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Counting sheep? See page 5.

Dear friends and family, Finally, the bright, warm days of summer are approaching. Don’t you want to feel your best so you can enjoy every day of good weather? Many people struggle with sleep related issues, so it’s easy to assume that endlessly counting sheep is normal night time behavior. Turn to page 4, learn about our new sleep lab, and take a short quiz to determine if your sleep problems need to be addressed by a physician. Recently, Platte Valley Medical Center became the first hospital in Colorado to install the world’s smallest heart monitor in a patient. Turn to page 8 to read the inspiring stories of how this tiny monitor changed the lives of Mary Martin and Eduardo Diaz. This weekend, treat your family to a healthy, home­made brunch with a Cajun Quiche (page 3). They’ll be so proud of you, and we won’t even mind if you forget to mention who got you the recipe. Finally, it is my great joy to announce that PVMC was recently awarded Planetree Designation, recognizing us as among the world’s most patient­ centered hospitals. On page 6 you’ll learn what this means for you.

1600 Prairie Center Parkway Brighton, CO 80601

Have a great day,

John R. Hicks President/ CEO PlatteValleyMedicalCenter

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Your Health. Our Mission. is published by Platte Valley Medical Center. This publication in no way seeks to serve as a substitute for professional medical care. Consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. Send comments, questions and suggestions to Charmaine Weis EDITOR Tom Gilboy WRITER/DESIGNER Evelyn Wiant WRITER/EDITOR Volume 7, Issue 1 © 2014 Platte Valley Medical Center

Cajun Quiche in a Rice crust

PVMC Executive Chef Mike Anderson puts a couple of spins on a classic. Crust prep: Combine rice, garlic and onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 egg. Spread mixture into the bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle bottom of crust evenly with 1/4 cup shredded cheddar.

Filling prep: Preheat oven to 375°. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over mediumhigh heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and the next 4 ingredients (through sausage); sauté 5 minutes. Spoon mixture evenly into prepared rice crust. Combine the egg substitute, fat-free yogurt, salt, hot pepper sauce, and egg whites; stir with a whisk until well blended. Pour egg substitute mixture over sausage mixture. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until the center is set. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. n

Ingredients, crust 2 cups cooked long-grain white rice, cooled 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 large egg Cooking spray 1/4 cup (1 ounce) reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese Ingredients, flling 1/2 cup prechopped onion 1/2 cup prechopped celery 1/2 cup prechopped red bell pepper 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic 3 ounces andouille sausage or kielbasa, chopped (about 2/3 cup) 3/4 cup egg substitute 1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco) 2 large egg whites 1/4 cup (1 ounce) reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese


We asked Martha Hernandez-Velasco in Housekeeping for her recipe for Capirotada. Simple and festive, it’s a breakfast, it’s a dessert, it’s a side dish. Download the recipe and give it a try!

PER SERVING: Calories: 291 (from fat: 32%)

Protein: 19.5g, Fat: 10.3g, Fiber: 0.9g, Carbohydrate: 29.4g, Saturated fat: 4.5g, Monounsaturated fat: 3.7g, Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g


S T E E R I N G C L E A R O F F A D D I E T S B Y C Y N T H I A F O S T E R , R . D . towards an intersection when the light turns yellow. Should you zoom ahead or slow down and stop? Those who slow to a stop have the right idea, not only for driving but for approaching diets—especially the sensational “miracle” diets you see on the covers of popular magazines.

that boomerang effect or the toll such diets take on your health, use this fad-free route to a smaller waist size:

Desiring a healthy weight is admirable, but how you get there is just as import­ ant as reaching your goal. Suppose you are able to fit into the outfit you bought for the class reunion, only to find that you’re tired and your skin looks washedout due to a lack of nutrients. Besides that, if the diet you followed is overly restrictive, it will be all too tempting to ditch it when you pass the next donut case at the grocery.

