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Volume 14 | Number 4 | Fourth Quarter 2012 |

Men’s Health:


RIGHT CALL Your most important call of the season may be to your physician. (continued on page 6)

2 Save the Date for Hospital Expansion Community Celebration | 3 Kidney Stones Pack a Big Punch 4 North Oaks Joins Partnership for Patients | 4 Save Time with Pre-Registration | 5 Electronic Health Record Debuts 8 Beat the Flu with a Little Stick | 9 The Healthy Habits of Dr. T. Scott Curry 10 Community Scrapbook | 10 Welcome, New Physicians | 11 Calendar of Events

Private Rooms and New Operating Suites to be Unveiled at North Oaks Medical Center Make plans to join us Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate the expansion of North Oaks Medical Center. The 5-story expansion will take the hospital to 330 beds and nearly all private rooms! The new space also features 14 state-of-the-art operating suites, 11 additional same day surgery beds, a surgical intensive care unit, and a customized orthopaedic and neurosurgery floor complete with a rehabilitation gym. These enhancements and more will make way for the growing number of North Oaks surgeons providing care to our region and the advanced, complex procedures they perform.

Hope to see you there!


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By North Oaks Contributing Writers Stephen M. Graham, MD and Brad M. Lake, MD

Kidney Stones


PUNCH While a kidney stone is a common and painful problem affecting both men and women, men are about four times more likely to develop the condition.

It is believed that men are more vulnerable to kidney stones–the most frequent disorder afflicting men–because of their larger muscle mass as compared to women. Kidney stones are the reason for almost 3 million visits to health care providers and more than half a million visits to emergency rooms each year. A patient with a kidney stone typically complains of severe back or abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, bloody urine and other changes with urination. There may have been similar episodes in the past. The stone causes severe pain because as it travels down the urinary tract from the kidney to the bladder, it can get lodged in the ureter and block the flow of urine.

Occasionally a high fever and kidney infection can accompany these symptoms. Kidney stones are usually diagnosed with a combination of urine and blood testing, as well as a CT scan or ultrasound of the urinary system. Options for treatment include trying to pass the stone without intervention, lithotripsy (breaking it up using ultrasound) or using a laser to break it up.

You can help prevent kidney stones by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and avoiding excess caffeine and soft drinks.




By North Oaks Contributing Writer Laura Hanzo


Fostering our success in delivering exceptional patient care

North Oaks is proud and excited to be involved in the Partnership for Patients, a federal initiative to improve the quality and safety of health care for all Americans.

1. Prevent hospitalized patients from contracting hospital-acquired illnesses or injuries. 2. Help patients heal without complications by reducing preventable readmissions. “To ensure our success continues, we have organized nine teams to monitor and enhance specific areas of care, including prevention of drug reactions, infections, blood clots, pressure ulcers and falls,” shares Tammy Murphy, Vice President of Performance Management for North Oaks Health System. “Through our involvement in the Partnership, we will share successful practices in these care areas with our peers, work together to learn how to improve more quickly, and make health care safer for everyone.”

Save Time! Follow these easy steps to Pre-Register for outpatient lab testing and X-rays:

Step 1: Request that your physician’s office staff fax your Physician’s Order for outpatient testing to North Oaks Scheduling Department at (985) 230-6781 in Hammond or (225) 686-4898 in Livingston. Step 2: Call North Oaks Scheduling at (985) 230-7777 in Hammond or (225) 686-4885 in Livingston between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. One of our Insurance Verification Assistants will be happy to pre-register you for your outpatient testing. It will take about 5 minutes to complete the pre-registration process.

That’s it! Once you are pre-registered, you have up to 30 days to complete your outpatient laboratory work or have your X-rays taken. 4

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By North Oaks Contributing Writer Herbert Robinson, MD North Oaks Chief Medical Information/Informatics Officer

ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD DEBUTS at North Oaks Physician Group Clinics!

October marked the debut of a state-of-the-art Electronic Health Record (EHR) for patients of North Oaks Physician Group Clinics. This innovative technology gives your health care providers one source for secure, convenient online access to your medical information.

What is an Electronic Health Record? An EHR is a secure electronic version of your personal health information. It is updated each time you visit your health care provider with information about your care, like your past medical history, medications, vital signs, current diagnoses, treatment plans, medications, lab test results, X-rays and immunizations.

