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  1. 1. vim&vigor HEALTHY LIVING FOR INDIANA’S FAMILIES spring 2008 $2.95 the tests you have to have now win $100 inside how to stop diabetes before it starts baby NEW COLLECTIBLE BOOK IS A PAGE-TURNER on page 8 board being a new mom is an exciting and challenging time—as salma hayek can attest
  2. 2. contents special believing in features 54 change Diabetes is not a death sentence, says a group of women who have made it their 4 tie a string around your finger so mission to get the word you don’t forget Women over 40— out about preventing your annual mammogram shouldn’t the disease. be forgotten. Why not to be scared of this sometimes-daunting test. 7 38 departments hospital to celebrate 80th anniver- gut instincts Everything you sary St. Catherine Hospital in East wanted to know about irritable bowel 2 community Chicago opened its doors in 1928 syndrome but were afraid to ask. message Medical with an ambitious vision. 42 family style Experts share four science is always 8 community hospital is a dream simple mealtime makeovers that will looking to the come true A group of physicians benefit those with diabetes, as future, but this imagined a hospital for Munster in well as the entire family. issue, we’re looking 1964. Now, a new book celebrates back to appreciate 46 is this normal? As you age, some their efforts to get it off the ground. our roots. changes are normal, while others 10 spring it’s a no-brainer Discover five nutri- signal trouble. Here’s a simple guide 3 making a ents that will help you stave off dis- that will help you tell the difference. difference Kids go eases like Alzheimer’s. into surgery with 49 testing one, two, three A list 12 a fun, new fashion 9 steps to one healthy heart Get of important screenings you should accessory thanks to heart smart with these nine easy steps have—and when you should be a caring group of —everything from squeezing exercise having them. cancer survivors. into your schedule to just chilling out. 52 the heart of the matter 18 56 community joint resolutions Learn what you A Community Healthcare System update Chicago- can do to soothe your aching joints. doctor is a best-selling author for his area medical book about heart care. 22 the power of one Here’s a simple students get 53 cancer prevention plan that can help a gift for the future A more than hands-on surgical you thwart the disease. $100,000 donation to the hospital experience at honors one board member’s late wife. 28 Munster, preparing nothing to sneeze at Watery eyes? them to give back Runny nose? Spring into action against to the community these six common allergies. as doctors. baby meets 32 world After becoming a Mexican soap opera star at age 23, Salma Hayek made her mark in Hollywood. Find out what’s in store for Hayek in her latest role: new mom. 1 vim & vigor · s p ri ng 2008 COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY LIME FOTO
  3. 3. community message COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM our hospitals President and CEO, Vice Chairman of the Board Donald S. Powers Board of Directors are making Frankie L. Fesko, chairman of the board; James J. Richards, secretary; David E. Wickland, treasurer; Steven Beering, M.D.; Joseph E. Costanza; Albert J. Costello, M.D.; Alan Harre, Ph.D.; Richard S. McClaughry; Joseph T. Morrow; Sister Kathleen Quinn; Donald F. Sands; William K. Schenck; Monsignor Joseph Semancik; M. Nabil history Shabeeb, M.D.; Donald Torrenga; Robert J. Welsh; Edward L. Williams, Ph.D.; Joe Williamson Executive Staff John W. Mybeck, senior vice president and chief administrative officer; John Gorski, senior vice president of hospital operations; Carole Bezat, senior vice president of home health services; Mary Ann Shacklett, senior vice president of finance and CFO; Donald I P. Fesko, O.D., administrator, Community Hospital; Jo Ann Birdzell, administrator, St. Catherine Hospital; Janice Ryba, administrator, St. In this issue, you’ll read about history being Mary Medical Center Regional Editors made at the hospitals of the Community Mylinda Cane, regional director of marketing and corporate communications Healthcare System: Community Hospital in Kathleen Pucalik, public relations and publications specialist John Gorski Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago PRODUCTION Senior Vice President of and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. Editorial Hospital Operations Editor in Chief, Stephanie Conner The history of our three hospitals is being Senior Editors, Jeff Ficker, Matt Morgan, Kari Redfield, Shelley Community Healthcare System Flannery preserved in a series of books written by Jane Editors, Kelly Kramer, Amanda Myers, Jill Schildhouse Managing Executive Editors, Steven Beschloss, Bomberger. These books document the tremendous efforts by people in our Leigh Flayton Copy Editor, Cindy Hutchinson community to support the hospitals’ construction. The books also take note of V.P./Creative Services, Beth Tomkiw Design some of the medical professionals who have made history here in their efforts Managing Art Director, Lisa Altomare to bring advanced technology and procedures to our community. This was Art Directors, Kay Morrow, Monya Mollohan, Tami Rodgers, Jessica Stuart particularly true of St. Catherine Hospital, which will mark an important mile- Production Production Manager, Laura Marlowe stone as it celebrates its 80th year of service this year. Prep Specialist, Julie Fong Imaging Specialist, Dane Nordine Getting these hospitals started was just the beginning. Also read how Circulation members of the community have continued to support our work. Longtime Circulation Director, Joseph Abeyta Community Hospital board member Donald Sands will long be remembered CLIENT SERVICES V.P./Sales and Product Development, Chad Rose, for a generous gift he made on behalf of his family. He created an endowment 888-626-8779 V.P./Strategic Marketing, Heather