Watauga Medical Center
YOU ARE INVITED to a Golden Bow Award Ceremony, at which the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition will honor Watauga Medical Center’s efforts to protect and promote the health of mothers and children. The Ceremony will be held in the waiting room area on the third floor of Watauga Medical Center on Wednesday, October 29, at 5 pm.
The North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC) is awarding Golden Bow Awards to select maternity facilities that refuse to advertise on behalf of infant formula companies, and therein support the health of mothers and babies.
The Golden Bow Awards are a way to commend hospitals for stopping the distribution of infant formula companies’ bags to new mothers. Members of the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition are prepared to support their local hospitals in making this same decision. And, when the formula bags are out of the facilities, the Coalition will proudly honor hospital leaders with Golden Bow Awards.
Formula manufacturers label their bags as “free gifts,” but Golden Bow Award recipients choose instead to promote health and are therefore denying formula companies opportunities to advertise infant formula – a product that has negative economic and health consequences for mothers and babies. Research indicates that the marketing of breast milk substitutes in healthcare settings decreases the rates of breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity. The removal of these powerful forces of formula marketing from these hospitals means that North Carolina women will be more likely to give their babies the best start in life through breastfeeding.
The North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition brings together breastfeeding advocates, health care providers, agencies, individuals, organizations and families to support, protect and promote breastfeeding in the state of North Carolina. Founded in 2005, NCBC provides a forum for development and exchange of resources for families and breastfeeding professionals. The vision of NCBC is to ensure that exclusive and continued breastfeeding is the norm in North Carolina.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System plans for events and programs during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is here. For most people that means it’s time for pumpkins, mums, trick or treating and football games. But for those who have fought breast cancer and for much of the healthcare community, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October is not colored orange. October is pink.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) has several exciting programs and events to help highlight breast cancer and the breast health services they provide. For starters the Outpatient Imaging and Lab Center (OPIC) is offering extended hours in October for mammograms. Fridays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Saturday, October 18th from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. have been added this month. According to Gloria Payne, Chief Mammographer, more dates and times may be made available throughout the month if needed.
Furthermore anyone who has a mammogram in the month of October at either Cannon Memorial Hospital (CMH) or the OPIC is automatically eligible to win one of two amazing gift baskets. These gift baskets include a Kindle e-reader, gift cards and many fun surprises.
For women over the age of 35 who’ve never had a screening mammogram, the Wilma Redmond Fund ensures that it is free at either the OPIC or CMH. The fund was established to honor long-time Watauga Medical Center (WMC) mammographer Wilma Redmond, who lost her battle to breast cancer in 2002.
In an effort to raise awareness about breast cancer, ARHS is inviting anyone and everyone to put on their pink and join them for Pink Day on Friday, October 10. From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. breast cancer survivors, fighters and supporters will gather at the lobby of CMH for healthy refreshments that are not only pink but also promote breast health. A program featuring survivors, healthcare representatives and community members will last from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The event will be repeated at WMC’s Auditorium from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. with the program scheduled for 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Doorprizes will be given throughout both events.
Representatives from the ARHS mammography department will be available to answer questions and schedule mammograms at both locations.
At 4 p.m. a drawing will determine the 11 winners of the stunning Rose Quartz jewelry pieces provided by Doc’s Rocks. These pieces, including a custom made brooch, an 18ct pendant, 11.5ct ring and several necklaces, pairs of earrings and bracelets, all can be viewed at www.apprhs.org/pinkday. Raffle tickets are available at both WMC and CMH for a $5 donation or $20 for 5 tickets. All proceeds go to the Wilma Redmond Mammography Fund and the Cancer Patient Emergency Fund.
At CMH, tickets are available in the gift shop and through Martha Daniels in the Imaging Department. At WMC, tickets are available in the gift shop as well as through Gloria Payne at OPIC; Shannon Moore or Beth Miller at Inpatient Imaging Department; Sandi Cassidy at the Cancer Center; Christine Spencer in Materials Management; Candy Jones in Community Outreach and through Volunteer Mary Morgan. For more information on Pink Day, please visit www.apprhs.org/pinkday
Healthcare is a rapidly changing industry. In order to adapt to these changes while continuing to provide superior patient care, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) has taken every step possible to stay ahead of the curve.
One of those steps was taken earlier this year in the Surgical Department of Watauga Medical Center (WMC) when two operating rooms (OR 5 and OR 6) were fully renovated with the latest in state-of-the-art technology.
“From a healthcare perspective, not only is it important for ARHS to recruit highly trained physicians and staff, but it is equally important to provide a top-of-the-line medical facility for the High Country community,” said Joan Messner, Director of Surgical Services at ARHS.
In order to enhance surgical cases in all services lines, including orthopaedics, spine, general, vascular, gynecological, ENT, urology, plastics and minimally invasive procedures operating room 5 and 6 have been expanded to 650 square-feet, equipped with new shadow eliminating LED lights and upgraded with three new video monitors. One of the new monitors, 55-inches in length, is mounted on the wall while the other two monitors, 27-inches in length, each hang suspended on either side of the operating table. Surgeons may project their real time, laparoscopic camera images on each of the monitors for optimal visualization during surgery. This new functionality also allows images from various pieces of equipment such as microscopes, ultrasound machines and x-ray machines to be displayed on any monitors at any time.
