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WINTER 2010

A guide to healthy living and quality care providencehealthonline.org

The Gift of Hope and Healing The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, which opens in February, brings leading-edge treatment to the Valley

it takes a community

The building of a sophisticated cancer center united people

Home again

Allowing seniors to recover in their own homes

Diabetes 101

Support and education to help you manage the condition

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center Mission Hills

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Burbank

Providence Tarzana Medical Center Tarzana


Thoughts From Your Chief Executives

Excellence in Cancer Care

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The new integrative medicine center will provide complementary medicine.

for You— 8 AandWina Blow 

In just a few weeks, we will open our new Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, the first comprehensive cancer center in the Valley. This beautiful new state-of-the-art facility is being equipped with the latest technology to treat cancer and help guide patients through the treatment process. It was the community, led by the Disney family, whose contributions helped make this center a reality. The center will host an extraordinary team of cancer specialists and offer the latest in diagnostics and treatment. Several programs, including integrative medicine, are equipped to treat mind, body and spirit—learn more about the integrative medicine program on page 6. The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center will bring to our neighborhoods the cutting-edge treatment associated with academic medical centers. Patients will be closer to their homes and their families. They will find leading-edge radiation therapy that very accurately pinpoints tumors and a resource center filled with information about research and clinical trials. See the cover story on page 8 to learn more. While the services at the Disney Family Cancer Center will be open to all Providence patients, cancer programs will continue at Providence Tarzana and Providence Holy Cross Medical Centers. At Providence Holy Cross Cancer Centers in Mission Hills and Santa Clarita, patients have the advantage of care by experts from UCLA Medical Center’s radiology team, who bring the latest technology directly to these communities. And at Providence Tarzana, our imaging capabilities have been upgraded for the best in diagnoses for patients with cancer. You’ll read about these programs in this issue, and we hope you take to heart how important it is to catch these cancers early by scheduling routine screenings. It’s a new year and a good time to resolve to keep your health in check. Here’s wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2010 from all of us at Providence.

Against Cancer

The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, opening midFebruary, will deliver truly expert cancer care.

IN EVERY ISSUE 3 Community Connections

Dale Surowitz Chief Executive Providence Tarzana

Larry Bowe Chief Executive Providence Holy Cross

Barry Wolfman Chief Executive Providence Saint Joseph

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KINDNESS to the End Providence TrinityCare Hospice, the oldest licensed hospice provider in Los Angeles County, is a heartwarming example of the Providence Mission of providing compassion to the poor and vulnerable. The Purpose: To serve people at the end of their lives—usually in their own homes—and to bring comfort to patients and their families. The organization includes TrinityKids Care hospice, the area’s only designated pediatric service. The Team: Providers include full-time physicians, nurses, social workers, nondenominational chaplains, certified home health aides and volunteers. How It Works: All of these services are available with nothing more than a physician's referral, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. “The fact that our physicians make house calls is really unusual, as are the lengths our team will go to—like the social worker who made a woman’s favorite meal for her,” says Terri Warren, MSW, executive director of Providence TrinityKids Care hospice. “The goal of hospice care is comfort and the relief of suffering, and we make clinical expertise come alive in ways that are meaningful to each family we serve.” CALL US To learn more about Providence TrinityCare Hospice, call 1-800-535-8446 or visit trinitycarehospice.org. providencehealthonline.org

Community Connections Puppy Love: Pets with Purpose

Helping Heal

Any pet owner can attest to the pleasures and benefits of having a furry friend. And the same concept applies to the Pets with Purpose program at Providence Saint Joseph and Providence Holy Cross Medical Centers. This animal-assisted therapy program brings affectionate dogs to visit patients. Volunteers and their pets are trained to participate in the program, created to help with the healing and recovery process. “We’ve had patients with brain injuries who first began speaking when the dog was there,” says Cynthia Mascott, clinical supervisor for therapeutic recreation at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. The therapy dogs can also help with physical rehabilitation. “If someone has a weak side, we encourage them to brush the dog with that arm, or work on standing balance by tossing a ball,” says Moonyeen Brubaker, acute rehab therapy program supervisor at Providence Holy Cross. Animals in Action Plus, having an animal come visit can To learn more about Pets with distract patients from pain or boredom, Purpose, call 818-847-4643 reduce anxiety and relieve feelings of (Providence Saint Joseph) or isolation, among many other benefits. 818-496-4524 (Providence Holy “It just puts a smile on everyone’s face,” Cross). Information is also available says Brubaker, “because these dogs provide at providencehealthonline.com unconditional love.”

Get Ready for a Health Care Career Providence High offers a unique program for students Established 20 years ago, Providence High School’s unique, four-year Medical Focus Program encourages students to explore health care by focusing on trends and advances, health care systems and the wide variety of jobs offered in the field. It covers topics from health, medicine and biotechnology to political, social, economic, religious and ethical issues in health care. Students must apply as freshmen, and approximately 25 to 30 students are accepted each year. In addition to the rigorous course work, students must complete service hours through hospital internships that include shadowing various medical professionals at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and other affiliated facilities. Most recently, the Medical Focus Program partnered with USC’s Keck School of Medicine to coordinate weekend seminars with second-year medical students. For more information about Providence High School, please call 818-846-8141 or visit providencehigh.org. winter 2010 Providence Health | 3


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Palliative Care: Comfort at All Stages of Life

Everyone deserves superior medical treatment in a comfortable setting. For those dealing with an incurable or chronic illness, there’s the Palliative Care Program at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Palliative care focuses on relieving pain and suffering, and helps provide the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. The most recent additions to the Palliative Care Program are two comfort care suites at Providence Saint Joseph. These suites feature a bedroom and a living room for the patient’s family, as well as a meditation area, family room with TV and a kitchen shared between the suites.

