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Hello baby! Tell us how you welcomed your baby into the world

Written by Community Health Network on 7/20/2016 8:08:00 PM

Tell us your baby delivery story at Community Hospital North

Whether you’re a first-time mom or a parent of older children, maternity and delivery is a time full of wonder, joy and, let’s be honest, some anxiety. You want everything to be perfect, but most of all you want your baby to be healthy.

You might read parenting books, join a pregnancy group on Facebook or talk to your obstetrician about what’s best for baby. Every mother’s experience is unique, but chances are you’ll have questions. Lots of questions. continue reading ...


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 ...


A routine mammogram detected Kelly's breast cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 6/7/2016 10:00:00 PM

Routine mammograms save lives

Kelly Frakes is diligent about her mammograms. Since 1988, she has worked with her OB/GYN physician to keep healthy and to bring three beautiful baby girls into the world. On her physician's recommendation, Kelly scheduled an annual exam and mammogram.

When her physician retired, she let her annual appointment lapse. It was some time before Kelly scheduled an appointment for her mammogram at Community Hospital North. A few days after that appointment, she received a call asking her to come in again.

Her cancer diagnosis came as a surprise

As Kelly walked into her follow-up appointment, she did not feel apprehensive. She knew there was no history of breast cancer on either side of her family. However, during her appointment, the physician and nurse told Kelly they found something on her mammogram and would like to schedule a biopsy immediately. continue reading ...

Tags: breast cancer , cancer | Posted in: Cancer Care

Keep kids safe: Poison prevention and response tips

Written by Community Health Network on 3/25/2016 9:45:00 AM

Lithium batteries from toys can poison children and cause death

According to the National Capital Poison Center, poisoning affects all age groups, from infants to seniors. But young children under age six are most likely to have a poison incident, especially one- and two-year-olds.

What's in your home?

Children are regularly exposed to poisonous substances at home. Here's a list of common home products that could cause serious injury or death to a child if accidentally ingested. Take a quick look around your own home. How many of these items could be within reach of kids?


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