In the May/Jun 2009 Issue

Cardiothoracic Surgeons are among the many physicians proud to practice medicine at Floyd Memorial’s award winning 5-star facility.

Now You Can Purchase Your HMR Products Online!

HMR has just become even more convenient! The new www.floydweightloss.com website offers participants the option to order their HMR products online and have them shipped directly to their home. Discounts and free shipping apply for orders over certain dollar amounts. Visit us online today to learn more! www.floydweightloss.com. On-line. On time. On track.

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HMR Online Store Now Available at www.floydweightloss.com

Losing weight has never been easier or more convenient! With the addition of our new online ordering website, www.floydweightloss.com, which can also be accessed via the www.floydmemorial.com homepage, Floyd Memorial Weight Management Center customers can now shop for delicious HMR products online and have them shipped directly to their front door. With discounts and free [...]

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www.floydmemorial.com Website Now Features Online Bill Pay

Trying to get on the “green” bandwagon and go paperless? Or maybe you’d just like to save on stamps? Whatever the reason, customers have requested online bill payment capabilities, and Floyd Memorial has delivered! Just choose the “Pay Your Bill Online” button on the right-hand side of the homepage, and you’ll be able to safely [...]

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National Institutes of Health Chooses HMR for National Look AHEAD Trial

The HMR Weight Management Program was selected to be part of the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in  Diabetes) trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. It is one of the largest trials ever designed to focus on the effects of weight loss and increased physical activity on patients with diabetes. The follow-up period [...]

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Learning the Triple Imperative®

As Health Educator Lara Keith explained, “Education is a very important element of the HMR program. Most participants attend class each week for a minimum of 13 weeks. Then, after their weight loss is complete, they can participate in maintenance classes for additional information and support.” One of the concepts they learn is the Triple [...]

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Options Are Key to the Proven Success of the HMR Program for Weight Management®

“Anyone can follow a weight loss program for a month. But to sustain it,  you have to like it. The HMR  program offers a whole spectrum of options to meet your preferences and medical needs. With more options, this proven, medically-based program becomes available to more people.” Sri Prakash Mokshagundam, MD Board Certified Endocrinologist and [...]

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Microscopic Diskectomy Relieves Severe Back Pain and Speeds Recovery

According to the Centers for Disease Control, back pain is the leading cause of disability and missed work in the United States. “The biggest cause of back pain is damage to disks,” said Neurosurgeon Michael Doyle, MD. “Disks are the spine’s shock absorbers, the cushions between the bones, or vertebrae, that make up the spine. [...]

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Healthy Eating on a Budget Takes Planning, But Pays Big Dividends

“Long-term management has a dramatic effect on the quality of life of a person with diabetes,” said Beth Ackerman, RD, CDE, at the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate. “But sometimes, without realizing it, that control starts to slip. Before you know it, you’re avoiding the scale … and the gym.” As she cautions, “Don’t make excuses [...]

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He Fought Through Cancer and Heart Disease, But Diabetes Was His Biggest Challenge

Mike Naville is a fighter. He had already overcome cancer and heart disease. But, he found his onset of diabetes more difficult to deal with than anything he’d ever faced. As he explained, “I really had trouble handling my diabetes. People can lose their limbs or their eyesight. It’s something you need to take seriously, [...]

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Diabetes Education Gives Patients a Clear Advantage in Managing Their Illness

“Here in Southern Indiana, we’re battling an extremely high incidence of diabetes and the accompanying complications,” said Vasti Broadstone, MD, endocrinologist and medical director of the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Floyd Memorial. “Type 2 diabetes is not only increasing, but also presenting in younger and younger patients. There’s an obesity epidemic,” she said emphatically, “with [...]

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Pulmonary and Critical Care Teams Continue to Raise the Bar with Award-Winning Care and Treatment

The HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Specialty Excellence Award and a ranking in the top five percent in the nation for overall pulmonary services for 2009 are significant honors, representative of Floyd Memorial’s continuing commitment to patient care and leading-edge research. “It’s definitely gratifying to have your work acknowledged by awards. But the best thing about awards [...]

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

2009 Clinical Excellence Award Recipient of the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award – Clinical Excellence in 2009. In order to earn a Distinguished Hospital Award, an institution must have earned an average star rating of 3.42 for all categories measured. Cardiac Services Earn Top Recognition from HealthGrades 2009 Clinical Achievements/ Cardiac Services • Ranked #4 in [...]

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More Procedures Can Be Performed on an Outpatient Basis

With advances in technology and the development of less invasive techniques, more and more surgical procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day. According to Ruth Heideman, RN, director of Surgical Services, “Just about any type of surgery that can be performed on an outpatient basis can [...]

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Physical Therapy Keeps Patients Moving Toward Success

“It’s very important to start working to help patients regain mobility as soon as possible. Essentially, the sooner we can get them up and moving, the faster the recovery process can begin,” said Kay Vannoy, PT, Physical Therapy supervisor. “Physical Therapy is an integral component to the overall outcome for patients who have undergone a hip [...]

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Surgical In-Patient Unit Has Special Features for Post-Op Patients

Quietly tucked away on the fourth floor above the Heart and Vascular Center is a 32-bed unit made up of private rooms, all with beautiful and relaxing views of the Knobs. The unit, which opened in May 2008, has been specifically designed for patients following surgery and provides outstanding inpatient services such as: • Care [...]

