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6C Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter, 00the Expert Prevention is the Key to Good Hearth Wetcome First Baby of 2015! Why is a weUnns  important? The best way to fight il,l,ness is to prevent illness altogether. That is why it is important to visit your health care provider for a wet[ness exam. A we[tness exam focuses on prevention and gives you and your physician an opportunity to talk about your health concerns and potent[at risk factors l,ong before hea[th issues arise. A wet[ness exam, sometimes catted annual checkup, is the time to ask general, questions about your heat[h, to eva[uate what heal,th screenings you shou[d schedu[e for the future, and review any medication you are taking. Overa[[, a wellness exam is a smart way to stay ahead of your hea[th. ew parents Olivia Petersen and Christopher Brown we[corned Bret Mathew Brown at 8:47 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. making Bret the hospitat's first baby of 2015. Staff members from Banner Lassen Medica[ Center donated items for a gift basket for the occasion. In 2014, Banner tassen Medica[ Center detivered approximatety 271 babies. @ 0 O 0 A we.lness exam focuses on prevention and gives you and your physician an opportunity to talk about your hea{th concerns and potent[at risk factors tong before hearth issues arise, I tm dwdd I ka a  uam? Schedule your we[l,ness exams periodica[l,y, depending on your age and genera[ health. Most peop(e have at [east oneexam annually. Wklt lkm I tR't ffm a wmUmm B? Find a health care provider that listens and exp[ains things in a way you understand and with whom you are comfortab[e. Typica[[y, your health care provider wilt begin by checking your vital information such as b[ood pressure, vision, pul,se, weight and height. Once he or she gets an overview of your current hea[th, a physician might spend time asking you questions and evaluating other aspects of your overall hea[th picture to counse[ you on ways to improve your heal,th. Be prepared to answer questions about your medica[ and family history, Other possible questions incl,ude: , Do you currentl,y have any concerns about your health? Do you have any conditions that might require regul,ar medical` screenings? What medications are you currentl,y taking? What are your nutrition and exercise habits? ,, Do you use tobacco, al,coho[ or other recreational` drugs? You can he[p your health care provider perform the exam by preparing a few items before your appointment. Bring a [ist of questions about any health prob[ems you have had since the last visit and a [ist of current medications you are taking. Bring your insurance card, arrive on time and work with your provider to maintain your best heal,th by preventing health problems with a simple, annua[ checkup. Banner tassen joins children's services program Hospital quaUfies as CaUfomia Children Services me dica l pro rider. Banner tassen Medical Center has received approval. from the Catifornia Department of Health Care Services as a reed[cat service provider in The Catifornia Children's Services, The program is for children up to 21 years of age with certain diseases or health conditions and makes it possibte for those children to receive health car.,e,and services theyneed, but cannot afford, "We estimate this means approximately 100 chitdren with special needs in our community wit[ no longer have to trave[ out of town to receive basic reed[cat care," said Cathy Hat shbarger, CEO of Banner Lassen Medica[ Center. "This is an' exce[[ent partnership with California Chi[dren's Services to make sure these children who have specia[ needs and families facing financial, burdens get the care they need near home." Banner Lassen Medica[ Center joins a [ist of more than 140 approved providers and one of a handfu[ in rura[ areas of the state. To gain approva[ from the state, a number of staff members completed training in pediatric care, and the hospital had to adopt policies and procedures tailored to caring for children with specia[ needs. The California Children's Services Limited Hospita[ program requires providers to meet standards and show exce[[ent mu[ti- discip[inary care including ongoing assessments, p[ans and documented fo[l.ow-up for the patients. "The care we wiU offer to these patients wit[ be for genera[ health and wet[ness," Harshbarger said. National BLood Donor Month I nJamuary, e celebrate iNaiona[ Btood Donor Month by recognizi:ng lhe Lifesaving contribution biood and pLatlet os ak, e to r onnity. We encotcage ho'se ho are able a,nd ::have ot :dated b,iore o :consi,der :he:l.p;ng change ives ough brood naton.