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We are excited to welcome you to Adventist HealthCare & You, a quarterly magazine featuring the health stories of real people in our community that connects you with health care resources at our hospitals and beyond.

Current Issue – Spring 2015

Journey of Hope. That story, upcoming community health classes & events, and more in the Spring 2015 issue of Adventist HealthCare & You magazine. To read, launch the interactive edition of the magazine or browse the articles below.

 

Time to Save a Life

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Time to Save a Life

A Silver Spring woman uses an online heart risk assessment to identify a major health problem FIND OUT YOUR RISK FOR HEART DISEASE Take a Free Heart Risk Assessment Taking just five minutes to complete Adventist HealthCare’s free heart risk assessment online likely saved the life of Toby Weiss, a 77-year-old Silver Spring resident. “The test showed me that I had a heart problem and prompted me to see my doctor,” says Weiss, who previously had no known heart issues. The assessment takes into account key risk factors for heart disease such as family history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity. A few days earlier, Weiss also experienced nausea and neck pain. Factoring in the assessment results, she began to question her health. A stress test performed by her primary care physician confirmed Weiss had a significant heart problem. Wanting the Best Weiss chose to go to Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital and sought treatment from Fayaz Shawl, MD, trusted cardiologist of her husband, Larry. “I wanted to be in the hands of the best,” she says. On June 9, 2014, Dr. Shawl performed a cardiac catheterization to identify the best treatment to restore blood flow to the heart. “Weiss had two major heart vessels blocked, one being her left main artery, which supplied blood flow to most of her heart muscle,” Dr. Shawl says. “This critical blockage determined that heart surgery was necessary.” The next day, heart surgeon Kathleen Petro, MD, performed a double bypass. “During coronary bypass surgery, we take a healthy blood vessel from the patient’s leg, arm, abdomen or chest and connect it to other arteries in the heart so that it is bypassed around the blocked area,” Dr. Petro explains. “This helps to restore blood flow to the heart by diverting it around a section of the blocked artery.” Getting the Best Says Weiss: “I would definitely recommend Washington Adventist Hospital for heart care. They have wonderful doctors and caring nurses, and the cardiac floor is a fantastic place if you have to be there.” After a successful procedure, Weiss returned home with further support during her recovery from Adventist HealthCare Home Care Services. This included biweekly visits from registered nurse Cindy Irwin. “I was so lucky to have Cindy,” Weiss says. “She ordered supplies, spoke to the doctor and helped me adjust my diet. She made me feel at ease. It’s wonderful knowing that I’m going to be OK and live to enjoy my...

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Big Miracle, Small Package

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Big Miracle, Small Package

Shady Grove NICU delivers lifesaving care to early arrivals Kate Craine and her husband, Paul, were thrilled to learn that they were pregnant last May. After enduring a miscarriage and almost two years of fertility treatments, the Gaithersburg couple were ecstatic to be welcoming a new baby. During the first few months of the pregnancy, everything appeared normal. Then, in mid-August, Kate learned she had gestational diabetes. By the end of the month, her doctors put her on modified bed rest. In October, at 24 weeks, Kate’s water broke. She was admitted to the Birth Center at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center on Oct. 15, 2014. Two days later, Kate and Paul welcomed Amelia Grace Craine into the world—more than 14 weeks early. “At Shady Grove Medical Center, we have a well-coordinated team at the ready 24/7 to provide specialized care to high-risk newborns,” explains James Rost, MD, a neonatologist and medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). “This multidisciplinary group provided Amelia state-of-the-art care from minute one.” Amelia weighed only 1 pound, 9 ounces and was 12.5 inches long, a good size for a baby born at 25 weeks and six days, according to Dr. Rost. Even so, she required significant support in her first days. “It was terrifying,” Kate remembers. “But when Dr. Rost told us Amelia was ‘feisty,’ I knew she was going to be fine.” In addition to her high-tech care, Amelia benefited from the NICU’s donor breast milk program, a hallmark of the unit. “Some moms, like Kate, do everything in their power to breastfeed but are unable to keep up with the baby’s demand for expressed milk,” explains Amy Gilkey, RN, clinical nurse manager of the unit. “The donor program allows us to provide breast milk to all our premature babies, which is proven to decrease mortality rates and other complications.” Although being NICU parents is physically, mentally and emotionally draining, the Craines were a shining example of the unit’s family-integrated care model, visiting Amelia every day. Together with the nurses, therapists, nutritionists, social workers and doctors, they were an integral part of the team caring for Amelia. “Our daughter was in the NICU for 73 days,” Paul says. “And the team gave us the hope and support we needed to get through each and every...

