Spread the word: Garfield Memorial Hospital's Mobile Clinic will be opening for the season May 1. The Mobile Clinic will be located at Ruby’s Inn on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m., until as needed, and at Glendale on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m., until as needed. The services our Mobile Clinic offers include blood draws, A1C checks, wellchecks, sports, scouts and CDL physicals, urinalysis, and immunizations. Please call 435-418-0205 to set up an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome.
March is National Nutrition Month! This year's theme is "Go Further With Food."
Eating healthy can seem like an easy task until you’re at the point where you’re sitting there thinking, “I have nothing to eat.” In this moment of hungry weakness, you’re more likely to reach for that bag of chips or some other unhealthy snack. Learn what you can do to fight this urge --> http://Intr.mn/CoCf30idGSq
Even though kids rarely get heart disease, the process leading to adult heart disease can actually begin in childhood. This infographic shows you how to start your kids on a heart-healthy path now.
At Intermountain Healthcare, we call all those who help the operations of the hospital “caregivers.” Karen Barnes and Emma Roundy, both cooks in the Dietary department at Garfield Memorial Hospital, are two such caregivers. Deann Brown, Nurse Administrator at Garfield Memorial, says “Both Karen and Emma do a great job, they are both hard workers, efficient and reliable. They are responsive and friendly to all at the hospital; always taking the time to say 'Hi!' and ask how you are doing. Most importantly, Karen and Emma recognize the importance of good nutrition in the healing process. They take the time every day to visit with patients in order to meet their nutritional needs.” Thank you, Karen and Emma, for the great work you do at Garfield Memorial!
Hatch Activity Days girls made the cutest sock dolls for patients that need some love. They were adorable! Thank you so much to these wonderful girls and their leaders for the thoughtful gifts for our patients.
January is Diversity Month — a great time to celebrate what makes us different. Garfield Memorial Administrator Alberto Vasquez reflects on the importance of diversity.
"I appreciate Intermountain's recent announcement that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be recognized as a paid holiday," Alberto says. "This goes well into showing Intermountain's commitment to valuing and celebrating diversity."
Diversity is very important to Alberto, as he is a minority and one of 15 chil...dren born to a migrant worker family.
"I was very young when we lived in the labor camps, but I remember playing there and spending time with our cousins," he says. "I am grateful that my parents decided not to continue to move back and forth from Texas, but decided to settle in western Idaho so my siblings and I could receive an education. Although we continued working in the fields through high school, we didn't miss days of school like we did when we traveled. This experience developed my work ethic and my appreciation for the work I have now. The communities in which I lived had good relations with the migrant workers. Although some issues existed, we managed to be successful."
Alberto remembers a moment in high school when he decided he wanted what his fellow classmates had.
"I was watching the other kids, the white kids, and wanting what they had. I think that was the time I realized I wanted what we call the American dream. I am sure at that time I didn't know what all that meant, but I remember that moment. My father told me he didn't have a home and an education growing up, and he definitely wanted that for us. I am fortunate that my parents allowed me to go to school. Not all of my relatives and fellow workers had that opportunity. I am grateful that I received the education I have and the opportunities I've been given."
It means a lot to Alberto that Intermountain Healthcare takes diversity seriously.
"I am grateful Intermountain has been my employer and has given me the opportunity to fulfill my dream," he says. "I have never felt less valued due to my heritage. During my 31 years with Intermountain, I never felt discriminated against."
It's not just the current workforce that's benefitting from diversity, but future generations as well.
"Supporting diversity creates future opportunities and value to many generations," Alberto says. "I was the second in my family to receive a college degree and the first to receive an advanced degree. The college experience was foreign to me. I had no idea what to even ask about. Work experiences were familiar in that aspect. I knew how to work in the fields, but sitting in a board room in a white collar environment was totally foreign. However, now that I have that experience along with a college experience, I can share that with my children. My children, nephews and my nieces have all benefited from mine and my siblings experiences."