According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders and intermittent sleep problems that can significantly diminish health, alertness and safety. Untreated sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Sleep problems can take many forms and can involve too little sleep, too much sleep or inadequate quality of sleep.
Do you regularly have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep? Do people tell you that you snore or gasp for breath when sleeping? Are your legs “active” at night? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your primary care physician may refer you to Grove City Medical Center for a sleep study evaluation. This non-invasive, pain-free procedure is done in a specially-designed room with a home-like setting by a specially-trained sleep technologist and can be scheduled during the hours you normally sleep or even as an in-home study. It records multiple geological functions during sleep, such as brain wave activity, eye movement, muscle tone, heart rhythm and breathing via electrodes and monitors placed on the head, chest and legs.
After a full night’s (or day’s) sleep is recorded, the data will be tabulated by a technologist, presented to a specialist for interpretation and forwarded to your primary care physician. He or she will recommend appropriate treatment ranging from improving your diet and sleep surroundings to wearing a specialized instrument called a CPAP.
Talk to your primary care physician about whether you may be a candidate for a sleep study evaluation at Grove City Medical Center or call the Sleep Lab at 724-450-7053 for details.
The Center for Wound Healing at Grove City Medical Center provides specialized treatment for deep wounds that require medical attention to help them heal. The skin is a barrier, protecting our bodies from infection, radiation and extreme temperatures. Once the skin is broken, we are vulnerable to infection and loss of function, as well as damage to our bones, muscles, tendons, arteries and nerves.
Leading the team of healthcare providers at Grove City Medical Center’s Center for Wound Healing are Dr. Bryan Doner and Dr. Keyur Patel. Other members are: Dawn Stein, DPM, CWS; Kimberly Nguyen, DPM, Dr. Ronald Balderach, Amy Lockwood, RN, CWS, Michele Carson, LPN, CWCS, Debbie Courtney, RN, Pennie Taylor, PT, CWS, Barry Hohn, PTA, Janet Fleming, RN, ET, CWS and Kim Earman, DPT, CWS.
For more information on the Center for Wound Healing, contact 724-450-7281.
For patients who are on anticoagulation, or Coumadin therapy, managing their medication has never been easier thanks to Grove City Medical Center’s outpatient Coumadin Clinic.
Managing Coumadin requires frequent monitoring of a patient’s INR, which is the measurement of activity used to regulate the dosage, usually performed at a hospital lab or physician’s office, and typically associated with a turnaround time of several days. The turnaround time for INR results at the Coumadin Clinic are fast—around five minutes.
Blood draws at a regular lab are performed using a syringe directly into a patient’s vein, which can be uncomfortable, cause bruising and sometimes lead to veins collapsing from overuse. All that’s needed at the Coumadin Clinic is a finger stick just to draw a drop or two for testing, which is easier on the patient.
Along with their results, the tele-med pharmacist who reads the patient’s results while they wait sends any recommendations for changes in dosage. Visits take 15 to 20 minutes. Besides the convenience of the Coumadin Clinic, patients appreciate the support they receive from the nurses who provide their care there. Data from each of a patient’s clinic visits is sent to their primary care physician the same day, including INR, patient assessment and adjustments to their regimen, so that the physician is always aware of any changes in their condition.
If you think the Coumadin Clinic would be helpful in managing your anticoagulation therapy, discuss the option with your physician. For more information on the Coumadin Clinic, call 724-450-7119.
For those who are newly diagnosed with diabetes, or those who have been at it for some time, but still struggling to manage the disease, Diabetes Resource Nurse Judi Kort is just that—a valuable resource. Whether it’s individual counseling or “Living with Diabetes” group classes, Judi meets people with diabetes where they are. From monitoring blood sugar levels to medication management and lifestyle modifications, education is truly the key to living your best life with diabetes.
For more information, contact Judi at 724-450-7189.
Dialysis allows people with kidney failure (renal failure) a chance to live productive lives. When kidney function decreases to a critical level or complications arise, a person may need to start dialysis. Dialysis services at Grove City Medical Center are provided by Dialysis Clinic Inc., (DCI) the nation's largest non-profit dialysis organization.
DCI provides dialysis treatments in more than 200 clinics, 70 hospitals, and in the home setting. The primary responsibility of DCI is to perceive, initiate and provide comprehensive patient care.
We serve society by providing care for patients with End-Stage Renal Disease. Our goal is complete patient rehabilitation. We recognize the patient as an individual resulting from his or her genetics, life experience, habits, beliefs, emotions; and as a member of his or her family and the community. The patient deserves the highest standard of care possible regardless of race, status or creed. The application of comprehensive care is on a personal level. We become acquainted with our patient as a person and seek to understand his/her problems and needs—physical, emotional, spiritual and social.
For more information about dialysis services, contact DCI at 724-458-0877
Sometimes, you need support in your home to help you manage your health issues, or for assistance following a hospital stay. Grove City Medical Center is a partner in VNA Alliance, a group of home health providers that specialize in bringing health services to you when you are unable to leave your home. Whether it’s nursing care or rehabilitative therapy you need, you can trust VNA Alliance to provide the right care in the comfort of your home.
Grove City Medical Center partners with Lutheran SeniorLife VNA of Western Pennsylvania to provide hospice and palliative care for those patients who are facing end of life issues. Along with this important service, Lutheran SeniorLife also provides individual and family bereavement services, offering grief classes facilitated by a certified grief specialist. Lutheran SeniorLife professionals also support our GCMC staff on managing end-of-life issues for patients through classes and workshops.
This year alone, 13.5 million people 65 and older will fall, resulting in serious, sometimes fatal injury. If you or a loved one experiences a medical emergency, every minute matters. That's where Philips Lifeline Medical Alert System can help, connecting the subscriber to the right help for the situation, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at the push of a button. Whether it's emergency service or just the assistance of a family member or friend that is needed, Lifeline can help.
Lifeline units are available right here at Grove City Medical Center. Contact 724-450-7191 for information. Get peace of mind…for you and your loved ones. Call today!
For those who suffer from acute or chronic pain, the Center for Pain Management at Grove City Medical Center offers many options. Most often, the source of chronic pain is central to the neck or lower back.
Pain serves a purpose. It warns us to avoid danger, such as when we touch a hot stove, and lets us know when we require medical attention. There is a point, however, when ongoing pain begins to impact a person’s quality of life and ability to perform activities of daily living. That’s the time to pursue treatment for the pain.
Following a thorough physician's exam and any necessary imaging studies to determine the exact location of the pain, Dr. Robert Landfried will recommend an appropriate course of treatment.
Dr. Landfried serves as the Medical Director over Grove City Anesthesia & Pain Management at Grove City Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiologists, and completed a fellowship in Pain Management through the University of Pittsburgh Pain Evaluation and Treatment Institute.
Patients may call with a referral from their physician or directly for more information at 724-450-7119