MRHC to Host Photography Contest
Local Photos to be Utilized for Hospital Decor
Manning Regional Healthcare Center will be hosting a local photography contest to gather potential artwork to be used as hospital décor.
“We’ve debated several options for artwork to adorn our new facility, but the management team really feels that some of our best potential for artwork is right here, in our local communities,” explains John O’Brien, CEO.
Area shutterbugs are being asked to submit original, digital photographs that they’ve taken within a 60-mile radius of the MRHC campus. Digital photographs should be a minimum of 1 MB and can be submitted by email, on a disc or on a travel drive. All entries must be submitted by January 31, 2015, to be considered, and all entries become property of MRHC to be used in advertising and publicity once they’ve been submitted.
Entries will be reviewed by a committee in February to determine which photographs will be made into canvas art pieces to hang in MRHC hallways and patient areas.
“We’re not just looking for photographs of our hospital, employees or even our local community. Our patients come to us from all over and they have a variety of interests. Perhaps it’s a close-up of your favorite flower, a scenic sunset or a portrait of a local monument… all of these would make great art pieces for our wall,” adds O’Brien.
Click on this link for the official artwork contest poster and contest specifics. Questions may also be directed to Sarah Foley, marketing coordinator, (712) 655-8121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep
By Jill Arp, RN, MRHC
A good night’s sleep – and a bad night’s sleep – can seriously affect your day, your mood and even your overall health. A good night’s sleep can leave you feeling refreshed, mentally sharp and alert. While a poor night’s sleep will leave you sluggish and tired.
But sleep doesn’t just affect our day-to-day activities. Over time, consistently poor sleep can affect our overall health. Several studies have linked insufficient sleep and weight gain. One study found that people who slept less than six hours per night on a regular basis were much more likely to have excess body weight while those who consistently slept an average of eight hours a night had lower relative body excess body weight. Studies have also shown that people who slept fewer than five hours a night had a greater risk of having or developing type 2 diabetes.
And the list goes on and on. From cardiovascular and heart disease to immune function, a lack of sleep can greatly affect our overall health and wellness. Even the common cold is three times more likely to strike an individual who sleeps less than an average of seven hours a night, according to one study.
So, what does a good night’s sleep earn you? Of course a good night’s sleep gives you more energy and leaves you feeling more alert, but a good night’s sleep also increases your chances for another good night’s sleep.
Sleep can also bolster your memory. When you sleep, a process called memory consolidation occurs. While your body is resting, your brain is processing your day, making connections between activities, sensory input, feelings and memories. Your dreams and sleep are an important time for your brain to make connections and memories, and getting more sleep helps you remember and process things better.
West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation Kicks of 2014 Annual Giving Campaign
The West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation (WCIHF) has recently kicked off its 2014 Annual Giving Campaign.
“In 2014, WCIHF was able to contribute to several area community wellness projects and organizations, including the Templeton Fire Department, Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC), and scholarships for area students. Looking ahead to 2015, the WCIHF board of directors has set out some rather sizeable donation goals for our organization,” says Sherry Huehn, WCIHF executive director.
WCIHF generates funding through donations, the Annual Giving Campaign and fundraising events such as the WCIHF Annual Charity Golf Classic. The foundation then uses the monies generated to fund donations and gifts to local health and wellness organizations and projects. In 2014, WCIHF donated $500 to the Templeton Fire Department’s 2014 Annual Campaign, fundraised more than $85,000 for the construction of a family lounge at MRHC, raised funds for the purchase of a portable ultrasound machine, fundraised and purchased memorial benches to be placed at MRHC, and provided $10,000 in scholarship dollars to area students pursuing an education in a health care related field.
In 2015, WCIHF hopes to increase the number of scholarships it offers to area students, complete fundraising for the purchase of a Dexascan machine at MRHC, and complete fundraising for the construction of a family lounge at MRHC.
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. Our classes are currently scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, December 9
Parents may also call to arrange alternate class dates and times if the above options do not work for a couple’s schedule. To schedule an alternative date/time, please call Jackie Olson, OB Coordinator, at (712) 655-8167.
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 Olson at (712) 655-8167 for more information.
Click here to sign up!