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Got Veins?     By: Dr. John Morris - Vascular Specialist  |  May 18, 2021

Got Veins

Varicose veins and venous insufficiency affect 25% of the population and can be seen in both men and women. Varicose veins are bulging veins, under the skin, usually located in the legs. Spider veins are a subset of varicose veins that are smaller and form within the skin.

Valves in your veins help coordinate blood flow back to the heart. Valve dysfunction, also known as venous reflux or insufficiency, leads to increased venous pressure and vein enlargement over time. Many symptoms are common, such as swelling, discomfort, heaviness/fatigue, skin discoloration, itching and cramping. The risk factor for venous insufficiency include advanced age, female gender, family history, obesity and prolonged standing. Untreated venous insufficiency can lead to chronic pain, permanent skin changes, bleeding, wounds/skin ulcerations or blood clots.

Physical examination by an experienced health care provider and venous ultrasound are usually the only tests needed diagnose venous insufficiency. Your health care provider can order a venous insufficiency ultrasound at Sheridan Community Hospital and you can have a virtual visit with a vascular surgeon to discuss your results and potential treatment!

There are treatment options! Conservative treatment with compression stockings and leg elevation can be used for symptomatic relief, but results may only be temporary.

Minimally invasive procedures are available to almost all patients and can provide immediate longterm relief. These office based procedures take less than one hour and are performed with local anesthesia. Patients are ambulatory after the procedures and can perform normal daily activities. Imagine that…a procedure in the office while you are awake and you walk out of the office within an hour and your condition is treated! Great symptom relief and cosmetic results.

To schedule a virtual visit with Sheridan Community Hospital’s Vascular Specialist, Dr. John Morris, contact 989-291-6311.

 

How Can I Boost My Memory?     By: Nicole Falatic DNP, FNP-C  |  May 11, 2021

Boost My Memory

I like to think of the brain as another muscle of the body. Like other muscles, in order for them to increase in size and strength, they need to be worked out or exercised. The same principles can be applied with the brain, not necessarily in a physical capacity, but a mental one. If you don’t use it, you lose it. Brain boosting measures include tasks that are new, challenging, and create the opportunity for learning. This could be learning to play a musical instrument, learning a new sport, or learning a new game. These activities stimulate the formation of new neural pathways and can also build upon existing ones.

Physical activity in general is also helpful in keeping your mind sharp. Through exercise we increase the flow of blood and oxygen to our cells, as well as, the production of helpful brain chemicals, which can promote and decrease stress. Research has shown that long term/chronic stress can lead to the destruction of brain cells and damage an area of the brain called the hippocampus, which is responsible for the formulation of new memories and the retrieval of old ones. Other ways to reduce stress include spending time with friends and loved ones, and partaking in hobbies or activities that you enjoy. Laughter is also a great stress reducer.

Sleep is essential for the promotion of memory, as well. I recommend 7-8 hours as a rule of thumb. Sleep is an important part of memory consolidation and occurs during the REM cycle, which is the deepest aspect of sleep. Remember how you functioned the next day after you got 3-4 hours of sleep due to a sick child, a new puppy, or completing a work project. Lack of sleep affects memory, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking abilities.

A balanced and healthy diet will also help to boost memory. Omega 3 is especially beneficial to the brain and can be found in fish and fish oil supplements. Fruits and vegetables produce great antioxidants that prevent brain cell damage. Research has also shown reducing your saturated fat (red meat, dairy) has proven to reduce the risk of dementia and improve concentration and memory. It has also shown that red wine in moderation (1 glass per day for women and 2 glasses per day for men) can boost blood flow to the brain as it contains a flavonoid called resveratrol. Yes you read that right, the one and only time it will be encouraged, red wine! Other options include grape juice and cranberry juice.

 

How Does Sleep Impact My Health?     By: Ashley Saylor, FNP-C  |  May 4, 2021

Sleep Impacts My Health

Sleep is crucial to health, both physical and mental. It is recommended that adults get at least 7-9 hours of sleep every night, more for infants, children, and teens. Lack of proper sleep can lead to serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, which can in turn, lead to an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021). Lack of sleep can also contribute to poor mental health and can increase one’s risk for depression.

