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Stop the Bleed

Memorial Community Hospital and Health System (MCH&HS) is bringing the latest public health education initiative to the community.

Stop the Bleed was motivated by the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting and multiple other tragedies in recent years, and was organized by what has become known as the Hartford Consensus. The leaders of this group, which included law enforcement, the federal government, and the medical community, met with the intention of improving survivability from manmade or natural mass casualty events.

The resulting injuries from such events generally present severe bleeding which, if left unattended can result in death. The leaders concluded that by providing first responders and bystanders with basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergent situation, lives would be saved.

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to teach the civilian population with vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This is being accomplished around the country by comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control education and information programs targeted to civilians that will inform, educate, and empower the 300+ United States citizens.

MCH&HS is working with staff from Creighton University Medical Center Bergan-Mercy Hospital to educate the public. Keala Roy, ER Manager, and Angie Livingston, Med Surg Manager received their training from FEMA Decon training in 2018 and will be the coordinators of the effort’s for MCH&HS.

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When discussing Stop the Bleed with Roy, she said, “This is excellent basic training that can be used in a multitude of situations. The initiative started due to a tragedy, but the techniques taught can be used for hunting, fishing, and farming accidents. I would love to have the civilian population be comfortable with preforming this life saving technique and be confident they could use it in case of tragedy.”

MCH&HS is starting their education initiative with local area high schools and plans to expand it to the community later this year. Classes will be taught at MCH&HS in 2020 and they will also teach the course to local businesses who would like to educate their employees.

For more information, please call Keala Roy at 402-426-1551.

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Cold Therapy Nerve Block ‘Freezes Knee Pain’

Blair, NE – With an increased concern about opioid dependency, an exciting new treatment to knee pain has medical professionals very optimistic.

The treatment, known as iovera°, or Cold Therapy Nerve Block for knee pain, uses the body’s natural response to cold to treat knee pain and turn off pain receptors at the site. Using a needle cooled with nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, surgeons are able to pinpoint the peripheral nerves in the knee to mask the pain, all within a clinical office environment.

The treatment uses the body’s natural response to cold to temporarily inhibit a nerve’s ability to transmit signals. This technology is unique in this sense that it provides pain relief that is immediate, lasting and safe. It is non-invasive and can be done in just minutes. Though results vary with patients, the nerve does regenerate after two months and the treatment wears off, returning all feeling back to the site.

MCH&HS is committed to doing their part to combat the growing opioid crisis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 42,000 fatal opioid-related overdoses in 2016 alone.

Suzanne Hruza“Offering this type of therapy at MCH&HS is a great opportunity for our patients to have access to a new approach to treating knee pain. This really offers them a non-opioid alternative to managing their pain and we are very excited to offer it here,” said Dr. Suzanne Hruza, a Diagnostic Radiology physician with Radiology Consultants in Omaha and MCH&HS in Blair.

Individuals seeking more information about this exciting new treatment can attend a free Lunch & Learn on June 17th at MCH&HS. Seating is limited. Please call (402) 426-1494 to register today.

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Memorial Community Hospital & Health System is pleased to Welcome Dr. Gregg Drabek as general surgeon.

Dr. Drabek will begin at MCH&HS later this spring or early summer.

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Dr. Drabek began his undergraduate studies at Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota and graduated from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He went on to receive his medical degree from the University of South Dakota, and completed his residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa.

Dr. Drabek is also employed by CHI as a general surgeon and is affiliated with many hospitals in the area. His past hospital affiliations include Rapid City Regional Hospital in South Dakota, and Rutherford Hospital in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. Dr. Drabek is a member of the American Board of Surgery and holds medical licenses in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Carolina, and Wyoming.

Memorial Community Hospital & Health System, located at 810 North 22 Street, has been serving the residents of Burt and Washington Counties for more than 50 years. The hospital, and its network of outreach clinics, continues to heal, nurture and promote health by proactively identifying and meeting the needs of these communities. 

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Join MCH&HS for an Open House at our new Cottonwood Clinic.


Cottonwood Clinic Open House

Tuesday, May 14th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
3519 Highway 32 in Tekamah

Meet the providers, Dr. Charles Smith, Dr. Paula Thielen, Becky Guzinksi PA-C, and Jill Connealy PA-C.

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Congratulations to Keala Roy, Cheryl Slominski, and Terrin Leehy, Positive Image of Nursing Award Recipients

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The Positive Image of Nursing Award is a recognition and award program facilitated by the Nebraska Nurses Association to commemorate National Nurses Week. Recipients are nominated by their nurse leader based on their commitment and dedication to exemplifying a positive image of nursing.

Keala Roy, RN, Emergency Department Lead, Cheryl Slominski, RN, Specialty Clinic, and Terrin Leehy, RN, Med Surg, attended an awards celebration breakfast on Saturday, April 27th, at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha.

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