A Story for your Fathers Day

In honor of Father’s Day we would like to share a story of a local father and grandfather, many of you know.

Steve Jordan is a friend to so many. He’s a reliable church member, a loyal co-worker and an all-around great guy who works hard for his community. In 2012, our staff at SMH had the opportunity to know him as a patient.  Steve came in with chest pain and was immediately admitted and treated for what was later determined as a heart attack.Steve Jordan

“I came in to the Emergency Room around 4:00pm on a Friday and within seconds of arriving nurses were all around me,” he said. “They made me feel like I was the only patient there.”

After being treated in the Emergency Room they were able to stop the heart attack. It just so happened that Dr. Lendel, interventional cardiologist with Arkansas Heart Hospital, was at Saline Memorial on Saturday morning and was able to perform a stent procedure to relieve the blockage.

“I don’t know many surgeons who are at a hospital on Saturday morning but I’m glad that he was,” said Steve. “He came in and talked to me, explaining everything that was going on. Dr. Lendel and the staff made me feel so comfortable and at home. I knew a lot of the nurses and staff that were helping me just from living in Saline County. It was nice to have familiar faces around at a time like that.”

Steve was discharged that Sunday and later went to his primary care physician for a follow up visit.

“I was talking to my doctor and he said if I had tried to go to Little Rock, I wouldn’t be sitting here in front of him.”

Luckily, the team at SMH was there every step of the way. Steve is healthy and continues with his check-ups with Dr. Lendel from Arkansas Heart Hospital. They have a convenient clinic next to the hospital five days a week. These interventional cardiologists also serve patients like Steve who come to the Saline Memorial ER needing emergent cardiac care.

“As I think about Father’s Day and my children and grandchildren, it makes me extremely grateful for Saline Memorial Hospital,” he said. “I wouldn’t be celebrating Father’s Day if it wasn’t for the hospital and physicians-they saved my life.”

Steve has three sons and three grandchildren. He talks to his sons almost every day and sees his grandchildren all the time. He enjoys playing golf with his sons and the whole family loves to get together whenever they can.

“I’ve been in this community my whole life and Saline Memorial Hospital was always just the local community hospital. Now it’s not just Saline Memorial Hospital, it’s my hospital.”

We’re so glad Steve is healthy, active and enjoying time with family again. Happy Father’s Day to Steve and to all of the wonderful father’s out there!

Meet SMH Staff – Hannah Grant

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Hannah Grant is a registered nurse in the SMH Surgery Department. Hannah has been at SMH since August 2013. She chose to work at SMH because it is closer to home, she has family and friends who work here and she likes the home town atmosphere. She has 3 siblings and was recently married to Wes Grant of Benton. Hannah and Wes attend First Baptist Church in Benton. She enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her family, and traveling. Thank you Hannah for choosing SMH as your home!

A Night in Nashville!

Saline Memorial is bringing Nashville to Saline County! Chip Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on ABC’s TV show “Nashville”, along with two of country music’s top songwriters, Steve Mandile and Jeffrey Steele, will at the Benton Event Center on May 1, to perform some of country music’s biggest hits. Tickets are $50.00 for standard seating and $100 for premium seating.  To reserve a ticket call 501-776-6746 or email megan.caldwell@salinememorial.org.

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Saline Memorial Holds FREE Surgical Weight Loss Seminar

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Join Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Russell Gornichec for an inspirational and life changing seminar on weight loss surgery. The FREE seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 5th at Saline Memorial Hospital in Classroom 1. At 5:30pm there will be a Patient Testimonial followed by an educational seminar by Dr. Russell Gornichec himself.

To get an understanding of what surgical weight loss is please read the diary of a real life surgical weight loss patient from Saline Memorial Hospital here.

Space is limited for this event and spaces fill up fast, so please RSVP today at 574-7171 to guarantee your spot.

For more information on our services at Saline Memorial Hospital please call us at 501-776-6000.

Saline Memorial Hosts Diabetes Health Fair

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Join Saline Memorial Hospital for an educational Diabetes Health Fair at Saline Memorial Hospital’s Health Education Building Thursday, November 7th from 9am until 12pm. The health fair will have FREE health care screenings available for Blood Pressure, Glucose, Foot Checks, Body Mass Index (BMI), Diabetes Related Products & Information, and Cholesterol Checks (with a $15 fee).

There will be three educational seminars throughout the health fair that will also be free. At 9:15am Chris Madison will be holding a seminar on motivation to get moving and stay active. At 10:15am Andrea Tappe RD, LD, CDE will be talking about healthy eating with diabetes. And finally, at 11:15am Donette Stump from Arkansas Beef Council will be doing a live cooking demo.

For more information on our services at Saline Memorial Hospital please call us at 501-776-6000.

Glitz & Garland: Today & Tomorrow

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Head to the Benton Event Center today and tomorrow for the third annual Glitz and Garland event. With the event center filled with vendors from across the state offering holiday and home décor, jewelry, clothing, wreaths, and much more, this is your chance to get a head start on your holiday shopping this year. Tropical Smoothie will also be present with refreshing smoothies and delicious wraps & sandwiches.

