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Content: A publication of St. John Medical Center and PeaceHealth Medical Group
SPRING 2009
New Peace of Mind clinic opens See story on page 6.
From left, Peace of Mind providers Robert Axelrod, MD; Julie Dickson, MD; Susan Mejo, ARNP, PsyD; Brent Francisco, MN, ARNP, PMNP; and Pam McGill, ARNP
4 Volunteers share their experiences
9 Help with on-the-job health
kidney care
SAFE, SUCCESSFUL DIALYSIS AT ST. JOHN
Although PeaceHealth's Dialysis Center treats 60 patients every day, each patient receives special care. When our patients go out of town and have their dialysis elsewhere, they miss the warmth and friendliness of our staff. For these patients, whose kidneys have little or no function, dialysis performs two important tasks. It removes fluids and cleans waste from the blood. The process takes about four hours. Most patients get treatment three times a week. Unless they have a kidney transplant, these patients will need to have dialysis for the rest of their lives. Sometimes our patients need more care from another department. They can take comfort knowing they can get that care right here at the medical center. Care with results This quality care shows in the results of an independent study from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The study reveals much greater than average survival rates for patients who receive care at the PeaceHealth Dialysis Center. Among all U.S. dialysis centers, 88 percent had a higher mortality rate. The CMS report also shows that PeaceHealth Dialysis Center patients needed 9 percent less hospital care than patients at other U.S. dialysis centers.
Dialysis treatment isn't stopping this musician A life Daniel Lute's eyes light up when he talks about his music and his bride of several years, Lily Jane. Lute plays the mandolin, and Lily Jane plays bass. Together they enjoy weekly bluegrass and country jam sessions with other local musicians.
Setting the bar higher Carey Wallace, Clinical Manager of Dialysis Services, says the CMS results confirm the center's high standards for patient safety and quality. "We set our requirements higher than CMS, and we're continually refining our program to improve patient safety and quality," she says. "Since the CMS survey was completed, we've added blood volume monitors and implemented new access techniques, both of which enhance patient care. Another important factor is the excellent care provided by the outstanding staff at the PeaceHealth Dialysis Center!" For more details about the CMS report, visit www.medicare.gov and select "Compare Dialysis Facilities in Your Area."
Lute's life, like his music, seems very much in tune. But, like most of our lives, it isn't all sweet harmony. Despite his robust look, Lute visits St. John's Broadway Campus three times a week for four-hour dialysis treatments. While 90 percent of St. John's dialysis patients have a history of diabetes and hypertension, sometimes kidney problems are hereditary--as in Lute's case. He's had a healthy lifestyle and isn't sure why he has problems, but his mother and others in his family have also had kidney problems. A support system Like most everything else, Lute takes dialysis in stride. Before starting the treatments, he was tired and listless. But since starting dialysis in March 2008, he says he has more energy. "It's not like a switch comes on and you feel better right away. It took a while, but now I have more energy," he says. Without treatment, his condition may have confined him to bed or have been fatal. When his PeaceHealth physician, Louis Cotterell, MD, told Lute it was time to start dialysis, he transferred to dialysis at St. John, after first being treated at
history of Dialysis and PeaceHealth
1943
First hemodialysis treatment is done with a rotating drum artificial kidney developed by Dutch doctor Willem Kolff.
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Photos from left to right: Dialysis treatment helps Daniel Lute (left) enjoy his weekly jam sessions with The Joy Band guitarist Dave Bellamy. Dialysis social worker Donald Prebus, MSW, and Daniel Lute enjoy a moment before Lute begins his dialysis treatment for the day.
in tune
Since starting dialysis treatment, Daniel Lute says he has more energy.