• Avoid diets that require you to buy special foods or supplements, that claim you must eat foods only in certain combinations or at certain times, recommend large amounts of certain foods, or completely give up foods such as carbohydrates


And that’s just the problem with fad diets—there’s a high failure rate long term with the dieter eventually gaining back all the weight, plus a few “bonus” pounds. If you don’t want to experience

• Have a reasonable goal of 1–2 pounds of weight loss per week. Ongoing loss at a faster rate results in decreasing your lean muscle and fluid stores rather than fat.

• Celebrity endorsement certainly is no guarantee of solid scientific proof. • Before and after photos may be phony or not reflect long term results. Instead, use these proven strategies that thousands have used to lose 30 or more pounds without regaining: • Start the day with a healthy breakfast.

• Weigh yourself weekly to stay on track, and write down your progress. • Watch less than 10 hours of television each week. You burn very few calories sitting on the couch staring at a screen and are storing extra calories as fat if you’re viewing and snacking. • Be physically active one hour a day, and remember that you can break up the time into several sessions. Simply eating less than what you eat now or eliminating sugary beverages are good first steps. The next step might be consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist to assist you with customized scientific weight loss advice. Meanwhile, approach the next fad diet intersection with caution to achieve the healthy life you want two, five and fifteen years from now. n See the National Weight Control Registry ( for more inspiring and proven weight loss information




Snoring loud at night? Feeling drowsy during the day? Get tested for Sleep Apnea.



f you are sleepy throughout the day because you snore at night, you’re not alone. When asked, six out of ten adults say their partner snores. Snoring is a major symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.



Snoring occurs when the flow of air from the mouth or nose to the lungs is disturbed during sleep, usually by a blockage or narrowing in the nose, mouth, or throat (airway). Individuals with sleep apnea will often have changes in how loud and how often they snore. Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that causes a person to stop breathing in their sleep. This can occur hundreds of times throughout the night, causing the sufferer to briefly awake resulting in poor sleep and feeling tired in the morning, fatigue throughout the day, and memory issues from sleep deprivation.


With sleep apnea, the throat muscles relax during sleep and allow soft tissue in the throat to collapse and block the passage of air. This disruption of sleep causes breathing to stop at times, and

oxygen levels in the blood to drop. If your snoring is steady and does not disturb your sleep, chances are you do not have sleep apnea and don’t stop breathing during the night. Sleep apnea may not be a killer by itself, but has been linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and other occupational errors. If left untreated, those experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, depression, and obesity, as well as cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity. People with untreated sleep apnea can have mortality three times higher than those who do not have the condition. If you have symptoms of loud snoring, sleep apnea, wake up multiple times a night and are sleepy during the day, ask your family doctor, cardiologist or neurologist if a sleep study is right for you. There are simple therapies available to help you live long and sleep well.

To learn more visit DR JAMES I. MEYER is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep. Dr. Meyer believes in being open and honest about a patient’s condition and diligence in ordering tests and referring specialty physicians to enhance patient wellbeing. His office accepts Medicare Assignment. In his free time he enjoys running, ice fishing, and fly fishing.




Concerned about lack of sleep? Overnight Sleep Studies are now available at PVMC. If you experience trouble sleeping due to sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, or another sleep disorder, talk to your doctor about having a sleep study at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton. Our technicians perform overnight sleep studies in our quiet, comfortable hospital rooms weeknights between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Find out more at or call your doctor.



Are you getting good sleep? Patient Name


How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to just feel

This refers to your day-to-day life in the recent past. (Even if you have not engaged in some of


ow likely are you to doze off or fall asleep, as opposed to simply feeling tired, in the situations listed at the right? Use this Epworth Sleep Scale to choose the appropriate number for how you react during these situations. (Even if you haven’t engaged in some of these activities lately, consider how you would be likely to respond in the situation.)

activities recently, try to think about how they might affect you now.)

Do you doze off…

Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation.

Sitting and reading? 0 = would never doze

1 = slight chance of dozing

Watching TV?

