Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Kindertime Toy Drive

Kindertime Toy Drive
GBMC is a proud sponsor for the 2015 ABC2 Kindertime Toy Drive! The toys collected are given to children at the Ronald McDonald House, Kennedy Krieger and others in need in the Baltimore area. Donate a new, unwrapped toy between November 25 and December 15 at any of GBMC's primary care offices and several locations throughout the hospital. Take a selfie while dropping off the toy and upload the picture to this website to enter to win one of 50 pairs of tickets to an advanced screen on Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 17 at Marley Station Mall!

After the December 15 donation deadline to participate in the Star Wars contest, GBMC will continue to accept toys until 5 p.m. on December 18. GBMC is also accepting financial contributions in lieu of a toy donation. All of the funds raised will be used to purchase and distribute toys for the 2015 Kindertime Toy Drive.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Reduce Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Approximately one in 10 Americans has type 2 diabetes, a disease that occurs when the pancreas produces too little insulin or the body doesn’t use insulin properly. Are you at risk? Find out by taking the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test online. While certain risk factors are beyond your control, like family history, age and several aspects of your medical history, you can prevent or delay onset by lowering your controllable risk factors. The ADA lists three major ways you can reduce your odds of developing type 2 diabetes:
  • Eat well. Reducing sugar intake while increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and whole grains is a highly effective way to reduce your risk.
  • Be physically active. Regular exercise has a number of benefits, from heart health to increased energy, but it can also help prevent type 2 diabetes by keeping your blood glucose in check.
  • Maintain a normal weight. When you are overweight, your risk for type 2 diabetes increases (by the way, your risk for heart disease and stroke does, too!). Check your BMI; a BMI of greater than or equal to 30 significantly increases your risk of diabetes. Click here to calculate your BMI.
Five Actions to Reduce Your Risk Today
  1. Talk with your primary care physician about your risk factors for type 2 diabetes. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, visit www.mygbmcdoctor.com to find one who is right for you. GBMC primary care physicians care for patients in more than 10 locations throughout Baltimore County.
  2. Make a grocery list with healthy items you plan to eat that week. Take the list with you and stick to it, shopping mainly around the perimeter of the store. There are many free apps available for download that allow you to create a list on your phone or tablet.
  3. Cook meals at home instead of going out. Looking for recipes? The ADA offers a free recipe guide that includes meal plans and cooking tips. GBMC frequently posts healthy recipes on Pinterest, too!
  4. Utilize opportunities in your day to exercise. Take a 20-minute walk around your workplace at lunch; take the stairs; park far away from the building—whatever you do, the goal is to get moving!
  5. Watch out for sugar lurking in your diet in condiments like salad dressing and sauces. One tablespoon of maple syrup has about half of the recommended daily amount of sugar! Check out some of the places sugar hides in your diet here.
GBMC HealthCare wants to help keep its patients healthy and out of the hospital. In addition to primary care services, GBMC offers expert care through its Geckle Diabetes and Nutrition Center. Learn more about the Geckle Center at www.gbmc.org/diabetes and learn more about primary care at  www.mygbmcdoctor.com.

Baltimore's "Top Doctors" are Right Here at GBMC

Baltimore Magazine Top Doctors 2015For nearly 30 years, Baltimore magazine has asked area physicians to name the “best-of-the-best”–those physicians whom they believe to be the experts in their respective fields for the magazine’s annual “Top Docs” edition.

The results of the 2015 survey prove once again that GBMC physicians are not only trusted by their patients, but by their peers alike. With 163 members of our medical staff named to the list in 80 specialties–more specialties than ever before–GBMC is proud to offer renowned medical expertise and clinical excellence within the setting of a community hospital.

View the complete list of GBMC’s recognized physicians at www.gbmc.org/topdocs or in the November issue of Baltimore magazine. To find a GBMC physician who is right for you, click the “Find a Doctor” link on our homepage or call 443-849-GBMC (4262).

Broccoli and Cheese


6 cups fresh broccoli
1 cup fat-free evaporated milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1 slice whole-wheat bread, diced and        toasted (for croutons)

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Add fresh broccoli and cook until easily pierced by a fork, about 7-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a separate saucepan, combine evaporated milk and cornstarch. Slowly bring to a boil while stirring often.
  3. When the milk comes to a boil, remove it from the heat and add the cheese. Continue to stir until the cheese is melted and evenly mixed.
  4. Add the Worcestershire and hot sauces and stir.
  5. Pour cheese over hot broccoli.
  6. Sprinkle whole-wheat croutons over broccoli and cheese mixture and serve.
Nutrition Information

