JRMC Hospital and Foundation Board Member Gives Gift to JRMC

Eric Monson, a JRMC hospital and foundation board member gave a gift of $5,000 to the capital campaign at JRMC. According to Jan Barnes, Foundation director, he has named a bench in the healing gardens for he and his wife, Patricia. Eric stated, “People have choices of where to go for their medical care. However, I feel Jamestown has the best medical community for its size in the entire region. In fact, I feel Jamestown’s is the most modern, well-planned hospital in North Dakota.”

Respiratory Care Week at JRMC

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is raising awareness of the importance of lung health this week, October 21 – 27, with the observation of National Respiratory Care week. Respiratory therapists at JRMC are committed to respiratory wellness and disease prevention through diagnostic testing, administration of therapies and patient and family education.

The respiratory care staff at JRMC is dedicated to working with patients one-on-one and facilitating the continued pulmonary care for patients upon their release from the hospital.

“Our staff is raising awareness on respiratory therapists’ ability to help those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis and other conditions breathe easier.” said Bobbi Koch, JRMC respiratory care manager.

For more information on the respiratory care department at JRMC call 701-952-4858.

JRMC Supports Infection Prevention Week

To heighten awareness about infection prevention and the role consumers can play to stay safe when they visit a healthcare facility, Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is proud to support International Infection Prevention Week, which occurs globally October 14-20.

“International Infection Prevention Week is a good time to celebrate the work that is being done to reduce healthcare-associated infections in our community and to engage consumers in their own care,” said Jenna Bredahl, JRMC quality and infection control manager.

JRMC joins those around the nation in celebrating International Infection Prevention Week, October 14 – 20, 2012. The week highlights infection prevention and its power to save lives.

JRMC is taking this week to remind every healthcare professional to perform appropriate hand hygiene before and after touching a patient. They are also educating everyone to use proper respiratory etiquette by coughing and sneezing into their elbow during cold season. It is very important to practice these proper practices in preventing the spread of infection.

Mammograms detect cancer earlier

Excerpts from The Jamestown Sun article written by Kari Lucin.

Mammograms do not cure or prevent breast cancer, but they can detect it early – and save lives.

A mammography machine utilizes radiation to take a clear picture of breast tissue. A mammogram will usually take about 15 to 30 minutes.

Typically, a patient places one breast on the machine, where it would then be compressed for 5-6 seconds in order to get a clear picture.

While the compression is uncomfortable, it is also critical, because the tissue in younger women’s breasts is more fibrous – meaning the normal structures within the breast can look like cancer on a mammogram.

“If you’re scared to have it done, just come up and let me talk to you,” said Dawn McCarty, a registered mammographer at JRMC. “Let me show you. It’s not that bad.”

Compressing the tissue means spreading it out more, which makes it easier to see, McCarty explained.

McCarty compared hunting lumps in breast tissue with hunting for a white grain of rice in a bag of white pinto beans – spreading out the bag makes the beans and the rice easier to pick out in a picture.

Usually, a patient will have two images taken at different angles for each breast, so the compression is done twice on each one. A person with implants will have additional images taken of each breast.

Because digital mammography allows images to be sent to a doctor electronically, sometimes results of the mammogram can be given to patients before they even leave the room.


Mammogram guidelines

Recent research has led to differing recommendations for mammograms, particularly for women age 40 to 50.

The best idea is to ask your doctor what he or she recommends, and follow that advice.

McCarty recommends women begin with a baseline mammogram between age 35 and 40, and then get mammograms either every year or every other year between age 40 and 50, depending on whether they have a family history of breast cancer. Then they should get mammograms every year from age 50 to 80.

Those are more like the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommend mammograms every two years from age 50 to 74, unless there’s a family history of breast cancer.

All those organizations base their recommendations on science, but again, the best idea is to consult a doctor.

Women getting a mammogram shouldn’t wear deodorant, because it can show up on the image. They can take over-the-counter pain relievers before the appointment, and they shouldn’t have mammograms during their periods, when breasts may be tender and sensitive. They shouldn’t get mammograms while pregnant or breastfeeding, either.

“Just come up and have it done. It’s not that bad,” McCarty said.

One in eight women will get breast cancer.

Women aren’t, however, the only ones.

About 1 percent of breast cancer cases are in men. McCarty, who has been doing mammography for 13 years, estimated about eight men visit the hospital for a mammogram every year.

“Digital mammography is still the gold standard” for breast cancer screening, McCarty said.

JRMC Family BirthPlace to Hold Candlelight Service

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) Family BirthPlace will hold a candlelight service Monday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church for families and loved ones affected by infant loss from miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death in and around the Jamestown area.

In 1988 the month of October was proclaimed as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. In the United States and Canada, October 15 has been recognized as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This day allows families and friends to honor their babies who died. Various observances are held throughout these two countries that coincide with the International Wave of Light ceremony at 7:00 p.m. local time in all time zones. Participants are asked to burn their candles for at least one hour, resulting in a continuous chain of lighted candles throughout the globe on this day.

There will be a candle lighting ceremony to join those around the world and create a wave of light in memory of the babies lost. A fellowship and refreshments will follow the candle lighting service. For more information on the event please contact Renae Lunde at JRMC Family BirthPlace at (701) 952-4807.

Free Educational Seminar and Open House at JRMC

Join Jamestown Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, October 17 for a free educational forum and open house in observance of National Breast Health Month. The JRMC mammography team will share best practices of breast health to help you detect breast cancer.

The educatonal forum will begin at 12:00 p.m. and is part of the “JRMC U” education series. This forum willl be hosted by Dawn McCarty, registered mammography technician at JRMC. A free, light lunch will be provided. Following the educational forum will be a mammography opn house from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Both events will be held in the lower level conference rooms at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

“As a cancer survivor and registered mammographer at JRMC, I know the importance of early detection,” states Dawn. “The educaitonal forum and opne house will educate you on why receiving a mammogram at JRMC is unique.”

Please RSVP for the educational forum from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.to (701) 952-4796 as space is limited to 40 registrants. The open house is available to everyone from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., no RSVP is necessary.

About JRMC U
JRMC U is a free education series held each month in the lower-level classroom at JRMC. JRMC U is designed to help patients and families make informed decisions about health care.


Saturday Prenatal Class to be Offered at JRMC

We are excited to announce that our Family BirthPlace will offer prenatal classes one Saturday of every other month. Currently, the prenatal classes are offered on Monday nights in three separate sessions. The Saturday class will combine all three sessions into one day. The first class will be this Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Offering the class in one day will be beneficial to those who are traveling into Jamestown for the class. They will only have to travel to JRMC one time for the class,” said Emily Woodley, JRMC Family BirthPlace manager.

Prenatal classes at JRMC focus on childbirth preparation. During the class, participants lean what to expect during labor and delivery at JRMC, relaxation and breathing techniques and medications available during labor. They will also be educated on basic baby cares including CPR, feeding and immunizations. Each class includes a tour of the Family BirthPlace at JRMC. The class is free to those delivering at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

For more information or to register for the prenatal class visit www.jrmcnd.com or call (701) 952-4807.