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See your doctor before traveling

You’re a busy executive with a challenging schedule. Your work often requires you to travel domestically or internationally to meet with clients or to close a key deal.

You also understand that your faith and your family supersede your business. A relaxing family vacation with time for reflection and daily affirmation can keep you grounded.

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, Legatus Healthnetwork can help you to prepare for your trip by scheduling an appointment at one of the world’s best hospitals with a physician who specializes in travel medicine. A physician visit assures you and your family of being adequately prepared for a safe and healthy journey.

Francois Lette, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic Florida, a Legatus Healthnetwork GOLD hospital, says the meeting with your physician should focus on identifying any pre-existing medical conditions, the medications you or a family member are taking and a precise itinerary of the trip.

If your travel plans take you abroad, Lette recommends you receive the proper vaccines two weeks or more prior to leaving home. The most frequently prescribed vaccines are for yellow fever, hepatitis A, flu, tetanus, polio, typhoid and meningitis. Travelers are commonly exposed to malaria and yellow fever, yet both are generally preventable.

“There are many diseases without a vaccine,” Lette says. “There has been a large increase in the number of cases of dengue fever (an acute febrile disease) in Latin America and Southeast Asia this year.”

Surprisingly, Lette says the greatest threat to travelers is a motor vehicle accident. He suggests avoiding cars without functioning seat belts and staying off the roads at night.

Travelers also need to be concerned with the proper foods and drinks in order to maintain good health. Lette endorses washing your hands with soap and water prior to eating — and especially after using a restroom.

His tips include avoiding the purchase of food from dubious eating places, markets and roadside vendors; buffets where foods are uncovered; shellfish, undercooked meats and poultry, and dairy products; and tap water, drinks or ice prepared with tap water. Remember to use sealed, bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth.

By heeding Lette’s precautions, you should be in for a safe and healthy trip that promises to energize your spirits and your business.

If you have an upcoming trip on your schedule, Legatus Healthnetwork can provide you with more information or an appointment. Our contact information is below.

Ron Hollowell is Healthnetwork’s Director of Marketing.


Your personal travel checklist


Insect repellent


Hydrocortisone cream



Shower sandals


Driver’s license

Insurance contract

A copy of your passport

Prescription medications


A sewing kit or Scotch tape (to repair torn bed netting)

A short-acting sleeping pill (taken at an opportune moment can help avoid jet lag)

Healthnetwork is a membership benefit, a healthcare “concierge service” that provides members and their families access to some of the most respected hospitals in the world. For information on how this can work for you, call (866) 968-2467 or (440) 893-0830. E-mail: help@healthnetworkfoundation.org

Healthnetworks’s new partnership

Last spring, Legatus Cleveland Chapter member Adam Kaufman of Healthnetwork Foundation met with New Orleans Chapter founder Joseph Canizaro to discuss Legatus’s ability to continue funding and providing Healthnetwork as a vital member benefit.

In the end, Canizaro agreed to make a generous gift on behalf of all Legatus members to support the Legatus Healthnetwork initiative. Canizaro’s generosity and unbridled enthusiasm for Legatus Healthnetwork enables all members to have access to the best hospitals and physicians in the world through Healthnetwork. The new partnership is now Legatus Healthnetwork – Sponsored by First Bank and Trust.

What is it about Healthnetwork that inspired you to make such a generous donation?

I learned about Healthnetwork through Legatus. I didn’t know where the best doctors were and how I could get the best kind of care. I was interested in the fact that Healthnetwork could identify both the doctors I might need and the care that was available. So I am enthusiastic in making the donation because Legatus Healthnetwork solves the concern I have to provide good quality healthcare for me and my family.

Your philanthropic endeavors are legendary. Of all the requests you receive, how do you determine which to support?

I am big on my faith, so requests that come through my religion get my attention. I’m interested in young people. I’m interested in education. I try to support those areas. Legatus is an organization that relates to my faith in that it’s Catholic CEOs, and I have a high regard for the people that have been involved in this organization — from Tom Monaghan down.

