Category Archives: Health and Wellness

Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann Health System call off merger

 

GCS-2018-01-17-2Two of Texas’ major not-for-profit health systems—Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann Health System—announced Feb. 5 they will no longer pursue a merger announced in a letter of intent on Oct. 1 that would have affected 30 counties throughout the state.

“After months of thoughtful exploration, we have decided to discontinue talks of a merger between our two systems,” a Feb. 5 news release from Baylor Scott & White stated. “Ultimately, we have concluded that as strong, successful organizations, we are capable of achieving our visions for the future without merging at this time.”

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CBD American Shaman in Grapevine now open

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Photo courtesy of Lance Griffin

CBD American Shaman opened Feb. 2 at 303 Northwest Hwy., Ste. C, Grapevine. The business sells cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil, which is derived from industrial hemp and can be used as a natural remedy for relieving pain, stress and anxiety. 817-722-6100. www.facebook.com/grapevinecbd or https://cbdamericanshaman.com/

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Special Assignment: Stroke

By Chris Daigle

As a journalist, I’ve been in some unusual situations. I’ve flown with the Blue Angels in a C-130 going straight up, an adventure which earned me the flight name, “Chili Man,” having survived a bowl of chili right before the flight without incident. I’ve traveled at 200 miles an hour on a race track and have been upside down in stunt planes. The greatest story ever assigned to me came without warning, and not over the phone or email.

I’ve had a stroke.

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Chris in Therapy

I didn’t think much of it at first, as I pulled into a now-defunct clinic, thinking I could just get a shot or something to make this go away. As the ambulance took me to the hospital, I was gripped by one thought: this is bad.

I learned about hospitals, doctors and medicines very quickly, and hospital life became a new way of living for me. Thinking about the next examination was the overriding guide for my day. Little did I know that a vast network of friends and family mobilized on my behalf behind the scenes. My employer and his staff came to the hospital. Others worked to help me establish state and federal benefits.

I constantly thought, “What is this all about?” in those first few days, wondering why my left side wouldn’t work. From the beginning, I had to realize that this was really me going through this, and it wouldn’t just go away, like other calamities in my life. My nickname at work is,” M.O.D.,” or Master of Disaster because I’ve had so many close calls over the years.

Apparently, because of the way I was eating, the term, “Master of Donuts” fit also. I was eating all the wrong things, and it caught up with me. Too much Taco Bell; too much Mountain Dew. The stress didn’t help either. I’m like a fire truck for five different departments that need stuff right now. And that’s in addition to planning my evenings, weekends, and finances. It’s a lot, as I’m sure most of you know. Take this piece of advice: When the doctor tells you to bring down your hypertension and blood pressure, do it.

Then I found myself asking, “Why me?” Everybody told me that this is just something that happens in your head. It’s not punishment for anything, and the sooner you get treatment, the better you will be. My response has been that my left side is still there, and if it’s not damaged or missing, it will come back. Indeed, my mentor Catherine Roberts, told me that it took 11 weeks for her faculties to return after the stroke she had.

That’s not to say that other thoughts don’t creep in, even though I try my best to be positive. Now I can’t work, so what about my finances? How am I going to get around once I get home? I spent several weeks in the hospital, and three months in a rehab facility. It was definitely an education. The first cold hard reality was that there are people around me in far worse condition than myself. That made me feel better, with a sense of, “There but for the grace of God go I.” Seeing functioning people moving around me made me jealous until I figured out they were once in worse shape than me, and have gotten better, so now they are a model for my recovery.

One bright ray of light in this whole adventure has been the tremendous support of my girlfriend, Denise. She’s really sick herself with blood problems and so forth, but put her problems aside to care about me. Early on, I said, ”This is terrible!” She came back with a response I’ll always remember. She said, “Terrible is temporary.” That should be written on the walls in this place.

This is such a different lifestyle than before. Once I could go downstairs, take the trash out, do the laundry and a hundred other things with two hands. Now I have to know what to do with one hand. I can’t do my former job, and things like laundry and personal care will now be a challenge.

Living in a wheelchair every day makes you humble. It certainly makes you appreciate what you used to have. This is my first time going through this, so it’s a different world; however, less and less I’m thinking that this is some kind of a dream that I’ll wake up from.

