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Surprise! These Five Things are Good for Your Heart!

February 24, 2017

Often we hear about all the things that are bad for our hearts – smoking, diets high in fat, low levels of physical activity. Likewise, we often discuss the things that improve or protect your heart health – exercising regularly, eating well, decreasing stress, and seeking preventive healthcare.

Minutes Matter: Knowing the Signs of Heart Disease Can Save a Life

February 24, 2017

When a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. In fact, the first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient. According to the National Institutes of Health, of the people who die from heart attacks, about half will die within an hour of their first symptoms.

Heart Health at Any Age

February 24, 2017

Things change the older you get. How you took care of yourself in your 20s might be very different from today. That said, it’s important to understand what you should keep in mind the older you get.

Newborn Babies at Rutherford Regional Celebrate American Heart Month with Special Handmade Red Hats

February 23, 2017

Volunteers for the American Heart Association are celebrating American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for all newborns at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Rutherford Regional is participating in the Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program, which raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.

Dessert...with a heart.

February 22, 2017

Sometimes, being bad feels so good. When dinner ends, you can’t help but want a few scoops of ice cream from the freezer. While it’s important to treat yourself from time to time, you want to keep the decadent desserts as a special treat, rather than an every night thing.

Sleeping Beauty

February 21, 2017

There is perhaps nothing more important for the health of your mind and body than consistently getting a good night’s sleep. This is the only time the body gets to truly slow down and relax, and you owe it to yourself and get a good night’s sleep every night.

Don't Miss Your Annual Screening

February 20, 2017

Taking an active role in your preventative health can be the key to preventing heart disease and managing your risk factors. One of the best preventative measures is an annual heart health check-up. Even if you don’t have a heart condition, it’s crucial to schedule and keep annual exam appointments with your primary care doctor. These annual check-ups provide a baseline of your health and help compare against future visits.

Fun Facts About Your Hard-working Heart

February 17, 2017

Your heart is one hard-working muscle. It’s a fascinating, giant pump that is working second minute of every day. With it working so hard for you, maybe knowing a little more about your heart will inspire you to work a little harder to keep it healthier.

Heart Disease: How and When to Talk to Your Significant Other

February 17, 2017

Our priority is making communities healthier. One way we do this is by providing educational opportunities and information that empowers people. Understanding the risk factors, signs and symptoms of certain illnesses and conditions, like heart disease, can have a serious impact on the likelihood of a positive outcome and a strong recovery.

Weight and Heart: A Love Story

February 16, 2017

Every New Year, and it’s the same promise to ourselves. Lose weight. Eat Healthier. Exercise. And even though most of us will fail to follow through on this resolution (just 8%, according to one finding, achieve their New Year’s Resolution), that failure is not because we don’t want to be healthier. More often, life just gets in the way.

The Road to Heart Health Starts at Home

February 15, 2017

After a long day at work, it’s easy to go home, kick off your shoes, and grab the remote. While this may help you unwind, it’s not doing any favors for your heart. In fact, if you’re like most Americans, it’s complicating an already sedentary lifestyle and increasing your risk of a number of health problems, including heart disease.

Making Broccoli Cool Again

February 15, 2017

You’re sitting at your desk, and it’s getting close to lunchtime. You’ve got your brown bag lunch in the office fridge but aren’t particularly excited about it. Maybe it’s two day old meatloaf or turkey on a couple pieces of bread. When your co-workers stop by to say they’re headed out to the new burger place, you can’t resist. Eating out is not only tough on your wallet, it can be tougher on your heart.

Does your heart need a personal time out?

February 14, 2017

You wake up early, start making breakfast and lunches so you can get the kids fed, dressed and to school on time. Follow that with eight, or more, hours at the office, sandwiched between hour-long commutes through jammed highways and interstates. Then you make a beeline home to get the kids to baseball practice and gymnastics, working on homework in the car. Once you finally make it home, there’s still dinner to be made, dishes to be cleaned and baths to be taken.

