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Washington County Hospital and Medical Group will be featuring an education series titled Living with Diabetes.  This series will be held on Monday/Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the conference rooms located in the lower level of the Hospital.  The first night will be on Tuesday September 1st, then on the 8th, 15th, and Monday the 21st.  Ginger Fewell, MD and Pam Lowry, FNP created this educational program, based on the feedback from their patients, for the people of our community with diabetes and prediabetes. 


Not only is this a great educational opportunity for the people in our community with diabetes but for their entire family.  This series will provide educational information on how diabetes affects not only the patient but the whole family and how the family can help support their loved ones.  The topics will include information on nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, medications, foot care and what to do for low blood sugar. 


All attendees will have an opportunity to speak with both providers along with registered dietitian, Becky Colwell, RD and Allie Grunloh, Weight Watcher’s Leader, Dr. Thomas Kirisits who is a podiatrist, a pharmacist, Jim Lynch, RPh and with physical therapist assistant, Kathy Luechtefeld, LPTA.  Please click the following link for more detailed information about each session.


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Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death per the CDC.   Everyone should get a flu shot annually but it is very important in young children and the elderly.  It is reported by the CDC that between 80% - 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people over the age of 65 years old.

The flu shot is a vaccine that is developed to help increase antibodies in your body to help fight off and resist the influenza virus.  The flu vaccine does not cause the flu.  There are several different flu vaccine option for this flu season.  The vaccines available are: the standard dose vaccine that fights off 3 to 4 different flu viruses, a high-dose shot, a nasal spray vaccine, and an egg-free vaccines for those with egg allergies. 

The CDC recommends that everyone from 6 months old should receive a flu shot every year.  This is recommended for two reasons.  The body’s immune response from the vaccine declines over time and due to the constant changes in the virus, the new formulations for the flu vaccine are reviewed and updated each year.    

When should you be vaccinated?  Everyone should get their flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available.  Washington County Hospital and Medical Group are currently offering flu shots to patients.  Please call the WCH Central Scheduling line at 618-327-2223 to make an appointment. 







This October, Washington County Hospital (WCH) is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women.  About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. (Male breast cancer incidence is small but it is important to know that the disease can affect men as well.)  The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

  • The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. 

Total breast health is the key to early detection.  Early detection of breast cancer is maximized through a combined approach of monthly self-examinations, a thorough physical examination by a physician, and a mammogram.
A mammogram is a special breast X-ray that can detect 90 percent of cancers – even before a lump can be felt.  While this makes mammograms a very important tool in early detections of breast cancer, they are not perfect. Approximately 10 percent of breast cancer can be missed.  A woman should not ignore something she feels just because she had a normal mammogram.

WCH offers Digital Diagnostic and Screening mammography services in our Women’s Health Suite.  The Mammography Department is accredited by the ACR (American College of Radiology).  All mammography studies are performed by Registered Mammography technologists.  All diagnostic services that are needed are performed the same day if indicated by the Radiologist from Clinical Radiologist, S.C., who specializes in Breast Imaging.  The patient is then able to speak with Radiologist at time of exam.  Most Diagnostic exams will have results that day and the patient will know if any further procedures are needed.  Screening exams will have results within one or two business days.  WCH is also available to complete Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsies if determined necessary by the Radiologist. 
This year the Mammography Department at WCH is hosting a basket raffle for all patients that have completed their annual mammograms at WCH in the last 12 months.  This is a kick-off to a monthly drawing for the mammography patients who are seen each month. 

For more information about the Breast Health Services offered at WCH please call the Radiology Department at 618-327-2323. 












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