Sharp News, December 2016
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Inside Sharp HealthCare
- NICU Santa visit — Santa Claus visited premature babies and their families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on Friday, Dec. 9 at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns. Each year, a Sharp Mary Birch employee dresses as Santa to brighten the spirits of families who are anxiously waiting by their newborns' hospital bedside during the holiday season.
- Where beer and medicine meet — When Dr. Benjamin DuBois, an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital moved to San Diego from his hometown of Seattle, his mother had one question: "Ben, what will you miss?" His answer? "You, Mom. And maybe the beer." His love of craft beer led him to open a brewery in San Diego. While beer and medicine may seem like adversaries, the doctor finds ways to use brewing to give back to the community by participating in several charities. And when it comes to health, he says beer is no different than wine and studies suggest it can lower instance of cardiac disease - and can help with kidney stones — in moderation. Also for beer drinkers counting calories at the holidays, he has suggestions to help you navigate the craft world this season.
- Hospital's new energy plant is off the grid — Using state-of-the art technology, Sharp Grossmont Hospital's new Central Energy Plant has enough on-site electric power generation to operate the hospital's medical equipment, space heating and air conditioning while staying completely off the SDGE electrical grid — at a cost savings of approximately $180,000 per month. For decades into the future, the new CEP will save millions of dollars in energy costs, plus reduce the hospital's emission of greenhouse gas pollutants by 90 percent. Even in the event of an outage or other emergency, the hospital will continue to operate as needed. A project administrator is available to discuss the technology — as well as photo and video opportunities.
National Trends Localized
- First-of-its-kind test checks for kidney damage — Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is the first hospital in California to use a novel risk assessment test for acute kidney injury (AKI), an unpredictable and potentially deadly condition that is a common complication for patients in intensive care. The NephroCheck® test allows clinicians to quickly identify patients at risk for AKI so they can intervene earlier and help reduce the threat of irreparable kidney damage. Once patients develop AKI, mortality rate, risk of complications, length of hospital stay, cost and readmissions can more than double. Dr. John Videen, a nephrologist affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista, is available for interviews to discuss the benefit of this new test.
- New Year's resolutions: misconceptions about obesity — According to a new study, Americans take obesity as seriously as cancer and say it's a more serious health problem than heart disease, the nation's leading killer. However, nearly two-thirds of people incorrectly think losing weight through diet and exercise is the most effective long-term option. Dr. George Muller, a surgeon and medical director of the Sharp Memorial Bariatric Program, is available to discuss how weight-loss surgery offers the greatest potential for long-term success for people who struggle with obesity. A patient, who lost 80 pounds after having bariatric surgery two years ago, can also share her story.
Important Health Dates
- Tips for a sober and happy holiday season — The holiday season can be challenging to navigate through for people in recovery from substance abuse or for people who have a loved one recovering. A certified alcohol and drug addiction counselor from Sharp Healthcare's chemical dependency rehab facility, the Sharp McDonald Center, is available to give advice on how to develop a proactive plan before holiday celebrations, the importance of recovery programs during the season and how to celebrate sobriety.
- Coping with grief during the holiday season — The grief from losing a loved one can be difficult to deal with, particularly during the holiday season when moments with family and friends are often the focus. Dr. Dara Shwartz, Sharp Mesa Vista clinical psychologist, is available to discuss how the holidays can trigger feelings of grief and ways people can cope with them.
- Patients receive special delivery - To celebrate the New Year, on Saturday, Jan. 7, the Sharp Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will deliver more than 350 "Happy New Year" balloons in hopes of lifting the spirits of patients away from home. Sharp Memorial Auxiliary President Gil Harrison is available to talk about the hospital's efforts to help make patients feel as comfortable as possible during and after the holiday season.
From Sharp Health News
- 10 healthy holiday gifts — Looking for the perfect gift for a loved one who has it all? These 10 ideas can help you give the best gift of all: health and wellness.
- Think twice about treating insomnia with sleeping pills — Sleeping pills carry side effects and are not as helpful as you might think.
- Does breastfeeding help you lose weight? — Shedding baby weight is a struggle for some women, yet others lose it without trying. Here's why.
- Crystal Beanies: crocheting for a cause — Gloria makes warm and sparkly hats for women in cancer treatment — and to honor a loved one.