Confidential Information is Safeguarded. Multiple security measures are built into the EHR system to protect your confidential information. A complex password, unique to each employee, is required to see information in an EHR, and they have access only to the information necessary to appropriately care for you. Records are stored on a secure computer server, with a backup on a second server, to prevent the loss of information.

Polly Burrall, North Oaks Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner, enters a patient’s medical history into the new electronic health record.

Having one source of information about a patient is a huge advantage. By combining all of your health information into one record, providers can make more informed decisions about your diagnosis and treatment.

The conversion to the EHR will continue this fall and into 2013. You may notice it takes a few more minutes at the check-in desk when you arrive for your next appointment as we verify your information and transition your record to the EHR. By November, all of the North Oaks Physician Group Clinics will be fully converted to the new system. North Oaks Medical Center and North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital will implement EHR in March 2013.

–Herbert Robinson, MD North Oaks Chief Medical Information/Informatics Officer


Men’s Health:


By North Oaks Contributing Writer Nanette Russell White


You’re drafting a QB for your fantasy football team, and now you’re tracking the stats, watching the rankings… all important numbers. But your most important call of the season may be to run a hitch route to your family physician. It’s no secret that men need to pay more attention to their health. Because many of the major health risks that men face, like prostate cancer, can be treated and potentially even cured with early diagnosis, it’s important to have regular checkups and screenings with a primary care provider. But according to the National Institutes of Health, men can often be their own worst enemy because they don’t seek medical help as often as women.

Can you make the right call? Test your men’s health IQ with the quiz below: Q: More men die from prostate cancer than any other cancer. True or False? A: False. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the US. Although prostate

cancer is the most common cancer in men, it is the second leading cause of death. The American Cancer Society estimates that one in 36 men will die from prostate cancer.

Q: The only way to diagnose prostate cancer is the PSA test. True or False? A: False. A Prostate Specific Antigen test (PSA test) is only one tool used to screen for early signs of prostate


cancer. Another common screening test, usually done in addition to a PSA test, is a digital rectal exam. Neither the PSA test nor the digital rectal exam provides enough information for your physician to diagnose prostate cancer. Abnormal results in these tests may lead a doctor to order a prostate biopsy. A diagnosis of cancer is based on biopsy results.

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Q: Men do not get breast cancer. True or False? A: False. Although the majority of breast cancer patients are women, men can have breast cancer and die from it.

About 1,500 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed among men annually, and 400 men die from it each year.

Q: Osteoporosis doesn’t affect men. True or False? A: False. One out of eight men over the age of 50 is at risk. The disease is under-diagnosed, under-reported

and inadequately researched in men, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, avoiding tobacco and limiting excessive alcohol consumption may help combat the disease.

Q: Men experience menopause. True or False? A: True. Hormone changes are a natural part of aging. The term “male menopause” is sometimes used to describe

decreasing testosterone levels or a reduction in the bioavailability of testosterone related to aging. In men, hormones decline more gradually. The effects include changes in sexual function, energy level, mood and sleep patterns. Physical changes, like increased body fat, loss of hair or tender breasts, also are related to hormone changes in men.

Q: Cholesterol is always bad. True or False? A: False. There are two types of blood cholesterol: LDL (bad) and HDL (good). Healthy levels of both types are

an important part of a healthy body. Your body needs cholesterol to produce cell membranes and certain hormones and plays an important role in other bodily functions.

Q: Men are at greater risk of heart attack than women. True or False? A: True. Not only are men at greater risk of heart attack than women, they have heart attacks earlier in life. Q: Colorectal cancer is a man’s disease, and it can’t be prevented. True or False? A: False. Colorectal cancer is just as common among women as men. About 150,000 Americans are diagnosed

with colorectal cancer annually, and more than 50,000 die from it. In many cases, it can be prevented. Colorectal cancer almost always starts with a small growth called a polyp. If the polyp is found early through screening tests like colonoscopy, physicians can remove it and stop colorectal cancer before it starts.

