2018 Lewis B. Flinn President’s Award – Nicholas Petrelli, MD, FACS

At the 88th Annual Meeting of the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association, Dr. Nicholas Petrelli was honored with the Academy’s highest award named in honor of Lewis B. Flinn, first president of the Academy of Medicine.

Over the past 18 years, Dr. Petrelli has been a nationally recognized leader in the fight against cancer and developed the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute into a national model of cancer care, prevention, outreach and research.

Thanks to Dr. Petrelli’s leadership and partnerships with others in the state and elsewhere, Delaware’s cancer mortality rate is now dropping twice as fast as the national rate. The state is outpacing the nation in reducing deaths from a number of cancers, including breast cancer and colorectal cancer. The State has gone from number one in cancer mortality to number 18. Among his many accomplishments:

• Established the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute as one of the first cancer centers in the nation selected for the National Cancer Institute Community Centers Program that helped to shape the way cancer care is delivered across the country.

• Through an unprecedented public-private partnership, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute was integral in making sure all people in Delaware receive care for cancer no matter their income level or health insurance status.

• Led the development of 14 multidisciplinary disease site centers and selection as one of three community cancer centers to participate in the Cancer Genome Atlas Project.

•Achieved one of the highest National Cancer Institute clinical trials participation rates in the country at 24 percent, well above the national rate of 4 percent.

• Developed the first statewide High Risk Family Cancer Registry, consisting of 7,000 families with more than 250,000 individuals and the recruitment of seven full-time genetic counselors.

• Established an historic research partnership with The Wistar Institute of Philadelphia, the first time an NCI-designated basic science center has aligned with an independent academic community cancer center on translational cancer research with the aim of bringing the latest discoveries in cancer research to cancer patients in our community.

• Established the Center for Translational Cancer Research, 7,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space where scientists and clinicians work together to find new cancer treatments.

• Established the Gene Editing Institute, a worldwide leader in gene editing and biomedical research in cancer and other inherited diseases, and the only one in the U.S. embedded in a clinical center where interactions among oncologists, genetic counselors and patients take place.

Dr. Petrelli has received numerous awards and has authored 343 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He has served on several advisory panels of the National Cancer Institute, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Cancer Society and the Society of Surgical Oncology. He was President of the Society of Surgical Oncology 2007-2008. In 2013, he received the Order of the First State Award by Governor Jack Markell for his dedication to excellence in serving the community and the State of Delaware.

Previous recipients include:

2008 Victor F. Battaglia, Sr., Esq.
2009 Robert W. Frelick, M.D.
2010 Leslie W. Whitney, M.D.
2011 Robert B. Flinn, M.D.
2012 Edwin L. Granite, D.M.D.
2013 Katherine L. Esterly, M.D.
2014 LTG(DE) William H. Duncan, M.D.
2015 Joseph A. Kuhn, M.D.
2016 J. Kent Riegel, Esq.
2017 Hon. Susan C. Del Pesco

Smartphone CPR App in New Castle County

Leaders in New Castle County, Delaware, have launched a new smartphone application they say will save lives when help is urgently needed.

Activated when a call is made to 911, the PulsePoint app alerts and directs trained residents to people nearby who need cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. County Executive Matt Meyer said citizen responders, who include off-duty first responders, can make all the difference in those critical moments before first responders arrive.

Learn more

Christiana Care Medical Aid Units

Five Christiana Care Medical Aid Units (CCMAU) are now available for convenient care, 7 days a week! Most are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and no appointment is necessary.  Express Check-In (available on christianacare.org) enables people to see current wait times and reserve their spot in line.

When you should go:

If you have an illness or injury that are NOT extremely serious or life-threatening, but DO require care within a few hours or the same day
(game day sports injuries, sore throats & coughs, eye & ear problems, minor burns, flu-like symptoms, etc.)

5 Convenient MAU Locations

Star Campus
550 South College Avenue
Suite 115
Newark, DE 19713
302-533-7148

Smyrna Health & Wellness Center
100 S. Main Street
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-659-4444

Glasgow Medical Center
2600 Glasgow Avenue
Newark, DE 19702
302-836-8350

Middletown Care Center
124 Sleepy Hollow Drive
Middletown, DE 19709
302-449-3100

HealthCare Center at Christiana
200 Hygeia Drive
Newark, DE 19713
302-623-0444

Addiction Resources in Delaware

Over 20 million Americans had a substance abuse disorder in 2015.  It is the leading cause of accidental death in the United states, and over 20,000 of those overdose deaths are related to prescription pain relievers (American Society of Addiction Medicine).

Addiction is everywhere, even in Delaware.

SO IS HELP. 

Visit HelpIsHereDE.com

New Castle County: 800-652-2929

Kent & Sussex Counties: 800-345-6785

Innovative Discoveries Series

Beyond Rants, Raves, and Reputation: Using Patient Comments to Improve Care

Improving patient experience is a goal of many health systems, but closed-ended survey questions do not give insight into the cause of patient concerns nor do they offer solutions. Patient comments (in the form of online reviews, responses to open-ended survey questions, or solicited narratives), in contrast, give a roadmap for improvement, but are challenging to use. This talk will examine the benefits and limitations of online patients comments, identify how various types of patients comments are currently being used to improve care and investigate strategies for using patient comments to inform quality improvement activities.

