Saint Peter's Children's Hospital Only One In State Recognized for Treatment of Asthma

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February 2014 community calendar from Saint Peter's Healthcare System in New Brunswick, NJ featuring Saint Peter's Children's Hospital as only one in state that is recognized for treatment of asthma.

February 2014 Community Calendar - Saint Peter's Healthcare System

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR A february 2014 Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital Only One in State Recognized for Treatment of Asthma sthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. The inflammation causes the airways to produce large amounts of mucus. This may cause plugging of the inflamed airways, making it even harder to breathe. Among children and adolescents aged 5-18 years, asthma is the leading cause of hospital stays and school absences, accounting for a loss of 14 million school days annually. In recent years there has been a spike in the number of children developing asthma, partly attributed to environmental factors such as air pollution, indoor pollutants such as animal dander, house dust mites, and fumes from cleaning liquids. Because a child’s airways are narrower than an adult’s, children have a greater risk of developing airway constriction. According to Archana Singh, MD, chief of pediatric pulmonology at Archana Singh, MD The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, symptoms of asthma in children include: • Cough - typically dry and sometimes the only symptom of asthma • Wheezing - A high-pitched whistling sound during breathing Other symptoms can include tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, poor exercise endurance, and feeling tired. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System was recently named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures 2012 by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. Recognized for exemplary performance in the use of processes attributed to care that leads to positive patient outcomes in the treatment of such conditions a heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia, and surgical care, Saint Peter’s was the only New Jersey hospital cited for quality care of childhood asthma. In addition to indoor and outdoor allergies, asthma triggers include: • Cigarette smoke • Air pollution • Acid reflux • Infections such as flu and sinus problems • Weather - sudden changes in cold or heat • Excessive crying or laughing • Vocal chord problems As is the case with adults, medications can be prescribed to treat asthma. Rescue medicines are taken when children are having an asthma attack with symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and/or having trouble breathing. Examples of quick-relief medicines include albuterol, proventil, ventolin, and xopenex. Long-term control medicines are prescribed to be taken every day so as to prevent asthma symptoms. Children must take these medicines even if no symptoms are present, says Dr. Singh, and some children may need more than one long-term control medicine. “The goal of asthma treatment should be to use minimum medication necessary to maintain control of the condition and prevent long-term lung damage,” says Dr. Singh. Because management is so important to controlling symptoms, it is important that parents work with their child’s school to attempt to minimize the absences related to asthma. School nursing offices should have a copy of a child’s asthma management plan, says Dr. Singh. Parents usually sign consent so children will be able to take medicine during school hours. According to New Jersey school laws and regulations, school districts allow students to self-administer emergency asthma medication if approved to do so by a physician. The law also requires schools to have a nebulizer on-site. Asthma can be life threatening. If a child is unable to speak in full sentences, confused and weak, and the skin is turning blue or grey, SEEK immediate medical attention, says Dr. Singh. “A parent should not waste time calling a doctor at this point. Call 911 immediately,” says Dr. Singh. For more information or questions contact the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology at 732-565-5467. At The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a child suspected of having asthma undergoes thorough examination, evaluation, and tests necessary to confirm diagnosis. Diagnostic tests include allergy testing when allergies are suspected to trigger asthma and a lung function test. Treatment must include the management of asthma triggers, says Dr. Singh. A LISTING OF PROGRAMS OFFERED THIS MONTH CAN BE FOUND ON THE REVERSE SIDE. need a doctor? To find a Saint peter’s physician, call 1-855-sp-my-doc (1-855-776-9362).

