Wellness

Wellfound Behavioral Health

Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital, a joint venture between CHI Franciscan and MultiCare Health System, opened its doors to welcome patients on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The new $45 million nonprofit hospital will bring transforming healing in behavioral health care for Washington state. “Our mission is to serve all those in need,” said Ketul J. Patel, […]

Senior Wellness: Tips for Health this Spring

Most people, especially seniors, tend to slow down during the winter, so spring—when nature is waking up again—is the perfect time to get moving. Whether you’re living independently, living in a senior community, living with a family member or caring for one, these spring health tips are sure to rejuvenate and inspire. “Spring up” your […]

Treating Pain/Reducing Risk of Opioid Abuse

If you’ve ever undergone a surgical or dental procedure, your doctor may have prescribed an opioid, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, or morphine, to reduce your pain. Properly used, these drugs can be very effective. Improper use, however, can negatively affect the reward center in the brain, eventually leading to addiction. Responsible prescribing and use […]

Fresh from the Farm: Get Your Share

South Sound residents are lucky to have an abundance of farmers markets in the local area. Nearly every day of the week, you can connect with local agricultural producers throughout Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap counties. They offer high-quality produce and other locally sourced products like honey, flowers, eggs and meat. And to become truly part […]

Managing Cholesterol is Important at Every Age

New guidelines recently released by the American Heart Association stress the importance of taking a lifetime approach to managing cholesterol levels as a way to minimize the risk of life-threatening cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke. The new guidelines offer a more personalized approach to assessing individual risk and developing a treatment plan, […]

Training Helps Avert Mental Health Crisis

Mental health problems can affect anyone. Research has shown that one out of five people have a mental health problem at some point in their life. Early intervention is the key to minimizing the risk of a mental health problem escalating to a crisis. CHI Franciscan Health and community partners across Pierce County launched the […]

Capital Medical: Excellence in Health Care

“I’m excited about the opportunity here at Capital Medical Center. With a top-notch medical staff and a team of compassionate, talented employees at the hospital—we will focus on providing high-quality, compassionate care along with always looking to make those services more accessible to our community.” Those were the words of Mark Turner when he was […]

7 Ways to be Active During the Holidays

The Pacific Northwest offers a lot of ways to be active outdoors during the spring, summer and fall. But when the weather turns cold and rainy, it’s hard to muster up the enthusiasm to head out. Our gloomy winters can seem like the perfect excuse to park yourself on the couch until spring. Add to […]

Caring for families impacted by age or illness

It can be hard to see our parents struggle as they get older. It can be difficult to take the time to be there for their needs. This is why a home care agency, such as Synergy HomeCare, has become an essential part of daily lives for many seniors. When their own home is made […]

Enhanced Breast Cancer Imaging Technology

Women 40 or older have been reminded for years that having an annual mammogram is an important part of their overall wellness. “There are many factors that can increase the risk for breast cancer, such as family history, but the biggest risk is being a woman,” advises radiologist Alison Reinbold, MD. That’s why it’s so […]

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