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Find your NEW health care professional today! Psychiatry Franciscan Medical Clinic - Enumclaw (360) 825-6511 3021 Griffin Ave. Enumclaw

Sandra Connell, MD

Family Medicine Franciscan Medical Clinic (253) 750-6000 9230 Sky Island Dr. E. 2nd floor Bonney Lake

Cynthia Garner, DO

Internal Medicine Franciscan Medical Clinic at St. Joseph (253) 274-7503 1608 S. J St. Tacoma

Corie Sandall, MD

6 ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD Better health care is just a click away

8 VASCULAR CARE Convenient Anticoagulation Clinic monitors your medicine


General Surgery Franciscan Surgical Associates - Enumclaw (360) 825-2701 1427 Jefferson Ave. Suite 203 Enumclaw

Stephen Atkinson, MD

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10 SMARTER SURGERY Advanced techniques make recovery quicker and easier than ever

12 MEDITERRANEAN DIET Where healthy and delicious meet

Obstetrics/Gynecology Enumclaw Medical Center - Cole Street (360) 802-5760 1818 Cole St. Enumclaw

Dennis Mauricio, MD

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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 Managing Editor Amanda Hobbs Franciscan Health System is part of Catholic Health Initiatives, which has health care facilities throughout the United States. ©2013 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, or write to: Editor, Franciscan health!, Franciscan Health System, Marketing & Communications, PO Box 2197, Tacoma, WA 98401-2197.


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Know the potential risks and limitations of searching for health information on the Web Does this sound familiar? You experience an unusual health symptom and a quick Internet search later you have pages of information about what might be wrong. When it comes to your health, the Internet must be used wisely. Knowing the risks and limitations of what you find can improve your well-being and keep you in the driver’s seat of your health.

SEARCH SMARTLY “Thanks to the Internet, patients are becoming more proactive about their health, which is something I really appreciate,” said Eugene Eugene Partridge, a Partridge, PA-C certified physician assistant at Franciscan Medical Clinic in Enumclaw. “I encourage patients to see the Web as a tool alongside the information they receive from their health care team and lab results.” Partridge said patients can run into

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trouble if they use the Internet to selfdiagnose or self-treat. “It’s no replacement for a visit with your primary care provider,” he said. “Always discuss what you find online with your provider so you can better understand whether it’s accurate. Your provider can also dispel any anxieties you may have about what you found.”

THE UPSIDE OF INTERNET RESEARCH There are times when the Internet can be really helpful. “The Internet can help you make lifestyle changes that your provider may recommend,” Partridge said. “There are lots of recipes; exercise programs; and information about special diets, such as low-sodium or low-fat. You can also use the Internet for additional information about a diagnosis you already have so you can learn more about it and better understand why your doctor has suggested making certain changes.” Here are some guidelines and reliable sources for online health information:

+ offers reliable information and tools including the Franciscan Symptom Navigator and our online Health Library to research health conditions and assess health symptoms you’re experiencing. We also have the HealthAware tool to assess and manage your risk of various diseases such as heart attack and stroke. Websites that end in “.gov” are government-sponsored. For example has information about infectious and communicable diseases, immunizations and more. National health organizations — American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society and American Academy of Family Physicians — have information that can help you take better care of yourself.


THE REGION’S LEADER IN TREATMENT WITHOUT TRANSFUSION For a variety of reasons, religious as well as health-related, many patients wish to avoid blood transfusion when undergoing medical treatment. For more than 14 years, we have led the region in meeting this specialized need. Since 1999, Franciscan Transfusion-Free Medicine and Surgery Program (TMSP) has helped patients get the care they require without the need for transfused blood. “We’re the patient’s advocate,” said Jarrell Fox, regional manager of TMSP. “We’re very hands-on in optimizing patients for surgery and making sure their wishes are met.” TMSP serves over 4,500 patients each year, including 600 surgeries. Initially the program was founded to serve those seeking transfusion-free treatment on religious grounds. However, more and more patients

simply wish to avoid associated health risks of donated blood, such as allergic reactions, antibody development, abnormal blood clotting, infections, immune suppression and kidney failure. The most serious infections include hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. “Many of our patients work in health care and just want to eliminate unnecessary risks,” said Fox. The first step for patients is a consultation with a nurse specialist to determine under what, if any, conditions that donated blood may be used. All pre-treatment issues, such as anemia, are addressed to minimize risk of complications. When requested, patients are referred to one of our physicians experienced in providing this specialized care. Transfusion-free treatment isn’t available at all our hospitals, including


