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5 Tips For Running in the Dark

Whether you are a veteran runner or just starting, we all have our preferred time of day that naturally works within our schedules: early am, midday, after work. However, you can fit in a run is usually based on the natural rhythm to your day. But with our nights getting longer, running with no natural light will become a reality soon enough. A hurdle many runners face every year about this time is acclimating into safely and successfully running outside in the dark.

A Day In The Life: With Social Worker Penny Smith

Social workers play an integral part of every hospital system. Here at Memorial Hospital of Converse County, Penny Smith is that key person who helps facilitate meeting patients needs even after they leave our hospital. Her job plays a vital role in keeping patients on the road to recovery and making sure they have all of their needs met at home. Penny’s role in planning patient discharges is one with big rewards but also many challenges.​

5 Reasons To Get A Flu Shot

October is the beginning of many things, cool, crisp air, leaves falling, football, pumpkin spice everything. It is also the start of cold and flu season. We can probably sound like a broken record in the healthcare community, but the best defense remains a good offense! And a good offense includes a yearly influenza vaccine.

Below we have listed five reasons to get a flu vaccine this year. We realize no one likes to get a shot or be stuck with needles. But overall it’s a tiny inconvenience that can mean a lot of good for our whole community!

Running Your First 5k or 10k

I remember when I first began the process of running. To run more than a few minutes let alone a mile in my thirties seemed insurmountable. In those early days, I would jockey back and forth between the 5 and three mph buttons on my treadmill, always fearful of flying off the back or being so winded I would fall over. I didn’t read any articles, buy any fancy shoes, or enlist the help of any running apps or software. I just knew I wanted to be able to run; to prove to myself, I guess that I could do this simultaneously simple but unattainable thing.

How To Spot, Treat & Prevent Head Lice

School is back in session. And while many of us know this can lead to the beginning all sorts of activities it can also mean the rise of calls to the doctor for respiratory ailments, stomach bugs and yes head lice. We reached out to our own Dr. Kathryn Skuza for more information on how parents can help spot, treat, and hopefully prevent lice from affecting their home.

The Levels of Ankle Sprains: And How To Treat!

Talk to any group of athletes long enough, and you are sure to hear their injury horror stories. For a student-athlete, the real fright comes in being sidelined indefinitely as the body has become injured or maligned in some way. Across all fields of play and levels of activity, one of the most common sports injuries remains the ankle sprain.

Library Brings Storytime to the Great Outdoors

Visitors to Douglas’s North Platte River Walk can take in many sites. The walk affords excellent views of the river, maybe the occasional bit of wildlife. But in these last few months, the visual landscape has had the added feature of the Converse County Library’s Story Walk panels. Installed mid-summer, these panels share a story from station to station, encouraging children and parent alike to read while they walk. Speaking with CCL Director Cindy Moore and Assistant Director Jes Renz about the project we learned a great deal about how it all began, how it’s maintained and what the Library hopes to see for it’s continued success!

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!