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5 Health Screenings Every Woman Should Get

May 15, 2017

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and health screenings are one of the most important components of preventative health care. Controversial, conflicting, and changing health guidelines can make it tough to determine whether you're getting the care that you need. No one wants to rush around for unnecessary tests. So, what medical screenings do you need? We've taken the guesswork out of it for you. Here are the major screenings you need and how often you need them. Cervical Cancer Screening Women ages 21 to 65 should have regular screenings for cervical cancer. A pap smear is... Continue Reading

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6 Tips for Training Yourself to Get Up an Hour Earlier

May 12, 2017

As impossible as it may seem, you really can train yourself to be an early riser! Yes, it is possible to drag your tired body out of bed. You may not love the training process, but you will appreciate being able to control the direction and tone for your entire day. By waking up early, you'll be able to banish the rush and chaos of your morning routine. You'll also gain some time to work on things you are normally too tired to do at the end of the day. Not convinced? Here are six tips for training yourself to get up an hour earlier. Early to Bed, Early to Rise If you go to bed earlier, you'll... Continue Reading

Amy Hougan working with Katrina Knight

Always Changing and Improving

May 11, 2017

Kaizen. It's a Japanese word that means 'good change' or 'change for the better'. It's more than a word, though; it's a philosophy that embraces focusing on continuous improvement that will make work and life better. For Amy Hougan, MSN, RN, CNL, the Kaizen Facilitator at Augusta Health, the philosophy is one she has taken personally as well as professionally. Amy began her career working in Quantitative Business Analysis, with a bachelor's degree in business. After several years of working, she felt a calling to help others and returned to school to become a Registered Nurse. She joined... Continue Reading

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Ask A Physical Therapist: How can therapy help recovery from a stroke?

May 10, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Stephanie Mims, Director of Therapy Services Answer provided by Stephanie Mims, PT, DPT, MBA, Director of Therapy... Continue Reading

Robotic Surgery Nursing Team

The Team Behind The Technology

May 9, 2017

Last June, the Augusta Health Board of Directors—fifteen local representatives from Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro—voted to expand the surgical options for patients at Augusta Health with the addition of a da Vinci Xi Surgical System. This decision would provide the community with the latest and most advanced robotic technology available. By the end of October, the first robotic surgery at Augusta Health was performed by urologist Brian Stisser, MD. By the end of February, the Robotic Surgery Program had expanded it service to include urology, colorectal, gynecology and general... Continue Reading

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Ask A Speech Therapist: What is Dysphagia?

May 5, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Claudia Koliscak, M.S., CCC-SLP Answer provided by Claudia Koliscak, M.S., CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist at... Continue Reading

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Celebrating Screen-Free Week

May 1, 2017

This year an international celebration known as Screen-Free Week will take place from May 1 st - May 7 th . Screen-Free Week, formerly known as TV-Turnoff, is one week each year where people swap out technology and digital devices for time to get creative, read and play outside with friends and family! This week is also the 98 th anniversary of Children's Book Week, an annual celebration for young people and the joy that reading brings. Children's Book Week is also considered the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country! You can still use devices during the week but if it... Continue Reading

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5 Health Screenings Every Man Should Get

April 26, 2017

When it comes to most men and routine health care, the numbers just don't lie: Men are 24 percent less likely to visit their doctors in any given year than women. Men also drag their feet in getting their cholesterol checked. Even worse, many tend to balk when it's time to get a cancer screening, although men's cancer mortality rates are higher. Men can be quite stubborn when it comes to getting routine health screenings for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common reasons men share for bailing on these health screenings are: Fear that something being wrong Being too busy to get a health... Continue Reading

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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

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