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St. Elizabeth Hospital. However, due to the specialized need within each community, our TMSP team members are happy to work with anyone exploring or requiring transfusionfree treatment, and will assist in finding another convenient Franciscan hospital offering this service. TMSP features state-of-the-art equipment and highly skilled surgeons and staff, enabling patients to receive safe, effective non-emergency treatment without the need for donated blood. Transfusion-free technologies and techniques include: ■ Cauterizing surgical instruments, instead of traditional scalpels ■ Medication to increase production of red blood cells and encourage clotting ■ Devices that filter and return your blood ■ Blood-dilution therapies ■ Techniques to lower blood pressure and body temperature ■ Laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques If you’re seeking transfusion-free treatment or wish to plan ahead in case of emergency, contact TMSP today. Call (253) 426-6918.

Franciscan Medical Pavilion at Bonney Lake Now Open! Franciscan Medical Pavilion, located in Bonney Lake at Highway 410 and 184th Street, is now open providing expert health care to Bonney Lake, Lake Tapps and surrounding communities. There you’ll find care for the whole family in an office specially designed to make your visit as comfortable as possible. You can even receive care after hours by phone or web cam. Currently you’ll find primary care, Prompt Care, pharmacy and lab services available, but coming soon are other specialty services including mammography, cardiology, gastroenterology, physical therapy, podiatry, oncology/infusion and more. Besides offering Franciscan Prompt Care to provide urgent medical care for life’s minor illnesses, the new Prompt Care clinic is offering $45 sports physicals throughout the summer in celebration of the grand opening — available 7 days a week without an appointment. To learn more about the Franciscan Medical Pavilion at Bonney Lake visit


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Valuable diabetes education offered in your community! Franciscan Diabetes Services offers educational opportunities for people with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Education is the key to preventing diabetes-related complications. Our certified diabetes educators, registered nurses and registered dietitians can help you manage this chronic disease. We offer one-onone education as well as a variety of classes in multiple locations throughout the South Sound, Enumclaw and Peninsula. Most insurance will cover diabetes education with a referral and our office is happy to help you get your education scheduled. For more information, call (253) 426-6753.


Better health care New electronic health record ends duplication and offers you easy access

Let’s get started! To log in to MyChart for the ďŹ rst time, you will need a temporary password, which you can request when you visit your primary care clinic.


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is just a click away In June 2013 Franciscan Health System began rolling out our new electronic medical record (EMR) system at primary care clinics. The system will be live at all our primary and specialty care clinics by the end of 2013. St. Elizabeth Hospital, which already has EMR, will transition to the new system next year. A special feature called MyChart gives you secure 24/7 online access to your medical charts, including summaries of your office visits to Franciscan clinics. It also offers features such as secure messaging to send questions to your doctors and the ability to view upcoming appointments, pay bills and more.

WHY AN ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD? You see them every time you visit your doctor’s office — shelf after shelf of file folders storing medical records printed on reams of paper. You could easily have dozens of files stored across town, and much of the information in them might not be shared. “With the new electronic medical record, when you see a Franciscan specialist, like a cardiologist, your Franciscan primary care provider can access the specialist’s notes about your visit. And, after St. Dean Field, MD Elizabeth transitions to the new system, the staff there also will have immediate access to your complete record if, for example, you need emergency care,” explained Franciscan family doctor Dean Field, MD, a leader on the project.

MYCHART PUTS YOU IN CHARGE MyChart is your tool to access your electronic medical record 24/7 and reach out to your Franciscan health care team when and where

it’s convenient for you — using your computer, tablet or your smartphone. With MyChart, you can: ■ View your medical chart, including summaries of your medical visits. ■ Review your current medications. ■ Securely send medical questions to your primary care provider. ■ Request prescription refills from your primary care provider. ■ View normal test results. (Your provider will call about abnormal results.) ■ Check scheduled appointments. ■ Pay bills. MyChart also helps you keep track of your entire family’s health records, appointments and more. If your children are under the age of 18, you can add their account to yours for easy management. Adults who care for their aging parents can also access their parents’ record with their permission.



