Health Notes

Caring from the First Hello

by Katina Granger on January 20, 2017

Methodist Hospital ValetsWhen Jen Nelson’s father was receiving care at Methodist Hospital, she experienced for herself The Meaning of Care.

“It is very difficult to have your loved one in the hospital,” wrote Jen, a nurse on Methodist’s cardiac unit.  “It is hard to separate my role as the nurse from my role as the daughter. Thankfully, the staff at our hospital made that easier for me. The kindness and compassion shown to me and my family was unforgettable – everyone was more than kind and generous.”

Jen says the kindness and compassion she experienced started right at the front door. She was greeted every day by the valets who parked her car.

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Seeing Red with Cases of Pinkeye

by Katina Granger on January 12, 2017

You wake up in the morning with what feels like grains of sand in your eye. A glance in the mirror shows the proof. You have pink eye.

“Pink eye, also known as bacterial conjunctivitis, usually affects the eyes and causes redness of the eyes with some discharge that can cause crusting in the eyelashes,” said Dr. Ryan Isherwood, a family medicine provider at Methodist Physicians Clinic in Gretna. “We seem to be running a special on pink eye in Gretna. In the past few weeks we’ve probably seen at least ten people of various ages with pink eye.”

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DAB for Better Health

January 9, 2017
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It’s the dance move every teen does with ease. What they may not know, is that it’s also a great way to stay healthy. The DAB is a dance move where the dancer drops their head towards their elbow while raising their opposite arm to the sky. It looks like sneezing… and, well, it’s a […]

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Winter 101: Nine Tips for Better Health

January 6, 2017
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The nights are long, the temperatures are low, and during these winter months so many of us are spending more of our days being cooped up indoors. So what can we do to make sure we are healthy and safe during the winter doldrums? Methodist providers offer their top nine tips to better winter health:

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Resolve for a Healthier You in 2017

January 2, 2017
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At the start of a new year, when many of us resolve to get healthy, get fit, and in general, get it together. But how many of us really make it happen? Although about 60 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, only about 8 percent actually stick with it and are successful. So what […]

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Six Things You Need to Know about Your New Year’s Drink and Your Diet

December 30, 2016
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Many of us like to cut loose and have a drink to toast in the New Year. But when it comes to alcohol, there’s a lot you need to keep in mind to help keep your holiday diet on track. 1.  Beware the calorie count. Remember, alcohol has calories. A 12 ounce can or bottle of […]

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Could It Be Pneumonia?

December 27, 2016
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Fever, chills, cough, congestion… is it just a cold or something much worse? Pneumonia is making the rounds, causing a lot of misery among sufferers. “We are starting to see patients come in the clinic with cough and congestion and it’s a productive cough,” said Dr. Ryan Isherwood, a family medicine provider at Methodist Physicians […]

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Sounds of the Season Provide Holiday Healing

December 22, 2016
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A small crowd gathered in the corner of Methodist Hospital Café on Thursday, huddled around a Christmas tree to hear a choir of young voices sing: “Sleigh bells ring…. Are you listening?” The Masters Monarch Maestros, a children’s choir of 3rd through 5th graders from Masters Elementary, was the youngest group of singers to share […]

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The Stockings Were Hung With Care…

December 20, 2016
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When Santa’s most special deliveries aren’t able to be home for the holidays, the holidays come to them. This year, St. Nick will fill a few tiny stockings at the Methodist Women’s Hospital NICU. Their stockings themselves were a gift from an amazing set of young elves – members of the Millard North HOSA Club. […]

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NICU Nurse a “Natural” Putting Patients and Parents at Ease

December 19, 2016
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“I just think so much of it is natural for her.” Chris Spargen says he and his wife, Kim, couldn’t be more grateful to have had their infants in the care of Jillian Ryan-Vanecek, BSN, RN. They got to know the Methodist Women’s Hospital NICU nurse well when their twins, Huxley Spencer and Aizley Grace, […]

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