JSH Receives 2 Excellence Ratings

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Recognizes Jersey Shore Hospital for Excellence in Patient Satisfaction and Excellence in Outcomes.

Cindy McCoy, RN – Acute Care, Jersey Shore Hospital

Cindy McCoy, RN – Acute Care, Jersey Shore Hospital, located in Jersey Shore, PA

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and iVantage recognize Pennsylvania as having 32 hospitals reach top quartile performance status in 2016 for Quality, Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, and Financial Strength compared to all acute care hospitals in the nation.

The 2016 rankings were determined through the Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most objective and comprehensive assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed this data-driven program to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care.

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ACO Kickoff Training

Jersey Shore Hospital  launches Accountable Care Organization (ACO) kickoff training to improve the delivery of health care for 1,500 patients. Jersey Shore Hospital successfully  held their ACO kick off meeting  recently.

ACO Experts hosted four thorough training sessions in the JSH boardroom. Over 60 attendees including nurses, physicians, hospital staff, and community members listened to ACO experts explain in detail the benefits of this wonderful program. This partnership is hopeful to provide high-quality, coordinated health care to approximately 1,500 beneficiaries throughout Clinton and Lycoming counties.

Renee Miller, MHA, JSMA Practice Manager

Renee Miller, MHA, JSMA Practice Manager

Community-based Medicare ACOs bring together primary care offices, hospitals, nearby patients, and other organizations to improve health outcomes, quality, and access to care through shared efforts, while helping to reduce healthcare cost growth.

“Through value-based care we  are bringing better healthcare outcomes to our community while improving efficiencies and contributing to the long-term viability of our facilities,” said Renee Miller, MHA, Practice Manager of Jersey Medical Associates. “Through Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives, we will transform care to a “medical home” model which is one that is intended to provide comprehensive and continuous medical care to patients with the goal of obtaining maximized health outcomes.”

As Jersey Shore Hospital incorporates the techniques of the medical home model and save Medicare funds paid out on claims, JSH will share up to 50% of the Medicare savings which will support the continuation of this program.

“Chronic diseases such as heart disease, and diabetes are important health issues in the Jersey Shore Hospital service area.  Incidence and mortality rates for these chronic diseases are worse than the state and national average for certain segments of our service area,” said Colleen Yost, LPN, ACO Champion of Jersey Shore Hospital. “Unfortunately,  mortality rates for respiratory disease in Lycoming County are also elevated compared to the state and nation. Our goal is for these chronically ill patients to benefit from this new medical home model.”

The partnership between JSH and Jersey Shore Medical Associates (JSMA) is committed to coordinate high-quality care that is patient and family-centered.   Using numerous tools and resources, they aim to significantly improve the lives of these chronically ill community members and their families.

In addition to reducing redundant testing, educating these patients and their families toward successful self-management of their chronic disease is another important goal which will allow for future independence with their healthcare needs. As educated patients progress through their disease and follow proper recommendations, patients tend to experience better health outcomes.

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Resolution Solutions

The New Year is just around the corner, and if you are like most Americans, you’re probably mulling over your New Year’s resolutions. Likely, many people will find themselves committing to a new diet plan in an effort to lose weight.

According to The Washington Post, about 25 percent of people abandon their resolution to lose weight after a mere week. Picking a diet plan doesn’t seem to be the issue at hand. Rather, sticking to the plan appears to be the problem. So, is there any way to combat this motivational drop off?

Studies suggest that preparedness, finding a solid support system, and setting realistic, measurable goals, are three innovative ways to manage staying on track while dieting.  learn more

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Osteoporosis

Maybe you’ve seen television commercials that pair women and osteoporosis. Perhaps osteoporosis runs in your family with your Mom and her sisters. Or maybe you’ve heard friends say that osteoporosis is only a woman’s disease.

Don Tressler, PA-C

Don Tressler, PA-C

Well, let the truth be heard: osteoporosis affects both women and men alike. The condition knows no gender, and currently, 44 million American men and women are being treated for the disease.

Let’s start with noting that osteoporosis (or “porous bone”) is a serious and very costly condition in which the bones in the body begin to break down, otherwise known as the loss of bone mineral density. This can eventually lead to the breaking of a hip, spine, or other bone.

Osteoporosis can strike at any age, but those with the greatest risk are the elderly. The National Osteoporosis Foundation states that one in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their remaining lifetime.    learn more

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Vitamin D

The importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is becoming a global health concern affecting about 40 percent of the world’s population (77% in the USA). The health factors that follow decreased vitamin D levels call for more recognition of the harmful effects a deficiency can have on the body.

Lisa Smith, Laboratory Administrative Director

Lisa Smith, Laboratory Administrative Director

“Three years ago, the Institute of Medicine concluded that having too-low blood levels of vitamin D created a health risk, particularly as we age when fracture and fall risks increase,” said Mellissa Smith, Laboratory Administrative Director at Jersey Shore Hospital.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium from food, strengthening the bones.  The nutrient is found naturally in fatty fish like salmon and tuna, and in small amounts in mushrooms, cheese, and egg yolks.  The other natural source for Vitamin D is sunshine, which causes the body to make Vitamin D.

