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 2014
Joint replacement lives up to this nurse’s high expectation.
That story, upcoming community health classes & events, and more in the Spring 2014 issue of Adventist HealthCare & You magazine. To read, launch the interactive edition of the magazine or browse the articles below.
Hagerstown woman puts the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital cancer team in her corner Danielle Nigh never smoked a day in her life. Yet, she was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the age of 37. “When you hear ‘stage IV lung cancer,’ it’s like the worst thing you can hear,” recalls the Hagerstown resident, now 46. “I was shocked. I was a nonsmoker. I was healthy, never really sick. But it can happen.” Smoking is by far the leading cause of lung cancer, but the American Cancer Society says about 15 percent of lung cancers develop in people...read more
A Team Approach to Personalized Cancer Care Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park are committed to delivering coordinated, integrated cancer care to patients. The approach includes a comprehensive navigation team that consists of skilled and experienced professionals trained to help patients and their loved ones navigate the cancer journey. The cancer care navigation team, which provides services to all patients who have cancer, focuses on ensuring patients have timely access to care by...read more
Learn the signs of a concussion and what to do if you see them A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. If a concussion is not properly managed, symptoms may persist. Early intervention can help reduce the possibility of continual symptoms. When a head injury or an injury that could cause a concussion occurs, it is important to watch for the...read more
Harry Gordon, 63, of Garrett Park, spends most days designing structures alongside his daughter, Caitlin. But when it came to the shape of his heart, he had to add a different type of architect to his team. Gordon was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse about 30 years ago, a disease in which the heart valve leaflets become abnormal and stretchy. As a result, the tissue is unable to close properly, causing the valve to leak. “I would have to stop and rest with activities that I could do before very easily,” says Gordon, who enjoys...read more
Want to help your kids stay focused and energized throughout the school day? Masha Fox-Rabinovich, outpatient dietitian at Washington Adventist Hospital, offers these easy suggestions for packing a balanced lunch with punch! Protein and fiber help to keep us fuller longer. Foods such as turkey, cheese and peanut butter are high in protein. Combine the protein with the fiber in whole-grain bread, and you have a kid-friendly sandwich that will keep kids fueled up all day. Always include vegetables for added fiber and nutrients. Carrots, celery,...read more
People who stop smoking before age 50 cut their risk of dying in the next 15 years in half compared with those who keep smoking, according to the American Cancer Society. Despite serious health threats, millions of Americans struggle with effectively kicking this harmful habit. To help people conquer this challenge, Washington Adventist Hospital’s Tobacco Cessation Program was established in 2002. The program provides expert counseling, support and resources for people to achieve a smoke-free life. Program features include: Nicotine...read more
Radio talk show host George Wilson, 65, of Hyattsville, relies on his ability to speak more than most. Yet a sudden stroke put his ability to speak and his life at risk. “George is never sick,” says Wilson’s wife, Iris. “He’s always the one taking care of me.” The tables quickly turned in December 2012 when Iris heard a loud thump in their bedroom. She found Wilson collapsed. “My vocal cords and the right side of my body suddenly became paralyzed,” Wilson recalls. Iris instructed their daughter to call 9-1-1. Wilson was taken by ambulance to...read more
Thirty-three-year-old Tiffany Schetter of Germantown was just 20 weeks into her pregnancy when she learned that one of her unborn twins had only a small chance of survival. Tiffany and her husband, Aaron, were told their daughter was not getting adequate blood flow. Their doctor connected them with Jim Rost, MD, medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, to learn about the care their babies would receive when they arrived. “Dr. Rost was unbelievably warm and inviting to us and helped us feel...read more
Two emergency medicine experts share tips for summer safety The warm weather is finally here, bringing the urge to leave the days of winter hibernation behind and enjoy the outdoors. Local emergency medicine physicians Drew White, MD, and Erik Schobitz, MD, offer some advice to stay healthy this summer. “Heat illness is one of the more common conditions we see during this time,” says Dr. White, medical director of emergency medicine at Washington Adventist Hospital. “Emergency room visits increase about 18 percent over the summer months.” Dr....read more
Minimally invasive, ‘single-site’ surgery offers big benefits As a busy wife and working mother of four boys, Yolanda Patzi, 38, of Germantown, was hoping the stomach pain she had been experiencing would go away on its own. “I didn’t want to miss work,” Patzi says. “But when the pain on my right side didn’t go away after nearly four weeks, I decided to go to the emergency room.” After an emergency room visit and a checkup with her primary care physician, doctors determined the problem was gallstones. Patzi was referred to Takoma Surgical to...read more