Posted February 11, 2013
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Posted February 08, 2013
Adena Health System is online and active on Facebook. In addition to delivering health tips and messages about the services provided by the Health System, Adena’s Facebook page serves as voting mechanism for our Athlete of the Month program.
“Facebook has become the water cooler of our time,” said Sybil Miller, director of Corporate Communications. “Social media is a growing communication tool that helps us deliver a variety of messages almost instantaneously to a large pool of people. It only makes sense that we utilize it to its maximum capability.”
You can find Adena’s Facebook page on your computer or Smartphone at www.facebook.com/adenahealth.Read More
Posted February 08, 2013
A key component of delivering outstanding customer service is listening to what customers have to say, and using that feedback to improve service. Over the past several months, hundreds of community members have shared their opinions by becoming members of Adena’s Customer Opinion Panel.
“The opinions of our patients (and staff) are paramount in Adena’s strategy and decision-making process,” says Ty McBee, system director of business development. “Participating in our Customer Opinion Panel is a great opportunity to have your voice heard, and allow us to build the information that we receive into our operations.”
Word of mouth from people who have used Adena’s services has a tremendous impact on assessing their quality and value. It also helps us in developing future strategy. For example, current participants are helping us better understand why people in our region choose to go to Columbus or other metropolitan areas for care. This information reminds us of the need to continually update our communities of the service and quality that exist here at Adena.
If you are interested in participating in the Customer Opinion Panel, visit our consumer panel page. There is a minimal time commitment of 10 to 15 minutes, once or twice a month, and all interactions are conducted online. Once registered and verified, participants will be eligible to win prizes.Read More
Posted February 07, 2013
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be Doomsday for your diet or overall good health. Adena Dietician Cathy Castillo reminds us that we can enjoy the specialness of the holiday, without going overboard.
“There are lots of ways to choose healthy dinners while eating out, whether it is Valentine’s Day or any day,” Cathy says. “Start your meal off with a salad and order the dressing on the side, this way you get to decide how much dressing to use. You may also choose a grilled or broiled lean meat for an entrée. Filet mignon will work, and it definitely says Valentine’s Day.”
Cathy adds we should also include vegetables as a side dish and to avoid bread or have the server bring just enough for the two of you to avoid overeating.
Finally, dessert doesn’t have to be a no-no. There are many fruit-based desserts to choose from, or share a dessert, which is also perfect for Valentine’s Day. If you are making a sweet treat for yourself or your loved one at home, Cathy suggests strawberries with dark chocolate drizzled over them. The berries are rich in Vitamin C and the dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, which are good for your heart.
For more healthy nutrition ideas, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.
Posted January 23, 2013
Adena Health System has named former staff chaplain Rev. Jerry Compton as department director and lead chaplain for the Health System. Chaplain Compton, 43, has been on staff with Adena since August 2010, and served as a volunteer minister for several years prior. He was named lead chaplain following the retirement of Rev. Chuck Ramsey who served in the role for more than 16 years.
The former pastor of a non-denominational church and a former chaplain at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Compton has a great deal of perspective on his vocation and the needs of patients and families.
“Not everyone believes the same way,” he says. “A chaplain needs to come to the person at whatever point they are in their spiritual journey, and at whatever angle their God might be. Chaplaincy enables me to provide spiritual care, wherever that journey is for them.”
In his new role, Chaplain Compton hopes to provide focus on the mission of the chaplain’s office by providing more services to patients and families in areas where there is likely to be the most emotional distress. Adena has 11 volunteer clergy who assist in providing pastoral care to Adena patients and their families, and offers a 15-week training program for ministry students.
Rev. Compton is a native of Beaver, Ohio (Pike County) and lives there with his wife of 26 years, Anita. The couple are the parents of four grown children, ages 25, 24 (twins) and 22, and have four grandchildren.Read More
Posted January 16, 2013
Adena Health System has been selected by the Ohio Department of Health as one of the Healthy Ohio - Health Worksite Award winners for 2012. The award recognizes Ohio employers that demonstrate a commitment to employee health by incorporating comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs.