Burgett to help fund new technology at Community Hospital and support nursing Strategic Marketing Team, Brady Andreas, Robyn LaMont, Barbara Mohr, Andrea Parsons initiatives honoring the vocation of his late wife, Florence. ADVERTISING SALES On page 54, you’ll meet Women for Change, a remarkable group of women Advertising Sales Representatives New York, Phil Titolo, Publisher, 212-626-6835 working with St. Catherine Hospital to help stop diabetes. They address one Phoenix, Soliteir Jaeger, Associate Publisher, 888-626-8779 Chicago, Tom Meehan, 312-726-7800 of the biggest challenges in healthcare today—changing people’s behavior so Mail Order, Bernbach Advertising Reps, 914-769-0051 they may live healthier, longer lives. ADMINISTRATION What about your own health history? On page 49, find information on a Vim & Vigor Founder, J. Barry Johnson Chairman, Preston V. McMurry Jr. number of screening tests and educational programs offered by the hospitals President/Chief Executive Officer, Christopher McMurry President/Custom Media, Fred Petrovsky of Community Healthcare System. Women especially should pay attention to pages 4-6, where there’s important information about the benefits of mam- mography, and you’ll learn about the role of new screening technologies such as breast MRI. We are pleased to share that we now have digital mammog- raphy at two locations within our healthcare system: the Women’s Diagnostic Centers of Community Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center. Attention: Marketing, 901 MacArthur Blvd., Munster, IN 46321 We can take pride in the history of service of these great hospitals. With If you prefer not to receive our magazine or other health and wellness information from Community Healthcare System, please your help and support, we will most certainly continue these good works, call us at 219-836-4582 or write to Community Healthcare System, 905 Ridge Road, Munster, IN 46321. building a healthier, stronger community. Vim &Vigor,TM Spring 2008, Volume 24, Number 1, Indiana Region 2 is published quarterly by McMurry, McMurry Campus Center, 1010 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85014, 602-395-5850. Vim & Vigor TM is published for the purpose of disseminating health-related information for the well-being of the general public and its subscribers. The information contained in Vim & Vigor TM is not intended for the purpose of diagnosing or prescribing. Please consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treat- ment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. Vim & Vigor TM does not accept advertising promoting the consumption of alcohol or tobacco. Copyright © 2008 by McMurry. All rights reserved. Subscriptions in U.S.: $4 for one year (4 issues). Single copies: $2.95. For subscriptions and address changes, write: Circulation Manager, Vim & Vigor,TM McMurry Campus Center, 1010 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85014. 2 vim & vigor · s p rin g 2 008
  4. 4. making a difference ❋ community healthcare system is there when you need it whether it be prompt care, a ride, or a smile on your child comfortable for the patients in our com- munity, thanks to the Care Van. “Many people coming to the hospital need special assistance due to wheelchairs or physical difficulties. The Care Van is a vital tool in linking our community with the hospital’s healthcare resources,” says Monsignor Joseph Jo Ann Birdzell, hospital administrator. “It pro- Semancik blesses the van vides transportation for our patients who might into service. More than St. Mary Medical Center door-to-balloon time team 3,000 trips are provided otherwise miss an appointment for treatment.” includes (left to right) Cheryl Alderson, R.T., cardiovascular yearly free of charge. The hospital recently purchased the Care radiologic technologist and manager of the cardiac cath lab; Paula Rousis, nurse manager of emergency medicine; Van with a lift, room for two wheelchairs and Debbie Krejci, R.N., patient care services; and John seats us up to eight people. To request a ride, Mulligan, M.D., emergency medicine. Not pictured: call 219-392-7110. The service is free. Jack Ziegler, M.D., cardiologist. ❋ quick response times rewarded ❋ children’s surgical caps brighten hospital stay St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart has been ❋ selected as a finalist in the 2007 BKD Indiana To help children relax before surgery at Excellence Awards competition. The honor Community Hospital in Munster, they are is given out annually by the prestigious BKD given little handmade surgical caps so they can accounting firm to Indiana-based businesses dress up like their doctors and nurses. Cancer and nonprofit organizations that make measur- survivors from the Cancer Resource Centre’s able improvements affecting their surround- Knit One … Nurture, Too group began creating ing communities. The emergency department the cotton caps last summer, and the project (ED) and cardiac catheterization lab teams have has grown to involve volunteers from the com- been able to remain below the national door- munity and area churches. The caps are the to-balloon time patient care benchmark, set same as real surgical caps but, of course, are at 90 minutes. Door-to-balloon time refers to smaller, and made of colorful children’s prints the interval between patient arrival to the ED for pediatric patients. and inflation of a balloon catheter within the “The kids really love the caps,” says patient’s blocked coronary artery. This standard Marcia Collins, R.N. “They help change applies to those patients with ST segment eleva- children’s attitudes, especially in the tion myocardial infarction, or STEMI (heart stressful situation of waiting for surgery.” attack caused by coronary blockage), who come The pediatric patients take the caps to the hospital for treatment. Studies indicate home after their surgery. “Parents think that reopening clogged arteries by inflating a the caps are