Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (November 10, 2010)---Some family doctors at Botsford Hospital recently took their own advice to patients about the benefits of daily exercise when they formed a relay running team to compete in the Detroit Free Press Marathon. This five-person team consisted of three physicians, one of their friends, and a breast cancer survivor.
You would not necessarily expect a group like this to burn up the asphalt with their athleticism, which makes their marathon results even more surprising. Calling themselves “Botsford Running,” this relay team placed 11th overall out of 596 relay teams finishing the marathon on October 17. The group placed third overall for coed teams and would have placed first overall in the medical/legal division although the team did not enter that division.
Botsford Running is (pictured from left):
§ Greg Hapaala, a friend of Dr. Jackson
§ Ron Kuzdak, D.O., a clinical preceptor for Botsford Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program who sees patients at Botsford’s Farmington Village Family Practice
§ Matt Jackson, D.O., team captain and second-year family medicine resident
§ Allison Nichol, D.O., first-year family medicine resident
§ Amy Krzyzanowski, a three-year breast cancer survivor (appears in second photo)
Krzyzanowski’s connection to Botsford Hospital is as a patient. She credits her Botsford physicians—-medical oncologist Craig Gordon, D.O.; general surgeon Raimundo Pastor, D.O.; and gynecologist Deirdre Wickham, D.O.—-for successfully diagnosing and treating her for breast cancer.
While numerous health benefits exist for those who regularly exercise, it also may offer protection against breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, exercising four or more hours a week may decrease hormone levels and help lower breast cancer risk.
“I inquire about my patients’ exercise habits and make sure they know I work out and have been running cross-country since high school,” says Dr. Kuzdak. “I encourage my patients to be active. Through exercise, my patients have decreased their risk of illness, effectively dealt with stress, and speeded up their recovery from injury or surgery.”
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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