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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cancer Fit Helps Heal Body and Mind

Doylestown Hospital and Cornerstone Fitness have collaborated to create the Cancer Fit program, and it's making a big difference in the lives of cancer survivors.

Patrice R. said she was "ecstatic" when Rachel Saks, MSS, LSW, OSW-C, Doylestown Hospital oncology social worker, called to tell her about the Cancer Fit program. "This program gave me hope and a positive outlook – I needed that," says Patrice, 57.
"I'm starting to feel so much better and I have more energy."
The six weeks of radiation therapy for breast cancer Patrice had completed in August left her lethargic with no motivation.

More Than Just a Workout

Sabrina Willard, Cornerstone Fitness certified personal trainer, worked with The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital to develop the 12-week program for cancer survivors. Research has shown that regular exercise may reduce the risk of recurrence in breast cancer. Exercise (both aerobic and weight bearing) has been shown to improve fatigue, reduce stress and impact long-term overall health.

"Your quality of life improves, hands down," says Sabrina. "Exercise is important to improve overall function in daily life."

Donna Angotti, MD, medical director of The Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital, points to findings from a large, long-term study called the National Nurses Health Study. "The study demonstrated that women who developed breast cancer and then adopted an exercise program, had a significantly decreased risk of breast cancer recurrence and a higher survival rate. All that was required was walking at an average pace for 3-4 hours per week."

"Other studies are showing that a BMI (body mass index) under 25 reduces cancer recurrence, but the focus should be balanced between good food choices and increased physical activity," adds Angotti.

Expert and Caring Guidance

Sabrina earned the CET (Cancer Exercise Trainer) certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, which developed the CET with the American Cancer Society. "I wanted to achieve this level of expertise to better serve my clients," says Sabrina.

Participants meet twice a week at Cornerstone's Warrington facility, where they do more than work out under Sabrina's careful guidance. She also brings in speakers like Audrey Fleck, Doylestown Hospital nutritionist, to discuss post-treatment nutrition. Others talk about therapeutic massage specific to mastectomy and breast surgery, acupuncture for pain relief, and the stress reduction and healing benefits of yoga. The program caters to a variety of individuals.

"Some people have never exercised, some were very active. But with cancer treatment, they all have been unable to be active," says Sabrina.

Melodye D. was a runner who was very active before her cancer diagnosis. The 48-year-old had a double mastectomy in the spring, right around the time her husband passed away. She hadn't worked out in almost a year when she started Cancer Fit. "I look forward to coming in," says Melodye. "I come here and focus on my health and having fun. I'm learning so much. I feel really good."

Cancer Fit Photo Album

A Range of Benefits for Body and Soul

The benefits of Cancer Fit are more than physical, as the women get to know each other and share their experiences. "There is camaraderie and the women develop relationships. They get a sense that they're ok. It gives them a piece of normalcy so they can move on to the next step," says Sabrina.

"Cancer takes everything out of you – physically, mentally and emotionally," says Mary G., 59, who participated in the first session of Cancer Fit that concluded in June. "The exercise is something you have control over. It helps you get emotionally better. When you're more in shape, you are stronger to fight the next step."

Participants in the first Cancer Fit group met for six weeks, but longed for more. The current session is 12 weeks, which gives the women more time to gradually increase the intensity of the exercise and to bond with one another.

"It has been really helpful to be together. We all gelled right away," says Patrice. "I think it's an absolutely great thing."

Doylestown Hospital uses funds donated to The Cancer Institute to subsidize the program for the participants so they can participate no matter what their financial circumstances. At the upcoming annual Circle of Life auction, there will be a special effort to raise funds for the Cancer Fit program.

Both current and past participants agree the program has changed their lives.

"I felt like myself again after the class," said Julie H., 56, who completed the program in June. "I felt happy. I'm doing pretty much everything I used to do."

