Summer 2012 IN THIS ISSUE: INSIDE COVER — A MESSAGE FROM BOB CHALONER — Handicapped Parking at Hospital to be COMPLETED Soon — Dialysis Center Receives IPRO Five-Diamond Award PAG E O N E — Bariatric Surgery A Cure for Type 2 Diabetes? PAG E T W O — THE ED PHYLLIS DAVIS WELLNESS INSTITUTE PAG E F O U R — Tick-Borne Diseases Protect Yourself and Your Family I N S I D E B AC K C O V E R — E XCUSE ME? Hearing Loss B AC K C O V E R — MEETING HOUSE LANE MEDICAL PRACTICEUpcoming Jun 29 Aug 4 Oct 23Events Friends of Montauk 54th Annual Summer Golf Tournament atInfo: (631) 726-8700 Medical Practice Party—Grand Prix Sebonack Golf Club Cocktail Party Monaco
Southampton Hospital a message from Robert ChalonerIt is Southampton Hospital’s goal to providethe highest standard of healthcare and tokeep our communities informed. This issueof Health Insights covers a number of topicsthat address concerns that you have raised,and we encourage you to let us know if thereare other areas you would like us to cover infuture issues. Special thanks to Dr. Kevin Fredric Weinbaum, MD, CMO/COO; Cal Gresalfi, Dialysis Center Director; Jeanne Spagnoli, Nurse Manager; Gaylord Hoffert, MD, Dialysis Center Medical Director; and Robert S. Chaloner, Hospital President and CEO proudlyBraat and Jessica Swiatocha, MSN, FNP-BC display the IPRO award.for writing informative articles. Please makenote of the advice in the article on tick-bornedisease, particularly as we head into tickseason on the East End. Have a healthy and Dialysis Center Receivessafe summer. IPRO Five-Diamond Award Southampton Hospital’s Regional Dialysis Center has been recognized for its exemplary patient safety program at its Hampton Bays Atrium site.Robert S. ChalonerPresident and Chief Executive Officer The Five-Diamond Award, presented by IPRO’s End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network of New York, was created to assist dialysis and renal transplantation centers in establishing and maintaining high standards of care for ESRD patients. The ESRD Network’s interactive program is designed so that each dialysis facility completes oneHandicapped Parking module at a time and submits documentation for review. The quality of each moduleat Hospital to be determines the number of “diamonds” awarded, with a maximum of five diamonds,COMPLETED Soon within the participation period. Only 11 facilities out of 243 in New York State haveNew lot to provide easy, safe access for currently attained this level of patient safety.patients using rehabilitation services. The Hospital’s state-of-the-art Center offers a full range of treatments to serve people and visitors throughout the East End. To meet the demand of a growing patient popuThe site, formerly a grassy area on the lation, the Center has extended hours to include evening appointments for those whoHospital’s southern Herrick Road perimeter, are working during the day. Gaylord Hoffert, MD, Medical Director of the Dialysis Center,will provide 17 parking spaces for use by is Board-certified in Nephrology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Hoffert is available forhandicapped patients and those who are appointments at the Meeting House Lane Medical Practice in Southampton as well asusing the Hospital’s rehabilitation services. Hampton Bays. Licensed by the New York Department of Health, the center is staffedAll spaces will be reserved for vehicles with by an interdisciplinary team of skilled RNs, a Certified Social Worker, and a NYShandicap identification. Vehicles without Registered Dietician.handicap identification may drop patients offat the new, handicap accessible, automated More information is available at (631) 723-4200.door leading from the lot to the Hospital’s firstfloor and a nearby elevator.
