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Cardiac Surgery: Spring Back In Her Step


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Electrophysiology: Journey To Beat AFib


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Doylestown Health is committed to our patients, providing the highest quality, most advanced services and best treatment therapies efficiently and cost-effectively, and ensuring that we remain an indispensible part of the community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity.

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Outright gifts can be cash, appreciated securities (stocks, bonds or mutual funds), IRA distributions (age 701/2 or older) or matching gifts.

Tribute gifts are designated in memory or in honor of a loved one or friend. Gifts can also express your appreciation for a job well done by a physician, nurse or associate of Doylestown Health through our Honor a Caregiver program.

Pledges Pledges are a multi-year commitment, typically divided into recurring monthly or annual payments over a maximum of five years.

Planned Gifts Planned gifts are commitments documented for the future. They can include bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, life insurance, real estate and retirement plan assets.

Endowment Endowment gifts can be contributions to our unrestricted endowment or the creation of a new named endowed fund ($100,000 minimum gift) that provides a perpetual source of funds to advance Doylestown Health’s mission and the work of our expert physicians and care teams well into the future.

To make a gift, visit DoylestownHealthFoundation.org or call the Doylestown Health Foundation office at 215.345.2009.

President’s Perspective The Heart of Doylestown Health The heart serves as an ample metaphor for all good things. When we say a person has a heart of gold, we mean he or she has empathy, kindness, generosity and love of others. I often receive heartfelt appreciation from our patients and their families about how they were treated with compassion and caring during a stressful time in their lives. The heart is central to our experience with others. The heart of Doylestown Health is comprised of dedicated people with important roles in helping people stay well or heal in illness. It is no coincidence, then, that the heart plays a prominent role in Doylestown Health’s reputation. Our continuing pursuit of excellence in the delivery of top-quality care placed us among the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S., according to IBM Watson Health. It is the second consecutive year we’ve earned the recognition, and the third time overall. Doylestown Hospital is the only community hospital in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware to receive the acknowledgement for 2020. While the award is prestigious, being one of the top 50 heart hospitals is something we must prove again and again, day after day. In this issue of Dialogue, we highlight just a few of the innovative cardiovascular and endovascular procedures – and the patients they helped – that are partly responsible for our national reputation: • D  oylestown Health completed the 300th TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) procedure in 2019 with zero 30-day mortality, far better than the national benchmark. In addition to superlative outcomes, TAVR is a catheter-based procedure that does not require open heart surgery and restores a person’s heart function immediately. • In similar minimally-invasive procedures with exceptional outcomes, interventional cardiologists perform a new advanced procedure to treat patent foramen ovale (a congenital condition of the heart), and electrophysiologists use cryoablation for the advanced treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFib). • O  ur vascular surgeons employ the latest techniques and technology to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD), a common circulatory program that causes pain in the legs. As if to put an exclamation point on our quality and innovations, early this year we opened a new heart and vascular wing, the first of three new floors to be finished in the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion. The Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care will continue our tradition of superior cardiovascular outcomes into the future.


The Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA) founded Doylestown Hospital, and today VIA members continue to oversee the governance of Doylestown Health. To learn more or become a member, visit VIA-Doylestown.org.

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Cardiac Surgery

When a failing aortic valve took her breath away — TAVR put the back in her step


ew FDA guidelines have opened the door for low-risk patients like Gladys Musselman, 71, of Silverdale, Pennsylvania, to have Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive alternative to open heart surgery.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this revolutionary procedure to even more patients at Doylestown Health,” says cardiothoracic surgeon Joseph S. Auteri, MD, medical director of the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care and chief of cardiac surgery.

Gladys’ Story Strolling the boardwalk at the shore with her grandchildren, Gladys was struggling to catch her breath. “I grabbed my daughter’s arm and said, ‘We need to slow down,’” she recalls. “I couldn’t keep up.”

Aortic Valve Stenosis Aortic valve disease can be caused by a birth defect or illness, but usually occurs in people age 65 and older due to a buildup of calcium over time. A healthy aortic valve has three leaflets that open and close when the heart beats. The leaflets keep blood flowing one way—from the heart into the aorta, the main artery that carries oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. In Gladys’ case, calcium deposits made her valve narrow and stiff (stenosis), and her leaflets were not closing properly, allowing blood to leak backwards (regurgitation). Her heart was working hard to compensate, causing shortness of breath and making exercise difficult. Stenosis may also cause chest pain, fatigue, lightheadedness or fainting.

Seeking a Solution Gladys’ stenosis was advanced, so aortic valve replacement surgery was recommended. She consulted with Doylestown Health cardiothoracic surgeon James B. McClurken, MD, chief of thoracic surgery, who told her about TAVR.

With a zest for life and a bucket list a mile long, Gladys didn’t like missing out.

Talking to Her Doctor Her breathing problems were interfering with daily activities and walking up inclines had become impossible. She discussed her symptoms with her physician, who checked her heart and heard a swishing sound called a heart murmur —a red flag for aortic valve disease.

Initially only for sicker patients who could not tolerate open heart surgery, TAVR had recently been approved for lowrisk patients. Studies have shown that while both involve risk, TAVR is as safe and effective as open-heart valve replacement, according to Dr. McClurken.

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Open-heart surgery involves a chest incision, heart-lung machine and weeks of recovery. “TAVR is usually accomplished through small punctures in the femoral arteries and vein in the groin,” says Dr. McClurken. “Most of the time we use conscious sedation, as done for colonoscopy where the patient is breathing on their own but deeply asleep and unaware; patients usually spend a night or two in the hospital, resuming normal activities in about five days.”

The TAVR Team: Planning for Optimal Outcomes “Our multidisciplinary team reviews each patient’s health and anatomy to determine if TAVR is an appropriate option,” explains Dr. McClurken. “Imaging guides us as we plan each procedure and consider which tissue replacement valve offers the best fit.” All TAVR patients are followed in a confidential, national data registry, and studies assessing valve longevity are ongoing.

Experience and Innovation TAVR is performed in a sophisticated hybrid operating room by a team which includes an interventional cardiologist, cardiothoracic surgeon, cardiac anesthesiologist, TAVR coordinator and cardiac surgical and cath lab nurses and technicians. The echocardiographic team assesses the new valve function immediately after deployment in the room.

“My care before, during and after TAVR was excellent. I always had someone to call, and the day after my procedure, I felt ready to rock ‘n’ roll!” The new valve travels through a thin, flexible tube (catheter) inside the blood vessels up the aorta. “State-of-the-art imaging, and a tilting operating table and imaging system provide a precisely measured view as we place the new valve inside of the existing aortic valve,” says Dr. McClurken. Designed with a wire mesh stent, TAVR valves collapse to fit through the straw-sized sheath catheter and reopen when in place.

After TAVR “My care before, during and after TAVR was excellent. I always had someone to call, and the day after my procedure, I felt ready to rock ‘n’ roll!” says Gladys. Cardiothoracic transitional care nurses, who round with surgeons during a patient’s stay, also visit the patient at home after they are discharged to ensure the patient is

recovering well. “The transitional care nurse visited me at home, and I was doing so well she didn’t have to come back,” adds Gladys, who also participated in Doylestown Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

Back to Life Happily keeping up with family without “huffing and puffing,” Gladys is making travel and bucket list plans, “There’s a zipline waiting for me somewhere!”

Doylestown Health Valve Clinic Doylestown Health's Valve Clinic combines the expertise of cardiologists, interventionalists, surgeons and a valve clinic coordinator, providing physicians and patients with prompt assessments and advanced treatment options. A dedicated nurse practitioner collaborates with physicians and staff to evaluate patients, coordinate diagnostic studies and arrange all necessary sub-specialist appointments.

