Improving quality of life through safe, effective weight loss Weighing Options Fall 2014 Vol. 5, No. 3 ◆ 2 Diabetes Management Program Renews National Recognition Diabetes and Weight Management Expo 3 Meet the Staff: Stephanie Johnson We’ve Moved New Program Benefits 4 Healthy Eats: Chicken Tortilla Soup Introducing Our Cleveland Clinic-trained Bariatric Surgeon Meet Dr. Onyeka Nwokocha at an upcoming Bariatric Basics seminar. T he Blount Memorial Weight Management Center is proud to welcome Dr. Onyeka Nwokocha to our multidisciplinary team of weight loss professionals. His office is conveniently located in the Weight Management Center on the main Blount Memorial Hospital campus in Maryville. Nwokocha is a Cleveland Clinic-trained bariatric surgeon with expertise in the latest surgical weight loss procedures. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and a medical degree from Howard College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Nwokocha completed a surgical residency at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., as well as a bariatric/minimally invasive surgical fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Fla. ◆ Choose your date, and register today. Learn about bariatric surgery at one of our free informational seminars. Is bariatric surgery right for you? You’ll never know unless you do your research, ask questions and meet with a bariatric surgeon. Take the first step by attending a free, no-obligation Bariatric Basics seminar at Blount Memorial. Blount Memorial bariatric surgeon Dr. Onyeka Nwokocha will discuss the surgical and laparoscopic treatments of obesity including gastric sleeve and bypass procedures. You’ll also have the chance to learn more about the Weight Management Center’s Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredited center. TO REGISTER: Call 865-977-4673 or 866-300-8644. Bariatric Basics 2014 Calendar Thursday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m. Comfort Inn, 2811 Decatur Pike, Athens Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 a.m. East Tennessee Medical Group community room, 266 Joule St., Alcoa Thursday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium, 907 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville Surgical Weight Loss Support Groups Weight Management Center www.blountmemorial.org B lount Memorial welcomes all post-operative bariatric patients to attend the Weight Management Center’s Bariatric Support Group. Whether your procedure was performed at Blount Memorial or another facility, we are here for you. ◆ 2014-15 Bariatric Support Group Schedule The Bariatric Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium located on the ground floor. The remaining 2014 Bariatric Support Groups will meet Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. 2 Weighing Options Fall 2014 Diabetes Management Program Renews National Recognition Need help managing your diabetes? Education program meets rigorous American Diabetes Association (ADA) standards T he Blount Memorial Diabetes Management Center’s selfmanagement education program has earned continued ADA Recognition for its high-quality patient services. The renewal certifies Blount Memorial’s program for an additional four years. “It makes me very proud that we can provide the best quality of diabetes care to the residents of Blount County,” says program coordinator Dawn Hollaway. “With the dramatic increase in the number of individuals being diagnosed with diabetes, it is more important than ever that people attend an outpatient diabetes education program to achieve their optimal health goals and lower their risk for complications.” The ADA Recognition effort started in 1986, and is a voluntary process that assures approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management. The Blount Memorial Diabetes Management Center includes two registered nurses and three registered dietitians, all of whom are certified diabetes educators (CDE). Achieving CDE credentials requires meeting rigorous eligibility standards in order to demonstrate specialized knowledge in the field of diabetes education and promote quality of care for people with diabetes. Certified diabetes educators must renew their certifications every five years. ◆ If you have diabetes, participating in the diabetes education program at Blount Memorial can equip you with the information you need to manage your condition, reduce the risk of complications and improve quality of life. A physician referral is required. For more information, call 865-977-5767. Could you have diabetes? Tennessee typically ranks among the top five states in the nation for the highest rates of diabetes. Early symptoms, which often go unnoticed or are attributed to other causes include: fatigue, excessive thirst, rapid weight loss, blurred vision, swollen gums, and tingling hands and feet. In fact, many people are not diagnosed with diabetes until they receive treatment for one of its life-threatening complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease or amputation. If you notice any possible diabetes signs or symptoms, contact your doctor. The earlier you are diagnosed, the sooner you can begin managing your condition to improve quality of life and avoid complications. Want to learn about the local resources and latest tools available to take control of your diabetes or weight? Then, join us at the upcoming Diabetes and Weight Management Expo. Free blood glucose meters will be distributed, and everyone who attends will be entered into a door prize drawing. S AV E T H E D AT E Register today for the free Diabetes and Weight Management Expo. When: Monday, Nov. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Where: Airport Hilton, Alcoa Cost: Free, however, participants are invited to make a $5 donation to the Blount Memorial Diabetes Management Center’s fund for underserved and uninsured patients. Register: For more information or to register, call 865-977-5767. Here’s a quick look at what you can expect: • helpful diabetes and weight management information and tools • healthy cooking demonstration by executive chef Jeff Counts • presentation by Blount Memorial bariatric surgeon Dr. Onyeka Nwokocha • more than 20 vendors displaying diabetes- and weight management-related products and services • the opportunity to speak with representatives from multiple hospital departments, physician offices, local community agencies and pharmaceutical companies 3 Weighing Options Fall 2014 M E E T T H E S TA F F n Educational Background: associate’s degree, nursing, William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Ill.; bachelor’s degree, nursing, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Stephanie Johnson registered nurse and metabolic and bariatric surgery coordinator n Role: In her multifaceted role as metabolic and bariatric surgery coordinator, Johnson works with patients, our bariatric surgeon or the Weight Management Center, as well as other members of the Blount Memorial staff. Her specific responsibilities include helping ensure a smooth journey for patients as they progress through the bariatric surgery process and guaranteeing that the center maintains MBSAQIP accreditation. In addition, Johnson facilitates staff education related to important topics such as patient safety and bariatric sensitivity; provides patient education; and leads post-operative support group meetings. “I'm honored to fill the role of bariatric coordinator at Blount Memorial. One of the greatest blessings of this role happens during the support groups when patients share their ‘non-scale’ victories. Bariatric surgery truly is a life-altering event, so it's about much more than just a number on the scale. Sometimes the victory is being able to feel a hip bone or paint toenails for the first time in decades. Other times, it's about being able to get off of a prescription medication. I'm extremely proud of all my patients, and appreciate each story I am privileged to hear.” —Stephanie Johnson We’ve Moved New Program Benefits Visit the Weight Management Center in our new location. Patient-centered support services help ensure long-term success. T o better serve our patients, the Weight Management Center has relocated to the third floor of the Blount Memorial Physician Office Building. If you’ve visited us in the past, we’re in the same building, but have changed floors. To find us, enter the main hospital campus through the Emergency, Cancer Care and Outpatient entrance. Park for free in either the Guest Parking lot or the Guest Parking Garage, and enter the hospital through the covered portico entrance marked Outpatient Services and Physician Office Building. Walk straight through the lobby, and turn right at the Atrium Café. You will be facing the Physician Office Building elevators. Take the elevator to the third floor. Turn left and left again. Our office is at the end of the hallway. ◆ Send Us Your Questions If you have a health question related to weight management, e-mail [email protected] One of our weight management experts will personally answer each question. A s a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredited center, Blount Memorial offers a proven path to safe, long-term weight loss. The first step on this path is an initial consultation with our onsite Cleveland Clinic-trained bariatric surgeon Dr. Onyeka Nwokocha. The $450 program fee for our program covers several additional key steps required for bariatric surgery success including: • a pre-surgery education class • a post-surgery nutrition class • informative program and educational materials • expert help in navigating the health insurance authorization process • collecting required medical records • personal nutrition consults • a pre-surgery psychological evaluation • four post-surgery exercise consults with a personal trainer • a 12-month Blount Memorial Wellness Centers membership • monthly support groups • smoking cessation resources For more information or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Nwokocha, call the Weight Management Center at 865-977-4673 or toll-free at 866-300-8644. ◆ PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE Weight Management Center P A I D KNOXVILLE, TN 907 East Lamar Alexander Parkway PERMIT NO. 582 Maryville, TN 37804-5016 www.blountmemorial.org RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED Weighing Options Improving quality of life through safe, effective weight loss 4 Weighing Options Fall 2014 Healthy Eats A delicious and nutritious recipe from the Weight Management Center This quick-fix fall soup from www.eatingwell.com is recommended by Weight Management Center registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Heather Pierce. Chicken Tortilla Soup Warm up and fill up the fall with a piping hot bowl of hearty chicken tortilla soup. Since canned varieties and the version typically served at Mexican restaurants can be high in salt and fats, make your own soup at home using this healthy recipe. Makes three to four servings. Ingredients 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (or 3 to 4 thighs) 1/2 teaspoon olive oil 1 cup chopped onion Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 2 (14.5 ounce) cans low sodium chicken broth 1 cup frozen corn kernels 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 cup chunky salsa Baked tortilla chips (optional) 1/2 cup shredded 2 percent cheese (optional) Reduced fat sour cream (optional) Directions 1. In a large pot over medium heat, sauté the chicken in the oil for about 5 minutes. 2. Add the chopped onion, and cook until softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 3. Add the garlic, cumin and chili powder, and stir together. Then, add the chicken broth, corn, black beans, lemon juice and salsa. 4. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20-30 minutes. 5. Ladle equal portions into three or four small soup bowls. 6. (Optional) Garnish with a few baked tortilla chips, and/or shredded cheese and sour cream. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Stay up-to-date on the latest Weight Management Center events, upcoming programs and any weather cancellations by following Blount Memorial on Twitter at @blount_memorial and visiting the hospital’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/blountmemorial.
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