Tips and Tricks for your Thanksgiving Day Prep

Food PrepWith Thanksgiving quickly approaching, you may be venturing into the kitchen to prepare the Thanksgiving meal for your family. You don’t have to be the next Wolfgang Puck to prepare a great meal. We have listed some tips and tricks for you to succeed at your Thanksgiving meal prep!

  1. Don’t rinse meat before cooking.

Many people mistakenly believe you should wash or rinse raw poultry, beef, pork, lamb or veal before cooking. But it’s not necessary. Any bacteria will be killed during the cooking process. In fact, rinsing meat before cooking can actually do more harm than good. When you rinse raw meat, bacteria can be splashed on other items in your kitchen and spread to other foods, utensils and surfaces.

  1. Don’t rinse eggs.

The same is true for eggs. Eggs are washed during the commercial egg process, and federal regulations outline what procedures and cleansers can be used. Any other handling, such as washing or rinsing, just increases the risk for cross-contamination, especially if the shell gets cracked.

  1. Wash produce.

Before eating or preparing fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them under cold running water to remove any lingering dirt and reduce bacteria. If the item has a firm surface, like you’d see on apples or potatoes, it’s OK to scrub the surface with a brush. But don’t wash fruits or vegetables with detergent or soap. Those products aren’t safe to use on foods because you might end up ingesting them.

When preparing fruits and vegetables, cut away any damaged or bruised areas because those are the areas in which bacteria can thrive. Immediately refrigerate any fresh-cut items, like salad or fruit, for quality and safety purposes.

  1. Wash your hands to prevent cross-contamination after handling raw meat.

Hand washing after handling raw meat or poultry or its packaging is an absolute necessity because anything you touch afterward could become contaminated. In other words, you could get sick by picking up a piece of fruit and eating it after handling raw meat or poultry.

Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling food, and also after using the bathroom, changing diapers, tending to a sick person, blowing your nose, sneezing,  coughing or handling pets.

  1. Wash counter tops and sinks with hot soapy water to prevent cross-contamination from raw meat or poultry juices.

For extra protection, you can sanitize with a mixture of bleach and water (one tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of water).

  1. Throw away meat packaging.

Packaging materials from raw meat or poultry, such as foam meat trays or plastic wraps, can also cause cross-contamination. So you should never reuse those for other food items. These and other disposable packaging materials, like egg cartons, should be discarded.

  1. Don’t re-use any cooking utensils that have been used on raw meats.

For example, if you use a spatula to put a raw hamburger patty on the grill, wash the spatula with hot water before re-using it while cooking. Get a new serving plate when cooked food is ready to be dished up if the raw meat was on the serving platter. Also, keep cutting boards and produce far from any raw meat preparation area.

If you’re not sure if food might have been contaminated, when in doubt, throw it out.


Source: Cleveland Clinic’s Health Essentials



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Are you at risk for diabetes?

DiabetesAccording to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 11 Americans have diabetes, and another 86 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

November is National Diabetes month, and while these are scary statistics, there is good news! People who are at risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than 50% if they make healthy changes.

Here are some healthy changes you can make to lower your risk of developing type 3 diabetes by starting small.
1. Eat healthier. Use a grocery list when you go shopping to help you stay focused and buy more fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Buy leaner meats and lower fat dairy products. Avoid buying soda, sweets, chips and other snack foods.
2. Increase your physical activity. Simple things such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, moving throughout the day, taking brisk walks, swimming or dancing, stretching and strength training can improve your overall health.
3. Being overweight greatly increases your risk for type 2 diabetes, but losing weight can help you prevent and manage the risk. Weight loss can be hard because you have to make changes. But remember, losing weight takes time.

If you have questions pertaining to your health or diabetes, please contact your family physician.


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How’s your hearing?

Are you listening to your music or t.v. too loudly? Check out the infographic below from MDHearingAid to get some quick stats about your hearing and how to protect it.Hearing infographic

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Cameron Hosts Cancer Education and Resource Fair in November

When an individual is diagnosed with cancer, it is an overwhelming time that is flooded with questions, statistics and treatment options. That’s why we’re hosting the Cancer Education and Resource Fair on November 16, 2015, from noon to 6 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 at the hospital (just past the Gift Shop in the main hall).

“We hope that by providing this education and resource fair, cancer patients and their families will be able to have some of their questions answered and alleviate some of the many emotions they are experiencing,” says Cameron CEO Connie McCahill.

This event is free and open to the public. Guests can visit booths sponsored by various cancer service providers to receive information and resources. In addition to the fair, Sue Delagrange, MS, RD, will speak about nutrition for cancer recovery. Join us in Meeting Room 2 from 1 to 2:30 p.m for this informative presentation.

Special thanks to Radiation Oncology Associates, American Cancer Society, Regional Cancer Care Center, Fort Wayne Medical Oncology & Hematology, WIG Bank, Steuben County Cancer Association and Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana for helping to bring this event to our community. For more information, please contact Laura Lutterbeck at 260-667-5337.

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Meet the Chairman of the Board

Cameron Hospital is fortunate to have a dedicated group of people who sit on the Board of Directors. They all have different interests, passions, and backgrounds, but they have one thing in common:  a desire to see this hospital continue to grow and care for the people who live in the communities we serve. Over the next few months, we’ll take some time to recognize each of our board members here on the Cameron blog. First, meet our board chairman, Dave Goodwin.

Dave Goodwin

Why am I a CMCH Board member?

