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Patient Story - Hazel Blamey

Although Hazel Blamey was born prematurely and spent a few days in the Special Care Nursery at Licking Memorial Hospital, her parents, Kianna and Cody, were pleased to note that she was happy and healthy.  However, in February, Hazel’s older sister developed a cold, and soon Hazel too was exhibiting signs of illness and struggling to breathe.  Hazel tested positive for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common virus in childhood but can be dangerous for infants.  Read more about Hazel’s story here:

| Posted On : 6/6/2024 10:31:44 AM |
Communicating with Your Teenager

A necessary developmental stage of adolescence occurs when children begin to test boundaries and may pull away from parents as they begin to assert their own independence.  Navigating this transition is difficult for parents; however, it is important to stay connected to children during their teenage years.  Click the link to learn how parents can establish and maintain a healthy and trusting relationship with their children.

| Posted On : 6/6/2024 9:15:38 AM |
Protecting Eye Health During a Solar Eclipse

On Monday, April 8, much of Ohio will experience a partial eclipse, including Licking County.  Proper safety equipment or techniques are necessary to protect the eyes when viewing the eclipse.  Solar eclipse glasses are an effective means to watch the event.  Learn more about solar eclipses and other ways to protect your eyes while viewing

| Posted On : 4/3/2024 12:06:19 PM |
Camp Med - Where Are They Now?

Courtney Lemert participated in the very first Camp Med program in 2016.  After graduating high school, she earned her bachelor’s degree and completed her master’s degree to become a Physician Assistant.  Courtney credits Camp Med for helping her pursue her career in healthcare. 

| Posted On : 3/20/2024 12:38:51 PM |
Blood Test Assists Physicians to Evaluate Traumatic Brain Injury

Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) Laboratory Services offers a new blood test to assist physicians in evaluating patients with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).

| Posted On : 1/17/2024 12:16:34 PM |
Patient Story - John Morgan

When John Morgan lost his wife to COVID-19 in 2021, he struggled with depression.  By not eating and properly taking care of himself, he became weak and unwell.  His son convinced him to visit the LMH Emergency Department, where John was diagnosed with hyponatremia – a condition where sodium levels in the body become dangerously low – and admitted to the ICU.  The compassionate care of the LMH staff encouraged John’s recovery and his desire to get help for his depression.

| Posted On : 1/4/2024 12:21:09 PM |
Ask a Doc - Sinusitis

Sinusitis, or sinus infection, is an inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses.  Approximately 40 million Americans are affected by the condition every year.  Kenneth Parker, M.D., of Licking Memorial Otolaryngology, explains the various types of sinus infections and how you can prevent them from recurring.

| Posted On : 12/20/2023 1:49:13 PM |
Patient Story - Joe Foresta

An active lifestyle has always been important to Joe Foresta, so when he was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer, he was surprised, but ready to take the necessary steps toward recovery, including surgery to remove part of his colon.  Read more about Joe’s successful surgery and the staff who cared for him during his Hospital stay.

| Posted On : 12/6/2023 12:54:03 PM |
Patient Story - Sophia Renner

Julie and Jon Renner’s daughter, Sophia, was diagnosed with Angleman syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes delayed development, intellectual disability, problems with speech and balance, and other medical issues.  Julie was taking Sophia to physical therapy in Columbus to improve her gross motor skills but was frustrated by the long driving distance.  After learning about the pediatric therapy offered by Licking Memorial Rehabilitation Services, Julie began taking Sophia there for her physical therapy, where Sophia began a wonderful relationship with her therapist, Taylor.

| Posted On : 11/15/2023 1:52:00 PM |
Diabetes Self-management Education and Support Classes

Receiving a diabetes diagnosis can be scary, and for some, learning how to understand and manage their disease can be overwhelming.  Diabetes Self-management Education and Support (DSMES) is a program that helps people gain the knowledge and skills they need to manage their diabetes and related conditions.

| Posted On : 11/2/2023 11:26:53 AM |
Behind the Scenes - Physical Therapy

Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) Physical Therapy provides a continuum of care to patients at every step of recovery.  Learn about the various inpatient, outpatient, and home care services available to meet the needs of every patient, including the new Sportsmetrics™ Training Program for student athletes.

| Posted On : 9/27/2023 10:37:13 AM |
Patient Story - Dawn McPeek-Bowser

When Dawn McPeek-Bowser learned she had diabetes, she was surprised and overwhelmed by the diagnosis.  Dawn was referred to the Diabetes Self-management and Education Classes by her physician, Marita Moore, M.D.  The classes helped her learn more about diabetes and how to manage her disease.  Since beginning the program, Dawn has lost over 70 pounds and has lowered her blood sugar levels.

| Posted On : 9/11/2023 8:58:15 AM |
Ask a Doc - Hernias

A hernia is an uncomfortable condition in which an organ or tissue pushes through a weak area in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue that holds the organ in place.  Brent Savage, M.D., describes the different types of hernias, symptoms, and what to do if you think you may have a hernia.

| Posted On : 8/24/2023 8:44:51 AM |
Patient Story - Poppy Cowles

As a traveling nurse, Poppy Cowles is used to providing care for many different patients.  One day in April, Poppy began experiencing pain and burning in her chest that radiated to her shoulders and back.  Acknowledging that her symptoms could be something serious, she went to the Licking Memorial Hospital Emergency Department where staff members quickly assessed her condition.

| Posted On : 8/22/2023 4:35:52 PM |
LMHS Presents The State of Healthcare

Federal and State legislators spoke to LMHS Leadership and Board Members about current legislation and other issues pertaining to hospitals and health systems in Ohio.

| Posted On : 8/2/2023 4:12:48 PM |
Behind the Scenes - Cardiac Services

In the United States, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for both men and women. The conditions affect the heart or blood vessels and include coronary artery disease (CAD), cardiomyopathy, and hypertension.  Such diseases can severely reduce or block blood flow and cause a heart attack or heart failure.  At Licking Memorial Cardiac Services, a team of highly-skilled cardiac nurses and cardiologists specialize in providing timely, lifesaving care using the latest technology to help those with or at-risk of cardiovascular disease reach optimal heart health.

| Posted On : 7/20/2023 3:52:42 PM |
Patient Story - Beth Carpenter

Beth Carpenter enjoys an active lifestyle and keeps herself busy by playing golf, bowling, and exercising regularly.  She became concerned when she woke up one morning with numbness and tingling in her arm that did not subside and later noticed numbness in her face.  Beth went to the LMH Emergency Department immediately and discovered that she had experienced a stroke.

| Posted On : 7/20/2023 3:49:26 PM |
Ask a Doc - Blood Pressure Readings

A person receives a blood pressure reading almost every time they visit their provider.  Have you ever wondered what the numbers mean?  Hassan Rajjoub, M.D., of Licking Memorial Cardiology, explains how blood pressure is calculated and what to do if your blood pressure is in an unsafe range.

| Posted On : 6/20/2023 3:18:44 PM |
Default blog teaser image Patient Story - Mike

Growing up in Central Ohio, Mike (patient’s name changed for privacy) was focused on schoolwork and sports.  However, a sports injury and the freedom of being at college led Mike to begin experimenting with drinking and recreational drug use.  When his parents found opioid pills hidden in his room, they confronted Mike and insisted that he find help in a rehabilitation program.  Mike received treatment at Shepherd Hill undergoing intensive therapy and detoxification.

| Posted On : 6/20/2023 3:02:58 PM |
New Procedure Offered for Carotid Artery Disease

Licking Memorial Vascular Surgery recently added an alternative procedure called transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) for patients with carotid artery disease (CAD) who have a higher risk of complications from surgery due to age or other health issues.

| Posted On : 5/23/2023 9:22:53 AM |
Patient Story - Kelly Capitini

Kelly Capitini’s two prior experiences with maternity care led to a weariness and distrust toward hospitals.  In December 2021, Kelly visited Licking Memorial Hospital Emergency Department due to an ectopic pregnancy and was cared for by obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) Cynthia A. Kearse, D.O.  Kelly was so impressed with the care and compassion she received that when she became pregnant with her third child, she decided to trust her pervious experience with LMH and received the labor and delivery experience she had always wanted.

| Posted On : 4/11/2023 1:47:19 PM |
Patient Story - Billie Hoy

Billie Hoy has survived cancer three times.  Her first diagnosis was breast cancer in 1995 which required removal of the cancerous tissue and breast reconstruction.  She remained cancer free until early 2020, when she was diagnosed with melanoma.  After a rigorous treatment schedule, she was declared cancer free in April 2021.  Then in November 2022, Billie was once again informed she had cancer.  A lump was discovered in the opposite breast from the one that had been affected in 1995.