Convenient clinic monitors your medication If you have a health condition that puts you at risk for developing blood clots, the medication Warfarin — also known as Coumadin — can be tremendously helpful for keeping you well. But Warfarin also has risks. The medication needs to be closely monitored to make sure you’re receiving just the right amount. Fortunately you can get the high-tech care and support you need right here in Enumclaw. Last December St. Elizabeth Hospital opened the Anticoagulation Clinic to treat people on Warfarin. During your appointment, a quick blood test allows us to check factors related to blood clotting so we can adjust your dose accordingly. Lena and Mike Binetti are grateful for the care they’ve received at the Anticoagulation Clinic. Mike, 87, has taken Warfarin for about 20 years to treat a genetic condition that puts him at risk for blood clots. He sometimes visits the new clinic — located just a few miles from his home — as often as twice a week. “We used to wait a day or more to find out the results of the blood test, but within a 15-minute visit we now know how well he’s doing and any changes he needs to make,” Lena said. “It gives us peace of mind because if there are any problems they’re corrected immediately.” “In addition to improving the safety of taking this medication, we’re also focused on comfort,” said Jude Verzosa, MD, chief of medical staff at St. Elizabeth Jude Verzosa, MD and an internal medicine physician at Franciscan Medical Clinic in Enumclaw. “We also educate patients about the medication and lifestyle changes they need to make as well as ensure the medication is working exactly as intended,” added Dr. Verzosa. “We’re dedicated to providing care above and beyond what you’d find anywhere else.” 8

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Lena and Mike Binetti appreciate the personal care and quick test results at the Anticoagulation Clinic at St. Elizabeth.

For more information about the Anticoagulation Clinic located in Enumclaw, please call (360) 802-8591.

We call because we care Using technology to provide follow-up care, improved results Whether you’ve stayed at St. Elizabeth Hospital for a few days or visited our Emergency Department for 45 minutes, we continue to be an ally in your recovery. Within 48 hours of your discharge we call to check on you using CipherVoice, an automated follow-up call system backed by the skill and compassion of our physicians and nurses. This gives you an important opportunity to respond to a series of questions about your care once you’ve settled at home to recuperate. These automated calls help identify: ■ Your comfort level with medication instruction ■ If you’ve made any necessary follow-up appointments ■ How you felt about your visit If you have questions or report a service issue during the call, a nurse or physician personally calls you back.

of teaching patients to self-manage their disease,” said LuzMarina Vanderhoof, RN, care manager at St. Elizabeth Hospital. “Starting education before LuzMarina discharge was one aspect Vanderhoof, RN — but because most readmissions were occurring in the first week after discharge, it was clear follow-up was important, too. Based on our need to reach 100 percent of our patients, CipherVoice seemed like a great option.” We are the region’s only health system providing this type of follow-up for all inpatient and Emergency Department visits.

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FOCUSED ON YOUR RECOVERY While calls aren’t directly tied to official patient satisfaction scores, responses are tracked and used to help make Franciscan’s great care even better. Physicians and nurses get a chance to hear your perspective directly from you, and can adjust their care strategies accordingly. “These calls are focused solely on helping us better serve and care for our patients, and we’re pleased to be able to offer them,” she said.

KEEPING YOUR CARE IN MIND We began exploring the CipherVoice technology last year at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood as a way to help heart failure patients stay on track with Jill Smith, RN critical interventions — a low-salt diet, for example — that help keep them out of the hospital. The comprehensive pilot program contributed to reduced heart failure readmission rates. “Based on these great results, Franciscan is really pleased to extend CipherVoice services to all our inpatients and Emergency Department visitors and expect to see similar rates of reduction in readmissions across the system,” said Jill Smith, RN, program administrator of Virtual Health Services at Franciscan. “We looked at different components


Smarter surgery Advanced techniques make recovery quicker and easier than ever

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When surgery becomes necessary, you want to know you’re getting the best care possible. That’s why St. Elizabeth Hospital offers a full range of advanced surgical options, including minimally invasive surgery.

