Cameron Hosts Helene Neville, The Running Nurse

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Cameron Hospital is hosting Helene Neville, nationally known health and wellness speaker and founder of the National Nurses Half Marathon and Healthy Nurse Conference, on Tuesday, August 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the hospital.

Neville is currently embarking on her fourth and final continental run transecting the northern states, finishing on September 5 in Ocean Shores, Washington.  This portion of her run will complete her goal of running the perimeter of the contiguous United States.

Neville is a four-time cancer survivor, nurse, mother, grandmother and author who shares her story promoting health and wellness in the communities through which she runs.  She has shared her inspiring story at more than 53 hospitals and 30 schools across America.

Don’t miss this chance to hear her inspiring story. The presentation is open to the public and will be held in Cameron Hospital in Meeting Room 1.  Seating is limited and will be first come first serve. For more information, call (260) 667-5337.

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Don’t Wait to Talk About Hospice

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It’s an all too common situation. A family is at the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill and nearing the end of life. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what the patient would have wanted.

Far too many people wait until they are in the midst of a health care crisis before thinking about what options are available or what care they or their loved ones would have wanted. Hospice professionals deal with these challenging situations every day – that’s what they are trained to do.

When a family is coping with a serious illness and a cure is no longer possible, hospice provides the type of care most people say they want at the end of life: comfort and dignity. Considered to be the model for high-quality, compassionate care for people with a life-limiting illness, hospice care includes expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support. Care is provided by an inter-disciplinary team of professionals and trained volunteers. The wishes of the patient and family are always at the center of care.

Most hospice care is provided in the home – where the majority of Americans have said they would want to be at this time. Care is also provided in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice centers.

Care is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans and HMOs.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that more than 1.58 million people received care from our nation’s hospices last year.

Hospice providers can help with information about care options and choices and ensure you live as fully as possible throughout your entire life. They will make sure your loved ones receive support as well.

One of the best ways to make sure you and your loved ones benefit fully from hospice, should you ever need this care, is to talk about it before it becomes an issue.

For more information about local hospice care, contact Cameron’s Home Health Care and Hospice department at 260-665-2141 ext. 5176.

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Home Care and Hospice: Care, Compassion, and Cost Effectiveness

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When you’re sick, where would you rather be treated? Odds are, you would prefer the security and comfort of your own bed in your own home. More than 11 million Americans agree with you.

In addition to providing excellent care where and when patients need and want it, home care and hospice care save the United States and commercial health insurers billions of health care dollars each year. There is no more cost-effective provider of health care in our country.

When your mother, father, sister, brother, or neighbor are struggling with a disability, dealing with a chronic or terminal illness, or recovering from a recent hospital stay, home care and hospice professional caregivers have the answer. Modern home care has all the bell and whistles of hospital care, with the exception of surgery. Today, patients can receive everything from physical therapy to shampoos. Home care and hospice providers work diligently to keep Americans in their homes, where they are most comfortable.

As the 21st century continues to unfold, the fundamental domestic issue becomes obvious: how will we provide high quality long-term care to our parents and eventually for ourselves? The answer is home care and hospice, which combines care, compassion, and cost effectiveness.

As we think about our many gifts, please remember the home care and hospice professionals who make a difference every day for our nation’s seniors, disabled, and ill. They make it possible for home care to be where the healing begins.

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Enjoy a Fun Evening, Painting with a Purpose

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If painting is your passion, or even if you haven’t painted a picture since elementary school, you won’t want to miss out on a special event this month. The Cameron Hospital Foundation is hosting Painting with a Purpose on Wednesday, July 29 at 6 p.m. at 6 Autumns Food & Spirits in Angola. All proceeds from the event will benefit breast cancer treatment at the Regional Cancer Center of Angola.

Attendees will enjoy a fun evening learning to paint a canvas with artists from Bottle and Bottega Art Uncorked (Fort Wayne). The best part about the evening is that it’s for all levels of experience (or inexperience). Guests will paint a special piece called “Heart of Hope Tree,” in recognition of those who have fought or are fighting the battle against breast cancer.

Tickets are just $35 per person, which includes all painting supplies, appetizers, and two drink tickets for a signature drink that will be created exclusively for this special event. In addition, representatives from Fort Wayne Radiology will be in attendance to share important tips and information on breast health.

For more information about Painting with a Purpose, or to purchase tickets for the event, visit CameronMCH.com or call (260) 665-2141, Ext. 5336.

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Cameron Announces New CEO Connie McCahill

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It is with pleasure that the Board of Directors of Cameron Memorial Community Hospital (CMCH) announces the appointment of Connie McCahill as the new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). McCahill’s appointment will be effective June 21, 2015. McCahill will take over for Dr. David Goodwin, Board Chair, who has served in the role on an interim basis. McCahill will provide strategic direction and operational leadership for the hospital, ensuring continued quality care and customer service excellence throughout the organization.