| Posted On : 3/8/2023 1:59:06 PM |
How Sleep Impacts Heart Health

Recently, the American Heart Association added sleep to its heart health checklist, a list of 8 key measures for improving and maintaining cardiovascular health: diet, exercise, tobacco use, weight, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and now sleep.  The effects of getting more quality sleep can help benefit a person’s heart health.

| Posted On : 2/14/2023 4:25:44 PM |
Patient Story - Craig Burdick

When Craig Burdick suddenly began to feel overheated and unwell, he dismissed the symptoms as needing some rest.  He attributed the tingling in his arm as a side effect from a past shoulder surgery.  The next morning, he experienced a heart attack.  Craig was rushed to Licking Memorial Hospital where he was met by Cardiologist Hassan Rajjoub, M.D., and his team of specialists who worked quickly to unblock Craig’s artery and save his life.

| Posted On : 2/9/2023 9:20:36 AM |
Ask a Doc - Tendinitis

Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon – the thick, flexible cord of tissue that attaches muscle to bone.  Tendinitis most commonly occurs around the shoulders, elbows, hands, wrists, knees, or heels. The condition is often confused with a muscle strain due to similar symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling, or decreased strength and flexibility.  Kevin M. Ouweleen, M.D., of Licking Memorial Orthopedic Surgery explains how you can tell the difference between tendinitis and a muscle strain.

| Posted On : 1/3/2023 10:03:14 AM |
Patient Story - Kari Richards

Kari Richards refers to herself as a walking miracle.  In November 2021, she was diagnosed with COVID-19, and after suffering from complications, she was intubated and slipped into a coma for two months.  Kari credits her recovery to Bassam Kret, M.D., and the entire LMH medical staff who cared for her in the Intensive Care Unit.

| Posted On : 1/3/2023 9:53:43 AM |
Local Partnership Helps Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorder

Women who use substances, alcohol, or tobacco during their pregnancy are more likely to have negative health outcomes for themselves and their baby.  In an effort to provide support for mothers with substance use disorders and their children, Licking Memorial Health Systems has joined with other Licking County agencies to form the Licking County Plan of Safe Care (POSC) Partnership with the goal of strengthening families and keeping children safely at home.

| Posted On : 12/20/2022 3:51:27 PM |
Talking to Teens about Substance Use

Parents can help prevent teen drug abuse by having conversations about the consequences of using drugs and the importance of making safe/sound choices.

| Posted On : 12/19/2022 11:39:20 AM |
Patient Story - Aimee Parsley-White

When Aimee Parsley-White discovered a mass on her neck in 2021, she knew surgery was likely necessary.  She felt that she was not getting the answers she needed after seeing a specialist in Columbus, and her health was declining quickly.  Aimee’s neighbor and friend, Shayne Miller, APRN-CNA, who is a nurse anesthetist at LMH, suggested that she make an appointment with Bradley R. Lawson, M.D., of Licking Memorial Otolaryngology (ENT).

| Posted On : 12/14/2022 11:32:14 AM |
Behind the Scenes - Rheumatology

Rheumatology is a specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases that affect an individual’s bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. These diseases can cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and possibly joint deformities.  Many of these conditions are chronic and require lifelong treatment from an attentive and qualified rheumatologist.  At Licking Memorial Rheumatology, Lydia Cortes-Betancourt, M.D., and her staff provide quality and empathetic care to patients allowing them to lead happy and satisfying lives.

| Posted On : 11/15/2022 9:44:47 AM |
Patient Story - Terry Frame

Following surgery for colorectal cancer, Terry Frame could barely walk.  He was referred to the Licking Memorial Hospital Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit where he underwent intensive therapy to regain his ability to walk.

| Posted On : 11/15/2022 9:40:38 AM |
Ask a Doc - Weight Gain

Suba Pathmanathan, M.D., of Licking Memorial Internal Medicine, explains potential medical reasons for a person’s weight gain or their inability to lose weight.

| Posted On : 11/3/2022 10:56:13 AM |
Patient Story - Willow Crawford

When Bianca Crawford discovered tiny blisters surrounded by a red ring on her two-year-old daughter’s back, she scheduled an appointment with Licking Memorial Pediatrics – Tamarack to get Willow checked out.  Her physician said the rash was most likely a spider or tick bite.  Initial tests for Lyme disease were inconclusive but later came back positive.  Willow was treated with antibiotics, but a follow-up visit revealed that she suffered from a condition called Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome.

| Posted On : 10/4/2022 4:18:02 PM |
Patient Story - Gabe Denman

Eight year-old Gabe Denman has been managing type 1 diabetes for five years.  Until this summer, he always felt like he was the only child ever who had this disease and had never met another child with type 1 diabetes.  In July, Gabe participated in Licking Memorial Health Systems’ Camp A1C – a free, one-day event for children, ages 7 to 12, who have diabetes.  The camp allowed Gabe to meet other children who face the same challenges he does with managing type 1 diabetes.

| Posted On : 9/13/2022 2:49:05 PM |
Recognizing the Signs of Sepsis

Sepsis is a condition that can affect people of any age, race, gender, and economic status.  An estimated 35 percent of U.S. adults have never heard of sepsis.  LMHS urges everyone to learn about sepsis and be able to recognize the signs and symptoms.

| Posted On : 9/8/2022 1:26:47 PM |
Active•Fit Spotlight - Graham Hannah

Graham Hannah was 7 years old when he participated in the first Active•Fit Junior Chef event.  The experience sparked his interest in cooking and inspired him to enroll in the Career and Technology Education Centers (C-TEC) of Licking County in the Culinary Arts program.

| Posted On : 8/19/2022 4:26:05 PM |
Behind the Scenes - Dermatology

The skin is the largest organ of the body.  It serves as a barrier against injury and bacteria, regulates temperature, and reflects the body’s overall health.  The board-certified dermatologists of Licking Memorial Dermatology focus on diagnosing and treating conditions related to the skin, including acne, eczema, hair loss, psoriasis, rosacea, warts, and rashes.  They also concentrate heavily on preventing and caring for skin cancer.

| Posted On : 8/17/2022 4:08:23 PM |
Patient Story - Richard Amore

Richard Amore never turns down an opportunity to be in front of an audience, so he was excited and proud to make an on-stage appearance at the Active•Senior Game Show hosted by LMHS this past April.  It was a great accomplishment for Richard because he had suffered two heart attacks, underwent bypass surgery and back surgery within the past year.  He has overcome his health conditions with humor and determination.

| Posted On : 8/4/2022 11:28:48 AM |
Ask a Doc - How Can I Relieve Lower Back Pain?

Robert Mueller, M.D., of Licking Memorial Orthopedic Surgery, explains the causes of lower back pain and ways in which to relieve it.

| Posted On : 8/4/2022 8:49:29 AM |
Patient Story - Mark Ketter

Mark Ketter worked in the Frozen Foods Department at Kroger and was used to the effects from working in cold environments.  So when he began to experience a tingling sensation in his fingers on his right hand, he did not give it much thought.  But when started to feel that same tingling sensation in his right foot, he suspected that something might be wrong.  Mark trusted his instincts and went to the LMH Emergency Department, where they discovered that he was experiencing a stroke.

| Posted On : 7/14/2022 11:59:29 AM |
Yoga Benefits Mental Wellness and Substance Use Recovery

Substance use and addiction is considered a chronic medical illness and remains an important public health concern in the United States.  There are a variety of treatment programs available, with more programs focusing on a holistic approach to treatment with alternative methods, such as yoga.  Studies have indicated that yoga is beneficial to the recovery of patients with substance use disorders and may help decrease the chances of relapse.

| Posted On : 7/6/2022 11:19:33 AM |
Ask a Doc - Warning Signs of Prostate Cancer

Derrick Reedus, M.D., of Licking Memorial Urology, discusses the risk factors and warning signs of prostate cancer and the importance of early detection.

| Posted On : 6/27/2022 4:14:07 PM |
LMH Patient Centering Program

 Licking Memorial Health Systems offers a Prenatal Patient Centering program called M.O.M.S. (Maximizing Outcomes with Maternal Support) to provide assistance and prenatal care for qualifying expectant mothers.

| Posted On : 6/21/2022 10:30:11 AM |
LMHS Adds Breast Patient Navigator

In an effort to provide treatment options close to home for patients who receive positive results from a mammogram, Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) recently hired a breast patient navigator.

| Posted On : 6/21/2022 10:05:58 AM |
Behind the Scenes - Urgent Care

Urgent Care bridges the gap between physician offices and the Emergency Department (ED) by offering walk-in care, longer hours, and shorter wait times.

| Posted On : 6/2/2022 2:04:54 PM |
Patient Story - Mary Bernowski

Several years ago, Mary Bernowski was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Recently, Mary suffered a punctured lung after being involved in a car accident.  Emilia Anigbo, M.D., of Licking Memorial Pulmonology, helped Mary during her recovery and has been a constant source of care to control her symptoms of COPD.

