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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Make a Difference in Childhood Obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The bad news? One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. The good news? Childhood obesity can be prevented.

Problems Caused by Childhood Obesity

Parents, physicians and scientists are troubled by the trend of childhood obesity, which has grown during the last three decades. Obesity is usually defined as being more than 20 percent above ideal weight for a particular height and age.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a child's weight and height. Try this BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator specifically for children and teens ages 2-19.

Obesity in children and youth may lead to the following health problems:
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Joint problems
  • Fatty liver disease, gallstones and heartburn
  • Social discrimination and low self-esteem
Also, studies have shown that obese children and teens are more likely to become obese adults.

The Growing Problem of Childhood Obesity

Experts agree that childhood obesity is caused by eating too many calories and not getting enough physical activity. In a society that bombards children with commercials for sugar-laden cereals, high-calorie sports drinks and sedentary video game playing, it's no wonder children are paying the price.

One culprit is sugary drinks, which are the largest source of added sugar in the diets of U.S. children. Drinking lots of these high-sugar, nutrient-poor drinks has been associated with obesity.

One reason many kids aren't getting enough exercise has to do with television and media. It is estimated that children ages 8 to 18 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using 'entertainment media' including TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies. Too much TV is of particular concern since it takes away from physical activity, can increase snacking and expose children to commercials for unhealthy foods.

Parents Can Play a Role in Preventing Childhood Obesity

Here are just a few tips for helping manage your family's nutrition:

  • Provide lots of vegetables, fruits and whole-grain foods (look for the words "100% whole grain" or "100% whole wheat" on the label)
  • Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils and beans for protein
  • Limit sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit juice and drink lots of water
  • Remove temptations of high-fat, high-sugar or salty snacks
  • Eat a healthy breakfast every day
  • Cook more often at home
  • Build a healthy meal by making half of your plate vegetables and fruits
  • Eat smaller portions
  • Know the number of daily calories needed by your children
  • Eat together as a family most days of the week
  • Discourage late-night eating

Get Active!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children and teens be physically active for at least 60 minutes on most, if not all, days. Aerobic activity should make up most of that time.

Here are some tips for getting and staying active:
  • Walk instead of drive when you can
  • Take a family walk or bike ride after dinner
  • Limit the amount of sedentary time watching TV or playing video games. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids under age 2 should not watch TV at all, and kids older than 2 be restricted to 1-2 hours a day of quality programming.
  • Establish a regular schedule for physical activity
  • Keep activities fun so children continue doing them
  • Play with your children at least 30 minutes a day
  • Set a positive example by leading an active lifestyle

About Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition Counseling of Doylestown Hospital offers personalized nutrition plans for those with a current medical condition or those interested in preventive health and weight loss, as well as nutrition counseling for kids, teens and families.Visit Nutrition Counseling of Doylestown Hospital for more information.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Accountable Care, Accountable to You

Doylestown Hospital is now part of a regional Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

Doylestown Hospital is accountable for the services we provide to the community. It’s a responsibility we’ve shouldered for over 90 years. Beginning next year, we’ll become even more accountable to our patients who have traditional Medicare coverage.

Doylestown Hospital and our primary care physicians have joined an accountable care organization (ACO). ACOs are a new way for hospitals and physicians to work together to give coordinated, high-quality care to their Medicare patients. The goal is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while improving communication between the hospital and community physicians for better transitions of care.

In Doylestown Hospital’s case, we’ve joined the Delaware Valley ACO along with several other high-performing health systems. The Delaware Valley ACO is a type of Medicare Shared Savings Program. The program is designed to both improve care and save Medicare (and taxpayers) money. If the ACO is successful, Medicare will share some of the savings with hospitals and physicians.

“Delaware Valley ACO gives Doylestown Hospital and our primary care physicians the opportunity to collaborate with other elite health systems,” said Jim Brexler, President and CEO. “The ACO framework complements the work we are already doing within the Doylestown medical community to sharpen our focus on clinical integration, a key goal of our strategic vision for the future.”

In addition to better care coordination, the best part of the Delaware Valley ACO is that Medicare patients do not have to sign up or change coverage. We’re the ones who are accountable – to you.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pediatric Emergency Services

The board-certified Emergency Medicine specialists in the Doylestown Hospital Emergency Department provide exceptional care for children.

When it comes to being treated in the ER, children are not "little adults," says Robert Linkenheimer, DO, FACOEP, medical director of the Doylestown Hospital Emergency Department. "We approach their healthcare needs differently than adults."

The board-certified Emergency Medicine specialists in the Doylestown Hospital Emergency Department see nearly 8,000 children annually. They range in age from infants through teens, with minor injuries to serious illness.

Emergency physicians work in concert with a child’s pediatrician, who receives a copy of the child’s medical record. The attending physician may also call the pediatrician directly.

When can I bring my child in to the Emergency Department (ED) for care?

