Dear Friends and Neighbors,

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The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

"Does it Run in My Family?"

Published in Wellness

Author: Staff

The holidays are a great time to reminisce with loved ones from both near and far. You discuss work, your children and where your next vacation will be; but what about your health history?

There are many visible traits we develop from our families. Maybe it's the curly hair you got from your grandma or your dad's brown eyes. But what about the traits we can't see? Your mom's high blood pressure, your grandpa's diabetes or your aunt's breast cancer. 
Although it may seem like an unusual topic, discussing your family's health history can help you manage your future risks. Tracing illnesses that run in your genetics and consulting with your doctor could potentially save your life or the life of someone you love.

Chronic illness within your family tree can indicate your likelihood of developing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. This is especially true if your loved one developed the disease at a young age or without other contributing factors (overweight, smoking, etc.).

Family health histories can also be beneficial for those planning to start a family. By uncovering past difficulties with pregnancies and miscarriages, you can help prepare for additional screenings and precautions.

Of course, discussing ailments and the causes of death within your family is not always an easy topic. It is important to be compassionate and explain how your inquiry can be helpful to your whole family.

As we all know, we can't alter our genes. But if you are aware of your family's chronic illnesses, you are able to prepare for what your future may hold. This can include lifestyle changes to lower health risks and incorporating health screenings earlier in life.

Your family is one of the strongest influences on your life. Protect yourself and the ones you love by creating a health history. Because the questions you ask now, can save your life later.