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New leadership at St. Elizabeth Hospital

Hall of Fame coach keeps winning as heart patient See page 9

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Find your new health care professional today! 3 PRIMARY CARE Keep current with immunizations

9 PATIENT PROFILE Hall of Fame coach manages heart disease with winning attitude

Daniel Clerc, MD

DANIEL CLERC, MD Family Medicine ›› Enumclaw Medical Center 360-825-6511 3021 Griffin Ave. Enumclaw

Gary Pingrey, DO

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GARY PINGREY, DO Family Medicine ›› Gig Harbor Medical Clinic 253-858-9192 6401 Kimball Drive N.W., Suite 201 Gig Harbor

Get help for your ailing feet

11 WEIGHT LOSS A little weight loss may help reduce incontinence

12 FHSHEALTH.ORG Newly redesigned site has a treasure trove of free health information

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Troy Houseworth, MD

Troy Houseworth, MD ›› St. Francis Weight Loss Surgery Clinic 253-275-6030 200 S. 333rd St., Suite 150 Federal Way

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Know your health risks! ›› When it comes to health conditions and diseases, early detection is key. Get insight into your health risks at www.knowmyhealthrisk.org. The assessments are simple, quick— and may just keep you healthy!

Sign up for free health talks ›› Interested in attending? Get more information or register by visiting the Franciscan website at www.FHShealth.org/classes or calling 888-825-3227 toll-free.

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Paul Schmidt, DO

PAUL SCHMIDT, DO Family Medicine ›› University Place Medical Clinic 253-564-0170 7210 40th St. W., Suite 100 University Place

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The percentage of unvaccinated school-age children in Washington has climbed to 6.2 percent, or one in 20 kindergarten students, posing a signifiMartin Cieri, MD cant health risk. Pertussis, or whooping cough, has reached epidemic levels this year in Washington state, an example of the danger caused by opting out or underimmunizing children. According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Washington state has the highest rate of unvaccinated children in the U.S. The success of vaccines in the last 30 years has caused people to forget the dangers of opting out of immunizations, says Martin Cieri, MD, a pediatrician with the Franciscan Medical Group. The decision to not immunize children presents major health risks,

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notes Dr. Cieri, who specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease at St. Joseph Medical Clinic, adding that the risk extends beyond the individual to the community at large. Those health risks include lower immunity throughout the entire U.S. population, an increasing number of infectious disease cases each year and a weakening of a community’s herd immunity. Herd immunity is an important concept to consider when explaining why vaccines keep entire communities healthier.Immunizations stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases in communities by lowering the number of people who could host the diseases, he adds. Without hosts, the diseases can’t spread and the entire herd is protected. Misinformation about vaccines is a leading reason mothers are deciding to not have their children immunized, he noted.

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“Mothers want to make the best decisions to protect their children,” Dr. Cieri says. “They talk with their friends and share experiences in order to make many of their parenting choices, but the information they get isn’t always correct.” It is important to see a primary care physician to talk about immunizations and find out the facts before making the decision to opt out of any immunization. “The risk of death and illness from preventable diseases is greater than the risk of side effects from vaccines,” Dr. Cieri says.

The success of vaccines in the last 30 years has caused people to forget the dangers of opting out of immunizations, says Martin Cieri, MD, a pediatrician with the Franciscan Medical Group.

Are your children’s vaccines up to date? In June, a new Washington state law will take effect requiring an informational visit with your primary care provider for children to attend school without the required vaccinations. Below are the required vaccines for children to attend public schools in Washington. Age

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HiB (4 doses)

Hep A (2 doses)

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HPV (3 doses)

IPV (3 doses)

Varivax (2nd dose given)

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Hospital news A Fond Farewell Dennis Popp, outgoing hospital president, announced in July 2011 that he would begin transitioning toward retirement, a plan he postponed at the request of Cliff Robertson, MD, chief operating officer for Franciscan Health System, to serve as vice president of support services for the Franciscan organization. In this new role, Popp will provide executive oversight of hospital facilities and property management, laboratory and nephrology services, environmental services, materials management, security services, and food and nutrition services. His office will be in Federal Way. Popp joined Enumclaw Regional Hospital as chief administrator in 1985, provided executive leadership when the independent community hospital affiliated with Franciscan in 2007, and has served as president of St. Elizabeth since it opened in February 2011 (replacing the old hospital). “The Enumclaw community, and the many friends I have made here, will always have a special place in my heart,” said Popp, recipient of the 2008 Joe Hopkins Memorial Leadership Award from the Washington State Hospital Association. “I would not trade my experiences of the last quarter-century for anything.”

