Newsletter: Live Life to the Healthiest with PRMC

 

DaVinci and studentsLocal 4th grade class names da Vinci “Robodoc”

We recently held a naming contest among local elementary schools for our da Vinci surgical system. Mrs. Brazeal’s 4th grade class from North Lamar, Bailey Intermediate School proposed the winning name, “Robodoc.” On May 20th, they visited Paris Regional Medical Center to see the robot.

In December, we acquired our da Vinci surgical system, which allows our surgeons to perform both routine and complex surgeries using just a few small incisions. Smaller incisions mean quicker recovery times compared to traditional surgical procedures. The da Vinci system can be used to treat many conditions, including, but not limited to: coronary arterial disease, endometriosis, kidney disorders, obesity, and many types of cancers.

Thanks to Mrs. Brazeal and her students for helping name “Robodoc” and visiting us at Paris Regional Medical Center!

Did you know?  More than 1.5 million da Vinci procedures have been performed worldwide since 2000 and 100% of top-ranked U.S. hospitals own at least one da VinciSystem. [1]

 

Rachel HarrisSpotlight on: Speech Language Pathologist Rachell L. Harris, MS, CCC/SLP

Rachell L. Harris, MS, CCC/SLP, is our on-staff Speech Language Pathologist. She specializes in speech and language problems, as well as issues with feeding and swallowing.

Rachell’s main focus is pediatric patients who have difficulty with swallowing, feeding, and articulation. Her clients also may have phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, voice disorders, resonance disorders, and developmental disabilities.

Additionally, Rachell partners with other providers when speech pathology complements treatment and follow-up. For example, she has participated and observed cleft lip and palate surgery and worked with the children post recovery for speech and feeding therapy in a clinical setting. Rachell coordinated closely with ENT/facial surgeons to improve speech, resonance, and swallowing outcomes, and reduce the need for additional surgeries.

We are fortunate to have Rachell in our community of providers. If you have questions about speech pathology or want to speak about a referral, please call Rachell at (903) 737-1108 or stop by her office, located on the North Campus, 1st Floor Out-Patient Rehabilitation Department.

 

John Ratcliff at PRMC

John Ratcliff at PRMC

Republican U.S. Congressional nominee John Ratcliffe Visits Paris Regional Medical Center

It was our honor to welcome John Ratcliffe, who recently won the Republican nomination for 4th Congressional District of Texas, to our hospital on May 21.

During his visit, he attended our Leadership Safety Huddle and met with our senior leaders and management team.

He also toured our facilities and met with members of our Emergency Medical Services department, thanking them for their service in celebration of EMS Week.

 

 

 

These PRMC Employees have 180 combined total years of service at the hospital.

These PRMC Employees have 180 combined total years of service at the hospital.

 

PRMC Celebrates Hospital Week

Hospital week is an opportunity to thank our staff and volunteers for the countless hours of selfless and compassionate service they provide, making PRMC a health care leader in the community.

This year, we celebrated the week of May 11-17 with a ceremony honoring staff and volunteers for their many years of service at the hospital.

 

Here’s What’s Going on at Paris Regional Medical Center: We are excited to host a number of events throughout June and hope you’ll join us. Take a look at what’s going on:

  • Walk With A Doc (6/19) – Join us at 6pm at the Trail de Paris for the next walk with Dr. Amanda Green, a hospitalist at PRMC. Research shows that you could gain up to two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise – all the more reason to get out for a walk. For more information, visit: www.walkwithadoc.org.
  • Girls Time Out (6/26) – Erin Finch with Holistically Fed Nutrition and Fitness will be joining us at Girls Time Out to talk about the Benefits of Juicing. Samples will be provided at this free event. Call (903) 737-1438 to register.

For a full list of community events and support groups hosted by the hospital, please visit: www.parisregionalmedical.com/calendar/.

 

About Live Life to the Healthiest with PRMC   These bi-weekly newsletters will include information about what’s going on at Paris Regional Medical Center and in our community, as well as doctor and nurse spotlights, guest posts from local health care experts, and health and wellness tips to help you live a healthier life.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic for an upcoming e-newsletter, please contact Kristi Head, Director of Marketing/Community Relations at Paris Regional Medical Center, at Kristi.Head@parisrmc.com. We love hearing from our fellow community leaders and want to be your resource for everything health care – after all, you’re the reason we do what we do.

