The Heart of our Hospital

Join us in saying thank you to our entire team at Washington Regional Medical Center May 8-14 during National Hospital Week. We continue to be inspired by our healthcare workers every day and are grateful for their dedication and passion for providing care to our community.

This recognition week dates back to 1921 when President Harding declared the first National Hospital Day. He chose May 12 in honor of iconic nurse Florence Nightingale’s birthday. In 1953, it was expanded to National Hospital Week to give hospitals more time for public education about medical care.

Recipe: BLT Chopped Salad

If you’re a fan of a BLT, then you’ll love this springtime shift on the classic. It has all your favorite ingredients – plus a few tasty extras – combined for a light, indulgent salad. Combine kale, tomatoes, bacon, feta and corn for this low-maintenance version: https://www.wellplated.com/blt-chopped-salad/

National Women’s Health Week

Let’s face it ladies – many of us are guilty of it. We take care of everyone else before ourselves and often neglect our own health. But not this week. May 8-14 is National Women’s Health Week and it’s a time to focus on prioritizing our own health – both mental and physical.

A key to staying healthy is preventive care. At Washington Regional Medical Center, we want to help you stay healthy whether that’s through annual check-ups with your doctor or routine screenings to prevent health problems or detect them early. The Norma Lorraine Avignone Women’s Health Center offers a growing range of diagnostic services all focused on women’s needs, including 3D mammography.

Once you’ve scheduled your screening or visit with your doctor, take a look at other ways you can build a foundation of good health for National Women’s Health Week. Here are just a few:

  • Get moving and stay active – Focus on getting your heart beating faster through moderate intensity exercise 20 minutes a day.
  • Nourish from the inside out – Make sure your diet includes important nutrients like vitamin D and calcium.
  • Find healthy ways to manage stress – Spend a few minutes each day doing your favorite calming activities like yoga or listening to music.

For all your healthcare needs, call WRMC at 252-793-4135.

National Minority Health Month

Every April, we celebrate National Minority Health Month. The recognition month was created to build awareness about the disproportionate burden of premature death and illness in people from racial and ethnic minority groups. In recent years, the minority community has been experiencing another health inequity from COVID-19, which has disproportionately affected communities of color. According to the CDC, data shows that some racial and ethnic minority groups – particularly Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and American Indian or Alaska native people are at increased risk of getting sick, having a more severe illness, and dying from COVID-19.

That’s why this year’s theme – Give Your Community a Boost – is focused on educating about the continued importance of vaccination, including boosters, as one of the strongest tools we can use to protect communities of color. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. You can get your vaccine and booster at Washington Regional Medical Center. Just call us at 252-793-4135.

National Minority Health Month originated in 1915 with the establishment of National Negro Health Week by Booker T. Washington. In 2002, National Minority Health Month received support from the U.S. Congress and the month was created to promote educational efforts on the health problems facing minorities.

Recipe: Air Fryer Cauliflower Wings

Looking to mix up your wing routine with an easy new recipe? Then try this twist on wings – cauliflower coated in a sticky, spicy and perfectly sweet sesame sauce. Toss them in your air fryer for a few minutes then enjoy these crispy, healthy bites: https://eatwithclarity.com/air-fryer-sesame-cauliflower-wings/

Thankful for Our Laboratory Team!

Providing fast, reliable laboratory results is key to providing healthcare that heals at WRMC. That’s why we’re excited to recognize our laboratory professionals April 18-24 as part of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week!

Our lab team, located at our medical center and our Plymouth Primary Care Rural Health Clinic, are highly qualified, board-certified professionals. They’re available around the clock – 24/7 – to provide accurate and timely test results.

Thank you to our dedicated lab professionals for the vital role you play in healing our patients! Learn more about lab services at Washington Regional Medical Center.

The Importance of Getting Your Zzz’s

Sleep is an essential part of overall health at all stages of life – from babies to adults. That’s why the month of March is dedicated to bringing awareness to the importance of a good night’s sleep.

Forming healthy sleeping habits starts right away. Baby Sleep Day, observed annually on March 1, was created by the Pediatric Sleep Council just a few years ago to focus on the importance of a baby’s sleep. After all, when babies sleep well, parents are better rested.

As babies age, their sleep patterns and sleep needs change, and not all babies are able to create their own sleeping and waking patterns. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sleep issues affect 25 to 50 percent of children. You can help your newborn form these patterns with a consistent bedtime routine. Here are some helpful suggestions from Stanford Children’s Health.

Our pediatric experts at Plymouth Primary Care Rural Health Clinic are here to help. If you have questions about sleep patterns, co-sleeping or concerns about your baby’s sleep issues, let our doctors help and give us a call at 252-793-4500. Our team specializes in treating patients of all ages, including newborns, and are here to help answer any questions you may have.

And don’t ignore the importance of sleep for mom and dad. During Sleep Awareness Week, March 13-19, take a little time to  make sure you’re getting optimal sleep. You can learn more about the awareness week and get sleep tips from the National Sleep Foundation.

Recipe: Butternut Squash Alfredo

Craving pasta but tired of the usual staples? Here’s a new take on chicken alfredo using butternut squash noodles covered in a creamy, decadent sauce. Toss in some chicken and spinach and you’ve got a satisfying meal you’ll be telling your friends about: https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/269487/butternut-squash-alfredo-with-chicken-spinach/

Happy National Doctor’s Day

In 1933, Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, wanted to create a day to celebrate physicians like her husband. So, in Winder, Georgia on March 30, 1933, community members mailed greeting cards and placed flowers on graves of deceased doctors – marking the first observance of Doctor’s Day.

Years later, on February 21, 1991, President George H.W. Bush designated March 30 as National Doctor’s Day. This day is used to honor our nation’s physicians for their dedication and leadership.

We are beyond grateful for our team of doctors who have been providing care in some of healthcare’s hardest circumstances, while facing a pandemic, supply shortages and blood shortages. We encourage you to take a moment to thank your WRMC doctor today or the next time you see them. One small thank you can make a big difference.

Could you have High Blood Pressure?

Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure and many don’t even know it, according to the American Heart Association. It seems harmless, especially if you don’t have any symptoms. But uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to more serious health problems, like heart attack or stroke.

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is when the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high. Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. As explained by the Mayo Clinic, the more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.

Most people don’t have symptoms and are unaware they may have hypertension. However it’s easy to diagnose and there are several ways to control the condition to keep it from becoming more serious.

The most important step is knowing your numbers. Our team at Plymouth Primary Care Rural Health Clinic is here to take care of you. Schedule an appointment to get your blood pressure checked. If you do have high blood pressure, we’ll help you make a plan to better manage it.  Schedule an appointment by calling 252-793-4500 or requesting an appointment online.

As we recognize American Hearth Month this February, take some time to focus on your heart health. You can learn more at heart.org.