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Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center invites community to open house in celebration of Cardiac Rehabilitation Center - 11/09/16

TUALATIN, ORE. -- According to the American Heart Association, approximately 965,000 Americans will have a coronary event and more than 30% are reoccurrences. Cardiac Rehabilitation can reduce the risk of future cardiac events by stabilizing, slowing, or even reducing the progression of cardiac disease*. Cardiac Rehabilitation, a medically supervised program, takes a multifaceted approach to recovery, care, and management of factors for long term results. Legacy Meridian Park's Cardiac Rehabilitation program has been delivering these results for many patients through its integrative approach and its team of dedicated clinicians, practitioners, and staff.

On Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center invites you to visit the newly remodeled and expanded cardiac rehabilitation gym space and equipment. Learn about the program, meet its staff, and learn about the many benefits of cardiac rehabilitation following a cardiac event. Additionally, meet some of our invaluable donors who helped to make these improvements possible.

The Legacy Meridian Park Cardiac Rehabilitation Center is located on the campus just south of the main entrance at 19300 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062. The open house start at 4:00pm and ends at 6:00pm.

To learn more about Legacy's Cardiac Rehabilitation programs, please visit: http://bit.ly/2fzhJfb.

Legacy Health is one of Oregon's only locally-owned nonprofit health-care organization with nearly 12,000 employees serving you where you work, live, and play. An integrated network of care providers from over 100 Legacy Medical Group primary care and specialty clinics to seven community-based and nationally recognized hospitals including Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, and Legacy Silverton Medical Center. Legacy provides a vigorous research program at its state-of-the-art Legacy Research Institute and extensive medical testing at Legacy Laboratory Services and regional services as one of only two Level 1 Trauma Centers and the Oregon Burn Center.

*Source: https://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@adv/documents/downloadable/ucm_482300.pdf

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Media Advisory - 11/04/16

(Portland, Oregon)-The fall and winter months often bring an increase in norovirus, a type of gastroenteritis caused by noroviruses. Norovirus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed (acute gastroenteritis).

Multnomah County monitors and advises the community on infectious disease outbreaks of diarrhea and/or vomiting due to norovirus. Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center is caring for four patients with norovirus. As with most infection-prevention and control activities, several strategies are used simultaneously in health care settings to care for patients and prevent transmission. Patients with suspected or confirmed illness are being treated by a clinical team trained in infectious disease management, and these patients are located in a separate area away from other patients.

Legacy Mount Hood's employees have been advised to watch for norovirus-like symptoms and to stay home if they are not feeling well. Mount Hood Medical Center is tracking employees who have reported norovirus-like symptoms. However, the hospital is not experiencing an abnormal number of employees who are ill.

Legacy Mount Hood's clinical leadership is working with Multnomah County Health Department and Legacy Health's Infectious Disease, Infection Prevention and Control, and Employee Health professionals to care for affected individuals and using a combination of prudent interventions to reduce disease transmission.

Norovirus
The illness is usually not serious -- most people get better in a few days. Norovirus symptoms include acute diarrhea, throwing up,nausea, stomach cramping, and possible fever. Norovirus is very contagious and can be serious in young children, the elderly, and people with other health conditions. You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Protect yourself from norovirus
* The best way to help prevent the spread of norovirus is with proper hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and always before eating or preparing food.
* Alcohol-based products are not a substitute for washing with soap and water.
* People who are ill should contact their health care provider.
* If you are ill, stay at home. To reduce the risk of transmission, health guidelines recommend staying home for 48 hours after symptoms subside before returning to work or going into public settings.
* Clean surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces with bleach wipes or bleach solution (1/2 cup bleach mixed with 2 quarts of water). Frequently touched surfaces include, but are not limited to toilets, bathroom surfaces, faucets, telephones, door handles, computer keyboards, and kitchen preparation surfaces.
* Wash laundry. Wash soiled clothes and linens, then tumble dry
* Rinse fruits and vegetables before eating. Norovirus on food can make you sick.

Health information
More information is available at the Multnomah County Health Department's Norovirus web page https://multco.us/health/diseases-and-conditions/norovirus or by calling 503-988-3406.