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Find YOUR NEW health care professional today!

3 YOUR HEALTH ONLINE searching for symptoms online? Watch out!

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Mahender Gaba, MD, FACC

Cardiology franciscan heart & vascular associates at st. anthony (253) 627-1244 11511 canterwood Blvd. n.W., suite 110, gig harbor

Craig Cupp, MD, EdD

Otolaryngology Franciscan Ear, Nose & Throat Associates (253) 426-6731 4700 pt. fosdick drive n.W. suite 320, gig harbor

Better health care is just a click away

8 CLOSE TO HOME franciscan offers you advanced medical care close to where you live

9 AUTOMATED FOLLOWUP SERVICE We call because we care

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

12 MEDITERRANEAN DIET Where healthy and delicious meet

Some of the great Franciscan care in your area Harbor Orthopedic Clinic (253) 530-2663 11511 canterwood Blvd. n.W. suite 205, gig harbor Harbor Orthopedic Clinic Port Orchard (253) 530-2663 451 s.W. sedgwick road suite 110, port orchard St. Anthony Prompt Care (253) 853-2050 4700 pt. fosdick drive n.W. suite 102, gig harbor

Gig Harbor Orthopaedic Surgeons (253) 853-8810 6401 Kimball drive suite 201, gig harbor Franciscan Women’s Health Gig Harbor (253) 530-2955 11511 canterwood Blvd. n.W., suite 145, gig harbor Franciscan Medical Clinic Port Orchard (360) 874-5900

451 s.W. sedgwick road suite 110, port orchard Franciscan Medical Clinic on Pt. Fosdick (253) 858-9192 4700 pt. fosdick drive n.W. suite 202, gig harbor Franciscan Medical Clinic Gig Harbor (253) 858-9192 6401 Kimball drive n.W. suite 201, gig harbor

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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. anthony hospital Kurt schley 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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Your health online

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. According to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 80 percent of Internet users have searched for health information online. 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 “I joke that I’m going to get a sign that says ‘Never Google your symptoms’ because there’s no telling what you’ll come up Eric Lauer, PA-C with when you do,” said Eric Lauer, a certified physician assistant at Franciscan Medical Clinic on Pt. Fosdick. “I encourage patients to let their provider complete a thorough

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exam even if they think they know what’s wrong with them based on an online search. We still need to go through a process to lead us to a diagnosis.” However, Lauer also encourages patients to share what they’ve found online. “We can explain why it may or may not be accurate and sometimes we even learn something based on a patient’s findings,” he said. For example, Lauer recently was able to safely adjust a patient’s medication after the patient researched a rare side effect he was experiencing.

THE UPSIDE OF WEB RESEARCH There are times when the Internet can be really helpful to patients. “When you use the right websites, the Internet can help you take better care of yourself,” Lauer said. For example, it can help you follow through with diet and lifestyle changes your doctor recommends. When searching for medical information online, here are some guidelines and reliable sources:

+ 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.


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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 suppres-

sion, 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. A TMSP team member stays involved throughout treatment, making sure the patient desires are addressed. In cases of emergency, a nurse specialist is on on-call 24 hours a day, ready to meet with doctors to facilitate transfusion-free care. We feature 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 admission, contact TMSP today. Call (253) 426-6918.

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-on-one 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.


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Run with us

Over the Narrows!

Sponsored by Franciscan Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, the Gig Harbor Rotary North’s 4th Annual Over the Narrows Run is on Saturday, August 31. The Over the Narrows Run helps support local organizations, including: Communities in Schools, Children’s Home Society, Food Backpacks 4 Kids and YMCA Strong Kids. Sign up today and help the children in our communities! DATE: Saturday, August 31 COST: $20/person before July 31; $30/person after July 31 THE EVENT: The chip-timed 10-mile run will start at 8 a.m. at Uptown Gig Harbor and the Kid’s Dash will start at 8:45 a.m. at the Tacoma Narrows Airport, immediately followed by the 5K run/walk starting at 9 a.m. To register for the event, visit

st. anthony returns to present gig harbor’s ‘summer sounds’ concert series st. anthony hospital is proud to be a presenting sponsor of the annual summer sounds at skansie concert series this summer. the free concert series is celebrating its 11th year! Join us from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday through August 20 on the waterfront in historic downtown gig harbor. “We’re excited to once again be part of the summer sounds fun,” says Kurt schley, president, st. anthony hospital. “supporting the concert series contributes to our mission to help build a healthier community by providing the opportunity for us to gather for relaxation, family fun, great local music and support of local businesses.”

JOIN US RAIN OR SHINE! Be sure to stop by the st. anthony tent to learn more about our services and chances to win prizes. learn more at ClassesAndEvents.

