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Orthopedics Franciscan Orthopedic Associates (360) 825-7500 2820 Griffin Ave. Suite 210 Enumclaw

Internal Medicine Franciscan Medical Clinic (253) 750-6000 9230 Sky Island Dr. E. 2nd floor Bonney Lake Corie Sandall, MD

HEART CARE World-class heart care, close to home Obstetrics/Gynecology Franciscan Specialty Clinic (360) 802-5760 1818 Cole St. Enumclaw

8 NUTRITION Eat right for a happy heart.


MEAL PLANNING Give your pantry a heart-healthy makeover!

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10 KNOW YOUR NUMBERS Sure, but what does it really mean?

12 WOMEN’S HEALTH Hormones and their impact on weight.

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into your local pharmacy if medically necessary. Care is provided by phone or secure video chat via your computer, smartphone or tablet. Cliff Robertson, MD “Much of what is provided is peace of mind, and assistance in determining what to do next. For example, ‘Do I need to take my screaming Janis Fegley, DO 2-year-old to the ER, or can the issue be handled another way?’” Dr. Robertson said. And if care can’t be handled virtually — for example, a recommendation is made to either visit a nearby Franciscan clinic or go to the Emergency Department — the $35 fee is waived.

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Chat with a doctor on your smartphone? Now you can. Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care available 24/7 via phone or web A spiking 2 a.m. fever. A rash that just keeps getting worse. Do you head for the emergency room, or wait and worry? Neither, said Cliff Robertson, MD, chief operating officer at Franciscan Health System. With Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care, you can be treated by our specially-trained doctors and nurse practitioners from the comfort of your home. And for only $35.


Yes, we can treat that Dr. Robertson estimated that up to 50 percent of what you visit a physician’s office or Emergency Department for can be handled virtually. This includes assessing cuts, burns and strains/sprains; treating urinary tract, sinus or yeast infections; and consulting on fevers, headaches, pink eye, rashes and sore throats. Prescriptions can even be called

Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care is revolutionizing the way South Sound residents receive health care, said Dr. Robertson. “From piloting this service to our employees, we learned that knowing you have access to a doctor or nurse practitioner 24/7 provides peace of mind. It’s like having a doctor in your family.” It also provides easy access to care for people living in the remote areas of the communities we serve, for whom a quick trip to the doctor isn’t a reality, said Janis Fegley, DO, a family medicine physician at Franciscan Medical Clinic — Canyon Road and Franciscan Medical Group primary care division chief. “Within days of launch, we video chatted with a man living 40 miles from a Franciscan Clinic. The virtual service significantly broadens our reach.” She added it’s just one more way Franciscan is helping to create the future of health care. “No one else in the region is doing this. We’re providing another way for people to receive care.”

Have an urgent medical question? Contact Franciscan Virtual Urgent care at (855) 356-8053 or

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Local volunteer regains voice after Gamma Knife treatment Von Freudenstein is a familiar face around Shining Mountain Elementary School in Spanaway where he has been known to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a rousing read of The Lorax. You would never know that prior to Gamma Knife treatment two years ago, the pain of trigeminal neuralgia kept him isolated at home. “The pain was like having a nuclear toothache,” he said. “I completely and utterly understand why it’s known as the ‘suicide disease.’ There is just no common term that can possibly begin to describe the pain.” A close friend saw an ad for treating trigeminal neuralgia with Gamma Knife at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma – the only Gamma Knife facility located between Seattle and Portland – and it changed Von’s life. “We thought Von was an excellent candidate for GK radiosurgery,” said Michael McDonough, MD, the radiation oncologist who treated Von with Gamma Knife at St. Joseph. “Von had been on numerous medications which helped for a while, but eventually the pain progressed despite the meds and his quality of life was suffering.” Von said, “Dr. McDonough and his team were amazing. They explained the procedure thoroughly in advance and there were no surprises. I was pain-free immediately.” Gamma Knife also successfully treats certain brain tumors and tremors. Ask your doctor if you might be a candidate or visit to learn more.

Von Freudenstein is back to enjoying life, pictured here reading Dr. Seuss stories to local children. He previously suffered from debilitating facial pain that kept him isolated at home before having successful Gamma Knife treatment at Franciscan.

