Archive for February, 2009

TakeCare and MR Imaging Group to Host Back Pain Conference

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Contact:
Gus Sablan
Senior Vice President, Business Development/Marketing
Phone 646-6956 ext. 7270/7123
Fax: 647-3547

For Immediate Release
February 25, 2009

TakeCare and MR Imaging Group to Host Back Pain Conference

Tamuning, GU—TakeCare Insurance Company, Inc. and the MR Imaging Group will host a Back Pain conference with speaker, Dr. Stephen Eigles, on Thursday, February 26, 2009 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the TakeCare Conference Room in the Baltej Pavilion in Tamuning.
The Conference, entitled, “Back Pain: The Imaging Appearance and Treatment Implications of Common Conditions” is beneficial for physicians, nurses and allied health professionals in the community. “Back pain can be a common problem in today’s fast-paced life. Learning about the diagnosis and treatment can lead to early and effective medical management of the condition,” said Gerry Patricio, radiologist at the FHP Health Center.

Dr. Stephen Eigles, a Board Certified Radiologist, obtained his Medical Degree from Georgetown University’s School of Medicine and completed his Radiology Residency at University of Minnesota. Dr. Eigles has additional MRI fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University.

“It is a great opportunity for the medical community in Guam to have a professional like Dr. Eigles, with his impressive background and experience to come and speak to us,” said Patricio.

Conference attendees will receive 2.0 AMA PRA Category Credits for physicians and 2 CE contact hours for nurses and allied health professionals.
Established in 1972, TakeCare Insurance Company Inc. is a privately held consumer health organization delivering solutions that enhance people’s lives. The company fulfills this mission through its medical and dental insurance products as well as providing U.S. standard health care through its stand alone, full service FHP medical, dental and optometry clinics.

TakeCare consistently ranks in the Top 10 of the Deloitte and Touche/Guam Business list of top companies in Micronesia. TakeCare’s innovative and comprehensive health insurance products combined with its full service FHP health care clinics make it the total solution in healthcare for its members and patients.


Philippines physicians discuss cancer treatment

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

By Michele Catahay

A group of physicians from “The Medical City” hospital in the Philippines spoke about cancer care during a conference held today in conjunction with TakeCare Insurance Company. The team spoke about topics ranging from the type of cancers, to the advance in medical technology, which they hope will further educate the Guam community.

Guam patients heard today from three physicians from the Medical City Hospital based in the Philippines, all talking about various aspects of cancer care. Medical director Dr. Manual Francisco Roxas says they currently provide services like screening and multi specialty treatment for all types of cancers. In addition he says over the last decade, chemotherapy treatment, screening programs and surgery have greatly improved.

He says from what he’s seen, death rates resulting in cancer have gone down.  “This is because of good screening programs as well as very aggressive and specialized cancer treatment. That’s the first message we have to bring here that cancer is treatable and curable as long as you get screened early. If you get diagnosed with cancer, it’s a favorable stage,” he told KUAM News.

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Dr. Roxas says screening for all types of cancer like breast, colorectal, prostate and gynecologic cancers is critical. The Medical City Hospital offers screenings for specific diseases.  “We have a very good breast clinic where we have breast radiologist as well as breast surgeons focusing just on breast disease who can diagnose breast disease in minimal invasive ways,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Daniel Alonzo says more people on Guam have head and neck cancers, mostly due to lifestyle issues like excessive smoking, drinking and even betel-nut chewing. He says in his field, it’s most difficult to handle head and neck cancers because physicians must be able to handle the patient’s appearance, breathing, swallowing and speaking abilities.

” It’s so difficult for a single specialist to handle all the different issues that are going to be affected, the different functions that are going to be affected when a patient gets head and neck cancer,” he explained.
Dr. Michael Mejia, a radiation oncologist, says it’s important for people to be educated about the disease its harsh realities. Fortunately, over the past decade, there has been an advance in technology and radiation.  He noted,

” Despite cancer care being more dependent on high technology, the foundation – the basis for the outcome – is not just in technology, but it should be in the hands of competent and compassionate individuals who can make the most of what’s technologically available.”

The Medical City physicians say they will continue its partnership with TakeCare to provide more informative discussions in the future.

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TakeCare hosts conference on cancer awareness

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

TakeCare will host three doctors from The Medical City in the Philippines for a conference scheduled for today on cancer awareness.
Today’s conference will open at 1 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. at the TakeCare administrative offices at the Baltej Pavilion in Tamuning.
The Conference, titled “Patient-Centered Approaches to Cancer Care,” aims to discuss the benefit of multidisciplinary care, focusing on patient welfare and rational use of available technology and techniques.
The conference’s speakers include:

  • Dr. Manuel Roxas, director of the Cancer Center and section head of colorectal surgery at The Medical City.
  • Dr. Daniel Alonzo, chairman of the otolaryngology department and head of the cancer center’s Head and Neck Unit.
  • Dr. Michael Mejia, consultant of radiation oncology at The Medical City.

* One of the conference’s objectives is to reduce the burden of cancer in Guam by increasing community’s awareness of effective, high-quality and accessible means of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment,” said Gina Ramos, senior manager at TakeCare.

* This is just the beginning of, hopefully, many future collaborations between TakeCare and The Medical City to provide forums that address the key healthcare issues facing the island to not only our patients and members, but to the entire community of Guam,” she added.
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For more information, call TakeCare at 646-6956
AT A GLANCE
TakeCare

  • Established in 1972, TakeCare Insurance Company Inc. offers medical and dental insurance products as well as provides U.S. standard health care through its full-service FHP medical, dental and optometry clinics.

The Medical City

  • The Medical City, located in Metro Manila, is a private, tertiary care hospital that serves 40,000 in-patients and 380,000 outpatients a year and has a medical staff of 1,000 physicians. The Medical City secured the Joint Commission International Accreditation in 2006, receiving perfect scores in critical standards on access to care, continuity of care, quality improvement and patient safety.

FHP mammography unit nationally accredited

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

The American College of Radiology has granted accreditation to the FHP Mammography Unit.   The accreditation is valid for three years and is a part of a federally-regulated continuous process and means the FHP unit is up to par with national standards.
By Michele Catahay
The American College of Radiology has granted accreditation to the FHP Mammography Unit.   The accreditation is valid for three years and is a part of a federally-regulated continuous process and means the FHP unit is up to par with national standards.


TakeCare to host The Medical City Doctors for Cancer Conference

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Contact: Gus Sablan
Senior Vice President, Business Development/Marketing
Phone 646-6956 ext. 7270/7123
Fax: 647-3547

For Immediate Release
February 22, 2009

TakeCare to host The Medical City Doctors for Cancer Conference

Tamuning, GU—TakeCare Insurance Company, Inc. will be hosting three doctors from The Medical City in the Philippines for a conference on cancer awareness, Tuesday, February 24, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the TakeCare administrative offices at the Baltej Pavilion in Tamuning.

The Conference, entitled, “Patient Centered Approaches to Cancer Care,” aims to discuss the benefit of multidisciplinary care, focusing on patient welfare and rational use of available technology and techniques. The conference’s facilitators include, ManualRoxas, M.D., director of the Cancer Center and section head of Colorectal Surgery, Daniel Alonzo, M.D., chairman of the Otolaryngology department and head of the Cancer Center’s Head and Neck Unit and Michael Mejia, M.D., consultant of Radiation Oncology at The Medical City.

“One of the conference’s objectives is to reduce the burden of cancer in Guam by increasing community’s awareness of effective, high-quality and accessible means of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment,” said Gina Ramos, seniormanager at TakeCare.

Ramos added, “This is just the beginning of, hopefully, many future collaborations between TakeCare and The Medical City to provide forums that address the key healthcare issues facing the

islandto not only our patients and members, but to the entire community of Guam.”

Established in 1972, TakeCare Insurance Company Inc. is a privately held consumer health organization delivering solutions that enhance people’s lives. The company fulfills this mission through its medical and dental insurance products as well as providing U.S. standard health care through its stand alone, full service FHP medical, dental and optometry clinics.
TakeCare consistently ranks in the Top 10 of the Deloitte and Touche/Guam Business list of top companies in Micronesia. TakeCare’s innovative and comprehensive health insurance products combined with its full service FHP health care clinics make it the total solution in healthcare for its members and patients.
The Medical City located in Metro Manila, Philippines, is a private, tertiary care hospital that has distilled some forty years of experience in hospital operation and administration in the establishment of its world-class healthcare complex.

The Medical City serves 40,000 inpatients and 380,000 outpatients a year and boasts a distinguished medical staff of 1,000 physicians, all of whom are experienced, recognized and established experts in their various fields of specialization –Medicine, Surgery, Orthopedics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Anesthesiology and Psychiatry. The Medical City secured the prestigious Joint Commission International Accreditation in 2006, receiving perfect scores in critical standards on access to care, continuity of care, quality improvement and patient safety.


