National ALS Speaker at PRMC on September 10

Peninsula Regional Medical Center and its ALS Clinic welcome ALS patients, their families, caregivers, care providers and anyone interested in learning more about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis to join them for an awareness and educational event on Thursday, September 10.

Rob Goldstein, Vice President of Marketing, Communication and Development for the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALSTDI), will be the keynote speaker. Goldstein will provide an overview of ALS, the latest in the drug development process and speak to the work of the ALSTDI team’s clinical trials and their Precision Medicine Program.

ALSTDI was founded in 1999. Its scientists actively discover and develop treatments for ALS. It is the world’s first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. As the organization is led by people and their families who are living with ALS, they understand the urgent need to slow and stop this disease.

The program, with time for questions and answers, is scheduled for an hour and will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Hallowell Conference Center at PRMC, located on the ground floor of the Layfield Tower. Those attending may park in Garage B and enter through the Frank B. Hanna Outpatient Center. Valet parking will also be available at the Hanna Outpatient Center entrance. Light refreshments will be served. An RSVP is not required.

Anyone with questions concerning the event or learning more about the PRMC ALS Clinic may call Sharon Jernigan at 410-912-2889 or email her at sharon.jernigan@peninsula.org.

Leave a comment

Filed under Classes and Events

Peninsula Regional Weight Management/Pre-Diabetes Program Starts in September

The Diabetes Education Program at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) is offering a Weight Management/Pre-Diabetes Program class session on three consecutive Tuesdays, September 22, 29 and October 6, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Hallowell Conference Center on the Peninsula Regional campus. The program has been designed to provide participants information on developing healthy eating habits and leading a more active lifestyle. The program is taught by registered dietitians and registered nurses of the PRMC Diabetes Education Program. The fee is $50.00.

For more information concerning this class session or if you have questions about diabetes, please call the Diabetes Education Program at Peninsula Regional at 410-543-7061. Register online in the Classes and Events section of http://www.peninsula.org.

Leave a comment

Filed under Classes and Events, live well

Peninsula Regional offers Diabetes Education and Support in September

Diabetes Education classes include helpful nutrition information for managing diabetes.

Diabetes Education classes include helpful nutrition information for managing diabetes.

Peninsula Regional’s Diabetes Support Group will meet on Monday, September 14 from 7-8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Avery W. Hall Educational Center on the PRMC campus. The speaker will be Linda Hurley, Director of Sleep Waves, discussing sleep apnea and diabetes. For information on the group, call the Diabetes Education Program at 410-543-7061.

For those with diabetes wishing to get started with healthy living, a five-week series of Diabetes Education classes start Wednesday, September 30 from 6:30—8:30 p.m. Day classes are also offered on Thursdays from 1—3 p.m. starting on October 1. Learn about healthy eating, being active, monitoring, medications, coping, problem solving and reducing risks. To register for the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, please call 410-543-7061.

Leave a comment

Filed under Classes and Events

Free Women’s Heart Screenings in Somerset County

Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute will be offering free Women’s Heart Program screening assessments on the Wagner Wellness Van at the Princess Anne Library on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 from 8 a.m. to noon. Appointments are required.

The Women’s Heart Program offers cholesterol and HDL test, ankle/brachial index, resting 12 lead EKG, coronary risk profile, body fat measurement, body mass index, waist to hip ratio, blood pressure and pulse oximetry testing, a review of current medications, a risk factor analysis, exercise and nutrition suggestions and a follow-up care plan.

Women choosing to participate must not currently be under the care of a cardiologist or have a known history of heart disease.  To learn more about the Women’s Heart Program, qualification requirements or to set up an appointment, please call 410-543-7026.

Leave a comment

Filed under Classes and Events, live well

Peninsula Regional Hosts Second Annual Ice Bucket Challenge

PRMC Ice Bucket Challenge participants enjoyed cooling off in 2014, and will do so again in 2015, all for a great cause.

PRMC Ice Bucket Challenge participants enjoyed cooling off in 2014, and will do so again in 2015, all for a great cause.

Last year, the ALS ice bucket challenge was ubiquitous – everyone from schoolchildren to CEOS dumped icy water on their heads in the name of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. The effort rose more than awareness; $115 million went to the ALS Association, with the majority going toward research.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center participated, and will host another ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this year, on August 14 at 3 p.m. at PRMC’s Avery W. Hall Educational Center. Please join in if you want to show your support. The location and time coincide with Peninsula Regional’s ALS support group, where patients and families affected by the disease can come for support, education and socializing.

