Maintenance

Summary: Must have an understanding of Electrical/Mechanical and basic building principles. Performs a variety of general routine maintenance and servicing operations through-out the hospital
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Beating the Summer Heat

Beating the Summer Heat

by Dr. Sallyann Jessie Ganpot, MD

This is hardly a new phenomenon, or a new health crisis the entire medical field is just learning about. If you hadn’t noticed, Ruleville gets hot in the summer. Very hot. Even if you come from a tropical environment like I do, coping with Mississippi summer heat can be a challenge. Heat and heat related illness can be a serious health hazard that disproportionally affects children and older family members. As we get hot, our body tries to maintain its normal temperature by transferring heat by increasing blood flow to the skin and sweating. Heat related illness occurs when our nervous systems can’t keep up with the changes in temperature to keep our bodies cool. Young children and babies do not produce sweat as easily as the rest of us, and older adults often have conditions that make it more difficult to transfer heat. If your job requires you work outside in the heat, the results can range from rather simple (heat rash, swelling, cramps, fainting) to much more serious. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious medical emergencies that can be life threatening even with immediate treatment.

Tips for Beating the Summer Heat

Here are some North Sunflower Medical Center tips to help keep your children cool this summer, and beat the summer heat:
  • Hydrate! HYDRATE!! The is no better cooling source than good old fashioned water. The recommended daily amount of fluids is 5 glasses for 5 to 8-year-olds; 7 glasses for 9 to 12-year-olds; and 8 to 10 glasses for 13+ years.
  • Plan your day around the heat. Instead of gathering together for a movie at night, catch a matinee – in the air-conditioning – during the hottest part of the day. Have them play outside early in the morning or after sunset.
  • Eat cold foods during the day, with snacks and meals that don’t require turning on the oven. Salads and fruits are easier to digest than fatty burgers, which makes us feel sluggish. This will not only help keep their bodies cool but help keep your house cooler as well.
  • Have them dressed right for the heat. The best way to cool their bodies is to have sweat evaporate directly from skin to air. Wear loose, lightweight clothes in light colors.
  • If kids are stuck in the heat and can’t find get to a cooler place, apply ice cubes wrapped in a towel (or any other cold object) to the neck and wrist. This can make their bodies cool down more quickly and effectively.
  • Sunscreen is also very important. A zinc containing, PABA free compound is preferred. It should be applied to the skin before going out and it should also be allowed to dry. If you go in the water, you'll have to reapply. SPF 30 and higher is usually recommended.
  • Remember one childhood sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer by 20-40%.

Other Medical Concerns

For older members of your family living with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or being overweight all change the way our bodies cool themselves. Some medications reduce blood flow to the skin or cause us to lose our sense of thirst. If you are taking regular medications ask your doctor if your prescriptions might change the way you deal with heat related illness. For most kids, being out of school with all day to play with friends makes summer the most fun time of year. Taking just a few simple steps can keep your children safe – and out of the hospital – all through the long, hot days of summer. Remember, Sunflower Clinic is open EVERYDAY 8 am - midnight. Dr. Ganpot is available Monday - Friday, call (662) 756-1788 for an appointment.
The Screen Team - Back to School Health

Job Openings at North Sunflower Medical Center

UPDATE!!!

Wow.  We have been overwhelmed by your response.  Our HR department received so many amazing applications, we wanted to thank you for helping spread the word to your friends and family about additions to our North Sunflower family. So many great health care professionals applied, that we can no longer take applications for our Pediatric LPN.  We are still looking for a Certified Nurses Assistant in Senior Care and Licensed Practical Nurse at the Walter B. Crook Nursing Facility. If you know anyone who is caring and compassionate, with a strong desire to work with the elderly, please encourage them to take a look. Go to our Careers page to see these jobs and others.  And tell your friends to keep checking back from time to time.  We are always looking for outstanding people who want to help be part of the North Sunflower family.

We Need Your Help. Lots of It.

North Sunflower Medical Center is on a hiring spree. We just re-launched our Careers page. Truth be told, this is not the first time we’ve gone on a hiring binge. Over the past year, North Sunflower Medical Center created quite a few new jobs. We also work hard to provide training and advancement opportunities so we can provide the best care anywhere. That means we are frequently looking to fill the positions of people who have moved into higher level jobs and improved their careers. Some hospitals may see that as a problem. At North Sunflower Medical Center, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Jobs at North Sunflower Medical Center offer good pay and even better benefits. As our website says, If you work at North Sunflower long enough, people say everybody starts to treat each other like one big family. We share a commitment to providing our patients with the best care possible. We all work hard to get better at our jobs every day and agree that you are never too old to stop learning. And we feel part of the Ruleville community because it is so connected to who we are. If that sounds like you, then we’d love to have you become one of us.

ICMY (In Case You Missed It): The Aster Awards

You might have noticed our latest round of advertising around town. Well, you’re not alone. A few weeks ago, North Sunflower Medical Center was awarded seven Aster Awards, honoring excellence in healthcare advertising. We were particularly proud of the recognition we got for the design of the Great Ruleville Roast T-shirt, but the Aster committee took special notice of a number of our community outreach campaigns including two of our TV commercials ("Man on the Street", "Man on the Street 2" ), Dr. Jason Morris’ educational video ("Central Venous Line Placement") and even our post last Christmas on this blog ("Blue Christmas: Four Tips for Reducing Anxiety During the Holidays").

The Aster Awards is a medical marketing awards program recognizing healthcare marketing professionals for outstanding excellence in advertising. You can view a complete list of Aster Award winners here: (https://www.asterawards.com/winners/).

Walter B. Crook LPN

Summary: Ideal candidate must be a skilled communicator and motivator. Able to organize and prioritize many tasks effectively and be passionate about the job.
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Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine

Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine

You know that feeling when a relative gets married, and all the sudden it feels like you’ve got a whole new part of your family. Pretty soon, you find out you have more in common than you knew. Before you know it, you feel like you’ve been part of the same big family all along? We started the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine in 2016 because we saw too many families all over Mississippi not able to get specialty care close to home. Wait times are long, and many families can’t afford to drive to Jackson, Memphis or Little Rock so their children could meet with medical specialists. Having a child with an illness puts an incredible strain on a family. Now add a four or five-hour car ride on top of the financial stress every time your son, daughter or grandchild needs see a specialist. We knew that getting great care right here in the Delta would not only make for healthier children, it would make happier families too. [caption id="attachment_2943" align="aligncenter" width="727"]Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine If you are interested in our new services with Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine at North Sunflower Medical Center, you can make an appointment by calling us at (601) 499-0935.[/caption] There has never been a children’s pediatric subspecialist in the Mississippi Delta to our knowledge. Too many families in the Delta are forced to let their children’s serious diseases go untreated for too long. That means time out of school and long-term impacts on the child’s health and wellbeing. But mostly, it’s just hard to be a kid when you’re sick. When we wanted to help tackle this problem, there are a bunch of reasons North Sunflower Medical Center just jumped off the page for us. We immediately recognized them as a center of excellence in the Delta. And mostly, their commitment to Ruleville and the surrounding communities was heartening to us. [caption id="attachment_2944" align="aligncenter" width="727"]Dr. Sallyann Jessie Ganpot Dr. Sallyann Jessie Ganpot is a remarkable pediatrician at North Sunflower Medical Center. She cares deeply for her patients and their families.[/caption] The team at North Sunflower understand how hard childhood illness can be -- on not just parents and their children, but also the strain brothers and sisters as well. When their parents focus all their attention on caring for a sick child that has an impact on the whole family. Anyone can see North Sunflower Medical Center’s commitment to constant innovation and to find new ways to provide the best care possible. They saw this problem just like we did, and we wanted to work with them to help fix it. If you are interested in our new services at North Sunflower Medical Center, you can make an appointment by calling us at (601) 499-0935 or in Ruleville at (662) 756-4000. We are thrilled to be in Ruleville and to be part of the new -- slightly bigger -- North Sunflower family.
Trina Health

North Sunflower’s Trina Health Rock Stars

It’s been a couple of months since we told you about our partnership with Trina Health. Trina Health has developed an innovative artificial pancreas treatment that is changing the lives of diabetics all across the country. Their founder, G. Ford Gilbert, started Trina Health after his daughter developed the disease at the age of 5. Their treatment is life altering technology that we are proud to offer. Things have been busy at the Trina Health Clinic of North Sunflower Medical Center. Since we started offering this exciting new treatment, we’ve started to see some success stories of our own. We wanted to share them with you, because we’re excited about the way our Trina Health Clinic is helping diabetics throughout the region live healthier, happier lives.
Keith Luna came from a family of diabetics. His diabetic pain made it difficult to sleep at night. His energy was sluggish and made it difficult to work during the day. The neuropathy in his legs and feet made it difficult to walk or even balance. Since Keith started working with Trina Health of NSMC, he says the aches and pains that kept him awake are less, and he’s able to sleep comfortably. His energy is back up, and Keith say’s his balance is much better.
Robert Krauskopf is from Royerton, Indiana. He’s one of North Sunflower’s extended family and the proud dad of Joanie Perkins, who is the Chief Development Officer of NSMC. Since Joanie encouraged her dad to start Trina Health treatments, Mr. Bob’s balance is better, he’s has more feeling in his hands and feet. He says he’s feeling better than he has in 10 years.