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New leadership at St. Elizabeth Hospital St. Elizabeth Hospital welcomes Donna Russell-Cook as our new President. She will provide leadership for Enumclaw’s new state-of-the-art, 38-bed acute-care facility located at 1455 Battersby Ave. Russell-Cook comes to St. Elizabeth from the 104-bed Oklahoma Heart Institute in Tulsa, where she served as Chief Executive Officer. Under her leadership, the organization achieved record-high patient satisfaction scores. She has also served as a heart center administrator for Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine, and a senior director of cardiology and interventional radiology services at St.Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana. “I’m excited about the opportunity to join a great community hospital and to support Franciscan’s mission to improve the health and well-being of our neighbors in Enumclaw and the Plateau,” Russell-Cook says. She is not a stranger to the Northwest. Her 20-plus years of experience include serving as manager of The Boeing Co. Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs-Medical Department in the 1990s.

Donna Russell-Cook

St. Elizabeth Hospital 1455 Battersby Ave. Enumclaw, WA 98022 Size: 38 beds Phone: 360-825-2505

For more information about St. Elizabeth Hospital, go to www.StElizabethHospital.org.

Get 10% off either lunch or dinner at the St. Elizabeth Cornerstone Café

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Come on in for a meal at St. Elizabeth Hospital’s delightful Cornerstone Café. Bring in this coupon for 10% off lunch or dinner, or print the coupon at FHShealth.org/StElizabeth.


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The Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation Care Van service is provided free of charge, and donations are accepted. For scheduling information, call 360-284-2444.

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Save money onACT prescription ACT ACT now now now medications with the Franciscan Prescription Discount Card Prescription medications can play an important role in the healing process and in managing complex diseases and other health issues. Franciscan Health System is pleased to be able to help make prescription medications more affordable with the new Franciscan Prescription Discount Card. Simply present the discount card at any participating pharmacy at the time of purchase to instantly save an average of 15 percent on brand-name medications and 55 percent on generic medications not covered by insurance. It’s that easy.

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Anyone with limited or no prescription drug coverage can benefit. If you already have insurance coverage, you may still find the card useful, as it can discount medications that are not covered by your health plan. The Franciscan Prescription Discount Card is also useful if you are a senior enrolled in a Medicare plan without prescription drug coverage. There are no age or enrollment restrictions, and anyone can benefit from the plan. All FDA-approved prescription medications are covered, as well as diabetic supplies

Do you need a ride to St. Elizabeth Hospital, a medical appointment or your pharmacy? The Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation Care Van is back, and ready to take you where you need to go. The Care Van is designed to take the residents of Enumclaw, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Buckley and other surrounding areas to nonemergency, health care-related appointments or visits. The van has a hydraulic lift and seats eight passengers, plus two wheelchairs. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call at least two days in advance to schedule a ride.

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and insulin. The card can also be used for mail-order prescriptions for even greater savings. The Franciscan Prescription Discount Card is available at any Franciscan pharmacy, and in Franciscan hospitals and clinics. You can also access and print the card at www.FHShealth.org/pharmacy.

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Family Birth Center

Baby steps

Get ready for a healthy pregnancy

If you’re thinking about having a baby, think about this: The best time to prepare for a healthy pregnancy is before you conceive. Here are 10 steps to take if you’re considering a pregnancy:

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Can we talk? Sit down with your partner and talk honestly. Planning a pregnancy together will make it a happier time for both of you.

See your doctor. Make an appointment with your doctor before you try to conceive. Talk to him or her about your health history, diseases that run in your family and any prescription or over-the-counter medications you take. Nice shot! Make sure you are up to date on all your vaccinations. Certain diseases, such as chickenpox, can hurt a developing baby.

Strength in numbers. To prevent birth defects, take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day for at least one month before you get pregnant and during early pregnancy. Folic acid helps a baby’s brain and spinal cord to develop.

Weight for it. The American College of Gynecologists says it’s best if you are at a healthy weight before pregnancy. Being overweight can increase your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes during pregnancy and premature delivery.

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Food for thought. Ditch the chips and fast food, and get into the habit of eating delicious, healthy foods now. After you are pregnant, anything you eat also feeds your baby.

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The right fit. Being active may help you have an easier pregnancy and delivery. When you become pregnant, don’t overdo it—talk with your doctor about how much activity and what kinds of activity are right for you. Just say no! Starting now, don’t smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs. These substances can harm a baby’s organs, which begin to form a few weeks after conception. Because you have already been pregnant for at least two weeks before your first missed period, the safest time to stop is before you start trying to conceive.

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Cool it. Don’t soak in a hot tub or a hot bath if there is any possibility that you are pregnant because it may harm your baby.

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be pregnant, avoid toxic substances, radiation and chemicals such as insect killers. Don’t touch cat feces or rodent droppings.

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Welcoming baby close to home Lindsey Arsanto doesn’t remember much about her first child’s birth over three years ago—an emergency Cesarean section in a downtown Seattle hospital. This afternoon, just hours after giving birth to her second child at St. Elizabeth Hospital, she is happily sharing her story. “This has been such a completely different experience,” she says. “I’m awake, I can have visitors; I can breastfeed. I feel great!” After her first childbirth experience, Lindsey, now 28, with her obstetrician Robert Gramann, MD, chose a scheduled Cesarean birth; close to home at St. Elizabeth Hospital. “The maturity of the top-notch family birth center nursing and anesthesia services really provides a very satisfying birth experience for our patients,” says

Lindsey, husband Kenny and big sister Kenzee welcome Jameson in the new Family Birth Center at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Dr. Gramann. “The personalized touch we’ve always had stays, and now we have this beautiful facility to complete the experience.” The Buckley-area family welcomed Jameson about four hours after check-in. “They got us all settled in and explained the whole process first, so going into the operating room felt completely comfortable,” Lindsey says. “Not only is the new hospital beautiful, but the customer care is outstanding. Everyone here really cares about you personally, and your experience.” She adds, “My husband isn’t talked into it yet, but when we’re ready for our third, we’ll definitely be repeat customers!”

Dr. Gramann to retire this summer Robert Gramann, MD, will retire at the end of June, after 36 years of valued service to the Plateau community. Dr. Gramann graduated from Enumclaw High School in 1965. Armed with a college scholarship from what was then known as Community Memorial Robert Gramann, Hospital, he left home for Pacific Lutheran University, then medical MD school at Creighton University in Nebraska. After receiving his medical degree and completing his residency in obstetrics and gynecology with Creighton, Dr. Gramann returned to his beloved home town of Enumclaw. He has been giving back to the community ever since. Chances are you’re a Dr. Gramann baby, or certainly know many of them—he’s delivered more than 5,000 babies in Enumclaw over his long and distinguished career. We’ll miss you, Dr. Gramann!

St. Joseph’s NICU elevated to Level III Good news! Our sister hospital in Tacoma, St. Joseph Medical Center, now offers a Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). St. Joseph has been caring for newborns with special needs for 20 years with a Level II special care nursery. The NICU Level III designation provides an expanded continuum of care for fragile and premature newborns as young as 28 weeks’ gestation and as small as just over two pounds. The NICU complements the maternalfetal medicine programs available at St. Joseph and St. Francis Hospital, which support women with high-risk pregnancies through screenings, first-trimester scans and consults with Franciscan perinatologists (physicians who specialize in complicated pregnancies). To learn more about St. Joseph’s NICU, call 888-825-3227.

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Sinus treatment

Sneezy? Wheezy? Help! The latest sinusitis treatments mean good news for your nose Nose running? Congested? Headaches? Facial pain and pressure? If you have sinus pain or other sinus infection symptoms, you can find relief with today’s treatments, such as minimally invasive sinus surgery. Some people with sinus problems don’t have an infection. “What people call ‘bad sinuses’ may be allergies, or a structural problem. And while nasal deformity may require surgery, Ryan Stern, MD today’s allergy treatments are effective at keeping sneezing and nasal swelling at bay,” says Ryan Stern, MD, board-certified otolaryngologist on the St. Francis medical staff and assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Even if it turns out to be sinusitis, there’s a good chance antibiotics will help—especially if symptoms are less than a month old, says Dr. Stern. “So, if symptoms aren’t improving, and you’ve had them a week or more, it’s a good idea to see your doctor to determine the cause.You’ll increase your chances of avoiding surgery altogether.” Sinus surgery has improved

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The overwhelming majority of patients with sinus infections will improve when treated with the right medications. However, sinus surgery really helps those patients who still have problems even after medical treatment. Fear of pain and post-surgery sinus packing is typically what keeps people with recurrent sinus troubles from seeking help. However, sinus surgery has improved in the last 15 years, he says, adding, “The techniques I use at St. Francis are the same ones we teach at the University of Washington, and that I’d use on my own family. Patients breathe better almost immediately. They sleep in their own bed that same night, and are back to their normal routine in a few days.”

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Do-it-yourself?

What about neti pots—those hand-held kettletype devices sometimes used to flush sinuses? “I love a neti pot or irrigation kit after surgery to clear sinuses,” Dr. Stern says. “However, patients with untreated sinus issues may have trouble getting sinuses to drain properly. So a neti pot won’t hurt, but it’s probably not helping very much, either.” If you choose to irrigate, use distilled—not tap—water to avoid extremely rare but dangerous infections. Over-the-counter medications can alleviate sinusitis symptoms short-term. But to really breathe easy, consult a physician who can prescribe effective treatment and perform the latest surgical techniques when necessary.


Patient story

Attitude makes the difference

St. Joseph Heart Failure Clinic helps Hall of Famer make health gains Forrest “Frosty” Westering is living proof that attitude helps you achieve your best. As head football coach at Pacific Lutheran University, Frosty topped 300 career wins, joining only a handful of coaches to do so and is in the College Football Hall of Fame. He’s also doing the work it takes to keep his heart failure under better control with the help of his team at St. Joseph Heart Failure Clinic in the St. Joseph Medical Pavilion.

breath. I couldn’t walk without stopping,” Frosty says. “Now, the last time they tested me on the cycle, my knees got tired before my heart did!” Frosty is happy to be in the bleachers, supporting his grandchildren’s pursuits on area football

down. He’s glad his team at St. Joseph Medical Center approaches health care with the same helpful spirit. “When I heard the term ‘heart failure,’ I thought, wait a minute! Coaches don’t talk about failure— they talk about success!

what you can be when you are motivated,” he explains. Frosty adds that the affirmation he receives at St. Joseph Medical Center is helping him realize his potential at this stage of the game. “They are winners,” Frosty says.

Frosty stays ahead of the game — and his heart failure — with his care team at St. Joseph Heart Failure Clinic.

Peak performance

As a condition, heart failure means your heart doesn’t pump as well as it used to. This can allow fluid buildup around the heart and lungs that reduces physical stamina. To keep Frosty’s heart functioning at its highest potential, physical therapist Eddie Brewer coaches him in specialized exercise sessions each week. Franciscan cardiologist Rosemary Peterson, MD, monitors his heart health on a regular basis. And clinic provider Patti Aramburu, ARNP, watches his heart failure closely, making adjustments to his regimen, which includes fine-tuning his medications. This steady support has kept Frosty out of the hospital since an initial stay at St. Joseph Medical Center about a year ago. “When I was referred to St. Joseph, I was short of

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fields, baseball diamonds and volleyball courts. Winning spirit

As a Christian coach, with a doctorate in education, Frosty has been an active staff member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has always felt it’s critical to choose words that build people up, not tear them

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It’s all about your attitude,” says Frosty. So together, he and his care team agreed to use the term ‘remodeling,’ instead of ‘failure.’ Setting goals in positive terms has played an important role in Frosty’s life as a coach and motivational speaker. “You close your gap between what you are and

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of your heart health! If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, your provider may refer you to the St. Joseph Heart Failure Clinic. To learn more, call 253-426-4972 or visit www.FHShealth.org.

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Podiatry

Give attention to ailing feet We often don’t think about our feet— until they hurt. Christopher Bock, DPM, Franciscan Foot Christopher Bock, & Ankle Specialists – Enumclaw, notes that three DPM common foot ailments— sprained ankle, plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis—are among painful conditions that tend to heal better with medical attention. So are various kinds of sports trauma, fractures and breaks. With obvious trauma, Dr. Bock says to let pain be your guide. “If it hurts, swells and doesn’t get better in one to three days, see a doctor,” he says. But even more subtle injuries such as Achilles tendonitis may require medical attention. Here are some tips on recognizing these disorders, along with some reasons why optimal healing goes hand in hand with professional care:

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the ligament that supports the arch of the foot where it attaches to the heel bone. The result is heel pain that gradually worsens, often flaring first thing in the morning—“but it seems to get better as you walk,” says Dr. Bock. People with overly flat or high foot arches are most susceptible. Carrying extra weight, shoes with poor support and jobs that require standing are common triggers. A physician will assess the injury and prescribe treatment, which can include physical therapy,

orthotic supports or special socks or splints worn at night. Surgery is possible in extreme cases. Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is a persistent aching, stiffness, tenderness or pain in the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. It’s common among so-called “weekend warriors,” because the condition typically develops after a sudden increase in physical activity. The condition is similar to plantar fasciitis, “but in a different area of the foot,” says Dr. Bock. Rest, ice and anti-inflammatories can provide short-term relief—but the most effective care involves a physician. Treatment may involve pain medication, physical therapy and foot immobilization using a cast or removable walking boot.

