By Karen Gorby
President/CNO, Angel Medical Center
September is Healthy Aging Month, and since we’re living longer lives than previous generations, we want to make sure we’re doing all we can to help ensure that your quality of life remains high. You may not realize that Angel Medical Center offers patient education, care and fun activities targeted at this very aim.
We’re very excited about our future facility, and we are working actively on a design that will be easier to navigate, more comfortable for patients and families, and offer a more central location. As you may know, our current facility’s design is not ideal for serving the needs of our aging population, which is why we’re so excited about the planning for our new hospital.
But even as we plan for the future, we know that our existing wayfinding and signage are critical to a positive hospital experience, so we’ve redone AMC’s signage. Improved readability and clarity allow patients to get to where they need to go more quickly, and with less stress. We appreciate the input of our dedicated Patient and Family Advisory Council for their important input in this process.
Two age-friendly programs we created are our Ladies Night Out and Men’s Night Out programs. Ladies Night Out, begun in 2008, is a monthly program that provides practical information and advice on health and safety topics that are especially relevant to women. Topics have included heart disease, sleep apnea, depression and breast cancer. Every meeting begins with a message about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and getting a yearly mammogram.
Our Ladies Night Out Gap Fund supports mammogram provision for uninsured and underinsured women. Gap funds, as well as financial support from the Macon County Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP), help remedy the disparity if a woman cannot afford a mammogram.
Men’s Night Out began in 2012 and meets every other month; it’s a source of important health information for local men. Topics range from prostate and colon cancer to exercise, financial planning and vision care.
Our Passport to Wellness program is also age-friendly, and is in its second year. The program sponsors January’s Freedom from Smoking event, the Macon Your Heart Beat 5K in March, and in July we collaborated with Franklin Fitness and held a health fair. Attendees received glucose readings, blood pressure checks, advanced care directives and fall risk assessments. Franklin Health and Fitness also brought their InBody machine, which measures visceral fat, limb strength, BMI and more. The Grocery Games scavenger hunt, held in August, tasked participants with locating healthy foods in the Bi-Lo store. Winners entered a raffle to win a mountain bike, Blue Apron meal service or a massage.
As AMC becomes ever more age-friendly through a partnership with our community and planning for our new facility, our care will become ever more responsive to your needs.
Karen S. Gorby, RN, MSN, MBA, CENP, FACHE, is the President/Chief Nursing Officer of Angel Medical Center. Gorby is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). For nearly three decades, she has served hospitals and health systems in Ohio before assuming her role at Angel Medical Center. Gorby received her MSN from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, and her MBA from Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio.