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MARIAN HEALTH NEWS

Cardiac Rehab Phase III Maintenance Program

Marian Community Hospital has begun a Cardiac Rehab Phase III Maintenance Program. The Phase III Maintenance program is designed for graduates of Cardiac Rehab with the purpose of maintaining those lifestyle changes that were influential in their recovery. The sessions are conducted on Tuesday and Thursday each week for a minimum of eight weeks. There is a fee of $3 for each session. Insurance will not cover this program. A physician’s order is required. Participants must demonstrate their ability to monitor their own pulse and to be able to regulate their own exercise.

"This program is in response to the needs of our many cardiac rehab graduates, said Lori Williams, RN, cardiac rehab nurse. Our intention is to continue the gain realized by our graduates. By continuing to physically condition their bodies, they are less at risk for future heart attacks." 

For more information about Cardiac Rehab or the Phase III Program, call Lori or Joanne at Marian Community Hospital at 281-1000, ext. 3160.

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Certification of the new Gastroenterology Lab

lThe combination of facility, latest technology, service, and skill has made Gastroenterology a specialty service at Marian Community Hospital. This is evidenced by the increased number of scopes performed each year. Nayan Shah, MD, a Board Certified Gastroenterologist and Medical Director of the GI Lab, and other Board Certified Gastroenterologists and area surgeons offer services in the Lab which comprises two certified GI procedure labs, pre procedire, and recovery rooms.

Endoscopic procedures use lighted scopes that serve as the conduit for microscopic instruments and video equipment. A miniature video camera attached to the endoscope affords the physician and opportunity to see the organs inside the body on a video screen and to photograph specific areas of concern. While watching the screen, the physician is able to perform the procedure. Conscious sedation is administered by a Certified Nurse Anesthetist, a certified Registered Nurse or by the physician performing the procedure. In addition, nurses and technicians monitor  cardiac functions, blood pressure and the continuous usage of oxygen.

Endoscopic procedures of the upper and lower digestive tract are performed Monday through Friday in the GI Labs. Gastroscopy, dilation, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP) are among the services offered in the Lab.

In addition to the new GI Lab, the recent renovation included expansion of the Oncology treatment area. The new rooms can now accommodate up to 17 patients at a time. Marian Community Hospital is also a site for radiation consultation. The Medical Oncology unit is directed by William Heim, M.D. Service is available on a daily basis.

The expansion of the GI Lab and Medical Oncology was in response to a growing demand for services in these areas by patients and physicians. For more information about GI Lab, call 281-1085. GI Lab and Medical Oncology procedures are scheduled by physician offices. 

For more information about Oncological treatment, please call 281-1085.

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MRI Practice

The MRI practice at Marian Community Hospital has received accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  The American College of Radiology is a national organization servicing more than 30,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, and medical physicists, with programs focusing on the practice of radiology and the delivery of comprehensive health services. The ACR Committee on MRI Accreditation evaluates and accredits MRI practices in hospitals and in private offices across the United States.

The ACR awards accreditation to an MRI practice for the achievement of high practice standards after a voluntary evaluation of its practice. Evaluations are conducted by radiologists and physicists who are members of the ACR with special expertise in MRI. They assess the quality of the work being performed as well as the qualifications of the personnel involved. The reviewers report their findings to the ACR's MRI Accreditation Committee which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

For more information, or to schedule an MRI at Marian Community Hospital, call 281-1133.

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Mammography Services

Marian Community Hospital urges women to be educated on breast health. All women have the potential for breast cancer. It is estimated that 182,800 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during this year. Of these cases, 41,200 deaths are likely to occur. How frightening it is to think that a loved one, neighbor, or someone you work with may be included in this year’s statistics. It would seem that this information alone would inspire all women to ask their physician about a mammogram. Yet, they do not!

Women, themselves, have to manage the fear of breast cancer by being proactive. Testimonies by breast cancer survivors tell us that early detection and intervention are the only cure for this disease. The good news is that each year there are more testimonies made by more survivors.

Early detection is achieved in three ways: monthly self breast examination, clinical breast examinations by a physician, and mammograms. Monthly self breast exams only take a few minutes once a woman is acquainted with the recommended method. Women may obtain a shower card outlining the steps by calling Marian Community Hospital at 281-1092.

During an annual physical by one’s primary physician or gynecologist, the physician will perform a physical breast examination. This is an opportune time to ask for instruction or questions about self breast examination.

Your physician may order a mammogram, a special x-ray of the breast. At Marian Community Hospital, mammograms are performed in a private suite designed for privacy and convenience. State of the art mammography equipment capable of detecting the slightest tumor in breast tissue is used for this testing. A mammogram can detect a tumor that is the size of the head of a pin. Results of mammography testing performed at the hospital are usually given before the patient leaves the Mammography Suite. If additional testing is required, the radiologist may ask you to have an ultrasound that would aid the diagnosis.

Mammography has become more available for women of our area. Thanks to a grant awarded to the hospital by the Caring Images program of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, women may be eligible for a free mammogram. Women who are 40 years of age or older, have never had a mammogram, and are free of symptoms should call 1-800-650-CURE for approval. This program is being offered beginning October, 2000.

