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Hip on Hyperbaric


n February Nevada Regional Medical Center installed two new hyperbaric oxygen chambers in the Wound & Skin Management Center. These chambers will aid physicians in the application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in an enclosed chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. The increased oxygen greatly enhances the body’s ability to heal by improving the blood cells bacteria-killing functions and reducing swelling which allows new blood vessels to grow quickly into the affected areas. It is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment for a variety of medical conditions. During treatment a patient is slid into the chamber on a stretcher and reclined to his or her comfort. Each chamber is equipped with HBO TV to enhance the patient’s audio and viewing enjoyment, while undergoing treatment. This procedure requires a referral and may be ordered by your primary care physician. For more information, please call the Wound & Skin Management Center at NRMC, {417) 667-3355 extension 3603.

inside this issue: 2 Lung Function Testing 2 NRMC Shining Stars 3 Ultra Dimensional Ultrasound

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The Shining Star recognizes employees or volunteers at NRMC who demonstrate exceptional customer service



New Lung Function Testing

February Bec Blanchard

Samantha Pritchett, RN (Acute Care) Spotted by Dr. Ryan Harrison

Debra Compton, RN

(Admissions) Spotted by Wanda Watts

(Surgical Services) Spotted by Anonymous

The Galaxy Award recognizes entire departments that demonstrate exceptional customer service as a team.

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Spotted by Staff & Family Members



Acute Care Staff

Spotted by Patient (via Mary Willie)


Nutritional Services Spotted by Candi Dahmer


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nyone who has been treated for breathing trouble due to conditions such as asthma, COPD, emphysema, or interstitial lung disease, has probably had a pulmonary function test performed at some point in their treatment. Pulmonary function testing (PFT) is an important diagnostic tool that allows healthcare providers to test the lung volumes and airways; simply measuring how the air is moving in and out of the lungs and at what speed. Doctors use the test results to help develop an action plan for treatment. “For many years we have only offered pre and post spirometry - a simple diagnosis and treatment of the airways” noted Tim Wilson, Respiratory Services Director. “We now offer a complimentary testing called Diffusing Capacity of the Lung for Carbon Monoxide, or DLCO. This test will enable us to diagnose gas exchange, or how well the lungs transfer carbon monoxide out into the bloodstream and how well they are contracting and expanding.”

Pulmonary function tests are non-invasive and are performed by a respiratory therapist in a controlled setting. For DLCO testing, the patient would be asked to perform a series of breathing exercises with their nose plugged. This is done to get a measurement of all air and gas exchange from the mouth. During testing, a small and harmless amount of carbon monoxide is introduced into the air so that the therapist can monitor the gas exchange and elasticity of the lungs, determining the physical assessment and severity of the lung disease.

This procedure does require a referral and can be ordered by your primary care physician. For more information, please call the Respiratory Services at NRMC, 417-667-3355 extension 3183.


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Ultra Dimensional Ultrasound


ogether, the NRMC Foundation and Auxiliary presented Nevada Regional Medical Center with a $70,000 gift in February. The donation will purchase a new ultrasound machine that will include 4D technology.

and Foundation for their generous donation.” Todd E. Fine, director of Radiology at NRMC said. The new 4D ultrasound technology purchased from Siemens Corporation provides real time images, allowing parents to watch a live-action video of an unborn child. The cardiac upgrade will provide a digital format which is an improvement in technology over the previous analog imaging.

With enhanced functions, the ultrasound will allow for more consistent exams and improved reviewing for physicians. In “The advanced technology turn, NRMC will be able to provided by these donations will provide greater quality care to reinforce to our community that many patients to come. The 4D we are committed to providing ultrasound is scheduled to be in exceptional care and services. I place in the Diagnostic Imaging would like to extend a sincere thank you to the NRMC Auxiliary Department by May, 2013.

