Olympia Medical Center Ileostomy Specialist Keynote Speaker At Annual Symposium

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Dr Schiller featured as Keynote Speaker at the 23rd Annual QLA Educational Symposium

Dr. Don J. Schiller was recently featured as a Keynote Speaker at the 23rd Annual QLA Educational Symposium, held September 19-21, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The QLA (Quality Life Association) is a nonprofit nationwide association aimed at meeting the special needs of a person with a continent diversion and to educate others of the latest advances in ostomy options. These include the Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir, the Kock pouch continent intestinal reservoir, and pelvic pouches (ileoanal J pouch) and continent urostomies. The most common reasons for people to undergo removal of their colon (large intestine) and rectum are Ulcerative Colitis and Familial Polyposis.

The Symposium included educational sessions concerning the Evolution and Current Status of Continent Diversions and Pelvic Pouches, the annual Surgeons' Panel, management of pouchitis, dietary considerations, the diagnosis of Prostate Cancer in men whose rectum has been removed, and humor and motivational presentations. Dr. Schiller's talk not only addressed the care of patients with a Continent Ileostomy, but the greater concerns of society in America today over healthcare. His well received lecture revealed the "inside story" of the Institute of Medicine report on Hospital medical and treatment errors, and proposed solutions for each person as well as the country.

At Olympia Medical Center's Continent Ostomy Center all rooms are private rooms. In addition, the Center cares for many Ostomy patients who don't have a BCIR but come for surgical procedures including stoma revisions, repair of stoma hernias, repair of incisional and other hernias.

Located in the heart of West Los Angeles, Olympia Medical Center has been providing medical care to its community since 1948. Services at the 204-bed acute care hospital include comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, and a 24-hour emergency room. Specialty programs include the California Digestive Diseases Institute, Take Off, a Medical and Surgical Weight Control Program, the Los Angeles Center for Spine Care and Research, the Southern California Sports Medicine Institute, the Center for Wound Management and Hyperbaric Medicine, the Continent Ostomy Center, the Center for Geriatric Health and the Memory Institute.

At Olympia Medical Center, we are dedicated to clinical excellence, delivering health care services in a patient-centered, community-focused environment. We not only try to meet your expectations--but to exceed them as well. Quality and compassionate careā€¦it's our commitment to you.

Olympia Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about Olympia Medical Center visit http://www.olympiamedicalcenter.com and http://www.ileostomy-surgery.com

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