| Posted On : 5/24/2022 1:00:51 PM |
Patient Story - Kelsey Weisent

Kelsey Weisent wanted to have a vaginal birth with her second daughter after her first daughter was delivered via cesarean section.  The staff at Licking Memorial Women’s Health and Maternal Services took an active role in creating a birth plan for Kelsey by providing a support system and resources that were needed to prepare her for the birthing experience she desired.

| Posted On : 4/5/2022 2:22:08 PM |
Licking Memorial Urology Practice

Urology is a specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the urinary tract and urogenital system.  A urologist is a specialist trained to diagnose and treat conditions such as kidney stones, incontinence, urinary tract infection, overactive bladder, and urological cancers.

| Posted On : 3/19/2022 1:39:44 PM |
Childbirth and Parenting Educational Programs

Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) Maternity Services offers a variety of childbirth and parenting programs that prepare expectant mothers, their coaches, and families for labor, delivery, and postpartum care.

| Posted On : 3/7/2022 4:00:04 PM |
Patient Story - Lisa Hardy

When Lisa Hardy discovered the lump in her breast in May 2021, she was not overly concerned because she had experienced similar lumps that were found to be benign cysts.  A mammogram and ultrasound confirmed the lump was a tumor, and the biopsy determined she had triple negative breast cancer.

| Posted On : 3/7/2022 3:44:55 PM |
Technology Improves Patient Outcomes at LMHS

Within the past few years, Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) has acquired equipment, digital applications and educational devices to ensure Licking County residents receive the best quality care close to home.  The added technology has increased the likelihood of surviving a cardiac arrest, assisted in streamlining processes for laboratory work and patient care at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH), and ensured that LMHS personnel are highly trained and maintain life-saving certifications.  

| Posted On : 3/3/2022 11:32:03 AM |
Project SEARCH Interns Learning New Skills for Their Future

Project SEARCH students share what they have learned and experienced during their internship at LMHS.

| Posted On : 2/21/2022 9:21:01 AM |
Ask a Doc - Coping with Stress During the Pandemic

W. Andrew Highberger, M.D., of Licking Memorial Behavioral Health, explains what steps people can take to cope with stress in healthy ways and avoid drug abuse as the pandemic continues.

| Posted On : 2/21/2022 9:10:47 AM |
Health Benefits of Micro-workouts

Did you know that doing several 10-minute high-intensity exercise throughout the day can be as effective as one 30- to 45-minute workout sessions?

| Posted On : 2/12/2022 8:00:00 AM |
LMH Heart Failure Clinic

The Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) Heart Failure Clinic helps patients to manage their condition and experience a higher quality of life. Staffed by a team of cardiac nurses and pharmacists with medical oversight provided by a cardiologist, the Clinic focuses heavily on education that is customized for each patient to meet their specific needs and health goals.

| Posted On : 2/9/2022 8:00:00 AM |
Patient Story - Thomas Walser

Thomas Walser found out in early 2020 that not everyone who experiences a heart attack feels pain in the chest.  He had just awakened to begin his day when he felt a tight knot between his shoulder blades.  When the pain worsened, his wife called EMS.  EMTs performed an EKG on site and knew within minutes that Thomas was having a heart attack.

| Posted On : 2/1/2022 9:00:00 AM |
Behind the Scenes - Surgery Department

The Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) Surgery Department employs state-of-the-art technology and procedures to provide the highest quality of care to the patients at Licking Memorial Hospital.  Whether an individual requires inpatient or outpatient care, the goal of the Surgery Department is to implement practices that reduce pain and expedite recovery time.  With this in mind, the Department continuously expands access to the most advanced healthcare treatments and technologies currently available in the industry.

| Posted On : 1/25/2022 12:59:58 PM |
Pediatric Rehabilitation

Pediatric rehabilitation is a medical specialty that focuses on helping children under the age of 18 recover or adapt to congenital and childhood-onset disabilities.  Many children can benefit from pediatric rehabilitation for a variety of medical and developmental conditions and may be referred by their pediatrician to a physical, occupational or speech therapist for evaluation and treatment of their condition.

| Posted On : 1/14/2022 4:12:22 PM |
MyChart Frequently Asked Questions

The LMHS Help Desk offers the following answers to a few of patients' frequently asked questions about MyChart.

| Posted On : 1/13/2022 4:05:05 PM |
Retiree Spotlight - Debra Larabee

Debra Larabee grew up enjoying the creative aspects of learning and immersing herself in theater, music and writing.  She also had an interest in helping people and decided to pursue a career in nursing.  Her two passions joined together when she began working at Licking Memorial Health Systems.  Debra worked in several departments that utilized her creative and clinical skills.  She retired from LMHS in December 2020, after spending her last three years in the Public Relations Department.

| Posted On : 1/11/2022 2:16:30 PM |
COVID-19 and Sepsis

Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction that occurs when an infection triggers an extreme reaction throughout the body.  It can be caused by a number of various infections, including the virus that causes COVID-19.  Left untreated, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.  Symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever and chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, are similar to the early signs of sepsis, making it difficult to diagnose.  Individuals who do not seek treatment for severe symptoms of COVID-19 are at risk for sepsis.  Early recognition and treatment of sepsis are critical for survival.

| Posted On : 1/3/2022 12:57:11 PM |
Ask a Doc - Flu Vaccines

Peak flu season generally falls between December and February; however, every flu season is different and high numbers of cases can continue to occur through May.  No matter when the flu vaccine is administered, the protection it offers from the illness is vital to assist in stopping the spread of the virus.

| Posted On : 12/27/2021 8:45:01 AM |
Urogynecology Conditions Explained

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that surrounds a woman’s bladder, uterus, vagina, small bowel and rectum to keep them in place.  Conditions that affect the pelvic floor often are a result of aging, but they also can be caused by pregnancy and childbirth, frequent or heavy lifting, or other strenuous activity.  Urogynecology is a subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology that focuses on female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.  Women may consider visiting a urogynecologist if they experience recurring symptoms such as pain during intercourse, pelvic discomfort or aching in the vagina, trouble emptying the bladder, leaking urine or feces, frequent urination, or recurring urinary tract infections.

| Posted On : 12/20/2021 10:52:45 AM |
Patient Story - Karen Crawford

Karen Crawford credits the quick actions of LMH staff for saving her life when they discovered during a routine colonoscopy that she had an enlarged appendix and needed surgery.  She was one of the first patients at LMH to undergo a surgical procedure using the new da Vinci Surgical Robot.

| Posted On : 12/6/2021 9:45:31 AM |
Ask a Doc - Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are a common condition that affects one in four adults in the United States.  Varicose veins cause an unsightly discoloration visible just under the surface of the skin but pose no real health concerns.  There are a number of factors that increase the risk for varicose veins, but treatments such as lifestyle changes and medical procedures can relieve symptoms, prevent complications and improve appearance.

| Posted On : 11/22/2021 12:04:02 PM |
Behind the Scenes - Respiratory Therapy

Difficulty breathing can be a frightening and uncomfortable experience.  At Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH), the Respiratory Therapy Department’s team of highly qualified respiratory therapists, under the direction of a physician, employ state-of-the art technology and testing to assist in diagnosing, treating and managing the care of patients with pulmonary diseases.

| Posted On : 11/22/2021 11:10:48 AM |
Patient Story - Dane Howard

As a member of law enforcement, Dane Howard has experienced a number of challenging situations, including being stabbed, shot at and witnessing the death of another person.  However, Dane found his most difficult challenge yet was learning to walk again after reviving from a month-long coma.  He credits the exceptional care he received from employees at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) for his recovery and his improved quality of life.

| Posted On : 11/17/2021 3:39:53 PM |
Patient Story - Sophia Bordenkircher

After Craig and Kendra Bordenkircher’s daughter, Sophia, was born, she was diagnosed with transient neonatal diabetes, a rare form of the disease that occurs within the first six months of life.  Prior to the diagnosis, Sophia received exceptional care in the LMH Special Care Nursery.  Sophia’s pediatrician, Sean Gallagher, M.D., of Licking Memorial Pediatrics – East, followed her progress while she was being treated at Children’s Hospital to fully understand her condition and be prepared to offer her the best possible care.

| Posted On : 10/18/2021 10:15:47 AM |
Social Media Impacts Mental Health in Adolescents

Connections with peers are increasingly important during adolescence, and social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat, provide opportunities for teens to be socially connected and benefit from the opportunities of relationship building, creative expression, entertainment and exposure to current events. However, social media also can be harmful to teen mental health, and there is increasing evidence that links rising social media use to depression and anxiety among adolescents.

