APRIL IS DONATE LIFE MONTH – MADELINE KNOFF, IOWA DONOR NETWORK
Organ donation is an opportunity to share life with up to 30 different people. What is organ donation? What holds us back from becoming an organ donor? Madeline Knoff, Outreach Coordinator for the Iowa Donor Network, answers these questions and more. For more information about organ and tissue donation, and to find out how to become an organ donor, contact the Iowa Donor Network.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY MONTH - LISA WEBER, OER/L
Occupational therapy is not physical therapy - a common misperception. Occupational therapy is focused on the small motors skills needed to complete the daily activities of living like buttoning a shirt, or eating breakfast. Lisa Weber, OER/L, a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist at CCMH, gives a good description of occupational therapy and how it can help improve the quality of life for people of any age.
EAT HEALTHY, BE HAPPY! -- BROOKE TASLER, REGISTERED DIETICIAN, CCMH DIETARY MANAGER
March is National Nutrition Month and the value of a balanced, healthy diet has never been higher. Brooke Tasler, a registered and licensed dietitcian, and Dietary Manager at CCMH, discusses why a balanced diet is important. Brooke also touches on fresh fruits and vegetables versus frozen or canned items, whether fad diets are effective, and what to do if you think you have a health problem tied to your diet.
NEW FACES, NEW PLACES - ERIN OLSON, RN AND NATHAN GOMEZ, RN
Recent job changes and new additions to CCMH staff have created leadership opportunities. Erin Olson, RN, a current Case Manager for CCMH, has added OB Manager to her resume. Nathan Gomez, RN, a recent additions to CCMH from Houston, TX has been working as a House Supervisor for CCMH and now has added the role of Nurse Manager for Operations. We welcome both of these staff members to their new roles. Congratulations!
FLU VACCINE - STILL NECESSARY EVEN IN A COVID-19 ENVIRONMENT - LEE BURCHETT, RN
Much of the national and local news has lately been focused on the COVID-19 vaccine and its distribution - and rightly so. But flu season remains with us. Even though flu cases are very low, activity is picking up. March is still flu season and the flu can adversely affect the health of children and seniors alike. Lee Burchett, staff RN for Immunization and Allergies at CCMH, counsels us to stay vigilant about the flu and to get a flu shot if we haven't had one - it's not too late!
COLORECTAL CANCER AWARESS - MICHAEL THORSTENSON, MD, GENERAL SURGEON
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Michael Thorstenson, MD, a General Surgeon at CCMH, discusses the signs and symptons, risk factors, and prevention of colorectal cancer as well as screening options for the disease including colonoscopy.