Take as Directed - Talking to Your Doctor about Medications

February 13, 2017

Taking an active role in your health can help you get the best care possible. One step in taking charge of your health is talking to your doctor about medications you are taking, the favorable results of that medication and any potential side effects.

A Happy Heart is a Healthy Heart

February 10, 2017

When it comes to keeping your heart healthy, sometimes laughter is the best medicine. Not only is it free of charge, research shows that laughing can actually strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, alleviate pain and protect you from the damaging effects of stress.

Heart Disease 101: Warning Signs for Men

February 10, 2017

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S. One in four men will die from heart disease. We want to change that statistic, and one way we can start to do so is by educating the community on the warning signs of heart disease so we can catch it early.

Know Your Numbers

February 10, 2017

When it comes to heart health, you might hear your doctor talk about your “numbers”. What are they talking about? While the heart is a complex organ with a lot of moving parts, there are a few numbers that are particularly important when gauging your heart health.

Workplace Workouts: Easy ways to make your workday more active

February 8, 2017

If there’s one thing that most Americans have in common, it’s that we live sedentary lifestyles. From commuting to work and spending hours behind a computer, to watching TV or surfing the internet after work, health experts have long warned that we simply sit too much.

An egg white a day...

February 8, 2017

If you’re an egg lover, you may scoff at eating just the whites. After all, the yolk is the most delicious part. If you’re open to a change, utilizing just the whites of the egg every now and then can have benefits for your heart, particularly if cholesterol is a concern.

The Benefits of Yoga: Keep Your Heart Healthy, and Happy, with Yoga

February 7, 2017

Manage blood pressure. Control cholesterol. Reduce blood sugar. Get active. Eat better. Lose weight. Stop Smoking. There’s a reason the most talked about ways to improve your heart health also comprise the American Heart Associations’ (AHA) “Simple 7”, a list of seven lifestyle strategies that can help people lower their risk of heart disease. They work!

Know Your Numbers

February 6, 2017

Taking an active role in your health can help you ensure a long and healthy life. One step in taking charge of your health is knowing your heart health, particularly three key numbers: 1. Blood pressure 2. Cholesterol levels 3. Waist size

Stock the Pantry for Your Heart

February 3, 2017

When it comes to eating heart healthy, it starts at home. But how do you know what to stock in your pantry and fridge to help make everyday meals at home more heart healthy? We want to help.

Heart Disease 101: Warning Signs for Women

February 3, 2017

The number one killer of men and women in the U.S., you may think that gender doesn’t matter when it comes to heart disease. But it does. According to the American Heart Association, in the past 30 years, more women than men have died each year from heart disease. This could in part be due to the less obvious signs and symptoms women sometimes experience and the fact that only one in five women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat.

Heart Disease: Overlooked Symptoms

February 3, 2017

We’ve all seen the movie where a heart attack occurs. A character is walking along when suddenly they grab their chest, wincing with pain. Immediately they tell the other characters, “Call 911! I’m having a heart attack!”

30 Minutes a Day Helps Keep Heart Disease Away

February 2, 2017

Did you know that by exercising as few as 30 minutes per day, you can improve your heart health and quality of life? And it doesn’t have to be hardcore, rigorous physical activity – the kind that leaves you drenched in sweat and sore for days. It can be simple, easy-to-incorporate activities like walking your dog, tossing a ball with your child, or dancing with friends.

February is Heart Health Month!

February 1, 2017

Welcome (and a recipe) Welcome to 28 Days of Heart Health. Each day this month, we’ll be posting a new article covering healthy recipes, common symptoms and warning signs, exercises you can do at home and much more. The next 28 days are all about you and your cardiovascular health.

Donate and Save: Giving Blood to Save Lives is Easier than Ever

January 16, 2017

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. And seasonal obstacles like busy holiday schedules, blood drives canceled due to inclement winter weather, and illnesses like the flu sidelining potential donors can hamper efforts to maintain a healthy blood supply. That’s why, since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month – a month dedicated to shining a spotlight on the generosity of those who give their blood to save the lives of others, while also raising awareness of the continued need for donations

Rutherford Regional Health System Names New CEO

December 15, 2016

Rutherfordton, NC (Dec. 15, 2016) – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS), a Duke LifePoint Healthcare facility, announced today that Rebecca Segal has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of the hospital, effective January 16, 2017. Segal brings more than 15 years of healthcare experience to the region, most recently serving as chief operating officer (COO) of LifePoint Health’s Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Ky.