This year’s Glitz & Garland is sponsored by Benton Chamber of Commerce, KARK 4 News, Saline Memorial Health Foundation, and Everett Buick GMC.  Everett Buick GMC is giving away a 2013 GMC Sierra! (Tickets are sold out)

So head to the Benton Event Center at 17324 I-30N, Benton on today, Friday, November 1 from 12-8pm and tomorrow, Saturday, November 2 from 9am-6pm to join the fun and try your luck at winning the 2013 GMC Sierra!

Saline Memorial Health Foundation Hosts Annual Glitz & Garland

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November 1-2 are the dates to save for the third annual Glitz and Garland event! Glitz and Garland is your chance to get a head start on holiday shopping this year. The event center will be filled with vendors from across the state offering holiday and home décor, jewelry, clothing, wreaths, and much more! Tropical Smoothie will also be present with refreshing smoothies and delicious wraps & sandwiches.

This year’s Glitz & Garland is sponsored by Benton Chamber of Commerce, KARK 4 News, Saline Memorial Health Foundation, and Everett Buick GMC.  Everett Buick GMC is giving away a 2013 GMC Sierra! With only 500 tickets to be sold, you can pick up a raffle ticket for $100 at the Benton Chamber of Commerce, or the Saline Memorial Health Foundation.

So head to the Benton Event Center at 17324 I-30N, Benton on Friday, November 1 from 12-8pm and Saturday, November 2 from 9am-6pm to join the fun and try your luck at winning the 2013 GMC Sierra!

Follow The Diary Of A SMH Surgical Weight Loss Patient

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Ever wondered what a surgical weight loss patient goes through? Well now’s your chance! Meet Meagan, a 25 year old pharmacy school student who has embarked on a weight loss mission. On September 11, 2013, she made what would be the biggest step to improving her health, she had lap band surgery here, at Saline Memorial Hospital. She’s making this journey with the support of her mother and her fiance. You can follow Meagan’s story as she adjusts to life with a lap band by clicking here.

For more information on our services at Saline Memorial Hospital please call us at 501-776-6000.

Saline Memorial Hospital’s Dr. Walsh Talks Health Literacy Month on KARK

With October being Health Literacy Month, Saline Memorial Hospital‘s very own Dr. Walsh spoke on KARK about the importance of making understandable health information readily available to the public. Health Literacy Month was founded in 1999 by Helen Osborne and since then, thousands of events have been taking place across the country to raise awareness for the need of health information for the public.

With a recent consumer report finding that consumers have had little to go on when choosing a hospital for surgery, it shows that there is insufficient literacy available for the public to make reasoned and knowledgeable decisions for their health care needs. It is important that patients make well-informed decisions for any health care procedures, especially surgical procedures. The same consumer report ranked Saline Memorial Hospital as the number 1 hospital in Arkansas for surgical safety.

Listen to what Dr. Walsh had to say about Health Literacy Month here.

For more information on our services at Saline Memorial Hospital please call us at 501-776-6000.

March Of Dimes Recognizes Saline Memorial Hospital For Its Work To Give More Babies A Healthy Start In Life

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Saline Memorial Hospital is the second hospital in the state to be recognized for successfully reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. This initiative will give more babies a healthy start in life, the March of Dimes says.

“We’re proud of our team of physicians and nurses who recognized this problem in our community and put policies in place to avoid scheduling elective inductions or caesarean deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy, except when medically necessary,” said Bob Trautman, SMH CEO.

“The last weeks of pregnancy are important,” says Scott Berns, MD, MPH, senior vice president and deputy medical director for the March of Dimes. “Babies aren’t just putting on weight.  They are undergoing important development of the brain, lungs and other vital organs. I commend Saline Memorial Hospital for being a champion for babies with their quality improvement effort.”

Worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon each year and more than one million of those infants die as a result of their early births.  Babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and others. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. Recent research by the March of Dimes, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that although the overall threat is small, the risk of death more than doubles for infants born at 37 weeks of pregnancy when compared to babies born at 40 weeks, for all races and ethnicities.

“Healthy moms and babies are our first priority,” said Dr. John Baka, OB/GYN with Benton Women’s Clinic. “Our team does everything they can to ensure a happy outcome for our patients.”

Through Strong Start, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the March of Dimes has been getting out the word that “Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait”. The campaign urges women to wait for labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than scheduling delivery before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy.

“The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommend eliminating elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestational age,” said Dr. Stacy Pinter, OB/GYN with Central Arkansas Women’s Group. “Babies electively delivered prior to 39 weeks, may have higher incidence of jaundice, feeding problems, and temperature regulation.  Patient request often influences an obstetrician’s decision to schedule elective delivery prior to 39 weeks. However, I’m very proud that Saline Memorial Hospital has implemented measures to eliminate this practice, which ensures healthy outcomes for Mother and Baby.”

For more information on our services at Saline Memorial Hospital please call us at 501-776-6000.