SMALL INCISIONS, BIG BENEFITS During minimally invasive surgery, tiny cameras inserted into small incisions help surgeons see into the surgical site with significantly greater magnification than the naked eye. These small incisions, through which surgeons operate with slender, miniaturized tools, help minimize trauma to surrounding skin and muscle. This means post-surgical pain is generally lessened, hospital stays are shorter, infection risk is reduced and recovery is quicker. But when minimally invasive procedures such as arthroscopy and laparoscopy are an option — as they are at St. Elizabeth for everything from shoulder repair to gallbladder surgery — these general benefits are only the beginning.

RELIEVING PAIN, IMPROVING FUNCTION “Our goal in orthopedics is to relieve your pain, improve your function, and give you a better Michael Miller, MD quality of life,” said orthopedic surgeon Michael Miller, MD, Franciscan Medical Center in Enumclaw. “Arthroscopy can help us do that. It’s about the most minimally invasive procedure there is.” In arthroscopy, a tiny instrument and camera combination called an endoscope is inserted through a very small incision for diagnosis and repair of joints. Dr. Miller specializes in using this technologically advanced procedure for shoulder joint surgeries such as rotator cuff repairs. He is one of the few surgeons in the South Sound area with this specialized skill and brings this capability to St. Elizabeth.


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Board-certified general surgeon Steve Atkinson, MD, PC, Franciscan Surgical Associates in Enumclaw, appreciates high-tech minimally invasive surgical techniques for procedures such

as gallbladder/appendix removal and hernia repair. “Patients go home a lot quicker. We’re able to send many gallbladder and appendectomy patients home the same day,” he said. “Most are back to work or school within a week.” Twenty years ago, the same surgery may have meant 4 to 6 weeks out of work, Dr. Atkinson explained. “Surgical techniques have really improved overall,” he said. “Even when we perform a surgery in an open fashion, we’re working to minimize trauma to tissue surrounding the surgical site, so there’s less bleeding and infection risk.”

A COMMITMENT TO CARE Both physicians appreciate the entire surgical staff’s commitment to the finest patient experience possible, as well as Franciscan’s commitment to the latest proven technology to enhance care. “To be in a hospital with the latest technology is terrific,” Dr. Atkinson said. “As high-tech as we are, though, the people who work here are people who live in the community. My patients are always seeing someone they know. I think it helps provide a better, more personalized experience.”


Tricia Sinek, RD, left, helped attendees like Glori Schneider, right, learn the basics of the Mediterranean diet during her program, “Healthy is Delicious: Eating a Mediterranean Diet.”

Where healthy MEETS delicious Experts at Franciscan Health System have developed the program “Healthy is Delicious: Eating a Mediterranean Diet” to show the community just how mouthwatering a healthy diet can be. During the past year, Franciscan Cancer Care’s Tricia Sinek, RD, has hosted the program two to three times at each of the Franciscan hospitals with great success. Along with a trained chef at each location, Sinek helps attendees better understand the features and benefits of a Mediterranean diet and how to make it a part of their lives. “The main feature of the Mediterranean diet is that it consists mostly of plants including fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds,” she said. “There’s very little red meat, some poultry and some wild fish. Countless studies show that eating this way helps reduce inflammation in the body, which lowers your risk of numerous diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as death.”

EAT WELL, LIVE WELL Glori Schneider, a retired Franciscan employee, attended the Healthy is Delicious program earlier this year. “In the 20 years I worked at Franciscan it was the best program I ever attended,” she said. “Tricia made the diet and the foods seem so accessible.” The best part about learning about the Mediterranean diet, Schneider said, is that it doesn’t feel like any other diet she’s 12

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ever tried. “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle,” she said. “Unlike other diets, and I’ve tried them all, it doesn’t feel restrictive. I can have nuts and avocados! Now I’m learning to cook kale, Swiss chard and beets, which are all things I’d never had before. It’s been exciting for me to learn about and experiment with using different foods Tricia taught us about during the program.”

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GOOD HEALTH STARTS HERE Franciscan’s commitment to helping community members eat better with a Mediterranean-style diet extends beyond the Healthy is Delicious program. “Each of our cafeterias feature REAL (Responsible Eating and Living) food options on the daily menu, which are healthy, locally-grown and nutrient-rich meals,” said Ron Hamakawa, regional director of Food and Nutrition Services at Franciscan. “These foods often fit within the Mediterranean diet and are prepared in heart-healthy ways.”


