Allenmore Hospital | good Samaritan Community Healthcare | Mar y Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center | Tacoma general Hospital | MultiCare Clinics HealthyLiving WINTER 2008 | www.multicare.org Jillian Michaels of Tv’s The Biggest Loser wants you to Do Something Healthy! Meet her Jan. 24 PAg e 8 KIDS COUNT! expansion news! PAg e 6 [spotlight] An exciting new year Dear Healthy Living readers, The new year is a time to look to the future. We here at Good Samaritan are ringing in 2008 with much anticipation for what is to come. Later this year, we will begin moving ground for our new 350,000square-foot Patient Care Tower, forever changing the Good Samaritan campus and the community. Our expansion will position Good Samaritan as a regional medical center, able to serve a greater number of patients in our community. In February we will be hosting the first of many celebrations at Good Samaritan with a ceremony designating our construction site. This site celebration will serve as the kick-off for our multiyear construction plan. Read more about our expansion plans in this issue of Healthy Living on page 6. Meanwhile, get inspired for your own exciting new year at the ninth annual Do Something Healthy—featuring keynote speaker Jillian Michaels, from The Biggest Loser television program—Thursday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 9pm at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (see page 8 for details). Last year, more than 1,000 people attended this inspiring event, which also kicked off Pierce County’s Biggest Winner, a partnership with the YMCA of Tacoma–Pierce County, the MultiCare goes red Taking care of your heart is more important than you may know. That’s why MultiCare Health System has joined forces with the American Heart Association to launch Pierce County Goes Red. This yearlong movement gives women the tools and knowledge they need to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke and protect their health. “Too few people realize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women—and men,” says Uma Krishnan, MD, cardiologist and Go Red For Women ambassador. “But the good news is heart disease can be largely prevented.” How can you Go Red? Learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Schedule a heart checkup. Wear a red dress. However you choose to Go Red, do it for the health of your heart. To schedule your heart checkup, call 253-403-2898. MultiCare Health System is a leading-edge, integrated health organization made up of four hospitals, numerous primary care and urgent care clinics, multispecialty centers, Hospice and Home Health services, and many other services. A not-for-profit organization based in Tacoma since 1882, MultiCare has grown over the years in response to community needs. Today we are the area’s largest provider of health care services, serving patients at 93 locations in Pierce, South King, Kitsap and Thurston counties. Learn more at www.multicare.org. Healthy Living is published as a community service for the friends and patients of MultiCare Health System, P.O. Box 5299, Tacoma, WA 98415-0299. 800-342-9919, www.multicare.org For comments or suggestions about HEALTHY LIVING, please write to us at [email protected] Information in HEALTHY LIVING comes from a wide range of medical experts. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your health care provider. Copyright © 2007 Coffey Communications, Inc. | Healthy Living CUN21161c Join MultiCare and the American Heart Association on National Wear Red Day for our Go Red For Women Rally, featuring free health screenings, food, entertainment and more! Friday, Feb. 1 Tacoma Mall (outside of Macy’s) 11am to 1pm Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department and our affiliate, MultiCare Health System. Two teams totaling 10 community members competed to reach their fitness and weight-loss goals. I invite you to take a few minutes to read about the exciting changes taking place here at Good Samaritan. I find the excitement on our campus contagious, and I believe that, after reading Healthy Living, you will feel it too. Yours truly, John Long, President Good Samaritan Community Healthcare Thoracic surgery expanded to east Pierce County MultiCare Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates—Allen Graeve, MD; Charles Anderson, MD; and Dennis Nichols, MD—are now performing thoracic surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital, as well as offering consultations and follow-ups at the Good Samaritan Ambulatory Surgery Center. For more information, call 253403-7257. Go Red and Go Red For Women are trademarks of AHA. The Red Dress Design is a trademark of U.S. DHHS. 10 Kids’ weight: Tackle the issue now Nowadays it’s not just adults who deal with weight—your kids are also fighting the battle of the bulge. 11 Catching up with the losers Pierce County’s Biggest Winners are still going strong. Check their progress since the contest. New docs on the block Jeffrey Newman, MD Specialty: Dermatology Puyallup Dermatology Clinic 929 e. Main Ave., Suite 210 Puyallup, WA 98372 253-841-2453 Please welcome the following physicians to the good Samaritan community. For more information, visit www.goodsamhealth.org and click on “Find a Physician” or call our physician referral line at 253-697-4444. Sheela Ahmed, MD Specialty: Pulmonary/Critical Care good Samaritan Pulmonary/ Critical Care Clinic 702 23rd Ave. S.e. Puyallup, WA 98372 253-841-4378 Kenneth Berger, MD Specialty: Urology Puyallup Surgical Consultants 1519 3rd St. S.e., Suite 210 Puyallup, WA 98372 253-840-4994 Hani Ghali, MD* Specialty: Internal Medicine Sound inpatient Physicians 253-697-4000 Ashley Keays, DO Specialty: Family Medicine good Samaritan Family Medicine 1518 Main St. Sumner, WA 98390 253-697-7400 12 Jay Klarnet, MD Specialty: Hematology/Oncology MultiCare Hematology/ Oncology Clinics Tacoma, gig Harbor and Covington 253-403-1677 Christine Lee, MD* Specialty: Anesthesiology Rainier Anesthesia Associates 253-445-5828 Jason Love, MD* Specialty: Pathology Western Washington Pathology Associates 253-403-1043 Rajesh Manam, MD Specialty: Gastroenterology Digestive Health Specialists 1703 S. Meridian, Suite 305 Puyallup, WA 98371 253-841-3933 Nellie Nanda, MD* Specialty: Internal Medicine Sound inpatient Physicians 253-697-4000 Mischief makers at it again? Sharing toys and games is great, but germs? No, thanks. Here are a few quick tips to keep pesky germs at bay. Anahita Rezaie, MD* Specialty: Gastroenterology Digestive Health Specialists 253-272-5127 Derek Scott, MD Specialty: Physical Medicine and Rehab U.S. Healthworks 3850 S. Meridian Puyallup, WA 98373 253-840-1840 J. Scott Taylor, MD* Specialty: Emergency Medicine Mt. Rainier emergency Physicians good Samaritan Hospital emergency Department 253-697-4000 Kevin Trice, MD Specialty: Pulmonary/Critical Care good Samaritan Pulmonary/Critical Care Clinic 702 23rd Ave. S.e. Puyallup, WA 98372 253-841-4378 Scott Walker, MD Specialty: Radiology/ Neuroradiology Medical imaging Northwest 222 15th Ave. S.e. Puyallup, WA 98372 253-841-4353 Lori Walund, MD* Specialty: Internal Medicine Sound inpatient Physicians 253-697-4000 Anna Zampona, MD* Specialty: Family Medicine Sound inpatient Physicians 253-697-4000 *Hospital-based physicians 13 Take steps for better health From yoga and aerobics to support groups and safety classes, good Samaritan wants to be involved in your health. interested in weight control? Look for the tape measure! Pages 8 to 11 www.goodsamhealth.org | 3 [winter sports] Protecting your knees this winter sports season The slippery slope of winter sports Regardless of the type of activity you choose this winter, safety should be a top priority—especially when it comes to protecting your knees. “Knees are more prone to injury when individuals try to perform above their skill level or when they aren’t physically in shape for an activity, such as skiing,” says James Wyman, MD, a board-certified James Wyman, orthopedic surgeon at MD Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists in Puyallup, who regularly performs surgery at Good Samaritan. When pain management and lifestyle changes are not enough to keep knee pain from interfering with your life, surgery may be a good option. With recent advances in surgical procedures, knee surgery has become far less invasive, reducing pain, scarring and recovery time. Specialists like Dr. Wyman can offer the most advanced procedures, such as ligament reconstruction and cartilage transplants, to help individuals return to their active lifestyles following a knee injury. meniscal tear is removal of the torn tissue,” Dr. Wyman says. “But if the tear is in a favorable area, where there is still blood 3 common injuries supply available, it can sometimes be repaired.” The three most common winter sports Cartilage is a smooth tissue that covers knee injuries are anterior cruciate ligament the ends of bones in a joint and enables (ACL) injuries, meniscus tears and cartilage joints to support your weight when you damage. bend, stretch, walk and run. Cartilage loss, Ligaments are bands of tough, elastic where divots, or pieces, of the cartilage connective tissue that surround a joint are broken free, can occur when there to give support and limit the joint’s moveis trauma to the knee caused by a sports ment. The ACL is frequently injured when injury or accident. force is applied to the knee, such as falling A cartilage transplant—taking healthy while skiing or snowboarding. This force cartilage from a donor or from another causes the ligaments within the knee to tear location in the joint and placing it in the as they work to keep the knee from being damaged area—may be the best option. dislocated. The damaged ligament can be In some cases replacement cartilage can be reconstructed using a strip of tendon from grown in a lab and then inserted into the the patient’s knee or donor tissue. patient’s knee. This requires two surgerThe meniscus is cartilage that acts as a ies, one where cartilage cells are harvested buffer between the two large bones of from the knee to be cultured, and a second the knee. to insert the new cartilage after a sufficient “Meniscal tears are less common in skiers number of new cells have been grown. than anterior cruciate ligament injuries,” Another option for repairing damaged cartilage is microfracture surgery, in which Dr. Wyman explains. But they can occur when the knee is twisted or overflexed. the bone is penetrated to expose marrow “The most common treatment for a cells. The cells can then access the damaged 3 1 2 Children on the slopes: Playing it safe More than 60,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each year for winter sports-related injuries. Help your kids stay safe this season. • Buy your children properly fitted winter sports