Markers in Quality In 2019, Doylestown Health achieved the following milestones: • First 300 TAVR procedures with zero, 30-day mortality • Lowest mortality in the tri-state area for aortic valve replacement • U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for aortic valve surgery – high performer

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, e s u c a Syr , k r o Y New F RO M


Pym’s Journey to Beat AFib Pym Mumford, 67, traveled from her Syracuse home to Doylestown Health for advanced treatment for atrial fibrillation (AFib), an abnormal heart rhythm. A year and a half after her procedure, she remains AFib-free.

Pym’s AFib Experience Exhausted, lying on the couch for hours, Pym felt as if AFib was stealing her life away. “It was alarming, debilitating and discouraging,” says Pym, who once experienced AFib for five days and nights. “I felt like an 80-year-old.” Cardioversion, a treatment to shock the heart into normal rhythm, helped briefly, but her AFib returned a week later.

What is AFib? The most common arrhythmia, AFib occurs when abnormal electrical signals cause the upper chambers of the heart to beat irregularly, affecting blood flow through the heart, which increases the risk for stroke and congestive heart failure.

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Symptoms may include heart palpitations, abnormal heart rhythm, chest or abdominal pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness and fatigue.

Sharing Her Experience “Pym created a YouTube video of her post-procedure experience to teach and encourage other patients,” says Dr. Harding.

"Treatment goals for AFib include resetting the heart’s rhythm, controlling heart rate and preventing blood clots," notes John Harding, MD, director of the Electrophysiology Lab at Doylestown Hospital. Treatments include medication, lifestyle changes, pacing devices, cardioversion and ablation therapy.

She also recommended Dr. Harding to a friend from New York who was experiencing AFib. “He too traveled to Doylestown Health for cryoablation,” says Pym.

Search for Answers

New Attitude, New Possibilities

“I wasn’t going to let AFib beat me. I didn’t want medication, and I wanted to deal with this problem once and for all, so I began my research,” says Pym. She became interested in cryoablation, a balloon-based technology that ablates (destroys) heart tissue where abnormal electrical signals originate, using a coolant for freezing.

With AFib no longer holding her back, Pym is unleashing her creativity in her new “writing hut,” where she writes stories, poems, songs, travel journals and more. “I have a religious faith that was guiding me to better health,” says Pym. “Now, I’m cheerful and loving life. I’m eternally grateful to Dr. Harding and the team.”

Considering Cryoablation Pym began watching patient testimonials online about cryoablation, including a few that mentioned Dr. Harding.

A Regional Center for AFib Treatment

Ablation is used to eliminate abnormal electrical signals that cause an erratic heartbeat. The physician threads a catheter (flexible tube) through a vein to the heart and then uses either radiofrequency (heat energy) or cryoablation (cold) to create scar tissue, which blocks faulty signals, because scar tissue does not conduct electricity.

Many patients come to Doylestown Health from outside of the community due to the expertise, experience and advanced treatment options that are offered. Doylestown Health’s AFib Center features: • One of the highest volume ablation centers in the Philadelphia region, and the highest for cryoablation

"Over time, episodes of AFib become more frequent and last longer," says Dr. Harding, “The earlier you target AFib, the more likely your ablation will work.”

• Success rates better than the national average • National physician training site for cryoablation

Choosing Doylestown Health “I learned that Dr. Harding and his colleague Dr. Sangrigoli teach other physicians to perform cryoablation—not only in the United States, but around the world,” says Pym. Joined by her husband, they made the four-hour drive to Doylestown. “Dr. Harding offered to spend the afternoon with us. I was blown away.”

• Excellent outcomes with a repeat procedure rate for paroxysmal AFib patients under 4 percent* • Involved in groundbreaking research involving new therapies for atrial fibrillation such as radiofrequency balloon ablation (Stellar-IDE Trial)

“It’s an honor to have someone travel so far to see you. Pym had done a lot of research,” says Dr. Harding. “We tailor treatment to each patient, and Pym was a good candidate for an ablation procedure since other measures were not helping.”

Our Team

AFib Free!

• John Harding, MD

• Robert Sangrigoli, MD

• Irfan Khurram, MD

• Stephen Sloan, MD

“Doylestown Health had the latest technology, and the team treated me very personally,” says Pym. “They were kind, caring and patient, and the process was very smooth.” The biggest thrill, recalls Pym, was waking up in recovery feeling a strong, regular heartbeat. “I had some pain on one side of my groin and some bruising, but it was all worth it!”

Electrophysiologists at Doylestown Health handle specialized and complex cases, treating irregular heartbeats with advanced technology and techniques.

Learn More: DoylestownHealth.org/AFib or call 267.880.3423 *Outcome data from STOP AF PAS trial

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Treating Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)


phe Oliver, 84, a Navy veteran and retired commercial pilot from Doylestown, was experiencing leg pain with exercise caused by poor circulation to the muscles and tissues of his legs, a condition known as claudication.

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Keeping an Eye on Patients

“I’ve been exercising more than the average bear for the last 21 years because I had open heart bypass surgery,” says Ephe. “But, due to PAD, I began to feel pain in my legs while working out and even when I was simply walking outdoors.”

“We follow patients like Ephe closely with ultrasounds after their procedures, and care for them long-term to support and monitor ongoing vascular health,” says Dr. Rao.

Claudication is usually a symptom of a larger issue, peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs. This reduction in blood flow commonly causes pain in the legs.

This careful monitoring led to Dr. Rao identifying a high-grade narrowing of Ephe’s left carotid artery about a year after his femoral arteries were cleared. The blocked carotid artery put Ephe at an increased risk for stroke.

With PAD, Ephe felt fine at rest, but blockages in both femoral arteries resulted in insufficient blood flow to his legs when he was active, causing pain. PAD is typically caused by atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque that narrows and blocks the arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood to the limbs, according to Doylestown Health vascular surgeon Atul Rao, MD.

“Dr. Rao performed another endarterectomy to open my carotid artery, and I’m very grateful,” says Ephe. "I feel secure with the personalized attention I receive from Dr. Rao and all of my Doylestown Health caregivers,” says Ephe, who supports innovation, education and excellence in heart and vascular care in his community as a volunteer member of Doylestown Health’s Friends of the Heart Steering Committee.

Exercise First “Claudication is not a limb-threatening condition, so we often try a conservative route through exercise such as walking, which can help patients develop vascular detour pathways around blockages,” says Dr. Rao.

The Next Step “After trying exercise, Ephe came back in,” says Dr. Rao. “It became clear that he was experiencing more pain than he originally let on, so we moved forward with a procedure to clear his femoral arteries.”

Femoral Endarterectomy “You can’t just chip away at the plaque, because that would leave a jagged edge which could lead to clotting,” says Dr. Rao. He used a pencil-like instrument with a small spoon at the end, called a freer, to remove the entire inner wall of the narrowed section of Ephe’s femoral artery, taking the mass of plaque with it and leaving behind a glistening clean surface. Three months later, he repeated the procedure on the right side. “My legs will never be perfect, but I found relief after the procedure. I’m able to tolerate activity and exercise, and Dr. Rao says we can consider a stent in the future, if necessary,” says Ephe.

Vascular Care at Doylestown Health Doylestown Health’s highly experienced, fellowship-trained vascular surgeons offer advanced diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of vascular conditions. Our experts offer extensive experience in minimallyinvasive endovascular procedures, as well as technically challenging open and hybrid surgical repairs. The Endovascular Hybrid Operating Room, located at Doylestown Hospital, combines state-of-the-art imaging technologies with a fully-integrated and sterile surgical suite, allowing for treatment of the most complex cases.

