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HEALTH & WELLNESS GUIDE | Vol. 40, No. 5, August 26, 2010
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TRAUMA SURGEON JOINS SACRED HEART MEDICAL GROUP Dr. Richard Sontchi, a trauma and critical care surgeon, recently joined Sacred Heart Medical Group, Division of General Surgery, Trauma, and Surgical Critical Care. He will join the practice of surgeons Dr. Karanbir Gill and Dr. Rodney Durham and will provide trauma and adult critical care surgery services at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

Dr. Sontchi received his medical degree and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Fla., where he also served as administrative chief resident. He completed additional fellowship training in surgical critical care at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Fla.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 416-6159.

SACRED HEART OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH OFFERS ONLINE EMPLOYEE DRUG & ALCOHOL SCREENING MANAGEMENT Sacred Heart Occupational Health Services is now offering secure online employee drug tracking and management services through eScreen.

eScreen allows employers easy access to drug testing information about their employees, including tracking of missed tests and times of collection, as well as reports on test results and statistics.

The password-protected site also allows employers to generate non-discriminatory, random drug and alcohol testing lists to comply with the employer's random drug testing requirements.

Specimen collection services are available at Sacred Heart Medical Group locations in Foley and Gulf Shores, Ala., and Crestview and Destin, Fla. Services are also available at Sacred Heart Urgent Care in Pensacola and after hours and on weekends at the Emergency Department at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach.

For more information, call Mary Bishop at Sacred Heart Occupational Health at 475-4643 or visit us online

ESCAMBIA COMMUNITY CLINICS OPEN SATELLITE ON LAKEVIEW CAMPUS Lakeview Center moved closer toward the integration of behavioral and physical health care this week when Escambia Community Clinics began offering services on the center's main campus.

The partnership with ECC initially calls for an advanced registered nurse practitioner or other mid-level provider to deliver primary health care three days a week in Lakeview's outpatient services building. The care is available to any Lakeview Center client on both a walk-in or appointment basis. The hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The service will operate as an ECC satellite clinic and will follow that organization's payment policies and billing practices. Patients requiring more specialized health care will be referred to appropriate providers within the ECC network.

This is just the beginning for Lakeview's partnership with Escambia Community Clinics. The hope is to quickly move to having the satellite services available five days a week, and plans are being made to open sites in Century, Milton and Gulf Breeze.

PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION SPECIALIST JOINS MEDICAL STAFF OF WEST FLORIDA HOSPITAL Glennal M. Verbois, M.D., a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has joined the Medical Staff of West Florida Hospital. She will practice at the West Florida Rehabilitation Institute, 8391 North Davis Highway, in Pensacola.

Dr. Verbois earned her medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Prior to joining the medical staff of West Florida Hospital, Dr. Verbois practiced in Louisiana and Mississippi. She has experience in the acute inpatient, outpatient, long-term acute care, and skilled nursing facility settings, including serving as medical director for a number of physical rehabilitation units and programs.

Dr. Verbois is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the Southern Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  In addition, she has been published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  

For more information about West Florida Hospital and the West Florida Rehabilitation Institute, visit  

WEST FLORIDA AWARDED ACCREDITATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, West Florida Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Laboratory and Point-of-Care Testing Services.

"We continually strive to improve the quality of our services, and meeting The Joint Commission's rigorous national standards is an important recognition of our efforts," says Dennis A. Taylor, President and CEO of West Florida Healthcare.

The Joint Commission evaluated the laboratory's performance in complying with nearly 300 standards related to quality control, safety, infection control, leadership, management of human resources, management of information, ongoing performance improvement activities and other issues.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation. 

FSU COLLEGE OF MEDICINE RECEIVES GRANT FOR PRENATAL PROGRAM AT SACRED HEART SETON CENTER The Florida State University College of Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Sacred Heart Women's Hospital was recently awarded a $3,000 Community Awards Program grant from the Florida Chapter of the March of Dimes. The goal of the community awards program is to identify and fund community-based programs addressing the health concerns of pregnant women in the state of Florida.

The grant monies will be used to fund a group prenatal care program at the Sacred Heart Women's Hospital Seton Center for Obstetrics & Gynecology, a community clinic that offers OB/GYN care to uninsured and underinsured women in Northwest Florida.

