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Healthy After-School Snacks Your Kids Will Actually Eat!

There's this magical time in the afternoon that parents know all too well. It's that two-hour span after-school yet before dinner. And the keen ears of many a parent have heard the following siren call from pantries all over Converse County: "But… I'm STARVING!!!"

And when you hear those words, you know that soon whatever chips, pretzels, cookies, popcorn, fruit snacks or sodas stored (and no matter how stale) are going to be scarfed down with abandon. If you aren't home after school with your kids, you know the feeling of coming home to find countless bags of snacks depleted as the kids have somehow eaten their way through your larder in ways that border on impressive. This raises the question: How do we provide after-school snacks that are not only healthy but won't be ignored by our kids, and also won't cost a fortune?

We asked that question of Head of Hospitality Services Felicia Masterson Smith and Clinical Dietician Ashley Littleton for input. The snacks had to be accessible, affordable and would be consumed by the average kid. Here are their recommendations!

The Backpack and Your Child's Back Health

School begins a new year, and the one stalwart that stays with our kids seemingly as they advance from grade to grade is the trusty old backpack. And as our kids move through their school year that pack can take some abuse, but so too can the backs of our kids. Toting around books, supplies, and other items from class to class or school to home and back can take a toll on the spinal and muscular system of our kids.

How do we help our kids' backs remain strong and not as influenced by the weight of the backpack? A lot of it has to do with wearing the pack correctly and keeping in mind some critical factors for using them safely to avoid longterm back pain.

Help Us Welcome Our New Providers!

Memorial Hospital of Converse County is pleased to welcome three new providers to our team of physicians!

Felicia Smith Awarded Citizen of the Year

We recognize at Memorial Hospital of Converse County that so often it is the people who truly make a difference not only in our organization but our greater community. As Walt Disney once said, "You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality." And that quote becomes a great deal clearer when we look upon our own staff, who work tirelessly not just to make their own part of the world shine, but seek to make a difference wherever they go.

Shared Governance: Decision Making at the Local Level

Who doesn't like to be heard? It's an all too human feeling to not only want to speak out for others but also feel understood yourself. And in a healthcare organization with multiple departments, locations, managers, nurses, support staff not to mention varying shifts and responsibilities, it can be a challenge to bring all voices to the table. It is this unique challenge that Memorial Hospital of Converse County is seeking to meet, and not only meet but solve. We spoke with Chief Nursing Officer, Cristy Cobb, about the Shared Governance Initiative at Memorial Hospital; what it means, how it is proposed to work, and what is the ultimate goal.

Converse County Hospital Foundation Fifty Families Initiative Helps Fund MHCC Technology Needs For New Providers

The Converse County Hospital Foundation is proud to announce that the funds raised from our Fifty Families Program have been applied to facilitate a new and much needed piece of technology for the surgery unit of Memorial Hospital of Converse County.

Memorial Hospital of Converse County Honored With Hometown Heroes Award At Annual WAM Conference

The Leadership Team at Memorial Hospital of Converse County attended the 2018 WAM (Wyoming Association of Municipalities) Meeting in Pinedale, Wyoming. This year our team accepted with immense gratitude the Hometown Heroes Award on behalf of our entire organization.

Sports Physical Night: A Parent's Perspective

Hey parents of student-athletes, what's your schedule look like during any given day, week, or month? Pretty packed right? We all know the realities of having students involved in sports in our homes, that schedule seems forever full and cramming in just one more thing: impossible. But one item that needs to be routinely completed is the school sports physical, so your student can keep participating, keep competing. Knowing the craziness that is the life for parents of student-athletes, we have an annual event at our Medical Office Building that will help take care of this all-important item.

MHCC Names New Director of Inpatient Nursing

One of the areas our hospital has continuously excelled in recent years has been in the compassionate level of care our patients receive on our third floor. The dedicated nurses, providers, and staff who attend to the needs of our patients define the continued promise we make to our community: "To Deliver Excellent Care With Compassion."

MHCC CFO Earns Fellowship Designation

We're happy to announce that our CFO Curtis Dugger, FHFMA, CHFP, recently became a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA)!