Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Breast Reconstructive Awareness (BRA) Day
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Breast Reconstructive Awareness (BRA) Day

The 8th annual BRA Day, or breast reconstruction awareness day, is being held on October 16.  It’s a day meant to support women who have gone through breast reconstruction, and also raise awareness. 

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Understanding Vitamins and Supplements
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Understanding Vitamins and Supplements

Our focus this week is on vitamins and supplements and when it may be appropriate for someone to use them.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Understanding the Recent Allergan Breast Implant Recall
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Understanding the Recent Allergan Breast Implant Recall

The FDA recently recommended that Allergan – a company that sells breast implants – voluntarily recall one of their products due to concerns about breast implant associated illness, including a very rare cancer associated with scar tissue. 

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Sunsets with Sentara Healthcare
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Sunsets with Sentara Healthcare

Sunsets with Sentara is a community event at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.  It’s an evening filled with music, food and fellowship.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: New Aspirin Guidelines for Preventing Heart Issues
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: New Aspirin Guidelines for Preventing Heart Issues

Aspirin is one of the first medications doctors realized helped lower the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients. Because of this, older data suggested that more and more people should take an aspirin a day. Now though, that’s all changing.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Nurses go Back to School at Sentara Martha Jefferson
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Nurses go Back to School at Sentara Martha Jefferson

Nurses at Sentara Martha Jefferson enroll in programs to further their education. 

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Endometriosis – Understanding the Disease and Treatment Options
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Endometriosis – Understanding the Disease and Treatment Options

Endometriosis is a disease where cells, similar to the ones that line the inside of the uterus, actually grow outside of the uterus.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Provides Self-Care for Staff
Sentara Martha Jefferson Provides Self-Care for Staff

Sentara Martha Jefferson has launched a new initiative to help staff understand the importance of self-care. Brief mindfulness and stress reduction sessions, massage, and healing touch are all being offered to any staff who may need a reset.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Tuesday Tours for Tomorrow’s Nurses
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Tuesday Tours for Tomorrow’s Nurses

Sentara Martha Jefferson has launched Tuesday Tours for Tomorrow's Nurses, a new opportunity to give nursing students, current nurses, or just those interested in the nursing field a chance to get an inside look at the profession. 

Nitrous Oxide as a Tool during Delivery at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
Nitrous Oxide as a Tool during Delivery at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital

Sentara Martha Jefferson recently starting using nitrous oxide – often referred to as laughing gas - as an option for women to assist with pain during labor.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: The Importance of Self Care
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: The Importance of Self Care

Women of all ages often find themselves as primary care givers. Whether it’s for children, parents, or a spouse, the goal is to be able to provide the best care possible. Doctors say part of that is learning to take care of you.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Earth Friendly Initiatives
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Earth Friendly Initiatives

From big-ticket items, such as a state-of-the-art heating and ventilation system and an on-site retention pond for irrigation needs, to smaller initiatives like automated lights, Sentara Martha Jefferson is focused on reducing usage.  

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Diabetes Detection and Management
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Diabetes Detection and Management

Understanding and treating diabetes is important to ensure a patient’s long-term success when it comes to managing the disease.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Low Intervention Births
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Low Intervention Births

The goal for soon-to-be mothers who are delivering their babies is to give them the delivery they desire. At Sentara Martha Jefferson, a low C-section rate has gone hand-in-hand with helping women have their ideal birth.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Foot and Ankle Injuries and Surgery
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Foot and Ankle Injuries and Surgery

Our focus this week is on a new service that is now available. Sentara Martha Jefferson recently expanded its orthopedic offerings, adding foot and ankle surgery to the list of specialties they treat.  

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Reducing Preventable Readmissions
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Reducing Preventable Readmissions

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital recently launched a new pilot program aimed at reducing preventable readmissions. 

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Common Thyroid Disorders
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Common Thyroid Disorders

January is thyroid awareness month. There are several common disorders of the thyroid, but each is different.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Hip Arthroscopy
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is used by doctors to treat a variety of issues. It involves inserting a camera through a small poke hole in the skin to evaluate the hip joint.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: The Importance of Education Before Having a Baby
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: The Importance of Education Before Having a Baby

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital offers a variety of classes for people who are preparing to have a baby. The goal is to help educate on what to expect and the classes are open to anyone who is expecting a baby.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Radial Access Technique for Treating Strokes
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Radial Access Technique for Treating Strokes

Over the years, technology has made it easier and easier to allow doctors to access the brain. We’ve moved from open brain surgery, to accessing the brain through the femoral artery in the groin area. And now, doctors at Sentara Martha Jefferson have taken it one step further, and are using the radial artery in the wrist to treat patients suffering from a stroke. 

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Groin Hernias
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Groin Hernias

Our focus this week is on hernias and specifically times when surgery is necessary.  We spoke with Dr. Lane Ritter, a general surgeon at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, to find out more.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Treating the Female Athlete
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Treating the Female Athlete

The new Sentara Sports Medicine Center at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital treats athletes of all ages and abilities. However, the physicians at the center note that when taking care of female athletes, there are certain things they make sure to keep an eye out for, as women are different than men. 

Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: New ER Processes Improve Wait Times
Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: New ER Processes Improve Wait Times

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital has recently made changes in its emergency department in order to get patients in, seen by a doctor, and on their way faster than before.