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Christine Stabler, M.D.
Bill Adams, M.D.
Jennifer DeLutis, M.D.
Pamela Vnenchak, M.D.
Celeste Heckman, M.D.

Now that 2018 has officially arrived, many Progress Notes readers are making New Year’s resolutions.

Christine Stabler, M.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs, said putting family first tops her list of aspirations for 2018. Dr. Stabler, who practices at LG Health Physicians Family & Maternity Medicine, explains that her husband had a stroke in November.

“The speed and skill of the LGH ED and stroke program saved his life and gave him a great start on recovery,” she said. “The Speech and Language Department – Christine Hoffman in particular – has helped him immeasurably.

“… I will prioritize time and resources to make my family happier and healthier this year. … 2018 will be the year of good health, good times and good spirits for the Stabler family.”

Bill Adams, M.D., Vice President of the Medical & Dental Staff, and Medical Director, Emergency Medicine, doesn’t typically make New Year’s resolutions. But for 2018, he listed four: Go on a medical mission trip, drink less Diet Mountain Dew, lose 15 to 20 pounds, and take a family RV trip.

Jennifer DeLutis, M.D., Secretary/Treasurer of the Medical & Dental Staff, said her hopes for 2018 will center on patience.

I hope to allow my children to explore and make their own mistakes rather than prevent them from those teaching experiences,” said Dr. DeLutis, of LG Health Physicians Hospitalists. “I also need to step back, take a deep breath and put myself in others’ shoes before speaking or reacting.”

Pamela Vnenchak, M.D., Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine, plans to exercise 150 minutes per week. Dr. Vnenchak, of LG Health Physicians Family & Maternity Medicine, also will start a “gratefulness journal,” where she records three things she is thankful for at the end of each day.

Celeste Heckman, M.D., Regional Medical Director, LG Health Physicians, said it’s a blessing to care for families over a period of time, sharing in their joys and providing support in their sorrow. However, she acknowledged that this work often requires great physical and emotional expenditure.

“I often talk about the ‘four legs’ of the seat of wellness: eating well, regular exercise, adequate sleep and having some fun!” said Dr. Heckman, of LG Health Physicians Family Medicine Strasburg. “Perhaps I need to heed a little of my own advice and encourage those around me to do the same.

“Please join me in my mantra for the new year: ‘Take care of yourself, so you can take care of each other, so together we can take care of those who need our care the most.’ " 

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