“The rooms provide a calm and serene environment to help patients and their families be together at the end of life,” says Patricia Modrzejewski, president, Providence Health & Services Foundation. In the comfort care suites, she adds, a specialized team of clinicians and caregivers ensures the well-being of patients and their loved ones—mind, body and spirit. The suites were made possible through generous donations to the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation, including one for $400,000 from June Ebensteiner. Over the past seven years, the foundation has raised more than $700,000 to support palliative care services.

On the Web

New online tools at providencehealthonline.org Free Health-Risk Assessments Get insight into your health risks by using our free assessment tools. They're easy to use and give you a quick snapshot of your likelihood to develop common conditions. Your Free Guide to Being WEll and Staying Healthy Become an active participant in enhancing your healthy lifestyle. Explore information about various diseases, treatments, surgical procedures, prescription drugs and health risks. POdcasts Access our audio podcasts to get health news and procedure guides that you can listen to on your computer or download to your audio player.

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DO the RIGHT Thing for Diabetes Living well with diabetes requires daily vigilance. Fortunately, Providence Diabetes Services is here to help. Providence Holy Cross, Providence Tarzana and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Centers all offer outpatient diabetes programs. Goals “Our primary objective is to educate individuals so they can become independent in managing their diabetes,” says Terry Daggi, R.N., MSN, program director for Diabetes Care at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Resources include: • Education about managing diabetes. • Support groups for those with diabetes and their families. “In our support groups we discuss topics suggested by the participants and sometimes have physicians come in to give formal presentations,” says Madeline Vallejo, R.N., CDE, a diabetes nurse specialist at Providence Saint Joseph. Costs are usually covered by insurance with a doctor’s prescription, as each Providence Diabetes Education Program is certified by the American Diabetes Association.

Expert Education and Support Find out more about Providence Diabetes Services, and learn about steps for managing your diabetes, at providencehealthonline.org.

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Super Cooling to Save the Brain An innovative heart attack treatment When a patient suffers a cardiac arrest, the risk of brain damage caused by a loss of blood supply is significant. But Providence Tarzana Medical Center is among the few hospitals in the area to offer a procedure that can preserve brain function and improve survival rates. Known as therapeutic hypothermia, the treatment involves lowering a patient’s body temperature to 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit) as quickly as possible—usually in about an hour. At Providence Tarzana, this is done with gel pads wrapped around the patient’s body that are connected to a machine that automatically keeps the body at the right temperature. “Clinical studies have demonstrated a significant improvement in neurologic function and a decrease in mortality risk at six months when this treatment is used,” says G. Scott Brewster, M.D., medical director of the Emergency Department at Providence Tarzana. Therapeutic hypothermia isn’t appropriate for every patient, but Providence Tarzana has treated seven or eight patients so far with positive outcomes, Dr. Brewster says. He adds that all of the Providence hospitals in the Valley Service Area are looking into offering this treatment. “We’re one of two or three hospitals in Los Angeles that are leading the way with this treatment,” Dr. Brewster says. “Creating a protocol like this requires a collaborative approach between physicians, nurses and many others to be able to offer this exciting treatment option.”

Teaming Up Against Cancer Providence Holy Cross Medical Center already has an established reputation for excellence in cancer care, with five-year survival rates that exceed national averages. Now, by forming a relationship with the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology, Providence Holy Cross has expanded the expertise it can offer to residents of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. The UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology is providing professional physician services at the Providence Holy Cross Cancer Centers in Mission Hills and Santa Clarita. To learn more about This relationship will give Providence Holy Cross patients access to even higher-quality this program, go to providencehealthonline.org or clinical care and cutting-edge radiation therapy developed through decades of research call 1-888-HEALING and innovation at UCLA. (432-5464). To learn more “As a fellow member of the UCLA faculty, we are honored to work with the tremendous about the comprehensive team at UCLA to enhance our services here at Providence Holy Cross,” says Shamel Sanani, cancer treatment at M.D., chief of staff at Providence Holy Cross and medical director of cancer services. “This Providence Medical Centers, turn to page 8. collaboration will bring new state-of-the-art technologies and protocols to ensure the best possible care for our patients.” UCLA’s team will work with the Providence Holy Cross Cancer Centers’ board-certified radiation oncologists, skilled radiation therapists, oncology nurses and other specialists.

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Whole-Person Healing Providence’s integrative medicine center complements the high-tech treatment delivered at the comprehensive cancer center

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ancer typically begins in one part of the body, but even if it’s contained to a single area it affects a patient’s entire body and life. With an understanding of this reality, developed through many years of working with cancer patients, the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center is incorporating integrative medicine into its comprehensive program. “Integrative medicine considers all aspects of a person’s lifestyle and combines complementary and conventional medical therapies into an individualized, evidence-based treatment program,” says Lisa Schwartz, M.D., medical director of the Sheri and Roy P. Disney Center for Integrative Medicine at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center. 6 | Providence Health

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According to Dr. Schwartz, who was first trained as a radiation oncologist before additional education in complementary therapies, integrative medicine has three components. The first is to involve patients in their health care decisions. This gives them a sense of control, which is often what cancer patients lose first when they’re diagnosed. The second component is to take every aspect of a patient’s lifestyle into consideration: the person’s support system of family and friends as well as the person’s work situation, religious views and, based on the diagnosis, what the future is expected to hold. It’s the third component that most people think of when they hear the term “integrative medicine,” Dr. Schwartz says. “These are evidence-based therapies—whether they are conventional or complementary—to assist patients in getting through their treatment,” she says.

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“Many researchers have shown that if you can improve a patient’s tolerance of their therapy and improve their quality of life as they go through treatment, you actually improve their survival.”

Nontraditional, Yet Proven Therapies To fully appreciate what integrative medicine is, it’s important to understand the difference between conventional and complementary therapies. Conventional cancer treatments include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Complementary

services available to help them on their treatment journey. These include acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, Tai Chi, psychological counseling and mind-body medicine such as relaxation techniques. The center also provides advice on the use of supplements in conjunction with prescription medicines. “I’ll recommend a few nutritional supplements because they have evidence behind them,” Dr. Schwartz explains. “The supplements might help people better tolerate their therapy,

An increasing number of studies demonstrates the usefulness of certain complementary therapies. therapies might include herbal medicines, acupuncture or yoga. What’s key is the term “evidencebased,” which means research has proved the value of a particular treatment. An increasing number of studies demonstrate the usefulness of certain complementary therapies. For example, Dr. Schwartz recommends that breast cancer survivors get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise six days a week. This, she says, may help reduce the risk of recurrence and combat some side effects of treatment. “It’s a change these patients have complete control over,” Dr. Schwartz says.

All-Encompassing Support Patients who come to the Center for Integrative Medicine meet with a trained physician who discusses their individual medical needs and recommends lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise. During this consultation, patients also learn about the variety of other support

prevent a recurrence or perhaps prevent cancer from developing.” A pharmacy at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center offers both conventional prescription medicines and nutritional supplements. This gives patients access to proven, quality medications and helps them avoid potentially dangerous interactions. Other resources available at the center include genetic counseling, a library and information resource center, spiritual care, social workers, caregiver support and physical therapy. The environment is even designed for patient comfort, giving patients control over lighting and music in their rooms. “This is the first time in Los Angeles that you have state-of-theart conventional cancer care along with all the support cancer patients could possibly need under one roof,” Dr. Schwartz says. “We want to keep patients comfortable while helping them achieve the best results possible.”

Proven Healing Power "The immune system also plays a central role in beating cancer, and a number of complementary therapies have been proven effective in boosting the immune system," says Lisa Schwartz, M.D., medical director of the Sheri and Roy P. Disney Center for Integrative Medicine at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center. Vitamin D probably plays a role in the prevention of many chronic diseases including cancer. In addition, a good multivitamin may be helpful, Dr. Schwartz says. Check with your doctor first, though, especially if you are undergoing cancer treatment. Acupuncture is another therapy clinically proved to boost the immune system while reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation (such as fatigue). Yoga also may help diminish treatment-induced fatigue, and moderate exercise has long been a proven strategy for strengthening immune function.

Stay Well To learn more about proven cancer prevention strategies, visit providencehealthonline.org

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The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center is the first comprehensive cancer center in the Valley, bringing leading-edge treatment to the area

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eople like breast cancer survivor Susan Haimowitz have known for decades that Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center provides outstanding cancer care. The medical center's five-year breast, colorectal, ovarian and prostate cancer survival rates are well above the national averages.

While Providence Saint Joseph has been helping countless people with cancer beat the disease and return to their lives over the past 20 years, something else that is exceptional has been in the making. And now it’s here: the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, which opens mid-February. The first comprehensive cancer center in the San Fernando Valley, this groundbreaking facility will provide a level of care only available at the country’s leading cancer centers. A facility that’s by equal turns high-tech and healing, the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph joins the ranks of the country’s distinguished cancer centers, delivering the most advanced care possible. “Our goal at Providence Saint Joseph has always been to create an integrated cancer program that could meet the needs of the community,” says Raul Mena, M.D., medical director of the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center. The center is designed to provide excellent care and quality outcomes. According to Dr. Mena, this includes providing sophisticated treatment options, and reducing the physical and emotional scars cancer can leave behind in survivors. “The philosophy that permeates the program at almost every stage is, ‘How can we do this as a team in a better format, with a new mindset?’” Dr. Mena explains. “And our treatment is tailored to each patient, based on his or her hopes and aspirations.”

• Three new Elekta linear accelerators, one of which enables the delivery of stereotactic radiosurgery—a form of targeted radiation therapy—to small tumors or lesions in the brain, spine, lungs, liver and other organs. The equipment also can perform volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), which delivers radiation in arc-like revolutions around the patient. “This technology can reduce treatment times for some patients from the standard 20 minutes down to two to five minutes, without sacrificing the quality and accuracy of the treatment,” says Rex Hoffman, M.D., medical director of the Radiation Oncology Department at Providence Saint Joseph. The Elekta technology allows physicians to capture images and treat patients in a single session, tracking tumors in real time. A precise target is critical when treating cancer of the internal organs, which can move during the treatment. • Zevalin radioimmunotherapy (RIT) for treatment of lymphomas. The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center is the only hospital serving the San Fernando and the Santa Clarita Valleys to offer this treatment, which targets tumors that don’t respond to standard treatments. RIT is a highly targeted therapy that uses advanced imaging to pinpoint the precise location of disease and deliver a tumor-killing therapy right to the cancer cells while sparing healthy cells. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just approved Zevalin as a front-line treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009. • da Vinci robotic prostate surgery. This minimally invasive surgical approach uses a sophisticated robotic system to enhance the range of motion of the human hand. In the past, men diagnosed with prostate cancer were typically treated with a radical prostatectomy, which requires an 8- to 10-inch incision, a prolonged recovery and a potentially negative impact on the nerves and muscles that control urination and sexual function. The da Vinci prostatectomy is increasingly becoming the choice treatment for prostate cancer. The smaller incisions result in less pain and scarring, reduced blood loss, a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to activities, with a possible reduction in side effects such as impotence and urinary incontinence.