In addition, both operating rooms were also outfitted with a new nurse workstation. The workstation allows nurses to have remote, touch screen control over all operating room devices and equipment during surgery.
“Now that the renovations are complete our next step is to educate the community,” said Messner. “WMC’s Surgical Department, which is home to six operating rooms, two endoscopy suites and a procedure room, is in most cases, equally capable of providing patients with the same cutting edge surgical technology as larger metropolitan hospitals.”
These renovations, like so many others taking place around the healthcare system, are viewed as one of the many steps ARHS is taking to continually enhance the quality of care available in the High Country.
On September 19th, a plaque will be dedicated in the Watauga Medical Center Lobby in memory of Leonard Solomon, a long time supporter of the High Country community. The ceremony will take place at 12:00 p.m., with a reception to follow. Friends and family of Mr. Solomon and the community are invited to attend. Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation would like to thank his wife, Sandi Finci Solomon, for her generous and continuous support of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.
Mr. Solomon was a driven and generous individual. He supported many causes around the world including the Global Hunger Project, Salvation Army, JAFCO, The Mayo Clinic, the Temple of the High Country, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and Appalachian State University. At the age of 53, he was only one of thirty-two cyclists to complete a TransAmerica Bike Marathon to end hunger. The route took him from Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco, a total distance of 4,200 miles. Through his philanthropic efforts he met three former presidents and was invited to the White House.
In 1984, he ran with the Olympic torch. At age 71, Mr. Solomon roller bladed 150 miles in 17 hours to raise money for Kids Ecology Corps, an organization he’d co-founded, and at the age of 80, he completed a 150 mile bike ride to benefit Multiple Sclerosis.
Mr. Solomon was also a successful entrepreneur, reflected in his first business venture, Home Inc. Additionally, Budget Rent-a-Car was one of his company’s original franchisees. He co-founded the Northern Virginia Racquet Club and Heritage Motor Car Company in addition to being a franchisee of a Wuv’s and Kilwins Ice Cream.
Mr. Solomon’s generosity and kindness have both benefited and inspired many people with whom he crossed paths. He and his wife, Sandi, have been and continue to be incredibly generous to the mountain community. They have inspired others and are highly respected for their philanthropy. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is honored to dedicate a plaque in his memory in hopes that it will continue to encourage and inspire others by the legacy he created.
The following scenarios are fictitious and not based on real people.
It’s 5:30 on a Wednesday evening. Sue has just picked up her kindergartener Billy from after-school care and he tells her his ear has been hurting all day. When they get home she checks his temperature, and isn’t surprised when she sees he has a fever, a temperature of 103 degrees. He’s had two ear infections already this winter, this must be another one. If they can get him antibiotics soon, he might only miss one day of school. This is a perfect opportunity to visit the AppUrgent Care Center, open weekdays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday night at 2 a.m., Joe wakes up with a gripping pain in his chest. Without thinking twice, his wife Carol calls 911 and Joe is transported to the emergency room at Watauga Medical Center, where he is immediately taken back and taken through the appropriate tests. It turns out he had a minor heart attack, and Carol’s quick trip to the ER might have saved his life.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is fortunate to be able to provide both emergency services and urgent care services for people in our communities. But for many people, it is hard to know where to go. The examples above are two very black and white cases, but there are many more that are not that clear cut. Overall, you can feel safe in making decisions for your family by using the following guidelines.
Urgent Care Centers
- Sprains and broken bones
- Flu-like symptoms
- Ear infections, cough, or sore throat
- Animal bites
- Cuts or minor laceration repairs
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Chest pain
- Stroke symptoms
- Severe/sudden pain
- Severe Bleeding
- Head injury
- Difficulty Breathing
The rule of thumb is that emergency centers are equipped to treat severe and life-threatening illnesses and conditions. The doctors and medical staff have been trained in these areas and have the appropriate equipment and labs to run tests and prescribe medicine to treat traumas in the best possible manner.
Urgent care centers, on the other hand, can often be confused with emergency departments because they are also a place where you can come on a walk-in basis. But they are set up for less severe illnesses and injuries. The extended and weekend hours make them an appropriate place to go for things that you would normally visit your primary care physician for, but can’t because it’s after hours. They are also equipped to handle sprains and broken bones and other minor injuries. In most cases it’s cheaper and faster to visit the urgent care than the emergency room!
Understanding the differences and the types of services each provide will help you be able to plan where to go when the moment of need arises. And if there’s any doubt, call your primary care physician to ask which is the best place to go for your illness or injury.
For more information about the Emergency Department at Watauga Medical Center (336 Deerfield Road, Boone, NC 28607) and Cannon Memorial Hospital (434 Hospital Drive, Linville, NC 28646), visit… https://www.apprhs.org/emergency-services