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These are topics presently considered for "Forums" for the 2013- 2014 Program Year. Please send us your suggestions: plhealth.or(at)gmail.com]
- Back Pain Management/Rehab (October 22, 2013)
- Update on Medicare & Affordable Care Act (Nov 16, 2013)
- TeleStroke Protocols & Rehab (March 2014, stay tuned)
- Dementia & Early Intervention (Spring 2014, stay tuned)
- Electronic Patient Records (Spring or Fall 2014)
- Elder Health Care Laws
- Alternatives to Aging at Home

COMMITTEE FLYER (First in Slide Show)

NEXT FORUM: Pre-Diabetes & Diabetes Control & Prevention, February 28, 2013, 1:30 at Beach Club
| Announcement (Flyer)


Wellness for Port Ludlow:
What has been accomplished? and Quo Vadis?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Tom Stone 
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:59 AM
Subject: Wellness awareness invitation

This e-mail is addressed to the members of the Port Ludlow Village Council Wellness Committee,
the current Directors of the Village Council and blind copied to the more than fifty Port Ludlow 
Health Advocates that have told us to not use their e-mail address except in Bcc mode but to please 
keep them informed.

As you will read, this e-mail is an invitation to attend two important Wellness related meetings.

Dear Port Ludlow Health & Wellness Advocate:

    The Port Ludlow Village Council chartered a group of individuals a year ago to assist local residents 
in accessing information about relevant personal health care choices. This group is the Village Council’s 
Wellness Committee. We have been busy in the last year and we think we have been successful, but 
we need community feedback to see what kind of changes we should make to our present activities.  
What we do is fully dependent on volunteers, their interests and their willingness to participate. A wide 
range of different tasks wait for individuals to choose from who not only want to "give back" and contribute 
to the community but who also like to learn and engage in personally rewarding activities.

    At our Wednesday June 13 afternoon (5pm) meeting, we will briefly highlight what we have accomplished 
since our first organization meeting in April 2011 and start discussions on what we should strive to accomplish 
in the next year. Your inputs are essential and appreciated. We hope that you will attend.

We will briefly go over our three main efforts which are:

(1) Our Health and Wellness Education Forums (plhealth.org/forums);

(2) Our sponsored support groups (plhealth.org/groups); and          

(3) A Wellness Education Resource Center (plhealth.org/resourcecenter) 

 We will discuss what the ever-changing wellness needs in Port Ludlow might be, and what we should focus on in 
2012-2013, and then outline a plan of action. 

Warm regards,

Tom Stone, Chair
PLVC Wellness Committee

 P.S.: For your calendar:

           June 6, 6pm (Bay Club).: the last of our 2011-12 health forums. 
              Title: Age in Place with a Senior-Friendly Home Remodel
               Details & Resources: See attached flyer 

           June 13, 5pm: (Beach Club) First Anniversary Review & Plans with Group of Port Ludlow's 
	Health & Wellness Advocates

 




Next & Final Forum for the Year 2011 - 2012:

(Please make suggestions for the coming year!)

Resources for Preparations for and Follow-UP from the Forum can be found here (in right col.) [Click!]

Thank you, Angela Gregory, for the exquisite Forum Flyers for the Year 2011 - 2012!





Port Townsend Leader 04/18/2012, Page A15 (reprinted with permission)