2 = moderate chance of dozing 3 = high chance of dozing

Sitting in a public place (theatre or meeting)?



Sitting reading As aand passenger

How to rate your response:

in a car for an hour without a break?

Watching TV

0 = would never doze

Sitting in adown public place (theatre or afternoon meeting) Lying to rest in the

1 = slight chance of dozing

As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break

if time?

Sitting with someone? Lying down and to resttalking in the afternoon if time

2 = moderate chance of dozing

Sitting and talking with someone

Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol?

3 = high chance of dozing

Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol

In a car while stopped for a few minutes in traffic

In a car while stopped for a few minutes in traffic? TOTAL

What does your score mean?

0 – 7 It’s unlikely you’re abnormally sleepy

8 – 9 You have an average amount of daytime sleepiness


Your score means:

0 – 7 It’s unlikely you’re abnormally sleepy 8 – 9 You have an average amount of daytime sleepiness 10 – 15 You may be excessively sleepy, depending Consider seeking medical attention. on the situation. You may want to consider doc tor evaluation. Ask your doctor if a sleep study A s k y o u r seeking medical

10 – 15 You may be excessively sleepy depending on the situation.* 16 – 24 You are excessively sleepy.*


is sleepy. rightConsider for you. 16 – 24 You are excessively seeking medical attention.


if a sleep study

KENNETH ANDERSON, D.O. TEAMS UP WITH DR. ROBERT MASSA FOR INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE For the first time since moving to Prairie Center seven years ago, we are pleased to announce the addition of a new Internal Medicine physician, Dr. Kenneth Anderson. Dr. Anderson joined our medical staff in April and is now working in Brighton with Dr. Robert Massa at Integrative Internal Medicine and Medical Acupuncture.

What is an Internal Medicine physician (Internist)?

Internal medicine physicians are specialists who care for adult patients, typically over the age of 18. They have at least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Internists are sometimes referred to as the “doctor’s doctor,” because they often act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems.



Dr. Anderson grew up in Colorado and received his undergraduate degree at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. He then moved to Nevada and received his medical degree from Touro Univer­ sity Nevada, College of Osteopathic Medicine, prior to finishing his residency at Valley Hospital Medical Center.

“In my mind everyone should have a doctor they can trust to teach them how to be healthy,” says Dr. Anderson. “I love developing relationships with my patients and hope they will trust me to not only help prevent their illness, but treat their illnesses as well.” He is happy to have returned to Colorado, and hopes to offer the best access to health care for our community. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his family, and enjoys skiing and hiking. If you are looking for a new physician and would like to meet Dr. Anderson, call (303) 659-4476 for an appointment. His office is at 1606 Prairie Center Parkway, Suite 370, in the medical office building on the hospital campus.



Join us Wednesday, May 21, at 6 pm as Neurologist Rai Kakkar, M.D. discusses the variety of illnesses that can affect the aging brain. DR. KAKKAR is a board-certified neurologist at Platte Valley Medical Center who treats patients with neuromuscular disorders and Parkinson’s disease.


A FR E E eve nt b ro u g ht to yo u by Pl at te Va lley M e d ic a l Ce nte r. If you’re caring for someone who suffers from dementia, Alzhiemer’s Disease, Parkinson’s, or a similar condition, please join us to learn about issues that affect caregivers and their families. Come and learn about common diseases affecting the aging brain, diagnosis and treatment, caregiver stress and coping strategies, and community resources available at local and national levels. Seating is limited, so call or visit our website today.


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Jaw pain

Dizzy or lightheaded

Feeling faint for no obvious reason (like a tough workout, or being dehydrated) could mean not enough blood is Short breath, getting to the heart, especially if you’re suffering from racing heart shortnes of breath or a Though panic attacks and cold sweat. heart attacks can be triggered by stressful events and share many symptoms, there are differences. Panic attacks can include trembling, intense terror, a sense of doom, and typically pass in 5 minutes. Heart attack symptoms tend to start slower, and or linger.