McCahill brings more than thirty years of clinical and executive healthcare experience to her new role. She most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for Cameron Hospital during which time she provided leadership for all clinical and operational areas of the hospital.

Prior to her time at Cameron, McCahill served in a variety of leadership roles with Memorial Hospital of South Bend. She was the Executive Director of Memorial Epworth Center, and Chief Safety Officer for Memorial Hospital of South Bend. She served as Vice President of Nursing, as Executive Director of Surgical Services, Head Nurse, and Emergency Room charge nurse and staff nurse. She also previously served as Director of Nursing for Louisville Hand Surgery, Louisville, Kentucky. McCahill participated at the highest level of health system administration with both Cameron Hospital and Memorial Hospital of South Bend and has been actively engaged with Board activities, including strategic planning. She has also been involved in the community, serving on multiple boards and in volunteer leadership roles with health related and community organizations. McCahill currently serves on the Steuben County YMCA Board of Directors, and on the Angola Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Indiana Hospital Association Council on Quality and Patient Safety.

“Connie McCahill came to Cameron Hospital almost three years ago as our Chief Operating Officer,” said Dr. Dave Goodwin, Board Chair. “She came to Cameron with a rich background as a clinician and health care administrator. During her tenure here, she has proven to be a highly competent hospital administrator. We are very pleased she has accepted our offer to be the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Cameron Memorial Community Hospital.”

McCahill received a Diploma in Nursing from the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University South Bend, and a Master of Science in Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

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Health Screenings: An Important Factor in Overall Health

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Staying up-to-date on health screenings is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Getting the right health screenings may help detect any potential risk for chronic illness or disease.  Screenings can also give you piece of mind; which is why it is so important to stay current.  Here are some recommended screenings of which to take note:

RECOMMENDED HEALTH SCREENINGS

Full check-up, including height and weight All ages – discuss with doctor
Blood pressure test At least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure
Cholesterol Test Starting at age 20 – discuss with your doctor; for men age 35+ and women age 45+ with increased risk for heart disease-get tested regularly
Diabetes/Blood Sugar Test Get screened if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure
Bone Density Test For women – get screened at least once at age 65; discuss with your doctor earlier if at risk for osteoporosis
Colorectal Cancer Screening Age 50-75 – get screened regularly
Breast Cancer Screening For women, at age 40 – discuss with your doctor; annual mammogram
Cervical Cancer Screening For women, ages 21-65-get screened every 3 years (alternatively, combo HPV/Pap recommended every 5 years for women age 30-65)
Skin Cancer Age 18-40 get periodic total skin exams every 3 years at the discretion of your doctor.  Age 40+-annual total skin exam.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening For men, age 65-75-get screened if you have ever smoked

Adults who don’t regularly see a doctor are recommended to have a full health check-up with their primary care physician annually or every two years, dependent on age and health status.

For more information on screening tests available, go to www.womenshealth.gov.

Disclaimer:  The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of a physician.  All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to a physician.

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Cameron Foundation Honors Area High School Graduates

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The Cameron Foundation recently honored four high school graduates from the Steuben County area with scholarships for nursing and allied health professions. Peyton Carey, Kayla Stevenson, Ashley Springer, and Jessica Valentine each received a $1000 scholarship from the Foundation. They were selected on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and the potential for success in their chosen field of study.

Here’s a little more about each of the award recipients:

Peyton Carey, from Fremont High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 nursing scholarship. She is the captain of the varsity cheer squad and volunteers at the Steuben County Humane Society. Carey plans to attend Indiana University Bloomington to pursue a degree in nursing.

Kayla Stevenson, from Angola High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 nursing scholarship. She is involved in cross country, mission trips, her church youth group, Upwards cheering and HOE. Stevenson will be attending Indiana University South Bend to pursue a degree in nursing.

Ashley Springer, from Prairie Heights High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 allied health scholarship. She is a basketball and softball athlete, served as president of the Leo Club, participated in Peers Educating Peers, served as class treasurer, volunteered as a Red Cross helper, member of the National Honor Society, participated in youth group and served as a Vacation Bible School leader and was awarded DAR Good Citizen, Leadership award, Sportsman award and Student of the Month. Springer plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to pursue a degree in chemistry and pre-med.

Jessica Valentine, from Prairie Heights High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 allied health scholarship. She served as the Student Council treasurer, National Honor Society president, girl’s tennis captain, member of German National Honor Society, and was named Student of the month. Valentine plans to attend Indiana University Bloomington to pursue a degree in pre-med and human biology.

Pictured with Laura Lutterbeck, Cameron Foundation executive director, are (from left to right) Peyton Carey, Kayla Stevenson, and Ashley Springer. Jessica Valentine is not pictured.

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