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H&W News – March 2013

Preemie Cup Regatta

Attention sailing enthusiasts, stand-up paddleboard fans and landlubbers! The Preemie Cup Regatta events will be held in April to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. Following is the schedule of activities:

The 3rd Annual Paddle for Preemies Paddle Board Fun Race will be held Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fitness Onboard dock on Pensacola Beach (on Little Sabine across from the Margaritaville Beach Hotel). Early registration is $35 until April 11, or $40 on event day. A 3-mile fun race will begin at 9 a.m. for ages 13 and up, while a 1-mile rookie race also will begin at 9 a.m. for ages 13 and up. The 1-mile kids’ race will start at 10 a.m. for ages 12 and under. Register at or call 850-416-4660.

The Preemie Cup Party & Silent Auction will be held Thursday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fish House Outdoor Deck. The occasion includes a light buffet, entertainment, a cash bar and a silent auction offering some fabulous items. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. A printable reservation form can be found at in the “Events/Preemie Cup” section. This year’s Preemie Cup sponsors include The Fish House, Kids’ Dentist Stu Bonnin, DMD, and Joe and Susan Scarborough.

The Preemie Cup Regatta will be held Saturday, April 20, beginning at 12 p.m. at the Pensacola Beach Yacht Club for PHRF Double-Handed Fleet only; Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker classes. Racing for Opti, Laser, 420 and Catamaran classes will begin at 11 a.m. at Key Sailing at Quietwater Beach on Pensacola Beach.

For more information about the regatta, contact Rick Zern at or call 850-261-4129. For more information about the party and silent auction or the paddleboard races, please call Sacred Heart Foundation at 850-416-4660.

Parenthood Education

Baptist Health Care offers a variety of learning opportunities and support groups designed to emotionally and physically prepare mothers and couples for childbirth and parenthood. Classes are offered monthly and quarterly and are guided by certified clinical educators who combine knowledge and expertise with compassion and fun.

Thursday, April 18 – Great Expectations Class – Early Pregnancy Education and Hospital Orientation – FREE
Baptist Hospital, Medical Meeting Rooms, 1000 West Moreno Street
6 to 8:30 p.m. – Space is limited

Friday, April 12 – Sibling Class (3 to 8 year olds) – $15 per child
Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd floor, 1000 West Moreno Street
3 to 4 p.m. – Space is limited

Sunday, April 14 – Breastfeeding Class – $20
Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd floor, 1000 West Moreno Street
1 to 3 p.m. – Space is limited

Sunday, April 14 – Infant Care Class – $20
Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd floor, 1000 West Moreno Street
3:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Free if taken with Childbirth/Lamaze

Thursday, April 11 – After Baby Comes, Support Group for Expectant and New Moms – Free
Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd floor, 1000 West Moreno Street
10 a.m. to noon

Thursday, April 25 – After Baby Comes, Support Group for Expectant and New Moms – Free
Baptist Medical Park – Nine Mile, 9400 University Parkway
10 a.m. to noon

Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call Baptist Health Care 850.434.4567 or visit

Sacred Garden

Things are pretty quiet in the Sacred Garden right now. The soil seems to be grateful for a rest after a recent bountiful harvest. Even in the cooler months, the community garden on the Pensacola campus has helped feed our community’s poor and homeless with nutritious, fresh, organic produce.

“Our winter harvest far exceeded my expectations,” says Lee Turner, Director of Mission Integration and avid gardener. “We have been blessed to donate more than 300 lbs. of broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, carrots, snow peas, sweet potatoes and rutabagas to Manna Food Pantry.”

Some of those vegetables were planted and tended in the “circle garden” by students of the PSC organic gardening class. “At that time, they didn’t have a plot of ground to garden, so it was a win/win situation,” says Lee. “They donated much of what they grew to our Manna Food Pantry contribution.”

“The clients of Manna Food Pantry are delighted to see us coming because they know they’ll be getting garden-grown vegetables in their grocery bags,” said Lee. “These are folks who probably don’t get much fresh produce. We share our best from the garden, not the leftovers. It’s another tangible way that we get to share the loving ministry of Jesus with our community.”

Looking forward, the circle area in the garden will be planted and tended by our landscaping contractors under the direction of Bert Keene, SHHP Construction. “Bert is the mastermind behind the design, construction and progress of the Sacred Garden,” said Lee. “We are
very grateful to Bert and the landscaping crew for planting, harvesting, soil-amending and general upkeep of the garden.”

“We’ll be planting our spring vegetables by the end of March, including tomatoes, peas, corn, potatoes, squash, pole beans and bell peppers,” said Bert. “We’ll also plant watermelon, strawberries, herbs and some flowers along the perimeter. The covered arch will fill out with grape vines and wisteria.”

The garden also has raised beds for individual gardeners who commit to plant and care for their plot. “They can grow whatever they’d like and keep the produce,” said Lee. “We just ask that they take care of it and, if they decide not to use it, that they would allow someone else to use the space.”

