Future Plans Underway at GRHS

Immediate Future: Remodel Old Hospital Patient Rooms In the next month, GRHS will begin remodeling the old patient rooms for new purposes. The remodeling is expected to take about seven months to complete. Over half of the area will be renovated to provide new and larger space for cardiology outreach, cardiac rehab, sleep studies, pulmonary rehab, colonoscopy,…

Ringing in 2018 With GRHS’ First Baby of the New Year

Ebony Rose Schuler, the daughter of Brandon and Kelly Schuler, of Glenwood, was born at 2:59 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2018, claiming the honor as Glacial Ridge Hospital’s first baby of the year. Her birth was attended by Certified Nurse Midwife Jessie van der Hagen, CNP, CNM (right) and Registered Nurse Alissa Burginger (left). The…

Flu Vaccine: Important Prenatal Care for Mom and Baby

By Laura D. Huggins, M.D., Family Medicine with Obstetrics Getting the flu vaccine is an annual ritual you may be tempted to skip when you’re pregnant—you’re concerned about your baby’s health. Maybe you’re worried about getting unnecessary shots, or you think it could do more harm than good. Your flu shot can help you prepare…

Lung Disorders and Diseases: When to Seek Medical Treatment

By Thomas J. Haus, M.D., Family Medicine Each of your 25,000 breaths per day is a complex process to get oxygen in and carbon dioxide out. In simple terms, your lungs transfer oxygen to your blood, which is carried to every cell in your body. If your cells are not getting what they need to…

Tree of Life Ceremony: Remembering Loved Ones

The Glacial Ridge Hospice program held their annual Tree of Life ceremony on Nov. 14. Many community members and family of hospice patients gathered to honor and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. Dozens of candles were lit to honor their lives during the ceremony. Paul Greene, accompanied by Renae Brown, Margaret Pederson, and…

Community Open House – Hospital & Clinic Expansion

You are cordially invited to an Open House on Sunday, December 3 @ 2 – 5p  for a preview of your newest community hospital expansion. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the modern hospital completely rethought. It began with GRHS building for the future. The plan to upgrade current hospital rooms had been in the works…

Take Alkaline Diets With a Grain of Salt

Even with the alkaline diet’s recent popularity and age-old recommendations to cut salt in our diets, there’s still a lot of confusion about sodium levels, PH, and how our bodies keep the right balance of electrolytes, acidity, and alkalinity. Understanding how sodium and PH levels work in your body helps you stay more aware of…

Physical Therapy Staff Treat Pain and Give Back

During National Physical Therapy Month in October, the 11-person physical therapy team at Glacial Ridge Hospital highlighted their profession while also giving back to the community. For a free-will donation or non-perishable food or hygiene items, employees were treated to a 10-minute massage by the physical therapy staff. Representing Pope County Hearts and Hands Food…

Aches and Pains or Arthritis?

Arthritis, for many Americans, is a frustrating and disabling condition. According to the CDC, more than one in four adults in the US has it—that’s 54.4 million people! It’s also one of the leading causes of disability and, it’s also the biggest reason people around the world retire early. This condition has a significant impact…

Can Physical Therapy Help Prostate Cancer Symptoms?

Life can be complicated enough. Men often have urinary incontinence after surgery or radiation after prostate cancer and should prepare for this possibility so life can get back to normal as soon as possible. To give you a little background on prostate cancer, it mainly develops after age 65. Thankfully, it is a slow-growing cancer…