Sharp News — September 2015
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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- Spinal Cord Injured San Diegans to Surf — On Sept. 12, current and former patients of Sharp Rehabilitation Services will join dozens of other San Diegans with spinal cord injuries for the annual "They Will Surf Again" event, sponsored by Sharp. This powerful program, a signature event of the Life Rolls On Foundation, allows participants to experience the thrill of surfing with the help of adaptive equipment and dedicated volunteers. Rehabilitation experts are available to discuss how this event and similar programs improve quality of life for people affected by catastrophic injuries or illnesses.
- Neuro-Oncology Center Dedication — On Sept. 26, from 2 to 4 pm, Sharp HealthCare will host the official dedication of the Laurel Amtower Cancer Institute and Neuro-Oncology Center, San Diego's first comprehensive program at a community hospital to treat patients with brain cancer. Sharp physicians can discuss the unique offerings of this program and talk about the prognosis and treatment of brain cancer. The disease took the life of Beau Biden in May, and former President Jimmy Carter is currently fighting metastatic brain cancer.
- Not Your Mother's Hospital Food — Two celebrated local chefs have joined the team at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, bringing fresh, new flavors to revamp the menu. Chef Larry Banares, a three-time gold medalist in the Culinary Olympics, once hosted biweekly cooking segments on KGTV, two cable cooking shows, and a popular radio program. Chef William Sauer, a certified Chef de Cuisine by the American Culinary Federation, was the executive sous chef at the Catamaran Resort and has helped launch upscale dining venues such as the Marble Room downtown and Delicias Restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe. The Chefs are available to offer cooking tips, share recipes and discuss their new approach to creating inspiring hospital food.
National trends localized.
- Kardashian's Placenta Accreta — In recent news, Kim Kardashian revealed the condition that affected her ability to conceive her second child and the potential to be forced to have a hysterectomy. A Sharp-affiliated OBGYN is available to discuss Kardashian's diagnosis, placenta accreta, and the increased risk for new mothers when delivering.
- New Life-Changing Technology Offers Hope to Severe Asthmatics — Bronchial thermoplasty, the first non-drug treatment to treat severe asthma, is now available at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. The treatment has been shown to significantly improve asthma-related quality of life for the majority of patients who underwent treatment. Dr. Kaveh Bagheri, a pulmonary physician affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital, is available to discuss the benefits of bronchial thermoplasty, and who is a candidate for this life-changing treatment.
- International Travel — Before you pack your bags and head out of the country — even for a weekend trip down to Mexico — there are documents and plans you should be making to ensure you and your family are protected. What are the mistakes even well-seasoned travelers make when they leave the U.S.? How do you know that your health insurance will cover you and your loved ones? Jacquie Schwoerke, director of Sharp's Global Patient Services, can talk with you about the three basic steps you should take before heading out in that plane or car.
- Doctors' Support May Be Key to Successful Weight Loss — Jenny Craig. Weight Watchers. The list of weight-loss programs goes on and on. Many weight-loss programs used by obese patients are commercially run and patients often enroll without discussing with their physicians. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore have found that partnering with primary care physicians to deliver weight-loss programs may lead to greater participant satisfaction and improved rates of weight loss. A Sharp-affiliated physician can discuss the benefits of reviewing weight-loss programs with your doctor.
Important health dates.
- National Disaster Preparedness Month — September is National Preparedness Month and Sharp HealthCare is providing San Diegans an easy way to learn how to prepare their households for an emergency such as an earthquake, fire or power outage, at Sharp HealthCare's 4th Annual Disaster Preparedness Expo on Sept. 26 from 10 am to 2 pm at Sharp HealthCare's corporate headquarters in Kearny Mesa. This free, interactive community event will feature exhibitors, demonstrations, displays, giveaways and more. Donald Condon, a Sharp employee and retired fireman with 33 years of experience, can speak about how individuals and families can prevent home fires and be prepared should one occur including a detailed tutorial on properly using a portable fire extinguisher.
- National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month — One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to speak about ways of preventing childhood obesity through diet and exercise.
- Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month — 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 and the condition can lead to other heart issues, so treatment is critical. A cardiothoracic surgeon is available to discuss new minimally invasive procedures that provide hope for a cure to people who don't qualify for an open-chest procedure.