Vaping Use Doubles, While Sleep Decreases Among High School Students Based on Emerson Hospital’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Vaping among youth in area public schools has doubled since 2016, according to the results of the 2018 Emerson Hospital Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the largest public school student behavior survey in Massachusetts. In the 2016 survey, 10% of students reported they had vaped. In 2018, that number doubled to 20% of students. The most common substances that youth in grades 6 through 12 report vaping are flavored nicotine and marijuana – both highly addictive substances.
Emerson Hospital Receives Achievement Awards for its Care of Stroke Patients
The American Heart Association / American Stroke Association honored Emerson Hospital recently for its excellence in treating stroke patients. Emerson earned the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and was named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll.
Dementia Education Program for the Community
Join Emerson's Care Management team for a free educational program about dementia for families and caregivers on Wednesday, November 28 from 6 – 7 p.m. at Emerson Hospital, Cheney Conference Room, 133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Concord, MA. The interactive presentation will cover the general behaviors, emotions and challenges that may be expected when a loved one has various stages of dementia, and ways to cope. For more information or to RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-287-3170.
Dr. Robin Schoenthaler, Radiation Oncologist, Honored as 2018 Physician Quality Champion
At Emerson Hospital’s annual Physician Recognition Dinner held recently, Robin Schoenthaler, MD, received the 2018 Physician Quality Champion Award. A radiation oncologist at Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital-Bethke since 1997, Dr. Schoenthaler has dedicated her career to improving the lives of her patients who have cancer.
Better Breathers Lecture on Lung Disease – November 15
Millions of people have lung disease, which can make it difficult to breathe. To help with treatment, the Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital, a support and information group for people with lung disease and their family and friends, is continuing its 2018-2019 lecture series. The next session will take place on Thursday, November 15th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Drop Off Box for Prescription Medications Now Available at Emerson Hospital
Thanks to a gift from the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital, Emerson now has a MedSafe kiosk where anyone can safely drop off their unused or expired medications any time of day or night. The box is located in the hallway of Emerson’s Emergency Department, located at 133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Concord. MedSafe safely disposes of the medications so they will not harm the environment. Dropping off unused prescriptions will help ensure a safe community. Pictured left to right: Christine Schuster, President and CEO, Emerson Hospital, Deb Van Walsum, President, Auxiliary, and Christine McLellan, Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Emerson Hospital.
Babies Born at Emerson Hospital Go Home with New Sleep Sacks
Beginning this month and to commemorate October’s SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Awareness month, babies born at Emerson Hospital will be going home with new sleep sacks. The sleep sacks are a gift from the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital to help provide a safe and comfortable sleeping experience. Sleep sacks have been proven to be safe for sleeping babies and reduce hip dysplasia in infants, a condition where the baby’s hip joint is dislocated, which can result in a limp and pain during movement.
Dr. Barrett Kitch, MD, MPH Named Chief Medical Officer and Senior VP Of Clinical Affairs
Barrett Kitch, MD, MPH, was named Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Emerson Hospital. In this role, Dr. Kitch is responsible for the oversight and functions of Emerson’s Departments of Quality and Patient Safety, Care Management and Adult and Pediatric Hospitalist Services, effective immediately. In addition, Emerson’s medical and surgical Department Chairs and Service Chiefs report to Dr. Kitch.
Emerson Hospital Announces Devastating Impacts of Ballot Question 1
Emerson Hospital has announced the negative impacts mandated nurse staffing ratios would have on its viability and capability to provide safe, quality care to patients across the region. Slated to be Question 1 on the ballot this November, these rigid staffing ratios will devastate community hospitals across Massachusetts, according to an independent study by MassInsight and BW Research Partners.
Free Workshop about Autism Spectrum - October 23
Has a loved one been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)? Are you a teacher or caregiver of a child with ASD? Join members of Emerson Hospital’s Rehabilitative team on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. for “Collaborative Therapeutic Approaches for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum."