Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Breathe easier this winter

Winter weather brings special challenges to those with asthma. The cold air outside tends to worsen asthma symptoms often causing coughing fits when walking outdoors. That same cold weather keeps people indoors more often where they are breathing common asthma triggers such as mold, pet dander, and dust mites.
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Winter is also the time of year when sinus infections and other respiratory illnesses are most common – and those are especially tricky for people with asthma. Let us help you with a few tips to breathe a little easier this winter.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Your New Year's Resolution: Stop Smoking

Cigarette smoking is a behavior that quickly becomes habit-forming and can be deadly. Smoking is expensive. Cigarette smoke permeates your home, car, furniture and clothes. Second-hand smoke is bad for your family and those around you. But we’re not telling you anything you don’t already know. What you may not know is how can you stop smoking?

Image Courtesy: U.S. Air Force Illustration by Airman 1st Class Brittany Perry
Whether you've been smoking for months or decades, make 2015 the year you kick the habit for good. Let us help you discover reasons to quit and how to take steps to drop the cigarette habit.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Logansport Memorial Hospital hires new Nurse Practitioner

Rachel Emery, FNP-BC
Logansport Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Rachel Emery, FNP-BC to the medical staff as part of the Logansport Memorial Physician Network. She will join the providers at ExpressMed Logansport, providing urgent care for patients in Logansport and Cass County. 

Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky. She is a registered nurse with the Indiana Board of Nursing and is ACLS-certified in CPR by the American Heart Association, as well as Neonatal Resuscitation Program-certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics. She brings a variety of experience in caring for patients at ExpressMed and is looking forward to caring for the community.

ExpressMed is open for patients Monday – Friday from 9 am – 7 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. ExpressMed is a walk-in clinic, so no appointments are necessary. If you have questions about being seen as a patient, please call the clinic directly at (574) 722-9633.

Logansport Memorial Hospital seeking Volunteers

Logansport Memorial Hospital is seeking customer-focused individuals to join its corps of volunteers and help continue our tradition of delivering compassionate patient care. 

Volunteers are needed to greet visitors; accompany visitors to their destinations throughout the hospital; staff the Information and Surgery Waiting desks; support various hospital departments and work in the Gift Shop. 

Our volunteers are some of the friendliest faces you'll meet during your stay at the hospital.
Join us, won't you?
“Volunteers are a very special and important part of the care that we provide,” said Tamara Szarszewski, Volunteer and Gift Shop Coordinator. “We are looking for energetic, friendly people who are interested in making a difference in as much as four hours a month; you can be part of a truly unique experience.” 

In order to make the volunteer experience as rewarding as possible, staff work closely with all volunteers to match their skill levels and interests with a position at LMH. Orientation and volunteer education is provided. 

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please call the Logansport Memorial Hospital Volunteer Office at (574) 753-1304 or the Concierge Desk at (574) 753-5697. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Logansport Memorial Hospital welcomes First Baby of 2015

Logansport's first baby of 2015 was born about 10 hours into the new year and was welcomed by a first-time mother and more than 30 gifts from local donors.

Benjamin was born at 10:08 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1 to parents Alisha Griffin and Benjamin Juan Pascual. All 6 pounds, 10 ounces and 20 inches of him was delivered by Dr. Timothy Hall at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

He is Griffin's first child. She said she's a little too overwhelmed to determine what she's looking forward to the most about being a mother as she prepares for all of the responsibilities.

The mother and son continued bonding with one another at the hospital Friday, Jan 2.
"I like babies," Griffin said, looking down at Benjamin fondly in his "New Year's Baby 2015" onesie as she held him on her hospital bed. "They're so cute." The Michigan City native said she is looking forward to raising her son in Logansport. "There's no trouble out here really," she said.

It's a community the hospital also commends for its contributions to the families of the first baby born at the hospital every year.

Angie Soupley, a registered nurse on Logansport Memorial Hospital's obstetrics unit, said community involvement increased for the effort in 2015 than in past years. "We're really, really thrilled about that," she said.

First Baby 2015 Benjamin with all of his gifts, donated by the community.
Photo Credit:  J. Kyle Keener, Pharos-Tribune

There were more than 30 donations, including gifts like a wagon, gift certificates, books, blankets, a bathtub, a carrier, stuffed animals and diapers.

"We love our community and we want community involvement," Soupley said. "We want these people to know we genuinely love and care about their babies and the community does as well."

Griffin is grateful for all the gifts, many of which were stacked up in a corner of her hospital room. "Like, wow," was all she could say.

2015 New Year's baby donations

  • Dr. William Murray, Dr. Jessica McClintock and Dr. Timothy Hall, Logansport Memorial Hospital: car seat and pack-n-play
  • Logansport Memorial Hospital Pediatrics: Red Flyer wagon
  • Logansport Memorial Hospital Gift Shop: bear security blanket
  • Mary Max Cinemas Logansport 5: free movie admission tickets
  • House of Beauty: hair products
  • Family Video: gift card
  • Burger King: two free burger, fries and drink certificates
  • Pizza Hut: free large pizza
  • Mr. Happy Burger: nine-piece chicken combo
  • Martin's Supermarket: gift card
  • D&R Fruit Market: gift certificate
  • Logan Tire: gift card
  • Cass County Tire: free oil, lube and filter change
  • Designer Joe's: free haircut
  • Maxx Tan: gift certificate
  • YMCA: one-month free membership
  • Lin's Asian Cuisine: gift certificate
  • Logansport Fire Department: smoke detectors
  • The Nest: Boyd's Bear
  • Dale Hardy: Carhartt cammo shirt
  • WIC: books, blanket washcloths, brush/comb
  • Mike Anderson Chevrolet: bathtub, bath supplies, washcloths, towels
  • Holly Burges: embroidered New Year's onesie
  • Cole Hardwood: Fox blanket, sleeper and sleep sack
  • Fernbaugh's: silver frame
  • Arnold's Fine Jewelry: heart charm
  • Lavy Windows: infant carrier
  • Jim Kitchell Agency: activity mat
  • Patrick Long State Farm: State Farm bear
  • Flora Arion Home Improvement: diapers and wipes
  • Culligan Water: two cases of water
  • Pharos-Tribune: plaque of newspaper article
This article was originally authored by reporter Mitchell Kirk and was reprinted on this blog with permission from the Pharos-Tribune.