Services & Specialties 3/06/15
Due to inclement weather conditions, the Adena Health Clinic in Oak Hill is closed today (3/6/15.)...Read More
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Due to inclement weather conditions, the Adena Health Clinic in Oak Hill is closed today (3/6/15.)...Read More
The Pike County Hospital Foundation of Adena Pike Medical Center is currently accepting applications for their annual scholarship program.
Students who are pursuing a career in health care and are registered as a full-time student for the 2015-2016 school years are eligible for the $1,000 scholarship.
The scholarship is based on individual and or family needs, and students must reside in Pike County and cannot be an employee or dependent of an employee of Adena or Pike Health Services.
To apply , students must complete the scholarship form, and provide their high school transcript, ACT score, 2013 tax return (parents’ return if a dependent) , copy of school acceptance letter, and a one page essay explaining your need for financial assistance as well as why you have chosen a healthcare profession. Application forms are available at all Pike County high schools....Read More
A caregiver at Adena Pike Medical Center, located in Waverly, has been diagnosed with Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough. As a precaution, people who were inpatients in the facility on days when the caregiver was working over the past two weeks, have been notified by phone and offered antibiotics at no cost to them. In addition, staff working closely with the caregiver have also been started on an antibiotic regimen.
“The majority of people in the U.S. have been immunized for pertussis, but as we get older, the effectiveness can wear off,” said Julie McCray, Adena’s Manager of Infection Prevention. “Adults who do come down with the illness tend to have symptoms that are less severe than those of a child or someone who may not have been immunized.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Pertussis is considered a highly-contagious respiratory disease. It is caused when an infected person coughs or sneezes on someone or in close proximity, and the person breathes in the pertussis bacteria. Symptoms can develop within five to 10 days after exposure. However, it can take up to three weeks before a person shows symptoms.
Whooping cough starts with cold-like symptoms that may include: a mild cough, runny nose, low-grade fever, and a pause in breathing in infants. After one to two weeks, those symptoms will develop into a severe cough. Because the symptoms first present like the common cold, whooping cough is usually not suspected until it reaches the severe coughing stage. According to the CDC, infected people are most contagious up to about two weeks after the severe cough starts.
Whooping cough is generally treated with antibiotics, which treat the symptoms and help control the spread of the disease. Parents of infants should be sure their babies are immunized on schedule to prevent them from contracting the disease, which can have severe effects for very young children.
For more information about Pertussis, visit www.cdc.gov....Read More
More than 100 potential bone marrow tissue donors joined the national bone marrow registry Friday at a drive held at Adena Regional Medical Center. The drive was coordinated by the family of Chillicothe-native Dr. Tracy Jalbuena, the eldest daughter of retired Adena Urologist Dr. Jun Jalbuena and his wife Kathy. Tracy is battling multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow; and is in need of a bone marrow transplant.
“It was just a little idea that I had and shared with a few people here and there, and the next thing you know, we had a huge team assembled,” said Kathy. “I feel like it was a kernel of an idea, and all of our community and friends came in and put it all together for us – especially Adena.”
Many Adena caregivers turned out to have their cheeks swabbed, and to be entered into the national Be the Match database. Emergency Department Nurse Jessica Bethel said the choice for her was an easy one. “I donate blood and I’m an organ donor so why not give something if I can,” she said. “Someday it might be my kid that needs a transplant or my sister or my brother. It’s just something I can do to help, and it was very easy.”
Dr. Sarah Friedel also had no hesitation joining the registry. “I have had a long career in medicine, and I have had a number of friends with incurable diseases,” she said. “Anything I can do to help out, I’m ready willing and able to do so.” The sentiment was echoed by many others who made the choice to join the registry during the drive.
While 70 percent of those who receive a transplant find a donor through the Be the Match database, individual donors have just a 10-percent chance of being contacted once they join. And while Tracy’s match may not come from Adena’s drive, there’s a possibility that a person who joined Friday could be a life-saving match for someone who is currently waiting on the registry, or will be added to it in the future.
The Jalbuena’s are hopeful Tracy’s match will be found soon. They are also passionate about building the registry so that families will have peace of mind knowing there is someone available who can help their child. The Jalbuena’s hope to make a donor registry drive an annual event for our area; and they also hope to help Asian-Americans like Tracy to become better represented on the national bone marrow registry.
If you were unable to attend Friday’s donor registry drive and would like to join the Be the Match donor registry, you can go online to join and a swab kit will be sent to your home. Simply go to: http://join.bethematch.org/MarrrowMeTracy....Read More
Tracy Jalbuena is a wife, a mother, an emergency room doctor and a Filipino American.
Jalbuena is happy to wear each title, but that last one has become a bit of a stumbling block lately as she waits for a bone marrow donor who could potentially save her life....Read More
Who/What: Adena Health System will host a Be the Match donor registry drive to benefit Chillicothe-native, Dr. Tracy Jalbuena and others who are awaiting a donor match that could save their lives.
