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Traveling to and From School Safely

Before school starts, review the basic rules with your children and practice any new routes or modes of transportation.

School Bus
• Children should always board and exit the bus at locations that provide safe access to the bus or to the school building.
• Remind your child to wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb.
• Make sure your child walks where she can see the bus driver (which means the driver will be able to see her, too).
• Remind your student to look both ways to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing the street.

• Practice the bike route to school before the first day of school to make sure your child can manage it.
• Children should always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride.
• Teach them to ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic.
• Respect traffic lights and stop signs.
• Know the “rules of the road.”

Financial Assistance Program for Seniors

The Solution Options for Seniors Program (SOS) is now providing financial assistance which can help seniors with an unexpected critical life need, like plumbing, major appliance repair or automobile repair. Click here for more information and download the application.

RCH Now Offers 3D Mammography

Kelsey Mullins, RT (R)(CT)(M) and Shelly Shields, RT (R)(CT)(MR) showcase the GeniusTM 3D MammographyTM unit

The Genius 3D Mammography exam is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection. It is performed in conjunction with a traditional 2D digital mammogram. During the 3D part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. Then a computer uses these images to produce a 3D image of the breast tissue, providing greater detail for the radiologist.

There are many benefits of 3D mammography including earlier and easier detection. With conventional mammography the radiologist is viewing the breast tissue in a flat image. Sometimes this tissue appears overlapped, making it difficult to see all the individual structures. With 3D mammography, the doctor can now see the different structures as well as the location, size and shape of any abnormal tissue, such as small cancers. The Hologic Genius 3D Mammography exam also reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D mammography alone.  In the past, if the radiologist saw an area that was questionable, the patient would be asked to return for additional imaging. By being able to see the breast tissue in smaller, thinner sections, the “second look” might not be necessary.

Very low X-ray energy is used during a 3D exam. This means the amount of radiation is below the recommended guidelines of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and is just slightly higher than digital 2D mammography alone. Breast Tomosynthesis (3D mammography) is approved for use by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). A 3D mammography exam is an optional addition to a traditional 2D digital mammography exam. Click here to print and read the full article.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Imaging Department at 641-464-4400.

Making Good Health a Priority

When you first talk to Katie Willcox, D.O., you quickly realize that caring really is her calling. The newest member of the RCH and Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic staff starts work on July 17, but her desire to help people and improve their health goes back to her middle school days. “My mother was a physical therapist,” said Dr. Willcox. “I spent a lot of time with her in nursing homes when I was growing up. I saw the difference between unhealthy 60-year olds and 90-year olds doing great. There are not a lot of careers where you can change an entire life for people. With good health, you can make a big difference for a long period of time. It made me decide to do what I’m doing.”

Dr. Willcox is an Iowa native, having grown up in LeClaire in the Quad City area. She went to the University of Iowa for undergrad, A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, and just finished her residency at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO. She’s a family practitioner and is excited to face the challenges and enjoy the variety that she’ll see every day. “I was torn between pediatrics, geriatrics, and women’s health,” admits Dr. Willcox. “I love family practice because I don’t have to choose. I can help people at all stages of life.” She’ll be providing pre-natal care up to 36 weeks as well.

Her training in Kirksville at Medical School and her Residency prepared her for rural medicine. “I interviewed for a position in Des Moines,” she said. “I realized I didn’t want to work in the city. It just wasn’t for me. In Des Moines, Each department was down the hall, or across the street. I felt more like I was referring patients, rather than treating them.” So, she’s trained to do it all, and is excited to get started at Ringgold County Hospital and the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic. “I spent time here in April with Dr. Ricker, and just loved it. The people on staff were so incredibly nice and welcoming, and the patients were wonderful. I can’t wait to get started!”

Dr. Willcox and her husband Jason are living in Winterset with their three girls aged fourteen, five, and two. Her parents and siblings are still living in LeClaire, and they visit often. “It’s an easy drive!”

Fireworks Safety Tips

With the recent legalization of fireworks sales in the state of Iowa, it’s important to remember to handle them carefully. For your safety, obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

• Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
• A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
• Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
• Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
• Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
• Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
• Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
• Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
• Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
• FAA regulations prohibit the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
• Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
• Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
• If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
• Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
• Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.

For more information, visit Safe Kids Worldwide and the National Safety Council.

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