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Need a Nap? Maybe You Need a Sleep Study

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Do you toss and turn all night? Do you wake up feeling like you haven’t slept at all? Do you have dark circles under your eyes and doze off at work? If so, it may be time for you to look at what’s going on with your sleep cycle.

Proper sleep plays a vital role in overall well-being. Most people need eight hours of quality sleep to function well. An occasional bad night of sleep is common. But several sleepless nights in a row can spell trouble.

Did you know that poor sleep can negatively impact your appearance, your immune system, and even the way your brain performs? It can also slow your metabolism and increase your risk of depression and cancer.

A sleep study, now offered through LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early, can help determine what’s keeping you from getting the rest you need.

What is a sleep study?

A sleep study, also called a polysomnogram, is an overnight diagnostic test that allows doctors to monitor your brain and body while you sleep. Patients usually spend the night in a sleep lab or hospital.

While you sleep, an electroencephalogram (EEG) monitors your sleep stages (REM sleep, non-REM sleep) for disruptions and patterns. The study also measures eye movements, heart and breathing rates, snoring and body movement.

Who needs a sleep study?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep studies can help diagnose sleep disorders such as:

  • Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep.
  • Restless leg syndrome, a sleep-related movement disorder characterized by overwhelming and unpleasant urges to move the legs while at rest.
  • Shift work disorder, a condition affecting people whose wake and sleep pattern is out of sync with the body’s biological clock. 
  • Narcolepsy, a disorder with symptoms that include excessive sleepiness, sleep paralysis, hallucinations and, in some cases, sudden loss of muscle control.

Sleep Study At LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early

If you suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, dry mouth, loud snoring, mood swings and headaches, call LifeBrite to learn more about sleep studies.

Atlanta-based LifeBrite, led by CEO Christian Fletcher, operates LifeBrite Laboratories and LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes. To learn more about Lifebrite Community Hospital of Early, visit our homepage.

 

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In the Community: Cindy Hiatt Shares Hospital’s Services

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Once or twice a week, Cindy Hiatt hits the road to visit residents in area counties and share all of the health offerings available to them at LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early.

Hiatt brings LifeBrite health fairs and screenings to senior centers in Early, Calhoun, Seminole and Randolph counties in Georgia. She’s also crosses into Alabama periodically to bring her message to residents of Ashford and Columbia in Alabama.

“We are trying to educate the residents in these communities about diet, nutrition, our physical therapy program and rehab programs,” Hiatt said.“We also want them to know about our skilled nursing facility and our 117-bed nursing home facility.”

In addition to her seven to eight visits a year to senior centers in the region, Hiatt also meets with patients at nearby hospitals and health facilities with referrals to LifeBrite for hospital rehab services.

It’s all part of LifeBrite Hospital Community of Early’s efforts to get the word out about all the health services offered by the facility.

‘Heart for this community’

Hiatt returned to Blakely, Ga., two years ago after 25 years in Atlanta to act as the hospital’s community outreach representative and educator. She restarted the outreach initiative, which had been on a three-year hiatus , modeling it after a program operated by The Southwest Georgia Council on Aging. 

“I have a heart for this community. I feel strongly about what we have to offer. I want patients to know they don’t have to go out of town to get the care they need,” said Hiatt.

During Hiatt’s visits, a phlebotomist with the hospital’s lab is also on site to take blood for free lab work. Health fair attendees who participate in the free testing receive results within five days, along with information about the results.

“We ask them to write down the name of their family physician. We let them know they need to follow their physician’s guidance once they get the results. We are just encouraging good community health,” she said.

Rural Hospital in Georgia is more than an ER

Hiatt says people are surprised when they hear about the services offered at LifeBrite, a designated critical access hospital.

“People don’t realize we can also do sleep studies, endoscopies and colonoscopies. Those are the things I’m trying to get out there,” she said.

