Happy Handwashing

Wash Your Hands to Stay Healthy

If you have heard it once, you have heard it a thousand times: Wash your hands! Washing your hands is an easy and effective way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs–year round. Stay healthy and remember the following tips when lathering up:

  • Wet your hands under clean, running water and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands with the soap and make sure to include the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  • Scrub for at least 20 seconds. How long is 20 seconds? Sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice from beginning to end.
  • Rinse your hands and use a clean towel or air dry.

Want to make sure your kids are spending enough time washing their hands? Make it fun! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a podcast where kids (of all ages) can sing along and learn the importance of washing their hands.

Visit http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=770473 to enjoy the “Happy Handwashing Song.”


A Season for Growth and Renewal

New beginnings bring a sense of renewal. We may be in the midst of winter, but change is springing up all around us, specifically with the build-out of the new PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI). To say we are excited about the progress of the DDCI is an understatement, but the reasons we are excited have nothing to do with the building itself.

What is truly exciting is that PCRMC’s world-class oncology physicians, healthcare teams and services will soon be available under one roof–and conveniently accessible–for our local cancer patients and their families, caregivers and friends.

The building is breathtaking, but even more impressive is the knowledge that we are providing our patients and community with the best cancer resources available, from the moment of diagnosis into survivorship. The building may be vacant now, but it will soon be filled with life, hope, and promise….and that is a beautiful thing.

You can follow our progress on our live DDCI construction camera, which is updated every 30 minutes at http://ddci.mckune.net/ddci/ddcicam.html.


PCRMC Recognizes American Heart Month this February!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Approximately 610,000 Americans die each year from heart disease–that’s a staggering 1 in 4 deaths.

Certain lifestyle choices and medical conditions can put you or someone you love at a greater risk of developing heart disease, which include the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

Know your risk factors and have a conversation with your primary care provider (PCP). He or she is equipped and knowledgeable in helping you set small, attainable goals towards better health.

If your goal is better heart health, then your PCP can help you establish the resources and tools to check/monitor your blood pressure at home, establish a healthy eating plan, and give you options for starting an exercise program.

You are your own best health advocate! Schedule an appointment with your PCP today to have an open conversation about your health and wellness goals. If you currently do not have a PCP, now is the time to find the right one for you. Customer care representatives are available at the PCRMC Contact Center to answer your questions about establishing care at 573-364-9000.