Assembling Advanced Technology There is no lack of compassion at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, yet technology is at the core of what the facility has to offer. It houses some of the most advanced technology available anywhere, such as:

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Results That Matter To see specific data on how patients treated at Providence Medical Centers, on average, do much better than national norms, go to providencehealthonline.org and click "cancer outcomes."

• Advanced PET CT provides the “latest and greatest” technology for identifying, localizing and staging tumors, says Jason R. Sinner, M.D., of the Providence Saint Joseph Radiology Department. This new scanning method uses dye to trace tumors as small as 5 or 6 millimeters, and is superior to PET CTs used in most cancer centers, according to Dr. Sinner. “PET CT will help us determine the extent to which a tumor has grown or spread,” he explains. “This is the gold standard for the assessment of tumors.”

Care For Young Adults Another innovation at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center is the Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program. A partnership between Providence Health & Services, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group, the program will serve patients ages 18 to 39 at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center. This population is historically underdiagnosed and underserved with cancer killing more young adults, ages 20 to 30, than any other disease in America. “These young cancer patients historically have fallen between the cracks,” Dr. Mena says. “A 20-year-old who has been treated for cancer as a teenager is no longer a pediatric case, but his treatment is not the same as for a 55-year-old patient. They have very special needs.” This program is designed to improve awareness, access, diagnosis and treatment for cancer, and will join a small number of distinguished AYA programs across the country, such as those at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Oregon Health & Science University and Vanderbilt University.

Excellence in Treatment The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center is new, but the foundation it’s being built on is well-established. Providence Saint Joseph is the largest provider of cancer care in the San Fernando Valley, and has always emphasized a patient-centered approach. This philosophy will be bolstered by the capabilities of the center, which includes many personal support services and an 10 | Providence Health

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A facility that’s by equal turns high-tech and healing, the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph joins the ranks of the country’s distinguished cancer centers, delivering the most advanced care possible . integrative medicine center to complement its superior medical expertise (see related story on page 6). Consider the example of Susan Haimowitz, who was treated for breast cancer at Providence Saint Joseph. After being diagnosed in 2008 at age 43, she was immediately referred to Sharon Adell, R.N., a breast cancer nurse navigator. Adell guides women through the entire course of their diagnosis and treatment, helping to coordinate care, provide resources and offer emotional support—a service that will continue at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center. Navigators, such as Adell, help ensure compliance and better outcomes, along with providing patients with a knowledgeable and expert friend when they need it most. Haimowitz was grateful to have Adell to guide her on her journey, which turned out to be an especially complex one. Haimowitz's surgeon, Philippe Quilici, M.D., suspected that she might be carrying the BRCA2 gene that can increase the risk of breast cancer, and immediately referred her to a medical oncologist, Karo Arzoo, M.D., chair of Hematology/Oncology at Providence Saint Joseph. Haimowitz tested positive for the BRCA2 gene, as well as the HER2 protein, which can promote tumor growth. Knowing this helped her physicians provide a very specific and targeted treatment plan. The care team is able to do this because of its experts across cancer disciplines, and also with the help of its staff geneticist. Haimowitz and her husband, Gregg Rapoport, are both graduates of University of California, Los Angeles, and considered seeking treatment there. But once they realized the extent of the care she needed, they decided that being treated at a facility closer to their home in Burbank—and to their two daughters, Chelsea and Hannah, ages 14 and 11—was an important consideration. “There was no reason to go all the way to L.A., because of the quality of care we got at Providence Saint Joseph,” Haimowitz says.

True Teamwork Everyone at Providence Saint Joseph adheres to a philosophy of comprehensive care using a team approach, a strategy that will continue at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center. For example, the programs use a tumor board made up of medical oncologists, surgeons and other specialists and members who discuss the cases of selected patients. “I tell my patients before I go to the tumor board that if any of my decisions about their treatment change, it’s not because I forgot something—it’s because I am trying to improve on my initial treatment plan for them,” Dr. Arzoo says. “We have

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excellent knowledge and capabilities, and also offer personal care people won’t find at every hospital.” This approach is clearly working, given the outstanding cancer treatment results at Providence Saint Joseph across the board, including a breast preservation rate of 85 percent, significantly higher than the 59 percent national average. At the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, every cancer specialty and related discipline will be represented. What’s more, programs provided at the center will be connected to Providence Holy Cross and Providence Tarzana Medical Centers. “Everyone will be included in everything,” Dr. Mena says. “We’ll be using the same integrated techniques at our freestanding facilities, so patients will have an even better experience with their care.”

Testing New Treatment Options Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center offers many treatments that are available only through research trials. This provides patients with access to a number of therapies not generally offered. The cancer center's team includes national leaders of the American College of Radiology, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology who have access to cutting-edge research protocols available from the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, the Southwest Oncology Group, the Gynecologic Oncology Group, the RTOG and other institutions. Call 818-847-3220 to find out more, or go to providencehealthonline.org and click "cancer trials."

A New Era of Care To learn more about the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, visit providencehealthonline.org, or call 1-888-HEALING (888-432-5464).

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Senior Health

Healing at Home

A program at Providence can help you get better where you’re most comfortable Ahh, home. No matter to what exotic place a trip takes you, there’s nothing like coming home and sleeping in your own bed. The same is true after a hospital stay. And Providence Home Care is helping some patients get home sooner. “It’s no fun being in a hospital,” says Belinda Condit, MSN, RNC, administrator for Providence Home Care. “We’re here to bridge the gap—to allow people to be cared for in their own homes and to be independent and safe.”