helmets for skiing, sledding and snowboarding. • Make certain that their helmets and other equipment are in good working order. | Healthy Living • Look for clothing made of newer coldweather fabrics that provide warmth without bulk. • Ensure that they wear sunglasses or goggles. • Arrange for them to take lessons before they try to ski or snowboard. • Remind them to watch out for trees, rocks and other people. • Train them to monitor their speed so that they can stay in control. • Supervise their activities. • Direct them to skating rinks instead of ponds. For more information about keeping your family safe this winter or helmet sales and rentals, call the Mar y Bridge Center for Childhood Safety at 253-403-1234. area and fill in the cartilage gap. “Microfracture surgery is one of the most common cartilage procedures performed,” dr. Wyman says. “But it may not be the best procedure for everyone.” Small incisions mean big improvements arthroscopy enables dr. Wyman to diagnose and treat knee disorders by providing a clear view of the inside of the knee with small incisions, using a pencil-size instrument called an arthroscope. The scope has a small camera that transmits an image of the knee to a television monitor. during the procedure, surgical instruments can be inserted through other small incisions in the knee to remove or repair damaged tissue. “almost all the sports-related injuries that require surgery are being done arthroscopically,” says dr. Wyman. The benefits of arthroscopy include smaller incisions, less pain, faster healing, a more rapid recovery and less scarring. arthroscopic surgical procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis and take only a few hours, and the patient is able to return home the same day. every case and patient is unique, dr. Wyman notes, but typical full recovery time from arthroscopic knee surgery is three to six months, depending on the procedure. getting you back in action The best course of treatment for a knee injury depends on a number of factors, dr. Wyman notes, including how the injury occurred, the severity of the injury and the age of the patient. But regardless of those factors, dr. Wyman’s ultimate goal is to get his patients back to their pre-injury performance level. “Typically over 90 out of 100 patients will return to their prior level of performance,” dr. Wyman says. “That should be the expectation.” Need a referral to an orthopedic surgeon? Call good samaritan’s Physician Referral line at 253-697-4444. www.goodsamhealth.org | 5 [Patient Care Tower] Build i n g for the future Watch our progress and mark the milestones THRee YeaRs, 350,000 square feet and $400 million dollars. Those are the numbers surrounding the biggest construction project in east Pierce County. last year good samaritan’s Board of directors and the City of Puyallup unanimously approved plans for the construction of good samaritan’s new Patient Care Tower and Medical office Building. This project will provide the community with a new emergency department, surgery and Imaging departments, and private patient rooms. This good samaritan legacy project will require hundreds of construction workers, thousands of construction hours and plenty of construction plans. along the way, there will be many milestones that we plan to share with our community. 6 | Healthy Living The first milestone in 2008 is the designa- heavy-construction period on the campus. tion of the construction site. In february Below is an architect’s drawing of how the good samaritan will host a public site campus will look when construction is celebration that will provide an opportunity complete in late 2010. for the community to see the latest construction plans along with an actual scale model depicting the new good samaritan campus. later in the year, good samaritan will host a groundbreaking for the new Patient Care Tower. This event For progress updates on good Samaritan’s new Patient Care will kick off the Tower, be sure to visit www.goodsamhealth.org. The Mobile Health vehicle visits Bonney Lake and the greater Puyallup area. Save the dates! good Samaritan Foundation is working on some fantastic events for 2008. Stay tuned for more information about the following: Feb. 22—good Samaritan Construction Site Celebration March 27—Annual Meeting Spring—girls Night Out at Windmill gardens June 21—Northwest Corks & Crush July 25—19th Annual good Samaritan golf Classic August—Home Team Northwest Rummage Sale September—Toscanos Café & Wine Bar Anniversary Benefit October—Come Walk With Me Cancer Benefit November—Tis the Season visit www.goodsamhealth.org/foundation for more details. • • • • • • • • • The Foundation supports Mobile Health at good Samaritan Mobile Health at good Samaritan has a fantastic community vaccination program, and the Foundation was glad to lend support to it last year. vaccines are extremely vulnerable and need to be maintained within a temperature range of only 11 degrees. in the past 12 months, Mobile Health tried three domestic-grade refrigerators in an effort to find the temperature sweet spot for its vaccine inventory. employees of Mobile Health were required to wear an alarm pager to notify them if the temperature varied beyond the allowable range. When this happened, employees often had to return to work after hours to move vaccines—hoping to arrive in time to preserve the quality of the vaccines. All that came to an end when the good