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MedStar NRH Today - Fall 2012

MedStar NRH Today - Fall 2012

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Quarterly publication for MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.
Quarterly publication for MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

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NRH
 A MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Publication
Today 
Fall 2012
Celebrating HeroesTriumphant Triathlon
>>Page 4
 Also inside:
Unique Aphasia Clinic Opens
>>Page 6
MedStar NRH Ranked Among the Best
>>Page 9
Pediatric Brain Injury Program
>>Page 10
Calling All Runners!
>>Page 12
 
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MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
 John D. Rockwood
Pick up a paper or open your browser’s news headlines and you will no doubt readsomething about America’s health care industry—and see references to
integrated health care systems.
 Earlier this year, MedStar NRH introduced our new name, and told you about our longtime membership in the region’s largest integrated health care system, MedStarHealth. But what does that really mean for you as a health care consumer?
e Value of the System
President’s Message
WelcomingSouthern MarylandHospital Center
This past July, MedStar Healthannounced that SouthernMaryland Hospital Center(SMHC), located in Clinton,Md., will soon become thenewest member of the regionalhealth care system. MedStarNRH has been a member of the system since its beginnings.SMHC will be MedStar’s 10thhospital and its 7th in the stateof Maryland. SMHC servesPrince George’s Countyand the Southern Marylandpeninsula, and is a thriving,238-bed acute care medicalcenter, providing more than17,000 inpatient admissionsand 65,000 emergency visitsannually.The facts are simple enough: MedStarHealth is a not-for-prot, regional health-care system with a network of 10 hospitalsand 20 other health-related businessesacross the Northern Virginia, Marylandand Washington, DC, region. I can easilytick off the statistics: 27,000 associatesand nearly 6,000 afliated physicians, ahalf-million patients annually, more than163,000 inpatient admissions and morethan 2 million outpatient visits each year.But the true impact of the MedStar Healthsystem is best illustrated by our patients’experiences. One recent patient’s storytruly demonstrates the positive impactof care delivered through an integratedsystem.
Continuum of Care
Last summer, Gary Willis suffered a strokewhile riding his bike on a road near hisSt. Inigoes, Md., home.Fortunately, a passerby saw Willis andcalled for help, and an ambulance quicklytransported him to MedStar St. Mary’sHospital in the close by community of Leonardtown, Md.MedStar St. Mary’s is an acute care facilityand a certied primary stroke center. Thatmeans a rapid stroke response team isavailable 24-hours a day to evaluate anypotential stroke patients within minutes of arrival to the ER so that critical treatmentcan begin immediately.A CT scan indicated that Willis was havinga hemorrhagic stroke that required surgeryand more specialized care than MedStarSt. Mary’s Hospital could provide. Theteam consulted with specialists at MedStarGeorgetown University Hospital, andWillis was soon on his way there, whereneurosurgeons were waiting.When Willis recovered from surgery, hespent two weeks at MedStar NRH forinpatient stroke rehabilitation. And hecontinued to receive outpatient therapy atSt. Mary’s once he returned home. Todayhe is swimming, riding a stationary bikeand lifting weights so he can get back intohis “pre-stroke” condition.This kind of continuity of care fosters bet-ter outcomes for patients and helps guar-antee a consistent level of quality servicesfrom diagnosis through discharge no matterthe setting. At MedStar Health, we areinstituting protocols of care by diagnosesto help ensure that every patient at eachmember hospital receives the same highlevel of services. And we are improvingmethods of sharing information across thesystem so that medical staff can quicklyaccess a patient’s medical record from anyMedStar Health facility.This shift away from operating in silostoward a far more coordinated system of care delivery enhances patient care. It’s aconnected, seamless approach, which isalso cost effective. And we all understandhow critical it is today to use increasinglylimited health care dollars wisely.We’re breaking down other silos as well,through collaborative approaches toresearch and education. In the comingmonths and years, MedStar NRH willcontinue to create strong partnerships withother MedStar Health facilities to fosterimproved health care delivery all acrossthe region.
 