Who It Helps Providence Home Care provides services for all types of patients. “We treat patients with a lot of diagnoses, including heart attack, congestive heart failure, cancer, orthopedic problems, chronic and nonhealing wounds, stroke and gastrointestinal problems,” Condit says. While the program helps a variety of people, many of those served are seniors who need medical monitoring and the appropriate postsurgery setup to continue with daily living activities. The goal is to help them remain independent in their own homes, Condit says.

Whatever You Need The services you receive from Providence Home Care depend on your condition, but every case begins with a care plan, written in accordance with your doctor’s orders. Your team might include a nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech/language pathologist, social worker, wound care specialist and certified home health aide. On the first visit, your nurse will evaluate you physically, psychosocially and spiritually. He or she will also inspect your home for safety, make sure you have all the necessary medications and supplies, and educate loved ones on how to use any needed equipment. Many insurance plans will pay for home care. Medicare will cover it if the care plan is approved by your physician; if you are homebound, meaning it takes a considerable effort to leave your home; if you need skilled nursing care (nursing, physical therapy or speech/language pathology); and if you receive care from a Medicare-certified home health agency, like Providence Home Health. “We want patients to become as independent as possible in their homes,” Condit says. “Our main goal is to keep patients out of the hospital.” And the service does this well, making it possible for many seniors to continue living at home, and also providing support by relieving some burden on caregivers.

3 Questions to Ask To help you choose the right home health agency, ask the administrator the following questions: Are you Medicare-certified? Are you accredited by the Joint Commission or the Community Health Accreditation Program? What are my rights as a patient? “No matter what agency you pick, understand that you are the one in charge,” says Belinda Condit, MSN, RNC, administrator for Providence Home Care, which is accredited and certified. “Your doctor may recommend an agency, but in the end, it’s your choice.”

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Are you or a loved one in need of home health services? To learn more about Providence Home Care, call 818-953-4451.

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Foundation Focus

Expert Cancer Care

Generous support from you and the community has made the exceptional possible “The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center is incredibly important for our communities as this insidious disease touches so many people and so many lives,” says Susan Fleishman, board chair for the center. “We want to provide a place of excellence where, under one roof, patients can find the best care and support.”

“We're very proud to be associated with this project,” says Roy E. Disney. A Community Effort

Cancer affects more than just the body. It affects a person’s mental, social and spiritual health. So it’s only fitting that cancer treatment should address each of these as well. And as of February, you’ll find all the care you need in one convenient place—Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center. The building of this advanced cancer center was made possible through the donations of the Disney family, people throughout the community and the physicians of Providence.

It’s All Come Together Dealing with a diagnosis of cancer is daunting enough. Getting the care you need shouldn’t be. “The whole purpose of the new cancer center is to bring together in one building the best minds in radiation therapy, medical oncology and integrative medicine,” says Theresa Meyers, vice president, Providence Saint Joseph Foundation. That means delivering the most advanced treatment methods along with complementary medicine that is linked to helping people heal—practices such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, yoga, guided imagery, meditation, Tai Chi and Qigong. providencehealthonline.org

Building the new cancer center has been a team effort. “This center was completely built from community support,” Meyers says. “The lead naming gift came from the Roy and Patricia Disney family. Sheri and Roy P. Disney and the John C. Hench Foundation also contributed, as did all the major entertainment studios, including Warner Bros., NBC Universal and the Walt Disney Co.” “We thought it was a great idea,” says Roy E. Disney. “It makes a tremendous amount of sense to treat people in a more holistic manner. We’re very proud to be associated with the project.” Leonor Deetjen, a trustee for the Joan and John Lowry Hench Foundation, agrees. “We knew how important the center is. It’s wonderful for the whole community. It’s a marvelous idea to have everything done in one place.” The physicians, too, came together to personally support the cause. More than 200 physicians gave to the campaign. “We won’t turn people away because of inability to pay,” Meyers says. “And the reason we can do that is because of the generosity of our donors.”

Support the Caring The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center will open mid-February, thanks to community support. To make a donation, call the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation at 818-847-4673 or go online to providencehealthonline.org.

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Calendar of Maternity Programs

Childbirth and Parent Education at Providence Medical Along with the excitement of finding out you’re pregnant comes a million questions. The maternity and women’s programs at Providence Holy Cross, Providence Saint Joseph and Providence Tarzana Medical Centers offer you answers with a full schedule of classes that help prepare you for pregnancy, birth and parenting.

1. Prepare for birth

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Meets: Second and fourth Thursday of each month; 7-9 p.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion lobby, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Reservations: 1-800-779-6636

Childbirth Preparation (Lamaze Classes)

We’re Having a Baby (Free Sibling Tour)

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This class, for children ages 2½ to 12 years old (3 to 12 at Providence Saint Joseph and Providence Holy Cross), prepares siblings to visit the new baby in the hospital—it also offers safe ways to play with the new sibling.

Wednesdays: Jan. 6-Feb. 3; Feb. 24-March 24; 7-9:30 p.m. Saturdays: Jan. 23-Feb. 13; March 6-27; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Fee: $95 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143

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Meets: Jan. 12; March 9; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Location: 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Reservations: 818-847-4143 PROVIDENCE SAINT JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER

Maternity Tour We’ll open our maternity unit to you (during your fourth month of pregnancy) for a free presentation, followed by a walking tour.

