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PRINCESS ON WHEELS: Emma Ham, 5, is transported by staff from the old El Camino Hospital facility to the new one on Sunday, Nov. 15. Emma’s appendix was taken out the day before, but she was receiving “princess” treatment from hospital staff, according to her parents. She was the first pediatric patient to be moved as part of a well-rehearsed switch to El Camino’s new facility, which came online Sunday morning. A total of 119 patients were moved in a little over four hours. For full story, see page 1.
Ladies join forces in Hope to Health
LOC A L PH I L A N T H RO PY G RO U P FORMED TO ADDRESS W O M E N ’S H E A LT H I SS U E S By Kelsey Mesher
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or local women looking for hope, and working towards better health, there’s Hope to Health. Hope to Health, or H2H, is a women’s philanthropy group that funds projects and programs specifically for women at El Camino Hospital. The group is based on a similar organization at a hospital in Florida. H2H was founded in 2005, when about 20 women approached El Camino, taking out a charter under its Foundation. “We decided that we wanted to put together a group of women who were interested in philanthropy but wanted a voice in where that money would go,” said member
Betsy Dawes, who has been involved with H2H since its inception. Members of H2H pay $1,000 annually, and 100 percent of that money, Dawes said, goes to fund their projects — all of which are related to women’s health, and are located within the El Camino Hospital District. The members meet monthly, and every year draw up a project list that is approved by vote. “It’s just women who really want to have an impact at this level and who are already believers in the hospital and its mission,” Dawes said. She added that “A lot of the women are involved in other aspects” of See HOPE TO HEALTH, page 22 NOVEMBER 20, 2009 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■
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the hospital. Now in its fourth year, H2H has contributed around $160,000 to womenâ€™s health issues. Its membership is about 35 women strong, and growing. Projects have included funding mammograms and gynecological services for the uninsured, giving care packages to women in the cancer center, providing money for El Caminoâ€™s Elder Care consulting services, and helping start a mood disorders program for women suffering from post partum depression. â€œWeâ€™ve really tried to have a lot of variety in the projects over the years that weâ€™ve supported,â€? Dawes said. The group works closely with the El Camino Womenâ€™s Hospital, which was started in 2008.
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educational component to it.â€? Though $1,000 a year may be too steep for younger women, girls can join in for only $30 a year in a spin-off group called H2H4Teens. The teens-only H2H group started last spring. Under the advisory of Dawes, it works on issues that affect teenage girls, like eating disorders. The hope, Dawes said, is to encourage membership from a young age, so that girls will eventually come back and join H2H. She said the group may develop a mid-range membership for college-aged women and young professionals. In the end, she said, itâ€™s about coming together and making a larger impact. â€œI could give $1,000 to a hospital and maybe buy a stethoscope,â€? Dawes said. â€œBut if you pool your money, itâ€™s really powerful.â€? V
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â€œThe womenâ€™s hospital and the concept of really tailoring ... services for women really came about over the last couple of years,â€? said Michelle van Zuiden, executive director of the womenâ€™s hospital. â€œI think from being part of the group, not only do they learn about the programs out there, they can really help direct usâ€? in delivering services, van Zuiden said. There is a social component to H2H as well. The group holds events â€” like a recent â€œgirlsâ€™ night outâ€? at Pinkies Nail Salon in Los Altos â€” which are meant to be fun as well as substantive. Members pay to attend these events, and often help bring in prospective members as well. Donna Whitney, H2H president, said she hopes the groupâ€™s membership will grow to 100 in the coming years. â€œYou do get to know the people that are in this group,â€? she said. â€œWhen we get together for something fun, it always has an
Mountain View has joined a statewide coalition of cities working to combat rising obesity. The Healthy Eating Active Living â€” or HEAL â€” Cities Campaign hopes to reduce obesity by implementing better city policies, such as more bikeways, farmers markets, pedestrian walkways, community gardens and healthy retail food environments. HEAL Cities provides free training and assistance for the adoption of these policies. Advocates say local amenities like
these reduce physical inactivity and promote healthy lifestyles, and can reduce the costs associated with medical needs and lower productivity. For its part, the city of Mountain View intends to provide healthier food choices, safe stairways, and breastfeeding accommodations at its facilities so that city staffers and council members can model healthy behavior. For more on HEAL Cities, visit www.healcitiescampaign.org. â€” Dana Sherne
