Freeman in a Flash Issue #40

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Growing for you

Freeman West cafeteria

If you’ve visited Freeman Hospital West recently, you’ve probably noticed big changes underway in the dining area. The food service facilities are currently getting a complete overhaul to accommodate increased numbers of patients, guests, and caregivers. The kitchen and cafeteria were built in 1975 when Freeman first moved to the 32nd Street location. Freeman West has grown by leaps and bounds since that time and serves approximately 1,100 people in the cafeteria and provides 600 meals to patients each day!

This expansion includes all-new food preparation and service areas. The new cafeteria will feature extensive self-service lines, with a soup and sandwich bar, pizzeria, and made-to-order menu, along with traditional home-style food selections and a salad bar brimming with fresh produce, locally grown when available.

Thank you for your patience during the construction process. Renovations are expected to be completed in spring 2013.

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Health hint: healthful holiday eating

holiday cookies

Turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes, casseroles, and sweets fill our holidays with more than just fond gatherings around the table. According to studies, the average person may gain 1-2 pounds over the holidays. You can enjoy traditional favorite foods through the holidays and still avoid gaining those extra holiday pounds that may predetermine your New Year’s resolution to lose weight.

  1. Don’t skip meals. During the holidays it may seem like a good idea to “save up” calories from breakfast or lunch to eat a larger holiday meal. However, by skipping meals, your body slows down metabolism and “starvation mode” begins. As a result of this survival mode, you may lose that normal sense of fullness and continue to eat past your usual comfort level. It’s not a lack of willpower, but when your body senses a possible famine, it stores up calories. Instead of skipping meals, eat a light breakfast and lunch to prevent overeating at one meal.
  2. Watch portion sizes. Traditional skinless roasted turkey and ham are very lean and low in calories—only about 35 calories per ounce. Eating 5 or 6 ounces of lean meat provides about 200 calories. Turkey is lower in sodium than ham for those limiting salt intake. Potatoes, stuffing, casseroles and other starches can be enjoyed if you keep portion sizes to one-half cup, which is about the size of a tennis ball. If you watch your carbohydrate intake, it is a good idea to skip the dinner roll, especially if you are having a small piece of dessert later.
  3. Reduce eating out of obligation. Sometimes we eat because someone has made a food or dessert that they insist we eat. You may not be a huge fan of the item, but find yourself eating because you are trying to be polite. This obligatory eating can add hundreds of calories to a meal. You can still politely take a small serving and eat a few bites, but it doesn’t mean that you have to clean your plate.
  4. Use healthy substitutes when cooking or baking. There are ways to lower calories in food preparation methods. For instance, when making pumpkin pie, you can opt for low-fat evaporated milk and fat-free whipped topping. If you are trying to lower the sugar content, sugar blends, such as Splenda for baking, can cut the calories from sugar because you use half as much and it’s already lower in sugar. Using light margarine, mayonnaise, and salad dressing can save significant calories and fat. Your guests may not even realize that the margarine, pie, and whipped topping have half the calories and fat if you don’t bring it up.
  5. Don’t drink your calories. Calories from sugar-sweetened beverages can add up quickly. Sodas, ciders, and some alcoholic beverages can add 200-300 calories per 8-ounce drink. These calories go down quickly and provide no level of fullness. Instead, try low-calorie beverages, such as unsweetened tea; use a sugar-substitute to sweeten your beverage; drink low-calorie flavored waters; or add sparkling water to light juices to make a low-calorie spritzer that has less than 50 calories in an 8-ounce serving. Most people would skip the 12-ounce glass of sweet tea if they knew they could have a slice of pumpkin pie for the same amount of calories!

One of the USDA 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is “enjoy your food, but eat less.” This pertains to everyday eating, but can especially apply during the holidays. It takes 3,500 calories to add one pound to the body, and one or two holiday meals, when using these healthy tips, shouldn’t tip the scale. With so many good foods to eat during the holidays, try to work in some brisk walking to help burn those extra calories. Exercise helps you handle stress better too, which can be an extra bonus during the holidays.

This Health Hint was written by Heather Boline, RD, LD, Freeman Dietitian and Diabetes Educator.

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Physician focus

Freeman has welcomed 23 new physicians this year, including emergency physicians, critical care physicians, hospitalists, and radiologists. The office-based specialists below are currently accepting new patients. 

Dr. Brahmanday
    Dr. Govinda Brahmanday
Specialty: Oncology/Hematology
Freeman Cancer Institute
417.347.4000 
Dr. Egbert     Dr. Anne Egbert
Specialty: Geriatric Medicine
Freeman Center for Geriatric Medicine
417.347.4374 
Dr. Forman     Dr. John Forman
Specialty: Cardiovascular Surgery
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417.347.5001 
Dr. Newman     Dr. Joseph Newman
Specialty: Wound Care
Freeman Wound Care
417.347.4800
Dr. Paulson     Dr. John Paulson
Specialty: Family Medicine
Freeman Healthplex of Webb City
417.347.8550 
Dr. Sweeney     Dr. Joshua Sweeney
Specialty: Neurosurgery
Freeman NeuroSpine
417.782.5500
Dr. Vu     Dr. John Vu
Specialty: Oncology/Hematology
Freeman Cancer Institute
417.347.4000

For more information about finding a physician, please call Freeman Physician Finder at 417.347.3767 or search online using our Find a Doctor tool.

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Did you know?

coffee word art

The new coffee shop at Freeman Hospital West, The Daily Grind, proudly serves Starbucks® coffee. The Daily Grind also features sandwiches, salads, and desserts, including cupcakes from Cupcakes by Liz. It opened prior to the current dining room and kitchen renovations and provides visitors and guests a cup of coffee or a bite to eat while at the hospital.

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Message from our CEO

Paula Baker, Freeman President and CEO

Season’s greetings!

As we reflect on our blessings at this time of year, I think of how grateful we are for the privilege of caring for you and your loved ones. I promise we will continue to do whatever is necessary to provide you with the best healthcare solutions available.

To that end, we recently opened the sixth floor of Gary & Donna Hall Tower at Freeman Hospital West, expanding our capacity to care for patients with critical conditions. This floor adds 29 new private rooms, all especially equipped to adapt to the requirements of patients needing intensive care. This is particularly important because Freeman has been the only health system in the area accepting priority 1 trauma patients, those with the most serious, life-threatening illnesses or injuries, since the 2011 Joplin tornado.

The sixth floor includes a 13-bed Surgical Intensive Care Unit, the first of its kind in the Four States, to care for patients needing special attention after surgery. It is also home to an expanded 16-bed Transitional Care Unit, which cares for people not sick enough to stay in the Intensive Care Unit, but too ill to return to the regular medical floor. 

Designed with input from patients, these 29 private rooms each have comfortable seating for families and a place for a guest to stay overnight with the patient. Additionally, flat-screen TVs help patients and their visitors feel at home in the hospital. 

This 24,000-square-foot expansion has also created the need for 70 new nursing staff positions—more jobs for our community. The $8 million project was completed in a record-breaking 165 days and opened in October 2012. 

Our goal for this expansion at Freeman West is to reduce wait times and make each patient's hospital experience as pleasant as possible. Please know that we will continue our endeavors to always exceed your expectations and improve the health of the communities we serve through contemporary, innovative quality healthcare solutions.

Warm regards,
Paula Baker
President and CEO
Freeman Health System

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