Cameron Offers MRI Services for Medtronic SureScan Patients

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Our new state-of-the-art MRI system not only offers comfort and quality to patients, but Cameron Hospital is the only place in northeast Indiana and in the immediate tri-state area registered to perform conditional MR scans on patients with Medtronic complete SureScan pacing systems (pacemakers).

“We are proud to offer this service to not only the local community, but to those in the broader region,” says Todd Duff, Imaging Services Director. “Historically, patients with implanted pacemakers were denied access to MRI procedures because the interaction can be harmful. Now through clinical advancements and our local investment in advanced technology, we are able to help a percentage of that population.”

There are approximately 1.5 million people in the United States who have an implanted pacemaker and an estimated 200,000 who are turned away each year. Now Cameron Hospital staff can work with physicians to help facilitate a safe scan for SureScan patients.

If you or someone you love has a SureScan device and is in need of an MRI, talk with your physician and call Cameron’s Imaging Services department at (260) 665-2141, ext. 5136 to learn more about your options. To schedule an imaging appointment call (260) 665-2141, ext. 5128.

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Partnering to Better Serve Our Community

Cameron Hospital is pleased to support the work of many fine community organizations, including the Steuben County United Way’s 2-1-1 initiative, a free and confidential information and referral assistance phone line.

2-1-1 provides assistance for housing, shelter, food, legal aid, clothing, education, counseling, utility assistance, health care, transportation, and volunteer opportunities. The 24-hour telephone line helps connect individuals and families with community-based organizations, including Cameron Hospital.

“We’re working to identify strategic partnerships in our community through which we can directly impact individuals in all areas of wellness,” says Connie McCahill, Chief Operating Officer at Cameron. “When we completed our Community Health Needs Assessment in 2013, one thing that was identified as a need was a clearinghouse of sorts where individuals could go for help. 2-1-1 is just that resource. We are very pleased to lend our support in hopes that further awareness of the service will continue to better our community.”

In 2014, more than 47,000 calls were received from residents of northeast Indiana. Since 2004 (the first full year of 2-1-1 service), calls requesting health and human services have grown a tremendous 119%. Most of the calls are related to basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance for rent and utilities.

For more information about the 2-1-1 initiative or to make a donation to the Steuben County United Way, please call the United Way at 260-665-6196.

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Cameron Imaging Services are Designed to Improve the Patient Experience

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When the new Cameron Hospital opened in December 2014, one of the areas that saw many exciting changes and advances in technology was imaging services. These advances not only improve the level of patient care we provide, but also significantly improve patient comfort and their overall experience with us.

“Cameron has made significant investment to stay on the leading edge of imaging technology,” says Todd Duff, Imaging Services Director for the hospital. “When selecting high-tech equipment, we looked for the most current technology that is also responsive to the patient experience. We focused on improving the time patients spend with us. Patients may not always understand all the technology, but they definitely have an opinion about the way they’ve been treated.”

This approach to the patient experience was at the forefront of all decisions made regarding technology and comfort in the new Imaging Services Department. Improvements that Cameron patients enjoy include:

MRI Scanner

We now feature the patient-centric Caring MR Suite, an innovative approach to magnetic resonance imaging that puts the patient in control of the scanning environment with a variety of lighting and sound options for their individual comfort, and MRI Quiet Scanning, featuring GE Silent Scan, which reduces the noise of an MR scan down to a whisper.

CT Technology

The new 64-Slice CT Scanner offers high image quality, speed and delivery of images for precise diagnosis and care. We also boast a 16-Slice PET CT Scanner. Typically found only in tertiary level hospitals in large cities, the PET CT will bring unique care advantages to people in the tri-state region since it will be a component of the continuum of cancer care services available in Angola.

Women’s Imaging Center

Cameron also features a dedicated Women’s Center for mammography, ultrasound and bone density (DEXA) services. Privacy and comfort are assured for female patients with entrance, changing and waiting areas separate from the rest of the Imaging Services department. Comfort during mammography procedures is enhanced through the hospital’s purchase of the GE SensorySuite equipment that features an interactive system for improving the mammography experience.

“The new imaging department is all about the patients,” Duff says. “Quicker image processing means less waiting time and getting in and out of the department faster. Better imaging capabilities mean more precise diagnoses and care. And the patient-centric technology and our reassuring staff create an atmosphere of calm comfort. Cameron has always put patients first, and these advances allow us to continue to do that.”

For more information, please call (260) 665-2141, ext. 5136.  To schedule an appointment, call (260) 665-2141 ext. 5128.

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April is National Stress Awareness Month: Tips for Managing Stress

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We all have differing levels of stress in our lives, the key is learning how to recognize what causes it and how we can manage it. Being aware of your stressors and how to manage them effectively can go a long way to improving your physical and mental health. Even small changes can make a big impact! While it may not be possible to completely eliminate stress, you can learn to manage it effectively. The key is to learn to recognize your stressors and how to handle them so they don’t negatively impact your life and your health. In order to better manage your stress levels, try to take a few days or a week to determine what might be causing you stress by keeping a stress inventory:

  • What happened?
  • Who was involved?
  • Where were you?
  • What was your reaction?
  • What was the result?

Once you have a better understanding of what your stress triggers might be, you can then move on to managing them more effectively.