Extreme Fatigue

If you can’t walk a block comfortably, or you have to stop and rest while going about your daily activities, it may be a sign not enough blood is getting to your heart fast enough.

The nerves attached to the jaw lie close to the ones that come out of your heart. If the pain is constant you probably have dental problems. If it pops up intermittantly and gets worse when you exert yourself, it’s more likely heart related.

Discomfort burning in chest or back

Women often describe a heart attack as a tightness, heaviness, pressure, or squeezing. The pain doesn’t have to be severe or sudden; it can come and go for weeks and be mistaken for indigestion. If it doesn’t come on shortly after a meal, if you normally don’t suffer from indigenstion, or if you’re also experiencing nausea, it needs to be checked promptly by a doctor.

Nausea and vomiting

Knowing the warning signs of heart attack is key. Why? 85% of the damage from a heart attack occurs within the first 2 hours. Calling 9-1-1 not only saves lives, it saves quality of life. Most heart attacks give early warnings, making it possible to treat the disease before your heart is damaged. The difference in early versus late symptoms is this: early symptoms are mild and intermittent, often appear with physical exertion or times of high stress, and subside with rest. As the heart attack progresses however, symptoms become more severe and persistent. They may come on without cause and may not subside with rest.

You could have more than just a bug if your tummy woes come along with other heart-related symptoms like shortness of breath, a cold sweat, or pain in your chest or back.

While this often points to a pinched nerve or arthritis in your neck, it’s important to rule out heart problems first. See your doctor if you notice any tingling in your extremities.

Listen to your body. Source: Health Vol. 28, No. 1

Tingling down one or both arms or legs

Last year in the US, about 38,000 women under the age of 50 had heart attacks.



t’s a life-saving, future-changing device.

Once, it may have been only science fiction, but a tiny heart monitor, smaller than a aaa battery, helped save the lives of Mary Martin and Eduardo Diaz. Mary Martin is already a survivor; she beat breast cancer in 2007, so when she began having heart palpitations, she knew it was important to seek




medical help. Mary was admitted to the emergency room because her heart was racing out of control. She was given a round of standard tests, and fitted with a screen filter to lower her risk of heart damage from a clot. In December, her cardiologist, Dr. Qaisar Khan, had her wear a halter-style heart monitor for a month to try and pinpoint the cause of her racing heart. Although the halter monitor was effective, Dr. Khan felt he needed more information to accurately diagnose Mary’s condition. Lucky for Mary, a new state-of-theart heart monitor had just been approved by the FDA and was available to the medical profession.

In addition to its continuous and wireless monitoring capabilities, the system transmits patients’ cardiac diagnostic data remotely to their physician from nearly any location in the world through the Care­link® Network. Through the Network, physicians are alerted if their patients have had cardiac events. This ensures early and accurate



diagnosis of irregular heartbeats, even when the patient is not physically in the hospital. Placed just beneath the skin through a small incision of less than a centimeter in the upper left side of the chest, the monitor is nearly invisible to the naked eye once inserted. The device is placed using a minimally invasive insertion procedure, which simplifies the experience for both physicians and their patients. On February 24, Mary became the first patient at Platte Valley Medical Center and in the state of Colorado to receive the Reveal Monitor. “It was completely unnoticeable,” said Mary. “I was sore because of the incision, but otherwise I wouldn’t have known it was there.”

The Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) Within a few days of placing the System is indicated for patients monitor, Dr. Khan discovered O N F E B R U A R Y 2 4 AT P V M C who experience symptoms such Mary had a misfiring nerve in MARY BECAME THE FIRST PAT I E N T I N C O L O R A D O as dizziness, heart palpitation, her heart that was causing it to beat TO RECEIVE THE NEW syncope (recurrent fainting), abnormally. “The monitor actually REVEAL HEART MONITOR. unexplained stroke, atrial fibrill­ was able to tell him which nerve ation, and chest pain suggesting it was,” said Mary. a cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). It is also On March 6, Mary’s monitor was removed and a used with those patients who are at increased risk for pacemaker was inserted. The pacemaker now sends cardiac arrhythmias. electrical signals into Mary’s heart to regulate her The monitor is approximately one-third the heartbeat and force her heart to beat normally. The size of a aaa battery, making it over 80% smaller pacemaker records Mary’s heart functions and sends than previously available cardiac monitors. While a regular report to her cardiologist using a home significantly smaller, the device is part of a powerful monitor and a Wi-Fi signal. For the rest of Mary’s life, system that allows physicians to continuously and she’ll get regular checkups to make sure her device is wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart for up to three functioning correctly, and in 8–10 years the batteries years, with 20 percent more data memory than its will need to be changed. larger predecessor, Reveal® XT.




Mary is already feeling much better, despite a fourweek recovery as her heart tissue heals around her pacemaker’s leads. She says she has more energy now, and is looking forward to spending more time with her two grandchildren at their 4-H shows. “Don’t wait,” said Mary of her experience. “If you think something is wrong, see your doctor and get it taken care of right away.”




After the miniature heart monitor was removed, Eduardo received a pacemaker, which kicks in when his heart rate drops too low. Eduardo is full of energy now. He is back at work, and is once again enjoying his freedom. He likes spending time outdoors, playing baseball and basketball. He has given up energy drinks and made changes to his diet. He is currently majoring


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duardo Diaz is only 22, so when he started feeling dizzy and fainting without notice, and seemingly without cause, he didn’t think he could have a heart problem. Over the course of a year, his fainting spells got worse, and Eduardo could no longer drive himself to work. “I didn’t want to cause an accident,” he said. He had to be careful of his surroundings and limit his activity to avoid passing out in dangerous situations.


in business at the University of Colorado and intends to open his own fiber optics business someday.

At first, it was difficult to diagnose Eduardo. His girlfriend was worried that his problem was caused by energy drinks. He was given test after test, and then his cardiologist, Dr. Khan, recommended the Reveal Monitor to get more pinpointed results, and his monitor was installed the same day as Mary’s.

“If you notice something is wrong, go get checked, and don’t wait as long as I did,” said Eduardo. He wants people his age to remember that health issues like heart arrhythmias can happen to anyone. “Never think it can’t happen to you,” Eduardo says. “It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old.” n

Eduardo’s pacemaker, like Mary’s, will require new batteries about once every decade. It will monitor and send a report on his heart function to his cardiologist remotely every three months.

Within a week, Eduardo was diagnosed with bradycardia, an abnormally slow heart rate, which led to syncope (fainting). His fainting spells and dizziness were caused by his heart rate dropping so low that he could no longer remain conscious. “It was scary. Once I blacked out and hit my head on a car,” said Eduardo. “But I would rather it had been me than someone I love.” ADVANCE S I N CAR DIAC MON ITOR I NG

ernal Cardiac Monitors

Miniaturized Insertable Cardiac Monitor “ NEVE R THINK IT CAN ’T HAPPE N TO YO U , ” S AYS E D UA R D O . “ I T D O E S N ’ T M AT T E R I F YO U ’ R E YO U N G O R O L D . ”

OVER TIME these devices have grown smaller and smarter—evolving from large external wired apparatuses to miniature devices nearly invisible to the naked eye once implanted.

Up to 30 days

Up to 3 years



for PVMC’s first off-site medical office building in the Reunion Marketplace in Commerce City. The project is scheduled for completion this fall. “As Commerce City continues to grow, so does the need for direct access to retail and services,” says Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford. “The investment made by PVMC in our city will address significant needs, providing a full spectrum of primary health care services in an easily accessible location.”


The Reunion Marketplace in Commerce City is already a supermarket hub for neighbors. Beginning this fall, those shopping for new tires, French fries, milk and eggs will be able to consult their family doctor, OB/GYN, or pediatrician as well.

