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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Food Safety: Common Myths and Facts


September is National Food Safety Education Month, and as it draws to a close, here are some common myths and facts that are good to know:

Myth:  My refrigerator feels cold, so it is keeping food at a safe temperature.

Fact:  43% of home refrigerators have been found to be above 40 degrees F.  This allows for the growth of harmful bacteria, so check the temperature with a thermometer to make sure it is 40 degrees or below.

Myth:  The refrigerator is a safe place to store food without the risk for cross contamination and the produce bin of the fridge only stores fruits and vegetables, so it doesn’t need to be cleaned.

Fact:  The produce compartment has been shown to be the home to bacteria such as Salmonella and Listeria.  It can be one of the dirtiest places in the kitchen. To prevent cross contamination, keep raw meat and eggs away from fresh fruits and vegetables.  Immediately clean up spills in the fridge and regularly clean the shelves, bins and walls of the refrigerator with hot water and liquid soap.

Myth:  Even if food is left out for a long time, once food is in the refrigerator the bacteria can’t grow and will die.

Fact:  Even though food is refrigerated bacteria can still grow very slowly. Follow the two hour rule:  All meat, eggs, seafood, produce, and cooked leftovers should be put in the refrigerator or freezer within 2 hours of purchasing or cooking them. When the weather is hot, refrigerate or freeze food within one hour.

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Healthy Eating for One or Two


Preparing meals for one or two people can be challenging. Eating out, hitting the drive through or grabbing a frozen dinner seems quick and easy, but these practices can really take a toll on your wallet and overall health. The keys to cooking for one or two people include mastering a few basic skills, stocking up on essential ingredients and adding a bit of creativity to help make meals that work for you.

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and Cameron Memorial Community Hospital are teaming up to bring “Healthy Eating for One or Two” to Angola on Monday, September 28, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Tuesday, September 29, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  The class will be led by Sue Delagrange, MS, RD. It’s free and open to the public and will be held at Cameron Hospital in Meeting Room 1 (just past the Gift Shop in the main hall).

Reservations are recommended, but not required.  For more information or to reserve a seat, contact 866-484-9560.

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Three Things You Can Do to Lower Your Prostate Cancer Risk


Did you know African-American males are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer at a younger age and have a more aggressive form of the disease?

Certain risk factors can be changed while others can’t, according to Sam Abraksia, MD, an oncologist and medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center at South Pointe Hospital. Here’s what you should know:

  • Advanced age increases your risk. Despite this, prostate cancer is not an “old man’s disease.” Thirty-five percent of those affected are younger than 65.
  • Family history play a role. A strong family history of prostate cancer can increase your chances of developing the disease. While these factors are beyond our control, having awareness of increased risk can motivate us to focus on the areas we can affect.

If there are factors that put you at higher risk, it’s important to be vigilant in areas you can control, including regular screenings. Talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of prostate screening. For African-Americans or those with a family history of prostate cancer, ask if screening should begin earlier.

What you can do to lower your risk

Doing these three things can help you manage your risk for prostate cancer:

  1. Eat healthy. Avoid foods high in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, refined sugar and trans fat, which contribute to cancer risk. Instead, choose foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, almonds) and monounsaturated fats (olive oil, peanuts) as well as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eating right doesn’t just lower your risk for prostate cancer, but prevents weight gain and improves your overall health.
  2. Be active. Participate in 75 minutes of vigorous activity, or 150 minutes of moderate activity, weekly. This can include walking, swimming, biking or any exercise your doctor recommends.
  3. Get screened. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends baseline PSA screening for healthy men ages 50 to 70 every one to two years, and a majority of the panelists recommend baseline testing for men ages 45 to 49, too.


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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


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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