Meets: Jan. 20; Feb. 10; March 10; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Reservations: 818-847-4143

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PROVIDENCE TARZANA MEDICAL CENTER

Meets: Jan. 12; Feb. 9; March 9; 7-8:30 p.m. Location: 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Reservations: 818-847-4143

Meets: Second and fourth Thursday of each month; 3:30-5 p.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion lobby, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Reservations: 1-800-779-6636

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Meets: Jan. 6, 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 24; March 3, 10, 31; 7-8:30 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Reservations: 818-847-4143

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2. Prepare for Baby

These classes will prepare you and your partner for labor and delivery by explaining relaxation techniques.

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Mondays: Jan. 4-Feb. 1; Feb. 22-March 22; 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Jan. 12-Feb. 9; Feb. 23-March 23; 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Jan. 27-Feb. 24; March 17-April 14; 7-9:30 p.m. Thursdays: Jan. 14-Feb. 11; March 11-April 8; 7-9:30 p.m. Saturdays: Jan. 16-Feb. 6; March 6-27; 1-4 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Fee: $95 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143 PROVIDENCE TARZANA MEDICAL CENTER

Mondays: Jan. 4-25; Feb. 1-March 1 (no class on Feb. 15); 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays: Jan. 5-26; Feb. 9-March 2; March 9-Apr. 6 (no class on Mar. 30) Wednesdays: Jan. 13-Feb. 3; Feb. 17March 10; 6:3-9 p.m. Saturdays: Call for dates Location: Women’s Pavilion lobby, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: $125 per couple; plus, choose one date from the “Anesthesia and Caesarean Section” class Reservations: 1-800-779-6636

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Centers Childbirth Intensive Lamaze Preparation This one-day class covers all of the topics presented in our regular childbirth series in a fast-paced format. Participants should provide their own lunch. PROVIDENCE SAINT JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER

Meets: Jan. 17; Feb. 7; March 7; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Fee: $95 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143 PROVIDENCE HOLY CROSS MEDICAL CENTER

Meets: Jan. 24; Feb. 21; March 21; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall Community Room, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia Fee: $95 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143

Preparing for Pregnancy and Delivery of a Healthy Baby Led by Farid Yashapour, M.D. Meets: Jan. 15; 9:30-10:30 a.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch Urgent Care Center Community Room, 19950 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch Reservations: 818-363-2273

Refresher Childbirth Designed for the mother who has already experienced childbirth, this two- to three-week program covers the labor process. Meets: Call 1-800-779-6636 for times Location: Women’s Resource Center, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: $75 per couple

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All classes are FREE unless otherwise indicated. For more information, please call us. Providence Tarzana: 1-800-779-6636. Providence Holy Cross and Providence Saint Joseph: 818-847-4143.

Parents Expecting Multiples Learn about preparing for the new arrivals. Meets: Call 1-800-779-6636 for times Location: Women’s Resource Center, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: $25 per couple

Anesthesia and Caesarean Section One-day class about a Caesarean section and recovery process and anesthesia commonly used for labor. Meets: Jan. 7, 21; Feb. 4, 18; March 4, 18; 7:30-9:30 p.m. Location: Women’s Resource Center, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: $25 per couple Reservations: 1-800-779-6636

3. After Baby is Born Breastfeeding Our lactation specialist teaches infant nutrition and successful breastfeeding techniques. PROVIDENCE HOLY CROSS MEDICAL CENTER

Meets: Feb. 23; 7-9:30 p.m. Location: 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Fee: $35 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143 PROVIDENCE SAINT JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER

Meets: Jan. 13; Feb. 11; March 17; 7-9:30 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Fee: $35 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143

PROVIDENCE TARZANA MEDICAL CENTER

Meets: Jan. 4, 12; Feb. 1, 23; March 8, 23; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Location: Women’s Resource Center, 8344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: $25 per couple Reservations: 1-800-779-6636

The Amazing Newborn Learn about normal infant growth and development from a pediatrician. Meets: Jan. 13; March 10; 7-9 p.m. Location: Providence Tarzana’s Women’s Resource Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: $25 per couple Reservations: 1-800-779-6636

Caring for a New Baby Learn about what to expect in the newborn. Led by Janesri De Silva, M.D. Meets: Feb. 26; 9:30-10:30 a.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch Urgent Care Center Community Room, 19950 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch Reservations: 818-363-2273

Baby Care Learn about what to expect with a newborn; about feeding, coping with a crying baby; when to call the doctor and more. Meets: Jan. 6, 27; Feb. 3, 17; March 3, 24; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Location: Providence Tarzana’s Women’s Resource Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: $25 per couple; prepayment required Reservations: 1-800-779-6636

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Transition to Parenthood Led by a licensed therapist, learn what to expect with your new baby the first year and if you’re at risk for postpartum depression. Meets: Jan. 25; March 15; 6:309 p.m. Location: Providence Tarzana’s Women’s Resource Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: $25 per couple Reservations: 1-800-779-6636

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Meets: Jan. 11, 21; Feb. 8, 25; March 1, 18; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Location: Women’s Resource Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: $40 Reservations: 1-800-779-6636

Infant/Child Safety and CPR

Teaches proper bathing, diapering and feeding techniques, communicating love, building self-esteem and time management.