TakeCare to host The Medical City Doctors for Cancer Conference

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Contact: Gus Sablan
Senior Vice President, Business Development/Marketing
Phone 646-6956 ext. 7270/7123
Fax: 647-3547

For Immediate Release
February 22, 2009

TakeCare to host The Medical City Doctors for Cancer Conference

Tamuning, GU—TakeCare Insurance Company, Inc. will be hosting three doctors from The Medical City in the Philippines for a conference on cancer awareness, Tuesday, February 24, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the TakeCare administrative offices at the Baltej Pavilion in Tamuning.

The Conference, entitled, “Patient Centered Approaches to Cancer Care,” aims to discuss the benefit of multidisciplinary care, focusing on patient welfare and rational use of available technology and techniques. The conference’s facilitators include, ManualRoxas, M.D., director of the Cancer Center and section head of Colorectal Surgery, Daniel Alonzo, M.D., chairman of the Otolaryngology department and head of the Cancer Center’s Head and Neck Unit and Michael Mejia, M.D., consultant of Radiation Oncology at The Medical City.

“One of the conference’s objectives is to reduce the burden of cancer in Guam by increasing community’s awareness of effective, high-quality and accessible means of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment,” said Gina Ramos, seniormanager at TakeCare.

Ramos added, “This is just the beginning of, hopefully, many future collaborations between TakeCare and The Medical City to provide forums that address the key healthcare issues facing the

islandto not only our patients and members, but to the entire community of Guam.”
Established in 1972, TakeCare Insurance Company Inc. is a privately held consumer health organization delivering solutions that enhance people’s lives. The company fulfills this mission through its medical and dental insurance products as well as providing U.S. standard health care through its stand alone, full service FHP medical, dental and optometry clinics.

TakeCare consistently ranks in the Top 10 of the Deloitte and Touche/Guam Business list of top companies in Micronesia. TakeCare’s innovative and comprehensive health insurance products combined with its full service FHP health care clinics make it the total solution in healthcare for its members and patients.

The Medical City located in Metro Manila, Philippines, is a private, tertiary care hospital that has distilled some forty years of experience in hospital operation and administration in the establishment of its world-class healthcare complex.

The Medical City serves 40,000 inpatients and 380,000 outpatients a year and boasts a distinguished medical staff of 1,000 physicians, all of whom are experienced, recognized and established experts in their various fields of specialization –Medicine, Surgery, Orthopedics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Anesthesiology and Psychiatry. The Medical City secured the prestigious Joint Commission International Accreditation in 2006, receiving perfect scores in critical standards on access to care, continuity of care, quality improvement and patient safety.


Power to the Players

Monday, February 9th, 2009

“The condition was very poor. For example duct tape was laid on the court in place of the lines that were not visible. In other words (the Tamuning Basketball Gym) was a ‘ghetto gym’ and was treated as such … previously fans had no direction where to sit and would find any open space to set themselves up which was not functional.”

img1 Elsa Ulloa, Youth Basketball Coordinator of the Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon Mayor’s Office

This was the scene at the Tamuning Basketball Gym, as described by Elsa Ulloa, Youth Basketball Coordinator for the Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon Mayor’s office. A few months ago, the community facility was in need of renovations; however the price tag for completion of the project amounted to $22,000. The mayor’s office simply did not have any money for the project, so onto the court, so to speak, stepped TakeCare and SuperKrete Painting Dynamics. Each company donated fifty percent of the total costs. The project, which began on October 31st, was finished by November 26th, 2008.The athletes now practice and play on a court that meets the standards set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the International Basketball Association (FIBA). Also, the interior of the gym has been redesigned to allow a seating area for fans, complimented with a fresh coat of paint and an uplifting atmosphere from the gym’s patrons.

More and more, aspiring athletes on Guam and even in the mainland, count on not only support from coaches, teammates, family and friends, but on the generosity of companies. In order for an athlete to improve in his or her sport, he or she must have the means necessary Those means can consist of adequate sports equipment, a functional, suitable training area, or even the fees required of the teams in order to enter and compete in local tournaments. Yet the money needed to obtain these crucial resources is not always readily available.

img2Jean Cepeda, an organizer for the Guam Youth Basketball Association

“Parents would pay fees, but that’s still not enough…you can go to the mayor, and some mayors go all out. But, hand in hand too, we work with businesses, and the mayor can only sponsor so much,” according to Jean Cepeda, an organizer for the Guam Youth Basketball Association and Club President of the Dededo Heat Basketball and ASC Islanders Soccer teams.

