Thursday, September 25, 2014

Celebrate Cancer Survivorship at GBMC's Legacy Chase

If you've visited GBMC's campus lately, you've probably seen purple signs inviting you to “Celebrate Survivorship” or “Show Support. Ride On.” In case you weren’t sure what all the buzz is about, GBMC is preparing for its 14th annual Legacy Chase steeplechase event on Saturday, September 27, 2014! This time-honored tradition is a fun, family friendly way to spend a late September day in Baltimore—for a great cause! 

This year’s theme is celebrating cancer survivorship. All proceeds benefit Oncology Services at GBMC, where board-certified physicians and more than 150 oncology team members at the Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute provide care for nearly 65,000 outpatient visits annually. The event is open to all, but cancer survivors and their families are invited to a special celebration with complimentary refreshments in the Cancer Survivors' Celebration Tent. New this year and available for sale in the tent are “Message of Hope” signs. The signs will be displayed at the event to support those currently in the fight against cancer or those who have already rung the bell to signify the end of their treatment. If you or a family member has been affected by cancer, please stop by the tent during the event to either celebrate your loved one’s survivorship or honor their legacy!

At Legacy Chase, the whole family is invited to join in the festivities. Wristbands, available for $10 in the Kids’ Korner tent, give children access to tons of fun activities, including pony rides, an obstacle course, photo booth, face painting and more! From 1:30-3:30 p.m., kids can visit with the Oriole bird and Poe, the Ravens mascot. Kids are invited to join in the fun of stick pony races, too. There will also be a giveaway, while supplies last, of a GBMC Kids Korner drawstring bag. 

Come hungry—this event is set to have plenty of food! Catering is available by Robert Levine Catering through the event website listed below for groups booking in advance. Additionally, four food trucks will be onsite from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., including Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon, The Jolly Pig, Kona Ice and Iced Gems cupcakes. Attendees are welcome to pack picnics and bring their own food to the event, too.

The main event, steeplechase horse racing, kicks off at 1:00 p.m. Event attendees are invited to come as early as 10:00 a.m. to join in on the fun! Gates will close at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for Founder's Hill, Farmer's Field and Rally at the Rails can be purchased at the gates on the day of the event, Saturday, September 27. Visit for additional information.

We can’t wait to see you at the races! 

Fall Activities to Get Kids Moving

Adults are constantly being reminded of the importance of exercise and maintaining an active lifestyle. It no doubt has bountiful health benefits. This same sentiment is true for kids. In fact, kids who stay active are less likely to be overweight, therefore less likely to develop other chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes. In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control reviewed 50 studies that were conducted over a span of 23 years and concluded that children who are physically fit and active often do better in school than those who aren’t. On top of all that, staying active helps kids get a better night’s sleep, gain motivation and stay more alert throughout the day.

As autumn continues, take advantage of the temperate weather and colorful scenery and encourage your children to do the same. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when considering activities to get kids moving this fall:

  • Enjoy the scenery as a family. Plan activities that involve the whole family, such as walking, biking or hiking. With fall in full swing, you’re sure to see plenty of beautiful colors during your outings.  As a bonus, collect items like leaves and acorns to use for crafts.
  • Go apple picking or pumpkin finding. These activities not only get the kids up and moving, but they leave the whole family with healthy snacks afterward.
  • Walk through a corn maze. One fun and popular fall activity for children is having a corn maze adventure. Find a local maze, and get moving!
  • Make the activity age appropriate. Planning activities based on your child’s age group will keep him or her from getting bored if the activity is too easy or frustrated if it’s too difficult. If the child is still in preschool, maybe consider tossing around a soft football in the backyard instead of going on a more challenging hike.
  • Encourage kids to get their friends involved. Set up a baseball or soccer game for the kids in the community. Not only will it help improve children’s wellness, but it helps develop their social skills and build self esteem.
  • Do a fall-themed craft. Keeping kids physically active is important, but be sure to also focus on their minds. Use those leaves, acorns and pumpkins from your various family outings to create fun, fall-themed craft projects. 

Time for Me! Women's Health Lectures

GBMC has a long history of caring for women. After all, The Hospital for the Women of Maryland, of Baltimore City, was one of the two hospitals that consolidated to form the health system patients know today. Not only does GBMC care for women as patients, but it recognizes the critical role women play in ensuring the health of the ones they love.

With such a strong focus on caring for others and also managing the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be easy for a woman to lose sight of a very important person – herself! Knowing this, GBMC created a program to give women time to take a break and focus on their own wellbeing. This was the inspiration for Time for Me!, a free women’s health lecture series held each spring and fall. During the month-long series, one lecture is given per week. Each week’s topic is different and presented by GBMC’s own physicians to offer practical information and advice on the prevention, treatment and management of the most common health issues affecting women. 

Join us for one or more of the fall 2014 lectures!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 
Look as Young as you Feel. Understanding cosmetic surgery options.
Alyson Wells, MD -- Plastic Surgery

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 
GERD got you Down? Learn the signs, symptoms and treatments for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Niraj Jani, MD -- Gastroenterology

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 
Hip Hip Hooray!! Latest in Hip Replacement Options
Lee Schmidt, MD – Orthopedics

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 
Support Your Girls...The 4-1-1 on Breast Health
Sara Fogarty, MD -- General Surgery

All events are held in the Civiletti Conference Center in Physicians Pavilion East. Check-in will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the lecture beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. and ending at approximately 8:00 p.m. There is no cost to participate, and all attendees will receive a special gift and a complimentary parking pass. We also encourage attendees to invite family and friends to attend!

To register, visit or call 443-849-GBMC (4262).

Understanding Ovarian Cancer

You've seen the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness month in October, but have you noticed the teal ribbon being displayed just one month before? The teal ribbon stands for ovarian cancer awareness, and it represents one of the most deadly forms of cancer affecting women. In honor of September’s designation as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, GBMC is doing its part to help make “the teal ribbon” as well known as the pink one. 

Ovarian cancer is one of the most fatal forms of cancers affecting women. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. Additionally, it estimates that more than 14,000 women will die in the United States from ovarian cancer this year.

What Causes Ovarian Cancer? 
The exact cause is not known, but ovarian cancer tends to affect older women, especially those over 55. Statistics show that 90 percent of women with ovarian cancer are older than 40 years old, with the majority of those diagnosed being older than 60 years old. Like many other forms of cancer, genetics plays a role in one’s likelihood of developing ovarian cancer. Women with mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes are more likely to develop ovarian cancer than others. A personal or family history of cancer also increases likelihood of developing cancer. 

Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of ovarian cancer are painful and unpleasant. Talk with your doctor if you start to exhibit any of the following symptoms: abnormal vaginal bleeding, unusual pain in the pelvic or lower abdominal area, unusual changes in your bathroom habits, such as diarrhea or frequent, sudden urges to urinate. The CDC states that if something feels unusual or abnormal in your abdomen, pelvis or vaginal area to share your concerns with your physician. 

Ovarian cancer can be treated with surgery to remove cancerous tissue. If needed, traditional cancer treatment methods such as chemotherapy and radiation can also be effective. Patients may want to visit a gynecologic oncologist who has been trained in the treatment of women’s reproductive cancers. Talk to your doctor about the best course of treatment for you.  

What Can You Do?
Unfortunately, there is currently no specific screening available for ovarian cancer. Although women’s annual gynecological screenings do not detect ovarian cancer, it’s still important to have annual Pap tests with your OB-GYN and discuss any symptoms with your doctor. Staying vigilant about your reproductive health, regularly seeing your physician and monitoring any symptoms are the best steps you can take in protecting yourself against ovarian cancer. 

For more information about the women’s oncology services provided by GBMC, visit

Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

  • 3 (24 oz total) large chicken breast halves
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp water
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, cooked, chopped small
  • 5 slices reduced fat Swiss cheese
  • Salt
  • Spray oil
  • Toothpicks

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine egg, water and a little salt. Beat with a fork to make an egg wash. Set aside. Fill a second bowl with breadcrumbs.
  2. Slice chicken breast halves into thin cutlets. Pound them to make them thinner if you wish. This helps when you wrap the cutlets.
  3. Cut each slice of cheese in half. Place a 1/2 slice cheese in the center of the chicken and top with a little broccoli. 
  4. Wrap chicken around to completely cover cheese, using toothpicks to secure. Season with a little salt, if desired.
  5. Dip chicken into egg wash, then breadcrumbs. Spray cookie sheet with oil and place chicken on cookie sheet. Lightly spray chicken with oil and bake about 25 minutes, until cooked.
Makes 9 pieces

Serving size: 1 piece
Calories: 142
Protein: 19.4g
Fat: 4.9g
Carbohydrates: 4.8g

Recipe courtesy of 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Support GBMC's Pink Glove Dance Video!

