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Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood, Kansas was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.
“This recognition represents our team commitment to serving our community while changing to meet the dynamic demands of operating a critical access hospital in the 21st century,” said Sharon K Cox, Rawlins County Health Center CEO. “We are fortunate to have a visionary Board of Trustees willing to embrace the future. This is the second time Rawlins County Health Center received this recognition, that last time being in 2015.”
Rawlins County Health Center scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals can be found at www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals.
The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures these facilities across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective, and Financial Stability.
“The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement. When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.
About Rawlins County Health Center
The role and Mission of Rawlins County Health Center is to improve the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities it serves. Located in Atwood, Kan., this 24-bed critical access hospital services the community through cardiac rehabilitation, diabetic services, laboratory, outpatient surgery, physical therapy, wound care, x-ray, stress testing, MRI, bone density, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and CAT scan. Its specialty clinics include cardiology, general surgery, and mental health services. Rawlins County Health Center is committed to setting the standard for patient-centered quality healthcare. For more information, please visit http://www.rchc.us/.
About The Chartis Group
The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the healthcare industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children’s hospitals and healthcare service organizations achieve transformative results. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at Chartisrural.com.
The Chartis Center for Rural Health
October is National Physical Therapy Month—there’s no better time to celebrate the benefits that physical therapy can have for your body and your health!
In this blog, the Atwood medical center team at Rawlins County Health Center will outline the benefits of physical therapy. These benefits don’t just help you in the short term—you’ll feel much better and healthier in the long run as well!
Therapeutic exercises are an excellent form of pain relief, especially when they mobilize and strengthen soft tissue in the body. These exercises, paired with electrical stimulation, can reduce and even eliminate pain for better joint function!
It doesn’t matter if you’re 16 or 60—if you have mobility issues and have trouble standing, sitting, walking, or performing other normal movements during the day, physical therapy can be hugely beneficial. The movements performed in physical therapy can simultaneously stretch and strengthen muscles, improving your range of motion and helping you move better than ever before. For older folks, physical therapy can improve mobility and strength to the point that they can avoid using canes, crutches, or other assisting devices. With some hard work in physical therapy, you can move better than you have in years!
For high-performing athletes, physical therapy can be very helpful for recovery between games, a full-on recovery from an injury, or prevention of a likely injury. In any sport, there are certain injuries that are more likely to occur than others. Physical therapy can help strengthen joints and muscle groups that are more likely to be injured, and can ensure a speedier recovery if any of these injuries occur.
Physical therapy is an excellent way to improve your balance, especially if you’re at a higher risk for falls. Every person who enters physical is tested to see if they are a “fall risk”—this ensures that everyone is safe during the physical therapy process. Once physical therapists determine your fall risk and your balancing skills, they can use balance exercises that mimic real-life scenarios to help you stay safe in the real world. These exercises will gradually improve your balance, which can help you with everyday activities, sports, and tricky, treacherous walking or hiking situations.
Physical Therapy With Rawlins County Health Center
If you’re in need of physical therapy for any reason, you’ve come to the right place! The professionals at our Atwood medical center can help you reduce your risk for injury, improve your mobility, and help you live a better life. Schedule an appointment today!
As you age, the health of your heart becomes a more pressing issue—and if your family is predisposed for heart disease, the need for heart-healthy habits becomes even more urgent.
Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to improve your heart health and lower the likelihood of developing heart disease and other heart-related ailments. In this blog, Rawlins County Health Center, your preferred Atwood medical center, will give you a few simple ways that you can improve your health and protect your heart in the process.
Take a walk.
If you live a sedentary lifestyle and haven’t exercised in awhile, you’re definitely putting your heart at risk. Obesity and poor circulation are both side effects of a couch potato lifestyle, and they’re both common causes of heart disease as well
However, you don’t have to lift for two hours a day and run marathons to improve your heart health. It all starts with a brisk walk.
Walking is a great way to ease back into shape and improve your heart health—it improves your circulation instantly, burns calories, and it’s a generally rejuvenative and enjoyable activity. More intense exercises like lifting and running put a lot of stress on the body in order for you to improve circulation, making you feel sore and tired. Waking, on the other hand, is energizing, and it has a way of clearing your head and relieving your stress.
Ultimately, a brisk, 45-minute walk four to five times a week will decrease your risk of heart disease, increase your fitness, and make you feel better. What’s not to like?
Adjust your diet.
In a world with long work schedules, limited free time, and plenty of tempting fast-food options, a poor diet is more convenient than ever before—and unfortunately, it accelerates the onset of obesity, harms circulation, and clogs arteries with plaque that can lead to heart disease.
If that sounds like your diet, it’s time to make a few changes. Even adding an extra fruit and vegetable to your daily diet can make a considerable difference for your overall health and decrease the likelihood of developing heart disease. Ultimately, it’s large amounts of sugar (like in the soda you drink every day) that are the most harmful to your heart—if you can replace sugars with healthier options like fruits, vegetables, and lean meats, you’ll be in a better position to avoid heart disease and achieve health and longevity.
Poor health isn’t just biological—it’s psychological. All of the stress and anxiety from a grueling work schedule, a lack of sleep, and other personal issues can affect you mentally, and do a number on your physical health in the process. People overloaded by stress have an increased risk for high blood pressure, weight gain, and you guessed it, heart disease—so keeping your stress in check is critical for heart health and health in general.
So how do you manage your stress for improved health? Ultimately, it’s as simple as removing stress factors from your life and doing the things you love most. Your exhaustion from a lack of sleep can cause a great deal of stress, so why not prioritize sleep for awhile and catch up on those Z’s? If your job makes your dread coming into the office every single day, why not look for a job that’s less stressful and more fulfilling? These are just a few steps you can take to reduce your stress and improve your overall quality of life.
It’s also important to do the things that bring happiness and peace to your life—that’s the ultimate key to being stress-free. Schedule out time in your life to do the things you love the most—reading, hiking, hanging out with grandkids, whatever it may be—and stick to these commitments. It can de difficult to get around to the things you love the most when you’re constantly thinking about work and other commitments. However, doing the things you love should be one of your highest priorities if you’re going to preserve or improve your health.
That’s it for part 1 of our series on tips for better heart health. Stay tuned for part 2, and check out our other blogs in the meantime!