cute,” adds Collins, who tiny balloon at the blockage is the best way to manages the surgical holding room. The treat a severe heart attack. The procedure, called children pick out the caps, which range balloon angioplasty, may reduce a patient’s risk in design from Nemo™ to soccer balls. of dying by about 40 percent if it is completed To continue creating the caps, dona- Surgical nurses Robin Pepkowski, R.N. (left), and within 90 minutes of the patient’s arrival. tions of 100 percent cotton cloth in children’s Annette Boersma, R.N., prints and one-quarter-inch elastic are being ❋ a free ride talk with a young patient, accepted by the Cancer Resource Centre, Michael Porter, before his Getting to and from St. Catherine Hospital in 900 Ridge Road, Suite J, Munster, IN 46321. surgery at Community Phone: 219-836-3349. Hospital. East Chicago is now more convenient and 3 vim & vigor · s p ri ng 2008
  5. 5. tie a string around your finger so you don’t forget ... … and make it a pink ribbon Pink ribbons are worn around the world as “Being female and getting older a symbol of unity in the fight against breast are the greatest risk factors for cancer and the search for a cure. In addition, getting breast cancer,” she says. the well-known ribbons remind women of “Only 10 percent of breast cancer some important recommendations: Women 40 diagnoses are linked to a strong and older should have a yearly mammogram family history of breast cancer.” and an annual breast exam by a doctor or nurse Family history refers only to practitioner, and they should do monthly close relatives—mother, sister, breast self-exams. daughter, father or brother. by Kathleen Despite new screening tools such as breast ❋ don’t freak out magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound Pucalik According to Nicholson and Ruiz, and biopsy, the annual mammogram is still the contrary to some beliefs, mammograms are best way to detect cancer at its earliest and most usually not painful but may be slightly uncom- treatable stage. New developments such as digi- fortable for some people. tal mammography have made this screening “What some women find tolerable, some tool even better for certain women. find uncomfortable,” Ruiz says. Nicholson adds, Suzanne Ruiz, nurse practitioner at the “Some people may have anxiety, which can Community Hospital Women’s Diagnostic cause a less-than-comfortable experience. The Center, calls the yearly mammogram, doctor good news is that most results are benign breast exam and self-exam “the hard and fast [normal], and we try to give results the same rules.” She reminds women that breast cancer day to avoid anxiety.” does not necessarily run in the family. There are simple ways to avoid possible Mary Nicholson, M.D., breast radiologist and discomfort. A woman can take an over-the- medical director for breast imaging services for counter pain medication before the exam Community Healthcare System, agrees. 4 vim & vigor · s p rin g 2 008
  6. 6. Mary Nicholson, M.D., ❋ the digital age of reviews full-field digital and schedule an appointment at a time when mammogram images to mammography breasts are not tender. give same-day results to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago uses Community Hospital and St. Mary Medical the patient. Same-day a disposable pad with each mammogram. “The Center now offer full-field digital mammogra- results are available at the Women’s Diagnostic MammoPad can give comfort and warmth to phy. According to Nicholson, digital mammog- Centers at Community the patient,” says Sally Villarreal, coordinator raphy is the preferred examination for women Hospital’s Community of women’s imaging services. St. Catherine younger than 50, who have dense breasts Diagnostic Center in Hospital Auxiliary donates the pads. according to their mammogram, and who are Munster and at St. Mary Medical Center’s outpatient Patients also should take comfort knowing perimenopausal and have not had a period diagnostic facility in Hobart. that the compression time of a mammogram within 12 months. is short. Each image takes less than three sec- “Women will notice little difference when onds; four images are taken—two of each breast. going for a digital mammogram,” Nicholson A mammogram can be as fast as four minutes. says. “The procedure is similar to traditional 5 vim & vigor · s p ri ng 2008
  7. 7. “We offer the same technology and treatments as facilities in Chicago, but we offer same-day results from your mammogram and/or biopsy.” film mammography, but the resolution is better. Breast biopsy is used instead of surgery to Both use X-ray to generate images of the breast. check a lump. Local anesthetic is used, and a However, instead of using film to capture and small incision is made (less than quarter inch). record the image, a digital mammogram uses Results are given the same day or next business a special detector to capture and convert X-ray day. Ruiz says that four out of five times the test energy into a digital image.” shows a lump as benign (noncancerous). The Mammotome is one of a few types of biopsy sys- ❋ other ways to test a lump tems used at the Diagnostic Centers at St. Mary Mammograms may be the best way to detect Medical Center and Community Hospital. These cancer, but other valuable diagnostic tests also biopsy systems allow a biopsy to be less-invasive. are used. Breast ultrasound may be used when “We offer the same technology and treatments a mammogram does not determine the state of a as facilities in Chicago, but we offer same-day breast lump. Breast ultrasound imaging can help results from your mammogram and/or biopsy,” establish if an abnormality is solid (which may be Ruiz says. a noncancerous lump or a cancerous tumor) The Community Healthcare System includes or fluid-filled (such as a benign cyst). the Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. Community Hospital’s are you at a high risk? Women’s Diagnostic Center is available in two outpatient For