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LifeTimes is published quarterly by the Public Relations Department of Tuomey Healthcare System as a community service for the friends and patrons of Tuomey Healthcare System and The Tuomey Foundation.

Transcript of LifeTimes: Winter 2012

  • LifeTimesWINTER 2012

  • Jay Cox, FACHE

    President & CEO

    Tuomey Healthcare System

    Letter from the President

    ear Friends:

    Each January, I get a little nostalgic for things that have passed too quickly. Like birthdays and the chance to watch my children grow. It all moves way too fast. But on the other hand and almost as swiftly I think about the bright hope for the future. There is something about January. It makes you feel young, optimistic and eager about what lies ahead.

    This January is no exception. Im now watching my precious granddaughter, Sadie Beth, grow up, and I do want that to slow down immensely. But Im also excited about the new things here at Tuomey new doctors, new programs and new equipment. (Although there is absolutely nothing wrong with the old things and people here, either!)

    We have a new program called Palliative Care, and its a service that I am extremely proud of. In this edition, youll read about the program, which is often called Comfort Care. The goal is to improve the quality of life for patients and for the people who love them and are caring for them by easing the pain, reducing the suffering and offering a team approach to care.

    And when it comes to the team approach, I cant wait for you to read and learn more about our new Advanced ICU Care. We are in the process of bringing the latest technology to our ICU patients by providing our skilled bedside nurses and physicians in the ICU with the clinical expertise of additional certified intensivists and a team of critical care nurses. Advanced ICU Care utilizes a network of high-definition cameras, a monitoring system and immediate digital access to bring highly trained intensive care physicians into patient rooms electronically. That means patients have access to a specially trained physician 24 hours a day, all at the press of a button. The technology is simply amazing.

    There are also advances in radiology that youll enjoy reading about, as well as learning more about our spine surgeon, Dr. Doug deHoll. The folks at Tuomey are always looking for better ways to care for you, and this issue of LifeTimes showcases just a few.

    I would be remiss if I didnt point out one more article in this issue. Its a story about a man behind the scenes. Its not a very long story, but dont mistake the length of the piece with the importance of the man. Dr. J. Grady Locklear is a gift to this hospital. He has been the man behind the overwhelming success of the Foundations Festival of Trees. Hes helped raise more than $400,000 for Hospice. And I am proud to say he is my friend.

    I hope you enjoy this issue of LifeTimes and know that the employees of Tuomey are working hard to make your life a little better. I wish you all a Happy New Year, and I thank you for your continued support as we ring in 2012.


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  • in this issue Winter | 2012

    02 Palliative CareWhen someone you love is suffering a

    serious illness, life can get stressful. Our

    new Comfort Care team is here to help.


    also inside this issue

    Weve GotYour BackWhen it comes to spine surgery, Tuomey

    offers a full range of minimally invasive

    techniques. Dr. Doug deHoll can take care

    of anything when it comes to your back.

    Advanced ICU CareTuomey embraces


    Technology to give

    critically ill patients

    more intensive care

    than ever before.

    The Man Behind the TreesJ. Grady Locklear has

    been a guiding force

    behind the Festival

    of Trees for close to a

    decade. His passion for

    Hospice has helped The

    Tuomey Foundation

    raise more than



    12Bringing Physicians Home: page 13Safety First: page 14 The Tuomey Foundation: page 16

    contributors to The Foundation: pages 18-20

    in the Fall 2011 issue of LifeTimes, Dr. Kevin Hanz was incorrectly identified. Dr. Hanz is a plastic surgeon with Sumter Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. We apologize for the error.

  • 2 LifeTimes | Winter 2012

    Tuomeys new Palliative Care team takes a holistic approach to the healing arts by supporting families and patients emotionally as they navigate the waters of a serious illness.


    Kim Price is the director of Home Health, Hospice and Palliative care for Tuomey.

  • LifeTimes | Winter 2012 3LifeTimes | Winter 2012 3

    Tuomeys new Palliative Care team takes a holistic approach to the healing arts by supporting families and patients emotionally as they navigate the waters of a serious illness.

    COMFORT.The doctor is still talking but you cant

    really hear what hes saying. Your mind

    is buzzing and numb at the same time.

    Youve just learned that you have a serious

    illness, possibly even terminal. Its hard to

    take it all in. You remember to breathe

    but youre drowning in information. You

    hear that you need to change your diet,

    your medicine, your schedule, your activity

    level your whole life. Youre scared.

    Or maybe its not you but your mother

    whos sick, and youre frantically trying to

    juggle her healthcare needs with your own

    family obligations, not to mention your

    full-time job. Your siblings live far away;

    they tell you what they think you ought to

    do, but youre the one whos right here,

    dealing with it every day. Maybe they dont

    agree with all the decisions being made;

    the stress of that division, on top of the

    illness itself, has you totally overwhelmed.

    Thats where the Tuomey Palliative Care

    Team comes in.

    By Traci Quinn |

    Deb embry is the nursefor Tuomeys newPalliative care Team.

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    Its all about comfort,compassion, support and

    empathy, said Kim Price, anadministrative director at

    Tuomey.Sometimes patients and their families -- just need us to listen. And our new team

    has the time to spend talking and listening, educating them on the disease

    process, understanding their unique situation, really hearing what their story is.

    WE WANT YOU TO FEEL BETTERPalliative Care is an extra layer of comfort care for people

    with a serious illness. If our team can help you better manage

    your symptoms, find ways to lessen your pain, support you

    and your family during your hospital stays and teach you how

    to cope once you get home, your quality of life will improve

    dramatically. And once that happens, youll respond to

    treatments better, be more likely to be compliant with your

    medicines, and return to the hospital far less often.

    For example, if youre in pain or youre suffering from nausea

    or having problems sleeping, its easy to become exhausted,

    anxious or even depressed. That makes you feel even worse

    as a result, you may not eat well or want to take your medicine.

    If the team can improve your ability to tolerate your medical

    treatment and help your family members understand your

    condition, requirements and options, youll all be able to carry

    on with your daily lives a little more easily.

    Price is the director of Tuomeys Home Health and Hospice

    services and now heads up the new care team. Her excitement

    is contagious. We had to find a way to spend more time talking

    to patients, understanding what their situation is, listening for

    the whole story, she said. So many times in the hospital we

    deal only with the physical, but its not just the physical that

    can make us sick. Emotional elements play a huge role in our

    health, and we have to start taking a more holistic approach.

    We have to include the spiritual, the emotional and the

    psychological aspects of a persons life in their care.

    The team handles situations as varied as the patients

    themselves: Dad seems depressed and doesnt want to take

    his meds anymore. The daughter of a woman who may need a

    feeding tube is torn because she knows her mom didnt want

    one but Mom never signed a Living Will. A man with diabetes

    has been hospitalized seven times in two months and its partly

    because he doesnt understand how to take care of himself at


    A large portion of Palliative Care is educating people.

    If youve got a patient who keeps returning to the hospital

    over and over, youve got to find out WHY, Price said. Its not

    always just the physical: Maybe he cant afford to pay for his

    meds; or he doesnt know how to manage his disease; or they

    havent filled out the right paperwork to get the help they need.

    We can help with that.

    MAKING CONNECTIONSPatients are just so overwhelmed, Price said. Maybe

    theyve got a family doctor and an oncologist and a surgeon

    and the people they speak to in Radiology and Pathology, the

    nurses, the aides