Other services include:

  • Acute care for illnesses or injuries requiring a short hospital stay and basic nursing, respiratory, laboratory, rehabilitation and diagnostic services.
  • 24/7 emergency room services to treat those unexpected injuries and ailments.
  • Surgical services include wound care, endoscopy and colonoscopy.
  • Swing-bed services for patients who no longer require acute care, but still need nursing and rehabilitative care to help them recover.
  • Physical and occupational therapy as well as respiratory therapy for inpatients and outpatients. 

The hospital will soon offer pulmonary rehabilitation services as well, Hiatt said. “Not a lot of rural hospitals offer that. But we will have a 12-week, physician-directed program for patients with cardiopulmonary disease.” 

Hiatt loves her job and loves promoting a facility that she says makes the community healthier and stronger.

“Coming back here after my time in Atlanta, I was blown away at the service, attention and time our patients get when they come into this hospital. We have patients that don’t want to go home. That’s a great thing to hear,” she said.

Atlanta-based LifeBrite, led by CEO Christian Fletcher, operates LifeBrite Laboratories and LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes. To learn more about Lifebrite Community Hospital of Early, visit our homepage.

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5 Questions with LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early’s Ginger Cushing

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Ginger Cushing From LifeBrite Community Hospital in Early

Ask Ginger Cushing what makes LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early special and she says: “We have a hometown feel. Our employees are family and we want to serve other families in need.”

Cushing, who serves as the administrator of the rural hospital, has a lifelong bond with the facility and the people who work there. She says that family feeling and dedication to serving the community makes the hospital special. She is on a mission to make sure others know about LifeBrite so they can take advantage of it and support this community gem.

“We have some services that many people may not know we offer such as sleep studies, pulmonary rehabilitation, ultrasound/echocardiogram, industrial contracts for drug screenings, swing bed services with rehab, and a 117-bed nursing home. “Our quality is great, as evidenced by hospital accreditation surveys and state nursing home surveys, ”Ms. Cushing said.

Cushing took time out of her busy schedule recently to answer a few questions about her career and her thoughts about the rural hospital and the community.

Where were you born?

Blakely Ga., in Early County, in the very hospital I am working today.

Tell me about your first job at the hospital and what other positions you have held there.

I was a staff RN in the ER and Medical/Surgical floors. I was also a Nurse Manager, Director of Nursing, Patient Services Director, and finally Administrator.

What is an average day like for you?

I do the census, then the utilization review committee in the morning, then operational projects, emails, staff meetings, communications with department heads and providers.

What’s your most memorable experience working for LifeBrite?

During Hurricane Michael, we had lost power, there were trees down blocking roads and we got a call that a woman who was 27 weeks pregnant was in labor. Police ended up bringing her into the hospital and we delivered the baby. But we had to make a decision to send our team with the baby to a hospital with a NICU.

What’s the biggest challenge for a critical access hospital today?

Serving the under-insured and those with no insurance is challenging. Educating the community is also challenging as we want our patients to utilize the appropriate treatment areas of our campus. Reimbursements also are lower and there are cuts from the federal government in every direction.

Overall, it is clear that Ginger Cushing is proud to serve the community where she lives and feels good about the difference LifeBrite makes in their neighbors’ lives every day.

Atlanta-based LifeBrite, led by CEO Christian Fletcher, operates LifeBrite Laboratories and LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes. To learn more about Lifebrite Community Hospital of Early, visit our homepage.

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LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early: Healthcare for Your Family

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Like most small farm towns, Blakely, Ga., is rich in character but limited in its resources, which means residents often have to travel to larger cities for services they can’t find in their community.

Thanks to LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early, quality healthcare isn’t one of them.

The facility offers a range of services, from acute care and emergency services to transitional care, occupational and physical therapy services, and a nursing care facility.

A Critical Access Hospital

LifeBrite is designated as a critical access hospital (CAH). Critical access hospitals play a vital role in maintaining access to high-quality health care services in rural communities.

According to the American Hospital Association, critical access hospitals like LifeBrite provide care to millions of Americans living in vulnerable rural and urban communities. In fact, Congress created the critical access hospital designation in 1997 to help protect and preserve smaller hospitals providing quality healthcare in vulnerable areas.