Associates or members of the SHHS extended family who would like an individual garden plot should contact Lee. If the interest is great, more raised beds might be added. He is also looking for creative, cost-conscious ideas to improve or promote the garden. Call Lee at 850-416-6435.

New Addition for Our Lady of Peace
The Haven of Our Lady of Peace, a skilled-nursing facility located in Pensacola, recently broke ground for the addition of a new wing dedicated to providing rehabilitation services for its residents and short-term rehabilitation clients. Construction began in February on the 3,800-square-foot wing and is expected to take about four to six months to complete, according to Martha Perez, Haven Administrator. Cost of the project is $950,000.

Ground was broken on Feb. 20 with Sacred Heart Health System (SHHS) leaders, members of the Haven’s board of directors, staff and residents participating in the ceremony. Once complete, the new addition will be equipped to provide speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Currently, rehabilitation services are provided in a small room inside the Haven.

The occupational therapy space will feature a functioning kitchen and an ”Activities of Daily Living” suite to assist patients in re-training themselves to perform daily tasks (such as putting on socks, retrieving items from cupboards, etc.).

”Patients and residents needing speech therapy will have their own designated treatment room, which is key for the types of treatment needed by those individuals,” said Paula Knight, a physical therapist who serves as the Haven’s Rehabilitation Manager.

The physical therapy gym will house therapy equipment including a standing frame, floor-standing parallel bars, a stationary bike and several therapy mats. With the help of donations, the team hopes to later add a car-transfer simulator that will help staff teach patients and caregivers how to safely get into and out of a car. To make a donation toward the purchase of this equipment, please contact the Sacred Heart Foundation office at 850-416-4660.

The Haven began offering rehabilitation services in late 2004 with one Medicare resident. Today, the service has grown to include 44 beds for short-term rehabilitation patients. The Haven is a joint partnership between SHHS and United Methodist Homes for the Aging. For more information about the Haven, please call 850-436-5900.

Yoder Named Citizen of the Year

Dr. Jon Yoder, a long time physician of Atmore Family Medicine was nominated for Atmore Chamber of Commerce annual Citizen of the Year award. This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.

Dr. Yoder began practicing medicine in Atmore, Ala. in 1989 at Physicians Associates and then started his own practice, Atmore Family Medicine, in 1999. His greatest joy was working with the patients and treating the children of children he delivered. Dr. Yoder retired from his practice in July of 2012. Since his retirement Dr. Yoder has decided to continue to practice medicine through missionary work with a focus on Central and South America.

Dr. Oleksyk Fellowship, Certification

Baptist Health Care is proud to announce the election of Michael Oleksyk , M.D., vice president of Baptist Hospital Medical Affairs and chief medical officer for Baptist Health Care to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians (FACP) and achievement of the degree of Certified Physician Executive (CPE).

The FACP status is earned by physicians based on marks of distinction that represent the pinnacle of integrity and professionalism. In addition to achieving his fellowship, Dr. Oleksyk also received the degree of Certified Physician Executive for education achievements and demonstrated stature as a physician and experience in the field of medical management. The American College of Physician Executives is the nation’s largest organization of physicians in health care leadership. The college is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as the specialty society representing physicians in management and holds a seat in the AMA House of Delegates.

“As a part-time hospitialist for Baptist Health Care, I’ve been able to share my experiences to help colleagues embrace strategies and tactics that create and sustain a culture that‘s centered on the patient,” said Dr. Oleksyk. “I am so proud to have achieved the FACP title and CPE degree.”

Dr. Oleksyk provides health care leadership and expertise on behalf of Baptist Leadership Group, Baptist Health Care’s consulting arm, to the hospital and health system partners across the country. He focuses specifically on physicians and senior leadership teams, speaking and coaching on physician engagement to achieve patient-centered outcomes.

New Treatment for Circulation Disorder

Baptist Hospital and its team of experienced cardiovascular specialists, Cardiology Consultants, are one of a few heart and vascular teams in the nation – and the only in Northwest Florida – to implant a new device for treatment of circulation disorder of the legs, known as peripheral artery disease (PAD).

The Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Vascular Stent is drug-coated and designed to help an artery in the leg stay open and unblocked from plaque, which can cause severe narrowing of the artery in PAD. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the device in November for use in patients with the disease, and the manufacturer selected Baptist Hospital to receive some of the first stents manufactured for public use. Baptist’s cardiovascular specialists implanted the region’s first non-trial Zilver PTX stent last week.

“The development of drug eluting stents that are specifically designed for lower extremities represents a major breakthrough in the treatment of patients with PAD,” said Safwan Jaalouk, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., the cardiovascular specialist who was the first to implant the innovative stent on the Gulf Coast and also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla.

“These stents have been available in Europe for a while and have proven to have superior performance compared to currently available treatment, along with an excellent safety record. We are pleased to be able to offer it.”

