In the Mar/Apr 2009 Issue

Newly Renovated Women’s Center welcomes moms and babies in an atmosphere of comfort and care.

Free Lunch n’ Learn Program for Caregivers and Family Members Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease to be Held at Floyd Memorial Hospital Friday, April 3

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and going through the process of seeking treatment and support can be a truly daunting task.  Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services and the Alzheimer’s Association of Southern Indiana and Kentucky have teamed up to lend a helping hand by offering a free Lunch n’ Learn program [...]

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Floyd Memorial and Bass Pro Shop to Offer Free Men’s Health Fair

Men die at higher rates than women for the top 10 causes of death, yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention women are 100 percent more likely to receive preventive care and visit the physician for routine examinations. To help combat this health concern, Floyd Memorial’s Healthier Community Initiative and the Bass [...]

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Floyd Memorial Sleep Disorders Center Hosts Free Obstructive Sleep Apnea Support Seminar

If you have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or any other sleep disorder, you understand the daily stress and frustration that can come with not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.  The Floyd Memorial Sleep Disorders Center can offer support and assistance to get on the road to a restful night’s sleep. Free [...]

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How Does Stereotactic Navigation Work?

Stereotactic technology provides 3-D navigation during surgery in much the same way a GPS system works in your car. As Dr. Doyle described, “With stereotactic technology, we have two cameras positioned about six feet apart in the surgical suite. They have infrared sensors that pick up the location of the tip of the probe we [...]

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January and February Guardian Angel Recognition

Congratulations to the Floyd Memorial Foundation’s recent Guardian Angel recipients: Dr. Perry Cassady Southern Indiana Anesthesia Billie Eblesisor Erica Ricketts Laboratory Technicians Tom Gotreaux, RN Jay Smith, RN, Cardiovascular Care Unit Dr. Stephen C. Karem Physician Associates of Floyds Knobs Debi Minnich Director of Organizational and Community Development. The Guardian Angel Program offers patients and [...]

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Outpatient Lab Offers Quick, Convenient Service

The next time you need lab work done, you might be glad to know that in addition to the lab inside the hospital, Floyd Memorial also offers top quality lab services at the Professional Arts Outpatient Lab. Located just across from the hospital in the Professional Arts Building, the lab offers all types of blood [...]

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What is the Healthier Community Initiative?

HCI provides programs, health screenings and classes to more than 10,000 people from seven Southern Indiana counties, as well as people from Jefferson and Oldham counties in Kentucky every year. All activities are at no charge for the participants. HCI partners with other area agencies and businesses to provide health education throughout the area. Examples [...]

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Floyd Memorial Foundation Makes Significant Investment in the Community

The Floyd Memorial Foundation has long supported the Healthier Community Initiative, or HCI, and this year, in the face of major budget cuts and a tight economy, the Foundation has come through again to help the community with $200,000 in grant money to support the goal of “healthier communities.” HCI provides educational programs and health [...]

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The Link Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Type 2 Diabetes

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition in which sufferers actually stop breathing in their sleep, often for a minute or longer and up to hundreds of times per night, is the most common form of sleep disordered breathing, accounting for over 80 percent of cases. Recent research shows significant links between OSA and Type 2 [...]

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Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services’ Clinical Distinctions

Cardiac Care • Ranked among the Top 3 Heart Surgery Programs in Indiana • 5-Star Rated Coronary Bypass Surgery • 5-Star Rated Heart Failure 2 Years in a Row Orthopedics • 5-Star Rated Hip Fracture Repair 4 years in a Row Pulmonary Care • Recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ • Ranked among [...]

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Teamwork Has Brought About Exciting, Sometimes Life-Saving, Results

“The First Assessment Safe Team (FAST) is a rapid response team that implemented protocols to begin  treating a patient immediately if a nurse felt he or she was beginning to exhibit the signs of a stroke. It was developed to keep hospital patients from losing their window of opportunity for treatment if they have a [...]

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Floyd Memorial Ranked Among Top 5% of Hospitals Nationwide for Clinical Excellence

HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization, recently released its latest quality measurement rankings. Floyd Memorial is pleased to report that, once again, the hospital has been ranked among the top five percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical excellence. And that’s not all. Many specific departments have also received exceptional rankings in additional HealthGrades [...]

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Pre-Diabetes Classes

The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Floyd Memorial offers a pre-diabetes class, which provides tools and information to help you prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. For more information, please call 812-949-5700.

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What is VAC Therapy?

VAC (Vacuum Assisted Closure) therapy is an advanced technique that helps large or chronic wounds heal. During therapy, the wound is sealed with foam dressing and tape through which a drainage tube is threaded. The tube is then connected to a vacuum, which creates negative pressure on the wound. This helps decrease the volume of [...]

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Don’t Wait to Have That Wound Checked

Dr. Beasley stressed that the sooner a wound is treated, the better, especially if you are experiencing drainage, fever, or redness around the wound. “The experts at the Wound Healing Center work hand-in-hand with primary care physicians’” he said. “Together we help heal wounds and get patients back to a better quality of life with [...]

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First Patient To Receive Realize™ Gastric Band Is Realizing Great Success

When Becky Herrala read about the Realize gastric band and support program in the September/October issue of HealthScope, she signed up for a seminar that day. “I have Type 1 diabetes and am insulin resistant,” she explained. “I have a hard time losing weight, because the more insulin you take the more weight you tend [...]

