Peninsula Regional Diabetes Support Group Meets April 13

The Peninsula Regional Medical Center Diabetes Education Department’s Diabetes Support Group will meet from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2015 in the Avery W. Hall Educational Center Auditorium on the Peninsula Regional campus.

This month, there will be a demonstration of how to make a healthy dish, Crunchy Apple Salad, by Andrea Olson, MS, RD, LDN, CDE of the Diabetes Education Department.

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 Medical Center at 410-543-7061.

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More Than 35 Free Screenings at PRMC’s HealthFest on Saturday, April 11!

A free rock climbing wall, free screenings and health information are all part of the Live Well HealthFest on April 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bennett High in Salisbury.

A free rock climbing wall, free screenings and health information are all part of the Live Well HealthFest on April 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bennett High in Salisbury.

An assortment of free health screenings will be made available to anyone who attends Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s LiveWell HealthFest: An event for all ages, at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury on Saturday, April 11, 2015. LiveWell HealthFest, presented by Peninsula Regional and the Wicomico County Board of Education, will be held rain or shine from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The more than 35 free health screenings, available the day of the event and without pre-registration, will include vision and hearing, glaucoma, stroke assessment, height, weight and body fat, skin cancer awareness, bone density, balance, kidney disease risk testing, lower body circulation, blood pressure testing, mental health awareness and much more.

At this year’s LiveWell HealthFest, PRMC will offer attendees an opportunity to participate in a paper Diabetes screening conducted by the Peninsula Regional Diabetes and Endocrinology Center team. If determined to be at high risk, individuals will be provided education and offered a Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) blood draw. The HbA1c test is preferred because it can actually detect Diabetes, and is a much more accurate measure of a person’s health risk. The glucose and cholesterol screenings previously provided at LiveWell HealthFest will no longer be offered.

The health screenings, performed by Peninsula Regional Medical Center healthcare specialists and other area healthcare providers, will be available to anyone looking to find out how healthy they actually are, and to learn what they can do to lead an even healthier and more productive lifestyle.

At various times during the event, LiveWell HealthFest participants may enjoy a therapy dog demonstration, dance and yoga performances, fitness demonstrations for people of all ages, Ask the Pharmacist medication advice, a rock climbing wall, moon bounce, fire engine and ambulance tours, a fly-in and helicopter tours by the Maryland State Police, a health corner for kids presented by PRMC Child Care, a healthy smoothie-making demonstration and a free photo booth.

The da Vinci Surgical System Robot will again be on exhibit, giving anyone interested a “hands on” opportunity to test drive the robot and see, up close, how the technology is used at PRMC during revolutionary cutting edge surgeries. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit with about 50 exhibitors and vendors who are also joining LiveWell HealthFest with valuable information on their services.

For more information on LiveWell HealthFest: An event for all ages, a map and a complete list of screenings and demonstrations, please visit PRMC’s website at www.peninsula.org/specialevents.

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Cancer Genetic Counseling at PRMC

Dana Petry of Mercy Medical Center's Prevention and Research Center counsels people at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury about their genetic cancer risk.

Dana Petry of Mercy Medical Center’s Prevention and Research Center counsels people at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury about their genetic cancer risk.

The effect of genetics on cancer has been in the news lately after actress Angelina Jolie went public about her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to avoid the risk of cancer. It wasn’t a decision she made lightly – her mother, grandmother and aunt had all died of cancer, because they carried a mutation of the BRCA1 gene. Jolie discovered she also had the genetic mutation that puts her at a significantly higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

Genetic counseling for cancer isn’t something that is accessible only by the rich and famous. The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute in Salisbury offers genetic counseling and testing services provided by the Prevention and Research Center of Mercy Medical Center in cooperation with Peninsula Regional Medical Center. In-person consultations are provided by Dana Petry, ScM, a certified genetic counselor, right here on Delmarva.

People in the program get pre-test counseling that helps them understand their risk, the interpretation of results, and possible risk management options. For those with an identified genetic susceptibility to cancer, post-test counseling includes a detailed discussion of their options.

People who may benefit from genetic counseling include those who:

  • have had cancer diagnosed at an early age
  • have been diagnosed with more than one type of cancer
  • have multiple close family members with the same type of cancer
  • have a family history of any rare cancer
  • have a close relative with a known genetic mutation that can increase the risk of cancer.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for genetic counseling, please call 1-866-9-CANCER (866-922-6237). You do not need a referral.

If you want to support Peninsula Regional’s mission to bring genetic counseling to those who need it, consider participating in the Roots Run DNA5K, which will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at PRMC. 100 percent of the proceeds fund the genetic counseling service, which is provided free to those who qualify. More details on race registration to come!

