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‘Tis the season…for dry eyes?

by Nicole Klein, OD at The Eye Center at Southwest Health If your eyes feel dry, gritty, burn, are watering, or your vision fluctuates with blinking, you may have what is now more commonly known as tear film insufficiency or dry eye syndrome. This condition can result from environmental or weather changes, contact lens use, [read more]

THE NOT SO FERTILE MYRTLE

by Kim Christopher Mackey, MD, OBGYN at The Women’s Center at Southwest Health Women often ask me if it’s okay they’re not pregnant yet. Typically they’ll ask after six or nine months or even a year of trying, wondering whether everything is normal. We can approach this by figuring out whether things are normal and [read more]

Winter Safety Tips

By Becky Shambow, Safety & Risk Manager at Southwest Health Any day now the snow is sure to fall. How prepared are you and your family for the winter weather? Here are a few tips on how to make sure you are ready for whatever this winter throws at us. Prepare an emergency kit for [read more]

My aching back!

by Nate Christopher, MPT at The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health “I have sciatica” or a “pinched nerve” are words that are often heard in medical and physical therapy clinics. Sciatica is a general term that refers to pain that radiates into the buttocks, possibly down the thigh, and sometimes even into the lower leg [read more]

Steps to Helping a Loved One Adjust to a Nursing Home

by Stephanie Gile-Contreraz,CSW & Cindy Reading, RN, BSN, ADON at Epione Pavilion When your loved one comes to need 24-hour skilled nursing care, you’re faced with difficult and stressful decisions. A move to a nursing facility presents a big change in your life, yet it’s an even bigger one in your loved one’s world. Getting [read more]

Eight Simple Steps to A Better Night’s Sleep

By Noelle Hebgen, RN, Director of Inpatient Behavioral Health at Southwest Behavioral Services We have all been there. Lying in bed at night, exhausted from the day’s activities yet unable to turn our mind “off” and fall sleep. If this describes you, you are not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 75% of American [read more]

Stay Independent – Reducing Fall Risk

By Samantha Jordan, DPT, OCS, CSCS & Julie Tashner, MPT – Physical Therapists at The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health Falls are the main reason older adults lose their independence. Each year one-third of the population over 65 years old experience a fall. As fall-related injuries result in 30 billion dollars of direct and indirect [read more]

Preventing Infections

By Jenny Pritchett, MBA, MPH, RN, CIC, Director of Quality Management and Infection Preventionist at Southwest Health There are many different germs inside and outside the healthcare setting. These germs spread in many different ways. For example, germs can spread from person to person and from objects to people. To stop germs from infecting people, [read more]

Big and Loud Help for Parkinson’s

By Jodi Knight, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist at Southwest Health Can you repeat that?  What did you say?  I can’t understand what you’re saying.  If you have Parkinson’s disease you have probably heard these phrases at least a hundred times.  Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurological disease. In simpler terms, this means that there are [read more]

Why is my hand numb?

by Phil Burr, PA-C at  The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health You wake up in the middle of the night, and it feels like your hand is numb and tingling. You shake your hand to wake it up, and it goes away. You fall back asleep and don’t think much about it until you’re driving [read more]