Solar Eclipse – Your Hospital is Open and Prepared to Care!

Solar Eclipse Preparations

Before you and your friends were talking about the eclipse, over a year ago, Madison Memorial Hospital has been carefully planning for this event. Not only are we open this weekend, but we are prepared to care for you and all of your guests! To give you an idea, a few of the preparations are listed below:

  • Fully staffed with all E.R. doctors and surgeons on call
  • Capacity to care for about 500% more emergency victims, and partnerships with community partners for additional assistance.
  • All other positions ready and on call
  • Helicopters, if needed
  • Extra food and water

If you or your guests have an emergency, be careful in traffic! Consider taking some of the back roads to arrive at the hospital in a reasonable amount of time. Poleline Road and Barney Dairy Road are possible alternate routes. Google maps can help determine the best route for to help you beat traffic.

Madison Memorial Hospital is prepared to help you with any situation this weekend as your trusted and chosen hospital!

Stay safe and enjoy the solar eclipse!

Visit rexburgeclipse.com for more information.

 

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Top 5 Ways to Prepare for the Total Solar Eclipse

Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse?

Here are the top five things you need to do to prepare for the solar eclipse which will be visible in Rexburg this August.

1. Get Eclipse Glasses

Looking at the sun for a long period of time can damage your eyes. When you view the eclipse, you will need eclipse glasses. Eclipse glasses should have a filter to look through. If the glasses aren’t labeled ISO, they won’t protect your eyes the way they should, according to Space.com.

Places to find eclipse glasses include solarglasses2017.com, BYU-Idaho bookstore, and other grocery stores.

2. Find a Good Location

Free areas you can view the eclipse are Porter Park, Evergreen Park, Madison Middle School, Riverside Park, Madison Junior High, Nature Park, and Smith Park, according to Rexburg Online.  

3. Remember the Date and Time

The eclipse will happen August 21, at 11:33 AM. Here in Rexburg, it will only last 2 minutes and 17 seconds! Make sure you don’t miss it.

4. Invite Friends and Family

This is a once in a life time opportunity. Though total eclipses can happen every few years or so, the next total eclipse over our country will be on April 8, 2024, according to timeanddate.com.

Be sure to invite your friends and family for this wonderful experience!

This is a time you won’t want to forget so one idea is to take pictures, but you need to be careful as you do so. Camera phones are not equipped for taking pictures of solar eclipses and will still damage your eyes through the lens. For taking pictures, make sure your camera has an eclipse filter, is stabilized, and that you give it a break so it does not overheat, according to timeanddate.com.

5. Prepare for other activities

Many people are coming to Rexburg for the eclipse. One way to prepare for such a crowd is to buy groceries in advance. Here at Madison Memorial Hospital, we recommend purchasing two weeks of food in advance of the eclipse, as others will be buying a great deal once they arrive.

Many vendors will have stations throughout Rexburg on the day of the eclipse. After or before the eclipse, feel free to walk around and help these local business flourish.

Also, the BYU-Idaho Manwaring Center has a buffet throughout the entire day in the Crossroads dining area. Price for the buffet is $7.99 plus tax, according to rexburgeclipse.com.

Have a great solar eclipse experience on August 21 and stay safe!

 

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Madison Receives ‘Best Theme’ Award for 4th of July Float

Celebrating Independence Day as a Community

On Tuesday morning, the streets of Rexburg were lined with families and friends in celebration of America and Rexburg’s 88th annual Independence Day parade. Madison Memorial Hospital’s 4th of July float glistened with shimmering stars, waves of red, white and blue, and a giant bald eagle. The bald eagle was selected as a symbol for the nation in 1782 and is a fitting symbol for Madison Memorial as it represents the strength and long life the hospital strives to provide for community members. In the parade, Madison’s float was awarded “Best Theme.” Over 90 floats participated in the parade, each celebrating the community and country in their own way. Following the parade, Rexburg’s Celebration in the Park provided many festivities for community members at Porter Park. Madison Memorial Hospital appreciates being part of such a patriotic and united community.

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The Power Behind Relay for Life

Cancer Never Rests, Neither Will We at Relay for Life

Cancer. It’s a word that we often see in medical pamphlets and often hear in whispers. We know it’s a disease that’s not to be messed with, but we’re always glad when it hasn’t messed with us. How would we act, however, if we knew the National Cancer Institute’s conservative statistic that approximately 38.5% of individuals will develop a form of cancer in their lifetime? Cancer doesn’t care who you are, it will affect you and those around you, and at one point or another, it will affect us all.

One individual who has experienced the affects of cancer in her life is Lisa Marie, and she’s not too different from any one of us. She’s from Idaho, works in the community, is a mother of three and loves to garden and read. The difference is that two of her three children are cancer survivors. Diagnosed at the ages of five and eight, her two daughters have undergone surgery and years of chemotherapy and treatment, but we’re glad to say that the youngest daughter will undergo her last leukemia treatment this upcoming week.

When Lisa Marie talks about this trial and all that her daughters and family have been through, she says that the girls are tough, but that fighting cancer is really “a family affair.” It is the entire family, not just the individual, that is fighting for life against this disease. And in the end it isn’t just the family that is critical in the fight, but friends and community members as well. Fighting cancer is a team effort, and it requires everyone to win.

That is the idea behind the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a community fundraising event happening June 23rd at the Madison Jr. High track and everyone is invited to attend. For six hours, individuals and teams of families, friends and community members will gather together to remember those we have lost and to recognize and celebrate those who are currently affected by cancer, cancer survivors and their families.

Throughout the event, individuals will walk the track to signify that cancer never stops and neither do cancer patients and their families in the fight against it. There are many individuals in our area who have been affected by cancer, but we shouldn’t wait to be affected by it to participate in this event. In the words of Lisa Marie, if you haven’t been impacted by cancer, you should “relay to keep it that way.”

You are invited to the Rexburg Relay for Life June 23rd from 6pm-12am. Be the family, friend or community member to strengthen those affected by cancer. For more information about Relay for Life, to donate or to create a team for the event, visit the site relayforlife.org. Confirm  your attendance, and invite your friends through the Facebook event page Rexburg Relay for Life.

While you can form a team to help fundraise and to share a campsite with at the event, individuals and families are welcome to come to the event without being on a team to participate in activities, get dinner and enjoy free entertainment. Participate in Rexburg Relay for Life to fight back against cancer in our community, celebrate life and to be the family, friend and support our community needs.

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