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On December 29, 2015, Dr. Beata Danek, Board Member of the Polish American Medical Society in Chicago, took a group of single mothers along with their 36 children to Winter Wonderland at Navy Pier for a Christmas celebration. Everyone enjoyed the rides and attractions, including the giant slides, roller coaster, and ice-skating rink.  “Deli 4 You” acted as the “Secret Santa” and provided sweets for all the kids while PAMS and several polish physicians in Chicago donated money to purchase gift certificates for the moms. The loving atmosphere surrounded by beautiful holiday decorations and festivities lifted everyone’s Christmas spirits. The warmth of sharing made this Christmas truly magical.

Written by:

Beata Danek, MD

PAMS member

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In Memory of Dr. Eva Maria Buch-Kiljanska
November 23, 1940 – July 31, 2015

On Friday, November 20th, 2015, family, friends and colleagues gathered at the Polish Museum of America for an unforgettable evening in celebration of the life of Dr. Eva Maria Buch. The evening featured several speeches in honor of Dr. Buch. Speakers included Dr. Buch’s children, Dr. Kornelia Król, the president of the Polish American Medical Society, Mrs. Dorothy Malachowski, president of the Gift from the Heart Foundation, Mrs. Małgorzata Kot, Director of the Polish Museum of America and Dr. Steven C. Marquardt, Dr. Buch’s former colleague. Together, the speakers shared memories of Dr. Buch’s exceptional dedication to medicine, philanthropy and the arts, as well as her unmatched passions for adventure and celebration. The evening also featured a private concert by Dr. Buch’s favorite local band, Pawel Pospieszalski and Alex Babiy.

Dr. Buch was deeply involved with the Polish American Medical Society for many years. She served as secretary for the executive board for 8 years.

She will be remembered as a prominent pediatric anesthesiologist, wife, mother, friend and colleague.

Dr. Buch was a truly exceptional member of our community and will be dearly missed. A memorial fund has been set up in her honor. The proceeds will be directed to the Polish American Medical Society to fund a scholarship and help support activities at the Polish Museum of America.

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The final 2015 quarterly meeting took place on November 22, 2015 at the University of Chicago. There were 47 members and guests present. The Board members attending were current President Dr. K. Król, Dr. E. Radwańska, Dr. A. Cios, Dr. B. Danek, Dr. J. Danko, Dr. K. Kusz, Dr. B. Wojewnik, Dr. J. Mazurek, and Dr. J. Samulak.

After the initial greetings from Dr. K. Król, the invited guest Emilio Williams, the Executive Director of International Programs of The University of Chicago School of Medicine discussed his presentation on “Cooperation Between PAMS, The University of Chicago School of Medicine, and the Medicover Hospital in Warsaw”. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion concerning the implementation of the pilot program.

Dr. K. Król discussed two different scholarships offered by PAMS: student’s scholarships and research scholarships. The President presented an initiative by PAMS to renovate a Polish Doctor Monument at Rossa Cemetery at Vilnius, Lithuania. Dr. Król discussed the upcoming 66th Physicians Ball at Ritz Carlton on February 6th, 2016.

The meeting was followed by a dinner sponsored by Medicover.

This Quarterly Meeting Summary was written by: Jagoda Samulak, DDS

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Foto: M. Sowa, B. Orawiec

29 oraz 31 października 2015 r. przeprowadzono bezpłatne badania na wybrane czynniki ryzyka chorób serca, szczepienia przeciwko grypie oraz konsultacje kardiologiczne dla Polonii w Chicago. Organizatorem akcji był dr Bronisław Orawiec.

W celu podniesienia świadomości zdrowotnej oraz poprawy stanu zdrowia polonijnej społeczności została przeprowadzona kolejna akcja badań na wybrane czynniki ryzyka chorób serca, w tym badania poziomu cukru we krwi, pomiary ciśnienia tętniczego krwi, obliczanie wskaźnika masy ciała (BMI) oraz szczepienia przeciwko grypie. Darmowe badania zostały przeprowadzone 29 listopada w Domu Podhalan oraz 31 listopada 2015 r. w klinice dr. B. Orawca. W tegorocznej akcji skorzystało sto osób. Głównymi sponsorami byli: Orawiec Cardiac Fund PAMS, Handzel Open Inc., Presence Resurrection Medical Center, Związek Lekarzy Polskich w Chicago, Związek Podhalan w Północnej Ameryce oraz organizator.

Należy podkreślić, że ciśnienie tętnicze, poziom cholesterolu, lipidów, cukru we krwi i otyłość to czynniki, które po przekroczeniu określonych norm, mogą powodować zagrożenie zdrowia i życia. Są one głównymi czynnikami choroby wieńcowej oraz miażdżycy naczyń. Jeśli chodzi o szczepienia przeciwko grypie to warto przypomnieć, że każdego roku szczepionkę powinny otrzymać osoby starsze, które mają problemy zdrowotne m.in.: choroby serca, choroby płuc, anemię, astmę, choroby nerek, cukrzycę, a także osoby prowadzące prace o charakterze usługowym z dużą ilością kontaktów. Podczas badań były dostępne broszury informujące o sposobach zwalczania głównych czynników ryzyka miażdżycy oraz zalecenia dietetyczne w języku polskim i angielskim.

W tegorocznej akcji uczestniczyły społecznie następujące osoby: Mariana Wrzosek, RN (Event Manager), Lisa Byers, RN, Marcia Tenezaca, RN, Lena Won, LPN z Presence Resurrection Medical Center oraz Elżbieta Dąbrowa i Joanna Sewillo z kliniki dra Orawca. Wszystkim tym osobom składam gorące podziękowania za zaangażowanie i czas.

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Impressive!!! – the only word that comes to mind to describe the PAMS quarterly meeting organized and sponsored by the Polish-American Transplant Center at the University of Chicago on September 27th, 2015.

The recently built Center for Care and Discovery at the University of Chicago deliverers exactly what the name implies. World class surgeons and scientists develop and treat patients for whom there are not many options left in conventional medicine. A great example is the Pancreatic Islets transplant, developed by one of our own, Dr. Piotr Witkowski. The transplant prevents patients from developing diabetes after complete removal of the pancreas.

After a brief introduction, Dr. David Song, vice chair of the department of surgery, introduced us to the concept of “surgery as a contact sport”. The concept entails physicians from different specialties brainstorming together, sometimes just while in the locker room, on how to solve a difficult surgical puzzle. Dr. Song talked about using makorobots for orthopedic surgery, also about minimally invasive spinal surgery via small tubular ports that avoid debilitating incisions, and filming surgeries with a go-pro and then reviewing the “game tape”. He also talked about a major advancement in the ENT field: a cochlear implant for deaf infants to prevent developmental delay or atrophy of the brain. The 40 PAMS members who attended the meeting were given a tour of the new patient rooms. The rooms resemble a five star hotel! Some even include a beautiful view of down town Chicago.

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