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Local Wound Care Center® Participates in Second Annual Wound Care Awareness Week

Sullivan, MO (May 21, 2015) – The Wound Care Center at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The second annual Wound Care Awareness Week, sponsored by Healogics, is being held from June 1 to June 5, 2015.  One of nearly 800 Healogics managed centers, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Wound Care Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.  Program directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify patients who may benefit from advanced wound care.

MBSH Therapy & Wellness in Cuba is here for you, BIGGER and BETTER!

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital’s physical therapy department is growing!   MBSH Therapy & Wellness offers physical, occupational, speech, and massage therapy in downtown Sullivan, MO.  Since 2006, rehabilitation services have also been offered in Cuba and the surrounding community at 316 E. Washington Street in the back of the Lewis Center or, as some may remember it, the old bowling alley.  The clinic was small and a little dark without any windows, but the patients got well and the caseload continued to grow until it became clear – MBSH Therapy & Wellness in Cuba needed more space.

 

Kids On Track Health Promotions planned again this year

The Kids On Track activities are scheduled to begin with a kick-off on Saturday, May 30.  Area children began last summer by being encouraged to complete a half marathon.  The event promoted such a positive life-style that the children are being challenged to complete a full marathon of 26.2 miles this year.

 

Healthcare Week celebrated at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

Employees of MBSH were treated to a variety of fun activities during the week of May 11, 2015.  The celebrations began with the department managers distributing “Years of Caring” ribbons to their staff. The ribbons identify the number of years each employee has been employed with BJC HealthCare.  Gift packs were presented to each employee which included a logoed insulated lunch pack, thermal tumbler, mini led flashlight and a memo book and pen.   Employees enjoyed a free dress-down day on Wednesday and were treated to a mouthwatering Bar-B Q lunch on Thursday. The week of fun concluded on Friday afternoon with a delicious root beer float for each employee.  An enjoyable week of celebration and recognition was had by all.

Breast Health Lecture at MBSH

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital hosted its second “Let’s Talk Health over Lunch” program on May 6.  The topic covered in this session was regarding breast health.  Geoffrey Hamill, MD, section chief, mammography and breast imaging at Missouri Baptist Medical Center was the main presenter at the luncheon.  He gave an overview about breast cancer, discussing the types of breast cancer, risk factors, how to perform self-breast exams and the importance of getting a yearly mammogram.  Dr. Hamill explained the difference between digital mammography and the new 3D tomography mammogram and how the 3D technology allows for even better detection of small breast lesions.  He presented case studies which showed lesions which would have been missed if not for 3D technology being used for the mammogram. 

 

Jason Long, RN, recognized during National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week was celebrated May 6-12 across the country.  BJC Healthcare selected Registered Nurses from each of their hospitals to share their stories in the system publication: BJC TODAY.  The individuals selected were those who came from other professions.  Jason Long, an emergency department RN was chosen from Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital.

 

Mother/Daughter Career Paths Go Full Circle

Terry Brown began her nursing career in the early 1980s following graduation.  She started working at the Sullivan Community Hospital, which later became Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, taking on various leadership positions.  Over time, she soon found herself missing the interaction with the patients who she had grown to love.  Completing additional specialized training, she made her way to the oncology department where she discovered her “calling.”  Her total devotion was to the department, even assisting in the design of our new MBSH Cancer Infusion Center.  In addition to giving her undivided attention to caring for all types of individuals diagnosed with numerous types of cancers, she remains focused, detail oriented, driven, smart, and follows a strong work ethic.

 

Fond Memories of Dr. Musa Modad and growing up in a Midwest Community

Despite being born in Argentina and having lived in a dozen cities, whenever I am asked “Where are you from?” I always answer “a small town in Missouri.”  And even though I haven’t lived there for over 10 years, it is still the place that I fondly consider home.

 

Dr. Modad leaving the Sullivan area after 22 years of service

After serving the health care needs of thousands of patients in our local communities, Dr. Modad is relocating to Idaho to work in a medical practice with his son, Guillermo.  Over his many years of taking care of patients in our community, his children grew up, went on to school to become medical professionals.  The three older children are medical doctors and the youngest daughter is studying to become a Dentist. 

 

Employee Wellness event held at Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank, recently offered a Wellness Event for all of their employees at the Peoples Bank of Cuba.  Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital was invited to provide a variety of health screenings and informational exhibits for the event.  Screenings offered included bone density, flexibility tests, body mass index, blood pressure and blood work.  Educational information was offered on ergonomics, lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and nutrition advice.  Employees were also able to have a chair massage during the event.  “We are thrilled to partner with Peoples Bank in offering health information and screenings to promote better health for their employees.  MBSH has great resources, and we enjoy the opportunity to share those with the community.” commented Natalie Counts, MBSH Community Educator.