How have you incorporated your faith into your business practices?

I’m sitting in my office and I have a crucifix in front of me, a picture of Jesus Christ on the wall next to my office and a picture of the Blessed Mother on another wall. I’ve brought my faith into my business life very directly. I look up every once in a while and say a little prayer. I shut down my office on holy days of obligation. I put a sign out front that says Religious Holiday. I try to recognize that what I have comes from God. I’m here to move it around a bit to help others and to be proud of what I am and what I believe.

Do you believe you have been spiritually guided in your ability to gain wealth and use it to help others?

No question about it. I get up and I see a miracle a day. I have a good friend who’s been running a project for me, and I had to bring somebody with a different kind of expertise to the table. My friend makes a big salary, and when I bring this other person in, I won’t be able to afford my friend’s same salary. I mentioned to him that we may need to cut back and we could talk about incentives where maybe he can make as much, but we can’t continue to do it on salary.

We were in a meeting and getting ready to leave, but we hadn’t talked yet. He closed the door and said, “Joe, the Governor’s called me and he wants me to be the housing czar for the Pacific/Gulf Coast. It won’t be full time, but I can cut my salary in half here, work part-time, and do that too.’ It was something that needed to happen. I didn’t know how to do it because he’s a good friend. He told me how to do it. As far as I’m concerned, that was a miracle.

To read the complete interview, visit www.healthnetworkfoundation.org.

Ron Hollowell is Healthnetwork’s Director of Marketing.

Healthnetwork is a membership benefit, a healthcare “concierge service” that provides members and their families access to some of the most respected hospitals in the world. For information on how this can work for you, call (866) 968-2467 or (440) 893-0830. E-mail: help@healthnetworkfoundation.org

Getting the jump on skin cancer

Over the past few decades, Americans have gained a greater awareness of the potential health hazards that come with increased exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. The medical community agrees that as the ozone layer depletes, the risk for skin cancer increases.

As an advocate of preventive medicine, Legatus Healthnetwork encourages members to be wary of prolonged exposure to the sun. People exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight are susceptible to skin cancer or melanoma if they fail to defend adequately against UV rays, says Dr. Sewa S. Legha, a medical oncologist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, a Healthnetwork GOLD hospital in Houston.

A nationally recognized skin cancer expert, Legha recommends a thorough skin examination by a physician who can determine whether atypical moles or a family history of skin cancer can lead to more serious problems.

During a skin examination, your doctor will be able to determine if you have too many moles or atypical moles, identifying them with the acronym ABCDE. A is asymmetry, B for border, C for color, D for diameter and E for evolving. If you notice change in a mole that looks or feels different from your others, Legha suggests you see a dermatologist as soon as possible.

The two most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. The majority of basal cell carcinomas occur on the face. They start as a small, pink spot with a circular or oval shape. As they progress, basal cell carcinomas become raised, develop a crust and have undefined edges.

Squamous cell carcinomas are found primarily on the neck, head, arms and legs. They, too, are pink with raised edges and a hard surface. If detected early enough, the survival rate for skin cancer (and melanoma) is about 99%, according to the National Cancer Institute.

“Most forms of skin cancer and melanoma arise in a person’s later years — primarily in their 50s — as a result of cumulative UV exposure from the sun, sunlamps and tanning beds,” Legha notes. “Most of the sun damage takes place during their teen years and into their 20s and 30s. Skin cancers can take 15 – 20 years to develop.”

Legha recommends taking extra precautions with the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. He also says liberal amounts of sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) rating of 30 or higher, broad brimmed hats and cotton clothing are your best defense against the sun.

Contact us (information below) to schedule an appointment for your skin examination by a dermatologist at one of Legatus Healthnetwork’s GOLD or alliance hospitals.

Ron Hollowell is Healthnetwork’s Director of Marketing.

Healthnetwork is a membership benefit, a healthcare “concierge service” that provides members and their families access to some of the most respected hospitals in the world. For information on how this can work for you, call (866) 968-2467 or (440) 893-0830. E-mail: help@healthnetworkfoundation.org