses. taking a Bite Out of the Flu Bug According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between five“ and 20 percent of the U.S. population succumb to the flu every year. On average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, and more than 35,000 die from the disease annually. “ Medical experts agree that the single best way to guard against the flu is to get vaccinated. Despite reports you may have heard to the contrary, medical experts agree that the single best way to guard against the flu is to get vaccinated. “If you’ve been lucky in the past, and haven’t gotten a flu shot or the flu, that’s great,” says Ernesto Mendoza, M.D., board-certified family medicine physician. “But if your luck runs out, you’ll be sidelined for at least a week in the best case scenario. For those who are older, younger or have compromised immune systems, contracting the flu can be life (continued on page 4) 2 Hospital News Fall 2009 www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org 3 threatening. It’s a serious and highly contagious condition. The CDC recommends that the following people be We should all take precautions to prevent the illness in our- vaccinated for the flu each year: selves and loved ones.” • Children ages 6 months up to their 19th birthday • Pregnant women One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding the flu is that • People 50 years of age and older you can get the illness from the vaccine. Although both types • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions of the flu vaccine—the shot and nasal spray—contain viruses, • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term the viruses are inactivated or dead and do not cause the flu. care facilities The viruses in the vaccines change each year based on inter- • People who live with or care for those at high risk for national surveillance and scientists’ estimations about which complications from flu, including health care workers types and strains of viruses are likely to be most common. Preventing Pneumonia Typically administered once every 10 years, the pneumonia vaccine is becoming a popular weapon for preventing the most common form of bacterial pneumonia. It is a safe and effective way to prevent this serious illness, which affects the lungs and takes the lives of thousands of individuals every year, mostly the elderly. People who should talk to their doctors about the pneumonia vaccine include those who: • Are ages 65 and older • Have chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes • Have weakened immune systems Fighting the h1n1 virus Since H1N1, previously known as Swine Flu, first appeared Common Flu Symptoms this past spring, the federal government, health care workers Getting a flu shot can save you the distress of hav- and other Maryland officials have been working hard to ing to cope with these common symptoms, which determine the best way to prevent and combat the disease. could sideline you for a week or more, or result in Much like the seasonal flu, the H1N1 virus is contagious and a hospital stay: believed to be spread from person to person through cough- ing, sneezing, or by coming in direct contact with an object • Fever or surface containing the flu virus and then touching your • Headache mouth or nose. To date, according to the CDC, 353 deaths in • Sneezing the U.S. have been attributed to the H1N1 virus. • Cough, often becoming severe • Fatigue Working together with scientists in the public and private • Severe muscle aches and pains sector, the CDC has isolated the new H1N1 virus. The FDA • Sore throat recently approved the H1N1 vaccine that is currently in pro- • Extreme exhaustion duction. The vaccine is expected to be available sometime this fall, however, no specific date has been set. 4 Hospital News Fall 2009 Flu Prevention is in Your Hands In addition to getting the flu vaccine, you can help pre- vent the flu and other infections through proper hand hygiene. Libby Fuss, R.N., M.S., C.I.C., infection control/ It is important to note that the seasonal flu vaccine (previ- associate health manager at Carroll Hospital Center, ously mentioned) is not expected to protect against the 2009 recommends the following tips to keep you healthy H1N1 virus. Experts at the CDC and the Maryland Depart- during flu season. ment of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) are currently • Wash your hands often, especially when dirty and recommending that individuals get the H1N1 vaccine after before eating. the seasonal flu vaccine. • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands, but into The CDC recommends that certain groups receive the a tissue or your elbow (sleeve). 