Hospital CEOs share finances, future in Ludlow

By Allison Arthur of the Leader

Jefferson Healthcare has already connected to Swedish Health Services in order to save money and add depth to its small public hospital system that serves Jefferson County. Now, Harrison Medical Center in Kitsap County, which also serves Jefferson County, is looking at affiliating with a larger organization.
Financial survival is the bottom line for both healthcare systems, Jefferson Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Mike Glenn and Harrison Medical Center CEO Scott Bosch told a crowd of some 80 people who turned out April 11 at the Beach Club in Port Ludlow. Their talk was sponsored by Port Ludlow Wellness Forums.
“Economically, health care can be a challenge,” Glenn said.
In 2011, Jefferson Healthcare had only 50 days cash on hand and Glenn admitted he was concerned about it, so much so that he launched a cost-cutting and revenue-enhancement effort that in 2012 has put the hospital in the position of having 90 days cash on hand.
“Our feeling is that we’re going to get to 100 days (cash on hand), which would give us the financial viability, which will make sure our independence and autonomy will be preserved and we will meet the needs of the community,” Glenn said.
Glenn wanted to clarify that an affiliation with Swedish, which subsequently aligned itself with another larger system, Providence Health & Services, was not about handing over control of Jefferson County’s public hospital district to either Seattle multi-facility system.
“It is far from an asset deal where Swedish gave us money in return for some authority,” Glenn said. “We are very committed to not doing that.”
That said, Glenn acknowledged that Jefferson Healthcare started working on its “financial safety net” because if it hadn’t, it might have been pushed to partner with some organization financially.
“We continue to focus on growth,” Glenn said. “We are busier in 2012 than we are in 2011. We’re working hard to maintain that growth continues and the primary reason is to make sure we are financial viable.”
“Jefferson Healthcare continues to maintain 100 percent autonomy, 100 percent local ownership, 100 percent governance,” he said.

Port Ludlow clinic
Since he took the helm in October 2010, Glenn has been working to bring more doctors and clinics, including the clinic in Port Ludlow, under the Jefferson Healthcare “family” of providers. Glenn also talked about new services, from physical therapy to orthopedics to oncology that have been added.
Throughout his presentation, Glenn sprinkled in numbers, noting that the affiliation with Swedish will save Jefferson Healthcare by giving it buying power and saving money and also saving some $20,000 to $25,000 for every physician recruited through its system.

The CEOs with Peggy Schafran
Port Ludlow resident and member of the Wellness Committee
And a major issue for Jefferson has been electronic medical records (EMR). Glenn said earlier this month that Jefferson will be getting a new system that Providence is using, not the one Swedish is using.
“ The folks who regulate and pay for the care that we provide are prodding us and using a carrot that if we increase the effectiveness of our electronic medical records they’ll pay us a little more,” said Glenn. “But that carrot soon turns into a stick and if we don’t have new highly functionally medical records we could get paid less,” Glenn said of the financial incentives for moving to a new EMR system.

Financial future
CEO Scott Bosch acknowledged that Harrison is a far larger system than Jefferson Healthcare, but that he has many of the same concerns about its financial future.
“Our economic impact and Jefferson Healthcare’s economic impact are important to the community,” Bosch said. While Jefferson Healthcare is the county’s largest public employer, Harrison is Kitsap County’s largest non-governmental employer, he said, noting the U.S. Navy is that county’s biggest economic driver.
“We have 2,400 people in our system,” Bosch said.
Jefferson County has a population of 29,000 people; Kitsap County has a population of 250,000.
Harrison is operated as a nonprofit facility governed by a 16-person private board. That board recently decided to start looking at affiliation options. The board is now reviewing 1,400 pages of proposals against 15 different criteria and has not eliminated any option at this point, Bosch said.
Because both health-care providers are important to their respective communities, “We both get nervous when the federal government starts messing with Medicare and the state starts messing with Medicaid,” Bosch said, alluding to state financial woes and the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on the future of President Obama’s health-care proposal.

Competition in Ludlow
While the two CEOs have a lot in common when it comes to government rules, there has been an undercurrent of talk about how the two health-care providers compete, especially for Port Ludlow patients, who are a 25-mile drive to Harrison Medical Center’s Silverdale clinic and a 17-mile-drive to Jefferson Healthcare Hospital in Port Townsend.
“Our intent is not to compete with Jefferson Healthcare per se,” Bosch said. “Our role is referral center. We stand by to take patients when the local system doesn’t have the capability.”
As an example, he said, Jefferson Healthcare doesn’t do open-heart surgery and Harrison does.
“We work collaboratively,” Bosch said. “We always try to send people back to their primary care providers. We’re not out there to swoop and scoop people to keep them in our system. We’re going to put them back into your system.”
That said, Bosch said, “ There are overlaps when we do tend to compete.”
An example of that appears to be in orthopedic care. Jefferson Healthcare just merged and absorbed two orthopedic practices under its umbrella; Harrison is planning a 25-bed orthopedic unit in Silverdale that would be open at the end of 2013.
“ What we’re competing with is new centers in Swedish,” Bosch said of how Harrison believes it is competing for patients with a Seattle hospital.
Still, like Jefferson, there are services Harrison is too small to provide. Harrison doesn’t care for small babies, doesn’t do transplants, doesn’t deal with burn victims and doesn’t do neurosurgery, for example.

