Lactation Pods being built at Newark and LaGuardia Airports

Good news for mothers traveling through or working at these New York City Airports.

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are required to provide a private place, other than a bathroom, where mothers can express breast milk. A survey conducted in November found that only 8 of 100 airports were compliant with the law.

The pods will provide breastfeeding mothers a clean and private place to breastfeed their babies or express their milk. Though prompted by a passenger’s request, the lactation Pod will benefit the airport employees as well.

Initially, only 1 pod will be available at each of the 2 airports but more will be added. The pods will be open before Mother’s day this year.

Tips for Managing Spring Allergies

Spring officially arrived last Friday, bringing with it Spring allergies that cause misery for millions of Americans. But there are ways folks can get relief, a medical expert says.

“The key to surviving spring allergies is knowing what triggers your symptoms,” Dr. James Sublett, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said in a college news release.

“Because there can be millions of pollen particles in the air, finding allergy relief can seem nearly impossible for some. But by knowing what triggers your allergy symptoms and how to avoid these allergens, you can be on your way to a sneeze-free season,” he said.

The college offers some tips for dealing with spring allergies:

  • – Avoid clothing made of synthetic fabrics, which, when rubbed together, can create an electrical charge that attracts pollen. Opt for natural fibers such as cotton, which also breathe better and stay drier, making them less likely to harbor mold.
  • – Exercise outdoors when pollen counts are at their lowest — before dawn and in the late afternoon and early evening. Because exercise causes you to breathe more deeply and inhale more pollen, try to do vigorous workouts indoors. If you’re going out for an easy walk, take a nondrowsy antihistamine before you go.
  • – If you garden, take an antihistamine about a half hour before you go outside. Digging up dirt can stir up pollen, so you should wear gloves and a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-rated 95 filter mask. Try not to touch your eyes. When you go back inside, wash your hands, hair and clothes.
  • – Limit your exposure to indoor allergens to help reduce the severity of your spring allergies. Vacuum your furniture, leave your shoes by the door, shower often, cover floors with washable throw rugs, and use a dehumidifier and an air purifier with a HEPA filter.
  • – If your allergy medications don’t provide sufficient relief, consider allergy shots.

More information
The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more about seasonal allergies.


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What’s your name?

I remember as a little girl, I had the names of my future children all picked out. It was easy…. Until I grew up and had to choose a name for the actual child I was expecting. There were many names that I liked but that didn’t make it the right name for my baby! Of course his father had a whole bunch of ideas all his own. Once the in-laws started chiming in, I began hoping this kid would be born with a name printed on his collar. It was  so much pressure to name our baby!

According to Nameberry, a web site which tallies which names attract the most views among the millions of page views for all of the names on its site, some top girls, boys and gender neutral names are:

Some top names for girls:

  1. 1. Imogen
  2. 2. Charlotte
  3. 3. Harper
  4. 4. Eleanor
  5. 5. Amelia
  6. 6. Evelyn
  7. 7. Isla
  8. 8. Violet
  9. 9. Penelope
  10. 10. Cora

Some tops names for boys:

  1. 1. Asher
  2. 2. Finn
  3. 3. Declan
  4. 4. Atticus
  5. 5. James
  6. 6. Oliver
  7. 7. Henry
  8. 8. Emmett
  9. 9. Owen
  10. 10. Django

Some top Unisex names:

  1. 1. Rowan
    2. Quinn
    3. Kai
    4. Sawyer
    5. Avery
    6. Charlie
    7. North
    8. Elliot
    9. Finley
  2. 10. Emerson

No matter what name you choose, you will love it, because it will be the name of YOUR baby!

Happy Parenting!

Award-winners represent best of SMHCS

Once a year, Sarasota Memorial selects a special employee and a manager from the health system’s nearly 4,000-member workforce as the EXCEL Employee and Leader of the Year.

Excel 2014 April- Joe GuarascioThis year’s Employee of the Year is Joe Guarascio, supervisor in Hospitality Services.  An employee since 1993, Joe is known as an exceptional troubleshooter with a passion for excellence. Colleagues also admire his flexibility, can-do attitude and high energy level.

EXCEL Leader Q4.14 Connie AndersenThe recipient of the Leader Award is Connie Andersen, director of the Progressive, Critical Care and Neuro-Uro Departments in Nursing Administration. A member of the SMHCS team since 1997, Connie is described by staff as a highly effective leader who motivates and mobilizes employees and takes a personal interest in people.

Congratulations to both honorees!


Hook Them In with Healthy Fish Dish

March is National Nutrition Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a recipe for fresh Grilled Mahi Mahi with Tropical Fruit Salsa? Full of fresh fruit and tasty seasonings, this entree is sure to perk up your dinner table. The dish recently was featured recently in the hospital’s Windows Cafe.

Recipe (Serves 8)

Prep Time: 20 min + marinating Grill: 10 min.

3/4 cup reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
2 garlic cloves

8 mahi mahi fillets (6 ounces each)

Tropical Fruit Salsa:
1 medium mango, peeled and diced
3/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup cubed fresh pineapple
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1/4 cup minced fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the teriyaki sauce, pineapple juice and garlic; add mahi mahi. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the salsa ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Drain and discard marinade. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill mahi mahi, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with salsa.
Editor’s Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts:
Per serving: 286 kcal cal., 11 g fat (3 g sat. fat, 7 g monounsatured fat), 103 mg chol., 368 mg sodium, 20 g carb., 3 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 28 g pro.