Oregon Health & Science University. He says all of the dialysis staff members are great and always friendly and answer all his questions. The staff even worked to get him scheduled for afternoon treatments after learning he wasn't a morning person. Moving forward Lute is on a list for a kidney transplant, though finding a match can take two years or longer. "It's not really about waiting for your number--it's getting the right match," Lute explains. "If a kidney comes in and it's a seven-point match and no one else is a match, then you get it." The donor kidney needs to be healthy, and it needs to be the best match for your body, so there's less chance for rejection. Before getting a transplant, Lute advises people to check their insurance to see if it covers the costs associated with a kidney transplant. The prescriptions can be very costly, running thousands of dollars each month, and a transplant patient will need them for the rest of his or her life. Lute also advises that people get regular medical checkups. Your healthcare provider can do some prescreening to check for potential kidney problems. Despite it all, Lute is optimistic about the future and grateful for his dialysis team. He and his music group, dubbed "The Joy Band," have been asked to be taped on the local public access channel, and they are considering performing at St. John for other dialysis patients.
KIDNEY DISEASE EDUCATION AND SUPPORT Kay and Lynn Croy gather with other patients, families, and friends at a monthly Kidney Disease Education session. This PeaceHealth class helps dialysis patients and their families understand dialysis better. It also teaches them how diet and a healthy lifestyle help kidneys stay healthy. Classes are held in the mornings on the third Thursday and Friday of every other month (May, July, September, November) at the PeaceHealth Broadway Campus. To register or learn more, call (360) 414-2268.
Before 1960 1966 more
When dialysis shunts are developed by Dr. Belding Scribner, dialysis can only be used to treat patients whose kidneys are expected to recover. Because these shunts are outside the patient's body, they often become infected or clotted.
Dr. James Cimino and colleagues find a way to connect an artery and vein inside the arm, a procedure called an arteriovenous fistula.
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your community
Volunteer Ed Bruce mentors teen volunteer Natalie Byman at the PeaceHealth Dialysis Center. Both find working with the dialysis staff and patients rewarding.
Dialysis volunteers span generations When asked what they like about volunteering in the PeaceHealth Dialysis Center at PeaceHealth's Broadway Campus, Ed Bruce and Natalie Byman say it's a great reward to help the patients. Going strong In September 2005, Ed Bruce became the first person in the community to volunteer in the Dialysis Center. He was already familiar with the staff and many of the daily activities because he had spent four and a half years going with his late wife, Yvonne, for her treatments. Bruce volunteers three days a week and clocked more than 1,099 hours last year--more than any St. John volunteer in 2008. He quips, "When you get to my age--80--you have to do something. You can't stay at home. I knew what I could do and where I could help out."
For a dialysis-friendly
And help out he does. This seasoned volunteer does every-
recipe you can try at
thing from helping patients get up to holding the site fistulas in
home, turn to the
their arms. He likes to help people and has high praise for the dialysis
calendar on page 11.
techs and nurses. "They never tell [you
what to do]; they ask," he says. "They are
wonderful."
Over the years, he's become close to the staff.
The granddaugh-
She's able to observe what the dialysis nurses
ter of one of the
do up close and gain a better understanding of
techs that cared
the patients' needs, several of whom she also
for his wife deliv-
works with in her job on the rehabilitation floor
ered a handmade
at Northwest Continuum.
card to Bruce to
Byman says volunteering in dialysis has
show her thanks
changed her views about the treatment. "Peo-
for his help.
ple think it's a sad place, but there's such a great
Building for the future Natalie Byman,
atmosphere. The staff members keep it positive and truly care about their patients," she says.
CNA, has been a St. John volunteer since Feb- "Ever since I started volunteering, I've learned
ruary 2008, and started volunteering in dialysis that putting a little time in can help so many
last December. A Mark Morris High School
people. It feels like one of the most worthwhile
senior, she plans to get her bachelor's degree in things I've ever done!"
nursing. Byman feels the education she's receiv-
Interested in volunteering? We have
ing as a dialysis volunteer is valuable.
many opportunities available. Call St.
Ed Bruce is her volunteer trainer, and, as
John Medical Center's volunteer program at
Byman says, "He's a good one. He knows every- (360) 636-4126 or visit us at www.peacehealth
thing about it. I can ask him any question."
.org/lowercolumbia/volunteerservices.
1972 1985
Congress passes a law to supply funds for treatment for many dialysis patients. This helps dialysis patients continue to work and also helps outpatient dialysis and technology grow.
