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The Medical Center of Aurora has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification for Lung Cancer by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.
“I’m extremely proud of our lung cancer program,” said Dr. Jenifer Marks, General Thoracic Surgeon at The Medical Center of Aurora. “We are continuously working hard to provide high quality of care and patient safety. This recognition from Joint Commission is a great honor.”
The certification recognizes health care organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for lung cancer. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.
The Medical Center of Aurora underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on April 30, 2019. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards, some of which included how their lung cancer program involves patients in making decisions about managing their disease, developing a plan of care using an interdisciplinary approach that is individualized to the patient’s assessed needs, and support for the patient’s self-management outside of the hospital by engaging family and community support structures into their plan of care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“Disease-Specific Care Certification for Lung Cancer recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend The Medical Center of Aurora for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for lung cancer patients.”
The Interdisciplinary team at The Medical Center of Aurora worked together to consistently evaluate performance improvement measurements while simultaneously keeping their patients’ as their main focus at all times, and is determined to make a difference in each of their lives.
For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.
Oct. 1 the Denver City Council passed a measure aimed at curbing the dangerous trend of nicotine vaping among Colorado’s youth. The measure will raise the minimum age of purchase for nicotine products to 21 and require licensing for any retailers selling vaping and nicotine products in the city. The ordinance was put forth by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment and passed its first committee on September 11. In passing this ordinance, Denver follows the lead of eighteen states, plus the District of Columbia, and 500 localities, including in Texas, New Jersey, Arkansas, Maine, and California. Several Colorado localities have already passed similar ordinances: Aspen, Avon, Basalt, Boulder, Carbondale, Edgewater, Glenwood Springs and Snowmass. “We took a big step forward today toward a healthier future for kids in Denver,” said Jake Williams, executive director of Healthier Colorado. “Mayor Hancock and the Denver City Council stood up to big tobacco and acted in the best interest of our youth by raising the legal age of purchase for tobacco and nicotine vaping products to 21. Companies like Juul are trying to hook a new generation on nicotine, and unfortunately they are off to a fast start here in our state. By raising the legal age of purchase and instituting a responsible licensure system for retailers selling these products to our kids, they are ensuring important safeguards are in place to protect the health of Colorado’s children.”
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado has the highest rate of nicotine vaping among youth in the country — at twice the national average. With the barrage of recent news reports on vaping-related lung disease and deaths, vaping has quickly become the latest national public health crisis.
Bryan Campbell, FAAMSE, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Medical Society, effective Jan. 1, 2020. A Nebraska native and graduate of the University of Nebraska – Omaha, he is returning home after two decades on the west and east coasts.
“I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Colorado Medical Society,” Campbell said. “Time and again, Colorado physicians, other health care leaders and elected officials have committed to innovative solutions to improve Colorado health care. I look forward to working with physicians and staff to achieve CMS’ mission and continue great strides for patients.”
Bryan moves to CMS from his most recent position as the CEO of the Duval County Medical Society (DCMS) in Jacksonville, Fla. DCMS is the oldest and largest county medical society in Florida, founded in 1853 and with nearly 2,000 members. In his time at DCMS, Bryan has been recognized as one of Jacksonville’s 40 Under 40, 40 Most Influential People in Healthcare, and was named the Chairman of the Jacksonville Mayor’s Council for Fitness and Wellness for consecutive terms. Bryan is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the American Association of Medical Society Executives, and earned the “Fellow” designation in 2018 (FAAMSE).
Outgoing CMS CEO, Alfred Gilchrist, will retire at the end of 2019 following 15 years in this position and 20 years at the Texas Medical Association.
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A unique educational experience designed to educate parents and adults about possible warning signs of teen drug use and/or misuse is coming to Greenwood Village City Hall on Sunday, August 25.
The RALI CARES trailer, a partnership between the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative – Colorado (RALI) and Code 3 offers a tour of a mock teenager’s bedroom. Law enforcement and experts will be on hand to guide participants through the trailer, educating about warning signs, potential areas of concern and how parents or caregivers can talk to teens most effectively.
“The RALI CARES trailer is an innovative and effective way to help us all learn more about how to combat teen drug misuse,” said state Rep. Meg Froelich, a co-host of the event. “Nothing tops a hands-on lesson about warning signs that we can see in our own homes. I applaud RALI Colorado for bringing the trailer to Greenwood Village and I urge all local citizens to stop by.”