Financial viability
Like Jefferson, Harrison is working to have funds on hand to keep it financially strong. Bosch said Harrison has 170 days cash on hand and is considered A-rated financially.
All of the discussion about the business and economy of health care led Bosch and several in the audience to ponder preventive care.
“ Hospitals and doctors and pharmacists get paid by the more they do,” acknowledged Bosch. “Is that the right thing?” asked Bosch. “Some times it is and sometimes it isn’t. But it doesn’t start to pay for prevention.”
Bosch also was asked about being dinged by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for violating the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) that involved care of a couple injured in a crash.
Bosch said the hospital has never turned away anyone and he disagreed with the finding that upheld a Seattle woman’s claim that she wasn’t properly treated in emergency.
Bosch said the hospital provided a correction plan that was accepted in two days and he noted the hospital had treated thousands of patients and had not had such complaints, which are rare.
“ It’s an embarrassment and I’m angry about it,” Bosch said, adding that, “ The trouble about it is there’s a lot more than meets the eye. We disagree with the findings. The records are sealed.”

EMS in Port Ludlow
During a question-andanswer portion of the meeting, Glenn said he was aware of concerns people were having about Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue’s budget issues and how it might affect emergency medical services.
“We recognize high-quality EMS service is critical” to care, Glenn said, adding that, “We would step into a discussion if asked and if we felt that the system was in jeopardy.”



----- Original Message ----- 
Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2012 11:15 PM
Subject: 1st Anniversary of PLVC Wellness Committee!

Dear Health Advocate in Port Ludlow:
 
    The PLVC Wellness Committee wants to remind you of the special Forum this coming Wednesday (April 11) at 10 a.m. 
at the Beach Club. Both Harrison Medical Center and Jefferson Healthcare are sending their Chief Executive to Port Ludlow. 
You may have already signed up for it, but if not, and you would like to attend, please call Peggy Schafran at 437.9935, 
since space will be limited. Scott Bosch and Mike Glenn will tell us about their own facility plans for the future, their alliances 
with Seattle hospitals as well as about national and state healthcare issues as they may affect our region. 
There also will be ample time for Q & A.
 
    A full year has passed, since many of us met at various Port Ludlow meetings dealing with Wellness issues. 
Your input guided our activities during the year: we had forums on Fall Prevention, Care-giving & Home Care, and Palliative & 
Hospice Care and will have another one June 6th (6-8, Bay Club) on Home Modification for the Elderly who are "aging in place". 
In addition, we have started to facilitate Support & Study Groups for a variety of health issues and have begun to develop and 
implement the concept of a local "Health & Wellness Education Resource Center." These initiatives and activities are accessible 
on www.plhealth.org .  
 
    We should soon prepare our second year. Tom Stone, our Chair (who is out-of-town for a month) has indicated that 
he will invite your feedback (re. the first year's activities) and suggestions for the coming year.  Of course, we would also 
like to find out whether you would like to pursue any of your specific health related interests within, or connected to, our 
(Wellness for PortLudlow) group. 
 
Warm regards, 
Gunter Krumme, Communication Guy
on behalf of Tom Stone, Chair
Port Ludlow Wellness Committee




The PLVC Wellness Committee will be represented at the Fair.
Visit us at Booth #2, inspect our materials and tell us
which health or wellness topics you would like us to get involved with....




Coffee with Hospital CEOs of Harrison & Jefferson

Do you know everything you want to know about the kind and quality of health care offered in Port Townsend, Silverdale or Bremerton? Are you "intrigued" by the new alliances hospitals on the Peninsulas have formed with providers across the Sound, and are you wondering what the benefits and downsides of such alliances may be for us in Port Ludlow? Is there a chance that the almost year-old clinic in Port Ludlow will soon include specialty services?