Nephrologist Dr. Glenn Gee plays an important role in the creation of the PeaceHealth Dialysis Center. Dr. Gee, along with patients, families, and
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makes Local organization a difference
We have all passed by the building with the large F.O.E. sign on the outside. You find these in nearly every town. What you may not know is that inside are people working to make a difference in the communities that they serve. F.O.E. stands for "Fraternal Order of Eagles." But you might think it really stands for "Full of Energy!" They are people helping people with a passion that lifts the spirit. For nearly a century, the Fraternal Order of Eagles has promoted the values of home, family, and community. They will do whatever it takes to raise money for a project that is near and dear to their hearts. They live and breathe their mission to unite in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality; to make human life more
in healthcare
desirable by lessening its ills; and to promote peace, prosperity, gladness, and hope. Over the years, the Longview Aerie #2116, Kelso Aerie #1555, Castle Rock Aerie #556, Rainier Aerie #4022, and Ocean Beach Aerie #3602 Eagles have given generously to St. John Medical Center. They have given a combined total of over $60,000 to projects such as those
for cardiology, radiation oncology, dialysis, and cancer. When asked why they choose to give to St. John, they say they want the money to stay local--to help their friends, families, and neighbors. Our thanks and gratitude go to the Eagles for their commitment and support of our local hospital.
To learn more about how you can make a contribution to the PeaceHealth Dialysis Center or any other program on behalf of our patients, call the St. John Foundation at (360) 414-7900 or visit www.peacehealth.org/ lowercolumbia/foundation.
Today
members of the community support group KINDS (Kidneys in Need of Dialysis), are instrumental in the Certificate of Need process for the Dialysis Unit.
The PeaceHealth Dialysis Center has a 22-chair hemodialysis unit and a highly trained staff. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, our patients show a survival rate significantly greater than the national average.
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wellness
Meeting mental health needs
For years, the healthcare teams at St. John Medical Center have been meeting the behavioral health needs of the community. In 1997, St. John opened A Child's Place. The clinic serves children and teens who need
professional help with behavioral and emotional problems. Adults with serious, long-term behavioral health problems have also been able to get care for many years at St. John.
But over time, demand for adult services has increased. As a result, St. John has opened Peace of Mind, a new outpatient adult behavioral health clinic. "Peace of Mind allows us to provide even better
Peace of Mind St. John has always provided quality services to adults with serious behavioral health problems. But it became apparent that there was a need for more treatment for less serious cases. "We have done a great job of taking care of those patients who are severely and chronically mentally ill," says Robert Axelrod, MD, a psychiatrist and PeaceHealth Medical Director of Behavioral health services. "But not every person needs that kind of treatment." People who had less severe problems couldn't always get care right away. "We have had more people seeking psychiatric services than we could handle," Rahn says. "And most of the services at our current facility were designed for the chronically mentally ill population. It was apparent that people with less acute problems were having difficulty accessing services." With that in mind, the Peace of Mind clinic, which opens this spring, was created. It caters to the needs of patients who have less serious behavioral health issues that may not
require the long-term care offered at St. John's other adult behavioral health clinic.
A Child's Place
The new clinic is designed for patients who
Children's health needs are different than those
do not have a history of behavioral health
of adults--and that goes for behavioral health
problems but find themselves dealing with
too. A Child's Place caters to those special
disorders such as depression or anxiety.
needs. It offers children, adolescents, and their
"They may have had a crisis in their life
families professional help with behavioral and
that has led to depression," Dr. Axelrod says.
emotional problems.
"They may just need to receive focused treat-
"Kids used to have to go out of town to be
ment for a short period of time."
treated," Rahn says. "A Child's Place was created
The staff at Peace of Mind conducts psychi-
to provide local services to children in our com-
atric evaluations and offers patients therapy
munity. We have long-term community mem-
and counseling. Along with Dr. Axelrod, the
bers on staff that know the community and are
clinic staff also includes psychiatric nurse
in touch with the needs of our children."
practitioners and a social worker.
