Autum Gift Certificate - PDF

Document Sample
Autum Gift Certificate - PDF Powered By Docstoc
					   D A RT M O U T H - H I T C H C O C K M E D I C A L C E N T E R C O M M U N I T Y N E W S
                                                                                                               leagues are striving to improve the statistics, espe-    U P C O M I N G           E V E N T S
                                                                                                               cially among direct care providers.
                                                                                                                                                                        October 26, 5:30 – 7:30PM
                                                                                                                  “We’re focusing on creating a circle of pro-
                                                                                                               tection around our vulnerable patients—these
                                                                                                                                                                        Open House at Dartmouth-
                                                                                                               include older adults; the very young; and people
                                                                                                                                                                        Hitchcock Lyme
                                                                                                                                                                        Meet the DHMC primary care providers
                                                                                                               who have chronic lung, heart, or kidney disease,
                                                                                                                                                                        who staff the D-H Lyme Clinic, get a
                                                                                                               cancer, and/or immune deficiencies,” says Kirk-
                                                                                                                                                                        blood pressure screening and learn
                                                                                                                                                                        about Patient Online while meeting
                                                                                                                  “We have standing orders across the institu-
                                                                                                                                                                        your neighbors. There will be great door
                                                                                                               tion to offer all patients the flu vaccine (as well as
                                                                                                                                                                        prizes including a $100 Farm-Way gift
                                                                                                               the pneumonia vaccine for those eligible) during
                                                                                                                                                                        certificate, refreshments and more.

 What’s New with the
                                                                                                               routine clinic visits or hospitalizations,” she says.
                                                                                                                                                                        Dartmouth-Hitchcock Lyme is located
                                                                                                              “In addition, we’re holding several public flu vac-
                                                                                                                                                                        on Route 10 just two miles south of the
                                                                                                               cine clinics along with community partners. So,
                                                                                                                                                                        Lyme Green. We look forward to seeing

                                                                                                               if you’re an at-risk patient, we not only want to
                                                                                                                                                                        you on the 26th.
                                                                                                               make sure that you get the vaccine—we also want
                                                                                                               you to be surrounded by people who’ve been
                                                                                                               vaccinated. In fact, you should ask your provider
                                                                                                               whether they’ve had their flu vaccine.”                  November 5, 8AM – 1PM
                                                                                                                                                                        Autumn Health Fair
                                                                                                              Expanded Guidelines for Kids                              & Memory Fair
                                                                                                              This year, the State of New Hampshire, the CDC,           Two health fairs have combined - the
                                                                                                              and the American Academy of Pediatrics are all            DHMC Fourth Annual Autum Health Fair
                                                                                                              recommending that the following children receive          and the Upper Valley Alzheimer’s Disease
                                                                                                              the flu vaccine— all children 6-59 months of              Resource Center Memory Health Fair.
                                                                                                                                                                        They will offer a range of screening,

