Free Vascular Screenings for People 55+

The Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center will be sponsoring free vascular screenings for people 55 or older on Thursday, September 11, 2014. All screenings will be performed by Peninsula Regional medical professionals in the Medical Center’s Vascular Lab between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A total of fourteen, 30 minute screenings sessions are available on a first come basis. Appointments are required.

The free screenings will include testing for carotid artery blockage, peripheral artery disease and also abdominal aortic aneurysm. The screening will be offered to individuals who exhibit at least three prominent risk factors or one symptom. Risk factors for vascular disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, heart disease and a family history of vascular disease. Symptoms include leg pain when walking, numbness in the leg or foot, stroke-like symptoms (numbness, weakness, dizziness and difficulties with speech or vision), a family history of aneurysm and unexplained abdominal or back pain.

Those currently under a physician’s care for vascular or arterial health issues and those who have participated in this screening in the past are not eligible to participate.

If you are 55 or older, please call the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at 410-543-7123 to find out if you qualify for the free vascular screenings and to reserve a date and time.

Those who are unable to register for an appointment on this screening date may inquire about future screenings, which will be held the second Thursday of every other month at the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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Brooke Mulford Cuts the Ribbon on ‘Brooke’s Toy Closet’ at Peninsula Regional

Brooke Mulford debuts Brooke’s Toy Closet, donated to Peninsula Regional Medical Center by the Brooke Mulford Foundation for children hospitalized at PRMC.

Brooke Mulford debuts Brooke’s Toy Closet, donated to Peninsula Regional Medical Center by the Brooke Mulford Foundation for children hospitalized at PRMC.

 

Brooke Mulford, 9, cuts the ribbon on Brooke’s Toy Closet, from which children in the hospital can receive a toy to brighten their stay, along with her classmates from Salisbury Christian School, and Denise Billing, President of the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation.

Brooke Mulford, 9, cuts the ribbon on Brooke’s Toy Closet, from which children in the hospital can receive a toy to brighten their stay, along with her classmates from Salisbury Christian School, and Denise Billing, President of the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation.

Brooke Mulford was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer, in 2009, when she was just four years old. Since then, she has endured many hospitalizations and treatments ─ and she has also received thousands of well-wishes, thrown out the first pitch at a Red Sox game, met celebrities and dazzled everyone she meets with her positive attitude and smile.

No one understands what it’s like being a kid in the hospital better than Brooke. That’s why she and her friends at Salisbury Christian School decided that helping other children in the hospital would be a great idea.

On August 26, 2014, Brooke and her classmates came to Peninsula Regional Medical Center to unveil “Brooke’s Toy Closet,” a special cabinet filled with toys, coloring books and other goodies that PRMC’s Emergency Department and Pediatrics Unit can give to children who are hospitalized. The recipients of these gifts will be able to use them when they’re in the hospital, and take them home to enjoy when they are feeling better.

Brooke’s Toy Closet is funded by the Brooke Mulford Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) that raises funds to provide financial assistance to families with children dealing with childhood cancers from the Delmarva Peninsula, to fund research related to the prevention, treatment and cure of these diseases and to provide supplies and support for pediatric patients at the hospitals of the Delmarva Peninsula. To learn more, visit brookemulford.org. The Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation will help to ensure that the closet stays stocked with fun items for children at PRMC.

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Kids and Teens Diabetes Support Group Meets at PRMC on September 9

Children and teenagers with diabetes can kick off the school year with a healthy start and kind support in Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Kids and Teens Diabetes Support Group. The group will meet on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of PRMC’s Avery W. Hall Educational Center. 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.

The Kids and Teens Diabetes Support Group meets every other month from September to May and is sponsored by the Peninsula Regional Diabetes Education Program at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. The group provides an opportunity for kids and teens who have diabetes, as well as family members and friends, to interact and talk about diabetes plus gain new information through special speakers and educational topics. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Call the PRMC Diabetes Education Program at 410-543-7061 to learn more.

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Salisbury Bariatric Surgeon Returns From Army Service

 

Dr. Daniel McCullough, at the table on the right (wearing the combat boots) performs a laparoscopic appendectomy on a service member.

Dr. Daniel McCullough, at the table on the right (wearing the combat boots) performs a laparoscopic appendectomy on a service member.

Daniel McCullough, MD is just back from a deployment with the U.S. Army in Kuwait. Dr. McCullough, a bariatric surgeon with the Delmarva Bariatric Center and a member of our Bariatric Surgical Team, graciously answered a few of our questions about his role and his deployment.

Welcome home Dr. McCullough and thanks for your service to our country and our brave soldiers! What branch of the service are you with, Dr. McCullough?

U.S. Army.

This is Reserve service, right? How long did you serve active?

Correct, Reserve. I served on active duty from November of 2012 to March of 2013 in Afghanistan and from April to August of this year in Kuwait.

Is this your first deployment?

It’s my second deployment.

Where else have you been?

Paktika province, Afghanistan with the 691st Forward Surgical Team from 2012-2013.

And this most previous deployment, where and for how long?

