Monthly Archives: October 2012

Peninsula Regional Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween, everyone! Peninsula Regional Medical Center wants to remind all parents and trick-or-treaters to play it safe this Halloween night.  The excitement of trick-or-treating should not interfere with parents and children remembering some very basic safety precautions to avoid injuries.

  • Never allow young children to trick-or-treat alone.
  • All trick-or-treaters should carry a flashlight, or have reflective costumes, which will make it easier for motorists to notice them.
  • Children should never dart across any street without first looking for cars.
  • Avoid cumbersome, baggy costumes that increase the risk of fall-related injuries.
  • Avoid masks and wigs that obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Never allow children to eat any Halloween candy without first having it inspected by parents.

Peninsula Regional strongly encourages all parents to personally review and inspect their children’s candy for any irregularities or wrapper alterations.  Honoring a long-standing policy, the MedicalCenter will not participate in the x-raying of candy during Halloween.  While x-raying candy can identify metals and some types of glass, other potentially dangerous substances like sharp plastics and injectable agents can not be detected.

Since no agency can guarantee 100% accuracy in the review of candy using x-ray technology, the MedicalCenter feels alert and involved parents are a child’s best protection.  If there is any doubt at all about the safety and integrity of an item, the best policy is to destroy it immediately.

Remember, have fun, be safe and make memories!

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“Diabetes and Thyroid Disease-A Common Link” Education Event

Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) and its Diabetes Education Program invite anyone interested in learning more about diabetes and thyroid disease to attend a free education event, “Diabetes and Thyroid Disease-A Common Link,” on Monday, November 12, 2012.

 The program, to be held in the auditorium of the Avery W. Hall Educational Center on the PRMC campus, will feature an educational presentation and exhibits from companies involved in diabetes care and services.

Endocrinologist Jack Snitzer, DO, will discuss diabetes, as well as thyroid disease, for which people with diabetes are at greater risk.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

 The “Diabetes and Thyroid Disease-A Common Link,” program begins at 5:30 p.m. with vendor displays until 6:30 p.m.  Dr. Snitzer’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour.  Light refreshments will be served.

An RSVP is required; please call the Diabetes Education Program at 410-543-7061. There is no cost to attend. Free parking will be provided at the Avery W. Hall Educational Center, located at the corner of Waverly Drive and Vine Street, in the lot directly across Vine Street or in the adjacent Garage B.  

The Diabetes Education Program at PRMC is certified by the American Diabetes Association.  To learn more about the November 12 program or available diabetes services at PRMC, call 410-543-7061.

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PRMC Flu Shots On October 29

If you missed Peninsula Regional’s Drive-Thru Flu Clinic earlier this month and still need your seasonal flu shot, you’re in luck.  The Medical Center will be providing flu vaccinations on Monday, October 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Frank B. Hanna Outpatient Center on the PRMC campus.

 Participants may park in Garage B, which is just a short distance from the Hanna Outpatient Center.  PRMC is requesting a $10.00 donation per vaccination, cash only please, and a physician’s order is not necessary.  Advance registration is not required.  Please wear a short sleeved shirt for easier access to the upper arm.  All walk ups are welcomed.

 If you have questions, please call 410-543-7139.

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Respiratory Therapists Celebrate Respiratory Care Week October 21st – 27th

Please join the Respiratory Care Department as we celebrate Respiratory Care Week.  Since founded in 1968 by two Registered Nurses and referred to as the Inhalation Therapy Department, the Respiratory Care Department has grown to more than 64 Therapists.  We provide 24 hour overage to the ED, ICU/CTICU/PCU, Med-Surg, L&D/NICU, virtually every area of the medical center.

We have come a long way, since the piston driven ventilators, Ultrasonic Nebulizers, Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing apparatus and Chest Physiotherapy machines of the 1970’s to touch screen microprocessor ventilators and Pneumatic Chest Physiotherapy devices with CPEP and CHFO.  All of these modalities plus the talents of our Respiratory Therapists will help us continue to provide the best care available to the residents of the communities PRMC services.

