Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Logansport Memorial Physician Network welcomes new pediatrician

Oluyemisi Akintunde, MD
Logansport Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Oluyemisi Akintunde, MD to the Logansport Memorial Physician Network. She is a board-certified pediatrician who will join our other three board-certified pediatricians - Dr. Beverly Ahoni, Dr. Craig Pawlowski, and Dr. Namita Saghal - as part of LMPN Pediatrics.

Dr. Akintunde received her medical degree from the University of Ilorin in Kwara, Nigeria. From there, she went on to complete her residency in Pediatrics at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She also completed an internship with Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. She is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

She loves working with children, and it’s that passion that motivated her to pursue a career in Pediatrics. She is eager to work together with parents to support and care for healthy babies, kids, and young adults in our community.

View her website profile here.

Dr. Akintunde is now accepting new patients. Her practice is located inside the pediatrics suite in Medical Office Building West at Logansport Memorial Hospital. If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Akintunde, please call (574) 753-4151.

Monday, March 31, 2014

LMHF to hold 6th Annual Oh Baby Run!

Rain or shine, the Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Logansport Memorial Hospital Family Birth Center will host the sixth annual “Oh Baby Run” on Saturday April 26 at Riverside Park. Proceeds from the 5K run and fun walk support the Family Birth Center and patients of Logansport Memorial Hospital. 

The pre-registration fee of $20.00 includes a t-shirt and lunch. Youth 12 and under are invited to participate free of charge, but only receive a shirt with their own paid registration. 

Race day registration will be $30.00 and shirts will be available while supplies last. Runners and walkers will step off at 10:00am. Activities for the day also include a free Kiddie Fun Run for those 5 and younger. 

Runners and walkers will leave Riverside Park and go east on Miles Street. The course will turn right onto 17th Street and then left onto High Street. Participants will run or walk along High Street and turn left onto the Davis Road sidewalk, cross the Davis Road Bridge and turn left onto the River Bluff Trail. They will proceed on the trail to Michigan Ave and continue along the Michigan Ave and 6th Street Bridge sidewalks. The final stretch will take them back to Riverside Park along Race Street.

Download our brochure, complete and mail it in to pre-register!

For additional registration information contact the Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation at (574) 753-1595 or foundationcoordinator@logansportmemorial.org.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Learning about Food Label Lingo

Eating healthy is hard to do. The age-old principle of “everything in moderation” is great in theory, but as it turns out, the cookies, potato chips, and other treats that we all enjoy are addictive! How do you stop at just one? The problem is, the foods we often enjoy eating don’t provide us with the nutrition that we really need.

How do we know this? Well, it’s printed on the food label. You know, that thing printed on the back of most packages that has lots of numbers, percentages, and words that talk about servings, nutrients, and vitamins. We know that it can be hard to read and understand, but it contains important information that we believe you should know, so that you can make the best food choices for your family.

Many people get too much fat and salt (also known as sodium) and not enough fiber from the foods they commonly eat. The “Nutrition Facts” on food labels can help you shop for healthy foods. We’ll help you make sense of the numbers… How you use the labels is up to you. For easy reference, we’ll use a box of macaroni and cheese to break down the food label for one food you may know well and use often.

Serving size
Serving size is how much you’re supposed to eat. All the facts on the label are based on the serving size. Servings for different brands of the same food are the same size. For example, all brands of macaroni and cheese list a serving as “1 cup.” This makes it easier for you as a consumer to compare brands.

Servings per container
Servings per container tells you how many servings are in this box. That’s where it can be tricky. Have you ever eaten an entire box of macaroni and cheese…by yourself? Then you’ve eaten enough food to feed a family of four – there are four servings in each box brand of macaroni and cheese dinners. That’s more than you thought, right?

Fat, sodium, and fiber
These nutrient names are pretty standard on most food labels, because knowing how much of each of them is in a certain food is what helps you determine whether or not it’s good for you. Most often, you’ll see how much you get of each listed by its weight – in grams (g) or in milligrams (mg). The following list gives you recommended numbers as helpful guidelines.

Total Fat, Saturated Fat, and Trans Fat
Total fat should be 20 – 35% of your total daily calories, with saturated fat as less than 10% of your daily calories. You want to try to keep your intake of trans fat as low as possible.