The trailer will be open to the public, ages 21 and older, from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. No photography is permitted inside the trailer.
RALI Colorado comprises more than 35 local, state and national organizations representing healthcare stakeholders, veterans, industry leaders, realtors and others. In addition to safe disposal, the organization will work together to find solutions and share best practices for prevention, treatment and recovery related to prescription drug misuse.
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On July 1, Bernadette Albanese, M.D., M.P.H, medical epidemiologist at Tri-County (Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas) Health, told the GV City Council that Tri-County “strongly recommends that the City of Greenwood Village ban any sales of kratom in its jurisdiction.” She explained that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “has banned the importation of kratom for human consumption as a drug or dietary ingredient,” and “does not consider kratom safe to consume because of the lack of oversight of kratom’s production overseas and adverse health effects.” That does not prohibit its import to this country.
According to the National Institute of Health, kratom is traditionally used in its native southeast Asia as a pain killer, with effects similar to that of opium. In western countries, the NIH says, it is sometimes used to “treat or manage opioid withdrawal symptoms.”
GV City Attorney Tonya Haas-Davidson informed the city council that kratom was presently being sold in the city. In June, Castle Rock banned the sale of kratom to minors. In 2017, Denver passed a law requiring that kratom be labeled as not being for human consumption but didn’t prohibit its sale or possession.
The GV city council voted to ban the sale of kratom, but not before one council member, Jerry Presley, seriously questioned the action, saying “I don’t think the regulation of drugs is within our jurisdiction.”
Presley proposed three alternatives to prohibiting the sale of kratom in GV: 1) allowing it to be sold in certain zone districts, such as the light industrial zone; 2) allowing it to be sold by a licensed pharmacist; 3) instituting a 12-month moratorium on sales.
Council Member Tom Dougherty, an attorney, responded, saying that, one, limiting the sale of kratom to certain zone districts amounts to treating it as a land use issue, which it is not; and, two, there is only one light industrial zone in GV and “there is presently little or no opportunity for such sales in that zone”, thus GV would be “trying to create a situation that can’t be satisfied (and) that’s not the proper way that government should solve problems.”
Regarding pharmacists dispensing kratom, Dougherty said that would also be “setting up a scenario that could never be satisfied,” because King Soopers would not sell kratom at its pharmacy. Addressing Presley’s third idea, Dougherty said that a moratorium is a method that governments use to avoid solving problems and “I think we have sufficient information to make a decision one way or the other on this right now.”
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment describes kratom as “a tropical tree that is native to Southeast Asia (primarily Malaysia and Thailand).” The product that is produced as kratom is made from its leaves. The state’s website says that it is legal to possess it in Colorado, but very strongly questions its safety, listing multiple risks associated with its use, including death.
The FDA website warns consumers not to use kratom while it “evaluates the available safety information” about its effects.” It also “encourages more research to better understand kratom’s safety profile.”
When the roll was called on the proposal, Presley acceded to the position of his fellow council members. The vote to ban it was unanimous. The entire text of the law prohibiting the sale of kratom in GV can be found on page 22 of the July 4 issue of The Villager.
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HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) has attained Magnet recognition once again, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.
Receiving Magnet recognition for the third time is a great achievement for TMCA, as it continues to proudly belong to the global community of Magnet recognized organizations. Just 498 U.S. health care organizations out of over 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition.
“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” said Rachel Miles, Chief Nursing Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated achievement of this recognition underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve.”
Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:
• Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
• Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
• Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
• Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.
Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.
The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.
The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.
To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.
Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its second recognition.
“We’re a better organization today because of the Magnet recognition we first achieved in 2008,” said Ryan Simpson, Chief Executive Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora. “Magnet raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that helped us become a Magnetrecognized organization, and it’s why we continue to pursue and maintain our designation.”
Reshaping one’s body takes time and commitments, though shortcuts can be tempting when trying to get fit. The desire to see instant results can lead some people to make potentially dangerous mistakes in the name of looking good.