women who are at a greater risk for breast cancer, centers—at the Community Community Hospital, St. Catherine Hospital and St. Mary Diagnostic Center in Munster and Medical Center offer magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). the Community Hospital Outpatient With MRI, the radiologist can view and manipulate the Centre in St. John. St. Mary Medical Center’s services are available at an out- images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance patient center on the hospital’s campus. visualization of the structures within the breast tissue and zoom in on Additionally, to ensure that breast cancer specific areas. patients receive the best treatment, medical pro- To help women determine if they may be at high risk for breast cancer, fessionals meet at each hospital to discuss cases all three hospitals offer a free risk assessment with every mammogram. and the newest and latest treatment options for each patient. Professionals in attendance The results of this assessment are sent to your referring physician. may include a radiologist, surgeon, pathologist, The American Cancer Society recently issued a recommendation for oncologist, radiation oncologist, plastic surgeon, women to have an MRI in addition to mammogram if they meet the fol- family doctor, obstetrician/gynecologist, cancer lowing criteria: research nurses and physical therapists. • BRCA mutation (a gene linked with breast cancer; only about 1 percent of the population has it). don’t delay • First-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter, father, brother) with the info BRCA gene. To schedule your next mam- • Lifetime risk of breast cancer of 20 to 25 percent or more according to a mogram at Community Hospital, 219-836-4599; St. Catherine Hospital, standard risk assessment. 219-392-7227; or St. Mary Medical Center, • Received radiation treatment to the chest between ages of 10 and 30 219-947-6436; or toll free, 800-809-9828. such as for Hodgkin’s disease. Additional information is available at • First-degree relative who carries a genetic mutation causing Li-Fraumeni, www.comhs.org. Cowden or Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndromes. 6 vim & vigor · s p rin g 2 008
  8. 8. hospital to celebrate 80th “we are proud of our roots” anniversary by Kelly Nissan This year marks a significant anniversary for St. Catherine St. Catherine Hospital has prospered on a foundation of Hospital in East Chicago. On May 17, 1928, the hospital successful partnerships. Many “first-ever” procedures were opened its doors thanks to a successful partnership between performed at St. Catherine Hospital because of successful the Manufacturers Association of East Chicago and the Poor partnerships and collaboration between doctors, nurses, Handmaids of Jesus Christ (the Ancilla Domini Sisters). staff and the community. Today we continue to strengthen St. Catherine Hospital, a modern five-story institution with the quality of care and treatment services available at a capacity of 311 adult beds and 63 bassinets, began to serve St. Catherine Hospital and look for opportunities to grow the sick in the community. by partnering with our community. In 2008, the hospital is celebrating eight decades of We are celebrating 80 years of providing quality health- saving lives. care. We plan to commemorate the date with our employees, “Plans are being made to celebrate with our employees physicians and volunteers, as well as the business commu- and physicians,” says Jo Ann Birdzell, hospital administra- nity and our neighbors. tor. “We dug through 80 years worth of photos and patient You, the public, will be invited to join us in celebration, stories to showcase personal achievements to share with and we look forward to our future in Northwest Indiana. the community.” Although settled in the early 1890s, East Chicago, Ind., was for a long time a city without a hospital. The idea of building a hospital didn’t become reality until nearly four decades later. Heavily populated with industry, leaders real- ized that workers who might be injured on the job were forced to travel a long way for medical care. So, with con- cern for the workingman, the Manufacturers Association of East Chicago appointed a committee to investigate building a hospital in town. Eventually, the idea of a hospital in East Chicago grew beyond simply serving the emergency needs of manufacturers; it would come to be described by its plan- ners as “an institution not only to take care of the plant acci- dent cases, but be a community hospital open to all persons regardless of race, creed or color.” “We are proud of our roots with the industries and the relationships we continue to have,” says Birdzell. “Several of the original companies that raised funds to start the hos- pital are still here today.” While names may have changed over 80 years, companies like BP, Arcelor Mittal, NIPSCO and Gary Public Transportation will be invited to participate in the hospital’s celebration. 7 vim & vigor · s p ri ng 2008
  9. 9. community hospital dream is a come true In 1964, a group of physicians had a “dream” new book about building a new area hospital. That dream became reality when The Community documents Hospital opened in Munster in 1973. Now, the dream is the subject of a recently history President and CEO of the Community Foundation of published book, The Community Hospital – Northwest Indiana Donald S. Powers and author Jane an Impossible Dream. Bomberger pore over the first copy of the new book. “I’m just a messenger of a lot of years of by Kathleen history—over three decades of people meeting minutes; legal documents; and staff coming together to provide quality health- member, physician and citizen interviews. Pucalik care in Northwest Indiana,” says author Jane “There were days when my desk was piled high Bomberger, director of special projects for with memorabilia. It was fascinating to sort Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana. through