Archive | December, 2013

The Flu Arrives in the Midlands

sick in bedThe flu has arrived in the Midlands.

Check out this interview in The State newspaper featuring LMC Urgent Care physician Dr. Don Moore talking about flu cases.

Have you had your flu shot yet? It’s not too late to get one.

Here’s the text of the article.

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Lexington Medical Center Irmo Earns Awards for Outstanding Patient Care

Lexington Medical Center’s outpatient surgery center in Irmo has been named one of the highest-rated ambulatory surgery facilities in the nation for patient satisfaction by Press Ganey, a national organization that measures health care experience. With patient satisfaction scores that consistently rank in the 99th percentile, Lexington Medical Center Irmo has received Press Ganey’s national Beacon of Excellence Award. The award goes to top performing organizations that have maintained patient satisfaction scores above the 95th percentile for three years in a row.

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“The employees at Lexinton Medical Center Irmo never rest on their laurels,” said Susan Horton, Director of Guest Services at Lexington Medical Center. “They are always looking for ways to raise the bar in providing the most extraordinary care.”

In addition, Lexington Medical Center Irmo also won Press Ganey’s Guardian of Excellence Award for reaching the 95th percentile for patient satisfaction in ambulatory surgery for each reporting period of the year. Fewer than 5% of organizations measured by Press Ganey qualify for this award. Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities across the nation to measure and improve patient experience.

“Achieving this level of excellence reflects Lexington Medical Center’s commitment to delivering outstanding service and quality,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. “Lexington Medical Center’s efforts benefit patients in the Irmo area and lead to better patient experiences.”

Lexington Medical Center Irmo has been serving the people of the Irmo community for 27 years. Approximately 150 surgeries per month are performed at Lexington Medical Center Irmo. Procedures include general surgery, gynecological surgery, vascular port placement, gallbladder surgery, podiatry and plastic surgery. One of the newest surgeries at Lexington Medical Center Irmo’s Outpatient Surgery department is Same Day/Next Day Surgery, a first-of-its-kind program in the Midlands. In Same Day/Next Day Surgery, consultations are scheduled daily with procedures performed that afternoon or the next morning.

Lexington Medical Center Irmo’s outpatient surgery department offers comprehensive health care for the people of Irmo in their own neighborhood.

Chestnuts – Holiday Treat and Good For You, Too!

By: Donna Quirk RD LD MBA at LMC

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Have you ever tried a roasted chestnut? I never had until yesterday when one of my fellow dietitians offered a sample. It was very good but I have to admit, not what I expected. But, more on that in a minute…

Chestnuts have an interesting nutrition profile that does not resemble other nuts like almonds and walnuts.

A one ounce serving is around 4 chestnuts and provides 60 Calories, 3.4 g Protein, and 0.6 g Fat. The fat is much lower than other nuts and is ideal for a low fat diet. Chestnuts do have starch but relatively little simple sugar. This makes them a good alternative to potatoes. They are a good source of fiber, gluten-free and are the only nut with Vitamin C. Chestnuts are virtually salt-free and a very good source of potassium. This is a benefit to all of us particularly if you are trying to control your blood pressure.

So are you ready to try Chestnuts? You can prepare them in a variety of ways.

First, this important tip. It is VERY IMPORTANT to cut the shell to prevent the nut from exploding while cooking. You can either cut a slit across the face of the nut or a cross into the flat end.

Baked Chestnut on Right

Baked Chestnut on Right

To bake: Preheat oven to 400°F. Place chestnuts onto a baking tray and bake for 15–20 minutes or until shell split opens.

To microwave: Place chestnuts in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate. Cook, uncovered on High (100%) for 4–6 minutes or until flesh is tender.

To roast, grill or barbeque: Cook, turning occasionally, in a pan over medium heat for 20–30 minutes or until shell split opens.

Wrap the cooked chestnuts in a dishtowel for 10 minutes to provide steam which helps with the peeling process. Then remove outer shell and inner skin while still warm (they’re tricky to peel once cooled).
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What I didn’t expect about the chestnut is that it has the texture of a firm potato and has a sweet taste that reminded me of a sweet potato, pumpkin, or acorn squash.

Chestnuts can be eaten freshly roasted as a snack, added to bread stuffing, a stir-fry or a risotto and even ground as a gluten-free flour replacement for baked treats.

So, instead of singing about Chestnuts roasting on an open fire why not give them a try!

Reference: Nuts For Life http://www.nutsforlife.com.au