Sharp News Updates — January 2012

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

  • Accountable Care Organization — Sharp HealthCare has been selected as the only San Diego health care provider to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model, a new initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. This program is designed to encourage the development of ACOs, which are comprised of hospitals, doctors and other health care providers who work together and are accountable for quality outcomes and the overall patient experience. A Sharp representative is available to discuss this new venture and what it means for the San Diego community.
  • Enjoy Food More — Make "Enjoy Food More!" your New Year's resolution for managing weight, instead of depriving yourself through another fad diet that's bound to fail. A Sharp Grossmont Hospital registered dietitian is available to discuss mindful eating as a way to reframe your overall relationship with food and keep unnecessary pounds away.  

National Trends Localized  

  • Autism Recovery — Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is becoming increasingly more popular among those with autism after its extreme success with some patients — now considered "recovered." A Sharp-affiliated psychiatrist is available to discuss both the benefits and the unknowns of ABA.    
  • Synthetic Drugs — According to researchers at the University of Michigan, 11.4 percent of high school seniors, nearly one in nine, have been high on synthetic drugs in the past year. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss the negative consequences of smoking synthetic drugs such as K2 or spice, which can be bought in convenience stores packaged as potpourri or herbal incense.  
  • Too Much Salt — According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, infants who are exposed to foods with high amounts of sodium are more likely to gravitate toward salty foods as they grow up. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss the importance of parents regulating their children's salt intake as early as infancy and the dangers of a diet high in sodium as an adult.    

Important Health Dates  

  • Daffodil Days — January marks the beginning of Daffodil Days, a fundraiser designated by the American Cancer Society encouraging cancer-research supporters to buy daffodils. These flowers are available at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center to give both patients and employees the opportunity to contribute. A Sharp representative is available to discuss their participation in Daffodil Days.  
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month — January is National Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month, as designated by the March of Dimes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss the preventive steps a woman can take to increase her chances of having a healthy baby.  
  • National Blood Donor Month — January is National Blood Donor Month. According to the San Diego Blood Bank, approximately 400 donations are needed every day to adequately supply Southern California hospitals. A Sharp representative is available to discuss the importance of donations and how Sharp gets involved.  

Emergency Department Trends

  • Flu — The Emergency Department experiences an increase in adults with the flu during January. A Sharp emergency department director is available to discuss the importance of flu shots, how to prevent spread if you have flu-symptoms and when to know if you need to go to the ER.     
  • Gastroenteritis — The Emergency Department tends to see an increase in kids with gastroenteritis during January. A Sharp emergency department director is available to discuss the signs and symptoms of severe dehydration so parents know when to bring their kids into the ER as opposed to dehydration that can be treated at home.
  • Upper Respiratory Illness — Sharp Rees-Stealy urgent care centers encounter an influx of upper respiratory illnesses during January. This is to a great extent associated with holiday travel and crowds. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss preventative measures such as hand washing, avoiding crowds and the use of hand sanitizer.      
Last Updated: January 10, 2012