At The St. Mary's Regional Medical Center Blog you'll find information you can use to improve your overall health and well-being, and stories about our amazing patients and Healthcare Heroes serving our community.

What Does It Mean to Have Dense Breasts?

September 29, 2023

Those with dense breast tissue are at higher risk of developing breast cancer and other breast-related issues.

What You Should Know About Diabetes and Sugar

September 29, 2023

High blood sugar causes many of the symptoms and complications of diabetes. Here’s how to manage your blood sugar.

7 Things You'll Notice After Losing Weight

September 29, 2023

More than just the number on the scale will change when you lose weight.

The Scariest Health Hazards of Halloween

September 29, 2023

This holiday is all about having fun. Here are 5 ways to keep it that way.

The Do's and Don'ts of Supporting Someone with Mental Illness

September 29, 2023

Not sure what to do if a friend or family member has mental health issues? These tips may help.

These 10 Foods Help Fight Inflammation

September 29, 2023

Wondering what inflammation-fighting foods to add to your diet? Try these 10 powerhouses.

Don't Miss These Signs of Heat-Related Illness

July 25, 2023

Heat-related illnesses can be very serious, so it's important to recognize if they are happening.

Don't Forget to Schedule These Medical Appointments

July 25, 2023

Now is as good a time as any to get these appointments on your calendar.

How to Overcome Loneliness

July 25, 2023

If you are lonely, following these 5 tips can help you feel more connected to others.

4 Frequent Causes of Knee Pain

July 25, 2023

Your knees aren’t getting any younger. Here’s how to keep them in order.

Stay Safe on the Sports Field

July 25, 2023

Don’t let a sport injury keep you off the field this season. Here’s how to be safe before, during and after an activity.

Should You Take These Vitamins Every Day?

July 23, 2023

Many people take multivitamins and other supplements daily, but do you need them?

Your Guide to a Safer Summer

June 6, 2023

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and the most preventable, too.

The Simplest Way for Men to Improve Their Health

June 6, 2023

Men’s life expectancy is dropping. Their hesitancy to go to the doctor could be a reason why.

Small Cuts Can Make a Big Difference

March 27, 2023

Minimally invasive surgery covers many procedures. What they share in common: less overall trauma to the body.

How to Tell if Heartburn Is Something More

March 21, 2023

GERD can start out as an annoyance, but can cause serious damage over time. Avoid long-term effects through simple lifestyle changes and possibly treatment.

What a Headache Could Be Telling You

March 21, 2023

It’s a broad term for a lot of experiences. Learn how to tell if yours are serious.

Which Colorectal Cancer Test Is Right for You?

February 22, 2023

Various colorectal cancer screening options can make diagnosis and early detection easier for you

The ABCs of Joint Replacement Surgery

February 22, 2023

Joint replacement surgery sounds so invasive, but what does it really entail? Here’s the breakdown.

Rehabilitation Institute Gets Patients Moving Again

February 2, 2023

The 22-bed facility was ranked in the top 10% of all inpatient rehab facilities in the United States for a third straight year.

What Your Heart Is Telling You

January 25, 2023

Not all heart events are the same. Knowing what makes them different can be the key to surviving them.

The Surprising Connection Between Mind and Heart

January 24, 2023

Stress and anxiety could be negatively affecting your heart health AND heart disease can cause stress and anxiety. Here’s how to break the cycle.

The Keys to Successful New Year's Resolutions

December 29, 2022

The time to build healthy habits is here. Don’t think too hard, we’ve come up with a list of resolutions worth keeping.

RSV: What YOU Need to Know

December 28, 2022

This holiday season, when families gather and the risk of spread is high, be aware of common RSV symptoms, treatments and preventive actions.

Try These Steps to Defuse Holiday Stress

December 8, 2022

Put self-care at the top of your to-do list. Identify when stress is affecting you and how you can manage it.

Stay Safe This Flu Season

December 6, 2022

Don’t miss any of the holiday cheer, avoid the flu this year.

Prediabetes Is Common, Often Overlooked, and Dangerous

October 31, 2022

It’s more common than you know. Learn how to avoid it turning into diabetes.

5 Ways Quitting Smoking Can Improve Your Life

October 30, 2022

Sometimes the big health reasons to quit smoking are not enough. These small perks might be the push you need to make the commitment.

Depression and Aging: Know the Facts

October 3, 2022

Depression is the most prevalent mental health problem among older adults and can lead to a decline in physical, mental and social functioning.

Your Breast Cancer Screening Questions Answered

October 2, 2022

Is getting a mammogram at the top of your to-do list? If not, schedule it now. It may save your life!

The To-Do Item Men Shouldn't Forget

August 26, 2022

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer among American men, and often progresses with few outward signs. Screening for it is important.

The 10-Minute Test That Could Save Your Life

August 25, 2022

When it comes to maintaining heart health, early detection and prevention are key. This simple test can uncover a dangerous condition.

Get Your Kids Off to a Healthy Start This School Year

August 1, 2022

These recommendations can help ensure that your child is ready to learn and perform their best the entire year.

The Best Ways to Deal with Back Pain

July 31, 2022

It's the No. 1 cause of disability worldwide. Learn how to better deal with it.