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Events Over the Narrows 10 Mile and 5K Runs Join Franciscan Health System in the fun at Gig Harbor Rotary North’s 4th Annual Over the Narrows Runs to support: Communities in Schools, Children’s Home Society, Food Backpacks 4 Kids and the YMCA Strong Kids program. Saturday, Aug. 31; 10 Mile Run starts at Uptown Gig Harbor, 8 a.m; 5K Run/Walk starts at Tacoma Narrows Airport, 9 a.m.; Kids Dash starts at Tacoma Narrows Airport, 8:45 a.m. Cost: $20 before July 31; $30 after July 31. Sponsored by Franciscan Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Sign up today and help the children in our communities. To register, visit

Catch the Bug A Farm to Table Wine Dinner celebrating Community Gardens in Federal Way. All proceeds to go to programs to Grow, Teach and Give with organic vegetables and fruits to help those in need in our community. Sponsored by the Federal Way Community Gardens Foundation. $65/person. To register, contact Kathryn Dunn at (253) 924-6024 or » Thurs., Aug. 1; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Garden Tours at the Truman Garden, FEDERAL WAY, 31433 28th Ave. S., Dinner at the Hampton Inn; 7 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY, 31720 Gateway Center Blvd. S.

St. Joseph Medical Center Ball Another year for an unforgettable dinner, dance and auction! Please join us at the 38th Annual St. Joseph Medical Center Ball. Proceeds will benefit the renovation and upgrade of the Franciscan Family Birth Center at St. Joseph Medical Center’s Level II Special Care Nursery. Cost: $200 per person, $400 per couple, $3,000 corporate table. For more information or to sponsor, attend and/or donate an auction item, please contact the Franciscan Foundation at (253) 428-8411. » Sat., Nov. 2; 6 p.m.; TACOMA, Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway

St. Clare Hospital Golf Tournament Please join us for a fun-filled day of golf at the 10th Annual St. Clare Hospital Golf Tournament! Golfers will enjoy a BBQ lunch, 18 holes of golf and awards dinner. All tournament and auction proceeds will benefit the construction of the new chapel at St. Clare Hospital. Cost: $225 per golfer. For more information, or to sponsor, register and/or donate an auction item, please contact the Franciscan Foundation at (253) 428-8411. » Mon., Aug. 12; 12:30 p.m., Shotgun Start; 5:30 p.m., Awards Dinner; LAKEWOOD, Tacoma Golf & Country Club, 13204 Country Club Dr. SW

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.

Weight Loss Weight Loss Surgery — Learn the Facts Attend this FREE seminar to learn about your surgical options at the Franciscan Center for Weight Management located at St. Francis Hospital, a designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Registration is required. Call 1-888-825-3227 or go to » FEDERAL WAY, Franciscan Center for Weight Management, 34509 Ninth Ave. S, Suite 310

Cancer Prevention Study-3

Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups

To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the U.S. and Puerto Rico for a landmark new research study, Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Individuals may choose to participate if they are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer. For more information, call 1-888-604-5888, visit or email Enrollment is being made possible at the following Franciscan enrollment locations. » Tues., Aug. 20; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; LAKEWOOD, St. Clare Hospital, 11315 Bridgeport Way SW » Wed., Aug. 21; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 South J Street » Wed., Aug. 21; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; GIG HARBOR, St. Anthony Hospital, 11567 Canterwood Blvd NW

Whether you’re contemplating surgical weight loss or have already had surgery, we have a support group to meet your needs. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » LAKEWOOD, Third Monday of the Month; 6:30-7:30 p.m., St. Clare Hospital Resource Center » FEDERAL WAY, Second Tuesday of the Month; 1-2 p.m., St. Francis Hospital Medical Office Building, 34509 Ninth Ave. S

St. Elizabeth First Annual Baby Fair! Join us for an evening dedicated to everything “baby” for women considering pregnancy, pregnant moms and families with new babies! Ask our experts; meet our obstetricians, family practice doctors and pediatrician; tour the Family Birth Center, win prizes and more. To register, call 1-888-825-3227 or go to » Wed., Aug. 7; 4 p.m.; ENUMCLAW, St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1455 Battersby Ave.


