Health Notes

Healthy Aging through Weight Loss

by Katina Granger on July 3, 2015

Let’s face it. After 50, the weight simply doesn’t want to budge. Our metabolism slows and regular diet and exercise may not seem to work the way it did when we were younger.

“Some women have not changed anything with their diet and exercise and put on 10 to 20 pounds,” said Annette Dillon, APRN, a practitioner at the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center Menopause clinic. “Mother Nature’s not always our best friend.”

But just as the challenge may seem to become greater, so does the importance to control the extra weight we carry around.

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Methodist Physicians Clinic Opens in Gretna

by Katina Granger on July 1, 2015

Methodist Physicians Clinic ushered in a new era of health care for the community of Gretna with the cut of a ceremonial ribbon during a community open house July 1.

IMG_0401“It is with great excitement that we are here today at the ribbon cutting for the new Methodist Physicians Clinic in Gretna,” said John Fraser, president and CEO of Methodist Health System. “Gretna is a growing vibrant community, with young families as well as many residents who have been in the community for generations. Our new clinic will offer a medical team well-versed in the health care needs of the entire community.”

The clinic brings Methodist physicians and the care they provide closer to patients in the small community west of Omaha. It will be a “one stop medical shop” for family medicine, internal medicine, pediatric and OB-GYN providers as well as urgent-care services.

“We’ve waited a long time to break ground and build a clinic here. It was the right time for us and the clinic is simply terrific,”  said Todd Grages, president and CEO of Methodist Physicians Clinic.

“We are starting off with zero  patients. We will have to build it up, but fortunately for us we have a tremendous facility and a great medical team in place and the schedules are full the first two weeks.”

Dr. Ryan Isherwood, a longtime family physician in Gretna who also serves as medical director for the community couldn’t be more excited about Methodist’s expansion. He is one of four physicians who will provide care at the new clinic.

“I’d always wanted to see a multi-factorial practice with OB care, pediatrics, urgent care and family medicine in one and now that opportunity has come about in Gretna,” said Dr. Isherwood. “This way the whole family can come to one place and we can take care of everything for them under one roof.”

Other physicians who will be providing care at the clinic include Dr. Katrena Lacey, internal medicine/pediatrics; Dr. Aimee Probasco, OB/GYN; and Dr. Amber Cohn, OB/GYN

“We are very excited about the team of physicians we have in place for the Gretna Clinic,’ said Grages. “We worked diligently to assure the community the quality of care they have come to expect from Methodist would be in place.”

The Meaning of Care to me means treating patients and families as a whole and not just as a problem or an illness – really getting to know them,” said Dr. Isherwood. “When you’re in a small town you have the opportunity to be involved intimately with the town and things going on there and it’s kind of special.”

Physicians will start seeing patients at the 14,200 square foot, $3.2 million clinic starting July 6th. The clinic features 15 patient rooms, ultrasound capabilities, non-stress testing for OB patients and two procedure rooms for various in-office offerings.

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Katina Gordon is a blogger and PR/Social Media Specialist for Methodist Health System.
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Methodist Jennie Edmundson Capital Campaign Sets Sights on Cancer Care

June 29, 2015
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Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital’s Cancer Center has had a lot of firsts. They were first in southwest Iowa with an accredited cancer care program, breast health center and in offering radiation oncology. Today, the center which treats about 80 patients each week wants to add to its list of accomplishments by adding the latest technology […]

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Caring and Concern a Constant at Methodist Hospital

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I just want to say that (during our stay) the entire staff at Methodist Hospital presented an impression of caring and concern for both the patients and the visitors. I saw several instances of staff waiting to enter elevators until the civilians did, and even a few where the maintenance, for example, exited a staff […]

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Women’s Hospital Celebrates 5 with 20,000

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When little Chad Jr.* came into this world, he had no idea he was already setting milestones. He arrived on Sunday, June 21, 2015, as Methodist Women’s Hospital’s 20,000th baby born – on the hospital’s 5th birthday! “It was a nice coincidence,” said Holly*, Chad Jr.’s mom. “Everyone here has been so accommodating, friendly and […]

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Little Boy’s Legacy to “Knox” Out Cancer

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Organizing a 5k was never really in Alexa Lewis’s plans. But then again, neither was losing her precious son, Knox, to pediatric cancer. “It’s something you never imagine happening to you,” said Alexa, a high risk labor and delivery nurse at Methodist Women’s Hospital. “It was awful.” The cancer journey started in 2012, when Alexa […]

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1… 2… 3… 4 Miracles at Methodist!

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On June 11, Ezinne and Andrew Jones held four tiny babies in their arms. It was the first time they had seen all four of their new babies side-by-side. “They are just so beautiful,” said Ezinne, looking at her precious two boys and two girls born on May 27, 2015. “We thought it would be […]

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When Spring and Summer Allergies Strike

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Warmer weather, spring blossoms and new flip-flops have been a long time coming this year. However, just as expected, allergy season arrived on time and in full force! Seasonal allergies can vary depending upon where you live or your own personal sensitivities, but many of us are susceptible to tree, grass and weed pollens either […]

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Top 8 Water Safety Tips

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As the summer months near, the temperatures are rising. Soon, summer days will be filled with trips to the pool and weekends spent at the lake. But as fun as the water can be, it can also be dangerous. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children and adolescents under the age […]

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Nursing Staff Makes a Difference at Methodist

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I have great things to say about your nursing staff! My mom of 75 years underwent her first surgery a week ago at the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. From the staff that checked us in to the end of surgery, we could not have asked for nicer people! Mom was then taken to 5th floor […]

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