The Affordable Care Act and Franciscan Health System January 1, 2014 marked the beginning of the Affordable Care Act and everyone is now required to have health insurance. If you’re one of the many who are uninsured in our state, and have yet to enroll in a health plan, it’s not too late to find an insurance plan that fits your needs and budget. You may even qualify for low-cost or free insurance. The Affordable Care Act was created to ensure everyone can get the health care they need regardless of their budget, even if they


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are sick or have a prior health issue. Open enrollment is now through March 31, 2014. Plans on the exchange that include the Franciscan network of physicians and services including Franciscan Medical Group, St. Anthony Hospital, St. Clare Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center are LifeWise, Community Health Plans of Washington and Group Health*. Visit for more information about Franciscan and the

Affordable Care Act. There you’ll find quick links to various resources throughout our community. Ready to compare plans and enroll? Visit the Washington State Health Exchange at or call 1-855-WAFINDER (1-855-923-4633). *While we participate in Group Health’s plan, they generally try to serve enrollees through Group Health clinics, surgery centers and other services. If patients sign up with Group Health, depending upon where they live, their access to Franciscan services may be limited.

St. Elizabeth Hospital sponsors “Nick of Time” event St. Elizabeth Hospital recently sponsored the Nick of Time youth heart screening event that took place at Enumclaw High School. The event was provided free-of-charge to 400 students in an effort to make the school a “Heart Safe Zone.” Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of sudden death in young people and is typically the result of undiagnosed structural or electrical heart disease. It generally occurs during or immediately after exercise and often children collapse, lose consciousness and die unless normal heart rhythm is restored. During a Nick of Time heart screening students take part in a health survey to determine symptoms and family history of a cardiac condition. They also have their blood pressure taken and receive a physical exam and electrocardiogram. If it is determined the student is at risk, an on-site echocardiogram of the heart is conducted. Students also receive training in CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator. The Nick of Time Foundation, based in Seattle, was created in memory of Nick Varrenti, a multisport athlete who suffered sudden cardiac arrest and died at age 16. The organization’s goal is to reduce sudden cardiac death through early detection and intervention.

´ Popke honored with the Rene St. Francis Humanitarian Award The Franciscan Foundation and the Sisters of St. Francis ´ of Philadelphia honored Rene Popke and the Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation with their 2013 St. Francis Humanitarian Award. The From left: Brenda Sexton, René Popke, Kaylee Garrett, Jody Miller, award honors those in the Megan Farr, Michelle Apodaca, Sherri Kolisch, Dr. Ralph Zech, Franciscan Health System Larry Jensen. service area who show “extraordinary commitment to peacemaking; serving those in need including but not limited to the poor, disabled or homeless; diversity and/or humility.” René Popke has been a tireless volunteer in the Enumclaw community since 1998. In 2011, she became the first executive director of the Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation. Under her leadership the Foundation has expanded their role and mission while continuing to have a significant impact on the greater plateau community. The Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation was established in 1982 and has been a significant part of the plateau community ever since. The Foundation has supported St. Elizabeth Hospital in many ways including donating funds for state-of-the art digital mammography equipment and building a new Emergency Department.

New Patient Portal Available for St. Elizabeth Hospital Patients The new My Record Patient Portal now gives St. Elizabeth Hospital patients the flexibility to access information from their health record at St. Elizabeth. The portal is available over the internet, which means that patients can use it from virtually anywhere. They can also use the portal to access information for family members and individuals for whom they provide care if given permission. The My Record Patient Portal will allow patients to access: ■■  Patient Health Summary from St. Elizabeth ■■  Allergies ■■  Laboratory and Radiology Results from St. Elizabeth ■■  Medication List ■■  Demographic Information ■■  Visit History ■■  Discharge Instructions The portal is completely secure, so patients can be confident that their private information is protected. Only the patient – or an authorized family member/care giver – can access health information. The My Record Patient Portal is separate from the MyChart online portal that patients use to access their health record with Franciscan Medical Group physicians and other Franciscan facilities on the Plateau. When St. Elizabeth moves onto the Epic electronic health record, it too will transition to MyChart. To learn more and log in to MyRecord visit


Buckley resident Barbara Silverfeather recently found herself in the St. Elizabeth ER with severe chest pain. Today she’s healthy and thankful for the life-saving care she received close to home.


