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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.

 

The Birth Center: Nearly 35 Years of Welcoming Babies Into the World

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The Birth Center: Nearly 35 Years of Welcoming Babies Into the World

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center celebrates nearly 35 years of welcoming babies into the world. Are you getting ready for baby? Learn About Our Free Birth Center Tour Baby 1… At 3:38 p.m. on Nov. 22, 1981, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital welcomed its first baby. The girl was born in the new obstetrical unit that included 16 maternal/child department beds, five labor and delivery rooms and a 20-bassinet nursery. Within 24 hours, the unit had delivered five babies. In 1981, the 55-nurse department emphasized “family centered” care, which permitted fathers to stay in the rooms during birth, a practice that hospitals had only just begun adopting. It also offered uninterrupted bonding time for parents after birth; babies stayed with their mothers most of the day. In addition, the unit featured a Level II special care nursery to treat infants with complications. By 1983, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital entered a baby boom. According to The Washington Post: “Since the maternity ward opened two years ago, the hospital has been forced to open a satellite nursery, borrow extra bassinets from other medical centers, double its nursing staff and inaugurate a discounted ‘special delivery’ program for stays of less than 24 hours.” And Baby 100,000+ Today, the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Birth Center has 208 nurses, 23 state-of-the-art labor and delivery rooms and 48 private mother/baby suites. In addition, the hospital has Montgomery County’s first Level IIIB neonatal intensive care unit (Level IIIB is one of the highest ratings possible for newborn critical care). “Our Birth Center is committed to supporting new families during this exciting time,” says Kathy Dallas, director of women and children’s services at Shady Grove Medical Center. “In addition to prenatal and child care courses, we are pleased to off er the area’s only birth advisor to help guide expecting parents.” This past spring, Shady Grove Medical Center became the first hospital in Maryland to achieve the Baby-Friendly designation through the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, recognizing its extensive breastfeeding care and support. The Birth Center at Shady Grove Medical Center has welcomed more than 100,000 babies into the world over the past three decades, including over 5,000 in 2013. The entire care team looks forward to celebrating many, many more births in the...

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Heart Health Inspiration from Two Former Adventist HealthCare Heart Patients

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Heart Health Inspiration from Two Former Adventist HealthCare Heart Patients

With February, American Heart Month, around the corner, now is a good time to reflect on what you’re doing to maintain or improve your heart health and make changes that could save your life. If you need inspiration, look no further than these two former Adventist HealthCare heart patients. Find Out Your Heart Age Chris Barritt: The Ride of His Life This former Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital heart surgery patient is pacing himself to meet his goals. “I have been living heart-healthy by eating well, taking a vigorous 40-minute walk every day and mak-ing sure to get a proper night’s sleep,” Barritt says. Months after open-heart surgery to remove a life-threatening tumor, Barritt was able to take the cross-country motorcycle trip he had been planning prior to his procedure. “Heart patients who have well-established healthy eating and exercise habits have an advantage during the recovery period,” says Paul Massimiano, MD, heart surgeon and program director of cardiac surgery at Washington Adventist Hospital, who performed Barritt’s surgery. “I was confi dent Chris would follow the right steps on the road to recovery and we’d get him back to his adventurous lifestyle.” Now, more than three years later, Barritt, of Mount Airy, is still taking on new adventures. His latest—completing a sprint triathlon that required him to swim 400 meters, bike 14 miles and run a 5K, for which he trained 10 months. “I want to stay as healthy and active as I can,” he says. “I think I have the responsibility to my family to take care of my heart and keep it in good shape.”   Ruth Garrett: Happy Just to Dance It has been three years since this Clarksburg resident underwent a minimally invasive heart procedure, called a radial catheterization, to open up her blocked heart arteries. The intervention helped her regain her stamina and continue participating in her favorite hobby: tap dancing. Garrett credits Michael Chen, MD, interventional cardiologist at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, and her team of nurses and caregivers for giving her another chance at a vibrant, active life at age 85. “I eat a healthy diet, and I’m still taking my dance classes twice a week,” Garrett says. “I’m especially enjoying spending time with friends and family, including the newest member of my family: a...

