Many times the story is not just about the weight lost. What really comes to light as Lovelace Bariatrics patients continue on their journey is what they gain as a result. Then looking back, they see, like Marie Jones knows today, just how far they have come. “I wasn’t living,” she says. “I was existing. I was in such denial. Such denial. I didn’t realize how bad it had gotten for me - my weight.”
Lovelace Health System has expanded its cancer care services through a partnership with Hematology Oncology Associates (HOA), a leading oncology practice. Beginning in January, Lovelace Cancer Care offers patients the latest in medical oncology, including chemotherapy and hematology services, as well as radiation therapy and surgical services.
“We are proud to partner with HOA to offer seamless cancer care to our patients,” said Troy Greer, CEO, Lovelace Medical Center. “Now patients will have a full continuum of care within the Lovelace system.”
“When they leave the hospital with their babies, they usually stop by the desk,” shares Lovelace Westside Hospital volunteer Jean Diem. “I think, ‘oh, I made that one!’”
More than 200 people, including Mayor Richard Berry, community leaders, Lovelace governing board members and physicians, attended the 44th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Lovelace Medical Center. Hospital officials flipped the switch illuminating the tree. Sister Nancy Kazik from St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation Board gave the invocation. Guests brought canned food to benefit the Rio Grande Food Project and toys to benefit PB&J Family Services.
Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital celebrated its 25th anniversary with a ribbon cutting event with the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce that was attended by community members, board members, staff and physicians.
This year, health care providers and organizations like March of Dimes, working to reduce the number of babies born to early, have reason to briefly celebrate. For the seventh year in a row, preterm birth rates had dropped. Even better news? At 11.4 percent in the United States, the preterm birth rate is the lowest in 17 years and meets the goal set forth by federal government seven years ahead of target. However, everyone agrees there are far too many babies born before 37 weeks.
Did you know that by having diabetes you are three times more likely to be hospitalized from the flu than those who do not have diabetes? Anyone living with diabetes should be especially careful during flu season. There are steps you can take to help protect a healthy immune system, while managing your diabetes. If you get the flu, your health care provider will discuss the best treatment to help you recover from the flu, while also helping to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Preventing the Flu
Lovelace Health System held its 6th Annual “Don’t Bug Me” Flu event on Wed, Nov. 5 at Adobe Acres Elementary School.
More than 40 third graders learned proper hand washing techniques and received information on flu prevention from health professionals, including an APS school nurse. There was also a demonstration on how germs spread with Glo Germ and a black light.