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March 18, 2022
Heritage Valley Health System's E-Connections newsletter is published bi-weekly. Our next issue will be Friday, April 1, 2022.
Thank You to All of Our Doctors!
March 30th is National Doctors’ Day, and we want to thank all of the Heritage Valley Health System doctors for the great work that they do, each and every day! We admire their dedication and leadership, and appreciate the sacrifices they make to put the needs of their patients first. Doctors lead the fight against disease and illness, and they deserve to be honored! 

This special day was established to recognize the incredible work that physicians do, and the contributions they make to our communities. So, to all of our physicians, thank you and Happy Doctors’ Day!
Visit the Heritage Valley Senior Living Community
Located in Kennedy Township, directly across the street from the Heritage Valley Kennedy hospital campus, our Senior Living Community offers Independent Living, Personal Care and Memory Care residences. Seniors will find many activities and amenities designed to suit their lifestyles, all in an inviting atmosphere of comfort and community. 

And, if you move in by the end of March, you will save $1,000 off your rent for the first three months!

For more information or to schedule a tour of the Heritage Valley Senior Living Community, please call 412-331-6139.
Healthy Eating Can Control or Prevent Diabetes
By Hira Ali, MD of Heritage Valley Multispecialty Group Endocrinology
Diabetes is perhaps the disease most directly affected by what we eat, which is great news as this is always something we can control. Having said that, this is easier said than done. In a world that is dominated by carbohydrates and sugary treats for every occasion, eating healthy can be a daunting task. However, research has shown us time and time again that the benefits of making healthier food choices are innumerable, ranging from the big contenders such as prevention and control of diabetes and heart disease, all the way to just generally feeling well, which is often underrated.

It is not surprising then that the biggest trial on prevention of diabetes ever conducted, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Trial with over 3,000 participants, clearly demonstrated that lifestyle intervention, including healthy food choices and physical activity, is the best way to prevent diabetes... even better than medications. Even when someone is on multiple medications, nutrition always remains the cornerstone for management of their diabetes.

When it comes to diabetes, eating a diet lower in simple sugars and processed foods is the way to go. Easily absorbed sugars, such as those in soda and bakery items (e.g. cookies and donuts, etc.), can increase your blood sugar very quickly and make it difficult to manage. Additionally, the body starts depending on these sugary foods for easy energy leading to more sugar cravings, which can cycle into weight gain and worsening of diabetes. 

There are certainly some practical steps that you can take today. Remember to always make sure that your nutritional goals are measurable. It is easy to fall into the trap of “I will watch my diet” or “I will eat healthier,” but what does that mean for you? Start with limiting your sweets by number of times per week or your soda by number of cans a week. Eliminate bedtime snacking by closing out the kitchen after dinner every night. Take the time to plan your meals ahead of time, so you don’t reach for the peanut butter crackers when you are hungry. Name one non-starchy vegetable and focus on eating it at least 5 times that month. During a meal, eat your proteins/fats first and carbohydrates last, which will help slow down their absorption.

Whether you are trying to control your diabetes or prevent it, healthier eating will always benefit you. Start today!

Heritage Valley Multispecialty Group Endocrinology (Dr. Hira Ali, Dr. Samantha DeMauro-Jablonski and Dr. Lucas Heller) is accepting new patients at the practice locations in Edgeworth (100 Hazel Lane, Sewickley) and Center Township (79 Wagner Road, Suite 201, Monaca). Please call 724-773-8981 to schedule an appointment.
New Office Location for Dr. Kshirsagar
As of March 1st, Urologist Dr. Ashutosh Kshirsagar, or “Dr. K” to his patients, is now practicing at:

HVMG Urology-Kshirsagar
701 Broad Street, Suite 401
Sewickley, PA 15143

Dr. K completed his internship in Internal Medicine, then went on to complete a Urology residency and a fellowship in Male Infertility and Microsurgery. He spent time at the National Institute of Health, and published research on Kidney Cancer Surgery. Dr. K’s interests include treatment of kidney stones and male infertility, as well as laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. K has practiced at Heritage Valley for over nine years, and looks forward to continuing to provide excellent care at his new location. 

The practice is currently accepting new patients. Please call 724-773-6878 for an appointment.
Employee Spotlight ...

Travis Strobel enjoys his work as an Emergency Department nurse at Heritage Valley Sewickley because he is able to make a difference in his patients’ lives. He takes great pride in helping others, and it shows! 

Travis became interested in health care as a teenager and, while attending nursing school, worked as a Patient Care Associate at Heritage Valley Beaver. What Travis especially enjoys about Heritage Valley is the spirit of cooperation among physicians and staff. 

Travis’s manager, Adair Pietropaolo, states that Travis provides excellent bedside care to his patients, has strong critical care skills and never misses an opportunity to lend a hand. In addition, he is kind and calm, no matter how busy the Emergency Department is. Nurses like Travis truly exemplify the high level of care and service excellence that Heritage Valley strives to provide to all of our patients.

If you would like to join Travis and work at Heritage Valley Health System, we’d love to hear from you! To join our talented team, click here.
COVID Corner
For information about scheduling a COVID test, please click here.

For information about scheduling a COVID vaccine or booster, please click here.