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Is It Presidents’ Day or Washington’s Birthday?

Presidents’ Day is the popular and commonly used name for the United States federal holiday officially called Washington’s Birthday.  It is celebrated annually on the third Monday of February and celebrates the life and achievements of George Washington, the first President of the United States (1789-1797) and ‘The Father of his Country’. The day is, in practice, often used to honor and remember all past US presidents, and in particular Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.

Presidents’ Day was created in 1879, first celebrated the following year. It was the first federal holiday to be created in honor of an American citizen. It was originally held on Washington’s actual birthday (February 22), but in 1971 this was changed to the third Monday of February (placing it between February 15 and 21 – which means it can never occur on Washington’s actual birthday anymore).

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Today is National Caregiver’s Day

National Caregivers Day is observed the third Friday of every February, which falls on February 16th this year.  This day recognizes individuals who selflessly provide personal care and physical and emotional support to those who need it most. There are many different types of caregivers who are not just limited to healthcare. The many types include: family caregiver, professional caregiver, independent caregiver, private duty caregiver, and informal caregiver.  Some of them are not always paid, which is why it is essential to appreciate and thank them for their long-term commitment.  Community Memorial Hospital and Redfield Clinic agree that the special kindness and patience of caregivers should be celebrated every day. Their value to us is not only on National Caregivers Day, but each and every day, as they devote their days to care for our patients and our loved ones.

It’s Phlebotomist Recognition Week

Phlebotomists Recognition Week,, February 12th – 16th, calls attention to the vital contributions phlebotomists make to the world of healthcare.  Our phlebotomists are the face of our laboratory at Community Memorial Hospital and do a great job at collecting quality specimens for needed lab testing for our patients.  We thank them for their exceptional service.

It’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Week

Cardiac Rehab Week takes place February 12th to the 18th, this year. This week our goal is to draw attention to the role of cardiac rehabilitation in reducing the harmful effects of heart disease.  Cardiac rehabilitation involves exercise training, emotional support, and education in regards to a heart-healthy lifestyle.  Healthy lifestyle habits include eating a nutritious diet, managing weight, and quitting smoking.

CMH Therapy Offers Cognitive Therapy along with their Occupational Therapy Services

The goal for Occupational Therapy and functional cognition is to assess individual’s cognition as is related to Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL’s). ADL’s encompass tasks including dressing and personal hygiene where IADL’s include medication management, caregiver training, and home or community management (shopping).


  • 14 million older adults suffer from mild cognitive impairment or other more severe disorders affecting the memory
  • 16% of people with mild cognitive impairment develop dementia each year
  • 80% of individuals with mild cognitive impairment will develop dementia within six years

Studies have shown they will have a better prognosis if seen early for cognitive rehabilitation.

Therapy will assist with maintaining the individual’s independence with use of task or environmental modifications, implementation of assistive devices, and incorporating both physical and cognitive training as is related to daily life.

Cognitive skills consist of:

  •  Safety awareness
  • Problem solving
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Visual-perception and processing
  • Planning

Community Memorial Hospital Outpatient Therapy department offers Cognitive Therapy through Occupational Therapy.  Contact us today at 605-475-7390 to schedule a consultation.


The oxygen and nutrients that blood carries to a wound are crucial for successful healing. Prioritizing heart health is key to preventing and treating wounds.

Heart diseases, such as coronary artery disease and peripheral arterial disease (PAD), can cause plaque to build up inside the arteries, which can reduce or block the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients needed for wound healing.

Common wound types associated with heart disease include:

Venous Ulcers:

A venous ulcer occurs when swelling, due to damaged valves of the lower leg veins, is uncontrolled. This can cause blood to pool in the ankles and fluid to leak into the surrounding tissue. This fluid breaks down the tissue, and an ulcer forms. Venous ulcers are typically found along the inside of the lower leg, below the knee.

Arterial Ulcers:

An arterial ulcer is commonly caused by clogged arteries. When an artery is clogged, it decreases the blood flow, which can cause tissues to be damaged and an ulcer to form. An arterial ulcer is typically found on the lower leg or foot and is often located over the top of the toes or the ankle.


Have at least one of these three key risk factors for heart disease:


National Patient Recognition Month

National Patient Recognition Month is observed annually in February to promote the culture of emphasizing patient satisfaction. This time is for reflecting on patient involvement as of greatest importance. It serves as the time that professionals in our facility recommit to the pledge of providing excellent innovative and compassionate care through efficient healthcare service delivery.