There are various ways to safely build natural muscle. Novices should always consult their physicians before beginning a fitness regimen. Patience must be part of the equation, as expecting overnight results but not seeing them may derail your fitness efforts or lead you down an unsafe path. The following are some safe ways to build muscle.
• Boost training volume. According to Ava Fitzgerald, C.S.C.S., C.P.T., a sports performance coach with the Professional Athletic Performance Center in New York, one may need to increase the number of reps and sets, but at an intensity at between 50 and 75 percent of the person’s 1RM (the maximum weight he or she can lift for one rep). For good muscle volume, she recommends three to six sets of 10 to 20 reps.
• Increase caloric intake. Find the balance between eating enough to gain muscle and gaining too much and body fat percentage creeping up. This can take some trial and error. Try to eat more calories on training days, focusing on plenty of lean protein, whole grain carbohydrates and vegetables.
• Zero in on the eccentric phase of movement. Research published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology found that eccentric workouts are better at triggering hypertrophy, or the increased size of muscles. For example, when doing a squat, lowering into the squat would be the eccentric phase of the exercise. Increase weight resistance to make this eccentric phase even more effective.
• Hit muscle groups more frequently. In the 2016 study, “Effects of Resistance Training Frequency on Measures of Muscle Hypertrophy,” published in Sports Medicine, targeting various muscle groups twice a week, rather than once, helped maximize muscle growth.
• Consider a full-body routine. Working the entire body several times a week also may help one make gains in muscle growth. University of Alabama researchers followed a group of men who had been lifting weights for several years. Those who performed a full-body routine three days a week for three months gained almost 10 pounds of muscle over that time.
• Fatigue the muscles. Decrease rest periods between sets to encourage quick release in muscle-building hormones.
• Have casein protein before bed. Data published in Science Daily in March 2019 found that pre-sleep protein intake increases muscle protein synthesis during overnight sleep in young adults. Lead author Dr. Tim Snijders of Maastricht University gave 44 healthy young men a 12-week lifting program. Half were also given a nightly, pre-sleep protein shake with about 30 grams of casein, while the others weren’t. The protein-before-bed group gained significantly more muscle strength and size than those who had no protein before bed.
Muscle growth comes from frequent strength training, increasing caloric consumption, taxing muscles, and being consistent and patient with one’s goals.
Novices should always consult their physicians before beginning a fitness regimen. Patience must be part of the equation, as expecting overnight results but not seeing them may derail your fitness efforts or lead you down an unsafe path. The following are some safe ways to build muscle.
Back pain is a part of life for many people. The American Chiropractic Association says 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time, and experts estimate that up to 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. WebMD says back pain is the second most common reason people visit the doctor.
Back pain can take on various forms, ranging from a dull ache to a sharp pain. Some may experience intermittent back pain, while others may have chronic back pain. The causes can be considerable, from injury to underlying medical conditions. Alleviating back pain — or preventing it in the first place — involves understanding the common causes and taking appropriate actions.
• Try exercise. Routine exercise is not guaranteed to eliminate back pain, but it can make it less frequent, advises doctors at Harvard Medical School. Low back pain due to muscle strain or muscle spasm can be tamed by exercise. Yoga, or a similar stretch-based exercise, can be very effective at alleviating back pain. Yoga relaxes muscle tension and expands range of motion in the joints. It also can build muscle strength.
• Maintain proper posture. Slouching over computers or looking down at phones while texting may be doing damage to the back. Work ergonomically and take breaks to stretch. Sit up straight in chairs and try to keep a straight back while walking as well.
• Shed some pounds. Extra pounds at the midsection can shift the center of gravity and put strain on the lower back, advises WebMD. Try to stay within a range of 5-10 pounds of your ideal weight.
• Don’t smoke. The Arthritis Foundation says research shows a high prevalence of spinal stenosis and back pain among smokers. It is believed that smoking can damage blood vessels that supply blood to the back. Smoking is also bad for the bones and is a risk factor for osteoporosis.
• Try a different sleeping position. Talk with a doctor about the best position for sleeping to ease up back pain. It may include being on your side with knees pulled up, or placing a pillow under your knees if you’re a back-sleeper.
• Lift cautiously. Always bend at the knees and use the legs to lift items. This can help you avoid straining your back.
Back pain can be overwhelming, but with some strategies a person can reduce his or her propensity for pain.
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