Premier’s Bloomington Endoscopy Center hosts Congressman Todd Young

Tuesday, September 2nd, Administrator Teleatha Mortimer and the rest of the Bloomington Endoscopy Center (BEC) welcomed Congressman Todd Young on an educational visit on the benefits and cost savings of Ambulatory Surgery Centers like the BEC. This visit was coordinated during the ASCA’s (Ambulatory Surgery Center Association) Capitol Fly-In Event that Teleatha Mortimer, Indiana Federation of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Board member, attended in June of this year.

During this Capitol Fly-In Event, the BEC met with Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats as well as Representatives Todd Young, Larry Bucshon and Jackie Walorski. They were asked to support legislation that will ensure the viability of ASCs in the community, increase access to colorectal screenings, and allow our centers to effectively implement electronic health record usage.

Congressman Todd Young’s visit on Tuesday was a follow up facility tour to learn more about how ambulatory surgery centers deliver cost effective and efficient healthcare.

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Weight-Loss Wednesday! Ideal Protein Testimonial: Dr. David Blemker

1. Before starting the Ideal Protein program, what was your overall reason for starting it? (For yourself, your family, to feel better, etc.)

I needed to lose weight and to be frank I was somewhat skeptical about the diet. I felt that I needed to personally experience the diet before I could promote it to my patients.

 

2. At the beginning of the Ideal Protein program, what were your goals? (Weight loss; lose inches, better labs, etc.)

Weight loss and my triglycerides were extremely high. (wanted to lose weight and lower triglycerides)

 

3. What was the biggest struggle for you at the beginning of the Program?

I had to plan ahead especially when I was on call that night, to follow the diet well.

 

4. How far have you come towards reaching your goals? Or have you reached them? (Give us the total of your loss so far and the number of weeks it took)

I lost 23lbs in 8 weeks. My BP medicine dropped from 20mg Byscolic daily to 5mg daily. My triglycerides dropped from 1090 to 139. My pant waist size dropped from 38 in to 34 in.

 

5. If you could give some advice or encouragement to future dieters, what would you say to them?

Stick with it, you will see the results.

 

To Find Out More About Ideal Protein Sign Up For One of Our Free Workshops!

Call Today: 812.331.3404

There will be a workshop on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 5:45 to 6:30 pm at the Premier Healthcare, Landmark Medical Center at 550 S. Landmark Ave, Bloomington, IN, 47403.

The workshops will be in the Café on the 2nd floor of the building.

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Weight-Loss Wednesday! Ideal Protein Testimonial: Darlene Tabla

Ideal Protein Tri-fold Brochure (with workshop dates)21. Before starting the Ideal Protein program, what was your overall reason for starting it? (For yourself, your family, to feel better, etc.)

I wanted to join the Ideal Protein program for myself and to feel better. Because of my weight loss I am off of two blood pressure meds!! Also my cholesterol medicine has been cut in half and I hope to be off completely in October.

2. At the beginning of the Ideal Protein program, what were your goals? (Weight loss; lose inches, better labs, etc.)

My goal at the beginning was to lose weight; I never thought that I would lose as many inches as I did. It’s amazing!!

3. What was the biggest struggle for you at the beginning of the Program?

The first week was the hardest for me. I loved my bread and pasta, but after the first week my cravings went away.

4. How far have you come towards reaching your goals? Or have you reached them? (Give us the total of your loss so far and the number of weeks it took)

I have reached my goal which was 28 pounds, but I lost 6 more lbs. by watching sugars and carbs. Sugar is the bad guy!!

5. If you could give some advice or encouragement to future dieters, what would you say to them?

I would say to hang in there; the first week is the hardest. After that week it is much easier. It is the only plan that really worked for me; I have been on every weight loss plan there is and this plan by far is the only plan where you truly lose fat not muscle. It’s the best!

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To Find Out More About Ideal Protein Sign Up For One of Our Free Workshops!

