Health Briefs: August 5, 2015

Breast cancer event at Cannstatter’s

Nazareth Hospital will present its sixth annual Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Event on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road.

The event will take place thanks to a grant from the Ladies of Port Richmond. It will include a buffet dinner, giveaways, raffle tables and resources from the American Cancer Society.

Admission is $15. For tickets, call 215–335–6236. ••

Deer Meadows gets high marks

The Pennsylvania Homecare Association has given Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, 8301 Roosevelt Blvd., a 5-star quality rating.

The homecare association arrived at its rating based on outcomes and patient education, patient needs and open communication.

Deer Meadows is in the top 3 percent of home health agencies in Pennsylvania. ••

Nazareth hires nurse navigator

Nazareth Hospital recently appointed Brittany Sharp as its orthopedic nurse navigator.

Sharp has more than a decade of healthcare experience, with roles in medical-surgical and care transition nursing.

In her role, Sharp facilitates the healthcare experience for patients who need orthopedic care. Her focus is ensuring continuity of care for patients and their families, especially for those patients with a higher risk of re-hospitalization.

Sharp earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Holy Family University.

For more information about Nazareth Hospital’s orthopedic nurse navigator, call 215–828–3830. ••

Breast cancer screenings on Aug. 10

The district office of state Rep. John Taylor will host breast cancer screenings on Monday, Aug. 10, starting at 9 a.m.

The Fox Chase Mobile Mammography Van will be at Taylor’s office at 2901 E. Thompson St.

To receive a mammogram, a woman must be 40 or older and receive a prescription from her doctor. She must not be breast feeding or have breast fed within the last nine months. She must not have had a breast cancer diagnosis within the last two years. She must not have had a mammogram in the last 12 months.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 215–425–0901. ••

Weight-loss program seeks members

The Trevose Behavior Modification Program is accepting applications for its free weight-loss program.

The deadline to fill out an application is Aug. 10. Applicants must need to lose about 20 to 80 pounds.

The group for new members will begin on Aug. 20. Meetings are held on Thursday mornings in Bustleton.

The program, a nonprofit support group, was started by the University of Pennsylvania in 1970.

For an application or more information, call 215–885–1007 or 215–342–5917. ••

Joint replacement seminars at Jeanes

Jeanes Hospital, 7600 Central Ave., will hold free seminars for people considering a total hip or knee replacement.

The seminars will include information about the benefits of total joint replacement, what to expect in the hospital and after discharge, a tour of the Orthopaedic Center at Jeanes and a question-and-answer session.

The seminars are run by Jeanes Hospital rehabilitation therapists, nurses and case managers who have expertise in the field of joint replacement.

Seminars are scheduled for the following Tuesdays: Aug. 11 (11 a.m. to noon) and Aug. 25 (6 to 7 p.m.).

Registration is required. Call 215–728–3944. ••