Several lessons came from all this. If the doctor tells you to cut back and be more healthy, do it. Don’t wait for something to happen that will force you to follow this advice. I figured it would never happen to me, but it did.

Don’t take anything for granted. Things don’t have to work out well all the time. Something good may be around the corner. You are not immune to anything and do what it takes to avoid trouble. I didn’t, and it got me here.

I can’t be mad at what happened; it was my fault. What am I going to do? Sue the back of my brain? It’s like a hurricane – you can’t get back at nature.

This will be a cliffhanger, but it showed me the importance of life. You get one mind, one body, and one life. Use it well.

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Chris Daigle is a Houston historian, photojournalist and a regular contributor to The Grapevine Source. To read more of his articles, click HERE.

Positive West Nile Virus Mosquito Sample in Grapevine

43088540_10161229397245268_8128279694203158528_nOne mosquito sample tested positive for carrying the West Nile Virus in the area of the 1500 block of North Dooley Street.

Mosquito control ground spraying will take place within a half-mile radius of the relevant area on Thursday, October 4 at 10pm. View a map of the area to be sprayed at bit.ly/2NlO3l2 or look at the map below.

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Baylor Scott & White Health, Memorial Hermann Health System Sign Letter of Intent to Create New Combined Health System

PRESS RELEASE

DALLAS and HOUSTON (Oct. 1, 2018) — The boards of Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann Health System have signed a letter of intent to merge into a combined system to further strengthen communities, advance the health of Texans and transform the delivery of healthcare.

As two of the most comprehensive not-for-profit health systems in Texas, Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann, both founded as faith-based organizations, share similar missions and values. Equally important, they share like-minded, forward-thinking visions for the future. This proposed combined health system is positioned to become a national model for integrated, consumer-centric, cost-effective care.

“This is about two mission-driven organizations – both committed to making safe, high-quality healthcare more convenient and affordable – building something transformative together,” said Jim Hinton, CEO, Baylor Scott & White Health. “We must lead the change in our industry, while insisting we continue to fulfill our unwavering commitments to meeting the needs of all Texans.”

The health systems, both nationally recognized and dedicated to improving access and continuity of care, serve as vibrant, economic engines in more than 30 Texas counties, employing more than 73,000 across the state. Both have strong ties to the academic medical community, and together will be positioned to expand those affiliations to advance medical training and research programs, while continuing to attract and retain the very best talent.

“Together, we believe we will be able to accelerate our commitments to make care more consumer centric; grow our capabilities to manage the health of populations; and bend the unsustainable healthcare cost curve in the state,” said Chuck Stokes, president and CEO, Memorial Hermann. “Through this combined system, we have a unique opportunity to reinvent healthcare and make a profound difference in the lives of millions of Texans.”  

The details of the letter of intent include:

  • Unified Board: A unified board will be comprised of an equal number of appointees from both organizations. Ross McKnight, the current chair of the Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees, will serve as the first chair of the proposed combined system’s board. A vice chair, selected by the Memorial Hermann Health System Board of Directors, will be named prior to closing and will become chair at the end of McKnight’s two-year term.
  • Leadership: Jim Hinton, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, will be the CEO of the proposed combined system and will be joined in the proposed Office of the CEO by Chuck Stokes, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann and Pete McCanna, president of Baylor Scott & White Health. Other members of the executive leadership team will be comprised of leaders from both Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann.
  • Operations: The proposed combined system will have executive and support staff based in Austin, Dallas, Houston and Temple.
  • Name: The proposed combined system will have a new name to be determined before closing; however, Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann will continue to operate under their strong, highly regarded brands in their respective service areas. 

“Baylor Scott & White was founded as a Christian Ministry more than 100 years ago; ever since, it has advanced health and driven change in North and Central Texas,” said Ross McKnight, chair of the Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees. “This proposed combination starts the next chapter in the legacies of service and innovation for both systems. It will not only make a positive difference in the lives of millions here, it will become a national model.”

Together, the two systems include 68 hospital campuses, more than 1,100 care delivery sites, nearly 14,000 employed, independent and academic physicians and two health plans; and they currently record nearly 10 million patient encounters annually.