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Intercepting Breast Cancer

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Intercepting Breast Cancer

SCHEDULE YOUR MAMMOGRAM TODAY Adventist HealthCare White Oak Breast Center 1210 Plum Orchard Drive, Suite 209, Silver Spring 240-471-3600 www.AdventistBreastCenter.com Shady Grove Breast Center 9711 Medical Center Drive, Suite 201, Rockville 301-590-8999 www.ShadyGroveBreastCenter.com Sonia Barrientos gets a mammogram every year. The Silver Spring wife and mom is especially diligent because her sister died of breast cancer four years ago. At her annual screening in August 2014, doctors discovered a lump. She soon underwent a biopsy with Sonya Kella, MD, at the Shady Grove Breast Center in Rockville. The lump was not cancerous; however, Barrientos still wanted it removed because of what had happened to her sister. She was leaving nothing to chance. That’s when Barrientos met Cynthia Plate, MD, a breast surgeon at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital and medical director of the Adventist HealthCare White Oak Breast Center. “Thanks to God that he put me in such good hands,” Barrientos says. During her surgery to remove the noncancerous lump, Dr. Plate discovered a second lump that turned out to be cancerous. “Sonia saved her own life,” Dr. Plate says. “She understood her family history and risk, and she was determined to have a different outcome for her family.” In the weeks after surgery, Barrientos visited Dr. Plate at the White Oak Breast Center to discuss her recovery. The center, which opened in November 2014, offers advanced imaging services such as 3-D mammography as well as specialized services like breast ultrasound, minimally invasive biopsies and on-site breast surgery consultations—all in one location in the White Oak area of Silver Spring. “Our experienced and caring team is focused on breast cancer prevention and early intervention tailored to the individual,” Dr. Plate says. Barrientos urges all women to get their mammograms every year. The American Cancer Society recommends annual screenings for women starting at age 40. Experts also suggest that women discuss risk factors and the right tests with their doctors. To those women facing cancer, Barrientos says, “You have to confront the disease. Don’t be scared. You have to be strong enough to fight for your...

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Less Weight, More Miles

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Less Weight, More Miles

READY TO EXPLORE WEIGHTLOSS SURGERY? Register to attend a FREE seminar on the weightloss surgery options available at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. Visit www.AdventistHealthCare.com/Bariatric or call 240-826-5278. China, Africa, Ireland—Steve Malley of Germantown, Md., loves to travel. “Every time my wife sells a house, we plan a trip,” he says. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Problem was, Malley weighed over 300 pounds, and the hassles nearly outweighed the good times. As they boarded a flight to Las Vegas, a clerk requested that Malley buy a second ticket. “You can’t fit into one seat.” That wasn’t all. He panted while going through airports. He couldn’t keep up with walking tours. He felt like a real oddity in China, which ranks among the world’s healthier countries. Deciding to have Surgery Malley fought with his weight for decades. He tried a couple of popular diet programs and lost lots of weight. But then it crept back on—and more pounds followed. The weight took its toll. Malley developed multiple health problems: sleep apnea, diabetes and an irregular heartbeat that nearly killed him. Finally, a doctor suggested bariatric surgery. Malley attended a seminar at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center given by Tuesday Cook, MD, a bariatric surgeon. Malley liked what he heard. He told Dr. Cook: “I’m ready to do this.” Feeling Wonderful Now In October 2013, he had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, a surgery that involves removing 85 percent of the stomach. With this “sleeve,” small amounts of food fill him up just fine. Today, Malley says, “I feel wonderful. I’m walking farther than I’ve ever walked in my life. I don’t have sleep apnea anymore. I don’t need diabetes medications.” His weight is in the 220s—an all-time low after a drop of 160 pounds. He has a list of trips lined up. The long walk through the airport is no longer a problem. And that airline seat—no extra ticket required. Losing weight has given him freedom! Malley counts his lucky stars that he finally had bariatric surgery. He says it was the best decision he’s ever made. “I tell people, this surgery saved my...

