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“Why I Donate Blood”

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About 30 blood donations later, and Lindsey Crider is still going strong.

Crider is a Patient Financial Services Representative here at Athens Regional and she is one of our dedicated blood donors. Over her career as a donor, she has saved approximately 90 lives.

Even though Lindsey never had a personal or family illness that compels her to donate, she still believes it is a worthy cause.

“If I was in the situation needing blood, I would hope it would be there.”

Crider began donating when she was in high school. Now, she tries to give at every Athens Regional Drive.

“I remember when I’m eligible by when [the drive] comes back here,” Crider says. “Every time it comes, I try to go.”

Crider encourages other employees and community members to donate as well because the need is so overwhelming.

“I think we need to slow down and put ourselves in that position — in a hospital bed and needing blood. Then, I’m sure more people would donate.”

For more information about our upcoming drive, check out our flyer or visit our website.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Staying Alive with Hands-Only CPR

Most people experience cardiac arrest at home, work or a public location. It is important to call 911 immediately if you see someone suddenly collapse. You can also help by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the the disco song “Stayin’ Alive.”

To help share this life-saving action, we had a team visit the Athens YMCA to teach campers.

We talked about how CPR can more than double a person’s chance of survival. Each child practiced Hands-Only CPR and AED instruction. We also talked about the importance of making daily heart healthy choices. For example, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, decreasing the amount of sugar in your diet, and daily exercise.

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Posted by on June 17, 2015 in Community Education, Wellness

 

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Oncology Conference Shares Expert Information

Sandy Pyle, BSN, RN | Breast Cancer Navigator

Athens Regional Medical Center hosted the 3rd Annual Physician Oncology Symposium and I was fortunate to attend the educational program and learn a great deal from the presenters.

  • Dr. Javid Moslehi, Director of the Cardio-Oncology Program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, discussed the connection between Cardiology and Oncology.
  • Dr. Shaying Zhao of the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences at UGA discussed her study of the canine and human breast cancer gene.
  • Dr. Karan Julka of Athens Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine discussed the Lung Cancer Screening project and its impact on finding lung cancer early based on specific screening guidelines and the use of Low-dose CT scans.
  • Dr. Mark Ebell, Professor of Epidemiology at UGA who serves on the US Preventive Services Task Force, presented recent updates on cancer screening guidelines from the Task Force.

A panel discussion regarding all areas of care for breast cancer patients featured Drs. Andrew Greenshields, Cody Gunn, Cesar Gumucio, Cynthia Shepherd, Daniel Tench, and Ron Terry.

The panel was set up like the *Breast Cancer Case Conference” which is held every Thursday morning at Athens Regional Medical Center. Dr. Jenny Wares, a physician at The University Health Center at UGA, completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under Dr. Andrew Weil. She presented “Complementary Treatments for Cancer” and spoke about many of the complementary therapies we provide here at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support. She touched on the benefits of Healing Touch and Reiki, yoga, and acupuncture. She pointed out the difficulty in research surrounding complementary and alternative therapies, especially in the area of dietary supplements. She mentioned that 40-80% of patients use some form of complementary therapy with 50% of oncology patients reporting the use of complementary therapies. Dr. Wares noted the number one reason most people use complementary therapy is not because it’s supported by research, but from word of mouth – someone they know used it and it worked!

The Conference highlighted the outstanding physicians and treatment options in our area. We at the Loran Smith Center are so very grateful to be a part of this medical community where patients and their care are the priority—one where healthcare professionals see the patient as a whole person and work together for their diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

More About Loran Smith Center

Our Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support provides information, education and emotional and spiritual support to cancer patients and their families in north Georgia. It serves as a resource for patients before, during and after cancer treatment through support groups, individual and family counseling and an educational resource library.

To speak to someone at the center, call 706-475-4900.

 

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Does Grilling Increase Cancer Risk?

Beth Kindamo, MS, RDN/LD | Clinical Dietitian, Athens Regional Medical Center

Grilling is a popular and heart healthy cooking method used to produce low-fat, flavorful foods. It has also been implicated in increased risk of developing cancer. Carcinogens, or cancer causing compounds, may be formed at two points in the grilling process: smoke production and contact with food items and when meats are cooked at very high heat.

Here are ways you can incorporate grilled foods while minimizing risk of carcinogen production. Remember, your goals should be to reduce smoke and fire flare ups coming into contact with your foods and avoiding overcooking at high temperatures.

  • Marinate meat before grilling
  • Trim fat prior to grilling to reduce flare ups and smoke contact with meats
  • Place food in the center of the grill with coals to the sides; or use outside burners and place food in the center of the grill
  • Choose quick cooking cuts of meat, such as kabobs and thinner, leaner meats to reduce cooking time
  • Include fresh veggies, which produce fewer carcinogens when grilled
  • Trim charred portions of food prior to serving

More About the Loran Smith Center

Our Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support provides information, education and emotional and spiritual support to cancer patients and their families in north Georgia. It serves as a resource for patients before, during and after cancer treatment through support groups, individual and family counseling and an educational resource library.

To speak to someone at the center, call 706-475-4900.

 

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Stroke Warning Signs

Most common signs and symptoms of a stroke:

  • Sudden onset of drooping in face
  • Sudden onset of weakness in arms or legs – especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden onset of difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Sudden onset of trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of coordination
  • Sudden severe headache – described as the worst headache of your life

If you experience any of these signs and symptoms, call 911 IMMEDIATELY.

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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Wellness

 

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Best Kept Secret in Athens

by Marlo Wiggans | Volunteer Librarian at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support

The definition of a library is “an organized collection of sources of information and similar resources, made accessible to a defined community for reference or borrowing.” One of the best kept secrets in Athens is the library at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support. The library is dedicated to cancer patients and families in need of information and support. More than 1,000 resources including books, DVDs, and CDs are available at no charge and with no library card required.

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Topics include volumes on specific cancers such as breast, colon, prostate, lung, leukemia, melanoma, ovarian, pancreatic, esophageal, and myeloma, as well as inspirational titles to foster hope and perseverance in the “cancer journey.”

There are a number of cookbooks that encourage healthier eating such as The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen and Eating Well Through Cancer, as well as titles which offer suggestions for complementary treatments including Choices in Healing. A number of titles aid in the grief and healing process such as The Courage to Grieve and Healing Grief. Memoirs such as A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates and Yea Though I Walk by Darrell Huckaby may be beneficial on the walk through cancer and/or grief. Books on caregivers may offer support to loving family members and friends.

In addition, there are a number of guided imagery CDs by Belleruth Naparstek on such topics as Fighting Cancer, Chemotherapy, Panic Attacks, Stop Smoking, Ease Grief, General Wellness, and Control Diabetes.

New titles are often appearing on the shelves so please stop by and benefit from the support found within our library.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Loran Smith Center

 

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Thank You, Nurses!

This is dedicated to all of the nurses at Athens Regional Health System who work tirelessly for the care of our patients.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Jobs, Nursing, Recognition

 

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