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

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


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e is just a click away In June 2013 Franciscan Health System began rolling out our new electronic medical record system at primary care clinics. The system launches at St. Anthony Hospital in August as well as St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Clare Hospital and St. Francis Hospital. It will be live at all Franciscan primary and specialty care clinics by the end of 2013. A special feature called MyChart gives you secure 24/7 online access to your medical charts, including summaries of your office visits, and offers features such as secure messaging to send questions to your doctors and the ability to view upcoming appointments, pay bills and more.

HOW ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS HELP YOU For decades medical records have consisted of reams of paper organized in shelf after shelf of file folders. You could easily have dozens of files across several facilities, from clinics to hospitals, and much of the information in them might not be shared. With the new system, you’ll have a single Franciscan medical record. All your Franciscan doctors and nurses will view and update it, so your entire team will have a complete, accurate picture of your care. “With an electronic medical record, when you see a specialist, like a cardiologist, your primary care doctor can access the specialist’s notes about your visit. After you have a lab test or X-ray, your doctor Dean Field, MD can pull up the results. If you need to go to the emergency room, the staff there can quickly find out what conditions you have and what medications you take,” said 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 healthcare team when and where it’s convenient for you — using your computer, tablet or 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 and 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 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.

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Advanced medical care close to home St. Anthony Hospital’s highly trained specialists offer advanced care If you have a serious condition that requires treatment, you don’t have to travel far to get the best care possible. With St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, you can receive high-tech services in state-of-the-art facilities right here where you live. Here are two great examples of how we continue to lead the way in health care innovation.

To learn more about the high-tech services available in your area, visit

One-stop shop for vascular care

Interventional radiology: Better imaging, better outcomes

Franciscan Vascular Lab at St. Anthony provides sophisticated testing and convenient care for many vascular conditions. “In our vascular lab, we use a Doppler ultrasound to measure the blood flow through a blood vessel which allows us to diagnose vascular Omar Dorzi, MD problems,” said Omar Dorzi, MD, board-certified in general and vascular surgery with Franciscan Vascular Associates at St. Anthony. After diagnosis, within the same visit, your vascular surgeon can typically develop a treatment plan and even schedule a procedure to treat your condition. This provides you with a seamless and convenient experience. One of the high-tech vascular treatments Dr. Dorzi performs is a procedure called atherectomy. If you have a blockage in an artery due to peripheral artery disease (PAD), atherectomy may help. It’s used to treat blockages in arteries that are close to a joint such as the groin or behind the knee. Instead of placing a stent that could break, atherectomy uses a special tool to shave away plaque that’s blocking blood flow through the artery.

St. Anthony’s interventional radiology team provides minimally invasive procedures to treat a wide range of health conditions. “With interventional radiology, we use image-guided technology while doing procedures so we can have a clear picture of what’s going on inside the Gordon body while we operate through a tiny incision,” Benjamin, MD said Gordon Benjamin, MD, a board-certified radiologist with fellowship training in interventional radiology. One of the procedures Dr. Benjamin performs is called cryoablation, which is used to treat kidney tumors. Using advanced imaging, Dr. Benjamin guides a tiny needle directly into problem cells of the kidney. The cryoablation machine then forms an ice ball around the tip of the needle. “The ice essentially freezes and kills the problem cells that come into contact with it,” Dr. Benjamin said. In the past, treatment options might have included invasive surgery or kidney removal. For some people today, cryoablation offers a safe, minimally invasive alternative offered right here on the Peninsula.


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We call because we care Using technology to provide follow-up care, improved results Whether you’ve stayed at St. Anthony Hospital 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 the medication instructions you received ■ If you’ve made any necessary follow-up appointments ■ How you felt about your visit

extend CipherVoice services to all our inpatients and Emergency Department visitors and expect to see similar rates of reduction in readmisJill Smith, RN sions across the system,” said Jill Smith, RN, program administrator of Virtual Health Services at Franciscan.

FOCUSED ON YOUR RECOVERY While calls aren’t directly tied to official patient satisfaction scores, responses are tracked and used to help make the great care available at Franciscan even better, said Smith. Physicians and nurses get a chance to hear your perspective directly from you, and can adjust their care

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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. “CipherVoice has really helped us look at the way we discharge our patients. It has given us a different perspective on how we’re performing patient education and lets us take proactive steps to address patient needs before they become a worse situation,” Liley said.

If you have questions or report a service issue during the call, a nurse or physician personally calls you back.