We Need Your Help!

You may have heard the buzz about GBMC’s participation in the Pink Glove Dance Contest. Well, it’s not over yet! We’re less than three weeks away from the start of voting and the opportunity to win up to $15,000 for a local non-profit that works to help breast cancer patients and their families!

What Is It?
The Pink Glove Dance, sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc., is a nationwide contest aimed at helping support breast cancer awareness and education. Each participant submitted a 90-second video, which had to be set to certain music and feature people dancing and having fun while wearing pink medical gloves. GBMC’s video, filmed in June, includes approximately 400 individuals—comprised of community members, GBMC employees and volunteers, patients, cancer survivors and their families. People took time out of their schedules to join us in a choreographed dance to the song “Overcomer” by Mandisa. At the end of the dance, the group formed a giant pink human ribbon, signifying breast cancer awareness and celebration of survivorship.

Why is GBMC Participating?
GBMC entered the contest this year to further its continuous efforts of raising breast cancer awareness while promoting education on prevention and treatment. If GBMC wins, we will also have the honor of presenting the $15,000 grand prize to The Red Devils, a Baltimore-based organization whose mission is to fund services like transportation to treatment, assistance with meals and groceries and arrangement of house cleaning services, which improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families. 

What’s Next?
Now that production of the video is complete and it has been submitted, we need YOU! It’s time to spread the word and get everyone you know committed to voting once a day throughout the duration of the voting period, beginning on September 9, 2014! Structured as a bracketed system, the first round of voting ends on September 16. If we make it through this first round, we’ll need even more votes the following week to push us through to the finals. Final voting ends on September 23 with winners announced on October 2, 2014. 

Here’s what you can do right now: visit our new website and sign up to receive updates and voting information by email. Encourage your friends and family to sign up, too! We'll be releasing exclusive content on the site during the next few weeks, so sign up today be among the first to view behind the scenes photos from the filming and more! 

We can’t wait to share the video with you! 

Healthy Habits for the New School Year

Another school year is upon us and with that comes new routines, new sports schedules and a whole new world of germs. Don’t worry, GBMC has tips to help you prepare your family for a healthy start! 

Set a Sleep Schedule
In the summer, it’s easy to let routines fall away and be more laid back about bedtime. It’s important for your children to be alert and energized for school, so if your kids haven’t been on the strictest of schedules this summer, it may be wise to start preparing them for the September routine as early as possible. Determine age-appropriate bedtimes for your children and gradually start to change their routine. It is also helpful to start waking up at the same time every day, including weekends, to start getting your children (and yourself!) adjusted to waking up early again. 

Hone Hand Hygiene Skills
With a classroom full of children sharing toys and school supplies, germs are likely to be present. One of the best ways to reduce your child’s chances of getting sick this fall is to encourage frequent and proper hand washing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that frequent hand washing helps to reduce respiratory illnesses, such as colds, by 21 percent. Teach your children proper hand washing at home and encourage them to wash their hands often while at school. 

Reminders for proper hand hygiene: thoroughly wet hands with either warm or cold water; be sure to lather soap on the backs of hands and between fingers; scrub for at least 20 seconds (singing or humming “Happy Birthday” takes 20 seconds!); and dry hands with a clean paper towel or air dryer—never a shared bath towel. 

Schedule Flu Shots
The CDC indicates that flu vaccination should occur as soon as the vaccine is available, which is typically in September, depending on where you live. It takes about two weeks following the vaccination for the body to develop antibodies that protect against the flu, so the sooner you and your children get the shot, the better protected you will be. 

GBMC wishes your family a happy and healthy school year!