 

Amelia Aaron, Med-Surg RN performing blood pressure check on JoAnn Queen, Peoples Bank Assistant Vice President/Compliance Officer

BJC Receives National Recognition for Workplace Support, Inclusive Hiring Practices

BJC HealthCare’s continuing efforts to reach candidates with disabilities for employment opportunities received national recognition from the vocational rehabilitation community. BJC received the National Employment Team (NET) Business Partner Award from the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), the national organization of chief administrators of the public rehabilitation agencies that help individuals with physical and mental disabilities get job training and find jobs.

Melissa Arambula-Wienhoff receives Caring Spirit Award

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital names Melissa Arambula-Wienhoff, the Caring Spirit Award recipient for March 2015.  Melissa has been employed as a cook in the cafeteria since March 2013 and was chosen from many individuals who were nominated for this honor.

 

Transitional Care Program at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital is pleased to announce the rollout of our revamped transitional care program.  Our staff have been working hard and increasing their education to better assist the patient in need of skilled care.  Transitional care is a term used to describe the patient that no longer requires acute care but perhaps needs rehabilitation services prior to returning to their previous residence.  Services that we specialize in are:  pulmonary/ventilator management and weaning, wound care, medically complex skilled care, neurologic conditions, infectious disease, and cardio pulmonary rehab.  Transitional care is any skilled care that assists a patient in recovery and helps them to regain their independence.  Benefits to rehabilitation in our transitional care program are as follows: access to physicians, excellent nurse to patient ratio, onsite support service such as lab and radiology, and various other conveniences such as free Wi-Fi, spacious rooms, a cafeteria, and a gift shop.

 

Infectious Disease Specialist available at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

Dr. Rodrigo Lopez, MD is now offering specialty services as an Infectious Disease Specialist in the Medical Building at MBSH.  As an ID specialist, Dr. Lopez is trained to handle infections that are difficult to diagnose, infections accompanied by high fevers, patients who are not responding to customary treatments, individuals who may be going to countries or places where infection risks are high or patients suffering from diseases like HIV/AIDS.   His specialized training and available diagnostic tools enable him to determine the cause of infection and the best plan of treatment.

 

Safe Patient Handling and Movement Fair at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

On April 1-3, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital (MBSH) held their annual safe patient handling and movement fair.  The fair included training for all employees involved in the handling and movement of patients.  A team of front line staff trained and promoted the use of safe patient handling and movement equipment to all patient care staff.  This is part of an ongoing safety program to help staff avoid injuries resulting from unsafe patient handling and movement.

 

National Volunteer Week

Volunteers throughout the United States will be recognized April 12-18, 2015.  There are many special people in our community who selflessly give of their time and talents to make a difference for others by volunteering in various organizations, at special events and projects.  Each year, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital identifies one of their Auxiliary volunteers who actively demonstrate a caring spirit at their facility. This year, Shirley Wilcox was chosen to include among these many distinguished volunteers. 

 

MBSH Emergency Response Personnel Recognized

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Emergency Medical Services employees were recently recognized at the Sullivan Emergency Services Awards Banquet.  Employees and Volunteers from the Sullivan Police Department, Sullivan Fire Protection District and MBSH EMS Department gathered at St. Anthony’s Hall on March 28, 2015 to be recognized for their service in the community.  From the Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, Tim Leasor was presented with the Paramedic of the Year award and Mike Whitehead was presented with the EMT of the Year award.  “We appreciate all the hard work and dedication of our EMS employees and congratulate them for the recognition they received,” remarked Nick Miller, MBSH EMS Manager.

 

Clark's Pharmacy Donates to MBSH CAMP Program

Clark’s RX Sullivan donates $565.00 to Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital C.A.M.P. – Community Assisting Medical Patients.  “We appreciate businesses like Clark’s RX Sullivan helping support our mission…to improve the health of the communities we serve,” stated Lisa Lochner, Assistant Administrator.

The Truth About Swelling, Part II: Wounds and Lymphedema

Lymphedema (chronic swelling) is the protein-rich fluid that becomes congested within our body.  The lymphatic system vessels lay directly below the skin throughout our entire body; these vessels drain towards the lymph nodes.  The lymph nodes are located in our neck, armpits, stomach, and groin.   The lymphatic system transports lymph which is comprised of excess protein, blood cells, water, and bacteria.  This lymph is then transported back toward our heart, specifically to the thoracic duct, and returned to our blood circulation; later this fluid becomes part of our urine.  In a normal, healthy adult, we transport approximately 2-3 liters of lymphatic fluid out of the body on a daily basis.  When our body is unable to transport this fluid, we then have a buildup of excess fluid in an extremity or extremities within our body; this is lymphedema.  In addition to heaviness, volume increase, and decreased cosmetic appeal of the extremity, the extremity is now at a higher risk for a wound developing.

 

Jennifer Eaton receives Caring Spirit Award

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital names Jennifer Eaton, the Caring Spirit Award recipient for February 2015.  She was chosen from many individuals who were nominated for this honor.

 

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