Call Today: 812.331.3404

There will be a workshop on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 5:45 to 6:30 pm at the Premier Healthcare, Landmark Medical Center at 550 S. Landmark Ave, Bloomington, IN, 47403.

The workshops will be in the Café on the 2nd floor of the building.

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Weight-Loss Wednesday! Ideal Protein Testimonial: Pat Bennett

  1. Before starting the Ideal Protein program, what was your overall reason for starting it? (For yourself, your family, to feel better, etc.)

I was very concerned about my overall health.

 

  1. At the beginning of the Ideal Protein program, what were your goals? (Weight loss; lose inches, better labs, etc.)

First was to feel better, then inches, and weight loss. Did NOT want to become an insulin dependent diabetic

 

  1. What was the biggest struggle for you at the beginning of the Program?

Getting all the Veggies eaten.

 

  1. How far have you come towards reaching your goals? Or have you reached them? (Give us the total of your loss so far and the number of weeks it took)

Total weight lost: 64.3

Total inches lost: 52

Weeks: 22

45.2 lbs. to go! 🙂

 

  1. If you could give some advice or encouragement to future dieters, what would you say to them?

It is the best “plan” I have tried (and I have tried them all)! You can see the inches falling off. Just call a friend if you get bored with it. Someone always has a new recipe to give you!

 

Before Ideal Protein:          After Ideal Protein:

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To Find Out More About Ideal Protein Sign Up For One of Our Free Workshops! Call Today: 812.331.3404

There will be a workshop on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 5:45 to 6:30 pm at the Premier Healthcare, Landmark Medical Center at 550 S. Landmark Ave, Bloomington, IN, 47403.

The workshops will be in the Café on the 2nd floor of the building.

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Premier Healthcare Unveils Its New Weight Loss Program: Ideal Protein!

Premier Healthcare is revealing its new weight loss program, Ideal Protein, this week! As part of the program we will be doing “Weight-loss Wednesdays” on our Social Media platforms. These posts will include testimonials from our diet, shout-outs to those who are in the program and reaching their goals, healthy lifestyles tips, recipes and more!

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Ideal Protein Testimonial: Susan LeDune

  1. Before starting the Ideal Protein program, what was your overall reason for starting it? (For yourself, your family, to feel better, etc.)

For health reasons and to look better!

 

  1. At the beginning of the Ideal Protein program, what were your goals? (Weight loss; lose inches, better labs, etc.)

Lose weight (at least 40-50 lbs.) definitely lose inches, smaller clothes size… lower blood pressure and improve symptoms of reflux.

 

  1. What was the biggest struggle for you at the beginning of the Program?

The beginning was easier for me! Taking vitamins have been a bit of a struggle.

 

  1. How far have you come towards reaching your goals? Or have you reached them? (Give us the total of your loss so far and the number of weeks it took)
  2. 45 lbs. lost in 23 weeks. I will have reached my goal by next week (24th week). That should put my BMI at 25.06!! 🙂

 

  1. If you could give some advice or encouragement to future dieters, what would you say to them?

Having a supportive spouse was key for me! Be encouraged by the smallest of goals! Never forget why you started this and remind yourself every day as you deny yourself the foods/sweets that got you in trouble to being with! 🙂

National Immunization Awareness Month: Vaccines

Vaccines raise a lot of questions. How do they work? What do they do? Are they good or bad? Can I get sick from them? What are the chances of me getting sick if I don’t get Vaccinated?

Well, August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so here at Premier Healthcare we want to make sure you are fully educated on the importance of Vaccines. Once or twice a week, we will try to publish a new blog post, information on Facebook, or links on Twitter to help you increase your own awareness on Vaccines.

Today, I want to give you some general information on Vaccines and hopefully answer a few of the basic questions mentioned above. General opinion varies somewhat on the pros and cons of Vaccines. You can find all kinds of information on the internet telling you that Vaccines are terrible (you can also find lots telling you that Vaccines are incredible), and as we all learned from the State Farm commercial, “everything you read on the internet is true”. This is hard though when the internet provides opposing views and consumers have to weigh these views and decide for themselves. We’d like to help. Premier Healthcare believes that Vaccines are good. They prevent people from experiencing the effects of numerous life-threatening diseases.