About the Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital

The Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital combines the compassionate care of experts with state-of-the-art technology to offer personalized breast cancer and well-breast care, close to home. Breast care services include early detection and advanced screening options at the Women's Diagnostic Center of Doylestown Hospital . Experienced surgeons offer complex treatments including nipple-sparing mastectomy. The Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital is your resource for total breast health, close to home.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Breast Health Event Brings Awareness and Education

Doylestown Hospital brought women of all ages together last night to join the conversation about breast health. The Pink Party kicked off with a health fair which included information on breast health services, a celebration for breast cancer survivors, giveaways, raffles, and therapy demonstrations including Reiki, chair massage, acupressure and acupuncture.

Following the health fair, women were invited to attend Lessons from 'The Art of War' for Breast Cancer Prevention, a health discussion led by breast health experts from Doylestown Hospital. The talk began with Donna Angotti, MD, breast surgeon, educating more than 100 women on how to reduce their risk for breast cancer followed by Michele Kopach, MD, radiologist, discussing breast density. An expert panel including Dr. Angotti, Dr. Kopach and Eileen Engle, MD, gynecologist, answered questions following the discussion.

"We hope to empower people not to feel as afraid," said Dr. Angotti, director of The Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital, "and to make some proactive choices about preventative measures they can take to reduce their risk of breast cancer."

Pink Party Photo Album

Meet Dr. Angotti at Prevention & Treatment of Breast Cancer

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 1pm
Cowhey Family ShopRite
942 W Street Road
Warminster, PA 18974
Event is free. For information or to make a reservation, call 215-672-1870. Free childcare is available (please ask when registering).

Watch Video: Pink Party at Doylestown Hospital Raises Cancer Awareness

About The Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital

Offering breast cancer and well-breast care, The Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital is your resource for comprehensive care, close to home. From early detection through advanced screening options at our accredited diagnostic center, to complex surgical treatments including nipple-sparing mastectomy, the experts at Doylestown Hospital are your resource for total breast health.

For health tips and information, connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Patient Portal Puts Info at Your Fingertips

Are you enrolled? Checking your Doylestown Hospital health records online is secure and convenient with myHealthDoylestown.

It's easy for Warminster resident Catherine T. to check her Doylestown Hospital health records online these days. She recently won a new iPad as part of the myHealthDoylestown promotion.

"I like to keep my eye on my medical records," said Catherine, who diligently manages an ongoing health issue with regular blood tests. She can access lab results and other important parts of her Doylestown Hospital medical records with myHealthDoylestown.

This free and easy-to-use online tool became available in April. Since then, more than 14,000 users have registered for the free patient portal.

"Those users are viewing their lab results and reports on a regular basis for their inpatient, outpatient and ER visits," said Sandra Osborne, senior clinical systems analyst. "We also have had many patients provide proxy access to family members and caregivers for the same purpose."

This online tool was designed to be easy to navigate. "The Patient Portal office staff has received a lot of good feedback on the ease of use," added Sandra.

Individuals age 18 and older can access their online patient record at myHealthDoylestown.com. Patients can also request that a family member or caregiver have access to their medical records as a patient proxy. At myHealthDoylestown, patients can access:
  • Laboratory results
  • Radiology reports
  • Medications taken and allergies noted while a patient
  • Visit history
  • Discharge summaries and other medical reports
Test results are usually available in 72 hours. The portal contains information dating back to 2008. Medical records are as current as the last time the person was registered as an outpatient or inpatient at Doylestown Hospital. It does not provide doctors' office records. Patients can also request appointments for certain hospital services.

Win an iPad!

Log in to your myHealthDoylestown account now through January 4, 2015 and you will be automatically entered to win an iPad. People who use myHealthDoylestown are automatically entered each time they log in to their account.

Don't have a free account? Enroll now to access your Doylestown Hospital health information online. Need help? Contact the Patient Portal office at 267-885-1599 or email myHealthDoylestown@dh.org.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Learn more about this pervasive issue that affects people of all ages, including teens.