On the Road... to a Healthier You!


ats in conjunction with Nevada Regional Medical Center provides medical transportation services to Missouri residents within a 30 mile radius of Nevada. Children under the age of 7 must ride with an age appropriate car seat to be provided by the parent. All minor children must be accompanied by a competent adult.

To schedule medical transportation with Oats, please call (417) 448-3800. Oats transportation operates Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed holidays and weekends.

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Foundation Focus

Planning is underway for the 10th Annual Caring with Pride Golf Classic to be held May 10th at Frank E. Peters Municipal Golf Course. This 3-person scramble is always a successful fundraiser for the Foundation with great prizes for the participants. Be sure to put this fun event on your calendar! Today, healthcare needs are greater than ever and Nevada Regional Medical Center proudly offers excellent medical services to meet those needs. The cost of providing quality health care continues to increase at rapid levels. NRMC strives to maintain the latest technological advances, as well as staying up-todate with changing community needs and continual demand to upgrade and improve equipment and services. These require funding beyond patient revenues. That is where the mission of the NRMC Foundation plays a significant part to secure private gift support through our fundraising efforts for the hospital, Moore-Few Care Center, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center and Home Health & Hospice. To learn more about ways you can contribute to the Foundation call the Foundation office at (417) 448-3609. To sponsor the Caring with Pride Golf Classic or to play, please visit or call (417) 448-3609.

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Judith Herstein, Community Relations/ Foundation Director The CaringConnection is published by the marketing department at Nevada Regional Medical Center. The information provided in this publication is intended to educate readers about subjects pertinent to their health and is not a substitute for consultation with a personal physician. For more information, call (417) 448-3609. ©2011. Printed in U.S.A.

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Upcoming Events Blood Drive Your donation can help save the lives of two local hospital patients! Date and Time: May 23, 1 - 5 p.m. Location: Moore-Few Care Center Community Room

Sibling Celebration Designed for children ages 2 to 6. Helps kids celebrate becoming a big brother or sister. Dates and Times: April 9, July 9, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Location: Medical Arts Conference Room Free class!

Blood Pressure Screening Free blood pressure checks. Dates and Times: Apr 17, May 15, June 19, 11 a.m. Location: Vernon County Senior Center Breastfeeding Support Group Free support group for breastfeeding moms or those interested in breastfeeding. Dates and Times: Apr 9, May 14, June 11, 6:30 p.m. Location: Medical Arts Conference Room Caregiver’s Support Group Free support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Dates and Times: Apr 10, May 8, June 12, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Location: Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center Childbirth Class Intended for women in the last trimester of pregnancy. Your choice of a two-day class on Tuesday and Thursday or a one-day class on Saturday. Tuesday/Thursday Class Dates and Times: May 21/23, July 9/11, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday Class Dates and Times: May 25 or July 13, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Medical Arts Bldg., 3rd Floor Classroom Free class!

Infant and Child CPR Free basic skills class. Does not provide certification. Dates and Times: May 7, Aug 13, 6:30 p.m. Location: Medical Arts Bldg., 3rd Floor Classroom Be sure to watch for the monthly calendar of events in the Nevada News as well as online at “Like” us on Facebook for the most up to date information!

9th Annual April 13, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Osage Prairie YMCA Free screenings and health information to help you take charge of your personal health! There will be a variety of health and wellness organizations within our community taking part in this great event. Come visit with healthcare professionals on topics such as: • High blood pressure • Cholesterol • Glucose/Diabetes • Bone density • Fitness classes/groups • Dental care • Vision • Home care needs • Care transition • And many more …. There will also be turkey dogs, baked chips and bottled water. Trace & Daniel, sons of Melissa Gould, NRMC Employee

Registration is required for all programs. For more information or to register, please call the NRMC Community Education Department at (417) 448-3622 or email March 2013.indd 4

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Caring Connection Spring 2013  

Take charge of your health! Includes articles about health issues that matter to you, with local flair!

Caring Connection Spring 2013  

Take charge of your health! Includes articles about health issues that matter to you, with local flair!