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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

It is National Nutrition Month® so ‘Put Your Best Fork Forward’

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Every March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month® which focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign.  This year, the theme is  "Put Your Best Fork Forward" to encourage people to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

“Putting your best fork forward encourages the small healthy changes that add up over time.”
<p>Putting your best fork forward encourages the small healthy changes that add up over time.</p>

Sarah Barnes, MS, RD/LD of Norman Regional Health System's Diabetes and Nutrition Education Department suggests the following tips to help put your best fork forward.

  • Take it one fork at a time: Change doesn't happen overnight.  Putting your best fork forward encourages the small healthy changes that add up over time. Examples may include:
    • Replacing sugar sweetened beverages for water.
    • Cutting portions in half and taking home leftovers.
    • Adding vegetables and fruits to your diet.
    • Focusing on healthy cooking methods such as grilled, baked, and broiled.
  • Making informed food choices: Food labels and nutrition claims on products can be confusing. For example, when a product is marked fat free, another ingredient is typically added to replace the removed ingredient. Be cautious to claims on the front of packages and become familiar with the Nutrition Facts label to see what other nutrients are in the product. Making the right food and nutrition choices are necessary for biting into a healthy lifestyle.
  • Incorporating daily activity: Being physically active is often overlooked but plays a crucial role in adapting a healthy lifestyle. Regular activity helps to maintain a healthy weight, strengthen bones & muscles, and reduces risk of chronic illness. Research shows that incorporating activity in 10+ minute increments with a total goal of at least 150 minutes of activity per week is beneficial for our health. Start out slowly and increase your activity each day. Tips of increasing activity include:
    • Take a 15 minute walk on your lunch break.
    • Register for a local 5k or fitness challenge.
    • Use an activity monitor to help assess movement throughout the day.
    • Get a friend or family member involved to help with accountability.
  • Working towards a healthy lifestyle requires a lifelong commitment of healthful lifestyle behaviors.
  • For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedule an appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician. For further information contact 405.307.5730.

RESOLVE: Healthy at Any Age

Monday, March 13, 2017

There is no secret age limit to becoming or staying healthy. Nationally, many initiatives have been created to encourage children to be physically active and teach them proper nutrition. While it is best to learn these lessons early and form healthy habits that you can live with for the rest of your life, it is never too late to get started. Forget New Year's resolutions that most people have already broken. At The Health Club; we have selected a word to be mindful of all year long. The word is Resolve. Resolve to be healthy at any age.

“As we age, we tend to lose muscle mass. It is very important to stop this natural process.”
<p>As we age, we tend to lose muscle mass. It is very important to stop this natural process.</p>

You should select a word as well: Focus, Mindful, Happiness, Empower, Attentive, Invest (in yourself). If you can’t think of a word, we would be glad to share The Health Club's word of RESOLVE. If at any point you need a little refocusing, think about your chosen word.

According to Jack Carter, a Supervisor at The Health Club as well as a Nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Trainer with Distinction, "as we age, we tend to lose muscle mass. It is very important to stop this natural process." One method to overcome muscle deterioration is to work on strengthening your core. "There are so many benefits to increasing your core strength including balance, stability, long-term weight loss, improved flexibility and breathing. Not to leave out the obvious, weight and resistance training will make you stronger overall," said Carter.

Shape Your Future, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, focuses on eating better, moving more and being tobacco free. We can all use this advice, no matter how old we are.

  • Create a colorful plate that includes fruits and vegetables.
  • Each day, become a little more active than the day before.
  • Avoiding tobacco products is a very crucial step in resolving to stay healthy.

As we age, many factors beyond our control can get in our way to a long and restful night's sleep. However, sleep is also very important in achieving overall health. Control the factors that you can control.

  • Reduce your caffeine intake.
  • Put down electronics before you go to bed.
  • Stick to a routine of going to bed and waking up at a similar time each day.

If you have not been on an exercise program, first consult your medical practitioner and then start out slowly. You can increase the longevity, weight and resistance of your workout over time. The trainers at The Health Club can help you determine an exercise program based on your desired outcome, current abilities and the goals you want to achieve.

Now is a perfect time to RESOLVE to put our health and well-being first in 2017. Starting, or even continuing, an exercise program can seem overwhelming but if you take small steps in the beginning, you can build up to a more rigorous program. Remember it is never too late to get started. Find your word to focus on this year to keep yourself on track to a long and healthy life. RESOLVE to be healthy at any age!