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Did you miss out on Mammos, Muffins & Mimosas in July? Well, we have another fun event planned for you Ladies in August!

Mammos & Moscatos

Thursday, August 16th, 2018
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Diagnostic Waiting Room
810 N. 22nd Street, Blair

Schedule your 3D mammogram today and join us for a Moscato and an appetizer! Appointments are required for mammograms, but if you have already had your annual exam, we'd still love to have you stop by and enjoy a refreshment.

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Memorial Community Hospital & Health System Staff Attended the Studer Leadership Conference

Members of the MCH&HS team attended a leadership conference on June 6th in York, NE. The conference was geared towards medical staffs and focused on leadership, engagement, quality, and patient safety.

Shown above are Dr. Jill Reel, Patty Smith, Jamie Kellogg, Keala Roy, Marilyn Appleby, and Laura Fisher.



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MCH&HS President and CEO, Manny Wolf, Receives FACHE Credentials

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Board of Governors has granted Manny Wolf, President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Community Hospital and Health System Fellowship of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

ACHE is the leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. The credentialing system is multifaceted and involves academic preparation, healthcare management experience, ACHE tenure, passing the Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management, continuing education, references, and community and civic involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Manny Wolf 336x427 Ms. Wolf, who has been a member of ACHE for four years, is now privileged to use the FACHE credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status. The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs.


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West Nile Virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito transmitted disease that can infect humans, birds, horses and other mammals. In humans WNV can cause a mild flu-like illness, or may cause no symptoms at all. In some cases, especially among the elderly, WNV can cause serious neurological diseases like encephalitis or meningitis.

The Culex tarsalis mosquito is found throughout Nebraska and more prevalent in western Nebraska .Larvae of Culex mosquitoes develop in standing water, especially in rural locations and adult mosquitoes will fly several miles in search of a blood meal.

Since its arrival in Nebraska in 2002, Nebraska has reported a total of 3,736 persons with WNV (68 in 2017) placing our state's rate in the top five nationally. For the current 2018 WNV season, through a well-established protocol of trapping and testing mosquito pools, surveillance will begin the last weekend in May and go through the end of September.

Most people who are infected with WNV either have no symptoms or experience mild illness such as fever, headache and body aches before fully recovering. Some persons may develop a mild rash or swollen lymph glands. Most people who become infected will get better on their own. If illness does occur, symptoms generally appear within 3 to 15 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito.

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According to Annette Spooner, BSN, RN, Infection Prevention at MCH&HS, "Prevention strategies are key to avoiding West Nile Virus and its complications that could adversely affect our elderly population especially."

West Nile virus can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), and acute flaccid paralysis (a polio-like syndrome) in which muscles become very weak or paralyzed. Symptoms may include: headache, high fever, stiff neck, confusion, coma, tremors, convulsions, and muscle weakness or paralysis. Intensive supportive therapy includes hospitalization, IV therapy, airway management and prevention of secondary infections. At its most serious, WNV can cause permanent neurological damage and death.

Those over age 50 (especially those over 65) are at the greatest risk for complications and should take precautions from June through October:

  • Use insect repellant containing DEET when spending time outdoors. This is an important action to reduce the chances of getting bitten by an infected mosquito
  • Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active
  • Avoid shaded, bushy areas where mosquitoes rest
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially at dusk when mosquitoes are most active

Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing or slow moving water. Standing water can accumulate in unused tires, cans, unused pools and pool covers and other receptacles that collect water. Dump water from containers after it rains to eliminate breeding areas. Mosquitoes will also enter homes through broken screens and open windows and doors. Keep mosquitoes out of the house by fixing broken screens.

"Taking preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites and eliminate pools of standing water around your home is much easier and cost effective than dealing with the Illness caused by the virus and its complications", said Spooner.

Contact your health care provider if you have concerns. If symptoms of high fever, confusion, muscle weakness, and severe headaches occur, see your doctor immediately.

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MCH&HS Emergency Department Receives Nebraska's First Air Medical Transport Button

The Emergency Room at Memorial Community Hospital and Health System recently received the first Air Medical Transport button in Nebraska.

This button allows ER staff to dispatch a helicopter when staff are too busy to call due to patient care. It works via a phone line, notifying the helicopter dispatch center that a helicopter is needed. Dispatch then has the helicopter take off; during flight they call for pertinent patient information. This new process frees up staff to continue with patient care.

The button is located in the nurses' station and is simple to use. "This new technology allows us to make the patient experience even safer, especially when seconds count," said ER Manager, Keala Roy.

Nebraska is the second state in the nation to have this equipment. MCH&HS was chosen due to the proximity to two helicopter bases; one in Fremont and the other in Omaha. The first hospital to receive one in the country was a facility in Idaho. "We are very excited to trial this new technology in our ER," said Roy.

Keala Roy
Shown above near the Air Medical Transport button
is Keala Roy, Emergency Department Lead at MCH&HS.

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