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Serving the Community Since 1956

Friday, October 31, 2014

Counting Corn - Halloween by the Numbers

Costumes, Candy, Pumpkins...Happy Halloween! Here at Mayers Memorial Hospital District we thought it would be fun to share a few interesting numbers about the candy filled celebration.
  • In 2010 there was a pumpkin that weighed in at 1810 pounds!
  • Growers in the United States produce 1.5 billion pounds in pumpkins each year
  • There are 36 million children in the US between the ages of 5 to 13, the best age for trick or treating!
  • Over 50% of Americans decorate their yards for Halloween
  • More than 35 million pounds of candy are sold annually.
  • 90% of people admit to "sneaking" some of their children's candy
  • 120 million Americans dress up for Halloween
  • 72% of Americans say they hand out Halloween Candy
  • The average American consumes 24 pounds of candy each year - that is equal to 2,366 Hershey Kisses!
Join us at the Mayers Memorial Lobby today from 4:00 - 6:00 pm for Main Street Trick or Treat. We have LOTS of candy to be handed out by some of our long term care residents.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Is it a Cold or the Flu?

How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu? Knowing the difference:

The common cold and the flu are contagious respiratory infections that affect  millions of people annually. Children can be affected more often than adults; and may catch a cold up to 10 times per year.

Generally the flu happens less often than colds.

Recognize the difference in the symptoms:

  • Low grade  or NO fever
  • Headaches are UNCOMMON
  • Mild fatigue, weakness
  • Mild aches and pains
  • Sneezing, stuffy nose
  • Mild cough
  • Sore throat
  • Sudden fever lasting 3-4 days
  • Headache - prominent
  • Extreme fatigue that can last weeks
  • Severe aches and pains
  • Sneezing, stuffy nose - sometimes
  • Cough - can be severe
  • Sore throat - sometimes
  • Wash hands with soap and water
  • Keep kitchen, restroom, toys, remotes, etc. clean
  • Don't share food or drink items
  • Avoid contact
  • Avoid crowds
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Keep your hands away from eyes, nose and mouth
  • Get plenty of sleep, exercise and nutritious food
  • Get your flu vaccine

  • Avoid close contact
  • Use tissues or inside of elbow for coughing and sneezing
  • Wash thoroughly after coughing and sneezing
  • Discard used tissues immediately
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Increase rest
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Feeling of faintness
  • Severe sore throat
  • Productive cough with colored phlegm
  • High fever
  • Symptoms last more than 10 days
  • Fever with shaking chills
  • Chest pain with breathing or cough
  • If you have other health conditions
Mayers Memorial Hospital

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Don't Let the Treats Trick

Don't let all of those Halloween treats trick your health!  Candy, candy and more candy! We all know we eat our fair share out of the kid's candy bag. There are a few ways to stay healthy (sort of) during this sugar filled day.

  • MOVE - be active and take the long route when trick or treating with your kids. Have a party for the kids and play some active games.
  • HEALTHY FOOD OPTIONS - if hosting a party, try some healthy foods like fruits and vegies.
  • BRUSH,BRUSH, BRUSH - Brush and floss after eating that sugar.
  • SAFETY FIRST - Carry a flashlight, wear reflective costumes and walk with a group.
  • WASH and REST - wash your hands and get plenty of rest to keep the festivities from resulting in a cold or flu.
Visit Mayers Memorial Hospital from 4:00 - 6:00 pm for goodies!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

10 Tips For Personal Safety

Awareness. How aware are you of the things surrounding you each day? Being aware and being prepared can be one of the best preventions of a violent crime against you. Statistics show that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Beyond that, statistics for murder, abuse and other violent crimes are concerning;
  • College age women are 4 times more likely to be assaulted
  • Every 2 minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted
  • One aggravated assault occurs every 35 seconds

Being educated, aware and prepared can save a life. Here are 10 simple tips to help:

  1. Be aware of your surroundings. Don't be distracted and don't assume that you are safe - even in the daylight.
  2. Inform someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Leave a note at home that tells where you will be. If you can...avoid going alone.
  3. When walking to your car - don't overload your hands and arms. That will make you an easy target. Carry your purse on your right shoulder - then you can easily slip into your car.
  4. Don't text while walking, pay attention to where you are going and who is around you.
  5. Phone do's and don'ts...
    • Do talk "your way to the car" - let someone know where you are walking, what is around you and if you see anything suspicious
    • Don't be distracted with a deep conversation
  6. Have your keys or protection devices in your hand so you don't have to dig for them.
  7. If you are approached, be prepared. The panic button on your keychain is a great resource. Always have a plan.
  8. Be aware of what is around your car when you get in. Avoid parking next to side door vans. Don't get out to remove flyers from back window.
  9. Change your routine - don't jog or walk the same route and the same time every day.
  10. Keep a stun gun, pepper spray or other defense device accessible (on a keychain) and be educated on how to use it. It will do you no good at the bottom of your purse.
Watch for more tips provided to you by Mayers Memorial Hospital.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