 

 

 

PRMC Announces New “Happy Age Class”

exercise old peopleParis Regional Medical Center and Prime Time has announced the addition of a new “Happy Age” exercise class for those 45 years old (or older).

The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15pm at the Prime Time Center, located at 1128 Clarksville Street. The class will include aerobics, balance, weights and relaxation.

Classes will begin meeting this Thursday, June 5th.  The fee for a three month “Happy Age Membership” is $35.

A physician’s signature is not required but it is recommended that those interested consult their physician before starting any exercise program.

For more information, call 903-737-3672.

Lighten Up East Texas Final Weigh-Out Before May 31st

lighten up east texasThe official weigh-out for participants of the Lighten Up East Texas (LUET) Weight Loss Challenge is now thru Saturday, May 31st. The weight loss challenge, sponsored in part by Brookshire Grocery Company and Allen Samuels Tyler, is a local movement to make East Texas a healthier community in which to live. The LUET Celebration and Prize Ceremonies will take place on Thursday, June 12, 2014, on the patio of Brookshires FRESH in Tyler, Texas  from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Participants need not  be present to win.

Fit City Paris joined forces with Fit City Tyler’s coalition and their regional weigh loss challenge – Lighten Up East Texas. Lighten Up East Texas is a regional weight loss challenge, created by the Fit City Coalition,  in which individuals, teams and communities have competed to lose weight and improve their health.  Participants will receive entries into a grand prize drawing for every 5 percent of weight lost, tracked from an official weigh-in at the start and the official weigh-out at the end of the challenge.

Donated by Allen Samuels Tyler, the grand prize drawing will include a new 2014 Dodge Dart!  Other great prizes include four $1,000 Brookshire’s gift cards, redeemable at any Brookshires or Super1Foods grocery stores.  Smaller prizes will also be randomly selected from returning participants who lost less than 5% of their starting weight.

“Our goal for this event was to encourage East Texans to take control of their health, to make smart and healthy choices, to make time for physical activity and to ultimately lose weight in a healthy way,” says George Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of NET Health and Co-Chair of Fit City.

“In Lamar County, we had 252 people register for the challenge which had a combined total of 50,342.4  pounds.  During this weigh out period from May 19th to May 31st, we will be able to determine how many pounds people in Lamar County lost.  We hope that our community was able to start on the road to a healthy lifestyle by losing weight one pound at a time.  Our goal for Lighten Up East Texas was to encourage Lamar County to focus on their health, to get in shape, making eating right a priority and the ultimate goal to lose weight in a healthy way,” says Emily Neeley, Coalition Coordinator for Paris-Lamar County Health District.

Participants are encouraged to log their ending weight between now and March 31st at one of the weigh in stations listed below or at their participating workplace.

CrossFit 4625 Lamar Avenue Mondays – Fridays 7:30 am – 7:30 pm
Dare 2 B Fit 4625 Lamar Avenue Mondays – Fridays 5:00 am – 6:30 pm
Dare 2 B Fit 4625 Lamar Avenue Saturdays 5:30 am – 10:30 am
Paris Fitness & Aquatics 1025 DeShong Dr. Mondays – Fridays 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Paris-Lamar Co. Health Department 400 West Sherman Mondays – Thursdays 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
PrimeTime 1128 Clarksville St., Suite 300 Mondays – Fridays 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

For more information, please visit www.fitcityparis.com or contact Emily Neeley at 903.785.4561.

PRMC Community Newsletter: Live Life to the Healthiest with PRMC

Prevent Heart Attacks with “Early Heart Attack Care”

Did you know that 85% of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack? The good news is that knowing and recognizing the early signs and symptoms before a heart attack happens can prevent one from ever occurring. In fact, using “Early Heart Attack Care,” you can identify symptoms hours or even weeks before an actual heart attack occurs. While not everyone experiences the same symptoms, common signs to look for include:

heart attack symptoms

 

 

Heart attacks can be prevented in 50% of people experiencing early signs and symptoms if they recognize and address the issue immediately. The only other way to save a life once a heart attack begins is to immediately call 9-1-1 or activate your Emergency Medical Services. Our motto is simple – Survive. Don’t drive .