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Helping hearts World-class heart care, close to home

What if you or someone you love suffers a heart attack, needs heart surgery or requires a complex diagnostic procedure? When the unthinkable happens, you want to receive lifesaving care as quickly as possible in a facility offering the latest technology, excellent patient care — and close to home. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Franciscan Heart Center, which isn’t just one place. It’s a full range of the latest in heart and vascular care provided by highly skilled experts throughout Franciscan. Whether you are cared for in your home town, or you need our highest level of care at St. Joseph Medical Center, our goal is to help you stay heart healthy for life. “From the moment I met Dr. Hecker, I got the feeling that she had a lot of experience under her belt,” said Barbara Silverfeather. “I felt like she knew everything I was going through, and she took the time to thoroughly explain everything to me along the way.”

Just ask 57-year-old Buckley resident and mother of seven, Barbara Silverfeather. She recently found herself in the Emergency Department at St. Elizabeth Hospital with severe chest pain. “I suddenly felt like I couldn’t get in enough air,” she said. “I’d be folding laundry and I’d have to rest.”

Rapid, lifesaving treatments While in the Emergency Department at St. Elizabeth, Silverfeather received an electrocardiogram along with other tests to assess what was happening in her heart. The tests revealed several blockages that could have caused a heart attack. She was transferred by ambulance to St. Joseph Medical Center, in Tacoma, where she had triple bypass surgery.


“There’s a continuity of care throughout Franciscan Health System that patients can depend on,” said Susan Hecker, MD, MPH, a cardiac surgeon with Franciscan Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates at St. Joseph. Susan Hecker, MD, MPH Silverfeather knows firsthand what a difference Franciscan’s first-rate heart care can make. Dr. Hecker successfully performed triple bypass surgery on Silverfeather’s heart to bypass blocked arteries. During the operation, Dr. Hecker took a vein from Silverfeather’s leg and an artery from her chest wall and used them to detour blood flow around the blocked arteries.

Keeping hearts healthy “We really take a hands-on approach to providing care to our patients and their families,” said Dr. Hecker. “We meet with you before surgery and explain the procedure as well as the risks and benefits. We walk you through what to expect before, during, and after surgery. We make sure there’s a plan in place for discharge; whether you go home or need a referral to a rehabilitation or skilled-care facility.” Silverfeather stayed in the hospital for four days before returning home. “From the moment I met Dr. Hecker, I got the feeling that she had a lot of experience under her belt,” said Silverfeather. “I felt like she knew everything I was going through and she took the time to thoroughly explain everything to me along the way.” Although heart surgery may seem daunting, Dr. Hecker explains that it’s more common now than ever before and, when needed, can lead to a better life. “We help reduce the risk of heart attack so patients can live healthier, longer lives,” she said.

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eat right for a happy heart Whether it’s family health history or not-so-healthy choices in your younger years, it can feel like you don’t have much control over your risk for heart disease. But actually, you can make a difference in your heart health starting with what you put on your plate. “We’re increasingly coming to understand just how big of a role diet and nutrition play in your heart health,” said Daniel Clerc, MD, family medicine physician at Franciscan Medical Clinic in Enumclaw. When it comes to eating for a healthy heart there are two important factors to consider: How much you eat and what you eat. Here’s what you need to know.

Keep portions under control Obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease. It can increase your risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, which strain your heart, Dr. Clerc said. Portion control can help you cut calories, lose weight, and improve your overall health. Following the MyPlate method at meals is a great way to consume fewer calories while eating plenty of heart-healthy nutrients. Here’s how it works: At each meal draw an imaginary line down the center of your plate. Fill one half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Divide the remaining side of your plate in half again — one section is for whole grains and the other is for lean protein.


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“At first, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with making changes to your diet,” said Jeffrey Rose, MD, FACC, a cardiologist with Franciscan Specialty Clinic in Enumclaw. “Start slow with a change that feels doable for you and your family, such as serving more produce with your meals. Once you feel confident with that, make another change, like eating more whole grains. Continue making changes until you’ve adopted a healthier way of eating that works for you and your family.”