For parents with newborns to children 8 years old. Meets: Jan. 28; March 25; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Location: Providence Tarzana Medical Center Women’s Pavilion lobby, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: $45 per person Reservations: 1-800-779-6636

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Baby Sign Language for Hearing Babies

Meets: Jan. 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 22; March 8, 15, 22; 7-9:30 p.m.; or as a one-day class: Jan. 31; Feb. 28; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Fee: $60 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143

Learn simple hand gestures to show your infants. This helps babies speak sooner and jump-starts their intellectual development. Includes a class for expectant parents, as well as a continuing program for children up to 24 months of age. Meets: Feb. 22; April 26; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Providence Tarzana’s Women’s Resource Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: $25 per couple Reservations: 1-800-779-6636

Preparing for Your Newborn, Three-Part Series

Infant Safety and CPR The Infant Safety and CPR class is for parents with newborns to children 1 year old. Includes “babyproofing” your home, CPR and chokingmanagement techniques. PROVIDENCE HOLY CROSS MEDICAL CENTER

Meets: Feb. 17; 7-9:30 p.m. Location: 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Fee: $45 per person Reservations: 818-847-4143 PROVIDENCE SAINT JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER

Meets: Jan. 12, 28; Feb. 9, 25; March 11, 24; 7-9:30 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Fee: $45 per person Reservations: 818-847-4143

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Go to providencehealth online.org for more information, or for a printable version of this calendar to post on your refrigerator.

Sign, Say and Play Continuing Program A six-week baby sign language program for parents and babies. Meets: Call 1-800-779-6636 for dates and times Location: Providence Tarzana’s Women’s Resource Center, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $100 per family

4. Support Groups Breastfeeding Support Group Weekly group for new mothers to share their experiences. Meets: Mondays, 1-2:30 p.m. Location: Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall Community Room, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia Meets: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon Location: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, BabyWise Classroom, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Fee: $8 per class Reservations: 818-847-4143

MommyWise Support Groups Weekly group for new mothers and their infants. PROVIDENCE HOLY CROSS MEDICAL CENTER

Mondays: 1-2:30 p.m. at the Outpatient Diagnostic Center, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Fridays: 10 a.m.-noon at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall in the Community Room, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia Fee: $8 per class Reservations: 818-847-4143 PROVIDENCE SAINT JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER

Tuesdays: 10 a.m.-noon (birth to 6 months); 1-3 p.m. (birth to 1 year); 3-5 p.m. (toddlers 1-2 years) Thursdays: 10 a.m.-noon (toddlers 1-2 years) Location: BabyWise Classroom, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Reservations: 818-847-4143

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Community Calendar

January-March Classes, Events and Lectures SUPPORT GROUPS

Preparing for Total Joint Replacement Meets: Second Thursday of each month, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Info: 818-496-4395

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Diabetes Support Groups For people with diabetes and their family members. Meets: Fourth Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. Location: Providence Tarzana, 18344 Clark St. Suite 210, Tarzana Info: 818-345-8955 Meets: Call for information Location: Providence Saint Joseph Acute Rehabilitation Unit (5 North), 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Info: 818-847-3277

Valley Pumpers Support Group For people with diabetes using an insulin pump. Meets: Fourth Thursday of each month, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Providence Tarzana, 18321 Clark St., NCR Room 3 (trailer behind ER), Tarzana Info: Harvey Cohen, 818-907-7092

Lymphedema Support Group Meets: Third Thursday of each month, 4-5 p.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Conference Rooms A & B in North Building, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Info: 818-496-1643

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Meets: Third Thursday of each month, 3-4 p.m. Location: Providence Saint Joseph, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Info: 818-847-3799

Sit n’ Tone with Mandy

Meets: Last Wednesday of each month, 4-5:30 p.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Conference Rooms in North Building Info: 818-496-4425

Sit and Be Fit

Fitness Location for all fitness classes (unless otherwise noted): Providence Occupational Health Center, 3413 Pacific Ave., Room 104, Burbank

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program A senior exercise program designed specifically for people with arthritis that uses gentle activities to improve your health without hurting your joints. Meets: Tuesdays, 8:45-9:45 a.m. Location: Providence Tarzana, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $5 per class Info: Eileen, 818-883-0849

Meets: Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $2 per session Info: 818-847-4535 Meets: Mondays, Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fee: $2 per session Info: 818-847-4535

Tai Chi Meets: Saturdays; beginners, 10-10:30 a.m.; all levels, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $5 per session Info: Pete Bowen, 818-321-4806

Qigong Meets: Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jan. 12 to April 6 only Fee: $5 per class Info: 818-847-4535 Instructor: Antoinette Rohner

Kundalini Stretch Yoga Meets: Mondays, Fridays, 9-10 a.m. Fee: $5 per class Info: Jim Eldridge, 818-823-8056

Pilates/Core Conditioning Meets: Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-noon Fee: $2 per session; please bring a mat as all exercises are performed on the floor Info: 818-847-4535 winter 201winter 2010 Providence Health | 17


Diabetes Classes Non-Healing Wound Support Do you or someone you know have a non-healing wound? Free assessment. Info: Providence Tarzana Wound Center, 818-757-8839

Diabetes Self-Management Classes

Wellness Classes Outpatient Nutritional Counseling Consultations with a registered dietitian for all aspects of nutrition therapy; physician referral required. Meets: Appointments available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Burbank Fee: $10 per class or $50 for six classes Info: 818-847-3550

Pre-Operation Total Joint Replacement Education Meets: Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 5-6 p.m. Location: Providence Occupational Health Center, Conference Room A, 3413 Pacific Ave., Burbank Info: 818-953-4430

The Power of Speech: Learn to Speak Clearly Meets: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Location: Providence Occupational Health Center, 3413 Pacific Ave., Burbank Fee: $10 per class or $50 for six classes Info: Valerie Miller, 916-663-2876