“Memorial Hermann has proudly served the Greater Houston area for more than 110 years with nationally recognized, high-quality patient care,” said Deborah Cannon, chair of the Memorial Hermann Health System Board of Directors. “Our mutual history of providing accessible and leading-edge healthcare for all people has laid a strong foundation for our shared vision to build a future together for the benefit of all Texans.

”With approval of the letter of intent, the two organizations have entered into a period of exclusive negotiations, due diligence and the standard regulatory review processes. The next stage in the transaction – a definitive agreement – is anticipated to be complete in 2019.

For more information, visit www.TransformingHealthTogether.com. 

Now more than 500 sick from outbreak linked to McDonald’s salads

By Debra Goldschmidt, CNN

The number of people sick from an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness, called cyclosporiasis, linked to McDonald’s salads is now 507, federal health officials said Thursday.

All of the illnesses have been confirmed with lab tests. Twenty-four of those individuals have been hospitalized.

The illnesses began between May 20 and July 21, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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32 children’s medicines being recalled

By: fox5dc.com staff

 – More than two dozen children’s medicines are being recalled due to a contamination that could result in increased infections that could be life-threatening, according to officials.

The FDA announced on Wednesday that King Bio issued a voluntarily recall for 32 of its children’s medicines due to a “microbial contamination.”

King Bio said some of its products made between April and August have tested positive for microbial contamination. The company said it has not any reports of injury or illness to date due to the issue.

This Woman Had a Contact Stuck in Her Eye for 28 Years—and She Had No Idea

By Sarah Klein

A 42-year-old woman recently had just about every contacts-wearer’s nightmare scenario come true: Doctors found a contact lens that had been stuck in her eye. Except her nightmare is even worse than you’ve probably ever imagined. That contact went unnoticed in her eye for 28 years.

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New Research Shows That Vaping is More Harmful Than We Previously Thought

woman-vaping-750x364Hailed as a safer alternative to smoking, vaping has become a popular weaning tool for those who want to kick their nicotine addiction. Chemicals inhaled from tobacco smoke cause cancer and a host of other health issues, but vaping liquids are considered a lesser evil.

What’s still up for debate however, are the risks involved with vaping. Unlike regular cigarettes, vaporizing devices heat up a liquid until it turns into an inhalable vapor. The device emits a puff of vapor that is usually scented.

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Self-made horsefly trap design goes viral

Dan Owsley from Salem, Indiana built a horsefly trap a few days ago. Horseflies can be a big problem when keeping horses; thus the name,” Horsefly.” They can also bite humans.

On day 1, his horsefly trap killed 146 flies. On day 2, it killed killed 375! Owsley thought, “We either have a terrible horsefly problem or it’s a great trap!” 

Owsley’s 7-day total was 1,697 horseflies killed. He said, “They are big (about 1″ long) and easy to count. The dead flies need to be cleaned out every day so they won’t rot, so it’s a good time to take a count if you want to.”

How It Works: Horseflies are visual hunters. From a distance, the black bag looks like something to bite, so the horseflies do a flyover and are deflected into the soapy water, and drown within a few seconds.

How to Make Your Own: “The leg configuration can be whatever you like. I just made mine so it would be easy to move and change the bag. Also, the plexiglass needs to be kept clean and free of scratches. We have high humidity where I live, so I squeegee the dew off the plexiglass every morning. The saw cuts in the 2×4 that holds the plexiglass are at 45 degree angles, about an inch deep. The plexiglass fits tightly enough that I didn’t need to fasten it in any way. The bag I used was a 55-gallon trash bag from Sam’s Club. It holds about a 5-gallon bucket of water with a big squirt of liquid dish soap.

“Make sure to set your trap in an open area where the horseflies can see it from a distance. You may need to move it around until you find the “sweet spot.” Clean it out with a cat litter scoop or large slotted spoon. 

“Be sure to paint the top board a dark color so the light color of the wood won’t reflect in the plexiglass and make it visible to the flies,” Owsley explained.

The video below is from Dan Fowler in Tennessee of his horsefly trap set-up. He caught over 6,300 in one week!

For more information, visit Dan’s original Facebook post at https://www.facebook.com/dan.owsley.33/posts/10154273416425903

 

Owsley’s original rig: