In the May/Jun 2008 Issue

Preventive Screening not only provides early diagnosis, but actually reduces the occurrence of Colorectal Cancer.

Don’t Forget to Schedule Your Annual Mammogram

Reminding your mother, sister or a friend to schedule their annual mammogram is one of the best ways to tell them that you care about their health and well-being. Mammography is the gold standard for the early detection of breast cancer, and with digital mammography and an all-private setting available at Floyd Memorial’s Women’s Imaging [...]

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Grant Allows Patients Access to Massage Therapy

The human touch is powerful. In fact, research shows that therapeutic massage can relieve pain, anxiety, fatigue and nausea for ill patients. It can also improve immunity levels, stimulate the brain to release painreducing endorphins, improve muscle tone and flexibility and promote faster healing time. Thanks to a charitable grant of $5,000 from the Harrison [...]

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Focus on Physicians – Infectious Disease Specialists

Infectious disease (ID) specialists are medical detectives who evaluate and solve difficult patient cases; looking for clues and searching for the microscopic culprit in each situation. Most common infections are able to be treated by your personal physician, however ID specialists are often called in when infections are difficult to diagnose, are accompanied by severe [...]

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New Surgical Inpatient Unit for Post-Op Patients

This May of 2008, Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Care Services is opening a brand new unit designed, staffed and equipped specifically for the care of postoperative patients. Margaret Krawczyk, RN, director of nursing, offered details about the new unit, which is located on the fourth (4th) floor of the hospital in the new wing [...]

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FAST Team Takes Immediate Action to ID and Treat Stroke

The First Assessment Safe Team (FAST) is a rapid response team that was created as one of the initiatives in the nationwide Saving 100,000 Lives campaign. Early in 2007, the team implemented stroke protocols to identify and begin treating stroke among hospital inpatients immediately. “The FAST team was developed to keep hospital inpatients from losing [...]

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Stroke Team Takes the Immediate Action Patients Need

If you think there is any possibility that you are having a stroke, call 911 immediately or go to the emergency room and make sure your symptoms are evaluated. That’s the unanimous advice of the expert stroke team at Floyd Memorial. “We can’t overstate the urgency,” said Neurologist Joseph Seipel, MD. “It used to be [...]

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Many Outpatient ENT Procedures at Kleinert Kutz Surgery Center

Many procedures used to treat ear, nose and throat problems can be performed on an outpatient basis. For these procedures, Kleinert Kutz Surgery Center in Affiliation with Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services provides surgeons and patients with advanced facilities, a convenient location and flexibility in scheduling. According to Dr. Martinez, “We can perform just [...]

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Insights into Common Ear, Nose and Throat Problems

A toddler develops chronic problems with fluid in his ear, causing pain and preventing him/her from hearing clearly. An adult’s nasal passages are chronically blocked, leading to recurrent sinus infections and severe headaches. A child is diagnosed with sleep apnea. These are just a few of the situations otolaryngologists, more often called ear, nose and [...]

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New Approach to Treatment of Rectal Cancer Helps Eliminate Need for Colostomy

A treatment plan for rectal cancer that includes the administration of chemotherapy and radiation prior to surgery rather than following it has been shown to allow the sphincter to be saved in about three times more cases. As B. O. Jose, MD, radiation oncologist with the Cancer Center of Indiana explained, “Upfront chemotherapy and radiation [...]

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Post-Operative Chemotherapy Regimens Prove Effective for Colon Cancer Patients

As Yasoda Dev, MD, medical oncologist and hematologist with the Cancer Center of Indiana pointed out, “Death rates from colorectal cancer have declined progressively since the mid-1990s in the United States. This improvement can be attributed to detection of the disease at an earlier stage and more effective treatments, particularly the post-operative use of advanced [...]

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When Should You Be Screened for Colon Cancer?

The standard age for the first screening of individuals at average risk is age 50. If no polyps are found, you should be screened every 10 years. If polyps are found, your physician may schedule more frequent screenings. Because of a higher incidence of colon cancer among young African Americans, African American men and women [...]

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How to Protect Yourself from Colorectal Cancer

When it comes to preventing colorectal cancer, knowledge really is power. There is a great deal you can do to help prevent or stop this second-leading cause of cancer deaths. Here, David Dresner, MD, gastroenterologist with Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana, gives you the facts that can help save your life. “About 150,000 new cases of [...]

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A Message from Mark Shugarman, President & CEO

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the May/June issue of HealthScope. As the new President and CEO of Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services, I hope you find our publication to be interesting and useful. I know I have enjoyed reading it as I get acquainted with the hospital and the [...]

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