Marian Community has prepared a continuum of care for breast health with staff and services to help women through this process. Accredited mammographers, certified untrasonographers, Board Certified radiologists, surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists use ACR certified mammography equipment and FDA approved ultrasound technology in the diagnostic procedures.

Marian Community Hospital collaborates with several local agencies and organizations like the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Foundation, NEPA Women’s Health Alliance, and Northeast Regional Cancer Institute to help educate women and their families on the benefits of early prevention and cure of breast cancer. 

For more information on mammography services available at Marian Community Hospital, please call 281-1092.

 Organ and Tissue Donation: Giving the Gift of Life

Every day in the United States, an average of 11 people die while awaiting organ transplants because of the critical shortage of donors. Many people have said that they would have made the decision in favor of organ donation had they been better informed and were clear about their loved one’s wishes.

During the past 10 years in the United States, the transplant waiting list has grown nearly 300 percent with more than 58,000 men, women, and children now awaiting heart, kidney, liver, lung, and pancreas transplants. Tens of thousands of others are in need of donated corneas to restore sight, bone and other tissues to repair injured or diseased bones, joints, skin to heal burns, and the heart valves to replace diseased valves.

At the same time donations have not kept pace with the growing waiting list. Last year, for instance there were about 5,400 organ donors in the United States, while its estimated that 12,000 to 15,000 people died who could have been donors.

Surveys show that support for organ and tissue donation is very high. However, the same surveys also show that too few people ever tell family members about their decision itself. Sharing your decision with your family will help them carry out your decision later.

To learn more about organ and tissue donation and ultimately completing a donor’s card, call the Spiritual Care Department of Marian Community Hospital at 281-1050 for a free brochure that answers frequently expressed questions and concerns about this important decision.

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President of the Marian Community Hospital Medical Staff 







Dr. Patrick McAndrew

Dr. Patrick McAndrew has been elected President of the Marian Community Hospital Medical Staff by the membership. Additional newly elected members include Dr. Jeffrey Mogerman, Vice-president; Dr. Romas Dovydaitis, Secretary; Dr. Marc Bonin, Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine; and Dr. James Roche, Chief of the Department of Surgery; Dr. David Tomazic, UR Director, Immediate Past President; Dr. Charles Curtin, Credentials Chairman; Dr. Sandra Reuther; Dr. William Auriemma; Dr. David FitzPatrick and Dr. Arvind Desai, Members-At-Large of the Medical Executive Committee. Retaining their previous positions in the Medical Staff are  Dr. Nayan Shah, Treasurer and Dr. Neal Davis, Chief of the Department of Medicine. 

Dr. McAndrew completed his undergraduate work at Villanova University and received a medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  After finishing an internship at Delaware Valley Hospital he returned to this area and established a medical practice.  Dr. McAndrew, an active Staff Member at Marian Community Hospital throughout his career, has maintained a medical practice in Vandling for the past 29 years and has established an office in Carbondale with Dr. Matthew Haley.

Dr. McAndrew is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society, American Medical Association, and the Lackawanna Medical Society.

The McAndrew name has been synonymous with medicine for many years in the Vandling area. Dr. Lorain A. McAndrew, his late father, and Dr. Rick McAndrew, his late brother also practiced medicine in Vandling. Dr. McAndrew resides in Pleasant Mount with his wife, Toni, and his children, Marhia and Ryan.                        

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Carbondale SAFE KIDS Chapter Is Organized

The sad news is that the leading cause of death among children is preventable injuries. The good news is there is now local help to fight that reality. The Carbondale Chapter of SAFE KIDS received its official status with the Pennsylvania SAFE KIDS Coalition in June, 2000. This local chapter becomes the 34 chapter or coalition within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the first within Lackawanna County.

"SAFE KIDS are no accident" is the slogan of the Pennsylvania SAFE KIDS Coalition. Its mission is to promote the prevention of childhood injuries in Pennsylvania through education, collaboration and advocacy. Local chapters are called upon to carry out this same mission on a more local and often times more effective level.

SAFE KIDS sponsors effective injury reduction activities targeted to regional needs across the Commonwealth and promotes awareness and education among child injury prevention advocates. In addition, SAFE KIDS supports public policies and programs that reduce injuries among children and youth in the major risk areas of traffic safety, water safety, fire safety, poisoning and falls prevention. Pennsylvania SAFE KIDS began in 1988 and formerly extended its services in 1993 as a recipient of funding from the PA Department of Health.

Being designated a Chapter of the PA Coalition will allow local organizers to obtain educational materials, to submit grant requests, to share in media awareness campaigns and to utilize the resources of this successful and well managed agency. 

Agencies who have come together to form the Carbondale Chapter of SAFE KIDS are: American Red Cross, EOTC/Family Matters, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Carbondale YMCA, Carbondale Police and Fire Departments, Tri County Human Services, Cottage Hose Ambulance, Pediatric Care Services, Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale Area School District, Sacred Heart School System, Lackawanna County Safety Program, PA Department of Health, District Attorney’s Office, WIC, Women’s Resource Center, and PA State Police.

Marian Community Hospital is serving as the lead agency. Other agencies or individuals wishing to be involved in planning activities may contact Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, IHM at 281-1069.

All activities will be open to the public or targeted to a particular population.

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