2009 H1N1 vaccine when it first becomes available: • If using a tissue, discard it immediately and wash • Pregnant women your hands. • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age • Do not place your fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth. • Health care and emergency medical services personnel • Carry small bottles of alcohol-based hand rubs to use • People between the ages of six months and 24 years old before eating, after • People who are 25 through 64 years of age who have chronic contact with others, health disorders or compromised immune systems and after being in pub- Because information about the H1N1 virus is constantly lic areas, like the mall, changing, we encourage you to watch DHMH’s Web site, grocery store, restau- www.flu.maryland.gov or visit www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org rants, or hospitals. for the latest information. Ernesto Mendoza, M.D., board-certified family medicine physician www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org 5 On the Road to Recovery Winning the Fight Against Vascular Disease “ “ When Kristian Hochberg graduated from Francis Left untreated, Scott Key High School in Union Bridge, MD., who would have thought that 16 years later he would be back in his home- vascular disease can town saving lives? But fate worked its magic and, this past year, have devastating Dr. Hochberg came back to his roots as a vascular surgeon and the medical consequences. director of the Vascular Center at Carroll Hospital Center. His expertise is bringing the latest therapies to the rising population of community members who are suffering from this deadly, but often silent, disease. the impact of vascular disease Imagine having a life-threatening condition and not even knowing it. That’s how vascular disease strikes—impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans with little or no warning. For most, the condition shows no symptoms and may go undetected until a life-changing event occurs. Not only is it a leading cause of death, vascular disease contributes to the incidence of chronic disability, stroke and amputation. That’s why vascu- lar surgeons at Carroll Hospital Center, like Dr. Hochberg, are dedicated to offering the best possible diagnosis and care. The body’s vascular system is a network of blood vessels—including all of your arteries and veins—that circulate blood to and from the heart and lungs. Vascular disease occurs when these blood vessels become smaller Carroll Hospital Center patient, Paul Frye. 6 Hospital News Fall 2009 and slow down the normal flow of blood. As a result, the Are You at Risk? body does not get the oxygen or nutrients it needs, causing You may be if you: serious damage to the skin, muscles and organs. • Are age 60 or older (especially men) Some of the most common vascular diseases include periph- • Have high blood pressure eral artery disease (PAD), known as hardening of the arteries; • Have high blood cholesterol aortic aneurysm, dangerous weakening and enlargement of • Are a smoker the aorta; and carotid artery disease, a precursor to stroke • Have diabetes caused by the build-up of plaque in the blood vessels that • Have a family history of vascular disease, previous lead to the brain. Vascular surgeons also treat other circula- heart or leg treatments, or prior stroke tory disorders, such as deep vein thrombosis, chronic venous disease and varicose veins. At Carroll Hospital Center, patients benefit from skilled vas- Schedule your simple cular specialists, a state-of-the-art vascular lab for accurate ultrasound screening today. diagnosis, an interventional lab for advanced therapies and minimally invasive procedures, and some of the best operat- Cost is $99 and includes screenings for: ing rooms in the region for more complex surgeries. • Aneurysm • Stroke • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) “Left untreated, vascular disease can have devastating conse- Call 410-871-7000 to schedule your screening. quences,” Dr. Hochberg says. “We provide a multidisciplinary Pre-registration is required. approach to vascular care that allows patients to see various specialists, receive non-invasive diagnostic tests and, in most Frye had the procedure in early August and was back on the cases, get immediate treatment in one location.” road before the end of the month. “I’m glad the hospital is so close and that they have the people there who could diagnose Making a difference my situation and correct it,” he says. “I consider myself a very Dr. Hochberg’s return to Carroll County in July has already lucky man.” changed the lives of many patients with vascular disease— patients like Paul Frye, a truck driver from Hampstead. Dr. Hochberg specializes in other advanced procedures, While driving his 18-wheeler, Frye was experiencing serious, including ultrasound-guided thrombin injection, in which a persistent pain in the middle of his back. When the pain con- surgeon is able to stop abnormal bleeding in the arteries of tinued for a week, he went to see his doctor, who referred him the leg without blocking blood flow within the artery itself. to Dr. Hochberg. Dr. Hochberg is one of the only vascular surgeons in the area currently performing this minimally invasive surgery, After advanced diagnostic testing, Frye was diagnosed with designed to be a safe, effective and durable treatment for a thoracic aortic aneurysm, an enlarging of the aorta that, if catheter-related complications. ruptured, would likely be fatal. Dr. Hochberg performed a repair using a minimally invasive procedure called a thoracic Dr. Hochberg explains, “All of these advances in treatment endovascular stent graft. During the procedure, surgeons allow us to significantly reduce insert a small covered stent into the artery to prevent the recovery time, help more patients rupture of the artery. and extend their lives.” Kristian hochberg, M.D. Dr. Hochberg completed a general surgery residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He specializes in stroke prevention, the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD), complex open surgery and the latest minimally invasive endovascular procedures. He also performs the VNUS Closure® procedure for the treatment of varicose veins. www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org 