What to eat In addition to keeping your portions in check, eat lots of nutrient-rich foods while avoiding those that contain ingredients that could harm your heart. Here are easy ways to start eating for a healthy heart: ■■  Shop the perimeter of the grocery store — that’s where most of the heart-healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and low-fat dairy are found. ■■  Avoid sugary drinks like soda and choose water instead. “Many beverages are packed with sugar, calories, and other ingredients, such as high-fructose corn syrup, which you don’t need,” Dr. Clerc said. ■■  Eat breakfast every morning. It will keep cravings for unhealthy foods in check all day long. ■■  Cut back on salt. Keep the saltshaker off the table and season foods with sodium-free alternatives like herbs and spices.

Give your pantry a heart-healthy makeover! A healthy heart starts in your kitchen so stocking up on good-for-you foods is key. Here are some of the cornerstones that create a ticker-friendly pantry: Whole grains. They’re high in fiber, which helps reduce blood cholesterol levels. Examples include oatmeal, brown rice, whole-grain pasta, quinoa and bulgur. Olive oil. It’s rich in cholesterollowering monounsaturated fats and a healthier alternative to saturated fats like butter. Nuts and seeds. Reach for them when you need a snack — they’re good sources of protein and hearthealthy fats


Low-sodium canned foods. When buying beans, tomatoes, broth and other canned goods, make sure the label says “low sodium.” Dried herbs and spices. They add flavor to food without the need for blood-pressure-raising salt.

Ready to start eating for a healthy heart? Pick up our heart health book for tips and yummy recipes. Visit


Know your numbers If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Know your numbers — especially your blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. But perhaps you’re putting off that doctor’s appointment because you think, “I feel good, so my numbers must be fine.” Right? “Not so,” said Susan Eardley, RN, a clinical nurse specialist and educator for the Franciscan Heart Center. “They don’t call high blood pressure the ‘silent killer’ for nothing,” she added.

You still need to know “Most often, people don’t feel bad until something happens,” warned Eardley. “In addition to this, as we age, we subtly start changing our environment Susan Eardley, RN to fit our stamina levels and may not realize our activity tolerance is dropping. So, knowing our numbers and understanding our individual risk factors gives us the opportunity to modify our habits and reduce the chance of a heart attack or stroke.”

You have control The good news is that even if your numbers are higher than they should be, focused lifestyle changes such as diet modification, physical activity and targeted medication when necessary can reduce your risk. Continued on page 11


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Here’s what Eardley says you need to know about your numbers — and why.

The number: Blood pressure Healthy: 120/80 goal At Risk: 135/85 and up What it is: A measure of heartbeat force, blood flow rate and artery elasticity Why it’s so critical to know: “Chronic high blood pressure leads to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease,” said Eardley. “It is usually without symptoms until damage to the organs has already begun.”

The number: Cholesterol (total) Healthy: 200 or less At Risk: 201 and up What it is: A measure of a wax-like substance our body needs. Too much raises the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Total cholesterol is made up of HDLs (high density lipids), LDLs (low density lipids) and triglycerides. Talk with your doctor about these individual numbers too. Why it’s so critical to know: “Simply put, cholesterol acts like the gunk in your bathroom sink pipes,” explained Eardley. “It slowly builds over time, and then that last glob of hair gel gets caught and flow slows or stops. A similar result in the body may be heart attack or stroke.”


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The number: Body mass index (BMI) Healthy: 19–24 At Risk: 25 and up What it is: A height-to-weight ratio used to gauge overweight and obesity Why it’s so critical to know: “A healthy BMI means less stress on the body,” said Eardley. “Will we all be a dress size 4 or a 32-inch waist? No. But getting in a healthy range reduces the risk of many health conditions.”

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Body mass index, or BMI, can be tricky, explained Eardley. “You can have a BMI that’s too low as well as too high.” Factors such as muscle mass and pregnancy can also skew this result, so it’s best to clarify your results with your doctor. All in all, each number has its purpose — and it’s critical to understand your health status. “Knowing your numbers is helpful in identifying your risk factors, which can guide you in making healthier choices to protect your health long-term,” Eardley concluded.

The number: Blood sugar (fasting) Healthy: 70–99 At Risk: 100 and up What it is: The concentration of glucose in the blood, a high number may be a sign of impaired glucose metabolism Why it’s so critical to know: “High blood glucose does damage at the cellular level,” said Eardley. “Microvascular damage can cause blindness and kidney failure, and raises heart attack risk. It also contributes to many other chronic conditions.”


Hormones and their impact on weight

“The decline in estrogen and progesterone secretion that occurs with menopause alters fat cell metabolism and can lead to weight gain especially in the belly,” said Arminda Mauricio, MD, an obstetriciangynecologist with Franciscan Women’s Health Associates. “It’s vital to remind ourselves of these life-stage risks to motivate us to have a more active lifestyle and maintain healthconscious food choices.”

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Have you noticed your clothes fitting a little more snug lately? You may be experiencing hormonal shifts that are leading to weight gain. Hormonal shifts can occur with menopause that may cause you to lose some lean muscle mass. With less muscle your metabolic rate decreases. Many women also experience significant changes in their life that coincide with menopause. Your kids may be getting older and more independent so you’re not spending as much time being active with them. However, menopause doesn’t have to be synonymous with unwanted pudge. There’s plenty you can do to keep pounds at bay and, more importantly, protect your overall health for years to come.

Start small Look for ways to increase how much you move each day. Start small like parking further away from the entrance of the grocery store and using the stairs instead of the elevator. Wearing a pedometer can help you aim for about 10,000 steps per day —

the recommended amount of activity in an average day. Also, consider adding weight or resistance training to your activities two to three days per week. It helps build muscle mass to keep your metabolism humming and slows the breakdown of your bones that occurs with menopause.

Snack smarter You need fewer calories to maintain your weight now than when you were younger. Reach for fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks instead of chips, crackers or pretzels. Eliminate sugary drinks like soda or sweetened iced tea, which provide a heap of calories with zero nutrition. And try serving meals on a salad plate instead of a dinner plate — you’ll get about 150 fewer calories but will feel just as full. If you follow these steps but are still gaining weight, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor. You should rule out other hormone issues, such as hypothyroidsism or underactive thyroid which can lead to weight gain and is most common in women older than 60.

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See something you like? Mark your calendar! Franciscan Health System offers these upcoming events and resources to help promote healing of mind, body and spirit.


Diabetes Support Groups

March Is Colon Cancer Awareness!

Weight Loss Surgery — Learn the Facts

Learn and find encouragement and support from others coping with diabetes. Call Franciscan’s Diabetes Services at 253-426-6753 for more information. » Second Tuesday of the Month; 5:30–6:30 p.m.; GIG HARBOR, St. Anthony Hospital, Conference Room A, 11567 Canterwood Blvd. NW » Third Wednesday of each month, 11:30– 1:30 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY, St. Francis Medical Pavilion Conference Room, 34509 9th Ave. S » Fourth Monday of each month, Noon–1 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, Dining Rooms 1 & 2, Ground Floor, 1717 S. J St.

Tour a 12’x10’x10’ colon exhibit to learn about colon cancer screening and prevention. FREE! No registration necessary. Exhibits are open at each campus between 7 a.m.–5 p.m. on these designated dates: » Mon., March 24, TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 S. J Street (Main lobby) » Tues., March 25, FEDERAL WAY, St. Francis Hospital, 34509 Ninth Ave. S. (Specific location TBD) » Wed., March 26, LAKEWOOD, St. Clare Hospital, 11315 Bridgeport Way SW (Specific location TBD) » Thurs., March 27, ENUMCLAW, St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1455 Battersby Avenue » Fri., March 28, GIG HARBOR, St. Anthony Hospital, 11567 Canterwood Blvd. N.W. (Larson Lobby near cafeteria)

FREE seminar about your surgical options at the Franciscan Center for Weight Management, a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Registration is required. Call 1-888-825-3227 or go to » FEDERAL WAY, Franciscan Center for Weight Management, 34509 Ninth Ave. S, Suite 100

Franciscan Hospice Support Groups Call 253-534-7000 for more information.

Cancer Support Groups Look Good, Feel Better — Dedicated to female cancer survivors, this 2 ½ hour class helps with make-up, head scarves and other appearance tips during cancer treatment. FREE! Call 1-800-227-2345 to register. » First Friday of the month; 1–3:30 p.m.; GIG HARBOR, Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center.

Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups Whether you’re contemplating surgical weight loss or have already had surgery, we have a support group to meet your needs. » LAKEWOOD, Third Monday of the Month, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Clare Hospital Resource Center , 4908 112th St. S.W. » FEDERAL WAY, Second Tuesday of the Month, 1–2 p.m., St. Francis Hospital Medical Office Building, 34509 Ninth Ave. S

Yoga for Cancer Patients, Survivors and Caregivers — Open to anyone touched by cancer as a patient, survivor or caregiver. No yoga experience necessary. No registration necessary. FREE! » Second and fourth Wednesday of the month; 5–6 p.m.; GIG HARBOR; Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center


FAMILY EDUCATION For more information about tours or family education classes and to register, please call 1-888-825-3227 (available 24/7) or visit

Especially Yours A personalized three-hour private childbirth education course for the expectant mother and her companion. Registered students personally select class content after arranging the date, time and location which best suits their schedule. A private tour of the Franciscan Family Birth Center is an option. $200/couple.

Family Birth Center Tour and Classes Be prepared for your upcoming delivery with a tour of the birth center near you with tips for going home with your baby. FREE!

Childbirth Preparation Four Franciscan hospitals offer childbirth preparation classes. Topics include pregnancy comfort measures, labor and birth including variations and interventions, and postpartum. All classes include a tour of the family birth center. $125/couple or free with Provider One/DSHS card.

Teen Childbirth Preparation Pregnancy preparation specifically addressing the

unique needs of young people 19 and under. $60/couple or free with Provider One/DSHS card.

Breastfeeding Preparation Covers basic breastfeeding initiation tips and accessing postpartum lactation resources. $50/couple.

Conscious Fathering Dads-to-be discuss priorities, life adjustment, fears, problem solving, partnership and basic infant care. $50/person.

Newborn Preparation 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/couple.

Safe Sitter Babysitting training for adolescents. Discusses topics such as how to handle emergencies. $75/person.

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. Available at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way and Highline Medical Center in Burien. Please call 206-987-SAFE or visit

HEALTH TALKS Understanding & Treating Back Pain with Julie Benson, ARNP Fight back against back pain! Most of us will suffer some level of back pain during our lifetime. It may be an injury or a nagging pain from overuse. Join Julie Benson, ARNP, from the Franciscan Spine Center as she discusses how the back works, common problems and some of the latest non-surgical and surgical treatments that can get you to the root of your problem. Attendees will also receive a free Back Basics booklet. Register online at or 1-888-825-3227. » Wed., March 12; 6-7:30 p.m.; TACOMA, LaQuinta, 1425 East 27th Street

Advancements in Joint Replacement If you are experiencing hip or knee pain from arthritis or another condition, joint replacement may be right for you. You’re invited to hear our orthopedic experts discuss non-surgical options and recent innovations in hip and knee replacement, including surgical techniques and equipment. Learn about how our patients are achieving great results. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Join Michael Miller, MD; Thurs., March 6; 6–7:30 p.m.; ENUMCLAW, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Rainier Room, 1455 Battersby Ave » Join Patrick Vaughn, MD; Tues., March 25; 6–7:30 p.m.; GIG HARBOR, Inn at Gig Harbor, 3211 56th St NW

Dr. Venkatesh Kandallu — Meet the Expert: Your Heart Questions Answered! Do you need a straight answer about a hearthealth concern? Are you looking for a cardiologist who will help you you minimize your risks and stay your healthiest? This is your chance to learn from an expert. Join us for a free health talk, where Cardiologist Venkatesh Kandallu, MD, Franciscan Heart & Vascular Associates, will discuss risk factors for heart disease, as well as provide you what you need to know about arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, heart failure, and how you can reduce your risks and stay heart healthy. Bring your questions as this may be just what you need to understand your heart health, once and for all. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Thurs., Feb. 13; 1-2:30 p.m.; AUBURN, Truitt Building, Rainier Room, 102 W. Main St


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Women, Take Heart! A panel discussion just for you Ladies, join a panel of Franciscan cardiologists, plus Susan Levy, publisher of Franciscan’s heart health book, as we celebrate American Heart Month. Enjoy an evening of heart-healthy information, hors d’oeuvres, wine and dark chocolate. Our experts will tell you what’s new in women’s cardiology, some of the latest advances that are happening right here at Franciscan, and how to create your own heart-healthy journey. We’ll offer door prizes—and a free copy of our new 2014 heart health book for every guest. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Thurs., Feb. 27; 6–8 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center Lagerquist Conference Rooms A & B, 1717 S. J Street.

