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Fulton County Hospital begins Trauma Outreach program

Friday, June 29, 2012

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The Fulton County Hospital offered health tests and advice at a June 11 health fair at the Balance 30 health club. The event also featured tips on ways to avoid injuries from falls, as the hospital's Trauma Department launched a community outreach program to educate people on ways to prevent injuries. Photo by Richard Irby [Order this photo]

Members of the Balance 30 health club in Salem who came by for a work out on Monday, June 18, were greeted by Fulton County Hospital employees offering health advice and assistance.

"The health fair is one way we can help our members stay healthy. Promoting good health is part of our mission," said Balance 30 owner Amanda Hall.

Hospital employees checked members' height and weight and blood pressure, offered to check their blood sugar, and furnished advice on ways to improve their health.

Because a Silver Sneakers Club meeting was scheduled at the health club, seniors also received information on how to prevent falls.

"Falls are often number one on the list of causes of injuries," Amy Cates, FCH's Assistant Trauma Coordinator, explained.

Cates was taking a 'falls can be prevented' message out to the public as part of a new Trauma Department community outreach program.

"As part of the hospital's designation as a Level 4 Trauma Center, we receive grant funds that allow us to do public education on injury prevention and other topics that address community health issues," Cates said.

On May 17, 2011, the Fulton County Hospital became one of the first small hospitals in the state to be designated a Level 4 Trauma Center. The designation indicated that, after months of work, FCH had trained employees and upgraded facilities and, after a series of inspections, been judged to have procedures in place to make the initial response to severe injury and illness. A Level 4 hospital's goal is to quickly evaluate and stabilize patients suffering from trauma, and arrange for them to be transferred to a higher level of care.

The Trauma Department plans a series of future outreach events, including a booth at the Fulton County Fair in August.

"During the next school year, we are going to take programs into the Salem and Viola schools," Cates said. "We are going to be discussing youth issues that can lead to serious problems -- bullying, dating violence and the importance of safe driving."

Since it was the first time she tried it at her business, Hall didn't know what to expect, and was pleased to see a steady stream of members stop by to participate in the health fair.

Don Sanders, who was "invited" to the event by his wife, stood with his arms out as his waist size was measured.

Betty Plymale bravely took a needle stick to her finger, so blood could be collected for a blood sugar check.

"I have attracted members that find exercise is great for weight loss and heart health, but can also help with other problems, like depression," said Hall.

The hospital's Trauma Center plans to reach many more people through future injury prevention events.



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