PAD Guided Exercise Program The most effective non-invasive therapy for improving PAD symptoms is exercise with lifestyle changes. Doylestown Health offers a Guided Exercise Therapy Program for PAD to help patients improve fitness and manage symptoms. Patients must visit a doctor before starting the program. Your doctor will review your condition and risk factors to create a personalized plan for you. Schedule an appointment for the PAD Exercise Therapy Program by calling 215.345.2390.

Learn More: Call 215.345.2121 or visit DoylestownHealth.org/Vascular

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Leading With Heart:

The Woodall Center for Heart & Vascular Care Like so many of the world-class programs and services at Doylestown Health, the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care started as an ideal—not just an answer to a need, but a dream of what the best in cardiovascular care in the community would look like. Doylestown Health’s cardiac program was already strong and growing. With the inception of ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health, and with “Leading with Heart” established as the cardiac-centered priority of the campaign, work began on building a comprehensive heart and vascular center at Doylestown Health under one roof. On December 17, 2019, that vision was celebrated in its full realization. More than 200 major contributors and early supporters of the One Vision campaign gathered in the newly built Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion at Doylestown Hospital to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care and the illumination of a three-story donor recognition wall installed in the Gorsky Atrium. Woodall Heart and Vascular was named in recognition of the outstanding generosity of Dee Ann and Marvin Woodall and their family, and represents Doylestown Health’s overarching cardiovascular program, including the Reif Heart Institute, general cardiology, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. Marv and Dee Ann Woodall and some of their family were present to cut the ribbon, which was not only the symbolic opening of the program, but represented the tangible opening of the second floor of

the building. The Della Penna Cardiovascular Intensive Care/ Interventional Unit (CVICU/IVU)—generously funded by Carol and Louis Della Penna and family—is the newest state-of-the-art addition to the hospital, and a much-needed expansion of the existing cardiac ICU. The Della Penna CVICU/IVU was carefully designed with critical input from the nursing staff and physicians using the space. Early in the campaign, they were encouraged to present a “wish list” of their ideal working space. The fulfillment of their early vision is a sprawling care unit that reflects how the patient experience is at the heart of every decision. Meticulous attention to detail ensured the creation of a unique, comprehensive environment for exceptional care. The names of 173 major donors who made early contributions to the campaign are now inscribed on a glowing 30-foot-high installation that is the focal point of the three-story Gorsky

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“What you see today and what our patients will experience is state-of-the-art clinical care delivered with compassion” said Eleanor Wilson, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, at the ribbon-cutting. “I’m proud that we are nationally recognized for our heart program and even prouder that the program will grow because of the support of our donors.” Atrium, named for One Vision honorary campaign co-chairs Alex and Pat Gorsky. The wall includes a message of gratitude from Doylestown Health and these words by William Arthur Ward: “Each of us will one day be judged by our standard of life, not by our standard of living; by our measure of giving, not by our measure of wealth; by our simple goodness, not by our seeming greatness.”

“‘Thank you’ doesn’t capture the gratitude we feel,” said Jim Brexler, President and CEO. “Our donor wall will serve as a constant and lasting reminder of the tremendous partnership and generosity of our supporters.” The Della Penna CVICU/IVU welcomed its first patients at the start of the new year. Work continues on the Clark Center for Critical Care Medicine—named after One Vision campaign chairs, Dick and Angela Clark—which will feature the 32-bed Putman Intensive Care/Intermediate Unit funded by Paula and Kevin Putman on the third floor of the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion. The Clark Center is expected to open in late 2020. To see more photos from the ribbon-cutting event, visit DoylestownHealthFoundation.org/ WoodallOpening

As work continues on the building, contributions are still needed to accelerate and complete all of the priorities of the One Vision campaign.

To learn more and to make a gift,

visit DoylestownHealthFoundation.org or call 215.345.2009.

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Now Open | 2020

Designed for Hearts, Inspired for Healing Doylestown Health’s Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care

Only Community Hospital in PA, NJ, NY and DE

Award-Winning Heart and Vascular Outcomes Doylestown Hospital was recognized by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital for the second year in a row.

A Patient-Centered Approach to Heart and Vascular Care World-class cardiovascular care meets first-class comfort. Doylestown Health’s award-winning Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care has a new home—the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion on the Doylestown Hospital campus. Providing a nurturing, comfortable and private environment for patients and families, the new facility incorporates leading-edge technologies that inform and guide patient care.

Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care Located on the second floor of the new Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion, the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care is a 64,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility-within-a-facility, featuring:  28 new private universal CVICU/ICU rooms  Leading-edge surgical technology and a new Endovascular Hybrid Surgical Suite  Expanded Catheterization Lab  Pre-and post-procedural suite  A grand three-story Atrium featuring a heart-healthy café and marketplace

“Doylestown Hospital’s designation as one of the 50 top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the country has significantly increased demand in our region for high quality cardiovascular services. The new Heart and Vascular Center was built to meet these demands, and provide a better experience for our patients.”

Nurse Designed, Nurse Approved: Customized Patient Rooms Doylestown Health nurses, patient care techs (PCTs) and unit clerks contributed tremendously to the design of the new Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care, erecting a mock patient room in the basement of Doylestown Hospital as a testing ground. “What better way to design a hospital room than by the people who work in there every day?” asks clinical manager Marci Mikalaitis, RN, MSN, CCRN. The patient room that they helped design is a testament to teamwork, imagination and continued dedication to patients.

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Interventional Cardiology

In Good Hands When an unexplained stroke in 2016 led to the discovery of a structural heart defect, Connie Kraynak, 67, of Hatfield, chose Doylestown Health interventional cardiologist Steven Guidera, MD, to close her patent foramen ovale (PFO) using an advanced, minimally invasive procedure.

the risk of a second stroke, opening the door for repair to patients like Connie.” “Knowing my PFO increased my odds of a potentially debilitating stroke was worrisome,” says Connie, a cardiac and intensive care nurse who supported many patients through stroke recovery before her 2018 retirement.


Quality and Outcomes

nurse director at another area hospital, Connie was out with colleagues, when suddenly, the pictures on her menu appeared to float. “I tried to stand, but fell. My left side was paralyzed," says Connie.

“My husband, Joe, a cardiologist, refers patients to Dr. Guidera. We value communication and outcomes, and Joe’s patients talk about the personalized care and support they experience in Doylestown Health’s Catheterization Lab,” says Connie.

Stroke Diagnosis At the nearest emergency room, Connie was diagnosed with a cryptogenic stroke—a stroke with no apparent cause.

Minimally Invasive Remedy Connie opted for transcatheter patent foramen ovale closure. Guided by precision imaging provided by Dr. MaryAnn Williamson, Dr. Guidera delivered a selfexpandable mesh and polyester dual disc device via a catheter, through her femoral vein and up to the heart. Positioning a disc on each side of the opening, he released the device, permanently sealing Connie’s PFO.

“I had no risk factors,” says Connie. “I had low cholesterol, low blood pressure, never smoked and had no family history.”

PFO and Stroke Connie recovered completely, but tests revealed she had a heart abnormality. In about 25 percent of the population, an opening between the heart’s upper chambers (atria) does not close completely after birth, a condition known as patent foramen ovale (PFO).

“My patient experience was incredible,” says Connie, “The team explained everything and answered all of my questions.”

“If a blood clot arising from a vein in the leg crosses the opening, it can travel from the right to the left side of the heart and up to the brain, causing a stroke,” explains Dr. Guidera.

After a one-night hospital stay, Connie began her next life chapter—traveling, volunteering, and enjoying her family—without fear that her PFO would increase her risk of another stroke in the future.