Cepeda explained that company sponsorships enable teams to order uniforms for their athletes and pay the necessary league fees, provide funding for other club-related activities such as newsletters or jamborees, and ultimately help to simultaneously keep their player registration fees low in order to attract interested players to their teams. She agreed that without these corporate sponsors, the overall success of teams may be compromised.

“There cannot be a team without any sponsors. There are teams that do not have corporate sponsors, but then you end up paying a couple hundred dollars, so it works hand in hand. So you have a choice: well, we either look for sponsors or charge this much and how many people can we get if we (were to) charge this much,” adds Cepeda, whose own teams are sponsored by ASC Trust, Employment Services, Star Press, and Island Business Systems and Supplies. Funds are not only needed for team uniforms or league fees, but also to improve some of the facilities athletes need in order to practice and compete. The importance of adequate facilities for athletes can be likened to the importance of a well-supplied classroom for a child; success or improvement is compromised if the child lacks the basic necessities required to learn. As a result of such support from the business community, athletes now have a better chance of achieving their sports-related goals. But what are the benefits for the companies involved?

img3 Tom Shimizu, general manager, Ambros Inc.

“The ultimate goal is to see each and every single sport grow on Guam and in the neighboring islands. With the development of the sport come new or renovated fields and stadiums for the enjoyment of the players and spectators alike,” Says Tom Shimizu, general manager of Ambros Inc., one of the more well-known sponsors within the athletic community.

The company (more popularly recognized through their distributing brand, Budweiser) has been able to assist in the completion of the Harmon Soccer Field and the maintenance of the Wettengel Rugby Field through their sponsorships of the Guam Football Association and the Guam Rugby Federated Union, respectively. Ambros also has contributed to many other sports organizations on island, including but not limited to: the Guam National Olympic Committee (GNOC), Philippine Amateur Basketball Association (PABL), the Guam Kayak and Canoe Federation, and the Budweiser Softball Kings and Queens of the Diamonds. “We also wanted to give back to the community and by supporting sport federations and teams; we hope to develop the sport as a whole for the athletes and future generations to come,” adds Shimizu. Likewise, the intended goal through the Pepsi Bottling Company’s donations to the sporting community is “to make Gatorade a partner, and to give back to the teams and athletes that have supported our products,” according to Pepsi general manager Jon Denight.

Pepsi Bottling Company, the island’s distributor of the Gatorade brand of sports drinks, is known for its sponsorships of many leagues and events, including the Guam Football Association, the Guam Basketball Confederation, the Guam Youth Football League, the Guam Major League (through their sponsored team, the Gatorade Giants), the Dededo Soccer Club, the KUAM 3 on 3 Basketball tournament, and the annual Payless “Kick the Fat” 5k Run/Walk event.

img4Gus Sabian, vice-president, TakeCare

“(The) goal is to encourage a healthy lifestyle at any age and to keep generations of our island’s children fit and active through sports. Through our donations, we hope that the beneficiaries will provide a safe place and necessary support for our children to play sports,” said TakeCare Insurance Senior Vice President, Gus Sablan.

TakeCare’s contribution to the renovation of the Tamuning Basketball Gym has proved to be the company’s most inspirational contribution. “We were inspired because we were able to contribute to the Tamuning mayor and the entire community,” according to Sablan. “His goal was to be able to host athletic events in a central area. We helped him accomplish this goal by providing a facility for physical fitness, which at the same time keeps our children off the streets and in the gym.”

But the Tamuning Basketball Gym is not the only example of the company’s generosity; the TakeCare Tigers Youth Soccer Teams and the TakeCare Youth Basketball Program, as well as the sponsorships of cycling events led by the Guam Cycling Federation, are also included in TakeCare’s involvement with the community.

The support these establishments offer Guam’s teams and facilities has a huge impact on the community; without their generous donations, a child who dreams of becoming the next Michael Jordan or David Beckham may not be able to afford to participate in a sport , or an athlete may have to continue practicing in a facility that is in need of repairs. These businesses are unsung heroes that embody the true spirit of Guahan through their generosity and constant support of the community-at large.

To quote the GameStop motto, these businesses truly give “power to the players.”

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