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Volume 10 | Number 2







Exempla Lutheran: A Partner in Your CommunityWhile the day to day world of our nurses, physicians, and other health care workers involves caring for patients, we also are very fortunate to meet members of our community that also want to ease the burdens of sickness and injury on citizens within our community. Grant Wicklund, Recently, Exempla Lutheran had the President and CEO, honor of receiving some delightful gifts Exempla Lutheran from our next generation first was a Medical Center young duo from Fairmount Elementary School in Golden. Elise Miller, age 12, and Katie McCormick, age 11, organized a fundraiser at their school and raised $740 for the Exempla Comprehensive Cancer Center at Lutheran.

Then in February, Girl Scout troops from Arvada came to the hospital and made over 450 personalized Valentines Day cards that went up to patient rooms on their food trays throughout the facility wishing them a speedy Get Well and You are Remembered message. Exempla Lutheran is a special place and we are so touched by the giving spirit of our community thank you for being a part of our world, we are honored to be a part of yours! Best Regards,

INSIDEWhos at Risk for Heart Disease? All Of Us Profile of a Hospitalist Cardiac Rehab Services Focus on Fitness! Its Personal: One Nurses Battle with Cancer Bridges Integrative Health and Wellness Classes Basic Training for Grandparents: Whats New, Whats Changed? Exempla Lutheran Hospice Cardiac Calcium Scores Exempla West Pines Behavioral Health 2 3 4 5 6 11-12 13 14 17 19

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WHOS AT RISK FOR HEART DISEASE? ALL OF USControl Your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol - if your blood pressure or cholesterol is high, take steps to lower it. n Eat Healthy for Your Heart - when planning your meals and snacks, try to: Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Check the labels on your food and select those with the lowest sodium. Too much sodium can increase your blood pressure. Limit foods with high amounts of saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. You can find this information on the Nutrition Facts label. Cook at home whenever possible. This way, youre in charge of the ingredients and you know exactly what you and your family are eating. n Get Moving obesity can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. Make physical activity part of your daily routine. Try to fit in 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most days of the week. n Quit Smoking cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If youre a smoker, quit as soon as possible, and if you dont smoke, dont start. You can also support smokefree policies in your community and try to avoid secondhand smoke. If you are interested in learning more about how to take proactive efforts in preventing heart disease, visit and take the pledge. Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. n


eart disease, including heart attack and stroke, affect people of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes happening every year in the United States, its important to know the risks. Heart disease and stroke are an epidemic in the United States today, states Christina Johnson, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Exempla Lutheran Medical Center. The good news is that many of the major risk factors for these conditions can be prevented and controlled. Some of the best steps you can take to reduce your risk include: n Talk to Your Doctor - share your health history, get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and ask if taking an aspirin each day is right for you.




PROFILE OF A HOSPITALISThen hearing the word hospitalist many people probably have no idea what someone with that title would do. They might even believe that it is a made up word, not even real. In fact, the people who undertake this role are well educated, extensively trained and highly skilled physicians. These physicians specialize in either internal medicine or family medicine and work solely in the treatment of people while they are hospitalized. Lets meet Dr. Dora Hilty, a Hospitalist Board Certified in Internal Medicine, who is co-chief for Sound Inpatient Medicine and their services provided at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center. (A Hospitalist is also known as an Inpatient Physician.) Tell me about yourself professionally: I am a working Hospitalist. My undergraduate degree is in Engineering from Trinity University. I went to medical school at the University of Texas in Galveston, TX and completed my Residency at Baylor. I have been a Hospitalist treating patients in hospital settings since 1999. Why did you choose to specialize in Internal Medicine and Inpatient care? I liked all aspects of medicine and prefer to care for the whole patient treating acute illnesses. A hospital setting brings all of these attributes together into one role. When a patient is being treated at Exempla Lutheran for heart problems, how is the Hospitalist involved? That sometimes depends on the cause or reason for the hospitalization. A Hospitalist is like the quarterback of care during a persons stay in the hospital. Lets say the patient was admitted for heart issues. We act as liaisons between the patients, family members, nurses, Cardiologist and the patients primary care


physician. All of us work together to ensure we provide high quality care during a patients time in the hospital. What should patients, family members or caregivers know about working with inpatient physicians? We have a strong relationship with community physicians working with each patients primary care doctor, keeping him/her informed of a patients progress and sharing a complete report upon a patients discharge from the hospital. This will allow the patients primary care doctor to continue to care for the patient on an on-going basis. Think of this collaborative approach to medicine as similar to the approach used with Emergency Room visits. But, instead of serving the emergency issue, the Hospitalist cares for acute illnesses requiring overnight stays in the hospital. They work in teams, so that Hospitalists are available everyday around the clock at the hospital. The addition of Hospitalists to the patient care process allows physicians to care for people when and where they need care, without the need to split their time between office appointments and hospital care, or being called away from their office unexpectedly for a hospitalized patient emergency. When you are not working, how do you like to spend your time? I am a very active person. I will often help out at my 2 young childrens school, reading and doing projects with their classmates. I play soccer, enjoyMAY AUGUST 2012 3


Dr. Dora Hilty, her husband Jay and her sons Caelen and Finn (he is the youngest).

alpine skiing, like to hike, do yoga and cook. What besides medical journals do you like to read? I enjoy reading about wellness and approaches to better health, but also a variety of fiction from fantasy to historical fiction. Any good stories about being a doctor that you can share? For a while, my youngest son thought that I was a stay-athome Mom, because I am often home when he is. And, when my older son was playing with a friend when he was three, I heard him exclaim You cant be a doctor. Youre a boy and only girls can be doctors! Boy, how times have changed!

CARDIAC REHAB SERVICES These classes are for our Phase II Cardiac Rehab participants and are open to all community members, even if you are not a Lutheran patient. They are designed to help you modify your lifestyle to help prevent another heart event. Family members or friends are welcome to attend with you. Topics include Exercise Principles, Nutrition, Chest Discomfort and Medications, Stress Management, Heart Anatomy and Risk Factors, and a Heart Recovery Support Group. All classes are held in the ELMC 3rd floor Heart Center/Cardiac Rehab. Cost: $10 fee per class for members of the community; no fee for Cardiac Rehab patients and their family members. For information and a schedule, call 303-403-3602. Wednesday, 8:45 9:45 a.m.; 10 11 a.m.; 3:15 4:15 p.m.




Everything You Should Know About Heart Failure: One of Americas Silent Epidemics Dont miss our free education classes! Heart failure, a syndrome which occurs when the heart loses its ability to pump enough blood throughout the body, is a common disease that affects nearly 5 million Americans and is the only major cardiovascular disease on the rise. The fact that more people are surviving heart attacks is one of the biggest contributing factors to this rise in incidence. While there is currently no known cure for heart failure, recent scientific advances in treatment offer patients a more normal life expectancy. Join us for a full month of weekly classes! What is Heart Failure Monday, May 14, 2012 1 p.m. 2 p.m. Heart Failure Nutrition Monday, May 21, 2012 1 p.m. 2 p.m. Treatments for Heart Failure Monday, June 4, 2012 1 p.m. 2 p.m. Advanced Life Planning Monday, June 11, 2012 1 p.m. 2 p.m. Living with Heart Failure Monday, June 18, 2012 1 p.m. 2 p.m. Who should attend? If you or a family member have been affected by one of the following you wont want to miss this seminar: high blood pressure, heart attack, coronary artery disease, damage to heart valves, diabetes, or obesity. You are free to

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