Do you ever think about your bone health? You wouldn’t be alone if you said no. It’s not the first thing that springs to mind when you think about staying healthy. While you may not think about it often, it’s a very important factor in your wellness and length of life. May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, so we had Fairview Range’s Senior Staff Technologist Kirsten Olson and Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital’s PACS Manager Angel Bradshaw cover your most common questions. Both locations offer DEXA bone density scans for patients.
Fairview Range’s Medical Director of Behavioral Health, Dr. Glen Rebman, DO answers your questions.
Did you know April is National Donate Life Month? Right now, over 100,000 people across the United States are waiting for an organ according to the Health Services and Resources Administration.
We can’t just magically zap up the benefits of vitamins and minerals. Our bodies need help, and sometimes other vitamins and minerals are the perfect helpers. Like any mutualistic symbiotic relationship, certain nutrients give each other a boost when paired. This can be especially beneficial when it comes to vital vitamins, like vitamin D, which can be harder to come by in the darker months on the Iron Range. Here are a few pairings to keep in mind and easy ways to pair them.
When it’s bitterly cold outside, getting up and moving can be difficult. You crave comfort foods and cozy blankets. While it’s good to listen to your mental health needs, it’s also important to keep your heart in mind.
SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, is something that affects many of us, especially in the grips of winter. What is it exactly? It’s a depression associated with lack of sunlight and happens more frequently in populations farther from the equator. In the United States alone, over 10 million people a year suffer from SAD. How do you know if you have SAD, and if you do, how do you combat it?
All people entering our hospital, clinics, or other locations are required to wear a medical mask at all times while inside our facilities. This includes – but is not limited to – patients, visitors, couriers, vendors, providers, and employees. Wearing a mask helps protect you, our patients, and our staff from COVID-19.
Fairview Range employees Stephanie Pierzina, RN, and Chantelle French, RN, were recently honored at the 2021 March of Dimes Heroes in Action Awards ceremony. They rose to the top out of over 400 nominations and 50 finalists from across Minnesota.
This annual event provides the community with an opportunity to honor outstanding healthcare professionals in Minnesota who work tirelessly for the health of those they serve. Nurses and other healthcare professionals were nominated by colleagues, family, or friends. Finalists and winners were then selected by a team of qualified nurses.
Pierzina is a Nurse Informaticist at Fairview Range and won the award in the Innovative & Non-Traditional Nursing category. French is an Intake Coordinator for Fairview Range Home Care and Hospice and won the award in the Public Health Nursing category.
The following paragraphs were written as part of the nomination process:
“Stephanie [Pierzina] exemplifies team, accountability, engagement, and high reliability. Stephanie always listens to understand and then assists the practitioner to meet the desired outcome. We are blessed to have her on our team and nursing is blessed to have her represent nursing in development and integration of a patient-safe EMR which creates continuity of care for our patients.”
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Especially right now. As we head into the second winter since the COVID-19 pandemic began, your team at Fairview Range wants to remind you that you’re not alone and it is alright to not be alright. We’re all dealing with a changed world and the ripples continue to be felt.
Flu season is upon us and just because we’re battling one virus doesn’t mean we can ignore another. It’s more important than ever for you and your loved ones to get a flu vaccine.