Save the Date: 2017 American Red Cross Blood Drive at West Point
The 2017 American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from noon-7 p.m. March 27-29 and noon-6 p.m. March 30 at West Point’s Eisenhower Hall.
The Blood Drive is open to active and reserve duty military members, cadets, dependents, retirees and civilians.
The need for blood (whole blood), platelets, plasma and power red is constant, and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply.
Donation types are identified as:
• Blood (or Whole Blood)—This is the most common type of donation, during which approximately a pint of ‘whole blood is given.
• Platelets—Collected at select ARC blood donation centers. Platelets are a vital element of cancer and organ transplant treatments, as well as many surgical procedures as they help prevent massive blood loss. Read More
Posted on March 9th, 2017 9:37 am
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer among U.S. women, accounting for 29 percent of newly diagnosed cancers.
To prevent breast cancer and increase awareness, Keller Army Community Hospital is proudly participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Men are generally at low risk for developing breast cancer; however, they should report any change in their breasts to a physician.
A woman in the United States has a slightly less than 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer during her lifetime.
The good news is that the five-year survival rate is approximately 89 percent. And when the cancer is caught early, those rates jump to 98 percent.
Mammography is the most effective method for early detection. Read More
Posted on October 13th, 2016 1:25 pm
The New York Blood Center, with support from Keller Army Community Hospital, will host the West Point Blood Drive Monday-Aug. 25 on the fourth floor of Eisenhower Hall.
Dates and times are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Aug. 25.
The New York Blood Center has an urgent need for blood donations this summer and is especially thankful to the West Point community for hosting the summer blood drive just prior to the Labor Day holiday when blood inventories are likely to be the lowest of the summer.
“It’s simple: hospital patient demand for blood during the summer often outpaces our best efforts to recruit donors and schedule blood drives,” said NYBC Executive Director of Donor Recruitment Andrea Cefarelli. Read More
Posted on August 18th, 2016 1:30 pm
The Zika Virus: What is it, where is it and how is it spread?
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus closely related to yellow fever, dengue and West Nile viruses.
A Zika virus outbreak was identified in Brazil in early 2015; since then, it has spread to more than 25 other countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 2 Travel Alert (Practice Enhanced Precautions) for areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
This includes the recommendation that women who are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
Prevention—what can I do to prevent catching it?
The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten. Read More
Posted on June 9th, 2016 1:15 pm
Keller Army Community Hospital has established a parking plan, which seeks to maximize parking at Keller, as it proceeds with the construction project to improve hospital services. The multi-departmental Hospital Modernization Project, which touches approximately 60,000 square feet and 15 departments, will relocate, realign and correctly size departments to better accommodate the facility’s mission, consolidate medical assets and meet the ongoing healthcare needs of the beneficiary population.
Posted on May 5th, 2016 2:19 pm
Lt. Col. Matthew A. Posner, M.D., has been named as the next director of the John A. Feagin, Jr. Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. Posner is a 1994 U.S. Military Academy graduate, and has earned medical degrees from Loyola University–Chicago (2001) and Penn State College of Medicine (2006). He completed an orthopaedic residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas, in 2011, and completed a John A. Feagin Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship in 2012. The John A. Feagin, Jr. Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at West Point is the only Department of Defense Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship and is partnered with the Orthopaedic Residency Program at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Annually, two active duty fellows are trained at West Point in the full spectrum of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine in preparation for future service to the entire DOD community. Read More
Posted on April 28th, 2016 1:44 pm
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer.
Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.
The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer—that’s why it’s so important to get screened.
To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Keller Army Community Hospital is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Locally, in Orange County, New York, there were 147 average annual cases of colorectal cancer between 2007 and 2011.*
“The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for colorectal cancer using fecal occult blood testing or colonoscopy in adults, beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years,” Lt. Read More
Posted on March 31st, 2016 2:51 pm
A health advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports influenza activity is increasing across the country; CDC advises clinicians to continue efforts to vaccinate patients this season for as long as influenza viruses are circulating, and promptly start antiviral treatment of severely ill and high-risk patients if influenza is suspected or confirmed.
Keller Army Community Hospital (KACH) has confirmed their first two positive influenza diagnosis of the year and anticipates more in the near future.
CDC has received recent reports of severe respiratory illness among young- to middle-aged adults with ‘Influenza A’ (H1N1pdm09) virus infection, a number of which required intensive care unit (ICU) admission; fatalities have been reported.
Some of these patients reportedly tested negative for influenza; their influenza diagnosis was made later with molecular assays. Read More
Posted on February 11th, 2016 2:24 pm
Dear Smokeless-tobacco Users,
Mark your calendars because Feb. 18, is the Great American Spit Out … and Keller Army Community Hospital, Mologne Cadet Health Clinic and the Center for Personal Development are ready to be an integral part of the process of improving your health and wellness by helping you quit the use of smokeless tobacco.
Tobacco use continues to remain the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S.
All forms of oral tobacco have chemicals that cause cancer. These products can cause cancer of the mouth, throat, pancreas and esophagus.
Oral and smokeless tobacco also cause many other health problems, such as gum disease, destruction of the bone sockets around the teeth and tooth loss. Read More
Posted on February 4th, 2016 3:47 pm
Retired Capt. Wayne A. Aldredge, DMD, formerly of West Point DENTAC, has been installed as president of the American Academy of Periodontology, the country’s premiere professional organization for periodontists. Dr. Aldredge practiced general dentistry at West Point from 1993-96. Now a principal practitioner at Holmdel Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, in Holmdel, N.J., Aldredge will head an AAP membership of 8,400 periodontists.
Posted on January 7th, 2016 6:05 pm
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