Talk man-to-man with North Oaks’ physician experts at our “Men’s Health Blitz” seminar series this November. See the“Calendar of Events” on page 11 or scan the QR code for topics, dates, times and registration information. References: American Academy of Family Practitioners, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Urological Association, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, National Institutes for Health and National Osteoporosis Foundation


Beat the Flu with a Flu vaccines are now available at North Oaks Walk-In Clinics in Hammond, Ponchatoula and Walker, and no appointment is necessary. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting vaccinated every year is the single best way to protect against the flu virus. Individuals with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and lung disease are at greater risk of getting the flu and should be vaccinated. Vaccination is especially important for pregnant women and those who live with or care for high-risk individuals, including senior adults and infants younger than 6 months.





other weapons of prevention The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend vaccination combined with these healthy habits to help you beat the flu:

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

If you get sick, stay home for 24 hours after your fever is gone—unless medical care is needed. (You should be fever-free without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

While sick, avoid contact with others to prevent the spread of illness.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand rub when soap and water are unavailable. Avoid close contact with sick people.

Flu shots are available at participating North Oaks Clinics for children and adults, ages 9 years and older. The cash price is $32, and cash, checks, credit cards and most insurances are accepted. Scan the QR code for a full list of all North Oaks Physician Group primary, specialty and walk-in clinics offering flu shots. 8

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The Healthy Habits of

dr. t. scott curry Joint Specialist T. Scott Curry, MD, of North Oaks Orthopaedic Specialty Center

stays consistent when it comes to healthy habits.

“Exercise and making smart food choices are important for a healthy diet and healthy weight,” he shares. “To stay in shape, I run regularly either outside or on my treadmill - as often as I can. I try not to eat out, but when I do I choose healthy food, like a salad instead of burgers and fries. Most restaurants will cater to your request to remove or add ingredients, such as asking for dressing on the side.” Dr. Curry suggests that if daily exercise causes joint discomfort, consider taking a rest day between workouts to allow your joints time to recover. If joint discomfort or pain is preventing you from enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle, make an appointment with Dr. Curry at North Oaks Orthopaedic Specialty Center by calling (985) 230-2663 in Hammond or (225) 686-4900 in Livingston today! Scan here with your smart phone or visit to get more information about Dr. T. Scott Curry’s practice and patient care philosophies.

Dr. Curry shares his top three personal strategies to help inspire your wellness goals.

Exercise regularly. When beginning an exercise program, set a goal for yourself to help motivate you. Gradually build up to exercising 3 to 4 times a week. Be sure to incorporate core strengthening and stretching into your routine.

Make consistent, healthy food choices. When it comes to diet, repetition develops habits, and habits help to change behavior. Before you know it, your behavior has changed, and you’re living a healthier lifestyle. Avoid fad diets; most do not change long-term behaviors.

Take a break. Every week or two, plan 1 day where you allow yourself to enjoy eating what you want in moderation. Eat a slice of pizza if that’s what you’ve been craving—just not the whole pie. This way you can satisfy your cravings and stay on track.


Physicians are choosing North Oaks. Physicians have a choice in practice locations. We are delighted that these physicians have chosen North Oaks Health System. Join us in welcoming them to our region. David P. Allen, DPM Podiatry Allen’s Podiatry Clinic (985) 340-0099

In Memory Attending the North Oaks Hospice Memorial Service in memory of their matriarch Johanna Hess are (from left) Stephen Hess of Ponchatoula, Alan and Thanette Hunsberger of Denham Springs and George Hess of Hammond with North Oaks Hospice Director Joyce O’Brian. The annual event is part of the North Oaks Hospice Bereavement Program, which provides support to family members and caregivers for 1 year following the passing of their loved one. If you know someone coping with a terminal illness who may benefit from Hospice care, call (985) 230-7620 for a free consultation with no obligation.

Rebecca R. Davis, MD Oncology Pontchartrain Hematology/ Oncology, Inc. (985) 419-0025 Adrian Dobrescu, MD Dermatology Benson Dermatology & Skin Cancer (985) 370-7546 Kathryn O. Dorhauer, MD Anesthesiology North Oaks Medical Center (985) 345-2700

Tackling Sports Safety This August more than 40 junior high and high school coaches and athletic directors tackled sports injury prevention and treatment during seminars presented by North Oaks Physicians and Sports Medicine staff. Above right, from left, Athletic Trainer Vanessa Taromina helps Nesom Middle School Football and Basketball Coach Clarence Cage practice ankle taping.

Scan here with your smart phone or visit to view seminar training on concussion prevention, proper weight lifting and taping.