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PRMC E-Cards Allow Delmarva Residents to Thank Doctors Who Make a Difference

Diagnoses, surgeries, treatments and care — the number of ways doctors improve and save lives are innumerable. Since 1933, March 30 has been set aside as National Doctors’ Day to recognize the valuable contributions of physicians in the community. On Delmarva, patients at Peninsula Regional Medical Center often have excellent stories of how their own doctors have made a difference.

For example, James Morgan, MD, a physician champion for Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s ALS clinic, has earned accolades for his participation in the clinic. “He is a true patient advocate, and he has the ability to make us laugh at those moments when our hearts are breaking. He is a true minister of grace,” a clinic participant wrote recently.

These types of efforts from doctors — not just treating diseases and saving lives, but also offering compassionate care — is why Peninsula Regional is eager to celebrate its doctors on March 30. In addition to providing a special breakfast and lunch for its physicians on Doctors’ Day, PRMC is inviting community members whose lives have been touched by doctors to send an online thank-you to the physician of their choice. Throughout March, visit the Peninsula Regional Doctors’ Day site at www.peninsula.org/DoctorsDay. The site offers a space to share stories and gratitude; the notes will be delivered to the doctor selected.

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Introduction to ICD-10 Sessions on April 29

palmerEmeric Palmer, MD, FACP, FHM will speak at Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Hallowell Conference Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. There will be three sessions: 7:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. This session is intended for community healthcare providers to learn about ICD-10, a new, federally mandated coding system that will begin October 1. Many preparations are being made between now and the start date, and Dr. Palmer’s presentation will feature:

  • An introduction to ICD-10
  • Why proper documentation matters
  • Key documentation concepts essential to a baseline understanding of documentation improvement
  • Leveraging documentation and drivers of quality
  • Key considerations for improving your documentation now through case stories.

Physicians may earn CMEs from attending the event. No registration is required. Please join us in making the transition to ICD-10 as smooth as possible! Click here for the flyer: ICD-10 Hold Date Flyer

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Don’t Miss the Live Well HealthFest on April 11

A free rock climbing wall, free screenings and health information are all part of the Live Well HealthFest on April 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bennett High in Salisbury.

A free rock climbing wall, free screenings and health information are all part of the Live Well HealthFest on April 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bennett High in Salisbury.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center and the Wicomico County Board of Education invite everyone on the Delmarva Peninsula to join them for LiveWell HealthFest: An event for all ages, on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This year’s event, a showcase of healthy exhibits and health screenings, is free and open to the public at James M. Bennett High School on College Avenue in Salisbury.

More than 35 free health screenings will be available the day of the event and without pre-registration. The health screenings, performed by Peninsula Regional Medical Center healthcare specialists and other area healthcare providers, will be available to anyone looking to find out how healthy they actually are, and to learn what they can do to lead an even healthier and more productive lifestyle.

At this year’s LiveWell HealthFest, PRMC will offer attendees an opportunity to participate in a paper Diabetes screening conducted by the Peninsula Regional Diabetes and Endocrinology Center team. If determined to be at high risk, individuals will be provided education and offered a Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) blood draw. The HbA1c test is preferred because it can actually detect Diabetes, and is a much more accurate measure of a person’s health risk. The glucose and cholesterol screenings previously provided at LiveWell HealthFest will no longer be offered.

At various times during the event, LiveWell HealthFest participants may enjoy a therapy dog demonstration, dance and yoga performances, fitness demonstrations for people of all ages, a rock climbing wall, moon bounce, fire engine and ambulance tours, a fly in and helicopter tours by the Maryland State Police, a health corner for kids presented by PRMC Child Care, a healthy smoothie cooking demonstration and a free photo booth.

The da Vinci Surgical System Robot will again be on exhibit, giving anyone interested a “hands on” opportunity to test drive the robot and see, up close, how the technology is used at PRMC during revolutionary cutting edge surgeries.

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit with about 50 exhibitors and vendors who are also joining LiveWell HealthFest with valuable information on their services.

For more information on LiveWell HealthFest: An event for all ages, a map and a complete list of screenings and demonstrations, please visit PRMC’s website at www.peninsula.org/specialevents.

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Free Ethics Seminar at PRMC on April 7

Dr. James Cockey of the Wicomico Health Department will present “Ethical Challenges in Vaccination: The 2015 Measles Outbreak” on April 7, 2015, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Hallowell A. No pre-registration is required.

The presentation will review the history of vaccine preventable diseases and modern vaccines, discuss contributing factors behind the current measles outbreak, and discuss underlying ethical issues related to vaccine refusal, herd immunity and autonomy.

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