7 On the Board A Special Thanks to our Outgoing Board Members We would like to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to 12 long-term board and committee members who together provided over 150 years of volunteer service to the hospital and its affiliates. On September 15 at the Carroll County Health Services annual board meeting, the following outgoing board members were recognized for their years of outstanding service, leadership and dedication. Their many contributions have helped to advance health care in the region. R. Wayne Barnes Greg Lewis, D.C. Finance and Treasury Committee Carroll Hospice Board of Trustees Member 2002 to 2009 Member 1996 to 2009; William Bartley Chairman 1999 to 2002 Carroll County Health Services Board K. Wayne Lockard and Medical Committee of the Board Carroll County Med-Services, Inc. Member 2005 to 2008 Board of Directors Jeffrey Wothers C. Todd Brown and Real Estate Committee appointed to the Carroll County Health Services Board and Carroll County Health Services Member 1986 to 2008 Michael L. Oster Board of Directors Nominating Committee Member 1993 to 2009 Carroll Hospital Center Board of Directors Attorney Jeffrey Wothers of Niles, William Gavin Member 1999 to 2009 Barton & Wilmer, LLP, was recently Carroll County Health Services Board Marcus Lee Primm appointed to the Carroll Hospital Member 1986-2009 Carroll Hospital Center Center Board of Directors. A lawyer Board of Directors Neal Hoffman for approximately 20 years, Wothers Member 1998 to 2009; Carroll Hospital Center Foundation specializes in property insurance Chairman 2003 to 2007 Board of Trustees law, related fraud investigations Member 1999 to 2009; Kari D. Saragusa and commercial litigation. His legal Secretary 2002 to 2006 Medical Committee of the Board expertise and critical thinking skills Member 2006 to 2009 will help the board in assessing the Bob Kirkner hospital’s ongoing performance and Carroll Hospice Board of Trustees Edwin Shauck strategic direction. Member 2003 to 2009 Carroll County Health Services Board Member 1986 to 2009 Your Will, Your Way Intimidated by the prospect of creating a will? Don’t be. The most difficult part of writing a will is taking the first step, and your attorney can walk you through the process. Once completed, your will can benefit family, friends and charitable causes important to you. If you would like to include Carroll Hospital Center, Carroll Hospice or both organizations in your will, just add one of the following statements: “I bequeath (specific dollar amount) to Carroll Hospital Center and/or Carroll Hospice.” “I bequeath (__% of the residual of my estate) to Carroll Hospital Center and/or Carroll Hospice.” For more information or to discuss how to establish an endowed fund through your estate, please call Jenny Gambino, director of major and planned gifts, at 410-871-6200, or log on to www.CarrollHospitalfnd.org A Hospital News Winter 2009 8 Hospital News Fall 2009 Silvery Moon Ball Marks 50th Anniversary with The Golden Gala The Silvery Moon Ball takes on added Rise and Shine luster in celebration of the 50th anni- versary of this fundraiser benefitting New Sleep Clinic helps patients rest easy cardiovascular services. Slated for Saturday, November 7 at Martin’s Westminster, The Golden If you’re losing sleep worrying that you might have a Gala will feature a 50-item silent auction, sleep disorder, Carroll Hospital Center now offers a convenient way including a week-long vacation in Hawaii com- to receive accurate diagnosis of your condition and get the latest treat- plete with airfare and spending money, a Deep ments from an experienced team of specialists. Through its new Sleep Creek Lake house for a week and exquisite Clinic, you can schedule a 45-minute assessment that includes time with one jewelry, of course. of our board-certified physicians who is fellowship trained in sleep disorders, a The medical staff of Carroll Hospital Center registered sleep technologist, and respiratory therapist and lab coordinator. A has generously committed to serve as the lead physician referral is not required for this initial assessment. sponsor of the event, and other sponsorship During the assessment, our expert team will review your medical history, dis- opportunities remain available. In recent years, cuss your sleep issues and explain testing and treatment options. If necessary, the medical staff has donated over $80,000 to the team can schedule you for an overnight study in our advanced sleep center. benefit programs and services at the hospital through their support of the Silvery Moon Ball. The clinic is offered through the hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center, which has been providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders for “When our founders started this event to fuel more than 15 years. Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, their dream of a hospital for Carroll County, the center is dedicated to treating and improving the quality of a patient’s they could never have imagined that their phil- sleeping and waking hours. anthropic spirit would be sustained for half a century. They would be both humbled and For more information or to schedule an assessment at the Sleep Clinic, call uplifted by all that has been accomplished,” says 410-871-7170. Kelly Hill, event chair and Auxiliary vice president. Tickets for The Golden Gala are $150 per Do You have A Sleep Disorder? person. For more information, please contact If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you may want to Volunteer Services at 410-871-7280, or visit schedule an assessment at the Sleep Clinic. www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org. • Do you snore loudly? • Have you or others observed interrupted breathing or gasping for breath? • Do you feel sleepy or doze off while watching television, reading, driving or engaging in daily activities? • Do you have trouble falling asleep, wake frequently during the night, wake too early, or wake still feeling tired? • Do you feel unpleasant, tingling, creeping feelings or nervousness in your legs when trying to sleep? • Is your sleep easily interrupted by heartburn, bad dreams, discomfort or noise? www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org 9 De-stress for Success Simple self-care strategies can ease your mind and improve your health 10 Hospital News Fall 2009 Dealing with financial challenges. Coping Building and maintaining social networks also can be a great with health concerns. Studying for school. stress reliever. That’s why Carroll Hospital Center offers a Balancing work and family. Caring for loved ones. variety of classes, programs and support groups to help you connect with other community members who may be deal- Today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world hands us ing with similar issues. “ “ all these pressures—and more. And while it’s normal to feel stressed trying to juggle our responsibilities, it isn’t always healthy. Many complementary health “Stress is a physical and emotional reaction that everyone therapies like massage, acupuncture, experiences as they encounter changes in life,” explains Dennis Kutzer, M.D., board-certified psychiatrist and yoga and reflexology...can help medical director of behavioral health services at Carroll to decrease stress, manage pain and Hospital Center. “But if it’s not properly managed, long- term or chronic stress can increase the risk of diseases relieve symptoms of illness. like depression, heart disease and a variety of other prob- lems, including drug and alcohol abuse. The good news is that managing stress is simply a matter of making and But sometimes, even with these strategies, life circum- taking time for yourself—whether it’s just kicking back stances can make it difficult to cope. “If you are experienc- and unwinding, exercising or spending time with family ing chronic stress, the best way to address it is to take care of and friends.” the underlying problem,” Dr. Kutzer advises. “Counseling can One of the keys to managing stress is relaxation. Nobody help you find ways to relax and calm down. Certain medica- knows that better than Belinda Finn, a licensed massage tions may also relieve symptoms. It’s important to have the therapist and member of the complementary health services courage to seek help from your physician and understand team at Carroll Hospital Center. “Many complementary that there are many therapies that can successfully support health therapies like massage, acupuncture, yoga and reflex- you in your quest to de-stress.” ology have been practiced around the world for thousands To schedule a massage, or for more information on comple- of years and can help to decrease stress, manage pain and mentary health services, educational programs, support relieve symptoms of illness,” she says. “In fact, many of the groups or behavioral health services, call 410-871-7000. participants in our programs keep coming back for more because of the positive ways these practices have enriched their lives.” Dennis Kutzer, M.D., medical director of behavioral health services at Carroll Hospital Center Are you at risk for stress-induced depression? If you or a loved one has been experiencing any of these symptoms for more than a few weeks, consult a medical professional for help. • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping • Loss of interest • Feeling helpless, hopeless and worthless • Problems concentrating • Frequent headaches, heartburn or fatigue • Overeating or not eating at all www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org 11 Beating Breast Cancer Early diagnosis and expert care are the keys to a cure In June 2008, Julie Wright visited the Dixon Imaging Center for a rou- tine mammogram. As a nurse, she was regularly screened and that day she would be just one of the many women getting an annual breast checkup. Little did she know that, after a follow-up exam and biopsy, she would be a woman with breast cancer. A Westminster resident who is married with two children, Wright has worked at Carroll Hospital Center as a registered nurse and nursing shift coordinator for the past seven years. Fortunately, her biopsy showed that she had the earliest form of breast cancer, which promised the greatest likeli- hood for a cure. “I have no history or risk factors, so how did I get breast cancer?” Contrary to popular belief, every woman has some risk of breast cancer. In fact, Wright is one of the 80 percent of women who get breast cancer even with no known family history of the disease. Bertan Ozgun, M.D., The primary risk factor that all women share is that they have breasts. That’s why regular screen- medical director of Dixon Imaging ing is a must. Center at Carroll Hospital Center. 