Sprained ankle

Sprained ankle is a painful, swollen injury that results when ligaments holding the ankle bones and joint are stretched beyond their normal range. Always seek medical care for a sprain. A physician will assess severity and recommend treatment, which may include rest, compression wraps and physical therapy. Untreated ankle trauma can lead to early-onset arthritis, notes Dr. Bock, who performs full ankle replacements when arthritis becomes severe. Ruptured ligaments require surgical repair. “But even less severe sprains can lead to future sprain susceptibility if not treated properly,” he says.

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Weight loss

Rushing to the bathroom? A little weight loss may help If you’re carrying extra pounds, you may be at increased risk for urinary incontinence. But a recent study in Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that shedding just a little weight may greatly reduce incontinence symptoms. These symptoms can range from some loss of urine when you cough or sneeze to an Tanya Wilke, MD urgent need to use the bathroom. Major changes, even for frequent symptoms

Researchers studied the effects of weight change in 338 overweight or obese women with urinary incontinence. All had a body mass index between 25 and 50 and were provided information on healthy lifestyles or enrolled in a weight loss program. After 18 months, the results showed major changes for women who lost just 5 to 10 percent of their body weight. These women were up to four times more likely than women who gained weight to report significant improvement in their symptoms. Many of them reduced incontinence episodes each week by 70 percent or more. The key? Make changes that support health

The key to the research, says family medicine practitioner Tanya Wilke, MD, Franciscan Medical Group – Enumclaw, is that you don’t have to lose a lot of weight, or do it in an “all or nothing” fashion. “Make one change at a time,” she suggests. “If you throw out all the junk food and exercise 30 minutes a day, you can do it for about two weeks. But then you may get frustrated. “Try walking just five minutes a day. Cut out soda. Don’t have cookies in the house. Pick one thing to concentrate on. Once you see the benefit, add something else.” Change your focus

Losing weight is good, says Dr. Wilke. “But I usually ask my patients to focus more on how their pants fit than the number on the scale.You don’t have to be at an ideal weight to see a difference in your symptoms,” she says. Franciscan also has many different resources for bladder control help. “We have very effective physical therapy programs, and can also help you learn exercises you can do at home, in addition to weight loss, medication or surgery,” says Dr. Wilke. “The key is you don’t have to suffer.” Talk to a Franciscan physician for help

Losing 5 to 10 percent of your weight is a reachable goal. For a 200-pound woman, that’s as little as 10 pounds. For help with a weight loss plan, talk with your Franciscan primary care provider.

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Online resources

FHShealth.org: a treasure trove of free health information and tools Are you one of the 650,000 people who visited the Franciscan website this year and discovered the free health information, resources and tools? If you haven’t visited our website, here’s what you’re missing! Start at the Health Information section of the website, www.FHShealth.org.You can sign up for events, email a get-well card to patients, and do so much more!

Award-winning Franciscan Health Library

Social media

With more than 3,900 health-related articles and 3,000-plus videos and images, you can learn about everything from arthritis to zinc. The library is also a great resource for students who are working on health-related projects.

• Like us on Franciscan’s Facebook page for health tips and happenings in our community. • Follow us on Twitter and get daily updates about health news and events with experts in your area. • On the Franciscan YouTube channel, you can listen to health experts in the comfort of your own home as they discuss stroke prevention, heart health, weight loss and many more vital health topics. • Check in on Foursquare to keep up with your friends and to discover what’s nearby. (All Franciscan clinics are on Foursquare. Be sure to check in when you go see your doctor.)

Franciscan Symptom Navigator

Is it a cold or a fever? Is my headache serious? The interactive Symptom Navigator guides you through more than 300 symptoms, so that you better understand when to self-treat and when to give your doctor a call. Find a Doctor

Are you looking for a doctor who will work with you to find the best treatment that suits your health care needs and unique lifestyle? Click the Find a Doctor link on FHShealth.org home page for a fast and easy search.

Franciscan’s mobile site HealthAware Risk Assessment

Go to KnowMyHealthRisk.org to learn if you are at risk for potentially critical health conditions—many of which don’t show any signs or symptoms. The seven free risk assessments are: HeartAware, StrokeAware, SleepAware,VascularAware, CancerAware-Breast, CancerAware-Lung and DiabetesAware.

