School Supply Drive Overwhelming Success

Volunteers and retired teachers John Wich and Larry McCauley sort through school supplies.

Volunteers and retired teachers John Wich and Larry McCauley sort through school supplies.

Volunteers meticulously sorted all of the school supplies and food donated by St. Anthony’s Medical Center employees for the Franciscan Outreach Team’s back-to-school drive Monday and Tuesday, July 20 and 21. They packed more than 200 backpacks with school supplies and had several boxes left over, including 12 big boxes of food for Affton School District’s Cougar Packs.

Denise Wiese from Lemay Child and Family Services wrote: “Thank you again, this means so much to our families! When I shared the information with one of our parents, she broke down and cried and was so grateful. She didn’t know how she was going to come up with the money to buy everything the school required. It is a great relief, knowing her child would have everything he needed.”

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Hospice House hosts photographic exhibit

Edward Martin with one of the photographs that will be on display in the art exhibit.

Edward Martin with one of the photographs that will be on display in the art exhibit.

An art exhibit in St. Anthony’s at de Greeff Hospice House? It had never been done.

That is, until a patient at de Greeff asked that his photographic images be presented to the public as his “last hurrah,” and the staff of St. Anthony’s Medical Center worked to make his wish a reality.

From 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, St. Louis landscape photographer Edward Martin will host an opening reception for a selection of his Missouri Ozark landscape photography in the living room of the de Greeff Hospice House. The exhibit is free and the photos will be showcased through the end of August.

Until he was sidelined recently due to his battle with prostate cancer, Ed had plenty of irons in the fire and served in additional roles as a teacher, graphic designer and filmmaker. In 2012, he staged an exhibit to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Missouri Department of Conservation to highlight the beauty and diversity of the Missouri Ozark landscape. But he never got around to showing these photographs in the St. Louis area, until now.

Read more about Ed.

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World Breastfeeding Week

Amber Kohlberg uses St. Anthony’s cozy room on the 4th floor to pump.

Amber Kohlberg uses St. Anthony’s cozy room on the 4th floor to pump.

Each year, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) chooses a theme to promote breastfeeding during World breastfeeding week, celebrated Aug. 1 through 7. This year, the chosen theme is about working moms who breastfeed: Breastfeeding and work, let’s make it work! Mothers today are expected to work a fulltime job and still take care of their families. Studies show that breast milk is the best form of nutrition for babies. It keeps them healthier by providing antibodies that fight infections. A healthy baby means less sick days mom has to take to stay home with a sick child.

In order for mom to be successful with breastfeeding, she needs the support of her family, friends, co-workers and her employer. Mothers need to pump to keep their supply going while away from their baby. Many places of employment have breast-pumping rooms for mothers to pump milk for their babies, and St. Anthony’s Medical Center is no exception. We have an updated breastpumping room on the fourth floor where employees can go to pump. The cozy room even has an iPod docking station so mom can listen to music while pumping. Work is just one aspect of a breastfeeding mother’s life, but it is a big one. Being supported by everyone around her can help a working mom be successful at breastfeeding.

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Pharmacist cured of painful vein condition

Rick Tod

Rick Tod

Rick Tod always has enjoyed physical activity, from running to waterskiing and soccer. But his 32-year vocation as a pharmacist took a toll on his legs.

“Standing on my feet had led to varicose veins, and I had pain in both my legs,” recalls Rick, Manager of St. Anthony’s Medical Plaza Retail Pharmacy. “The pain at times kept me from doing many of the activities I enjoy.”

Rick was among more than 30 million Americans who suffer from venous insufficiency or venous reflux disease. Today, Rick, 55, has returned to his normal lifestyle with the help of a venous radiofrequency ablation procedure performed last year by David Dobmeyer, M.D., FACC, President of St. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates.

“Dr. Dobmeyer was awesome,” Rick said. “My legs feel fine now; I am not limited on what I can do anymore, and my legs don’t feel fatigued going up and down steps.”

St. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates Vein Services is the only vein center in the St. Louis metro area to be accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in venous treatment and management. This means the center is nationally recognized for providing high-quality vein services. The center performs 15 to 20 venous ablations per week, and 800 or more each year, among other procedures.

See more about Rick’s story and vein services at St. Anthony’s.

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Retired schoolteacher enjoying life after open-heart surgery

Gary Tissot

Gary Tissot

Just one day after he underwent open-heart surgery, retired schoolteacher Gary Tissot was up and walking around St. Anthony’s Heart & Vascular Institute.

“Not bad, not bad at all,” said Gary, 69, when asked how he was doing. “Dr. Noda’s popped in several times, and the staff has been fantastic. I couldn’t ask for better treatment.”

Gary underwent off-pump cardiac bypass graft (CABG) surgery by cardiothoracic surgeon Seiichi Noda, M.D., on June 17 for three blockages. He returned to his home in Affton on June 22. Dr. Noda credits Gary’s fast-tracked care in St. Anthony’s Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit (CV-PCU) with the speedy recovery.

“Fast-tracked patients have their breathing tubes removed while still in the operating room,” Dr. Noda said. “The patients then completely skip the Intensive Care Unit and recover in our Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit, which is designed to be a more welcoming and quiet environment conducive to rest and recovery.”

See more about Gary’s care at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

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Primary care services expands to Eureka

Craig Holzem, M.D., FAAFP

Craig Holzem, M.D., FAAFP

St. Anthony’s Medical Center expanded its primary care physician services to Eureka, Mo., with care provided by Craig Holzem, M.D., FAAFP.

Dr. Holzem is board-certified in family medicine, sports medicine and clinical densitometry, which focuses on skeletal health. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the International Society of Clinical Densitometry. He serves as a Family Practice Preceptor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Missouri-Columbia and Washington University. Dr. Holzem has been named a “Top Doc” in the St. Louis region for the last nine consecutive years.

Dr. Holzem will practice at the new St. Anthony’s at Eureka Family Medicine. His office will be located at 215 Thresher, Eureka, MO 63025, which is located just south of the intersection of Interstate 44 and Highway 109. The office can be reach and appointments can be made by calling 314-ANTHONY (268-4669). The practice is part of St. Anthony’s Physician Organization.

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Behavioral Health Services expand with addition of new psychiatrist

Ernest A. Graypel, M.D., MHA

Ernest A. Graypel, M.D., MHA

St. Anthony’s Medical Center expanded its mental health services with the addition of psychiatrist Ernest A. Graypel, M.D., MHA.

Dr. Graypel specializes in treatment of psychological trauma disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder, adult and geriatric psychiatry, and long-term care. He is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He is a licensed nursing home administrator, is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators, and holds a Master’s in Health Administration.

Dr. Graypel will serve as Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services and joins Abraham Medaris, M.D., at St. Anthony’s Behavioral Health Specialists. Their practice is located in Suite 364B in the Medical Office Building, 10004 Kennerly Road, on the St. Anthony’s campus. The office can be reach and appointments can be made by calling 314-ANTHONY (268-4669). St. Anthony’s Behavioral Health Specialists is part of St. Anthony’s Physician Organization.

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