Screening Seniors in Burke, NY for Diabetes
April 25, 2011
Alice Hyde Medical Center's In Touch with Health community wellness program, in collaboration with the Franklin County Office for the Aging, is hosting a special information session about Medicare coverage for diabetes screenings as well as free Diabetes Risk Assessments on April 28, 2011 from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. at the Burke Adult Center located at 1040 East Main Street in Burke, across from the fire station.
Senior citizens enrolled in Medicare can learn about the Medicare coverage available for diabetes screening. Josy Delaney, MS, CHES, AHMC Community Wellness Specialist, will discuss risk factors for diabetes, how to prevent/delay the onset of diabetes, and Medicare coverage of the screening. Diabetes risk assessments will be done on an individual basis, following the presentation.
Funding for this event is made possible by a $2,500 award the Medical Center received from the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project (MDSP), a national coalition of patient, nonprofit organizations, and corporate partners, that are leading the way in encouraging seniors to improve their health by getting checked for diabetes.
For more information please call AHMC’s Education Department at 518-481-2247. For directions to the Burke Adult Center please call 518-483-1089.
NEW TECHNOLOGY AT AHMC
April 20, 2011
Leg pain, cramping, swelling, numbness, or skin discoloration are common complaints that physicians hear from their patients. About 33% of the estimated 9 million adults with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) experience physical signs or symptoms of such intensity or frequency that they should seek medical help, if they have not already.
PAD is often undiagnosed or unrecognized; however, it is a condition that can be treated. Understanding and managing PAD is a process that requires specially trained medical practitioners, who often use special testing equipment to help determine the cause of the symptoms.
“Usually, patients will go to their primary care provider when they experience episodes of pain or discomfort in the legs or buttocks,” said Dr. Nader Elgharib, Alice Hyde Medical Center Cardiologist, Attending Cardiologist, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Assistant Professor, University of Vermont College of Medicine. “With this new technology, I can now provide a baseline test to determine if further evaluation is required by the Medical Center’s Cardiovascular specialists.”
Leg pain is caused by many different health disorders. The diagnostic process begins with the practitioner taking a thorough medical history of the patient. Based on that history, the practitioner will decide upon a course of action that may include further diagnostic testing.
Specialized equipment is sometimes called for when diagnosing PAD. A new development in diagnostic technology, PADnet™+, measures functional status of the limbs by recording segmental blood pressure and segmental blood volume and communicates results immediately via a web interface to specialists for interpretation; these measurements provide practitioners with a clear, measurable sign of what is going on with a patient’s lower extremity arterial system. PADnet+, is actually a group of tests that contributes to the overall diagnostic process.
Elgharib recommends that anyone experiencing leg pain or discomfort should first seek medical advice from their primary care provider.
Volunteer of the Year Award Presented
April 15, 2010
Margaret Premo was named Volunteer of the Year at Alice Hyde Medical Center for her work in the Volunteer Office and Gift Shop. Premo was honored for her spirit of giving, dedication, and contribution to the Medical Center’s success. As Volunteer of the Year, she received a flower arrangement donated by Nelson’s Florist, a $50 gift card from Walmart, donated by the AHMC Auxiliary, and a certificate of recognition. Her name appears on a “Volunteer of the Year” plaque that is on display in Medical Center’s main lobby. This is the second Volunteer of the Year award presented by Alice Hyde Medical Center.
Pictured with Premo (holding the plaque) from left are, John Johnson, President/CEO; Scott Monette, volunteer in the Maintenance Department; Rebecca Livernois, Director of Volunteers; Eleanor Bennett, volunteer in the Gift Shop and at the Information Desk; and Theresa Lamica, volunteer in the Park Street Cafe. Not pictured was Shelly Lebow, volunteer in the Cardiopulmonary Department.
Auxiliary Donates $42,500 to AHMC for Equipment
April 7, 2011
During the past year the AHMC Auxiliary raised $42,500 on behalf of Alice Hyde Medical Center. The Auxiliary’s generous donation was used for the purchase of mobile computerized medication carts. These carts are used for Bedside Medication Verification (BMV). The Medical Center is slated to implement a BMV system for the administration of patient medications later this year. The BMV system utilizes important safety checks to ensure that patients receive the correct medications during their hospital stay. Bedside Verification allows caregivers to utilize bar code scanning technology prior to administering medications, to confirm patient identity and medication information.
Pictured from left are Auxilians, Linda Sprague; Lynda Basiliere, 2nd Vice President; Theresa Bashaw; Susan Schrader; Molly Mckee; John Johnson, AHMC President/CEO; Pat Maneely, Auxiliary President, Linda McClarigan, RN, AHMC Senior VP of Patient Care Services; Bev Marsden; Cindy Soper, Recording Secretary; Kathy Evans, Treasurer; and Susy Cantwell, Legislative Advisor.
A Heartwarming Donation
April 7, 2011
Because of the excellent care her great grandmother received at the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center, eleven year old Samantha Bailey of Burke, wanted to do something special to give back. So, she entered a drawing at a local hockey tournament in hopes of winning a coffee pot for the Cancer Center. And, to her surprise, she won! Now, thanks to the thoughtfulness of a young girl, the Cancer Center has a new coffee pot in its waiting area for patients and staff to enjoy.
AHMC PROMOTES NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY
March 31, 2011
Alice Hyde Medical Center, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16, 2011 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).
As a participating organization, AHMC provides information and tools for the public to discuss their wishes with family, friends, and health care providers. Alice Hyde also provides advance directives (health care proxy and living will). To find these resources follow the ‘Palliative Care’ link on alicehyde.com/Services.
From April 16 - 30, AHMC will have an advance care planning resource and information table available in the Medical Center’s main lobby with free information about advance care planning and forms for advance directives.
Also, on April 27th, the Medical Center will host a special video session; Community Conversations on Compassionate Care, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Park Street Conference Room, located on the Ground Floor of the Medical Center. Light refreshments will be provided.
“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their health care decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Dr. Marie-Caroline Piche, Palliative Care Specialist. “Fewer families and health care providers will have to struggle with making difficult health care decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance health care planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”
For more information, contact the Medical Center’s Patient Advocate at 481.2301 or Patient Satisfaction Coordinator at 481.2258. To learn more about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit compassionandsupport.org.