“Employee health and wellness efforts result in major benefits for both employer and employee,” said Laura Ritzler, chair of the Healthy Ohio Business Council. “Positive returns on investment are realized in employees who improve their health resulting in decreased rates of absenteeism and increased productivity. Employers also realize reductions in health care costs and an overall increase in productivity and job satisfaction.”
Adena is one of only three, large employer Gold Winners, and will be formally recognized at a ceremony during the 2013 Health Action Council Annual Conference, being held on January 29 in Dublin, Ohio. Other Gold Winners-Large Employers include: TriHealth (Cincinnati) and Eaton Corporation (Cleveland).
“Adena is committed to the health and wellbeing of its workforce,” said Mark Shuter, Adena president and CEO. “A healthy workforce is important in achieving our overall mission, to deliver quality care to those in our community.” Adena was recognized for the many programs available to assist employees in achieving better health, including: smoking cessation, weight loss and chronic illness management.
This is the fourth consecutive year Adena has been recognized with the Healthy Worksite Award for its efforts in providing a healthy worksite for employees, winning Gold in 2009, Silver in 2010 and 2011, and Gold in 2012. In addition, Adena’s Wellness Program is also recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum Achievement Fit Friendly Company.Read More
Posted January 15, 2013
“I’m lucky to be alive,” says Marvin “Gene” Bates, a Jackson County resident and Adena Health System patient and survivor. Gene suffered a remarkable 13 strokes over a two-week period and credits Adena with saving his life.
Gene was just 47 years old on the day he woke up feeling “a little ill.” While getting ready for work Gene had a hard time keeping his balance, but being a diabetic, he figured his sugar was low. He ate some candy and took a shower, then headed off for his more than 70-mile commute to work in Columbus.
“I don’t remember much of the drive,” said Gene. “I drove for about 40 miles and remember stopping at the weigh station on Rt. 23 to see if I was still dizzy.” He was. Gene had never been to Adena Regional Medical Center before but had driven past it for years, so he decided to stop on this day.
When Gene arrived at the Adena Regional Medical Center, he pulled up to the Emergency Department door where a pair of paramedics noticed he was having trouble walking. They immediately brought him inside to an exam room.
At Adena when a patient arrives with stroke symptoms, a “stroke alert” goes out to specialized staff who quickly evaluate and treat the patient to limit damage to the brain. “Once I got through the door, doctors and nurses swarmed around to take care of me,” Gene says. “I’m sure if Adena’s staff didn’t take the measures they did, I would’ve died.”
Over a two-week period, CAT scans showed Gene had 13 strokes. Dr. Muhammad Akhtar, an Adena neurologist who helped treat him, says it’s not uncommon for someone to have multiple strokes, but 13 is an exception.
While stroke causes vary for everyone, Gene strongly feels his six-pack-a-day cigarette habit, high consumption of diet soda and a severe lack of sleep contributed to his strokes. He says, “My body was so abused, it was willing to take strokes and keep going.” Since his strokes, Gene has changed his ways and stopped smoking “cold turkey.” “I laid six packs a day down. I was done,” he adds.
Being alive was just the beginning of Gene’s unbelievable journey. He had no movement in his arms or legs, and eventually was transferred to the Adena Greenfield Medical Center for several weeks of inpatient rehabilitation.
Despite his condition, he was determined to walk his daughter down the aisle, and almost two months later Gene kept his promise. “I just kept pushing and pushing during my rehab,” he says.
A year later, the effects of the strokes have minimized. Gene still has some long-term memory loss, right side weakness and uses a cane to walk. He also takes blood thinning medication, and follows doctor’s orders in hopes of preventing future strokes.