PRMC’s ALS clinic and support group members have proved themselves outstanding over the past year. Ethan Ortiz, the 7-year-old son of ALS patient Robert Ortiz, who passed away last year, threw the first pitch at a Delmarva Shorebirds ALS night game. Tim Hill, an ALS patient, walked solo from Dewey Beach to Bethany Beach to provide hope to others with ALS, and to raise funds – and his “Ten-Mile Miracle” Foundation then donated funds to the PRMC ALS Clinic in July. A family member of an ALS Clinic patient who passed away donated a handicapped-accessible van to another ALS patient in July, a donation that can be life-changing.

When you see the Ice Bucket Challenge make a comeback this year, remember the exceptional, generous and optimistic people it is designed to support.

Leave a comment

Filed under Peninsula Regional News

DAISY Award Honors PRMC Nurse Rachel Sharp

Rachel Sharp. RN, has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Rachel Sharp. RN, has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

 

Nurses are always thinking beyond their own needs. Rachel Sharp, RN, a nurse at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, exemplifies this ethic, and has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses for her efforts.

Sharp was nominated by a colleague who noticed that she was consistently helping not only her own patients’ but others as well. She responded immediately to any bed alarm in her area, showing her care for patient safety. Sharp was always happy to help receive patients on the unit, and make sure they were comfortable and settled, when that patient’s assigned nurse might have been occupied with paperwork or other patients. “She just wants to help, even when she has her own work to do. She is one of the most careful and safety-conscious nurses I have ever worked with,” her nominator wrote.

Sharp was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before her colleagues, and received a certificate commending her for being an extraordinary nurse. The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” She was also given fresh daisies, and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

To nominate an exceptional nurse, visit www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward and share a story.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at PRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

Leave a comment

Filed under Peninsula Regional News

PRMC Chef Shares Healthy Southern Creole Sauce Recipe

 

PRMC Executive Chef Stewart Davis demonstrates a healthy recipe.

PRMC Executive Chef Stewart Davis demonstrates a healthy recipe.

 

On Monday, Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Executive Chef Stewart Davis put on a Creole cooking demonstration in our cafeteria. Our team loved it! We thought you might as well. Here are Chef Stewart’s recipes from his cooking demo.

Southern Creole Sauce (With vegetables)
2 Red Peppbroccoliers, medium diced
2 Green Peppers, medium diced
4 lg. Stalks Celery, Medium diced
2 Yellow Onions (or Red), Medium diced
64 oz. can Tomatoes, diced
2 T. Chopped Garlic
1 T. Sweet Basil and Oregano each
1 t. Thyme, crushed
1 T Blackening seasoning (If you wish)
3 T. Real Olive Oil
2 cups Blanched Broccoli, Cauliflower, Zucchini, yellow Squash or any preferred vegetable

Heat your olive oil in a large pot. Wait till it smokes a bit, then add your hard vegetables. Stir the vegetables not to brown but to get al dente (cooked but still firm). Add the garlic. Stir again just to brown. Add your diced tomatoes and seasonings. Turn heat down to a light simmer and cook for about 10 minutes. Cooking tomatoes too long will result in the tomatoes breaking down and the vegetables to become mushy. Then add your blanched vegetables. Stir in until all become hot. You may put this over rice, pasta, cous cous or any starch.

If you would like to add protein like chicken, then cook the chicken before vegetables and continue with the process. For fish, add the fish at the end of the process and cook slightly longer. Remember, with fish, if you stir too much it falls apart, so use a thicker-style fish like catfish, or just cook it separately.

Italian-style Tomato Sauce
Cook the same as above up to adding the extra vegetables. Add another tablespoon of oregano and basil. If you would like to add pesto then you also may do so here. Cook another 10 minutes. Add about a tablespoon of sugar to take some acidity away. In a blender, add your product. Blend until smooth. At this point if you want protein like sausage, chicken or meats, sauté them and then add after you blend the vegetables.
You now have a Vegetarian Tomato sauce. You may put this over pasta or any other starch.
Enjoy your meal!

Chef Stewart / PRMC Chef

Leave a comment

Filed under live well