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National Immunizations Awareness Month

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 4:58 pm by Array

Each year, the 1st of August marks the beginning of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). National Immunization Awareness Month provides an opportunity to recognize the value of immunization throughout ones lifespan. The focus of the month is to encourage all individuals to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases. August serves as a friendly reminder not to neglect your health and to continue to stay up to date with all of your vaccinations. Here is a link with further information regarding NIAM: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html.


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Recognizing our Wonderful Volunteer Services

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm by Array

Here at Maple Grove Hospital our generous volunteer staff is second to none. Maple Grove Hospital currently has over 325 active adult and youth volunteers. Between December of 2009 and December of 2013 our phenomenal volunteer staff contributed a remarkable 45,962 hours of service, the hours of service our volunteers have contributed to Maple Grove Hospital is equivalent to an in-kind donation of approximately $1,017,601 and has saved the hospital from hiring 22 additional full time employees. As a result of our excellent volunteer services Maple Grove Hospital is currently on track to becoming the first hospital in the nation to obtain a Service Enterprise certification. Further information regarding the Service Enterprise certification can be found at http://mavanetwork.org/serviceenterprise.

 

How can you become a volunteer at Maple Grove Hospital? Applying to volunteer and managing your schedule is easy to do. Maple Grove Hospital’s online portal allows applicants and current volunteers convenient access to volunteer applications as well as the ability to view and schedule available shifts real time. Furthermore, by using the online portal via any location that has Internet access, volunteers are able to track their service hours and receive updates and news about their specific area of service as well as the entire hospital. Here at Maple Grove Hospital our volunteer staff is highly valued and appreciated for all that they do. We encourage any individuals who are interested in submitting an application to join our wonderful team to visit the “Join our team” tab located on the Maple Grove Hospital webpage.

Here is a link to the Maple Grove Hospital volunteer page: http://www.maplegrovehospital.org/volunteer


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Hello Again from Kenya!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Kelly Wilson

We had another busy day in the clinic and performed 51 cervical cancer screenings today!  One patient showed signs of a possible cancerous lesion. We will all be thinking of her and hoping for the best possible outcome. Two other precancerous lesions were detected, which will keep two more women from developing cancer!

Our grand total of screenings was 142! Thanks to the education done by the staff of the gynae clinic at Kisii Level 5 hospital, and the promoting done by Gladys and Jackie and their families, many more women in this area have become aware of the risk factors for cervical cancer and understand what they need to do to prevent themselves from developing this dangerous disease.

Check back later this month for pictures of our trip!


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Jambo! Greetings from Kisii, Kenya!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm by Kelly Wilson

As some of you may know, we have put together a group of six people for a medical mission to perform cervical cancer screenings for the women in Kisii, Kenya. 

We started our screenings on Monday and were able to see 37 patients with the help of our Kenyan counterparts.  Today, we were able to screen another 54 patients!  In addition, the patients receive education about the risk factors for cervical cancer and the importance of being screened routinely to prevent them from getting the disease.  Unfortunately, one woman was found to have advanced cervical cancer and was referred to the hospital for treatment.  On a positive note, six patients with precancerous lesions were successfully treated and will not develop cancer in the treated area!

One more day of screenings.  We will post again tomorrow!


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Mid-life Weight Gain in Women - An Answer

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 11:20 am by Jon Nielsen, MD

Nearly every day I hear a midlife patient say, “I exercise more, I eat less, and I still gain weight.  Why is that?” The usual default answer to that question is, “ your metabolism is slowing down with age”.   That may be true but there must be some other answer to explain the midlife weight gain experienced by both women and men, as well as the obesity epidemic we are experiencing in the US .  Yes, we have low fat diets, and low carbohydrate diets, and other “fad” type diets all of which have many proponents and success stories.  We are told that as we age the fat we accumulate is just naturally deposited around our midsection.  That fat is both difficult to lose and a marker of cardiac risk.


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