Holiday Gift Guide: Keep the Little Ones in Your Life Happy and Safe

December 6, 2016

RUTHERFORDTON – Few things are more fun than buying toys for the children we love during the holidays, and often, shopping for our little ones brings us as much joy as it does them. But before you plunge into toy-buying this holiday season, Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) urges you to keep safety top-of-mind and consider the following facts and shopping tips before you spend.

Rutherford Regional Health System Recognized by March of Dimes for Giving More Babies a Healthy Start in Life

December 6, 2016

Rutherfordton – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) has been recognized by the March of Dimes for its work to give babies a healthier start in life. RRHS earned the recognition after successfully reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy to less than one percent (1%). This is a tremendous accomplishment, and one that will give more babies the right start in life, the March of Dimes says.

RHI Legacy Auxiliary Holds Annual Meeting

November 14, 2016

RUTHERFORDTON – The RHI Legacy Auxiliary held its annual meeting and celebrated its 51st Anniversary on November 9, 2016, at the Rutherfordton Clubhouse.

Rutherford Regional To Help Community Members Enroll In The Health Insurance Marketplace

October 26, 2016

RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) is helping individuals enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, which opens November 1 and runs through January 31. Certified counselors are on site at the hospital and RRHS will hold a public event on November 1 to assist those looking for their best option through the Marketplace.

R-S Central and Chase Cheerleaders Raise More Than $1,500 at Breast Cancer 'Pink Out' Fundraiser

October 26, 2016

Rutherfordton, N.C. (October 25, 2016): The R-S Central and Chase High School Cheerleaders, along with supporters, raised $1,564 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the teams’ “Pink Out” fundraiser on Monday, October 12. Held during the schools’ rivalry football game, funds raised included $500 collected by the Rutherfordton Fire and Police Department from sales of breast cancer awareness patches and t-shirts.

Rutherford Regional Health System Cancer Program Earns National Accreditation

October 17, 2016

RUTHERFORDON – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS). To earn CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Do You Mammo?

October 13, 2016

In 2016, more than 246,000 American women will develop invasive breast cancer – that’s one in eight women. They will become part of more than 2.8 million people who are living with a history of breast cancer, whether that means they are currently in treatment or have completed treatment. While breast cancer incidence rates have been declining since the year 2000, those numbers remain too high. At Rutherford Regional, we are taking a stand against breast cancer. We want all of the women in our communities – our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and friends – to know their risk, to recognize the signs and symptoms, and to understand the importance of self-checks and early detection.

Rutherford Regional Supports National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 20, 2016

RUTHERFORDTON – Across the U.S., nearly 30 percent of children are overweight or obese – that’s one in every three kids. As part of our commitment to making communities healthier, Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) is proud to support National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, an initiative aimed at decreasing obesity rates among the nation’s youth.

Rutherford Regional Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

September 6, 2016

RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) is proud to announce the certification of its CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). RRHS was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Five Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy During the Hustle and Bustle of the School Year

August 24, 2016

RUTHERFORDTON, NC – The dog days of summer are coming to a close, and that means it’s time to get ready for the hustle and bustle of another school year – trading in Saturday afternoons at the pool for homework, ballgames and that seemingly never-ending to-do list around the house. As we countdown to the start of the new school year, Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) wants to offer five quick tips to help keep your family healthy and happy.

General Surgeon Joins Rutherford Regional Health System

August 17, 2016

Rutherfordton – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) has announced the addition of Joshua Edgerton, MD, a general surgeon, to its medical staff and Rutherford Surgical Associates. He began work August 15.