Access to emergency services through Doylestown Hospital’s Emergency Department is available anytime, day or night. This service is especially helpful if a child has an immediate and serious need for care after the pediatrician’s office hours have ended.

What happens when I arrive for pediatric care in the Emergency Department?

When your child first arrives to Doylestown Hospital’s ED, they are personally greeted by an experienced staff member and are assessed by a triage nurse who will ask you questions about their condition or injury and who will check their temperature, pulse and blood pressure. Children who have a life-threatening illness or injury are seen first. This is why children are not always seen in the same order as they arrive. Patients with non-life threatening conditions are cared for in the rapid treatment area, where the goal is to have the patient diagnosed, treated and discharged as efficiently as possible.

Who will be caring for my child?

Emergency Department physicians are trained to care for ill and injured children. These experienced, certified physicians communicate with you and review your child’s diagnosis and treatment plans

  • Nurses help treat your child’s condition, manage patient communication, and provide medication.
  • Board-certified pediatricians (also called pediatric hospitalists) who work within The Della Penna Pediatric Center of Doylestown Hospital and CHOP neonatologists from our neonatal intensive care unit are available for ED consult as needed.
  • Health care technicians aid physicians and nurses in the care of your child.
  • Social workers help with crisis support and counseling, information on community resources and referrals for follow-up care and services.
  • Chaplains are on site to offer spiritual and emotional support to children and families.

What happens when my child is in the treatment area?

A physician and/or advanced care practitioner will see your child, complete a medical screening exam and review your child’s condition with you. Additional tests such as labs or X-rays may be needed to complete a diagnosis. The physician will offer recommendations for treatment or follow-up care.

May I stay with my child during the exam?

Parents or caregivers are encouraged to remain with the child to offer support. "We want the parents to be with the child. They are there to help nurture the child in an unfamiliar environment. We work with the parents to help the child feel safe," says Dr. Linkenheimer.

Should a child be admitted to The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center of Doylestown Hospital, parents or caregivers can stay with their child overnight.

The entire ED staff helps create a safe, non-threatening environment. Little touches like providing a teddy bear to young children add to the reassurance. The residents of Pine Run Retirement Community make some 6,000 stuffed bears each year for the ED.

Doylestown Hospital Emergency Department

The Doylestown Hospital Emergency Department is staffed by certified emergency physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, registered nurses and patient care technicians. They are dedicated to teamwork in a state-of-the-art facility that opened in April 2010. With 39 private treatment areas, two critical care suites and a designated pediatric/minor acute care area, the ED is equipped to handle any emergency while offering patients and their families complete confidentiality and comfort. The ED was recognized with a Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award in 2013 for consistently high levels of patient satisfaction. Visit the Emergency Department of Doylestown Hospital for more information.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Thompson Bucks County Classic

Doylestown Hospital is proud to sponsor the first-ever Professional Women's Race during the Doylestown Criterium (Sunday, September 14) of the Thompson Bucks County Classic (September 13 & 14).

Doylestown Hospital is once again proud to co-sponsor this fun family event. The redesigned Doylestown to New Hope UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) road race takes place Saturday, September 13. Beginning at Main & Court Streets in Doylestown at 10:30 am, the race consists of six grueling laps of a 14.4-mile circuit.

Upon completion of the final lap, the riders will race down River Road to the finish in historic New Hope.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14
Where: E. Court & Main Streets, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Sunday is full of activities for the whole family, including:
  • The Cyclosportif, a 60-mile recreational ride, starting at 8:30 am
  • The first-ever Professional Women's Race sponsored by Doylestown Hospital, starting at 10 am
  • Children's races for ages ranging from 3 to 12, starting at Noon
  • The Professional Men's Thompson Criterium, starting at 1 pm

First-Ever Pro Women's Race at The Bucks County Classic

For the first time ever, women will have a chance to compete professionally in a Professional Women's Race at the Thompson Bucks County Classic. "Doylestown Hospital is thrilled to sponsor the first-ever women's race this year," said Eleanor Wilson, COO of Doylestown Hospital.

"Doylestown Hospital was founded by a women's organization, the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA), 90 years ago, and women's services are an essential component of our mission to provide the highest quality care to families in our community."

A special opening ceremony to kick off the Professional Women's Race will be led by Linda McIlhinney, president of the VIA.

Women interested in competing in the Professional Women's Race can register online.

Join Doylestown Hospital at the Expo Tent

Doylestown Hospital will once again share health information, giveaways and healthy snacks on Sunday at our expo tent. Stop by to meet Doylestown Hospital clinicians and learn more about our services.

Learn more about the Thompson Bucks County Classic or Women's Services available at Doylestown Hospital.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Headache vs. Migraine – What’s the Difference?

According to the National Headache Foundation, more than 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches. And, headaches are a common reason why people miss days of work or school.

