LAMC Staff Report
Los Alamos Medical Center has started a new community education program designed to help seniors improve and maintain their health and lifestyle.
The LAMC Physician Lunch Program is offered at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at noon on the second Friday of the month. The lunch program is free, courtesy of LAMC, and every month physicians will present on important health issues relevant to the senior population. Since February is Healthy Heart month, the first topic will be (drum roll…) heart health!
The presenter for February is Josiah Child, MD, Medical Director for the LAMC emergency department. He has been working with Lori Coffelt, RN and Director of the emergency department on the Chest Pain Center accreditation LAMC is pursuing. An important part of the Chest Pain Center accreditation is community education on recognizing and taking action on the early signs of a heart attack.
In addition to the presentation LAMC will gift the senior center with three AEDs (automated external defibrillators). Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and over 350,000 people will suffer sudden cardiac arrest this year. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest, and it is an easy to operate tool for someone with no medical background.
According to the American Red Cross improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year.
Also attending the lunch will be leadership from many of the departments at LAMC.
The staff hopes to meet and greet everyone at the lunch. There will be promotional item give aways as well. If you are a senior citizen interested in attending the Physician Lunch on Friday February 12, it is important to call the Betty Ehart Senior Center by noon on Thursday February 11 to reserve your seat. 505-662-8920.