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Surgical Services – and More – Earn Top Recognition

“For me, the biggest draw at Floyd Memorial was the exceptional group of doctors here. I also believe the hospital has the best patient and staff services,the best amenities, and undoubtedly the best relationships among staff. I can honestly say that I have never seen so many people who work together day in and day [...]

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Heart Failure Outpatient Clinic Provides Extra Support that Helps Patients Stay Healthier

Heart failure is a life-threatening condition in which the heart can no longer pump blood efficiently to the rest of the body. Fluid may back up into other areas of the body, including the arms, legs and lungs. It is the number one admitting diagnosis of patients 65 and older, and Floyd Memorial consistently has [...]

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Floyd Memorial Brings Home Another Great Report Card

HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization, has once again honored Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services with a ranking among the top five percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical excellence. The hospital received additional recognition in cardiac, orthopedic, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, critical care and general surgery services. Of course we are proud of these [...]

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Shift Workers Found to Have More Trouble Staying Awake at Work and at the Wheel

According to a 2005 National Sleep Foundation poll, 14 percent of Americans perform night-shift work. Compared to their day-shift counterparts, night-shift workers are more likely to suffer from insomnia as well as excessive sleepiness. They are also more likely to drive fatigued and almost twice as likely to fall asleep at the wheel. If you [...]

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Floyd Memorial Golf Classic In Full Swing

The 2009 Floyd Memorial Foundation Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, June 19 at Fuzzy Zoeller’s Covered Bridge Golf Club. All proceeds support patient care and education for the communities of Southern Indiana, including free screenings, health-related information and support and the hospital’s medical mobile unit, the Health Express. The event includes a golf scramble, [...]

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Guardian Angel Recipients

Congratulations to the Floyd Memorial Foundation’s latest Guardian Angel recipients: Dr. James Y. McCullough General Surgeon Sharon Shope Release of Information Coordinator, Health Information Management Dr. Bapineedu Gondi Cardiologist, Cardiovascular Associates of Southern Indiana Jill Van Fossen-Wesp, RT, RM(R)(M) Supervisor, Women’s Imaging Breast Center Dr. Ma’n Abdullah Department of Medicine, Regenstrief Institute, Indianapolis The Guardian [...]

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Stroke Symptoms Demand Immediate Action

First You Have to Recognize the Symptoms According to the American Stroke Association, the following are warning signs of a stroke. If you or someone with you experiences one or more of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side • Sudden confusion, [...]

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Floyd Memorial Welcomes New Staff Members

New Active Medical Staff Bhagwan Bhimani, MD Nephrology Blue Grass Kidney Consultants 250 East Liberty Street, #803 Louisville, KY 40202 502-292-0704 New Courtesy Medical Staff Ricky S. Collis, MD Pain Management Interventional Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc. 315 East Broadway #250 Louisville, KY 40202 502-589-4765 Gary A. Corby, MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Corby Rehabilitation Services [...]

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Emergency Center Physician and Forensics Services Team Receive Special Honors

Floyd Memorial Emergency Center physician Steven Pahner, MD, was recently nominated for the MediStar Physician of the Year Award. In addition to his work as an ER physician and his role as an associate professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Dr. Pahner is also passionate about assisting victims of violent crimes and [...]

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Floyd Memorial Cuts Wait Times in Registration Through Process Improvement Plan

In order to better serve our customers and decrease wait times in Patient Registration, Floyd Memorial developed a process improvement plan that has cut wait times down by over half.Improvements include a reduced wait time in the hospital’s Express Lab by designating an area for patients to register that is separate from the hospital’s information [...]

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Hospital Named Business of the Year for Diversity in the Workplace

Floyd Memorial recently received the Rauch Industries’ Business of the Year award. The honor recognizes a local organization or business for building a work environment for individuals of varying skills and talents including people with disabilities. The hospital has over 80 departments that work together to provide care to our patients. Floyd Memorial’s team comes [...]

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Floyd Memorial Cancer Services Approved by the Authority on Cancer

Floyd Memorial Cancer Services has received a three-year approval with commendations from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. Receiving care at a CoC-approved cancer program, like Floyd Memorial Cancer Services, ensures that a patient will have access to comprehensive care, a multi-specialty team, new treatment options, clinical trials and education [...]

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Jerol Miller Appointed to Floyd Memorial Board of Trustees

Jerol Miller, of Georgetown, was recently appointed to Floyd Memorial’s Board of Trustees for a four-year term by the Floyd County Commissioners. Prior to retiring, Miller served as a mortgage originator from 1966 until 2005 at various companies including Countywide Home Loans, Stock Yards Bank, Great Financial Bank and AmSouth Mortgage. Miller has also been [...]

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A Message From Mark Shugarman, FACHE, President & CEO

Welcome to the official HealthGrades issue of HealthScope. Our physicians and staff members have worked so hard to receive outstanding accolades from HealthGrades, the nation’s largest independent healthcare ratings organization, that we wanted to share the details of what this recognition means to our patients and their care. You will read about our five-star heart [...]

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On the Cover

A bi-monthly update on leading-edge care from Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services Cardiothoracic Surgeons are Among the Many Physicians Proud to Practice Medicine at Floyd Memorial’s Award Winning 5-Star Facility. The programs behind Floyd Memorial’s nationally ranked award-winning services How microsurgery can bring enormous relief to people with severe back pain The proven successful [...]

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