The Heat is On: Staying Safe During the Hot Summer Months

July 5, 2016

RUTHERFORDTON – The summer season is in full swing, and that means camps, outdoor workouts and athletic practices, trips to parks or local waterways, and dozens of other fun outdoor activities for you and your family. It also means you need to watch out for one of Mother Nature’s most dangerous elements: heat.

Gilliam Receives First Daisy Award Given to a Nurse at Rutherford Regional

May 16, 2016

RUTHERFORDTON – Todd Gilliam, RN, in May became Rutherford Regional Health System’s first recipient of the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Begun in 1999, the Daisy Award program has given awards to nurses from over 2,000 hospitals in all 50 states and 15 foreign countries.

Rutherford Regional Names 2016 Mercy Award Winner

April 21, 2016

Rutherfordton – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) which is part of LifePoint Health, recently announced that Paula Scoggin has been recognized as the hospital’s 2016 Mercy Award winner. Scoggin is one of roughly 70 other individuals across LifePoint Health, a leading healthcare company that employs more than 46,000 individuals, to receive this award.

Rutherford Regional Helps Celebrate National Donate Life Month

April 8, 2016

For more than a decade the month of April has been about saving and healing lives. Each year Rutherford Regional Health System and LifeShare join the rest of the country in sharing the lifesaving message of donation and transplantation. The goal of National Donate Life Month is to make LIFE possible by educating and motivating the public to register their decision to be organ, eye, and tissue donors.

Rutherford Regional Helping Residents Combat Allergy Season

April 4, 2016

RUTHERFORDTON – April flowers are bringing pollen, ragweed and a slew of other sniffle-inducing allergens this Spring. Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) is committed to making communities healthier, and helping residents manage springtime allergies.

Rutherford Regional Announces Limited Visitation

March 25, 2016

RUTHERFORDTON, NC – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) administrators, infection prevention staff and safety officials have announced “limited visitation” at the hospital because rates of influenza-like illness have risen above the two percent mark statewide.

Colorectal Cancer: Know the Symptoms, Know the Risks

March 10, 2016

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancers are the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the U.S.

RRHS Educating Community During American Heart Month, Pursuing Chest Pain Accreditation

February 2, 2016

RUTHERFORDTON – February is American Heart Month and Rutherford Regional Heath System (RRHS) reminds the community that when a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. In fact, the first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient. According to the National Institutes of Health, of the people who die from heart attacks, about half will die within an hour of their first symptoms.

RRHS Has Assisted Nearly 80 Residents to Enroll for Insurance

December 21, 2015

RUTHERFORDTON – With just a few weeks left to select a comprehensive and affordable health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, now is the time to shop and compare. The Marketplace closes for the year on January 31.

Rutherford Regional Diabetes Program Receives Prestigious Recognition

December 16, 2015

RUTHERFORDTON – The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) “Living with Diabetes” program.

ICU and 2nd Medical Recognized for High Patient Satisfaction Scores

December 11, 2015

As part of its ongoing commitment to monitor the patient experience at RRHS, patient care departments within the medical center receive feedback from patient surveys that show which unit scored highest in patient satisfaction and which unit showed the most improvement.

Recognizing Heart Attack Symptoms

December 10, 2015

Most people are aware that chest pain can be a symptom of a heart attack. But a variety of other problems can be the original or primary symptoms for these patients.

Rutherford Regional to Help Community Members Enroll in The Health Insurance MarketPlace

November 12, 2015

RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) is helping individuals enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, which opened November 1 and runs through January 31. Certified counselors are on site at the hospital and RRHS will hold a public event on November 19 to assist those looking for their best option through the Marketplace.

Veteran health care executive to serve as Interim CEO of Rutherford Regional Health System

October 29, 2015

Rutherfordton, N.C. (October 29, 2015) – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) announced today that veteran health care executive Bob Singletary will serve as interim chief executive officer (CEO), while a search is underway to fill the top leadership post on a more permanent basis. Singletary, whose appointment is effective immediately, replaces former CEO Cindy Buck who resigned earlier this month.