12 Hospital News Fall 2009 Mammograms—the gold standard for breast cancer detec- tion—are especially important in Maryland, where the mortality rate from the disease is higher than the national average. What’s more, breast cancer is the number one diag- nosed cancer among women in Carroll County. But armed with the latest therapies, the outlook for these patients is better than ever before. “Breast cancer is definitely curable, with the five-year survival rate up to 96 percent if caught during its earliest stages,” says Bertan Ozgun, M.D., board-certified radiologist and medical director of Dixon Imaging Center at Carroll Hospital Center. Julie Wright, R.N., nursing shift coordinator at Carroll Hospital Center “This underscores the vital need for women to receive annual and breast cancer survivor. mammograms. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this simple procedure in the overall detection and treat- A continuum of cancer services from diagnosis ment of the disease.” through recovery After her diagnosis, Wright had successful lumpectomy Patients who receive their mammograms at the Dixon surgery, then received seven weeks of radiation therapy at Imaging Center, a joint venture between Carroll Hospital the Carroll Cancer Center. Center and Advanced Radiology, are in good hands. Recently, the center was named a “Breast Imaging Center of In addition to medical and radiation oncology and leading Excellence” by the American College of Radiology. The center edge clinical trials, the Carroll Cancer Center, located on the is one of only three Advanced Radiology imaging centers in hospital campus, now offers brachytherapy for breast cancer. Maryland to receive this prestigious recognition, which rec- Also known as internal radiation, brachytherapy (also ognizes its ability to provide patients with comprehensive available for prostate and lung cancers) provides targeted breast imaging services, timely and accurate results, and treatment to the tumor site, as well as external radiation to exceptional care. the whole breast. (continued on next page) www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org A www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org 13 For assistance through her treatment and recovery, Wright Wright credits the expertise of those who treated her, and was pointed in the direction of The Women’s Place, where she the comprehensive nature of the Carroll Hospital Center took advantage of cancer navigation services, post-operative program, with her successful recovery. Dr. Ozgun agrees, massage and a range of educational materials at the Resource “We bring a true team effort to the detection and treat- Center Library. ment of breast and other forms of cancer, working together to make the patient as comfortable as possible during this “I was so fortunate to have all of these advanced breast can- trying time. All of our services are the most sophisticated cer services at my disposal,” she says. “Every woman in our and advanced available—and can be found under one roof. community should feel blessed and strengthened by the fact Having a full range of services in one setting makes the expe- that all of these incredible diagnostic, treatment and support rience that much easier for our patients.” resources are available right here in our community.” “ “ To schedule a mammogram, call Dixon Imaging Center at 410-876-9898. To find out more about Carroll Hospital Center’s free Every woman in our community cancer navigation services, call 410-871-6161. should feel blessed and strengthened by the fact that all of these incredible the American Cancer Society’s resources are available right here Updated Screening Guidelines in our community. for Breast Cancer • Beginning in their 20s, women should talk to their With a clean bill of health and a new lease on life, Wright doctors about the benefits and limitations of breast isn’t skipping a beat. She’s back at work and feeling bet- self-exams (BSE). ter than ever. Best of all, her latest mammogram showed no sign of cancer. Wright continues with her treatment and has • Beginning at age 20, women should get a clinical regularly scheduled visits with her oncologist. Through her breast exam as part of their regular physical check- work, she also is able to share her story with other patients. up (about every three years for women 20-39, and “My experience allows me to be a sounding board and source yearly for women 40 and older). Women also are of comfort for my patients with cancer,” she explains. encouraged to use these exams as an opportunity to talk with their doctors about breast health. • Beginning at age 40, women should have an annual mammogram. Those with a family history or other risk factors should talk to their doctors to see if ear- lier screening is recommended. • Women at very high risk (greater than 20 percent lifetime risk) should get an MRI and a mammogram every year. Yearly MRI screening is not recommended for women whose lifetime risk of breast cancer is less than 15 percent. 14 Hospital News Fall 2009 Calendar & Support Groups Registration is required for all classes and programs with the exception of support groups unless otherwise indicated. To register or for more information please call Health Access at 410-871-7000, or register online at www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org. Support Groups Special Services All support groups are provided free of charge. To schedule an appointment for any of our A.W.A.K.e. Multiple Sclerosis services, call Health Access at 410-871-7000. For individuals affected with sleep apnea. Second Monday of each month Acupuncture Wednesdays, November 4, January 6 (except Dec.), 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Initial treatment $125, follow-up visits $70 7 – 9 p.m., The Learning Center The Women’s Place Registration required. the Boutique at the Women’s Place Ostomy A specialized boutique offering breast prostheses, Adult Diabetes Second Wednesday of each month mastectomy bras, wigs, hats and scarves for Mondays, November 2, December 7 (except August), 7 – 8 p.m. women with cancer. 