Stents, tubes of flexible metal mesh, have long been an effective nonsurgical option in treating PAD, which affects an estimated 8 million people in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association. Dr. Jaalouk said that patients receive the stent via insertion of a small catheter in the groin, without needing a surgical incision. This is usually done as an outpatient procedure. Patients are able to return to work after only two days in many cases. This minimally invasive nonsurgical approach has revolutionized the treatment of patients with PAD. In traditional stenting, re-narrowing of the artery following intervention, known as restenosis, occurs occasionally and may require a second procedure.

Dr. Jaalouk added that Paclitaxel, which is the drug that coats the new Zilver stent, inhibits the growth of scar tissue which is the cause of restenosis. Patients with an implanted Zilver stent are less likely to experience restenosis than patients receiving a non-coated metal stent. Paclitaxel coated stents have been used for some time in the coronary (heart) arteries and have proven to be safe and effective.

“We are proud to be chosen as the first group in the area to provide this leading-edge technology to our patients,” said Dr. Jaalouk.

To make an appointment for heart or vascular care, call the Cardiology Consultants office at 850.484.6500 or visit to learn more about the many innovative cardiovascular procedures offered.

Sacred Heart to Provide Free Health Screenings in April

Sacred Heart Health System will provide free heart-health screenings in Pensacola, Pace and Fort Walton Beach, and free bone-density screenings in Pensacola, Gulf Breeze and Orange Beach, Ala.

Heart-health screenings measure blood pressure, blood sugar and total cholesterol and can detect 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 April schedule:

■ April 4 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 920 Via de Luna Dr., Pensacola Beach. Heart-health screenings.
■ April 9 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at United Methodist Church of Pace, 4540 Chumuckla Hwy., Pace. Heart-health screenings.
■ April 10 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 100 Daniel Dr., Gulf Breeze. Bone-density screenings.
■ April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chester Pruitt Community Center, 15 Carson Dr., Fort Walton Beach. Non-fasting heart-health screenings.
■ April 24 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Loaves and Fishes, 257 E. Lee St., Pensacola. Bone-density screenings.
■ April 30 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Orange Beach Senior Center, 26251 Canal Rd., Orange Beach, Ala. Bone-density screenings.

During the month of April, 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 (850) 416-7826.

Alternative to Bypass Surgery
For the millions of people suffering with severely or completely blocked coronary arteries (chronic total occlusions or CTOs), Baptist Health Care and its team of 28 cardiovascular specialists, Cardiology Consultants, now offer an advanced CTO procedure that provides patients a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open heart bypass surgery and/or medical therapy.

The Baptist cardiology team is the first and only team on the Gulf Coast to offer the innovative CTO procedure that involves a highly skilled, specially trained interventional cardiologist using the newest FDA-approved catheter technology to reopen the completely blocked (CTO) artery. Balloon angioplasty and stents are then used to restore blood flow. Prior to this procedure, CTOs were very difficult to treat and typically required invasive open-heart surgery or, in instances where surgery was not an option, medication was used to manage the chest pain.

“CTO is the most common cause for open heart surgery, so by providing this minimally invasive procedure, Baptist and Cardiology Consultants are improving the quality of life of people suffering from heart disease in a significant way. We can now help patients who have previously been told that bypass or on-going medication management are their only options for chronically occluded coronary arteries,” explains F. James Fleischhauer, M.D., F.A.C.C., the board certified interventional cardiologist who completed the region’s first procedure on March 12, 2013, at Baptist Hospital.

Dr. Fleischhauer and the Baptist team were chosen to be among the initial providers in the nation to offer this procedure due to their proven cardiovascular experience and quality. Additionally, Dr. Fleischhauer completed rigorous continuing education and training specifically to provide this new procedure. When coupled with his fellowship training at Stanford University School of Medicine and his more than 20 years of cardiology experience in Pensacola, Dr. Fleischhauer is a leader in bringing innovative treatments and research to the community.

“Staying at the leading edge of medicine is what is best for patients and our community. This technology allows a patient to go home within one day of the procedure and resume normal activities within one week, as compared to open heart surgery which requires five-to-seven days in the hospital and weeks of recovery at home,” shares Dr. Fleischhauer.

This new CTO procedure takes approximately two-to-three hours during which the physician uses specialized equipment to reconstruct the artery and restore blood flow. This procedure is completed in Baptist Hospital’s state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories.

“As technology evolves, it is our responsibility as the leader in heart and vascular care, to provide all possible options of care for our patients. It’s our promise at Baptist to continue to pursue excellence and innovation in cardiovascular medicine,” says Dr. Fleischhauer.

If you have coronary artery disease, you may experience angina or chest pain, pain in the upper body and arms, jaw pain, indigestion or choking feeling, nausea, dizziness, irregular heartbeat or unusual fatigue. To diagnose a CTO, a routine physical exam with a careful medical history and diagnostic testing should be performed by a cardiologist. An angiogram is required to diagnosis a CTO. A referral can be made by your cardiologist for this procedure.

To make an appointment for heart or vascular care, call the Cardiology Consultants office at 850.484.6500 or visit to learn more about the many innovative cardiovascular procedures offered.