Serving: 4 servings
Calories: 162
Fat: 5 g
Sodium: 239 mg
Fiber: 4 g
Protein: 11 g
Carbohydrates: 19 g
Cholesterol: 15 mg

Recipe Source: Reprinted with permission from Keep the Beat™ Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. NIH Publication No. 10-7531. Page 47. December 2010.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

50th Anniversary Celebration

GBMC 50th Anniversary Gala
October 2, 2015 marked GBMC HealthCare's 50th anniversary of providing high quality, compassionate care to the greater Baltimore community. All year long, the organization has been celebrating its accomplishments and recognizing its many dedicated physicians, nurses, employees, volunteers and donors.
Click here to watch messages of thanks from GBMC to those who have given so much of themselves for the health of the community.

As a part of the celebration, GBMC HealthCare partnered with ABC2 to produce a 30-minute TV special, "GBMC at 50," which aired on September 30 and October 10. It's more than GBMC's story, though. It's also about Baltimore, America and the Towson community. If you missed the special and would like to watch it, visit www.gbmc50.com. While you're there, please take a moment to read some of the truly inspirational stories submitted by GBMC HealthCare patients over the past year at www.gbmc50.com/ourstories.

Additionally, more than 1,300 members of the GBMC HealthCare family gathered at the Baltimore Convention Center on October 2 for the 50th Anniversary Gala. To view photos from the gala, click here.

GBMC HealthCare looks forward to many more years of delivering better health and better care at a lower cost with more joy!

Speak Up about Breast Cancer!

Speak Up about Breast Cancer!
Although October is breast cancer awareness month, any time is a good time to speak with a physician about breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), about one in eight women in the United States who live to age 85 will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Fortunately, breast cancer is a very treatable disease! One of the most important things a woman can do for her health is to talk with a primary care physician (PCP) about her risk factors for breast cancer. The PCP will help establish an early detection plan (when it is appropriate to begin receiving regular mammograms for screening purposes).

The ACS defines breast cancer as a malignant tumor that forms in the cells of the breast and can grow into surrounding tissues or spread to other areas of the body. There are many factors that increase a person's risk for developing breast cancer. While some factors cannot be controlled, one way that people can lower their risk is by reducing their body mass index (BMI). Higher BMIs have been linked to increased levels of estrogen, heightened levels of which can lead to breast cancer. Other risk factors include:
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Personal health history (age at onset of menstruation and menopause, other cancer in the family, alcohol usage)
  • Diet
  • Heritage
Contrary to popular belief, women are not the only ones at risk for breast cancer. Although rare, men of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage and those with extensive family histories of breast, prostate, ovarian, pancreatic or skin cancers may also be diagnosed with breast cancer and should speak with their PCPs about close surveillance. After assessing an individual's risk, a PCP is able to order tests such as mammograms, ultrasounds or biopsies to examine breast tissue.

Self awareness is another important aspect of cancer detection. Simply noticing if something has changed with your body is often the first step to early diagnosis and treatment. Discuss any changes you find with your PCP, and he or she will review your medical history to determine whether action should be taken. Some symptoms of breast cancer may include:
  • Lumps or thickening in or near the breast or underarm
  • A change in the size or shape of a breast
  • Blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple
  • A change in the skin or the breast or nipple
  • Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple
  • An area that is distinctly different from other areas on the breast
For more information about your risk for breast cancer, speak with your PCP. if you do not have a PCP, visit www.mygbmcdoctor.com or call 443-849-GBMC to find one who is right for you. 

GBMC's Healthy Holiday Recipe Contest

Contest Description:
GBMC's Healthy Holiday Recipe Contest
With talk of "gobbling 'til you wobble" on Thanksgiving and surgarplums and lollipops dancing through children's heads, the holidays are known for their rich, delicious food. Eggnog and donuts can make for challenging New Year's resolutions, though; research indicates that most Americans never lose the weight they gain during the holidays.

How do you make eating well during the holidays delicious? Perhaps you're known for your "skinny" shortbread cookies. Maybe you've perfected pumpkin granola or mastered lightened-up latkes. Use of vegetables, fruits, lean meat and whole grains is encouraged! Ingredients should be minimally processed and reduced fat wherever possible. Submit your recipe here and you could win one of three great prizes! GBMC employees are welcome to enter, but must do so from home or via mobile device.

Contest Details:

Entry dates: November 1, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. - November 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

Voting dates: Monday, November 16, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. - Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.


First Place: $100 Gift Card to Giant Food; Recipe featured in an upcoming edition of Living Healthy, Living Well!

Second Place: $50 Gift Card to Giant Food

Third Place: $25 Gift Card to Giant Food