| Posted On : 10/11/2021 10:04:32 AM |
Patient Story - Barbara Anderson

When Barbara Anderson began to experience dizziness and weakness, she decided to visit her primary care physician, Talya R. Greathouse, M.D., of Licking Memorial Family Practice – West Main, who recommended that Barbara visit the Licking Memorial Hospital Medication Therapy Clinic to assist her with her diabetes management.

| Posted On : 9/14/2021 10:10:29 AM |
Behind the Scenes - Hospitalists

Licking Memorial Hospital’s (LMH) dedicated team of Hospitalists are internal medicine physicians who specialize in caring for acutely ill, hospitalized patients.

| Posted On : 9/7/2021 9:54:31 AM |
Retiree Spotlight - Debbie Young

Community health and patient care were two aspects that Debbie Young enjoyed most about working at LMHS.  During her career, she witnessed the establishment of numerous free community-based programs that were designed to improve the health of the community.

| Posted On : 8/23/2021 10:53:30 AM |
Patient Story - Abigail Rehbeck

Abigail and Darby Rehbeck's delivery plan quickly changed when Abigail began to have contractions a week before her due date.  The birthing process progressed much faster than anticipated, and their daughter was born on the way to the Licking Memorial Hospital Emergency Department.

| Posted On : 8/13/2021 8:36:16 AM |
Patient Story - Debra Speight

Debra Speight lives with her youngest daughter, Christina and son-in-law, Richard since suffering a debilitating stroke four years ago.  Last year, Debra began experiencing symptoms of having another stroke.  Fortunately, Christina’s quick recognition of the signs of stroke assisted in Debra avoiding another damaging episode.

| Posted On : 7/30/2021 1:46:27 PM |
Behind the Scenes - Maternity Services

Learn about the numerous amenities that LMH Maternity Services offers to expecting mothers.

| Posted On : 7/2/2021 9:04:47 AM |
Ask a Doc - Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Mark T. DeFrancisco, D.O., of Licking Memorial Vascular Surgery explains the causes and symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, as well as treatment and prevention.

| Posted On : 6/30/2021 2:25:52 PM |
Patient Story - David Riffle

David Riffle thought the tightness in his chest was due to his asthma, but when his symptoms became worse and breathing grew difficult, his wife called Emergency Medical Services.  David was rushed to Licking Memorial Hospital for immediate care, where it was determined that he was suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) caused by the coronavirus.

| Posted On : 6/22/2021 10:20:09 AM |
Patient Story - Bethany Kerr

Bethany Kerr had experienced a rapid heart rate and palpitations during her first two pregnancies with no complications.  She suspected subsequent pregnancies would result in similar circumstances; however, she was not prepared for the trial she faced with her third child.  Learn more about Bethany’s journey through her third pregnancy and the measures taken by Melissa A. Lenko, D.O., of Licking Memorial Women’s Health – Pataskala, to ensure a safe pregnancy for Bethany and a healthy delivery for her baby.

| Posted On : 4/12/2021 9:05:39 AM |
Behind the Scenes - Licking Memorial Occupational Therapy

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Licking Memorial Occupational Therapy.  Many patients who visit Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) because of a serious illness, severe injury or chronic disease often need more than primary care.  The staff members of Licking Memorial Rehabilitation Services work in conjunction with physicians and other LMHS staff members, including Occupational Therapists, to create a plan to offer the best possible results for recovery.

| Posted On : 4/7/2021 8:47:58 AM |
Patient Story - Sherry Selfe

Sherry Selfe was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in May 2019 after a follow-up thyroid ultrasound.  After an unsuccessful chemotherapy treatment, she underwent a stem cell transplant just as the pandemic began.  The physicians and staff at Licking Memorial Hematology/Oncology supported and cared for Sherry through her entire journey, including a life-threatening reaction to a chemotherapy treatment she received after her transplant.

| Posted On : 3/9/2021 9:03:33 AM |
Heart Health Begins in the Kitchen

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, and studies show that a poor diet can have a profound impact on a person’s health.  Choosing a heart-healthy diet is one of the ways individuals can greatly reduce their risk of heart disease and its complications.

| Posted On : 2/19/2021 8:00:00 AM |
Low-intervention Births at LMH

Low-intervention births are on the rise as women desire to have more control over their birthing experience with less medical involvement.  Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) focuses on creating customized birthing experiences to ensure that mothers receive the highest quality maternity care.  Learn more about the features and comfort measures LMH Maternal Child offers during labor and delivery and the benefits of having your baby at the Hospital.

| Posted On : 2/17/2021 1:38:52 PM |
Patient Story - Anthony "Tony" Shonebarger

Anthony “Tony” Shonebarger felt that he was in good physical shape as he neared 50 years of age, so when he began experiencing symptoms indicating a heart attack, he dismissed the symptoms as fatigue and dehydration.  As his symptoms worsened, Tony decided to seek medical care at Licking Memorial Hospital Emergency Department where he was diagnosed with a ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and taken into surgery.  Read how the quick actions of the LMH staff and Cardiologist Hassan Rajjoub, M.D., helped save Tony’s life.

| Posted On : 2/1/2021 12:10:30 PM |
Speakers Bureau of LMHS

The Speakers Bureau of Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) can offer a variety of experts covering healthcare topics. It includes physicians, nurses, therapists, administrators and financial managers who are willing to develop informative and thought-provoking programs.

To Schedule A Speaker: To schedule a speaker, call the LMHS Public Relations Department at (220) 564-1572.

| Posted On : 1/26/2021 12:45:43 PM |
Patient Story - Charles "Zane" Wachtel

In 2011, Charles “Zane” Wachtel underwent surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).  Last summer, he began experiencing severe back pain and discovered that an endoleak in the two-piece stent that had repaired his AAA several years ago had created a bulge in his abdominal aorta, and surgery was required to reline the stent.

| Posted On : 1/8/2021 1:56:59 PM |
mRNA Vaccines Could Be the Future of Immunization

The race to find a vaccine for COVID-19 prompted new innovations in vaccine technology as scientists researched the possibility of a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine to fight the virus.  Read how mRNA vaccines could be the future of immunizations against infectious diseases and certain types of cancer.

| Posted On : 1/4/2021 11:36:51 AM |
Behind the Scenes - Information Systems

The Information Systems (IS) team at Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) consists of highly trained employees who operate, maintain and safeguard the ever-changing technology within LMHS - a key factor in ensuring LMHS’ mission to improve the health of the community is fulfilled.

| Posted On : 12/31/2020 9:04:27 AM |
Transportation to Medical Appointments Available Through LMHS Ride Program

Licking Memorial Health Systems offers free transportation for non-emergent medical and healthcare appointments for patients in Licking County.

| Posted On : 12/23/2020 4:29:14 PM |
Ask a Doc - Joint Pain

Lydia E. Cortes-Betancourt, M.D., of Licking Memorial Rheumatology explains the different types of inflammatory arthritis and offers tips on how individuals can protect their joints during cold weather.

| Posted On : 12/17/2020 9:17:26 AM |
Keeping Homes Healthy for Children

Serious health problems can occur from unseen hazards that are in the home, such as lead-based paint, mold, carbon monoxide and radon.  Understanding, identifying and eliminating dangers that may be in the home can help to keep children and families safe.

| Posted On : 12/10/2020 11:45:50 AM |
Patient Story - Todd Shroyer

Todd Shroyer was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome shortly after experiencing numbing sensations in his hands and feet.  His symptoms worsened to the point that he could not breathe on his own and needed to be placed on a ventilator.  After being treated for the disease, Todd needed physical therapy to regain functions he lost during the illness.  He chose Licking Memorial Hospital Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation for his follow-up care and underwent intensive therapy for three hours a day, five days per week.

| Posted On : 12/7/2020 10:09:31 AM |
Regular Cancer Screenings Remain Important During COVID-19

Routine screenings play an important role in the early diagnosis of various cancers, including breast, lung, colorectal and cervical cancer.  Early detection is critical for obtaining the necessary treatment to ensure survivability.  Delaying or skipping these vital screenings can have an impact on future cancer diagnoses, treatments and cancer care services.  LMHS is committed to keeping facilities safe for patients to receive cancer screenings during the pandemic.

| Posted On : 11/16/2020 3:58:48 PM |
EVALI - E-cigarette or Vaping Product Use Associated Lung Injury

Many people think that using vaping devices, such as e-cigarettes are safer than smoking cigarettes; however, the chemicals contained in vaping devices also can cause harm to the lungs.  In 2019, there was an outbreak of lung injuries and deaths associated with vaping – a condition called e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI).  Read more about EVALI and the dangers of vaping.

| Posted On : 11/10/2020 4:18:48 PM |
Jay McKinney, Emergency Department – United States Navy (1990 – 2010)

LMHS values the experience, training and character of those who were part of the military.  Jay McKinney shares his experience and explains how military service assists him in accomplishing the LMHS mission of improving the health of the community.

