Castro County Healthcare is proud to recognize the innovation, quality of care, and dedication of health professionals and volunteers in our community during National Rural Health Day 2018. National Rural Health Day falls on the third Thursday in November each year and recognizes the efforts of those serving the health needs of over 60 million people across the nation. “Our dedicated employees, physicians, and volunteers set us apart because they believe in service, quality healthcare in our community,” said Linda Rasor, CEO Plains Memorial Hospital. “We believe in providing a personal, family-oriented environment that helps meet the needs of our patients.” [...]
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This week, November 12 – 16 is Antibiotic Awareness Week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising patients and their families to use antibiotics only when necessary to further reduce antibiotic resistance, the spread of superbugs, and protect patients from side effects from antibiotics. During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and throughout the year, CDC promotes Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational effort to raise awareness about the importance of safe antibiotic use.The Be Antibiotics Aware initiative educates the public about when antibiotics are needed, when they are not, how to take antibiotics appropriately, and potential side effects of antibiotics. CDC encourages patients [...]
Castro County Healthcare introduces Cologuard DNA stool testing through the Medical Center of Dimmitt. This DNA stool testing is intended to screen adults of either sex, 50 years or older, who are at average risk for colon cancer. Cologuard is also covered by Medicare. Cologuard was approved by the FDA in August of 2014. It is not for everyone and is not considered a replacement for diagnostic colonoscopy or surveillance colonoscopy in high – risked individuals. So how does it work? Cologuard uses a special kind of innovative technology, called sDNA, also known as stool DNA. Through the sDNA technology they [...]
Castro County Hospital District is pleased to announce their partnership with Luby’s Culinary Services, a foodservice division of Luby’s Inc., that provides foodservice operations at healthcare, business and industry and higher education facilities. Luby’s Culinary Services will be the foodservice provider for Country View Living resident’s and the community. “We are very excited about partnering with Luby’s and opening our home to the community to enjoy as well” said Laura Kimball, Country View Living’s Administrator. “This will not only give Dimmitt another place to dine but will help our residents continue to feel like they are a part of the community [...]
Don’t wait till fraud happens! The fight can begin now to protect yourself against fraudulent Medicare Card activities. Castro County Healthcare District wants to help you prepare and know what to look for. Medicare has begun sending out new Medicare cards. This means there could be a whole set of new scams. Be aware that Medicare or Social Security will not call, text, or email to tell you they are issuing these new cards, reprocessing cards, or assigning new numbers. If you are a current Medicare participant, know that all notifications of these changes will be sent by postal mail. Remember [...]
Lacey Bethke was welcomed to the Country View Living team as the Director of Nursing on October 15, 2018. Bethke and her family recently moved to Dimmitt when her husband, Bret, was offered a coaching opportunity with Dimmitt High School which brought her closer to family. Bethke grew up on a farm outside of Happy, Texas. She continued her education at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in Canyon, Texas, where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. While attending WTAMU she worked at an assisted living facility, Connor House, in Canyon for two and half years. Prior to her [...]
Country View Living is set to finish construction by December 27, 2018. With this date quickly approaching, Castro County Healthcare District (CCHD) has hired Laura Kimball as the Administrator at Country View Living. Kimball’s dreams and goals of becoming an Administrator for a long-term and assisted living facility led her back home. She spent her childhood growing up in Nazareth, Texas, and now can continue her passion for caring for the elderly while getting to care for them in her own community. “My aspiration with County View Living is that is will always feel like you are welcomed into someone’s home [...]
Castro County Healthcare is proud to have the team of first responders provided by Castro County EMS. Due to their efforts and continuous care for Castro County, the Fair Association has awarded them as the 2018 Parade Marshals. The anonymous nomination stated how Castro County EMS goes above and beyond their duties. The crew care about the community and its members by doing things not necessarily job related, not because they are asked to but because they want to. Castro County EMS provides emergent and non-emergent transportation of the sick and injured, primarily to Plains Memorial Hospital. They may also transport [...]
As an adult, you need vaccinations too. There are thousands of adults in the U.S. every year that become ill from infectious diseases. Castro County Healthcare Wellness Team wants to help the community receive all vaccinations they need through their community health fair. “It is important for people to not get vaccinated too early,” said Dana Cobb, Chief of Nursing at Plains Memorial Hospital. “You really want to get vaccinated during October so the vaccination will have enough time to react in your body properly, and last throughout the flu season.” For that reason, CCHD will be hosting their Community Health [...]
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and it is a good reminder that everyone needs vaccines throughout their lives. Start early and get vaccinated during pregnancy. Finding out you are pregnant is a life changer. During your pregnancy, your mind is full of baby names, nursey colors, gender reveal party themes and ideas, and what you should be taking and eating; but you should be thinking about what vaccines you need. Vaccines are not just to protect you against diseases while pregnant, but are for your future child. Vaccinations while pregnant pass some protection on to your baby that remain in [...]