9 Foods for Post Workout

You have just completed a hard workout and you are starving! Don't just grab anything in sight, reach for something that will refuel and replenish your body.
After a recent half marathon, I was feeling completely depleted. After working your body and muscles so long it needs the proper kind of fuel. Reaching for a soda and chocolate won't do the trick.
Here is a list of 9 great foods to provide your body what it needs to recharge.
  1. Bananas - a fast acting carbohydrate and a great source of potassium
  2. Eggs - PROTEIN! Need we say more?
  3. Berries (preferably the blue kind) - antioxidant boost
  4. Sweet Potatoes - tasty carb with vitamin B6, C, D, magnesium and potassium
  5. Nuts - a quick source of protein
  6. Hummus - a good source of protein and carbs, pair with a pita for a healthy snack
  7. Salmon - protein AND omega 3's to help rebuild muscles
  8. Orange Juice -  vitamin C and potassium to help restore fluid levels in the body.
  9. Pineapple - contains the natural inflammatory bromelain to help heal bruises, sprains and swelling.
Visit MMHD's website for more great articles on healthy food choices.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The 3 E's...Equip, Empower, Educate

1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes.
College age women are 4 times more likely to be assaulted.
Every 2 minutes someone in the US is sexually assaulted.
One aggravated assault occurs every 35 seconds."
Being prepared and knowing what to do in these situations is vital. MMHD is offering a FREE class to the community to help women be prepared. It is a little bit of a twist on a self-defense class, it is an actual company that hosts the event and offers products for sale. They provide great information and situational tips and instruction. No purchase is necessary.

Damsel in Defense was founded in September 2011 by Mindy Lin and Bethany Hughes, two friends with a passion for safety. As moms, non-lethal defense was their main objective.  Moms will do anything to protect themselves and their children, but guns were not an option in their homes. If there were other options made available just as effective in disabling an attacker and non-lethal, they wanted them!

Equip women with products that can protect them! Most women have never held a stun gun and can’t tell you where to find one to see, hold and purchase. We are changing that!

Empower women to protect themselves! We hear from customers time and again that having an item in their hand while walking to their car in a dark parking lot makes them feel safer. It is not a  false sense of security, it is knowing that they are better off carrying a deterrent than they would be empty-handed.

Educate women by encouraging them to back up their purchases with self-defense training. Our relationships with our customers and our fight to lower the national statistics of assaults against women do not end at the time of purchase.
You are invited to join us for this FREE event Monday, October 27th at 10:30 am, 2:30 pm or 5:30 pm. Please RSVP to


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

4 Ways to Improve Your Respiratory Health

How many breathes do you take in a day?
  • 10,000
  • 20,000
  • 50,000
Every day the average person takes in about 20,000 breathes using our uniquely designed respiratory symptom - nose, throat, voice box, windpipe and lungs.
There are many things that can affect our breathing quality.
  • Genetics
  • Disease
  • Air Quality/Pollutants
  • Personal Choices
Many of the factors are beyond our control, but there are 4 simple ways you can improve your respiratory health.
  1. Maintain a healthy weight - excess weight puts more pressure on your lungs which makes them work harder and less efficiently.
  2. Don't Smoke - simply, smoking damages lungs and can increase your risk of disease significantly.
  3. Hydrate - drinking plenty of water daily helps to maintain a thin consistency to the mucus lining your lungs. Dehydration can cause the mucus to thicken and result in slowing down overall respiration, and being more susceptible to illness.
  4. Challenge your lungs -  exercise, breathing exercises to increase lung capacity and lung function will promote overall respiratory health.
For more information contact MMHD Respiratory Department

Monday, October 20, 2014

What is a Respiratory Therapist?

People often ask me what a Respiratory Therapist is, so here you go. A respiratory therapist or “RT” provides many services to patients. The services may be outpatient which include performing pulmonary function testing to see how well ones lung function is. A Pulmonary function test is the only true way to diagnose COPD. RT’s also provide pulmonary rehabilitation services to help patients with lung diseases to help them be able to perform daily activities more easily through exercise training, education, smoking cessation, and breathing exercises. RT’s can also perform diagnostic sleep studies to help diagnose and treat sleep apnea.