Time for Closure “When Connie had her stroke, PFO closure was recommended only for people who had more than one cryptogenic stroke,” says Dr. Guidera. “However, follow-up studies demonstrated that PFO closure provides a significant benefit in reducing

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Community CA L EN DA R

Live Stream Free Education Events Online Doylestown Health is committed to bringing quality education to the community in the most convenient setting for you. Programs indicated with a * will be offered both in person and as a live stream online event. To view the presentation online, you must register at DoylestownHealth.org/Events or call 215.345.2121 and a link will be emailed prior to the event.

CARDIAC SCREENINGS & EDUCATION Blood Pressure Screenings Wed., Feb. 5, Mar. 4 OR Apr. 1 − 10 am to 2 pm Doylestown Health Connections, Cowhey Family ShopRite, 942 W. Street Rd., Warminster Join us for a free blood pressure screening. Customers with a non-latex cuff are encouraged to bring it to the screening to determine the accuracy of home readings. Registration requested. Walk-ins welcome. Call 215.672.1870. Free

Walk With A Doc Wed., Mar. 18, Apr. 15 – Noon to 1 pm William E. Neis Park, West St., Doylestown Walking for as little as 30 minutes per day can improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and reduce your risk for coronary heart disease and many other health conditions. Each Walk With A Doc Event Includes: • B  rief health discussion by a Doylestown Health clinician • 3  0-to 45-minute walk around the Doylestown Hospital campus • R  efreshments, giveaways and more!



Join us for Walk With A Doc to take a step toward a healthier you! Registration encouraged for each event. For more information or to register, visit DoylestownHealth.org/WWAD or call 215.345.2121. Free

Special Heart Month Event! Join us for Walk With A Doc: Heart Month Event on Sat., Feb. 22! Enjoy a heart-healthy breakfast, health screenings, giveaways and more! See details on page 15.

Advances in Heart Disease Care Wed., Feb. 19 − 1 to 2 pm VIA Auditorium, Health & Wellness Center Heart disease refers to any disease that restricts blood flow through the body. It is the leading cause of death in both men and women. Lawrence Bish, MD, PhD, from Doylestown Health Cardiology, will talk about heart disease and the newest treatments available. Registration required. Free

Skipping a Beat: Understanding AFib Wed., Mar. 25 − 6 to 7 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), the most common form of arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm), can increase your risk of stroke and other serious medical issues. Join Doylestown Health electrophysiologist Irfan Khurram, MD, to learn about causes of AFib, signs and symptoms, and innovative treatment options. Registration required. Free

Chest Pain in Women* Tues., Apr. 7 − Noon to 1 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Join Doylestown Health’s chest pain and AFib coordinator Elaine Schultheiss, RN, BSN, CEN, to discuss heart attack signs and symptoms in women, and how they are different in regards to chest pain. Understand unique differences for women’s heart disease prevention and warning signs that shouldn't be ignored. Registration required. Join us in person or listen online at home! Free


Tackling Addiction: Internal and External Factors Doylestown Health presents "Tackling Addiction: Internal and External Factors," a six-part discussion series focusing on addiction. Addiction impacts more than individuals – it affects couples, families and communities as a whole. Join us to learn from expert speakers about the different types of addiction facing the community, how mental health disorders can contribute to the formation of an addiction and what addiction does to the body.

Alcohol Addiction and The Family* Wed., Mar. 18 − 5 to 6 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Alcohol addiction impacts more than the individual living with the disease – it affects the lives of the individual’s loved ones. Learn the importance of understanding your loved one’s struggle, and how to protect your mental health while caring for individuals combating alcohol addiction.

Understanding Substance Use Disorders (SUDs)* Understanding Alcohol Addiction* Wed., Feb. 19 − 5 to 6 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Alcohol addiction affects both the brain and behavior. Learn what feeds alcohol addictions before they occur, both physically and psychologically, as well as available treatment options.

Wed., Apr. 15 − 5 to 6 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Seeking help for a person experiencing a substance use disorder (SUD) is difficult if you do not understand how a SUD develops. Learn how substance misuse or abuse can increase an individual’s risk for developing a SUD. Explore the effect of drugs on the body and mind, risk factors, and treatment options.

Registration is required. Attend in person or listen online. For information about all events in the series, visit DoylestownHealth.org/AddictionSeries or call 215.345.2121. Free

Walk With A Doc: Heart Month Event Sat., Feb. 22 – 9 to 11 am The Event Center by Cornerstone, 46 N. Sugan Rd., New Hope Join Doylestown Health cardiologists and clinicians for a special Walk With A Doc event featuring health screenings and wellness information, light exercise led by a Cornerstone Clubs fitness instructor and a health discussion. Attendees will enjoy a delicious heart-healthy breakfast, giveaways and more. The first 200 registered will receive a free gift! Registration required.

2020 Bucks County Designer House & Gardens The Bucks County Designer House & Gardens is the premier fundraiser hosted by the organization that founded Doylestown Hospital, the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown. Event proceeds support Doylestown Health and the mission of the VIA. This year we feature Creekside, a circa 1850 farmhouse situated on 17 acres in the heart of Bucks County. Tucked away in a picturesque wooded setting, this impressive home features vaulted and beamed ceilings, stone fireplaces, original wood floors, a wraparound balcony and Old World charm. For more information, visit BucksCountyDesignerHouse.org or call 215.345.2191.

Doylestown Health Community Blood Drive Fri., Apr. 10 – 6:30 am to 5 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Appointments are recommended. Please schedule your appointment online at RedCrossBlood.org using sponsor code doylestownhos or call 215.345.2328.

Empty House Party

Opening Weekend Gala

House Tours

Sun., Feb 23 – 2 to 5 pm

Fri., Apr. 24 – 7 to 10 pm

April 26 – May 24

For more information or to register for an event, visit DoylestownHealth.org/Events or call 215.345.2121 | Winter 2020



Prepared Childbirth 101 Preparing for childbirth is so much more than learning how to breathe through labor pain. Our certified childbirth educators will arm you with tools you will need for labor, no matter your birth plan preference. Become empowered as you learn about the mind/body connection during labor and birth. Sessions include practical tips for a safe delivery, practicing comfort measures, relaxation and breathing techniques, as well as a discussion of medications, Cesarean birth, and more. Bring a pillow, blanket and/or a yoga mat to class. Tour of the VIA Maternity Center is included. Fee: $100 per couple We offer two class options:

Three-week Evening Series – 7 to 9:30 pm One-day Express Weekend Class – 9 am to 3:30 pm

For a full list of classes, call 215.345.2121 or visit DoylestownHealth.org/Childbirth.

