Posts in May, 2018

  • Drink up! Making sure you get enough water

    To keep your body healthy and working properly, you need to make sure to drink enough liquids. It's especially important to drink enough when you're exercising or when it's hot out. If you were a glass of water, you'd be more than half full. At least, you should be. Water makes up more than 50 percent of your body. Three-quarters of your muscle tissue and 10 percent of your fatty tissue are composed ...

  • Dr. Manint Receives Physician of Excellence Award

    Kirby Physician Dr. James Manint was awarded the 2017 Rural Physician of Excellence Award by the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA). “We are proud he is a part of our Kirby family.” The award honors physicians who exhibit a special commitment to rural healthcare, and Dr. Manint exemplifies the commitment through his work at Kirby and beyond. Not only has Dr. Manint been the medical director for the ...

  • Meet Our Kirby "Mom"

    The Embodiment of our Cares Values You may already know Sheila Carnder. Since 2008, hers has been the first face staff and patients see at the welcome desk, brightening everyone’s day with her spirit and energy. “What I do may affect a patient’s entire visit,” Sheila says. “I welcome with a smile, a greeting and ‘May I help you?’ When they leave, a smile, ...

  • Staying Hip

    It was a milestone year for the Orthopedics Department at Kirby Medical Center, when Dr. Jacob Sams performed Kirby’s first-ever hip replacement on Krista “Kris” Butler. Under the leadership of Dr. Sams and his fellow orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Donald Sullivan, Kirby had recently developed an orthopedic joint replacement clinic and practice, which provides support and treatment for patients seeking ...

  • Thomas Dixon Memorial Scholarship Recipients

    The Kirby Auxiliary provides the Thomas Dixon Memorial Scholarships annually to area students who have an interest in pursuing a career in a medical field. The Auxiliary presented scholarships totaling $52,000 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Continuing Recipients: Katharine Amelia Alexander is studying toward a PhD in counseling at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Saylor Bower is majoring in biomedical engineering ...

  • Risk factors for stroke and how to control them

    Risk factors for stroke and how to control them Many risk factors for stroke can be controlled. You can't control every risk factor for stroke. For example, according to the American Stroke Association (ASA), a person's risk increases with age, when there's a family history of stroke or sometimes according to race. (African Americans have a higher risk of death from stroke than Caucasians do.) However, ...

  • Learning you have high blood pressure

    High blood pressure : Those are three troublesome words to hear from your doctor. But if you do hear them, don't fear. Just remember these three facts: It's a good thing you found out. You're not alone. There are lots of things you can do to bring high blood pressure down. Why it's good to know High blood pressure, or hypertension, doesn't have symptoms in its early stages, says Daniel Jones, MD, ...

  • Meet Tanya Bowsher

    Tanya Bowsher, APN, CNP, is the dedicated nurse practitioner and all-around wonder woman who, along with Dr. Jim Manint, runs Kirby Medical Group’s Cerro Gordo location. Her role is focused on providing all-ages primary care throughout the community and surrounding areas, including wellness, acute care and chronic disease management. “Cerro Gordo is an ideal community to have a family practice ...

  • Kirby Medical Center named to Top 20 Critical Access Hospital list

    Kirby Medical Center in Monticello, IL was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for 2018 Top 20 Best Practice CAH in Patient Satisfaction in the country. The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including Kirby Medical Center, scored best among critical access hospitals as determined by The Chartis Center for Rural Health in Patient Satisfaction. The rankings were recently announced by the ...

  • The Spirit of Giving Flies High

    “I’ve always thought we are so fortunate to have such an amazing facility in such a small town. It’s unique in today’s world, and this is what I can do to support Kirby.” Bill Haworth is a busy man. Not only has he worked as a full-time flight attendant for the past 30 years, he is an active Kirby volunteer and Auxiliary member, and he ran a jewelry store in downtown Monticello until ...

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