7 – 8 p.m., The Women’s Place The Outpatient Center Call 410-871-6161 for more information. Registration required. Parkinson’s Disease the Breast Center Bereavement Luncheon/Carroll Hospice Co-sponsored by the Carroll County Bureau A comprehensive resource for women pending Open to any adult who has experienced the of Aging and the Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s a diagnosis or in any stage of breast cancer. death of a loved one. Disease Research Center of Excellence at Call 410-871-6161 for more information. Last Tuesday of each month, Noon Johns Hopkins University. Baugher’s Restaurant Fourth Tuesday of every month Cancer navigation Services Call 410-871-7231. No registration required. (except January & August), 2 – 3 p.m. Call 410-871-6161 for more information. Westminster Senior Activities Center Breast Cancer hot Stone Body Massage Second Tuesday of each month (except July) Pathways Bereavement/Carroll Hospice One-hour session, $75 7 – 8:30 p.m. Open to adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. Infant Massage The Women’s Place For babies ages 3 weeks to 6 months and Third Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Breastfeeding Support their parents. Carroll Hospice Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. First session, $65 (includes instruction, Call 410-871-7231 for more information. The Women’s Place massage oil and book). Additional sessions, $50 No registration required. Caregivers: to Whom it Matters Pet Loss IPL & Laser Services Second Tuesday of each month Hair removal, treatment of Rosacea, spider Saturday, January 9, 10:30 a.m. – noon (except January & July) 4 – 5 p.m. veins on the face and skin pigmentations. Carroll Hospice The Women’s Place Call 410-871-6161 for more information. Call 410-871-7231 for more information. Registration is required. Japanese hot Stone Facial Massage Crohn’s and Colitis 30 minutes, $45 Co-sponsored by the Crohn’s & Colitis Prostate Cancer: Man to Man Foundation of America. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Lymphedema Treatment Services Tuesday, November 10, 7 – 8 p.m. Second Wednesday of every other month For information and appointments, The Learning Center November 11, January 13, 6 – 8 p.m. call 410-871-6161. The Learning Center Fibromyalgia & Arthritis Massage Wednesdays, November 11, January 13 Womenheart General, pregnancy, cancer and mastectomy 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by WomenHeart–The National massage. Wednesday, February 10 Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. One-hour session, $65 7 – 9 p.m. Fourth Wednesday of each month 30-minute session, $40 The Women’s Place (except November) 15-minute session, $15 6:30 – 8 p.m. Gluten Free & You The Women’s Place Reflexology Tuesday, March 9, June 1 Foot or auricular (ear) treatment. 6:30 – 8 p.m., The Women’s Place Widowers 30-minute session, $40 Open to men of all ages who have lost a spouse. Lymphedema First Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Reiki Third Wednesday of every other month Carroll Hospice One-hour session, $65 November 18, January 20, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Registration required. Call 410-871-7231 The Women’s Place for more information. the Resource Center A comprehensive health library. Lupus Young Widows Open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Third Monday of each month Open to young women who have lost a spouse. Call 410-871-6161 for more information. (except Aug. & Dec.), 6:30 – 8 p.m. First Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Located at The Women’s Place The Women’s Place Carroll Hospice Registration required. Call 410-871-7231 for more information. www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org 15 Calendar & Support Groups Registration is required for all classes and programs with the exception of support groups unless otherwise indicated. To register or for more information please call Health Access at 410-871-7000, or register online at www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org. Planning for Just for Kids Parenthood Babysitting & CPR In this two-part course, participants will learn new! Safe Starts how to create a safe environment for children, Start your For new and expectant parents, grandparents and caregivers. Learn about infant safety plus appropriate ways to keep children occupied. holiday shopping at Instruction on how to handle emergencies, as including child-proofing, poison prevention, car seat safety, SIDS, CPR and choking rescue well as training in CPR for all ages is included. Participants must be at least 12 years old. The Women’s Place. for infants less than one year of age. Not a certi- Tuesday, December 29, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Treat that special person in your life fication class. & Wednesday, December 30, 9 a.m. – noon Thursdays, January 21, February 18 to a gift certificate for one of the many Monday, January 25, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. complementary health services offered. 