Sharp News, October 2016
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Inside Sharp HealthCare
- Therapy pet Halloween parade delivers tricks and treats to patients — On Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – noon, Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s therapy pets will don Halloween costumes and parade through the campus cheering up and visiting patients. These four-legged friends provide a break in what can oftentimes be challenging days for patients in the hospital. The parade kicks off at the Cancer Center with great photo and patient interview opportunities. Sharp Grossmont has the largest therapy pet program in the entire Sharp HealthCare system.
- Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns hosts 24th annual NICU little graduates reunion — Families of babies once cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns will reunite with their medical teams during the 24th annual Little Graduates Reunion. The event, which attracts approximately 1,000 local children and their families, celebrates the good health of infants who spent 10 days or more in the NICU. The event will be held on Oct.15 from 12 – 3 p.m. at NTC Park at Liberty Station in Point Loma.
- ED kids day — Sharp Memorial Hospital will give nearly 100 local children a rare behind-the-scenes look inside one of the busiest emergency rooms in San Diego. More than 9 million children under the age of 19 are treated for injuries in emergency rooms across the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This event is an opportunity for Emergency Department staff to pass along knowledge, skills and experience to educate kids about health and safety. To close the event, Mercy Air will be landing on top of Sharp Memorial’s Frost Street Parking Garage for a tour of the helicopter. Photo and interview opportunities with emergency-room staff, parents and children will be available on Saturday, Oct. 15, between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
National Trends Localized
- Are you dense? — If you’ve had a mammogram and were told you have dense breasts, you’re not alone. Most women have some breast density, but why does it matter? Women with high breast density are four to five times more likely to get breast cancer than women with low breast density. Density also makes mammograms harder to read and to detect breast cancer, posing greater risk of it going undetected until it’s too late. U.S. law now requires doctors in many states to notify women if dense tissue is detected during mammography screening as it’s becoming an important predictor of breast cancer risk. Dr. Tere Trout, Diagnostic Radiologist, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, is available to talk about mammograms and additional tests that may be required for women with dense breasts, type of breast density and screening guidelines for all women.
Important Health Dates
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month — An estimated one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. Sharp Memorial Hospital offers a new mammography screening technology called tomosynthesis, which reconstructs the breast in three dimensions, providing a layer-by-layer view of breast tissue. Tomosynthesis is especially effective for women with dense breasts, which can hide cancers and other abnormalities behind less fatty tissue. Roughly 40 percent of American women have dense breasts, and most don’t know it. A Sharp Memorial Hospital-affiliated breast cancer surgeon is available to talk about this new technology and why it remains so important that women receive annual mammograms beginning at age 40.
- October is National Bullying Prevention Month — Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital expert, Mariel Diaz, is available to discuss tips on bullying prevention, coping skills and the effort schools can take to effectively address bullying on campus.
From Sharp Health News
- Chocolate milk: a workout recovery drink? — Certified trainer Olga Hays explains how chocolate milk can aid in rehydration and recovery after a workout. It tastes good too!
- From cancer patient to community leader — A breast cancer survivor shares her story of finding opportunity during a time of despair.
- Beating brain cancer with new technology — Accuracy is critical when operating on the brain. Fluorescent dye to highlight tumors can help.