Mayor Presents Beautification Award for Outstanding Landscaping to Seemans

Pictured:  Greg Burns (Cameron CEO), Mary Seeman, grandson Noah, Larry Seeman, and Mayor Richard Hickman

Pictured: Greg Burns (Cameron CEO), Mary Seeman, grandson Noah, Larry Seeman, and Mayor Richard Hickman

Angola Mayor Richard Hickman along with Cameron Memorial Community Hospital is pleased to announce the latest Angola Mayor’s Beautification Award was presented to Larry and Mary Seeman. Mr. and Mrs. Seeman were awarded this honor for their outstanding landscaping at 1484 Henney Street. “The Seemans have done a great job of keeping their yard up,” said Mayor Hickman. “It always looks nice.”

The Seemans purchased their home on Henney Street just two years ago after a curious drive through the neighborhood. The home’s construction was just completed when they bought it, and there was a lot of work to be done. “We are retired, so when we purchased this home, it gave us a chance to do something,” said Larry Seeman.

The Seemans laid all of the grass and planted the flowers themselves. Hours of labor and hard worked resulted in the large, luscious, colorful gardens around the perimeter and at the back of their house. “We have all kinds of large plants in the back that grew so quickly from such small plants,” said Mary Seeman. “We also have a deer problem, so we had to become creative in the way we designed our gardens. For example, deer don’t eat geraniums, so we have a lot of geraniums and other plants just like them.”

The purpose of the Mayor’s Beautification Award is to promote and recognize the efforts of city residents who beautify their residential landscapes and the exterior of their residential properties. The award is being sponsored by Cameron Memorial Community Hospital as part of its commitment to promote wellness and a high quality of community life.

The public is invited to nominate themselves or another residence that is deserving of some positive recognition. Nominations must be located within the Angola city limits and the area nominated must be visible from the public right of way. Nomination forms are available on the City of Angola’s website at www.angolain.org or on Cameron Memorial Community Hospital’s website at www.cameronmch.com.  Nominees should meet the following criteria:

  • Neatness and maintenance of property and other structures
  • Maintenance of planting areas, landscape and all visible yard
  • Absence of debris
  • Eligible residential properties include: single, duplex or multi-family; the residence need not be owner-occupied

Similar awards are also offered to residents of Fremont, IN. For more information on the award, contact Angola City Planner, Vivian Likes at (260) 665-7465.

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Cameron Hospital Offering Free Mammograms to Women in Need

Cameron Memorial Community Hospital will be holding a second FREE breast cancer screening day on Friday, October 24, 2014, at 416 E. Maumee Street in Angola. The additional screening was scheduled due to the number of appointments still available after the initial screening. “This is an excellent opportunity for women who are uninsured or underinsured, said Todd Duff, director of Imaging Services at Cameron Hospital.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman’s life is a little less than 1 in 8 (12%). However, death rates from breast cancer are decreasing as the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.

Sharon Crager, a resident of York Township, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2013. She first learned she had breast cancer from her annual mammogram at Cameron Hospital. “I wasn’t shocked when I learned I had breast cancer,” said Creger. “My mother had cancer, so I knew what the road ahead would look like. Without the passion and determination the Cameron staff has for their job, things could have been much worse.”

“Sharon is just one of the many examples that show why yearly mammograms and early detection is so important,” said Duff. “This is the perfect time for Cameron to promote early detection and educate women about the risks of breast cancer.”

To schedule an appointment, women are encouraged to call (260) 667-5128.

“I would urge women who can’t afford a yearly mammogram to take advantage of the opportunity Cameron is offering. Mammograms are truly a life saver,” said Crager.

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Cameron Hospital Honors Dean Mattox, Sr., M.D.

Mattox Sr 2013Cameron Memorial Community Hospital recently honored Dean L. Mattox, Sr., M.D., with Emeritus medical staff membership for his 43-year legacy of service as a member and leader of the Cameron medical staff, hospital board of directors and for serving the health care needs of the community with skill and compassion.