        he National Center for Disease Control         they think the vaccine will give them the flu,”        age, children 6 months to 18 years with a chronic
        and Prevention (CDC) predicts that there       says Dr. Kathryn Kirkland, an infectious disease       health condition, siblings of infants less than 6         education and activities, from free
        will be enough flu vaccine this year for       specialist at DHMC.                                    months of age, siblings of high-risk children, and        massages to presentations on keeping
anyone who wants to reduce their chances of               But even if you don’t get sick very often, you      siblings of healthy children under 5 years of age.        your mind sharp as you age. The health
infection. “This is the first time in quite a few      should get a flu shot, says Kirkland. “It’s not only       “Expanding the guidelines to include all 2, 3,        fairs will be held in conjunction with the
years that we’ll actually have an ample supply of      the best way to protect you from getting the flu,      and 4-year-olds is an important step—we call              public flu clinic. For more information,
the vaccine,” says Gary Merchant, who manages          it will also help prevent spreading the virus to       these children the ‘great distributors’ because of        call Sherry Calkins at (603)653-1912.
regional pharmacy contracts for DHMC. “We’ve           more vulnerable people. In other words, people         their ability to infect the rest of the community,”
received about 30 percent of the 25,000 doses          who don’t show symptoms can still harbor germs         explains pediatrician Dr. Henry Bernstein, sec-
we’ve ordered for the Lebanon campus and outly-        and spread the flu. If more people get vaccinated,     tion chief of General Pediatrics at CHaD. “But            November 7, 7PM
ing physician offices, and expect to receive the       there are fewer germs in circulation.”                 efforts to protect our children should extend             Protecting Minds at Risk:
balance in late October or early November.”               And, contrary to popular belief, it’s not pos-      beyond the kids themselves and their siblings.            The Future of Positive Aging
   Some of these supplies may be wasted, how-          sible to get the virus from the flu shot. “It’s an     Anyone who is in contact with any child under             in America
ever, if current habits don’t change. A recent         inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus),”        5 years of age—especially parents, grandparents,          This year’s Turner Lecture will feature
survey conducted by the National Foundation for        Kirkland explains. “I think what may tend to           and caregivers—should also get a flu shot.”               Stephen Bartels, MD, DHMC professor
Infectious Diseases, found that only about half of     happen is that most adults get at least several          “And, since we never know from year to year             of psychiatry and co-director of
those polled plan to get a flu shot this year. “Man-   respiratory illnesses of various kinds through the     how early or late the flu virus will hit, it’s a good     Dartmouth’s Center for Aging, discussing
ufacturers base their production on how much is        winter months. If the timing of one happens to         idea to get vaccinated as early in the season as          how to improve mental functioning and
used the previous year,” explains Merchant. “So,       be within a week after the flu vaccine, people         possible,” adds Bernstein.                                protect our minds at any age. A nationally
this will be an important year for people to step      attribute their illness to the vaccine.”                                                                         respected expert on geriatric psychiatry,
up to the plate—it will help to ensure adequate                                                                                                                         he will share news from the latest health
supplies in the future.”                               Protecting the Vulnerable                                                                                        research and will talk about how we can
                                                       Nationally, healthcare workers are generally no                                                                  maintain independence and well-being
                                                                                                                   Preventing                                           as we age. The free lecture will be held in
Common Misconceptions                                  better than anyone else about getting vaccinated.
“People state many reasons for not getting a flu       This can be problematic for patients. While the             the Spread of Flu                                    Auditorium E at DHMC. For more info, or
 vaccine—among the most common are that they           vaccination rate among DHMC employees is                                                                         to reserve a seat, call (603)448-0126 or
                                                                                                                   In addition to getting the flu vaccine, it’s
 don’t need one because they ‘never get sick,’ and     higher than the norm, Kirkland and her col-                 important to practice the following to               email
                                                                                                                   help prevent the spread of flu and other
                                                                                                                                                                        Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21 & 28
       Public Flu Clinics at DHMC & CHaD                                                                           ■ Avoid close contact with people who
                                                                                                                     are sick.                                          DHMC Fresh Start Tobacco
                                                                                                                                                                        Cessation Classes
      For Adults:                                        vaccine sessions. It is ideal for children                ■ Don’t share drinking straws, eating                If you want to quit smoking or chewing
      Adults age 17 and older are invited to             to receive the flu shot from their regular                  utensils, towels, etc.
      attend one of the public flu clinics in            primary care doctor, if possible.                                                                              tobacco, sign up now for the upcoming
      Auditoria A-D:                                                                                               ■ Stay home from work and avoid doing                smoking cessation classes that will be
                                                         By appointment only:
                                                                                                                     errands when sick.                                 held from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the DHMC
        ■ Sunday, October 29                             Evening Sessions – Reception 6M                                                                                Health Education Center, Level 4 of the
          8:00AM to 1:00PM                                                                                         ■ Do not visit sick patients in the hospital.
                                                           ■ Tuesdays and Thursdays                                                                                     East Mall/Doctor’s Office Bldg. Classes
        ■ Sunday, November 5                                 from 5 to 7PM                                                                                              facilitated by DHMC health educators.
                                                                                                                   ■ Cover your mouth and nose with a
          8:00AM to 1:00PM                                   October 10 to mid-December.
                                                                                                                     tissue when coughing or sneezing.                  Call (603)653-1530 to register and get
        ■ Saturday, November 18                                                                                      Dispose of dirty tissues appropriately.            ready for the November 16th Great
          8:00AM to 1:00PM                               Weekend Sessions – Reception 6M
                                                                                                                                                                        American Smoke-out!
                                                           ■ Sunday, November 5                                    ■ Wash your hands with soap and water
      For Children (6 mo. and older)                                                                                 often and well. Frequent hand washing
      General Pediatrics at CHaD is offering flu             from 8AM to 12PM
                                                                                                                     will protect you from germs.
      vaccines during regularly scheduled visits
      (October through January) and special flu            ■ Saturday, November 18                                                                                      Holiday Shopping?
                                                             from 8AM to 12PM                                      ■ Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and
                                                                                                                                                                        Don’t Forget to Visit the DHMC Pink
                                                                                                                                                                        Smock Shop
                                                                                                                                                                        The Pink Smock buyers have stocked up
                                                                                                                                                                        on lots of great items for your holiday
                                                                                                                                                                        shopping. For those special children, get
                                                                                                                                                                        adorable outfits, and creative, colorful
                                                                                                                                                                        toys. Other favorite items for people of
                                                                                                                                                                        all ages include matching hats, scarves
                                                                                                                                                                        and gloves, Vera Bradley bags, indoor and

