CHI Saint Joseph Health Blog

February 17, 2020

Many people are currently suffering from a chronic pain disorder called Fibromyalgia, which causes those affected to feel unnatural pain and an increased sensitivity to pain. Fibromyalgia affects more than 4 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although it is clear that Fibromyalgia is not an inflammatory or autoimmune …


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February 12, 2020

If you experience the warning signs of a heart attack, do not delay. Seek help immediately. When it comes to health, you may be the kind of person to put on a brave face and push through the pain. But if you feel sensations typical of a heart attack, getting timely medical care could mean …


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February 10, 2020

When it comes to serving her community, Vickie Heierman, PT, plays many parts. Heierman, the longtime rehabilitation director at Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph Jessamine, caught the theater bug when her son was in the drama club in middle and high school. “I was a drama club mom,” Heierman said. “I traveled to festivals …


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February 07, 2020

Each year in the United States, more than five million Americans are diagnosed with heart valve disease, which occurs when one or more heart valves are not opening or closing properly. A person’s heart has four valves: aortic, mitral, pulmonary and tricuspid. These valves help direct the blood flow through the chambers of the heart …


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February 03, 2020

CHI Saint Joseph Health can now offer expert second opinions, specialized treatment options and clinical trials to our patients, thanks to an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center. We strive to continually improve our cancer services and bring new care options to patients at CHI Saint Joseph Health. In fact, we have been recognized for …


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January 28, 2020

Schedule your preventive screenings – make 2020 your healthiest year yet! “Health screenings are a way for patients to get a head start on health issues that could become something more serious,” said Teresa Lucas, BSN, RN, population health coach at CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners. “They are a simple but effective way to be …


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January 24, 2020

Wounds can hurt in more ways than one, especially when they limit your ability to perform everyday activities. While minor cuts and scrapes can often be treated at home, chronic wounds may require medical attention. It’s important to recognize when a wound warrants a doctor’s visit, as comprehensive wound care can minimize pain and shorten …


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January 06, 2020

If you are experiencing unexplained symptoms, including issues with weight gain or loss, anxiety, perspiration, restlessness or fatigue, you may have a problem with a small gland in your neck. Issues with the thyroid gland, one of the nine major endocrine glands in the body, can be the underlying cause of a wide variety of …


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December 30, 2019

Growing up in a family of nurses, Ricky Reiter, BSN, RN, CAPA, outpatient surgery charge nurse with Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of CHI Saint Joseph Health, has always been drawn to the idea of improving the lives of those around him. “In school, I always liked biology and anatomy, and nursing clicked with me,” said …


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December 20, 2019

Jenny Lynn Hatter is proud to say she lost 100 pounds … four times. It wasn’t until she had weight loss surgery in 2015 that she was able to maintain the weight loss. “I thought the last thing I wanted to do was have weight loss surgery, but I knew it was my last shot,” …


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