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Protect yourself during tick season

Protect yourself during tick season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has some of the highest levels of tick-related illnesses of any state in the nation and we are expecting another big year. In 2012, over 900 cases of tick-related illness were reported to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Five of these cases resulted in death. Cases were found in 63 counties, with illnesses occurring every month of the year but peaking in June. Because many of these illnesses go unreported, the actual number of persons sick from tick-related illness is much higher.

According to Susan Weinstein, DVM, MPH, Zoonotic Disease Section Chief at ADH, “Tick-related illnesses are serious and can be deadly if not treated properly. It is very important that people realize the seriousness of the infections that some ticks can carry, and to see their doctor if ill. Thankfully, we can prevent many of these infections if we become aware of the risks and take some simple precautions.”

Searcy Healthcare Center American Red Cross Blood Drive

Searcy Healthcare Center American Red Cross Blood Drive

May 15, 2013 Searcy Healthcare Center will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The event will take place in the Lobby of Searcy Healthcare Center, 1205 Skyline Drive, Searcy, AR  72143.  Please come by for refreshments and give the gift of life -- donate your blood!

Blood donations needed in White County

Blood donations needed in White County

Celebrate Red Cross Month by getting involved

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 4, 2013) — During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross invites everyone to support their communities by giving blood or platelets, volunteering, taking a class or making a financial donation. Those involved enable the Red Cross to continue to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Like the emergency room of a hospital, the Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient needs around the clock. With the generous support of blood donors, the Red Cross can help ensure all patients have the blood products they need, no matter when or where.

Healthcare at home

Healthcare at home

White County Medical Center Home Health Agency Telemedicine Nurse Kayla Burks, RN, recently spoke to the Searcy Senior Networking group about what the WCMC Home Health agency offers for patients.

“Our goal is to educate and empower our patients to live full lives by using the tools and techniques we provide to successfully manage their diseases,” she said.

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Blood donations needed to respond to emergencies

Blood donations needed to respond to emergencies

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Jan. 15, 2013) — Like the emergency room of a hospital, the American Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Through the dedication of blood donors, the Red Cross can be prepared day in and day out, no matter when or where blood is needed.

 

Readily available blood helps save the lives of people like David Zien, who was on his way home on his motorcycle when the SUV in front of him lost control during a lane change and flipped onto its side, sending Zien nearly 350 feet. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital, where he received 32 pints of blood. Today, Zien says he attributes much of his survival to the generosity of blood donors.

 

All blood types are currently needed. For more information and to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

 

Schools, Health Department offer flu vaccines for K-12

Schools, Health Department offer flu vaccines for K-12

(LITTLE ROCK) —The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and local school districts statewide are again offering the seasonal flu vaccine to school children in grades K-12 beginning the week of October 8. School clinics will be going on for the next several months.

Seasonal flu vaccine is not required for children to attend school, but it is highly recommended.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommend everyone aged 6 months and older receive a seasonal flu vaccine every year.  Seasonal flu causes children to miss school and their parents to miss work.   If you have insurance, the ADH will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of giving the vaccine.  If you do not have insurance or your insurance company does not pay, the shot will be no charge to you.

WCMC Receives Arkansas Governor’s Quality Award

WCMC Receives Arkansas Governor’s Quality Award

White County Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has received the prestigious Governor’s Quality Award. The honor was given to hospital representatives at the recent Governor’s Quality Award banquet, in which Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe recognized WCMC with the award.

“We know that the future of healthcare rests in our ability to provide superior care for our patients,” said WCMC President/CEO Ray Montgomery. “We do not want to be merely average or good; we want to be ‘world class.’”

The Arkansas Governor’s Quality Award is the highest level of recognition presented to state organizations that have demonstrated the highest level of performance excellence through their practices and achievements.