Gayle Tate, MSW, LICSW, a PeaceHealth
Anyone who has depression or anxiety that
clinical social worker, has been on staff since
lasts for more than a couple of weeks should
A Child's Place opened in 1997.
consider seeking help from the professionals
"It's provided a real benefit to have a clinic for
at Peace of Mind, Dr. Axelrod says.
children and adolescents that is such a vital part
"When something is interfering with
of the community," Tate says. "We
your ability to work or is affecting
are able to provide support
your relationships with family and
to kids and their fami-
friends, it's time to get some
lies. We help them
help," he says. "And if you have thoughts about suicide, that's
Two clinics and a
get through tough times and suc-
definitely a warning sign."
caring team equal
ceed at school and home."
behavioral health care
for all ages.
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New St. John adult clinic joins children's center in providing community behavioral health services to patients of all ages
behavioral health services to the community," says Kyle Rahn, MS, PeaceHealth Regional Director of Behavioral Health Services. "We are confident that we can meet all the healthcare needs of community members, both young and old." A Child's Place has a full-time child psychiatrist, Anca Balasu, MD, on staff. Tate and psychiatric nurse practitioner Susan Mejo, ARNP, PsyD, are also on hand to work with children and their families. The clinic offers patients an array of services, including psychiatric evaluations, individual and family counseling, parent education, intensive case management, medication management, and other support programs. Tate says you should consider getting help at A Child's Place if your child: Cries easily. ·Is noticeably more irritable or anxious. ·Has a negative view of his or her world. ·Has difficulty concentrating. ·Has distinct changes in eating or sleeping patterns. ·Has a significant change in school performance. ·Bullies or is bullied. ··Tries to hurt himself or herself or has thoughts of suicide. "If you see any of these things impacting your child's ability to go to school and function successfully, you should seek help," Tate says. "Our goal is to help children and adolescents do what they need to do to be successful." If you have concerns about the behavioral health needs of yourself or a loved one, call the Peace of Mind clinic at (360) 414-2235 or A Child's Place at (360) 414-2222.
From left, Peace of Mind providers Susan Mejo, ARNP, PsyD; Brent Francisco, MN, ARNP, PMNP; Robert Axelrod, MD; Julie Dickson, MD; and Pam McGill, ARNP
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providers
Get to know the newest members of our team
Randall Espinosa, MD, explains to a patient how a bone in the hand works. Get back InMotion! Give us a call today at (360) 414-2700 to learn how we can help. SERVICES TO KEEP YOU INMOTION Chiropractic care ·Health psychology ··Orthopedic surgery, including hand, foot, and joint replacement Pain management ··Physical medicine and rehabilitation Physical Therapy ·Rheumatology ··Sports medicine
Foot surgery Natalie Mesnier, MD Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Degree: Northwest University Medical School, Chicago Internship: Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Residency: Orthopedic surgery, University of Pittsburgh Fellowship: Foot and ankle surgery, Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction, Baltimore Dr. Mesnier joined PeaceHealth Medical Group at the InMotion Clinic after completing her fellowship. Her skills in orthopedic surgery and her subspecialty of foot and ankle surgery are valuable resources for our community. Hand surgery Randall Espinosa, MD Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Degree: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver Internship: General Surgery, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas Residency: Orthopedic surgery, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas Fellowship: Hand surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Dr. Espinosa was a military surgeon in the Army for 30 years. He served in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, where he performed emergency surgery for injured soldiers and civilians. Dr. Espinosa is a recently retiRed Army colonel and joined PeaceHealth Medical Group at the InMotion Clinic last fall. He brings a wealth of experience and specialized skills in orthopedic hand surgery to our community.
Pain intervention Annette Stephens, MD Certification: Anesthesia and pain medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology Credentials: American Board of Pain Medicine Degree: University of Texas at Houston Residency: Anesthesia, Emory University, Atlanta Fellowship: Pain, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and affiliated programs at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Hospital for Special Surgeries Dr. Stephens treats a wide range of painful medical conditions and specializes in interventional injection therapy. Conditions that respond to interventional techniques include acute and chronic pain of the back, neck, hips, and legs; headaches; peripheral neuropathies; and some forms of spinal cord injury. Treatments include epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency (RF) and pulsed RF therapy, advanced implantable devices, and medication management. Physician assistant Christine Matthews, PA-C Certification: Physician assistant, Albany Medical College, New York; surgical residency, Yale University, Norwalk, Conn. Degrees: Bachelor's in biology, State University of New York; associate's in science, Hudson Community College, New York Membership: American Academy of Physician Assistants Matthews joined Longview Surgical Group in 1994 and began work at InMotion Orthopedic in March 2009. Please join us in welcoming her as an orthopedic physician assistant. Want to know more about InMotion services or the InMotion team? Visit www.peacehealth.org/inmotion or call us at (360) 414-2700.
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workplace wellness
Hurt at work? We can help
Have you ever hurt yourself at work and wondered what to do next? Where would you go if you needed medical attention? What about all that paperwork?
At Workplace Wellness Services, PeaceHealth's Occupational
Medicine Clinic, we specialize in workplace injuries and can help
you with the worker's compensation system. Helping you make sense of it. From your first office visit, our
Injured on the job?
friendly staff helps you make sense of the forms you need to file your claim. We provide quality care and work with your employer
Let our friendly staff help
to get you back to your job as quickly and safely as possible. Only a block away from St. John's main campus, Workplace
you make sense of the
Wellness coordinates your care with other medical center departments. If needed, our helpful staff can manage imaging services and
paperwork.
specialist referrals for you. We can also help if your injury care begins
James Joubert, MD,
in the emergency room. What happens next. Please come to your first visit prepared, and bring an accurate job description. You may be able to get one from the Human Resources
evaluates a patient's injured arm.
or Safety Management departments where you work. This is very helpful for
our providers and helps them make decisions about modifying your job tasks or
To learn more about Workplace Wellness,
removing you from your job for a while, if needed.
visit www.peacehealth.org/lowercolumbia/
If you get injured at work, let Workplace Wellness Services help you get back on
workplacewellness.
your feet. We're here for you.
WORKING TOWARD WELLNESS: MEET TWO OF OUR PROVIDERS
Workplace Wellness Services is pleased to announce that two
Shelly Norman, ARNP, PhD, has
new providers have joined our team.
worked for more than seven years with the
James Joubert, MD, received his bach-
injured workers and employers of South-
elor's degree from Pennsylvania State
west Washington and Northwest Oregon.
University in University Park in 1990 and
She's known for providing quality care and
his medical degree from Louisiana State
helping patients recover quickly so they
University School of Medicine in New
can return to work. She understands the Labor and Industries
Orleans in 2004.
Workman's Compensation process and the effect it can have on
Dr. Joubert completed his psychiatry internship and his
employers and workers.
neurology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina Norman has a master's degree with a focus on case man-
in Charleston. In addition to his neurology training, Dr. Joubert agement from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. She
was previously a physician assistant in civilian family medicine received nurse practitioner training and a master's degree from
and in the Louisiana Army National Guard.
Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Wash., and is double board-
His background in neurology and primary care will comple- certified in family medicine.
ment his practice of occupational medicine in Workplace Well-
She is also a member of the Civil Air Patrol and the U.S. Air
ness Services.
Force Auxiliary, and she participates in Air Search and Rescue.
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Visit the class calendar on the Women's Health Pavilion web site, www.peacehealth.org/healthinfo/women, for more information for women.
classes for your health
PeaceHealth offers a variety of health education classes that are open to the public. Fees vary--and some are even offered at no cost.
Wellness Services Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP) Do you have angina but no longer find relief from medications? EECP may be right for you. To find out, call (360) 636-4846 or contact your provider. A physician referral is required.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays Reclaim your health after a cardiac event. This three-phase program offers support, education, and monitored exercise. Call (360) 414-7384.