Samaritan Foundation Board of Trustees allocated funding for a new, medical-grade refrigerator to replace—once and for all— the standard, domestic-grade refrigerators that were less than adequate. Thanks in part to this newly funded refrigerator, vaccines have been available this ﬂu season all around eastern Pierce County. Another extraordinary event! The fifth annual Tis the Season, held Nov. 16, was a great success and raised a total of $212,000 to benefit children’s programs at good Samaritan! The sold-out event welcomed more than 460 guests to Watson’s greenhouse & Nursery for an evening of shopping and bidding with KiNg Tv’s John Curley as master of ceremonies. A special appeal was made to support good Samaritan’s Level ii Special Care Nursery for acutely ill and premature infants, and the crowd responded with amazing generosity, raising their paddles until a total of $60,000 was reached! Beneﬁting children’s programs at Good Samaritan: Special Care Nursery inpatient Pediatrics Children’s Therapy Unit Family Support Center • • • • www.goodsamhealth.org | 7 The Big T THeRe’s a picture of Jillian Michaels on her website sporting a black, sleeveless T-shirt with “Bully” written across the front. sure, the black team’s coach on TV’s The Biggest Loser has the title of television’s toughest trainer. But ask MultiCare Center for Healthy living’s elizabeth Barnard her impressions of the weight-loss reality show star, and she’ll point out how Michaels cares and wants others to reach their healthy goals. “she’s trying to help people realize that they can do it,” says Barnard, the Center’s Community events Coordinator. “she’s not pushing them beyond their capabilities— she’s pushing them to their capabilities.” If you’ve seen the show, you know Michaels is extremely fit, and you’ve watched her help others lose a lot of unwanted pounds and learn how to live healthy lives. Now you can see Michaels in person at this year’s do something Healthy event, which is bound to include an inspirational dose of “anybody can do it” when it comes to getting physical, eating well and maintaining a healthy weight, Barnard says. “People want to live a healthy life, but you can win by Jan. 24 Do Something Healthy 9 Meet Jillian Michaels and sign up for the Million Minute Mission. 8 | Healthy Living February Start classes at the yMCA. (Register online: www.tacomaymca.org.) gest Winners are the biggest losers sometimes they don’t know how to get motivated or where to start,” Barnard says. “Do Something Healthy is a great first step to learning more about health and nutrition and getting the motivation to make healthy changes to their lives.” In addition to helping others succeed, Michaels’ own healthy pursuits have led to several personal successes. She has a weekly radio show, fitness DVDs and two published books, including her latest, Making the Cut: Thirty Days to the Strongest, Sexiest You. According to her website, the energetic fitness trainer and life coach struggled with her own weight, so she knows firsthand about the challenges. Then came martial arts, a source of her passion for fitness training. This passion, along with Michaels’ desire to help people reach their fitness goals, should make the Do Something Healthy event all the more inspirational and exciting. In addition to Michaels’ featured presentation, Do Something Healthy will include a health fair and screenings, and a registered dietitian and personal trainer will be available to answer attendees’ questions about nutrition, healthy eating and physical activity. And if previous events are an indication— this is the ninth year Do Something Healthy is taking place—people will walk away with something they can use to better their health, perhaps profoundly so. Barnard has seen it before: “Participants have taken information from this event,” she says, “and used it to change their lives.” Do Something Healthy 9 Meet Jillian! When: Thursday, Jan. 24, 6 to 9pm Where: Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma Join the Million Minute Mission Here’s your mission, should you choose to accept it: Help your Pierce County friends and neighbors reach a goal of logging millions of exercise minutes. It’s called the Million Minute Mission—a community-wide fitness event led by the MultiCare Center For Healthy Living—and it’s a fun way to get physical, get healthy, and win individual or team prizes. Here’s how it works: You register online—it’s easy—and then log an average of 30 minutes of physical activity five or more days a week, Jan. 24 through June 14. Kids can aim for 30 to 60 minutes. You also track your progress online, so you can see your healthy minutes add up! Get the details at www.multicare.org/mission. This year’s theme: Weight Maintenance— Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle Special guest: Jillian Michaels, trainer from NBC’s The Biggest Loser, 7pm • • • • Health fair and screenings, 6 to 7pm Bring a question for “Ask the Dietitian” Have Michaels sign her book Cost: $10 Preregistration is required. Register online at www.multicare.org. losing — one inch at a time March Get your Passport to Healthy Dining at www.piercecountygetsfit.org. April Tracking your weight each week is one good way to monitor your health. www.multicare.org/mission May Thirty minutes a day: Keep logging your exercise at www.multicare.org/mission. June 14 Sound to Narrows Fun and fitness for a great cause and the