Doctor's Perspective Bullying is never okay
By Dr. Anthony Policastro
As a country we tend to agree that bullying is a bad thing. We also know that bullying has taken new forms in recent years. Thus the term cyberbullying was born.
Cyberbullying is nothing more than a form of verbal bullying. The definition of verbal bullying is the use of words to gain power over others. It usually takes the form of insults. The insults may belittle the other person and make fun of another person's looks. Unfortunately, verbal bullying is not confined to the classroom and it has been around for a long time.
A good example took place in the McCarthy era. Joe McCarthy was a verbal bully extraordinaire. Anyone who stood up to him was branded a communist. In some cases that branding was based upon the flimsiest of facts. In other cases, it was based upon no facts at all.
It actually led to the coining of a word: McCarthyism. This word is now defined as making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence.
Fortunately, McCarthy was ultimately recognized for the bully he was. Unfortunately, a lot of people were hurt in the process. In some cases lives were ruined.
Sometimes we allow verbal bullies to get away with their behavior. It might be because people are afraid of them or people have some kind of respect for the way that they behave. However, one thing is clear. There are many of them around us.
Some of them run for political office. Anyone who stands up to them becomes an object of their bullying techniques. The individual might be told he/she is dumb, ugly or insignificant.
These verbal bullies are not hard to identify. It is important for the public to do so. The only way to stop a bully is to stand up to the bully. As long as people continue supporting an individual like this, the bullying will continue.
The question then becomes whether it is the fault of the bully or his supporters that his behavior continues.
It is important for each of us to stand up to bullies. We need to identify those individuals. We need to make sure that their behavior is not supported.
Joe McCarthy thrived for a period of time because of the supporters that he did have. We need to make sure as a nation opposed to bullies that we take steps to let the verbal bullies know that their behavior is not acceptable.
Grief Support Group
Delaware Hospice is offering a six week grief support group, Grief 101: Healing After the Death of a Loved One, for individuals who have lost a loved one. The group offers an opportunity to share and talk to others who are on a similar grief journey. Education is provided on various topics including coping methods.
The group will meet on Mondays from 5-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 14-Oct. 26. The group will not meet on Oct. 12.
To register or learn about other support groups at Delaware Hospice, contact Bereavement Counselor, Midge DiNatale, BA, GC-C at 856-7717 ext. 4120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Better Breathers Club
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a Better Breathers Club on the third Monday of each month from 2-3 p.m. This free support group is open to anyone affected by a chronic lung disease including relatives and caregivers. The group's first meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 21, in the Medical Staff Conference Room.
Backed by the American Lung Association, the club offers a venue for participants to learn from featured speakers and educational materials, socialize with others affected by a chronic lung disease, and practice skills that will help them better manage their condition and improve their quality of life. Refreshments will be provided and registration is required.
For more information and to register, call 3629-6611, ext. 1010.
Annual Nanticoke benefit golf tournament set for Sept. 17-18
On Thursday, Sept. 17 and Friday, Sept. 18 over 200 golfers will take to the course at Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville to show their support for The Campaign for Nanticoke - Emergency Department.
This project will enable Nanticoke Health Services to serve patients faster and more efficiently, and accommodate anticipated growth in patient volume in the immediate future. Pink golf ball shaped signs, which are placed throughout the course, are available for a donation of $25 to honor, memorialize or celebrate a loved one.
To learn more, visit www.nanticoke.org/golf, call the Nanticoke Health Services Foundation at 536-5393, or email FioriC@nanticoke.org. Basket Bingo
The Employee Activity Committee (EAC) of Nanticoke Health Services will hold a Longaberger Basket Bingo at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Seaford Moose Lodge, Rt. 13A, Seaford.
The filled basket bingo will consist of 20 games and feature several Longaberger baskets as prizes. Advance tickets are $20 per person, $25 at the door. Advance ticket includes a chance to win the Longaberger Hamper basket and Longaberger Wine & Cheese basket. Nearly 30 chances to win.
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness month attendees wearing pink will receive a ticket for an exclusive drawing. Refreshments will be available. For ticket information, contact the EAC at 629-6611, ext. 8944 or MorrisR@nanticoke.org.
Stroke Support Group
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital holds stroke support groups on the third Tuesday of each month at Seaford Library & Cultural Center from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The meetings include guest speakers and breakaway sessions in which caregivers, stroke survivors, families and friends meet in groups to discuss concerns, providing support and networking. Refreshments are provided.
Modeled from the American Stroke Association, this support group provides education, community resources, and emotional support to those who have been affected by this life-altering event.
Pre-registration is not required for this free support group. For more information, call 629-6224.
Kulmaczewski named COO
Lilia Kulmaczewski, RN, MHHA, CPHQ, has been promoted to the position of Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Nanticoke Health Services.
Kulmaczewski began her career at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in 2010. She has over 30 years of experience in quality and risk management. Kulmaczewski earned her diploma in nursing from Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. She is certified in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and specializes in quality improvement.
Kulmaczewski is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS), the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
BBD offers new blood system
The Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) has announced the production of pathogen reduced platelets. BBD was the first blood center to sign an agreement with Cerus Corporation following the FDA approval received for the INTERCEPT Blood System for platelets and plasma in December 2014. BBD provides blood transfusion products and services to hospitals and patients in the Delmarva region which includes the State of Delaware, Maryland, as well as portions of the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. BBD supplies approximately 13,000 platelet and 21,000 plasma units per year.
The INTERCEPT Blood System is designed to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections by inactivating a broad range of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and parasites that may be present in donated blood.
The INTERCEPT Blood System aligns with BBD's mission of providing safe and effective blood products that best serve the local hospital and patient community.
Rehoboth Beach ALS Walk
Friends, neighbors, acquaintances and supporters of Lou Gehrig's Disease are invited to walk with Don's Angels on Sunday, Sept. 12 in the Rehoboth Beach ALS Walk which begins at 9:30 a.m.
Don's Angels walk to raise money for a cure in memory of St. Paul's UMC former pastor, Don Murray.
The group, which will meet for registration at the Rehoboth Bandstand at 8 a.m., will be wearing orange shirts with the team name, Don's Angels.
For more information, contact Betty at 875-2713 or Kelly at 752-7032. If you are unable to walk but would like to make a donation call Betty or Kelly.