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A Caring Path

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A Caring Path

The Adventist Home Care team helps a grandfather celebrate with his grandsons The sky was the limit for 71-year-old Bruce Feinberg, who was determined to go on a two-hour flight just three months after major open-heart surgery. Feinberg’s twin grandsons were celebrating their second birthday in Florida, and he wouldn’t miss it for the world. But just days after the surgery, Feinberg became extremely weak and had trouble moving. He spent eight days in the intensive care unit at a local hospital before being transferred to Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation’s Takoma Park facility, where he spent 15 days. Headed Home Feinberg was eager to return home and, more important, to make the trip to Florida for the birthday. Once he arrived home, however, Feinberg’s wife realized she needed extra help in caring for her husband. She reached out to Adventist HealthCare Home Care, which quickly sent a nurse, an occupational therapist and a physical therapist to the couple’s home. The home care specialists arrived with a pleasant and upbeat attitude and made for a seamless transition from the hospital. The Adventist HealthCare team quickly transformed to “Team Feinberg,” helping to establish steps that Feinberg would need to meet what appeared to be an impossible goal. They developed a plan that included homework assignments. Time to Celebrate Four weeks after starting in-home care, Feinberg walked onto his flight from Maryland to Florida. He fulfilled his dream of celebrating with his grandsons. He also expressed his gratitude toward the Adventist HealthCare Home Care team in a letter: “About a month ago I completed my program with members of your staff. The efforts put in by your inviting, warm, compassionate professionals in working with me were successful. Last night I returned from our trip and I am happy to say I was able to walk, hold and play with the little guys. I have been given a rare second chance to live, and … I owe a large measure of thanks to the caring group assembled to help me begin my new journey.” BRINGING HEALTHCARE HOME: Visit www.Adventist HomeCare.com to learn about care and services offered by Adventist HealthCare Home Care...

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Instrumental Assistance

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Instrumental Assistance

REHAB QUESTIONS: Visit www.AdventistRehab.com to learn about Adventist HealthCare’s expert rehabilitation care. Losing a leg to diabetes did not cause 74-year-old Elbert “Woody” Woodson to lose his passion for drumming. After playing with some of the biggest names in music during the 1970s, including the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, severe health problems caused Woodson to become homebound in his Northeast D.C. home. That is, until a local news story about the famed drummer caught the attention of Judy Anderson, a clinical nurse assistant at Adventist HealthCare’s Physical Health & Rehabilitation. Making Things Happen Anderson contacted Terrance P. Sheehan, MD, medical director of Adventist Rehabilitation, to help Woodson obtain a prosthetic leg and supportive care to help him return to his life passion. Dr. Sheehan and his team quickly arranged to bring Woodson to Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation in Rockville, where he received a new prosthetic leg and therapy vital to help him walk and drum again. Woodson’s doctor and therapists were amazed at his focus, hard work and remarkable progress. “He said he was ready to work as hard as he could to get back on his feet,” says Woodson’s physical therapist, Farhad Ostovari. Woodson quickly learned to stand and transfer weight with minimal assistance. Passion Restored Woodson returned home after 19 days at Adventist Rehabilitation’s Rockville facility. He continues to work on rebuilding his strength to walk with the new prosthetic leg and attends outpatient therapy on a monthly basis at Adventist Rehabilitation. Woodson’s care team remains focused on helping him achieve his dream. “I have the expectation and vision that Woody will play the drums again and he’ll do it very well, if not better than he did in the past,” Dr. Sheehan says. Adds Woodson: “I don’t think I’ve wanted anything more. I never had a dream in my life that this would have happened to me. Every moment I’m thankful.” Woodson has formed a special friendship with the Adventist Rehabilitation team, particularly Anderson, who recognizes the importance of playing drums for Woodson. “The drums are what make him thrive,” she...

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Is It Teenage Angst or a Mood Disorder?

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Is It Teenage Angst or a Mood Disorder?

For many teenagers, the senior year of high school brings a roller coaster of emotions, including the anxiety of final exams, the excitement of prom and trepidation about college admission decisions. Visit www.AdventistBH.com to learn more about treatment programs at Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services. Faced with so many life changes and added stress, some teenagers may develop mood disorders such as depression that can affect their performance at school and their relationships with friends and family. Studies have shown that approximately one in five teenagers has a diagnosable mental health disorder, including mood disorders. “While moodiness in teenagers is common, prolonged periods of sadness lasting for two weeks or more might signal a more serious problem that parents shouldn’t ignore,” says Marissa Leslie, MD, medical director of outpatient services at Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services in Rockville. The most noticeable sign of depression in teenagers is withdrawal from social activities. “Teenagers who once looked forward to activities such as soccer, basketball or ballet may no longer show an interest and spend more time isolated from family,” Dr. Leslie says. Other signs of a mood disorder include lethargy, changes in appetite or sleep habits, feelings of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts. Parents who notice these warning signs should seek help from a licensed behavioral health professional. Early diagnosis and treatment using psycho therapy or medication can help teen agers with mood disorders lead healthier, more productive...

