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.

SALINE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL RECEIVES GOVERNOR’S QUALITY AWARD FOR PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE

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Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH) was recently recognized by the Governor’s Quality Award Program (GQA) for the sixth time. SMH accepted the award at the Annual Awards Celebration for the GQA Program on September 16th at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock.

Grant Tennille, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, presented the award. Approximately 300 business and civic leaders from throughout Arkansas attended the celebration.

“This recognition award was achieved through the outstanding teamwork of our staff, physicians, and leaders,” said Bob Trautman, SMH CEO. “Saline Memorial Hospital’s staff strives to provide safe, quality care to our patients and the community, this Achievement Award is a testament to their hard work and dedication.”

The awards ceremony includes four award levels of Performance Excellence (in descending order of qualifications): the Governor’s Award, the Achievement Award, the Commitment Award and the Challenge Award. As well as the recognition, recipients receive an in-depth evaluation of their management systems and a written feedback report citing strengths and areas for improvement.

Organizations who apply to the GQA program answer questions within the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria to produce an application. These criteria cover seven areas of doing business: 1) Leadership; 2) Strategic Planning; 3) Customer and Market Focus; 4) Measurement, Analysis and Knowledge Management; 5) Human Resource Focus; 6) Process Management; and 7) Results.

“Our staff participated in an in-depth, three-day site visit last summer,” said Trautman. “Examiners from across the state and from different professions reviewed our organizational structure, processes and key performance results. It was a great opportunity to show others what we’re doing to meet the needs of our customers, co-workers and stakeholders.”

After the site visit, the GQA examiners make recommendations to the independent Panel of Judges who then decide which level to award the applicants. Not every applicant receives an award.

The goal of the Governor’s Quality Award Program is to encourage Arkansas organizations to engage in continuous quality improvement, which leads to performance excellence, and to provide significant recognition to those organizations. Created as a not-for-profit organization, the program is dedicated to assist in building a strong infrastructure for Arkansas businesses. That dedication is reflected in the program’s vision to be a catalyst for excellence in organizational performance. The Governor’s Quality Award program partners with the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

“Receiving recognition for our efforts is great,” said Trautman, “but our ultimate goal in being a part of this program is to take the feedback and continue to enhance services for the patients and families we serve.”

For more information about services offered at Saline Memorial, please visit www.salinememorial.org or call (501) 776-6764.

Blood Drive Hosted in Loving Memory Of Ms. Betty Martindale

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This month Saline Memorial Hospital will be holding a memorial blood drive in loving memory of Ms. Betty Martindale. The drive will be held in Conference Room 1 at 1 Medical Park Drive. You can schedule an appointment by going to Red Cross and entering the sponsor code: SMH.

Why should you donate blood? Because thousands of people need blood every day to help save their lives. By donating a pint of blood you can save 3 lives.

Who needs blood? Anyone could need blood for a number of reasons including car accident victims, sickle cell patients, and cancer patients.

How much blood is needed each day? In the US alone more than 44,000 pints of blood are needed each day. One person involved in a car accident could need as much as 100 pints of blood to save their life.

What blood type is needed? Every blood type is needed, although the most requested by hospitals is Type O.

So save lives and donate blood.

Saline Memorial Hospital Brings Beautiful Baby Photography Services To Patients

There are SO many reasons to deliver your baby at Saline Memorial Hospital and we just added one more! Beyond the personalized one-on-one nursing care, excellent physicians and FREE prenatal classes, we now offer photography at your fingertips. Beautiful Baby, an extension of K. Bullard Modern Art Imagery now provides independent photography services to patients delivering at Saline Memorial Hospital. Beautiful Baby is available to capture newborn shots for new moms delivering at Saline Memorial Hospital in an effort to enhance the overall hospital experience.

Check out just a few of the beautiful images of the Rodems family captured at SMH.

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