Permanently disabled, Gene gave up his trucking business and no longer drives past Adena Regional Medical Center every day, but will never forget the care he received here. “It’s impressive when a group of people do their job as well as they did, and don’t expect a pat on the back,” Gene says. “It was like they were all just doing their jobs. I owe everything to Adena. The Emergency Department staff saved my life.”Read More
Posted January 14, 2013
It was standing room only in the Northeast Lobby last Friday afternoon as nine teams of Adena staff strutted their stuff – and then some – to help raise funds and awareness for the Adena Health Foundation’s 21st Century Campaign.
Dancers demonstrated their creativity with brilliant costumes, awesome dance moves and some truly good sportsmanship. Each team offered a “special something” that kept the crowd wanting more. Visitors passing through the lobby also seemed to enjoy seeing Adena staffers cutting loose and having some fun.
The 21st Century Campaign was created to ensure Adena is at the cutting-edge of advanced medical technology when it comes to services provided for patients. Its first initiative is the development of a robotic surgery program. Anyone—employee or not can still make a monetary pledge in exchange to vote for their favorite team. All proceeds will benefit the 21st Century campaign.
If you didn’t get a chance to attend Friday’s event, the performances will be replayed on a video monitor outside the cafeteria next week. Tables will also be set up for supporters to encourage voting for their teams. To vote, simply complete a gift/pledge form and include the name of your favorite dancer or team. Anyone can vote for their favorite dance team. Each dollar represents one vote.
If you have questions, would like a pledge form or more information, contact Honey McNeal at 740-779-7774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
Posted January 11, 2013
You can now donate to Adena’s 21st Century Campaign every time you shop at Kroger – at no extra cost. Kroger will donate a portion of your total bill to the Campaign, with the possibility of earning the fund up to $1 million per year.
The 21st Century Campaign will enable Adena Health Foundation to assist the hospital in acquiring the advanced medical technology necessary to provide the most up-to-date care for our patients now and in the future. The first priority of the Campaign is to help Adena implement and grow the robotics surgery program.
To participate through the Kroger Community Rewards program, all you need is a *Kroger Plus card and to register that card by visiting www.krogercommunityrewards.com. If you do not have a Kroger Plus card, you can pick one up at any Kroger Customer Service Desk.
Once registered, simply visit the website and follow the prompts to enroll in the program. The name of our organization is Adena Health Foundation. You may also enter our organization number, which is 91545.
After you enroll, be sure to use your Kroger Plus card with each Kroger transaction. Thank you in advance for supporting the 21st Century Campaign.
*Kroger does not sell, trade or rent customers’ personal information to other organizations or marketing firms.Read More
Posted January 09, 2013
Plus, new mobile unit providing MRI care at regional locations
Adena Health System is now the only non-government health care facility in our region with 3.0-tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. The addition of the new MRI unit offers patients the opportunity for close-to-home testing that they previously had to travel to other areas of the state to receive.
Construction began in late summer for the addition of a 3.0-tesla unit, which is now located in Chillicothe at the Adena Regional Medical Center, and a 1.5-tesla scanner in the Adena Health Pavilion. In addition to these units, a mobile MRI vehicle, equipped with a 1.5-tesla scanner has been added and is now traveling to Adena locations in Jackson, Greenfield and Waverly.
“This was a major initiative to offer patients the technology necessary to have comprehensive MRI testing without having to travel out of our region,” said Dave Zanni, Director of Laboratory Services and Radiology. “The 3.0-tesla scanner is giving our patients access to more neurology and orthopaedic capabilities, and is enhancing already strong mammography services by offering the latest in breast MRI testing.”
Previously, Adena Regional Medical Center used two 1.5-tesla units, and a stationary 1.0-tesla unit which was housed at the Health System’s Jackson facility. The newer units include updated software and hardware, which provide advanced digital imaging technology that gathers multiple images simultaneously allowing the physicians to see more in only half the time. Additionally, the system’s large 70-cm opening is wide enough to accommodate individuals who have traditionally been hard to image, such as children, obese patients (up to 550 lbs), the elderly, and those who may be claustrophobic.
The new MRI equipment is in use now. Learn more about Adena Health System and its radiology services.Read More