Health InsightsBariatricSurgery A Cure for Type 2 DiabetesFor over ten years, board certified bariatric procedures currently being performed atsurgeon, Medhat E. Allam, M.D., and his staff Southampton Hospital. The Nutritionist isof weight loss professionals at the Hamptons also present to answer questions about food.Center for Weight Loss Surgery, have been Seminars are held the fourth Wednesday ofproviding a surgical solution to weight loss, every month in Hampton Bays at the Ed enabling hundreds of people on Long Island Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at 6:30 pm.to live longer and healthier lives. From those thinking about having weightThe causes of the obesity epidemic in the loss surgery to those who are already onU.S. are varied and range from portion size, the journey, all are welcome at Dr. Allam’sthe use of high fructose corn syrup, the growth Support Group meetings which are held atof fast food outlets, and the busy lives led by the Hampton Bays Public Library on the thirdpeople with no time to plan, shop, and prepare Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm.healthy meals, much less get regular exercise. Revisional surgery is an option for those whoOur children now lead sedentary lives, sitting have regained weight after a traditional gas-for hours in front of a television or a computer. tric bypass. Called “Band-Over-Bypass,” it isAs a result, our youth and their parents are the placement of a gastric band (Lap-Band)now significantly overweight. around the top part of the stomach, creatingOverweight and obese adults can suffer a new smaller stomach pouch. Overweightfrom a multitude of diseases directly linked people can again start to lose significantto excess pounds: Hypertension, Type II amounts of weight.Diabetes, arthritis, and cardiovascular dis- Southampton Hospital’s program offers a multi-ease, to name a few. After weight loss surgery, disciplinary approach to weight loss incorporating amost patients find that their comorbidities unique partnership with the Ed Phyllis Davis Wellnesshave been resolved and they can decrease, or Institute to address the needs of the whole patient, andeven eliminate, their prescription medications. to make it as easy as possible to take those first stepsFor someone who is contemplating bariatric toward achieving a healthy weight and a healthier life-surgery, a good first step is to attend an style. Call (631) 287-6202 to make an appointment withInformational Seminar. The Hamptons Center Dr. Allam, for more information, or attend one of thefor Weight Loss Surgery offers a free monthly free seminars or support group meetings. Dates andmeeting where one can come to hear Dr. Allam times can be found at www.hamptonsweightloss.com.speak about the minimally invasive surgical 1
Southampton HospitalBy Jessica Swiatocha, MSN, FNP-BCOur unique approach to care might surprise thosewho don’t know us. Most people don’t often thinkof going to a hospital when they are not sick.Our mission is to help the East End commu- and smoking cessation, stress management,nity and we have a vast array of programs personal growth, and nutrition for health andto help you do just that! With a motto of weight loss. Call us or check out our website“Get Well, Stay Well, Be Well,” Southampton for other specials.Hospital’s Ed Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute Our clinical programs focus on self-healingoffers a wide range of servces that include i and are designed to work in conjunctionmassage, acupuncture, fitness classes, per- with traditional medicine. Dr. Alex Aponte, asonal training, workshops for children and board certified physician in both family andadults, and medical consults with Alex Aponte, functional medicine, leads the team as theMD, ABFD, FAAAM. Whether you’re looking Medical Director. His specialty, anti-agingto burn calories, to relax and rejuvenate, or medicine (also known as functional medicine),to maximize your health with Dr. Aponte, the is a patient-centered discipline that focusesWellness Institute has something for you. not only on extending the life span, but moreAre you unsure where to start? Call our Well importantly, on prolonging the “health span.”ness Coordinator at (631) 726-8800 to guide To allow for an in-depth review of the individ-you through all of our available services. If you ual’s history, as well as to develop a treat-are looking for a more in-depth consultation, ment plan, sessions are one hour in length.see our Wellness Nurse Practitioner for an Dr. Aponte’s practice focuses on, but is notevaluation. The array of services we offer can limited to, hormonal imbalance in men andhelp those with chronic health conditions to women, physician-supervised weight loss,feel better, as well as those who want to stay sleep disorders, anxiety, digestive issues,healthy feel younger, stronger, and more vibrant. and searching for and treating silent illnesses.From meditation to Zumba, the Wellness Insti Dr. Aponte’s motto is “you don’t know if youtute offers a full spectrum of fitness classes, don’t look,” and he believes in searching forincluding pilates, tai chi, yoga, cardio tone, and treating potential problems in order toboot camp, body sculpt tone, and TRX. keep you feeling younger, more energetic,Classes are offered six days a week at two and better focused.locations for a monthly fee of $50.00 (noannual fee!). Seminars are offered on a regu-lar basis, including hypnosis for weight loss 2
Health Insights HAMPTON BAYS CLASSES (631) 728-WELL MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 2 Great Body Sculpt Ultimate Wellness Locations Express Conditioning 45-Minute Interval Fit Camp Step Fusion 6:15–7:00 am 9:15–10:15 am 6:00–6:45 am 6:00–6:45 am 8:00–9:00 am 38B Montauk Highway (Donna) (Oscar) (Cristal) (Cristal) (Donna) Hampton Bays (King Kullen Shopping Plaza) Fit Camp TRX Cardio Tone Pilates Core Training 7:00–8:00 am 9:00–9:45 am 7:00–8:00 am 4:15–5:15 pm 7:00–8:00 am (631) 728-WELL (Cristal) (Donna) (Oscar) (Maureen) (Donna) 240 Meeting House Lane Cardio Kickbox Yoga Cardio Fusion Body Sculpt TRX Southampton Interval Training 10:00–11:00 am 8:00–9:00 am 5:15–6:15 pm 8:15–9:00 am 8:00–9:00 am (3rd Floor of Hospital) (Donna) (Mary Beth) (Cristal) (Maureen) (Donna) (631) 726-8800 Body Sculpt Cardio Tone Yoga Zumba Body Sculpt 9:15–10:15 am 4:15–5:15 pm 9:00–10:00 am 6:15–7:15 pm 9:15–10:15 am (Cristal) (Maureen) (Kim) (Fit Point) (Cristal)Our integrative programs are here to meet TRXyour needs. Our massage therapy program Body Sculpt (Semi-Private) Tai Chi 4:00–5:00 pm 11:30–12:30 pmconsists of a team of more than 20 licensed 6:00–6:45 pm (Maureen) (Jim) (Oscar) SATURDAYmassage therapists who treat individualsbeginning at birth with a full range of services High Intensity Morning Sun Pilates Zumba Karate for Kidsincluding pregnancy and infant massage, Interval Flow Yoga 5:15–6:15 pm 7:00–8:00 pm 4:00–5:00 pm 8:15–8:45 am 10:15–11:15 amreiki, crainosacral therapy, lymph massage, (Mary Beth) (Oscar) (Patrick) (Laura) (Lori)reflexology, shiatsu, and sports massage.Our team of skilled acupuncturists is available TRX Fit Camp Zumba Tone 6:30–7:15 pm 5:15–6:15 pm 9:00–10:00 amfor individual consultation and evaluation. For (Donna) (Cristal) (Fit Point)those looking to try it out or to participate ina group setting, we offer a weekly acupunc-ture circle. Acupuncture/acupressure works SOUTHAMPTON CLASSES (631) 726-8800through the body’s nervous system to relieve MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAYmany physical ailments and emotional prob-lems. Looking for a combination of these Nia for Gentle Yoga Chair Yoga Tai Chi Yogaservices and Oriental Medicine? Try our Cancer Survivors 12:00–1:00 pm 11:00–12:00 pm 7:00–8:00 am 9:30–10:30 am 9:30–10:30 amTherapeutic Bodywork sessions to focus on (Mary) (Deb) (John) (Mary) (Theresa)the cause of the problem using a combina-tion of techniques to relieve or to reduce the Restorative Yoga for Level 1 Yoga Pilates Restorative Yoga Yoga for Cancer Survivorssymptoms. Other clinical services include 3:30–4:30 pm 3:15–4:15 pm Cancer Survivors 9:45–10:45 am 10:45–11:45 am (Deb) (Mary Beth) (Barbara)biofeedback, hypnosis (group and individual), 10:45–11:45 am (Deb)nutritional counseling, stress reduction coun-seling, and smoking cessation counseling. Intermediate Yoga Yoga for Level 1 Yoga Chair Yoga 3:30–4:30 pm Cancer Survivors 3:30–4:30 pm 11:00–12:00 pmIf you would like more information, or would like (Deb) 4:30–5:30 pm (Deb) (Deb)to schedule an appointment, please contact usat (631) 726-8800 or visit our new website: Tai Chi Pilateswww.hamptonswellnessinstitute.com. We look 6:00–7:00 pm 3:15–4:15 pm (John) (Mary Beth)forward to working with you as you improve andmaintain your health! Intermediate Yoga Fit Firm Tai Chi 4:30–5:30 pm 7:30–8:00 pm (Deb) (John) 3
Southampton HospitalTick-Borne DiseasesProtect Yourself and Your FamilyWith summer on the East End comes another task to add to your busy schedule:picking ticks off your kids, your pets, and yourself.Most bugs are just an annoyance, but some,like ticks, can make you sick. Ticks—in par-ticular, the deer tick—are best known for theirability to carry and transmit the bacteriumresponsible for Lyme disease. But they canalso spread other bacterial and viral diseases,including Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, RockyMountain Spotted Fever, Tick-Borne Enaphelitus(TBE), Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness(STAR1), Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever, andHuman Anaplasmosis (HGE).Remove ticks promptly: If you find a tick,use narrow-tipped tweezers to grasp it asclose to your skin as possible, and pull upward Photo magnification of a deer tick.slowly and steadily. Follow up by washing yourskin and hands with soap and warm water.Never crush or squeeze an attached tick. headache, general malaise, nausea, vomiting, no vaccine to protect you from most of these weight loss, and/or confusion. It too can be diseases. If you spend time outdoors, it’sWhat are the symptoms of tick-borne fatal if left untreated. almost impossible to avoid ticks completely.diseases? Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: A spotty But you can take steps to lower your risk ofLyme: Bulls-eye rash, steady fever with chills getting bitten or of becoming ill. Here are some rash usually occurs within 5–10 days afterand joint pain, severe headache, fatigue, measures you can take to avoid infection: infection and can be fatal in 10% of cases.swollen joints/lymph nodes, heart palpitations, If you have been exposed to ticks and you Protect yourself: Avoid wooded, bushy,sleep disruption, neuropathy, Bell’s Palsy. It can develop flu-like symptoms or a rash, see your or grassy areas whenever possible. Wearbe fatal if not diagnosed in a timely manner. health care provider as soon as possible, light-colored clothing with long sleeves andBabesiosis: Headache, fever, fatigue, weak- long pants. Use an insect repellent that con- even if the symptoms go away on their own.ness, appetite loss, muscle pain, sweats, and tains DEET. A tick-borne infection usually causes no last-confusion. If untreated, there is a 5% mortal- ing harm if it’s recognized and treated early. Check yourself: After you’ve been out in tickity rate. What to do: Although most tick bites won’t territory, undress and examine your skin, usingHGE: Rash is UNCOMMON. You could expe- a mirror for hard-to-see places. transmit a disease, some can, and there isrience fever/chills/shaking, muscle/joint pain, 4
Health Insights “Excuse me?” Hearing loss is inevitable and, just like the other senses (sight, taste, smell, touch), loses sensitivity with age. By Kevin Braat, MDHearing is a neurologic function with two louder and could not correct for weaknesses change these sounds to a different frequencydistinct and independent components, the in brain function which is why some people where there is still hearing. Other significantear and the brain; both are needed to hear do not hear well even with hearing aids. The digital enhancements include directionaleffectively. The inner ear part of hearing can other big factor that must be taken into con- microphones, background noise filtering anddeteriorate due to age, infections, circulatory sideration before prescribing a particular blue-tooth technology.problems, genetics and environmental expo- hearing aid is background noise—if hearing When to get a hearing test:sures (noise, medications and toxins). The aids are making speech sounds louder, that If you have or think you have hearing loss,brain part of hearing can deteriorate due to can also be amplifying background noise now is a good time for an audiologic evalua-lack of stimulation (most commonly when which can actually make a hearing impaired tion. Some associated symptoms that justifysound is not being sent to the brain because person’s ability to hear even worse! evaluation sooner rather than later are hearthe ears have lost acuity) or other brain Today’s Hearing Aids: ing loss that seems to be worse in one ear,changes due to neurologic diseases. Many Technologies have changed and the level tinnitus (ringing/buzzing in ears/head), vertigo/people have issues with both the functioning of sophistication of certain hearing amplifica- dizziness, ear drainage and ear pain. Audiologyof the ear and the hearing part of the brain. tion devices in 2012 can be like comparing a testing is covered by most insurance plansOnly a physician who specializes in the audi- 1950’s transistor radio with an Apple i-pod; including Medicare when ordered by atory (hearing) system can make an accurate there is no comparison. Some of the more physician.diagnosis for the cause of an individual’s hear sophisticated and technologically advanced ENT and Allergy Associates is the most comprehening loss and prescribe the proper treatment. hearing aids can actually trick the brain into sive ENT, Allergy and Audiology practice in the north-The effectiveness of amplification (hearing hearing sounds in a frequency range that a east with 38 offices in the New York metro areaaids) cannot be determined until the hearing person is totally deaf in. Some hearing aids including Southampton, East Hampton and Riverhead.function of the brain is evaluated. This addi- are so sophisticated now that they are actually Call for an appointment (631) 283-1142.tional testing can be a predictor of the suc- small computers with microprocessors whichcess of hearing aids and is critical to exclude have the ability to change the frequency ofnon-ear related causes for hearing difficulties. sounds. If a person is deaf in one frequencyTraditionally, hearing aids only made things range, the hearing aid can be programmed to
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