Your Imagination is the Limit

Pediatric Health Care Services at Sumner Regional Medical CenterDo you remember when kids’ imaginations took them to new worlds and new frontiers in this world? You can help your little ones recapture that when they’re bored with being indoors during cold weather months. Even simple activities can be fun and can help shake off the boredom of being cooped up indoors. Explore a few of these options, and try some of your own.  Tailor them to your children’s age levels. You just might be surprised at the attitude adjustments that occur with activity.

  • Do you have a staircase?  Have the kiddos climb up on their knees, then bump/slide down on their backsides. Hey, Everest climbers have to start somewhere.
  • Make a train of boxes—you know, box cars.  Take turns being the engineer.  Travel to the wilds or an exotic city.
  • Write up clues for a scavenger hunt that takes the kids throughout the house.  Make the prize worth their work.
  • Play a rousing game of Simon Says.
  • Build a fort of furniture and covers.
  • Put a hula hoop or two to good use.
  • Play Twister.  Remember that oldie?  Still a goodie.
  • Try a game of Charades. “Guess which animal I am!”  Simple as that.

Do you have a treadmill? Weights?  Jump rope?  Indoor trampoline?  Any exercise equipment? Let the kids give your equipment a work-out.  To tunes.  Or to a timer.

Remember calisthenics?  Put them through a regimen of jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, running in place, squats and whatever else you recall while pumping out the tunes.

If all else fails, get them involved in interactive video games.  Competing at bowling can get them moving, at least a little bit, and can help get their spirits up.

Active kids are healthy and happy kids.  When you instigate activity, you’re helping them physically and mentally, and not just for today, but also for their future. Burning calories helps keep weight down.  Jumping and running strengthens bones.  Playing and laughing together ups endorphins and lowers risk of depression.  Kids that expend energy are better able to concentrate on their studies, and behave better, too. Whatever keeps kids from sitting around helps protect them from cardiovascular and other diseases later in life that can result from a sedentary lifestyle.

Your children receive the best of care at Sumner Regional Medical Center. We’ve been tending to the healthcare of children for more than fifty years.  Our dedicated pediatrician unit and staff are here to give your children the competent, compassionate care they need when they need it.  Your little one’s visit or stay will be as comfortable and pleasant as we can make it.

When children need medical care, they’ll get the finest care available at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, TN.

Get Covered Today

Open Enrollment and Health Care Options in Gallatin, TNAre you in need of health care coverage?  Sumner Regional’s Certified Application Counselors are here to help you successfully navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace in Gallatin, Tennessee.  If you or a family member needs health insurance, or you need help re-enrolling for the coming year, call us at 1-888-982-9144, or email us for information.  A representative will personally assist you as you work through the options to choose the health care plan that fits your needs.

There are a variety of coverage plans offered, but all plans cover the following:

  • Primary care and pediatrician visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Preventive healthcare and screenings
  • ER and Urgent Care visits
  • Treatment of pre-existing medical conditions

DOCUMENTS

The documents required for enrollment include:

  • Your social security number
  • Employer and income information for each member of your household who needs coverage
  • Policy numbers for any current health coverage plans
  • A completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-related plan for you and each household member

IMPORTANT DATES

  • December 15, 2014 – You must enroll by this date to avoid a lapse in your coverage at year’s end
  • December 31, 2015 – All current Marketplace coverage ends, regardless of when you enrolled
  • January 1, 2015 – New coverage begins – if you enrolled by the December 15, 2014 date
  • February 15, 2015 – End of the Open Enrollment period

Accessible and affordable health coverage is available.  If you are presently on Medicare, you don’t need to visit the Health Insurance Marketplace.  There are also alternative coverages available to you as specified under the Affordable Care Act, such as Medi-share, Samaritan Ministries and Christian Healthcare Ministries.

Sumner Regional’s Certified Application Counselors will explore and compare the available plans with you, answer your questions and work with you to determine the plan most suited to you and your family’s needs.  If you need assistance, we are here and happy to help.  Our representatives are available for a personal appointment or to help you over the phone Monday through Saturday.  Call 1-888-982-9144 or come by the hospital.  We’ll schedule you in and help you out.  At Sumner Regional Medical Center, when you need us, we’ve got you covered.

