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Coach’s Corner – Caring for Yourself

Eat Well: It’s common to pack on 5-10 pounds during the holiday season, but there are ways you can eat both healthy and well! Know which foods are high in caloric contents and low in nutrition. You don’t have to deprive yourself, but indulge in moderation. Eat smaller meals instead of one huge buffet. Opt for healthy options at home so you can splurge a little at holiday parties. Remember to be aware of all calories – especially liquid calories in alcoholic beverages.

Stay active: Exercise is just as important during the holidays as any other time of the year. You should be active at least four to five times a week, preferably with some aerobic exercise every day. The weather may be cold outside, but it’s worth it. Bundle up!

Prevent illness and injuries: Colds and the flu are most prevalent in the winter. Prevent them by washing your hands regularly and urging others to do the same. Stay warm by dressing layers. Sprinkle sand on icy patches.

Help others: Depression and suicidal tendencies can increase during the holidays. Watch for signs of depression among your friends and family. Take an active role to support those in need.

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Stay Safe During the Holidays!

Here at Ringgold County Hospital, we love our patients, but we don’t want to see you during the holidays because of an accident around your home. We hope you enjoy these basic safety tips to help keep your family healthy as we head into the new year.

Happy Holidays from RCH

Happy Holidays from RCH

Decorating safety

• Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains, or with any potentially flammable item.
• Small children may think that holiday plants look good enough to eat, but many plants may be poisonous or can cause severe stomach problems. Watch out for mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry and amaryllis. Keep them out of reach.
• If you display a live Christmas tree, put it up away from fireplaces, radiators, and
other heat sources. Make sure the tree doesn’t block foot traffic or doorways. Keep it well watered to avoid the dry branches from catching fire from the heat of light bulbs.
• If you use an artificial tree, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant.
Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label.
• Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Unplug extension cords when not in use.
• Avoid placing breakable tree ornaments or ones with small, detachable parts on lower branches where small children or pets can reach them.

Hosting and Food Safety

• When preparing a holiday meal for friends and family, be sure to wash hands, utensils, sink, and anything else that has come in contact with raw poultry.
• Never defrost food at room temperature. Thaw it in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in the microwave.
• Keep your knives sharp! Most knife injuries occur due to dull blades.
• Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in covered shallow containers within two hours after cooking. Date the leftovers for future use.
• The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. You can’t avoid stress completely, but you can give yourself some relief. Take time to enjoy the season!

Thank You For Placing Your Trust In Us

Gordon Winkler CEO

When the calendar flips to the month of December, it reminds us that another year is nearly over. It seems appropriate that the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving and carries through to New Year’s Day. We have eleven months to reflect back upon the blessings we received and how much we have to be thankful for. Certain events and accomplishments stick out in our minds, the birth of children or grandchildren, or maybe a wedding was part of this past year for you. Here at Ringgold County Hospital, we can be thankful for the many opportunities we have had to assist families, neighbors and friends with their healthcare needs. Some have needed surgery, some have anxiously waited on results to diagnose medical issues, some have required rehab, but all have looked to us for support and placed their trust in us.

Gordon Winkler CEO

Greetings from CEO Gordon Winkler

My family has had a recent patient experience at RCH. My father was admitted to Skilled Care for rehab following a hospitalization for a blood clot and congestive heart failure. I am thankful for the role each hospital employee played in his care. I was confident in the quality of care he would receive at Ringgold County Hospital. His goal was to be physically able to return home. He commented frequently on the smiles and friendly conversations he had with many of our staff members. Dad felt genuinely cared about. My father’s experience is not at all unusual. Over and over I hear from our patients and their families that Ringgold County Hospital staff provided encouragement, comfort, and excellent care. I’m proud to be a part of such a warm and considerate group.

As we end the year and prepare to start 2017, I want to thank all Ringgold County Hospital employees for their hard work and superior care. I also want to thank you for placing your trust in us. Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year for all of us!

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A Breath of Fresh Air

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A Mammogram Saved Her Life

2016lindawinklerAs a physical therapist and former Ringgold County Hospital employee, Linda Winkler knows the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. “I’ve always exercised and tried to eat well and maintain my weight,” she said. Along with diet and exercise, she had regular physicals and added annual mammograms when she turned 40. In her early 40s, a mammogram showed a lump in her breast, but luckily, it proved to be benign.

A few years later in 2003, she wasn’t as lucky. As a result of her annual
screening a lump was found that turned out to be cancer. After meeting with her oncologist and her surgeon at RCH, they developed a treatment plan that included a lumpectomy and radiation. The team determined that she didn’t need chemotherapy. “I had two surgeries,” recalled Linda. “Then I had 37 radiation treatments.” Talk about convenient! She was back at work two days after the surgeries and could walk down the hallway and have the OR nurses help her with her dressings. “You have to be completely healed before you can begin radiation,” she explained. The radiation caused a bit of dehydration and she drank “tons and tons of water”, but that was the extent of the side effects. By August, a mere four months after her breast cancer discovery, she was declared cancer free.

She is now on medication designed to keep breast cancer from returning and maintains her annual appointments for mammograms and complete physicals, just to be sure. After retiring from Ringgold County Hospital this past March, Linda has been enjoying more time with her two daughters and their families. In late September, she was headed to San Antonio for a grandson’s fifth birthday. “I’m so fortunate to be cancer free and able to enjoy retirement with my grandchildren,” she said. “The exceptional care I received from the staff at Ringgold County Hospital made the whole experience a little more bearable. I really encourage all women to include a mammogram in their annual health care planning.”

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