It was a three month deployment, from April to August, with 452nd Combat Support Hospital, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

I’m assuming as a surgeon, that was also your role in this deployment?

Correct. My role is general/trauma surgeon. The types of surgeries our team performed included traumatic injuries, general surgical management and endoscopic management of gastrointestinal diseases.

I’m sure you consider it an honor to continue serving this nation.

It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve my country and provide surgical care for our deployed service members.

When are you scheduled to go back?

It all depends on world events. Loosely speaking, my deployment cycles run around 12-18 months off between activations.

Anything you want to add?

I just want to thank the staffs at PRMC and Delmarva Bariatric Center who have been very supportive of my obligations to the Army, which is important to me. My family and friends have likewise been a tremendous support.

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Roots Run DNA 5K on September 6 Raises Funds for Genetic Counseling

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Runners take off from Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Avery W. Hall Educational Center in the inaugural Roots Run DNA 5K to raise funds for PRMC’s genetic counseling service.

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 online at www.peninsula.org/RootsRun. The first 100 registrants will receive an event t-shirt; the top three men and women finishers will earn a medal. 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. The service is vital for those who have a close relative with cancer, especially those diagnosed before the age of 50 With cancer causing the death of more than half a million Americans each year, awareness of increased risk, and knowing what to do about, can be a lifeline. It is important to note that 100 percent of the net proceeds from the 2014 Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute Roots Run DNA 5K will stay right here on Delmarva, helping our friends and neighbors.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.peninsula.org/RootsRun or call 410-543-7006. To learn more about the genetic counseling program at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, call 1-866-9-CANCER.

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Two of Delmarva’s Most Respected Health Systems Form HealthPartners Delmarva

Peninsula Regional CEO/President Peggy Naleppa, left, and Bayhealth CEO/President Terry Murphy sign the agreement creating HealthPartners Delmarva on July 29, 2014.

Peninsula Regional CEO/President Peggy Naleppa, left, and Bayhealth CEO/President Terry Murphy sign the agreement creating HealthPartners Delmarva on July 29, 2014.

Two of the leading and most comprehensive healthcare systems on the Delmarva Peninsula today announced that they have joined together to form an interstate partnership to improve the overall healthcare experience for all Delmarva residents.

Bayhealth of Dover, Delaware, with hospitals in Dover and Milford, and Peninsula Regional Health System of Salisbury, Maryland, which operates Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), have formed HealthPartners Delmarva. The collaboration allows each hospital to share the best practices of both organizations, but is not a financial purchase of one health system by the other. The partnership is focused on collaborating to improve patient care and access and is not a consolidation of workforces.

HealthPartners Delmarva was developed and approved by the Boards of each health system to better implement the healthcare Triple Aim of improving the experience for the patient, improving the health of our communities and creating a way for people to obtain those services in the most affordable setting.

“Creating the best experience for our patients will mean identifying and adopting best practices that focus on convenience, safety, time and cost efficiency,” said Terry Murphy, Bayhealth’s President and CEO. “By bringing together the experience, innovation and patient-centered values of our two health systems, we can be even more prepared for the new realities of healthcare.”

Dr. Peggy Naleppa, President and CEO of PRMC said, “Similar-minded health systems like Bayhealth and Peninsula Regional Health System, which have similar patient-first values, are establishing what the future of healthcare will look like on the Delmarva Peninsula. Together we have as our goal to provide patients greater access to best-in-class healthcare and to leverage for the benefit of our patients the combined intellectual assets of each health system.”

HealthPartners Delmarva will identify new opportunities to improve outcomes and innovative ways to share services while reducing expenses. The alliance is focused on designing tools and processes for clinical improvement using the shared knowledge of both organizations. It will also bring together community providers to enhance integrated care that focuses on the health of the community as a whole.

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Peninsula Regional Medical Center Named Among 100 U.S. Hospitals With Great Oncology Programs

The Richard. A Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center takes a team approach to care.

The Richard. A Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center takes a team approach to care.

We were proud to learn today that Becker’s Hospital Review has named Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury and its Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute among “100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs.”

The 100 hospitals were chosen for being on the cutting edge of cancer treatment, prevention and research, and the Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected them based on clinical accolades, quality of care and contributions to the field of oncology. Peninsula Regional was one of just four hospitals recognized in Maryland, and the only on the Eastern Shore. The complete list can be found here.

Becker’s says that organizations on this year’s list “are leading the way in terms of quality patient care, cancer outcomes and research.”

The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center is nationally accredited and recognized for its performance and outcomes, and is the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The program, Delmarva’s largest and featuring the region’s most experienced team, offers complete cancer treatment with an emphasis on advanced medicine and technology, comprehensive services and compassionate care.

The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on rankings and awards they have received from a variety of reputable sources. The following awards were considered as part of the criteria for inclusion on the list: U.S. News & World Report cancer rankings, Truven Health Analytics, CareChex cancer care rankings, National Cancer Institute designations, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accreditations, American Nurses Credentialing Center designations, and awards and Blue Distinction Center recognition from the BlueCross BlueShield Association.

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