Lake Health patient in remission following surgery, 55 pounds lost and counting
Days after undergoing gastric bypass surgery with Dr. Aviv Ben-Meir at Lake Health, Julie Kalina-Hammond’s insulin dependent type 2 diabetes was in remission—her blood sugar at a normal level without medication. Today, nearly four months after her bariatric procedure, the Painesville resident has shed more than 55 pounds, and is off all medications including those for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The surgery also resolved her sleep apnea—a condition that had required her to wear a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask every night.
“It’s been a remarkable, life-changing transformation,” said Kalina-Hammond, 45, a social worker at Beacon Health and treatment manager for the Lake County Mental Health Court. “Having bariatric surgery is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I feel great and have so much energy. I’m more self-confident and, most importantly, I’m on track to living a long and healthy life.”
Lake Health taps innovative technology to help survivors of stroke and brain injury connect with world
CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio, February 10, 2014 - Imagine suddenly losing the ability to have a conversation, order at a restaurant or express your needs and feelings. For many survivors of stroke and brain injury, the loss or impairment of speech is a harsh reality that can lead to frustration, social isolation and depression. Now, Lake Health is offering patients who are unable to speak an innovative speech-generating device that breaks down barriers and enables them to interact with the world.