In this program, each patient will have a traditional obstetrical intake visit, including a physical exam, labs and ultrasound. The patient will then will be assigned to a prenatal group that consists of several other women with a due date in the same four-week time period. The groups will meet nine to 10 times throughout their pregnancy for follow-up prenatal visits and to discuss issues such as genetic screening, lactation and prepared childbirth.

Recent studies have shown that group prenatal care reduces the rates of preterm births, increases the rates of breast-feeding, improves patient satisfaction, and significantly reduces waiting times. Patients participating in group prenatal care spend an average of 20 hours of face-to-face time with their physician, as opposed to two hours in a traditional clinic. For more information or to make an appointment at the Seton Center, call 416 -2400.

MATERNAL-FETAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST JOINS SACRED HEART Dr. Timothy Beiswenger, a maternal-fetal medicine physician, recently joined Sacred Heart Medical Group. He will join the practice of maternal-fetal medicine physicians Dr. James Thorp and Dr. William Dobak at the Sacred Heart Regional Perinatal Center at Sacred Heart Women's Hospital in Pensacola, 5153 N. Ninth Ave., Suite 201.

Dr. Beiswenger received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services in Indianapolis, Ind. After four years in private practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Beiswenger completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Duke University Medical Center.

Patients are currently being accepted by referral only. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 416-2470.

DISTINCTIVE KITCHENS AND WEST FLORIDA HEALTHCARE COOKING CLASSES Distinctive Kitchens and West Florida Healthcare have introduced an exciting new series of cooking classes entitled "Food Fight-Healthy Eating Habits for Fighting Chronic Disease." This series of classes is for anyone who wants to explore health-conscious recipes and techniques to help prevent or manage some of our community's most common health problems, all in a relaxed, comfortable setting.

Hosted by Distinctive Kitchens, the classes will feature West Florida Healthcare's Executive Chef Keith Hoffert and Clinical Nutrition Manager Shelia Cathey as the instructors. In addition to cooking demonstrations, you will learn how good nutrition can assist in weight control as well as help manage diabetes and cardiovascular disease, all of which are major health concerns in our community. 

By incorporating three primary ingredients into each class -- Nutrition, Cuisine, and Daily Living Habits -- Chef Keith and Shelia will explain how easy it is integrate good nutrition into your life without sacrificing taste and quality.

For more information, contact Curtis at  HYPERLINK ""

AYURVEDIC FACE AND SCALP MASSAGES Navarre Living Yoga is now offering Ayurvedic face massages. Ayurvedic is the most non-invasive and natural facelift that you can get. Ayurvedic face and scalp treatments are considered a form of "alternative medicine massage therapy." The head, neck and face are massaged with light, tingling strokes for the purpose of opening and clearing the energy channels.

This massage treatment helps to relieve stress and muscle tension, and balance the Doshas. It increases circulation, tones the muscles of the face, restores and leads to a more youthful appearance. Reiki energy healing techniques are incorporated to promote a calm state of mind and overall feeling of well-being. All products used are highest quality organic essential oils that have been selected for their rejuvenating properties. This treatment is not suitable for those with acne. The cost is $30 for a half-hour massage. 8135 Navarre Parkway. 346-3577.

SACRED HEART CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AUTISM SERVICES NEW LOCATION Sacred Heart Children's Hospital's Autism Center is now located at 5190 Bayou Blvd., Bldg. 2 in the Seton Medical Office Park on Sacred Heart Hospital's main campus.

The mission of the Autism Center is to establish access to information, support, and research-based interventions within the community that promote success and quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.

Current services include a diagnostic clinic and an autism training program that provides education and hands-on practice opportunities for parents, teachers, therapists, students, community service providers, and other professionals working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Instruction is geared toward individual skills and abilities and involves a team approach with a focus on carry-over into the child's natural environment.

In addition, the autism training program coordinator works to ensure that all area healthcare providers, especially pediatricians, are familiar with autism spectrum disorders and have the most current information regarding early indicators, screening tools and referral for appropriate services.

Future plans for the program include:

One central location for access to autism services in Northwest Florida

Patient navigator services to help direct families to area autism resources

Workshops to enhance social skills

Training programs for families, professionals and direct caregivers

Counseling services for family and individual support

Vocational opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum.

For more information on the Autism Center at Sacred Heart, please contact our office at 416-4933 or visit us online at HYPERLINK "" .