These and other questions about health care financing and reform, organizational changes within and between hospitals, and updates about service improvements, expansions or other strategic adjustments will be part of the fourth Forum of the Port Ludlow Wellness Committee. Residents are invited for a "Coffee with the CEOs" of Harrison Medical Center, Scott Bosch, and Jefferson Healthcare, Mike Glenn, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Beach Club.

In addition to running their own respective hospitals, both CEOs have been concerned with health care issues at regional and national levels. Scott Bosch is presently the Chair and Mike Glenn a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Washington State Hospital Association which “advocates on behalf of and supports its members in achieving their missions and improving the health of their communities.” Its “Vision Statement” reads: “Washington’s hospitals and health systems effectively collaborate to be national leaders ensuring access to safe, high quality, cost-effective health care.” (www.wsha.org)

Come with your questions, comments and suggestions! Pertinent preparatory information can be found on the Wellness Committee's web site (www.plhealth.org) under “Events”, “Forums”, “Local Health News” and “Providers" (Hospitals). Here you also find media articles about the two hospitals' plans as well as accounts of the two CEOs' previous visits to Port Ludlow.

This event is free, but please sign-up at the Bay or Beach Club or by calling the Organizer & Contact: Peggy Schafran (Tel: 437.9935) PLEASE CARPOOL!






PLVC Wellness Committee Announcements
and Releases to Local and Regional Media



PLVC WELLNESS COMMITTEE (10 Dec 2012):
NEW WEIGHT LOSS GROUPS FORMING


By Kathleen Traci, PLVC Wellness Committee Support Group Coordinator

Two weight loss support groups sponsored by the PLVC Wellness Committee are currently meeting in Port Ludlow. Each of these “We Are Losing It” (WALI) weight loss support groups has a maximum of 10 members and meets twice a month at the Bay Club or the Beach Club. To date, members have supported each other to live healthier lives by improving their eating habits and increasing their activity levels. Losing weight is a bi-product of this two pronged approach and no specific diet plans are advocated. However, many members find the use of the My Fitness Pal website (www.myfitnesspal.com) very helpful for tracking food/water intake and exercise. Free materials, including an exercise CD, are available from the National Institute on Aging as part of their Go4Life Campaign to encourage citizens aged 50+ to exercise (http://go4life.niapublications.org/).

If there is enough interest, a third WALI weight loss group will start meeting during the latter part of January. Annual dues for meeting prizes are $24 ($2 per month). The meeting time for this new support group is 4 PM on the first and third Monday of the month. The group will not have a leader and will be self managed. The meeting primarily consists of opportunities for members to share tips for healthy living. If you are interested, please contact Kathy Traci at tracipkt@aol.com or 360-437-7874 or 360-301-5378.




PASSAGES IN CARE GIVING
Report from Dec. 8th Conference in Bremerton
By Kathleen Traci, PLVC Support Group Coordinator

December 10, 2012

At a recent Care Giver’s Support Group Conference, the keynote address was delivered by “Passages” author Gail Sheehy. Sheehy has written a new book entitled “Passages in Caregiving” that it is based on her own experience caring for her husband through 4 battles with cancer. Sheehy wrote this book because she is concerned that adults caught in the sandwich generation, between ailing parents and still needy children, are not taking care of their health due to their care giving responsibilities.

She advocates that families form a “circle of care” to share care giving responsibilities. This group should be formed before there is a crisis. Family reunions and holiday gatherings are a good time to talk and plan for the future. Older family members should be encouraged to share their wishes for their future care and passing. For instance, who do they want in the room with them in their final hours? Do they want music playing? If yes, what kind of music?

Gail compares the world of the caregiver to that of the Labyrinth. It is not a maze, but a circular path with a true path to the center, but you, the caregiver, don’t know where you are going, nor do you know how long it will take to reach the center. Turning 1 of this passage is “Shock and Mobilization”. If you have already formed a care plan based on the wishes of your loved one and you have found a doctor who can act as a trusted quarterback to guide your care team to implement the plan, your mobilization is facilitated. If the doctor does not value the primary caregiver as an important member of the team, it is necessary to find another doctor.

Turning 2 is the “New Normal”. This means there will be some changes in the caregiver’s life and a new living pattern will emerge based on the care plan. The cycle of hyper-vigilance keeps the stress hormones cycling in the caregiver’s system. The care giver must find a way to delegate and share responsibilities with other members of the care circle. Caregivers need to have a “happy hour” in which they do something pleasurable, just for themselves – take a walk, debrief over coffee with another caregiver, or watch a humorous comedy.

Sheehy calls Turning 3 the “Boomerang” when new health challenges surface. During this stage it is important that the caregiver encourages the loved one to continue to pursue activities that re-generate them. After a cancer hiatus, Sheehy encouraged her husband to nurture young writers even though it meant picking up and moving from New York to Berkeley, CA. With this positive mind/body approach, her husband had 10 good years teaching at the University of CA before a cancer re-occurrence.

Turning 4 Sheehy entitles “Playing God”. Treatment backfires or something goes wrong, leading to caregiver guilt. Sheehy recommends being a fearless caregiver who continues to advocate for their loved one. Viewing care giving as an opportunity and a privilege sustains the caregiver in this endeavor. Sheehy recommends that caregivers end each day by writing down three things that went well that day and what they did to make them go well.

Sheehy calls the Fifth Turning the “I Can’t Do This Anymore” stage. That’s when the caregiver needs to call the Area Agency on Aging to receive counseling. By calling together the care circle members and a facilitator, difficult decisions can be made that will relieve the burden on the primary caregiver. Turning 6 is the “Coming Back” stage when the caregiver has reached the center of the Labyrinth, frees themselves from guilt and begins to return to his/her own life - reconnecting with friends and pursuing their own life dreams. This stage is followed by Turning 7, “The In-between stage” and Turning 8, “The Long Goodbye”. Sheehy recommends strategies for coping with each stage.

Sheehy reminded the attendees of the Caregivers conference that they are not alone. 61 million other Americans are performing in this compassionate role. The unpaid contribution to the economy has increased by $85 billion from 2007 to 2009 when it was $450 billion.

In discussing the Seventh Turning, Sheehy was very passionate about the need for palliative care when the loved one enters the cycle of slow dying. This type of care focuses on giving the patient and the caregiver the best quality of life. Hospice care is only covered by Medicare during the last six months of life. Sheehy recommends that during Palliative Care, 911 should not be called and a sign should be up in the home - DO NOT CALL 911. This is because going to the hospital just makes the patient sicker. During Palliative Care, the patient can be on antibiotics. These are not given to the patient in Hospice Care. Later the patient might need to go to Hospice with home health aides and 24/7 care. During the Q and A session, Sheehy shared that praying helped her a lot and allowed her to turn over her burden each night to God, allowing her to sleep. She also advised caregivers to, “Hold on to this present moment as the best thing you have”.




Wellness Forum – How to Survive as a Family Caregiver

The Port Ludlow Village Council Wellness Committee will hold its second wellness educational forum on Wednesday, January 11, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Bay Club.

We will discuss the challenges of caring for an elderly family member who wants to remain at home but needs help with day-to-day activities to do so. We will discuss the impact of caregiving on the family caregiver and options for relieving some of the stress that goes with the job.

We will have three speakers: Sandy and Tom Boughner, owners of Home Instead Senior Care, and Heaven Gregg, Information & Assistance Specialist with the Olympic Area Agency on Aging. Please RSVP to Tom Boughner at 437-9884 or Peggy Schafran at 437-9935.