Kidney Disease Education Third Tuesday and Friday mornings of every other month, May, July, September, November PeaceHealth Broadway Campus Learn about dialysis for kidney failure. Family and friends are welcome. Call (360) 414-2268 to register or check class availability. See page 3 for related story. Learning to Live With Cancer Series A six-week course for people with cancer, their family, and friends. Call (360) 414-7968 for the next schedule.
Big Sister, Big Brother To Be First Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., free Fun activities for kids from 3 to 10 years old who will become siblings. They will learn their special role and make a card for the baby. Call to register. Conscious Fathering Second Mondays, 6 to 9 p.m., free Join other expectant or new dads as Brian McClain explores baby care basics, the changing role of fatherhood, and forming a strong parenting partnership with the mother. To register, call Brian at (360) 795-8612.
CELEBRATING SURVIVORSHIP Radiation Oncology staff proudly wear survivor T-shirts to celebrate survivorship. From left are (back row) Summer BonnerDavenport, Nikki Breen-Ely, Bev Eaton, and Julian Tran; and (front row) Jeri Espejo, Lacy King, and Michelle Vedders. This year's National cancer survivors Day Picnic is June 7. Patients of PeaceHealth Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology will receive a special invitation to this event in their honor. All providers and staff will join the celebration. For more information, call Radiation Oncology at (360) 636-4841.
Childbirth Education All classes are held in the Women's Health Pavilion, 1660 Delaware St., Longview (corner of Delaware and 17th Avenue). Call (360) 501-3700. Preparing for Delivery, Labor, and Birth $60 per couple (state medical coupon accepted) New parents prepare for labor and birth, breastfeeding, and baby care. Call for a schedule.
Community Events Call (360) 501-3700 for more information. March for Babies Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk Join us for this year's March of Dimes fundraiser, beginning and finishing at the Women's Health Pavilion. To register for the March of Babies walk around Lake Sacajawea or for more information, visit www.marchofdimes.com.
CONGRATS, DR. PETERSON!
Patricia "P. J." Peterson, MD, FACP, is a newly elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP). ACP Fellows are recognized by their peers for personal integrity, superior competence in internal medicine, professional accomplishment, and demonstrated scholarship. As a Fellow, Dr. Peterson can serve on ACP committees that work to overcome the challenges facing internal medicine professionals, hold office in the ACP, and mentor future internists. She was also selected as an overseas Fellow in the Royal Society of Medicine in London. PeaceHealth is proud to celebrate and honor Dr. Peterson. She currently practices at PeaceHealth Medical Group's Internal Medicine Team B, serves on PeaceHealth's Regional governing board, and has served as a Chief Medical Officer for PeaceHealth in the Lower Columbia Region.
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GOLDEN LAB St. John Medical Center's laboratory received the gold standard for laboratory accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). To be accredited by CAP, labs are required to have
CHERRY CREAM CHEESE MINI-TARTS
an unannounced inspection every two years, maintain excellent
Try this dialysis-friendly recipe the next time you want
quality control, do a self-inspection, and inspect a laboratory at
something sweet.
another facility.
Ingredients
St. John evening shift lab
2 8-ounce packages
2 eggs (or 1 egg
staff members are just
cream cheese
plus 2 egg whites)
part of the hard working crew that keeps St. John's "golden" lab going 'round the clock. From left are (back row) Justin Baker and Tom Burckhardt;
ѕ cup granulated sugar or Splenda granular no calorie sweetener 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
24 vanilla wafers 1 can cherry pie filling Paper cupcake holders and regular-size cupcake tin
(center row) Jennifer Mahitka, Theresa Cotterell, and Reggie Rose; and (front row) Starla Grasseth and Becky Knopf.
Support Groups Cancer Support Group First and third Mondays, 5:30 to 7 p.m., free Lower Columbia Regional Cancer Center Registration not required. Call Susan Schwarz at (360) 414-7968
LaLeche League of Cowlitz County Second Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to Noon, free Women's Health Pavilion Support and education for breastfeeding mothers. Children are welcome. Call
Preparation Preheat oven to 350° F. ··Place the cream cheese, sugar or Splenda, lemon juice, and vanilla in a large bowl. Blend with an electric mixer. Add the eggs, and beat until fluffy. ··Line a cupcake tin with paper holders. Place one vanilla wafer into the bottom of each cup. ·Fill cups 2/3 full with the cream cheese mixture and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 1 hour. ··Top each tart with a cherry and 1 teaspoon of pie filling.
for information. Cardiac Support Group Second Thursdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., free Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Center For cardiac patients, their families, and caregivers to discuss exercise, coping with heart disease, stress management, nutrition, and more.