The one-story, 11,800 square foot building will be located directly next door to King Soopers. Its design will mirror the style and shape of Platte Valley Medical Center’s current medical office building on the hospital campus in Brighton.

“We know that close proximity to health care services is important for you, your family, and your business,” said PVMC President and CEO John Hicks at the groundbreaking ceremony, held in March.

Eagle Ridge Family Medicine, Integrative Internal Medicine & Medical Acupuncture, Premier Pediatrics, and Alcott Women’s Center will each occupy the building upon completion. n

GALLERY ON THE GO Painting for a purpose! 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 8 at Valley Bank & Trust, 4900 E Bromley Lane Brighton, CO 80601. $50 per person, includes hors d’oeuvres and wine. Register online at Benefits the Campaign for Women’s Services



There’s no need to take hip pain sitting down. BY A ARON BA XTE R , MD

Hip pain can be disabling. Some patients must decrease or even stop their exercise programs, activities, or hobbies due to painful symptoms. Hip pain can be caused by different ailments such as bursitis, lumbar spine problems, hernias, gynecological issues, labral pathology, and arthritis.


Sometimes it can be difficult to tell exactly what is causing the pain. When trying to differentiate, I use these general guidelines: > pain radiating to the buttock

is often a lumbar spine issue. > pain directly on the lateral

side (outside) of the hip, worsened with laying on that side, is often due to an inflammation of soft-tissues on the side of the hip bone (trochanteric bursitis). > pain radiating to the groin

is often due to hip joint problems such as cartilage injuries and hip arthritis. If hip pain is causing you to reduce your activity level, you should be evaluated by


your doctor. An evaluation will include a careful history and examination, and likely x-rays. Many issues may be improved with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and physical therapy. If symptoms persist after treatment, you may need to be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. For some diagnoses, steroid injections can be helpful. For other problems such as end-stage hip arthritis, surgical intervention such as a total hip replacement may be needed.

Is hip pain keeping you from doing the things you love?

With the warming weather, we like to keep our patients involved with outside exercise and activities. Don’t let hip pain slow you down. If hip pain is getting in your way, see your medical professional. n

A Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with a fellowship in Joint Reconstruction, DR. AARON BAXTER completed specialty training in adult reconstruction with the world-renowned Dr. Anthony Hedley in Phoenix. Over the past eight years, Dr. Baxter has performed hundreds of revisions for complex hip and knee problems. He specializes in total hip and knee replacements using the most advanced techniques available. AARON BAXTER, MD

1606 Prairie Center Parkway in Brighton, #170 303 498-1885

Redefining In March, PVMC was named one of the


INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES like pet therapy, aromatherapy, and massage have been demonstrated to help patients feel better. FAMILY MEDICINE IS GOOD MEDICINE. Families and friends are encouraged to visit as the patient’s desires and condition allow.

A POSITIVE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT IS KNOWN TO PROMOTE HEALING. Our architecture and home-like atmosphere promote wellness and encourage patient and family involvement.

WE BELIEVE every human interaction is an opportunity for a positive experience.

rom t h e s u bt l e s ou n ds of classical music gently playing on the CARE Channel, to the calming lavender aroma in your hos­ pital room, to surprise visits by our therapy dogs, to the fresh poached salmon with rosemary sprigs and free massage, hospital stays are different at Platte Valley Medical Center. So are our visiting hours, your access to your own medical records, and fam­ ily involvement in your care—all of which are patient directed.

