The holiday season is often depicted as a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration. However, for many individuals, this festive period can also bring about feelings of stress, anxiety, and even sadness. The heightened expectations, social pressures, and financial strains associated with the holidays can take a toll on mental health.
Factors Contributing to Holiday-Related Stress
Several factors contribute to the increased stress levels experienced during the holidays. These include:
• Financial strain: The financial burden of gift-giving, travel, and holiday gatherings can cause significant stress, especially for those with limited financial resources.
• Social obligations: The pressure to attend social engagements and maintain family harmony can lead to feelings of overwhelm and anxiety, especially for those who struggle with social interactions.
• Unrealistic expectations: Societal portrayals of perfect holiday celebrations can create unrealistic expectations that can lead to feelings of inadequacy and disappointment.
• Loss and grief: The holidays can exacerbate feelings of loss and grief for those who have lost loved ones or experienced significant life changes.
• Loneliness and isolation: For individuals facing loneliness or isolation, the holidays can amplify feelings of sadness and disconnection.
Protecting Mental Health During the Holidays
Despite the challenges, it is important to prioritize mental health during the holidays. Here are some strategies to maintain emotional well-being:
• Manage expectations: Set realistic expectations for yourself and your family. Focus on enjoying the meaningful aspects of the holidays rather than striving for perfection.
• Communicate openly: Express your feelings and concerns to loved ones. Open communication can help alleviate stress and strengthen relationships.
• Establish boundaries: Set clear boundaries regarding social obligations and spending limits. Don't feel obligated to attend every gathering or spend beyond your means.
• Practice self-care: Prioritize self-care activities that promote relaxation and stress reduction. Engage in activities you enjoy, get enough sleep, and maintain a healthy diet.
• Seek professional help if needed: Don't hesitate to seek professional help if you are struggling with persistent feelings of stress, anxiety, or sadness. RRHC has a whole team of dedicated mental health professionals who can provide support. We also offer the Sliding Fee Program to uninsured or underinsured individuals so you can get the help you need without having to worry about the cost.
Remember, the holidays are about cherishing moments with loved ones and creating lasting memories, not about achieving perfection or conforming to societal expectations. Prioritize your mental well-being and allow yourself to enjoy the season in a way that feels authentic and meaningful.
Ritchie Regional Health Center Partners with Parkersburg South High School for Health and Education Initiative
Paving the way for a healthier future: Health officials from Ritchie Regional Health Center and the Principal of Parkersburg South High School come together to sign a partnership agreement. Seated, left to right: Jill Parsons, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley; Amy Yokum, CEO, Ritchie Regional Health Center; Betsy Patterson, Principal, Parkersburg South High School; Michele Watkins, School Nurse, Parkersburg South High School. Standing, left to right: Dawn Barchett, Nurse Practitioner, Ritchie Regional Health Center; Wendy Cutright, Chief Quality Officer, Ritchie Regional Health Center; Sandy Swisher, Chief Medical Officer, Ritchie Regional Health Center.
Parkersburg, WV – The Partner in Education Program, a service of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, has facilitated a new partnership between Ritchie Regional Health Center (RRHC) and Parkersburg South High School. This partnership connects healthcare and education in the community.
Amy Yokum, CEO of Ritchie Regional Health Center, conveyed her enthusiasm for the new partnership:
"Ritchie Regional Health Center has been serving the Parkersburg community for several years, and we are thrilled to strengthen our partnership with Parkersburg South High School through the Partner in Education Program. Our commitment to providing compassionate and excellent care aligns seamlessly with enhancing the educational experience of students, focusing on their physical and emotional well-being."
Jill Parsons, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, added: "The partnership between Ritchie Regional Health Center and Parkersburg South High School shows the power of community partnerships. These initiatives benefit our students and contribute significantly to our community's overall health and prosperity."
Founded in 1994, Ritchie Regional Health Center has a rich history of serving the local community, initially as a school-based health center program. RRHC operates across eight campuses today, offering vital primary care services to the Mid-Ohio Valley, which now includes this valuable partnership with Parkersburg South High School.
We invite other local businesses to explore similar opportunities for collaboration through the Partner in Education Program. Engaging with our schools provides invaluable support to our youth and strengthens the fabric of our community. For more information or to participate in this program, please contact the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley at 304-422-3588 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
🧥🧤🧣Ritchie Regional is proud to once again support Lite Rock 93R & The Classic Rock Station WXCR’s promotion, Coats for Kids. 🧣🧤🧥
For 19 years, Coats for Kids has provided winter apparel to children in need. We are asking you to join us in this worthy cause by donating new or used coats, gloves, scarves, etc. to any of the following RRHC locations:
🧥 Harrisville Campus - 135 S Penn Ave. Harrisville
🧤 West Union Campus - 190 Marie St. West Union
🧣Doddridge Wellness Center - 151 Doddridge School Rd. West Union
All donations are greatly appreciated, and any used items will be cleaned. Coats for Kids will conclude on January 15.
Celebrating Rural Health Day: Honoring the Pillars of Rural Healthcare
Each year, the third Thursday of November marks National Rural Health Day (NRHD), a day dedicated to recognizing the unwavering dedication and tireless efforts of healthcare providers, communities, and organizations that serve the 61 million Americans who call rural areas home. This year, as we observe Rural Health Day on November 16, 2023, the theme aptly resonates, "Innovation in Rural Health Care Delivery," highlighting the transformative approaches that are shaping the future of healthcare in rural settings.
Rural healthcare providers face unique challenges, from geographic barriers and limited resources to an aging population with complex health needs. Yet, amidst these hurdles, these dedicated individuals embody the true spirit of resilience and innovation. They embrace technology, foster community partnerships, and develop creative solutions to ensure access to quality care for their patients -- Ritchie Regional Health Center is proud to be among them.
Celebrating the Power of Rural
Rural Health Day is not just about acknowledging challenges; it's about celebrating the power of rural communities and the unwavering commitment of those who serve them. It's about recognizing the countless stories of rural healthcare providers who go the extra mile, who build personal connections with their patients, and who champion preventive care to promote healthier communities.
Shining a Spotlight on Innovation
This year's theme, "Innovation in Rural Health Care Delivery," underscores the remarkable advancements that are revolutionizing healthcare in rural settings. From telemedicine and telehealth services bridging geographical distances to mobile health clinics reaching underserved populations, rural providers are embracing technology to expand access and improve patient outcomes.
Enhancing Rural Health Infrastructure
While individual efforts are commendable, sustainable progress in rural healthcare requires a comprehensive approach that addresses systemic challenges. Investing in infrastructure, expanding broadband access, and fostering collaborative partnerships among healthcare providers, community organizations, and government agencies are crucial steps towards building a robust rural healthcare system.
A Call to Action
As we celebrate Rural Health Day, let us collectively commit to supporting the remarkable individuals and organizations that are the backbone of rural healthcare. Let us advocate for policies that address the unique needs of rural communities, and let us celebrate the innovative spirit that drives progress in rural healthcare delivery. Together, we can ensure that rural communities across the nation have access to quality, accessible, and innovative healthcare that empowers them to thrive.
Additional information about National Rural Health Day, including resources and tools, can be found at PowerofRural.org.
☎️ Calling ALL Doddridge County, Pleasants County, Ritchie County, and Wood County SCHOOL STAFF, STAFF SPOUSES, AND RETIRED STAFF MEMBERS!!!
You can now receive a full panel of blood work AND an office visit at any of our SIX school-based health centers for ONLY $15!
👇 Included in the panel 👇:
🩸 CBC (blood counts)
🩸 Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (electrolytes, blood glucose, kidney function, & liver function)
🩸 Lipid Panel (cholesterol)
🩸 TSH (thyroid test)
To take advantage of this opportunity, contact the school-based health center near you OR call 304-643-4005 and ask to be scheduled for the School Employee Health Fair.
*A valid school employee ID is required for the appointment. Your insurance will be charged for the office visit, but there is no co-pay. The labs will need to be fasting for at least 8 hours, but you can drink water or black coffee prior to the labs. You do not need to have your labs and appointments done at the same time, but they will need to be done prior to December 28, 2023. You will receive a phone call with your lab results. If you wish for your primary care provider to receive a copy, please bring his/her name and fax number to the appointment with you. You will also be able to view your labs via the LabCorp Patient Portal--patient.labcorp.com
🏆📈 World Quality Day: A Celebration of Excellence 📈🏆
In an ever-evolving world, where products and services are constantly being introduced and refined, the concept of quality remains at the forefront of consumer expectations. World Quality Day, celebrated annually on the second Thursday of November, serves as a global reminder of the significance of quality in shaping our lives and driving progress.
