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Medical Guide 2011

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Dear Reader: The Daily News and St. Elizabeth Community Hospital are proud to partner in offering the third annual Tehama County Medical Guide. This outstanding resource has been designed to assist you in meeting your medical and wellness needs. The Daily News has been “The Voice of Tehama County” for 85 years, chronicling its days and events, recording history as it has hap- pened; offering news, information, opinion and publishing special publications like this one. The Daily News also administers the County’s most visited website at www.redbluffdailynews.com, where online readers will be able to access this publication for a full year. St. Elizabeth Community Hospital has provided health care to our community for over a century. The award winning hospital is a five time recipient of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospital in the nation and continues to add value to our region with state of the art med- ical services including imaging, surgery, orthopedics, women’s health and wellness services, laboratory, respiratory therapy, and communi- ty education and health services. St. Elizabeth Community Hospital is a member of one of the largest health care providers, Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) and is part of a North State family of CHW hospitals providing a network of care at any stage of your family’s medical needs. 35 miles north is the award winning Mercy Medical Center Redding; awarded the 2009/10 National Research Corporation’s Consumer Choice Award and pro- vides an extensive array of services including trauma, cardiac care and oncology. Further north on Interstate 5 in Mt. Shasta is Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta providing orthopedics, trauma care and a variety of services. Mercy Mt. Shasta has been recognized for its quality and patient satisfaction ratings. We hope you find this guide useful and informative as you care for your family and loved ones’ health and wellbeing. Sincerely, Kristin Behrens Marketing and Community Relations Manager St. Elizabeth Community Hospital Greg Stevens Publisher The Daily News Summer Heat & Sun Precautions Vita Dermatology and Laser Institute and Lassen Medical Group’s physicians encourage you to be careful with the high temperatures and bright sunshine in Tehama County Drink plenty of water. Keep the water level in your body from getting too low. Do not wait until you are thirsty. This is especially important when it is hot and when you are exercising. Avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat exhaustion means your body cannot cool itself fast enough. - Symptoms are feeling overheated, tired, weak. Heat exhaustion can come on suddenly, and a person may just collapse. Heat stroke is more serious and can cause a person to stop sweating, to have red, hot skin and a high temperature. You may become uncoordinated, confused, or even lose consciousness. Heat stroke requires medical attention. If you are hot and have a headache, feel dizzy or nauseated, get out of the sun, drink liquids, see a doctor if necessary. Avoid Sunburn. Sunburn looks bad and feels worse. • Always wear sunscreen. Use SPF 15 or higher. Put sunscreen on 15-20 minutes before going into the sun. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or more often. Remember the top of your ears, back of neck, the part in your hair, face, tops of feet. • Wear a hat or cap to block your face from the sun. • Wear clothing you cannot see through. • Take breaks from the sun by moving into the shade or going indoors. • Wear sunglasses when in bright sun to protect eyes from ultraviolet rays. Remember to check the label to be sure they block UV rays. • Especially try to avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm when the sunrays are the strongest. Enjoy the summer and take care of yourself. 4 2011 - Tehama County Medical Guide THOMSON REUTERS

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