Go to FHShealth.org on your smartphone to get directions and contact information for emergency departments, hospitals, clinics and physicians.

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In the community

The gift of giving Local boy inspires friends and family to give to Franciscan Hospice House Joshua Currey celebrates his January birthday like many young boys. He gathers friends and family together at a popular pizzeria, eats hearty and plays video games. But his celebration diverges from those of most of his friends in one key way: He prefers to give rather than receive. Rather than accept gifts for his birthday, Joshua Joshua decided at Currey (right) has family and friends give to charity. age nine that he didn’t need more toys made him laugh; his mom or gifts right after Christmas. What he really wanted was to liked the flowers in the room that were kept fresh by staff, make a difference in the world. For the last three years, and the whole family commented on how welcoming it he has asked his friends and was to be here at this time family to join him at the pizzeria and donate money to when emotions were high. Joshua is the grandson of the cause of his choice. This Franciscan Health System year, as he turned 11, Joshua employee Connie Pyles, collected $515 in memory of manager of the respiratory his grandfather, Juan Carlos therapy department at St. Santiago, who passed away at Joseph Medical Center. It is Franciscan Hospice House in always such an honor when November 2011. one of our own thinks highly Joshua wanted to honor all enough of us that they allow us the volunteers who were so welcoming and friendly during to care for a family member. Blessings to Joshua and his the two weeks he and his family and to the staff and family were visiting his grandfather at Hospice House. volunteers at Hospice House— you are all truly the angels He especially liked the ice on earth. cream cart volunteers who

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If you have been diagnosed with heart valve disease, or you have symptoms of valve disease but no formal diagnosis, there is a place where you can get answers about your condition. The St. Joseph Heart Valve Clinic offers a convenient, one-stop, single-day appointment where the region’s leading cardiovascular experts will examine you and talk with you about your heart history, perform state-of-the-art diagnostic exams, and work with you to develop a treatment plan to manage or improve your valve health. Some commonly treated conditions include: • Heart murmur • Mitral valve prolapse or regurgitation • Aortic valve prolapse or regurgitation • Aortic or mitral valve stenosis If you want to learn more about valve disease, its effect on your life, and what you can do to keep your heart as healthy as possible, speak to your physician about making an appointment at the St. Joseph Heart Valve Clinic or call 253-426-6700.

St. Joseph Heart Valve Clinic Location in the St. Joseph Medical Pavilion 1802 S. Yakima, Suite 102, Tacoma, WA 98405 253-426-6700 Physician Cardiologist Scott Werden, DO, FACC, FASE Franciscan Heart & Vascular Associates Surgeons Craig Hampton, MD, FACS Gilbert Johnston, MD, FACS John Luber, MD, FACS St. Joseph Cardiothoracic Surgeons

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Health Resources & Events F ranciscan H ealth S y stem

ST. JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER 1717 S. J St Tacoma • 253-426-4101

ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL 34515 Ninth Ave S Federal Way • 253-944-8100

ST. CLARE HOSPITAL 11315 Bridgeport Way S.W. Lakewood • 253-985-1711

ST. ELIZABETH HOSPITAL 1455 Battersby Ave Enumclaw • 360-802-8800

ST. ANTHONY HOSPITAL 11567 Canterwood Blvd N.W. Gig Harbor • 253-530-2000

Most programs and classes are free, but many require registration. For more information, call the number listed.

UPCOMING EVENTS ›› The Peninsula Metric Century Bike Ride The Peninsula Metric Century, organized by the Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club and sponsored by Franciscan Health System, is a challenging bike ride through the scenic Kitsap Peninsula. Choose from routes of 29, 44, 62, or 100 miles. Riders will enjoy panoramic waterfront views, rural countryside, and rolling hills on a well-marked course with cue sheet and map, support vehicles, fully stocked rest stops, and dessert at the finish line. Gig Harbor Medical Pavilion, 6401 Kimball Dr. N.W. Gig Harbor Cost: $25 per person, $45 per family Date: Sunday, June 3 Time: Registration begins at 7 a.m. Registration Instructions: Visit www.twbc.org

›› American Cancer Society Relay for Life Multiple locations throughtout June and July. Register online at www.relayforlife.org

›› Enumclaw Street Fair The Enumclaw Street Fair is a fun family event with activities for all ages--a full carnival with rides, games and good ol’ fair food! Whether you enjoy just strolling down Cole Street visiting the many vendors, or sitting and enjoying the entertainment on Main Stage, you are sure to have fun! Stop by the St. Elizabeth Hospital booth for health information and prizes. July 20 and 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. ENUMCLAW Downtown/Cole Street

FAMILY EDUCATION For more information about our classes and to register online, go to www.FHShealth.org/ childbirthclasses or call the Family Education information line at 253-426-6253.

