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Another reminder that nurses are everyday heroes

Written by Community Health Network on 7/11/2016 11:05:00 AM

Marcus Guajardo, RN at Community Hospital SouthHis day job is working as a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Community Hospital South, but off duty Marcus Guajardo is a husband and father. Like so many of us, he runs family errands after work. However, one shopping trip changed the life of a stranger forever and has many people calling Marcus a hero.

If I could help, I wanted to

After picking up everything on his list, Marcus approached the checkout line. His wife called with one more request: diapers for their little one. Marcus grabbed a package from the shelf and made his way to a cashier. While waiting in line, he saw two Meijer employees run to a wall, detach an AED and sprint away. From his vantage point, Marcus could see a person lying on his back in a nearby aisle.

His instincts kicked in. He immediately took action, running to the stranger on the ground.

“My body just took over,” Marcus explained. “I saw someone was in need of help, and, if I could help, I wanted to.”

The stranger’s color improved, and he began to take occasional breaths. A store employee had called 911, and Marcus continued compressions until firefighters arrived and hooked the man up to a monitor. continue reading ...

Tags: grocery shopping | Posted in: Wellness

4 ways to become an empowered patient

Written by Community Health Network on 6/20/2016 6:15:00 AM

Take charge of your health by being engaged in care

Patient-centered care puts you at the center of your healthcare team. That's a great place to be, but it can also be intimidating. Healthcare is a complex system that delivers a wide variety of services. How do you know which options are right for you? What can you do to be an empowered patient and an active member of your own care team?

Here are four easy ways to be your own health advocate so that you and your care team can create a better patient experience: continue reading ...


Spring ahead: How to adjust to daylight savings

Written by Community Health Network on 3/11/2016 4:00:00 PM

By Anne Batson, NP, sleep specialist nurse with Community Physician Network

Health effects of spring daylight savings time

This weekend is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. This means we will lose an hour of precious weekend sleep when the clocks are set to “spring forward” by Sunday morning. This can be problematic for some who have difficulty adjusting to the time change. For those who are sensitive to the time difference, the culprit is mild sleep deprivation that can affect attention, vigilance, learning and memory. continue reading ...

Tags: daylight savings time , sleep | Posted in: Wellness

Too cold outside? Try online fitness classes

Written by Health Coach Team on 2/10/2016 8:00:00 AM

Tara Canada, Community Health Network health coach and fitness specialist, offers a great way to exercise from the comfort of home.

Woman exercising at home on computer

When the weather outside is frightful, you can work out with expert instructors and never leave home! Online streaming exercise videos are the perfect solution for a satisfying workout when winter weather hits. Choose a simple walking workout, a tranquil yoga session or a calorie-burning boot camp. Exercise anytime, anywhere, on any device! You can even get the whole family involved. continue reading ...

Tags: exercise | Posted in: Fitness , Wellness

Daylight savings and your health

Written by Community Health Network on 10/31/2015 8:00:00 AM

By Anne Batson, NP, sleep specialist nurse with Community Physician Network

Health effects of daylight savings time

This Halloween weekend, we will “fall back” by adjusting our clocks as Daylight Saving Time ends and we return to standard time. While many people welcome the additional hour, some struggle for weeks if their bodies are slower to adjust. The time change can disrupt sleep and wreak havoc on mental health. The turning back of the clock causes many people to stay up later after the time change, but they are not sleeping any later in the morning. The result is a mild sleep deprivation state. continue reading ...


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