Super Bowl Snack Tips

The big game is almost here! It doesn’t matter which team you cheer for, because when it comes to snacking, we all have one thing in common. On average, Americans will consume 1,200 calories from snacking alone!! That makes Super Bowl Sunday the second-largest food consumption day of the year after Thanksgiving, according to a report from the Calorie Control Council.

So let’s reevaluate that party menu playbook! Try these delicious, healthy Super Bowl snack tips at your party and score a touchdown with your guests!

  • Just about every starting lineup has some kind of dip. This year, how about giving these rookies some field time – serve your hungry guests hummus, salsa, guacamole or spinach & artichoke dip with whole grain chips or crackers.
  • Tackle the munchies with shrimp and slider sandwiches!
  • Score an extra point (or two) with peanuts, fruit kabobs, popcorn and dark chocolate.

I AM PLANETREE: Marianne

Marianne SevcikMeet ACH Obstetrics Director Marianne Sevcik. Marianne began her career as an RN at a psychiatric hospital in Knoxville, TN in 1987. Marianne’s first experience in an OB department came with a move to Rochester Minnesota in 1990. After relocating to Ohio in 2000 she began her career at ACH in the OB department.

“I hadn’t always dreamed of becoming an Obstetrics nurse. Sometimes in life you are just in the right place at the right time. This is how I feel about OB, when I started in the department I just discovered a part of who I am. I related to the patients, especially as the mother of four children of my own. I have grown to absolutely love OB; I love the bond that OB nurses get to share with young women and their families at such a special time in their lives. Obstetrics nurses have the wonderful job of making everyday a birthday party, but they also have to be there for families during some of life’s most difficult moments. It’s during these times when compassionate care is most needed. Once you have had the privilege of sharing these intimate moments with the patients it truly changes who you are in a profound way.

Our Planetree philosophy at ACH enables us to provide care for the whole patient; our staff is trained to do more than just care for the physical needs of the patient. We are here to treat every patient as family with a deeper level of kindness and compassion. Caring for people is part of who you become.

There is no way to distance yourself from the joy or pain that the patient is experiencing, nor do you want to. Being Planetree goes beyond just having a skill set as a nurse, it reaches in and changes who you are and allows you to give back from your heart, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

ACH Offers Diabetes Prevention Program

The Group Lifestyle Balance program (GLB) will be offered at Alliance Community Hospital. This is a year-long diabetes prevention program geared toward lifestyle changes to promote weight loss. The curriculum was developed by the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Prevention Program.

The class will meet weekly for the first 3 months, bimonthly for the next 3 months, and weekly for the remaining 6 months. The program for 2013 is scheduled to kick off in February and continue through December 2013.

Participants must be willing to commit to changes in their diet and physical activity. Daily food intake and exercise must be monitored, while weight measurements will be taken each meeting.

In order to register for GLB, please follow this procedure for securing a place in class:

  1. Physician completes Group Lifestyle Balance Program Referral Form and signs. Please include pertinent lab work on the form. The participant is given the completed referral form and must contact the Educational Services Department at Alliance Community Hospital at 330-596-7888 to register. (Completed referral form must be turned in prior to Class 1 on February 5,2013). Class size will be limited to the first 20 eligible participants.
  2. The participant will receive a phone call from a GLB coach to confirm registration and answer any questions they may have. 
  3. There will be a minimal charge ($50) for the course in order to cover materials. Payment is due by February 5.

 Please call ACH’s Educational Services Department at 330-596-7888 for eligibility information.

Winter Weather Safety Tips

As temperatures drop, extra winter safety precautions are crucial. With winter, comes an increased chance of falls and injury. Heed these safety tips before you venture out into the cold:

 

  • Wear the proper footwear. Check the traction on your shoes and make sure the soles are not worn or smooth.
  • Check sidewalk railings and make sure they are sturdy enough to support your weight.
  • Keep salt and a shovel near walkways for easy access.
  • Carry a cell phone in case a fall occurs and you are unable to get up.
  • Ask for help when leaving a location and have to walk across slick surfaces.
  • Have a plan. Prepare yourself on what to do if you or someone you are with falls.
  • Take it slow. Allow yourself extra time when going out.
  • Strengthen your legs. Strong legs help brace a person when a fall occurs and help prevent injury.

Alliance Community Hospital adds palliative care team to help patients deal with chronic illnesses

The following article appeared in today’s Alliance Review.

Alliance Community Hospital adds palliative care team to help patients deal with chronic illnesses

By Shannon Harsh – The Review – Published: January 21, 2013 3:00AM

RESTRICTED VISITATION TO PROTECT OUR PATIENTS FROM INFLUENZA

Until further notice, please adhere to the following visitation policy:

1. Visitation is limited to healthy visitors. 

2. For the safety of children and patients,
children under the age of 14 are not permitted to visit. 

3. Please limit visitors to 2 per patient. 
Visits should be limited to a short period of time.

4. DO NOT visit patients if you are ill
or are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea