Health Matters Blog

October – the PINK RIBBON MONTH

Published October 25, 2013

By Ellen M. Wapner, R.T. Here we are again, October with all its shades of yellow, reds, fading greens and pink. Any breast care provider, imager and most especially survivors of breast cancer and their supporters know what I’m talking about. Our awareness of breast cancer is with us all year long, but takes on a strong presence in October. This is a good opportunity to talk about breast self-examination. Most of us recognize the importance of well health and balance in our lives; we do things every day that contribute to our healthy lives: floss-brush-rinse, bathe our bodies, clean our homes, and take care of our families and neighbo...

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Surviving Cancer: Phyllis’s Story, Part Two

Published October 18, 2013

Phyllis Benay At a Brattleboro Memorial Hospital event last spring, Phyllis Benay spoke about her experience receiving treatment and rehabilitation at the hospital following lung cancer surgery. The following is the second and final part of an interview she later gave to help BMH celebrate 25 years of providing Oncology Services. My surgery for lung cancer took place at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on January 18, 2011. Chemotherapy was scheduled to start at BMH on March 1st. What scared me the most about getting treatment was my ultra-sensitivity to medication. I had just gone through several weeks of craziness from the pain medication they gave m...

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Surviving Cancer: Phyllis’s Story, Part One

Published October 11, 2013

Phyllis Benay At a Brattleboro Memorial Hospital event last spring, Phyllis Benay spoke about her experience receiving treatment and rehabilitation at the hospital following lung cancer surgery. The following is the first part of an interview she later gave to help BMH celebrate 25 years of providing Oncology Services. My journey through cancer began nine years ago when my husband was accidentally killed. I found him in the woods behind our house on February 3rd, after coming home early from work. While he was taking down a tree in the woods behind our house, a limb broke off and struck him in the back. I later learned these tree limbs are called “wid...

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BMH Celebrates Opening of New Main Entrance and Emergency Department Ambulatory Entrance

Published September 20, 2013

Steven R. Gordon, CEO By Steven R. Gordon, President and CEO Within a few weeks of my first day as BMH President in 2011, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin visited the hospital to meet with BMH leadership and medical staff. He opened the meeting with the statement, “If you don’t change, you will have to close your doors . . .” and then he looked at me and said, “Isn’t that right, Steve?” [caption id="attachment_5529" align="alignright" width="234"] Steven R. Gordon, CEO[/caption] The Governor was referring to the rapidly changing healthcare environment and the imminent need for BMH to remain viable. As I glanced around the room, I saw the looks o...

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Melanoma Skin Cancer & Lymphoscintigraphy Imaging

Published September 5, 2013

Hayley Crosby By Hayley Crosby Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, around 120,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. But treatment options are very good if it’s detected early. [caption id="attachment_9012" align="alignright" width="240"] Hayley Crosby[/caption] Melanoma can affect anyone, male or female, young or old. If you are fair-skinned and have a lot of moles you have a greater risk of developing melanoma. Although melanoma can also affect people with darker skin tones, too. Family history also increases risk. If one of ...

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Journey to Better Heart Health Begins at the Center

Published August 30, 2013

Mark Burke, MD By R. Mark Burke, MD, FACC Most are aware of the burden heart disease can impose on a person and on a family. What many may not realize, however, is how much of a role it plays in the larger community and in the cost of health care. Nationally, of the top ten reasons for admission to the hospital, exclusive of pregnancy related issues, coronary atherosclerosis (the disease that causes heart attacks) is number one. And of those top ten reasons for admission, six are for cardiovascular issues. On top of all of this, the organization and structure of the delivery of health care in the United States is undergoing dramatic changes. Health ca...

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Women and Heart Disease

Published August 23, 2013

Phaedra McDonough, APRN

By Phaedra McDonough APRN

[caption id="attachment_8560" align="alignright" width="199"] Phaedra McDonough, APRN[/caption]

The Center for Cardiovascular Health at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is committed to increasing awareness of heart disease in women within our community.  Many women mistakenly think they are more likely to die prematurely from cancer but the truth is heart disease kills far more w...

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Vascular Services At BMH

Published August 16, 2013

Daniel Walsh, MD

By Daniel Walsh, MD

[caption id="attachment_8411" align="alignright" width="196"] Daniel Walsh, MD[/caption] Vascular surgeons are a small group of surgeons (approximately 3000 in the US) who are specially trained to care for abnormalities of the arteries and veins other than those inside the skull or in the heart.  The diseases most commonly cared for by vascular surgeons include those of the veins and arteries of the leg and of the large blood vessels in the abdomen which become enlarged (aneurysms). 

Stroke prevention is a m...

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Cardiac Nursing

Published August 9, 2013

Laurie Dix, RN By Laurie Dix [caption id="attachment_8840" align="alignright" width="201"] Laurie Dix, RN[/caption] Cardiac Nursing is a specialty that deals with one of the major health issues in this country. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Approximately 1.5 million heart attacks occur each year, nearly 80 million Americans suffer from heart conditions, and the number of cardiac patients continues to rise. When you're a cardiac nurse, you really feel like you're making a difference because there are so many people experiencing heart and vascular system problems. We have wonderf...

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The New Physician’s Aid in Dying Law (Act 39) in Vermont

Published August 2, 2013

Kathleen McGraw, MD by Kathleen McGraw, MD [caption id="attachment_8101" align="alignright" width="226"] Kathleen McGraw, MD[/caption] On May 20, after more than a decade of debate, Vermont became the 4th state in the country to have a law which governs helping people die. While patients and physicians have always been able to discuss end of life issues, such as pain control and hospice care, the new law makes it possible in certain circumstances for patients to request assistance from their physician in dying. Patients, doctors and the state of Vermont are all trying to figure out what it means for them. Though we all will die someday, our comfort level w...

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