Classes Eat It to Beat It: Diabetes Prevention A two-part class series introducing participants to the tools necessary to take control of their health to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Our registered dietitians also are certified diabetes educators specializing in health promotion through exercise and good nutrition. Participants completing the introduction series will have the opportunity for ongoing educational opportunities (for an additional fee). These sessions are paid in full at the time of registration by the participant, no insurance billing. $35/person. Please register online at TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, Dining Room 1 and 2, 1717 South J. St. » Mon., Aug. 5; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Mon., Sept. 30; 10:30 a.m.-12p.m. » Mon., Sept. 30; 1-3 p.m. and Mon., Oct. 7; 1-2:30 p.m. » Mon., Oct. 7; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Mon., Nov. 4; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. » Mon., Nov. 4; 1-3 p.m. and Mon., Dec. 2; 1-2:30 p.m. GIG HARBOR, St. Anthony Hospital, Green Point Dining Room, 11567 Canterwood Blvd NW » Mon., July 8; 3-5 p.m., and Mon., Aug. 12; 3-4:30 p.m. » Mon., Sept. 9; 3-5 p.m., and Mon., Oct. 14, 3-4:30 p.m. » Mon., Nov. 11; 3-5 p.m., and Mon., Dec. 9; 3-4:30 p.m.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction A life-skills practice that will help keep your stress at a healthier level and is ideal for people living with anxiety and depression, cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, high blood pressure, sleep disorders and other ongoing conditions. The MBSR course, led by Franciscan Neurologist John Wendt, MD, will be conducted in a 1-hour introductory session, eight 2.5-hour weekly classes and a 7-hour Saturday retreat. It also includes: guided instruction on meditation, body scan and gentle hatha yoga, an interactive class discussion and mindful communication, discussion of stress physiology, a workbook and three CDs. Cost is $300/person. To register, call 1-888-825-3227 or visit » Introductory Session Sept. 17; 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Class Series Sept. 24-Nov. 12; 6:30-9 p.m.; Retreat Sat., Nov. 2; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., FEDERAL WAY, St. Francis Hospital, Courtyard Conference Room, 34515 9th Ave. S.

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. Cost: Free. Call 1-888-825-3227 to register. » First and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 9:30-10:30 a.m.; TACOMA, Heart Center Education Room at St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 South J. St.

Living Well with Kidney Disease This free class will help those with chronic kidney disease understand their condition better, learn ways to preserve kidney function and live a better life with kidney disease. To register, please call 1-888-825-3227 or visit » Wed., Aug. 7; 2:30-5:30 p.m. » Wed., Nov. 6; 2:30-5:30 p.m. TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, Lagerquist C Conference Room, 1717 South J Street


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Support Groups Fall ICD Support Group A semi-annual event to bring patients and their family or support persons together for an evening of information and support regarding living with an implantable (or external) cardiac defibrillator. Call (253) 426-4766 to register. » Thurs., Oct. 17; 6-8 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 S J St., Lagerquist A Conference Room

Diabetes Support Groups 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’s Hospital Conference Room A, 111567 Canterwood Blvd NW » Third Wednesday of the month, noon-1 p.m., FEDERAL WAY, St. Francis Medical Office Building Conference Room, 34509 9th Ave. S » Fourth Monday of the month, noon-1 p.m., TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, Dining Rooms 1 & 2, 1717 South J St.

WomenHeart of Pierce County This group is for women who are heart attack survivors, are at risk for heart disease or want to learn more. E-mail or call (253) 426-4456 for more information. » Last Tuesday of the month; 5-7 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 S J St.

A Grief and Loss Workshop: Skills for Going Deeper For more information or to RSVP please call (253) 534-7061. » Sat., Aug. 10; 10-1 p.m.; UNIVERSITY PLACE, Franciscan Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way

Moment of Remembrance For those who have lost a loved one at Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care in the past year. For more information or to RSVP, please call (253) 534-7015. » Thurs., Sept. 12; 6:30-7:30 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY, Wayside United Church of Christ, 2000 SW Dash Point Rd » Sat., Sept. 14; 2-3 p.m.; UNIVERSITY PLACE, Franciscan Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way

Health Talks What Is My Rotator Cuff and Why Does It Hurt? – with Matthew Jenkins, MD

