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 – Winter 2014
What happens when two Montgomery County police officers have heart attacks on the same day?
That story, upcoming community health classes & events, and more in the Winter 2014 issue of Adventist HealthCare & You magazine. To read, launch the interactive edition of the magazine or browse the articles below.
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
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital takes the lead in providing breastfeeding support and education to new moms Every parent wants to give his or her child the best start in life. The Birth Center at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is honored to be part of that journey for more than 5,000 families each year, and is taking a journey of its own: to become one of the first “babyfriendly” hospitals in Maryland. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund is considered the gold standard...read more
When Thomas Din, 61, an experienced skier and ski instructor at White Tail ski resort, was unable to walk up the stairs or grasp items, he knew it was time to call his doctor and explain his symptoms. “They immediately told me to call 9-1-1,” the Rockville resident says. It turned out Din, who has prediabetes and high blood pressure, was experiencing a stroke. He was taken by ambulance to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, an accredited Primary Stroke Center and recipient of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Gold Plus Quality Achievement...read more
If You Have Trouble Sleeping, Rest Assured That Help Is Here You wake up in the morning exhausted. You get sleepy—even fall asleep— while driving, reading or watching TV. You may also snore, have a hard time falling asleep at night or wake up in the middle of the night, unable to fall asleep again. If this sounds familiar, you might have a sleep disorder, and feeling tired isn’t the only concern. A sleep disorder can increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and weight gain. Experts from the Sleep Disorders...read more
A Hyattsville man benefits from two minimally invasive procedures in one day More than a decade ago, a doctor detected a faint heart murmur in Clyde Neidhammer, now 67 years old, of Hyattsville. “He said not to worry at the moment, but down the road I might need surgery,” Neidhammer says. During a more recent doctor appointment for his wife with Sung Lee, MD, electrophysiologist at Washington Adventist Hospital, Neidhammer asked whether Dr. Lee would listen to his heart, telling him of the doctor’s cautionary warning 10 years ago. “I heard a...read more
An estimated 8 million Americans experience chronic wounds, which are wounds that have not responded to medical care within 30 days. Chronic wounds can be caused by diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease and immobility. The Wound Care Centers at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park offer the most advanced treatment for chronic wounds, including the only hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) chambers in Montgomery County. HBO therapy is used to treat: Radiation cystitis Diabetic wounds...read more
Oxygen therapy helps a Frederick area woman improve her health and quality of life It was just weeks before her wedding when 31-year old Monique Marwani of Ijamsville in Frederick County learned she had cervical cancer. Marwani, now 38, received treatment that left her cancer free for more than five years but also caused some other health issues. “Sometimes when you have an illness like mine that lasts so long, the doctors will tell you you’re lucky to be alive and this is your new normal,” says Marwani, who was treated with...read more
After suffering chest pain, an Upper Marlboro physician chose to see the experts at Washington Adventist Hospital It was soon after Delbert Perkins, M.D., experienced unexplainable chest pain one evening that he put his heart and his trust in someone else’s hands. At his internal medicine practice in Upper Marlboro, Md., Perkins obtained an electrocardiogram (EKG), which records the heart’s electrical activity. He could tell by the results that something was wrong and requested his wife take him to the Emergency Department at Washington...read more
After double knee surgery, a local man recovers at home with expert care With some encouragement, a healing environment and a compassionate caregiver, Robert Colish, 72, of Silver Spring was able to regain his independence just two weeks after bilateral knee replacement surgery. This type of procedure replaces both knees simultaneously, making rehabilitation a critical and often challenging stage of recovery. Patients experience difficulty in moving, lifting and bending both legs for the first several weeks following surgery. “Before therapy,...read more