february 2014 All programs are designed for community members and are held at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register for a program, call the contact number listed or visit saintpetershcs.com/newsandevents. SUPPORT GROUPS Autism Family Support Group FEBRUARY 9, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM 877-886-9462 Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group FEBRUARY 11, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center 200 Overlook Drive, Monroe Township Rachel Kallish, CSW Lisa Sparaco, MSW, LSW 609-655-6853 Bariatric Surgery Support Group FEBRUARY 13, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Lisa Lapinski, RD 732-745-8600, x8159 Bereavement Support Group 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Call 732-745-8565 for dates. Bereavement Support Group FEBRUARY 18, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM For spouses and significant others 55 and older. Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center 200 Overlook Drive, Monroe Township Sean O’Brien, MSW, LSW Lisa Sparaco, MSW, LSW 609-409-1363, option 5 Caregivers Support Group/Monroe FEBRUARY 13, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center 200 Overlook Drive, Monroe Township Stephanie Fitzsimmons-Sexton, RN, NP 609-655-2220 SHARE Support Group (for those who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death) FEBRUARY 13, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Irina Mariano-Brown, MSW, LCSW 732-745-8522 NEW Stroke Support Group (for survivors and caregivers) FEBRUARY 4, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Call 609-448-7140 to register. Monroe Township Senior Center, Monroe. DIABETES EDUCATION Children’s Insulin Pump Group FEBRUARY 14, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Donna Dziedzic, RN, MSN, CDE 732-745-8600, x8751. Call for more information. Diabetes Education and Support Group/ Monroe FEBRUARY 25, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center, Monroe Township. Contact: Lisa Sparaco, MSW, LSW, or Therese Wyman, RD, CDE, at 609-409-1363. Diabetes Self-Management Education HELD MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS Registration and doctor’s prescription required. 732-745-6667 Gestational Diabetes Self-Management Class HELD WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS Registration and a doctor’s prescription required. 732-745-6667 COMMUNITY MOBILE HEALTH Services For more information about Breastfeeding Class FEBRUARY 15, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Breastfeeding Support Group FEBRUARY 7, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM 732-745-8600, x8820 Grandparents Class FEBRuary 6, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM screenings and educational programs, or the CMHS corporate flu shot program, please call 732-745-8600, x8903. Marvelous Multiples FEBRUARY 3, 10 & 27, 7:00 pm – 9:30 PM SPECIAL EVENTS american heart association go red for women campaign friday, february 7 1:00 pm - 4:00 PM New Mom Support Group FEBRUARY 7, Noon – 1:00 PM Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen, New Brunswick FEBRUARY 16, 11:00 aM – 1:00 pM South Brunswick Pubic Library Book Sale Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center. Celebrate the nationwide campaign promoting heart health. Free blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings, and body mass index measurement and counseling provided by the Community Mobile Health Services staff. Call 732-745-8600, x8903 for more information. Postnatal Yoga and Exercise Class Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings FEBRUARY 14, 11:00 aM – 12:30 pM bariatric WEIGHT LOSS SEMINAR New Daddy Class FEBRUARY 27, 7:00 Pm – 9:00 PM Light lunch will be served at noon. Registration required. FEBRUARY 26, 10:00 aM – noon Hillsborough Senior Center, Hillsborough FEBRUARY 26, noon – 1:30 PM (four-week sessions) SHIPS 1 Soup Kitchen @ St. John’s Episcopal Church, Somerville HELD FRIDAYS, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM Registration required. Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar/Cholesterol Prenatal Yoga and Exercise Class Screenings (four-week sessions) FEbruary 2, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM HELD WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS Church of Annunciation, Bloomsbury 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Registration required. FEBRUARY 3, 9:30 aM – 10:30 aM Crescent Park Senior Housing, Spotswood Prepared Childbirth Classes MONDAYS, THURSDAYS, or ALL-DAY SESSIONS SECOND AND FOURTH WEEKENDS FEBRUARY 14, 9:30 aM – 10:30 aM New Brunswick Senior Center, New Brunswick FEbruary 20, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Registration required. Parker, Highland Park Sibling Class FEBRUARY 15, 12:30 pM – 1:30 pM Blood Sugar Screening FEbruary 4, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM South Brunswick Senior Center, South Brunswick Flu Shots FEbruary 9, 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM First Baptist Church Lincoln Gardens, Franklin Health Fairs FEBRUARY 14, 11:30 Am – 1:30 PM Oticon Corp. Employees only. free community lectures keeping your mind sharp FEBRUARY 3, 1:00 PM Presenter: Michele Lardieri, MSA, CALA, Program Director, Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center Greenbriar at Whittingham Adult Community, Monroe. Residents only. CANCER SERVICES The American Cancer Society offers daily information and support to cancer patients and their families. Call 1-800-227-2345 to talk to a cancer information specialist 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week or visit us online at www.cancer.org. Breast Cancer Support Group FEBRUARY 3 & 17, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Guest speaker and open discussion. Registration required. Cancer Institute of New Jersey Deborah Leif, MSW, LCSW 732-235-7011 Gynecologic Cancer Support Group FEBRUARY 11, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM nutrition education FEBRUARY 5, 2:00 PM Cancer Institute of New Jersey 732-235-6792 FEBRUARY 10, 1:00 pm – 2:00 PM Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center Light lunch will be served. Free, but registration requested. Sessions conducted in Spanish. Call 908-658-5400 for more information. Latina Women with Cancer Support Group FEBRUARY ?, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Presenter: Teresa Grasso, RD, CDE Oak Creek Village, East Brunswick Presenter: Teresa Grasso, RD, CDE Highland Park Senior Center, Highland Park dining dos and don’ts FEBRUARY 11, 3:00 PM Living with Cancer Support Group FEBRUARY 12 & 26, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Presenter: Caryn Alter , RD Saint Peter’s Adult Day Care PARENT EDUCATION For information, fees and registration, call Parent Cancer Institute of New Jersey Barbara Hale, LCSW 732-235-7557 THURSday, FEBRuary 13 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM For more information, and to register, call Lisa Lapinski at 732-745-8600, x8159. EMS Education Series thursday, february 27 7:00 pm topic: psychiatric Emergency Free; refreshments served. CEU credits. Call 908-238-3254 to register. Save the date fashion runway 2014 spring fever saturday, march 22 The Pines Manor 2085 Route 27 (Lincoln Highway), Edison. Annual fashion show sponsored by The Saint Peter’s Auxiliary to benefit Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Breast Center and breast health programs. The event also features a Tricky Tray and a 50/50 raffle. For tickets or more information, call Saint Peter’s Foundation at 732-745-6641. kidfest saturday, march 22 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM Rutgers University College Avenue Gymnasium Staff of The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital will provide health information and education. Co-sponsored with Magic 98.3 FM. Visit magic98.3.com for more information. annual gala saint peter’s healthcare system saturday, march 29 The Heldrich 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick Annual black-tie fundraising gala hosted by Saint Peter’s Foundation. Various sponsorships are available to support Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. For details, call 732-745-8542. baby and children’s fair saturday, april 26 noon - 3:00 PM Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center Local vendors and various Saint Peter’s departments will feature their services. Call Parent Education at 732-745-8579 for more information about the event or about reserving a vendor table. Education at 732-745-8579, unless otherwise indicated. Baby Care FEBRUARY 3, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Central Jersey Health and Life, published quarterly, features stories about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. To subscribe, call 201-573-5541. FEBRUARY 10, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM FEBRUARY 22, 9:00 Am – 1:00 PM This calendar is for information only. Do not rely on it to make healthcare decisions on your own; instead, talk with your healthcare provider for advice and treatment. Do not ignore medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you read here. We do not suggest or endorse that you have any tests, use products, or use other information in this document without advice from your healthcare provider. 254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | 732-745-8600 | 800-269-7508 | www.saintpetershcs.com Top Performer on Joint Commission Key Quality Measures™ 2012 Catholic hospital sponsored by the Diocese of Metuchen | State-designated children’s hospital and regional perinatal center | Affiliate of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Regional medical campus of Drexel University College of Medicine

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