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Rexburg Rocks

Have you seen colorful rocks around random Rexburg locations?

Rexburg Rocks is a trend to help motivate people to explore the city and enjoy visiting places. A variety of rocks are hidden all over Rexburg for your pleasure. Even Madison Memorial Hospital has a few rocks hidden outside of its hospital.

Anyone can join in the fun and go searching for Rexburg rocks. It’s a particularly fun activity for children to go on a hunt and even make their own colorful rocks to hide around Rexburg locations. Just be sure to avoid placing them in dangerous locations (such as in the grass where a lawnmower may hit it).

Rocks can usually be found near pathways where they could easily be seen such as flower beds.

You can look at the facebook page dedicated to #RexburgRocks titled “Rexburg Rocks!” to see or post a picture of your own Rexburg rocks.

 

 

 

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STOP Bullying!

Support a Healthy Environment for All

75% of employees experience or witness bullying at work. Bullying happens everywhere… on phones, in homes, at work, and at schools.

Bullying is health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons by one or more perpetrators. Understand more why bullying is bad, where bullying occurs, and most importantly how you can stop bullying.

A Toxic Environment

Bullying creates a toxic environment where healthy behavior is discouraged. Those who get bullied often feel anxious, dreading to go to work, school, or even home because of the potential threat of random attacks from someone they know, whether it is hurtful words, loud yelling, inappropriate pranks, or physical aggression.

We all can become bullies if we don’t watch ourselves. Ask yourself, “Is my treatment toward this person helping them or harming them?” A bully enjoys tormenting others. Do you? If so, recognize that this is not okay. Stop.

Everyone should be treated with respect.

There are reasons that children, and adults, don’t report bullying. Reasons for this include:

  • Feelings of weakness
  • Being called a “snitch”
  • Stiff retribution from the bully
  • People disregarding signs of abuse
  • Supporting the bully’s negative behavior
  • The bully is in a position of authority

Internet Bullying

Be careful about what you post online, and teach others to do the same. The internet is a place where people often feel safe to say things they would never say in person. Many sites allow people to message each other anonymously, and this has increased internet trolling.

92% of teenagers go online every day which increases the chances for internet bullying. Generally, teenagers do not have the emotional capacity to deal with severe bullying, so their social media activity should be openly discussed with parents.

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Workplace Bullying

If you have ever watched “the Office” television show, you probably have seen Jim prank Dwight, and sometimes Dwight sabotages Jim. In the very first episode, Dwight opens his drawer to find his stapler encased in jiggly green jello. While it seems funny, in real life, Jim’s behavior would be considered bullying because he is causing work interference.

Bullying is four times more common than any other type of workplace harassment. It is abusive if

  • threatening
  • humiliating
  • intimidating
  • sabotaging work
  • verbal abuse (yelling, hurtful comments, and ignoring).

Establishing a Safe Haven

Children and adults should never dread living in their own home because of a bully in the family. Your home should be a place of safety,  not fear, but even if your home is bully-free, parents should still openly communicate with their children. Encourage them to talk and ask them questions about how they are doing.

Parents can make a big difference to their children. “Research tells us that children really do look to parents and caregivers for advice and help on making tough decisions. Sometimes 15 minutes a day talking can reassure kids that they can talk to their parents if they have a problem” (stopbullying.gov).

Stop Bullying

Stop bullying by addressing bully behavior head on with a simple, direct “stop. This is not okay.” Record documentation of abuse and what you have been doing to address the problem. If bullying continues, speak with a superior or with Human Resources.

As a community, we should all remember that bullying is not acceptable behavior. Discourage this behavior by teaching our family and peers to love and support one another through our example and open dialogue.

To schedule a presentation against workplace bullying for your business, call Madison Cares, or for more helpful resources visit their website at mymadisoncares.com.

Phone: 208-359-1256

 

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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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Summertime Safety

Be Safe for Summer Fun

Summertime is upon us. School is out for kids, and the weather is warming up which leads to increased activity outside. It would be wise to prepare for summertime activities with some safety precautions. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Supply everything you need for a safe trip or just to safely enjoy your leisure time outdoors.

Summertime preparedness includes (but is not limited to):

  • staying hydrated
  • protecting the skin
  • defending against insects
  • packing the right clothing and equipment
  • water safety
  • proper food preparation and
  • being aware of potential environmental hazards.

According to the American Red Cross, when hiking in the mountains, “falls are the biggest threat, many due to poor decision-making, lack of skill or not being properly prepared.” Be aware of your surroundings such as cliffs, steep slopes and the like, and make sure to stay close to the designated trails. Be sure to stay hydrated and by bringing water to drink, especially while away from civilization. Hiking can be especially dangerous without the proper supplies, food, and water. Heat exhaustion and dehydration are a real danger.

To protect against the sun a helpful resource is the UV Index Search provided by The Environmental Protection Agency allows you to see the level of ultraviolet radiation in your area. Be sure to stay in the shade, wear sunglasses, hats, and clothing that keeps your skin protected. Try to avoid being out in the most intense hours of the day. Sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher is recommended to those with sensitive skin. Apply sunscreen regularly.

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For more information about Summer Safety tips visit these websites:

http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/local/north-carolina/eastern-northern-carolina/Summer-Safety-Red-Cross-Issues-Tips-On-How-to-Have-a-Safe-Summer

https://www.epa.gov/enviro/uv-index-search

http://eirmc.com/online-tools/summer-health-safety.dot

 

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Madison Memorial Hospital Earns Award of Excellence

Madison Memorial Hospital Earns 2017 Qualis Health Quality Award

Madison Memorial Hospital earned the Award of Excellence from Qualis Health for the hospital’s “Quality-Driven Medication Reconciliation” program.

“Medication safety is crucial during times of care transition,” said Mikel Barr, RN, Director of Quality at Madison Memorial.

“But when a patient is admitted to the hospital, it is not uncommon for their primary care physician to be uninvolved with their care. In cases like these a patient may experience interruptions in medications for chronic conditions, variations in the dosage of those medications, or even be prescribed new medications. These changes can result in flare-ups of the chronic condition, may affect the patient’s ability to recover from the acute condition for which they were hospitalized, or cause dangerous drug interactions.”

To address this disconnect, Madison Memorial Hospital piloted an innovative medication reconciliation program, with the aim of improving patient safety by preventing adverse drug events, and reducing hospital readmissions.

At the focus of the program, certified pharmacy technicians complete a medication reconciliation review with patients and families on admission. Their goal is to fully communicate with patients and families so that the patient has a clear understanding of the medications they should be taking when they leave the hospital or move to the next level of care.

As a result, Madison Memorial has reduced its number of medication reconciliation errors significantly, with the effect of reducing the number of adverse drug events from 30 in 2015 to 12 in 2016, and readmissions from 92 in 2015 to 70 in 2016.

Qualis Health is one of the nation’s leading population health management organizations, and it distinguished Madison Memorial Hospital along with other medical organizations throughout Idaho for continued improvement in healthcare quality and outcomes.

Award recipients were recognized during a ceremony at the Idaho Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Conference in Boise, Idaho. Kelly McGrath, MD, MS, Qualis Health Idaho Medical Director, presented the awards.

The awards recognize those who demonstrate outcomes to the three broad aims outlined in the National Quality Strategy:

• Better healthcare (for individuals)

• Better health (for populations)

• Reduced costs through improvement

Madison Memorial Hospital Receives Quality Award

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