Health
Thursday, April 14, 2016
 
Hiester joins Nanticoke Primary Care

The Nanticoke Physician Network welcomes Melanie Hiester, MSN, FNP-C, to its active medical staff. Hiester joins Dr. Khalil Gorgui at Nanticoke Primary Care, Delmar located at 8 E. Grove St. She is a qualified, board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is accepting new patients ages newborn and up.
Hiester received her BSN from Immaculata University in Immaculata, Pa. and holds an MS in nursing with honors from the University of Delaware. She has more than 12 years of experience in direct patient care.
Hiester is a member of the Delaware Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, the Delaware Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners. She has received awards for compassion and prides herself in giving all patients her undivided attention and the utmost compassion and caring.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Nanticoke Primary Care, Delmar at 846-0618.

National Volunteer Week at Nanticoke

Nanticoke Health Services joins communities across the nation in celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 10, 16. The highlight of Volunteer Week is the Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition Banquet on Thursday, April 14 at 5 p.m. at the Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville where many of Nanticoke's volunteers will be recognized for their dedication. This year's theme is NHS Volunteers: Volunteers Giving Time, Touching Hearts. In 2015, the dedicated volunteers of Nanticoke Health Services gave over 27,500 hours of service.
To learn more about becoming a Nanticoke Health Services volunteer, visit www.nanticoke.org/volunteer or call Tina Kratz at 629-6611, ext. 4955.

Serrano recognized as OT of the Year

Getting dressed for the day, making a cup of coffee and texting a friend are simple tasks that don't require much effort or concentration - until an illness, surgery or disability gets in the way. This is when occupational therapy becomes the solution.
'Occupational therapists focus on 'doing' whatever activities are meaningful to the individual', said Nancy Bagwell, Peninsula Home Care area director of operations. 'The purpose of OT is to help people get beyond problems to the solutions that assure more independent living'.
In recognition of Occupational Therapy (OT) month, Peninsula Home Care (PHC) has selected two occupational therapists as OT of the Year - Helen Serrano of the Seaford branch and Nicole Bergstrom of the Ocean Pines (Md.) branch.
Helen Serrano joined the PHC team as an occupational therapist in January of 2015.

She brings 17 years of experience after working for eight years as an internship coordinator, clinician and college instructor and another eight years as a senior occupational therapist in London, England.
Serrano earned her bachelor of science in occupational therapy and doctor of dental medicine and was awarded 'Best Occupational Therapist' as an intern. She enjoys working with patients in their home environment and finds it fulfilling to see patients achieve goals and complete everyday tasks in their own homes.

New education materials for Zika

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has announced new Zika public education materials targeting pregnant women and their male partners.ÊUpdated information and links to educational materials can be found online at dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/zika.html.
Zika, a generally mild illness, has been linked to serious birth defects in Brazil and other countries and is most often spread by mosquitoes. Transmission can occur from a mother to her fetus. Sexual transmission from male to femaleÊhas also been confirmed. Delaware has three Zika cases caused by mosquito bites while traveling abroad, and pregnancy is not an issue. 'For the vast majority of people who may be exposed to Zika, it will not cause any serious health problems' said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.
'However, pregnant women and their male partners with a travel history to the countries with Zika should be concerned and take precautions because of the potentially very serious birth defects linked to the disease.
For an up-to-date list of CDC travel warnings, visit wwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-information. Anyone who lives or travels in the impacted areas can be infected.

Learn about new DMOST law

Delaware Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (DMOST) was signed into Delaware law last year and will begin to take effect in the coming months. Through the development of DMOST, Delawareans will be able to easily discuss and document their healthcare wishes, values, beliefs, and goals with healthcare professionals and loved ones. DMOST will improve the quality of care an individual receives at end of life; based on their wishes, healthcare professionals can discuss and develop treatment plans.
Dr. John J. Goodill, MD, FACP, FCCP, director of palliative care at Christiana Care, and a leader in End-of-Life Policy in Delaware, will provide a presentation for the community to learn and ask questions about DMOST on Monday, April 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.
RSVP Michelle August at 302-478-5707 or maugust@delawarehospice.org.