›› Childbirth Preparation

›› Conscious Fathering

St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital offer childbirth preparation classes. Topics include pregnancy comfort measures, labor and birth including variations and interventions, and postpartum. $100 per couple or free with Provider One/DSHS card. Register online or call 253-426-6253.

Dads-to-be discuss priorities, life adjustment, fears, problem solving, partnership and basic infant care. $40. Call to register: 253-426-6253.

›› Welcome to Our Home Maternity Reception and Tour—FREE! Be prepared for your upcoming delivery with preregistration, a tour of the birth center and tips for going home with your baby. FREE yet registration is required. Call to register: 253-426-6253.

›› Teen Childbirth Preparation Pregnancy preparation specifically addressing the unique needs of young people 19 and under. $60 per couple or free with Provider One/DSHS card. Call to register: 253-426-6253.

›› Newborn Preparation A resource for parents preparing for discharge after delivery, this one-time class includes topics such as postpartum care of mom and baby, hints for adjusting to new roles, basic newborn care, and resources. $50 per couple. Register online or call 253-426-6253.

›› Infant Massage Fun, relaxing three-hour class designed to nurture the bond between parents and babies. $55 for parents and baby. Call to register: 253-426-6253.

›› CPR/Child Safety Learn basic resuscitation and how to make your home safe for children. $50 per person, $60 per couple. Call to register: 253-426-6253.

›› Protecting Your Pelvic Floor Franciscan physical therapists, specialists in pelvic floor muscle training, offer techniques to strengthen and protect your pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy and the birth process. Class fee is $50, which includes an exercise kit. Register online!

›› Breastfeeding Preparation Covers basic breastfeeding initiation tips and accessing postpartum lactation resources. $40 per couple. Register online!

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›› Safe Sitter Babysitting training for adolescents. Discusses many topics including how to handle emergencies. $55. Call to register: 253-426-6253.

›› Free Car Seat Safety Check Is your child’s car seat installed correctly? Certified technicians will show you how to install your car seat according to national safety guidelines. First Tuesday of each month. 5:30-7 p.m. St. Francis Hospital Medical Office Building B, 34509 9th Ave S, front entrance. No registration required.


HEART HEALTH TALKS ›› Heart-Healthy Nutrition Series Four-week series on heart-healthy eating topics, including meal planning, food labels, eating out and portion control. Call 888-825-3227 to register and for more information. For Nutrition Services, call the St. Joseph Outpatient Nutrition Center at 253-426-4926.

Support Groups Please visit FHShealth.org/support for a list and details of current support groups available.

Caregiver Support Group First and third Thursday of the month, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Call 360-802-8800 to confirm dates, rooms and times. ENUMCLAW St. Elizabeth Hospital, Cedar Room

Grief Support Group First and third Wednesday of the month, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Call 360-802-8800 to confirm dates, rooms and times. ENUMCLAW St. Elizabeth Hospital, Cedar Room

path of grief become a little less lonely and a little less painful.This small group, six-week support group is sponsored by the pastoral care department at St. Anthony Hospital. Call 253-530-2142 for information about upcoming sessions. Registration is required.

Diabetes Support Groups The Franciscan Diabetes Support Group is designed for people with diabetes and their family members. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and feelings, and in return learn and find encouragement and support from others coping with similar issues. Registration: None required. Call Franciscan’s Diabetes Services at 253-426-6753 for more information. Dates, times, locations and costs subject to change. Locations and times: Fourth Monday of the month, Noon - 1 p.m. TACOMA St. Joseph Medical Center, call for room locations

›› NEW! The Path of Grief

Fourth Wednesday of the month, Noon - 1 p.m. FEDERAL WAY St. Francis Hospital, Executive Dining Room (located in cafeteria area)

Through conversations and story-telling, participants find support, new ways to care for self, and new sparks of hope to help the

One Wednesday per month (date varies), Noon – 1 p.m. LAKEWOOD St. Clare Hospital, Classroom A

WEIGHT LOSS Free Weight Loss Surgery Information and Seminars Learn how weight loss surgery can help you reclaim your body and lead a healthier, happier life. To register, call 888-825-3227 or visit us online at FHShealth.org

›› Weight Loss Surgery—Learn the Facts Join this FREE seminar to learn your sugical options at the St. Francis Center for Weight Management, a designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Registration is required. Go to www.StFrancisWeightForLife.org or call 888-825-3227. Free support groups also available. Call 800-823-6525.