This innovative approach to redefining patient care has garnered worldwide attention. In fact, PVMC was recently recognized as one of the world’s most patient-centered hospitals by Plane­ tree, Inc. Following a rigorous review of the hospital’s culture, including ­programs, policies, practices and the environment of care, the hospital has been ­officially designated a “Planetree Patient-Centered Hospital,” distin­ ­ guishing it as among those hospitals worldwide doing the most advanced work in patient-centered care. It is the third hospital in the state, and one of only 55 healthcare organizations world­ wide, to have received the designation since the program’s launch in 2007. Planetree Designation is the only

THE ROLE OF SPIRITUALITY AND INNER RESOURCES IN HEALING THE WHOLE PERSON. Our healing garden, labyrinth, and meditation center provide opportunities for reflection or prayer, and our chaplain is a vital member of our care team.

award that recognizes excellence in patient-centered care and says that PVMC is a hospital where providers partner with patients and families, and where patient comfort, dignity, empowerment, and well-being are prioritized with providing top-qual­ ity clinical care. Planetree — an international nonprofit organization—has been at the forefront of this movement to trans­ form healthcare from the perspective of the patient for nearly 30 years, taking the lead in defining “patientcentered care.” Designated hospitals are also nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, which has ­approved the designation program as one of the awards recognized on its Quality Check website in the special quality awards section.


he program is coordinated by Plane­t ree; however all designation determinations are made by an inde­ pendent designation committee whose membership includes national health care experts with experience with the National Quality Forum, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and American Health Care Association. Committee members include CEOs WE OFFER PATIENTS A COMPLIMENTARY 20-MINUTE MASSAGE. We recognize that healing touch is an essential tool for providing support and comfort.

patient care. world’s most patient-centered hospitals. from previously designated hospitals. The more than 60 specific criteria that Platte Valley Medical Center had to satisfy to achieve designation reflect what patients, family members and healthcare professionals in hundreds of focus groups held around the world say matters most to them during a healthcare experience. This quali­ tative data aligns with the growing evidence-base for patient-centered care, and establishes the Planetree Designation as a concrete framework for defining and measuring excellence in patient-centeredness. “Planetree is very pleased to award Platte Valley Medical Center with this designation,” said Planetree President Susan Frampton, Ph.D. “This achieve­ ment is a true testament to the staff and leadership, each of whom has played a crucial role in integrating the philoso­ phy of patient-centered care into their day-to-day work. The team at PVMC is not only making a difference for in­ dividual patients and family members, they are transforming the culture of their organization and fundamentally altering what the community expects when they come to the hospital.”


uided by core components of a patient-centered culture, PVMC has over the past four years implement­ ed a substantial number of initiatives— aptly named “Pillars of Healing”— to enhance both the patient and staff experience. These initiatives include an active patient partnership council, a care partner program, an open medical records policy, massage, aromatherapy, made-to-order meals, and our pet part­ ner program. “Providing care and support to our patients that is unique and individu­ alized is not only the foundation of patient centered care, it is the core of everything we do—it’s important to all of us,” says PVMC President John Hicks. “We have always considered ourselves patient centered and will continue to implement programs and services to help our patients change the way they think about healing and healthcare. This designation con­ firms that we’re on the right track and that we provide the very best to those who entrust us to take care of them. We’re honored to receive such recognition.” n

YES, THEY COME FOR THE HOSPITAL FOOD. Every day people come from miles around to join us for lunch in our Bistro. Executive Chef Mike Anderson and his crew pride themselves on preparing healthy, nutritious cuisine— not only for patients, their friends and family, but for the community at large.

THE HEALING ARTS Music, custom artwork and interactive art projects can help create a healing environment.

NOW A PLANETREE® DESIGNATED HOSPITAL Following a rigorous 4-year review of our practices, PVMC has been recognized by Planetree, Inc® as among the world’s most patient-centered hospitals. The sixty plus criteria we met to achieve this designation reflect what patients, family members, and health care professionals — in hundreds of focus groups around the world — say matters most during the patient experience. What does this mean to you? Along with top-quality clinical care, you can trust us to provide for your comfort, dignity, empowerment, and well-being during your stay. Learn more about Planetree at

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO REVIEW YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS and we provide a variety of educational resources to help you understand them.

Spring Seminars, Classes Dates and times are subject to change. Visit for the latest course descriptions and event information.

Childbirth Classes (Ask about our multi-class discount.)