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Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care Centers Coming to Rockville, Germantown and Laurel

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Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care Centers Coming to Rockville, Germantown and Laurel

Adventist HealthCare is excited to announce the opening of three urgent care centers, in Rockville, Germantown and Laurel. The first Centra Care, Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care center will open in Rockville in 2015, offering comprehensive urgent care to adults and children. Adventist HealthCare is partnering with Florida-based Centra Care to add this service to its system of healthcare. With more than 30 years of experience and 26 locations in Florida, Centra Care is an expert in providing quality urgent care. The Centra Care, Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care centers will treat walkins for minor illnesses and injuries, like common viruses and infections, stomach and digestive conditions, sprains, strains, asthma, allergies, common skin rashes and cuts, bumps, bruises and broken bones. The centers will also provide on-site X-rays; electrocardiograms (EKGs); immunizations; and physicals for sports, school and work. Additionally, Centra Care, Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care centers will offer comprehensive occupational health and workers’ compensation services, including drug and alcohol testing, employment examinations, vaccinations, travel medicine and treatment for injuries suffered on the job. The centers will be open for extended hours, including evenings and weekends, and will have ample parking. And people have the option to walk in or reserve a time online and come in for their appointment, limiting how long they might wait at the center. “We recognize that patients have busy lifestyles and often look for ways to get the care they need when they want it,” says Tim Hendrix, MD, medical director for the Centra Care Urgent Care centers. “Our goal is to provide the best care for patients but also in a manner that is beyond their...

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A New Logo and Unified Facility Names Embody the Quality Service You’ve Come to Expect from Us

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A New Logo and Unified Facility Names Embody the Quality Service You’ve Come to Expect from Us

When it comes to your health, we know you want the best medical experts, the highest quality and most compassionate care, and a personalized experience in a convenient, comfortable environment. Adventist HealthCare not only provides all of that, but we also have a long-standing mission of improving the health of people and communities. We fulfill our mission each day by providing for and promoting your health and wellness—mentally, physically and spiritually. As the national healthcare system evolves, Adventist HealthCare continues to deliver on our mission while ensuring we are making appropriate changes that best serve our patients and communities. We are excited to share some recent changes with you. A New Look for A Bright Future Adventist HealthCare is the first and largest healthcare system in Montgomery County. As the world of healthcare has changed, so have we. We are still the same system that first opened its doors in the county 107 years ago. Yet, today, we are bringing together diverse and comprehensive services to offer coordinated and connected care to the entire community. To better represent this, we are launching a refreshed logo for our system. What’s in an ‘A’? Adventist HealthCare has been represented by an “A” for many years. When you see the updated Adventist HealthCare “A,” we hope you will know that it stands for excellence, strength and trust. The new “A” incorporates a flame, which is a symbol of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is used by many faiths. For us, the flame stands for our deep connection to faith, caring and compassion in all that we do. The blue and orange colors stand as a visual representation of brightness, vitality and good health. Connecting as A System All of our facilities also now incorporate the Adventist HealthCare name. Our system includes locations around Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and serves patients throughout the region. The change is intended to connect the many aspects of our health system. Whether you’re having your heart cared for at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, delivering your baby at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center or receiving in-home care from Adventist HealthCare Home Care Services, you’ll see our name and know you can count on the best medical experts providing you the highest-quality healthcare. We are your local resource for comprehensive health and...

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Adventist HealthCare Aquilino Cancer Center features State-of-the-art Patient Care

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Adventist HealthCare Aquilino Cancer Center features State-of-the-art Patient Care

Last November, the Adventist HealthCare Aquilino Cancer Center opened its doors, launching a new era in local cancer care. In its first year, the center has made a tremendous difference for cancer patients in Montgomery County and surrounding areas.   Learn more about the Aquilino Cancer Center, our services, by downloading our brochure. Download Cancer Center Brochure When it opened, the Aquilino Cancer Center offered imaging, navigation and oncology services, and soon it added lymphedema therapy, clinical trials, multi- disciplinary clinics, palliative medicine, a specialized boutique and more. In addition to the coordinated approach to cancer care, the Aquilino Cancer Center features a partnership with the National Cancer Institute, which provides access to innovative treatments through phase I–IV clinical trials. This unique pro- gram highlights the state-of-the-art, academic-caliber patient care at the Aquilino Cancer Center. “We are creating a situation in the building where there’s research, surgery and radiation oncology all communicating and helping to enhance patient care,” says John Wallmark, MD, medical oncologist and clinical trials director. “That’s very exciting.” This multidisciplinary approach is also evident in the center’s new high-risk clinic, which offers genetic risk assessment, counseling and testing for people at increased risk for breast, ovarian, uterine, colon and other cancers, helping to ensure they receive appropriate screening according to national standards. The culmination of this exciting year of firsts was the Aquilino Cancer Center receiving accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC). Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center achieved Silver level for obtaining commendation in six of seven categories. Shady Grove Medical Center’s cancer program is one of only 1,500 in the nation to hold CoC accreditation, highlighting the excellence and quality of cancer services. “Our oncology team is always looking for new ways to provide the latest advances in cancer care,” says Joseph Haggerty, MD, medical oncologist and chair of the Cancer Committee at Shady Grove Medical Center. “The Aquilino Cancer Center allows physicians to better collaborate on treatment plans so that patients can have the best possible...

