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H&W News: Sept 2010

PEDIATRIC RADIOLOGIST JOINS STAFF OF SACRED HEART CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Dr. Frederick Steinberg, a board-certified pediatric radiologist with Pensacola Radiology Consultants, recently joined the medical staff of Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. He is the only pediatric radiologist in Northwest Florida.

Dr. Steinberg follows in the footsteps of long-time pediatric radiologist Dr. Albert Post, who recently retired from private practice after more than 30 years in pediatric radiology at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Steinberg received both his doctor of pharmacy and medical degree from the Mercer University in Macon, Ga. where graduated as valedictorian in both programs.  He completed his internship and residency in diagnostic radiology at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education on Rochester, Minn. Dr. Steinberg also has received advanced fellowship training in pediatric radiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock, Ark.

Dr. Steinberg is a member of the American Medical Association, the Society of Pediatric Radiology, and the Radiological Society of North America.

For more information, please contact Pensacola Radiology Consultants at 416-6800.

GULF COAST PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS JOIN MEDICAL STAFF OF WEST FLORIDA HEALTHCARE The physicians of Gulf Coast Primary Care have joined West Florida Medical Group and the Medical Staff of West Florida Healthcare.  Located at 1921 E. 9 Mile Road, the group consists of Karen Snow, M.D., Alicia L. Chen, M.D., Jennifer Miley, M.D., Hillary Hultstrand, M.D., and R. Blake Sayre, M.D.

The office number for Gulf Coast Primary Care is 479-4791.

HYUNDAI HOPE ON WHEELS PROGRAM PRESENTED A $100,000 GRANT  TO SACRED HEART Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital will use the grant to establish a designated chemotherapy pharmacy room within the hospital’s pediatric cancer unit. There, trained pediatric pharmacists will store and prepare chemotherapy infusion treatments and other medications.

The grant from Hyundai will provide equipment for mixing and storing chemotherapy medications in a new pharmacy area inside the hospital’s pediatric oncology unit. Another benefit of the satellite pharmacy will be that trained pediatric pharmacists will be readily available in the unit to consult with physicians and staff regarding patient care.

Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children ages one to 14. During September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Hyundai Hope on Wheels is working to raise awareness of childhood cancer with a national television commercial and donations totaling $6.8 million to help fight childhood cancer.  The donations will be given as ”Hope Grants” to hospitals and nonprofit organizations across the country.

Hyundai Motor America and its dealers joined the fight against childhood cancer in 1998 and created Hyundai Hope on Wheels.   For more information about the program please visit

CAMP BLUEBIRD CANCER RETREAT Newly diagnosed adult cancer patients are encouraged to register now for an upcoming Sacred Heart Health System program that offers support, encouragement and renewal for both patients and their family members. All adult cancer patients are encouraged to participate, even if they are not seeing a Sacred Heart physician.

Camp Bluebird, a retreat experience for people coping with cancer, is scheduled for Oct. 20 – 22 at Sacred Heart’s Miracle Camp. Activities will focus on the theme ”When I Grow Up.”

One of the highlights of this camp will be the opportunity for campers to hear a presentation by Maryann Makekau, author of the ”Little Pink Book” series.  The Ft. Walton Beach resident has written ”When Your Mom Has Cancer,” ”When Your Teacher Has Cancer” and ”When Mom’s Cancer Doesn’t Go Away.”

Makekau began writing in 2008 when she couldn’t find a publication that could help a friend with breast cancer guide her second-grade students in coping with the diagnosis. Nothing was available that could help from a child’s perspective, so Makekau researched and wrote a book which has evolved into a series. Her books also have been translated into Spanish, and her book tour has taken her throughout the continental U.S. and Hawaii.

Located on Beulah Road in Escambia County, the Miracle Camp complex is nestled in a 40-acre nature preserve. The camp includes a dormitory, dining hall, activities building, paved nature trails, a pond and an outdoor chapel. Evening campfires conclude the day’s activities.

The October camp will be the 25th session of Sacred Heart’s Camp Bluebird, and it is the 25th anniversary of the camp franchise which was first introduced in 1985 by St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation in Birmingham, Ala.

To obtain more information or a registration form for Camp Bluebird, call Pat Brown at 416-7176. For information about Miracle Camp, visit the Camp’s Web site at

SACRED HEART VASCULAR SURGEON NAMED CHAMPION Dr. Christopher Lecroy, a board-certified vascular surgeon with Coastal Vascular and Interventional at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, was recently named a Fistula First Champion Surgeon by Florida’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (FMQIO) and the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network of Florida.

Fistula First Champion Surgeons are surgeons who have been identified by Florida dialysis providers as instrumental in helping them achieve an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) placement rate of 60 percent or greater during the first quarter of 2010.  These surgeons have exemplified a devotion to dialysis patients and have superior results.

