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April Rhodes, CEO Spectrum Healthcare, Employee of the Year Announcement:

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April Rhodes, CEO Spectrum Healthcare, Employee of the Year Announcement:

“I want to share with you a quote I heard recently about NASA: there was a guy touring NASA and he came across someone who was changing light bulbs and putting things away. And the guy stopped and asked this employee, who obviously worked for NASA, “What do you do here?”

And the employee paused, lightbulb in hand, and said, “We’re putting a man on the moon here.”

That story struck me because that is want all of you to feel like; no matter what your role or what you do here at Spectrum, I want you to feel you’re making a difference in people’s lives. Whoever you are; whatever you do.

And this year’s Employee of the Year embodies that every single day. I’ve never seen him without a smile on his face; I’ve never seen him unwilling to help; he tells me almost every single day how happy he is to work at Spectrum. In fact, just talking about it gets me a little emotional.

Congratulations John Chaddock! You are Spectrum Healthcare’s 2017 Employee of the Year!”

Stay Cool, Arizona

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To say, “It’s a little hot in Arizona right now,” is an understatement. It’s not just a little hot–it’s A LOT hot. It’s a feeling-the-full-force-of-the-sun kind of hot; a sweltering heat that starts early in the day and  remains even after the sun has gone to bed.

With the extra hot days of Summer, it’s more important than ever to take the necessary steps to avoid the complications that hot weather brings.  Without the proper safety precautions, extreme heat can bring a whole host of problems.

To stay safe, follow these hot weather tips:

  • Hot cars can be deadly. Even at a cool 70 degrees outside, the interior of a vehicle on a sunny day can easily reach 104 degrees. Never leave children or pets inside your vehicle.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Stay inside as much as possible and avoid strenuous activity, especially during the hottest part of the day. If you must be outdoors, take frequent breaks.
  • Check in on family, friends or neighbors who live alone and who may be affected by the heat.
  • Remember your pets to be sure they aren’t suffering from the effects of heat. Be sure to provide them with plenty of shade and cool water.
  • If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, choose places to go during the hottest part of the day for relief from the heat: school, theaters, malls, libraries, etc…

If, however, the body overheats, and body temperatures rises causing muscle cramps and profuse sweating,  the risk for heat stroke is high. Heat stroke brings with it hallucinations, confusion, loss of consciousness, and eventually organ damage, coma and death if not treated quickly. If you experience any signs or symptoms of heat stroke call 911 immediately.

Stay cool, Arizona.

Engines, Brains, Bodies and Whole Healthcare

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An engine powers a car. It doesn’t matter how clean the interior of the car, or how new the tires are, or what scented cardboard tree is dangling from the rearview mirror, if there’s an issue with the engine, the car simply won’t work the way it should. And often, won’t work at all.

The brain is a lot like the engine of a car; it powers everything. It keep our systems functioning by coordinating and monitoring  the many physical processes that go on inside our bodies every second of our life. It isn’t a separate entity; it is a part of the body, no different than your arm, or your heart, or your stomach; actually, even more important, for without it, nothing else works. And when the brain struggles with things like depression and anxiety, it can disable the entire body.

For a very long time, though, the healthcare industry didn’t make the mind/body connection. Mental health and physical health were kept isolated and away from each other, which makes about as much as sense as keeping the engine out of a car. Patients needing help coping with mental issues were often given no more than a prescription by their primary care provider during a routine visit, and then sent on their way. Mental health issues weren’t fully addressed and the patient suffered.

Or a patient being treated by a mental health specialist often had to coordinate their own care when it came to being seen by a primary care provider. Two doctors treating the same patient for different issues in different locations…it’s easy to see how complicated that became  and, again, it was the patient who suffered.

Thankfully, all that has changed at Spectrum Healthcare.

Spectrum Healthcare is a leader in Whole Healthcare in the Verde Valley. Whole Healthcare is a one-stop approach to managing your health; it’s a philosophy that delivers a higher level of care because it has at its core all of a patient’s healthcare providers working together under one roof, which means no more bouncing between different doctors or being treated for mental health issues by a physician who doesn’t specialize in mental health.

The Whole Healthcare approach coordinates all levels of a patient’s care: lab results, treatments, medications, allergies, life-impacting events, wellness needs, education needs, goals and healthcare objectives between primary care and behavioral healthcare providers. This means that all of your healthcare providers engage in routine face-to-face communication, attend the same meetings and provide real-time consultations with one another regarding your care.

Whole Healthcare is patient-centered, and it is within this environment of total care that health professionals coordinate diagnoses and treatments so that they complement each other, rather than working in opposition. Prior to Whole Health, the lack of provider coordination often resulted in repetitive testing of even the simplest of procedures, costing the patient time and money. Uncoordinated care also meant that treatments and medications quite often interfered with one another, creating a whole new set of problems for patients. Whole Healthcare does away with all of that: care for your mind and body, all accessible from one place, resulting in better outcome

Spectrum’s Whole Healthcare approach combines three elements: Primary Care, Psychiatry, and Outpatient Behavioral Health services for children and adults all under one roof, but that doesn’t mean you have to use all our services to be a Spectrum patient. A Primary Care patient, for example, might be seen for annual check ups, flu shots, sore throats, diabetes management or blood pressure monitoring without ever having need for psychiatric services. The beauty of Whole Healthcare, though, is that should your healthcare needs change, those needs will be cared for and coordinated by a team that puts YOU first.

 

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The Thankful Things

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Giving Thanks.

It’s so easy to do when things are going well; when Life is rolling along relatively bump-free, it’s not a problem to feel thankful.

When health is good

When the job is going well

When relationships are secure

But thankfulness gets harder when Life does.

Standing in the middle of a hurricane, it’s hard to see beyond what’s right in front of you; it’s hard to feel gratitude when the storm is swirling around you and the wind is howling in your ears.

But just beyond the storm, there is blue sky. We don’t always realize this, as we are too busy battling the storm to take notice, but rest assured, it is there. And with it, always something to be thankful for.

Always.

Quite often, those “thankful things” are the things we take for granted; the things we don’t even think about: the warm sun on our back, the sound of children laughing, music, a warm cup of tea, friendship.  The list goes on and on.

And the longer we think of these things, the more we find added to the Thankfulness List, and, well, that long list of thankfulness acts like a storm shelter.  It wraps around us to help insulate against the wind and the rain. It can warm a heart that has grown cold or strengthen a weary spirit.

So, if it is but ONE thing, give thanks, and watch what a mind centered on thankfulness can do.

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