Men Take Charge of Their Health, Thanks to Mercy Medical Center
Women in the United States make approximately 80% of the health care decisions for their families, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. As the primary decision makers, they often facilitate their husbands’ care. Mercy Medical Center recently held its inaugural Men’s Health Symposium, inviting men to take charge of their health. The idea was met with enthusiasm, as almost 200 community members attended. This event marks the latest development in Mercy’s outreach to meet the emerging needs of residents.
“Morbidity and mortality rates in males in the United States and abroad are striking,” commented Mercy’s Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs Shan Ahmed, DO. “Men do not seek health care at the same rate as women and children. At Mercy, we believe that by creating a medical institute, promoting health education and involving the community in its own care, we can achieve success in creating healthier lives.”
The free event was hosted at the Hempstead Golf and Country Club in late April. Experts tackled issues such as heart health, sports medicine, behavioral health and sleep issues, cancer care and much more, with dinner served in the course of the evening. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion, with questions from attendees addressed by specialists in their respective fields. Local residents took the opportunity to provide enthusiastic feedback to hospital staff.
Mercy has earned the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer nine consecutive years and holds Three-Year Accreditation with Gold-Level Commendation. Among its many other honors is the Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as well as the Gold Seal of Approval® and Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Care from The Joint Commission.
Men’s Health Symposium presenters (L-R) Mercy’s Chief Medical Officer Shan Ahmed, DO, Mercy’s Director of Urology Eric Thall, MD, Mercy’s Chief of Colorectal Surgery Dean Pappas, MD, CHS’s Medical Director for Sleep Medicine Gerard Lombardo MD, Chief of Orthopedics at St. Joseph Jordan Kerker, MD, Mercy’s Physical Therapy Department's Bill Schwarz, PT, DPT, Mercy’s Director of Behavioral Health Services David Flomenhaft, LCWS, PhD, Mercy’s Department of Bariatric Surgery's Jeffrey Chiao, MD, and Mercy’s Director of Family Medicine Michael Moskowitz, DO.