›› Healthy Solutions A medically supervised weight loss program, Health Management Resources® incorporates

Franciscan Orthopedics and Sports Medicine announces sponsorship of Rainier to Ruston Well known for its Ultra (50 mile) Marathon and Relay race, Rainier to Ruston (R2R) was founded to bring public attention to the Foothills Trails, from the shoulders of Mt. Rainier to the shores of Puget Sound. Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, R2R has changed the courses to offer Pierce County’s most scenic routes. R2R includes an Ultra (50 mile) Marathon and Relay, 50k Ultra, Full (27.7mile) Marathon and Half (13.1 mile) Marathon. Join us on National Trails Day, June 2, 2012! Learn more at www.rainiertoruston.com.

Fourth Thursday of the month, 4 – 5 p.m. GIG HARBOR St. Anthony Medical Building 4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Suite 107

Weight Loss Surgery Clinic welcomes Troy Houseworth, MD, FACS Troy Houseworth, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery. He practices at St. Francis Weight Troy Houseworth, Loss Surgery Clinic in Federal Way and operates at both St. Francis Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center. A highly skilled surgeon, Dr. Houseworth is a MD veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as chief of general surgery and developed a bariatric surgery program for Keller Hospital in West Point, New York. The St. Francis Weight Loss Surgery Clinic is located at 200 S. 333rd St., Suite 150, in Federal Way. To make an appointment with Dr. Houseworth, call 253-275-6030.

healthy shakes and entrees, intensive lifestyle education and follow-up with emphasis on long-term weight maintenance. Free orientation. New class starts in June. Call 888-825-3227 for information. FEDERAL WAY St. Francis Center for Weight Management, 34509 Ninth Ave S, Suite 310

›› Sound Weight Loss Designed to support weight management, this program incorporates a behavior modification approach. Ten, one-hour weekly classes, plus a one-on-one session with a registered dietitian. $250 fee. Free orientation. Call 800-823-6525.

Franciscan Health is now on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter! ›› Search for “Franciscan Health System.” www.FHShealth.org

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St. Francis Hospital 34515 Ninth Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003 St. Joseph Medical Center 1717 South J St, Tacoma, WA 98405 St. Clare Hospital 11315 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 St. Elizabeth Hospital 1455 Battersby Ave, Enumclaw, WA 98022 St. Anthony Hospital 11567 Canterwood Blvd NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332 Franciscan Medical Group 1313 Broadway Plaza, Suite 200, Tacoma, WA 98402 CEO, Franciscan Health System Joe Wilczek President, St. Elizabeth Hospital Donna Russell-Cook Franciscan Health System is part of Catholic Health Initiatives, which has health care facilities throughout the United States. ©2012, Franciscan Health System. All rights reserved. For questions or comments, or if you’d like to be removed from the health! mailing list, please contact us at 253-382-3850, (fax) 253-382-3877, www.FHShealth.org or write to: Editor, Franciscan health!, Franciscan Health System, Marketing & Communications, PO Box 2197, Tacoma, WA 98401-2197.

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OUR MISSION To create healthier communities OUR VISION To be the South Sound's first choice for healing of mind, body and spirit OUR VALUES Reverence, Integrity, Compassion, Excellence

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Everyone loves a winning team. And ours is second to none. At St. Elizabeth Hospital, our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team is comprised of the area’s top physicians, nurses and staff. This includes forward-thinking surgeons who specialize in the latest surgical techniques and equipment. St. Elizabeth Hospital features the latest technology in our three state-of-the-art surgery suites, with both minimally invasive and traditional surgical procedures available.

FOR ADVANCED MEDICINE AND TRUSTED CARE, CHOOSE ST. ELIZABETH. 1455 Battersby Ave., Enumclaw, WA 98022 | www.NewEnumclawHospital.org

Your new St. Elizabeth Hospital provides: 24-hour Emergency Department Family Birth Center Diagnostic Imaging Inpatient Surgery Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Outpatient Surgery Endoscopy (GI) Services Inpatient Care Critical Care Cardiopulmonary Services Digital Mammography Laboratory Services Inpatient room service Cornerstone Café

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