Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dr. Esther Bahk: Taking Responsibility for Your Health

Weight Loss Lecture February 9

Dr. Esther Bahk will speak on “Medical Intervention for Weight Loss”
on February 9 at 7 p.m. in Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room.

The presentation will focus on four different options for weight loss
management: behavioral therapy, dietary therapy, pharmacotherapy
and surgery. Dr. Bahk will discuss the positive and negative aspects
of each option. She will also explain how you can set a weight loss
goal that’s realistic and attainable.

Dr. Esther Bahk, internist with Fauquier Health Internal Medicine at Lake Manassas, believes that she is not only a physician, but also a public health advocate. She has organized a number of community health fairs over the years because she believes it’s important to spread the word about good health. “Health fairs – like the one held at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds recently -- allow me to reach out to many people in the community who otherwise may not seek medical attention. They also allow me an opportunity to personally counsel people in a more casual way. These venues can be less intimidating because they are informal.”

Dr. Bahk, through her practice and through community outreach, hopes she can help people take a more proactive approach toward their health. “With medicine constantly evolving, it is important that people stay informed and educated. I like to see people take responsibility for their own health.

“Here at Internal Medicine at Lake Manassas, we value the whole person -- mind, body and spirit. The focus is placed on implementing healthcare that promotes comprehensive well-being,” says Dr. Bahk. As a primary care physician, Dr. Bahk has had an opportunity to develop relationships with people from all different backgrounds and ages and has been able to treat a wide variety of maladies. This experience has been vital in her role as a public health advocate. “It allows me an opportunity to reach a wide array of patients, in order to teach disease prevention and health education.”

“In this current economy, everyone's feeling stressed, and I'm certainly seeing a lot of patients who need help coping with the side effects of that stress,” says Dr. Bahk. “Studies show that psychological stress can worsen the symptoms of cardiovascular diseases, asthma, acne, depression, as well as worsen the progression of high blood pressure. Stress also affects the immune system. Long-term stress has the effect of ‘wearing down’ the immune system, leading to an increased susceptibility to infections. By learning to manage your stress levels you can help to improve your overall health.”

Everyone has their own method for coping with stress. Some find a Sunday afternoon at the park with family to be helpful, while others enjoy a quiet day at home curled up with a book. Dr. Bahk offers five stress-busting tips to consider:

1. Eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.

2. Get enough sleep/rest.

3. Exercise regularly.

4. Practice deep breathing exercises and reserve time to just relax.

5. Keep a positive attitude. Laugh! It’s good for you.

Dr. Bahk’s goal is help patients by encouraging healthy lifestyles. “Preventive medicine leads to good health and happiness. That’s my goal for everyone: be happy and healthy!”

CDC Estimates 26 Million Americans Have Diabetes

U.S. health officials have raised their estimate of how many Americans have diabetes to nearly 26 million. The 2008 estimate was 23.6 million.

Centers for Disease Control reports that "Diabetes affects 8.3% of all Americans and 11.3% of adults age 20 and older. Some 27% of people with diabetes – 7 million Americans – do not know they have the disease. In 2010, 1.9 million Americans were first diagnosed with diabetes.

"Prediabetes affects 35% of adults age 20 and older, and half of Americans age 65 and older. Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

"CDC estimates that as many as a third of U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue. Type 2 diabetes, in which the body gradually loses its ability to use and produce insulin, accounts for 90% to 95% of cases. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity, family history, having diabetes while pregnant, a sedentary lifestyle and race/ethnicity."

Fauquier Health's Wellness Center offers several special programs for those with diabetes.

Diabetes Self-Management Training Class
This class offers help in learning the basics of managing diabetes. Participants receive a free glucometer, test strips and lancets, as well as free week membership to the Wellness Center during enrollment. Classes, which require a doctor’s referral, include one-on-one sessions with a nurse and a dietitian, followed by eight hours of group classes. The program accepts Medicare and most insurance plans. Day, evening and weekend classes are now forming.

Diabetes Support Group
This FREE group is for anyone with any type of diabetes, as well as those who support or care for a person with diabetes. Get questions answered and learn management skills from guest speakers. Class meets on the second Thursday of every other month in the Wellness Center.

Insulin Pump Management
Whether you have been using a pump for years, or you are considering the pump to better manage your diabetes, we are here to help. Improve your self management, utilize your pump features and fine tune your settings. Doctor’s referral required for insurance coverage.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Take advantage of new technology by wearing a device that measures your blood sugar value every five minutes. Includes a 24-hour profile of blood sugar fluctuations for three days. Ideal for fine tuning therapy and behavioral changes for better management outcomes. Covered by some insurances with a doctor’s referral and preauthorization.