(360) 636-3284 or visit www .lllusa.org/web/longviewwa.html. No registration required. Reach to Recovery Women's Health Pavilion Support for women being treated for cancer, including wigs from the American Cancer Society. Referral to a Reach to Recovery volunteer required.
Helpful hints ·If Splenda is used, calories are reduced to 96 and carbohydrate is reduced to 6 grams per tart (1/2 carbohydrate choice). ·Try low-fat or fat-free cream cheese to reduce the fat content. Do not overbeat mixture. ··Do not overbake--tarts may appear soft and moist but will firm up after cooling.
Call (360) 414-7384 or (360) 636-4839. I Understand: breast cancer Support Group Mondays, April 27, May 18, June 22, 6:30 p.m.
Correction: In the last edition of HouseCall the Physical Thera-
Portions: 24 (2 dozen) · Serving size: 1 tart Nutrients per serving: calories, 114; protein, 2g; carbohydrate,11g; fat, 7g; cholesterol, 28mg; sodium, 75mg; potassium, 39mg; phosphorus, 20mg; calcium, 2mg; fiber, 0.1g Renal and renal diabetic food choices: Ѕ starch; Ѕ fruit, low potassium; 1 fat · Carbohydrate choices: 1
Women's Health Pavilion Re-
pist Assistant in
source Center, 1660 Delaware
this photo was
Recipe from DaVita's web site. Find more reci-
St., Longview
identified as Judi. She is actually Jody
pes from DaVita at www.davita.com/recipes.
Call Ruth Melvin at
Brand, PTA, shown assisting a patient
(360) 414-2707.
with physical therapy at Columbia
Rehab.
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WE'RE HERE FOR YOU
St. John Medical Center PeaceHealth Medical Group
Dedicated to Exceptional Medicine and Compassionate Care
Main number: (360) 414-2000 Toll free: 1-800-438-7562
P.O. Box 3002 1615 Delaware St.
The Medical Center offers:
Longview, WA 98632
Behavioral Health Services
Cancer Treatment
Cardiac Care
Columbia Regional Breast Center
Critical Care Services
Diabetes and Nutrition Services
Dialysis Treatment
Imaging and Diagnostic Services
Pediatric Services
Primary and Family Care
Rehabilitation Services
Sleep Disorders Center
Surgery, including short-stay and ambulatory procedures Trauma and Emergency Services Women's Services
Varicose veins?
Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID PeaceHealth
N Ocean Beach Hwy.
Allen Street
17th Ave. 15th Ave. 14th Ave.
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Oregon Way
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hWeelcpan Varicose veins should be treated when they cause pain, swelling, foot and ankle ulcers, clotting, or bleeding. This procedure is also performed for cosmetic reasons. The VNUS Closure treatment at Longview Surgical Group is a simple, noninvasive procedure. A flexible instrument is threaded through the varicose vein and used to shrink it so that it ultimately closes and blood is rerouted to healthy veins. For most patients, this is a brief outpatient procedure that does not require a hospital stay. Most people are able to return to work within a few days and quickly resume normal activities. More than 95 percent of people treated have long-lasting relief from their symptoms. This procedure causes little or no pain and is performed by the boardcertified vascular surgeons at Longview Surgical Group. It is covered by most insurance plans. For more information about VNUS Closure, call (360) 501-3500. MAKING IT EASY PeaceHealth Medical Group patients can now pay their clinic bills, make an appointment, or view some of their medical record information with the click of a mouse. Visit www.peacehealth.org and click the PatientConnection logo to learn more. Or stop by a PeaceHealth Medical Group Clinic during April and staff will be on hand to answer your questions or assist you with signing up.

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