Sharp News, May 2016
Sharp HealthCare values its relationship with local media and we look forward to working with you to educate our community about important health issues. Following is a compilation of current health care topics.
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Inside Sharp HealthCare
- Mother's Day Photo Op: Sharp Grossmont Landscapers Deliver Fresh-Cut Campus Blooms to New Moms — Landscapers at Sharp Grossmont Hospital will deliver freshly cut flowers to new moms. The landscapers grow and maintain the flowers year-round in the hospital's abundant gardens. The program, called This Bud's for You, raises the spirits of patients and lets landscapers step inside to become part of the patient experience. Photo and interview opportunities with landscapers and new moms will be available on Sunday, May 8, between 6 and 8 am, when landscapers will make their special delivery in honor of Mother's Day.
- Who's Got Your Back on Memorial Day? — Can a bad sunburn increase your risk for cancer? Risk of melanoma — the most serious form of skin cancer — doubles if someone has had five or more sunburns in their lifetime. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as Don't Fry Day to raise awareness of skin cancer prevention and to encourage everyone to protect their skin as they head outdoors to kick off the summer season. A Sharp Grossmont-affiliated dermatologist is available to talk about risks associated with tanning, appropriate SPF and sun safety tips to get you through the summer, including new types of skin protection for adults and kids.
- New Sharp Baby Mobile App Launched for Moms-to-Be — Sharp HealthCare recently launched a new customized mobile app for expectant moms called Sharp Baby. Busy moms-to-be now have access to on-demand information to guide them through pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and postpartum care, as well as a range of other information and interactive features. The free app was created for the growing number of patients who are consuming health information from their mobile devices, particularly savvy millennial parents, who desire the convenience, speed and ease of a mobile app. Lily Pisegna, director of Women & Infant Services at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, is available for interviews about Sharp Baby.
- First-Ever South County Behavioral Resource Fair — May is Mental Health Month and Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is teaming up with more than 60 local organizations for a day of discussion and action on May 14 for the South County Behavioral Health Resource Fair. As behavioral health issues like psychosis, drug and alcohol abuse and depression grow across the nation, including here in South County, so do visits to our ER. In 2014, we saw more than 2,000 patients in our ER whose primary diagnosis was psychosis. Many times, what patients truly need is not a trip to the ER, but services like counseling in their community. This event is the first of its kind in the South Bay, where people affected by issues like depression, anxiety, substance abuse and dementia will learn about and be connected with programs in their own community that can help them. There will be workshops on child, adolescent and adult behavioral health, as well as screenings for depression and dementia.
National Trends Localized
- Chronic Knee Pain — Living with chronic knee pain is a common problem in the U.S. About one-third of all doctor's visits are due to muscle and bone pain. A Sharp-affiliated orthopedic surgeon is available to discuss the latest surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.
- What You Need to Know About Sepsis — Fans of Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke were saddened to hear of her recent death. Duke, best known for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, died of sepsis after her intestine ruptured, which can be caused by illnesses such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease or gallbladder disease. More than 258,000 Americans will die each year because of sepsis, and thousands of others will be left with debilitating conditions. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss what you need to know about sepsis.
- Advanced Treatment Options for Atrial Fibrillation — Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a common heart condition, affecting more than 2 million Americans. People with AFib are five times more likely to have a stroke, so treatment is critical. A cardiothoracic surgeon is available to discuss a new minimally invasive procedure to treat AFib.
Important Health Dates
- Mental Health Awareness Month — As the most comprehensive behavioral health hospital in San Diego, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital is increasing understanding of important mental health issues during the month of May in order to help eliminate stigma of mental illness. Experts are available for interviews on topics such as eating disorders among men, transitional age youth (TAY), the critical time between ages 18 and 25 when many serious mental health issues emerge, post-traumatic stress suffered by veterans after active duty, the increase in fentanyl abuse and treating depression through a new inhaled version of ketamine.
- Brain Tumor Awareness Month — May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of one of the most debilitating and lethal diseases in adults. Sharp Memorial Hospital is expanding its arsenal of tools for fighting tumors in the brain, including a high-powered microscope that magnifies brain tissue during surgery, and a device that can reduce the diameter of a radiation beam to the thickness of a piece of paper. A Sharp Memorial-affiliated physician can discuss how this advanced technology is offering the most accurate and least invasive treatment possible for patients with brain tumors.
- Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month — May is peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers. There is no cure for asthma and allergies, but many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care. Ten people a day die from asthma. Asthma affects 24 million Americans, and 6.3 million children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma.
From Sharp Health News
- Concussion: Young athletes aren't the only ones at risk — Accidents happen to non-athletes, too. Know the symptoms and protect yourself.
- 5 Things to Know About Starting a Running Program — Sharp Rees-Stealy's Running Clinic director shares his advice on running shoes and more.
- Providing Comfort at the End of Life — Volunteers with Sharp Grossmont's 11th Hour program work to make sure no one dies alone.