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It Takes a Village: Mask Makers

April 8, 2020

It takes a village to battle a pandemic. Every day, healthcare workers use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect themselves, patients, and others while providing care. Properly using PPE helps prevent the spread of infection. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased demand for PPE. This demand has diminished the supply, and the PPE shortages are creating tremendous challenges for hospitals and healthcare systems around the world. For Augusta Health, facing this challenge has been eased by the community that surrounds it. The Augusta Health Foundation is coordinating... Continue Reading

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Great Hope in the Midst of This Pandemic

April 8, 2020

We work hard to be in control of our lives. We have work plans, summer plans, retirement plans, house plans, yard plans, educational plans, worship plans, childcare plans and on and on. We are used to small interruptions in our plans that come from weather, or illness, or traffic jams. We are not used to dealing with the mighty disruption that a worldwide Pandemic has created. This is a whole new ballgame with new rules that are being created day by day. It is upsetting, mind-boggling, overwhelming, and at times downright frightening. We are all being challenged to let go of normalcy more... Continue Reading

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6 Practical Steps to Manage Stress

April 7, 2020

Manage your stress. It's great advice, but difficult at any time—and the COVID-19 outbreak makes the idea of managing stress an even taller order. Concern about your own health and the health of loved ones, coupled with an overwhelming amount of information about events around the world just add to the stress. Two major stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, can weaken the immune system. So learning to manage stress can support and boost the immune system to help keep you as healthy as possible is perhaps more important now than ever. Here are six practical steps you can take to manage the... Continue Reading

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Boost Your Immune System with a Good Night's Sleep

April 6, 2020

A good night's sleep is always important for a healthy immune system. The COVID-19 outbreak, though, has caused many a sleepless night for some. Sleep is a major time of repair, rebuilding, and processing for your body. Not getting enough sleep can negatively impact both your immune system and your emotional resilience. Here's some practical advice to help you get a good night's sleep: Try to establish a sleep routine : Going to bed at about the same time, getting up at the same time, and getting the same amount of sleep each night. For most, seven to eight hours of sleep is optimal. Exercise... Continue Reading

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Mindfulness: Challenging Thoughts

April 3, 2020

We can have a lot of anxious thoughts on our good days. Add a Pandemic and our thoughts can really reach a peak. Like our reaction to the Coronavirus, we want to use all of our tools to get the peak back down. One of the ways we can do it is by challenging our very own thoughts. Have you ever had the thought in the past that, "This day will never ever end?" Well it did end. You got through it. You probably have gotten through lots of challenges in your life that you were not sure you would get through. The thought that this day will never end is just a thought. We can challenge our irrational... Continue Reading

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Why We Social Distance - Flattening the Curve

April 2, 2020

Over the past few months, two phrases have crept into our vocabulary and every day conversations: Social Distancing and Flattening the Curve. What do they really mean? Why are they important? And what does one have to do with the other? Allison Baroco, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist at Augusta Health, explains the concepts and answers the questions: What is Social Distancing? Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to reduce the spread of an illness. Examples of Social Distancing are keeping six feet between people, canceling and avoid gatherings of... Continue Reading

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Spring is Actually Here

April 2, 2020

In the midst of very real concerns about the many different ways the Coronavirus is interfering with "life as usual," Spring has arrived. All around us nature is going on as it does and the Winter has turned to Spring. It is lovely outside. The temperature is slowly getting warmer and the flowering plants are bursting into color. And many of us are missing it. We are more or less "in our heads" (more than usual) thinking about all of the things that we think about normally plus a host of additional concerns. We are worried about our children, our parents, our patients, our jobs, our... Continue Reading

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Dealing with Uncertainty

April 2, 2020

by Rev. Dr. Chris Mason, Chaplaincy Program Coordinator at Augusta Health Uncertainty is a word that comes up often in regards to COVID-19. There is uncertainty about our health, the health of family and friends, economic and financial means, and probably some other areas of uncertainty as well. Uncertainty is one of those words that may conjure up feelings of apprehension, stress and anxiety for you, but here are a few important things to understand about our feelings in the midst of uncertainty. First, whatever you are feeling right now is completely understandable and normal. Second, we... Continue Reading

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When you are tested for COVID-19, what’s next?

April 1, 2020

The results of the test are not immediate; it can take several days to receive the outcome from the testing labs. Most patients who are tested are not sick enough to be admitted to the hospital, so they are sent home and asked to isolate until the test results are known. Waiting through any period of uncertainty causes anxiety and uneasiness, especially when waiting for the results of a medical test such as one for COVID-19. To provide support for patients in this situation, Augusta Health has implemented the COVID Care Management Team . This group of nurse care managers and medical... Continue Reading

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Mindfulness: Remember Who We Are

April 1, 2020

As we continue down this new and unfamiliar path let us reflect on who we are and how we came to be here. We are all dedicated to the work of helping and healing and empowering others. We are all dedicated to serving the needs of the people who live in our communities. We are by our very nature supportive, generous and loving to others. We all have our different areas of strength and together we do amazing work. The work we are doing in every corner of this hospital is already helping people manage this difficult time with less suffering. These next days and weeks will pose all kinds of... Continue Reading

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