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Seasonal Depression is a Serious Yet Treatable Condition

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Seasonal Depression is a Serious Yet Treatable Condition

As the winter season approaches and days become shorter, many people begin feeling depressed, lethargic and overwhelmed. What some call the “winter blues”  might actually be a type of depressive disorder known as seasonal depression, occurring during the fall and winter months when exposure to natural sunlight is limited. Unlike the winter blues, which is often milder and more temporary, people with seasonal depression usually experience prolonged feelings of sadness and withdrawal along with a loss of interest in daily activities, such as going to work or school. If you are experiencing feelings of sadness and inactivity for two weeks or more, consult a licensed behavioral health provider to determine whether you have seasonal depression. Click the link or call 301-251-4545. Free Behavioral Health Consultation “Seasonal depression is becoming increasingly recognized by doctors as a serious yet treatable psychiatric condition,” says Dr. Marissa Leslie, Medical Director of Outpatient Services for Adventist HealthCare’s Behavioral Health & Wellness Services. “According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 6 percent of the U.S. population may have seasonal depression.” Studies have also shown that women in their 20s and 30s are most vulnerable to the condition. Seasonal depression can be more common in the northern regions of the U.S., where shorter days combined with colder temperatures can trigger depression and a change in the body’s circadian rhythm. The lack of exposure to sunlight changes our body’s levels of serotonin and melatonin, two hormones that are responsible for regulating sleep, mood and appetite. As a result of those changes, people with seasonal depression can experience feelings of hopelessness, irritability, anxiousness, withdrawal from normal activities, irregular sleep habits and changes in diet. 4 Tips to Prevent Seasonal Depression Get at least 15 minutes of sunlight three times a week. Eat a healthy diet. Exercise regularly. Make time to socialize with friends and family. To help those experiencing seasonal depression, Dr. Leslie recommends getting at least 15 minutes of exposure to sunlight three times a week, particularly in the winter months. “Exposure to sunlight helps stimulate brain activity and energy and elevates mood,” Dr. Leslie says. It is also important to establish and maintain healthy routines and stick to them year-round. “Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and creating a support system of family members and friends can help tremendously in maintaining physical and mental wellness,” Dr. Leslie says, “and prevent the onset of seasonal depression.”...

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Leading the Way to Wellness

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Leading the Way to Wellness

Last spring, I took over the role of leading Adventist HealthCare into the changing health care landscape. It is rewarding and exciting to lead an outstanding organization and team of compassionate, skilled, expert care providers who focus each day on providing the very best care to those we serve. Our health care system is shifting from healing the sick to keeping the healthy, healthy. For Adventist HealthCare, Montgomery County’s first and largest health care provider, this changing approach to care brings us back to our roots and connects deeply with our mission of improving the health of people and communities. What started at the Washington Sanitarium in Takoma Park (now Washington Adventist Hospital) in 1907 has continued over the past 107 years at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Home Care, Adventist Behavioral Health and Adventist Medical Group. Today, technology and coordination connect Adventist HealthCare’s wide range of comprehensive services. Whether you or a loved one needs urgent care at one of Adventist HealthCare’s centers opening this year, or you want to learn about your health through a screening at work, we will help to improve your health and develop your personal path to wellness. I hope you will see Adventist HealthCare as more than a provider of care to the sick, but instead as a catalyst to local wellness. If you are interested in reading regular updates on health and wellness information, I encourage you to visit this health blog frequently. Thank you for allowing me to be part of this community. I look forward to Adventist HealthCare providing quality and compassionate health care to you and your...

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Care in the Air

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Care in the Air

Four Nurses Fly to the Aid of a Fellow Passenger During a recent trip to a training event in Texas, four Shady Grove Adventist Hospital clinical education specialists found themselves in the right place at the right time. As they flew from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on March 17, Patricia Bodine, RN, CPAN; Maria Gentry, RN, CMSRN; Jennifer Lewis, RN, MSN, CCRN; and Cindy Mohardt, RN, CMSRN, saw a woman sitting near them collapse in the aisle. The nurses quickly jumped into action. They helped wake the woman, who was initially unresponsive. She was sweating and had a weak pulse. They helped her back to her seat, then checked her blood sugar and blood pressure levels. While the plane was still in flight, the woman passed out again. The nurses gave her ginger ale and placed an oxygen mask on her. Gentry, who was sitting next to the woman, remembers her saying, “I am so blessed that you ladies were on this flight. What are the chances I would be sitting right next to a nurse?” The woman’s condition was stabilized, so the plane did not need to perform an emergency landing, avoiding delay and inconvenience for the passengers. The nurses worked with the flight staff to arrange for paramedics to meet the woman at the landing gate. During the hectic activity to help the woman off the plane and into the hands of paramedics, the nurses did not catch her name or contact information, so they could not follow up on her condition. They are hopeful, however, that she had a quick recovery. The nurses are also happy that they were able to use their skills to assist a passenger in need. “As nurses,” Mohardt says, “when we see that someone needs assistance, it’s our instinct to jump in and...

