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|11 I 7'Z TUESDAY, APRIL 16- THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013 HEALTH & FITNESS Cape Gazette In a proclamation issued Early detection is also vital in crowd out the normal ones. Can- March 29, President Barak the fight against cancer. O, ual- cer becomes more difficult to Obama declared April 2013 as ity Insights of Delaware, the control once it metastasizes, or National Cancer Control Month. Medicare Quality Improvement spreads, to other parts of the In this proclamation, Obama Organization for Delaware, en- body. This is why preventive encourages all Americans to courages consumers across the cancer screenings play a key rededicate themselves to secur- First State to get yearly tests that role in controlling the disease by ing better outcomes, reducing look for signs of some of the detecting it early when it is often new cases and advancing cancer most common types of cancer most treatable. research, like breast and colon. These Quality Insights is also helping To beat this disease, preven- cancers can usually be treated doctors' offices meaningfully use tion is key. Each individual can successfully if caught early, so their electronic health record reduce the risk of developing getting these tests performed systems to ensure their patients cancer by maintaining a healthy regularly is very important. The receive appropriate preventive weight, exercising regularly, good news is that Medicare will screening. This technology al- limiting alcohol intake and sun pay for most of the cost associ- lows providers to more easily exposure, and living tobacco- ated with preventive screening track and document preventive free. For help quitting smoking, tests - and some are even free. measures, with digital remind- visit According to the Americaners that pop up on the computer Additional resources on what Cancer Society, cancer occurs screen to alert providers when a cancer is and how to prevent it when cells in the body grow in preventive screening is due. To are available at, an unnatural way. Those cells learn more, go to Medical sodety now-affiliate of HealthTeamW rks The Medical Society of Delaware shas signed an af- filiation agreement with HealthTeamWorks, a Colorado nonprofit organization nationally recognized for patient-centered medical home implementation methodology. In Conjunction with HealthTeamWorks training, mentorship and tools, MSD will exclusively deliver local practice transformation support to Dela- ware's medical community. HealthTeamWorks and MSD bring combined experience and knowledge in helping primary care physicians transition into highly effective PCMH practices. This collaboration will result in the development of integrated medical communities or "medi- cal neighborhoods" to improve efficiency and quality along the entire continuum of care. The affiliation marks the begin- ning oir a long-term relationship, which includes efforts under way with Delaware's first statewide PCMH initiative, established in as to develop a plan to help a May 2012 by Highmark Delaware patient with multiple conditions. and MSD. Physician-led practice teams "The PCMH model has gained are trained to identify workflow acceptance as the new standard problems and evaluate all of the of medical care with a focus on processes put into place before, patient outcomes and continuity during and after patient visits. of care," said Stephen J. Kushner, New mechanisms for test DO, president of MSD. tracking, reminders for preven- Here are just a few of the ways tive care and chronic disease that patients and medical teams management are also put into will benefit from the PCMH place. Specific training is cen- model of care: tered around National Center for Physician-led practice teams Quality Assurance recognition will learn new and better ways to for the participating practices, a help engage patients in their own program benchmark for the cur- care, taking special consideration rent PCMH pilot and many other to inquire about and coordinate quality initiatives. all of the care received by a pa- "We are thrilled to be part- tient from any and all providers, nering with one of the oldest PCMH practices make avail- and most respected medical able expanded and new ways for societies in the country to facili- patients to access or communi- tate the training and redesign in cate with their care team and the Highmark Delaware/MSD doctor for simple needs such as PCMH pilot and other initia- to discuss a problem or to con- tives in Delaware," said Marjie firm a prescription refill, or for Harbrecht, MD, CEO of Health- more complex situations such TeamWorks. BCCS participates in Common Ground to benefit clients Brandywine Counseling & Community Services hosted an open house March 19 at its Lancaster Avenue site to launch the Common Ground web-based software through the support of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. The Common Ground software is a web-based application that helps people prepare to meet with psychiatrists and arrive at the best decisions for treatment and recovery. Common Ground is primarily used to help co-occurring clients communicate better with their prescribing doctor and come to a shared decision with them about their treatment plans. This new software will also stream- line BCCS's medical checks and psychiatric evaluations, while pared to meet with her doctor, simultaneously gathering more which is one of the fundamentals information for the doctor and of Common Ground. connecting clients with useful Brandywine Counseling & resources. Community Services Inc. BCCS's Wilmington site at is a nonprofit organization 2713 Lancaster Ave., is the first that contributes to creating co-occurring site to use this soft- stronger communities by cre- ware. It is the organization's goal atively providing education, to successfully implement Corn- advocacy, treatment and mon Ground at the Lancaster prevention services. With in- site and then begin using it at its tegrity, BCCS promotes hope other locations throughout the and empowerment to persons state of Delaware. and families touched by ment Common Ground was created health issues, substance use, by Pat Deegan, a woman diag- HIV and their related challenges. nosed with schizophrenia, who BCCS is Delaware's most rec- refused to accept that she was ognized provider of behavioral just going to be sick for the rest services, with nine locations of her life. She discovered that statewide. For more information, she was more successful in her visit www.brandywinecounsel- treatment when she was pre- NURSING STUDENT ALEXA BAICH EARNS SCHOLARSHIP SUBMITTED PHOTO THE MARGARET H. ROLLINS School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Cen- ter has announced that Alexa Baich, a senior student from Rehoboth Beach, is the'recipient of the Dr. Carl G. Pierce Jr. Scholarship. This schol- arship is awarded to a student based on his or her academic performance in Maternal, Child and Family Health Nursing, and awardees should have a caring and professional attitude and an interest in pediatrics. This scholarship was initiated by Mrs. Carl G. Pierce Jr. and her fami- ly in memory of her husband and their father. Dr. Carl G. Pierce Jr. was a physician at Beebe Hospital from 1951 until he retired in1987. Dr. Pierce had a long association with the School of Nursing, where he served as school physician and taught student nurses about children. Alexa Baich is shown with Alex Sydnor, president of Beebe Medical Foundation and vice president of External Affairs at Beebe Medical Cen- ter. For more irfformation on Beebe Medical Center, go towww.beebe- Relationships Stress, Anxiety & Depression PERSONAL CARE MEAL PREPARATION LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING ERRANDS 8: SHOPPING TRANSPORTATION COMPANIONSHIP RESPITE FOR FAMILIES From a few hours to 2417 care d merica's Choice in Homecare U LIVING ASSISTANCE SERVICES ~v