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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Hospital for Special Surgery to Host Free Bone Health Seminar

Released October 16, 2012

WHITE PLAINS, NY – OCTOBER 16, 2012 -- Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, in collaboration with Hospital for Special Surgery, will be hosting a free Bone Health Seminar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Rosedale Conference Room on the Burke campus at 785 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains.

The co-sponsored program will feature speakers from both Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Hospital for Special Surgery. Topics will include an overview of osteoporosis, risk factors for the disease, as well as information on the latest treatments. The role of nutrition in bone health and how to find the best sources of calcium and vitamin D to promote good bone health; ways to reduce fall risks in the home and ways to avoid bone fractures in older adults; and a discussion on the effects of prescription medications and over the counter products on bone health, including side effects and absorption rates will also be covered. The program will consist of four major presentations regarding bone health and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. They are as follows:

Bone Health: An Overview
Patricia Spergl, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, Nurse Clinician, Osteoporosis Prevention Center, Hospital for Special Surgery
• What is osteoporosis?
• Risk Factors of osteoporosis
• Diagnosis and Treatment

Nutrition, Calcium/Vitamin D
Deborah McInerney, MS, RD, CDN
Clinical Nutritionist, Food and Nutrition Services, Hospital for Special Surgery
• What are other sources of calcium and vitamin D?
• What are the current recommendations?
• Why is calcium important in maintaining proper bone and joint health and overall wellness?

Physical Activity for Bone and Joints / Falls Prevention
Michelle Clark, PT, Senior Physical Therapist, Purchase Clinic, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
• What exercises are effective for maintaining bone health?
• Falls Prevention: Why do we fall? What can we do to prevent it?

Medications, Supplements and Their Side Effects
Thomas Grandville, RPh, MS, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy Services, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
• What are the prescription and OTC medications used for osteoporosis treatments?
• What are the side effects?
• What should the patient look out for in terms of absorption and interactions?

“HSS has always been committed to educating communities about ways to prevent bone and joint diseases and we are delighted to now share this commitment with Burke Rehabilitation Hospital,” said Laura Robbins, DSW, senior vice president, Education and Academic Affairs.

According to Mary Beth Walsh, M.D., CEO and executive medical director of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, “This free educational program being held jointly by Burke and Hospital for Special Surgery demonstrates both organizations’ commitment to community education programs and reinforces the longstanding relationship the two hospitals have shared for decades.”

For more information about the free Bone Health Seminar on Nov. 7, or to register for the event, please call (914) 597-2848 or visit Seating is limited and registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center. Burke’s world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art ¬treatment, while its research scientists at the Burke Medical Research Institute explore the frontiers of neurological and rehabilitation medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay.

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