Support Groups



When: May 7 & 21, June 4 & 18, July 9 & 23, August 6 & 20 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Meet in the hospital lobby by the fireplace Price: Free, by appointment. Tour size is limited. Visit: or call (303) 498-3518 to register


This one-day class is designed to acquaint you and your coach with the labor and birthing process through interactive discussions and the aid of handouts, posters, and videos. Relaxation, breathing, and comfort techniques for a natural labor and birth are practiced. Please bring two pillows to class. Pain management options are also reviewed. When: May 17, June 21, July 19, August 9 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Conference Rooms A & B Price: $80 Visit: or call (303) 498-3518 to register


Learn the basics of breastfeeding, such as positioning, latching on, nipple care, and breast milk supply. Taught by a certified lactation specialist, we will discuss returning to work while breastfeeding. Partners are encouraged to attend. When: May 8, June 19, July 31, August 14 Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Where: Conference Room A Price: $43 Visit: 14 call YOUR MISSION. or (303)HEALTH. 498-3518OUR to register


Breastfeeding is special for many reasons – the joy of bonding with your baby, the cost savings, and related health benefits. Along with these benefits, challenges are sometimes prevalent. If you have specific questions or want to schedule an appointment with a certified lactation consultant, call (303) 498-3415.


This class helps you set realistic expectations for your baby’s first months and provides information and hands-on practice with bathing, diapering, cord/circumcision care. This class covers your baby’s first days of life, feeding, diapering, bathing, baby care basics, SIDS risks, safe sleeping, and safe car seat use. When: May 15, June 24, August 7 Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Where: Conference Room A Price: $43 Visit: or call (303) 498-3518 to register

When: May 10 & 24, June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23 Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Where: Oncology Clinic (Suite 270 of the medical office building adjacent to the hospital) Price: Free Call: (303) 498-2200 to register


When: May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug 4 Time: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Where: Conference Center Price: Free Call: (303) 498-1840 to register


When: May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12 Time: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Price: Free Call: (303) 659-7000 to register

& Events Exercise & Wellness YOGA

When: Tuesdays: 4:45 – 5:20 p.m. Thursdays: 12:15 – 12:50 p.m. Where: Conference Center Price: $6 drop-in fee or $58 for a 10-class punch card Call: (303) 498-1840 to register


When: Tuesdays: 5:45 – 6:30 p.m. Where: Conference Center Price: $9/class, or $80 for 10-class punch card Call: (303) 498-1840 to register


Total Joint University (TJU) is for patients who are scheduled for, or contemplating, a joint replacement procedure. TJU is designed to provide you with the information you need regarding pre-op, day of surgery, your hospital stay and recovery, so that you can proceed with confidence. When: May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug 12 Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Where: Conference Center Price: Free Visit: or call (303) 498-1840 to register


Is it possible to influence the chance for a healthy baby? What if you could drastically improve your chances for having a healthy baby, even before conception? Most women don’t realize that many health factors are already decided by the time the +/– sign appears on their pregnancy test. What your health status is PRIOR to your pregnancy can affect the outcome of your pregnancy in ways that medical researchers are just now coming to understand. Many health issues can be screened for, and treated before pregnancy, leading to much better odds of a healthy baby. If you have dreams of becoming a parent, join Anna Kelly, M.D. for a highly informative seminar in Reunion about the importance of pre-planning your pregnancy.

Seminar Series & Special Events BONFILS BLOOD DRIVE

When: May 9, July 11 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Where: Conference Center Price: FREE – every pint you donate can help up to 3 people! Call: (303) 363-2300 or to register (use site code 5489)


When: May 21 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Conference Center Price: Free Call: (303) 498-1481 or to register

LET’S TALK OVER CHOCOLATE: WOMEN’S HEALTH When: June 18 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Conference Center Price: Free Call: (303) 498-1481 or to register

When: July 23, 6:00 p.m. Where: Reunion Recreation Center 17910 E Parkside Drive North in Commerce City Price: Free Call: (303) 498-1481 or visit




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