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Stay healthy for the holidays
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HOLIDAYSI S S U E
Quality heart and stroke care close to home p. 4No flu for you p. 10
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A season for happiness, foodand flu!This is one of my favorite times of the year. I get excited to see the first dust-ing of snowflakes but sometimes get overwhelmed with holiday celebrations. Sharing quality time with family and friends is what makes it so special though.
Keeping foods easy to make, as well as healthy and fun to eat, will help you enjoy the holidays as much as everyone else. In this issue youll find tips from our employees on how to do that, like how to use a simple kitchen tool to get kids as well as adults to eat more vegetablessee page 9.
This is also the season when most people are prone to get-ting the flu. Read on page 10 about flu vaccines and how you can minimize your chances of catching the flu bug.
Do you know which screenings can help you stay healthy during the holidaysand all year? Learn more about them on page 12.
Surviving the holidays can be fun and memo-rable. Celebrate with health and happiness!
Jacque Genovese, Editor
LIVING WELL is published as a community service for the friends and patrons of FAITH REGIONAL HEALTH SERVICES Faith Regional Health Services, 2700West Norfolk Ave., Norfolk, NE 68701 402-371-4880 frhs.org
MARK KLOSTERMAN President and Chief Executive Officer
JACQUE GENOVESE Director, Marketing and Planning
JODI RICHEY Senior Marketing Specialist
Faith Regional Affiliate Hospitals:Niobrara Valley Hospital,
Lynch, NEGenoa Medical Facilities,
Faith Regional Health Services Board of DirectorsAnita Brenneman, ChairwomanJohn Dinkel, Vice ChairmanCraig Boche, TreasurerLinda Miller, RN, Secretary James Albin, MDBernie AutenTristan Hartzell, MDBrett JacksonDan Karmazin, DDSRick Meyer, ODScott MillerJim ScheerTroy StromTod Voss, MD
Information in LIVING WELL comes from a wide range of medical experts. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your health care provider.
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12LIFESAVERS FOR MEN AND WOMENCheck these screenings off your list for good health this holiday seasonand beyond.
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FAITH REGIONAL Health Services continues to serve the Norfolk community and Northeast Nebraska with excellence, to build toward being a Regional Referral Center, and to provide outstanding care to patients across our region.
How do we do that? By changing the way we adapt to the ever-evolving medical landscape through expansion. By taking services beyond Norfolk and recruiting top-notch physicians and staff, and by step-ping back and looking at the big picture to prepare for the future.
We are proud of the many achieve-ments that have occurred over the past yearfrom exceedingpatient satisfac-tion metrics and improving employee engagement, effectively and efficiently managing resources resulting in a
positive operational budget, achieving Chest Pain Center Accreditation and Primary Stroke Center designation, to receiving multiple recognitions on a national level as well as locally from the very patients and families we serve daily.
Where we are today and where we are headed in the future is a direct result of the collective effort of our
1,300 em-ployees, who support the hospital mis-sion, vision and values and are fully commit-
ted to providing patient-centered care.I think its important to understand
that Faith Regional is a very complex hospital that provides a high level of services, specialists and technology that rivals and often exceeds the qual-ity you find in Lincoln, Omaha and beyond. Without this knowledge, it
We are Faith Regional.
Hear from our patientsAfter brain surgery, I had lost mobility on my right side. When I arrived at Faith Regional, I couldnt make a fist and was dragging my leg. After just 10 days in Faith Regionals Acute Rehabilitation Unit, I was 95 percent back to my regular physical ability. The entire team at Faith Regional went above and beyond. The nursing staff was second to none, and there is no team more dedicated than the therapists I worked with. You just cant imagine what it feels like to get your life back.
Bruce Hundt, Norfolk
Visit frhs.org or Faith Regional on Facebook and YouTube to hear from other patients and staff about their experiences at Faith Regional.
would be easy to overlook our organization in favor of the bigger is bet-ter mentality.
Over the years, we have witnessed many changes, but one thing has remained constantour commitment to provide quality care to our patients for emergency services, labor and delivery, heart surgery, cancer treatments and much more. We treat our patients like fam-ily and are privileged to care for all those who trust us with their care.
Mark Klosterman, FACHE, CMPEPresident and CEO
We treat our patients like family and are privileged to care for all those who trust us with their care.
Chest pain accreditation: What does
it really mean?
FAITH REGIONAL IS AN ACCREDITED
CHEST PAIN CENTER
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YOU CAN USUALLY COUNT on ratings to tell you a lot about qual-ity. Five stars means that a hotel has first-rate accommodations. A favorable review can convey that a restaurant has good food and service. And for a hospital, earning specific accredita-tions shows that it meets or exceeds national standards in patient care and safety.
Faith Regional is proud to announce it has achieved designation as an ac-credited Chest Pain Center (CPC) by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), making it the only ac-credited center in the region.
How we earned it SCPCs CPC accreditation process verifies that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteriathey undergo a comprehensive on-site re-view by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC CPC accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symp-toms of a heart attack.
Such hospitals emphasize the im-portance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.
Chest pain centers also serve as a point of entry into the health care sys-tem to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.
No time lostAs an accredited CPC, Faith Regional uses an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to car-diac patient care, allowing clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Chest pain centers better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
This accreditation was achieved because of the outstanding efforts of our chest pain team along with the support from Faith Regional employ-ees, physicians and community EMS providers, says Jenny Simmons, RN, cardiac care coordinator. As part of the accreditation survey, the site surveyor identified many areas within Faith Regional as best practices to share with other accredited facilities across the nation.
We never stop aiming for the topFaith Regional will continue to im-prove its chest pain processes, with the ultimate goal of significantly reducing the mortality rate of patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive treatment, and in-crease the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.
Faith Regional is thoroughly com-mitted to providing our patients the highest-quality heart care centered on
Stroke and heart attack: Seconds matterHeart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people each year dying of heart disease. More than 5 million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. That is why it is important to recognize the signs of a heart at-tack and take action immediately by calling 911!
To learn the signs of a heart attack or a stroke, watch a short video and share the message with others. Go to frhs.org, click on Heart & Vascular under Our Services, and then on Prevention.
We are the regions only Primary Stroke CenterFaith Regional Health Services is also recognized as the regions only Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment, says Mark Klosterman, FACHE, CMPE, Faith Regional president and CEO. This accreditation gives us the oppor-tunity to highlight the exceptional care we provide for our patients and helps us improve c