Diabetes Support Group Meets October 13

The Peninsula Regional Medical Center Diabetes Education Department’s Diabetes Support Group will meet from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 13, 2014 in the Avery W. Hall Educational Center on the Peninsula Regional campus.

Whether you, a member of your family or a friend has diabetes, participating in a support group can and will assist you in coping with the concerns the disease brings. Presentations include information on how to better manage and live with diabetes. Topics vary from month to month, and the group provides an excellent opportunity for all participants to share beneficial ideas and experiences. There are no dues or fees to attend.

For more information about the support group meetings or if you have questions about diabetes, please call the Diabetes Education Program at Peninsula Regional at 410-543-7061.

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Free Sneakers & Creepers 5K Run/Walk on October 26

 

Son't forget to come in costume at this year's Sneakers & Creepers 5K at PRMC.

Son’t forget to come in costume at this year’s Sneakers & Creepers 5K at PRMC.

The Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center invites runners and walkers of all skill levels to participate in their free Sneakers & Creepers 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

The event will start and finish at the Avery W. Hall Educational Center on the Peninsula Regional campus. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the run/walk begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Baby joggers and pets are welcome but please no rollerblades, skateboards or bicycles. There will be no official timing. Registration is free and the first 100 registrants will receive a long-sleeve dry-fit shirt (must be present to claim shirt).

A post-race party will be held in the Avery W. Hall Educational Center at approximately 10:00 a.m. and will include bagels, fruit and water. Drawings will also be held for some wonderful prizes including a FitBit fitness tracker, gift certificates to Vernon Powell and Dick’s Sporting Goods and more. This year, there will also be a costume contest – the best-costumed pet, kid (12 and under) and adult will each claim a prize.

To register online, click here. To request a paper registration form, please call the Fitness Plus department at Peninsula Regional Medical Center at 410-543-7028.

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PRMC’S Drive-Thru Flu Clinic Is October 16 & 17

Fight-FluPeninsula Regional Medical Center’s “Drive-Thru” Flu Clinic is returning on Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17, 2014 at Arthur W. Perdue (Shorebirds) Stadium at the intersection of Route 50 and Hobbs Road in Salisbury, Maryland.  Vaccinations will be administered to individuals 13 years of age or older.  A physician’s order is not necessary.  A donation of $15.00 per vaccination is requested (cash only; exact amount is appreciated) and PRMC, for the first time, will be offering the quadrivalent vaccine this year.
“We chose to offer the quadrivalent flu vaccine for our Drive-Thru Flu Clinic because it’s designed to provide broader protection against the flu,” said Karen Mihalik, RN, Infection Prevention Specialist at PRMC.  “The quadrivalent vaccine, which is more readily available this year than in years past, protects against two influenza type A and two influenza type B viruses.”
Previously flu vaccines were trivalent, and made to protect against two type A viruses but only one type B.   The quadrivalent flu shot, like the trivalent, is still an inactivated vaccine meaning it protects you against the flu but it cannot cause the flu.

PRMC’s Drive-Thru Flu Clinic will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on both days.   Flu vaccinations are encouraged for persons over the age of 65, people with heart or lung disorders, immunosuppressant diseases or diabetes.  Participants are encouraged to wear a short sleeved shirt that will provide easy access to the upper arm.  For additional information, please visit the PRMC website at www.peninsula.org.

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Peninsula Regional Offers Weight Management/Pre-Diabetes Program Starting October 7

The Diabetes Education Program at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) is offering a Weight Management/Pre-Diabetes Program class session on three consecutive Tuesdays, October 7, 14 and 21 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Avery W. Hall Educational 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.

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DAISY Award Honors Peninsula Regional Nurse Jane Rones

Peninsula Regional nurse Jane Rones, RN, has been honored with the Daisy Award for September 2014.

Peninsula Regional nurse Jane Rones, RN, has been honored with the Daisy Award for September 2014.

Nurses at Peninsula Regional Medical Center are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work.

