Posted December 27, 2012
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Posted December 20, 2012
Santa's elves have been hard at work at Chillicothe Middle School over the past few weeks. The seventh and eighth graders took on a community service project to collect toys for children in the community, and delivered more than 300 toys to the staff of Adena Women and Children's on Thursday morning. Looking for a community service project, the school's eighth grade team decided to collect toys for ill and disadvantaged children who are served by Adena Health System. 'The majority of our students donated,' said Lisa Clark, an eighth grade teacher at CMS. 'We asked for anything from crayons to bikes, and the response has been fantastic.' Chillicothe Middle School has approximately 400 students in the seventh and eighth grades. Nine of those eighth graders helped deliver the gifts to Adena, including Kelton C. who shared his reason for participating. 'I felt like I wanted to give back to the community and help these kids feel better about Christmas in case they're not home,' he said. 'I just wanted to feel like I'm doing something for them. To help them feel better and maybe help them get well faster.' Middle school staff contacted the nurse managers at Women and Children's about the drive, but the number of toys delivered was more than anyone expected. 'This really hits home because we have a community where there is so much need,' said Jamie Arledge, Nurse Manager, Labor & Delivery/Mother-Infant. 'Wow, I never expected it to be so much,' added Sarah Fallow, Nurse Manager, Pediatrics and Nursery. 'It's very overwhelming, but we're really looking forward to figuring out how we're going to distribute the toys, and really make an impact on some of those kids who may not have had anything on Christmas morning. What a wonderful thing!' The staff of Adena Women and Children's now face the joyful task of distributing the toys to children who are in the hospital, as well as those in need who are served by Adena Pediatrics.Read More
Posted December 15, 2012
An innovative procedure to treat breast cancer is now available at the Adena Cancer Center. MammoSite® is a 5-day, targeted radiation therapy option that works from inside the breast.
The treatment is completed in just five days, rather than five to seven weeks. The radiation therapy targets the area where cancer is most likely to recur, spares healthy tissue and organs from the effects of radiation.
“Instead of the traditional 30 treatments, this technology allows the patient to complete their radiation treatments in less than one week,” said Adena Radiation Oncologist Dr. David Adam Jones. “Patients receive two treatments, six hours apart for five days. This short-term, targeted radiation option fits into the lifestyle of many people.”
MammoSite therapy is most effective for patients with early-stage breast cancer (Stages 0, 1 or 2) and has the same survival outcomes as a mastectomy. The Radiation Oncologist develops a treatment plan and prepares the patient for therapy.
With MammoSite therapy, the patient’s surgeon inserts a small balloon in the space once occupied by the cancerous lump. During each treatment, the radiation oncologist inserts a tiny source of radiation, called a "seed" into the MammoSite balloon and therapeutic radiation is delivered to the area surrounding the lumpectomy cavity. After each radiation treatment, the "seed" is removed.
Clinical studies of MammoSite therapy have shown it to be well-tolerated with mild side effects that generally last for a short period of time. The therapy is covered by Medicare and most private insurers.
To learn more about services provided by the Adena Cancer Center, call (740) 542-3000 or visit www.adena.org/cancer.
Posted December 14, 2012
Posted December 12, 2012
A very special delivery arrived at Adena Regional Medical Center at a special time and on a special date. This morning at 12:12 a.m., Tiffaney and Joshua Diles of Chillicothe welcomed their 8 pound, 6 ounce son Austin Matthew, who was born on this last day of the century when all three numerals in a date are the same. With a December 14 due date, the parents arrived at the hospital shortly before 8 a.m. on Tuesday. The couple didn't think about having a 12/12/12 baby until about 8 p.m. last night. According to Joshua, 'Tiffaney said, ﾑit would be cool if he held off until about Midnight, to be born on 12/12/12 - it would be an easy birthday to remember.' And then next thing we knew it was 12 a.m.' Once they realized they had a healthy baby boy, along with the significance of Austin being born at 12:12 a.m. on 12/12/12, they and their labor team were elated. 'The nurses went crazy,' said Tiffaney. 'At that point I wasn't thinking about that, I just wanted to get it done.' The number 12 has a great significance in many cultures. In western tradition, it is commonly associated with completeness and seen as a perfect and harmonious unit. The day has certainly been perfect for the Diles family. Austin is the couple's first child.Read More
Posted December 12, 2012
Adena Regional Medical Center jumped to a B from a C in the most recent Hospital Safety Score (HSS) report. The report is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit organization. The report assigns letter grades to 2,618 general hospitals across the nation. 'Patients, visitors and employees expect to be safe in our facilities,' said Mark Shuter, Adena President & CEO. 'I am pleased to see our safety efforts are being recognized and making a positive impact on the overall quality of Adena services.' The HSS is based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Scores are compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety, who serve on Leapfrog's nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel. The data accounts for hospital performance in 2011, and uses modified methodology based on research and public comments. The HSS was first launched in June 2012. Since that time, Leapfrog conducted more data analysis and looked at additional evidence, which prompted this recent update. To view the entire Leapfrog report, visit www.leapfroggroup.org. People are encouraged to routinely check local hospital safety scores online at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.Read More
Posted November 28, 2012
Chronic diseases are those the patient will likely live with for the rest of his or her life. Conditions like congestive heart failure can be difficult for patients, especially when it comes to adapting their lifestyle and living successfully. Four years ago, Adena nurse navigators created the heart failure support group to help patients manage their chronic condition at home.
