Lessons Learned from Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Throughout the month of October, you have likely encountered one or more of your daily routines or entertainment channels with an added touch of pink. The ever-present symbols of Breast Cancer Awareness are reminders for women to stay healthy, attentive, and active in the prevention and treatment of Breast Cancer.

Arnot Health is proud to have played a role this year in generating awareness of this terrible disease and kick-starting the road to detection and prevention for many women in our region. We were proud to sponsor “Pink in the Rink” at First Arena with the Elmira Jackals and offer support to the Twin Tiers Region Affiliate of Susan G. Komen on many of their October events.

One of the popular trends each year at Arnot Health is to give away a bracelet charm for those who come in for their annual mammogram. Anyone who comes in to one of our locations in Bath, Elmira, Corning, or Horseheads for the first time will receive a charm bracelet and the first charm. Those who received the bracelet last year will get a new charm this – and each subsequent year – when they come in again.

According to Deb Dininny, Breast Health Specialist at Arnot Health’s Health Center for Women, the general guideline for mammograms is to schedule an appointment at the age of 40 and each year after that. However, based on family history or increased risk, women may elect for a mammogram at a younger age.

As the month of October comes to a close, Deb reminds us that self-awareness and good health should be practiced all year. Women should be aware of changes in appearance and feel in addition to understanding their health history and choosing positive, healthy lifestyles. Those who may be nervous or anxious about screenings should know they are not alone; anxiety is normal and mammograms or other screenings are ways to provide reassurance.

All year, Arnot Health offers “Walk-In Wednesdays” for mammograms at any of our locations in Bath, Elmira, Corning, or Horseheads. If Wednesdays are not good, click here to find out how to contact the right person for Women’s Care at Arnot Health. Thank you to all of those who helped contribute and volunteer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we can’t wait to see those charm bracelets throughout the community!

Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Charm Bracelet

Each year, Arnot Health gives away a new charm for those who come in for their annual mammogram. This is the 2016 charm.

6 Steps to Safer Pumpkin Carving

Next weekend is Halloween, which means you’re probably in the candy-buying, costume-making, party-planning, pumpkin-carving mode! This time of year, we hope you have lots of fun and we want to share a few tips to make sure you stay safe throughout the season. At the Hand Management Center, it’s common to see cuts and burns from accidents that occur while carving pumpkins. The following 6 recommendations will help make sure you have more time for trick-or-treating and less time with our hand therapy specialists this year:

Carve Your Pumpkins in a Clean Setting
Pumpkins are slippery, especially once you cut them open and get into the seeds and flesh. It’s important to make sure you’re working in a clean, dry, well-lit area to minimize the chance of slipping while holding the carving tools.

Use the Correct Tools
Typically when using knives in the kitchen, you want to make sure they are sharp to reduce errant cuts. However, in this case, sharper is NOT better. The serrated knives that come in carving kits allow for more control, calling for a sawing action rather than slicing. Be sure to purchase the tools that are specifically made for pumpkin carving.

Pumpkin Carving Kit from PumpkinMasters.com

Carving kits, like this one from PumpkinMasters.com, provide the correct tools and instructions for the safest (and most desirable) results.

Follow Proper Carving Techniques
In addition to using the right tools, carving kits may also provide proper techniques for the safest results. In general, it’s best to leave the seeds and filling in place until all the carving is complete, and you should always try to stabilize the pumpkin with one hand while using slow, deliberate movements with the cutting hand.

Always Provide Adult Supervision
This one may sound obvious, but children and even teens should not be allowed to carve alone. For younger kids, give them the option to draw the face with a marker and then allow them to watch while you cut out their design.

Use Battery-Powered Candles
The Hand Management Center sees lots of burns this time of year because it’s generally difficult and awkward trying to light or place a lit candle into the small opening of a carved pumpkin. Open flames with baggy costumes may also cause accidents, all of which can be avoided with battery-operated lights that provide the same effect.

Be Prepared
As the Boy Scout motto suggests, it’s important to know first aid and have some bandages and general treatment options nearby in case of an accident. If someone is cut, apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth and seek medical attention if the bleeding does not stop on its own within 15 minutes.

If you have any additional questions or would like more information about the Hand Management Center at Arnot Health, check out our previous blog post with all the background and contact information. We hope to see some creative, fun, battery-lit pumpkins out there on Halloween!

Be Careful Carving Pumpkins This Halloween Season

Hand Management at Arnot Health: What You Need to Know

A recent visit to the Hand Management Center at Arnot Health served as a reminder that quality care can be found in every nook and cranny throughout the system. Located on the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, the Hand Management Center has been in the community for over 30 years and is the first comprehensive hand therapy practice in the Southern Tier of New York. Still today, the Center is the only standing clinic in the region that exclusively treats hand patients with three certified hand therapists on staff.

A visit to the Hand Management Center reveals an open, inclusive atmosphere where patients are treated with individualized care in a more social setting. The latest in hand rehabilitation equipment allows for a variety of treatments, including ultrasounds, electrical stimulation, heat treatment, therapeutic exercises, and others that offer relief of pain and improved functionality. Custom orthotics are also fabricated on-site to address individual patient needs.

Hand Management at Arnot Health

Therapists at the Center work with patients from beginning to end, following them through their entire healing and rehabilitation process. They are trained on a wide range of accidents and trauma, from cuts, burns, and fractures to conditions like tendonitis, tennis elbow, and more. They work with all ages, from newborns with congenital problems to geriatric patients, to help improve hand functions in every stage of life.

The overall approach at the Hand Management Center at Arnot Health is progressive, comprehensive, and caring. For more information about referrals and services, contact the Hand Management Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital today: 607-737-7818.

Flu Immunization Clinics at Arnot Health

Arnot Health is holding flu immunization clinics for all members of the community who are 19 years or older. Arnot Health will bill Medicare for anyone enrolled in Medicare Part A or B. All others will be charged $43.00, cash or check only.

Flu immunizations are available as follows: 

Monday, October 5
10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, NY
Cusick Meeting Room

Tuesday, October 6
10:30am – 12:30pm at
 the Dormann Library, Bath, NY              

Monday, October 12
10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY
Petrie West Conference Room

Tuesday, October 13
10am – 1pm at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, NY
Cusick Meeting Room

Monday, October 26
10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm at 
Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY
Petrie West Conference Room

For more information, please call Health on Demand at 607-737-4499.