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Chances are, you’ve seen this pink ribbon before. That’s because this pink ribbon has become the symbol of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held annually in October. This ribbon has become an international sign of unity, courage and commitment for women and men throughout the United States and the world.
Every woman of average risk should have an annual mammography screening starting at age 40. This month, encourage the women in your life to schedule their annual mammography screening. Their health may depend on it.
Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness month? Gunnison Valley Hospital doctors and nurses encourage you to give your baby the best possible start in life by breastfeeding. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants to grow. Also, research shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop chronic illness, experience SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and suffer from asthma. There are benefits for mothers too – breastfeeding burns extra calories and releases the hormone oxytocin which both help your body return to its pre-pregnancy weight faster.
Gunnison Valley Hospital recently launched a student of the month program to recognize hometown excellence by spotlighting a local high school student each month in the newspaper and on the hospital’s Facebook page. The program celebrates student excellence in the areas of academics, sports and community service. Visit the Gunnison Valley Hospital Facebook page to see the students that have been recognized over the past couple of months and watch your local newspaper for upcoming student recognition.
It’s a fact that women live, on average, five years longer than men. This gap can be narrowed significantly if men do just one thing: monitor their health. Men are half as likely as women to get routine checkups which can lead to life-saving preventative care.
The health care providers at Gunnison Valley Hospital recommend that men age 18-50 have a preventative health exam every two years and men 50 years or older every year.
Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.
For more information about Men’s Health, call 435-528-7246.
Regular colonoscopy exams are one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colon cancer. The American Cancer Society reports that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
A colonoscopy can detect precancerous growths which can be removed before they develop into cancer. Regular screening can also find colon cancer early, when it is highly curable.
The recommended age to begin testing is 50. However, if there is a history of colon cancer in the family, it may be advisable to begin testing early.
And, these lifesaving tests are covered by most insurance plans.
Every year since 1995, Gunnison Valley Hospital has awarded college scholarships to hardworking high-school students with dreams of a higher education. Gunnison Valley Hospital Scholarships give bright, deserving kids the help they need to achieve their goals.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, awards/honors, leadership, school activities, community/volunteer activities, and financial needs. Awards are granted without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender or national origin.
The application form must be completed and submitted to your high school counselor by April 17, 2015. You may download an application form at gvhospital.org or your high school counselor will have copies.
To be eligible, you must:
1. Be a high school senior
2. Attend high school in one of the participating schools designated by Gunnison Valley Hospital
3. Have maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 throughout high school
4. Be eligible to attend accredited college or university
5. Intent to study and pursue a career in healthcare
6. Not have been convicted of any crime
Scholarship selection criteria includes:
- Academic achievement and potential
- Community/volunteer activities
- School Activities
- Financial need
If you have questions talk to your high school counselor or call Gunnison Valley Hospital at 435-528-2114.
Download the application here.
High school counselors, download the information packet here.
Gunnison Valley Hospital’s Wound Care Clinic is the first of its kind in central Utah. It provides comprehensive and specialized wound healing services for long-term or chronic wounds. The clinic’s qualified team of doctors and wound care specialists has experience treating diabetic, ulcer, trauma and non-healing surgical wounds. The clinic’s team works one-on-one with each patient to determine the fastest, most effective treatment for healing.
Cutting edge technology, hometown convenience – that’s Gunnison Valley Hospital.
In January, Gunnison Valley Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2015, Xander, son of Heather and Zane Vincent. Xander was born four weeks early and faced several medical complications. The Vincent family was worried that Xander would need to be transported to a larger hospital. However, a team of highly skilled nurses, therapists and Doctor Cary Judy at Gunnison Valley Hospital provided around-the-clock care. Baby Xander is now home with his family – healthy and happy.
Cutting edge technology, hometown convenience – that’s Gunnison Valley Hospital.
For more information about Labor and Delivery Resources call: 435-528-7246
Gunnison Valley Hospital Opens New Dental Clinic Offering Sedation and Anesthesiology
To help ease the fears children may have, dentists often team up with anesthesiologists. Now, young children can simply “sleep” through their dental procedures. For that reason, Gunnison Valley Hospital opened a special dental clinic this past March for children ages four and under as well as disabled individuals, or for anyone who requires or chooses sedation or anesthesia for a dental procedure.
“We’ve partnered with four local dentists,” Cheryl Hansen, nurse manager at the hospital adds, “to provide dental care that they are unable to provide at their individual offices without access to anesthesia services.” While these services are available to anyone, Hansen notes that insurance companies typically do not pay for dental work for individuals over the age of four using sedation or anesthesia.
In the past, says Hansen, residents in counties surrounding Gunnison Valley Hospital have had to drive at least an hour and a half to have their children checked and treated by a pediatric dentist. “Now dental services for young children and disabled individuals are available by their own family dentist here at the hospital. It’s a much less stressful experience not only for the child but also for the parents,” she adds.
The four area dentists working through the hospital are:
- Dr. Conner Thompson, DMD, who practices in Ephraim.
- Dr. Colton Douglas, DMD, who also practices in Ephraim.
- Dr. Kelly Frandsen, DDS, who practices in Gunnison.
- Dr. Barry Sorensen, DDS, who practices in Salina.
Only recently have dentists introduced sedation into their dental services. The reason is obvious. It’s nearly impossible to get very young children to sit in a dentist’s chair for any period of time. Why is it important for children to see a dentist? Children under the age of five require dental work on their “baby” teeth for a multitude of reasons. These include baby bottle tooth decay, thumb sucking, tongue thrust, early tooth loss and poor tooth care.
Additionally, in many cases, the enamel on children’s teeth is not as strong as that on adult’s teeth, which makes a child more at risk of suffering dental problems. Many parents dread the idea of taking their child to a dentist, and in some cases delay the vist rather than put themselves and their child through the discomfort. In such cases, dental care may come too late. According to the American Dental Association, babies should be seen by a dentist six months after the first tooth becomes visible or by their first birthday. At this time, dentists are able to determine problems that may surface in later years, and issues that should be corrected before they become more serious.
Consensus too is that children should definitely see a dentist by the age of two or three after all the baby teeth are in, and should follow up with checkups every six months. Studies have shown that fear of the dentist is a major reason for avoiding regular visits for children and even adults. The new dental clinic at Gunnison Valley Hospital is intended to make dental procedures available, accessible, and far less frightening.
All dental procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia are arranged directly through the individual dentists, who then arrange to come to the hospital’s dental clinic to do the required work. In order to meet the needs of the community, the hospital has created a state-of-the-art dental clinic, including all the necessary equipment required by an anesthesiologist.