Evangelical nurse elected president of professional society
LEWISBURG - Cheryl A. Walter was elected president of the Tri-State Society for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at the 28th annual Symposium in Princeton, N.J., on April 14. She is a board certified cardiac and vascular nurse employed in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at Evangelical Community Hospital.
The Tri-State Society is a multidisciplinary association comprised of health care professionals who serve in the fields of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Members include cardiovascular and pulmonary physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, behavioral scientists, respiratory therapists, dietitians and nutritionists. The society has a membership of health care professionals that serves Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. A priority of the society is to promote support of legislative bills that affect cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Walter has been very involved in the organization, serving on the executive board of directors and is the North Central Chapter Manager for 13 counties and 15 facilities. She represented the society by meeting with U.S. senators and representatives. As president, she represents the society as a liaison organizations involving the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, nationally.
She and her husband, Allen W. Walter, live in Milton and have three children and two grandchildren.
Jersey Shore Hospital congratulates 'Rocker of the Month' for April
Jersey Shore Hospital recently named Apryle Kemmerer, licensed practical nurse, as April's Rocker of the Month.
Kemmerer helps out in many areas of the hospital including same day surgery, cardiopulmonary and the Lock Haven University Health Clinic. She also runs a monthly blood pressure clinic.
Her co-workers say Kemmerer is a constant bright spot in their day, by making patients and families feel comfortable and at ease. Her lively smile and infectious laugh, willingness to help in any area and positive attitude are true assets to the Jersey Shore Hospital family.
SH cardiologists perform catheterizations
Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women. Individuals who experience a heart attack or fail a stress test often require a heart catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) angioplasty. Three Susquehanna Health cardiologists, Dr. Donald Nardone, Dr. Christopher Tobiasz and Dr. Robert Trautwein, now perform a transradial catheterization that is more comfortable for the patient and requires less recovery time.
During the catheterization, a catheter is inserted through an artery in order to visualize the coronary arteries, to determine the extent of blockage and to perform treatment such as angioplasty.
Traditionally, the procedure is performed through the femoral artery in the groin area.
However, the transradial catheterization provides access to the heart through the radial artery in the wrist.
Nardone has used the transradial approach since 2010. Before the transradial approach is performed in the cardiac catheterization lab of Susquehanna Health's Heart & Vascular Institute, a patient is screened using a special test to determine whether there is adequate blood flow in the radial and ulner arteries.
"The advantages of the transradial catheterization are twofold: patient comfort and earlier ambulation," Nardone said.
In addition, the transradial approach increases patient safety because it reduces the chance of more serious and life-threatening bleeding after the procedure. Unlike the femoral approach, there is less area for internal bleeding to go undetected.
Typically, when a patient has experienced both the femoral and transradial approaches they request the transradial approach for their next cardiac catheterization, according to Nardone.
Nardone is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography.