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Stay Healthy with UHS August 2017

UHS’ painless scan can replace liver biopsy

SH_Aug_20172_small.jpgA new, non-surgical device at UHS that measures fibrosis, or scarring of the liver, can replace needle biopsy in the diagnosis of a number of conditions. UHS is the first hospital in the region to offer transient elastography, usually known by the brand name FibroScan, for routine testing in the management of chronic liver disease. For the patient, the procedure is similar to undergoing a conventional ultrasound examination.

"The FibroScan is a complete, non-invasive method of assessing liver damage," said Leslie Bank, MD, a gastroenterologist with the UHS medical staff and Binghamton Gastroenterology Associates. "It's fast, easy, painless and conducted on an outpatient basis, offering a non-surgical alternative to traditional liver biopsy." The device is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and can be used successfully with about 95 percent of patients.

Doctors may recommend a FibroScan test for patients with such chronic liver conditions as cirrhosis or several types of hepatitis, as well as genetic illnesses such as hemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease. The FibroScan, which uses a non-invasive probe placed over the liver, requires no sedation and usually takes about five minutes. Results are produced instantly. The scan is covered by most forms of health insurance.

"We're excited to be the first provider in the community to offer this service," said Alec Grabowski, director of Digestive Health and Critical Care at UHS. "Patients will no longer have to travel out of town, such as to Rochester or New York City, for this service. And there's a top-tier physician group supporting it.”

For more information, visit To schedule a FibroScan exam, call 762-2494 or discuss the test with your primary care provider.

‘Kids On Track' is great fun for beginners

SH_Aug_20173_small.jpgGetting your kids out walking or running is a great way for them to have fun, achieve fitness and get into the exercise habit at an early age. That's the idea behind UHS Stay Healthy Kids' "Kids On Track" program, scheduled for this fall on the Vestal Rail Trail.

Kids On Track is a nine-week beginner walking, running and wellness program for youngsters and their family members, to be held from 1 to 2:15 p.m., every Sunday from Sept. 10 through Nov. 5, meeting at the Vestal Coal House. The program is geared to children ages 5 to 15, and will include guided walking and running, relay races, mile-trackers, wellness discussions, giveaways, post-workout smoothies, snacks and Kids On Track-logoed shirts. The fee for the total program is $10 per youngster.

Prizes will be awarded for cumulative milestone markers of five, 10, 15 and 20 miles, and a grand prize for all who reach the "marathon level" of 26.2 miles over the nine weeks. There will also be separate prizes for relay winners. To sign up: Go to If you have questions, call 221-3727.

Studies show that walking and running are good for children and teenagers. The youngsters have fun, improve their concentration and feel calmer. They gain a sense of control over their walking environment, become observant of what they encounter on their journey and have some time to themselves to think. Simultaneously, they get very good exercise.

UHS trauma care is tops, surgeons’ group says

SH_Aug_2017_small.jpgUHS Wilson Medical Center has been verified as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. This nationally respected verification recognizes UHS' dedication to providing high-quality, multidisciplinary care to injured patients throughout the region.

"Meeting the committee’s rigorous standards to achieve the verification has been a three-year journey for the trauma team at UHS," said John Carrigg, president and chief executive officer of UHS Hospitals. "The result is a testament to the team’s devotion to quality care and to our organization’s commitment to the needs of patients who come to us at the moment of their most critical need."

UHS Wilson is a New York State-designated Level II trauma center and the only ACS-verified center in the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. Annually, more than 1,000 injured patients arrive at UHS Wilson’s Emergency Department by car, ambulance or medevac helicopter to be treated for a wide range of severe, often life-threatening injuries.

The Committee on Trauma promotes the development of trauma centers at which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process, and also includes injury prevention education to the community and trauma care education to other healthcare providers.

The Committee on Trauma’s verification program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality of trauma care to all injured patients and demonstrates those results through a data-driven quality improvement program. Verified trauma centers must meet essential criteria on a regular basis that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the national committee.

Based in Chicago, the American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and improve the care of the surgical patient.

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