Thursday, May 26, 2016

What is gout?

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in a joint that can cause sudden, severe episodes of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling. It most often affects the joint of the big toe but it can affect other joints as well. The Arthritis Foundation states that gout affects nearly 4% of Americans and is more common in men than women. Yet few people understand what gout is and what to do about it.

A man with his young grandson

Thursday, May 19, 2016

How do you know if your sinuses need extra attention?

Sinus infections - also known as sinusitis - are one of the most common diseases in the world. Millions of people suffer from sinusitis each year and for most of those people the pain from swollen nasal passages and the pressure caused by a buildup of mucus in the sinus cavities is fairly short-lived. In some people, however, sinusitis is a chronic issue with little to no relief. How do you know when it’s time to see your doctor for a sinus issue?

A man and his doctor during a regular exam

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Common types and symptoms of arthritis

Arthritis is a disease that takes many forms but all of them cause pain and discomfort in joints such as your wrists, fingers, knees and hips. It is often thought that little can be done for arthritis… that it’s just a symptom of growing older. However, there are many treatment options for arthritis and arthritis can happen at any age.

A woman suffering from sore wrist joints may have arthritis.

There are hundreds of types of arthritis. The most common types fall into two categories: osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

iVantage Names Logansport Memorial Hospital Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital

Logansport Memorial Hospital was recently named one of iVantage Health Analytics’ Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States.

“Logansport Memorial is proud of the efforts of our physicians and staff who have contributed to our achievement of this designation,” said Perry Gay, President and CEO.  “As a hospital, we are committed to our patients and community as a key partner in their overall health and wellness. We consistently look for innovative ways to pursue a patient-centered approach to healthcare that meets the needs of our patients and exceeds their expectations. It takes our entire team – engaged providers, forward-thinking executives, and exceptional staff at all levels to achieve results and outcomes that lead to designations like this. We will continue building upon the successes we have reached thus far, and hope to work toward many more.”

Logansport Memorial Hospital scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage’s Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural and Critical Access Hospitals. The results recognize that the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – measuring them across more than 70 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency.

The list of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at www.iVantageINDEX.com.

“Rural healthcare encompasses more than 60 million Americans and the facilities which comprise our Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a vital role in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the rural health safety net,” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics. “Our data analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay.”

About Logansport Memorial Hospital
Logansport Memorial Hospital is an 83-bed, HFAP accredited, regional medical center providing healthcare services to residents in Cass County and the surrounding areas of north central Indiana.

About iVantage Health Analytics
iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and decision support tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and contract optimization. Employing a full array of public, private and proprietary data, iVantage tools and solutions - from dashboards and pre-formatted reports, to industry and custom guided analytics - are designed to help its clients move from data to action. In addition, iVantage analytics and tools are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. Learn more at www.iVantageHealth.com.  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Important signs that point to COPD

COPD - the common abbreviation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - is a common, long-term lung disease. People with COPD have an airflow problem that makes breathing very difficult all the time. The symptoms of COPD are often mild at first but can progress and become debilitating. The more you know about COPD’s risk factors and symptoms, the better you can reduce your chances of having the disease.

An older man enjoying a conversation with his care taker.