 

To learn more about heart disease and prevention, please visit www.deputyheartattack.org.

 

Did You Know?

  • Heart disease causes approximately 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States.
  • About 50% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital. This suggests that many people don’t act on early warning signs.
  • Survey results show that only 27% of the respondents were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 9-1-1.

 

 

WELLNESS WORKS

Erin Barnes, RN, BSN, our Corporate Health Director,

Erin Barnes, RN, BSN, our Corporate Health Director,

Paris Regional Medical Center is committed to working with local companies that are making an effort to improve their employees’ overall health, happiness, and quality of life through. We spoke with Erin Barnes, RN, BSN, our Corporate Health Director, about our program Wellness Works’ and the benefits for the community.

Q: What is Wellness Works?

A: Wellness Works is a complimentary program that offers local employers assistance in decreasing and managing the cost of workers compensation claims as well as providing their employees with general health and wellness information. With a focus on injury prevention, injury intervention and wellness promotion, we work with local employers to tailor a program to meet their employees’ healthcare needs.

Q: What local companies are currently participating in Wellness Works?

A: Turner Industries, Paris Independent School District, Brentwood Terrace, Paris Healthcare Center, PEDC, Richard Drake Construction, Trinity Railcar

Q: How does someone get more information about Wellness Works?

A: Please contact Erin Barnes, RN, BSN, Corporate Health Director, at (903) 495-2471

 

Did You Know?     Absenteeism, defined as an employee’s intentional or habitual absence from work, costs U.S. companies billions of dollars each year in lost productivity, wages, poor quality of goods/services and excess management time. In fact, “unscheduled absenteeism costs roughly $3,600 per year for each hourly worker and $2,650 each year for salaried employees.”[1]

 

Kids Safe Saturday and Paris Art Fair

Davinci artOn Saturday, May 10, PRMC attended the Paris Art Fair with our new, state-of-the-art da Vinci robot, which showcased its precision through a painting demonstration. The demonstration was a success and resulted in some great artwork. Thanks to all who stopped by to see us!Davinci at art fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Know?  In 2013, PRMC donated $44,500 to the community.

 

Here’s What’s Going on at Paris Regional Medical Center and in the Community 

We are excited to host a number of events throughout May, and we encourage you to get involved. Take a look at what’s going on:

  • Walk With A Doc (Thursday, June 19) – We’ve moved locations! Join us at 6pm at Trail de Paris for the next walk with Dr. Amanda Green, a hospitalist at PRMC who you may have recently seen featured in this article. Research shows that you could gain up to two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise – all the more reason to get out for a walk. For more information, visit: www.walkwithadoc.org.
  • Girls Time Out (Thursday, May 22) – Dr. Amanda Green will also be joining us at Girls Time Out to talk about “Hospice: What Does it Mean?” at Christian Fellowship Church (3130 N. Main St.) at Noon. Refreshments will be provided at this free event. Call (903) 737-1438 to register.

 

For a full list of community events hosted by the hospital, please visit www.parisregionalmedical.com/calendar/.

 

About Live Life to the Healthiest with PRMC  These bi-weekly newsletters will include information about what’s going on at Paris Regional Medical Center and in our community, doctor and nurse spotlights, guest posts from local health care experts, and health and wellness tips to help you live a healthier life.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic for an upcoming e-newsletter, please contact Kristi Head, Director of Marketing/Community Relations at Paris Regional Medical Center, at Kristi.Head@parisrmc.com. We love hearing from our fellow community leaders and want to be your resource for everything health care – after all, you’re the reason we do what we do.