Domestic violence and sexual assault are life-threatening crimes that affect millions of individuals across the nation regardless of age, economic status, race, religion or education.

Did you know?

One in 3 women, 1 in 3 teens, and 1 in 4 men experience violence in their relationships.

"I think we see it more often than we realize," said Kimberly Mikula, RN, BSN, CEN, clinical nurse educator in the Doylestown Hospital Emergency Department. "Doylestown Hospital staff are required to screen for domestic violence with every patient visit but it may take multiple attempts before an individual is willing to admit that they are in an unsafe or unhealthy relationship."

As discreetly as possible, hospital staff ask patients of all ages if they feel safe or if they're experiencing emotional or physical abuse. Doylestown Hospital has a Domestic Violence Task Force and works closely with agencies like A Woman's Place for staff training. Several specially trained SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) nurses are available in the Emergency Department to help victims, and work with police to aid in prosecuting crimes. The SAFE nurse understands the special emotional and physical needs of the sexual assault or personal violence victim.

The Young Victims

Recently, there has been a particular effort to raise awareness about teen dating violence. This is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence in a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can happen in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner.

"It's very, very subtle," said Kimberly. "It can be anything from verbal put downs to physical abuse; anything to make the victim feel insecure about themselves and more dependent on the abuser."

The effects on an emotionally developing teen can be devastating and long term.
About 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Warning signs of an abusive relationship

  • Appears to be the ideal partner at first
  • Rushes into the relationship
  • Extremely jealous and possessive
  • Blames others when things go wrong
  • Severe mood swings
  • Rigid perception of gender roles
  • Insults his/her partner in public
  • Threatens to hurt you or him/herself if you break up
  • Constantly checks in on partner
  • Blows disagreements out of proportion
  • Makes partner feel the need to constantly prove his/her love and devotion

The Line

"Where is the line between love and control? Coralee Trigger, a student filmmaker, made this video PSA for us as the culmination of her Girl Scout Gold Award." Can you tell?

What can parents do about teen dating violence?

"Parents need to pay close attention," said Kimberly. "Parents may think they are having a meaningful conversation with their kids, but they are really having the conversation the teen wants them to hear. Ask direct questions."

Parents can look for several clues, including noticing if the person comes around the family and interacts with them.

Help is available

If you are the victim of domestic violence, it's important to know that help is out there. "Talk to somebody," said Kimberly. "You can talk to a school counselor, parents, a pastor, or an adult that you trust. You can talk to friends, but friends are typically less reliable. Make sure it is someone who has nothing but your best interest in mind."

Local resources for victims of domestic violence

  • NOVA (Network of Victim Assistance): Available 24 hours a day at 1-800-675-6900
  • A Woman's Place: Available 24 hours a day at 1-800-220-8116
  • Bucks County Children and Youth: Available 24 hours a day at 1-800-932-0313
  • Lenape Valley Foundation (crisis and emergency services for mental or behavioral health): Available 24 hours a day at 218-345-2273

The Race to Empower

On Saturday, October 11, the Race to Empower will bring women, men and children together for a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk to raise funds and awareness for A Woman's Place. The event takes place at Central Park in Doylestown with registration at 8 am.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Circle of Life Auction - November 14, 2014

Since 1990, Doylestown Hospital has held a fall auction to benefit the Hospice program. Over the years, our annual event has grown with overwhelming and generous support of the medical staff, community members and local businesses. Thirteen years ago, the auction was renamed and expanded to benefit both the Cancer Institute and Hospice program. Your support is essential in ensuring that these programs remain available to our patients, family, friends and neighbors.

As we approach the 13th Annual Circle of Life Event, which features a live and silent auction and a raffle drawing for new BMW 320i or $20,000 cash, we ask for your help to support these invaluable resources in our community which offers people hope, comfort and essential care at the most critical times in their lives.

Last year's event raised an astounding $100,000 which supports the Cancer Institute and the Hospice Program. With your help, we hope to exceed that amount this year!

