Get the Facts

Falls are the #1 Cause of Traumatic Brain Injury
Falls are the Leading Cause of Injuries for Americans Aged 65 and Over

An estimated 2.8 million seniors are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries each year, and more than 800,000 are hospitalized.

Half of All Falls Happen at Home

Keep your home safe by removing tripping hazards, installing bright light bulbs and grab bars, and keeping a bell on your pet’s collar to signal that they are nearby.

Falling Once Doubles Your Chances of Falling Again

Speak with your doctor about any recent falls, review your medication list, and have your vision and hearing checked.

The Path to Better Balance

Steps You Can Take To Prevent a Fall

Make Your Home Safe

Remove tripping hazards, install bright light bulbs and grab bars in bathrooms, bedrooms and hallways, and keep a bell on your pet’s collar to signal that they are nearby.

Talk With Your Doctor

Find a community-based program designed to help senior adults increase physical activity and change their environment to reduce all risk factors.

Get Connected

Ask your doctor for a fall risk assessment and share your history of any recent falls. Be sure to review your medication list as some prescriptions may cause dizziness. Also, have your vision and hearing checked – these senses are vital to balance.

Assign A Family Advocate

Enlist family support in assessing your home for safety. And remember to always stop, look and listen to your surroundings.

Keep Moving

Activities that strengthen the muscles
in your legs, such as walking or tai chi,
can improve your balance and
help prevent falls.

Events

A Matter of Balance

Free 8-week workshop will be held from 2-4pm on recurring Mondays.
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A MATTER OF BALANCE is an
award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical
strategies to manage falls.

DATES:
1/22/2018
1/29/2018
2/5/2018
2/12/2018
2/26/2018
3/5/2018
3/12/2018
3/19/2018
2pm – 4pm
Participants must be able to attend all workshops.

LOCATION:
Natividad Medical Center
Natividad Room, 1st Floor (behind the gift shop)

Download Event Flyer PDF

Registration is required. Workshops are free.
Please call (831) 772-7357 to register.

Meet the Team

Lorraine Artinger, RN

Trauma Prevention and Outreach Nurse

Lorraine Artinger, RN

Trauma Prevention and Outreach Nurse

Lorraine is a Monterey County local, having received a degree in nursing from Hartnell College in Salinas, California and conducted her clinical rotations at Natividad Medical Center. Previously, Lorraine worked in the NMC Sam Karas Acute Rehabilitation Unit helping patients recover from traumatic brain injuries. In April 2016, she moved to the trauma prevention team to pursue her true passion for education and injury prevention in the community.

Anthony Galicia, MD

Medical Director of the Acute Rehabilitation Center

Anthony Galicia, MD

Medical Director of the Acute Rehabilitation Center

As medical director of the Sam Karas Acute Rehabilitation Center at NMC, Dr. Galicia leads a team of therapists, nurses, social workers and admission coordinators. He ensures that every team member is aware of the status of each patient and that quality care is consistently provided to achieve optimal rehabilitation. A resident of Salinas for over 20 years, Dr. Galicia is truly passionate about patients fulfilling their potential, and living a satisfied and independent life. He has graduate degrees from UC Davis and The Chicago Medical School, and completed his residency at Stanford University.

Walter Mills, MD

Geriatrics and Family Medicine Physician

Walter Mills, MD

Geriatrics and Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Mills has over 36 years of experience in academics and healthcare, including community medical practice, hospital and medical group executive management, and teaching. He joined Natividad in 2014 after serving 28 years with the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Mills received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego and completed his residency in the UCLA Family Practice Program. He also serves on NMC’s Board of Trustees as chief of medical staff.

Hugh Chung, MD

Trauma Surgeon

Hugh Chung, MD

Trauma Surgeon

As a surgeon in NMC’s Trauma Center, Dr. Chung cares for patients with acute, life-threatening or potentially life-threatening conditions. He holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan and a medical degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Chung completed his residency at Oakland University in Michigan and a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Blair Limon, DPT, MDT

Manager, Therapy Services

Blair Limon, DPT, MDT

Manager, Therapy Services

As manager of therapy services, Blair provides training for all NMC therapists through continuing education, advanced opportunities and collaboration with other specialties. A former Division 1 soccer player, Blair has a strong interest in treating athletes, helping them to return to high level play, and treating low back and cervical injuries. Her treatments are focused on providing patient education and understanding of their injury and process of therapy. Blair earned her doctor of physical therapy degree from East Tennessee State University and is a certified mechanical diagnosis and treatment therapist.

Sebastian Marchevsky, MD

3rd Year Family Medicine Resident

Sebastian Marchevsky, MD

3rd Year Family Medicine Resident

Born in France and raised in New York, Dr. Marchevsky is grateful to now serve the Monterey County community. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French, but finds himself speaking mostly Spanish at Natividad. Dr. Marchevsky is interested in preventive medicine, meditation and working in the outpatient world to help people achieve optimal health and wellness.

Wendy Soesman, OT CLT

Supervisor, Therapy Services

Wendy Soesman, OT CLT

Supervisor, Therapy Services

Wendy is an occupational therapist with clinical specialization in both spinal cord injury rehabilitation and neurological rehabilitation. She is passionate about patient care and places a heavy emphasis on outpatient rehabilitation and community re-entry. She is also a certified lymphatic therapist with additional certifications in sensory integration and one pending in hand therapy. She has been repeatedly awarded for Excellence in Service.

About Brain Smart

Brain Smart is a Natividad Medical Center (NMC) trauma prevention program. The program is a platform to educate the Monterey County community about head trauma, including sports-related concussions, senior fall prevention and other brain injury risks. NMC’s physicians and nurses have teamed up with local organizations to hold educational workshops throughout the community to help bring awareness to the risks of head trauma. As the only local Level II Trauma Center, NMC is well positioned to address the need for information concerning traumatic brain injuries. Keep an eye out for Brain Smart in your community and contact us if you’d like to host a workshop at your organization.

For more information, contact:

Lorraine Artinger, RN, Trauma Prevention and Outreach Nurse
artingerlg@natividad.com
P (831) 772-7357 | F (831) 772-7333