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Don't Be Tempted to Take Expired Medications

April 25, 2017

When it comes to expired medicines, the old saying, "out with the old and in with the new" is especially relevant. If you have a medicine cabinet filled with medications, it's a good idea to take stock of what’s in there to determine which drugs may have outlived their usefulness. Why Expiration Dates are Required In 1979, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started requiring expiration dates on over-the-counter and prescription medications. Expiration dates are a critical part of determining if medications are safe to use. They also indicate whether or not medications can be... Continue Reading

Joint Center volunteer Andy Norris

In Synch with Helping Others: Joint Center Volunteer Andy Norris

April 21, 2017

For the past two years, Andy Norris, a "retired" pharmacist who works full-time, has spent every other Wednesday at Augusta Health's Joint Center. His joints are doing OK; he's there for another reason. Andy is a volunteer, working side-by-side with the therapy staff to help patients with the exercises that will get them back to living full lives as quickly as possible. Andy works regularly with Judy Knick, PTA; Michelle Cupp, PTA; and Brad Gray, Physical Therapy Technician. He is considered part of the team, and the team is a well-oiled machine. In group therapy, as the patients progress... Continue Reading

Taking care of yourself today will lead to a better tomorrow

5 Things You Should Do in Your 30s to Make Life Better in Your 50s

April 18, 2017

With so much excitement in your twenties, many don't stop to consider that in the blink of an eye, you'll be turning fifty. It's easy to forget when you're younger, but it's also easy to wake up at the ripe old age of 5-0 and wonder just where have all those years gone? To make the most of these later years, it's important to begin taking care of yourself today. Get Rid of Bad Habits Weighing You Down If you smoke or indulge in eating junk food, now is the time to give up those bad habits. Don't wait for a health scare to motivate you to make changes. The changes you make now will build the... Continue Reading

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How Much Sleep Your Children Need

April 14, 2017

Sleep is important not only for your children's mood and productivity, but also their development. As your children grow older, the amount of sleep they need will change each day. Understanding these needs will allow you to set a routine to ensure they're getting enough sleep. By setting a schedule that provides sufficient sleep for your little ones, you're giving them the best possible opportunity to mature into healthy, young adults. Newborns 1 week - 4 weeks old The total sleep duration for an average newborn ranges from 15 to 18 hours each day. Sleep at this age is characterized by short... Continue Reading

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8 Subtle Signs of Heart Disease

April 13, 2017

You might not be aware that heart disease can go undetected. Some of the early indicators seem so insignificant that people overlook or dismiss them. If you have any of these symptoms, you might want to make an appointment with your doctor for a checkup. Don't worry about being embarrassed, it's better to be cautious than to ignore a problem. Shortness of Breath In spite of all that jogging and running, you find yourself getting winded walking up a flight of stairs. Maybe you're coughing a lot. Asthma, anemia, and infection could be the culprits behind this new development, or your heart... Continue Reading

Nurse Innovators Jo-Ann Boll, Kristen Eaton, Linda Freed, Dylan Fix and Vickie Taylor

Celebrating Excellence in Nursing at Augusta Health

April 4, 2017

Augusta Health celebrated Nursing Excellence Day, an educational and recognition day for outstanding achievements in nursing on March 24, 2017. This year, more than 30 Poster Presentations on various research, process improvement projects and new programs developed by Augusta Health nurses were displayed. The annual Nurse Innovator awards were presented, and the 2016 Clinical Ladder participants and DAISY Award winners were recognized. "All of our nurses at Augusta Health strive to provide excellent care every day to every patient," said Marvella Rea, MSN, RN CNML, Vice President and Chief... Continue Reading

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Organ Donation Saves Lives

April 3, 2017

Did you know that you have the potential to save and enhance up to 8 lives through organ and tissue donation? The Department of Health & Human Services reported that in the past year organ donors have made more than 28,000 transplants possible, and another one million people received tissue transplants that helped to improve their quality of life. However, thousands of individuals die every year waiting for organ and tissue transplants. This is a tragedy that does not have to occur. April is National Donate Life Month, so for this month's Nurse's Health Corner, we are correcting some... Continue Reading

Joint Center Five Star Quality Award

Five Star Quality: The Augusta Health Joint Center

March 31, 2017

When talking about the quality of movies, restaurants or hotels, a five-star rating indicates top-notch performance and service. A similar rating system exists for healthcare, and the Augusta Health Joint Center has been rated a 5-Star program by HealthGrades for both 2016 and 2017 in Joint Replacement (hip and knee). This 5-Star rating means there were superior outcomes for patients who had their hips or knees replaced at Augusta Health. That means fewer complications, a shorter length of stay, and a high number of patients discharging to their homes, not other facilities. In fact, in the... Continue Reading

Walk with a Doc with Dr. Jessicah Collins in Waynesboro 2016

Walk with a Doc is Back!

March 30, 2017

Improving your health can be as easy as a walk in the park! Augusta Health started its Walk With A Doc program in 2016, in partnership with Staunton Parks & Rec and Waynesboro Parks & Rec. Walk With A Doc is free, and each walk is led by a local physician, and each walk begins with a brief medical note about a benefit of walking. Participants receive a free t-shirt and a free pedometer to track their steps each day. Because lifestyle has a major impact on health, and sedentary lifestyles increase health risks, Augusta Health joined with the national Walk With A Doc program to... Continue Reading

Thomas Glover in physical therapy after bilateral knee replacement.

Doubling Down on Knee Replacement: Augusta Health Joint Center Patient

March 29, 2017

When faced with the need to have both of his knees replaced, Tom Glover of Augusta County went with an efficient strategy with a kind of 'get 'er done' attitude: He had both replaced at the same time. "I knew both knees needed to be done," explained Mr. Glover. "I'm basically healthy, but my knee pain was pretty constant, I was bowlegged and I'd even shrunk a bit. But it just seemed that we were always busy, and it was never the right time. I like to hunt in the fall and garden in the summer. Our eight grandchildren have many activities, and we like to be a part of all that. It just seemed... Continue Reading

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