NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Kevin Hines, a suicide prevention and wellness expert, will address children at the For KEEPS behavioral health program for troubled youth at the Family Health Center at How Lane, a part of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, at 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. Hines is a global speaker, best-selling author, documentary filmmaker and mental health advocate who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after Hines was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at age 19) he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only 34 people (less than 1 percent) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridger jump survivor who is actively spreading the message around the globe of living a mentally healthy life. Hines will share his 10 steps for “living mentally well.” He hopes to leave the children with the knowledge of how to build their own toolkit for maintaining mental health. Key takeaways will include understanding what drives suicidal behavior, improving one’s suicide risk prevention skills, and treatment strategies for high-risk individuals.
Photo Caption: Jerry Sheen, MD, talks with his patient, Isaac Danner Jr. of Somerset, as he undergoes hyperbaric chamber therapy to heal an infected wound at the Saint Peter’s University Hospital Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services in New Brunswick.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Wound Care Center® and Hyperbaric Services at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in the Healogics National Diabetes Campaign from Oct. 26 to 30. One of nearly 800 Healogics-managed Centers, the Wound Care Center at Saint Peter’s offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers. Program directors nationwide will dedicate the week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify diabetic patients with or at risk of having ulcers of the lower extremity.
There are approximately 29.1 million people living with diabetes in the United States, and nearly 28 percent are undiagnosed. Of those, about 15 percent will develop an ulcer of the lower extremity. Left untreated, these ulcers can impair quality of life and may lead to amputation. Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of limb loss.
“Diabetics represent approximately 60 percent of non-traumatic lower limb amputations among people 20 years and older,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, chief medical officer for Healogics. Covington goes on to say, “It is vitally important that people with diabetes, their caregivers and physicians recognize the warning signs of diabetic foot ulcers and seek appropriate treatment immediately when an ulcer does occur.”
The Wound Care Center at Saint Peter’s recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:
Annual foot examinations by a healthcare provider
Daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member perform the inspection
Regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and taking care of corns and calluses
Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks)
Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis
The Wound Care Center® and Hyperbaric Services are offered at Saint Peter's in New Brunswick and the newest location in Monroe Township. The wound care center is a leader in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of chronic non-healing wounds. Patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team of board-certified physicians that includes general surgeons, vascular surgeons, plastic surgeons, internists, geriatricians, infectious disease specialists, physiatrists and clinical wound specialists. “Saint Peter’s is nationally recognized for outstanding evidence-based wound outcomes and is one of only six wound care centers in New Jersey to have received Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society accreditation for its hyperbaric services,” said Wendy Calvin, director, wound care services. Interdisciplinary Approach
The team formulates a personalized plan to treat a variety of conditions, including:
Diabetic foot ulcers/wounds
Venous and Arterial ulcers
Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
Radiation tissue damage
Compromised skin grafts, flaps and/or replants as well as reopened surgical wounds
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Saint Peter's was the first hospital in the area to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) services. This cutting-edge technology increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and can offer distinct benefits, including:
Enhanced formation of new blood vessels
Preservation of damaged tissues
Types of wounds/conditions:
Diabetic wound of the lower extremity - Wagner grade III wound or higher; Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis; Osteoradionecrosis; Soft Tissue Radionecrosis, and Compromised Skin Grafts/ Flaps
Contact the Wound Care Center at Saint Peter’s to learn more about diabetic foot ulcers or if you have a wound that will not heal. To schedule an appointment, please call 732-846-6619 for the New Brunswick location, 609-860-0008 for the Monroe office, or visit http://www.saintpetershcs.com/
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Saint Peter’s Healthcare System will mark National Breast Reconstruction Day from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, with its second annual bra decorating contest. Competitors are asked to bring their decorated bras to The Breast Center at Saint Peter’s by Friday, Oct. 23. Representatives of The Saint Peter’s Breast Center will also present “Breast Reconstruction: What’s New” and hold a question and answer session on the topic “Breast Imaging and Breast Density.” All bras submitted for the contest will be on display the day of the event and for the remainder of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Contestants must be present to win. The public is invited to participate. Please call 732-846-3300 for additional information. Informational sessions also part of public event on Oct. 23
Photo Caption: Lisa Haberman, an employee at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, shows off her winning first place entry in the 2014 bra decorating contest. She is surrounded by some of last year’s other entries.
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