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‘When he was diagnosed, so were we.’

Posted on Nov 2, 2017

‘When he was diagnosed, so were we.’

Editor’s note: Women are often good at caring for others, however, they’re not always as good about caring for themselves. The same is also true of men. Below, Brenda Skavroneck of Jamestown, shares the personal and powerful story of her husband’s life and cancer diagnosis and why prevention is important to her. Skavroneck is participating in No Excuses, the program in which Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Central Valley Health and Women’s Way remove the barriers to receiving this important care. Those barriers include, but are not limited to, finances, childcare and transportation. No Excuses is set for Nov. 2-3, 2017, however this care is important year round. Schedule your 3D Mammogram direct: (701) 952-4852. read...

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Talk from a doc: Step up foot health

Posted on Oct 27, 2017

Talk from a doc: Step up foot health

One of the best parts about being a woman are the shoe choices!  We get to wear so many styles and colors and as the seasons change – we get to accessorize even more.  This women’s health month, in addition to caring for your breasts and overall women’s health, don’t forget to care for your feet. One of my favorite movie quotes is from the movie “In Her Shoes” when the main character is explaining to her sister why she has so many shoes: “When I feel bad, I like to treat myself. Clothes never look any good… food just makes me fatter… shoes always fit.”  Most women know which shoes are “bad” purely because they cause their feet to hurt, but understanding how they are changing foot mechanics, posture and body mechanics is essential to your health. read...

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Julie Meyer: ‘Each job is a piece of a bigger puzzle’

Posted on Apr 5, 2017

Julie Meyer:  ‘Each job is a piece of a bigger puzzle’

Those of us “behind the scenes” in healthcare sometimes feel like our jobs aren’t important because they don’t directly affect patient care. The real heroes in healthcare are the doctors and nurses who are right there in the midst of things, saving lives. And while that is true, I have come to realize more and more how important everyone’s job really is. Imagine coming to a hospital without a clean room or clean bedding? Imagine doing our jobs without the computer system these days…possible, but definitely harder! What if the equipment we needed to do our job wasn’t working or if the supplies needed to care for patients hadn’t been ordered. And can you imagine no food for our patients on the floor? What if your medical record was incomplete and it affected your future care or didn’t get coded correctly and the insurance company denied it. And the list goes on. Each person’s job is a piece of a bigger puzzle and you need all the pieces to complete the picture. So, if you do work “behind the scenes”, don’t forget how important your job is to the overall patient experience. When you do your job and do it well, you are making THE difference! read...

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Bonny Lippert: ‘Stories of my heroes’

Posted on Mar 1, 2017

Bonny Lippert: ‘Stories of my heroes’

Hello my name is Bonny Lippert. I work at Jamestown Regional Medical Center and I have been treated for health care at JRMC. Here are the stories of my heroes. “Heroes” — yes plural. In 2015, my oldest sister was on the last of her life. On Aug. 18, 2015, she passed away after an on-again-off-again battle with cancer. The day before – on Aug. 17, 2015 – she had turned 58 years old. That was the day I ended up in Emergency Department. My blood pressure was through the roof. Registered Nurse Chris Lunde took care of me. He was great, kind, compassionate, calming and caring. He could even handle my sarcasm and silly, nervous humor. Chris made me stay in Emergency Department for three hours. That’s how long it took, for my blood pressure to get back to normal. Chris said I was a walking heart attack. I probably would have snuck out of the ED, but Chris made me stay and probably saved my life. read...

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James Metzger: ‘I am a CRNA’

Posted on Mar 1, 2017

“I’m scared I won’t wake up after surgery. Please don’t let me wake up before the surgeon is done. I’m afraid I’ll get sick again after surgery. Will you be there the entire surgery? I’m so scared of the pain. I just want the pain to go away.  Please take care of my child.” These are the things we hear daily. These are real fears of a patient about to undergo surgery, about to have a breathing tube put in and shipped off to a bigger facility, or about to give birth to their first child. We are Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). read...

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Dr. Rachael Renschler: ‘God told me what to do’

Posted on Mar 1, 2017

Empowering and educating people. That’s why Dr. Rachael Renschler studied medicine. “I like patients to understand that they are in control of their health and that they are responsible for their health,” she said. Renschler, a podiatrist, helps remove bunions and replace ankles. A career in medicine is something she’s wanted since childhood. “I decided I wanted to be a doctor at church camp in fourth grade,” she said. “Maybe that was God telling me what to do,” she said with a smile. read...

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