scan, and gentle hatha yoga techniques. The course also includes discussions about mindful communication and stress physiology, readings, and take-home references and educational resources. Cost is $300/person. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Introductory (FREE!): Tues., Jan. 28; 6:30–7:30; FEDERAL WAY; St. Francis Outpatient Center, 34515 Ninth Ave. S. » Sessions 1 - 8: Tuesdays, Jan. 28; Feb. 4; Feb. 11; Feb. 18; Feb. 25; Mar. 4; Mar. 11; Mar. 18; Mar. 25; 6:30–9 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY; St. Francis Outpatient Center, 34515 Ninth Ave. S. » Retreat: March 15; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY; St. Francis Medical Office Building, 34509 Ninth Ave. S. » Monday, Feb. 3; Noon–4:30 pm.; TACOMA,

Understanding Heart Valve Issues If you’ve been told you have a heart valve issue, please join us Monday, February 3, 6–7:30 p.m. Hear from heart valve experts, Cardiologist Daniel Wuthrich, MD, and Cardiac Surgeon Craig Hampton, MD, as they discuss a variety of heart valve issues like aortic and mitral valve prolapse and stenosis. Learn about managing these conditions, minimally invasive surgery, as well as how you can be diagnosed in one day at the Franciscan Heart Valve Clinic. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Mon., Feb. 3; 6–7:30 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY, Best Western Plus Evergreen Inn & Suites, 32124 25th Ave S

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Stressed or anxious? Have chronic health issues such as heart disease, cancer, sleep disorders, or pain that lead to frustration and even depression? Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program is an ideal way to learn life skills using proven techniques. The program is developed and lead by Franciscan neurologist John Wendt, MD. MBSR includes a one-hour orientation, eight 2.5-hour weekly classes, and a 7-hour Saturday retreat. Guided instruction covers meditation, body

St. Joseph Medical Center, Lagerquist A&B, 1717 S. J St

Afraid to Laugh, Cough or Sneeze? with Scott Poehlmann, MD Join us for in-depth education and a conversation about incontinence, its causes, and the newest and greatest treatment options including physical therapy, medications and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Get all of your questions answered. To register, call 1-888-825-3227 or online at » March 5; 6–7:30 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY, St. Francis Hospital Medical Office Building, 34509 Ninth Ave. S. » April 10; 6–7:30 p.m.: LAKEWOOD, St. Clare Hospital, Classrooms A and B, 11315 Bridgeport Way SW

Pump Up Your Knowledge

CLASSES Heart Healthy Nutrition Series Heart healthy nutrition series is a 4-week class that will give you information on reading food labels, eating out, portion control and heart healthy eating. Call 1-888-825-3227 to register. FREE! » First and fourth Wednesdays of each month; 9:30–10:30 a.m.; TACOMA, Heart Center Education Room at St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 South J. St.

Fitting Food Into Your Fight Against Cancer Designed for cancer patients in active treatment and their caregiver or support person. Topics include: anti-inflammatory foods to aid recovery and healing, coping with common treatment-related side effects, and nutrition resources. Instructor: Nancy Steedman RD, CD, CSO, a certified specialist in oncology nutrition. Call 253-426-4428 to register. FREE! » Third Tuesday of every month; 3–4 p.m.; TACOMA; St. Joseph Medical Center, Ground Floor Oncology Conference Room » Fourth Thursday of every month, 10–11 a.m., GIG HARBOR; Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center classroom, St. Anthony Hospital

This class is for those on insulin pump therapies or those considering insulin pumps. Please call Franciscan Diabetes at 253-426-6753 for information about registration. » Classes offered Tuesdays, Jan. 28, March 25, May 27, July 22, Sept. 23, Nov. 25.; 6–7:30 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 S. J Street.

Living Well With Kidney Disease This free class is being offered to those facing dialysis in the next 1-2 years. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Classes offered Wednesdays, Feb. 5, May 7, Aug. 6, Nov. 5; 2:30-5:30 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, Lagerquist C, 1717 S. J St

Transplant Choices for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease If you or a loved one is considering having a kidney transplant, or being a kidney donor, you are invited to attend this free conference. You will learn from the region’s leading transplant experts about how the evaluation and transplantation process work, as well as what one should consider about becoming an organ donor. To register, call 1-888-825-3227 or online at

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

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