Thursday, February 16, 2017

Are you a woman suffering from chronic pain?

Chronic pain may arise from an injury, an illness or have no clear cause. Migraines, pelvic pain, abdominal pain... all have been shown to be more common in women than men. Chronic pain from these sources and others disrupts the quality of life of women throughout Logansport and North Central Indiana. Seeking relief can feel like an insurmountable task but with patience and care, relief can be found.

Female patient talks with her doctor about her concerns

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lung cancer: risk factors & preventative care tips

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not counting skin cancer). About 14% of all new cancers are lung cancers. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for lung cancer in the United States for 2017 are:
  • About 222,500 new cases of lung cancer (116,990 in men and 105,510 in women)
  • About 155,870 deaths from lung cancer (84,590 in men and 71,280 in women)

Doctor listens to a man's breathing with a stethoscope

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women; about 1 out of 4 cancer deaths are from lung cancer. Lung cancer is a serious disease but, like many cancers, early diagnosis is the key to better outcomes. Learning the risk factors and steps you can take towards better health can make a difference for you and your loved ones.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Take heart attack warning signs seriously

Did you know that cold weather and heavy snow can increase the risk of heart attacks - particularly in those with cardiovascular disease? American Heart Month just started (February 3rd is Go Red Day for Women Day) and it seems like the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves of the heart attack warning signs. Whether you're shoveling snow or not, knowing these signs can save a life. 

Woman in red making a heart shape with her hands

Monday, January 30, 2017

Logansport Memorial Hospital recognized for outstanding care coordination services from Caravan Health

On January 11 and 12, 2017, a group of Logansport Memorial Hospital employees attended the Caravan Health Accountable Care Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona. During this event, Logansport Memorial Hospital was awarded the Population Health Pioneer Award for the Highest Transitional Care Management (TCM) rate among all of the Caravan Health Accountable Care Organizations. Logansport Memorial Hospital President and CEO Perry Gay was in attendance to accept this award on behalf of the hospital, along with Jeanette Huntoon (Vice-President of Physician Practices) and Crystal Zinsmeister (Director of Care Coordination). 

The Transitional Care Management (TCM) rate is measured consistently in 45 other states across the country, where accountable care organizations have been established in partnership with Caravan Health at other local hospitals and health systems, including at Logansport Memorial. LMH established its own accountable organization in 2014, and has since been at the forefront of bringing innovative care coordination services to our rural population. Our patients have benefitted greatly from the best-practice processes that we continue to implement.

Transitional Care Management reflects the work that our Care Coordinators do to assist patients when they leave the hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation facility and return to their individual homes. The LMH Care Coordination staff – comprised of registered nurses – works diligently to make sure that these patients who return home have the discharge and follow-up assistance that they need. This includes helping them understand any new medications or changes in medications, coordinating and/or scheduling any new services they may need, and scheduling an appointment with their primary care provider to ensure that follow-up care is provided and received. By offering and delivering these services to our patients, Logansport Memorial Hospital hopes to reduce the chance that patients will be readmitted to the facility and are able to stay in their homes safely, enjoying a healthy and full quality of life.

Logansport Memorial executive leadership and care coordination staff stand together with their prestigious award. Pictured from left to right: Jeanette Huntoon (VP of Physician Practices), Crystal Zinsmeister (Director of Care Coordination), Leanne Schaller, RN (Care Coordinator), Perry Gay (President and CEO), Rachel King, RN (Care Coordinator), Jinner Richason, RN (Care Coordinator), and Romona Butzin, RN (Care Coordinator).
For any questions about the care coordination services we can and do provide, please contact Director of Care Coordination Crystal Zinsmeister. You may reach her by phone at (574) 753-1317 or by email at czinsmeister@logansportmemorial.org. To learn more about our accountable care organization, please visit www.logansportmedicalhome.org.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Achilles tight? How you know when it's time to see the doctor

Tendons connect muscle to bone and often connect near a joint. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. When the tendon becomes strained or torn it can cause pain, swelling and make it difficult to move the joint normally. It is not unusual for athletes or runners to have tight Achilles tendons. How do you know when the issue is something that warrants a call to the doctor?

Woman out walking feels pain in her Achilles area.