The Wellness Center employs two diabetes educators, Aren Dodge, RD, CDE, Nutrition and Diabetes program coordinator; and Dorothy Williams, RN, CDE, Diabetes Nurse Educator. Call 540-316-2652 to reach Aren or Dottie, or e-mail for more information.

To see the CDC fact sheet on diabetes, go to

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Apple a Day Program Encourages Everyone to Eat Healthy

There are lots of great reasons to eat healthy foods. Now here is one more -- The Bistro on the Hill’s Apple a Day Program.

Here’s how it works:
  • Ask a cashier for an Apple Card with your first qualifying purchase (see below).
  • Look for and choose for purchase foods with an apple sign.

  • After you receive 10 punches, you will earn yourself a free… trip to the salad bar or a homestyle meal and two sides and a cup of soup and a beverage

    Apple signs will be placed on or near items that meet at least one of these criteria….
    • Low or reduced fat
    • Low in saturated fat or cholesterol
    • Good sources of whole grains
    • Good sources of antioxidants
    • Good sources of fiber

Bistro's New Chef Shares Fresh Ideas

Fauquier Health employees, patients’ families and local residents are greeted with a plethora of choices when they walk into Fauquier Hospital's Bistro on the Hill. The variety of colors is almost overwhelming, and the sights and smells demand that you fill your plate.

Produce appears to have been picked that morning. The green lettuce and broccoli, the red tomatoes, the yellow peppers and orange carrots all fight for attention – and that’s just the salad bar! The secret is freshness. Bright, fresh-tasting vegetables and salads are the centerpiece here.

The soups at The Bistro have always been great, but recently the rich broths and hearty combinations have been coaxed to a new level. Beef with barley, onion soup, clam chowder, vegetable soups – all are delicious winter meal starters.

The Mongolian Barbecue – stir fry to the uninitiated – has been a popular favorite for years. The homestyle bar is outstanding (the stuffed pork loin offered recently was fork tender and mouth-watering). The Pasta, pizza and sandwich area beckons as well, with lots of fresh and flavorful choices.

At lunchtime, The Bistro is filled with happy and hungry voices these days, thanks in part to new chef Michael Lopes. His philosophy on cooking: “It’s very simple. Freshness comes out in taste and explodes on your palate. Great food is created, not opened. Everyone deserves good food.”

The Bistro continues to keep abreast of the new trends by utilizing local produce and vendors when the season allows. “We’re all fresh; everything is fresh down to sauces. I usually spend about two to four hours a day ordering inventory and produce is delivered three times a week. We contract with local growers to assure we get the freshest ingredients.”

Michael has worked with director of Nutritional Services Zachary Ericson to give The Bistro a welcoming, professional look. With the new crisp, clean uniforms and friendly smiles of the staff, many prefer to dine in rather than grab food to go.
And of course, in addition to The Bistro restaurant, Michael and his staff are responsible for all patient food as well. He said, "Patient satisfaction is the basis of this job. It’s what we do.”

Michael has been with The Bistro for several months now, from Connecticut. Michael said, The people down here smile and are so nice, such a change from up north.” Michael trained at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and Connecticut Culinary Institute and has been a part of the cooking industry for about 30 years.

Physicians Lecture in February

As part of an ongoing physician seminar series, Fauquier Health will present two lectures in February. The discussions will be held on February 9, at 7 p.m. and February 23, at 7 p.m. in the Sycamore Room at the hospital.

On February 9, Dr. Esther Bahk will present “Medical Interventions for Weight Loss: The Pro’s and Con’s.” This lecture will explore the realities and risks of medical interventions in weight loss.

On February 23, cardiologist Dr. Chirag Sandesara will present, “A Healthy Heart: How to Take Care of it,” which will give attendees advice about how to identify warning signs and prevent heart disease.

These lectures are part of a year-round series of physician lectures that Fauquier Health offers to the public free of charge. Fauquier Health is committed to educating the public about issues that are important to their health. Other lecture topics include childbirth, breast cancer, chronic pain, etc.

To register for the free lectures or for more information, call 540-316-3588 or log on to

Calendar of Events for February

Wednesday, February 2
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Details: Free

Monday, February 7 and Tuesday, February 8
Chocolate Sale
Where: Fauquier Hosptial Sycamore Room
When: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: Confectionaries provided by Chocolaterie Wanderers, Inc. Proceeds go to the Fauquier Hosptial Auxiliary.

