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Day on the Lake April 27, 2015

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Although many of our pituitary patients who undergo the surgery experience a full recovery and improvement in their symptoms, those who have been debilitated for an extended period of time before surgery may require physical therapy to build their strength and endurance.

The Day on the Lake program is the only adapted water sports program for those with physical and neurological disabilities offered in Arizona. Summer 2015 will mark our 19th year of helping people who suffer from a neurological disability ride the waves at one of the most accessible waterside facilities in Arizona—Bartlett Lake Marina. Day on the Lake 2015 will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, May 7 through Saturday, May 9
  • Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12
  • Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12th

Register for this event or get more information.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

2015 Phoenix Hydrocephalus Association Walk March 27, 2015

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The 2015 Phoenix Hydrocephalus Association Walk will take place at the end of October or beginning of November. Please go to the HA Facebook page to get the latest details.

If you would like to volunteer at this event or help in advance please let us know.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow NPH Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Is It Really Dementia? Maybe Not. March 4, 2015

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A treatable condition, normal pressure hydrocephalus, could actually be the cause of a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Read more of this article about NPH from U.S. News Health.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow NPH Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Know Your NPH Facts! February 9, 2015

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  • Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) usually affects people age 60 and over.
  • An estimated 375,000 Americans suffer from NPH
  • NPH can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms may be confused with other disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease
  • NPH is believed to cause up to 5 percent of all cases of dementia
  • If diagnosed early, NPH can be effectively treated

If you know someone who may be suffering from NPH tell them to seek out an NPH specialist and schedule a screening.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow NPH Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

What is NPH? January 23, 2015

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Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, or NPH, is a type of hydrocephalus that affects the elderly population. Since it mimics the symptoms and signs of getting older and/or Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, it is often misdiagnosed. To better understand this condition, watch this video from the Hydrocephalus Association’s Website. Please post all questions on this blog.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow NPH Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Ebola Preparedness December 17, 2014

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We have all been following the developments of the Ebola outbreak and we want to let you know what Dignity Health is doing to prepare. Although there are currently no confirmed cases of Ebola in Arizona, we continue to hold those affected by this disease in our thoughts and prayers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of Ebola becoming an epidemic in this country is very low. Nonetheless, we are taking the threat very seriously. To prepare for the unlikely event that an Ebola patient comes to our hospital, we want to let you know about the steps we are taking.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow NPH Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Mary Decker Mentorship Award Nominations – Hydrocephalus Association December 3, 2014

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Please nominate your favorite Neuroscience Nurse for the Mary Decker Mentorship Award! Celebrate his/her expertise and dedication to#hydrocephalus patients and passion for excellent care with this great honor!

Click here for details: http://bit.ly/15OMJS0

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow NPH Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Programmable Shunts November 19, 2014

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Programmable shunt valves have been instrumental in improving success of treatment for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). Introduced approximately 15 years ago, this technology allows the NPH specialist to personalize the speed of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow from the brain, which may differ from patient to patient.

This ability to fine tune the device to meet the needs of each patient reduces the risks of overdrainage/underdrainage. To understand more about the mechanics of this device click here.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow NPH Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

 

Adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network October 23, 2014

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Adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (AHCRN) is a collaboration of physicians to improve treatments and outcomes for adults with hydrocephalus. It is comprised of a group of neurosurgeons, neurologists, a neuropsychologist, philanthropists, businesses, and nonprofit experts who have joined forces to share data and to partner on investigations into improved treatment for the adult forms of hydrocephalus, including transitional patients who were diagnosed as children, those who acquire hydrocephalus as adults, and patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus. The Hydrocephalus Association (HA) has been instrumental in providing the startup funding and infrastructure support for the network.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow NPH Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

2014 Hydrocephalus Association Walk – Another Huge Success! October 17, 2014

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What a great day we had for this event! We were joined by Barrow doctors and nurses including our NPH specialists Drs. Jiong Shi and Joseph Zabramski, as well as pediatric specialist Katie Klas, PNP, from Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. A special thanks to the Phoenix Fire Department and Ronald McDonald for coming out.

PVHS Cheer Squad Cindy McElfresh, Edie Simpson, RN, Peg McCaluley, Storm Hill Maggie Bobrowitz, RN,  Katie Klas, PNP, Drs. Jiong Shi & Joseph Zabramski

More photos can be found on the HA Facebook page.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow NPH Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

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