The group meets every other month (with a break in the winter) as a way for CHF patients to learn more about managing their illness, and find ways to help keep symptoms at bay. “Our goal is to create a community of support for anyone living with heart failure, and those who care for them,” said Lori O’Hearn, RN BSN. “We want to provide ongoing support to our patients as they make the necessary lifestyle changes that will help them maintain health and avoid exacerbation and hospitalization.”
Hospital readmissions for chronic disease are high on the radar for Adena and every healthcare organization. In the near future, hospitals and physicians will be fined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for readmissions of patients with chronic diseases such as CHF. Through education and guidance from groups like the CHF Support Group, it is hoped that our patients will become ill less often.
For example, sodium is detrimental to the health of a CHF patient, but it’s often difficult for patients to know what they need to do in order to limit their sodium intake. Recognizing this, the nurse navigators who plan and execute the meetings offer participants information and ideas for food alternatives that are lower in sodium, and less likely to exacerbate CHF symptoms.
Blane Richardson, 77, of Frankfort has been coming to the CHF Support Group meetings since 2010. He suffered a major heart attack in 2008, and continued heart trouble led to having a defibrillator implanted in 2009. Blane was in an out of the hospital at that time because of his CHF. In October 2010, Dr. Allen Shaw connected Blane with Nurse Navigator Susan DePugh, RN BSN, who told him about the CHF Support Group.
Blane began attending regularly and has not been readmitted to the hospital in over two years. “It has been great,” he said. “This was kind of a triangular set up between me, Dr. Shaw and Susan, and the support group. We work together so well.” He credits the education he’s receiving at the support group as helping him to limit the amount of sodium in his diet, which has helped him lose more than 50 pounds and cut the dosage of his diuretic medication in half.
At the September meeting, Chester Hatfield, 72 of Morgantown (Pike County) attended his first session at the urging of Lori O’Hearn, his nurse navigator. Chester was having difficulty catching his breath when doing simple chores. “I thought I was going to have a heart attack or stroke,” he said.
Knowing something wasn’t right, he went to the doctor and found that his heart was weak and only pumping at 25 percent capacity. He learned he was suffering from CHF and also diabetes. Chester knew he didn’t want to take medication for his diabetes and asked his doctor to give him three months to take off some weight. In those three months, he lost 42 pounds and did not need diabetes medication.
However, Chester still had CHF and needed a pacemaker and defibrillator to increase his heart rate and blood flow. Now a year later, he no longer experiences shortness of breath and he continues to learn about his condition and how to live with it. He attended the support group as a way to connect with others in a similar situation and “to hear what others like me have to say.”
About 15 to 25 people attend the group sessions every other month. Friendships have developed between the members and staff, and there is a strong sense of camaraderie among all of the participants who are learning together and living decidedly healthier lives.
“It’s so far beyond some paper a doctor would hand you,” Blane adds. “Information leads to knowledge and knowledge leads to wisdom. I’m so pleased with how things have worked out. This group has really been a major factor in my life.”
Anyone living with congestive heart failure, or is caring for someone with CHF may join the CHF Support Group. Meetings are held in Adena’s PACCAR Medical Education Center, with the next session scheduled for Thursday, November 8 from 5-6 p.m.Read More
Posted November 28, 2012
As part of Adena Health System’s commitment to youth in our region, Adena Sports Medicine is sponsoring a new program to honor male and female high school athletes. The Adena Athlete of the Month program recognizes outstanding local senior high school athletes.
Athletic Directors and coaches may nominate senior athletes they feel have the grades, the athletic skill, leadership qualities, and a proven dedication to their community to represent their school. Each month, a committee of local athletic trainers, physical therapists and a sports medicine physician will review, rate and nominate up to four male and up to four female finalists. The public will then vote for their favorite male and favorite female athlete each month, beginning on October 1. Voting will take place on Adena’s Facebook page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/adenahealthsystem.
Winners will be notified and announced in local newspapers, and will receive a small gift package. Each month’s winner is eligible to apply for the $2,000 Adena Athlete of the Year scholarship. The Athlete of the Year’s school will receive $500 toward its athletic program. The Adena Athlete of the Month program will run through May 2013.
Adena Sports Medicine provides a variety of services to the youth of our region including: safety training for coaches by local athletic trainers and therapists; pre-season sports physicals; and athletic training to area high schools to help prevent injuries, keep athletes safe and ensure maximum recovery should an injury occur.
For more information about the Athlete of the Month program, visit www.adena.org/services/page.dT/athlete-of-the-month.Read More
Posted November 28, 2012
Posted November 28, 2012
If you choose to have knee replacement surgery, your surgeon will discuss with you a pre-surgery checklist. If you are overweight, that list may include losing a few pounds before your surgery.
A literature review published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) concluded that obese patients have a higher risk of complications after total knee replacement surgery. And because of these complications, they are more likely to require a second revision surgery later.
“For people with joint problems, obesity is an important factor to understand,” explains Brian S. Cohen, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at Adena Bone & Joint. “For example, it’s a risk factor for osteoarthritis, the effects of which often lead a person to need joint replacement surgery.”
When patients with arthritis come to Adena, nonsurgical therapies are an important first step.
“We always want to try physical therapy, medications and steroid injections before we look at surgical options,” Dr. Cohen notes. “But for patients who are overweight, I also always recommend a healthy diet and exercise program that will lead to weight loss. Losing just 10 pounds reduces the pressure on the knees by about 40 pounds, and that’s a significant improvement for people with osteoarthritis.”
The JBJS article notes that obese patients have twice the infection rate as non-obese patients following a knee replacement surgery and that their long-term surgical revision rate is almost double as well.
“It’s important for patients who are obese to understand their risks and what they can do to mitigate those risks,” Dr. Cohen says.Read More