I suppose the standard answer is that a well-staffed modern hospital is important to the quality of life of a community. Such a hospital is important to the economic well-being of that community. Knowing that quality health care is available locally is a great comfort. The economic impact of a hospital on a community is important.  As such, I want to do all I can to assure the success of our local hospital, Cameron Memorial Community Hospital.

But my reasons for serving on the CMCH Board run much deeper than that. I was born and raised in Angola. I spent thirty years of my forty year career here. My childhood home was at 307 East Gale Street in Angola. That address may not sound familiar but if the new Medical Office Building parking lot had an address it would be 307 East Gale Street. I grew up in the shadow of the old Cameron. The new Cameron occupies my old neighborhood. I can tell you who lived where, who had the best front porch and who had the best backyard. Cameron occupies a large place in my heart.

Over the past many years, Cameron has served my family and I well. My sisters and I were born at Cameron Hospital. We have been in and out of Cameron for any number of minor and not so minor things. Our parents were very well served by Cameron. In their later years my parents spent more time than they might have liked in and out of Cameron for various issues. Both of my parents were patients of Cameron Hospice when they passed.

My sisters and I would tell you the thing that stands out in our Cameron experience is the people. The caring and compassion we and perhaps more especially our parents received at Cameron is very special. It isn’t just a special few people. Physicians, nurses, techs, housekeeping, simply everyone cares. It is the Cameron story we tell again and again.

So, how to repay that? Well, I try to give back a little with my service as a CMCH Board member. It truly is a labor of love.

Dave Goodwin

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Cameron Hospital Opens New Emergency Department

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The future of emergency medical care in Steuben County is here! The Cameron Hospital Emergency Department expansion is complete, and the doors are open for business.

“The Emergency Department is the front door and entry point to the rest of the hospital for the majority of our patients,” says Connie McCahill, Cameron Hospital President and CEO. “We are proud that our patient’s first experience with our hospital will be in a department that is state-of-the-art and as comfortable as possible for our patients.”

With the opening of the new and expanded space, the remaining section of the original Emergency Department is closed for renovation. Once complete, Cameron’s emergency department will increase its rooms from 10 to 12, including two trauma rooms, two cardiac rooms, a secure holding room for patients requiring observation or psychiatric care, and a testing observation room to deduce if a patient requires admittance or is well enough to go home.

“The biggest change is that our rooms will be larger, so we’ll have more space to accommodate patients and visitors,” said Barb Julian, Emergency Department Director.

The new space also features a large canopy over the ambulance entrance which will provide protection from inclement weather. In addition, helicopter transports from the hospital will once again resume on the new, state-of-the-art helipad.

In addition to the new emergency space, physicians from Professional Emergency Physicians, Inc. (PEP) will join the Cameron team in November. “We are very pleased to welcome the physicians from PEP to our emergency department to begin this new adventure with us,” says McCahill.

Pictured: (l to r) Doug Bomba (CFO), Connie McCahill (President & CEO), Barb Julian (ED Director) Kerry Ruoff and Elayne Willms (ED staff)

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October is National Physical Therapy Month

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Yes, we have a beautiful new physical therapy department with a pool here at Cameron Hospital, but there would be nothing to celebrate during National Physical Therapy Month without our talented staff. Thanks to each of them, we are experiencing tremendous growth and serving more patients than ever. Here are some other interesting facts about our Physical Therapy Department:

  • We are completing 26% more outpatient visits year to date than this time last year!  Over 5,000 so far!
  • We provide over 20,000 treatments to patients a year.  That’s a lot of straight leg raises!
  • ¾ of the procedures we complete are on outpatients.  They come to us for back pain, vertigo, foot and ankle issues, strokes, total knee replacement recovery, hip replacement care, developmental disabilities, wound care, post cancer care, and many more issues that a physical therapist can improve!
  • Cameron PTs are members of the American Physical Therapy Association, The Vestibular Disorders Association, The American Academy of Wound Care.

Meet Our Physical Therapists (PT):

Robert Olczyk – Robert has a Bachelor’s Degree and is certified in the McKenzie Method for spine health, and is a Certified Wound Specialist.  Robert has worked at Cameron as a PT since 1997.

Eric Byun – “Eric B” graduated with a Doctorate from Andrews University in 2013.  He is certified in Vestibular Rehab for vertigo.  He has worked at Cameron for almost 2 years.

Kim Griest – Kim has a Bachelor’s Degree in PT from University of Indianapolis.  She has had special training in lymphedema management.  Kim has worked at Cameron since 1992.

Meet Our Physical Therapists Assistants (PTA):

Marilyn Clevenger – Marilyn has worked at Cameron even before she received her PTA degree in 2001 from Kellogg Community College.  She is ACLS trained and also works in the cardiopulmonary rehab department.  She is retiring in January and we’ll miss her!

Eric Miller – Received his PTA degree from the University of Indianapolis after receiving a bachelor’s in sports medicine at Purdue.  He has worked at Cameron since 1997.

Amber Daler (recently Nye) – Amber recently married and has worked at Cameron since her student clinicals in 2011.  She graduated from Kellogg Community College.

Andy ShoupOur newest staff member, Andy graduated in 2014 with a PTA degree from Kent State after achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Bowling Green.  Andy became a permanent staff member recently after working as a prn staff for us.

Pictured above:

Back (l to r):  Eric Miller and Kim Griest

Front (l to r):  Amber Daler, Robert Olczyk and Marilyn Clevenger

Not pictured:  Eric Byun and Andy Shoup

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