We are happy to introduce you to our new (almost) dietitian, Adele! Why “almost”? Adele has her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from K-State and is in the process of finishing her internship to become a dietitian by the end of the year. She currently works full-time for Labette Health under the direction of her preceptor, Elaine Hudson. GMC was lucky enough to be able to contract with Labette, and Adele works for us a couple of days a week under the direction of our dietitian Peggy Kramer, who is in the process of retiring. Adele is very grateful to Peggy for her mentorship, as are we!
Adele, her husband, Eric, and their two sons, Hunter (almost 19) and Gavin (17), moved to Southeast Kansas 11 years ago from Maryland. Adele taught school there for 7 years, and after moving here she home-schooled her boys until they graduated.
While home-schooling, she became very interested in how diet affects every aspect of health, and decided to return to school so she could become a dietitian. She is happy she made this decision and loves what she does. “I especially enjoy working with people of different ages and building rapport with them,” Adele says. “I realize how vulnerable people feel when weighing and talking about their diseases, and I appreciate their trust.” She also enjoys how complex the science behind diets is. She said it’s like a puzzle making things work with the math and the medical interactions.
It’s not always easy stepping into a role that was filled so well by your predecessor of over 30 years, but Adele is doing an outstanding job! She has fit right in at GMC. And she’s quick to say how much she appreciates everyone. “The programs are amazing,” she says. “Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab, as well as the Bariatric program, are geared specifically toward the individuals and you quickly see results.” She is equally impressed with the Nursing staff, saying, “They are very good at their jobs; they know the patients so well.” She especially has good things to say about the Nutritional Services staff. “Leanna is so in tune with the patients,” Adele says. “She continues to find creative ways to meet the needs of the patients.”
Somehow outside of home-schooling her boys, working a full-time job, and going to school herself, Adele does find time for hobbies such as biking and knitting.
Welcome, Adele! We are so happy to have you here!
Girard Medical Center opened its Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation program on September 6th. Two patients began the program on that day and were the first patients in Kansas to try the new cardiac monitoring system (SciFit ERS-2). Angie Mukwindidza, LPN for the Cardiac Rehab program said, “We are excited to be working with this new technology and proud to be the first Kansas hospital to utilize this equipment.”
The program is offered three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Patients can expect to exercise for at least 40 minutes as well as receive education on topics such as nutrition, weight loss, lipid management, diabetes management, stress reduction, smoking cessation, and home exercise.
Most insurance companies pay for Cardiac Rehab if there is a qualifying event or condition such as:
The ERS-2 monitors are about the size of a deck of cards. These cardiac monitors are completely wireless and are attached to the body via a chest strap. “The cardiac monitors are easy for the patients to wear and they are enjoying the absence of electrodes and wires bouncing around while exercising,” said Heather Winter, Respiratory Therapist for the program.
With the recent closing of the Cardiac Rehab program at Mercy Ft. Scott, patients now have another treatment option without having to drive more than 30 miles.
Ask your doctor for a referral
The program requires a doctor referral. Our team will consult with an individual’s doctor and evaluate their health to make sure the program is appropriate
Girard Medical Center
322 N. Hospital Drive
Girard, KS 66743
The Girard Medical Center Foundation's 16th Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, July 14th.
The 4 person scramble will be held at the Crawford Hills Golf Course with an 8am tee time. Team fee is $160.
$10,000 Hole-in-One Prize!
All proceeds go to the GMC Foundation.
Please call 620.724.8855 to register!