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School’s In! Let’s Take the Stress Out

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School’s In! Let’s Take the Stress Out

Video Series Helps Parents and Kids Manage this Time of Transition Starting school for the first time or returning to the classroom is exciting and fun for some children. For others who might be struggling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety or depression, it can be frightening and stressful. It is important for parents and guardians to keep an eye out for common signs of these mental illnesses that can surface during this time of transition and prevent children from succeeding in their studies. 1 in 3 – Number of children ages 8 to 17 who said they experienced a physical symptom of stress (headache, stomachache, sleeplessness) in the last month. – Source: American Psychology Association Adventist Behavioral Health recently released videos to provide educational resources to parents and caregivers about how to recognize and handle ADHD, anxiety and depression in children. The videos feature Marissa Leslie, MD, Adventist Behavioral Health’s medical director of outpatient services and a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Adventist Behavioral Health’s Outpatient Wellness Clinic. “The videos provide an overview of the causes and signs of the mental illness and offer easy tips on preventing stress and juggling the demands of work and school schedules—factors that often lead to depression and anxiety if not properly managed,” Dr. Leslie says. “The ADHD video is also a valuable aid for parents who are looking for help in supporting and engaging a child with ADHD.” ADHD According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. The ADHD video explains how the condition affects young children and their development in school and at home. Dr. Leslie offers tips for parents to help children who have ADHD focus on completing tasks, staying organized at home and being more successful at school. Anxiety A National Institute of Mental Health survey estimates that anxiety disorders affect 8 percent of teens ages 13 to 18. In the anxiety video, Dr. Leslie discusses the different symptoms of the condition, including excessive worry or fear, trauma-based anxiety disorders and ritualized behaviors (also known as obsessive-compulsive disorders). Dr. Leslie also helps differentiate normal anxiety behaviors from excessive and destructive anxiety behaviors. Depression The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18. In this video, Dr. Leslie explains the warning signs of depression and how individuals can help prevent the onset of depression, particularly during stressful times of year, like the back-to-school season, through practical stress management and self-care tips. Says Dr. Leslie, “A good night’s rest, exercise, eating a well-balanced diet and ensuring you have time to relax can help tremendously in staying mentally...

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Physicians Leading by Example

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Physicians Leading by Example

Physicians Leading by Example and Following Their Own Advice for Getting and Staying Healthy In November 2010, Thu Tran, MD, Ob-Gyn at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, and six other physicians decided to go beyond advising people on how to be healthy. They decided to lead by example and show them. They formed a “boot camp,” meeting weekly with a trainer for cardiovascular and strength training exercises. What began as a physical workout soon grew into a social and mental outlet for the busy group of physicians, moms and friends. The women followed each session with homemade healthy food and personal discussions. “The essence of our boot camp has been the personal interactions that occur between the members along with the physical fitness activities,” Dr. Tran says. Taking it Online As the group grew, the members recognized that their breadth of knowledge and hunger to promote health went beyond their boot camp and social discussions. “We realized that there is so much misleading health information out there,” Dr. Tran says. “We wanted to use our combined knowledge and expertise to help other women be healthy.” In June 2013, they started a blog: www.ladydocscornercafe.com. Featuring exercise and nutrition advice, a mental health section, a recipe log and other personal updates, the blog is a community resource. The online outlet, which includes contributions from dietitians, cardiologists and other medical experts, covers a broad range of health information and advice related to each member’s expertise. “We pick topics that are relevant to people’s lives, so when people read the blog, they know more about everyday health issues,” Dr. Tran says. “We try and write in a way that you would address your family members or friends, so the reader feels a connection. When they feel that connection, they tend to listen to us better.” Strength in Support Since its start three and a half years ago, the boot camp has grown to more than 40 women, many of whom are physicians working at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals. In addition to working out and writing for the blog, the group members enjoy spending recreational time together. “We have become the best sisters,” Dr. Tran says. “We used to pass by and say hello politely, and now it’s amazing how much we know about each other.” Learning from her own experience, Dr. Tran encourages her patients to create a support network when trying to achieve goals. “If you gather with your friends whose careers or personal lives have many things in common with you,” she says, “you never know how powerful your group can turn...

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