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Spring Allergy Update
Apr 17, 2018

The arrival of spring brings sunnier days, bursts of flowers, and for some, watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing. If you suffer from spring allergies, you may want to get ready. While it’s always difficult to predict, some experts are calling ...

Allergies or a Cold - What's the Difference?
Mar 27, 2018

While spring seems to be taunting us, it is finally beginning to warm up. However, many of us are still suffering from winter colds. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says millions of cases are reported yearly. On average, adults have two to ...

Breathe Easier with Pulmonary Rehab
Mar 13, 2018

During the recent ribbon cutting ceremony at Oak Grove Medical Clinic, I was approached by a member of our community with some questions about pulmonary rehabilitation (pulmonary rehab). She was on the last phase of the program and curious as to why ...

Heros in Healthcare - Dianna Ethington
Feb 26, 2018

Dianna Ethington says she always loved being around people, and the challenge of cleaning was something that appealed to her. And for years, that provided a measure of reward in roles as a housekeeper at the Lake City industrial park, a custodian for ...

Elementary Students Get a Lesson in Heart Health at St. Mary's Medical Center
Feb 3, 2018

Blue Springs Mo. -- It’s never too early to learn about healthy hearts. Kansas City Cardiology and St. Mary’s Medical Center are again hosting children’s education program, “Your Healthy Heart”. The week-long program ...

St. Mary's Medical Center Welcomes Nurse Practitioner, Leopoldine Blaise, Specializing in Diabetes
Jan 23, 2018

Nurse Practitioner, Leopoldine Blaise joined the Blue Springs Internal Medicine in mid-December of 2017. She brings a wealth of knowledge in emergency medicine, inpatient critical care, and ambulatory primary care. She specializes in diabetic ...

Winter’s Challenges for Diabetics
Jan 2, 2018

It is confirmed. Winter has come and it is a cold one. While you may have vowed to lead a healthier lifestyle this year negative temperatures aren’t encouraging any of us to get out and exercise. Even during more mild winters, our activity ...

The Joint Commission has recognized Prime Healthcare hospitals as 2017 Pioneers in Quality™ Contributors
Dec 1, 2017

Prime Hospitals recognized for quality improvement in health care (Ontario, CA – November 16, 2017) –The Joint Commission has recognized Prime Healthcare as a Pioneer in Quality contributor. Prime hospitals have implemented new technology ...

When it's time for Knee Surgery
Nov 21, 2017

We run on them. We pray on them. We twist, bend, and bump them. We crawl on them and jump with them and abuse them over and over. And, yet, they faithfully take it all. Until the day they don’t. Our knees are amazing machines. But, over time, ...

St. Mary's Medical Center Ranks Among the Best with an "A" for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
Oct 31, 2017

(Blue Springs, MO, October 31, 2017) – St. Mary’s Medical Center was named among the nation’s safest hospitals this week by The Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit that evaluates hospitals on their quality and safety measures. St. ...

Prime Healthcare Hospitals Recognized Nationally by Healthgrades - Hospitals receive nearly 200 awards for various specialties
Oct 18, 2017

(Ontario, CA - October 18, 2017) – Prime Healthcare’s community hospitals across the United States have once again received top awards and accolades for clinical excellence in various procedures and conditions by Healthgrades, the leading ...

Rehab to your full potential
Sep 19, 2017

We all have that one story. That sudden accident or emergent phone call that still gives you the chills when you think about it. Many of us even know the struggle of recovering physically from one of those misfortunes. If you are one of those people, ...

Keep your food and heart safe this month
Sep 11, 2017

This month is both Food Safety and Cholesterol Education Month and so with all the new routines, habits and choices for families during the back-to-school rush, I thought I’d save time and hit both topics at once. First, I will review some ...

Treating to beat heart attacks and strokes
Sep 4, 2017

Having some leg discomfort or cramps after walking and exercising can be a common problem for folks as they age, but it can also be a sign of something that may be far more serious than getting on in years. Peripheral artery disease is a common ...

School and sleep: what you need to know
Aug 28, 2017

Getting your kids back to school is always a challenge. When you’ve finally collected all the supplies, gear, clothes, and immunizations, I hope you’ll consider one more aspect of preparing your students for success in the ...

Aging with asthma - it's not uncommon
Aug 21, 2017

While most people who suffer from asthma experience symptoms early in life, the disease develops at any age. It’s not uncommon for adults in their 70s or 80s to develop asthma symptoms, which can become a serious health problem. According to a ...

How to decide when to go to the E.R.
Aug 15, 2017

It’s a subject many people don’t think much about before an injury or illness hits. When should I go to the ER? Having some knowledge of what Emergency Departments and Urgent Clinics can do for you can save you time and in some cases, a ...

It Isn't Easy, but it's a Good Time to Quit Smoking
Aug 7, 2017

Last month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled a comprehensive plan to begin regulating the amount of nicotine in cigarettes. The intent is to bring nicotine down to “non-addictive” levels. While there is not a consensus on ...

Summertime and Your Heart
Aug 1, 2017

Like the old Gershwin tune goes, "Summertime and the livin' is easy", we celebrate the freedom from the confinement and constraints of colder months with new exercise routines, travel and of course, family and friends. But for many of ...

Fruits and vegetables are not created equal
Jul 18, 2017

Many of you have probably been hitting the gym and watching your diet to be “summer body” ready. Your diet plans may include a lot more fruits and vegetables. Just be careful that those fruits and vegetables aren’t doing you more ...

Respect the Summer Heat
Jul 4, 2017

With summer now in full swing, there's one thing we can count on. At some point, it’s going to be hot. While this makes for great outdoor experiences, it can also mean potential health hazards, especially for the young and elderly. Our ...

St. Mary's Medical Center Awarded Stroke Certification from the Joint Commission
Jun 15, 2017

St. Mary’s Medical Center today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval ® for Stroke Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval ® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s ...

Preparing for Pool Season
Jun 13, 2017

Break out the sunscreen and swimsuits. Pool season has arrived! But wait - before you jump in, federal health officials are warning that the reports of crypto outbreaks have doubled in the past two years. The Cryptosporidium parasite — called ...

Summertime Safety
Jun 6, 2017

Summer is both a blessing and curse. While we relish in those sweet summer days and nights of endless possibilities, they also present some not so sweet possibilities. So, let’s mix in a little preparation with that anticipation. Remember, ...

Tips for Stroke Recovery
May 30, 2017

We are wrapping up Stroke Month and with that, I’d like to raise the topic of stroke recovery. If you've spent any appreciable time around a stroke survivor, you'll notice there is a bit more to recovery than regaining movement and ...

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