In order to gain CAH designation a hospital must:

  • Be 35 miles from another hospital.
  • Have a 24-hour emergency room that operates seven days a week.
  • Have a maximum of 25 inpatient beds for acute care or swing-bed services.
  • Maintain an annual average length of stay of 96 hours or less for acute care patients.

One-stop healthcare facility

As a one-stop healthcare facility for Blakely, LifeBrite ’s services include:

  • Acute care for illnesses or injuries requiring a short hospital stay and basic nursing, respiratory, laboratory, rehabilitation, and diagnostic services.
  • 24/7 emergency room services to treat those unexpected injuries and ailments.
  • Surgical services include wound care, endoscopy, and colonoscopy
  • Swing-bed services for patients who no longer require acute care, but still need nursing and rehabilitative care to help them recover.
  • Physical and occupational therapy as well as respiratory therapy for inpatients and outpatients. Therapy programs are designed to maximize independence and safety following illness, injury, and/or surgery.
  • Early Memorial Nursing Home is a 117-bed skilled nursing facility with access to the main hospital resources.

Serving the community

LifeBrite is more than a hospital; it’s a healthcare facility ready to serve residents in Early County in all stages of life. In February, the hospital hosted a health fair at the Seminole Senior Center. In April, LifeBrite Early held a spring health fair at the hospital complete with face painting, car seat safety checks, and health screenings. And in May, LifeBrite Early provided free physicals for 200 Early County middle and high school students.

LifeBrite is proud to serve the community where we live and feel good about the difference we make in our neighbors’ lives every day.

Atlanta-based LifeBrite, led by CEO Christian Fletcher, operates LifeBrite Laboratories and LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes. To learn more about Lifebrite Community Hospital of Early, visit our homepage.

LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early Places on Quality Honor Roll

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ATLANTA – LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early in Blakely has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early is one of 23 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list. The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from October 2012 to September 2013.

Hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS, which details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) core measures. These measures are the clinical processes of care that are known to be the most effective methods of treatment for surgical patients and patients who have suffered heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure.

For instance, a recommended treatment to help prevent a heart attack is to take aspirin either before or upon arrival at the hospital, as well as at discharge. It is recommended that surgery patients are given an antibiotic one hour prior to surgery to prevent infection. The VBP core measure is a composite measure that determines whether or not a patient received the right care at the right time. A hospital’s adherence to these recommended clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes.

“We are pleased to recognize LifeBrite commitment to patient safety,” said Earl V. Rogers, president of GHA. “Compliance with these important core measures ensures that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.”

“We constantly strive to maintain the highest standard of patient care,” said Allen Gamble, Chief Executive Officer of LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early. “This honor validates that and is a tribute to the dedication of the staff members who ensure that great patient care is made even better.”

LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early is a 25 Bed Critical Access Hospital located in Blakely Georgia. LifeBrite Health Services of Magee Mississippi has operated the facility under an agreement with the Hospital Authority of Early County since October of 2010. The facility is nationally accredited by DNV Healthcare.

LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early Receives Another Quality Award

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ATLANTA – The Georgia Hospital Association’s Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) announced last week that LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early was recognized as a “March to Rapid Results” award winner. The announcement cited the hospital’s “continued commitment to quality and patient safety.”

This project challenged hospitals to do a “rapid cycle improvement” on falls with injuries and infections related to catheter use. LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early was one of 27 rural hospitals that showed improvement or met target goals for these projects. Patient safety improvements can also reduce the cost of hospital stays and readmissions. It is estimated that this project saved $27,760 to $659,140 statewide.

Earlier this year LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early was named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll and was one of 23 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list.

“This is just another example of our commitment to maintain the highest standard of patient care,” said Allen Gamble, Chief Executive Officer of LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early. “These awards are a tribute to the dedication of the staff members who ensure that great patient care is made even better and safer.”

LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early is a 25 Bed Critical Access Hospital located in Blakely Georgia. LifeBrite Health Services of Magee Mississippi has operated the facility under an agreement with the Hospital Authority of Early County since October of 2010. The facility is nationally accredited by DNV Healthcare.