Headaches are the most common form of pain, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Migraines are a type of headache that may occur with other symptoms, such as nausea.

For many people, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a simple headache and a migraine. About 12% of Americans suffer from migraines, which are three times more common in women than men.

Learn more about the causes of headaches, treatment options and how to tell the difference between a headache and a migraine at Understanding Headaches & Migraines.

Monday Night Coffee Talks:
Understanding Headaches & Migraines

Date: Monday, September 15
Time: 7 pm
Where: VIA Auditorium, Health & Wellness Center, Warrington
Presented by: Jeffrey Gould, MD, Neurologist and Sleep Specialist
Registration: Register online

Monday Night Coffee Talks for Women

Monday Night Coffee Talks are back! Our popular series for women features coffee, dessert and a health discussion led by a Doylestown Hospital expert. Programs start with refreshments at 7 pm. The talks are held at the VIA Auditorium of the Health & Wellness Center in Warrington (847 Easton Road).

Learn more about upcoming coffee talks.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Art of Healing

Art is an important part of Doylestown Hospital's character. Whether through paintings on the wall or art therapy, art can help heal.

Harnessing the Healing Power of Art

The mission of Doylestown Hospital includes providing a "healing environment for our patients and their families." A large component of the healing environment at Doylestown Hospital includes art in various forms.

"Doylestown Hospital launched the Healing Arts Program in 2012. The mostly volunteer effort is part of a holistic approach to healing that addresses the mind, body and spirit," says Karen Langley, director of Volunteer Services.

"Research shows that art offers benefits for the healing process and also increases patient satisfaction in the hospital setting," says Karen.

Arts programs play an increasingly important role in healthcare organizations. The national 2009 State of the Field Report: Arts in Healthcare states, "The arts benefit patients by aiding in their physical, mental, and emotional recovery, including relieving anxiety and decreasing the perception of pain. In an atmosphere where the patient often feels out of control, the arts can serve as a therapeutic and healing tool, reducing stress and loneliness and providing opportunities for self-expression." The report was sponsored by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, Americans for the Arts, The Joint Commission and University of Florida Center for the Arts in Healthcare.

Susan Clarke Plumb, artist and former museum curator, helped launch the Healing Arts Program at Doylestown Hospital. "Art engages patients in a way that's not typical," she says. "The patients are very receptive."

5 Components to the Healing Arts Program

  • Richard Reif Art Exchange - When former long-time CEO Rich Reif retired in 2012, the volunteers joined together to donate money in his honor to be used to purchase paintings. Volunteers visit patient rooms with a catalog to give patients the opportunity to select which painting they'd like to have hang in their room during their stay.
  • Art Cart - Volunteers take a cart with various art supplies to patients who might benefit from a session with a volunteer, trying their hand at drawing or sculpting in clay.
  • Art Backpacks - Nurses can request an art backpack for patients who would like to do something creative (modeling clay, sketching, etc.). Patients can do a project on their own or with a volunteer.
  • Music for healing - The Sweet Harmony, women's a cappella group, comes to the hospital each month while a teen volunteer plays guitar for the patients.
  • Art all around us - In addition to promoting the therapeutic benefits of the Healing Arts Program, Doylestown Hospital proudly displays original artwork by local artists throughout the campus. A large number of works are part of the hospital's permanent collection, and highlight the rich artistic heritage of Bucks County.

In the ArtWalk, which connects the hospital to the Emergency Department, works are rotated every three months. Volunteers help coordinate the rotations, which feature everything from young artists (elementary school age) to semi-professional Bucks County painters, quilters, woodworkers and photographers. Since its debut in 2010, the ArtWalk has been popular with patients, visitors and staff.

Volunteers Wanted

The Healing Arts Program is always looking for new volunteers. Certain activities require artistic ability, but some do not. There are a variety of opportunities to get involved and make a difference in a patient's life. For more information, contact Karen Langley.

About Doylestown Hospital

Doylestown Hospital is a comprehensive 238-bed medical center serving families throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties and Western New Jersey. The hospital, along with The Doylestown Hospital Surgery Center at the Health & Wellness Center in WarringtonPine Run Community and Health Center; Lakeview by Pine Run, and VIA Affiliates, comprise the VIA Health System.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Doylestown Hospital

Doylestown Hospital Patient Services and Finance teams took the #icebucketchallenge to #strikeoutALS. They challenge their patients to participate, share your posts with us so we can post on Facebook, and remember to donate to ALS to support their research!

Every time someone joins us by taking the challenge and making a donation, they are making a difference in getting one day closer to finding a cure.

Patient Services team not only took the challenge, but they opted to use bedpans instead of buckets to douse themselves with ice water!

Patient Services Team Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Finance team also rose to the challenge to continue raising awareness for ALS. Take the challenge, and make a donation today!

Finance Team Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Remember, you don’t have to dump water on your head to make a difference! Visit the ALS Association website to make a donation to support research in finding a cure.