MRHC Sponsoring ImPact Concussion Management Testing for Area Student Athletes
Manning Regional Healthcare Center is again sponsoring ImPact baseline testing for IKM – Manning student athletes.
ImPact (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the most widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPact provides trained clinicians with neuro-cognitive assessment tools that have been medically accepted as state-of-the-art best practices as part of determining safe return to play decisions by the physician.
To date, 9th and 11th grade high school students have been tested, and 7th grade students will soon be tested. Testing will also occur during the school year for winter and spring sport athletes. MRHC Physical Therapist Charlie Whalen, and Physical Therapy Assistant Megan Gochenour, are supervising the testing.
ImPact testing is a free service provided by Manning Regional Healthcare Center for area student athletes.
MRHC Employees Making a Mountain Out of Mole Hill
Right in their own backyard, MRHC employees are making a mountain out of a mole hill. In an effort to improve overall employee wellness, MRHC is sponsoring a climb Mt. Everest program. No, MRHC employees are not flying to Nepal anytime soon, but rather they’ll climb or hike the equivalent of Mt. Everest’s summit – 29,029 feet – 1,335 feet at a time by climbing the hill behind MRHC’s West Campus facility in Manning.
“We’ve affectionately named the hill behind our West Campus facility Mt. MRHC and we’re challenging all employees to climb our hill 22 times, roughly the equivalent of the 29, 029 feet it would take to reach the top of Mt. Everest,” explains Sarah Foley, marketing coordinator at MRHC. “We got the idea from the Iowa Department of Public Health and tweaked it to fit our employees. And luckily, we had our own little outdoor hill to work with.”
A recent study showed that employees who spent 2.5 hours a week being physically active were more satisfied with the quantity and quality of their work, reported increased work ability and took less sick time than employees who did not engage in physical activity. Also in a recent study, for employees who were more physically active, job burnout was less likely to develop into depression. In this study, the best benefits were achieved by people who exercised 4 hours a week.
A 2011 study found that outdoor exercise was associated with greater decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression when compared to indoor activity. And a 2010 study found that even just five minutes of exercise in a green space can improve mood and self-esteem.
“Our goal is to encourage employees to get up and get active during the day, and have fun doing it,” adds John O’Brien, MRHC’s CEO. “This program is just that, fun, and easily attainable for individuals with various types of skills and abilities.”
Employees are on an honor system of tracking their climbs up the MRHC hill. Twenty-two climbs up the hill is the rough equivalent of what it would take someone to climb to the summit of Mt. Everest. Employees who choose to participate are given small posters to hang in their work area, and as they reach milestones along their journey, they receive a sticker for their poster to track their achievements. Those who complete the climb will receive a Sherpa certificate. The program is modeled after a similar program recently completed by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Giving Your College Student a Healthy Start
Back-to-School Immunizations Aren’t Just for Kindergartners
Summer is drawing to a close for many area students returning to the classroom this week or next. Most parents are aware of the vaccinations needed for their child to start school as a Kindergartner, but college students need to be vaccinated, too. Recent cases of mumps, chicken pox, and meningitis on Iowa college campuses illustrate the importance of vaccines to protect young adults.
“Unfortunately, these incidents are not unusual,” said Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “Some immunizations, like the Tdap, which protects against pertussis, can wane over time and so need to be boosted; some, like HPV, may have never been received; and others, like the flu vaccine, need to be given yearly.”
“As we head into fall and the impending flu season, Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) is starting to receive our annual shipments of flu vaccines for the community. We’ll plan on having community flu shot clinics in early October, with both the flu shot, quadrivalent and flu mist available,” adds Jill Arp, RN and infection control nurse at MRHC.
Parents of college-aged students should talk to their health care provider about these vaccines specifically recommended for young adults ages 19 through 24:
- First-year college students living in residence halls are recommended to be vaccinated with meningococcal conjugate vaccine. If they had already received this vaccine before their 16th birthday, they should get a booster dose before going to college for maximum protection.
- Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine are recommended (and often required) for all incoming college freshmen.
- Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). A single dose of Tdap is routinely recommended for preteens and teens (preferably at age 11-12 years); however, adults 19 or older who did not receive Tdap as a preteen or teen should receive a single dose of Tdap.
Mommy Marketplace Taking Program Applicants
MRHC’s Mommy Marketplace is now taking program applicants. Program participants must be expecting a child and/or have a child under the age of 2 years old to participate. An application is available by contacting Jackie Blackwell at (712) 655-8167, Jill Arp at (712) 655-8170, or by requesting an application from the MRHC – Clinic. Once an application has been approved, a program participant will receive a points book, which will be used to catalog prenatal visits, well child visits, educational opportunities attended and more. Each of these well child and well family events earns the participants “points.” The points may then be redeemed for items from the Mommy Marketplace. Available items include diapers, formula, clothing, feeding supplies and other well child items.
“This Mommy Marketplace program is free to participate in and open to any new or expecting mothers and fathers, and those with children up to two years of age. You don’t need to be an MRHC patient to participate, our primary goal is healthy and happy babies and families,” explains Jackie Olson, MRHC’s OB coordinator.
Mommy Marketplace inventory is provided through donations and grants. For more information contact Olson at (712) 655-8167 or call (712) 655-2072.
2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report Released
The 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report is now available by clicking on the link below. Printed versions will also be available at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center hospital lobby and the Manning Regional Healthcare Center – Clinic. These reports summarize the findings of a comprehensive community health care needs survey.
COMPLETE 2013 CHNA REPORT
From Small Beginnings…Come Great Things: Prenatal Classes Scheduled
Congratulations on becoming a parent. It is a very joyous and exciting journey, but at the same time, you may feel nervous about what to expect. At Manning Regional Healthcare Center, we want to help you through the labor and delivery process by offering prenatal classes to help you prepare for your new arrival.
To schedule a prenatal class, please call Jackie Blackwell, RN and OB Coordinator, at (712) 655-8167 to schedule a class
During the class, we spend time discussing a wide variety of topics: from what to pack for the hospital, when to come to the hospital, what to expect during labor and how to take care of yourself and your new baby after delivery.
Snacks and beverages are provided, along with samples and handouts with helpful information for you to take home. The cost for the class is $25 per couple. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you have additional questions, please contact Jackie Blackwell at (712) 655-8167 for more information.