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On ‘Sound Medicine’: A new kind of public hospital, radiation for breast cancer, and second opinions


INDIANAPOLIS — “Sound Medicine” announces its program for Nov. 24, featuring a tour and behind-the-scenes look at the new Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, intraoperative radiation for breast cancer patients and fashionably hiding colostomy bags.

How is Eskenazi Hospital designed to improve inpatient safety? The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, the new county hospital in downtown Indianapolis, was designed with patient and staff safety and compassionate care in mind. Lisa Harris, M.D., CEO and medical director, and Lee Ann Blue, chief nursing officer, traveled to multiple hospitals across the country to research the most modern and efficient safety methods. Jill Ditmire of “Sound Medicine” goes behind the scenes at the new state-of-the-art health care facility to see what this means. The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital will replace Wishard Hospital in December.

Does Medicaid hurt or improve recipients’ health? ”Sound Medicine” health care policy analyst Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., speaks with host Barbara Lewis about the results of the Oregon Medicaid study. He explains his perspective on the study, what the researchers learned, and the limitations of the study. Dr. Carroll is an associate professor of pediatrics and the associate director of the Children’s Health Services Research at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.

How effective is intraoperative radiation? Traditional radiation for breast cancer patients usually involves six weeks of treatment after surgery. Community Health Network in Central Indiana is now offering INTRABEAM radiation  to women with early-stage breast cancer.  INTRABEAM radiation is a 20- to 30-minute dose of radiation applied directly to the cancerous area during surgery. S. Chace Lottich, M.D., a breast surgeon with Community Health Network, joins “Sound Medicine” to discuss the role of INTRABEAM therapy and its side effects, benefits and effectiveness.

Is there an attractive way to hide a colostomy bag? Each year, hundreds of people undergo a colostomy or “ostomy.” because part of their bowel had to be removed. After Jason McIntosh had an ostomy last year due to irritable bowel syndrome, he decided to start a business with his wife called Awestomy, a company that sells attractive undergarments for colostomy bags. McIntire discusses having an ostomy, the stigma attached to having an ostomy bag, and how Awestomy aims to help patients like him.

When facing surgery, how and when should you seek a second opinion? Peter Angelos, M.D., Ph.D., published an article in American Medical News about the benefits of seeking second opinions. As a professor of surgery and chief of endocrine surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Angelos encourages surgeons to join him in respecting the patient’s need to seek a second opinion. Dr. Angelos joins “Sound Medicine” to discuss giving second opinions to patients and what patients should do when two physicians don’t agree. Dr. Angelos is also the associate director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.

 “Sound Medicine” covers controversial ethics topics, breakthrough research studies and the day-to-day application of recent advancements in medicine. It’s also available via podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads and posts updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Co-produced by the IU School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM) and underwritten in part by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, “Sound Medicine ” airs on the following Indiana public radio stations: WBSB (Anderson, 89.5 FM), WFIU (Bloomington, 103.7 FM; Columbus, 100.7 FM; Kokomo, 106.1 FM; Terre Haute, 95.1 FM), WNDY (Crawfordsville, 91.3 FM), WVPE (Elkhart/South Bend, 88.1 FM), WNIN (Evansville, 88.3 FM), WBOI (Fort Wayne, 89.1 FM), WFCI (Franklin, 89.5 FM), WBSH (Hagerstown/New Castle, 91.1 FM), WFYI (Indianapolis), WBSW (Marion, 90.9 FM), WBST (Muncie, 92.1 FM), WBSJ (Portland, 91.7 FM), WLPR (Lake County, 89.1 FM) and WBAA (West Lafayette, 101.3 FM).

“Sound Medicine” is also broadcast on these public radio stations across the country: KSKA (Anchorage, Alaska), KTNA (Talkeetna, Alaska), KUHB (Pribilof Islands, Alaska), KUAF (Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Ark.), KIDE (Hoopa Valley, Calif.), KRCC (Colorado Springs, Colo.), KEDM (Monroe, La.), WCMU (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), WCNY and WRVO-1 (Syracuse, N.Y.), KMHA (Four Bears, N.D.), WYSU (Youngstown, Ohio), KPOV (Bend, Ore.) and KEOS (College Station, Texas).

Please check local listings for broadcast dates and times.