Looking Out for Kids Eighth Annual Benefit
Salus University held its eighth annual “Looking out For Kids” benefit on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Hafter Student Center. NBC10 anchor and reporter, Rosemary Connors, co-hosted the annual event which included Philadelphia-themed entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event help provide vision care for under-insured and uninsured children in and around Philadelphia. Since its inception, the “Looking Out for Kids” program has brightened thousands of children’s lives to enhance educational performance. Read more about the event.
We’re making some exciting changes at The Eye Institute of Salus University, and would like to introduce you to our refreshed brand that makes a powerfulpromise about our commitment to patient care, health and well-being. You’ll begin to see ourvibrant new look and feel in everything we do- from signs and brochures to advertising and our new website- which will launch in the late summer.
We hope that you enjoy our new appearance,
and please be sure to let us know what you think.
Public Health Awareness
Our name, “Salus,” is a Latin word for health and well-being. The mission of the University is to “enhance and protect health and well-being through education, research, patient care and community services worldwide.”
As part of our mission we offer the following information and links that may prove helpful:
- Information for the general public: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/transmission/human-transmission.html
- Information for clinicians: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/clinician-information-us-healthcare-settings.html
- CDC Ebola fact sheet: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ebola-factsheet.pdf
Ebola concerns: Now that the disease has entered the United States, it is understandable that people are concerned about the dangers of infection. Ebola, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). The CDC is one of the best sources of current information about ebola and has established guidelines that are followed by our doctors, students and staff in our five clinical locations, The Eye Institute and its satellite offices, Pennsylvania Ear Institute and the Feinbloom Low Vision Clinic.
Flu season is here. To ensure that you don’t fall victim to the flu, see your primary care physician to receive your annual shot. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Thousands of deaths occur each year due to the flu and about 90% of those occur in people 65 years and older. Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.( http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm)
Enterovirus (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses and its mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing. According to the CDC, generally speaking infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. That's because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. Adults can get infected with enteroviruses, but they are more likely to have no symptoms or mild symptoms.
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages that can often be prevented with vaccines and can usually be treated with antibiotics, antiviral drugs (such as Tamiflu), or specific drug therapies. Common signs of pneumonia include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. You are more likely to become ill with pneumonia if you smoke or have underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. Ask your primary care physician if you are a candidate for a pneumonia vaccination. (http://www.cdc.gov/pneumonia/)
With colds, viruses and many communicable diseases, something as simple as handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds (sing the Happy Birthday song!) is a critical component in the prevention of infection. Using anti-bacterial wipes or sprays on frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, switches, toys, are also key factors. As always, check with your primary care provider when you have questions.
Children with asthma may have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 infection. Enteroviruses can only be diagnosed by doing specific lab tests on specimens from a person’s throat and nose. Check with your primary care physician if your child or you exhibit these symptoms. (http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html)
Last week, Salus University held a special thank you reception at the Elmwood Park Zoo in recognition of members of the Norristown community who have provided financial support to the University’s “Looking Out for Kids” vision care initiative in the Norristown Area School District.
For three years now, the “Looking Out for Kids” charity has been providing comprehensive vision care and eyeglasses to uninsured and underinsured children in the Norristown Area School District. “The Donor Recognition Reception at the zoo was a lovely event, and I was very pleased to be in attendance,” said Patti Roman, Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy nurse. “Many thanks for your generous hospitality and gracious words, as well as all you do for our students.”
Supporters of the vision care initiative include Norristown Area School District School Nurses, the Patricia Kind Family Foundation, the TD Bank Foundation, Tornetta Properties, INC., Hillcrest Plaza Merchant’s Association, Genuardi Family Foundation, Conicelli Autoplex and Toyota Dealer Match Program, and J.P. Mascaro & Sons. The initiative’s newest advocates, Expo Logic, also presented a generous check at the reception in support of the initiative. Andrew Miller and Britney Angeles, students from Cole Manor Elementary School, were also in attendance and greatly enjoyed the exciting atmosphere of the zoo.
The success of the “Looking Out for Kids” vision care initiative is due to the kindness and consideration of the Norristown community, and we are extremely thankful for their support.
To see more photos from the event, visit the University's Facebook page.
Electronic Health Record: Part TWO
Assistant director, Celeste Tucker, goes over the electronic health record with primary care patient representative, Sheree Akers. (Photo by Andrew Ciechanowski)
Last summer, The Eye Institute (TEI) transitioned to a specialty Electronic Health Record (EHR). The first phase of this transition was focused on primary care – a large part of the care provided to our patients. In the year prior to implementation, this service had over 21,500 patient visits. This drastically changed the way patient care was documented, tracked, and maintained.
The benefits of an EHR are tremendous, and include:
- Elimination of lost medical records
- Time savings and efficiencies in appointing and billing
- Ability to compile public health and research data
These changes, while great, can be difficult to integrate into patient care and student training. Over the past year, TEI went through several customizations and changes to their own Electronic Health Record screens and processes. These useful updates enhanced the quality of care for our patients, documentation, and the academic experience for our students.
The Eye Institute is in the final stages of phase II of the EHR transition. At the end of May, the majority of The Eye Institute’s specialty services completed the transition to EHR. Pediatrics, which includes Vision Therapy and the Brain Injury Clinic, Low Vision Services, which includes community outreach services at schools for the visually impaired and at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, and the Neuro-Ophthalmic service all converted to the EHR. These services worked extremely hard preparing for this difficult transition, developed individualized screens and redesigned their processes to take advantage of EHR benefits. This conversion will continue to improve quality and the continuity of care from start to finish.