In light of Governor Cuomo’s recent declaration of an influenza public health emergency, Brooks Memorial Hospital has enhanced its infection prevention precautions due to the severity of local flu activity.
At this time, Brooks requests that visitors LIMIT their exposure here, and to NOT visit if they feel ill.
All visitors should be mindful of and strictly adhere to precautions noted on the bright orange DROPLET ISOLATION signage on the floors. In addition to standard precautions, droplet precaution areas require EVERYONE to wash their hands, wear a gown, gloves and mask to prevent diseases or germs that are spread in tiny droplets caused by coughing and sneezing.
According to Lisa Maslak, Brooks’ Director of Infection Control, “Under normal circumstances, we place a high value on the presence of family and friends to provide emotional support and comfort as part of our patients’ recovery process. However, due to the severity of flu season at this time, visitors can help us meet the healthcare needs of their loved one by staying home if they feel ill, not bringing children, and limiting to two at a time.”
Those in our community SEEKING TREATMENT for flu-like symptoms are asked to wear a mask upon arrival so as to NOT expose others to illness. Masks and hand sanitizers are available at all hospital entrances.
For more information on Governor Cuomo’s executive order to combat widespread flu epidemic in New York, visit https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-executive-order-combat-widespread-flu-epidemic-new-york. For tips on how to take action to help prevent the spread of flu, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.
Across the United States, the month of January provides an opportunity to begin the conversation about the importance of cervical cancer screening. National Cervical Cancer Awareness month is intended to remind women how to protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer.
According to Dr. Daniel Burns, Ob/Gyn specialist at Lake Erie Medical Services, “Pap smears remain essential in preventing cervical cancer. Women can help prevent cervical cancer by getting screened regularly, starting at age 21”.
Physicians at LEMS, including Collins Osula, MD, follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for screening tests and recommend a vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. The CDC also states cervical cancer is highly preventable with regular screening tests and appropriate follow-up care. It also can be cured when found early and treated.
Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Parents are reminded the HPV vaccine is recommended for preteens (both boys and girls) aged 11 to 12 years, but can be given as early as age 9 and until age 26.
No woman should die of cervical cancer. You can help prevent cervical cancer by getting screened regularly, starting at age 21.
To schedule your annual pap smear, contact Lake Erie Medical Services in Dunkirk or Fredonia at 716-672-2000.
As tradition dictates, Brooks’ first baby is showered with gifts from generous businesses and individuals in the community. The Meyers family wishes to thank those in the community for joining them in the celebration and for the assortments of gifts and services, especially:
BROOKS HOSPITAL OB NURSES; BROOKS NURSING SUPERVISORS; CHAUTAUQUA HEALTH & FITNESS; CURVES; DOM POLSKI CLUB; DOMUS FARE; ELI KURTZ & FAMILY, ELI RABER AND FAMILY, FAMILY VIDEO, FLOWERS BY ANTHONY, G&P GYNECARE P.C.; INNER BALANCE; IVETT TUCKER; KATIE CONTI; LISA BOYLE PHOTOGRAPHY; MAURICES; O'MALIAS LIQUOR STORE; PATTONS ELECTRI;, SARAH GORCYNSKI; SHERWIN WILLIAMS; SOLES UNLIMITED; SWEET PERFECTIONS; TOPS; TRUDY PACOS; UNITED WAY; WALMART and ZUMBA BY LISA K & JANET K
Lake Erie Medical Services, P.C. (LEMS) announces its consolidation with Deidra Women's Medical Health Services, P.C., located at 308 Central Avenue in Dunkirk. Collins Osula, MD, MS, FACOG, owner of the single-specialty OB/GYN medical practice, will combine services with LEMS team beginning January 2, 2018. Dr. Osula will continue seeing new and existing patients at the current office location on Central Avenue and will maintain an affiliation with Brooks Memorial Hospital.
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