This is a fancy word for “salt,” and when it comes to that – less is best. You want no more than 2,300 milligrams per day. People age 51 and older and those with certain risk factors like hypertension might want to try and limit their sodium intake further to around 1,500 milligrams per day.

Dietary Fiber
In general, more fiber is better. Different types of fiber can help prevent diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. Fiber can also help you lose weight. Limit the amount of refined grains that you eat, and instead choose whole-grain foods, beans, peas, other vegetables, and fruit.

Does this seem like a lot of information, and more numbers to remember? You’re right, it is. What’s most important for you to understand is that we all need to pay attention to these numbers. You don’t have to memorize the important parts about every food label, but knowing how nutritional the foods are that you eat will keep you and your family healthy and happy. At the end of the day, that’s always our goal. Visit our website – www.logansportmemorial.org – for more resources on food labels and staying healthy, and access this article for future reference at any time on our blog – www.logansportmemorial.blogspot.com.

Friday Feature: Jo Roberts

Friday Features are photos in a series on the LMH Facebook page, featuring fun facts about employees who care for you! It's always fun to learn interesting things about people you know, and our employees were happy to help!

Jo Roberts is certainly one of our friendliest faces, but one that you probably don't see very often. She works in the Billing Department at Logansport Memorial Hospital, working with patients most often by phone to make sure they can take care of their bills. 

Jo's Fun Facts

1. If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future? Why?

-- If I could travel in a time machine, I would go back to the past. I would love to meet all of my ancestors and get to know them, especially the ones that decided to immigrate from Germany and Ireland. I think they must have been very brave to leave their homeland and come to a new and young country to face an uncertain future.

2. Skittles or M&Ms?

-- M&Ms - because they are chocolate, of course!

3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

-- If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be where there are both mountains and an ocean. That way, I would have the best of both of God's extraordinary beauties.

4. You have won $1 million! What is the first thing you would buy?

-- If I won a million dollars, the first thing I would buy is a new home for Herb, me, my daughter and her children. It would be wonderful to have all of us under one big roof, with enough space for all of us to spread out! ;)

5. What's your favorite ice cream?

-- My favorite ice cream is Spumoni - an Italian ice cream with chocolate, pistachio, and cherry flavors. It looks like a Neapolitan ice cream but with different flavors... I absolutely love it!

Visit the LMH Facebook page to see other employees who may be featured that you may know!

Monday, March 10, 2014

LMH clarifies questions about patient letter

If you received a letter in the mail from Logansport Memorial Hospital that had a California address listed, please do not be alarmed. Patients should know that this is not a scam.

The letter that was sent did have a California address listed, but that does not mean that we are now owned by a place in California. Please disregard that California address. We are still your local, independent, county-owned hospital, located at 1101 Michigan Avenue in Logansport.

As you know, Logansport Memorial Hospital is now part of an accountable care organization. We have joined with nine other hospitals around the country to form the National Rural Accountable Care Organization. To facilitate streamlined communications for all hospitals and states involved, the headquarters for our group is located in California – that’s why the address was listed that way. 

Being part of the National Rural Accountable Care Organization just makes us part of a larger group that will look at where our healthcare needs are for the Medicare population that we serve. The more Medicare patients that we have participating in this with us, the better that we are able to serve them by accessing useful data they provide. Your information does remain secure and protected, but using it helps us focus on addressing and improving identified health needs for our community. 

You don’t have to change your doctor, or change anything about how you receive care from us. Being an accountable care organization only changes how the care we give you is packaged and delivered – it’s a more coordinated approach to address all of your ongoing health needs as a person, throughout your life.

Our overall goal in becoming an accountable care organization is the same as it is with everything else that we do – to improve the health of our community. To achieve this, we need to address the health issues that can potentially decrease your quality of life. If we can partner with you to identify and improve those health needs, you’ll get what you need to live your life in a healthy and fulfilling way. That’s what we want for you, and we’re willing to work with you to get there. 

Don’t let your confusion be a concern – contact us directly with any questions that you may have. You can reach Crystal Zinsmeister, Director of Care Coordination at (574) 753-1317.