Ways to Give

Whether you are able to join us at the event or not, there are many ways you can help support the Circle of Life.

BMW Raffle Drawing

There will be 600 tickets sold for a raffle drawing for a new 2015 BMW 320i or $20,000 cash. Raffle will be will be held on November 14, 2014 and winners will be announced during the Circle of Life auction. Winners need not be present to win.

Tickets are available to purchase for $100 each. To purchase tickets, mail the registration form to Development department, call 215-345-2261 or visit the Hospital gift shop.

You must be 18 years or older to purchase a ticket. Winners are responsible for all applicable sales and income tax.


Sponsorships offer the opportunity to make a difference. Please consider sponsoring this worthwhile event, and enjoy an evening of fun, food and camaraderie! Sponsorship levels start at $250. Sponsors will receive event recognition, donor recognition, an exclusive champagne preview reception, admission to the auction and a complimentary luminary tribute.

For information or to make a reservation, mail the reservation/sponsorship form or call the Development department at 215-345-2141.

Gift-in-Kind Donations

Gift-in-kind is a type of charitable giving where goods and services are donated. Examples of in-kind gifts include goods such as food, clothing, jewelry, etc. If you are interested in donating an item, service or gift certificate please mail the donation form or call the Development department at 215-345-2141.

Your donation will officially be acknowledged at the auction.

Circle of Life Auction Event Details

To round out this fundraising event, the auction pulls together all giving initiatives such as the sponsorships, BMW raffle drawing and gift-in-kind donations.

Join in the festivities and your opportunity to bid on a number of luxurious getaways, sports packages, fine arts and more. This year's co-chairpersons are Pat and Bill Marshall.

Friday, November 14th, 2014

6:00pm - Sponsor's Champagne Preview Reception
6:30pm-10:00pm - Silent and Live Auctions

Doylestown Country Club
20 Country Lane
Doylestown, PA 18901

Reservations to attend the silent and live auctions are $50 per person.
For information or to make a reservation, call us at 215-345-2141 or download and mail reservation form to the address listed.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Medical Mission Meeting Needs in Nicaragua

Michel Chapnick, DO calls it "pure medicine" and the reason he went in to the medical profession in the first place.

After his first trip to the Dominican Republic several years ago, Michel Chapnick, DO contracted what he calls "medical mission-itis."

"You get the bug," said the Doylestown Hospital hospitalist who completed six medical missions to the Dominican Republic in the last decade. His last trip there was in 2012. Longing for another mission, about a year ago he contacted Mollie Covington, RN, CCRN, a nurse in Doylestown Hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) who, through her church, had traveled to Nicaragua twice. The phone call ultimately resulted in plans for a medical mission to the tiny Central American nation.

In July, Dr. Chapnick and Mollie were part of a group of 21 who went to Nicaragua. The team included several Doylestown Hospital physicians and nurses as well as family members, some of them teenagers, and other lay people. During the weeklong trip, they saw about 900 people in makeshift medical clinics in remote mountain villages. They also helped complete a construction project to weatherproof a family's house.

"There is a need, somebody needs to go," said Mollie. "The people in the villages have very limited and restricted access to care. Some had never been out of their own village."

She had noticed a number of medical needs during her first two trips to Nicaragua. The villages lack clean water. The average laborer earns $36 a week.

Mollie worked with missionaries Eric and Wendy Harbison to arrange this summer's medical mission. The Charlotte, North Carolina couple moved to Matagalpa, a mountain town in Nicaragua, in 2012.

"These villagers had never had a medical team come to them," said Eric.

After a 90-minute bus ride through the mountains, the team arrived at the villages where the clinics were held. They saw infants through 90-year-olds, with villagers arriving dressed in their Sunday clothes. The team assessed basic medical needs, identified congenital disorders and tried to establish referrals for more specialized care when there was a serious issue.

The team distributed medicines and antibiotics donated by Doylestown Hospital. The Lions Club also donated 500 pairs of eyeglasses. Both Mollie and Dr. Chapnick remarked how appreciative the villagers were.