Navigate your Wellness Interests and Health Concerns!
Gunter Krumme and Ursel Krumme, RN, MA
November 9, 2011

Last month, we discussed the benefits of a "Personal Health Record" (November Voice, p. 10). Now we hope that readers will be interested in exploring their own health issues on the Internet. To that end, Port Ludlow has now another new Website, www.plhealth.org, this one dedicated to our wellness interests and health concerns. This progressing volunteer project is part of the wellness initiative of PLVC. The sources accessible through this new site are a unique mix of local and long-distance health and health care information. Our links focus on evidence-based, reliable health resources from major Government institutions, universities and other credible organizations; of course, we can't vouch for any particular source, nor do we ever recommend any specific health behaviors or treatment options. PLHealth's motto is: "Patient, educate thyself, learn to understand what your physician is trying to tell you and prepare thyself for a 'shared decision'!"

As you visit PLHealth.org for the first time, you will come across its major navigational aids on every page:

(1) Underneath the page title, there is a horizontal Navigation Bar which points to the major categories of this site's content, including the pages for the Committee's three tracks: "Health Forums", "Support Groups", and the "Resource Center".

(2) The "Search Box" at the top of the right-hand column (see Figure) contains the remaining major navigational aids: a Google Search Engine which searches the plhealth.org site only; a "Drop-Down" menu which identifies all plhealth.org pages; an A-Z index which presents an alphabetical list of linked key words; "Site maps" which guide your search graphically (hierarchically and, at times, hypertextually) and finally, a traditional "Table of Contents" which helps you understand the (linear) organization of topics.

This initially useful navigational redundancy will likely be reduced over time as we learn more about our visitors' search and browsing habits. The same applies to the selection of site content which will be subject of brief future articles and, hopefully, part of your feedback. What would you like to see on this website to become a better informed consumer of health care?


October 10, 2011
There will be no Wellness Committee Report as such this month. I hope this piece fits your needs and requirements (setting the stage for short education pieces from the Wellness Resouce Center in the future)
Ursel
PLVC Wellness Resource Center
www.plhealth.org


Maintaining Your Own Health Records?

by Ursel Krumme, RN, MA, Wellness Resource Center

Many of us have found out the hard way that we can't assume that our medical providers are part of an efficient, well-connected health care "system". All too often, we have to prod the system along and make sure that our busy provider actually sends the records, as promised, to the next specialist before we meet. In addition, we want to secure our own copies of the lab results and appointment summaries, since we may need them for future providers, visits to the ER or an urgent care clinic, or for second opinions, to say nothing about our own need to be fully informed.

The law in Washington for “Medical Records - Health Care Information Access“ since 1993 (RCW 70.02.080), says we have the right to receive copies of our personal health record upon a written request within fifteen working days (www.plhealth.org/cp.html). Now, it should just be a matter of being diligent and overcoming our natural hesitation to request and then insist on actually receiving copies of reports such as:

- blood and urinalysis results
- imaging reports (including discs): CT, MRI, ultrasound scans
- biopsy findings
- procedure/Operating Room reports
- discharge summaries from Hospital/Skilled Nursing Facility

This may be a labor-intensive process as diagnostic centers or clinics may have moved, closed or been re-organized or renamed. Providers will require you to complete a “Permission to Release Health Information Form“ and possibly charge for the copies. The reports can then be placed into a 3-hole binder with dividers organized around your health problems such as gastro-intestinal, heart, diabetes, gout, joint replacement etc. You can also now easily identify trends in your health status improvement by graphing findings over time (a service already provided by Group Health as part of members' online access to their records).

As you are organizing your personal health binder, consider also completing the Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue’s “File of Life Medical Information Cards”, a magnetic form to place on your refrigerator -- which EMT’s look for when responding to “911” calls -- and a version for your wallet. It asks you to check all existing conditions and allergies, current medications, and location of advance directives.

A very helpful video related to Personal Health Records (Lecture by UW Prof James Ralston) can be found here! or, directly, here!