  • Try looking at the problem from a different angle. You might be able to come up with a solution you wouldn’t have considered otherwise. Also, try talking through the problem with a supportive friend. They might provide some perspective.
  • Plan and prioritize. Don’t panic, make a list to prioritize your work, and set realistic deadlines; do not rush into your first idea you have and always have an alternative plan.
  • Focus on what you can control. You know what your job tasks are. Break the larger tasks into smaller, more doable steps.
  • Slow down. Think things through before you act, and begin with a result in mind.
  • Limit interruptions. Use your voice mail to your advantage and only take calls that are a priority when you are on a tight deadline. Set aside designated times throughout the day to respond to emails and phone calls.
  • Use all of your resources. Ask for help when you need it.
  • Take a break. To release stress, make time to take a short break. taking a walk or discussing your work situation with another person may help you gain a fresh perspective.
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Cameron Hospital Offers Convenient, High Tech MRI Services

In order to offer patients more convenience and flexibility, Cameron Hospital’s MRI service is now offering expanded appointment availability.  Patients can take advantage of our state-of-the-art imaging technology Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“After a recent accident in Steuben County, I was pleased that I could get my MRI completed at Cameron over the weekend,” said Adam McCahill of Granger, Indiana. “The staff did a great job making me as comfortable as possible.”

As part of the new hospital, our community has access to a high field, large bore MRI scanner. The equipment features the GE Caring Suite, which puts patients in control of their imaging environment. They can choose from a variety of lighting, video and music options to optimize their individual comfort. In addition, our MRI services offer GE noise reduction technology.

For more information, please call (260) 665-2141, ext. 5136.  To schedule an appointment, call (260) 665-2141 ext. 5128.

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Cameron Welcomes New Gift Shop Manager and New Inventory

Gift Shop

We are excited to introduce Penny Hensley, the new gift shop manager at Cameron Hospital. Penny is the previous owner of Accents, and she has nearly 30 years of retail experience. She will be responsible for ordering, stocking and organizing the gift shop, which is staffed by Cameron Hospital volunteers.

“We are very grateful to Jan Swenson, the previous gift shop manager, for over 25 years of service and for all the hard work she put into the gift shop,” said Michael Booher, Cameron’s auxiliary coordinator. “We are excited for what lies ahead with Penny, and all the new merchandise she is going to bring to the shop.”

Hensley has stocked the gift shop with new specialty lines, such as Willow Tree® figures, Live for Life- Hope for All apparel, fresh flowers provided by Throop Florist and Greenhouse, Gold Standard jewelry, Second Nature card line, Knudsen caramels and homemade baby blankets knit by auxiliary members.

“I want to thank everyone for expressing their appreciation for the new shop,” said Hensley. “I’m very excited for what I will be able to bring to the gift shop, and to Jan for approaching me for the position. We have a great group of volunteers staffing the gift shop, so please come by and see what’s new!”

Please stop by and see all that the new gift shop has to offer! For more information, contact Michael Booher at 665-2141 ext. 5338 or Penny Hensley at 665-2141 ext. 5107.

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How to Eat Locally and In Season

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While we might not be in the peak season for fresh fruits and vegetables right now, it might be the time to start thinking about the options that will soon become available. Buying produce locally and in season can have many different benefits to not only your health but also your budget.

Peak Season Taste

In-season fruit and vegetables are picked and sold during their peak of flavor. And, if delivered locally, transportation time can be minimized, which eliminates the need for preservation processes that can negatively impact flavor. Also, the bland taste of off-season produce may make us more likely to add things like salt, sugar, butter and sauces to enhance their flavor.

Nutrient Profile

Another perk in choosing local/in-season produce is its nutritional impact. In one study, researchers compared the vitamin C content in in-season broccoli (picked locally) with that of off-season broccoli (shipped from another country) and found that the off-season shipment contained only about half of the vitamin C found in the local, in-season variety (Wunderlich et al., 2008).

There’s a growing “locavore” movement, which involves a push to stimulate local economy by purchasing products from small, nearby suppliers. This ensures the freshest in-season produce at a price that doesn’t need to factor in storage and long-distance distribution. Neighborhood farmer’s markets are great places to check out fresh-picked produce with varieties that you’re not likely to find in large commercial supermarkets.

Another option for getting fresh, organic and locally grown produce might be joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) organization. Joining a CSA is a convenient way to have access to the freshest produce, grown organically in your community. To join a CSA, you purchase a “share” of the farm. In return, you receive weekly deliveries of produce throughout the growing season, typically late May through November, depending on your location.

Costs to You

Share price to join a CSA varies per program, based on length of season, crops grown, labor costs and other factors. When joining, you typically pay for the entire season upfront and some farms offer “worker shares” in which members work on the farm in exchange for produce. Beyond that, some CSAs offer payment plans and financial assistance to help with the cost of being a member. In the end, CSA members receive fresh produce while supporting local business owners.

Crome, G. (2014, March 19). Why to Buy Produce In-Season. Retrieved January 22, 2015, from http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy-living-article/60/3783/why-to-buy-produce-in-season/

Support Your Local Farmer. (n.d.). Retrieved January 22, 2015, from https://hylant.accountportal.net/Library/FullDocumentLibrary/tabid/125440/Default.aspx 

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