KEEPING YOUR CARE IN MIND We are the region’s only health system providing this type of follow-up for all inpatient and emergency department visits. “The call helps patients Carina Liley, RN know we care,” said Carina Liley, RN, medical-surgical charge nurse at St. Anthony Hospital. “They’re grateful that we have checked in on them.” We began exploring the CipherVoice technology last year at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood as a way to help people with heart failure stay on track with 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

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Smarter surgery Today’s techniques make recovery quicker and easier than ever

Your surgical team supports the surgeon and monitors your status at all times.

Your surgeon controls the robot through hand instruments designed to provide natural dexterity.

The robotic arms are under your surgeon’s control at all times. They provide greater range of motion and more precision than even the human hand.

3D, high-definition viewing allows your surgeon to see the operation area more closely, which helps in complex surgeries.


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

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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. Smaller incisions themselves, 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. However, when minimally invasive laparoscopy or robotic-assisted surgery is an option — as it is at St. Anthony for everything from gallbladder removal to complex gynecological procedures — these general benefits are only the beginning.

For minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, Franciscan Health System is recognized as a Center of Excellence. “We’re committed to providing excellent minimally invasive options for our patients whenever possible,” said gynecologic surgeon Cindy Cindy Mosbrucker, Mosbrucker, MD, FACOG, with Franciscan MD, FACOG Women’s Health Associates at St. Anthony. In addition to benefits like less pain and scarring, Dr. Mosbrucker said that particularly when it comes to hysterectomy, complication rates are reduced. “Open hysterectomies have a complication rate of 15 to 18 percent, while minimally invasive hysterectomies have a less than 5 percent rate. Some studies show complication rates of just over 1 percent when we look at robotic-assist; and this has been my personal experience — complications with the robotic approach have been much less than with laparoscopic or vaginal approaches,” she said. Dr. Mosbrucker attributes some of the gains not only to instrumentation and magnification, but to how a surgeon is supported ergonomically during the procedure. “In the console, you’re seated, and your arms are supported. You don’t have to stand over the patient,” she said. Dr. Mosbrucker, who uses the daVinci® for several gynecologic procedures, provided reassurance that the “robot” can’t move without the surgeon. “People hear ‘robot’ and think of Rosie on The Jetsons,” she said. “This is a translational robot — it simply transfers the motion of my fingers to the system’s tiny surgical instruments.”

NEW SINGLE-INCISION SURGERY Many common general surgeries and nearly all gallbladder removals are performed in a minimally invasive way, said Linda Pai, MD, FACS, board-certified general surgeon with Franciscan Surgical Associates in Gig Harbor. But this year, Linda Pai, MD, the FDA approved single-incision FACS gallbladder surgery using the daVinci® robotic-assist surgical system. The advanced procedure will soon be available at St. Anthony here in Gig Harbor. “Instead of four incisions, we make a less-than-1-inch incision hidden in the bellybutton. Scarring is minimized even further. Especially for our young female patients, it’s the way to go,” said Dr. Pai. The motion offered by daVinci® surgical tools — which flex and bend with an even greater range than a human wrist — helps enable the new procedure. “We are able to get where we need to go with less skin trauma, which also helps reduce post-surgical pain. Patients are up and around even more quickly and require less pain medication,” Dr. Pai said.


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St. Anthony welcomes high-tech surgical tool a davinci® robotic-assisted surgical system is the latest tool available to surgeons who perform minimally invasive surgery for gynecology, urology and general surgery at st. anthony hospital. delivered in may, this new system allows experienced surgeons to provide this state-of-the-art care right here in our community. prior to may, local surgeons cindy mosbrucker,

md, christopher arroyo, md, and linda pai, md, would perform robotic-assisted surgeries at st. Joseph medical center in tacoma. this is franciscan’s fifth robotic-assisted system acquired since 2008 and our surgeons have performed more than 3,600 surgeries at st. Joseph, st. francis and now st. anthony hospitals.

“minimally invasive surgery, including robotics, isn’t just a catch phrase, it is a proven surgical option that will provide the lowest risk of complications along with fast recovery times,” said cindy mosbrucker, md, facog with franciscan Women’s health associates at st. anthony. “We are truly raising the bar for the overall patient experience.”

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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.”

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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

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.”

Tricia Sinek, RD

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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.”


Want to learn more? visit classesandevents often to find a class in your area.

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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.

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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


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

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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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To create healthier communities

Reverence, Integrity, Compassion, Excellence

To be the South Sound’s first choice for healing of mind, body and spirit


francIscan health system 1717 south J street tacoma, Wa 98405



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:

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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

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St. Anthony health! - Summer 2013  

Health articles and advice for your household from Franciscan Health System

St. Anthony health! - Summer 2013  

Health articles and advice for your household from Franciscan Health System