Parenting and the Newborn

Childbirth Refresher

We offer two options: Two-week evening series OR one 4-hour weekend session Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital For a full list of classes, call 215.345.2121 or visit DoylestownHealth.org/Childbirth. Welcoming a baby into the home comes with much joy, and at times, anxiety. Learn how to safely care for, feed, protect and comfort your newborn. We have expanded our program to include more discussion about common challenges experienced by new parents in the early months. Fee: $40 per couple

Tues., Mar. 10 − 7 to 9:30 pm Conference Room A, Doylestown Hospital This class is for parents who have experienced birth before and know that the birth experience sometimes doesn’t go as planned. Our nurse educator will review the birth process, pain management options and allow for open discussion of previous birth experiences as desired. Tour of the VIA Maternity Center is included. Fee: $30 per couple

Breastfeeding Education Tues., Feb. 18, Mar. 17, Apr. 21 (A), Mon., Feb. 3 (A), Mar. 2 (A), Apr. 6 7 to 9:30 pm Conference Room J (unless otherwise noted), Doylestown Hospital Learn about the many benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby from one of our lactation consultants. Attending a class with your partner is a great way to gain confidence as you learn the basics of breastfeeding, proper latch and positioning, breast milk collection and storage. Fee: $30 per couple

Breastfeeding Mothers’ Group See page 23 (support groups)

Prenatal Yoga (For Moms Only) Two-week series. For a full list of classes, call 215.345.2121 or visit DoylestownHealth.org/Childbirth. Fee: $25 per series

VIA Maternity Center Tour Mon., Feb. 3, 17, Mar. 2, 16, Apr. 6, 20 7 to 8 pm Main Lobby, Doylestown Hospital Tour begins in the Main Lobby of Doylestown Hospital. Please note: if you are planning to take Prepared Childbirth 101 at Doylestown Hospital, a tour is included and you do not need to sign up for this tour. Free

Expectant Parents: Healthy Eating and Meal Planning, Dinner and Discussion Thurs., Feb. 27 − 6 to 7 pm Conference Room A, Doylestown Hospital Join a Doylestown Health nutrition expert to discuss healthy eating during pregnancy. Topics include how food choices can impact the health of mother and baby, how to read nutrition labels, incorporating whole foods into your diet, important nutrients for pregnancy and breastfeeding, and more. Registration required. Fee: $5 (includes dinner)

PATH TO PARENTHOOD Caring For Your Body Along the Path of Parenthood Tues., Feb. 11 – 7 to 8:30 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Learn how to manage the many physical changes your body endures during and after pregnancy. Topics will include pre- and post-natal exercise guidelines, abdominal split (diastasis recti), pelvic floor and spinal changes. Registration required. Free

The Emotional Challenges of Pregnancy and Post Partum Wed., Mar. 18 – 7 to 8 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Learn about the emotions a woman experiences during the life-changing event of becoming a mother and discuss coping strategies. Being mindful of emotional well-being can lead to a healthy and happy pregnancy, and enhance the bonding experience. Registration required. Free

Fostering Fatherhood: The Evolution of Parenting Roles Wed., Apr. 1 – 7 to 8 pm Warrington Rooms, Health & Wellness Center The involvement of fathers in parenting has evolved in recent years. Learn about the role of highly involved fathers and how historical roles have changed. We will explore how couples can maneuver changes and develop strong partnerships to benefit their child’s development. Registration required. Free

PEDIATRICS Sibling Education Sat., Feb. 1, Mar. 7, Apr. 4 − 10 to 11 am Conference Room I, Doylestown Hospital This fun, interactive class helps children between three and 11 years of age prepare for the arrival of a new baby. Adult must be present. Please bring your child’s favorite doll or stuffed animal to class. Free

Grandparenting Mon., Feb. 10, Mar. 9, Apr. 13 – 7 to 8:30 pm Conference Room G/H, Doylestown Hospital Learn the latest in newborn care, parenting styles and baby safety to help the next generation grow up healthy and safe. Registration required. Fee: $10 per person

Better Postpartum, Better Parenthood Saturdays – 10 to 11 am Children's Village, Doylestown Hospital This weekly group is an opportunity to connect with other new moms in the community in conjunction with the free online “Better Postpartum” education program. Meet Doylestown Health parent educators and receive support in your postpartum transition to parenthood. Free

MATERNITY CARE COALITION Maternity Care Coalition is a community partner. Please call 215.348.9770 or visit MaternityCareCoalition.org for more information or to register.

BUCKS COUNTY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM The Hospital by Doylestown Health Bucks County Children’s Museum, 500 Union Square Dr., New Hope Visit the “Hospital” by Doylestown Health at the Bucks County Children’s Museum! This educational exhibit features kid-sized hospital equipment and interactive displays. For more information, visit DoylestownHealth.org/ ChildrensMuseum. No registration necessary for Doylestown Health events. Educational programs are free, but museum admission fees apply.

Miles of Smiles: Tooth Time Wed., Feb. 12 − 10 am to 1 pm Join us for an experience you can sink your teeth into during National Children’s Dental Month! Practice brushing and flossing with our jumbo teeth and toothbrush, discover how sugar affects tooth enamel, and create your very own toothy treasure!

A-B-C's of Wellness: Family Alphabet Yoga Session Sat., Mar. 28 10:30 to 11 am OR 11:30 am to Noon Spell your way to better health by bringing the alphabet to life through a fun, educational and creative family yoga practice. Children will learn how the body and brain can work together to promote physical and mental balance. Open to a caregiver and children ages 3 to 4.

Focus on Motherhood Children’s Village, Doylestown Hospital A one-day childbirth education program that prepares expectant parents for childbirth. Free

Babysitting Workshop Sat., Mar. 21 – 9 am to 3 pm Conference Room A, Doylestown Hospital For children ages 11 to 14. This six-hour interactive program is designed to help young people become more qualified, responsible babysitters. Fee: $65

EDUCATION ADHD: How to Choose from Over 20 Medications Thurs., Jan. 30 − 7 to 8:30 pm Warrington Rooms, Health & Wellness Center Learn from pediatrician Joseph Werner, MD, about the many medicines available for ADHD. The talk will begin with a short discussion about medications and will continue with an open Q&A. This discussion is informational only, and is not to be used for diagnosis of ADHD. Registration required. Free

Dental Do’s and Don’ts: Tooth Talk with Dr. Rob Sat., Feb. 1 − 10 am to Noon Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Kick off Children’s Dental Health month with pediatric dentist Rob Riesenberger, DDS, for an informative and interactive discussion on dental prevention and strategies for parents of children ages 1 to 9 years. Learn about fluoride, tips for tonsils, x-rays and children’s dental do’s and don’ts. Kids will “brush up” on oral health habits through fun, interactive, handson demonstrations. Registration required. Free

Parent Positive: Drug and Alcohol Awareness Mon., Feb. 24 – 5 to 8:30 pm Central Bucks High School South, 1100 Folly Rd., Warrington Doylestown Health, in collaboration with the Central Bucks School District, CB Cares Educational Foundation, The Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, and the Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, presents a night of alcohol and drug awareness. This event is part of Parent Positive, a free speaker series that discusses relevant parenting topics. The event will include a presentation by Doylestown Health’s director of pharmacy, Christine Roussel, PharmD, BCOP, followed by interactive discussions with health and community experts. Registration required. Free

Spring Into Safety: Car Seat Check Mon., Apr. 6 − 2 to 6 pm 100 Progress Dr., Doylestown (Drive-thru behind building) Installing a car seat can be a challenge. Join us for a car seat check-up performed by a certified technician. The technician will check the seat and educate on proper installation and selection of car seat. Car seats should be installed prior to appointment. Please bring car seat and vehicle manual. Children are encouraged to attend. Appointment required. Free

For more information or to register for an event, visit DoylestownHealth.org/Events or call 215.345.2121 | Winter 2020



CANCER NUTRITION EDUCATION A Healthy Weigh: Weight Management and Healthy Lifestyle Program Classes beginning in March A Healthy Weigh is Doylestown Health’s weight management and healthy lifestyle program. This program incorporates healthy “real” food into a plan that is customized to each person’s nutrition needs. The program is divided into two phases:

Nutrition Services Doylestown Health nutrition experts offer personalized nutrition plans to those with a current medical condition or those interested in preventive health and weight loss. Our nutrition team specializes in nutrition therapy for diabetes, weight management, cardiovascular disease, digestive and eating disorders, pregnancy, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Most insurance plans are accepted. To schedule an appointment, call 215.345.2168. Nutrition Services include: • Individual nutrition therapy • A Healthy Weigh: weight management and healthy lifestyle program • N  utrition counseling for kids, teens and families • D  isease prevention through diet and nutrition • Metabolism testing • Body composition measurement Two convenient locations: The Pavilion at Doylestown Hospital and The Health & Wellness Center in Warrington.

Phase 1: An initial 8-week program that focuses on the basics of attaining a healthy weight and healthy well-being. Phase 2: 10-months divided into five 2-month sessions which builds on the healthy lifestyle skills learned in the introductory phase. Fee: $250 for the first 16 weeks; $110 for each subsequent 2-month series. Must complete the initial 16-weeks to be eligible for Phase 2. Attendees also have the opportunity to earn $50 in ShopRite gift cards if initial weight loss goals are met. (Discount rate available to Cornerstone Gym members, Doylestown Health cancer survivors and Cardiac Rehab members). Register by setting up an individual consultation. For more information, or to schedule an individual consultation, contact Debbie Davis, MBA, RDN, CSO, LDN, at 215.345.2356 or ddavis@dh.org.

What Can I Eat? Balancing Food and Medications Tues., Mar. 17 − 10 to 11 am Smyth Hall, Christ's Home Senior Community 1 Shepherd's Way, Warminster Did you know that what you eat and drink may affect the medications you take? Learn about ways food can affect how your medications work and what to avoid. Presented by Doylestown Health nutrition expert Ellen Strogis, RD, LDN. Registration required. To register, call 215.672.1870. Free

Cancer Fit: A Fitness Program for Cancer Survivors 12-week session begins the week of April 6 Cornerstone Fitness & Spa, Health & Wellness Center, Warrington Are you a cancer survivor who is looking to increase your qualify of life after treatment and become fitter, faster and stronger? This 12-week program includes: • Consultation with a Cornerstone Club certified personal trainer and cancer fitness specialist. You will review your health history with the trainer and set your own goals. • Group personal training sessions twice per week • Complimentary passes for you and a guest Participants must be at least 4 weeks post-treatment and within one year of finishing treatment. For more information or to register, contact Amy Kyriakos, LCSW, at 267.885.1580 or akyriakos@dh.org. Free

Colorectal Cancer Screening Thurs., Mar. 12 − 6 to 8 pm Doylestown Health Gastroenterology, Pavilion, Suite 200 Intended for individuals 50 years of age and over who have not had a screening within the last two years, are uninsured or under-insured, and are not currently under the care of a gastroenterologist. Appointments required. To register, call 215.345.2261. Free

Skin Cancer Screening Fri., Feb. 7 − 9 am to 1 pm Doylestown Health Connections, Cowhey Family ShopRite, 942 W. Street Rd., Warminster Early detection and treatment are important to stop the spread and cure skin cancer. Shannon Wiedersum, DO, and Minjung Reger, NP, from the office of dermatologist Mary B. Toporcer, MD, will be providing non-invasive skin cancer screenings on visible skin areas. Appointments required. To register, call 215.672.1870. Free

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE Programs indicated wth a * will be offered both in person and as a live stream online event. Registration is required. A link will be emailed prior to the event. For more information, call 215.345.2121.

WELLNESS EDUCATION Is it Winter Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? Tues., Feb., 4 − 7 to 8 pm Northampton Library, 25 Upper Holland Rd., Richboro If you notice you are feeling "under the weather" for longer than 2 weeks, you may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Learn the difference between winter blues and seasonal depression, which can cause fatigue, feelings of hopelessness and isolation from friends and family. Find out what treatments can make a difference. Registration required. To register, call 215.672.1870. Free

Understanding Living Wills & Advance Directives Tues., Feb. 18 − 10 to 11 am Smyth Hall, Christ's Home Community, 1 Shepherd's Way, Warminster Are your loved ones prepared to make important medical decisions for you? Steve Day, Jr., Esq., CHPC, counsel and director of Risk at Doylestown Health, will conduct a discussion and answer questions about living wills, advance directives and healthcare powers of attorney. Registration required. To register, call 215.672.1870. Free

Clearing the Air: Smoking Cessation Tues., Feb. 18, 25, Mar. 3, 10, 17 6:30 to 8 pm Doylestown Health Connections, Cowhey Family ShopRite, 942 W. Street Rd., Warminster Wed., Apr. 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 7:30 to 8:30 pm Conference Room G/H, Doylestown Hospital Quit smoking comfortably. Learn about using the patch, nicotine gum, lozenges, inhaler, nasal spray, Welbutrin and Chantix. Patches included at no cost for those attending a minimum of two sessions. Program provided by the Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership (BCHIP) and funded by the SEPA Regional Tobacco Project. To register, call 215.710.2201. Registration required. Free

Rise in Autoimmune Disorders* Thurs., Apr. 2 − 5 to 6 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Autoimmune diseases are becoming more commonly diagnosed. Join Laura L. Fitzpatrick, MD, to learn about common autoimmune diseases, how they develop, and why there seems to be a rise in this diagnosis. Registration required. Join us in person or listen online at home! Free

Pain Management: Thinking Outside the Pill Bottle This four-part series explores alternatives to pain management other than medication. Programs take place from Noon to 1 pm in Conference Room J at Doylestown Hospital. Registration recommended. Free

A Holistic Approach* Thurs., Mar. 26 Learn about holistic approaches available to integrate with traditional pain management therapy.

Physical Therapy* Thurs., Apr. 2 Pain can limit your function as well as your lifestyle. Learn how physical therapy can help you manage pain.

Pain Medications* Thurs., Apr. 23 Learn about the different types of pain medicines and how they work. Discuss risks associated with opioids and how to reverse negative effects of opioids with naloxone.

Medical Interventions* Thurs., Apr. 30 Explore medical interventions for pain management that don't include medication, and discuss different pain management options and interventions.

What Vaccines Do I Need? Vaccine Recommendations for Adults Wed., Apr. 15 − 10 to 11 am Smyth Hall, Christ's Home Community, 1 Shepherd's Way, Warminster Learn what vaccines are recommended for adults and why. Discussion will include information about shingles, pneumonia and DTaP. Presented by Bridget McEnrue, BSN, RN, CIC, director of Infection Prevention at Doylestown Health. Registration required. To register, call 215.672.1870. Free

DIABETES EDUCATION Pre-Diabetes Program Wed., Feb. 5, Mar. 4 OR Apr. 1 6 to 8:30 pm Conference Room I, Doylestown Hospital For the person with a fasting glucose of 100 to 125. Topics include physical activity, promoting weight loss, meal planning and shopping tips, and blood glucose monitoring. Registration required. To register, call 215.345.2168. Fee: $40

Keep on Track Mon., Feb. 24 − 6 to 7 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital For those who have already attended the 5-week diabetes education program. Review includes healthy eating, monitoring, medication and exercise, followed by a Q&A session. Please bring most recent A1C result. Registration required. To register, call 215.345.2168. Free

Diabetes Education Mon., Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 OR Apr. 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18 Noon to 2 pm (I) OR 6 to 8 pm (J) Conference Room follows time, Doylestown Hospital A comprehensive five-class program recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Fee may be covered by insurance and includes attendance by a support person. Registration is required. To register, call 215.345.2168.