all that,” she says. “In those early days, a group of physi- ❋ a sneak preview cians from the Hammond Clinic formally pro- Bomberger tells a variety of interesting stories moted the idea of another hospital in this area,” in the history book. Here, she gives a taste of Bomberger says. “Their efforts sparked enthu- those tales. siasm among the townspeople, debate at times, “For example, people in the dietary depart- and eventually a plan to go forward and locate ment grew fresh mint outside the building on The Community Hospital where it is today.” hospital grounds and garnished the plates of Bomberger obtained information from patients with it,” she says. “Also, there was no warehouse scrapbooks; office attic files; board helipad in the early days, so the helicopters landed on a sectioned-off part of MacArthur Boulevard.” The first day the hospital opened, 100 physi- great gift idea! cians and 27 employees were ready for work. “The hospital was ready to go, equipment was in The Community Hospital – An Impossible Dream, a 300-page, hard- place, but no patients showed up,” Bomberger cover, jacketed book is available for $30 at the following locations: says. “One man showed up, and was asked, ‘Can Community Hospital’s Red Garter Gift Shoppe; I help you?’ He said, ‘I don’t know, but I’m the South Shore Arts Gift Shop in the Center for Visual mailman.’ On the second day, only one person and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster; showed up again, and the admissions person was so excited she asked if the patient would like a and the Cancer Resource Centre, 900 Ridge Road, private or semiprivate room!” Suite J, Munster. Bomberger is also writing history books about You also can purchase the book by mail. Please the Community Healthcare System’s St. Catherine send a check or money order (made payable to Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana) Center in Hobart. St. Catherine Hospital – A Family is available in for $35 ($30/book plus $5/S&H) to: The conjunction with the hospital’s 80th anniversary Community Hospital – An Impossible Dream, 905 Ridge this year. The books are designed by Joseph A. Road, Munster, IN 46321. Please allow two weeks for delivery. Gonzales, Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana graphic artist. 8 vim & vigor · s p rin g 2 008
  10. 10. testing one, two, three by Elise Sims System: Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart are working together to raise awareness about health issues faced by over-the-hillers. The three hospitals regularly offer health and screenings after 40 are wellness programs. Residents of all ages are encouraged to take advantage of preventive out- more important than ever patient tests and screenings, some of which are free. By increasing early detection and lowering disease rates, Northwest Indiana residents can T The ever-appreciated phrase “over the hill” is enjoy longer, healthier lives. sometimes used to describe an age when one ❋ the first step— has “peaked,” and the body begins to show getting screened signs of aging. During this second half of life, people are Gautham Viswanathan, M.D., internist with more prone to have difficulties with various body St. Catherine Hospital Care Network, says, functions and develop chronic or fatal diseases, “Screenings can detect common diseases and such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. chronic conditions, which, if found early As unpleasant as that all sounds, this is a enough, can receive proper treatment; some time in one’s life when staying on top of your prevented altogether.” health is more important than ever. That’s why Mark Feldner, M.D., family practice physician the hospitals of the Community Healthcare at the Community Care Center in St. John, says 49 vim & vigor · s p ri ng 2008
  11. 11. The American Cancer Society and other medical groups also recommend individuals older than 50 undergo a sigmoidoscopy every five years or a colonoscopy every 10 years. These procedures, performed on an outpatient basis, enable physicians to examine the lining of the colon to check for and remove abnormalities. Many times these abnormalities can be removed before they become cancerous. Community Healthcare System staff physi- cians regularly offer free PSA blood tests (pros- tate specific antigen) and digital rectal exams Gautham Viswanathan, M.D. Mark Feldner, M.D. for those who meet certain criteria: men 50 or he looks to the American Academy of Family older, or age 40 and older who have a family his- Physicians (AAFP) age recommendations for tory of prostate cancer or are African-American. preventive screenings, based on current clinical “I think it is important for my patients to findings and information. adopt healthy habits and be aware of their own “The recommendations are only a guide health histories,” Viswanathan says. “Through for physicians as everyone is different,” regular checkups and screenings, we can better Feldner says. “We look at each patient—their manage problem areas and sustain good health family history, their increased risk factors and wellness.” for disease—and then we form our prevention Other important cancer screenings that are plan or treatment regimen. The AAFP’s available from the hospitals of Community recommenda-tions should be used with the Healthcare System include annual mammogra- understanding that additional research may phy and skin exams. result in new knowledge and point to other indicators down the road.” “One screening strongly ❋ the big ‘c’ recommended for patients “One screening strongly recommended for patients 50 years of age and older is the 50 years of age and older colorectal cancer screening,” Viswanathan says. “Colorectal cancer is the third most common is the colorectal cancer type of cancer. It is also the third leading cause of death in women and second in men. But, screening.” most importantly, it is preventable.” It has been estimated that if everyone older than 50 had regular screenings, at least one- third of deaths from these cancers could be avoided. Five primary tests are used to screen for cancers of the colon and rectum; the fre- quency and the type of test recommended depends on the person’s level of risk. The most common is the annual fecal occult blood test. A patient picks up special cards, called Hemoccult cards, from the doctor’s office and mails them back for testing after three consecutive speci- mens are collected. 50 vim & vigor · s p rin g 2 008