Dr. Mattox graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1965 and completed his internship at South Bend Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. In response to the need for physicians in the area, Dr. Mattox established a practice in Howe, IN. Upon the death of Dr. Marion Crum, Mattox moved his practice to Angola and was appointed to the medical staff of Cameron Hospital in March 1971. Several years later, Dr. Mattox moved to the office location on West Maumee Street where he would practice for the remainder of his career. In 1988, Mattox became the first physician in Steuben County to computerize his office practice. In 1986, Mattox was Cameron’s first physician as Chief of Staff to serve on the hospital board of directors, about which he stated, “I was proud to be part of initiating that position, which has been instrumental in helping the physicians and the hospital to work together in offering the health care that is needed in Steuben County.”

Over the years, Mattox’s practice has included family medicine, gastroenterology, anesthesia and occupational health. He is board certified in family medicine through the American Board of Family Medicine. Mattox retired from the active practice of medicine in 2014.

“We are very pleased to be honoring Dr. Mattox with Emeritus Medical Staff status,” said Greg Burns, President and CEO. “Throughout Dr. Mattox’s career, he has exemplified professionalism and quality care for his patients. He has made significant contributions to our hospital and to this community that will be felt for many years to come.”

Emeritus status is conferred by recommendation of the medical staff and approved by the Cameron Hospital Board of Directors. A physician considered for Emeritus status is one that has been a long-time member in good standing of the active medical staff, has demonstrated significant contributions to patient care at the hospital, has demonstrated service and leadership and has expressed his/her intention to retire from active clinical practice.

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Cameron Hospital Offers E-Reading to Younger Patients and Guests

Ellie and Quinn Aldred enjoy some light reading while they wait.

Ellie and Quinn Aldred enjoy some light reading while they wait.

Cameron Memorial Community Hospital recently announced the addition of a new resource for its pediatric patients and guests. Children coming to Cameron Hospital can now enjoy a library of books on their tablet or smartphone during their stay. Cameron has recently partnered with “One More Story” to provide a library of approximately one hundred books to patients or to children waiting in the hospital.

One More Story is a library of books from well-known authors. Titles are selected based on literary and artistic merit. Books are also selected to offer a library that reflects and fosters the identities of the readers, their gender, their age and their diversity. Pre-readers can also enjoy their favorite books in the narrated format featuring music, sound effects and the voices of professional actors.

The site was founded and developed by former Sesame Street producer Carl Teitebaum and his late sister, veteran Kindergarten teacher Rona Roth. The duo started developing One More Story in 1999 and launched it in 2005. Original music and sound effects for each book are produced by former Sesame Street Music Director, Robby Merkin.

For more information about Cameron’s use of One More Story, call (260) 667-5337.

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The 2014-2015 Flu Season: What You Need to Know

Flu season is right around the corner. If you haven’t scheduled one already with your family physician or workplace wellness program, it’s a good time to plan when you’ll get your family vaccinated. Earlier is better. While the flu shot may still offer protection if you get it later in the season, you’ll receive the maximum amount of protection if you get it just before flu season starts. Prime vaccination time is typically in October, just before flu gears up around the holidays.

Here’s what you need to know for the projected 2014-2015 season. While it’s impossible to predict what this flu season will be like (flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways), the CDC answered some common questions about this year’s flu season below.

Will new flu viruses circulate this season?
Flu viruses are constantly changing so it’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year. For more information about how flu viruses change, visit How the Flu Virus Can Change.

When will flu activity begin and when will it peak?
The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.

What should I do to prepare for this flu season?
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the main flu viruses that research suggests will cause the most illness during the upcoming flu season. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, ideally by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.

In addition to getting vaccinated, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.

Encourage your loved ones to get vaccinated as soon as vaccine becomes available in their communities, preferably by October. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for serious flu complications, and their close contacts.

Children between 6 months and 8 years of age may need two doses of flu vaccine to be fully protected from flu. Your child’s doctor or other health care professional can tell you whether your child needs two doses.