For more information or to register for an event, visit DoylestownHealth.org/Events or call 215.345.2121 | Winter 2020


HEALTHY LIFESTYLE Diabetes Alert Day: Glucose Screening Tues., Mar. 24 − 10 am to Noon Doylestown Health Connections, Cowhey Family ShopRite, 942 W. Street Rd., Warminster Find out whether you are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Glucose screenings will be performed by finger stick. Fasting is recommended, but not required. Appointments required. To register, call 215.672.1870. Free

Diabetes: Know Your Numbers Thurs., Mar. 26 − 10 to 11 am Doylestown Health Connections, Cowhey Family ShopRite, 942 W. Street Rd., Warminster Managing diabetes can prevent serious health problems. Learn the difference between pre-diabetes and diabetes, and get tips to keep blood sugar within healthy levels. Registration required. To register, call 215.672.1870. Free

HEALTH CONNECTIONS Doylestown Health Connections events are located at the Cowhey Family ShopRite, 942 W. Street Rd., Warminster. Receive a $3 ShopRite coupon for attending an event. For more information or to register for any of the events below, call 215.672.1870.

Medicare Enrollment Counseling with APPRISE 1st & 3rd Thurs. of the Month 10 am to 1 pm 2nd & 4th Mon. of the Month 6:30 to 8:30 pm Meet with a counselor for answers to your questions about Medicare and get assistance with enrollment. Appointment required. To schedule an appointment, call the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging at 267.880.5700. Free

Who Am I Now?

Thurs., Apr. 23 − 1 to 3 pm Join Doylestown Health bereavement coordinators for a thought provoking discussion focused on residual emotions and loss. Do guilt and anger serve a purpose? Do they have any positive benefits? Can we learn to forgive ourselves and move forward? Join us in tackling these challenging topics. Registration required. Free

Vision Screening Thurs., Feb. 13 − 10 am to 1 pm This screening will identify potential vision problems. If a problem is found, you may be referred to an eye care specialist for diagnosis and treatment. Screening is not used to diagnose vision problems. Appointments required. Free Tues., Mar. 3 – 10 am to 1 pm Join The Spa at Cornerstone’s massage therapist, John Hogan, for a free personal 15-minute massage and learn how massage can release tension, improve circulation, eliminate toxins, and bring relief to tight, painful muscles. Appointments required. Free

Doylestown Health Hospice provides bereavement programs for individuals who have lost loved ones. For more information, call 215.345.2079 or visit DoylestownHealth.org/HospiceCare.

Can You Let It Go? Releasing Anger and Guilt After a Loved One Dies

Wed., Feb. 12 − 3 to 5 pm Screening is pass/fail for individuals who do not currently wear hearing aids or have known hearing loss. The screening will also determine if wax is present that could affect the results. Appointments required. Free

Massage Therapy for Wellness


Thurs., Jan. 30 − 1 to 3 pm Mon., Mar. 9 − 6 to 8 pm Gain insight into grief and loss, better understand the grief process, and become familiar with resources and support in our community. Registration required. Free

Hearing Screening

15-Minute Health Screening Sat., Jan. 25 – 10 am to 1 pm Wed., Apr. 29 – 5 to 8 pm A stress-free health screening. Get instant results from this finger prick to learn your glucose, total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides and body fat. In less than 15 minutes, you’ll walk away with a snapshot of your current health and access to a large network of clinical experts who can enhance your well-being. Registration recommended. Fee: $25

Sleep Apnea Screening Wed., Mar. 11 − 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Non-invasive screening for obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects how a person breathes while sleeping and can be associated with serious medical consequences, such as high blood pressure and heart failure. Appointments required. Free

Healthy Feet: Consult & Screening Wed., Mar. 18 − 10 am to 1 pm Problems such as ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, diabetic neuropathy and other conditions can create problems in your daily routine. Speak with a podiatrist about your concerns and receive a healthy foot screening. Appointments required. Free


Understanding the Medicare Maze Thurs., Apr. 16 − 6 to 7:30 pm Warrington Rooms, Health Wellness Center Jim Waters, APPRISE Counselor for the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, will conduct a talk about Medicare so new enrollees can make an informed decision about coverage. Registration required. Free

Tax-Advantaged Ways To Support Doylestown Health


Senior Connections: Coffee & Conversations Tues., Mar. 10 & Apr. 14 10 am to Noon Community Center, Christ's Home Children's Services, 800 York Rd., Warminster Join us for a relaxed morning with coffee and friends. Spend time chatting, getting to know each other, reminiscing and making friends. Activities and topics will change each month. Registration requested. Free

The Emotions of Moving Wed., Apr. 8 − 11 am to Noon Warminster Township Library, 1076 Emma Ln., Warminster Is something holding you back from making a transition to senior living? Join Vicki Bosler from Pine Run Retirement Community for an interactive discussion about the emotional side of the retirement living decision. Registration required. Free

Clutter Clinic: Learning to "Rightsize" Wed., Apr. 22 − 11 am to Noon Warminster Township Library, 1076 Emma Ln., Warminster When you declutter for retirement, think of it as right-sizing, not downsizing. Join Theresa Drahovsky, owner of Smart Décor and More, to learn how to organize, downsize and de-clutter your space so you can enjoy your retirement. Registration required. Free

To register, call CPR Heart Starters, Inc., at 215.354.1400 or visit CPRHeartStarters.com. All classes are held in Conference Room C, Doylestown Hospital.

Heartsaver CPR (Infant, Child and Adult) Wed., Feb. 19, Mar. 25, Apr. 22 6:30 to 10:30 pm A one-evening (3.5-hour) advanced program for the lay rescuer whose workplace requires a course completion card. Fee: $70

Community First Aid Class Mon., Jan. 27, Mar. 16 – 7 to 9 pm A one-evening Emergency Care Safety Institute (ECSI) first aid course. Fee: $50

Charitable IRA Rollover Donors can transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to Doylestown Health without having to recognize the transfer as income. To qualify, the donor must be at least age 70½ and the transfer must be made directly to Doylestown Health Foundation. The distribution is tax-free and counts toward a donor’s minimum distribution.

BLS Provider CPR Tues., Jan. 28, Thurs., Feb. 27, Tues., Mar. 24, Apr. 28 – 6:30 to 10:30 pm A one-evening (4-hour) program for healthcare providers and lifeguards. Includes the use of AED and bag mask ventilation. Fee: $70

CPR for Friends & Family (Infant/Child) Mon., Feb. 3, Mar. 2, Apr. 6 6:30 to 9:30 pm A one-evening program for the lay rescuer including parents, grandparents and babysitters. Fee: $35

BLS Provider CPR Renewal Wed., Feb. 12, Thurs., Mar. 26, Apr. 16 6:30 to 8:30 pm A one-evening program for healthcare providers and lifeguards. Includes the use of AED and bag mask ventilation. Fee: $70

Gifts of Appreciated Securities Gifts of stock, bonds, or mutual funds can be contributed directly to Doylestown Health Foundation. Benefits include a charitable tax deduction (the securities must be owned for at least one year), and avoidance of capital gains taxes on any increase in the assets’ value.

Learn More 215.345.2802 | gifts@dh.org

For more information or to register for an event, visit DoylestownHealth.org/Events or call 215.345.2121 | Winter 2020





Are You at Risk of Falling? Lecture and Screening

Cornerstone Clubs Fitness and Spa is a community partner. The following classes take place at Cornerstone at the Health & Wellness Center in Warrington. Register for all Cornerstone classes listed here at 215.918.5900.

