Community Wellness 2017-11-29T08:29:16+00:00

Putnam County Hospital believes that educating the community with tools that will help them be more proactive in their own heath, will make for a healthier place to live, work, learn and play. PCH offers wellness screenings for the community as well as business and industry.

Screenings also play a very important role in a person’s health. Screenings allow for early detection, which also allows for early action in treatment and/or prevention. Below are some of the screenings currently offered at Putnam County Hospital. Always consult with your primary care provider about screenings you may qualify for. If you have questions about a screening or are ready to schedule, please call our Central Scheduling office at 765.658.2760.

$39.95 (or $59.95 for both cardiac and lung cancer screening when purchased together)


What is low-dose cardiac score?

Low-dose cardiac scoring is a quick, painless, non-invasive procedure performed with our state-of-the-art low-dose CT scanner. Low-dose means you no longer have to worry about the harmful effects of radiation. During this 30-second test, Putnam County Radiology will accurately determine the degree and severity of hard plaque within the coronary arteries.

 

Who We Screen

Low-dose cardiac scores are open to ANYONE who wants to know their heart health. Some risk factors that you may want to consider include your risk of coronary artery disease, especially for healthy males over the age of 40 and females over the age of 45. If you have a family history of heart disease, you may want to be tested earlier. Other risk factors of heart disease include high blood pressure or cholesterol (even if managed by medication), smoking, obesity, and inactive or high-stress lifestyles.

Call 765-658.2760 for your appointment.
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$39.95 (or $59.95 for both cardiac and lung cancer screening when purchased together)


What is low-dose lung cancer screening?

A low-dose lung cancer screen is a quick, painless, non-invasive procedure performed with our state-of-the-art low-dose CT scanner. Low-dose means you will receive five times less radiation during this procedure compared to conventional CT scans.

All patients who receive a low-dose lung screening must have a primary care physician who will manage any follow up needs as is necessary. If you don’t have one, we can help.

Who do we screen?
Low-dose lung cancer screens are open to ANYONE who wants to know their risk of lung cancer but experts recommend those that have any of the risk factors below.

  • Are between the ages of 55 and 74.
  • Have smoked 30 or more pack years. 
    Or
  • Greater than 50 years old, and
  • Greater than 20 pack years of smoking, and
  • One other risk factor which may include contact with Radon, 
     contact with asbestos or other cancer causing agents, having had
    certain other cancers, family member who have had lung cancer or
    have had other lung diseases.

*Medicare now covers Lung Cancer Screens if you meet the following risk factors. Talk to your provider to see if you qualify.

*Check with your insurance on the coverage of mammograms.
Call 765-658.2760 for your appointment.

An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), a specific kind of aneurysm, is the swelling of the body’s largest artery. AAA typically has no symptoms, which is why having a screening is important.

While AAA is a potentially life-threatening condition, the good news is that this simple and non-invasive screening is key to effective AAA treatment. Putnam County Hospital is proud to provide excellence in clinical care and offers sophisticated, accurate diagnosis and leading-edge treatments for patients with all types of aortic disease, close to home. Our partnership with Franciscan Health gives our community access to vascular and heart surgeons who are recognized for innovation and expertise in the evaluation and management of aortic diseases and are national leaders in the repair of aortic aneurysms using minimally invasive or endovascular techniques.

Should you consider an AAA screening? Below are the risk factors that make this Medicare-covered screening beneficial:

-Men ages 65 to 75 who have ever smoked (at least 100 cigarettes)
-Men and women ages 65 to 75 years with family history

AAA screenings require a referral from your primary care provider. Make it a priority reach out to your provider to schedule your screening today.

*Check with your insurance on the coverage of mammograms.
Call 765-658.2760 for your appointment.

Who we screen:

Women at average risk should get a mammogram every year beginning at age 40. Women with a higher risk of breast cancer should speak with their doctor to find out when they should start having mammograms.

Why we screen:

For most women, a mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer as early as possible.That’s because a mammogram uses low-dose x-rays to create an image of the breast tissue. It detects lumps that are too small to be felt.

Prep for screen:

If you haven’t started menopause, schedule your mammogram for the week after your menstrual period. Your breasts usually are less tender then.

Please do not wear deodorant, lotion or ointment around the chest area.  If you apply any of these items, they may look like a breast problem on the images.

Wear a two-piece outfit so you only have to remove your top. The person doing your mammogram will give you a gown to wear.

Bring the name, address and phone number of the doctor who ordered the mammogram. Afterwards, the facility will send your doctor a report.

The entire mammogram procedure takes about 30 minutes. Each of your breasts will be c

ompressed for only 20 to 30 seconds.

While compression can be uncomfortable, it’s also very important. It allows the breast tissue to spread and flatten. This ensures a clear view of the breast and reduces the amount of radiation needed to make an image.

Most unusual findings aren’t cancer.

A radiologist will review your images and send your doctor a report.

Beware: many women get suspicious findings after their first mammogram. But, that’s often because the radiologist doesn’t have previous exam for comparison. This is why it’s so important to know where your previous mammogram was done.

Keep in mind that suspicious findings usually aren’t cancer. They may just be cysts, dense tissue or the results of overlapping tissue.

If you have a suspicious finding, you may need additional imaging to further evaluate the problem. In some cases, your doctor also may recommend a breast ultrasound.

The Putnam County Hospital Cancer Center partners with Dermatology, Inc. to offer a FREE skin cancer screening day in August. 2017. Keep an eye on the calendar for the next upcoming date!

The Putnam County Hospital Cancer Center offers a FREE PSA day to screen for cancer of the prostate every November. 2017. Keep an eye on the calendar for the next upcoming date!

Putnam County Hospital brings wellness to you! Wellness screenings are now offered to the community as well as local industries and businesses. Details on upcoming screenings for the community is coming soon.

Industries or businesses that are interested in learning more about the screening, what the screening includes and setting up their screening can call 765.655.2583 or email Lori Lucas at llucas@pchosp.org.