February is American Heart Month

Fast Facts for February About Your Heart Health

During February, which is American Heart Month, join us as we review some heart health facts. Since one in four deaths is related to heart disease, let’s remember the risk factors:

  • Being overweight due to poor diet or a lack of exercise
  • A family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure and/or blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Stress

The best first step you can take in the heart health contest is simple: schedule your yearly checkup with a primary care provider.

When you make this important appointment, you can ask about risk factors. Your provider can explain ways you can reduce your chances of heart disease. Initial screenings for cardiac health are part of your annual checkup, including a blood pressure check and blood tests for cholesterol and blood sugar.

Beyond that, there are heart and vascular screenings that include CT calcium scoring and artery evaluation. These are recommended for men 45 and older and women 50-55 or older. They can give you peace of mind or help your doctor address a condition sooner versus later.

You can’t change your genetics or family history, but you can take action to prevent or lessen heart health risk:

  • Eat a diet low in salt, saturated fat and cholesterol. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables each day.
  • Be active. It’s optimal to get a total of 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week –
  • 30 to 40 minutes four to five days a week. Aerobic exercise is exercise that increases your heart rate, such as brisk walking, running, dancing, cycling or swimming. Some exercise is better than none. For example, if you can’t exercise for 30 minutes a day, take a 10-minute walk as part of your routine and add to it.
  • Quit using tobacco. Consider using a cessation program for help.
  • Limit alcohol – no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
  • Take blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering medications as prescribed by your doctor.

Also, don’t overlook the impact that stress can have on your heart and vascular health. Find activities that reduce your stress. Do what works for you – relaxation techniques, deep breathing or a relaxing walk.

If you or a loved one experiences symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 right away.

  • Chest pain or pressure, squeezing or fullness in the arms, back, neck, jaw or upper abdomen
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Sweating with cool, clammy skin
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness

Interventions to prevent further damage due to heart attack include the placement of primary stents or the administration of thrombolytic “clot-busting” drugs. These treatments can save lives and heart muscle, but timing is important. It’s important to get help as soon as symptoms appear.

When we take these tips to heart, we can all impact our heart health for the better. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy February.

Pride In Food Service Week

Pride in Foodservice Week is celebrated February 5th through February 9th to honor and recognize food and nutrition professionals and other members of nutrition services teams for their hard work and dedication to the job. We appreciate our team and are thankful for their commitment to those we serve.

Community Memorial Hospital / Clinic Foundation Update

The Community Memorial Hospital / Clinic Foundation is helping make things happen. The purpose of the Foundation is to help meet the needs of health care in the Community Memorial Hospital and Redfield Clinic that are not included in the hospital budget. The Foundation does this by receiving and investing donations from the public and making grants for specific equipment and projects. Staff bring requests to the CMHC administration, who evaluate requests and forward appropriate opportunities to the Foundation for consideration by the board. This past year we were able to enhance our Nutritional Services department with new equipment, provide a bariatric recliner in the hospital patient rooms area, a sit to stand lift, an ice maker for the clinic, and also new office chairs for the hospital nursing station.

In addition to items within the hospital and clinic, so many of the funds donated were requested to be set aside for the EMS Center. This project, which has been in the works for some time, is finally seeing an end. We have been able to assist the hospital with making this long awaited opportunity come to life with our generous community of contributors and our investment efforts. An open house is set to be scheduled in the coming months. We, as a Foundation are extremely grateful for the contributions to help make this a reality.

In recent months, the CMH/C Foundation has set up The Dr. Matthew P. Owens Legacy Fund. Our goal with this fund is to continue Dr. Owens’ legacy of ensuring opportunities, equipment, and trainings are available for those within all rural sectors throughout South Dakota.

To help make this happen, we have added two new members to the Foundation, Laurie Vinkavich-Cole (Dr. Owens’ sister) and Ryan Reed. Both new members bring experience and ideas to better fulfill our Foundation’s purpose. In the coming months we will be establishing a new website, offer online donation options, and much more. Please stay tuned for more to come!

       We are extremely grateful to our families, friends, and our community for the ongoing support of all we do. Thank you!