For some patients with life-threatening illness, a bone marrow transplant is their only hope for a cure. Yet 70% of these patients don’t have a matching donor in their family. Dr. Tracy Jalbuena is one of those patients, primarily due to her unique Filipino-American heritage.
To join the Be the Match registry, volunteers should be healthy and between the ages of 18 and 44. The process only involves a commitment and a simple swab of the inside of the volunteer’s cheek. Some over age 44 may be eligible to donate. However, they must meet certain criteria, and first register online at www.bethematch.org.
When: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Adena Regional Medical Center
Board Room (site 1) / Adena Cancer Center (site 2)
272 Hospital Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
For more information: www.bethematch.org...Read More
Start the New Year off right by helping your family adopt healthy eating and exercise habits. Sign-up today for the next session of Family Fit, a fun-filled, family-oriented program that helps families with children, between the ages of six and 14. Family Fit is sponsored by Adena Health System and the YMCA of Ross County.
The next Family Fit session begins Wednesday, Feb. 25 and runs through Wednesday, April 1. Classes are held at the YMCA, located at 100 Mill St., Chillicothe. Each session of Family Fit brings families together for two hours, one day a week, for six weeks. Classes include: cooking demonstrations, meal planning, exercise, and behavior counseling taught by Adena dietitians.
The goal is to enhance family health and activity through fun, games and hands on learning. As a family lifestyle program, Family Fit works when children take part with their parents to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
The cost to join Family Fit is just $50 per family. This includes all materials and a three-month family membership to the YMCA of Ross Co. for families that attend each of the six sessions. For more information about Family Fit, or to register call (740) 779-7520....Read More
Adena Pharmacy is leading the community in the fight against prescription drug abuse. Experts held a free webinar earlier this month sharing ways parents can educate their children of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
The educational program is part of Adena’s partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation, which awarded the Adena Pharmacy grant funding to promote drug abuse education in our region.
Adena Pharmacist Richard Ash developed the idea for adult outreach after recently presenting his prescription drug abuse education program to local middle school students.
“I was surprised by the number of students who have been involved or witness to someone who abuses medications or illicit drugs,” said Ash. “I knew there was more we could do to try and educate the public to help fight this epidemic in southern Ohio.”
The webinar is primarily focused on educating parents, and topics included prescription drug abuse, misuse and drug safety. You can view a recording of the webinar at http://connect.adena.org/p4ktu25oefs/...Read More
Adena has been caring for families in south central and southern Ohio for 120 years. Since our founding in 1985 as a small emergency hospital in downtown Chillicothe, to today’s state-of-the-art health system serving patients in 12 counties, Adena Health System offers your family a full line of comprehensive health care and life-saving specialty services for every stage of life.
When looking for health care options for you and your family, whether it’s as simple as a well visit, or as complex as cancer or heart care, Adena has the services you need, right here in our community.
Good health starts with having a good relationship with a primary care provider who knows you and your health history. For the best health experience, every member of your family should have a designated primary care provider (PCP). You can easily become connected with an Adena PCP if you don’t have one by clicking on Find-a-Doc or by calling (740) 779-FIND (3463).
Adena Health System is committed to you, to your family and to the communities we serve. We work to ensure we have the most up-to-date, comprehensive services available for you. We are close to home and here when you need us.
Mark Shuter, President and CEO
Adena Health System...Read More
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is showing a high level of flu across the nation, including here in Ohio. Adena Regional Medical Center and many other area hospitals are at or near capacity with ill patients, and staff who have also been impacted by the flu virus. Our Emergency Departments are experiencing heavy volumes of patients, with significant wait times.
“By its nature, the Emergency Department is going to treat the most emergent cases first,” said Dr. John Fortney, Adena’s Chief Medical Officer. “That means despite your arrival time, if someone comes in who is in worse shape than you are, they are going to be seen first, and it may extend your wait time.”
In the case of most patients who believe they or a loved one may have the flu, a trip to the hospital is often not a necessity. The CDC recommends you take these steps if you or someone in your household gets the flu:
1) Stay at home and rest;
2) Avoid close contact with well people in your household, so you won’t make them sick;
3) Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to avoid dehydration; and
4) Treat fever and cough with medicine you can buy (without a prescription) at the store.
If you become very sick; are pregnant; under the age of five, and especially under the age of two; are 65 years or older; or have a medical condition that puts you at high risk of flu complications (such as asthma); call you doctor to ask about antiviral medication to treat flu.
Emergency warning signs that signal someone should seek urgent medical care include: fast, troubled breathing; chest or abdominal pain; severe or persistent vomiting; sudden dizziness; and confusion.
Having a primary care physician/family doctor (PCP) is the best way to receive care when illness like flu strikes your household; and using facilities such as urgent care or store clinics are other alternatives when the physician office is closed. The Emergency Department should be the last choice for care in the case of a non-emergent illness. To locate a primary care physician or provider call 740-779-FIND (3463)....Read More