I’M A RETIRED TWIN CITIES I’d never seen NURSE, and such great care. My husband Gerald and I were visiting the Brainerd area when he experienced gastrointestinal bleeding. He was brought by ambulance to the intensive care unit at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. We were amazed by the care and attention he was given—I was a nurse for 33 years, and I never saw anything like it.
Compassionate Care We didn’t know at the time that St. Joseph’s is the Lakes area’s largest hospital, with 100 specialists, backed by over
1,000 nurses, technicians and support staff. What we did know was that we were in capable and compassionate hands. Gerald was checked on frequently, and the doctors and nurses were polite, knowledgeable and informative. They always told him what was happening next, and made sure he understood everything. They were upbeat and full of good humor. Everyone at the hospital treated him as though he was a friend.
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Continued from Page 21 work. In other words, circuit training is a good approach for people who do a lot of meetings, whether with agents or daycare teachers. Multi-Joint, Multi-Muscle Exercises — Do a half-squat against a wall while curling a pair of dumbbells. Then press them overhead. That’s a multi-joint exercise, and it’ll work your thighs, shoulders, arms and gut. It will vaporize calories and make your heart do the rumba. Sit on a bench and perform dumbbell curls with one arm. That’s a single-joint exercise. It’ll puff up your biceps. It accomplishes only this one thing (though, to be fair, it does that one thing — encouraging growth of a targeted muscle — very well). Multi-joint, multi-muscle work boosts your heart rate, multiplying the cardio benefits of circuit training. It spreads the benefits around your body, so you don’t look distended in some spots and puny in others. And, since life, being three-dimensional and all, is pretty much a multi-joint affair, these workouts can actually prepare your body to do stuff, not just look like it can do stuff. This is called functional exercise. Whether you need to haul bags of topsoil from your hatchback or do six takes of a scene where you drag a corpse from a burning shed, having strong legs, shoulders and belly muscles will do you more good than biceps that look like trussed capons. Lower Weight — and Its Happy Sidekick, Less Pain — To do multi-joint exercises without tapping your health insurance, you can’t use a weight that’s heavier than the weakest muscle involved in the move can handle. (In the above example, you
might be able to curl only 10 pounds per arm, so you use the 10pound weight for the whole exercise, not the 15 you could use if doing simple standing presses.) As a result, you do more repetitions with lower weights. This tends to make you more lean, strong and flexible. It also flambes more calories and can keep your heart harrumphing. We hope you’re beginning to see a pattern here. Interval Workouts — These are exercises that mix brief bursts of higher-intensity work with longer periods of lower-intensity recovery. The opposite type is called steady-state training, where you sustain the same pace for an extended period. The great thing about intervals compared with steady-state workouts is that intervals — say it along with us now — save time, build your cardiovascular capacity more efficiently and microwave more calories, both while you’re working out and long afterward. A well-constructed strength circuit will essentially provide an interval workout, by alternating higher-intensity strength exercises that make your heart ka-pow with those that permit it to gather itself. Intervals work no matter what shape you’re in: If your “intense” intervals are walking at 4 mph for a minute and recovering for five minutes at 3 mph, that’s fine. Whatever gets your heart moving faster will help you. As you improve, you can gin up the intensity of your bursts or reduce the length of your recovery, or both.
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Located in Baxter, the outpatient surgery center provides a comfortable environment for patients undergoing same day surgeries, including general surgeries, ophthalmology, ear nose and throat, orthopedics, podiatry, plastics and urology. In May the surgery center began offering pain procedures from radiologists at Lakes Imaging, a new offering. Administrator Sandy Berreth said the ambulatory surgery center averages about 60-70 patients per week. Most surgeries are elective procedures and planned for well patients, said Berreth. While there will always be patients who must have surgery at a hospital, the surgery center provides an option for all minimally invasive and outpatient surgical procedures. The facility has four operating rooms and one procedure room as well as 17 curtained patient rooms that allow for family members to wait with their loved ones as they prepare for surgery and recover while seated in large recliner chairs. Berreth, who moved to the Brainerd area from Bismarck, N.D., where she helped start an ambulatory surgery center five years ago, said the key to such a facility is its comfortable and anxiety-free environment combined with a group of medical professionals who work together each day as a team. The surgery cen-
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Cover photo/Nels Norquist Josh Haberman, (left) 15, and Mike Gervenak, 14, played basketball at Baxter City Park. While television and video games are becoming more popular, keeping youth active during their summer vacation can be difficult.
Ah, summer. My favorite time of year. Spending warm evenings on area lakes or picnicking in the backyard, it’s just nice to be outdoors. As I write this, sunburned skin is flaking off my arm and faded red splotches of week-old swimmer’s itch can be seen. How attractive. During the warm summer months it’s important to take care of yourself. It’s people like me who always seem to forget sunblock or frequently find themselves standing in a patch of poison ivy that need to take note. Health care professionals gave their two-cents on common summer health risks, prevention and treatment in the article “Nature’s nuisances” in this
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COVER STORY: Kids’ fitness NUTRITION: Keeping kids fit
QUOTABLES: How kids are vacationing
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TREND: Home birthing TREATMENT: No more seizures
WORKOUT: Exercise books
REMODELING: St. Joseph’s ICU gets facelift
UPDATE: Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center
issue of HealthWatch. Another summertime issue that faces many parents is how to get children away from the TV. The risk of childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States and it seems video games are becoming more and more popular. Could there be a connection? Check out the story “Off the couch, on your feet” for ideas on how to keep your child active while school’s out. Be safe, stay active and enjoy the warm weather. After all, why do we live in Minnesota? That’s easy — June, July and August. Heidi Lake Editor
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instead of health,” said Berreth. Berreth said another open house is planned in the fall. The Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center is located at 13114 Isle Drive, behind the Wal-mart Supercenter in Baxter.
ter has 25 employees. “I truly believe the team that works here is a team,” said Berreth. Berreth said many times a well patient feels more comfortable entering an ambulatory center than a hospital because they associate illness with a hospital environment. Subconsciously, a patient may be thinking, “I’m going to a hospital, I must be sick,” said Berreth. “The hospital is a place we think of illness
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Dr. Paul Rud (right), an orthopedic surgeon, with assistance by Surgical Technician Toni Brown, performed a procedure on a patient at the Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center in Baxter.
BAXTER â€” When an otherwise healthy patient has to undergo a surgical procedure, it may sometimes be intimidating to check into a hospital. But now Brainerd lakes area residents have another option when choosing where to have an outpatient surgical procedure performed. The Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center opened in February, a joint venture between 14 Brainerd area doctors and St. Josephâ€™s Medical Center in Brainerd.
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