                                                                         Early Detection and                                                                            outdoor jackets, life-sized stuffed dogs
                                                                                                                                                                        (and real dog biscuits), small and large

                                                                         Prevention are the Keys                                                                        gifts for the home, and one of the best
                                                                                                                                                                        selections of jewelry in the Upper Valley.
                                                                                                                                                                        All proceeds are used to meet DHMC
                                                                                                                                                                        patient needs.

                                                                                                                                                                        Fall Exhibitions at DHMC

          id you know that breast cancer is                  tions to mammography, and that no test is        and those who have not yet gone through or are
                                                                                                                                                                        Rotunda Display Cases: The Norwich
          the second most common cancer                    perfect, it is the best general breast screening   going through menopause.”
                                                                                                                                                                        Farmers’ Market
          among women (behind skin cancer)?            we have available to us right now.”
National statistics predict that one out of every         DHMC is one of the few medical facilities           Mortality Rates Declining                                 Rubin Building Glass Hallway: Faces of
eight women will be touched by the disease, and        in the US that has fully implemented digital           Over the past five years, deaths related to breast        Nicaragua
that breast cancer will kill more than 40,000          mammography—only about 6 to 8 percent of               cancer have been decreasing, thanks in part to
                                                                                                                                                                        Hematology/Oncology Hallway: Erik
women in the US this year.                             mammography across the country is being done           the effectiveness of mammography in finding
                                                                                                                                                                        Sohlberg, watercolors
   As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,          digitally. Digital mammography takes an electronic     early, curable breast cancer. “We also have better
October is an ideal time to remind women that          image of the breast and stores it directly in a com-   treatment options available—including chemo-              Level 4 Mall Hallway: Lisa Densmore,
early detection of breast cancer followed by prompt    puter, allowing the recorded data to be enhanced,      therapy agents and hormone type medicines—so              photographs
treatment saves lives. And, no form of screening is    magnified, or manipulated for further evaluation.      that even women with later stage breast cancer            Level 5 Rotunda: Chiho Kaneko, pen
more important for women (particularly those over        “Digital imaging allows us to use different qual-    have a much better chance of being cured,”                and ink drawings
age 40) than a regular mammogram.                      ity x-rays that can better penetrate dense tissue      Poplack says.
                                                       and still provide very good contrast,” explains          “I want to reassure women in the community              Level 3 Clinic Corridor: David Cooper,
Get Your Mammogram                                     Poplack. “An important study published last year       who just had a mammogram and were asked to                pen and ink drawings
“Mammography is a proven technique to detect           shows that this can be especially important for        come back in for an extra test,” he adds, “that           All exhibitions will be on view through
 early breast cancer and to make an impact on          diagnosing women who have denser (less fatty)          very few of those patients will actually have a           the month of November.
 breast cancer-related death,” says radiologist        breast tissue—as well as women younger than 50         problem that will require a biopsy or surgery.”
 Dr. Steven Poplack, who is co-director of Breast
 Imaging & Mammography at DHMC and part
 of the Comprehensive Breast Program at Norris
 Cotton Cancer Center. “While it’s important for
 women to understand that there are some limita-
                                                               One Medical Center Dr ive, Lebanon, NH 03756 • (603)650-5000 •
                                                                                   DHMC is a charitable organization and has a financial assistance policy.

Shared By:
Description: Autum Gift Certificate document sample