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    Last updated 7 years ago

    Memorial Hospital’s Bariatric Center has been designated as an Aetna Institutes of Quality Bariatric Surgery Facility for 2011. Hospitals and facilities are given the “Institutes of Quality” designation based on an evaluation of their clinical performance and overall value.

    “We are honored to receive this distinction,” said James Wood, President & CEO of Memorial Hospital. “Our Bariatric Surgery Center is known throughout the state and the entire region as a leader in quality bariatric surgery and follow up care. Both our patients and insurance companies realize the importance of what we are doing.”

    Memorial’s Bariatric Surgery Center is recognized as an ASBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, a Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida Bariatric Blue Distinction Center, an Aetna Preferred Provider and an OptumHealth Center of Excellence. Healthgrades ranks Memorial Hospital as the Best in Jacksonville for Bariatric Surgery.

    Hear from a former patient that is now living a much healthier lifestyle!

    5 Reasons to Be Proactive About Your Cardiological Health

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Heart health is probably not something most people think about everyday. It’s easy to forget about something that works involuntarily, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think about it.

    Our hearts are what keep us alive, so it’s our job to make sure they are always working the way they should be!

    You can take a visit down to a hospital’s cardiology center to find out different ways to take care of your heart. Here are 5 reasons you should be proactive about your cardiological health:

    1. Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, is the number one killer of both men and women. Many people with heart disease do not realize that anything is wrong until they have a heart attack. Taking an active role in your heart health can help prevent this silent killer.
    2. Heart disease can strike at anytime. It is not just something that effects older people. You can start developing heart disease in your teenage years, as a young adult, or as an older adult. Learning about healthy lifestyle choices to make early on can help you fight back.
    3. Heart disease can cause strokes. Suffering from a stroke is a traumatic experience and can also result in long-term disability or injury.
    4. Heart disease can be caused by high cholesterol. If you have too much cholesterol in your blood, atherosclerosis (a type of heart disease) occurs, as a result of the cholesterol building up in the walls of your arteries.
    5. Heart disease has many risk factors. You could have to face some of these risk factors in your own life. Each one causes greater risk for heart disease, so you should know what you should and should not do to reduce your risk.

    You can speak with your physician to find out more information on how to prevent cardiovascular disease.

    Here at Memorial Hospital, we offer impeccable cardiovascular services. You can also visit our bariatric surgery center for more information on how being a healthy size effects your heart. Our spine center and orthopedics center also offer the best care for all of your medical needs.

    Workout Wednesday: How To Do the Perfect Push-Up

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Heather Carty is an Exercise Specialist with Memorial Hospital. For today’s Workout Wednesday she is showing us three different kinds of push-ups. Heather says push-ups are an under-rated exercise. They work your chest, triceps, core and legs. She recommends doing 3 sets of 10-15.

    Grocery Shopping When You're Hungry: Don't Do It!

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Erica Watson- Lawson is a registered dietician with Memorial Hospital.

    Going to the grocery store when you are hungry is probably not the best idea. Especially, when you are on a budget. Going on an empty stomach to fill your pantry, will lead to poor choices and usually leads to overspending on high priced snack items that offer little nutrition to the diet.

    Here are some things to think about when grocery shopping:

    1. Don’t shop on an empty stomach. When you do you end up buying more junk foods and spending a lot more. Eat a good meal or a hearty snack before shopping.
    2. Make a list. Spend a few minutes each week planning looking at the local grocery circular ads. Planning a few meals ahead allows you to stay on track with healthier thought out meals and stay on budget by choosing things that are on sale.
    3. Check out your pantry and freezer.  Prior to making a grocery list stake out what you have and what items you need. This will limit the amount of grocery trips you take during the week, and will help trim the grocery budget.
    4. Buy only the items that you need and that you can immediately store.  Even when items are on sale or “buy one-get one free” only get the items that you typically use. There is no point of buying sale items that you are not going to use and throw out at the end of the week.
    5. Try store brands. Give the store brands a try; most times you won’t notice a difference. You can cut out the cost of heavy advertisement and branding.
    6. Shop at a slower time. Shop at slower times during the day or evening.  This will allow you not to feel rushed during your grocery trip. You can also pay more attention to your items as they are being scanned at the register. Make sure you are getting the items for the stated price.

    Download the FREE iTriage App to Get Health Info on Your Phone!

    Last updated 7 years ago

    iTriage is a Free App for iPhone®, Android™, BlackBerry® and Palm® Smartphones.  Download iTriage Here

    iTriage was developed to put medical information in the patients’ hands. It’s a comprehensive and revolutionary acute care decision tool that can be used to:

    • Check your symptoms-Search or browse a database of thousands of symptoms for possible causes.
    • Research diseases and procedures-Read disease descriptions and get information about tests and treatment. Search for images or video and find doctor/nurse advice lines.
    • Find appropriate medical care-Get maps and directions to the nearest appropriate medical facility, including:
      • Emergency Rooms/Hospitals
      • Urgent Care Centers
      • Retail Clinics
      • Physicians
      • Pharmacies
      • Government-Funded Health Centers
    • Additional Features:
      • ER Wait Times (Where Available)
      • Healthcare Cost Information
      • Physician/Hospital Quality Reports
      • Access To Your Personal Health Records

    iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. Android is a trademark of Google, Inc. BlackBerry is a registered trademark of Research In Motion Limited. Palm is a registered trademark of Palm, Inc. iTriage is a registered trademark of Healthagen, LLC.

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