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National Diabetes Prevention Program Information Session

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017
5:30 - 6:30pm
Conference Room 1
Norman Regional HealthPlex
3300 HealthPlex Parkway, Norman, OK 73072

Space is limited, please call 307-5733 to register.

Norman Regional Diabetes Education Center is excited to announce that recruitment and registration is underway for our next cohort of the National Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in partnership with the CDC.

“The National Diabetes Prevention Program, is an evidence-based program to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.”
<p>The National Diabetes Prevention Program, is an evidence-based program to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.</p>

The National Diabetes Prevention Program, is an evidence-based program to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Participants meet as a group with trained lifestyle coaches and learn how to make important changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress over a yearlong program.

In order to qualify for the program, patients must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be overweight (BMI greater than or equal to 24)
  • Have established risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes or
  • Be diagnosed with prediabetes within the past year or previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes while pregnant

Patients can be referred to the Diabetes Prevention Program by completing a referral to the diabetes center with a notation for Prediabetes Program.

Stay Safe and Return Healthy from Your Summer Vacation

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The summer is a popular time to travel! From backyard campouts to exotic locations, every traveler should take precautions to stay safe and disease-free.

“Mosquitos, fleas and ticks spread diseases including Zika, malaria, plague, and spotted fever.”
<p>Mosquitos, fleas and ticks spread diseases including Zika, malaria, plague, and spotted fever.</p>

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travelers to tropical locations should take steps to prevent bug bites. Mosquitos, fleas and ticks spread diseases including Zika, malaria, plague, and spotted fever.

Here are some tips to ensure the only thing you bring back from your vacation is a souvenir!

  • Wear an insect repellent with at least 20 percent DEET to protect against mosquito and tick bites.
  • Wear long pants and sleeves when possible.
  • Sleep under a bed net if your sleeping area is exposed to the outdoors.
  • Sleep in places that our air-conditioned or screened in against bugs.

Since the proper application of bug stray is important, follow these recommendations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

  • Apply repellents only to exposed skin and/or clothing (as directed on the product label). Do not apply repellents under your clothing.
  • Never use repellents over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
  • Do not apply to eyes or mouth, and apply sparingly around ears. When using repellent sprays, do not spray directly on your face—spray on your hands first and then apply to your face.
  • Do not allow children to handle or spray the product. When using on children, apply to your own hands first and then put it on the child. Avoid applying repellent to children’s hands because children frequently put their hands in their eyes and mouths.
  • Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. Heavy application does not give you better or longer lasting protection.
  • If applying with sunscreen apply sunscreen first and let dry then apply repellent.
  • After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water or bathe. This is particularly important when repellents are used repeatedly in a day or on consecutive days.
  • If you (or your child) get a rash or other reaction from a repellent, stop using the repellent, wash the repellent off with mild soap and water, and call a local poison control center for further guidance. If you go to a doctor, it might be helpful to take the repellent with you.

If you get sick after traveling, see a doctor. Always tell the doctor where you have traveled. Norman Regional has a team of primary care physician and clinicians to treat your health and wellness needs. If you need a referral, please call (405) 307-3177 to be matched with a provider!

Breast Care Center Moves to New Location

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Norman Regional's Breast Care Center has moved to a new location in the Women's Healthcare Plaza, 3440 R.C. Luttrell Drive, Suite 103.

“Breast Care Center moves to Women's Healthcare Plaza, 3440 R.C. Luttrell Drive, Suite 103.”
<p>Breast Care Center moves to Women's Healthcare Plaza, 3440 R.C. Luttrell Drive, Suite 103.</p>

The Breast Care Center will open for patient care on Wed. July 5, 2017. This new space gives the Breast Care Center double the amount of space, which allows its team to serve more patients each day. Other benefits include more patient privacy, better workflow for staff and a spacious, calming environment, said Cindy Barghols, supervisor of mammography.

"The Norman Regional Breast Care Center has a staff of mammography technologists who have a combined total of 216 years of breast imaging experience. Our radiologists are board certified and dedicated to breast imaging and diagnostics," Barghols said. "We have breast surgeons, a physician assistant and nurses who are very dedicated to providing the care patients are seeking for their total breast health."

Patients interested in scheduling a mammogram at the center can call (405) 307-2290 for an appointment.

In addition to the Breast Care Center, Norman Regional's lab has a Patient Service Center and Oklahoma Surgical Associates has offices in the new Women's Healthcare Plaza. The new plaza also houses the practice of Women's Healthcare of Norman, which occupies the second floor, and Norman Interventional Pain Management.

The Women's Healthcare Plaza is located next to the HealthPlex hospital and the Heart Plaza. The facility was designed as a warm Craftsman style building, with stone work, calming colors and soft lighting. Its interiors resemble a high-end hotel or spa and create a soothing atmosphere.

Hometown Heroes Celebration

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

9 am to Noon // Sat. June 10, 2017
700 S. Telephone Rd.

“We’ll have exciting new service announcements and will also be honoring our first responder Hometown Heroes!”
<p>We’ll have exciting new service announcements and will also be honoring our first responder Hometown Heroes!</p>

Join Norman Regional Health System to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Norman Regional Moore and the decade mark of providing healthcare in Moore! We’ll have exciting new service announcements and will also be honoring our first responder Hometown Heroes! Submit your Hometown Hero stories of thanks at Facebook.com/NormanRegional.

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Act FAST and Be a Stroke Hero

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May is Stroke Awareness Month and the perfect time to remind everyone of the simple ways to detect signs and symptoms of a stroke.

“By acting FAST, you can be a stroke hero. You have the ability to save a life or improve the quality of someone's lifestyle. Remember: Face, Arm, Speech and Time.”
<p>By acting FAST, you can be a stroke hero. You have the ability to save a life or improve the quality of someone's lifestyle. Remember: Face, Arm, Speech and Time.</p>

A stroke occurs when oxygen is no longer reaching the brain. The arteries leading to the brain can be blocked or the vessels may have ruptured. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the leading cause of disability as well as the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

Seeking immediate help will increase the potential for a more positive outcome. The word to know is FAST. The acronym stands for the following signs, symptoms and action.

  • Face – one side starts to uncharacteristically droop
  • Arm – sudden weakness or inability to maneuver one arm
  • Speech – sudden inability to form words or speak properly
  • Time – Call 911 immediately

From 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday May 31, Norman Regional Health System (NRHS) is hosting a Get Stroke Smart program in the NRHS Education Center at 901 North Porter. This free community event will include a health fair with a stroke risk assessment and a professional panel discussion. Participants can take advantage of a lipid profile and an A1C blood test prior to the event at one of the NRHS labs. For more details and to RSVP, please call 405-307-3177.

Norman Regional Health System has been designated as a Certified Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. This designation has been awarded based on the exceptional effort and best practices unique to patients who have experienced a stroke.

When EMSStat, NRHS's emergency medical service serving Norman, Moore and the surrounding communities, is informed of a potential stroke, they begin communicating with the emergency department so that the appropriate personnel are onsite to provide immediate care upon arrival. The clot busting medication, Tissue Plasminogen Activator or TPA, can be administered upon arrival in the emergency department. The faster it is administered, the more brain cells can be saved.

By acting FAST, you can be a stroke hero. You have the ability to save a life or improve the quality of someone's lifestyle. Remember: Face, Arm, Speech and Time.

NRHS Get Stroke Smart Invitation