6:30 – 9 p.m. & Saturday, January 30, 9 a.m. – noon $45 per couple, includes Infant CPR anytime kit For more information, call The Women’s Tuesday, February 16, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. & Saturday, February 20, 9 a.m. – noon Place at 410-871-6161. Breastfeeding $60 per person Prepare for a positive breastfeeding experience, including benefits and techniques, handling I Am Special common breastfeeding concerns, breast pumps and more. (Sibling Preparation Program) Offers children ages 3 to 7 an opportunity to Mind and Body October 20, November 17, December 15, prepare for the arrival of a new baby in your All Mind and Body classes and programs are January 19 family and to feel special about becoming a big held at The Women’s Place. 7 – 9:30 p.m. brother or sister. $30 per couple Reiki Level I Sundays, November 8, December 13, Saturday, January 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. January 10, February 21 $70 per person Family Birthplace tours 1:30 – 3 p.m. Tours of The Family Birthplace are offered twice $15 per child a month and are offered as part of the Prepared Reiki Level II Childbirth and Sibling Preparation programs. Saturday, October 17 To register for a tour not affiliated with a par- CPR Saturday, February 27 ticular class, call Health Access at 410-871-7000 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for dates and times. Family & Friends CPR $85 per person This American Heart Association (AHA) course Prepared Childbirth Class targets all laypersons who want to learn rescue Reiki Level III Offers preparation for a meaningful, knowledge- skills for friends and loved ones. Saturday, November 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. able childbirth experience taught by a certified Wednesdays, December 2, January 6 $275 per person, includes light lunch instructor. Relaxation and breathing techniques 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. are an integral part of the program. $35 per person Continuing Yoga Practice & review Four-night program, 6:30 – 9 p.m. (4 weeks) November, 19, 23, 24 & 30 healthcare Provider CPR – Initial Thursdays, November 5 – December 3 December 8, 10, 17 & 22 This class is for health care professionals and (skip 11/26) January 5, 7, 12 & 14 professional rescuers. A two-year card from the 6 – 7:15 p.m. February 2, 4, 9 & 10 AHA will be issued after successful completion $45 per person $70 per couple of the course. Fridays, November 6, January 22 Introduction to Yoga Prepared Childbirth Weekend 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, January 7 Expectant parents with busy schedules may want $78 per person 6 – 7 p.m., Free to attend a weekend of childbirth preparation. Friday, 6 – 9:30 p.m./Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. healthcare Provider CPR – Renewal Yoga Session I (8 weeks) (Includes lunch voucher on Saturday.) This class is for health care professionals and Thursdays, January 14 – March 4 October 23 & 24; November 13 & 14; professional rescuers who have a current AHA Prenatal Yoga*: 4:30 – 5:20 p.m. December 11 & 12; January 22 & 23; Healthcare Provider Card. A two-year card from *Physician consent required February 12 & 13 the AHA will be issued after successful comple- Beginning Yoga: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. The Learning Center tion of the course. Continuing Yoga: 7 – 8:15 p.m. $100 per couple Monday, October 19, November 16, December 21 $89 per person 8 – 11:30 a.m., Noon – 3:30 p.m., 4 – 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 18, 8 – 11:30 a.m., noon – 3:30 p.m. Monday, February 22, Noon – 3:30 p.m., 4 – 7:30 p.m. 16 Hospital News Fall 2009 $62 per person See more calendar listings by visiting CarrollhospitalCenter.org, click on education and events. Healthy Living Special Events Look Good…Feel Better Date night: Cardiac Imaging Annual Bingo Dinner Program to help women cope with the appearance- Presented by Valeriano Fugoso, M.D., To benefit The Breast Center. related side effects of chemotherapy. diagnostic imaging Sponsored by Carroll Collectors Club. Mondays, October 19, November 16, Tuesday, February 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 5 p.m. December 21, January 25, February 22 The Learning Center, Free Gamber Fire Company 1 – 3 p.m., Free $30 (includes dinner and bingo card) Call the American Cancer Society I Can Cope For information and tickets call 410-356-7872. at 1-888-535-4555 to register. Co-sponsored by The American Cancer Society. Series of educational programs for people fac- 50th Annual Auxiliary Silvery Moon Ball the Real Skinny U ing cancer. Offered during the regular cancer Saturday, November 7 The Psychology of Weight Management support group and presented by experts in Martin’s Westminster Wednesday, November 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m. cancer care. Call 410-871-7280 for information, sponsorships $10 per person Call 410-871-7120 for dates and times. or tickets for this black tie event, which ben- Registration required, Free efits the expansion of cardiovascular services. Diabetes Workshop Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program A Season to Remember Presentation by Dr. James Dicke, M.D., Co-sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. To benefit Carroll Hospice & expansion of endocrinologist 3:15 – 4:15 p.m., CHANGE, Inc. cardiovascular services at Carroll Hospital Center. Free, includes lunch. Registration required. $84 for 12-week session (one class per week); Monday, Nov. 30 through