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The Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna reached its goal to raise $220,000 for Digital Mammography equipment at the hospital.

The Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna has completed its digital mammography fundraising campaign. Foundation chairman, Jim McDaniel, recently presented members of administration and radiology departments with a check for $83,079.12 at the Foundations board meeting. The check presentation brings the total funds raised to $220,000 for the hospital’s digital mammography equipment.

“The Foundation is pleased to provide this state-of-the-art technology to our community,’’ said Gwen Baldwin, foundation director. “Our board members have worked hard in executing various fundraising events, and those efforts along with a generous anonymous donation have brought this campaign to a close.”

The Foundation has approved the 2012 fundraising campaign of $180,000 to purchase 23 new state-of-the-art medical/surgical and ICU patient beds for the hospital. These much needed new beds will replace some existing units that are up to twenty-five years old.

IMPROVEMENT IN GERIATRIC PATIENT CARE

The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) recently presented its prestigious Quality and Patient Safety Award to Emory-Adventist Hospital for its geriatric fracture program that provides specialized care for fragility fractures among geriatric patients.

The project titled, “Improving Management of Fragility Fractures Improves Outcomes and Post-Discharge Quality of Life,” won first place in the Hospitals with Less than 100 Beds Category. These annual awards recognize Georgia health care organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes.

One of the most common injuries in the geriatric population is a fall resulting in a hip fracture. Almost all hip fractures require surgical treatment to bring about stability, healing, and to maintain a patient’s functional status. Observations reveal that patients who need surgery for this injury are often treated as a non-emergent low priority cases.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS AT EMORY-ADVENTIST

Stretching and Exercise For 5K Readiness

6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 21

When starting an exercise plan it is important to learn the proper techniques to avoid injury. Dr. Kovacic, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, will conduct a class on knee Pain and knee breakdown, stretching and strengthening to get you ready for a 5K. Reserve your spot today by calling 770-319-2025.

Low Vision: What It Means To You

7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 22

February is Low Vision Awareness Month. This class is designed to educate individuals 55 and older about conditions of the aging eye as well as services, training and optical aids available to people experiencing vision loss. Marla C. Shavin, Public Education Director, Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia, will share strategies and resources available for individuals who may have already been through surgery but are still experiencing vision loss. Call 770-319-2025 to reserve your spot.

Healthy Cooking Demonstration

7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6

Spring is near, time to eat right and exercise. Get the best results of eating right by learning healthy cooking tips from Chef Gary Adams. This presentation will include a healthy cooking demonstrations and tips. Space for this cooking demonstration is limited; RSVP online or by calling 770- 319-2025.

Preparing Your Feet

6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13

No shoe is the same and every running shoe is certainly not right for running a 5K. Dr. Andrea Cass, DPM, from Village Podiatry will talk about selecting the correct pair of running shoes for walking and running. Learn how to get your feet ready to run. Call 770-319-2025 to make a reservation.

Importance of Colon Health and Screenings

7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 20

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. With more than 90 percent of those diagnosed over the age 50, risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age for both men and women. Join as Dr. Jeffers talks about the importance of screening for colon and rectum health. Please call 770-319-2025 to make your reservation.

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