Solutions for Foot & Ankle Arthritis with Craig Clifford, DPM

Is shoulder pain impeding your daily activity? Often this means an injury to your rotator cuff, a common occurrence for those who are active or participate in heavy lifting. As one of four muscles in the shoulder, a rotator cuff injury can mean difficulty taking on ordinary, everyday activities. Join Orthopedic Surgeon Matthew Jenkins, MD, as he discusses methods for combating this pain and effective treatments you should consider. Please register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Wed., Sept. 25; 6-7:30 p.m.; TACOMA, La Quinta Inn & Suites, 1425 East 27th Street

As arthritis progresses, it becomes harder and harder to manage everyday activities. If you’ve experienced increased stiffness, pain and swelling of the foot or ankle, this health talk may open the doors of relief for you. Come hear about foot and ankle arthritis solutions from Craig Clifford, DMP, foot & ankle surgeon. Please register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Tues., Sept. 10; 6-7:30 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY, Best Western Plus Evergreen Inn & Suites, 32124 25th Ave S

Solutions for Hip Pain with Joshua A. Johnston, MD Is a bum hip getting in the way of your daily routine? Find out which treatment options are available to you as Joshua A. Johnston, MD, discusses minimally invasive surgical and non-surgical techniques to get you back to the life you love. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Thurs., Oct. 10; 6-7:30 p.m.; LAKEWOOD, Tacoma Country & Golf Club, 13204 Country Club Dr SW

Advancements in Joint Replacement with David Bishop, MD Are painful hips and knees slowing you down? Find out which options are available to you as leading Orthopedic Surgeon, David Bishop, MD, discusses non-surgical therapies, the latest innovations in implants and surgical techniques that are helping patients heal faster, experience less pain and create longer-lasting joints. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Wed., Oct. 2; 6-7:30 p.m.; ENUMCLAW, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Rainier Room, 1455 Battersby Ave.

Conscious Fathering

Family Education For more info and to register, call 1-888-825-3227 or visit

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

Family Birth Center Tours

Newborn Preparation

Be prepared for your upcoming delivery with a tour of our family birth centers. FREE!

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.

Childbirth Preparation Three 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.

CPR/Child Safety Learn basic resuscitation and how to make your home safe for children. $60/person, $90/couple.

Safe Sitter Babysitting training for adolescents. Discusses many topics including 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. Call (206) 987-SAFE or visit

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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Franciscan Health System is a family of more than 8,500 doctors, nurses and staff who provide exceptional medical care in hospitals, clinics, urgent care and outpatient centers throughout south Puget Sound.


Over 50?

Take Advantage of Life-Saving Vascular Screening… Vascular disease is among the leading causes of death in the U.S. and millions of people may be at risk for stroke or death from vascular disease. However, many times there are no warning signs or symptoms until a potentially life-threatening event occurs. A quick, painless screening performed in our vascular lab can tell you if you are at risk for a serious vascular disease.

Carotid Artery Disease A carotid artery screen measures the blood flow and checks for narrowing or blockages of the vessels in your neck that can cause stroke.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) An AAA can cause death if it ruptures. Most people with AAA have no symptoms so this simple screening can be life saving.

   Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) PAD can cause serious leg pain and may lead to amputation. This screening uses blood pressure measurements to check for narrowing or blockages in the leg arteries.

Patients will be sent their results by a board-certified vascular surgeon following their exam.

$60 per exam or $150 for all three* *Screening exams are not covered by insurance.

Call today to schedule a screening at a location near you:

Auburn: 202 N. Division St., Suite 201 • (253) 833-8032 Federal Way: 710 S. 348th St., Suite A • (253) 833-8032 Gig Harbor: 11511 Canterwood Blvd. N.W., Suite 100 • (253) 530-2620 Lakewood: 11307 Bridgeport Way S.W., Suite 210 • (253) 985-6160 Tacoma: 1802 S. Yakima Ave., Suite 204 • (253) 382-8560 Enumclaw (lab only): 1818 Cole St. • (253) 833-8032

St. Elizabeth health! - Summer 2013  

Health articles and advice for your household from Franciscan Health System

St. Elizabeth health! - Summer 2013  

Health articles and advice for your household from Franciscan Health System