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It's that time of year again! The AHN Fall Carnival for Employees + their families is Saturday, September 23, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM on the hospital lawn.



Adams Memorial Hospital's Worthman Fitness Center helps people adopt healthy eating habits

Back by popular demand, the Worthman Fitness Center, as part of their continued efforts to improve the health of Adams County residents and the surrounding communities, is pleased to announce they are once again offering the Healthy Eating Every Day program.
Healthy Eating Every Day (HEED) uses a unique approach to help people improve their eating habits. While public health guidelines tell people what to eat; HEED's lifestyle approach shows them how to make that happen. HEED is a behavior change program developed by Human Kinetics and the Cooper Institute that helps people improve their quality of life through better nutrition.

This personalized, habit-changing program tackles the underlying causes of unhealthy eating and introduces the tools to help people counter those causes.

In each session of the program, participants uncover a new skill that they can carry into their daily lives to make changes gradually, for long-term results. These skills include the following:
● Identifying and learning to overcome personal triggers to unhealthy eating
● Learning to make healthy food choices at work, at home, when traveling, when shopping for food, and while dining out
● Discovering how to eat well, even when life is hectic
● Discerning the truth about nutrition information in the media

HEED also provides a personalized and sensible approach to eating well that people enjoy and can live with. Participants choose to work on any of six different goal areas, based on their needs, lifestyles and personal preferences. The program doesn't place restrictions on any foods; rather people learn to eat a balanced diet while still enjoying foods they like. Class instructor is a Certified Health Coach and Medical Exercise Specialist, who specializes in behavioral changes in weight management.

Adams Memorial Hospital's HEED course meets at 6:30am every Wednesday and Friday morning. Course runs for seven weeks beginning October 4th and will end November 17th. Class materials have all just been updated this summer.

Pre-registration is required and is open now through September 29th. Cost is $10 per class and payment can be made in 2 separate increments. Space is limited and classes fill up quickly so don't delay. Contact the Worthman Fitness Center at 260.724.2145, ext. 11036 for more information or to register.



Adams County EMS to Offer Basic EMT Course starting October 3rd, 2017

Adams County EMS will be offering a basic EMT course starting on October 3 for persons interested in becoming a basic emergency medical technician. Primary instructor Kent Hart, a long-time paramedic with Adams County EMS, will be in charge of the class which will run from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Adams Memorial Hospital. Cost of the training is $700 with $200 due the first evening of class. Classes will continue through the middle of April, 2018.

An orientation night for the class will be held starting at 6 p.m. in the hospital Berne classroom on Thursday, September 28. Prerequisites for the EMT class include CPR certification, holding a high school diploma or a G.E.D. certificate, having hepatitis and tetanus vaccinations and completing a criminal background check.

For more information or to register for the class, persons may call Kent Hart, EMT-P at 260-223-3369. Please leave a message if your call is not immediately answered and your call will be returned promptly.



AHN Employees talk Senior Life Connections

Check out our very own Baldemar Silva and Kris Murphy sharing information regarding our Senior Life Connections Program on the Local Authorities podcast: Check it Out



AMH Accepted By The Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust For 2017 Funds

Women that meet the financial criteria can use the trust to cover their mammography services.

Included services are:
● Screening mammograms
● Diagnostic mammograms
● Breast ultrasounds
● Breast MRI's
● Ultrasound guided breast biopsies

Please encourage any women who could use this grant to inquire through AMH's central scheduling department at 724-2145 x11047.



Adams Woodcrest and Adams Heritage Receive Awards

Both Adams Woodcrest in Decatur, IN and Adams Heritage in Monroeville, IN have been recognized as 2016 recipients of the Bronze Commitment to Quality Awards for their dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care initiatives.

The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long term and post-acute care. The program honors providers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

"It's an honor to be recognized for the hard work and quality of care our team provides every day," said Adams Woodcrest Administrator Craig Prokupek. "We are committed to providing high-quality, person-centered care to our residents and their families. We will never stop improving."

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is the foundation of the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers' expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award, AMH may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver Achievement in Quality Award.

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL's 67th Annual Convention and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee, October 16-19, 2016.



New Senior Psych Program

Seniors needing a helping hand to get their life back to normal have a new resource with the Senior Life Connections program recently started through the Adams Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Unit.

AMH Chief Nursing Officer Theresa Bradtmiller noted it is not uncommon for senior citizens to have symptoms such as being depressed, having unresolved grief, being anxious or nervous, fears of isolation or loneliness, anger, low self-esteem, personality changes, and difficulty in coping with physical or health changes.

"Senior Life Connections is a helping hand for those who need to get their life back on track. Our trained professionals can offer the proper guidance and attention a person needs for an improved lifestyle as well as overall better health," she said.

All services rendered are completely confidential and include group, individual, and family therapy as well as medication management for the patient. The care given to patients is coordinated with their primary care physician as well so the doctor can continue to work with the patient after the patient is done with the program.

Currently, treatment is scheduled for three hours a day for three days a week. Bradtmiller said most patients are in treatment between six to 12 weeks and added "our goal is to help patients safely return to the optimal style of living. Senior Life Connections treatment fosters true healing and hope is just around the corner for our patients."

Bradtmiller said problems dealt with in Senior Life Connections are not unique to just senior citizens. "Many problems like depression, anxiety, the loss of a loved one, and declining physical ability are not normal at any age," she stressed.

The treatment team for the Senior Life Connections includes a medical doctor, nurse, program director, primary therapist, and clerk and they all work together to benefit the patient, family members, and the family doctor.

A Senior Life Connections brochure quotes an anonymous former patient who said "Senior Life Connections has helped me so much in my life where I thought there was no help. They are great people who care, are concerned, are loving, and are always there for you. I have been in therapy before, but never like this."

For more information about how to seek guidance to cope with life's challenges, people are encouraged to call 724-2145, ext. 13430.



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