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Economic Impact: Another Way Our Hospital Makes a Difference

Adair County Health System is a good example of something that is a vital part of our immediate environment that it is easy to take for granted.  Yet, its excellence is enormously important to our community and region.

Having a first-rate medical center close at hand is essential to the quality of life of every Adair County resident.  The presence in our community of a superb medical facility also makes Adair County more competitive as it seeks the economic growth that is so important to the future of the city and region.  It’s no secret that two of the factors of critical importance in corporate decision-making about site selection are the quality of a town’s schools and the ready availability of comprehensive, top-quality health care.

Consequently, it is no exaggeration to assert that Adair County Health System’s excellence helps Adair County achieve its dreams for tomorrow.

But there’s more to the story.

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PCP or Family Doctor

Family Physicians are dedicated to treating the patient as a whole.
Primary Care Physicians or PCP’s treat and follow each organ, all ages, all diseases, and both genders.

Your Family Physician is there to guide you and to coordinate all aspects of care.  They will work with you to achieve the best outcome for each patient.

Obstetrics –gynecology these Physicians and ARNP’s address aspects of women’s health.  They focus on women including pre pubertal, reproductive, and post menopausal years.

Orthopedic physicians focus on musculoskeletal system, Deformities, Injuries, and degenerative diseases.

Cardiovascular/ Cardiologists these Physicians take care of your heart and Vascular System.

As a Music Director and conductor direct the Symphony Orchestra, the Family Physician or PCP Coordinates care for the Patient. Everyone needs a PCP to help coordinate their personal care. PCP wants to provide the best possible care for each patient.  Bring and ask your PCP or Family Physician questions and your concerns, which is [ ... ]

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A message from ACHS CEO…

While the people throughout Adair County continue to be our most valuable asset, we are also focused on transforming our delivery of care through the use of technology.  Many at Adair County Health System are gearing up for the rollout of Cerner, a new electronic patient medical record that is set to go live on June 8th at midnight. The health system began its journey back in July 2013. In order for us to stay compliant with governmental guidelines, we needed to decide on our electronic medical record.  Staff and providers were asked to evaluate several different EMR vendors. Results of demonstrations and surveys were evaluated, and it was decided to implement Cerner. We hope this will be a seamless process that goes unnoticed by our patients. We do know there may be a potential for our patients to experience a slight delay in check-in times and other processes during [ ... ]

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A Message from ACHS’s CEO, Angela Mortoza

As we leave the cold winter behind and roll into spring there are many exciting things happening at Adair County Health System. We continue to grow and look for new ways of providing convenient access of care throughout Adair County.  Recently, we have expanded our specialty clinic services to include Iowa Ortho.  We are excited to welcome, Michael Gainer, M.D., specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery; John Netrour, M.D., hip and knee surgery; and Anthony Stark, D.O., physical medicine and rehabilitation.
 In October, we completed our 3P project that centered on the renovation of our current operating room, admitting/registration area, and ambulance drop off.  Our next steps will include public tours and community meetings to share the plans for the spaces and invite ideas from the public.
Our growth is expanding beyond the bricks of the hospital walls. We are working to improve the overall health and wellness of the community [ ... ]

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What is a Health Coach?

1. A method of guiding people through behavior change.
2. Utilizes a strong compelling vision, goal setting, accountability, and support.
3. Focus is on the client.
4. Coaches help to identify strengths, barriers, strategies, and motivators to aid in behavior change.

Clients decide what they want to work on; coaches guide clients through the coaching process. Coaching focuses on helping clients grow and become experts of their own well being.  Coaching has been around about 20 years.  Coaches have been used in a variety of ways.  The coaches work with People who have chronic illness, to make sure they get the care they need.

It is common for Patients to ask for answers or “Quick fixes”. The Health Coach believes you are the expert on you.  However I can give you evidence that shows what other people have done and what has worked.  Patient outcomes improve when they are an active collaborator in their treatment.  Empowering Patients involves exploring [ ... ]

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Winter Weather Information You Need to Know

Each year, exposure to cold, vehicle accidents caused by wintery roads, and fires caused by the improper use of heaters injure and kill hundreds of people.  These and other winter weather hazards have a significant threat to human health and safety.  Major winter storms can include high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, and dangerously cold temperatures. The aftermath of a winter storm can last for days, weeks, or even months.  To know what you should prepared for, it is important to know what different types of advisories, watches and warnings that are issued during winter weather:

Winter Weather Advisory:
Accumulations of snow, freezing rain and/or sleet may cause significant inconveniences and could lead to life-threatening situations.
Winter Storm Watch:
Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 12 to 48 hours.
Winter Storm Warning:
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Why Is a Healthy Weight Important

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. That is why maintaining a healthy weight is so important: It helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.

What Is Overweight and Obesity?
Overweight is having extra body weight from muscle, bone, fat, and/or water. Obesity is having a high amount of extra body fat. Body mass index (BMI) is a useful measure of overweight and obesity. Talk to your health care provider if you are concerned about your BMI.
What Factors Contribute To a Healthy Weight?
Many factors can contribute to a person’s weight. [ ... ]

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Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions- Increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels-that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, any of these conditions increase your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater.
Getting more physical activity, losing weight and quitting smoking help reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  These changes are key to decreasing your risk for chronic long term illness.
1. Exercise  Doctors recommend getting 30 or more minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as a brisk walking, every day.
2. Lose weight  Losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can reduce insulin levels and blood pressure and decrease your risk of diabetes.
3. Eat healthy  The [ ... ]

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WHY SHOULD DIABETES BE TREATED?

Over time high blood sugars cause damage to large and small blood vessels.  This damage increases the risk of problems with the heart, eyes, kidneys, feet, and legs.  High blood sugars also damage nerves throughout the body.  The purpose of treating diabetes is to keep the blood sugar as close to normal as possible.  When the blood sugar is kept close to normal you can prevent these problems.  A normal blood sugar is fasting under 100 and random (non fasting anytime of the day is under 140). 
People with diabetes are 10 times more likely to have a lower limb amputated than those without diabetes.  Diabetes can cause or contribute to a number of eye diseases, from retinal bleeding and swelling to cataracts and glaucoma.
Patients with leg pain should report it to their Physicians.  People with risk factors such as Hypertension or Diabetes should take care of the medical conditions that [ ... ]

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CHF (Congestive Heart Failure)

Heart failure also known as congestive heart failure occurs when your heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should.  Conditions such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) or  high blood pressure untreated over a period of time gradually leave your heart to weak or stiff to fill and pump well or as normal.
Signs of CHF Shortness of breath, Fatigue and weakness, Swelling of your legs or feet, Rapid or irregular heartbeat, Reduced ability to exercise, persistent cough or wheezing, increased need to urinate at night, swelling of your abdomen, sudden weight gain for no reason no change in diet habits, Lack of appetite and nausea, elevated blood pressure, and even chest pain.
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if you think you might be experiencing signs or symptoms of heart failure. Seek emergency treatment if you experience any of the following:
Chest Pain
Fainting or severe weakness
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