| Posted On : 11/10/2020 9:21:51 AM |
Brandi Aber, Laboratory Services – Air National Guard (2002 – 2012)

LMHS values the experience, training and character of those who were part of the military.  Brandi Aber shares her experience and explains how military service assists her in accomplishing the LMHS mission of improving the health of the community.

| Posted On : 11/10/2020 9:19:41 AM |
Mathew Mahon, LMH Police – United States Marine Corps (2008 – 2014)

LMHS values the experience, training and character of those who were part of the military.  Mathew Mahon shares his experience and explains how military service assists him in accomplishing the LMHS mission of improving the health of the community.

| Posted On : 11/10/2020 9:16:33 AM |
Vicki Lennon, Community Case Management – United States Army (1986 – 1994)

LMHS values the experience, training and character of those who were part of the military.  Vicki Lennon shares her experience and explains how military service assists her in accomplishing the LMHS mission of improving the health of the community.

| Posted On : 11/10/2020 9:11:57 AM |
Patient Story - Cynthia Jenny

When Cynthia Jenny was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she realized that she needed to learn how to make a complete lifestyle change.  With the help of her primary care physician, Garth Bennington, M.D., of Licking Memorial Family Practice – West Main, and Licking Memorial Diabetes Self-management Education Services, Cynthia was able to successfully manage her type 2 diabetes.

| Posted On : 11/2/2020 11:23:41 AM |
Patient Story - Michael DeLong

For several years, Michael DeLong struggled with controlling his symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – an inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.  Last year, Michael began receiving visits from a Licking Memorial Community Case Manager who helped him connect with the physicians and care specialists he needed to manage his COPD.

| Posted On : 10/26/2020 4:23:57 PM |
Behind the Scenes - Licking Memorial Medication Therapy Clinic

A top priority for Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) is patient safety, including taking action to avoid preventable injuries or deaths caused by improper medication management.  In 2003, LMHS established the Licking Memorial Medication Therapy Clinic to educate patients on proper disease management and the use of certain anticoagulation medications, or blood thinners.

| Posted On : 10/19/2020 9:03:31 AM |
Patient Story - Paula Davis

After surviving a horrific traffic accident, Paula Davis began to experience memory loss and sudden, uncontrollable emotions of sadness and anger.  She visited a psychiatrist who diagnosed her with bipolar disorder.  When her symptoms were not relieved by therapy and medication, Paula contacted Brandon J. Chandos, M.D., of Licking Memorial Neurology, who discovered that she suffered from a neurological condition called pseudobulbar affect (PBA).

| Posted On : 10/12/2020 10:46:53 AM |
Volunteer Spotlight - Bill Fielding

Bill Fielding was a recently featured volunteer in the latest edition of Community Connection.  Bill has been a volunteer at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) for three years.  He learned about the opportunity from his neighbors, who also are volunteers at LMH.  Bill has worked in several departments throughout the Hospital and has found volunteering to be a fulfilling experience in his life.

| Posted On : 9/28/2020 9:08:49 AM |
Retiree Spotlight - Gerald Ehrsam, M.D.

Gerald Ehrsam, M.D., began his medical career more than 40 years ago and has witnessed many changes at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) during that time.  His best memories of working at LMH are of the staff and leadership.

| Posted On : 9/17/2020 11:01:42 AM |
A Better Way to Detect and Diagnose Prostate Cancer

The semi-robotic 3D magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound fusion targeted biopsy combines advances in prostate imaging with traditional, Transrectal Ultrasound (TRUS) Guided Prostate Biopsy for a targeted, more accurate biopsy of the prostate.

| Posted On : 9/17/2020 10:54:37 AM |
Epic Progress Not Hindered by Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced stay-at-home orders for several states, including Ohio, LMHS Information Systems Department and Epic Systems Corporation collaborated virtually to keep the project on track.

| Posted On : 9/15/2020 8:09:34 AM |
Ask a Doc - Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system attacks healthy tissues and organs.  It can affect different parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.  Lupus is difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of lupus is a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks.  Read more from our Physician Spotlight Nishi Patel, M.D., in this month’s Ask a Doc.

| Posted On : 9/8/2020 10:29:11 AM |
Patient Story - Robert "Larry" Thompson

Severe stomach pain in the middle of the night prompted Larry Thompson’s wife to call the ambulance and have him taken to the LMH Emergency Department.  Richard J. Limperos, M.D., quickly recognized the symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).  The swift actions of Dr. Limperos and the ED staff saved Larry’s life.

| Posted On : 9/8/2020 9:48:32 AM |
Using Fentanyl Test Strips as a Harm Reduction Practice

The opioid epidemic is an ongoing public health crisis in the United States, and overdoses involving drugs that contain fentanyl are increasing at an alarming rate.  Rapid fentanyl test strips (FTS) are an emerging harm reduction method that may help inform people who use drugs about their risk of fentanyl exposure prior to consumption.

| Posted On : 8/28/2020 9:56:18 AM |
Retiree Spotlight - Dorothy Futrell

Dorothy Futrell worked for Licking Memorial Health Systems for 33 years, beginning her career on her 30th birthday in 1960 as a nurse’s aide.  “Working at LMH was the best thing I have ever done,” Dottie said.  Her fondest memories are of enjoying camaraderie with her coworkers.  “We always found something to laugh and smile about,” she said.  Now 90-years-old, Dorothy is still recognized and appreciated for her sense of humor and giving spirit.

| Posted On : 7/2/2020 12:43:30 PM |
Patient Story - Hannah Pellett

After a traumatic labor with her first child, Hannah Pellett decided that she wanted more control over her birthing experience with her second child.  She and her husband, Tom, attended the Baby Expo at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH), received a tour of the LMH Maternity area and learned about the technology, equipment and techniques offered during labor to provide the positive birthing experience Hannah desired.

| Posted On : 7/2/2020 11:37:41 AM |
Patient Story - Laura Lewis

Laura Lewis has battled cancer twice and faced both situations with faith, perseverance and humor.  She credits regular mammograms and self-examination to detecting the cancer early and increasing her treatment success.

| Posted On : 6/9/2020 11:36:48 AM |
Behind the Scenes - LMH Police

The LMH Police are tasked with similar primary duties of any police officer – to protect and serve the people within LMH and the buildings nearest to LMH that are staffed by employees of Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS).

| Posted On : 5/28/2020 11:05:18 AM |
Patient Story - Dan Omlor

Dan Omlor had ignored the warning signs of potential heart problems until friends encouraged him to visit Hassan Rajjoub, M.D., at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH).  Dan's consultation with Dr. Rajjoub resulted in a heart catheterization, which led to a surgery that saved his life.

| Posted On : 5/28/2020 10:46:32 AM |
Patient Story - John Coen

John Coen takes blood thinner medication for atrial fibrillation (AFib) and receives treatment at Licking Memorial Medication Therapy Clinic. When John scheduled a colonoscopy because he is at risk for colon cancer, the Medication Therapy Clinic staff coordinated with his gastroenterologist to make adjustments to his medication dosage to prepare him for the procedure.

| Posted On : 5/28/2020 10:39:23 AM |
Ask a Doc - Diabetes Awareness

Question: Might I have diabetes and not know it?  What are the symptoms?

| Posted On : 5/28/2020 10:19:05 AM |
Ask a Doc – Sleep Deprivation

Question: How can lack of sleep affect my overall health?

| Posted On : 8/22/2017 4:58:39 PM |
Patient Story – Maggie Barno

​After suffering from intense sinus symptoms for several weeks, Maggie Barno visited Licking Memorial Urgent Care – Granville this past February. 

| Posted On : 8/22/2017 4:32:08 PM |
Behind the Scenes – Anesthesiologists

There are many types of anesthesia available to help patients feel comfortable during medical tests and procedures.  Learn about what goes on behind the scenes in anesthesiology.

| Posted On : 7/31/2017 3:24:58 PM |
Saving Lives Through High-tech Sepsis Monitoring

​Last year, Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) began a campaign to significantly reduce the mortality rate from sepsis.  By using new technologies, standardizing care and raising awareness among the staff, an estimated 62 lives were saved in 2016.  Much of the success of the campaign is credited to collaboration among a newly created sepsis team that includes physicians, nurses, pharmacy and laboratory personnel, and members of the Process Improvement and Information Systems Departments. The team identified ways to recognize patients at risk for sepsis to ensure a quick response.

| Posted On : 7/25/2017 1:36:04 PM |
Keep Kids Cool in the Summer Heat

Summer’s hot temperatures can cause many heat-related illnesses, which happen when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded.  Strenuous physical activities during hot weather may put children at risk, but the best defense is prevention.

| Posted On : 6/23/2017 1:32:01 PM |
Ask a Doc – Lyme Disease with Andrew Seipel, M.D.

Andrew C. Seipel, M.D., serves patients at the Licking Memorial Family Practice – Licking Valley Medical Center located at 2181 West High Street NE, Newark. 

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Dr. Seipel earned his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo.  He then completed a family practice residency at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.  Dr. Seipel served several years in the Ohio National Guard as a pharmacy specialist and medic. 

| Posted On : 6/7/2017 2:37:18 PM |
Parks, Paths & Trails Beneficial to County’s Health

The Licking Park District is the only countywide agency preserving open space and providing outdoor recreation services to the citizens of Licking County.  The Park District is responsible for the care and upkeep of more than 1,600 acres of open space park land and reserves, as well as 45 miles of hiking, horseback riding trails and bike paths.

| Posted On : 3/27/2017 10:27:16 AM |
An Overview of Orthopedic Medicine

Orthopedics is the study of the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and nerves.  The musculoskeletal system can be considered as the framework for the body and the mechanics that make it function.  Almost every medical specialty has some overlap with orthopedics and the musculoskeletal system. 

| Posted On : 11/17/2016 9:09:46 AM |
Patient Story: Terry Fout

Newark resident Terry Fout believes that it is important to face each day with a positive attitude.  Throughout the past year, he has faced challenges that could have dampened his optimistic outlook.  However, bolstered by the compassionate and skilled care he received in the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH), Terry found the courage and determination to emerge triumphant after a serious accident.

| Posted On : 11/4/2016 2:52:48 PM |
LMH’s Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Provides Customized Care

The Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) is a specialized care center for patients who require medical care while receiving therapy to recover from an illness, accident or injury.  

| Posted On : 10/26/2016 9:17:16 AM |
Ask a Doc – Knee Pain with Robert W. Mueller, M.D.

It is important to schedule an appointment with a primary care physician when knee pain stems from a particular injury, or is accompanied by significant swelling, redness, tenderness and warmth around the joint, reduced range of motion, significant pain, or fever.  However, knee pain that forms slowly over time often can be successfully managed at home through self-care and lifestyle changes.  

| Posted On : 8/30/2016 12:05:45 PM |
Emergency Medicine Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) are advanced healthcare providers who work in many different settings, including primary care, surgical services, emergency medicine, and a variety of other specialties. 

| Posted On : 8/11/2016 4:52:34 PM |
New Technology Ensures Most Accurate Mammogram

A DBT exam is far more accurate in earlier breast cancer detection than any other type of mammogram.  Similar to a traditional 2D mammogram, the technologist positions the patient, compresses the breast and takes images from different angles. 

| Posted On : 7/15/2016 5:16:19 PM |
​Retiree Spotlight – John Tolliver

Licking County native John Tolliver was a 20-year-old Engineering Assistant when he began his employment at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) in May 1970.  He enjoyed the contrasting projects he was assigned each day so much that he continued his service to LMH until his retirement in May 2015.

| Posted On : 6/3/2016 12:29:01 PM |
Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessments Help to Identify High-Risk Patients

In the past, the effects of genetic factors on the development of disease were largely unknown.  The mapping of the entire human genome in 2003 made it possible for researchers to begin to identify specific genes and their functions, leading to significant improvements in preventive and personalized medicine.  Because several genes have been discovered to be associated with cancer syndromes, healthcare providers are better able to identify patients who have a high risk of developing certain cancers.  This can help patients take action to potentially reduce their risk, and can lead to earlier diagnoses and more effective treatments.

| Posted On : 6/3/2016 12:06:38 PM |
Retiree Spotlight: Cindy Poth

Cindy Poth, R.T., RDMS, began her career in the X-ray training program at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) in 1969 and served as an X-ray technician until she trained in ultrasound and nuclear medicine in 1974. 

| Posted On : 4/18/2016 9:48:07 AM |
Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screening

According to a recent report by the Ohio Department of Health, Licking County’s colorectal cancer mortality rate per 100,000 residents is 20 percent, compared to Ohio’s mortality rate of 16 percent.  In addition, from 2008 to 2012, cancer was detected after it had progressed to its late stages 57 percent of the time among Licking County’s colorectal cancer patients, compared to 50 percent in the state of Ohio.

| Posted On : 4/14/2016 3:33:43 PM |
Most Licking County Residents at Low Risk for Zika Infection

Zika virus gained widespread national attention in January, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that a male Texas resident was the first patient in the U.S. to be identified with the disease.  That patient had contracted the virus while traveling in El Salvador and developed symptoms after returning to Houston

| Posted On : 3/9/2016 9:27:50 AM |
Ask a Doc - Psoriasis

My psoriasis always seems to worsen during the winter.  What can I do to help prevent flare-ups?

Laurie J. Schaeffer, D.O., provides tips for preventing flare-ups.

| Posted On : 2/9/2016 2:04:47 PM |
Tips When Having Blood Drawn

Each patient’s veins are a little different.  Plump, engorged veins are ideal for blood draws, but if you have small veins or veins that tend to “roll,” there still are some simple steps you can take to improve the experience.

| Posted On : 1/20/2016 8:50:24 AM |
Volunteer Spotlight - Ann Englefield

For the past seven years, Ann Englefield has been making a difference for Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) patients and visitors through her volunteer service. 

| Posted On : 1/19/2016 1:09:27 PM |
Retiree Spotlight - Susan Huddy, R.N., CCRN

Susan began at LMH as a general nurse on 4-North.  She then transferred to 6-South, which at the time, was the psychiatric unit.  Finally, in June 1980, she settled in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and remained there for the rest of her career. 

| Posted On : 1/11/2016 2:21:07 PM |
Development Spotlight - Rob Justice

Rob Justice joined the Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) Development Council in 2015.  As a member of the Community Relations Committee, Rob enjoys providing information regarding various LMH programs that help community members maintain a healthy lifestyle.

| Posted On : 1/7/2016 10:55:29 AM |
Patient Story – Jim Abbott

LMH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program allows patients who have experienced a cardiac event to exercise at their own pace while under constant heart monitoring.  Trained staff members are present to track the readings for signs of cardiac stress.

| Posted On : 12/30/2015 1:48:41 PM |
LMHS Joins Initiative to Prevent Sepsis Deaths

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 1 million cases of sepsis occur each year in the U.S., and up to one-half of the individuals who develop sepsis will die from the condition. It has been estimated that 38 Ohioans die from sepsis every day. Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) has joined in the efforts of the Ohio Hospital Association’s Institute for Health Innovation and the Sepsis Alliance to sharply reduce the number of sepsis-related deaths by 30 percent within the next two years.

| Posted On : 12/21/2015 1:38:44 PM |
​CPR Could Save the Life of Someone You Love

The American Heart Association (AHA) advises that everyone should learn basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  

| Posted On : 12/15/2015 9:54:59 AM |
New Technology Offers Safer Option for Lung Biopsy

Asegid Kebede, M.D., now offers Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy® (ENB), which allows access to the small airway passages in the periphery of the lungs that previously were difficult to reach.  

| Posted On : 12/4/2015 4:58:24 PM |
Development Spotlight - Steve Schlicher

Steve, Communications Manager at LMHS, has always been a strong supporter of LMHS.  He joined PRIDE, a group of employees who support the Health Systems financially, soon after it was created. 

| Posted On : 12/4/2015 4:46:35 PM |
Patient Story – Zach Hunsaker

A hernia occurs when a weak spot in muscle tissue allows other tissue or internal organs to push through.  Most hernias are found in the groin or the abdominal wall.  Read the patient story about Zach Hunsaker and the care provided by LMH to surgically repair his hernia.

| Posted On : 11/9/2015 3:16:00 PM |
Ask a Doc – Full-time Caregiving with Suellywn Stewart, M.D.

What should you know about full-time caregiving before deciding whether to accept the responsibility?

| Posted On : 10/30/2015 9:59:18 AM |
Medication, Diet and Exercise Are Keys to Patient’s Diabetes Management

For those with diabetes, blood sugar levels have a large impact on daily life.  Howard Hopkins learned how following the science to better blood sugar control helped improve his health.

| Posted On : 10/27/2015 9:49:57 AM |
Secondhand Smoke Increases Risk of Ear Infection in Children

Secondhand smoke poses a significant threat to fetuses, infants, and children, as it can damage developing organs such as the lungs and brain.  Among children, exposure to secondhand smoke has been linked to ear infections, asthma, respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

| Posted On : 10/8/2015 1:48:38 PM |
Patient Story – Waylan

After an examination, Dr. Abdelmessih confirmed Melanie’s conclusion that Waylan’s discomfort was caused by chronic constipation. 

| Posted On : 10/2/2015 2:28:01 PM |
Ask a Doc – High Cholesterol with Megan E. Miller, D.O.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, everyone age 20 and older should have their cholesterol measured at least once every five years.  Although individuals who are overweight are at a higher risk of having high cholesterol, people of all ages and weights should stay informed and take steps to maintain normal cholesterol levels. 

| Posted On : 9/8/2015 10:30:44 AM |
Sport Injuries

As children grow older, sports and exercise become more physically demanding, and it is important that certain measures are taken to prevent injury.  

| Posted On : 7/20/2015 1:14:06 PM |
Breast Density Awareness Program Launched at LMHS

Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) has launched a breast density awareness program to inform screening mammography patients of their breast density, promote a patient-centric approach to breast cancer screening and offer supplemental 3D screening Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS).  The program will help inform women about the cancer risks associated with their own pattern of breast density as well as conform to new legislation established by the State of Ohio.

| Posted On : 6/30/2015 10:35:17 AM |
Ask a Doc – Swimmer’s Ear with Marita L. Moore, M.D.