Biggest Winner finale. See you there! www.goodsamhealth.org | [healthy families] gRoWNUPs aReN’T the only ones at risk for being overweight or obese. More and more children are too. What can parents do to help? Take action, says nutrition expert Monica dixon, Phd, Rd. dixon is researching the causes of the childhood obesity epidemic and exploring what hospitals, schools, governments and others can do to turn the tide. It’s a complex matter, she says. But she adds that the best place to begin preventing childhood obesity is at home. “There’s a lot parents can do to help kids manage their weight,” dixon says. get started by following these tips: Serve whole foods. “Think fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy, whole grains, nuts and oils, and less processed foods,” dixon says. offer kids water instead of pop or juice. Eat together. family meals give you better control of food choices and are also a chance to bond with your kids and teach them manners. “There are so many advantages,” dixon says. “There are even studies that show that kids who eat with their families often are 10 | Healthy Living Help your kids manage their weight less likely to use drugs or join gangs.” Exercise as a family. “There are lots of things you can do together—hiking, biking, playing in the park,” dixon says. “Having an active family helps children remain active as adults.” Talk to your doctor. a pediatrician can determine if your child is overweight. He or she also can give you advice on safe ways to help children take off extra pounds. Call good samaritan’s 24-hour Physician Referral line at 253-697-4444. Pierce County gets your family fit Pierce County residents, are you ready to make good on those New year’s resolutions? Let Pierce County gets Fit help you and your family meet your 2008 fitness goals. Pierce County gets Fit is a partnership between MultiCare Health System, the Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department and the yMCA of Tacoma–Pierce County. Formed in 2005, the goal of Pierce County gets Fit is simple: Help you and your family get fit. Best of all, it’s easy to participate. Whatever your health challenges or fitness goals, Pierce County gets Fit has something for everyone. For health, nutrition and fitness resources for adults and kids alike, visit www.piercecountygetsfit.org. [update] Catching up with the Biggest Winners lasT feBRUaRY, two teams of five contestants took part in a four-month weight-loss competition modeled after The Biggest Loser TV show. a collaborative effort of MultiCare Health system, the YMCa of Tacoma–Pierce County and the Tacoma–Pierce County Health department, Pierce County’s Biggest Winner contest and ongoing weight-maintenance program were designed to help Pierce County residents adopt healthier lifestyles. While the competition ended months ago, the contest’s top two “losers” are still going strong. What’s new with Aaron aaron stewart may have been the contest’s first-place winner, but he considers his improved health and lifestyle the real prize. “It was the best experience of my life— from the fellowship to the weight loss to the whole transformation of my diet and how I think about food,” he says. a 32-year-old executive pastor from University Place, aaron is a former college football player who feels just as strong today as he did while playing for Pacific lutheran University more than a decade ago. aaron weighed 295 pounds coming into the competition and has lost a total of 52 pounds, or 20 percent of his body weight. He credits MultiCare dietitians, the YMCa trainer, fellow teammates and his wife for his success. “What I really learned is that it’s not about dieting,” he says. “It’s about changing the way we eat.” aaron continues to exercise regularly at the YMCa with his wife, as well as fellow team member Chris Waiss. He’s kept the weight off and plans to lose five to 10 more pounds. Checking in with April april Waddington was determined to make a dramatic change in her weight and lifestyle. and she did, coming in second overall in the contest and losing nearly 50 pounds and 17 percent of her body weight. The 34-year-old family support worker from Puyallup battled her weight for more than a decade and was 278 pounds when the competition began. athletic in school, april was inspired to participate by the competitive nature of the contest. “Having such a great team motivated me to do more—for myself and the team,” she explains. “I had to be accountable to someone, and that made a big difference.” april looks forward to reaching her goal weight of 165 pounds. The key, she says, is combining low-fat proteins and a high-fiber diet chock-full of fruits and vegetables with an exercise program that includes fitness classes, weight training and yoga. “There’s no magic pill,” she says. “It takes work, but it’s worth it. I feel 100 percent better!” 2008: Be our next Biggest Winner! MultiCare Health System, the yMCA of Tacoma–Pierce County and the Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department challenge you to get fit and be healthy in 2008. A MultiCare physician and registered dietitian, along with a personal trainer from the yMCA, will oversee the Pierce County Biggest Winner program to ensure that participants are losing weight and exercising in a safe, healthy way. Applications for the program are available at www.piercecountygetsfit.org. www.goodsamhealth.org | 11 Be a germbuster! 