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By Robyn Erwin Special to the Cape Gazette T his past February, I was admitted to Beebe Healthcare via the Emergency Department. My stay of five days was the longest I have ever been admitted to a hospital. This is not my first emergency condition, as I also experienced a situation in 2004 which required me to be admitted to the hospital with subsequent necessary surgery. However, this is my first oppor- tunity to express my gratitude in writing for the professional- ism and genuine sincerity of the staff that served me. I would be hard pressed to find another staff of nurses and doctors that could have provid- ed me with the exceptional care I received. My recent admit- tance was one of extreme pain and discomfort, yet the on-duty staff was as cordial and caring as any I have had the fortune to meet.  The compassion, confidence and inordinate amount of patience shown by all, consid- ering the physical conditions I was experiencing at that time, represented the utmost profes- sional care and comfort that any patient would be thankful to receive. Having been admitted for a duration of five days, I was also able to observe the team's generosity of caring for two sep- arate roommates. Often, when we are put into conditions that may be beyond our control, we can feel somewhat insecure and anxious. The staff that attended to my needs and concerns, as well as to the other patients in our room, was incredibly considerate and compassionate. From the day to evening staff, the priority for the comfort of patients was exhibited to the highest level. In actions and words, these nurses demon- strated the most upbeat, caring manner and positive attitude in all the ways they performed their duties. A heartfelt thank you to the following RNs and CNAs from the Women's Health floor that were so gracious to me: Mary Koyanagi, RN; Latoya Thomas, RN; Kadeisha Custis, CNA; Shanna Andes, RN; Megan Fidler, RN; Kayla Duffie, CNA; Chelsea Bailey, CNA: Jennifer Gray, RN; Lydia Martin, RN; Terra Marvel, CNA; Megan Rit- ter, CNA. Beebe Healthcare recognizes National Nurses Week, May 6-12. Nurses are the lifeblood of a healthcare system in that they have the unique opportunity to touch patients at every level of care. "Beebe Healthcare is proud to celebrate the role our nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality and patient ex- perience for patients," said Jef- frey M. Fried, FACHE, president and CEO, Beebe Healthcare. "All of us at Beebe recognize the essential role our nurses play in our care delivery system. They are at the bedside 24 hours a day, caring for patients in their homes, working in the physician offices and other am- bulatory settings, and engaging individuals through our Popula- tion Health efforts to become more involved and respon- sible for their own health. We couldn't do what we do each day, caring for our community, without our nurses. Our nurses take great pride in what they do to make Beebe Healthcare the outstanding healthcare system it is today." Each year, Beebe Medical Foundation hosts the biggest party of the summer, the Beebe Beach Bash! Beebe's guests will take over a docked Cape May-Lewes Ferry to enjoy The Fabulous Greaseband, dancing, dining, auctions, and boardwalk games. This year's Beach Bash will fund Beebe Healthcare's Emergency Department. We are committed to providing quality care to our patients, and this event will allow us to offer the most advanced technology to save and change lives. For more information on how to join in the fun, to to beebemedical- foundation.org. Senior Care By Angels From A Few Hours To 24/7 Care (302) 329-9475 Stroke, Alzheimers And Dementia Specialists Light Housekeeping Meal Preparation Errands/Shopping/Appointments Hygiene Assistance Compassionate Companionship Respite Care For Families JUMP INTO Licensed Psychologist with over 35 years experience Shore View Medical Ctr, Dr. Jani’s Office on Rte. 9 ...Better Living • Repairing Relationships • Grief Recovery from Loss or Divorce • Resolve Stress, Anxiety & Depression Richard L. Todd, Ph.D., M. Div. Call 302-853-0559 20 TUESDAY, MAY 9 - THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017 HEALTH & FITNESS Cape Gazette CELEBRATE EXCELLENT CARE Nurses and certified nursing assistants deserve high praise SUBMITTED PHOTO CELEBRATING EXCELLENT CARE are (l-r) Mary Koyanagi, RN; Lydia Martin, RN; Kadeisha Custis, CNA; and Robyn Erwin. ing response. Jani says the key to this approach is having the time to form an exceptionally power- ful patient-physician connection not usually possible to achieve in a traditional practice. " W h e n I was rushing from patient to patient, perpetually behind, there was no time to focus on the whole patient," he said. "All you can do is say 'What's the problem? Here is a pill.' That's been the philosophy for so long that I knew I couldn't change the system, but I could change the way I practice medicine and give care to my patients." He's seen the results of this approach at his Shore View prac- tice in Lewes, where he focuses on prevention and wellness by combining the tenets of integra- tive, functional and personalized medicine. "It's about sitting with a patient and saying, 'Let's talk about your problem and how we are going to work together to treat it.' Because if I am going to just tell a patient what to do, it's not at all effective. I need to understand all the causes behind the symptoms, and collaborate with the patient on a solution for long-term wellness that suits their individual lifestyle." Consider the personalized and integrative method of treating diabetes. "We go deep down to discov- er why a patient gets diabetes. You're born with certain genes, exposed to certain toxins, devel- oped your own lifestyle patterns with specific foods and medica- tions - all this came together resulting in a diagnosis of diabe- tes because you have high sugars. So instead of simply giving a pill, we identify and then treat the underlying causes to bring down the high sugar levels that are at the root of your diabetes," Jani said. It's an effective approach to managing many chronic disease states, going beyond just treating symptoms to actually preventing illness. The Academy of Integra- tive Health and Medicine says, "Health is more than the absence of disease. Health also means vitality, joy, and wholeness." Jani is a board-certified inter- nist and completed a two-year integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona, taught by Dr. Andrew Weil, the renowned founder of integra- tive medicine. Jani is in private practice at Shore View Personal Care, where he blends the best of traditional, integrative and functional medicine. For more information, call 302- 684-0990 or go to udayjanimd. com. Jani Continued from page 19 Free rapid HIV tests set in Rehoboth Beach CAMP Rehoboth is teaming with the Burton Village Commu- nity Center in Rehoboth Beach to offer free rapid HIV testing. The test only takes 15 minutes to get results. Testing will be of- fered from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every second Thursday and from 1 to 3 p.m. every fourth Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is needed. The Burton Village Commu- nity Center is at 37511 Burton Village in Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call CAMP Rehoboth at 302-227-5620. Bereavement group meets in Rehoboth The Cancer Support Commu- nity and Delaware Hospice are collaborating to offer a monthly bereavement group to focus on issues of loss that continue be- yond the early stages of grief. The Next Step meets in the Sussex facility of the Cancer Sup- port Community in Rehoboth at 9 a.m. the first Monday of each month. The Sussex facility is at 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Suite 312, Rehoboth. The facilitator is Midge DiNatale, GC-C, of Dela- ware Hospice. To reserve a space and for more information call 302-645-9150 or go to cancersup- portdelaware.org. All programs at the Cancer Support Commu- nity are offered at no charge to the participants. Briefly » Dr. Uday Jani