Rutherford Regional Hosts Healthy Generations Expo on October 17

October 7, 2015

RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) will host its “Healthy Generations Expo” on Saturday, October 17, in its OneSource Rehabilitation facility in Forest City, which is beside Belk at the Tri-City Mall. The event is free, open to the public of all ages and will be held from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Buck Stepping Down as Rutherford Regional CEO

October 5, 2015

RUTHERFORDTON (October 2, 1015) – Cindy Buck this week announced her decision to step down as CEO of Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) for personal reasons, according to Jeff Seraphine, Eastern Group President of LifePoint Health. Her last day will be October 24, 2015.

RRHS Recognizes Departments for High Patient Satisfaction Scores

September 30, 2015

As part of its ongoing commitment to monitor the patient experience at RRHS, patient care departments within the medical center receive feedback from patient surveys that show which unit scored highest in patient satisfaction and which unit showed the most improvement.

RRHS Welcomes New Leaders

September 3, 2015

RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) recently welcomed two new key leaders to its organization. John Bostwick has assumed the duties of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Jason Carney takes over as director of the RRHS Emergency Department.

New Breakaway Cafe Hours on Weekends

June 18, 2015

Traditionally, Rutherford Regional adjusts its operations in the Breakaway Café and other non-patient care area services based on seasonal volumes.

Rutherford Regional Warns of Recent Phone Scam Targeting Patients

June 15, 2015

RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) has learned from other hospitals of a phone scam that targets hospital patients who receive phone calls from an “866” area code requesting personal information to update the hospital’s records.

Rutherford Regional Celebrates National Hospital Week

May 11, 2015

RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) recognizes National Hospital Week May 10-16, an annual commemoration that celebrates the people, organizations and technologies that make trustworthy, reliable healthcare available in communities nationwide. A healthcare tradition since 1921, National Hospital Week commends the contributions that hospital physicians, nurses, staff, and administrators make in big cities, small towns and rural regions across the United States each day.

Rutherford Regional Celebrates Doctors Day on March 30

March 27, 2015

RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) is proud to express its gratitude to its physicians on National Doctors Day, officially celebrated on March 30. Doctors Day formally allows RRHS to recognize the hard work and dedication that physicians demonstrate in the hospital and in the community each day.

RRHS: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Should Be A Year-round Effort

March 26, 2015

RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) proudly participates each March in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. However, caregivers and providers encourage the community to be aware of the signs and dangers of colorectal cancer all year long.

RRHS Announces New Initiatives Aimed at Patient Safety and Quality

March 16, 2015

RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) has announced a number of new initiatives focused on patient safety and quality. Under the guidance of Duke LifePoint (DLP), with whom RRHS affiliated in 2014, the new measures follow a “deep dive” assessment of patient care at RRHS conducted by DLP in the fall.

Rutherford Regional Announces Limited Visitation

December 5, 2014

RUTHERFORDTON, NC – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) administrators, infection prevention staff and safety officials have announced “limited visitation” at the hospital because rates of influenza-like illness have risen above the two percent mark statewide.

Rutherford Hospital School Of Nursing Holds 50 Year Reunion

October 5, 2014

On Saturday, September 27th the Rutherford Hospital School of Nursing (RHSN) class of 1964 held its 50th class reunion at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Of the 15 classmates who graduated, 11 were in attendance for the day’s events.

RRHS Hosts Rutherford County Schools Mammography Day

August 5, 2014

Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) held a Mammography Day for Rutherford County School employees on August 4, 2014. A block of appointments were set aside specifically as an effort to accommodate the schedules of educators and staff.

Rutherford Regional Health System and Duke Lifepoint Finalize Joint Venture

June 3, 2014

The Rutherford Regional Health System Board of Trustees and Duke LifePoint Healthcare have finalized the transaction to jointly own and operate Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS). The newly formed joint venture will strengthen RRHS for the future and give the system new resources to enhance the health care services offered in Rutherford, Polk and Cleveland Counties.

RRHS Announces the Addition Of New General Surgeon

January 10, 2014

Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) announced this week the addition of Diego F. Pabon, MD, as a general surgeon with Rutherford Surgical Associates and a member of the RRHS medical staff.