Thrive September 2015 Edition

This recipe was inspired by XX Dinners by Schori and Taylor. Thom Pastor, manager of the Combs Flat Kitchen at St. Charles Prineville, has given it his own special spin.  
1 head of garlic
extra-virgin olive oil
8-12 medium to small carrots
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon chipotle powder
½ cup sunflower seeds, toasted
½ cup pistachios, toasted
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Slice the head of garlic in half widthwise and toss in oil just to coat. Wrap in foil and bake until a cake tester can easily slide through the cloves, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Allow it to cool, then squeeze out the cloves from their husks. Using the flat side of your knife, mash the cloves into a paste. Set aside.

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Pioneer Memorial Hospital will officially close at the same time St. Charles Prineville opens
On Sept. 21 at 4 a.m., Pioneer Memorial Hospital will officially close at the same time St. Charles Prineville opens. The hand-off will be complete once all inpatients have been transferred from one facility to the other.
On that same day, St. Charles Family Care—which will also be located at the hospital campus— will open. Starting Oct. 3, the clinic will have new expanded hours to better serve the community. The clinic will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“This is such an exciting time,” said Jeanie Gentry, CEO of St. Charles Prineville and St. Charles Madras. “We’re just days away from opening a truly innovative facility that is designed to grow with the community for many years to come.” 

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New pediatrics team at St. Charles Family Care in Redmond
Two new pediatric providers have joined St. Charles Family Care in Redmond over the past year. Drs. Rupert Vallarta and Nancy Heavilin are excited to start working together this fall and to get to know pediatric patients and their families in Central Oregon.
“Listening is a big part of what we want patients to know they are going to get when they come here,” Heavilin said. “I will often tell parents, ‘You have been with the patient since day zero. You are the expert on your kid. If you are telling me something is wrong, I take that very seriously.’”
Both Heavilin and Vallarta said they came to Central Oregon because they were tired of living in big cities and they enjoy outdoor recreation. Heavilin taught at Children’s Hospital of Colorado for the past three years after completing her internship and residency there as well. Vallarta, who has been in practice for eight years, finished his pediatrics training at Elmhurst Hospital Center Primary Care Program of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. 

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St. Charles Bend has received the prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility.

The designation is important because it means a hospital has made a commitment to promote and support breast feeding — which has been shown to improve health outcomes for children over the long-term — in its policies and in its practices.

St. Charles Bend began working toward obtaining its Baby-Friendly Designation in 2012, which included complying with 10 steps outlined by the World Health Organization. They include:

  •  Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  • Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
  • Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  • Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  • Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
  • Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.
  • Practice "rooming in," allowing mothers and infants to remain together 24-hours-a-day.
  • Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  • Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  • Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.

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Neonatologist Aryan Azimi-Zonooz, MD, was named one of two 2015 NICU Heroes by Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold, a national nonprofit neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) parent support organization. The award recognizes outstanding care and support provided to premature and critically ill infants and their families.
Families from 21 U.S. states nominated neonatal nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals who helped make a difference for their preterm or medically fragile newborns.
Each honoree receives a trophy, certificate and a $2,500 donation in their name to the pediatric health care charity of their choice. Dr. Azimi-Zonooz’s gift will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Oregon. Additionally, each hospital will receive a one-year subscription to Hand to Hold’s NICU Resource Library, which provides educational materials parents can use during their child’s NICU stay.

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Preventing Osteoporosis With Exercise
This eight-week class is designed for men and women diagnosed with osteoporosis and for those wishing to prevent osteoporosis. It focuses on strengthening, posture and balance. Each class consists of an educational portion, aerobic workout and core strengthening. The series is led by licensed physical therapists from St. Charles Health System. Physician referral is not required.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle to class.
The class will be held at St. Charles Bend on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8 to 9 a.m., Oct. 19 through Dec. 16. The cost is $63.
To register, click here.