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Energy Drinks Safety

In the United States, the popularity of energy drinks has skyrocketed in recent years. People are incorporating them into their daily diets with other caffeinated drinks like coffee, soda, and tea. As the number of available energy drink options continues to rise, more people are relying on these energy-boosters more than ever before. However, due to the number of mysterious ingredients, many wonder how safe these drinks really are.

One of the main concerns with these drinks is the caffeine content. Many experts recommend no more than 300-400 milligrams of caffeine per day. However, when the use of energy drinks is combined with other caffeinated beverages, it’s easy to pass this limit without even realizing it. Since the FDA doesn’t require the caffeine content to be posted on product labels, it’s hard to know how much caffeine is in these drinks. This can become a big problem for children and teenagers, who make up the majority of the market for these drinks. Their bodies can’t handle the same amount of caffeine as an adult, so consuming these drinks increase their health risk.

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Lymphedema

Edema is a symptom.  Lymphedema is a disease.  What does this mean for you?

Lymphedema  is an abnormal accumulation of water and protein (swelling) in the superficial tissues of the body.  The most common cause of lymphedema is surgical interventions that involve the lymphatic system, i.e. breast cancer surgery and removal of lymph nodes.  However, this can also occur early in life, during and after treatment for other types of cancer, after trauma, or after a blood clot.  Lymphedema is also common in developing countries because of parasites carried by different types of mosquitoes.  This swelling will progress if not treated.  Currently there is no cure for lymphedema.

Susan Smith, PT

Susan Smith, PT

Research shows that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during the course of their lives.  75% of these women will seek traditional treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation.  Of this percentage of women, 42% will develop some degree of lymphedema at 1-year post-treatment and 50-75% at 5-years.   The incidence of lymphedema is 140-250 million worldwide and 2-3 million in the US.

Lymphedema is treated with Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and involves 4 components: Skin Care, Manual Lymph Drainage, Compression, and Decongestive Exercise.

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Graston Technique

JSH Physical Therapy offers Graston Technique
Jersey Shore Hospital offers the Graston Technique (GT) to physical therapy patients suffering from soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue includes muscle, tendon, ligaments and also fascia, a tissue located just under the skin that is a white membrane “support structure” that wraps around and connects the muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels of the body. When muscles and fascia aren’t stretched enough, they can become stuck or tear which results in pain, soreness, restricted muscle movement, and reduced flexibility.

Karen Johnson, PT, performing the Graston Technique

GT was designed to detect and treat fascial injuries to provide faster and improved results. The technique features stainless steel instruments built specifically to detect and care for acute and chronic pain.  After a Physical Therapist evaluation, a precise diagnosis and care program with GT can result in reduced treatment time, a faster recovery, a reduction in the need for splints or braces, and an increase in patient satisfaction and treatment outcomes.

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Sunburn Awareness

July SunJuly is UV Safety Month, and there’s no such thing as a “healthy tan.” Now that it’s time for pool parties and BBQ’s, extra measures need to be taken to protect the skin from sun damage. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 42 percent of people get burnt at least once a year; it only takes about five sunburns in a person’s lifetime to double their chances of skin cancer.

Other than temporary discomfort, long term damages to the body are left behind with sun burn.  Prolonged UV damage can cause changes in DNA making skin age prematurely, becoming leathery and discolored. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotchy skin

Skin cancer is one of the biggest concerns associated with skin damage, as it is the leading type of cancer in the United States. One blistering sunburn in childhood significantly increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life; basal cell carcinoma (BBC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) cancers are directly related to UV exposure over the years.

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Poison Ivy

Poison ivy grows as a shrub or vine in wooded areas or fields; it is recognizable by three bright green leaves on each stem of the plant. Exposure to the plant can cause an allergic reaction to urushiol (u-roo-she-ol), an oil found in the leaves, stems, and roots of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. The reaction results in an uncomfortable, itchy rash for those in contact with the plant.  Occasionally when the urushoil is exposed to the air and gets on the skin, it may turn black in color.

Three Bright Green leaves on each stem likely means a poison ivy plant. Leaves of three, let it be.

Three Bright Green leaves on each stem likely means a poison ivy plant. Leaves of three, let it be.

Three types of contact can occur:

  • Direct contact between the plant and skin
  • Touching garage equipment, gardening tools, or other objects that have come in direct contact with the plant
  • Airborne contact from burning these plants which can result in urushiol particles entering the nose, eyes, mouth, or respiratory system

85 percent of Americans will have a reaction to poison ivy that includes red patches, itching, swelling, blisters that leak fluid and later scab, inflammation, and a burning sensation.  learn more

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