Upcoming Adena Events

Classes Breastfeeding Matters

October 28, 2014 | 6:00pm

Classes I Can Help Adena's Sibling Class

November 1, 2014 | 11:00am

Community Events 2014 Head to Toe Expo

November 3, 2014 | 5:30pm

Foundation Wall of Light

November 13, 2014 | 4:00pm

Michael E. Jones, DO, FACN

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Adena and Community Health Leaders Are Prepared to Handle Ebola If Needed

October 10, 2014

Adena Health System, first responders and area health leaders recently gathered to discuss plans and procedures that are in place for treating patients with highly communicable diseases, such as Ebola. Including many Adena experts, others in attendance for the discussion were representatives of: the Ross County Health Department; the Ross County Sheriff’s Department; EMS; Ohio State Highway Patrol; VA Medical Center; and funeral directors. The group discussed recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in managing patients showing symptoms of Ebola, isolation and quarantine requirements, transportation to other facilities, and care for deceased patients with the disease.

The Ebola outbreak is centered in western Africa, but a Liberian man recently returned to Dallas, Texas from Liberia carrying the disease, and died.  Those mainly at risk for Ebola are people who have traveled to western Africa within the past several weeks, and those who have been in close contact with them. Ebola is spread through close contact with blood or other bodily fluids. The virus is not spread through the air or indirect contact (such as a door knob).  Symptoms of Ebola include: fever, muscle pain, vomiting and sometimes bleeding.

While it is highly unlikely that a case of Ebola would present in southern Ohio, the healthcare community, law enforcement and first responders are confident the protocols that are in place would be effective in identifying a patient with the disease, isolating that patient, and protecting healthcare workers and the community as a whole

For more information about Ebola and CDC recommendations, visit www.cdc.gov.

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Adena Events

Wall of Light

September 30, 2014

Join us as we illuminate the Chillicothe Flood Wall from High St. to Bridge St. in this very special, community holiday event. 

Remember friends and family who have passed and be a light of support for others who are grieving. Choose your donation level by purchasing one of four Participation Packages

Memorial: $10 
We’ll provide a Vigil Candle so you can help us light the Chillicothe Flood Wall

Commemorative: $30
Receive an event T-shirt along with your vigil candle.

Keepsake: $50 (Limited Supply)
A hand crafted candle holder* is included with the candle and T-shirt.

Legacy: $100 (Limited Supply)
Get your choice of an angel, snowflake, or butterfly ornament personalized 
with the name of a loved one, in addition to the candle, T-shirt, and candle holder*

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Drug Take Back Event Planned at Adena

September 25, 2014

Adena Pharmacy is joining the fight against drug abuse by taking part in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 27. The Adena Pharmacy is partnering with the City of Chillicothe Police Department for this event, where officers will safely dispose of all prescription medicines, free of charge and no questions asked.

The public is invited to drop off old prescription medications Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PACCAR Medical Education Center, located at 446 Hospital Road on Adena’s campus in Chillicothe.

Adena Pharmacist Richard Ash shares the importance of this community-wide initiative. “We have all these medicines in our cabinets that we don’t use anymore,” he says. “We keep them thinking we might need them someday; but, this is where a lot of the prescription drug abuse starts, in the home medicine cabinet.”

Non-medical use of controlled substance medications is at an all-time. Nearly 7 million Americans reported having abused prescription drugs in 2012, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). That same study shows that more than 54 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.

The event is part of Adena’s Prescription Drug Safety Initiative, an ongoing effort to educate our community and raise awareness about the drug abuse problem. The program is made possible by a grant from Cardinal Health Foundation.

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Adena Welcomes Nephrologist Dr. Kevin Pargeter

September 24, 2014

Adena Health System is pleased to welcome Dr. Kevin Pargeter to Adena Kidney Specialists, a department of Adena Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

Dr. Pargeter is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to his patients at Adena. His specialty focuses on kidney dialysis, chronic kidney disease, acute renal failure, hypertension, and electrolyte abnormalities.

Dr. Pargeter attended medical school at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, and served his residency at University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. There, he was the Chief Resident for Internal Medicine.

Following his residency, Dr. Pargeter expanded his focus on the study of kidney disease and treatment with a two-year fellowship in Nephrology at The Ohio State University’s Department of Internal Medicine.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pargeter, call Adena Kidney Specialists at (740) 779-8728 or request an appointment online..

Learn more about nephrology services at Adena.

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Surgeries Resume at Adena

September 15, 2014

Adena Regional Medical Center (ARMC) operating rooms have returned to normal after a three-day halt to elective and emergent surgeries, where the patient could withstand transport to another facility.

“I want to express my thanks to our patients, physicians, staff and community for their understanding and patience as our teams have been working through this challenge,” said Adena President and CEO Mark Shuter. “This has been a serious challenge for us, but a necessary one. Quality of care and the safety of our patients comes before everything else.”

The shutdown was prompted when staining was found on the surgical towels that sit beneath baskets containing surgical instruments during the sterilization process. Since last Wednesday morning, teams have been working to uncover and resolve the source of the staining. Adena’s quality testing has and continues to show its surgical instruments to be sterile and safe.

This weekend, a mobile medical unit arrived at ARMC to provide support in sterilizing instruments as teams continue to work toward a resolution to the staining concerns. The mobile unit includes three sterilization machines.

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