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H&W News Feb. 2013


By Jeremy Morrison

Volunteers Make a Difference

Want to make a difference in the community? Consider becoming a volunteer at Baptist Health Care (BHC). Volunteers are an integral part of BHC’s team of dedicated caregivers. These generous individuals provide assistance to patients, families, visitors and staff throughout the organization.

Studies show that people who help others are healthier and happier people who are more active and social. In addition, volunteering provides an opportunity to develop new skills, make new friends and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from helping others. Volunteers come from all walks of life and include retirees, former patients, homemakers, military service members and teenagers.

Potential BHC volunteers should be able to serve a minimum of four hours a week. Opportunities are available in many departments. Typical responsibilities include greeting and escorting patients and visitors, providing office assistance, staffing the information desk, answering calls and assisting in patient care areas. BHC facilities are located throughout the community, which helps ensure a location that’s convenient for you. Facilities include Baptist, Gulf Breeze, Jay and Atmore Community hospitals; Baptist Medical Parks on Nile Road and in Navarre; and Andrews Institute.

BHC Volunteers perform services with an extraordinary amount of care and dedication and make a profound difference in the community. Learn about opportunities at BHC by calling Volunteer Services at 434-4936, or email Volunteers@eBaptistHealthCare.org.

Non-Invasive Brain Surgery

Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola is adding a new high-tech tool for non-invasive brain surgery, the Gamma Knife Perfexion. It uses finely-focused beams of radiation to target abnormalities in the brain without open surgery.

The advanced technology is used to treat malignant and benign tumors, vascular malformations and some functional disorders such as trigeminal neuralgia.

There are now over 275 institutions worldwide offering non-invasive brain surgery with a Gamma Knife. However, Sacred Heart Hospital will become the first hospital along the Gulf Coast to provide this service.

The Gamma Knife is not a knife at all, and no incisions are made. The Gamma Knife uses beams of gamma radiation to precisely target and destroy cancerous tumors or other brain lesions.

Dr. Michael Goodman, the center’s director and chief of neurosurgery at Sacred Heart Hospital, has treated more than 3,000 patients with a Gamma Knife. He completed his neurosurgical residency in 1987 at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in stereotactic surgery and radiosurgery in 1988 at the first Gamma Knife Center in the United States, also at the University of Pittsburgh. While an attending neurosurgeon at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta in 1989, he started the fourth Gamma Knife center in the United States. Dr. Goodman is credentialed by the MD Anderson Cancer Network.

The alternative to treatment with the Gamma Knife is traditional brain surgery, which involves certain risks and complications. Patients benefit from Gamma Knife’s non-invasive nature and documented clinical results. The patient often leaves the hospital the same day and returns to daily life.

The Gamma Knife Perfexion treats many different problems such as: Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) – An abnormal connection between arteries and veins; Benign tumors – Acoustic tumors, Chordoma, Meningioma, Pineal tumors, Hemangioblastoma; Malignant tumors – Metastatic tumors (all types), Gliamas, Ocular melanomas, Glomus tumors, Ependymomas; Functional disorders – Trigeminal neuralgia, intractable pain and tremor.

Installation of the Gamma Knife unit at Sacred Heart Hospital began Feb 4. The first case will be performed in mid-March. For more information about Sacred Heart’s Gamma Knife Center please call 416-4980 or visit us online at sacred-heart.org/gammaknifecenter.

Advanced Palliative Care Certified

Baptist Medical Group is pleased to announce that hospitalists Peter E. Millington, M.D., and John Boden, M.D., have received advanced certifications in palliative care by the American Board of Medical Specialties, designating them as experts in specialized medical care for people with serious illness.

“Earning a further certification in palliative care is just one example of how Dr. Millington, Dr. Boden and our entire hospitalist team go the extra mile to ensure all patients receive the absolute best, most comprehensive care possible during a stay at Baptist and Gulf Breeze hospitals,” explains Dr. John Sullivan, medical director and hospitalist with Baptist’s hospitalist team.

In addition to being newly certified in palliative care, Drs. Millington and Boden are board certified internal medicine physicians and experienced members of Baptist Medical Group’s growing hospitalist team. As hospitalists, both skilled providers offer compassionate care to patients during their stay at Baptist Hospital and Gulf Breeze Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Boden is certified in advanced cardiac life support.

According to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, palliative care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

To learn more about Dr. Millington, Dr. Boden and Baptist Medical Group’s hospitalist program, please visit BaptistMedicalGroup.org or call 437.8600.

Baptist Adds Two Doctors

Baptist Medical Group is proud to welcome Padmavathi Pendurty, M.D., and Surendar Veera, M.D., to their growing hospitalist program and extensive physician network. As hospitalists with the Pensacola-based health care organization, Drs. Pendurty and Veera will be exclusively dedicated to caring for patients admitted to two hospitals: Baptist Hospital in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze Hospital in Gulf Breeze.

Both Dr. Pendurty and Dr. Veera are board certified in internal medicine and previously served as hospitalist locum tenens with Baptist Health Care in 2012. They join Baptist Medical Group from Winter Garden, Fla., where they both served as hospitalist locum tenens in area hospitals.

Along with the team of Baptist hospitalists, Dr. Pendurty and Dr. Veera will work with patients’ primary care and specialist physicians to provide skilled and compassionate care throughout their hospital stay.

To learn more about these new physicians and the hospitalist program, please visit their profile pages at BaptistMedicalGroup.org or call 437.8600.

Free Health Screenings in March
During March, Sacred Heart Health System will provide free heart-health screenings in Pensacola, Cantonment, Port St. Joe and Gulf Shores, Ala., and free bone-density screenings in Pensacola and Pace.

Heart-health screenings measure blood pressure, blood sugar and total cholesterol and to screen for anemia. These screenings are helpful in diagnosing conditions that put people at high risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other health problems. Bone-density screenings aid in the detection of osteoporosis.

Following is the March schedule for the Mission in Motion staff:

March 4 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit, 10650 Gulf Beach Hwy., Pensacola. Bone-density screenings only.

March 6 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Little Flower Catholic Church, 6495 Lillian Hwy., Pensacola. Heart-health screenings.

March 7 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Westminster Village, 1700 N. “L” St., Building 3, Pensacola. Heart-health screenings.

March 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, 3801 E. Hwy. 98, Port St. Joe. Total cholesterol and blood-sugar screenings.

March 20 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Alternative Health Food Store, 5533 Hwy. 90, Pace. Bone-density screenings only.

March 21 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, 699 S. Hwy. 95A, Cantonment. Heart-health screenings.

March 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sonlight Christian Center, 6516 W. Jackson St., Pensacola. Heart-health screenings.

March 26 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 309 E. 21st Ave., Gulf Shores, Ala. Heart-health screenings.

During the month of March, Sacred Heart’s Mission in Motion staff will continue to work to enroll children in the Florida KidCare health-insurance program for income-eligible families of children from birth to age 18. For more information about this enrollment, please call Sacred Heart’s Mission in Motion office at 850-416-6040.

Mission in Motion is a community service provided by Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola. The mobile unit’s free services also are made possible by support from the law firm of Kerrigan, Estess, Rankin and McLeod, as well as the Gannett Foundation and other community donors. For more information, call 416-7826.