Sunday, July 3, 2022

The Health Beat

Swing bed program

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Vineyarders are fortunate in that in addition to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, we can draw on specialized medical resources in Boston and on the Cape. Something that not everyone is aware of is that if...

MVH Profile: Rocy Turner, Patient Financial Counselor

How long have you been at MVH, Rocy? I have been here for almost two years now. What was your background before coming here? I am the mother of two children, ages 9 and 12. I completed...

Open enrollment for the Health Connector ends Jan. 23

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Open Enrollment refers to the yearly period when people can enroll in a health insurance plan. The enrollment periods for commercial plans are typically in November and December, Medicare plans are from Oct. 15...

Dealing with diet over the holidays

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It’s a mixed blessing. You look forward to holiday parties and going out to eat, but you know there’s a price to pay. But believe it or not, it is possible to go out...

MVH Profile: Betsy Corsiglia, Registered/Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist

How long have you been at MVH? I’ve been at the hospital for four years.   What brought you here? Formerly, I was a photographer. I loved the work, but I reached a point in my career where...

MVH Profile: Deborah Tsicsos, sonographer

Debby, what exactly is a sonographer? An ultrasound technologist. In my case I do breast ultrasounds. How long have you been doing it? Thirty-three years; I went to a hospital program to be an x-ray technologist after...

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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One in eight women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s the most common cancer in women, and the second leading cause of death after skin cancer. While these statistics may...

MVH Profile: Valci Carvalho, Staff/IT Pharmacist

Valci, how long have you been on the Island? I was born in Rio de Janeiro, and moved to Martha’s Vineyard when I was 14 years old. I went to high school here. What do...

The facts about vaccinations

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There’s a great deal of controversy today surrounding the subject of vaccinations, particularly when it comes to children. It should be noted that Dukes County has the highest rate of school-age children opting out...

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

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“There is a great deal of scientific evidence that confirms the importance of breastfeeding, both for babies and their moms,” said Joyce Capobianco, nurse manager of the maternity unit at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. “And...

MVH Profile: Sandy Ciciora, R.N.

Sandy, how long have you been at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital? We moved to the Island permanently in 1986, and I started work right after that. I’ve been at the hospital for 32 years now.   What do...

Building up bone strength

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You or a loved one grow old, take a little fall, and suddenly fracture a hip. It’s an all-too-common scenario, but doesn’t have to be. Many of these fractures are preventable, not just by...

MVH Profile: Anthony D. Piland, physician assistant–certified

Anthony, how did you get to the MVH? I initially worked with Rocco Monto, M.D in West Tisbury and in Nantucket. He decided to move to Nantucket full-time, and I decided to stay on the...

Tick tips: How to keep, or get, the nasty creatures off you

DO use tweezers to remove the tick if possible DO grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible DO pull upward with steady even pressure DO call a doctor if you can’t get it...

Get ahead of Lyme

Living on Martha’s Vineyard, we’re conditioned to meticulously check ourselves, our friends, and our kids for ticks. What happens if you find one? What happens if it’s embedded? Dr. Henry Nieder, co-chair of primary...

MVH Profile: Prudy Carter-Donovan, N.P.

Prudy, how long have you been on-Island? Twelve years. I originally accepted a six-month temporary position here as an overnight ER nurse in 2006. My family and I fell in love with the Island, so...