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CANCER SUPPORT GROUP WELCOMES SPEAKERS El Camino Hospitalâ€™s â€œHealthy Young Attitude,â€? or HYA, a cancer support group for adults between 18 and 35, heard from two guest speakers at their regular meeting Wednesday: Dr. William Buchholz and Dr. Susan Buchholz spoke to attendees about survivorship and the â€œpsycho-social effectsâ€? of cancer on young adults. According to Pam Lehner of the Cancer Center Concierge, young adults with cancer have different needs and questions than other populations. Wednesdayâ€™s talk included topics such as the emotional component of being a survivor. HYA typically meets the third Wednesday of every month and is open to young adults with cancer or who have received treatment for cancer. Participants are asked to RSVP to Pam Lehner at the Cancer Center Concierge at (650) 988-8338. â€” Kelsey Mesher
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etween 10 and 15 percent of all reproductive-age couples in the U.S. are subfertile, which means there is a fairly high chance you may have trouble starting a family. It is therefore useful to discuss how you and your partner will react to the possibility of diminished fertility before attempting to conceive a baby. Getting the right information and treatment can provide hope and peace of mind if you end up having difficulty conceiving. Before attempting to start a family, it is a good idea to have a preconception consultation with your gynecologist or primary care physician. Your doctor will review your medical history to make sure it is safe for you to carry a pregnancy, and ensure that you are not on medications or have medical conditions that could pose risks to the pregnancy or your unborn child. Your doctor can also order some basic tests if he or she suspects that subfertility may be an issue for you and your partner. For men, these tests include a sperm count. For women, doctors test the reproductive hormones and check to make sure the fallopian tubes are open. Finally, your doctor can refer you to a fertility specialist if needed.
How do I know when it is time to consult a specialist in fertility and reproductive endocrinology?
Referral to a fertility specialist is warranted if you: â– Have been trying to conceive for more than a year without success and are less than 35 years of age; â– Have been trying for six months or less and are 35 to 37 years of age; â– Are 38 years of age and older; or â– Have medical or reproductive issues that compromise your fertility, such as irregular menstrual cycles, blocked fallopian tubes, diminished ovarian reserve or male factor infertility.
My partner and I wanted to start a family, but with the recession, weâ€™ve decided to wait. How long is it safe to do so?
Because every woman is an individual, there is no set date when it will become hard to conceive. However, in general, it
becomes more difficult to conceive around the ages of 35 to 37 years. We live at a time when advances in reproductive medicine can help some women to conceive at the end of their reproductive potential (early 40s, for most women). However, the majority of women who try to conceive this late in life either fail to realize their dream of a child, or choose to conceive using eggs donated by another woman. The use of donor eggs allows couples to expand the window of opportunity and start a family later in life. The best advice I can give is to understand and be comfortable with your options. Get evaluated by a physician in order to have an idea of your fertility potential. And if you eventually want to start a family, donâ€™t delay too long.
Since fertility treatments can be expensive, is there one method that has the best success rate?
The types of medical treatments necessary to conceive really are as individual as the patients who need them. Depending on test results and your age and health factors, your reproductive medicine specialist may recommend ovulation induction with oral or injection medications, artificial insemination or in-vitro fertilization (IVF). For some women, the recommended treatment may involve surgery to fix a problem such as fibroids or endometriosis. In California, state law requires insurers to offer group plans that include coverage for infertility diagnosis and treatment. However, the law does not require employers to purchase these plans for their employees, and the law specifically exempts IVF procedures. As a result, many patients must pay for infertility treatments themselves. If this is your situation, donâ€™t be embarrassed about discussing your financial concerns with your doctor. He or she can give you the most accurate picture possible of your chance of conceiving using various fertility treatments. Once you know the various treatment strategies and your individual fertility potential, you will be better prepared to decide which approach to starting a family is right for you. V
Anthony Dobson, M.D., Ph.D., specializes in reproductive endocrinology medicine and treats patients at the Palo Alto Medical Foundationâ€™s Dublin and Fremont centers.