World Quality Day is a tribute to the individuals and organizations dedicated to upholding and elevating standards of quality. These ‘quality champions’ are the driving force behind innovation, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. They recognize that quality is not an afterthought but a cornerstone of success.
Spearheading our quality efforts at Ritchie Regional, is Chief Quality Officer, Wendy Cutright. Wendy is a dedicated professional who helps ensure that our services, and processes meet the highest standards of care, propelling our organization towards success. So today, on World Quality Day, we thank Wendy for all she does and for being a true ‘quality champion’.
#WorldQualityDay #CelebratingExcellence #RRHC
National Radiologic Technology Week (NRTW) is an annual celebration of the vital work of medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals in patient care and healthcare safety. It is observed during the week of November 8, commemorating the anniversary of the discovery of the X-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on November 8, 1895.
Radiologic technologists (RTs) are essential members of the healthcare team. They use their skills and knowledge to create high-quality images of the body's internal structures, which can then be used by doctors to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions. RTs are also known for their compassion and empathy. They often work with patients who are feeling anxious or scared, and they take the time to explain the procedure and answer any questions they may have.
Ritchie Regional is fortunate to employ one of the best radiologic technologists -- Jill Williams! During NRTW 2023, we’d like to take a moment to appreciate all the hard work and dedication Jill puts into her job!
Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor, Lisa Fleak, joins Ritchie Regional Health Center to provide therapy services to patients ages 7 and older, in both Ritchie County and Wood County.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Bridgewater College in 2001. Later, she furthered her education by receiving a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marshall University in 2019.
Since 1999, Lisa has worked in residential facilities with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics, serving individuals who have intensive needs with mental health, behavioral, and developmental disabilities. She has worked in a day treatment program that provided highly intensive special education services to students with emotional disabilities who needed a structured, therapeutic educational setting. She has also worked in an inpatient psychiatric setting with acute mental illness and has provided in-home services to families, offering temporary support to prevent and reduce reliance on out-of-home settings for youth.
Lisa is currently accepting new patients and offers in-person appointments at RRHC Ellenboro School-Based Health Center (SBHC), RRHC Parkersburg South SBHC, and RRHC Jefferson Elementary SBHC. Telehealth appointments are also available. To schedule an appointment with her, please call 304-643-4005.
As a reminder, RRHC accepts most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare. The Sliding Fee Program, based on income level and household size, is available to uninsured or underinsured individuals.
As another quarter ends, we asked our staff to nominate two employees who have gone above and beyond for RRHC and our patients.
🥳👏Congratulations to our exemplary team members, Jennifer Tallman, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Jocelyn Blackwell, Behavioral Health Case Manager!
Here’s what their colleagues have to say about them:
🎉“Jennifer has an insatiable need to care for others. She brings a personal touch to health care her patients feel like they can tell her anything and she listens to their needs. She has the positive feedback and the ability to improve and save lives of patients… the brain of a doctor and the heart of a nurse.”
🎉“Jocelyn has been integral in assisting with developing a strong foundation within RRHC and the community for our up-and-coming SUD/MAT program. She is second to none at initiating and building relationships with outside stakeholders and with linking RRHC to entities that will help enhance our patient’s lives. She is a go-getter, always willing to help, conscientious, reliable, and trustworthy. Jocelyn has implemented the Smart Recovery and the Friends & Family recovery groups for patients struggling with Substance Use Disorders as well as their friends and family. She has also been a vital part of streamlining how we collect data for the BIRCH and RCORP projects in which we are involved. I am grateful to have her as part of the BH team and RRHC as a whole.”
🎉“I don’t have enough good things to say about Jocelyn. She is an exemplary colleague who is passionate, kind, and always happy to help! RRHC is very fortunate to have her as a part of the team.”
#RRHC #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #employeeofthequarter