Aqua Yoga

Water In Motion

8-week session begins Jan. 27 & Apr. 6 Mondays – 9:30 to 10:15 am Relieve stress and increase flexibility with yoga, performed in the warmth of our healing pool. Fee: $69 per person

8-week session begins Jan. 30 & Apr. 8 Thursdays – 6:30 to 7:15 pm A fun and high energy shallow water exercise program that combines cardio training with muscle toning and coordination exercises. Moderate to high intensity. Fee: $69 per person

Arthritis Foundation Aqua Class 8-week session begins Jan. 27 & Apr. 6 Mondays – 12:30 to 1:15 pm 8-week session begins Jan. 30 & Apr. 9 Thursdays – 11:30 am to 12:15 pm Designed for people with arthritis and related conditions. Reduce pain and stiffness, build strength, and increase range of motion, balance and endurance. For all fitness levels. Fee: $69 per person

Yoga Gently 8-week session begins Jan. 31 & Apr. 10 Fridays – 10 to 11 am A softer, gentler approach to a yoga practice. Appropriate for all levels, including beginners and seniors who can get up and down from the floor without assistance. For all fitness levels. Fee: $69 per person

Guided Meditation

Chair Fit

8-week session begins Jan. 29 & Apr. 8 Wednesdays – 12:30 to 1:15 pm This class uses singing bowls, chakra clearing, relaxation and heart-focused meditations to bring you into the present moment and connect you to your true self. Beginners welcome. Fee: $69 per person

8-week session begins Jan. 31 & Apr. 10 Fridays – 10:30 to 11:30 am Chair Fit is a low impact cardio and strength class in which participants use a chair for balance and assistance. This class provides just enough support to be perfect for older adults or adults looking for a more active, healthy lifestyle. For all fitness levels. Fee: $69 per person

Chair Yoga 8-week session begins Jan. 30 & Apr. 9 Thursdays – 11:45 am to 12:35 pm This yoga class allows participants to use the support of a chair – seated or standing – to perform gentle stretches designed to increase flexibility, range of motion and balance. For all fitness levels. Fee: $69 per person

To register for all Cornerstone classes listed here, call 215.918.5900.

Fri., Feb. 21 − 12:15 to 1 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Doylestown Health physical therapists will discuss fall risks and prevention. Following the lecture, therapists will offer personalized balance screenings. Registration required. Free

Managing Concussions and Repetitive Stress Injuries in Athletes Wed., Mar. 11 – 6:30 to 8 pm Central Bucks High School South, 1100 Folly Rd., Warrington Doylestown Health physical therapists Sean Powers, DPT, and Jennifer Heilman, DPT, will review common injuries in athletes, techniques to help prevent injury, how to manage concussion symptoms and the role of the vestibular therapist in the treatment of concussions. Registration requested. Free

Driving Safety: Is it Time to Give Up the Keys? Tues., Apr. 21 − 12:15 to 1 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Occupational therapist Nikki Dennison, OTR/L, will discuss the essential functions needed for driving and what to do if you are concerned about yourself or someone else driving. Registration required. Free

Orthopedic Care


Doylestown Hospital

SUPPORT GROUPS Doylestown Health offers both hospital-sponsored and community support groups. For more information, call 267.885.1548 unless number is listed.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT Doylestown Health Hospice offers a comprehensive bereavement program open to all members of our community who have sustained a recent loss. Seminars, monthly support groups and leisure activities help individuals connect with others as they face the challenges of creating a new normal. For more information regarding our program, please call 215.345.2079.

CANCER SUPPORT Call 215.345.2022. Support groups meet in the Cancer Support Community Office at Doylestown Hospital unless otherwise noted.

Blood Cancer Thurs., Feb. 20, Mar. 19, Apr. 16 – 11 am

Prostate Cancer

Low Vision

Tues., Feb. 18, Mar. 17, Apr. 21 – 7 pm Conference Room G/H, Doylestown Hospital Call 215.345.2261

Fri., Jan. 24, Feb. 28, Mar. 27, Apr. 24 – 10 am Conference Room I, Doylestown Hospital Call 215.968.9400

Young Adult Cancer Tues., Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 24, Apr. 28 – 7 pm

Lyme Disease


Parkinson’s Disease

Heart Failure Thurs., Apr. 9 − 2 pm Conference Room A, Doylestown Hospital Call 215.345.2328

ICD (Implanted Defibrillator) Tues., Apr. 21 – 6:30 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Call 215.345.2451

Scleroderma Tues., Jan. 28, Mar. 31 − 6:30 pm Conference Room G/H, Doylestown Hospital Call 215.249.1132

MATERNAL HEALTH Breastfeeding Mothers

Thurs., Feb. 6, Mar. 5, Apr. 2 – 2 pm Moss Rehab Day Room, 1st Floor, Doylestown Hospital

Thursdays – 10 am Conference Room I, Doylestown Hospital


Saturdays – 10 am Children's Village, Doylestown Hospital Learn more on page 17.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Tues., Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 24, Apr. 28 – 11 am

Breast Cancer

Better Breathers

Tues., Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr. 14 – 7 pm Conference Room G/H, Doylestown Hospital

Tues., Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr. 14 − 1 pm Warrington Rooms, Health & Wellness Ctr.


Wed., Feb. 12, Mar. 11, Apr. 8 – 3 pm Pine Run Lakeview, 2425 Lower State Rd., Doylestown Call 215.489.5872

Brain Cancer

Sun., Feb. 9, Mar. 8, Apr. 12 – 4 pm Conference Room I, Doylestown Hospital

Better Postpartum, Better Parenthood

RESOLVE Infertility Tues., Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr. 14 – 7 pm Conference Room C, Doylestown Hospital

Tues., Feb. 4 − 10:30 am Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital


Cancer Bereavement


Tues., Feb. 4, Mar. 3, Apr. 7 – 7 pm

Saturdays – 11 am; Sundays – 8:30 am Conference Room C, Doylestown Hospital

Thurs., Feb. 6, Mar. 5, Apr. 2 − 11 am

Wed., Mar. 11 – 7 pm Conference Room J, Doylestown Hospital Call 215.345.2168

Living with Cancer

Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue

Colorectal Cancer

Tues., Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr. 14 − 11 am

My Spouse Has Cancer Tues., Feb. 18, Mar. 17, Apr. 21 – 7 pm

Ostomy Thurs., Feb. 6, Apr. 2 − 12:30 pm

Tues., Feb. 18, Mar. 17, Apr. 21 (Conf. Rm. G/H) − 6:45 pm Conference Room I, Doylestown Hospital

Insulin Pump

Alcoholics Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous Mondays – 7:30 pm Conference Room I, Doylestown Hospital

Nicotine Anonymous Thursdays – 6:30 pm Conference Room G/H, Doylestown Hospital

Wed., Feb. 19 – 7 pm Conference Room I, Doylestown Hospital Call 215.345.2168

Cancer Support Community (CSC) at Doylestown Hospital is located on the first floor, around the corner from the Main Lobby. We offer social and emotional support to people living with any type of cancer, and to their families and friends. Free of charge! The Doylestown Hospital suite is open Tuesdays, 10 am to 9 pm and Thursdays, 10 am to 2 pm. To become a member or register for a program, call 215.345.2022 or e-mail Lauren@cancersupportphiladelphia.org. For more information or to register for an event, visit DoylestownHealth.org/Events or call 215.345.2121 | Winter 2020


Doylestown Hospital 595 W State St. Doylestown, PA 18901 215.345.2200 | DoylestownHealth.org

WE SEE EVERY POSSIBLE SOLUTION Doylestown Health’s Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care offers personalized options for diagnosing, treating and preventing heart and vascular disease. Our multidisciplinary team of experts work together to offer the latest therapies for common and complex cardiovascular conditions. For the second year in a row, Doylestown Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health. Excellence in patient-centered care continues through ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health, where generous investments create distinct opportunities for patients and caregivers alike.

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Doylestown Health Dialogue - Winter 2020  

Doylestown Health's Dialogue newsletter provides up-to-date information centered on keeping you well. Published biannually, the Dialogue sha...

Doylestown Health Dialogue - Winter 2020  

Doylestown Health's Dialogue newsletter provides up-to-date information centered on keeping you well. Published biannually, the Dialogue sha...