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Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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

Mother embracing her son

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

Hip Replacement Patient Cathy Crist on the golf course.

Shooting from the Hip: A Patient at Augusta Health's Joint Center

March 21, 2017

One month after having her hip replaced at Augusta Health’s Joint Center, Cathy Crist shoveled snow. But she had already resumed some of her regular activities on a more limited basis: she'd already walked a mile and done some gentle yoga. Crist, who lives in New Market, explained, "I'm really an active person. I golf and swim, bike and hike. But when my hip deteriorated to the point that I couldn't walk up a hill or stairs without chronic pain, I knew I needed more than the cortisone injections I'd been taking. Two of my cousins had joint replacements at Augusta Health, so I knew first-hand... Continue Reading

Cath Lab team preparing for a procedure.

It Could be More Than Indigestion: Chest Pain is a Serious Symptom

March 17, 2017

Arun Prahash, MD You may think you've never heard of Acute Coronary Syndrome, but you probably know someone who has experienced it—or maybe you've experienced it yourself. Its most common symptom is chest pain. Chest pain caused by Acute Coronary Syndrome can be sudden, as when it's a heart attack, or unpredictable or get worse even while resting, a condition known as unstable angina. Chest pain is commonly caused by narrowing of blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. “Not all incidents of chest pain are from heart attacks that require emergency procedure, but in general... Continue Reading

Shoveling snow can be taxing on your heart.

Before You Start Shoveling Snow, Consider Your Heart Health

March 13, 2017

When it comes to shoveling snow from their walkway, most people don't have anything to worry about. However, according to the American Heart Association, a small percentage of individuals already in high-risk categories may want to reconsider this winter chore, because it may raise their risk of heart attack. Individuals who are most at risk include: Sedentary people over the age of 55 Persons with high cholesterol or hypertension Current and former smokers Those diagnosed with a chronic heart condition People who have experienced a previous heart attack or stroke While shoveling snow can be... Continue Reading

Hyacinth flowers in a mason jar

Discovering Endometriosis Early Helps Avoid Unnecessary Complications

March 8, 2017

What do painful premenstrual cycles, pain during intercourse, pain during bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding, infertility, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, bloating, and pelvic pain all have in common? They are the common signs and symptoms of endometriosis, a condition affecting approximately 6.3 million women worldwide. Endometriosis, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), is a disorder in which the type of tissue that forms the lining of the uterus, or the endometrium, is found outside the uterus. Endometriosis occurs in 1 of... Continue Reading

A toddler throwing leaves

3 Fun Ways to Keep the Kids Active as the Temperature Drops

March 3, 2017

Fall is upon us which means it's time for our favorite pumpkin spice latte, football on the weekends, leaves changing colors, and colder weather. As the temperature drops, finding ways to keep your kids active and healthy can be a challenge and it's easy to fall into the trap of video games and other indoor activities. Fortunately, we've put together five of our favorite autumn weather activities to keep your kids on the move this fall. Autumn Nature Hunt Put together a list of your favorite fall nature items and turn it into a game by putting together teams and seeing who can find all the... Continue Reading

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