Nurse recognized nationally for work
Nanticoke Health Services is pleased to announce that Kathryn 'Kathy' Hudson, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, has been nationally recognized for nursing excellence in the field of forensic nursing at this year's International Association of Forensic Nurses Annual Conference in Denver, Colo. She is one of 20 nurses in the country to receive this special recognition.
Kathy began her career with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in November 1997 as a RN in the Emergency Department. In 2008, she became the coordinator of Nanticoke's Forensic Nurse Examiner Program. She advocates for both her patient populations and the nurses on her team and often makes personal sacrifices including covering whenever staff is short and missing family events.
'I am honored to be the recipient of this national recognition, but I couldn't do what I do without the support of my fellow nurses at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital,' Kathy notes. 'Our team supports one another like family and is dedicated to providing excellence service to every patient.'
Kathy is pursuing her masters of nursing in leadership, legal nurse consultant at Wilmington University. She is a member of several community organizations including the Representatives to Sexual Assault Network of Delaware, Delaware Coalition for Injury Prevention Assault, the Abuse Intervention Committee. She is an educator at local community colleges and provides 'Stewards of Children' (sexual assault prevention) training to local churches, schools, youth group leaders and parents.
Change in support group meetings
The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter would like to announce that the Caregiver Support Group meeting held at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, will continue to meet twice on the first Tuesday of each month, but beginning Dec. 6, the meeting times will be at 2:30 and again at 5:30 p.m.
Caregivers are encouraged to attend these meetings to help manage the stress of providing the care. The meetings are free and open to the public, and all are invited to attend.
Free women's heart screening
Peninsula Regional Medical Center's Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute is offering a free heart disease risk assessment for women on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. to noon, on board its Wagner Wellness Van at Peninsula Regional Family Medicine Laurel, 30668 Sussex Hwy., Laurel.
The comprehensive screenings include: total cholesterol, HDL and glucose tests, ankle/brachial index, resting 12-lead EKG, body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio, blood pressure testing, pulse oximetry testing, risk factor analysis, review of current medications, and follow-up care plan and exercise/nutrition recommendations.
Participants must fast for eight hours before their appointments. Call 410-543-7026 to schedule an appointment.
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer childbirth classes on Thursdays, Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet for five weeks, four weeks related to childbirth education and the fifth week will be a breastfeeding class.
The maternity education classes are designed to offer information, counseling, support, and hands-on experience to help prepare for a new family member.
They will include a tour of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Mother Baby Care Unit.
A refresher course is also available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes. The refresher class covers breathing techniques, signs, symptoms, and stages of labor, birthing options, and a tour of Nanticoke's Mother Baby Care Unit.
The cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the refresher course is $25. Mothers are encouraged to bring their partner or support person for all courses.
Advance registration is required for either class.
To register, or for more information, contact Nanticoke's Maternal Child Health clinical educator at 629-6611, ext. 2540.
Parkinson's Support Group
Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and the Manor House,
will hold a Parkinson's education and support group on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the Manor House in Seaford. This support group is free and open to the public.
Participating in education/support groups is essential for coping with an illness such as PD or other disorders that impair bodily movement. This support group is not only helpful for the individual diagnosed with PD, but also for caregivers, friends and family.
Group members welcome guest speakers on a variety of subjects related to PD and provide support to each other through other small group discussions.
Tara Trout, LPN at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, co-facilitates the group with Kathy Landis, caregiver resource coordinator at CHEER in Sussex County. For more information, contact Tara at 629-6611, ext. 3838.Stroke Support Group
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a stroke support group on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center. This support group is designed for individuals who have survived a stroke as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. Alzheimer's program
Meetings consists of guest speakers and breakaway sessions in which caregivers and stroke survivors meet in groups to discuss concerns, providing support and networking. Refreshments will be provided.
Pre-registration is not required for this free support group. For more information, call 629-6224.
Cadbury at Lewes will host 'Healthy Living for your Brain and Body,' a program presented by Jamie Magee, program coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10.
There will be an emphasis on caregiver stress and research-based recommendations for taking care of our brains and bodies in order to age as well as possible.
This program is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. For more information, contact Magee at 302-854-9788.
Annual Dementia Conference
The'Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter invites family and professional caregivers for people living with Alzheimer's or a related disorder to register for its Annual Delaware Dementia Conference, 'Sharing the Journey,' which takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center. Annual Tributes awards dinner
In addition to sponsors and vendors, family and professional caregivers will have an opportunity to meet and share their experiences while learning tips and tools from one another and Alzheimer's and dementia care experts.
Keynote speaker will be Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, M.A., therapist, dharma teacher, and award-winning author, who will present 'Joys & Sorrows: Spiritual Perspectives on Living with Alzheimer's.
There will also be several breakout sessions.
Register online at'act.alz.org/2016DEconference or call the Delaware Valley Chapter's free 24/7'Helpline, 800-272-3900. The'last day to register by mail is Nov. 8, however, online and telephone registration will be available until Nov. 11.
Nanticoke Health Services will hold its 12th Annual Tributes for Healthcare Leadership awards dinner on Friday, Nov. 11 from 6-9 p.m., at Heritage Shores Clubhouse in Bridgeville.
This year's celebration will honor Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's 65th year of service to the community. Nanticoke Memorial was dedicated on Nov. 11, 1951, in honor of those who served our country in World War II.
The Charles C. Allen, Jr. in Philanthropy Award will be presented to Kent T. Peterson of Seaford. Peterson served as a member of the Nanticoke Health Services Board of Directors and four years as chair. He has dedicated his life to the Seaford community through his philanthropic support and commitment to numerous service organizations. Most recently, Peterson and his wife served as campaign chairs for a $5 million dollar expansion project for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.
Thomas R. Mullen, DMD, of Seaford, will be inducted into The Physician Hall of Fame.
For more information and reservations, call 536-5390 or email FioriC@nanticoke.org.