Monday, Dec. 7 Call for available session dates. Festivities include Tree of Lights, Festival Coping with the holidays of Trees & Memory Tree. Learn skills to help cope with grief during the holidays. Screenings For more information, call the Foundation at 410-871-6200. Thursday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screenings Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster Carroll Hospital Center Main Lobby vendor Fair Call 410-871-7231 to register. Mondays, November 2, December 7, Friday, April 9, 2010 January 4, February 1 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. heart of the Matter education Series 3 – 4 p.m. Hospital Main Lobby An Overview of Anticoagulation Therapy Cost: $375 includes booth space and one lunch Presented by Maria Goldman, C.R.N.P., C.A.C.P. New Windsor Post Office For more information, call the Foundation at Tuesday, December 8, 7 – 8 p.m. Tuesdays, November 3, December 1, 410-871-6200. Free January 5, February 2 9 – 10:30 a.m. High Blood Pressure: What You Need to Know Presented by Scott Jerome, D.O., F.A.C.C., F.A.S.N.C. Sykesville Post Office Tobacco Cessation Mondays, October 26, November 30, Tuesday, February 9, 7 – 8 p.m. December 28, January 25, February 22 Stop Using Tobacco for Life (5 weeks) The Learning Center, Free 11 – Noon Learn strategies for quitting and developing healthy new habits. Co-sponsored by the Carroll Label Reading for Health TownMall of Westminster County Health Department. Presented by Lisa Coleman, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Wednesdays, October 28, November 18, Thursdays, November 5 – December 10 Tuesday, January 19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. December 16, January 27, February 24 (skip 11/26); Martin’s Food Market, Eldersburg, Free 8:30 – 10 a.m. January 7 – February 4, 7 – 9 p.m. The Learning Center, Free Westminster Post Office Lymphedema: What You Need to Know Mondays, November 2, December 7, Presented by Belinda Finn, L.M.T., C.L.T.; the next Step January 4, February 1 Karen Hunter-Dixon, L.M.T., C.L.T. Support for the new lifestyle of a non-tobacco 1 – 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. user. Co-sponsored by the Carroll County Free Health Department. Osteoporosis Screening for Women Monthly, November 3, December 1, Conducted by Advanced Radiology Weight Loss Strategies: Eat Less, Move More Friday, January 22 January 21, February 18 Presented by Lisa Coleman, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. 7 – 8 p.m. By appointment only. Free Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Learning Center Martin’s Food Market, Eldersburg, Free Free Skin Cancer Screening Conducted by Juris Germanas, M.D., dermatologist Thursday, February 18 By appointment only. Free www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org 17 Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID 200 Memorial Avenue |Westminster, Maryland 21157 Westminster, MD Permit No. 348 Hospital News is published by the Marketing and Public Relations department at Carroll Hospital Center. The goal of Hospital News is to educate our readers about subjects and events relevant to their health and wellness and the programs and services Carroll Hospital Center provides. It is not meant as medical advice or as a substitute for a private consultation with your physician. Please contact your physician regarding any specific medical concerns or treatments. Let us Know! We want to hear from you. If you have ideas, comments or suggestions, send them to: Carroll Hospital Center | Marketing 200 Memorial Avenue | Westminster, MD 21157 or e-mail: mktpr@CarrollHospitalCenter.org We look forward to your comments! 410-848-3000 TTY: 410-871-7186 www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org Kick Off the Holiday Season at Carroll Hospital Center A Season to Remember In support of Carroll Hospice, you may honor a lost loved one Monday, november 30 – Monday, December 7, 2009 by purchasing an ornament which will be inscribed with his or her name and placed on the Memorial Tree. Special orna- Benefiting Carroll Hospital Center and Carroll Hospice ments for our Pet Tree may be purchased as well. This year, the lighting of the 18th annual Auxiliary Tree of Lights on Monday, November 30 at 7 p.m. in the hospital’s main As part of A Season to Remember, holiday trees that have lobby will kick off a new tradition: A Season to Remember. been creatively decorated and generously donated to our Combining the existing Tree of Lights with Carroll Hospice’s Festival of Trees silent auction will be on display and up for Festival of Trees and Memorial Tree, A Season to Remember, bid all week in the lobby of the hospital and the first floor of a week-long event, provides opportunities to honor or memo- Dove House at Carroll Hospice. Come by to bid on a tree, get rialize special people or cherished loved ones while raising into the holiday spirit and enjoy the festivities. Trees will be funds for the hospital and hospice. available for pick up after December 7, 2009. To benefit the Carroll Hospital Center Auxiliary, you may For more information on A Season to Remember or for purchase a light or ornamental angel for the Tree of Lights. sponsorship opportunities, please visit our Web site at Your honored individuals, or their families, will be notified of www.CarrollHospitalCenter.org or www.CarrollHospice.org your donation and invited to the tree lighting ceremony. or call us today at 410-871-6200 or 410-871-7220.