Monday, October 24, 2011

A Spook-tacular Halloween Ride

Spinning® is one of the most popular group wellness classes offered through Grinnell Regional Wellness and Fitness Center. This indoor cycling program is led by a certified Spinning® instructor who takes participants through a workout that simulates an outdoor ride.

Like many fitness classes, music is a very important part of the experience.

In fact, research has shown that the right music can help athletes lower their perception of effort making the brain think that the body is not working as hard as it really is. Music used in connection with exercise can help set the pace for moving to the beat of the music.

Spinning® instructors also become a disc-jockey because they carefully select music for the warm-up, the various components of the ride, and the cool-down. One of GRMC’s Spinning® instructors, Denise Lamphier, submitted a playlist for a spooky Halloween ride to the Spinning® instructors’ newsletter for a contest. Denise’s playlist was one of three selected to be featured from instructors’ submissions from all over the country. Congratulations, Denise!

You can join Denise on her Halloween Spinning® ride at 5:30 a.m., Monday, October 31. It’s early, but don’t let that scare you! Join in the fun and get your Halloween Monday off to a fun and fit start.

This will be the first-ever Spinning® class in the new fitness center location at Postels Community Health Park on the Commercial Street entrance. GRMC is thrilled to develop the space at Postels to bring even more of our wellness services under one roof. Come and check out the new digs!

Questions? Call Cory Jackson, wellness director, 641-236-2999.

Playlist by Denise Lamphier:
“This Is Halloween” Marilyn Manson
“Monster Mash” Bobby "Boris" Pickett
“Ghostbusters” Ray Parker Jr.
“Bat Out of Hell” Meatloaf
“I Want Candy (Kevin Shields Remix)” Bow Wow Wow
“Hotel California” The Eagles
“Twilight Zone” Golden Earring
“Millie and Billie” Alice Cooper
“Marie Lavaux” Bobby Bare
“Little Red Riding Hood” Nine Nine Nine
“Ben” Michael Jackson

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Influencing Rural Healthcare Policy with NACRHHS

I just attended my last meeting as a member of the National Advisory Committee for Rural Health and Human Services. This committee is made up of men and women from all across our nation from Alaska to Maine, Florida to Montana. Members include doctors, nurse practitioners, academics, politicians, Medicare officials, association leaders and hospital administrators. The committee is well-supported by staff from the Office of Rural Health Policy. Our primary responsibility is to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services on rural policy issues. It has been a privilege to serve with these fine folks. They take this job seriously and we get into some very healthy debates about what is best for the people of rural America.

Twice a year, the committee takes a field trip and this most recent meeting was held in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, hosted by our committee chair and former Governor of Mississippi, Ronnie Musgrove.

My subcommittee was charged to make recommendations to Secretary Sibelius about the new primary care payment changes for physicians and other healthcare providers. The proposed rule for this provision in the Affordable Care Act was just published in July and my sense is that most providers don't know much about it. One of our recommendations will likely be that HHS needs to gets more information so providers can prepare for these upcoming changes. Much like value based payment (VBP) for hospitals, this provision in the law will reward providers that enhance quality and reduce resource use for Medicare patients in their practices. Although this idea has been trialed in a number of practices around the country, it was not tested in rural communities.

We will likely be completing our briefing paper to the Secretary in the next several weeks. There is additional information at the NACRHHS website. Also on this website are other reports and briefing papers the committee has completed, including the most recent on the demonstration project on VBP for smaller hospitals, insurance exchanges, and aging.

I will miss these meetings for two major reasons. I will miss the truly wonderful people who serve on and supoprt the committee and also the opportunity to have input into the executive branch of government. I believe this committee has helped to address concerns and issues that impact people in rural America. I send all my best wishes to the committee as a new group of members join those who continue their terms of service.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Falling From the Sky

Leading a healthcare organization these days often feels like I'm falling out of the sky...

What will be the future of healthcare reform?
How viable will rural hospitals be?
Will there be the resources necessary to keep facilities and equipment up to the standards of quality we demand?

To mark my son Grant's 18th birthday and to check an item off my bucket list, we went skydiving. What a rush! Sky Dive Iowa is located about ten minutes from my home in Brooklyn, Iowa, and on a beautiful August Sunday morning in Iowa, we jumped out of a perfectly good airplane for the first time.

We did a tandem jump and each of us were strapped to an experienced diver. I was with a diver who was a paratrooper just back from Afghanistan. He was friendly with loads of confidence and focus. I felt safe the entire time. Grant and I received about 15 minutes of instruction and then we boarded the plane with the divers, the pilot, and a videographer. It took about 20 minutes for the plane to take us up to about 8,000 feet.

Then, the moment of truth...time to jump! It was pure heart-thumping and adrenaline-pumping exhiliaration as we fell through the sky for a 20-second free fall before the diver pulled the cord on the parachute. We slowly floated and peacefully decended. Grant and his diver jumped out behind us and the divers guided us to within feet of each other. It was amazing to see Grant floating alongside as we both slowly fell to earth. The whole thing probably took about 10 minutes. The landing was a piece of cake and soon Grant and I were arm-in-arm with smiles as big as a Texas ranch. "Awesome" was the word we kept using over and over again.

So, how did my free fall compare to the tumultous times in healthcare these days? Honestly, skydiving is a piece of cake compared to running a hospital these days. I definitely recommend a sky dive for anyone who is a little adventurous.... you will be glad you did.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Do good for yourself and others. "It's the BEAUTY SCHOOL rule."

Women of the GRMC service area took home this message of taking care of themselves following the

fifth Women’s Health Focus and Baby Fair.

Six ladies showcased their makeovers and many women had their hair styled as part of the many special activities of the evening. Above is a before and after photo of Mary, a GRMC employee.

GRMC Massage therapists provided chair massages and chair yoga.