So, how do they work and what do they do? Well, I will let a bit of information from the experts at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) do the talking, “When disease germs enter your body, they start to reproduce. Your immune system recognizes these germs as… invaders and responds by making proteins called antibodies. These antibodies’ first job is to help destroy the germs that are making you sick. They can’t act fast enough to prevent you from becoming sick, but by eliminating the attacking germs, antibodies help you get well… they remain in your bloodstream, and if the same germs ever try to infect you again… they will come to your defense… they can destroy (these germs) before they have a chance to make you sick. This is immunity.” So, for example, this is why you only get chickenpox once. After you have had it the first time, the next time the germs try to enter your body, they find a defense network already set up to take them down. Vaccines on the other hand eliminate the “getting sick the first time” part. The CDC explains, “Vaccines are made from the same germs (or parts of them) that cause disease… but the germs in Vaccines are either killed or weakened so they won’t make you sick… your immune system reacts to the Vaccine the same as it would if it were being invaded by the disease… the antibodies destroy the Vaccine germs just as they would the disease germs… then they stay in your body, giving you immunity” all the while keeping you from ever experiencing the awful effects of the disease.

This is why Vaccines are good, but you may be asking yourself, “if they are so good, how did bad things ever get written about them?” Well… it is kind of like flying in an air plane down to Florida for vacation versus driving in car. How many people do you know who are scared to fly in an air plane (possibly including yourself) due to the fact that every once in a while airplanes crash? Now compare that to how many people you know who are scared to drive a car. Most likely, you know quite a few people who are afraid to fly and very few if any who are scared to drive a car. But the reality of the situation is that flying in an airplane is much safer than driving in a car. The percentage of people to die in airplane crashes per year is 180 compared to 33,561 deaths due to fatal car crashes in the United States in 2012 alone. (These stats are based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations stats and National Transportation Safety Board) What I’m trying to say is that yes, you can die on an airplane but the chance that you would die on an airplane is slim to none compared to the high chance that you would die in a car crash. People are afraid of airplanes because they don’t understand them. It is the same with Vaccines. Yes, there is an incredibly slim chance that a Vaccine might not work but the chance that you could get the disease or even die from the disease if you are not Vaccinated is much MUCH higher.

Call your physician or Premier Healthcare at 812.355.6900 or visit premierhealthcare.org to schedule an appointment today to get yourself or a loved one vaccinated.

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Bloomington Endoscopy Center’s Particpation in the ASCA’s Capitol Fly-In Event

On Wednesday, June 18, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) held the Capitol Fly-In event, bringing together industry experts to directly lobby their members of Congress. The Bloomington Endoscopy Center was a prominent participant and was proud that their Administrator and IFASC (Indiana Federation of Ambulatory Surgery Centers) Board member, Teleatha Mortimer RN, BSN, CASC, CGRN was able to make personal connections with their legislators. IFASC Executive Director, Carol Blanar, RN, BSN, CASC, also participated. In total, ASCA gathered 85 representatives of the ASC industry and organized 100 plus meetings with House and Senate offices, dozens of which were in-person meeting with the members of Congress themselves.

Bloomington Endoscopy Center and IFASC met with Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats as well as Representatives Todd Young, Larry Bucshon and Jackie Walorski. They were all asked to support legislation that will ensure the viability of ASCs in the community, increase access to colorectal screenings, and allow our centers to effectively implement electronic health record usage.

Several showed interest in visiting BEC for a facility tour to learn more about how ambulatory surgery centers deliver cost effective and efficient healthcare.

BEC and IFASC returned home to take care of patients, but will stay in touch with our representatives, especially as election season rolls in.

For more information on ASCA please visit their website at: http://www.ascassociation.org/govtadvocacy

For more information on The Bloomington Endoscopy Center please visit their website through http://www.premierhealthcare.org. IFASC website is http://www.ifasc.com.