There are some sleep recommendations that may improve sleep. Having a routine sleep schedule, ensuring a dark room, not browsing on the phone or internet prior before bedtime, and not watching television prior to bedtime can all increase the chance of better sleep. Avoiding caffeine approximately 5 hours prior to bedtime, avoiding sugar a few hours prior to bedtime, and avoiding alcohol a few hours prior to bedtime can also contribute to better sleep. Finally, if you are still having sleep issues or feel excessively fatigued, it would be important to follow-up with your PCP to make sure that there is not some other health issue going on.

Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021). High blood pressure. CDC Website

 

Visitor Restrictions – Effective May 20, 2021

If a patient meets any of the provided (link below) situations, a SINGLE visitor may accompany them. Other extenuating circumstances will be determined on a case-by-case basis. All visitors will be screened, temperature checked and required to wear a mask or face covering upon entrance and throughout their entire visit. If a visitor has symptoms, they will not be allowed to stay/visit with the patient.

We do not want patients to delay care; our facilities are safe.

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Visitor Restrictions – Effective April 6, 2021

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 positive patients in Montcalm County, the surrounding counties, and Michigan, Sheridan Community Hospital and Sheridan Care has updated their visitor restrictions. Visitors will NOT be allowed until further notice, with the exception of the provided situations.

We do not want patients to delay care; our facilities are safe.

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Sheridan Hospital Offers Rezum Water Vapor Therapy – March 27, 2021

Sheridan Community Hospital has the ability to provide an advancement in technology to the local community. The hospital’s Specialty Clinic offers the Urological procedure, Rezum Water Vapor Therapy. Rezum Water Vapor Therapy is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), not just the symptoms.

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Visitor Restrictions – Effective February 10, 2021

As we monitor the rate of the COVID-19 infections and continue to care for the health and safety of our patients, staff and community, we are now able to apply improved changes to our visitor policy. These important but precautionary changes will help us minimize the number of people in our hospital, keep risk of infection low and allow our patients to have their loved ones at their bedside.

Hospital visitors will be allowed based on the provided exceptions.

All visitors will be screened, temperature checked and required to wear a mask or face covering upon entrance. If a visitor has symptoms, they will not be allowed to enter the facility.

We do not want patients to delay care; our facilities are safe.

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COVID-19 Vaccines Administed to SCH Employees!

A new chapter of hope begins today at Sheridan Community Hospital, as we begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare personnel and frontline caregivers!

“As healthcare workers, it’s important to remind ourselves that we were the first to be in direct contact with very ill COVID patients. Our work here is essential. When the effects of this virus were unknown, we were supported by our community, our families, and even our patients. Now, we have the opportunity and the privilege of being the first to receive this vaccine, and I believe it is our moral obligation to take this vaccine. It will help us do what we do best: protect ourselves, our patients, our families, and our community,” states Lili Petricevic, MBA, BSN and CEO of Sheridan Community Hospital.

“Hard working scientists and participants in trials have developed this vaccine and its speed and precision. This vaccine allows us to develop antibodies in a controlled circumstance without being exposed directly to the virus and risking larger health complications due to COVID. We should feel fortunate that we get to receive this vaccine early as it will help us better serve our patients and protect our community.”

Today’s clinic was just one of several begin held at Sheridan Community Hospital for its employees.

“At Sheridan Community Hospital and Sheridan Care, we recognize that we have an opportunity to protect our frontline workers with COVID-19 vaccinations. This means we will remain available to provide care for our families and friends and the members of our community. As visible members of this community it is our privilege and duty to lead by our actions,” states Mary Soper, RHC Manager at Sheridan Care Clinic.

 

Sheridan Hospital Offers Laser Lithotripsy for Kidney Stones – December 26, 2020

Sheridan Community Hospital continuously seeks to find new ways to work and implement improvements. The hospital offers new Urological procedures to the local community, including Laser Lithotripsy and iTind.

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Sheridan Hospital Strives to Provide Meaningful Careers – November 28, 2020

Sheridan Community Hospital strives to provide employees with a family-focused work environment and meaningful career experiences. Please visit the hospital’s website, www.sheridanhospital.com, to apply or view all job opportunities.

