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Can You Recognize a Heart Attack or Stroke?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:02am September 2nd, 2014 · 11 hours ago
How would you react to a medical emergency? When it comes to life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke, every minute counts. Get to know the signs and symptoms of these health threats. If you think you or someone else might be having a heart attack or stroke, get medical help right away.

Nurse Practitioner LaGrange Joins VFMC

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:41am August 29th, 2014
You may notice a new, yet familiar face the next time you’re at the Vinton Family Medical Clinic (VFMC). Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics is pleased to announce the addition of Ali LaGrange, ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner) to the community of healthcare providers in Benton County.

Area organizations receive St. Luke's Rural Healthcare Grant funds

By Vinton Today · 4:52pm August 28th, 2014
Cedar Rapids—Seven Eastern Iowa organizations are the recipients of $13,879 in grants as part of UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Foundation’s Rural Healthcare Grant. This program provides matching grants toward healthcare projects that improve the health and wellness of rural residents.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - What is ALS?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 10:00am August 27th, 2014
Late yesterday afternoon administrators and staff of Virginia Gay Hospital gathered in front of the hospital to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (watch video). The “Challenge” is bringing about a tremendous amount of awareness of ALS, but how much do your really know about ALS? Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Mumps: Be Sure Your Child Is Fully Immunized

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:29am August 25th, 2014
Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Infected people can spread mumps when they breathe, cough, and sneeze. They can also spread it by sharing items such as cups and eating utensils, and touching surfaces that are then touched by others. There is no treatment for mumps, and it can cause long-term health problems.

Surgical Services at Virginia Gay Hospital

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:20am August 22nd, 2014
There are many reasons to have surgery. Some operations can relieve or prevent pain. Others can reduce a symptom of a problem or improve some body function. Some surgeries are done to find a problem. For example, a surgeon may do a biopsy, which involves removing a piece of tissue to examine under a microscope.

Surgery at Virginia Gay Hospital

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:03am August 18th, 2014
Orthopedic surgery or orthopedics (sometimes spelled orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedics) is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders (Wikipedia).

The Dark Side of Sun Exposure

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 10:13am August 15th, 2014
People enjoy the sun. Some have even worshiped it. Sunlight is essential to many living things. But sunlight also has a dangerous side. It can harm your skin and even your eyes. The good news is you can take some simple steps to protect your body from sun damage and still enjoy the sun’s healthful effects.

What is Depression?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:49am August 13th, 2014
What Is Depression? Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment.

Can You Recognize a Heart Attack or Stroke?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:44am August 11th, 2014
How would you react to a medical emergency? When it comes to life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke, every minute counts. Get to know the signs and symptoms of these health threats. If you think you or someone else might be having a heart attack or stroke, get medical help right away.

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