The first staff members were required to have one year of college and participate in a 20 week on the job training program.  Now our candidates come to us from colleges and universities and hold associates, bachelors and masters degrees.  Our department enjoys a clinical relationship with Delaware Technical and Community College and Salisbury University where many of their instructors are also members of our department. 

 Now a standard in many facilities, PRMC was among the first to allow Respiratory Therapists to intubate, insert arterial lines, assist during high risk deliveries, perform respiratory assessments and manage therapy under the direction of a physician.

 In the 40 plus years since the department’s beginning, we have come a long way, provided many services and touched many lives. Please help us celebrate this week as we continue to lead the way.

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Peninsula Regional’s Women’s Heart Program Offered In Ocean View In November

Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute will be offering its Women’s Heart Program screening assessments at the Ocean View Family Medicine office, located at 142 Atlantic Avenue in Millville, Delaware on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.  Two non-invasive screening appointments will be available per hour from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Appointments are required.

            The Women’s Heart Program offers a fasting lipid profile (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, risk ratio and glucose), resting 12 lead EKG, coronary risk profile, bone density assessment, body fat measurement, body mass index, waist to hip ratio, strength and flexibility measurements, blood pressure and pulse oximetry testing, a review of current medications, ankle brachial index, a risk factor analysis, exercise suggestions,  self learning modules (nutrition, stress management and exercise) and a follow up care plan if necessary.

            Women choosing to participate must not currently be under the care of a cardiologist or have a known history of heart disease.  There is a $50.00 fee associated with each health check and assessment.

            To learn more about the Women’s Heart Program, qualification requirements or to set up an appointment, please call 410-543-7026.

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Free Peripheral Artery Disease Screenings In Accomack County For 55+

The Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center will be sponsoring free peripheral artery disease screenings for people 55 or older on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  All screenings will be performed by Peninsula Regional medical professionals aboard the Wagner Wellness Van, which will be parked at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, located at 26036 Lankford Hwy
Onley, Virginia.

            The free screenings will include testing for peripheral artery disease only.  The screening will be offered to individuals who exhibit at least three prominent risk factors or one symptom.  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.

            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.

            Pre-registration is required. 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 schedule an appointment.

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Kids and Teens Diabetes Support Group

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Did you know that about 1 in every 400 children and adolescents have diabetes? On Tuesday, November 13th, PRMC’s Diabetes Education Program is hosting a Kids and Teens Diabetes Support Group in the Wor Wic Room of the Avery W. Hall Education Center, from 6:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker Barb Wheldon, MS, RD, CDE will be presenting “Make Life Better with New Diabetes Technology.”

All children must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve your seat, please call 410-543-7061.

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PRMC’s Naleppa Named To Becker’s Top 120 Women Healthcare Leaders To Know

 

Dr. Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, FACHE, President/CEO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), has been named to the 2012 Becker’s Hospital Review of “120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.”  Naleppa, who was also recently named One of Maryland’s 30 Most Admired CEOs by the Maryland Daily Record, was one of only four female hospital leaders in Maryland to earn this distinction.

According to Becker’s, a leading national healthcare publication, the 120 women chosen demonstrate outstanding leadership within the hospital and healthcare industry and were selected based on a wide range of management and leadership skills, including oversight of hospital or health system operations, financial turnarounds and quality improvement initiatives.

Dr. Naleppa has been the President of PRMC since 2008, and joined the organization as its Executive Vice President/COO in 2003.  She is a registered nurse, holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from St. Joseph’s College; a Master of Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Maryland U.C.; an MBA with a concentration in medical services from Johns Hopkins University; and a Doctorate in Management with a concentration in organizational process management from the University of Maryland U.C..

Dr. Naleppa has a 30-plus year history as a healthcare executive, holding leadership positions at both academic and community institutions.

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