National Sun Safety Week

It’s National Sun Safety Week! We would like to remind you to block the sun, not the fun. According to the Sun Safety Alliance, sun exposure leads to many health concerns, including aging and potentially cancer, yet only about 20% of Americans use sunscreen daily. This week, remember the importance of protecting yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. Find out if you are getting too much sun from the photo below.

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Healthy Eating for Older Adults

In honor of National Nutrition Month we would like to educate you on healthy eating for older adults.

ErnteEating a variety of foods from all food groups can help you get the nutrients your body needs as you age. A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy; includes lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. Start with these recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans:

  • Eat fruits and vegetables. They can be fresh, frozen or canned. Eat more dark green vegetables like leafy greens or broccoli and orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes.
  • Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and peas.
  • Eat at least three ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day.
  • Have three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy (milk, yogurt or cheese) that are fortified with vitamin D to help keep your bones healthy.
  • Make the fats you eat healthy ones (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats). Switch from solid fats to oils when preparing food.

Add Physical Activity

Balancing physical activity and a healthful diet is your best recipe for health and fitness. Set a goal to be physically active at least 30 minutes every day. You can break up your physical activity into 10-minute sessions throughout the day.

If you are currently inactive, start with a few minutes of activity, such as walking, and gradually increase this time as you become stronger. Check with your healthcare provider before beginning a new physical activity program.

For more information on eating right or National Nutrition Month go to www.eatright.org.

National Healthcare Human Resources Week

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JRMC Human Resources Department: one team all working for you

This week is National Healthcare Human Resources Week. JRMC would like to recognize the great work that our Human Resources department does here for all employees. We recognize them for the daily issues they face in workforce, compensation and benefits, employee relations, and health reform. Thank you to the JRMC Human Resources department. We have many great job opportunities available at JRMC: go to www.jrmcnd.com to see if there is an opportunity to join our growing team!

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week 2013

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is observing Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week all week, March 10-16, to celebrate the benefits pulmonary rehabilitation can provide for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Pulmonary rehabilitation allows patients to make the most of limited lung function.

Man in physical rehabilitation“Pulmonary rehab aims to reduce symptoms, decrease disability and increase participation in physical and social activities while improving the overall quality of life for patients with chronic respiratory disease,” said Emily Kjelland, JRMC registered clinical exercise physiologist and cardiopulmonary rehab manager.

This service at JRMC is designed for adults who are increasingly limited in their everyday activities due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, Sarcoidosis and other lung conditions. Pulmonary rehab can improve a patient’s ability to function and increase their quality of life. Some benefits that pulmonary rehab can provide are: reduce and control breathing difficulties, increase functionality for daily activity, reduce dependence on medical resources and much more.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), aims to educate the community about the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with chronic lung disease. This year’s theme, “Inspiration for Life,” honors individuals who struggle to overcome shortness of breath and the pulmonary professionals who work every day to alleviate that struggle and improve patients’ everyday life.

A signed referral from your doctor is required for participation in the pulmonary rehab program at JRMC. The referral and other information regarding your physical condition links the pulmonary rehab team to the patients physician, allowing them to work together to provide the best possible care. For more information on pulmonary rehab at JRMC call (701) 952-4839.

Patient Safety Awareness Week

PSAW2013-graphic-for-webJamestown Regional Medical Center is observing Patient Safety Awareness week this week, March 3rd – 9th, 2013.

Medication safety and health care culture and safety are the focus of Patient Safety Awareness Week. This year’s theme, Patient Safety 7/365, reminds health care professionals and health consumers that providing safe patient care requires constant dedication and effort, 365 days a year. At JRMC we are dedicated to working together with our patients to provide the safest care possible.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation, NPSF.

It is important to focus on patient safety all year round and recognize the work being done to improve health safety worldwide. This requires a constant effort, 365 days a year.

JRMC is proud of the work that each of our staff does to make JRMC a leading health care provider in our community.

New Year’s babies times two at JRMC

Originally published in the Jamestown Sun
January 3, 2013 

It was New Year’s babies times two at Jamestown Regional Medical Center on Tuesday.

Amy Stegmiller delivered an 8-pound, 9-ounce baby boy about 1 p.m. It was the second child for Amy and her husband, Wes, of Jamestown. The couple named their son Joshua.a6babystegmillerbw

At about 10 p.m. Ruth Schott delivered a 7-pound, 11-ounce baby boy. It was the first child for Ruth and her husband, Andy, of Jamestown, and he was named Leon.

“We had no plans for a New Year’s birth,” said Amy Stegmiller from her hospital bed Wednesday. “I was scheduled for a C-section on Friday but things came along a little earlier.”

Joshua will join 5-year-old Maggie in the Stegmiller family.

Maggie has been telling everyone how cute her new brother is, according to Marge Kavlie, who describes herself as an “adopted grandmother” who helps out the family.

Maggie would not comment personally for this article.

Ruth Schott also had no plans for bringing in 2013 by giving birth.

“Our due date was Jan. 6, but we had been expecting him a little early,” she said from her hospital bed. “But still, I never thought about having a child with a birthdate on New Year’s.”a6babyschottbw

Andy Schott had more pragmatic thoughts on the birthdate.

“We just missed a tax write-off by a few hours,” he said. “But it was a great way to start 2013. An awesome Christmas and New Year’s present.”

Both fathers had a tough time looking ahead to 2031 when their sons should graduate high school.

“I wonder what farming will be like,” said Andy Schott, who works at JRMC and also farms in the Kulm area. “We’re stuck with him for 18 years; I hope he has a strong country with freedoms when he grows up.”

Little Leon Schott will go home wrapped in a John Deere blanket made by one of the child’s grandmothers, Andy Schott said.

“It is really tough to think that far ahead,” Wes Stegmiller said. “I can only imagine what the technology of that time will be.”

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at knorman@jamestownsun.com

JRMC Foundation to Host 14th Annual Breakfast with Santa

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) Foundation will host their 14th annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, November 17 to raise money for children’s services at JRMC. Families are invited to enjoy a fun filled morning with breakfast served by Santa’s elves at the Gladstone Inn & Suites. The doors open at 8:30 am and breakfast will be served at 9 am. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their appearance with gifts for the children.

“Over the years, we have obtained many items for children’s services at JRMC. This year we are raising money for a pediatric immobilizer in the Radiology department, an infant scale for the Specialty Clinic and sleep sacks for the Family BirthPlace to help eliminate SIDS,” stated Foundation Director Jan Barnes.

Entertainment for this year’s event will be children games. As always there will be a silent auction. Tickets are available for $8.00 and can be purchased at the JRMC Foundation or by calling Penny Holland at (701) 952- 4880.