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COVID-19 Testing Available 24/7!

Sheridan Community Hospital offers COVID-19 testing, available 24/7, through a drive-thru set up at the Emergency Department entrance.* If individuals are symptomatic, they can be evaluated at the SCH Walk-In Clinic/Emergency Department at any time. Drive-thru can be used for travel requirements, as well.

When individuals have an order for testing from their physician and do not need to be seen at the SCH Walk-In Clinic/Emergency Department, they can call the hospital main number (989-291-3261) to complete registration via phone. A nurse will then come out  to take a swab sample from their vehicle. Most insurances are accepted.

*COVID-19 rapid tests are not available at this location.

 

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Available 24/7!

Sheridan Community Hospital now has the capability to test for the SARS-CoV-2 IgG (COVID-19) antibody.

This test is performed using a routine blood sample and may be helpful in determining if you’ve had a past infection. It may also indicate possible protection from future infections of the COVID-19 virus. However, it may take 1-3 weeks for your body to develop antibodies. Results of antibody testing should be reviewed with your physician, since they may not be useful as a sole means of diagnosing a current COVID-19 infection.

The SARS-CoV-2 IgG (COVID-19) antibody test is available 24 hours a day, but an order from your provider is required.

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Visitor Restrictions – Effective November 9, 2020

The health and safety of our community and patients is our primary focus. Due to the steady increase in COVID-19 positive patients in Montcalm County, the surrounding counties, and Michigan, Sheridan Community Hospital and Sheridan Care has updated their visitor restrictions. Visitors will not be allowed until further notice, with the exception of the listed situations.

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Sheridan Community Hospital Increases Local Services – October 24, 2020

At times, medical care cannot wait. Sheridan Community Hospital serves Montcalm County and the surrounding communities by providing 24 hours a day, seven days a week access to care in departments such as the emergency department, walk-in clinic, diagnostic imaging, and laboratory.

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Sheridan Care Improves Access to Care in Rural Areas – September 26, 2020

Sheridan Care Clinic helps increase access to primary care services and specialized needs for patients in rural communities, from pediatrics to geriatrics. The Clinic provides personalized healthcare services and access to close to home for their patients and families.

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Harbor Light Recovery Helps Patients Reclaim Lives – August 22, 2020

Harbor Light Recovery provides a needed service to Montcalm County and the surrounding communities for those who struggle with substance use, including drugs, alcohol, and/or prescription medications. The program supports abstinence based and harm reduction approach to drug and alcohol addiction and provides a safe, supportive environment to help people understand or change the cycle of addition.

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Sheridan Community Hospital Features Specialty Physicians – July 25, 2020

A variety of visiting specialty physicians provide clinic visits and surgical services monthly in the hospital’s Specialty Clinic. A range of specialty services include gastroenterology, general surgery, ophthalmology, pain management, and vascular. These accessible, affordable services are available right in the local community.

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Sheridan Hospital Rehab Program Guides Patients to Recovery – June 27, 2020

Sheridan Community Hospital’s Swing Bed rehabilitation Program provides an interim step for patients’ long-term placement with specialized care to help patients recover from illness, stroke, injury or surgery. A patient’s customized care plan is designed to assist patients in healing and regaining their independence in a safe environment so they can return home.

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Sheridan Community Hospital Expands Its Services with New Hire – May 23, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has effected a majority of healthcare organizations, including Sheridan Community Hospital. However, the rural hospital has planned and continues to plan for the continued impact of the pandemic.

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Sheridan Community Hospital Remains Ready to Serve Community – April 25, 2020

Healthcare workers around the world are on the front lines of battling the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). They are unable to stay home and practice social distancing. Even though many of the staff at Sheridan Community Hospital and Sheridan Care Clinic put themselves in the path of the virus, they continue to use preventive measures and help slow the spread of COVID-19. They understand their importance in the community and are ready to help.

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Rural Hospitals Even More Important During Pandemic – March 28, 2020

Rural hospitals, like Sheridan Community Hospital, provide vital services in rural areas and often serve as the foundations of rural health care delivery systems. With any community illness, the accessibility of quality medical care is important. During the global pandemic of COVID-19, rural hospitals are even more important.

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