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.
“This year, we’re combining our Annual Campaign and our Dream Light’s Fundraiser, creating our 2014 Annual Giving Campaign. We’ll still have our Dream Lights tree in downtown Manning, and for every donation the 2014 Annual Giving Campaign receives, we’ll light one bulb on the Dream Lights tree,” explains Huehn. Various light bulb colors will represent specific donation levels. Memorials can also be made to the 2014 Annual Giving Campaign, and those will be recognized in the Memorial Donation Book and with a letter of recognition to the family.
Donations may be made to the WCIHF Annual Giving Campaign online at www.mrhcia.com or by contacting Huehn at (712) 655-8116 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations may also be mailed to WCIHF at PO Box 204, Manning, Iowa, 51455.
MRHC – Clinic to Host November Wellness Clinic
The Manning Regional Healthcare Center – Clinic will be hosting a community wellness clinic on Wednesday, November 19, from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. The wellness clinic will be held in the MRHC – Clinic, and no appointments are necessary.
Blood draws for the wellness clinic will be taken between 7:00—8:00 a.m. Please remember to fast beginning at 12:00 midnight on Tuesday, November 18 (nothing to eat or drink after midnight). The wellness clinic will offer:
- Cholesterol screening (lipid panel) and comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), $30.00 cash
- Thyroid screening (TSH), $20.00 cash
- For the men… Prostate screening (PSA), $25.00 cash
November Wellness Clinic, Wednesday, November 19, 7:00—8:00 a.m., MRHC—Clinic. No appointments necessary.
Gentiva Home Health and Hospice Donate for Fountain at MRHC
Representatives of Gentiva Home Health and Hospice, Carroll, recently presented Manning Regional Healthcare Center staff with a donation of $300 to be used for the purchase of a fountain in MRHC’s comfort care room and family lounge.
“We’re honored to have received this generous donation and look forward to the addition of a calming fountain in our comfort care and family lounge areas,” says Sherry Huehn, MRHC director of development.
The donation came through a grant request submitted by the Carroll, Iowa, Gentiva Home Health and Hospice office to Gentiva Hospice Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia. Initially, the fountain will be placed in the comfort care room located in MRHC’s acute care wing. Once fundraising and construction of a family lounge are completed, the fountain will be moved there. The West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation has been fundraising for a family lounge addition at MRHC for a little over a year. The project is expected to cost $100,000 and currently the Foundation is just $15,000 short of their monetary goal.
Shown in the photo, from l to r: Nancy Danner, PA-C, MRHC; Dr. Isabella Ahanogbe, MRHC; Gina Nelson, Gentiva Home Health and Hospice executive director; Ann Lengeling, Gentiva Home Health and Hospice manager of clinical practice; Sherry Huehn, MRHC director of development; Dr. Douglas McLaws, MRHC; Kristi Schroeder, Gentiva Home Health and Hospice hospice specialist; John O’Brien, MRHC CEO.
MRHC – Clinic Laboratory Recognized for Quality Laboratory Services
The Manning Regional Healthcare Center – Clinic has recently met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrated continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous onsite laboratory review. The MRHC – Clinic has earned COLA accreditation as a result of long-term commitment to provide quality service to MRHC patients.
“Thanks to the dedication of our providers and nurses, we’re able to provide MRHC patients outstanding care and continued service,” says Karen Nelson, MRHC – Clinic director. “I’m proud of our entire clinic staff and am happy to see our laboratory recognized with this accreditation.”
COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement and accreditation. COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians – American Society of Internal Medicine.
Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative Donates to West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation
Funds to be Used to Purchase Portable Ultrasound Machine
Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative (RVEC), in partnership with CoBank and Basin Electric, presented the West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation (WCIHF) with a $15,000 donation recently. Each of the entities donated $5,000.
“Concern for community and cooperation among cooperatives are long standing cooperative principles,” explains RVEC Director of Key Accounts and Economic Development Jim Gossett, “Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative is proud to contribute to this project on behalf of our members.”
The project RVEC is contributing to is the purchase of a portable ultrasound machine for Manning Regional Healthcare Center. A portable ultrasound machine can be utilized in several situations. There are several medical conditions, such as diabetes and cancer, that can make it difficult for medical staff to find a vein to stick a needle into, and the portable ultrasound machine can show the exact location of veins, allowing the RN to see the tip of the needle for exact insertion. The same machine can also assist in finding veins in pediatric patients.
The portable ultrasound machine is also used for inserting long-term IV’s (PICC – Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) and in emergency situations. Another procedure the portable ultrasound machine can be used for is called ultra-sound guided trigger point injections. These injections are performed on patients who suffer from Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Myofascial Pain Syndrome is pain that originates from myofascial trigger points located in skeletal muscle. It is important to know the exact location of the trigger point to identify the location of the injection. With the portable ultrasound machine, the medical team can see the location of need and assure accuracy of the injection site.
“We’re so grateful to Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative, its members, and Jim Gossett, for their generous donation,” says Sherry Huehn, WCIHF executive director and MRHC director of development, “We appreciate donations such as this from RVEC, CoBank and Basic Electric as the Foundation eyes purchases of more specialized equipment to enhance the care and services we provide our patients.”
CDC Encourages Taking Action to Prevent Flu
MRHC to Host Fall Flu Shot and Wellness Clinic
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, with serious cases sometimes resulting in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at a higher risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine. Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) has four different types of vaccines available this year: the flu mist (for ages 2-49), pediatric quadrivalent (for ages 6 months-36 months), regular quadrivalent (for anyone above 3 years), and high dose (especially designed for those 65 and older).
“It’s important to get your flu vaccine as soon as soon as possible, and make sure to get one every year, in order to get the best protection against the flu,” explains Jill Arp, MRHC’s infection control nurse. “Everyone aged six months or older should consider getting vaccinated, and especially those who regularly work with the public, such as health care workers, day care providers and teachers.”
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.
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