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Mercy offers help for grieving parents

Mercy offers help for grieving parents

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Grieving the loss of a child is emotionally, spiritually and physically traumatic and many parents feel a need for a safe, supportive environment for dealing with their grief. St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center is organizing a support group for parents who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.

This organizational meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on March 15 in the Daffodil Room of the Mercy Cancer Center in Hot Springs. The purpose of this gathering is to generate ideas about topics for presentation and discussion and to determine the best time to meet monthly.

Sister Liz Koehler, Bereavement Coordinator at St. Joseph’s Mercy, will facilitate this process. Call Sister Liz at (501) 622-4113 for information.

EPA looking to give out grants to address health, environment issues

EPA looking to give out grants to address health, environment issues

UNDATED -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 office in Dallas is accepting grant applications for $100,000 in funding to support projects designed to educate and enable communities to understand and address local health and environmental issues.

These grants are available in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Eligible applicants from non-profit, faith-based and tribal organizations working in the community of the proposed project are encouraged to apply.

EPA Region 6 will award four grants of $25,000 to support projects that address a community's local environmental issues through collaborative partnerships.

Staff at St. Joseph's get in the act

Staff at St. Joseph's get in the act

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. ­– Health care professionals are experts when it comes to healing the human body, yet they often neglect to practice the very mantra they preach.

The staggering reality is that three of the four states where Mercy serves rank in the top nine nationwide for highest adult obesity rates. According to the most recent report by Center for Disease Control (CDC), Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma have a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 30 percent with Kansas fairing only slightly better.

So, with that in mind, St.

St. Joseph's offers prayer line for patients

St. Joseph's offers prayer line for patients

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center is proud to offer a prayer line for patients, visitors, co-workers and the Hot Springs area community.

The prayer line can be accessed by dialing (501) 622-1808 and callers are asked to enter a number from 1 through 8 to listen to one of eight different prayers.

“Our hope is that anyone who needs help with prayer can choose to use the prayer line 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” said Deacon William L. Friedman, Director of Pastoral Services at St. Joseph’s Mercy. “We hope the public will use the prayer line as another means of addressing their spiritual needs. And we encourage employees to use the prayer line to uplift their spirits as needed throughout their shifts.”

St. Joseph’s Mercy is a not-for-profit, faith-based health facility with 18 medical clinics serving the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and its surrounding communities since 1888.

Eat healthier, be happier

Eat healthier, be happier

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - If you're trying to eat healthier, check out St. Joseph’s new healthy restaurant, The Tea Leaf Grill. There will be a public event from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, February 24, at the St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs.

It will begin with cardiologist Dr. Oyidie Igbokidi talking about taking care of your heart and ways to keep it healthy. We’ll also have a cooking demonstration, featuring recipes from the Tea Leaf Grill, which is open at the Mercy South Campus (formerly HealthPark). There will be samples of the food and we’ll have information about Mercy’s Healthification program, designed to help our co-workers get healthier.

New doctor serves patients at St. Joseph's Mercy

New doctor serves patients at St. Joseph's Mercy

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Pulmonologist Eyad Abochale, MD, has joined St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic and is available to see new patients.

“I really like the way the work is structured here. We have one week in the ICU, one week in the hospital, and one week in the clinic,” Abochale said. “St. Joseph’s Mercy has a very good electronic health record system. It really makes it easier to take care of patients and communicate with healthcare providers.”

Abochale grew up in Syria but has lived in and around central Arkansas since 1998. He did his pulmonary critical care training at UAMS in Little Rock and has worked in Stuttgart, Brinkley and Hazen.

“My four children were all born in central Arkansas. We consider ourselves to be Arkansans,” Abochale said.

Abochale is a pulmonologist, also known as a pulmonary disease specialist. A pulmonologist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating disorders related to the lungs and respiratory system.

HSU hosts discussion on health issues for minorities

HSU hosts discussion on health issues for minorities

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. - Henderson State University will host a Minority Health Forum on Feb. 15 from 6-7 p.m. at the Community Education Center, 640 South 6th St. in Arkadelphia. Dr. Creshelle Nash, who practices internal medicine in Little Rock, will be the speaker.

Nash is medical director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission and assistant professor in the division of general internal medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

The forum is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.