Health Matters Blog

The Challenges of Rural Health Care

Published December 30, 2011

Kari Dickey, DO By Dr. Kari Dickey As strange as this may sound, I remember deciding to be a doctor when I was three years old. I loved trying to help all the little injured animals I found near our family’s house in Keene. Then as I got older, all the kids would come over to my house when they got hurt instead of going home. [caption id="attachment_573" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Kari Dickey, DO"][/caption] The more I learned about being a doctor the more I knew that I didn’t want to specialize in any area. I wanted to be able to care for babies, parents and grandparents. So much can get missed when you see someone for one acute pr...

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This Holiday Season, Make Sure You’re Happy

Published December 23, 2011

By Maggie Lake [caption id="attachment_2082" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Maggie Lake"][/caption] We all have the perfect holiday image in our minds: gifts galore, beautiful decorations and parties, great food, happy children tearing through one perfect gift after another. Maybe we remember our own perfect childhood holidays. We want to recreate them or versions of the stories we see in the relentless commercials and magazine ads. Now let’s talk about reality. You are NOT living in a television family. You do not have unlimited funds to buy all of the furnishings for the perfect party or the perfect mountain of toys and ...

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The Ultimate Gift

Published December 16, 2011

By Arthur Magnaghi, Jr. This is the time of year we give gifts to our loved ones. We also may give a little more or do a little more to support charitable efforts we find meaningful. With just a few clicks of the mouse button this holiday season, Vermonters can help save a life, just like my own life was saved nearly four and a half years ago. With that in mind I would like to share some important thoughts and facts with you that come from within a person who would eventually die if he had not received the “ultimate gift” of life, in my case an organ donor’s healthy heart. If it were not for the compassion, kindness, caring and un...

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Good PreOp Assessment for Surgical Success

Published December 9, 2011

By Christine Gooley, APRN, BC [caption id="attachment_653" align="alignright" width="205" caption="Christine Gooley, APRN, BC"][/caption] Would you ever guess a hospital the size of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital performs around four thousand surgical procedures in a year? It’s true. During the twelve months from October 2010 to September 2011, 2,389 surgeries and 1,612 minor procedures took place in our facility. That figure includes a broad range of surgeries in several specialties, in addition to colonoscopies and upper endoscopies. That’s a lot of patients coming and going on a daily basis. Evidently, we are not the only hospi...

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Midwives in the Mainstream

Published December 2, 2011

Lois Trezise, RN, CNM, MSN, CLC by Lois Trezise [caption id="attachment_552" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Lois Trezise, RN, CNM, MSN, CLC"][/caption] It’s natural in the course of human affairs for the pendulum to swing in one direction or another. Advances in scientific knowledge and medical technology during the 20th century spurred a trend toward treating births as a medical situation. This was understandable given the excitement over the improvements in anesthesiology, surgery, and antibiotics, among other improvements that definitely saved the lives of mothers and newborns. But as it reached a point where the labor and delivery process came to fe...

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Doulas Do It Out of Love for Labor Process

Published November 28, 2011

by Debbie Partrick [caption id="attachment_3213" align="alignright" width="172" caption="Debbie Partrick"][/caption] I had been a nurse in obstetrics for 30 years, and I had never heard of doulas until I moved to Brattleboro five years ago. At first I thought it doesn’t make any sense. In Lamaze classes, you’re taught that you have a labor support person, which is usually your partner. But the doula is more. They are a breath of fresh air not only to the mom that is laboring, but to the family and to the staff. What really opened my eyes was witnessing a birth with one of BMH’s midwives where a doula was present. It was so diff...

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry Without Adding Those Holiday Pounds

Published November 18, 2011

By Carrie Quimby [caption id="attachment_2202" align="alignright" width="178" caption="Carrie Quimby, RD, CD"][/caption] The holiday season has arrived and for many of us that means FOOD and lots of it! The average American gains 1-2 pounds over the holidays and those of us with overweight issues tend to gain more, around 8 pounds, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This small amount of weight gain doesn’t sound like a serious issue, except that despite our best intentions and New Year’s resolutions, we don’t lose it after the festivities are over. Year after year, these few pounds do add up significantly to increase your ...

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What Midlevel Care Means For You

Published November 11, 2011

Richard A. Fletcher, RN, MSN, FNP by Richard Fletcher I get called ‘doc’ by a lot of my patients even though they know I’m a nurse practitioner and not a physician. Part of the reason I guess is because I’ve been treating the Putney community for so long that some families have only received primary care from a midlevel provider like me. “I know you’re a nurse practitioner, but you’re my doctor,” I’ve been told. The term midlevel doesn’t exactly describe what a nurse practitioner is, but it’s the one most commonly used when referring to this growing field of health care professionals. Advanced Practice Nursing is the overarching name because we are...

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Imaging is Everything

Published November 7, 2011

Marcy Rushford by Marcy Rushford Radiologic technologists celebrate their profession each year during the week that includes November 8, the day that German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the x-ray in 1895. While 116 years may seem like a long time, radiologic medicine is still a very young field. Even the most venerable members of our radiology department have been eyewitnesses to its most dramatic innovations and how it has advanced care both in general and at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. The radiologic technology field has evolved into a lot of different sub-specialties. At the same time it has increased its role in health care beyo...

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MRI Attractive For High Risk Breast Cancer Patients

Published October 28, 2011

Marcy Rushford By Marcy Rushford Earlier in October, I wrote about how the primary goal of National Breast Cancer Awareness month is to emphasize the need for women over age 40 to get a mammogram every year and how digital mammography remains the gold standard for detecting breast cancer. Last week, Dr. Rosen wrote about advances in biopsy procedures that make them quicker and less invasive. But the latest innovation in breast cancer detection has been the adaptation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology, which we will start offering at BMH early next month. Most people associate a MRI, as it is commonly known, with ligament or muscles injuries. A ...

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