Improv Class: Put Your Acting Skills to Work Meets: Wednesdays, 5:30-8 p.m. Location: Providence Occupational Health Center, 3413 Pacific Ave., Burbank Fee: Six classes for $60 Info: Valerie Miller, 916-663-2876 18 | Providence Health

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A two-part class that empowers participants to successfully manage their diabetes. Meets: Oct. 17, 24; Nov. 14, 21; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Lockheed B & C, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Info: 818-847-3277

Individual Sessions with a Diabetes Specialist One-on-one consults that address meter education, insulin administration, pump training, carbohydrate counting, gestational diabetes education and education for renal, cardiac and pediatric patients with special needs. Location: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Info: 818-847-3277; call for an appointment

Diabetes 101 & Self Care

Location: Diabetes Care Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: Most insurance companies will pay for this program with physician referral Info: Preregistration is mandatory; call 818-345-8955

Diabetes Nutrition Class A basic knowledge of diabetes care is necessary as this class covers more in-depth nutrition information. A physician referral is required for this program. Meets: Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon Location: Diabetes Care Center 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Info: 818-345-8955

Basic Diabetes Education Class Three-hour class that covers the basics of good diabetes care. A physician referral is required for this program. Meets: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: Diabetes Care Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: Most insurance companies will pay for this program with physician referral Info: 818-345-8955

Diabetes and Pregnancy

Two-part series taught by certified diabetes educators. An introduction and/ or refresher to Diabetes Management. A physician referral is required to attend this program. Meets: Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, 4th Floor Conference Room, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Info: 818-496-4310 for specific class dates

Extensive education about delivering a healthy baby; for women with gestational diabetes. Meets: Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Spanish language classes are available by appointment only Location: Diabetes Care Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: Most insurance companies will pay for this program with physician referral Info: Preregistration is mandatory; call 818-345-8955

Healthy Living with Diabetes

Carbohydrate Counting

A comprehensive four-part series where participants receive important information and training in the skills needed for living with diabetes. Meets: Tuesdays; daytime and evening classes are available; class attendance must begin with session 1 and go through the series

This session is offered to individuals on insulin who wish to improve overall blood sugar control through insulin adjustment based upon carbohydrate intake. Meets: Available by appointment only

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Location: Providence Tarzana Medical Center Auditorium, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Info: 818-345-8955

january lectures HMO Update Meets: Jan. 13 Location: Burbank Mall, 201 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank Speaker: Representative from the Center of Health Care Rights

Hand Arthritis Meets: Jan. 14, 9-10 a.m. Location: Westfield Sherman Oaks, 14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks Speaker: Val Hunter, CHT

Disaster Preparedness Meets: Jan. 20, 9-10 a.m. Location: Westfield Topanga, 6600 Topanga Cyn Blvd., Canoga Park Speaker: Joyce Ellis, patient educator

Arthritis & Joint Replacement Surgery Meets: Jan. 29, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch Urgent Care Center Community Room, 19950 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch Speaker: Ramin Ganjianpour, M.D. Info: 818-363-2273

February lectures Update on Social Security Meets: Feb. 10, 9-10 a.m. Location: Burbank Mall, 201 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank Speaker: Social Security representative

Breast Reconstruction: New Options After Cancer Meets: Feb. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch Urgent Care Center Community Room, 19950 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch Speaker: James Lee, M.D. Info: 818-363-2273

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Diabetes

Meets: Feb. 11, 9-10 a.m. Location: Westfield Sherman Oaks, 14006 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks Speaker: Representative from the Center of Health Care Rights

Meets: March 12, 9-10 a.m. Location: Westfield Valencia, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia Speaker: Judy Breen, patient educator

Your Doctor Speaks to You Meets: Feb. 12, 9-10 a.m. Location: Westfield Valencia, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd, Valencia Speaker: A. Gururaja, M.D.

Get Your Home Prepared for A Disaster Meets: Feb. 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch Urgent Care Center Community Room, 19950 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch Speaker: Belinda Condit, MSN, RNC Info: 818-363-2273

Keeping Your Memory Meets: Feb. 17, 9-10 a.m. Location: Westfield Topanga/ Promenade, 6600 Topanga Cyn Blvd., Canoga Park Speaker: Patient educator

Hand Surgery Meets: Feb. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch Urgent Care Center Community Room, 19950 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch Speaker: James Lee, M.D. Info: 818-363-2273

MARCH lectures Colon Cancer Meets: March 10, 9-10 a.m. Location: Burbank Mall, 201 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank

Depression Meets: March 11, 9-10 a.m. Location: Westfield Sherman Oaks, 14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks

Staying Healthy in the New Year Meets: March 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch Urgent Care Center Community Room, 19950 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch Speaker: Ara Tilkian, M.D. Info: 818-363-2273

High Blood Pressure Meets: March 17, 9-10 a.m. Location: Westfield Topanga/ Promende, 6600 Topanga Cyn Blvd., Canoga Park Speaker: Joyce Ellis, patient educator

Advanced Care Planning: Are Your Medical Wishes Known? Meets: March 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch Urgent Care Center Community Room, 19950 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch Speaker: Barbara Whitlach, B.A., M.S. Info: 818-363-2273

AARP Driver Safety programs This two-part AARP/Driver Safety Program is for people 55 or older who want to reduce their automobile insurance premiums. You must attend both four-hour sessions to receive your AARP certificate. Meets: Part 1, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10; 1-5 p.m. Part 2, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17; 1-5 p.m. Location: Providence Occupational Health Center, 3413 Pacific Ave., Burbank Fee: $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers, payable to AARP. Contact your insurance agent and be eligible for a threeyear safe driver’s discount. Info: 818-847-4535

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