Children younger than 6 months are at higher risk of serious flu complications, but are too young to get a flu vaccine. Because of this, safeguarding them from flu is especially important. If you live with or care for an infant younger than 6 months of age, you should get a flu vaccine to help protect them from flu.

In addition to getting vaccinated, you and your loved ones can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others.

When should I get vaccinated?
CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against flu soon after vaccine becomes available, preferably by October.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.

Doctors and nurses are encouraged to begin vaccinating their patients soon after vaccine becomes available, preferably by October so as not to miss out on opportunities to vaccinate. Those children 6 months through 8 years of age who need two doses of vaccine should receive the first dose as soon as possible to allow time to get the second dose before the start of flu season. The two doses should be given at least 4 weeks apart.

Are there new recommendations for the 2014-2015 influenza season?

Recommendations on the control and prevention of influenza are published annually, in late summer or early fall. Existing recommendations are available at Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines. New recommendations for the 2014-2015 season are available on the in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Starting in 2014-2015, CDC recommends use of the nasal spray vaccine (LAIV) for healthy* children 2 through 8 years of age, when it is immediately available and if the child has no contraindications or precautions to that vaccine. Recent studies suggest that the nasal spray flu vaccine may work better than the flu shot in younger children. However, if the nasal spray vaccine is not immediately available and the flu shot is, children 2 years through 8 years old should get the flu shot. Don’t delay vaccination to find the nasal spray flu vaccine. For more information about the new CDC recommendation, see Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine in Children 2 through 8 Years Old or the 2014-2015 MMWR Influenza Vaccine Recommendations.

(*“Healthy” in this instance refers to children 2 years through 8 years old who do not have an underlying medical condition that predisposes them to influenza complications.)

For more information on the 2014-2015 flu season, flu vaccines, and other ways to stay healthy this fall, visit the CDC’s website.

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Cameron Woods Celebrates National Assisted Living Week

Cameron Woods residents enjoying breakfast.

Cameron Woods residents enjoying breakfast.

In observance of National Assisted Living Week®, September 7 to 13, Cameron Woods Senior Living Community will host events developed as a special opportunity to bring together residents, families, employees, and volunteers to celebrate “The Magic of Music.”

“The Magic of Music showcases the role that music plays in assisted living residences every day,” said Suzi Ogden, Cameron Woods Director. “Music provides joy, comfort and in some cases memories long ago experienced.”

The week will be celebrated with many events for the Cameron Woods residents including a resident breakfast, a song of the day, a magic show, and live music just to name a few.

National Assisted Living Week® is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Center for Assisted Living, Washington, D.C. Cameron Woods is a 48-unit senior living community located in Angola, IN. For more information on National Assisted Living Week®, visit www.nalw.org or for more information on Cameron Woods or the event, call (260) 624-2197 or visit http://www.cameronwoods.net.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Go gold this month!

Go gold this month!

When we hear the word “cancer,” we often think of adults–people whose bodies have been subject to environmental factors and lifestyle choices that make them more prone to developing cancer. But cancer affects children, too. In fact, an average of 13,400 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. That numbers is expected to be around 16,000 for 2014, with nearly 2,000 cases being terminal.

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the United States. The most common types of childhood cancers are (in alphabetical order): bone cancers, brain cancers, hepatoblastoma, leukemias, lymphomas, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, rhabdoid tumors, sarcomas, and Wilms’ tumor. The causes of most childhood cancers is unknown. Survival rates vary widely across cancer types. Survival rates for some childhood cancers have improved in recent years, and, overall, more than 80% of children and adolescents who are diagnosed with cancer live at least 5 years after their diagnosis. However, for some childhood cancer types, survival rates remain low. Often, children who have been treated for cancer need regular follow-up care for the rest of their lives because they are at risk of late side effects that can occur many years later, including second cancers.

All of these factors create a need for more education, funding, and research. This month, in particular, was set aside to raise awareness and honor the brave children and families affected by childhood cancer. It’s also a time to celebrate survivor success stories and remember the children who are no longer with us because of these rare cancers.

If you’d like to learn more and be a hero in the fight against childhood cancer, visit the American Childhood Cancer Organization or the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

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