Melanoma, a typically malignant tumor of melanin forming skin cells, is on the rise. Scientists predict over 76,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2017 and over 10,000 will die from it. This marks an increase from 8,500 melanoma deaths in 2009. What can you do to protect yourself from melanoma? The Melanoma Research Alliance suggests using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, avoiding peak rays, and avoiding the use of tanning beds are all effective habits to lower your melanoma risk. It is especially important to protect your children. One bad sunburn as a child can make a person more susceptible to melanoma later in life.
Foothills Surgery Center would like to wish a Happy New Year to all our surgery center patients and families. If you are making a resolution for better health habits in 2017, keep in mind that diet & exercise are only part of the puzzle. Scheduling a check-up with your primary care physician or physician specialist is an equally important step towards better health. You can check out local Boulder Community Health primary care physicians and Boulder Medical Center primary care physicians by clicking the links.
Did you know that each year approximately 1 in every 25 people in the United States gets an infection in the hospital while being treated for something else? Whenever you visit a hospital or other health care setting, you become vulnerable to catching infections. Unfortunately, infections caught in hospitals cause nearly 75,000 deaths each year. The good news is many of these infections can be prevented with proper infection prevention practices. Here are some tips for infection prevention!
Health literacy is the capacity for individuals to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and the health services that are available to them. Through the years, health care organizations, community services, health literacy coalitions, government agencies, and universities have hosted a wide range of Health Literacy Month events. These include how-to workshops for professionals, wellness programs for the public, and educational seminars for students at all levels.
The theme for Health Literacy Month 2016 is “Be a Health Literacy Hero.” Health literacy heroes are those who take action in finding ways to improve health communication. Click the links above for more info.
National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages, occurs on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. The event focuses on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women. On this day more than 500 groups across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community locations. To learn more about events near you, sponsorship opportunities, and hosting an event through your organization, please visit the National Women’s Health & Fitness Day website.
Foothills Surgery Center wishes you and your family a happy Labor Day weekend! Make sure to get out and enjoy the beautiful Boulder outdoors. Don’t forget to stay prepared with plenty of sunscreen and water!
Note – Foothills Surgery Center will be closed for the holiday on Monday, September 5. Our center will resume business operations as usual on Tuesday, September 6.
Foothills Surgery Center is excited to welcome the physicians of Colon & Rectal Clinic of Colorado to our medical staff.
Craig Brown, MD, FASCRS– Dr. Brown has specialized in Colon and Rectal Surgery since 2002. He treats colon and rectal cancer, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. He performs colonoscopies and manages all aspects of anal disease such as hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, and fecal incontinence.
Graham Sellers, MD, FASCRS– Dr. Sellers is a board certified Colon & Rectal Surgeon. Dr. Sellers specializes in the management of all aspects of anorectal disease and proctology, including hemorrhoids, anal pain, anal fissures, anal infection and abscess, rectal fistula, anal itching, pilonidal disease, anal warts, and anal hemorrhoid skin tags. His surgical management and expertise also extends to abdominal and pelvic problems.
Warren Strutt, MD– Dr. Strutt is a board certified Colon & Rectal Surgeon. He specializes in colorectal surgery, with an emphasis on cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and diverticulitis. He offers broad experience in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, as well as traditional surgery. Dr. Strutt also performs colonoscopies and manages all aspects of anorectal diseases, including hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, and fecal incontinence. He performs minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of fecal incontinence with the use of pelvic neuromodulators.
Each of these physicians is now available to perform surgeries at our facility. Make sure you click on the links above to obtain more in-depth physician profiles. If you are dealing with a health issue requiring a proctologist, please consider contacting Colon & Rectal Clinic of Colorado for dedicated, convenient service in Boulder and the surrounding community.
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Attention RNs, CNAs, instrument technologists, and allied health professionals! Check out the Foothills Surgery Center Career Opportunities page to see which position is right for you. Make sure you follow the instructions at the bottom of the Career Opportunities page to download and submit an application.
Foothills Surgery Center congratulates Nancy Akers on her recent selection to Becker’s ASC Review’s 154 Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Administrators to Know. Becker’s list honors ASC administrators who are experts at overseeing every aspect of the ASC business while also navigating through the rapidly changing healthcare landscape. Our own administrator, Nancy Akers, was recognized for her nursing experience, medical mission trips, and expertise as a certified legal nurse consultant. Click here to see the full list on Becker’s ASC Review.
The American Academy of Ophthalmologists reports that long-term exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of cataracts and growths on the eye, including skin cancer. Foothills Surgery Center reminds you to make sure your family is well-prepared with 100% UV blocking sunglasses this summer. It’s going to be a bright one! To learn more about UV safety click here.