Thursday, January 01, 2015
Doctor's Perspective
Do not leave things unfinished from '14

By Dr. Anthony Policastro
The New Year is upon us. People are making resolutions and planning to do things differently. There is a tendency to forget about the old year. Things were done wrong in the old year and the plan is to not repeat those things. This may not be the correct approach. Some of the things done wrong might involve inanimate objects. Maybe you gained too much weight or you have some habits that should be stopped. Unfortunately, some of those things done wrong also involve people. Maybe you treated someone rudely or you had an argument with someone. Maybe you stopped talking to a relative. It might be a good thing to not repeat that behavior in the new year. However, it makes more sense to look backward instead of forward. The end of the year provides a chance to correct some of those things. Perhaps there is a chance to apologize to the person who was treated rudely. Maybe there is a chance to make up with the person you had the argument with. Perhaps there is a chance to approach the relative you are no longer speaking to. The interesting thing is that in most cases, what started the disagreement in the first place is usually something silly. Someone needs to admit that the relationship is more important. It is important for one person to take that step and it might as well be you. The bottom line is we do not have a lot of new years to look forward to. We need to make sure that we do not leave things from the old year unfixed. As you think about what the new year is going to mean, spend some time thinking about what the old year meant. There is still time to make the old year better.

Diabetes education program At Nanticoke Memorial Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes education program on Jan. 7, 14, 23 and 30, from 5-7 p.m. at the hospital. Registration is required and the cost of the program may be reimbursable by insurance. This four-session program includes weekly education sessions and individualized meal planning for diabetes self-management. The goal is to give you the self-management skills to control your diabetes. Family members/significant others are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required prior to attending classes. To register and to obtain more information, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.

Dr. Fan is president of Medical Society of Delaware Nancy Fan, M.D, an obstetrician/gynecologist who practices at Women to Women OB/GYN in Wilmington and is on the staff of Saint Francis Healthcare, was re-elected to lead the Medical Society of Delaware for the 2014-2015, at the group's recent annual meeting. Dr. Fan is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Penn. She completed her residency in obstetrics/gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Other officers who will serve for the coming year include: Dorothy Moore, M.D., president-elect; Prayus T. Taylor, M.D., vice president; Harry A Lehman, III, M.D., secretary; Randeep S. Kahlon, M.D., treasurer; and Leo W. Raisis, M.D., speaker of the council. The Medical Society also presented awards to members who graduated from medical school 50 years ago.

Nantivokr Program Certified Nanticoke Memorial Hospital announces the certification of its Pulmonary Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Nanticoke Memorial Hospital was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. This success is due to great teamwork by physicians from Nanticoke Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine led by Dr. Muhammad Athar, Pulmonary Rehabilitation specialist Angela Howard, RRT, and a multidisciplinary team of specialists including a dietician, pharmacist and nurses. AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

National Home Care Month Peninsula Home Care in Salisbury received a proclamation from Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton in recognition of National Home Care Month. The proclamation encourages the support and participation of all citizens in learning more about the home care and hospice concepts of care for the elderly, disabled and infirm. Mayor Ireton proclaimed November, 2014 in the city of Salisbury as National Home Care Month.