1 LATHER UP! Use soap and water all over your hands—don’t miss a fingernail! Scrub 20 seconds, long enough to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. 2 AH-CHOO! if you can’t reach a tissue, sneeze or cough into the inside of your elbow (not your hands). NO WATER? gellin’ works too. Rub cleaning gel (at least 60 percent alcohol) all over your hands until they’re dry. Are your kids making you sick? 3 YoU TeaCH your kids to share their toys and games. But how do you teach them not to share their germs? “Think about the 25 to 30 students in typical classrooms,” says Marcia Patrick, RN, MsN, CIC, director, Infection Prevention and Control at MultiCare. “That’s a lot of germs being shared, and lots of opportunities to bring something home.” Consider all of the shared areas in classrooms—desks, pencil sharpeners, pencils, crayons, light switches, textbooks and other instructional materials, computer keyboards, and cafeteria and gym surfaces. “any or all of these can contain germs from the mouths and noses of kids, as well as fecal matter from hands not washed thoroughly after using the toilet,” Patrick says. “another child comes along and touches that surface, then rubs his eyes or nose and ends up with the infection, which he, of course, takes home with him.” 4 BE SURE TO WASH: • Before touching food • After handling pets • After coughing, sneezing or noseblowing • Before and after touching a wound or being with a sick person • After touching garbage • After using the toilet (FOR SURe)! 12 | Healthy Living ✂ Keep germs at bay Sources: Marcia Patrick, RN, MSN, CiC, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention There are several ways to reduce the germs your kids bring home, Patrick advises: • Teach kids to wash their hands well, especially after using the toilet. You can find pointers for effective handwashing techniques at left or at the U.s. Centers for disease Control and Prevention’s website, www.cdc.gov/cleanhands. show kids how to cough and sneeze into their sleeves rather than into their hands. encourage kids to keep their hands away from their faces. find out if your child’s school permits the use of alcohol-based sanitizers or antibacterial cloths. Wiping off shared surfaces will reduce the germ load in the environment. In addition, a strong immune system helps kids fight off infections, Patrick says. so make sure your child is eating right and getting enough rest and exercise. “getting vaccinated for vaccinepreventable illness is [another] good way to stay healthy this winter,” adds Rosalind Ball, RN, MN, CIC, Infection Control Practitioner, good samaritan Hospital. Visit www.multicare.org/kids for more tips about keeping kids healthy. • • • January through March 2008 Smart steps for a healthy life Visit www.goodsamhealth.org for a complete calendar list or to register. Click on “Classes and events for the public.” DIABETES Diabetes Education Registration and a physician referral are required. 253-770-2300 CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH Heart Healthy Eating Class Perfect for anyone with a personal or family history of heart disease or high cholesterol. Learn how fats, cholesterol, carbohydrates and salt affect heart health, plus how to look out for your heart at the grocery store and in restaurants. 253-697-8141 Life Vest and Helmet Fitting Program The Helmet and Life Vest Program is active all year. Helmet and life vests are ﬁtted and VOLUNTEERING sold by trained volunteers. Good Samaritan’s strong force of more than Throughout the year, program volunteers 900 volunteers has discovered the secret of go to special events, including the Spring feeling great. By sharing some of your time, Fair, Fall Fair, Tour de Pierce, and health you can too. Volunteer opportunities are and safety fairs. A variety of helmets are sold, available in a variety of areas. including bike helmets, multi-impact helmets 253-697-1568 and ski helmets. The life vests for sale are type III, which are great for the local lakes. STAYING SAFE Good Samaritan Celebrate Seniority First Aid Office: Thursdays, 2 to 4pm Understanding of standard ﬁrst aid and Good Samaritan kiosk at South Hill Mall: adult CPR. Certiﬁcation requires written Second Saturday of each month, 11am to 3pm and skills exams. 253-474-0600 • • PATHWAYS LECTURE SERIES “Hold Onto Your Kids”—Dr. Gordon Neufeld Best-selling author dr. gordon Neufeld talks about the pivotal role a good bond with parents plays in a child’s healthy development. according to dr. Neufeld, societal change is endangering the child-parent relationship, and peers are increasingly replacing parents as key players in kids’ lives. Join us for a dynamic, inspiring discussion about what we can do to cultivate the kind of relationships with our children that keep them safe, healthy and thriving throughout their lives. fee: $18 in advance; $25 at the door Tuesday, March 11, 7 to 9pm, annie Wright school–Kemper Center, Tacoma. Register online at www.parentmap.com; click on “Pathways.” SENIORS EnhanceFitness An ongoing senior exercise class offered by the Good Samaritan Celebrate Seniority program designed to improve strength, ﬂexibility and balance and improve your cardiorespiratory system. This class is three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at various locations and times. Call Sarita Stotler, certified instructor, at 253-697-7389 for further information. Gentle Yoga for Seniors Three-week series offered by the Good Samaritan Celebrate Seniority program. Give it a try! Learn about strength, stretching, balance, relaxation and more efﬁcient breathing. Fee: $15 per series For dates and times, visit www.goodsam health.org or call 253-697-7385. Tai Chi Class A class designed to reduce stress, improve strength, increase circulation, and enhance focus and concentration. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 to 9:30am, Sumner Senior Center, 15506 62nd St. Court E. Call David Lettich or Sumner Senior Center at 253-863-2910. www.goodsamhealth.org | 13 [calendar of events] Smart steps for a healthy life PARENTING AND CHILDREN Childhood Immunizations Free to qualiﬁed parents. 253-697-8160 Children’s Diabetes Education and Clinic Individual education for children newly diagnosed with diabetes and for their families. By appointment for those who need further education or review. Classes, camps and support groups also available. Mom and Baby Support Group Prepared Childbirth New moms ﬁnd opportunities to meet other new moms and discuss the joys and challenges of adjusting to parenthood. Separate one-hour sessions for newborns to 6-month-olds and for 6- to 12-month-olds. Fee: $3/session Five-week sessions as well as some weekend and one-day sessions for ﬁrst-time parents-tobe. Comprehensive topics include breathing and relaxation techniques, stages of labor and delivery, medications, cesarean delivery, caring for yourself after delivery, newborn characteristics, and feeding your newborn. Fee: $85 or medical coupon; $75 for one-day class Register online at www.goodsambaby.org or call 253-697-5300. Children’s Asthma Education Education for children with asthma and their families. Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital 253-403-3131 Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital 253-403-3131 Kangaroo Kapers Water Babies Children ages 3 through 7 who are about to become big brothers or sisters will love this! The one-hour class provides nonmedical, nontechnical information about childbirth. Fee: $15/family In-pool exercise class for new moms and their babies ages 3 to 12 months. Includes cardiovascular and strengthening exercises speciﬁcally designed for postpartum moms along with movement games and water acclimation activities for the babies. Fee: $72/six-week session To register, call Glenda at 253-697-2775. Tour the Family Birth Center Saturdays, 1pm No registration required. QUITSMART™ TOBACCO CESSATION BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS as the Johnson & Johnson® commercial says, “Having a baby changes everything.” It can be the most rewarding experience, but for a first-time dad, it can also be a bit overwhelming. so if you’re a new dad or dad-to-be, take Boot Camp for New dads at good samaritan’s family Birth Center. 14 | Healthy Living This three-hour class trains first-time fathers to become knowledgeable, confident dads. Taught by experienced fathers who bring their own babies, this class teaches participants about feeding, diaper changing and supporting mom. Fee: $25; preregistration is required. Call 253-697-5300 for more information. A medically based program that prepares you mentally and physically to quit using tobacco. A trained facilitator helps you identify and conquer challenges that may prevent you from succeeding and teaches you new, healthy habits to replace the unhealthy ones. Fee: $80 (partial scholarships available for income-qualified participants) Allenmore Hospital: Saturday, Jan. 19, 9:30am to 3:30pm Good Samaritan Community Healthcare: Saturday, Feb. 9, 9:30am to 3:30pm MultiCare Gig Harbor Medical Park: Saturday, March 15, 9:30am to 3:30pm • • • Unless otherwise noted, visit www.goodsamhealth.org for information or to register. Unless otherwise noted, visit www.goodsamhealth.org for information or to register. SUPPORT GROUPS Caregiver Support Group QuitTobacco Support Group Good Samaritan hosts support groups for a variety of topics, including brain injury, cancer, chronic fatigue/immune dysfunction syndrome, bereavement, sarcoidosis and parent support. This group is open to caregivers of any diagnosis. It is a place to receive support, ask questions and connect with other caregivers. Second Monday of each month, 1:30 to 3pm, Good Samaritan Community Services (Behavioral Healthcare), 325 E. Pioneer Ave., Room C113 (middle entrance) Fee: Suggested donation is $2/meeting Call Kathie McCormack, LMFT, at 253-697-8532. Great success rates! No matter where you are in the quit process, this group is for you. Topics include tobacco addiction, successful cessation practices, individualized quit plans, nicotine replacement therapies, cessation medications, withdrawal symptoms, coping skills, relapse and recovery. Drop-ins are welcome; low-cost nicotine patches are available. For best results, we recommend weekly group attendance for one year following your final quit date. Good Samaritan Community Healthcare: Mondays, 7 to 8pm Allenmore Hospital, boardroom: Mondays, Noon to 1pm Tacoma General Hospital, 6M: Tuesdays, 11:45am to 12:45pm MultiCare Gig Harbor Medical Park: Wednesdays, 7 to 8pm For more information, contact Heidi Henson at 253-223-7538. Cancer Support Groups See the cancer section below. Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group: Understanding Symptoms and Recovery Helps families understand how neurologic conditions affect thinking abilities and emotions. 