An AVF is a surgical connection between an artery and a vein that is created for hemodialysis treatments in patients with kidney failure.  During hemodialysis, blood is withdrawn from the AVF, purified and returned to the body three times a week. Kidney failure patients with a functional AVF live longer and healthier lives.
As a healthcare quality improvement organization, FMQIO works with providers in hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes, and many other provider settings to implement projects focused on improving the care provided to over three million Medicare beneficiaries in Florida. As an organization they help identify individual physicians like Dr. Lecroy with outstanding surgical results.  FMQIO’s mission is to ensure the quality, effectiveness, efficiency, and economy of health care services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

For more information or an appointment with Dr. Lecroy, call 479-1805.

INTERNAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST JOINS WEST FLORIDA MEDICAL GROUP Carla Rose Tillery, M.D., specialist in Internal Medicine, has joined West Florida Medical Group and the Medical Staff of West Florida Hospital.  Dr. Tillery will practice at the West Florida Medical Group office located at 1190 E. Nine Mile Road.

Dr. Tillery earned her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham.  Following medical school, she completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Tennessee at Memphis where she was the recipient of the “Outstanding Resident Teaching Award”.  Dr. Tillery is board certified in Internal Medicine.

She has been practicing in the Pensacola area for the past 11 years in the outpatient clinic setting as well as in private practice.  Dr. Tillery also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Geriatrics at Florida State University College of Medicine.  She is a member of the Escambia County Medical Society.

HEALTHY HINTS FROM THE HEART: KIDS & MEDICAL EMERGENCIES Even healthy kids get hurt and sick sometimes. In some cases, you will know that you need to head straight to the emergency room, but sometimes it’s more difficult to determine whether an injury or an illness needs the attention of a medical professional or can be treated at home.

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital offers the following healthy hints from the heart on how to decide what is and isn’t a medical emergency for your child.

—Home Treatment or Physician’s Office

Many minor injuries and illnesses, including some cuts, certain types of rashes, coughs, colds, scrapes, and bruises, can be handled with home care and over-the-counter treatments. Other situations may seem alarming, but don’t require a trip to the ER. The list below includes some of the symptoms that may require calling your doctor:

·        high fever

·        ear pain

·        pain in the abdomen

·        headache that doesn’t go away

·        rash

·        mild wheezing

·        persistent cough

—Urgent Care

Sometimes an injury or an illness isn’t life threatening but needs medical attention on the same day. If that’s the case, and your doctor doesn’t have office hours at the time, consider going to an urgent care center, such as Sacred Heart Urgent Care, open daily at the intersection of Highway 29 and W Street in front of the Rave Movie Theater. At these centers, you can usually get things like X-rays, stitches, and care for minor injuries that aren’t life threatening yet require medical attention on the same day.

Some cases where you might take your child to an urgent care center include:

·        cuts

·        minor injuries

·        vomiting or diarrhea

·        ear pain

·        sore throat

·        infected bug bites

·        mild allergic reactions

·        suspected sprain or broken bone

·        minor animal bites

—Pediatric Emergency Room

A pediatric emergency room or department can handle a wide variety of serious problems, such as severe bleeding, head trauma, seizures, meningitis, breathing difficulties, dehydration, and serious bacterial infections. Take your child to the Sacred Heart Pediatric Emergency Department or the nearest ER if your child:

·        has difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

·        has had a change in mental status, such as suddenly becoming unusually sleepy or difficult to rouse, disoriented, or confused

·        has a cut in the skin that is bleeding and won’t stop

·        has a stiff neck along with a fever

·        has a rapid heartbeat that doesn’t slow down

·        accidentally ingests a poisonous substance or too much medication

·        has had more than minor head trauma

—Call 911

Some situations are so serious that you need the help of trained medical personnel on the way to the hospital. In these cases, dial 911 for an ambulance. These might include if your child:

·        has been in a car accident

·        has a head or neck injury

·        has ingested too much medication and is now hard to rouse

·        is not breathing or is turning blue

For more information, call 416-1600 or visit us online at

SPECIALIST IN OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY JOINS WEST FLORIDA MEDICAL GROUP J. Matthew Reynolds, M.D., has joined West Florida Medical Group and the Medical Staff of West Florida Hospital.  Dr. Reynolds specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Reynolds earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine in Little Rock where he was the recipient of the “Patient-Physician Interaction Award”.  Following medical school, he completed his OB/GYN residency training at the Florida State University OB/GYN Residency Program in Pensacola.

A member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association, Dr. Reynolds has been involved in research related to the field of obstetrics.

A native of Arkansas, he was a full-time firefighter and EMT prior to earning his medical degree.  He also served as the Hazardous Materials Coordinator for his county.  Dr. Reynolds is an active community volunteer for several organizations, including a shelter for battered women, Optimist Club, and Special Olympics

Dr. Reynolds is currently practicing at the West Florida Medical Group office located at 2360 U.S. Highway 29, South in Cantonment, and is accepting new patients.  For an appointment, call 968-5616.  Immediate appointments are available.

Dr. Tillery is currently accepting new patients.