Donalsonville Hospital News

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Father's Day Health Check

One of the most important parts of being a good dad is staying healthy and active for your family. Take the time to make sure you are hitting this checklist annually.

Donalsonville Hospital recommends men undergo the following screening tests, based on guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and other expert bodies:

Body Mass Index
This is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. A BMI under 18.5 is underweight. Normal is 18.5 to 24.9. Overweight is 25 to 29.9 and obese is over 30. BMI should be checked yearly.

Colorectal cancer
Men should be screened beginning at age 50. The gold standard is a colonoscopy. Other screening exams include a yearly fecal occult blood test (which can find blood in the stool) or, every five years, a fecal blood test combined with an exam called a sigmoidoscopy, which examines the lower part of the colon.

Men with risk factors such as a family history of diabetes, being overweight, or experiencing diabetic symptoms should be screened with a fasting blood test that measures the amount of blood sugar.

If a patient or his spouse reports a hearing problem, or if the patient works in a job with excessive noise, your provider will order a hearing test.

High blood pressure
Every man over age 18 should have his blood pressure checked at least once a year.

Men ages 20 to 35 who have cardiovascular disease risk factors such as diabetes should be screened. After age 35, men should be screened once every five years if normal, or more often if levels are borderline.

Prostate cancer
Beginning at age 55, men should discuss with their physicians the pros and cons of the PSA prostate cancer screening test and jointly decide whether the test is appropriate for them.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm
This is a bulge in the large blood vessel that supplies the abdomen and lower body. If it ruptures, it will cause severe bleeding that often is fatal. Men aged 65 to 75 who have ever smoked should be screened with an ultrasound.

Other conditions
Our providers also screen men for depression, smoking and alcohol abuse and talks to men about controlling their weight, getting enough physical activity and avoiding risky sexual behavior.

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Employee Service Anniversaries

Congratulations to all of our employees celebrating milestone service anniversaries this year. Each person receives a commemorative pin they can wear on their badge signifying their dedication and service.

2019 Honorees

40 years
Dale Whittaker

27 years
Herman Brookins

25 years
Jonnie Temples
Brian Brookins

20 Years
Brenda Turner
Erica Harris
Teresa Jackson
Calvin Murphy
Rebecca Lewis
Clarice Holman

15 years
Shawn Rogers
Gloria Smith
Robert Bell
Vincent Kelley
April Phillips
Linda King

10 Years
Rebekah Crawford
Renee Johnson
Rachelle Andreu
Elizabeth Kelley
Wanda Ristow
Alexinia Williams
Katina Groomes

5 Years
Linda Murkerson
Joleen Smith
Brett Sexton
Lee Jordan
Kathleen Clapper

Annual Education Update

Donalsonville Hospital employees are constantly learning and growing in their respective roles. Whether it's traveling to conferences or workshops, experiencing in-hospital training or the Donalsonville Hospital Annual Update, we want our employees to be able to offer the most up-to-date quality healthcare.

Each May around National Hospital Week EVERY employee comes through our Poster Board Education center to refresh their skills and learn updates on rules and regulations.

Donalsonville Hospital Is On-Line

Donalsonville Hospital has recently developed a web site and is providing many sources for health information and programming. As you can see this is something that will be very useful to our patients, their families and those who may want to know what kinds of services or facilities we have. There are also many other features we hope you will explore. You can look up medications in the drug search, find interesting health information or ask the FastNurse Research Correspondent a question and get a reply to your own personal question. This is a valuable resource and we hope that you will take full advantage of it.

Check Out Our New Features

Health Information Search
Connect With Our Doctors
Send A Medical Question To The FastNurse Research Correspondent.
Use The Medical Dictionary

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