"This is pure medicine. You go down and see patients – that's what you do," said Dr. Chapnick. "It needs to be done. I feel like we can do a lot of good in a short period of time."

Throughout the trip, excellent native translators assisted the team. One of them, a young man named Wesley, aspires to go to medical school. Dr. Chapnick gave Wesley his stethoscope as a parting gift.

This fall, the team will regroup to explore the possibility of a return trip next year. "I think we're all excited to go back," Dr. Chapnick says.

"I would have like to have stayed longer," adds Mollie. "There are so many more needs."

"This is what we went into medicine for," says Dr. Chapnick. He described the shared sentiment on the trip: "At the end of the day, the reason we go into medicine is to help people, and this mission brought me back to that reason."

Continued Support

The goodwill did not end after the group returned home to Bucks County. Learning that Eric was in need of a surgical procedure, some of the team arranged for Eric and Wendy to come to Doylestown. Albert Ruenes, MD, urologist, donated his time to perform the surgery in August. "What a blessing the people here have been to us," said Eric, recuperating at Doylestown Hospital. After a few weeks stateside, the Harbisons were preparing to return to their home in Matagalpa in September. Dr. Ruenes has traveled to Africa annually since 2004 to teach African surgeons how to treat prostate cancer in men and incontinence in women. You can read about his experiences in a previous blog, Doylestown Hospital Surgeon Changing Lives in Africa.

Team Members:

  • Dr. Michel Chapnick
  • Rebecca and Alyssa Chapnick
  • Craig, Mollie and Paige Covington
  • Dr. Mitch Vernace
  • Adrianna Vernace
  • Dr. Eunha Kim
  • Dr. David L. Smith
  • Dr. Jill Kane
  • Natalie Nelson
  • Patti Wood
  • Pamela Clemmer
  • Karen Quinlan
  • Miriam Torres
  • Karen Cimino
  • Donna and Kiara Jacoby
  • Mark Linsalata
  • Nicholas Sloma

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Join Us for Pink Party! A Breast Health Event for Every Woman

You’re invited to a special event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bring your mother, sister and your friends and make it a ladies’ night out!

According to the American Cancer Society, women in the United States have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. A woman’s risk is determined by many factors, including:
  • Personal and family medical history
  • Age
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol use
Take charge of your breast health by arming yourself with information. This event is for every woman – whether you are a breast cancer patient, survivor or simply interested in learning how to reduce your risk. An interactive health fair kicks off the event at 5:30 pm followed by a health discussion at 7 pm.

Breast Health Fair

Meet clinicians and staff members from The Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital and our community partners to learn about breast health and breast cancer services. The health fair is open to the public and includes:
  • Free gift for the first 200 guests
  • Health information
  • Giveaways
  • Raffles
  • Chair massages
  • Therapy demonstrations
  • Refreshments
  • And more!

Health Discussion

The most skilled warrior is one who never has to engage the enemy. Join breast surgeon Donna Angotti, MD, and radiologist Michele Kopach, MD, for Lessons from ‘The Art of War’ for Breast Cancer Prevention. Learn the biology of breast cancer, what you need to know about breast density, and personal plans for risk reduction. Register now!

The Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital presents Pink Party! A breast health event for every woman
Monday, October 13, 2014
5:30 pm Health Fair | 7 pm Health Discussion
The Health & Wellness Center
847 Easton Road, Warrington, PA 18976
For more information about Pink Party! or to register for the health discussion, register online or call 215-345-2121.

Childcare will be available compliments of Cornerstone Fitness. Reservations required at 215-918-5900.

About The Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital

Offering breast cancer and well-breast care, The Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital is your resource for comprehensive care, close to home. From early detection through advanced screening options at our accredited diagnostic center, to complex surgical treatments including nipple-sparing mastectomy, the experts at Doylestown Hospital are your resource for total breast health.

For health tips and information, connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.