Sharp News, March 2018
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Inside Sharp HealthCare
- East County residents soon to have a new walk-in clinic — East San Diego County residents will have a new option for their urgent medical needs at the soon-to-open Sharp Grossmont Hospital Care Clinic. Located adjacent to the hospital, the clinic will serve as a destination for patients with health care issues that are considered non-life threatening and will help to ease some of the patient traffic flow at the hospital's emergency department, the busiest in San Diego County. The modern, naturally lit space features 12 treatment rooms, a spacious guest lounge and an outdoor terrace, and will serve patients with its extended hours. Tours and interviews with Sharp Grossmont Hospital CEO Scott Evans are available.
- Dedication of newly renovated Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital Child and Adolescent Unit —- Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital will host an open house of its newly renovated Child and Adolescent Unit on Tuesday, March 13, at 2pm. In addition to maximizing available space for patient care, the renovations create an improved healing environment for patients, where soothing colors and images of nature combine to create a home-like atmosphere — all with the latest patient safety features available. The Child and Adolescent Program at Sharp Mesa Vista is one of only three programs in San Diego County and provides inpatient care for children who are experiencing significant behavioral or emotional challenges.
National Trends Localized
- The alarming rise of HPV-related oral cancer among men — It's being called the "silent epidemic." Human papillomavirus (HPV) has long been linked to cervical cancer in women, and now the cancer-causing virus is hitting men. Studies indicate 11 million men and 3.2 million women carry the virus that could eventually lead to a range of cancers, including a type of head and neck cancer far more likely to strike men. In some instances, it can take up to 10 to 20 years to occur. Dr. David Bodkin, a Sharp-affiliated oncologist, is available to discuss risk factors, symptoms and the HPV vaccine for protection.
- Menstrual cramps can be as painful as heart attacks — Physicians have ruled menstrual cramps can be as painful as having a heart attack. Period pain, or dysmenorrhea, affects the lives of one in five women. Endometriosis, the second cause of period pain after dysmenorrhea, is estimated to affect one in 10 ovulating women. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to give tips on easing menstrual cramp pain.
- Whooping cough is on the rise — Pertussis, or whooping cough, is on the rise again, but this highly contagious respiratory disease is easily prevented. In 2017, more San Diego County children contracted pertussis than in any other county in the state, and those numbers are expected to increase in 2018. Dr. Catherine Sundsmo, a family medicine doctor with Sharp Rees-Stealy, is available to talk about what parents and caregivers need to know about whooping cough.
Important Health Dates
- March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month — Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, but this rate is dropping as early screening becomes more accessible across the nation. Physicians with the Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center are available to discuss the importance of early detection, signs and symptoms and more information on who should get screened.
- Have a healthy St. Patrick's Day — Can cabbage reduce inflammation? Is Guinness any good for you? This St. Patrick's Day, find out what health benefits these Irish favorites and others offer from a Sharp-affiliated dietitian.
- Spring cleaning your medicine cabinet — Don't forget your medicine cabinet while doing your spring cleaning. A Sharp-affiliated expert is available to discuss the importance of proper disposal of prescription drugs.
From Sharp Health News
- Talking with kids about school violence — Experts share their top tips for talking with kids about recent school shootings.
- A new kind of support, just for kids — A cancer diagnosis in a family with children comes with unique challenges.
- Sharp team saves one of its own — Emergency doctors use an uncommon device to save an employee's life.