[Published in PL Voice, November 2011, p.10]





Report from the Wellness Committee and its Different Tracks, September 9, 2011

WELLNESS COMMITTEE IN ACTION

INTRODUCTION: The three initiatives of the PLVC Wellness Committee can be considered a response to changes in the American health care system. We all have experienced some of the results of healthcare providers' attempts to control costs; think e.g. of the few minutes we have at a doctor's appointment to receive all the needed information for increasingly complex treatment regimes. We are also observing pervasive information technologies enter the relationships with our doctors and wonder whether all this helps to improve our health outcomes. One thing seems clear: we need to be better informed and learn to use all the new information effectively! The Wellness Committee tries to assist in these tasks with three initiatives: provide Health and Wellness Forums "with the experts", create an accessible pool of credible health and wellness information, both on paper and screen and, last but not least, encourage and help facilitate exchanges within groups of residents with similar health conditions or wellness interests.


EDUCATION FORUMS (Tom Boughner & Peggy Schafran [who replaces Annette Isaksen]): The so-called “continuum of care” available to us today far exceeds the options we had a generation ago. Navigating those options and finding the right ones for you can be daunting, especially when decisions must be made in a crisis. To help demystify the choices, we will hold a series of educational forums alternating between the Beach Club and the Bay Club on topics related to wellness resources. The first Health Forum will take place on October 12, 6 pm in the Beach Club. Dr. Michael Haberpointner from Active Life Physical Therapy, will be presenting a program on "Balance and Fall Prevention." For information regarding Dr. Haberpointner, please see Barbara Berthiaume's interview in this Voice issue.

Additional forums will be scheduled about every two to three months. The second forum will be after the holidays, on January 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm at the Bay Club. Stay tuned for more details in the Voice as we get closer.


EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER (by Ursel Krumme RN MA):
In 2007, a new section (.033)was added by the legislature to Chapter 41.05 RCW(Revised Code of Washington) with the intent “to increase the extent to which patients make genuinely informed, preference-based treatment decisions…… by recognition of shared decision making and patient decision aids in the state’s laws on informed consent” (the forms you are given to sign prior to any procedure/ treatment option scheduled by your provider!) Our Education Resource Center has begun compiling reference materials for Patient Decision Aids for high priority health/wellness conditions, e.g., heart, stroke and diabetes, which nicely exemplify this legislation. As used in the RCW 7.70.060 section “Shared Decision Making,” patient decision aid “means a written, audio-visual, or online tool that provides a balanced presentation of the condition and treatment options, benefits, and harms…” [plhealth.org/infomodels.html#decisions]

These new Notebooks (Volume II) will be available for review before and after our 1st Health Forum October 12th at 6:00 PM at the Beach Club. Please come and tell us if they would help you become more knowledgeable about your health-wellness conditions so as to make better informed treatment decisions! Most references can also be found under the “Information by Selected Health Topics” section of our Wellness Resource Education Center website at www.plhealth.org/online.html#info. Copies of selected community pamphlets currently in our Wellness Resource Notebook (Volume I) in the Beach and Bay Clubs will also be available for pick-up at the Forum. We look forward to see you October 12th!


WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUPS: (By Kathleen Traci)

CAREGIVERS: After speaking with several caregivers, it was decided that due to their home/job schedules, meeting on a regular basis might not be the best way to meet their current needs for support. Instead they would like to be made aware of special forums and area events that would give them needed information to facilitate their work as caregivers. The following is a great opportunity to connect with other caregivers while meeting these information needs.

The Jefferson County Caregiver Coalition is presenting a free caregiver conference entitled “A Time For You” on October 1st, 2011 at 8:45 AM – 3:30 PM at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship located at 2333 San Juan Avenue in Port Townsend.

The keynote speaker will be Liz Taylor, founder and principal of Aging Well Consortium. She is also an award winning journalist, speaker, consumer educator and pioneer of a host of aging issues. Her focus will be: “Caring for the Caregiver is Job #1”. This event is sponsored by Jefferson Healthcare Home and Community Services and the Olympic Area Agency on Aging Information and Assistance.

Morning beverages with snacks and lunch will be provided. For more information or to pre-register call 360-385-2552 or e-mail gregghm@dshs.wa.gov. Seating is limited. If anyone is interested in carpooling to this event from Port Ludlow, please contact, Kathy Traci (360-437-7874) or tracipkt@aol.com.