  12. 12. ❋ heart care 101 “I won’t hesitate to pursue ideas Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 killer that can improve on the quality of in America, with stroke running a close third. patient care, and ultimately help However, heart disease can be kept in check my patients gain what is rightfully through proper diet and exercise, and by keep- theirs—a normal, everyday life,” ing blood pressure and cholesterol levels she says. within normal range. Physicians on staff at Community “We treat cholesterol abnormalities in patients Healthcare System hospitals also with or without heart disease to prevent heart offer blood pressure screenings at attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular condi- no charge. tions,” says Mary Tilak, M.D., lipidologist, who ❋ diabetes can be also is an internal medicine physician on staff at Mary Tilak, M.D. stopped St. Mary Medical Center Care Network practices. Although type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed A simple blood test can determine if you are in record numbers, the good news is that the at risk for heart disease. The test is offered regu- disease is preventable through education and larly through Community Healthcare System adapting a healthy lifestyle. hospitals for a $30 fee. A Coronary Health Diabetes education classes are offered by Appraisal includes a cholesterol test (total, all three hospitals of Community Healthcare HDL, LDL, triglycerides), blood sugar, meta- System. Classes at Community Hospital and bolic syndrome, blood pressure, body mass St. Catherine Hospital are recognized by the index and a Heart Health profile. For this par- American Diabetes Association for Quality Self- ticular test, a 14-hour fast is necessary to obtain Management Education and teach patients how accurate results. to follow a special diet, exercise and monitor Tilak says her treatment regimen focuses on their glucose levels. diet, exercise, weight loss and medications. Glucose screenings also are conve- niently offered at no charge through most of Community Healthcare System Care Network physician offices. In addition, St. Catherine Hospital offers free glucose screenings from the Community Outreach area of the lobby at 4321 Fir St., East Chicago. Also available are screenings to test for peripheral arterial disease, a circulatory condi- tion commonly seen in diabetics. The screening helps to determine if there are blockages in leg arteries. find the time To access a complete listing with times and dates of preventive screen- ings, visit us online at www.comhs.org, then click on the hospital of your choice and “Calendar of Events.” You also can call 219-836-3477 or 866-836-3477 for information on screenings, educational info programs and physician referral offered through the hospitals of Community Healthcare System. 51 vim & vigor · s p ri ng 2008
  13. 13. heart the of the matter System cardiologists, is a best-seller on the car- diotext® website—a site specifically highlighting cardiology books. best-selling author is one of ours Although readers consist mostly of the medi- cal community, Nguyen’s Practical Handbook is not solely used by cardiologists—which may be W When you think about Barnes & Noble’s best- a contributing factor to its best-selling status. by Elise Sims sellers, authors like J.K. Rowling and James “I gave it to a family physician, and he liked it Patterson might come to mind. But joining those because it is easy to understand,” Nguyen says. well-known names on that list for a while was “I use simple terms—concise copy that features a Community Healthcare System doctor. real-life cases that occurred at the hospital over Thach Nguyen, M.D., medical director of car- the past 10 years.” diology at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, Nguyen says one such case features a patient first published his best-seller Practical Handbook who had a heart attack while driving down the of Advanced Interventional Cardiology in 2003, I-94 freeway. The patient subsequently got into a where it rose all the way to No. 4 on Barnes & car accident and fractured his left leg, which was Noble’s online best-seller list before a second bleeding at the wound site. The surgeon on call printing sold out. refused to operate because the patient was bleed- Another title, Management of Complex ing and having a heart attack at the same time— Cardiovascular Problems: The Evidence-Based a deadly combination. When Nguyen arrived on Medicine Approach, also authored by Nguyen the scene, he determined that the patient’s artery and edited by several Community Healthcare was not lacerated and that it was safe to perform the angioplasty. “This was a first—a pioneering breakthrough,” says Nguyen. “No one had ever before performed an angioplasty on a patient who was bleeding. That is the part of my work that I really like. It’s very rewarding.” Although it took Nguyen one year to pen his manuscript, he says it is a labor of love and a rewarding experience, one he has been able to accomplish with a lot of help from his colleagues and experiences from his patients. Community Healthcare System interven- tional cardiologists, neurologists and internal medicine practitioners who contributed to these best-selling books include: Prakash Makam, M.D.; Rupesh Shah, D.O.; David Jayakar, M.D.; Feliz Gozo, M.D.; Vijay Dave, M.D.; Olabode Dr. Thach Nguyen, well-known international author and diplomat (third from left), recently Oladeinde, M.D.; Adolphus Anekwe, M.D.; Mark traveled with a group of American cardiologists/delegates to the Central General Hospital Simaga, M.D., and Sanjeev Maniar, M.D. of the Chinese Liberation Army. 52 vim & vigor · s p rin g 2 008