The award recipient for September is Jane Rones, RN, a mobile nursing unit nurse. Nurses on the mobile nursing unit go wherever patients need them most. The physician who nominated her said, “What sets Jane apart is that she listens to the patient and is able to read between the lines.” Rones is also an excellent communicator. “When she cared for a patient who was debilitated by a significant stroke, she spent an extraordinary amount of time with the patient and family making sure that all six children of the patient were kept informed. She also kept me up to date on the patient’s ever-changing ability to swallow, which had a huge impact on the patient’s ability to take her medications. She is an excellent bedside nurse and has the clinical acumen to care for the sickest patient. No matter what area she may be assigned, she will be up for the challenge. She truly is an outstanding nurse and I know her patients and their families agree.”

Extraordinary compassion and clinical skill, like that demonstrated by Rones, are what the DAISY Award is intended to honor. Every month, a nurse will be selected by Peninsula Regional’s nursing administration to receive the DAISY Award.  At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him 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.” The honoree will also be given a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate a nurse, visit www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward.

“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day,” said PRMC Chief Nursing Officer Mary Beth D’Amico. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued.”

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 first-hand 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.”

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Here’s to Your Health: Screenings, Support & More at PRMC

Here’s what’s happening this weel at Peninsula Regional Medical Center:

Tuesday, September 9

Kids and Teens Diabetes Support Group. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Avery W. Hall Educational Center Auditorium, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury. Free. Speaker Diane Pellegrino, BSN, RN, Health Services Coordinator for Wicomico County Public Schools will discuss the benefits of communication and planning between the school nurse, parents and caregivers. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Call the Diabetes Education Program at Peninsula Regional Medical Center at 410-543-7061 to RSVP.

 

Wednesday, September 10

Look Good, Feel Better. 10 a.m. – noon. Cancer Support Services Office, 560 Riverside Drive, Salisbury. Free. The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center is offering the “Look Good… Feel Better” program, a free program dedicated to teaching female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image while undergoing cancer treatment. Certified “Look Good… Feel Better” cosmetologists will facilitate the two hour hands-on workshops. They will provide personalized make-over tips, including a 12-step skincare/makeup application lesson, demonstration of options for dealing with hair loss, and nail care techniques. Participants use and take home complimentary cosmetic kits in their appropriate skin tone with helpful instruction booklets, and professional advice is provided on wigs, scarves and accessories. Call 410-546-7006 to sign up.

 

Thursday, September 11

Vascular Screenings. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Peninsula Regional Medical Center Vascular Lab. Free screenings for people age 55 and older will include testing for carotid artery blockage, peripheral artery disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm. The screening will be offered to individuals who exhibit at least three prominent risk factors or one symptom. Pre-registration is required. Call 410-543-7123 to find out if you qualify.

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Here’s to Your Health This Week!

Want to get healthy? We have activities happening every month to help you do just that. Here’s what’s happening this week:

Thursday, September 4

Chronic Disease Self-Management Class. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Hallowell Conference Center, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury. Free. Take charge of your health care in this free workshop that meets each Thursday for 2 1/2 hours for 6 weeks. Learn strategies for living with chronic health conditions such as fatigue, pain and isolation. Create a plan for living well, and learn self-management techniques. The goal is to allow participants to regain control over their lives, to feel calmer, more confident and energetic, with fewer symptoms and less pain and isolation. The classes are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Call 410-912-6840 or visit http://www.peninsula.org/classesandevents.

 Saturday, September 6

 Roots Run DNA 5K Run/Walk. 8 a.m. Avery W. Hall Educational Center, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury. $25. Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute will hold its annual 5K run/walk on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at the Avery W. Hall Educational Center on the campus of PRMC. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Timed runners will take off at 8:00 a.m., with walkers and fun runners stepping off at 8:15 a.m. Registration is $25; students who register with a valid ID the day of the event are $15, and children 10 and under are free. Pets are welcome for a $5 fee and will receive a goodie bag. An after-race party includes food, prizes, music and children’s activities. The Roots Run DNA 5K is the sole funding for the Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetic Counseling Program that the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at PRMC provides free of charge to those who qualify.

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