WEIGH LOSS SUPPORT GROUP: A successful weight loss support group has been meeting at the Beach Club for the past 2 years. Due to a current waiting list to join that group, the PLVC Wellness Committee has decided to begin a similar weight loss support group at the Bay Club. It will meet two mornings per month for one hour and be limited to the first 10 individuals that register for the support group.

The group will meet on the First and Third Mondays of the month from 10:30 AM to 11 AM with weigh-in from 10:20 AM to 10:30 AM. If the need arises, similar groups may be formed. If interested please contact Kathy Traci (360-437-7874) tracipkt@aol.com. The first meeting will be on Oct. 17, 2011 at the Bay Club.


PLHEALTH.ORG (Website):
We have dedicated a special Website to the Wellness Committee's initiatives (plhealth.org) containing health and wellness related information and resources ranging from separate home pages for the three tracks, via a conceptual page ("information models"), pages for educational topics , separate pages for "health providers" and "support activities", to a variety of auxiliary pages, particularly the Calendar (Forums & Events), Health News, and navigational pages (Index, Site Map, Table of Contents).

We hope that the site will prove helpful to PL residents, but we also need to emphasize that we depend significantly on users' feedback. Please assist us in fixing broken links, correcting spelling and syntax, improving navigational access and suggesting additional topics and Web sites you or your neighbors may be interested in!

(Submitted by G.Krumme on behalf of the Wellness Committee [krumme@comcast.net])





September 3, 2011

We have the following calendar item coming from the PLVC Wellness Committee (re. our first public event):
 
What: Wellness Forum 
 
When & where? October 12, 2011,  6 pm,  in the Beach Club 
 
Speaker:   Dr. Michael Haberpointner,  
 
Title: "Balance and Fall Prevention"
 
Websites: plhealth.org/chron.html  and  activelifetherapy.com/events.html
 
Charge: Free
 
Contact:  Tom Boughner [tom.boughner(at)homeinstead(dot)com]
 
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July 30, 2011 (From The Resource Center)
"The Port Ludlow Village Council (PLVC) Wellness Committee's Education Resource Center Group wishes to inform you that medical equipment may be borrowed free of charge from ECHHO (Ecumenical Christian Helping Hands Organization). ECHHO is a non-profit organization formed in 1997 and is supported by donations from a myriad of sources.

Small items such as wheeelchairs, crutches, walkers, canes, toilet risers, commodes, etc. are maintained in Port Ludlow. Call Darlene at 360-437-7692 or E-mail her at gronhovddr@aol.com to borrow an item in time of need.

Both large and small items such as hospital beds, electric scooters, lift chairs, exercise equipment, bath seats, etc. are based in Port Townsend. They may be obtained by calling Wilma at 360-379-3246 (9-4PM, M-F) or E-mailing her at echhopt@qwestoffice.net.

If you care to donate medical items, they would be very much appreciated!

ECHHO Members understand your urgent need and many of these items are delivered to your home by volunteers. Many Port Ludlow residents have utilized this free service through the years.

Please retain this information in a handy place as YOU may want to borrow medical equipment in the future!

You may find the ECHHO brochure in the Port Ludlow Wellness Resources Notebook now maintained in the lobby of both clubs." (Submitted by Peggy L. Schafran, Member, Resource Center Group, 30/7/2011)


July 8, 2011: Jefferson Healthcare Officials at the Grand Opening of the New Clinic
CEO Mike Glenn and Board of Commissioners President Jill Buhler cutting the Ribbon.
Dr. Melanie McGrory [first row, next to Jill Buhler] has been accepting Patients since July 11, 2011.

As a step toward the non-digital venue of the new Resource Center, two three-hole "Notebooks" or "Resource Binders" were assembled and made available to members at the Beach Club and the Bay Club. These notebooks contain a multitude of directories, pamphlets and brochures published by health & wellness providers and support organizations in Jefferson and Kitsap Counties. The photo on the left shows Ursel Krumme and Peggy Schafran presenting one of the Notebooks to an appreciative Brian Belmont, General Manager of the Beach Club on April 27, 2011. Linda Colasurdo, Operations Manager, likewise welcomed the Notebook at the Bay Club.


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