Protect Yourself While Enjoying the Summer Sun

June 10, 2022

Want to protect yourself from skin cancer while enjoying the summer sun? Checkout these timely tips to indulge in the sun safely.

Summer Safety Essentials

May 16, 2022

Paying attention to the most common types of injury can help keep you and your family safe while getting the most out of the warm months ahead.

9 Essential Screenings for Men

May 11, 2022

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month! Regular check-ups and screenings can help men stay healthy by indicating preventive health needs and catching issues before they become more serious.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Mental Health

May 11, 2022

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on mental health. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, here are ways to identify issues and get help.

Recognition for our Remarkable Nurses

April 25, 2022

Nurses are on the frontline of most every healthcare interaction, from emergencies to routine checkins, and their lifesaving work has an incredible impact on patients, their families and communities as a whole. We celebrate nurses everywhere during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

5 Ways to Lessen Seasonal Allergies

April 25, 2022

Whether your allergy symptoms are frustrating or debilitating, there are steps you can take to enjoy rather than dread spring.

When You Need Care, Make the Smart Choice

March 25, 2022

Learn when to visit the emergency room versus urgent care.

How to Take Control of Your Neurological Health

March 25, 2022

Knowing what’s happening in your head could save your life.

Is Diabetes Putting You at Risk for Chronic Wounds?

February 15, 2022

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about ways to address and prevent chronic wounds associated with the disease, such as diabetic foot care. 

Joint Replacement – Is It for You?

February 15, 2022

If you suffer from chronic joint pain and medications are no longer working, you may be a candidate for joint replacement.

Heart Attack Symptoms – What’s Different for Men and Women

January 12, 2022

Knowing the signs and symptoms can save your life!

Could You Have Atrial Fibrillation?

January 12, 2022

What to know about this sometimes silent condition.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 21, 2021

Want a fresh start for 2022? Create realistic, reasonable goals to set yourself up for success.

Could You Have Seasonal Depression?

December 20, 2021

Winter blahs and holiday stress have you down? Read more for helpful strategies to lighten your mood.

A Mammogram Saved Her Life

September 30, 2021

Sue Yocham tells about her breast cancer treatment and the vital importance of early detection.

Finding Compassionate Care to Tackle Cancer

September 20, 2021

After an unexpected diagnosis, Rodney Tabor turned to the St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Cancer Center to support him through his journey.

AFib: More Than Just a Heart Flutter

August 26, 2021

Find answers to questions about atrial fibrillation and learn why getting treatment is important.

Could You Benefit From an At-Home Sleep Study?

July 19, 2021

If you’re tired of feeing tired all the time, don’t ignore it. Getting the rest you need may start with this simple test.

Spotting the Signs of Skin Cancer

July 11, 2021

Have you noticed any changes in your skin? Knowing the warning signs of skin cancer can possibly help save a life.

Juvenile Diabetes: A Life-Changing Diagnosis

July 9, 2021

Cory was just 9 years old when tiredness and other symptoms led his parents to seek medical help.

Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines

July 8, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccines have made history in more ways than one. Learn more about them from the Director of Pharmacy at St. Mary’s.

Celebrating Nearly 40 Years in Healthcare

June 23, 2021

Retiring Pharmacist Dawna Hatton shares what’s made her career – and her time at St. Mary’s – so rewarding.

A Modern Approach to Pain Relief

March 31, 2021

As the nation battles the opioid epidemic, medical advances are providing safer, smarter ways to help you feel better.

Outpatient Procedure for Chronic Ankle Weakness, Pain

March 3, 2021

For those suffering from chronic ankle pain and weakness or recurring sprains and ankle instability, one doctor at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center has a solution.

A New Tool for Sinus Surgery at St. Mary's

December 15, 2020

The Stealth Station Surgical Navigation System for Sinus Surgery offers patients a safer, more-thorough procedure, according to Timothy Jones, MD, board-certified otolaryngologist.

An Annual Mammogram Saved Her Life

October 12, 2020

At Alice Hurt’s yearly mammogram, a suspicious finding led to her diagnosis and treatment of cancer at St. Mary’s Medical Center Cancer Center.

Compassionate Cancer Care Bonds Patient, Staff

September 10, 2020

Nearly three years after being diagnosed and treated for esophageal cancer at St. Mary’s, Leon Spain tells the story of his cancer journey and those who helped him to heal.

'It's Like You Get a Do-Over With Life'

August 18, 2020

After a heart attack and triple bypass surgery, Larry LeCrone tells how cardiac rehabilitation turned his health around.

COVID-19: A Survivor Story

May 26, 2020

The coronavirus hit hard and fast for 59-year-old Jimmy Blaser. But he battled his way back with support from his team at St. Mary’s.

Rising to the Challenge of COVID-19

May 21, 2020

A member of the St. Mary’s team tells about his service — and his heartening experience — on a volunteer trip to New York City.

Car Decals Identify and Honor Healthcare Heroes

May 20, 2020

One member of the St. Mary’s staff was especially excited to get his decal. It was his idea!

Case Managers Show Their Support for Staff … With Chalk

May 12, 2020

Hospital entrances were decorated with colorful messages of encouragement for the staff to help brighten their day.