Saima Husain, MD Cardiology Louisiana Heart Center (985) 340-1966 Peter Van, MD Nephrology Northlake Nephrology Associates (985) 867-8585 Felton L. Winfield, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology North Oaks Obstetrics & Gynecology (985) 542-0663

Regional Health Care Partner North Oaks has partnered with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) to ensure the safety of student-athletes at LHSAA state championships and all-star games. Health care providers and athletic trainers from North Oaks will cover events in the Baton Rouge/Hammond region, including the LHSAA Boys and Girls’ Basketball Semi-finals; Indoor Track & Field, Powerlifting and Gymnastic Finals; and Outdoor Track & Field Championship.

Preventing Heat Illness

From left, Coach Dwayne Severio of Walker High School accepts Scan here with your smart phone or visit a tent-and-trough cooling station from North Oaks Athletic to learn more about the partnership and view the official commercial. Trainer Nate Borget. The cooling stations were provided by North Oaks Orthopaedic Specialty Center and North Oaks Sports Medicine Program to help prevent heat illness at Tangipahoa and Livingston Parish high school athletic events. 10 North Oaks Community Newsletter | Vol. 14 | No. 2 | Fourth Quarter 2012

Call (985) 230-7777 or (225) 686-4899 to register for Community Education classes and Car Seat Fittings. For a full description of classes and support group meetings, go to All classes are held in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center, located in North Oaks Diagnostic Center, unless otherwise noted. All classes, meetings and special events are complimentary unless otherwise specified.




Breastfeeding Class Nov. 8: 6 p.m.

Connection Peer Support Group (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Nov. 12 and Dec. 10: 6:30 p.m.

Men’s Health Blitz

Car Seat Fitting Station Nov. 1, Dec. 6 and Jan 3: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Appointments every 30 minutes) Prenatal I Class: Families Under Construction Nov. 6 and Jan 1: 6 p.m. Prenatal II Class: Labor & Delivery Nov. 13 and Jan. 15: 6 p.m. Prenatal III Class: Relaxation Techniques Nov. 20 and Jan. 22: 6 p.m. Prenatal IV Class: Infant Care (& Tour) Nov. 27 and Jan. 29: 6 p.m. Prenatal V Class: American Heart Association CPR for Family & Friends–$5 Dec. 4: 6 p.m. Something for Siblings Class Nov. 15: 5 p.m.

Family-to-Family Support Group (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Nov. 15 and Dec. 20: 6:30 p.m. Families Touching Families—Filling the Gap: 10 a.m. Nov. 10, 24; and Dec. 15 Group Living with Affective Disorders Support Group: 6 p.m. Nov. 6, 12, 19, 26; and Dec. 3, 10, 17, 31 Northlake Area Transplant Support Group Dec. 6: 7 p.m.

“A Free Seminar Series Presented by Men for Men”

Nov. 1: 6:30–7:30 p.m. It’s Time To Gear Up on Prostate Cancer Awareness Featuring Urologists Brad Lake, MD and Stephen Graham, MD Nov. 8: 6:30–7:30 p.m. Stay in the Game as a Weekend Warrior Featuring Orthopaedic Surgeons T. Scott Curry, MD and Matthew Lafleur, MD Nov. 15: 6:30–7:30 p.m. Health Highlights: Testosterone & Impotence (ED) Issues Featuring Urologists Robert Kidd, MD and Jay Heintz, MD

Tighten Up Support Group Nov. 12 and Dec. 10: 5:30 p.m.

Support Group Note: If you have bereavement support needs or questions, please call North Oaks Hospice at (985) 230-7620 for information on available community resources.

register today! To register for a Men’s Health Blitz seminar, call (225) 686-4885 or visit by snapping this QR code. Cooking Demonstration–DiabetesFriendly Dishes Nov. 2, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

CPR & First Aid Classes*

• American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR–$30 (for medical professionals) Nov. 7, Dec. 5 and Jan. 9: 5 p.m. • American Heart Association Heartsaver AED CPR Class–$20 (for the layperson) Nov. 29, Dec. 13 and Jan. 24: 5 p.m. *The American Heart Association (AHA) strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the association.

Join us in observance of American Diabetes Month for a free demonstration of cooking techniques that support proper nutrition and diabetes management. Representatives from the North Oaks Diabetes Education and Dietetic Internship programs will be on hand to answer questions and share samples of a diabetic-friendly meal, including an appetizer, entree, starch, salad and dessert. Registration is required. To register, call the North Oaks Special Events Line at (985) 230-CALL [2255].


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