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In response to a community need, Mercy St. Charles Hospital has opened a Pulmonary Rehab Clinic.
The clinic sees patients with debilitating conditions such as obstructive lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Clinic staff members strive to focus on how best to address each patient’s unique needs and circumstances. Evaluations are completed in the morning Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and rehab sessions are offered from 1- 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“I develop a plan of care for each patient based on his or her individual needs,” said Rebecca Montgomery, coordinator of Pulmonary Rehab at St. Charles. “During the initial evaluation, I get information about the patient’s medical history, medications, limitations and goals. I send the plan of care to the ordering physician for approval, and then we start the therapy sessions and progress at a pace that is right for each patient.”
Summer for children means countless trips to the local pool, beach or river and playing outside for hours. Parents and guardians take painstaking measures to minimize the risks their children face including teaching them how to swim; to look both ways before crossing the street; and to use bug spray and sunscreen.
Don’t forget the importance of protecting children’s eyes from the sun. After all, how often are sunglasses purchased for children? As it happens, kids are rarely found wearing sunglasses, but they need even more protection from the sun than adults. According to Dr. Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, associate dean at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and Medical Director of Realeyes, “children’s eyes have more transparent corneas and lenses than the fully developed eyes of adults. As a result children’s eyes let in more UV light, putting them at greater risk for vision complications from sun damage.”
St. Charles Audiology relocates
The department has the same staff. Call 419-696-7486 for more information.
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ProMedica’s prominent investments currently include partnering with McKesson and Allscripts to deliver acute-care electronic medical records (EMRs). Implementation of EMRs is scheduled at Flower Hospital in November and at The Toledo Hospital/Toledo Children’s Hospital in 2010.
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