Question: Certain members of my family seem to get a bad case of swimmer’s ear every summer.  Is there anything we can do to prevent the infections?

| Posted On : 6/17/2015 11:48:22 AM |
Tips for Healthy Eating Habits

What you eat and drink has a direct impact on your health.  Your food, beverage choices and eating habits lead to your personal body weight.  If you have high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes, excess weight will make these conditions harder to control.  Excess weight also puts you at risk for developing these conditions.  

| Posted On : 5/21/2015 9:09:02 AM |
Summer Activities

Swimming, camping, bike riding and hiking are just a few ways to stay healthy and active during the summer season.  However, as your child prepares to participate in these activities, it is important to keep a few safety suggestions in mind.

| Posted On : 5/13/2015 3:18:31 PM |
Immunizations for Children and Adolescents

In light of the recent measles outbreak, LMHS would like to remind parents of the importance of vaccinations! Ensuring that your child receives every appropriate immunization is vital to their health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) offers detailed schedules of recommended vaccinations, and your primary care physician can help you understand your child’s needs.

| Posted On : 2/16/2015 12:51:55 PM |
Earbud Use and Hearing Loss

Does using earbuds actually affect my hearing?
Dr. Parker: Yes, earbud use effectively raises the volume by approximately 10 dB louder than the same noise would be if it was heard outside the ear canal. And, the human ear engages an “acoustic reflex,” using small muscles in the ear to help dampen sound when it is too loud. Over time, children using earbuds tend to turn the music up to overcome this, which can cause additional damage.

| Posted On : 2/16/2015 12:43:42 PM |
LMHS & the Licking County Aging Program Partner to Offer Seniors Health Improving Services

Are you looking for senior citizen resources in Licking County? Consider contacting the Licking County Aging Program (LCAP) for more information on the services available to Licking County seniors. LMHS regularly partners with LCAP to provide health related events and information to local seniors.

| Posted On : 2/2/2015 12:51:31 PM |
Baby-Friendly USA Initiative

The Maternal Child Department at LMH recently began an initiative to become the first Baby-Friendly Hospital in Central Ohio. As a part of the initiative, babies stay as close as possible to their mothers after birth, in order to breastfeed when they are ready. Healthy babies and their mothers are able to have early skin to skin contact, and remain close to one another by staying in the same room. Nurses are available to help at any time, if a mother has questions or needs help with breastfeeding.  Read more about this new initiative! 

| Posted On : 1/26/2015 12:11:22 PM |
New e-Registration System for LMH

LMH is offering patients advanced protection against medical identity theft with the launch of SafeChx, a secure patient identification technology system. The new system will help prevent medical identity fraud, eliminate duplicate records and improve patient outcomes.

| Posted On : 12/31/2014 9:15:32 AM |
LMH Home Care Named to Top 500

Congratulations to LMH Home Care being named to the Top 500 of the 2014 HomeCare EliteTM! The recognition measures the top-performing home health agencies in the U.S. The HomeCare Elite award is in its ninth year, and LMH Home Care has received the recognition six times.

| Posted On : 12/23/2014 9:58:35 AM |
Local Youth Donate Books to LMH Pediatric Patients

During this time of year, LMHS receives many generous and heartfelt gifts from community members. We would like to send a special thank you to a group of Licking County high school students for their donation of children’s books. Thank you to all of Licking County for your support in our mission to improve the health of the community!

| Posted On : 12/23/2014 9:52:34 AM |
LMH Receives Quilt and Pillow Donation from Ohio Star Quilt Guild

During this time of year, LMHS receives many generous and heartfelt gifts from community members. We would like to send a special thank you to The Ohio Star Quilt Guild for their donation of handmade quilts and pillows. Thank you to all of Licking County for your support in our mission to improve the health of the community!

| Posted On : 12/23/2014 8:55:12 AM |
Volunteer Spotlight – Diana Hufford

Our LMH Volunteer Spotlight for January/February 2015 features Diana Hufford. Volunteering is important to Diana because it allows her to give back to the community. “When you put your own time in, you appreciate it more,” she said. “Plus, you get to meet so many new people!” When Diana is not volunteering around the Hospital, she most likely is reading or spending time with her four grandchildren. Thank you for your time, Diana!

| Posted On : 12/22/2014 4:12:53 PM |
Limiting Screen Time

Colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours can cause children to spend more time participating in sedentary activities, such as watching television, texting, tweeting, or playing video games. Excessive screen time can lead to numerous adverse effects, including obesity, irregular sleep, behavioral issues, and weakened academic performance.

| Posted On : 11/19/2014 2:05:12 PM |
Warming Up and Cooling Down

As the weather starts to change, we often alter our exercise schedules and activities to adjust to the temperature swing. As you’re planning your exercise time, remember the importance of warming up and cooling down before and after your activity.

| Posted On : 10/7/2014 12:50:57 PM |
LMHS Honors the Thomas J. Evans Foundation

Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) is pleased to recognize the Thomas J. Evans Foundation with the Building a Healthier Community Award. The award is presented each year to an individual, group, or organization in Licking County with a non-profit project or initiative that reflects LMHS’ mission to improve the health of the community.

| Posted On : 10/6/2014 8:42:37 AM |
LMHS Honors Pat Jeffries with Lifetime Achievement Award

Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) is pleased to announce that Patrick Jeffries of Newark is the recipient of the Health Systems’ prestigious 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

| Posted On : 10/3/2014 8:23:19 AM |
Patient Experience Manager Helps Fulfill Patients’ Needs

At LMHS, we want our patients to have the best experience possible! In order to improve patient experience, the Health Systems hired Patient Experience Manager, Jane Simmons. Jane visits with each patient who stays at LMH during the week. If patients have questions, concerns or comments, they can call Jane during their stay.

| Posted On : 10/1/2014 4:24:07 PM |
Halloween Health

How can you have a healthier Halloween this year? Halloween is right around the corner, and that often means a gluttonous amount of candy and sweets. We want to hear your ideas for a healthier Halloween! Please comment below with your creative ideas.

| Posted On : 10/1/2014 2:34:02 PM |

The fall is a great time for children to stay active by participating in local youth sports! If your child is participating in a sport this fall, make sure you are educated on the potential risk of a concussion. Concussions can be dangerous to brain development, and children should visit their primary care physicians if a concussion is suspected.

| Posted On : 9/19/2014 8:27:43 AM |
Local Youth Grows His Own Garden

We want to extend a special congratulation to Active•Fit participant Dagan Ricketts! Dagan spent his summer growing a successful garden in a plot at the 6th Street and Growing Community Gardens. His garden has flourished, and he’s tried new, home-grown fruits and veggies. Way to go Dagan!

| Posted On : 9/19/2014 8:04:35 AM |
Ask a Doc – Shingles with Garth A. Bennington, M.D.

#HealthTipTuesday: Shingles are not contagious! Do you know how many people are affected by shingles in the United States? See if you’re right:

| Posted On : 9/8/2014 1:47:20 PM |
Patient Story - Joan Davis

Joan Davis couldn’t figure out why she was having chronic headaches until she visited Tayla Greathouse, M.D., and discovered she has type 2 diabetes. Despite her efforts to manage her blood sugar level through a healthy diet and exercise, Joan needed some extra help from Licking Memorial Endocrinology.

| Posted On : 9/2/2014 11:15:07 AM |
Patient Story - Caleb Aeby

Ten-year-old Caleb Aeby has made huge strides in his grades and activities in the last two years with the help of his Licking Memorial Pediatrics Physician and the Active•Fit Program!

| Posted On : 8/26/2014 3:53:49 PM |
Judy Todd Receives OHA Nomination

Congratulations to Judy Todd! Judy is a certified phlebotomy technician at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH), who was recently honored by the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) as one of the 74 nominees chosen to represent their hospitals and health systems for the OHA’s prestigious Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award. Thank you for your dedicated service, Judy!

| Posted On : 8/26/2014 2:27:02 PM |
Backpacks and Back Pain

Send students back to school with safe backpacks! To view the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Physical Therapy Association guidelines, read the story below!

| Posted On : 8/25/2014 8:34:37 AM |
Backpacks and Back Pain

Send students back to school with safe backpacks! To view the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Physical Therapy Association guidelines, read the story below!

| Posted On : 8/25/2014 8:34:37 AM |
Local parks: Get Out and Get Moving!