“The best way to prevent that fromhappening is through meal planning,”says Chelsey Smardo, RD, LD, clinicalnutrition and patient services manager atMedStar NRH. “With a bit of preparationyou and your family are less likely to betempted to eat fast—fatty—foods.Smardo says that there is good news forparents whose children eat in their schoolcafeterias. “The National School LunchProgram has made it mandatory for meals inpublic schools to meet nutritional standards,”she explains. “Lunches must be balancedwith no more than 30 percent of caloriesfrom fat, and 10 percent from saturatedfat. School lunches should also providea third of the daily requirements fornutrients such as Vitamins A and C,calcium, iron and of calories.“But some kids eat from the à la cartemenu and they have other temptations allaround them,” Smardo adds. “The bestway to ensure that your kids make healthyfood choices is to set a good example,”she says. “And involve your children inthe meal planning. Look over the month’sschool menu together, and talk abouthealthy choices. And if you are packinglunch for the kids, take them with you tothe grocery store and help them makeselections for the week.” To help ensure
NRH Today • Fall 2012
 
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e Ultimate “Power Lunch”
Adding Life to Years
®
— Helping You Live a Full and Healthy Life
are some tips to keep you on a healthydaytime diet routine:
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Pack some healthy snacks to nibbleon in mid morning, so the fried onionrings won’t tempt you at lunch.
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Avoid creamy dressings at the saladbar, steer clear of noodle salads withmayo, and limit the cheese to oneserving—the size of your thumb.
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Fill your plate with a rainbow of colorsincluding peppers, dark leafy greens,and tomatoes.
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Choose whole grain sandwich breadswith low fat meats like chicken and tur-key; remove the cheese from your subto save about 100 calories; substitutemayo with mustard.
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Cut down on sugary sodas and juicesin favor of water avored withcucumber slices and mint or lemonwedges; coffee is just ne, but useskim milk, and replace processedsugar with raw sugar, agave, honeyor sugar substitutes.Finally, Smardo encourages families tomake healthy eating an adventure. “Askthe kids to pick out the weirdest fruit orvegetable they can nd on the groceryshelf—think star fruit or papaya. Then gohome, do some research and cook itup together! Or, try any one of dozensof interesting combos to create yourfamily’s own signature smoothie. In myhouse, we mix up a green concoctionwith spinach, frozen fruit, andskim milk—and it’s a big hit.”A new outpatient service at MedStar NRH can help you learn to eat healthier. If youwant to lose weight, change your diet to prevent illness, or to help control a chronicdisease, such as high cholesterol, reux, cancer or irritable bowel, a registereddietitian can develop a personalized dietary plan to help you meet your goal.To learn more about MedStar NRH’s Outpatient Nutrition Program, contactChelsey Smardo at 202-877-1890. To schedule an appointment, call 202-877-1440.
MedStar NRH Nutrition Outpatient Services
your children eat healthy during theschool day, Smardo offers these tips:
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If refrigeration isn’t available at school,make sure you choose foods that are“self stable” and can stay at roomtemperature—avoid perishable items,such as dairy foods, unless you use aninsulated bag.
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Make sure you pack a source of protein,as well as a fruit and vegetable serving,and stick to whole grain breads.
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Pack 100 percent fruit juices, with nosugar added.
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Choose plain milk, not chocolate avored.
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Vary what you pack from day-to-day tostave off boredom.
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Select prepackaged lunches, but addwhole fruit or cut up veggies if theseare lacking.
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For after school munchies have freshcut up veggies, fruit salad and low-fatyogurt in the refrigerator, and wholefruit, raw nuts and seeds on thekitchen counter within reach.Parents can benet from the same advice,Smardo says. “But there are other pitfallsthroughout the work day,” she adds. Here
Summer is over, kids are heading back to school and mom and dadare back at work. That last minute beach vacation has become digitalmemories. Falling back into the autumn routine can also mean falling off a healthy, fresh summer diet. The problem of “what to pack for lunch” islooming and with our hectic schedules, we may all become vulnerable to“grab what you can” eating.

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