New Pediatric Unit Child & Family Friendly

Sarasota Memorial’s Pediatric Unit recently relocated to a completely renovated child- and family friendly space.  The 28-bed unit, specially designed for young patients, features an inviting playroom with a saltwater aquarium, music room and state-of-the-art treatment room.

Senior Advisory Council Provides Value to the Lived Experience

Sarasota Memorial’s Senior Advisory Council is comprised of dedicated community members and representatives from area organizations serving seniors.  Considered the hospital’s “eyes and ears” in the senior community, the council receives updates about hospital programs and services which they in turn share with other individuals and groups.  Respected for their knowledge, expertise and life experience, the group provides valuable input to hospital staff and leadership on health care issues and hospital programs impacting seniors.  They also serve as both advisors and advocates.  For instance, the group recently discussed and participated in a demonstration of electronic signature technology.

Measles – Signs and Symptoms

The number of measles cases in the United States has climbed to over 100, and comes on the heels of the worst year for measles in the United States in two decades, federal health officials reported this month.

Although most cases link back to an outbreak from Disneyland in California in December, cases have since been reported in at least 13 other states: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and four people with confirmed measles cases reportedly traveled through Florida in January.

Health officials urge parents whose children are not vaccinated against measles to get them immunized; adults who aren’t sure about their vaccination history or who were vaccinated as a child should check with their doctor to determine if a follow-up booster is recommended.

Common among pre-school and school aged children, the highly contagious virus is spread through the air in a cough or sneeze, or with direct contact of fluids from the mouth or nose.

The virus has an 8-12 day incubation period, then cold symptoms usually develop a cough, runny nose, watery inflamed eyes, a high fever develops and the red, brownish blotchy rash covers the body. Children are usually contagious from 1-2 days before symptoms develop to 4-5 days after the rash appears.

In extreme cases pneumonia and/or encephalitis (brain infection) can develop.

If you suspect your child may have measles, contact your pediatrician right away. Treatment at home includes treating an uncomfortably high fever with acetaminophen per your pediatricians’ instructions and keeping the child drinking plenty of fluids.

Brush your teeth – Your heart will thank you

February is American Heart Month, and here’s an easy tip that may help you to prevent heart disease: Brush your teeth! Good oral hygiene aids in preventing plaque build-up that characterizes both cardiac and gum diseases. There is growing evidence that hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, is somehow related to infection and inflammation.

Gum Disease 
The primary form of periodontal disease occurs when bacteria invade the gums, bones, and tissue that support the teeth. Many adults suffer from periodontal disease, but most do not realize it until substantial damage has already occurred. While in its earliest stage, known as gingivitis, professional dental care and good oral hygiene can reverse the damage.
For hundreds of years, people have recognized a connection between oral infections and systemic conditions. More recent investigations have found an association between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, low birth-weight babies, respiratory infections, and diabetes. One study found people with periodontal bone loss had twice the chance of fatal heart disease. The exact mechanism that increases cardiovascular risk remains murky, but experts believe bacteria from the chronic gum infection enter the bloodstream and cause white blood cells that fight infections to release inflammatory chemicals that create a build-up of fatty deposits and clots in the arteries. Studies have shown that chronic infections in other parts of the body can cause a similar response.

Improving your dental hygiene will help prevent periodontal disease and may also reduce your risk of coronary artery disease as a result.

To minimize your risk:
• Brush inner, outer, and chewing surfaces at least twice daily with a soft-bristled brush held at a 45° angle. Some people find electric brushes easier to use.
• Floss at least once daily, gently guiding the floss between teeth. While holding floss tight and curved around each tooth, slide the floss up and down. Use a clean section of floss for each tooth.
• Get a professional dental cleaning every six months, or more often if you are prone to plaque or gingivitis.
• Ask for an annual periodontal screening and assessment of the degree to which gum tissue has pulled away from teeth.

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Source: Health Guide: Brush Your Teeth—It’s Good for Your Heart, by Debra Wood, RN

Apgar – Your Baby’s First Tests

Once your baby is delivered, the time is noted as the birth time. At 1 minute old and at 5 minutes old baby will be scored by a nurse or physician. This is known as the Apgar scores. The test is named after the creator, Virginia Apgar, these scores help the doctors evaluate the baby’s general condition.

Baby can score up to two points for a total of ten, in 5 categories: breathing, color, tone, reflex, and heart rate.

Most newborns have an apgar of 7 or above. A small percentage of newborns have an apgar of less than 5. Babies born prematurely or in an emergent situation are more likely to have lower apgar scores.

If your baby is crying vigorously, her heart rate is over 100, she actively moving her arms and legs, and her skin is pink except for her hands and feet, she would score a 9. It is rare for babies to score a 10, as it is normal for babies to have blue hands and feet in the first hours as they change from fetal circulation to newborn circulation.

This score will not be able to predict the future health, intelligence level or personality of your baby but it does give doctors and nurses a starting off point to predict how much help baby may need as she transitions from life in the womb to life in the world.