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BABYPALOOZA!

It’s a one-stop shop for all things baby!  A fun and relaxed event designed to give moms, new moms, moms-to-be and even just thinking-about-becoming-a-mom a chance to get answers to the questions they have about pregnancy,

delivery, new babies and young children.  Experts include physicians, dentist, health specialists like lactation specialists and local retail outlets.   Fathers welcome, too!

                               

For more information:

                                https://www.augustahealth.com/babypalooza

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  • FIT FOR LIFE HELPS THOSE IN NEED STAY PHYSICALLY ACTIVE.

    According to the Community Health Needs Assessment executed by Augusta Health in 2016, a top health priority for people throughout our region is the need to stay physically active and to eat nutritiously. Good health in general, and risk for specific diseases like diabetes and heart disease are often tied to physical fitness and good nutrition. Yet, there are some members in our community who are unable to exercise at a local fitness center, due to lack of income.

    To meet this specific need, Augusta Health Fitness Center developed the Fit for Life program, a six-month, medically prescribed exercise program for individuals in the community who could participate in an exercise program to help manage their medical condition, but who need financial assistance to participate. This program is funded through a grant from the Augusta Health Foundation’s Patient Care Fund.

    “The program is specifically for those with a medical diagnosis, such as diabetes or heart disease, and who may be able to better manage their condition with exercise. The program participants are supervised by an exercise specialist,” explains Stephanie Mims, PT, DPT, MBA, Director of Therapy Services and Fitness at Augusta Health. “The specialist, after testing the participant, will develop a specific, individualized exercise program. The goal is to be purposeful in helping each person improve his or her health.”

    In addition to pre-testing before beginning the program, a post-program fitness assessment will be done at the end of six months to monitor progress. The program can be renewed after the first six months.

    “There are some requirements for the program,” explains Mims. “There is a medical clearance form that must be completed by the physician’s office, and there is some paperwork for the individual to complete to show the need for financial assistance. Our assistance guidelines are based on the federal poverty guidelines, and are the same as those used by the hospital for financial assistance. Once approved, we expect people in the program to visit Augusta Health Fitness an average of eight times each month to complete the program designed for them. After three months, we review their progress and make sure that they are on track.”

    While the program is new, it is similar in fitness design to Augusta Health Fitness’ RxEx program. The RxEx program has demonstrated outcomes where participants have reduced their blood pressures, and improved their flexibility, strength and stamina.

    “We’re excited to fund innovative programs such as Fit for Life because they improve both the health and the quality of life of our community,” says Tami Radecke, Executive Director of the Augusta Health Foundation. “Fit for Life is one of six special projects throughout Augusta Health that were chosen for funding this year. All six improve the patient care experience, the quality of the care provided, and decrease the cost of care. All were made possible by generous community members’ gifts to the Augusta Health Foundation. We are all grateful for their partnership in improving the health of all in our community. ”

    Augusta Health Foundation’s mission is to inspire community ownership through charitable giving to advance health and wellness in our region. The Foundation is the charitable arm of Augusta Health and supports essential patient care programs and services at Augusta Health, including Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah. For more information about Augusta Health Foundation, please visit the website, http://www.augustahealth.com/foundation.

    Augusta Health is an independent, community-owned, not-for-profit hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of its community through access to excellent care. Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters/Truven in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by Health Grades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety for three consecutive years. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please visit the website, www.augustahealth.com.

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  • NEW TECHNOLOGY IS A LIFESAVER

    Every day – 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days each year – residents of our community are brought to the Augusta Health Emergency Department seeking care and treatment. Some are in critical condition and need immediate intervention. One such intervention when a heart stops is Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). It saves lives. CPR Compressions keep blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs until medical treatment can be given.  Without CPR, blood flow stops, organs begin to die, and survival is not possible.

    Another key to survival is for CPR to be consistently given, without pause and with high rates of compression. “Mechanical compression devices, such as the one provided by a grant from the Augusta Health Emergency Department, literally save lives,” explained Adam Rochman, MD, Medical Director of the department. “Because CPR is physically demanding, provider fatigue is common.  It is often impossible for a human being to continue to give CPR as long as it is needed at the rate and compression level required.”

    Mechanical compression devices perform consistent CPR, without the incident of fatigue that comes from compressions by a physician, nurse or caregiver. This critical device improves spontaneous circulation in a patient, and in some studies, has improved the rate of survival after cardiac arrest.

    “Another advantage of the mechanical chest compression system is that we can run a more organized ‘code’ when cardiac arrest happens. Before we had this system, we had to continually rotate out several providers to continue the CPR. With this new device, the mechanical system can consistently and at a high rate, deliver the compressions, so the staff is able to perform the multitude of other, very necessary procedures, that need to be done during a cardiac arrest,” added Dr. Rochman.

    Tami Radecke, Executive Director of the Augusta Health Foundation, says, “We are grateful to donors in and beyond our community who make gifts to support the Augusta Health Patient Care Fund. It is because of their generosity that we are able to provide this life-saving equipment to the Emergency Department. In 2017, the Foundation was able to fund six innovative projects at Augusta Health that improve the patient care experience, the quality of the care provided, and decrease the cost of care.”

    Augusta Health Foundation’s mission is to inspire community ownership through charitable giving to advance health and wellness in our region. The Foundation is the charitable arm of Augusta Health and supports essential patient care programs and services at Augusta Health, including Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah.  For more information about Augusta Health Foundation, please visit the website, http://www.augustahealth.com/foundation.

    Augusta Health is an independent, community-owned, not-for-profit hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of its community through access to excellent care.  Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters/Truven in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by Health Grades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety for three consecutive years.  For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please visit the website, www.augustahealth.com

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  • Moonlight and Merlot

    It’s a coming together of community and business leaders, Augusta Health physicians, employees and grateful patients to support a great cause—the expansion of Augusta Health’s Emergency Department. The new Family Consultation Room area will provide a private space when “moments matter.” With this addition, families will have a quiet place where they can discuss treatment options or expected outcomes with physicians and caregivers.

    The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, adult beverages and the band S.P. L. A. A. A. T. in a rustic, but elegant pavilion. Cost is $100 per person.

    For more information:
    https://www.augustahealth.com/foundation/moonlight-and-merlot

  • LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCED FOR MOMENTS MATTER CAMPAIGN

    Augusta Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Augusta Health, has announced the names of its Campaign Steering Committee for the Moments Matter Campaign that will support the expansion of the Emergency Department. The team is led by Chair Jim Perkins, PhD, who served as president of Blue Ridge Community College for 20 years, and has been a member of the Augusta Health Foundation Board since 2014. Perkins is a resident of Waynesboro.

    The Campaign Steering Committee comprises community leaders from Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro and includes: Perkins, Mick Anderson, MD, Augusta County; Judy Burtner, Staunton; Robin Crowder, EdD, Waynesboro; David Fosnocht, MD, Augusta County; Homer Hite, Augusta County; Robert Kyler, MD, Staunton; Chris Little, Staunton; Mary Mannix, FACHE, Augusta Health CEO; Cheri Moran, Staunton; John Peterson, Staunton; Leonard Pittman, Augusta County; Art Schlappi, Waynesboro; as well as Tami Radecke, Vice President and Foundation Executive Director and Sherri Heishman, Foundation Philanthropy Manager. The Steering Committee will provide oversight and support for the Moments Matter Campaign.

    Dr. Perkins generously shares his personal experiences of having loved ones in the Emergency Room and the difficulty experienced due to lack of space and privacy. “Augusta Health physicians and caregivers are treating 62,000 patients in space that was constructed in 1994 to care for 35,000 patients,” said Perkins. He also notes that the silent-phase of the Moments Matter Campaign began in March and has been going extremely well. “People in the community understand what a critical resource the hospital is and how important it is to have advanced emergency care close by,” said Perkins.

    The Quiet Phase of the Moments Matter Campaign will continue through December 31 when the Public Phase of the Campaign begins.

    Because Augusta Health provides for all the operating costs of the Foundation, 100% of all donations to the Moments Matter campaign will benefit the Emergency Room expansion. Those considering a pledge or a gift to Moments Matter can contact Augusta Health Foundation staff for information and details at 540.332.5174.

    The mission of the Augusta Health Foundation is to inspire community ownership through charitable giving to advance health and wellness in our region. The Foundation is the charitable arm of Augusta Health and supports essential patient care programs and services at Augusta Health, including Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah. For more information about Augusta Health Foundation, please visit the website, http://www.augustahealth.com/foundation.

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  • Augusta Health Holds Information Session on Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

    Over the past several months, Augusta Health has worked with members of the deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community (and their families) to improve communication with this population of patients.  This Information Session will present a summary of the resources available, as well as provide demonstrations of some of them.  Demonstrations will include:

    • Video Remote Interpreting System
    • iPad Tablet Interpreting
    • Live Interpretation by Civic Access, our 24/7 partner in interpreting
    • The patient registration system accommodations
    • The Employee Education module on Disability Awareness 

    Where:                 Augusta Health

    Augusta Community Care Building Meeting Room #3

    When:                  Thursday, July 27, 2017

                                    5:30 pm – 6: 30 pm                                                                                      

    Visual:                  Demonstrations

                                    Interviews with Augusta Health staff, Civic Access Interpreters, and member of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community who are in attendance.

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