Wednesday, February 9
Medical Interventions for Weight Loss
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: A lecture with Dr. Esther Bahk, internist
Register: 540-316-3588

Thursday, February 10
Look Good…Feel Better
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Register: 540-878-2136

Saturday, February 12
First Aid/Adult/Infant & Child CPR/AED
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $65
Register: 540-316-3588

MS Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 1 to 3 p.m.
Register: 800-344-4867

Tuesday, February 15
Cancer Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Chestnut Room
When: 7 to 8 p.m.
Register: 540-878-2136

Wednesday, February 16
New Mom’s Support Group
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Details: Free

Wednesday, February 23
A Healthy Heart: How to Take Care of it
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 7 p.m.
Details: Lecture with Dr. Chirag Sandesara, FACC, cardiologist
Register: 540-316-3588

Thursday, February 24
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday, February 25
Your Childbirth Experience
Where: Fauquier Hospital Family Birthing Center
When: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: Weekend class
Cost: $120
Register: 540-316-3588

Saturday, February 26
Babysitter Training
Where: Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room
When: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $40
Register: 540-316-3588

Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary Hosts Chocolate Sale

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary will hold a chocolate sale on Monday and Tuesday, February 7 and 8, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sycamore Room at the hospital. The chocolates will be from Chocolaterie Wanders, Inc.

Kristin Rustom of the Auxiliary said, “We are happy to be able to offer some exciting new products this year, including pistachio shortbread heart cookies dipped in chocolate and individual truffle cakes. The folks at Chocolaterie Wanders are masters in the fine art of great chocolate. Chocolate truffles and other confections are handcrafted in small batches to ensure exquisite taste and freshness.”

The following treats will be on sale (Credit cards will be accepted.):
• Single boxed chocolates: $1.50
• Chocolate Covered Pistachio Shortbread Heart Cookies: $5
• Chocolate Dipped Fruit: $5 to $8
• Individual Truffle Cakes: $8
• Chocolate for Wine tasting disc tins: $10
• Chocolate Tea Tins with Tea Strainer: $12
• Chocolate Covered Caramelized Almond "Rocher:" $15
• Boxed chocolate assortments: $5 to $30

Proceeds from the sale will go into the Auxiliary’s general fund. The Auxiliary is helping the hospital purchase a vein viewer so that nurses can more easily locate hard-to-find veins for IV procedures. The Auxiliary will also be supporting KidSafe, a Fauquier Hospital-sponsored event that focuses on children’s health and safety.

Reiki Volunteers Share Energy with Patients

Some of you may have heard of Reiki, but don’t know what it means; others may be unfamiliar
with the term. But this form of stress reduction and relaxation is making a name for itself at
Fauquier Hospital.

“I think it is brilliant to have it at the hospital here,” says Gillian Dupont, a patient in the Infusion Center.

Reiki is administered though soft touch, a “hands on approach.” At Fauquier Health, hands are placed strategically upon the patient while they are fully clothed; they may be seated or lying down. Energy is transferred from the Reiki therapist to the patient. While the energy is
being transferred, the patient may feel a number of things: warmth, coolness or just deep relaxation.

The benefits a patient may receive from Reiki include:
• Relaxation and stress reduction
• Relief of pain and muscle tension
• Increased energy

Fauquier Hospital will host hospital volunteer and Reiki Master Gerry Eitner, at 7 p.m. on January 27 in the Sycamore Room for a Reiki healing lecture.

Gerry explained, “The workshop will be to educate and give the background of Reiki, but will also include personal experiences for each person who is present. This will just be a short example, generally on heads and shoulders, so that participants can have at least a little sense of how it feels when the Reiki energy is absorbed. There’s nothing like personal experience! We’ll have some of the hospital Reiki volunteers present to also help on that evening.”

Fauquier Health currently has six Reiki trained volunteers who offer the complimentary therapy to hospital patients in the Infusion Center and in the Family Birthing Center. The sessions with patients have become so popular that patients are now requesting the therapy upon their arrival.

Gillian Dupont asks for the Reiki therapy every time she comes to the Infusion Center for a treatment. “I wouldn’t rely on it to cure my cancer, but if I have Reiki that week when I have my treatments, I feel much better than if I didn’t. I believe in it. Together with mainstream medicine it is very important.”

Because many are skeptical of this therapy method, one goal for the workshop is to educate the public and spark interest. Those who have experienced Reiki therapy say that you have to be open to the idea, and that words alone do not do it justice. It needs to be experienced. Gerry said, “You can hear the words all day long, but there’s no substitute for the experience.”
If you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer Reiki therapist at Fauquier Health, please contact Lynn Lauritzen with Fauquier Health Volunteers Services, 540-316-2910.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Alexander James Clatterbuck the first baby of 2011 at Fauquier Hospital

Alexander James Clatterbuck may have wondered what all the fuss was about when he arrived at Fauquier Hospital at 1:18 on January 1. He was the first baby to be born at Fauquier Hospital in 2011, so there was a little extra excitement at his birth.

To mark the occasion, Fauquier Hospital presented parents Verlisa Kurtenback and Carl Clatterbuck of Bealeton with a $50 savings bond for Alexander. Clatterbuck said the celebration is expected to continue for a while. “It’s our first baby. We’re very excited, and our families can’t wait for us to bring him home.”