In the inpatient setting RT’s have many roles and see patients in all areas of the hospital. RT’s provide bronchodilator therapy via aerosol treatments, provide mucous clearing adjuncts, and provide education and smoking cessation. We are also able to assess our patients and treat them with certain therapies according to their respiratory state. Arterial blood gases are a type of lab that respiratory draws. This is different from a normal blood draw due to the fact that we are drawing it from an artery and not a vein. An artery carries oxygenated blood and gives us insight to the patient’s respiratory and metabolic state.

Respiratory therapists treat patients of all ages ranging from newborn to end of life. RT’s also play a key role when it comes to life saving measures. We manage and run all ventilators while the patient requires support. RT’s can also perform intubations. Once ready patients can be “weaned” from the ventilator and the breathing tube removed to allow for a patient to breathe on their own. During births RT is on standby and attends all c-sections to help manage the baby if it is unable to maintain its own airway.

The job of the RT is often misunderstood and often underappreciated but continues to grow and make progress. As an RT it is wonderful to see how much progress a patient can make when you least expect it. Each day at work has something new and is never the same as the next but brings joy knowing you are part of a healthcare team that has one goal in mind, providing care to those in need.

Submitted by Jackie Crum, MMHD Respiratory Department Manager 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Do you Pumpkin Spice?

It is everywhere you look and it is not just food anymore. You know it is fall when the Pumpkin Spice products fill the shelves. Do you Pumpkin Spice?

I like the standard pumpkin spice coffee and I love pumpkin cake and muffins. My son likes pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are pretty good...but what about all of this other stuff?

What do you think? Is it a little overboard? Maybe with the Pumpkin Spice, but the actual pumpkin has some great health benefits. If you can find a way to use a real pumpkin to provide your spice you can reap these benefits:
  • Pumpkins keep your eyes sharp - full of Vitamin A
  • Pumpkins aid weight loss - fiber rich
  • Pumpkin seeds can help your heart - phytoserols help reduce LDL
  • Pumpkins may reduce cancer risk - antioxidant beta carotene
  • Pumpkins protect the skin - carotenoids help reduce wrinkles
  • Pumpkin seeds can boost your mood - tryptophan also important in the production of serotonin
  • Pumpkins can help after a workout - Potassium
  • Pumpkins can boost immune system - source of Vitamin C

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Women's Empowerment Hour

Mayers Memorial Hospital District recognizes the importance of being prepared. Being in a small community sometimes makes us complacent and comfortable. Our children attend small schools where they know and trust most everyone.

As a parent of a daughter, I know it made me very nervous when she went off to college in the big city. Protecting yourself, knowing how to be aware and what to do in certain situations is a must.

It really hit home one night when our house phone rang in the middle of the never one was there. I looked at my cell phone to find messages that said, "Momma, please wake up." The call on the house phone was to wake us up, she didn't want to speak or move because she was scared. Through text messages I found out a man was standing outside of her open bedroom window.  Talk about feeling helpless...being 3 hours away. We called the police department. We instructed her to quickly get to the other room until the police came. That is a very condensed version of the story. What it impressed upon me is that we need to prepare our daughters for situations like these.

As women, we need to know how to protect ourselves. While at the Inter-Mountain Fair, I met up with a past Fall River resident who presents classes on equipping women with the tools and knowledge to stay safe and instill confidence if ever threatened.

MMHD is hosting an event at the hospital in Fall River Mills on Monday, October 27th. There will be three "Women's Empowerment Hour" classes at 10:30 am, 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm.

Statistics show 1 in 5 women will be assaulted in their lifetime. Damsel in Defense is a company developed by women for women. Their vision is to make women safe at work, home and play.

The event is FREE and although Damsels in Defense offers products for sale, no purchase is required. The hospital will earn product if anything is sold and will in turn be giving that product away as prizes. There will be door prizes and light snacks. Bring a friend and receive a free gift. Please, no children or infants, but spouses are welcome.

We ask that you RSVP for a specific time so we can be prepared. Contact or
(530)336-5511 ext. 1136.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What you Need to Know About Ebola

Being prepared and knowing the facts in the largest step of prevention.
At MMHD we are taking all necessary steps to be prepared for any type of disaster or emergency.

CDC has a web page dedicated to Ebola
Also visit Mayers Information Page for more resources

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Is It Time to Give Up Diet Soda?

Do you have to have your Diet Pepsi or Coke everyday? If you are like me, it is a habit that has been hard to break. Around 2:00 pm every afternoon, that craving for a diet soda kicks in. I can remember back to high school when I would have a diet soda and a bag of M & M's rationalizing that at least I wasn't having a regular soda with all of the extra calories.

Come to find out, research shows there is something to all of that. Diet soda actually can increase your desire for sugary treats and higher calorie foods.

Diet soda has been related to weight gain. One study indicated that overweight individuals that switched to diet soda were likely to consume more calories than those who consumed regular soda.