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Coming Together for You

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Coming Together for You

At Adventist HealthCare, we have a rich history of providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive services at locations convenient to you and your family. We provide care when you are sick. We also play a key role in keeping you healthy. You may not realize that Adventist HealthCare’s services go beyond care in a hospital and include rehabilitative medicine, in-home care, a broad physician network, mental health services and, soon, several urgent care centers. Even better, Adventist HealthCare’s services are becoming connected through technology aimed at making your experience more efficient and effective. As Montgomery County’s first healthcare system, we recently unveiled a new logo and naming structure that better reflects who we are as an organization, what we provide to the community and where we envision going in the future. The new logo features an updated “A” with a more modern design and brighter, bolder colors that symbolize strength, vitality and good health. The letter “A” not only leads the word Adventist, but it is a symbol of excellence, strength and trust. The new “A” also incorporates a flame, which reflects our deep connection to faith, caring and compassion. Additionally, the three lines of the flame highlight our focus on caring for each patient’s mind, body and spirit. You will also notice that we have changed the names of all entities within our organization to lead with “Adventist HealthCare.” This consistency is intended to connect the broad range of services, facilities and care we offer. Adventist HealthCare has been a leading provider of healthcare for more than 107 years. As our nation’s healthcare system evolves, we believe that these changes to our organization will help us continue to deliver on our mission of improving the health of people and...

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Home Care Q&A

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Home Care Q&A

Time spent at home with family during the holidays offers opportunities to notice signs that an aging loved one might need assistance with daily living. Keith Ballenger, vice president of Adventist HealthCare Home Care Services, answers four common questions. Request a Free Home Care Consultation What is home care? This valuable service helps people recover and function as independently as possible in their homes. At Adventist HealthCare Home Care, our compassionate team of nurses, therapists, social workers, dietitians and certified nursing aides provides occupational and physical therapy, speech and language pathology, wound care, infusion therapy, support with daily living activities, and more. Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance policies frequently cover home care services. Who can benefit from this service? Home care is available to people of all ages. Seniors, however, most often use the service for diabetes care and recovery from major medical procedures such as heart surgery and hip or knee replacement. At Adventist HealthCare Home Care, we also provide assistance with basic daily living activities like medication management, grocery shopping and housekeeping. This allows seniors to stay safe and independent in their homes. We also have maternal/child services and pediatric care, including lactation and prematurity support, to help new moms and babies. How do I know that an aging loved one might need help at home? Each person and situation is different. Some early indications, however, may include depression or loneliness, difficulty walking, errors with medication, difficulty getting to the doctor or other appointments, neglecting housework, and weight loss. Home care can provide support to aging loved ones who are facing challenges caring for themselves, and prevent future problems. How do you involve the family and the physician in a person’s home care plan? At Adventist HealthCare Home Care, our experienced team coordinates with the patient, the physician and family members to achieve the best result for the patient. Our staff  members work directly with a patient’s physician to develop a personalized care plan. We also engage with the patient’s family members to educate them and keep them up to date on the patient’s...

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Meet Two People Whose Contributions Help Shape Healthcare in Our Community

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Meet Two People Whose Contributions Help Shape Healthcare in Our Community

Whether large or small, contributions from community members to Adventist HealthCare Foundations allow the mission of improving the health of people and communities to continuously expand. In 2013, our community members, business partners, physicians and employees, through their generosity and giving spirit, helped to fund programs that assist patients with limited resources, purchase equipment and technology, and expand vital services across Adventist HealthCare. Donate to Adventist HealthCare The healthcare system is grateful to everyone who generously supports Adventist HealthCare in serving our community. Here are two inspiring stories. Farid Srour, a successful local real estate agent, is a longtime donor to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. Thirty-five years ago, he was asked to help find available land to build the hospital. Over the years, his continuous generosity has supported the hospital and its service to the community in countless ways, including making the Pediatric Emergency Department lobby a colorful, inviting place for children and their families and contributing to the Adventist HealthCare Aquilino Cancer Center. Srour, a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has also deeply dedicated himself to the health and wellness of his family and community. In fact, one of his sons became a physician. “We don’t live alone. We live for the community,” Srour says. “We should all be encouraged by the need. The need is here. That is why I have pledged that I would give to the hospital anything I can.”   Kenneth Michael, chairman of NAI Michael based in Lanham, Md., and donor to the Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital Foundation, says: “Community involvement has been extremely important to NAI Michael since its beginning. Commitment to the community not only enhances our credibility and knowledge in diverse subjects, but also brings us closer to understanding the fabric of our community and its needs. As a former heart patient of Washington Adventist Hospital, I am also personally grateful for the excellent cardiac care from physicians and staff , particularly Dr. Fayaz Shawl.” Michael has been a generous supporter of the foundation’s annual golf benefit for the last four years....

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