Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Heart disease in women: how to reduce your risk

Did you know that more women than men die from heart disease each year? women and heart disease In fact, the American Heart Association notes that heart disease is the number one killer of women each year. Unfortunately, too many women downplay their symptoms of potential heart disease or don't realize the problems they are feeling are related to their heart. Heart disease symptoms and risk factors for women are very different than for men. Many women think they don't need to worry about heart health until they are over 65 but this is simply not true - especially if there is a family history of heart disease. Women of all ages need to take their heart health seriously. Let's take some time to highlight common heart disease risk factors for women and learn how women can reduce their risk of heart disease.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Common questions about mammograms

Mammograms are an important part of women's health care and yet they are also one of the most misunderstood. Mammograms are an important part of women's health careUnfortunately, many women skip this screening tool because they don't understand its importance. Some women don't schedule a mammogram out of fear. Others because they don't think it's important if they aren't in the breast cancer high risk category. Some women skip the test because they are concerned with costs.

Here at Logansport Memorial Hospital, we want all women to understand the importance of mammograms and have access to this vital screening tool. Read on to learn answers to the most common questions about mammograms and learn how to schedule your test.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Logansport Memorial Hospital acquires Logansport Regional Cancer Center

As of Monday, May 4, Logansport Memorial Hospital has acquired the Logansport Regional Cancer Center located at 1616 Smith Street in Logansport. The Logansport Regional Cancer Center has been providing comprehensive, community-based radiation therapy services to local patients utilizing state-of-the-art technology for the past 15 years, since 2000. It has been an advantageous option for those patients who face a regimen of cancer treatment because they have not had to leave the community to get the care they need.

Radiation therapy, also called radiotherapy, uses painless, high-energy x-rays directed toward cancerous tissue to help treat specific types of cancer. Sophisticated machines called linear accelerators are used to do this. In general, radiation therapy treatments are conducted five days per week over a period of two to nine weeks. Each session is administered by a specially-trained therapist. With treatment needed at such a high frequency, it’s easy to see why patients prefer (and appreciate) the option to stay within their own community and receive this care.

“We are very proud to be able to provide this opportunity for our patients and for our community,” commented David Ameen, President and CEO of Logansport Memorial Hospital. “We were approached by the Cancer Care Group who had been previously running the service because they knew they would have to close its doors, due to changing reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid not covering the high cost of providing such care. As the only healthcare provider serving Cass County, we felt compelled to offer this for our patients because we believe that it’s our responsibility to provide comprehensive, accessible healthcare for our community. Our Board of Trustees felt the same way, so we are looking forward to keeping this service here and helping our patients get what they need close to home.”

“Keeping the Logansport Regional Cancer Center here as a local part of healthcare is a tremendous convenience for our patients,” adds Dr. James Hall. “Radiation therapy is designed to give patients a small dose of treatment over a long period of time. This treatment schedule minimizes complications without compromising effectiveness. With the number of patients we see and treat not only from Logansport and Cass County, but also surrounding counties, this is a very beneficial service to offer. As a provider, I also appreciate being able to keep my patients close to home, because I can follow them throughout their journey and better coordinate their care with other providers who are part of their team. Everything – including diagnostic imaging, surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy – can all be done here because LMH has providers and partnerships in place to offer it. Cancer is a team-treated disease and I am proud that we are equipped to treat it with the highest quality of care.”

Dr. John Marvel, Radiation Oncologist for the Logansport Regional Cancer Center, agrees. “It is so much easier for our patients to have the care they need close to home instead of having to drive 30 minutes or more to receive it. Radiation therapy can last anywhere from six to nine weeks for patients seeking a cure. That can result in anywhere from 30 – 44 daily treatments. In sick patients, it can be less, as some with pain may only need two to three weeks of treatment as part of their palliative care. But I am so glad that our hospital stepped up to provide this needed service in an ongoing way for patients by keeping it in the community.”

The Logansport Memorial Regional Cancer Center is open Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4:30 pm. Services are provided with a referral only. You may talk with Mike Etter, Director of Ancillary Services about any questions you have by calling (574) 753-1400, or visit our website to learn more –

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Five questions every woman should ask her doctor

The annual check-up is an important part of everyone's health. It's the chance for you and your doctor to be proactive and can often catch health issues before they become big problems. Many people - women in particular - feel they are too busy to take the time for an annual exam. Women are often the caretakers of a family and are very good about scheduling annual check-ups for their children or parents - while letting their own preventative health care take a back seat.

Women's Health Annual Check Up

While we feel it is important for everyone to have an annual physical, there are some unique concerns for women. Study after study has shown that women react differently to stress and illness and it is important that they take the time to visit their doctor annually and take control of their health. We've developed the following short list of questions to help you get the most from your annual exam.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

What women need to know about asthma

Asthma is a condition in which a person's airways become inflamed, narrow and swollen making it hard to breath. It's a very common disease that affects people of all ages. Asthma is sometimes caused by allergies. It sometimes starts in childhood but adult-onset asthma is also common. Women who suffer from asthma have some particular challenges as they live with this condition.

What do women need to know about asthma?

What do women need to know about asthma?