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May 24, 2013- Senior Program at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital receives URAC accreditation

The Wellness Institute for Senior Health - Rosa Parks (WISH – Rosa Parks) at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital has been granted an accreditation by the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC)the largest accrediting organization body for health care.  Accreditation is granted after an impartial and rigorous review of an organization’s operations including clinical standards, quality, case management and credentials to ensure business is conducted in a manner consistent with strict national standards.

 

This is great news,” said Gerald Turlo, MD, medical director, WISH - Rosa Parks.  “Our entire team has earned these bragging rights and I would like to thank everyone for their commitment and hard work.”

 

 “We are proud to have been granted an accreditation achievement by URAC,” said Iris A. Taylor, PhD, RN, president, DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital.  “This is a true testament to our staff’s commitment to providing quality health care services for seniors.”

 

DMC Detroit Receiving’s WISH - Rosa Parks, formerly known as The DMC Geriatric Center of Excellence, is designed to provide comprehensive services to the growing population of adults age 60 and older in Metropolitan Detroit. The institute improves senior health care through education, research, clinical programs and community partnerships. WISH – Rosa Parks has received numerous honors and awards, and is recognized nationally for its spirit of innovation which has been replicated by many other health care organizations.

 

The WISH - Rosa Parks program consists of three major services:

1)  A clinic that offers one-stop health services for adults age 60 and older that includes specialty services, lab work, imaging tests and access to physicians who are certified in various specialties such as geriatric psychologists, geriatric gastroenterologists, geriatric cardiologists and more;

2)  An Acute Care for the Elderly unit (ACE) that utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to provide comprehensive care to patients age 60 and older who are admitted to DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital; and

3)  Research developed by geriatric physicians who track data on senior patients and work to advance their care with customized treatments and clinical trials.

 

The components and innovations that comprise the WISH – Rosa Parks program have attracted the attention of hospitals across the United States. 

 

To schedule an appointment for a comprehensive senior medical examination at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital - Wellness Institute for Senior Health - Rosa Parks call (888) 264-0102.


WHAT IS H1N1 INFLUENZA?
H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease that is caused by a type A influenza virus. The current H1N1 virus contains unique genes from pig and human influenza viruses and hence is called the “Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus”. This strain of flu germ spreads from human to human and can cause illness.



Does H1N1 INFLUENZA pose special risks for pregnant women?
Pregnant women are at an increased risk of catching H1N1 or seasonal flu. Pregnant patients with H1N1 infection have an increased risk of complications. Although influenza viruses do not infect the baby while in the uterus, the high fever and any complications caused by the flu can potentially be harmful to the baby.



WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE TO PROTECT MYSELF AND MY UNBORN BABY?
The best way to protect yourself and your unborn baby is to have a vaccination (which is safe during pregnancy). You should also make sure you follow good hygiene practices including:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based gel hand cleaners are also good to use.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Talk to your doctor about your concerns.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF H1N1 INFLUENZA?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and may include acute onset of:

  • Fever (greater than 100 F or 37.8 C)
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 flu.


WILL THE SYMPTOMS BE THE SAME IF I AM PREGNANT?
Yes, the symptoms of flu will be the same as in women who are not pregnant.




WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET SICK?
If you get sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home, limit contact with others, and call your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Treat any fever right away. Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is the best treatment of fever in pregnancy.
  • Get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids.
  • Your doctor may test you for flu or will decide if you need medications to treat the flu.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and cleanse your hands.
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or alcohol- based hand rub.
  • Do not go to work, school, or other public places while you are ill.
  • Avoid close contact with other people.
  • Get emergency medical care right away if you have trouble breathing, chest pain, purple or blue lips or skin, severe vomiting and are dehydrated and/or dizzy, unresponsive or confused.


IS IT OK TO BREAST FEED MY BABY IF I AM SICK?

  • Do not stop breastfeeding if you are ill. This will help protect your baby from infection.
  • Be careful not to cough or sneeze in the baby’s face, wash your hands often.
  • Your doctor might ask you to wear a mask to keep from spreading this new virus to your baby.
  • If you are too sick to breastfeed, pump and have someone give the expressed milk to your baby.


IS THERE A VACCINE FOR H1N1 INFLUENZA?
Yes, an H1N1 virus vaccine is expected to be available in mid- to late October 2009. The CDC recommends this vaccine for pregnant women when it first becomes available. This vaccine has been tested in pregnant women and found to be safe and effective.


REMEMBER: The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected to protect against the H1N1 flu, therefore individuals are encouraged to get both types of vaccines.

 

 

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