253-697-1807 Grief Support Groups Good Samaritan Hospital offers bereavement support groups. Registration is required. 253-697-2419 CANCER For information about Good Samaritan’s wide range of cancer support services, call 253-697-4899. Puyallup Support Group For patients, caregivers, adult family members and friends. Meeting includes educational program, refreshments, a sharing circle and a lending library of resources. First Thursday of each month, 1 to 3pm, Puyallup United Methodist Church, 1919 W. Pioneer Ave. 253-697-4863 Women’s Support Group This group is open to any female with a diagnosis of cancer. The atmosphere is very informal, and it is an excellent opportunity to share and learn with others. Occasional speakers also present on topics of interest to group members. If you are feeling alone or isolated, please consider joining us. Second Tuesday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Good Samaritan Cancer Center, conference room, 400 15th Ave. S.E., first floor Fee: Donations welcome 253-697-4863 Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group Do you have questions about prostate cancer? Join a group that can provide answers and support, facilitated by trained volunteers who have recovered from prostate cancer. First Wednesday of each month, 7 to 9pm, Good Samaritan (call for room location) Call Weldon Plett at 253-582-8440, ext. 76531 Focus on Healing Dance Movement Class An exercise class speciﬁcally designed to address concerns of lymphedema for breast cancer survivors. The class uses gentle dance movements • • • • that target certain muscle groups and encourages overall body toning. The class is open to any female with a diagnosis of cancer. Mondays (except holidays), 5:15 to 6:15pm, East Main Campus conference room, 1317 E. Main, Safeway plaza (enter at the rear of the west end of the building) Preregistration required. Call Deb Makin 253-332-6154 to sign up or 253-697-4863 for more information. Look Good ... Feel Better This program for female cancer patients is offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association and the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation. Trained volunteer cosmetologists teach women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss, using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetics industry. Women also learn ways to disguise hair loss with wigs, scarves and other accessories. 253-697-4863 www.goodsamhealth.org | 15 Alphabet soup Making sense of your health care team oNCe UPoN a time when you visited your doctor’s office, the only letters you would see after people’s names were “RN” or “Md.” But now it’s routine to see “do,” “aRNP” and “Pa.” It can be confusing to remember just what those letters stand for. DO: Doctor of osteopathic medicine osteopathy emphasizes a patient’s health as a whole as well as the relationship between the body’s nerves, muscles, bones and organs. Instead of treating specific symptoms or illnesses, dos—who frequently serve in primary care areas, such as family medicine, women’s health and pediatrics—treat the body as an integrated whole, with a focus on disease prevention and health maintenance. like Mds (allopathic physicians), dos are fully qualified physicians licensed to prescribe medication and perform surgery. dos also receive training in osteopathic manipulative treatment, a technique that allows them to use their hands to diag- either independently or as part of a larger nose injury and illness and promote healing health care team. with techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. PA: Physician assistant Physician assistants are health care proARNP: Advanced registered fessionals licensed to practice medicine nurse practitioner with physician supervision. Pas conduct an aRNP is a registered nurse who has physical exams, as well as diagnose and treat earned a master’s degree in a nurse pracillnesses, order and interpret tests, offer titioner program and who typically has information on preventive health care, extensive clinical experience prior to bewrite prescriptions, and assist in surgery. coming an aRNP. although aRNPs often like medical students, Pas receive trainwork alongside physicians, in Washington ing in basic medical and behavioral sciences. and other states they may also maintain after completing a two-year accredited their own private practices. education program, Pas must pass a national aRNPs provide care in a variety of setexam to become certified and qualify for a tings, focusing mainly on health maintestate license. To maintain their certification, nance, disease prevention, counseling and Pas must complete 100 hours of education patient education. every two years and pass a recertification aRNP specialties include neonatology, exam every six years. pediatrics, family and adult health, mental No matter what initials you see after their health, geriatrics, and many others. aRNPs names, these highly skilled professionals can are able to diagnose and manage most provide you with expanded options for your common and many chronic illnesses, health care. See what Pierce County’s 2007 Biggest Winners look like now! before MultiCare Health System P.O. Box 5299 Tacoma, WA 98415-0299 Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID MultiCare Health System Page 11 gS STAY HEALTHY THIS WINTER! | SigN UP FOR A CLASS. See PAge 13.
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