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Should You be Tested for Diabetes?

Diabetes needs to be controlled to help prevent complications such as amputations, blindness, kidney failure and heart problems. Vasdev Lohano, MD, specialist in endocrinology, recommends testing if you have any of the following risk factors: • Age 40 or over • A close relative with diabetes • Obesity or being overweight • High blood pressure [...]

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Aggressive Therapy Saves Woman’s Leg

Two weeks after Geraldine Dale hurt her foot in a fall, she noticed a small black and blue mark that started spreading. “I thought it was a bruise,” she said. “But then, I noticed a foul odor. I couldn’t believe it when the doctor I saw said they would have to amputate up to the [...]

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Free Massage Therapy Available to Cancer and Pain Patients

Massage therapy has proven to be effective in improving blood pressure, respiration and pulse rates. It also reduces the perception of pain. “We began our massage program seven years ago with a grant from BPW and Links for Life Foundation,” explained Rayna Withers, MS, ARRT, (R) (T), director of Radiation Oncology. “Originally, it was offered [...]

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Fighting Brain Tumors and Cancer with Today’s Most Advanced Techniques

Experts at Floyd Memorial Hospital and the Cancer Center of Indiana bring together the latest advances in neurosurgery, radiation and chemotherapy to provide powerful treatment for patients who are faced withbrain tumors and/or cancer. Neurosurgeon Michael Doyle, MD, Radiation Oncologist John Bechtel, MD, and Medical Oncologist and Hematologist Aftab Chaudhry, MD, provided information on some [...]

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MammoSite® Therapy Allows More Breast Cancer Patients to Keep Their Breasts

Statistics show that cure rates for women with early stage breast cancer are the same for those who have a lumpectomy followed by radiation as they are for women who have their entire breast removed in a mastectomy. As Anthony Dragun, MD, a specialist in radiation oncology, explained, “Women overwhelmingly prefer the option of preserving [...]

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4-D Ultrasound Gives a Detailed Look at Your Baby Before Birth

Waiting can be the hardest part of pregnancy. That’s why many parents-to-be are excited about the 4-D  ultrasound at Floyd Memorial that lets you see your baby even before he or she is born. As medical  sonographer Susan Maschenik, RT, RDMS, described, “The image it provides is like looking in a window at the newest [...]

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Newborn Screenings Help Prevent a Lifetime of Problems

Indiana has one of the most comprehensive newborn screening programs in this region. “Infant screenings are an extremely important part of the care we provide,” explained Jeff Whitesel, MA, MT, SBB, SH, Floyd Memorial Laboratory director. “They can detect serious developmental, genetic and metabolic disorders before symptoms become obvious and, in many cases, while action [...]

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Doctor, and New Mom, Experiences New Unit from a Patient’s Point of View

As an OB/GYN, Heather Lewis, MD, is no stranger to the delivery room. But this time, she was the patient. On January 8, Dr. Lewis gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in the Women’s Center at Floyd Memorial. “As a  patient, I had a unique perspective,” said Dr. Lewis. “I loved having my baby [...]

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New Women’s Center Surrounds Moms, Babies and Families with Exceptional Comfort and Care

Everything about the new Women’s Center at Floyd Memorial has been designed to make it the ideal place for a new mom and family to welcome their baby into the world. “The first thing everyone notices,” said Vickie Smith, RN, director of Women’s and Children’s Services, “are the soothing color scheme and home-like decor of [...]

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A Message From Mark Sugarman, FACHE- President and CEO

As a valued member of our community, I want to share some exciting news with you.  Floyd Memorial has once again been ranked among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical excellence by HealthGrades in 2009. This ranking provides you with third-party validation that our commitment to clinical quality is resulting in outstanding outcomes [...]

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On the Cover

Delivering physicians at Floyd Memorial’s new Women’s Center include, L-R, 1st row;Melissa Allen, MD, Kendal Stephens, MD,Jacqueline Riely, MD, Stephen Baldwin, MD andCarol Borden, MD. Back row; K.C. Dunn, MD, PhD,Anna Fisher, MD, Marilyn Mahan, MD, Guy Silva, MD and Heather Lewis, MD.

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Floyd Memorial Welcomes General Surgeon Carolyn Day, MD, to Medical Staff

Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services is pleased to welcome board certified General Surgeon Carolyn Day, MD, FACS, to its medical staff. “We are pleased to have a surgeon of Dr. Day’s talents and credentials join our medical staff,” said Joseph Bruckman, MD, Floyd Memorial’s Medical Director. “Attracting quality surgeons such as Dr. Day further [...]

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Floyd Memorial Hospital Hosts Free “Meet the Surgeons” Informational Seminar on Joint Replacement Surgery

Weighing the pros and cons and making the decision whether or not to have joint replacement surgery is an important choice many people must make.  Being informed about what to expect before, during and after surgery, and knowing and trusting your surgeon, are all critical in making that decision. Floyd Memorial Hospital will be hosting [...]

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Plan Ahead for a Healthy Pregnancy at Floyd Memorial’s Spring Baby Fair

A full-term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, or 280 days or 6,720 hours, if you’re counting. Whether you’re already pregnant or just thinking about it, don’t wait until the last minute to plan for your baby’s arrival. Attend Floyd Memorial’s Spring Baby Fair on Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to Noon in Floyd Memorial’s Paris [...]

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