[1]http://www.forbes.com/sites/investopedia/2013/07/10/the-causes-and-costs-of-absenteeism-in-the-workplace/

 

 

                  

Live Life to the Healthiest with PRMC

PRMCHere’s What’s Going on at Paris Regional Medical Center and in the Community  

Paris Regional Medical Center has been proud to host and participate in a number of events during the past several months to help our community live healthy and fulfilling lives. Take a look at what’s going on:

  • Girls Time Out (Thursday, April 24)Shika Prakash of Operation Save Your Skin and Sucharu Prakash, M.D. spoke at the latest Girls Time Out event to share knowledge about skin health and safety. Refreshments and skin cancer screenings were provided at this free event. The next Girls Time Out is May 24th. Call (903)737-1438 to register.
    Shikha Prakash and Dr. Chris Prakash welcome visitors to Operation: Save Your Skin. (eParisExtra photo by Jeff Parish)

    Shikha Prakash and Dr. Chris Prakash welcome visitors to Operation: Save Your Skin. (eParisExtra photo by Jeff Parish)

  • Paris Archery Contest (Friday, April 25) – PRMC leadership and staff were on-hand during the local archery contest to cook and serve hamburgers to event participants.
  • Kids Safe Saturday and Paris Art Fair (Saturday, May 10) – Join us for this community event at Love Civic Center for a 5k run, Kids Safety Events and an Art Show on May 10. PRMC will be there with our da Vinci robot, which will showcase its precision through a painting demonstration. For more information, visit: http://www.paristexas.gov/index.aspx?NID=343.
  • Walk with a Doc at  Dragon Park

    Walk with a Doc at
    Dragon Park

    Walk With A Doc (Thursday, May 15) – Join us at 6pm at Dragon Park for the next walk with Dr. Amanda Green, a hospitalist at PRMC. Research shows that you could gain up to two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise – all the more reason to get out for a walk. For more information, visit: www.walkwithadoc.org.

  • Mother’s Day Childbirth Class (Saturday, May 17) – Are you expecting or know someone who is? Sunday, May 11, is Mother’s Day, and on May 17, PRMC will be holding a childbirth class from 8:30am-4pm at the hospital. Call (903) 737-3900 for more information and to register.

 

 

Did You Know?  National Hospital Week is May 11-17, and we want to thank all our staff and volunteers for the incredible, compassionate work they do day in and day out to make PRMC the health care leader in our community.

 

Paris Regional Medical Center Leads the Charge in Surgical Innovation in Lamar County

During the past year, PRMC has made several advancements to our surgical services to ensure we’re at the forefront of the latest in technology and innovation.

  • da Vinci Surgical System – In December, we acquired our da Vinci Surgical System, which allows our surgeons to perform routine and complex surgeries using just a few small incisions – helping to improve healing time for our patients.
  • Pain Pump Technology – We’ve added Continuous Peripheral Nerve Block (CPNB) technology to our post-operative pain management program to help patients better deal with chronic pain following a procedure.
  • PillCam SB Capsule Endoscopy Technology – This tool, a vitamin-sized camera that the patient swallows, offers us a new way to help diagnose gastrointestinal issues in a non-invasive way.
  • Advanced Visualization Equipment Installed in Operating Rooms – We’ve recently added the 1488 HD Camera and sixth generation HD Digital Capture Device (SDC3) by Stryker Endoscopy® to our operating rooms. This upgrade ensures our surgical department has access to the latest state-of-the-art technology during procedures.

Access to advanced technology, like the ones mentioned above, helps people get back to their families, their homes, their work, and their lives much more quickly than other options – and that’s why we do what we do. We will maintain our commitment to always be at the cutting edge of medical innovation so we can continue to provide our community with the best possible care today and for years to come.

 

Did You Know?   The da Vinci Surgical System has been used in over 50 surgeries at PRMC since January.PRMC DaVinci

 

About Live Life to the Healthiest with PRMC

These bi-weekly newsletters will include information about what’s going on at Paris Regional Medical Center and in our community, doctor and nurse spotlights, guest posts from local health care experts, and health and wellness tips to help you live a healthier life.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic for an upcoming e-newsletter, please contact Kristi Head, Director of Marketing/Community Relations at Paris Regional Medical Center, at Kristi.Head@parisrmc.com. We love hearing from our fellow community leaders and want to be your resource for everything health care – after all, you’re the reason we do what we do.