Take advantage of the outdoors while the warm weather lasts! We’ve created a list of local parks for you to visit:

| Posted On : 8/20/2014 10:13:39 AM |
Local parks: Get Out and Get Moving!

Take advantage of the outdoors while the warm weather lasts! We’ve created a list of local parks for you to visit:

| Posted On : 8/20/2014 10:13:39 AM |
Patient Story - Steve DeMers

In October of 2013, Deacon Steve DeMers was rushed to Licking Memorial Hospital for symptoms of a stroke. Steve has been treated for heart issues since childhood, and needed crucial medical care at LMH to avoid permanent health damage. Steve said the competent care he received from LMH has helped him recover, and he is now using therapy at LMHS to restore some of the effects on his mobility and speech.

| Posted On : 8/20/2014 9:07:40 AM |
Ask a Doc – Breast Milk Supply with Alene K. Yeater, M.D.

Did you know that the more your baby breastfeeds, additional milk will be produced to meet the demand? In most cases, a mother’s body has the ability to produce enough milk to keep her baby or babies healthy! Continue reading for more information.

| Posted On : 8/12/2014 9:55:10 AM |
Patient Story – Buck Slack

Patient Story: West Licking County Resident Buck Slack received treatment for a broken leg through the LMH Emergency Room.

| Posted On : 8/6/2014 9:00:00 AM |
Ask a Doc – Hearing Loss with Kenneth C. Parker, M.D.

Hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing of the ears) are extremely common problems in the United States. Approximately 17 percent (36 million) of Americans report some degree of hearing loss. Of adults 65 or older in the United States, about 12 percent of men and nearly 14 percent of women are affected by tinnitus.

| Posted On : 7/7/2014 4:02:25 PM |
How Can You Prevent Skin Cancer?

In order to prepare for summer outings and vacations, it’s important to understand the dangers of skin cancer! Licking Memorial Dermatologists Kathleen M. Rogers, M.D., and Bethany A., Wyles, D.O., give health tips on how to avoid and recognize signs of skin cancer.

| Posted On : 6/25/2014 10:28:18 AM |
Patient Story – Joseph Carbaugh

Congratulations to Joe Carbaugh, who is now tobacco free: “I started to realize that with this program (LMH Quit for Your Health tobacco cessation program), I was going to be able to remain on this Earth a little longer and stay with my family. All my family is very proud of me. My family doctor (Thomas K. Petryk, M.D.) even congratulated me and shook my hand. If it were not for all of them, I would not have been able to quit. I am very blessed – very fortunate.” – Joe Carbaugh.

| Posted On : 6/20/2014 8:41:55 AM |
Ask a Doc – Osteoporosis with Sean K. Choice, M.D.

Ask a Doc – Osteoporosis with Sean K. Choice, M.D.

Question: I am a 66-year-old woman in excellent health, and my doctor is advising me to have bone mineral testing to check my bone density. Is that important?

| Posted On : 6/13/2014 4:21:45 PM |
Father’s Day

LMHS President & CEO Rob Montagnese would like to wish all dads a happy Father’s Day, on Sunday, June 15!  Leading up to Father’s Day we will honor an LMHS employee/father each day on our Facebook page.  Thank you for your excellent service at LMHS, and happy Father’s Day! 

| Posted On : 6/7/2014 11:55:16 PM |
Summer Activities

Swimming, camping, bike riding, and hiking are just a few ways to stay healthy and active during the summer season.  However, as your child prepares to participate in these activities, it is important to keep a few safety suggestions in mind.

| Posted On : 5/26/2014 7:28:24 AM |
Active•Fit Period 2 Drawing

Congratulations to the winners of the Active•Fit Youth Wellness Program Period 2 Drawing! This morning, during a live internet broadcast, LMHS President & CEO Rob Montagnese and Newark Advocate Executive Editor Mike Shearer drew names of Active•Fit participants who had completed their goals during the past 4-month period. Winners received incentive prizes including sport gift cards, bicycles, iPod Nanos with Fitness Software, Nike shoes, and Xbox 360s with fitness software. Active•Fit Period 3 is now in session. To watch the broadcast or register for the free program, visit

| Posted On : 5/9/2014 3:55:50 PM |
7 Kid-Friendly Spring Activities

The snow has melted, the sun is shining and everyone is itching to get outside! If you’re looking for some great spring activities for the whole family, check out these 7 kid-friendly spring activities.

| Posted On : 4/25/2014 8:27:26 AM |
LMH Pain Clinic Restores Quality of Life

For 84 year-old Richard Hughes, the Licking Memorial Hospital Pain Clinic has been life changing. Richard went from barely mobile to walking with a cane after receiving treatment from Pain Clinic physicians Deborah Coates, D.O., FAOCA and Abhay Anand, M.D.

| Posted On : 4/14/2014 9:09:39 AM |
Transplant Patient Thankful for LMH Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

“I would not have received the transplant if not for the caring therapists in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at LMH,” Michael Graham of Buckeye Lake said. “Before being approved for a new lung, I had to put in a lot of hard work to prove that I was physically and mentally eligible for it. The LMH Pulmonary Rehabilitation staff really helped me establish that drive and tenacity for myself.”

| Posted On : 4/10/2014 8:13:36 AM |
Patient Story - Eschol Curl

Licking Memorial Hospital Urgent Care facilities are open to the community, without an appointment, seven days a week, except for holidays.  For Eschol Curl, Jr., receiving care at one of our Urgent Care facilities has been a successful treatment option.  

| Posted On : 4/4/2014 8:30:00 AM |
Myths and Facts about Organ Donation

Don’t be fooled by the myths about organ donation!  In honor of Blue & Green Day on April 11th, a nationally recognized day to promote organ donation, Licking Memorial Hospital Physician Ann Govier, M.D., has compiled a list of common myths and facts related to organ donation.

| Posted On : 4/1/2014 8:52:49 AM |
Heart to Play Program Ends Another Successful Year

Seventh grader Michael Galiher loves playing basketball, dirt-biking and being outdoors.  Until he received his free cardiac sports screening through Licking Memorial Health Systems’ Heart to Play Program, Michael had no idea that he had a potential deadly heart disorder known as Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. 

| Posted On : 3/24/2014 8:51:03 AM |
Bike Safety

Warmer weather is headed our way this weekend, and enjoying a ride at the bike trail is a great family activity!  If you’re planning on spending time on the trail, make sure that you and your family are practicing the best bike safety.

| Posted On : 3/24/2014 8:46:20 AM |
Patient Story – Josh Pennington

A series of intuitive decisions led Josh Pennington, Pastor of More Life Church in Newark, to the right place at the right time on September 4, 2013.  A few minutes’ difference in that day’s timeline could have been deadly for Josh when he suffered a heart attack at the young age of 35 years.

| Posted On : 3/20/2014 11:54:46 PM |
Tobacco Cessation Services Now Provided at Licking Memorial Women's Health

Licking Memorial Women’s Health in Newark has added a new service to help pregnant patients improve the health of their newborn babies.  Now, expectant mothers who smoke or use other forms of tobacco can visit their obstetrician/gynecologist and receive free tobacco cessation services during the same visit.

| Posted On : 3/17/2014 12:48:40 PM |
Licking Memorial Health Systems & Services

Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) is proud to welcome you to our Healthy Community Page – an extension of our mission to improve the health of the community.   We invite you to visit our page and our Facebook for health tips and information from qualified medical experts relevant to Licking County. For more information about Licking Memorial Health Systems and the services we offer visit the rest of our website!

| Posted On : 3/6/2014 11:25:58 AM |
Healthy Eating at Home

In a world where over a third of U.S. adults are considered obese, it is critical that families implement the building blocks of health for children to mature into healthy and active adults.

| Posted On : 3/6/2014 11:20:57 AM |
Patient Story – Carol Marston

When Carol Marston’s knee pain began preventing her from enjoying life, she received two successful knee replacement surgeries at Licking Memorial Hospital. After her knee replacement procedures at LMH, Carol has been able to resume the activities that define her quality of life.

| Posted On : 3/6/2014 11:20:56 AM |
Licking Memorial Health Systems Encourages You to Share the Gift of Life

Each day, 18 people die waiting for needed organ transplants, according to Donate Life Ohio, a coalition of the State’s organ, eye and tissue recovery agencies.  In 2013 Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) joined the Ohio Hospital Association Donate Life Partnership to help save lives by educating the community about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation and increasing the number of registered donors.  LMH encourages Licking County community members to join in supporting this cause through registration in the Ohio Donor Registry.

| Posted On : 3/6/2014 11:20:55 AM |