Other studies show that diet soda may cause insulin confusion. The brain associates "sweet" with calories which drives our body to release insulin. In a study where individuals consumed sucralose, there were increases in both insulin and blood glucose levels. Although more studies are needed, it is known that frequent rises in insulin have been linked to insulin resistance and increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

It has also been noted that diet soda drinkers seem to have an altered sweet-sensory reward center in the brain which can change how the brain reacts to cravings for high calorie foods.

Click here for more articles on diet soda.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

We Did It!

We finished the race!  This was a very special day for a very special lady.
What a great TEAM we have here at Mayers! It became even more evident when a simple idea evolved into over 20 Mayers employees (with a few family members) dedicating themselves to run the Biz Johnson Half Marathon in memory of Julie McCullough!
WE DID IT!  Team Mayers was AWESOME! Thank you for your willingness to step out of your comfort zone for this very symbolic effort. As we ran the beautiful trail, it was clear why Julie loved this run. As the course got a little tiresome for many of us…the subtle reminder of why we were doing it pushed us along.
The dedication, compassion and unity exemplified what we are about at Mayers. Thank you again!  You all were amazing! It was a perfect day.
Some of the girls post-race

Part of Team Mayers with their medals

Some of the participants before the run began

Just got registered...ready to go!

Here comes Jackie...Ahead of Ben!

Kathy getting her medal

A light at the end of the tunnel Kati?

Keith had the best time of the MMHD Team at 1 hour 51 minutes

Margaret...Yay for the finish line!

Michele on the trail

Holly and Theone crossing the finish line

Theresa always having fun

The scenery

Val and Mandy

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Flu Season Ahead

According to the CDC, the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Influenza is a serious disease, every flu season is different and can affect different people in different ways. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.

During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

Who should get a flu shot? A standard recommendation is that everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu shot, but individuals should consult with their physicians regarding which option is the best for you and your family.

Vaccination to prevent influenza is very important for people who are at higher risk for serious complications of the flu.


People at High Risk for Developing Flu-Related Complications

  • ·        Pregnant women
  • (

  • ·       Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions [including disorders of the brain,
  • spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure
  • disorders), stroke, intellectual disability (mental retardation), moderate to severe
  • developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury].

  • ·        Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and
  •  cystic fibrosis)

  • ·        Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)

  • ·        Kidney disorders

  • ·        Liver disorders

  • ·        Metabolic disorders
  • (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)

  • ·        People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy

Mayers Memorial Hospital District recommends you are informed about your options and consult with your physician.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Team Mayers

It was the summer of 2013 and I was preparing for my first half marathon. I was feeling unsure and very nervous. I don't know if she sensed it, but a co-worker came alongside and offered me encouragement every time she saw me at work.

Julie McCullough was an EMT at Mayers Memorial Hospital. She also an avid runner and had completed many half marathons. Her kindness, compassion and advice were a significant part of me being able to complete my first half-marathon.

After the race weekend, she was the first to ask how it went and congratulate me on my accomplishment. She asked if I wanted to participate in a run she really liked, the Biz Johnson Half Marathon. That fall it wasn't going to work for me, but I thought, yes the next year (2014) I would definitely participate.

During the next year, Julie was diagnosed with brain cancer and we lost an amazing co-worker and friend at MMHD this summer.

We put out the word to our staff...

BEFORE YOU SAY NO “I Don’t Run…” Think about this…
This is a large challenge – something hard to endure and probably not something most of us want to do. It won’t be easy. For these reasons it will be a meaningful tribute to a person who loved to run. 

In honor of Julie and her love of running, 25 people representing MMHD are participating in the Biz Johnson Half Marathon October 11, 2014.  Many of the participants are not truly runners and it is a big feat for them to tackle. Runners have collected pledges to establish a fund to establish a scholarship in memory of Julie.

We will accomplish and complete these 13.1 miles...with Julie whispering words of encouragement each step of the way.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Meet MMHD's Pharmacist

It is National Pharmacist Month - Meet Mayers Memorial Hospital District's Pharmacist Keith Earnest.
He is one of our “grow-your-own” prodigies. He was born in the hospital where he has been dedicated and loyal since his hire date May 1, 1999. He was hired as Mayers’ pharmacist and was promoted to a senior-level position in January of 2008. His position as the Chief Clinical Officer includes many clinical and leadership functions within the general acute care (CAH) facility and skilled nursing facility, including hospice.

He has been on the Board of Directors for the Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation since 2000—with the majority of his tenure serving as President. He works with Intermountain Hospice, Good News Rescue Mission, youth ministries and various other community organizations. He is a graduate of Fall River High School and completed his secondary education and Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific. Earnest completed his residency at Huntsville Hospital in Alabama.