  14. 14. a gift for the future by Mylinda Cane sands family donates more than $100,000 to endowment fund A generous donation of more than $100,000 by long- many Community Hospital expansion projects,” says time Community Hospital board member Donald F. Donald S. Powers, president and CEO of Community Sands means that the Munster hospital can look Foundation of Northwest Indiana, the parent company forward to much growth and development for of the healthcare system. years to come. Sands is a retired Amoco Oil Sands says he recognized that the Co. executive who has served hospital has become a vital part of the on the Community Hospital’s community and wanted to leave a gift board of directors for more than that would make a difference. Having a decade. Since 2001, he also has watched the hospital spend millions of served as a member of the board dollars over the years to expand and of the Community Foundation of add new services, he says he felt it was Northwest Indiana. His late wife, important that the hospital begin to Florence, was a nurse, a Community “save for a rainy day.” Hospital volunteer and member of The creation of the Donald the Community Hospital Auxiliary. and Florence Sands and Family A veteran of World War II, Sands Endowment Fund totaling $102,300 moved with his wife to Northwest Donald F. Sands donated more than $100,000 to will provide a lasting source of sup- Indiana nearly 60 years ago, begin- create an endowment fund in support of projects port of new projects, including nurs- ning his career as a mechanical such as a nursing initiatives in honor of the vocation ing initiatives honoring the lifelong engineer with Amoco. A longtime of his late wife, Florence. vocation of his late wife, Florence Sands. resident of Munster, he has been “We feel very privileged to accept this generous gift a part of many projects in the town, including the building from Donald Sands, who has already contributed so much of Westminster Church, Hartsfield Village and the Munster as a board member, providing guidance and advice on school system. The administrative center for the School Town of Munster is named in honor of Sands, a 13-year school board member. how endowments support The donation from Sands represents one of the largest made by a single individual in A gift to an endowment fund is a gift that keeps giving—the original gift is the hospital’s 34-year history. Sands is also among the first individuals to contribute to never spent, rather the interest is used to fund projects. a newly created endowment giving program. Endowment funds have been established at each of the three hospitals of Gifts to endowments are never spent and the Community Healthcare System. Initial funds have been designated to sup- instead are invested to generate a lasting source port the acquisition of medical technology for Community Hospital; screen- of funding for essential healthcare services in ing and education initiatives and new diagnostic technology for St. Catherine the community. “Community Hospital could not have Hospital in East Chicago; and an expansion of surgical services for St. Mary been built without financial support from Medical Center in Hobart. A general endowment also was created to support private individuals, businesses and com- the needs of all three hospitals and another for the Community Research munity groups,” says John Mybeck, senior Foundation and its support program, the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster. vice president and chief administrative offi- In addition to the newly established Endowment Program, the not-for- cer of Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana. “Today, at a time of escalating health- profit Community Healthcare System has begun to offer other options for care costs, such donations will play a vital role charitable contributions, including planned giving, donations of real estate, in ensuring that our hospitals remain strong, paid life insurance policies, annuities, and bequests from wills and trusts. and are able to fulfill their mission to the com- For more information, call the parent company, Community Foundation of munity, serving needs of all people, including Northwest Indiana, 219-836-0130. the poor and disadvantaged.” 53 vim & vigor · s p ri ng 2008
  15. 15. believing change in a group of women pioneer to end diabetes CHANGE. How many of us would like to take up this cause? For a remarkable group of women in East Chicago, change is the only choice and the path by which they believe they can create a better community. A better and healthier community is the focus of a new partnership between Women for Change and St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago. Together, the two groups are working to raise funds and awareness to combat diabetes. Since 2004, rates for diabetes have increased 28 percent in East Chicago. Helping people diagnosed with diabetes—and those at risk—change their lifestyle is at the heart of STOP Hilda Pabey, first lady of East Chicago and chairwoman for the Women for Change third annual Diabetes, a community outreach initia- fundraiser, welcomes guests to the dinner benefiting the Center for Diabetes at St. Catherine tive started by St. Catherine Hospital. Hospital. Funds raised support diabetics in the community who need self-management education, With the support of Women for Change, exercise and counseling services. the hospital will be able to educate and support more people in making changes to prevent long-term complica- tions, such as heart disease, stroke, or conditions of the eye, foot and kidneys. 54 vim & vigor · s p rin g 2 008
  16. 16. “We’re a group of women in the community who believe change can happen, but it has to be pushed from the bottom up by regular people who live and work here,” says Hilda Pabey, East Chicago’s first lady and a member of the group. ❋ diabetes hits home Pabey, who chaired the group’s fundraising event in November to kick off the effort, has seen the effects of the disease in her own fam- ily. Her daughter, Lisette, was diagnosed with diabetes and came to the realization that major changes in her lifestyle were needed to combat the disease. “Diabetes is not a death sentence,” says Lisette, also a member of Women for Change. She says she believes many Hispanics diag- nosed with diabetes overreact and think they ❋ are going to die. “Only if you don’t know what to do—that’s why we’re raising funds for anyone in our community who needs to be educated about diabetes.” “We’re a group of women in the ❋ how change happens community who believe change STOP Diabetes helps to provide everyone diag- nosed with diabetes the education and support can happen, but it has to be pushed for making the necessary lifestyle changes to keep the disease in check. The hospital also from the bottom up by regular promotes early detection by hosting a number of screenings. people who live and work here.” “We know many people in our community do not know how they can live well with diabetes or how this disease can be prevented,” says Julie Pena-Ruiz, diabetes educator. “We are working assistance so those who don’t have insurance or to support and empower people to learn more resources can enroll in classes. STOP Diabetes and to control diabetes before it controls their also will be expanded to include a special health and their life.” exercise program for diabetics as well as coun- To address barriers to learning, STOP seling at St. Catherine Hospital’s Daybreak Diabetes is taking education into area churches Center for people who need help coping with and community settings, according to Kelly the diagnosis and overcoming feelings of anxiety Nissan, director of marketing, community and or depression. business relations at St. Catherine Hospital. “We’ve been fortunate that with a grant from Partner churches include Tabernacle Missionary the East Chicago Community Development Baptist, New Ebenezer Missionary Baptist, Foundation, 85 area residents have completed First Baptist Church, Mission of Jesus Christ our self-management program at no charge,” and Greater First Church International. Nissan says. “Thanks to the generosity of Women With the support of Women for Change, for Change, we’ll be able to continue to reach out the hospital will be able to stretch its financial to more people diagnosed with diabetes.” 55 vim & vigor · s p ri ng 2008
  17. 17. community update by Kathleen Pucalik munster’s future doctors get hands-on surgical experience early community will benefit from expertly skilled physicians D Doing procedures typically reserved for fourth- hysterectomies that you wouldn’t have the oppor- year residents, third-year OB/GYN residents tunity to do at Rush,” she says. “The OB/GYN from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago attendings are very good and let you do surgery, may be a step ahead of their colleagues by gain- and they’re always teaching.” ing real, live, hands-on surgical experience. ❋ always there to help Community Hospital in Munster is advancing medical education by giving residents a hands- The residency program began in July 2005. on education. These young doctors can then use Third-year residents from Rush University these skills as they give back to the community Medical Center in Chicago rotate for two performing procedures now, and when they months at Community Hospital. The focus is become practicing obstetricians/gynecologists. primarily on surgery, with some obstetrics. Through Community Hospital’s rotation for Community Hospital’s goal is to work with a Rush, residents have the opportunity to perform well-established academic program and upper- abdominal and vaginal hysterectomies, lapa- level residents (third year) who do not require roscopic surgery on tubes and ovaries, tubal constant supervision. Henry says that doctor ligation and Essure (a permanent birth control and patient participation is voluntary, and procedure). Residents have an attending physi- participation is rarely denied. cian at their side at all times providing hands-on “I’m very pleased with the program,” supervision during procedures. Henry says. “The residents get good reviews “There is always a need for residents to get by attending physicians. They seem to like to plenty of clinical experience and always a need work here.” for surgical experience, which is usually monop- “What has impressed me the most is how olized by four-year residents,” nice everyone is,” Patsavas says. “No matter Don Henry, M.D., site direc- where I turn, someone is always there to help tor, says. “Here, there is no me. I went to the pathology office to get pathol- competition, so residents can ogy reports on patients that we operated on, take their pick of cases and get and the pathologist dropped what he was valuable experience they nor- doing and went over the reports. He even let mally wouldn’t get before their me look at slides under the microscope and fourth year.” explained them.” One plus for the residents is In addition to clinical skills, the residency learning to perform the vaginal program focuses on professionalism and main- hysterectomy. taining good relationships with other physi- “It’s an art,” Henry says. cians, nurses and patients. “It takes time and experience According to Henry, residents are restricted to learn it.” to an 80-hour workweek, which is typically Kristia Patsavas, M.D., third- what they work, including night call. In addition, year resident, is pleased with residents are another resource for assistance the opportunity. “At Community in emergency cases such as a C-section coming Don Henry, M.D. Hospital you do a lot of vaginal through the Emergency Department. 56 vim & vigor · s p rin g 2 008