Presented By:

Tara Lagu, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School / Baystate Medical Center
Associate Director, Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science
Free!  Lunch will be served!

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

Friday, January 11, 2019
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital,Room 1100
Online: Watch live at https://bluejeans.com/361095905
Or join meeting ID 361095905 on the BlueJeans app on your smartphone or tablet

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Upcoming Lectures:

January 25: TBA
February 1: The New Public Health Law: A Transdisciplinary Approach

Statement on Vaccines

Vaccines Continue to be Tested and Proven Safe

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines. Retrieved from https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Emphasizes-Safety-and-Importance-of-Vaccines.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Infant Immunizations FAQs. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/parent-questions.html

Institute of Medicine. (2004). Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Retrieved from https://www.nap.edu/catalog/10997/immunization-safety-review-vaccines-and-autism

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015).  Thimerosal in Vaccines: Questions and Answers. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/QuestionsaboutVaccines/UCM070430#q5

In light of recent claims by politicians or appointees that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, or contain dangerous products like Thimerosal, the public health community and the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association continue to come down on the side of science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States.  Before a vaccine can be licensed for public use, it must be tested for safety in the laboratory, in animals, and in human clinical trials.  Human clinical trials include looking for common adverse events in a few participants (phase 1), several hundred volunteers looking for local reactions and general side effects like fever (phase 2), and establishing the effectiveness of the vaccine and determining less common side effects with thousands of participants (phase 3).  If a vaccine is to be given at the same time as another vaccine, the two vaccines are tested together (FDA, 2015).  If a dangerous effect is found, that vaccine is not licensed for public use.

Vaccines are continuously monitored following licensure by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is run by both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The VAERS is a national system that collects all reports of adverse events following vaccination.  Phase 4 clinical studies are also conducted to further evaluate the new vaccine, and population based studies are conducted through the use of databases like the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) for the lifetime of the use of the vaccine (FDA, 2015).

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee “favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism” (IOM, 2004).  Despite this finding, “all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age or younger and marketed in the U.S. contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts” (FDA, 2015).

“Infants and young children who follow immunization schedules that spread out shots – or leave out shots – are at risk of developing diseases during the time that shots are delayed” (CDC, 2016). Vaccines “keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017).  The Delaware Academy of Medicine will continue to advocate for vaccines and vaccine use in the state of Delaware and the United States.

January Awareness

January is…

Cervical Health Awareness Month – https://www.cancerhealth.com/event/national-cervical-cancer-awareness-month-2019
National Birth Defects Prevention Month – https://www.nbdpn.org/bdpm.php
National Glaucoma Awareness Month – http://www.glaucoma.org/news/glaucoma-awareness-month.php
National Stalking Awareness Month – https://sara.stanford.edu/prevention-education-outreach/awareness-months/january-stalking-awareness-month
Thyroid Awareness Month – http://www.thyroid.org/january-thyroid-awareness/
National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month – https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/health-awareness/national-winter-sports-tbi-awareness-month-join-the-campaign.html

The Week of…

January 6 – 12: National Folic Acid Awareness Week – http://www.nbdpn.org/faaw.php
January 22-27: National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week – https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week

The Day of…

Jan 17: Women’s Healthy Weight Day – https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/womens-healthy-weight-day/
Jan 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday
Jan 30: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Awareness Day – http://stopcte.org/events/

CCHS Global Health Residency Track

GLOBAL HEALTH SERIES

Please join us for this month’s global health talk!
The Global Health Residency Tracks of Christiana Care Health System, in partnership with the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association, are pleased to invite you to this month’s global health talk.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
5:30 – 6:30 pm
LIVE: Ammon Medical Education Center Main Auditorium (broadcast to Room 2 in the Brandywine Conference Center at Wilmington Hospital).

Reduction in Maternal Mortality Through Advances in Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage

Postpartum hemorrhage remains a leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. This talk presents an overview of this major global health issue, and key innovations from around the world. For the past decade, a large global research group has been conducting research and sharing best practices worldwide. Funded by the NIH and foundations, these innovations have helped shape MCH and GH policy.  Our group will have recently presented several papers on this topic at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA).  We invite you to hear these updates, targeted at all levels of learners, professionals, and staff in the Christiana Care community.

Speaker:
Professor Shivaprasad Goudar
JN Medical College, India

Co-Hosts:
Dr. Matthew Hoffman
Dr. Omar Khan

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The CCHS Global Health Curriculum is an interdepartmental collaboration, supporting the Global Health Tracks in the Depts. of Medicine and Family Medicine, and the Med-Peds Residency, with the support of the Delaware Academy of Medicine, Delaware Public Health Association, and Delaware Academy of Family Physicians.

All are welcome to attend this talk.  Global Health Curriculum residents are required to attend.  There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required. Food and Refreshments will be served.

Future Talks