Have You Heard the Good News? Diabetes Is Preventable

Diabetes prevention at Sumner Regional Medical CenterDiabetes Statistics

  • Nearly 30-million Americans have diabetes, according to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control.
  • A study at Harvard reported that another 6-million people are diabetic but don’t know they have the disease.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of nerve damage, blindness and kidney failure among adults, and having this disease greatly increases your risk of heart disease.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Luckily, nine-out-of-10 cases of diabetes are avoidable.  For those at risk, changes in weight, diet and implementing an exercise plan can prevent diabetes and bring blood sugar levels within acceptable range. Even the inherited risk of Type 2 diabetes can be thwarted by lifestyle changes.

Lifestyle changes can be the path to Type 2 diabetes prevention. These simple changes in your lifestyle now may help you avoid the serious health complications of diabetes in the future.  And implementing this plan can help those with diabetes to manage the disease and avoid future health complications. Lifestyle changes include:

  • Escape the sedentary lifestyle. Become physically active. Benefits of regular exercise include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a boost in your body’s insulin sensitivity which aids in maintaining normal range blood sugar levels. Just thirty minutes of daily exercise, made up of both aerobic and resistance training, makes a difference in your health.
  • Enjoy a healthy diet. Eat plenty of fiber found in veggies, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Resist fad diets. Avoid sugary drinks. Practice portion control. Make wise nutritional choices as a daily part of your healthy eating plan.
  • Drop the extra weight. Discuss the right weight for you with your doctor, and get there.  Your general health will improve, and maintaining a healthy weight is a great part of your diabetes maintenance and prevention plan.
  • Don’t smoke. Stop smoking if you do. And abstain from alcohol.

Diabetes care in Gallatin, Tennessee is provided for you at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  The Sumner Diabetes Program is taught by a Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietitian, both certified by the National Certification Board of Diabetes Instructors. We encourage you to attend the daytime or evening session for the one-day class on diabetes education, and bring your spouse or another friend.  These classes are kept small to maintain a relaxed atmosphere.  Ask your doctor for an order for the Sumner Regional Diabetes and Nutrition Education class.  Call 615-328-6190 for more information.

January is Cervical Cancer Screening Month

Cancer CenterJanuary is Cervical Cancer Screening Month, calling attention to the fact that with screening and preventive methods, women can protect themselves from cervical cancer. Cancer affects millions of lives, and according to the American Cancer Society, over 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.

Cancer treatment has progressed exponentially during the past few decades as the result of screening tests that help detect many cancers in their earliest stages. Cervical cancer is now one of the most preventable and treatable cancers due to screening. Regular Pap tests are the best means for screening and protecting against this cancer. Without this screening, about one-third of the women diagnosed with cervical cancer would die as a result of the disease.

Make cancer prevention a priority with annual screening and well-woman visits to your doctor, and maintain optimum health with a few other important physical fitness considerations.

  • Consume a healthy diet
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid smoking
  • Don’t consume more than one alcoholic drink a day

For more information on cervical cancer screenings in Gallatin, TN, contact Sumner Regional Medical Center today.

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Middle TN HospitalsDecember has been declared Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month in America to ensure a safe gift-giving season.  As we consider our children’s wish lists, we need to ensure toys are appropriate to the age and skill level of children, especially when they are under the age of three.  Did you know that hospital ER’s treat over a quarter million toy-related injuries a year in the United States?  Three-fourths of those treated are under the age of 15.  Age-appropriate toys can reduce the risk of injury to our little ones.  And we all know that if they are under the age of three, everything goes into their mouth. Below are some additional guidelines for consideration as we shop through the wish list.

  • Inspect toys for sharp edges, points or small parts before purchasing.
  • Consider the construction of toys – are they sturdy enough for how they’ll be played with?
  • Fabric toys should be labeled as flame resistant or retardant.
  • Look for non-toxic labels, especially with art materials.
  • Crayons and paints should have ATSM D-4236 labeling to signify that the gift meets the American Testing and Materials standards. You can review their standards here.
  • Include safety gear when giving sports equipment.

Inspect the toys your children receive from others, as well, to ensure the suitability for their age and skill level. Toys are meant to be fun and are a vital part of our children’s development. Just a bit of awareness on our part as parents will go a long way toward keeping toys fun and safe.

One additional consideration to make as you shop for safe toys and gifts this season is to remember and give the gift of yourself to your children.  Our children need their parents more than anything else. Sometimes the simplest activities can be better than another toy. Choose a book to curl up together and read or build a fort from the couch cushions. As we scurry to cross items off the gift list, let’s remember that the gift of love is the reason for the season.  Lovingly keeping our children safe—that’s why we’re family, isn’t it?

If you do have a heath concern with your children this holiday season, don’t forget our Pediatric Care Unit at Sumner Regional Medical Center is ready to help with all your pediatric care needs.