New Albany is gaining national attention for its budding art scene, strong educational institutions, and now for being a healthy place to call home. For two years running, Floyd Memorial Hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional Hospital.” With so much in the works, and many established programs at Floyd Memorial Hospital, such recognition is understandable and all residents of Southern Indiana should be proud of our community hospital.
This fall, the hospital will welcome Southern Indiana’s first ECMO Machine (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). Cindy Ferree, marketing and public relations supervisor, explained that the machine is designed for those suffering with severe heart or lung failure and cannot oxygenate their blood independently. Previously, this particular type of machine was only available in Louisville, and when a person is so ill, moving them further away from home is stressful for all. “They can get treatment here now. This is a great thing to have in this area,” said Ferree.
Floyd Memorial Hospital also carries the torch for cancer treatment, and its Cancer Center recently became the first American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) facility in Southern Indiana, which means more comprehensive care for their patients. The Cancer Center will soon have a cutting-edge cancer fighting Varian Linear Accelerator, which is the first of its kind in Southern Indiana. The device reduces treatment time by 90% while preserving healthy tissue around the cancer cells. It targets the cancer cells in small areas where they are normally inoperable. For example, cancer within the lung, breast, prostate, breast, liver, spine and brain cancers have responded excellently to the treatment.
The hospital’s breast cancer “Nurse Navigator” serves as the patient’s advocate and guides her toward more seamless case. This nurse works closely with the patients by taking notes from conversations with the surgeons, advising on a treatment program, scheduling appointments, financial planning and more.
New moms will soon have more birthing options to consider at Floyd Memorial Hospital, as the hospital is currently recruiting a nurse midwife. “This will be a great addition to our program,” said Ferree. The staff at Floyd Memorial Hospital has also grown with the addition of a new general surgeon, a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic nurse navigator.
Floyd Memorial Hospital not only provides quality health care, but it’s also a center for complete wellness and prevention. “Prevention is everything, and truly education is where it starts,” said Ferree. She said that the goal is to educate people early about such issues as healthy eating, exercise and smoking. “People can also improve on their health, learn how to control it and change habits,” said Ferree. The hospital offers a variety of workshops and screening events to educate the public and screen for possible health risks.
Below is a list of several upcoming events at the hospital, but for more information, including how to RSVP, visit the website at floydmemorial.com. Also, please make sure you go to pinkglovedance.com from October 12-26 and vote for the hospital’s “Pink Glove Dance” video! The winner receives $10,000 to donate to a breast cancer foundation. Every vote counts!
Annual Baby Fair
August 25, 10 a.m.-noon
Floyd Memorial Hospital’s Paris Health Education Center
Call 1-800-4-Source for more information
Health Screening at the New Albany YMCA
August 27, 9-11 a.m.
33 State Street, New Albany
Pamper Me Pink
October 29, 8-10 a.m.
Dillard’s Green Tree Mall
This event is open to breast cancer patients and survivors. Participants will receive makeovers, bra sizing, massages, facials, breakfast and great door prizes. RSVP required.