Last updated 5 months ago
During the month of November, Overland Park Regional Medical Center is taking part in a national effort to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, which is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
This video takes a closer look at the numbers of Alzheimer’s disease, including the rising rates of its occurrence. While more Alzheimer’s-related deaths occur each year, deaths caused by other diseases are declining. Raising awareness of the disease and recognizing your own risk for it can help to turn this trend around so that Alzheimer’s does not continue to be the devastating force it is today.
To schedule an assessment to find out what your risk of developing Alzheimer’s is, visit Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Contact us on our website or call (800) 386-9355 for more information about our services.
Last updated 6 months ago
A newborn who requires neonatal care can be a great source of stress, but choosing a hospital with an advanced NICU facility can reduce your worry and help your baby get the specialized care he or she needs if such care is necessary. There are many reasons why your baby might need care in the NICU, and Overland Park Regional Medical Center works to address them with a dedicated team of obstetricians, neonatologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, and social workers available around the clock. Below are some of the specific conditions that require this level of care.
Testing your baby’s blood sugar will be one of the steps that hospital nurses will take to ensure that your newborn is healthy. If hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is identified, your baby may need to be fed through an IV, because regular feeding will not be sufficient to raise the blood sugar.
Breathing problems in newborns include Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Transient Tachypnea, and Congenital Pneumonia. Each of these disorders causes insufficient oxygen circulation in the body, so respiratory machines to facilitate breathing may be used in the first few days of your baby’s life. With prompt and accurate treatment for disorders of this nature, babies can grow up strong and healthy with no lasting effects of these respiratory issues.
Intolerance to Feeding
Babies who will not feed or those who have underdeveloped feeding skills such as uncoordinated suck and swallow can benefit from the care of a lactation consultant within the NICU team. Adequate feeding is necessary to get your baby off to the right start, so this issue will need to be resolved quickly.
For more information about disorders requiring neonatal care and high-risk births, contact Overland Park Regional Medical Center on our website or at (800) 386-9355. Our Women’s Center can help you create the right birth plan for your needs and feel safe and comfortable throughout your delivery.
Last updated 6 months ago
Cher Macek, Labor and Delivery Nurse
Survivor since… December 2011!
My mother died as a result of breast cancer 18 years ago. Since her passing, I would walk in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure every year in her memory.
This year, I walked for myself. It was very emotional knowing I was now facing the same battle that took my mother’s life.
If I have learned one thing from my mother’s and my own diagnosis, it is to appreciate every moment I have. Time is so precious.
Last updated 6 months ago
Laurie Atchity Dressman, RN, Quivira Internal Medicine
Survivor since…August 2, 2012!
Fifteen years ago, my childhood friend, Betsy, was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. At the time, she had young children, and was full of life. I was devastated for her and her family.
My Japanese sister-in-law encouraged me to fold a thousand origami cranes for her. According to Japanese legend, cranes are a symbol of longevity and folding a thousand cranes for someone who is ill or a having a special occasion is a gesture and wish for longevity and good wishes either in life or in memory. Soon friends and family helped me toward my goal of folding cranes on behalf of Betsy. We reached that goal, and she is surviving and thriving 12 years later! We have gone on to fold 1000 cranes for others who are ill.
I finish radiation treatment next week! I feel blessed to work with Dr. Mallory and in a supportive environment at Quivira Internal Medicine that provides me the flexibility to leave early for treatment.. Our practice manager, Liz is organizing a “folding party” in October so we can pass on this tradition and fold one thousand cranes and hang them in our lobby. These will be a visual reminder of hope and good wishes for our patients.
Last updated 7 months ago
If you want the resources and support to help you manage your health, visit Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Get to know our commitment to quality healthcare in all medical specialties by visiting our website or calling us at (800) 386-9355. For some information related to our most recent blogs, browse the recommended sites below.
- Prepare for the physical effects of pregnancy with WomensHealth.gov.
- Know what is safe and what to avoid during pregnancy with help from AmericanPregnancy.org.
- The American Stroke Association explains what a stroke is and how to identify one.
- Know your risk for stroke with this article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Understand what happens to the brain during a stroke with the NINDS.