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CCMH Wraps Up Heart Health Month

February 23, 2018

Carroll County Memorial Hospital continues heart health awareness by encouraging employee involvement and raising funds for the American Heart Association.

Following CCMH’s GO RED day on February 2, employees also sported red attire and held a second a casual day on February 14 for a one dollar donation. In collaboration with Valentine’s Day, they additionally sponsored a carnation fundraiser, offering fellow employees a chance to support the cause while lifting each other up with a flower. These efforts raised $374 for the American Heart Association.

CCMH, in partnership with Care Connection for Aging Services, will host a Fit and Fun Event in the 4 Corners Café. The event was set to be held on February 22, but was postponed due to unsafe weather conditions. A new date is yet to be established, but details will be shared once it is set.

CCMH Director of Cardiopulmonary and Rehabilitation Services, Sandy Berghager, spoke at the February Jefferson Park Social. She discussed the importance of incorporating “Life’s Simple 7” into a daily routine.

“We all need to focus on getting active, managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, eating better, reducing blood sugar, losing weight, and avoiding smoking,” said Berghager. “Small changes can make a big impact. Don’t forget to laugh. Laughter is the best medicine and doesn’t cost a thing!”

CCMH employee, Abbie Backes, offered two sessions of chair yoga to all staff this month as a relaxing outlet to relieve stress and tension. 

According to the American Heart Association, stress sets off a chain of events. First, you have a stressful situation that's usually upsetting but not harmful. The body reacts to it by releasing a hormone, adrenaline, that temporarily causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise. These physical reactions prepare you to deal with the situation by confronting it or by running away from it — the ‘fight or flight’ response.

For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website or call 660-542-1695.

Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), the area’s premier healthcare resource, is a 25-bed Critical Access facility serving Carrollton and the surrounding communities. It offers 24-hour emergency care, specialized services such as advanced diagnostics, post-acute skilled care (swing bed) and comprehensive family care. CCMH is dedicated to the Health and Well Being of All We Serve. For more information, visit