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34 - CAPE GAZET'I, Friday, June 9 - June 15, 1995 Health & Fitness Hea th To tics The Boche School of Nursing graduates of the Class of 1995 are (standing, L to r.) Virginia Riekards, faculty;, Diana Vandendiee, Jennifer Shahadi, Brandy Little, Christina Killen, W. Drake Nichols, Jennifer Pepper, IL Catherine Stipa, Angel Gorlich, Joycelyn Kelly and Connie Bushy, director, (front row) Shawna Liezert, Holly Maroudas, Jennifer Montgomery, Laura Mills, Patriela Thomlmon, Tara McGonagle and Julie Isaaes. Beebe School of Nursing holds graduation The Beehe School of Nursing recently held its 70th commencement exercises for the graduating class of 1995 at the BayCenter, Ruddertowne, Dewey Beach. The 16 graduates, as well as Beehe School alumni, were honored in recognition of 70 years of graduat- ing classes from the school. The graduates are Diana Vanderslice, Chfistiana, Pa.; Jennifer Shahadi, Greenwood; Brandy Little, Lewes; Christina Killen, Wyoming; W. Drake Nichols, Georgetown; Jennifer Pepper, Milton; M. Catherine Stipa, Newark; Angel Gorlich, Jennifer Montgomery and Julie Isaacs, all of Milford; Joyce- lyn Kelly, Camden; Shawna I,iezert, Rehoboth Beach; Holly Maroudas, Houston; Laura Mills, Millsboro; Patricia Thompson, Wilmington; and Tara McGonagle, West Chester, Pa. Graduate of Beebe School of Nursing and Univer- sity of Scranton, Dr. Linda Desmond, was guest speaker at the commencement. The school faculty dedicated their award to Beebe alumna Virginia Cottingham, who was recently hon- ored for 50 years of service to Beehe Medical Center. The faculty award was presented to Jennifer Shabadi, who most exhibited the qualities and commitment of Virginia Cottingham. Holly Maroudas was recognized by the Beebe Medical Center Board of Directors for the highest academic achievement and was given the Beebe Alumni Award as outstanding medical surgical nurse. Edgehill Pharmacy honored W. Drake Nichols with the second highest academic achievement. Beebe Nursing Management awarded Tara McGonagle and Nichols for their outstanding leadership qualities. The Alfred Stango Award was given to Cathy Stipa as the graduate exhibiting special achievement, while Jennifer Montgomery was presented with the Mater- nal-Child Award by nurses Eleanor Cordrey and Vir- ginia Cottingham. The Beehe Medical Center Auxiliary recognized each graduate with an angel pin and awarded Nichols the graduate most exhibiting clinical, academic and community excellence. McGonagle was also the recipient of the Dr. David Howard Memorial Award and Richard Hires presented each graduate with a helicopter pin in memory of his wife Mary, a former patient at Beehe Medical Center. The Beebe School of Nursing pin was presented to the Class of 1995 by Director Connie Bushey and Class Advisor Virginia Rickards. Julie Isaacs was also presented with her grandmother's pin from Beehe School of Nursing Class of 1937. Beehe Medical Center Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Bhaskar Palekar awarded diplomas to the graduates and Dr. Gary Isaacs gave the invocation and benediction. Milford rehab unit wins accreditation Milford Memorial Hospital's Rehabilitation Unit has earned a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), announced L. Glenn Davis, hos- pital administrator. The program, which helps patients physically disabled by illness or injury achieve improved function and mobility, received accreditation after a two-day intensive on-site evaluation. Accreditation means the program adheres to established standards of care for patients with dis- abilities. The program was commended for meet- ing the stringent standards set forth by CARF and ensuring patients that Milford's Rehabilitation Unit meets or exceeds that of accredited facilities nationwide. In Milford's program, patients benefit from the skills of a team of experts who help prepare them for every day, independent living. Team members include specialists in physical and occupational therapies, therapeutic recreation, rehabilitative and physical medicine, social work, neuropsychology, speech and language pathology and rehabilitation nursing. "Furthermore, CARF is a measure of the quality of staff, equipment and overall treatment provided by Milford Memorial, promoting confidence in the minds of the patients," Davis noted, CARF is the nationally recognized accrediting authority whose sole concern is to promote quality of services for people with disabilities. Milford's Rehabilitation Unit opened in 1993 and cares for patients from central and southern Delaware, with 22 beds. This three-year accreditation is the high- est award from CARF. Sexually transmitted diseases in teenagers (This is the second of a two-part series authored by the physicians at Bayside Health Association in Lewes: Dr. Susan L. Rogers and Dr. J. Eric Hale, family practice; and Dr. Vincent B. Killeen and Dr. Newell R. Washburn, obstetrics and gynecology. For more infor- mation, they can be reached at 645-4700.) The group of adolescents at the highest risk of acquiring sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are those who initiate sexual inter- course at an early age. The inter- val of exposure to multiple part- hers is increased by early initiation and this, therefore, increases the chances of acquiring a STD. Those 'adolescents who use alcohol and drugs are at a higher risk because they are judgment impaired and this increases sexual risk-taking behavior. Plus, this affects partner selection and the decreasing likelihood of using a barrier contraceptive. Those run- aways and adolescent prostitutes who exchange sex for drugs, food or shelter engage in high risk behavior such as substance abuse, multiple partners and non-use of barrier contraceptives. The incarcerated youth is more likely to he sexually active or to have initiated sex at an early age, and is also more likely to have more lifetime partners and less likely to use condoms. Male homosexuals are more likely to engage in high risk sexu- al practices and also have a greater number of sexual partners. As stated initially, we as physi- cians are now not only involved in the treatment of sexually transmit- ted diseases, but also in their com- plications. The complications are impor- tant and the adolescent a lot of times does not recognize them. The medical complications of sex- ually transmitted diseases are many and include: Infertility from pelvic inflammatory disease; gon- orrhea or chlamydia; outbreaks of painful ulcers secondary to herpes simplex virus; and increased risk for surgery secondary to pelvic inflammatory disease and genital warts. The risk of ectopic pregnancy increases dramatically when the female patient is exposed to gon- orrhea, chlamydia and pelvic inflammatory disease. Death is a very real medical complication of the sexually trans- mired diseases secondary not only to HIV, but also pelvic inflamma- tory disease and syphilis. There is also the risk of spreading the sexu- ally transmitted diseases to new- horns. The risk of death to the newborn increases with HIV (AIDS), her- pes and syphilis. What can be done to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and end this epidemic? We believe that the primary pre- vention for adolescents is not the promotion of various medical interventions, but the behavioral objection to decrease unintended pregnancy by promoting the post- ponement of initial voluntary intercourse among never married teen-agers and pre-teen-agers. This, we feel, is the only true pri- mary preventative that we have. For those adolescents consider- ing voluntary intercourse, remem- her it is OK to say no to sexual activity. But if you choose to he sexually active, use condoms, even if another method of preg- nancy prevention (like birth con- trol pills) is being used. Make sure you choose sexual partners who are least likely to have STDs. Get to know your partner before having sex, and limit the total number of sexual partners. If you do, however, think you might have a sexually transmitted disease, early detection is para- mount. Remember, all sexually active adolescents should he con- sidered at risk. Usually, more than one STD is found concurrently. It is incumbent on the treating health care provider that routine screen- ing for high risk population be done, and that the adolescent not be lost to follow-up. Also, the importance of treating the partner should always be kept in mind and we should provide preventative education. In summary, we as health pro- fessionals, parents and partici- pants need to focus mostly on the behavioral factors that we have mentioned to decrease the risk of STDs. It is our feeling that risk reduc- tion through various medical inter- ventions has been unsuccessful to date and has been emphasized at the expense of investigating and addressing the primary problemat- ic behavior. By focusing on risk reduction through behavior modification, the epidemic of STDs can and should be stopped in its tracks before more of our future genera- tions are exposed to the horrible complications that we have described.