Posts Tagged ‘PHS’

Know the Nurses: Heather Stahl

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Did you know we’re currently hiring RNs and LPNs in Rochester?

With home care, PHS nurses have the opportunity to use sophisticated clinical skills while creating long term relationships with children with medical complexities and their families. If you have a home care nurse in your home, you already know what an important part of your life they become. We’re hiring nurse for full time, part time, and Baylor shift opportunities – if you or someone you know is interested in applying, visit our careers page to learn more.

Today in Know the Nurses, we’re introducing you to one of our home care nurses, Heather Stahl, RN, who has been with PHS as a nurse in Rochester since September 2013. We already know these nurses provide comprehensive, round-the-clock care for patients in their homes every day, but here are a few fun facts about Heather you might not know.

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Sebastian Completes a Colorful Run

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

1407110340805_IMG_20140802_102905_147This past Saturday, PHS patient Sebastian completed a 5k with the help of his two older brothers. Just a week before the Kaleidoscope 5k to benefit Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge, Cody and Joshua, both recent high school graduates and track athletes, decided they wanted to do the run and include Sebastian in the fun. (more…)

Thriving at Home, Thanks to Parenteral Nutrition

Friday, August 8th, 2014

To round out HPN Awareness Week, we want to highlight PHS kiddos who are living at home, with their families, thanks to dietitians, infusion nurses and pharmacists nearby. Parenteral nutrition provides nutrients for individuals who cannot receive them through oral feeding, and in some cases can be the sole method of nutrients. 

Our clinicians provide seamless, comprehensive care to ensure each kiddo they care for stays happy and healthy, and we are happy to see when families are able to enjoy those benefits too. Check out what Elias’ and Emma’s moms had to say about receiving parenteral nutrition at home, and then read on to hear from their PHS dietitians. 

Do you use home parenteral nutrition? Share your stories in the comments! (more…)

Improving Outcomes through Sustain

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

SarahHPN Awareness Week is August 3-9 this year, which means our team of dietitians, infusion nurses & pharmacists, home care nurses, and others are on day three of celebrating this therapy that provides opportunities for so many. To kick our celebration off, PHS Clinical Dietitian Sarah Lofboom explains how parenteral nutrition works in the home and what our involvement with Sustain means for our patients. Learn more below, and check back at the end of this week to hear about a few kiddos who receive HPN from PHS. For now, get out and spread the awareness! (more…)

Educating During SMA Awareness Month

Friday, August 1st, 2014

_T6K2357With one in 40-50 people carrying the Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) gene, most unknowingly, this genetic disease could affect many people without them realizing it. If both parents are carriers of the SMA gene, their child has a 1 in 4 chance of having the disease. And for the parents of a child with SMA (or adults with SMA themselves), this disease is something that affects their every day. (more…)

Attending Thursdays on First

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Last week, a few PHS staff were able to get down to Rochester to visit Thursdays on First (a weekly summer outdoor market with over 100 art, craft and food vendors and live entertainment), and put together some best tips for traveling to this event, with the focus on wheelchair accessibility needs and other special considerations. Here are the details to ensure you have a great day on First! (more…)

PHS Research Study: Central Lines in Children

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Maynard, Roy 2Roy C. Maynard, M.D., is the Medical Director for PHS. He serves as PHS’s clinical leader, working with the team to provide consultation and advice to ensure quality and effective care to children and their families in their own homes. He also leads implementation of clinical policies, procedures and programs to further enhance the best possible care for each child. He is a Neonatologist and Pediatric Pulmonologist, and serves as a staff physician at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, Minn. 

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Therapy at Home for Infusion Needs

BC1_9322 - CopyLong-term intravenous access is often needed to manage pediatric patients with chronic diseases. Cystic fibrosis patients will often require multiple courses of intravenous (IV) antibiotics to treat worsening symptoms of their underlying lung disease. Children with short gut syndrome may require years of parenteral nutrition or IV hydration for nutritional support. Gamma globulin infusions may improve the health of patients with selected immunodeficiency or autoimmune disorders. Infectious diseases such as osteomyelitis may require weeks of IV antibiotics to be curative. The common denominator for these patients is home IV therapy through central lines. (more…)

Calling all Chronically Cool Kids

Friday, July 18th, 2014

chronically_cool_logoFor children with chronic illnesses (and their siblings), finding peers who are going through the same situation as them can be a really empowering and meaningful thing. Chronically Cool was created to do just that. We recently heard about this website, and wanted to pass it on for families to check out. (more…)

Tips and Tricks for Tubes

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

On our Facebook page recently, we asked parents and caregivers how they keep their kiddo from pulling out their tubes or buttons. So when we saw that the parent of a kiddo getting a g-tube soon is looking for advice in this topic, we went to our most reliable experts – PHS clinicians – and posed this question to see what they suggested, in addition to the great advice we saw on the Facebook page .

We learned about a few products and tricks that can make tube and button life easier for you and your kiddo – any other advice to parents in this situation? Share the tips here! (more…)

Recreational Activities for Your Kiddo

Friday, July 11th, 2014

July is National Recreation Month – not that Minnesotans need a specific reason to spend as much time as possible outdoors and being active during the summer. Soccer and baseball teams are running up and down the fields, golfers are working on their swing, and beaches are home to sandcastles or wave jumping. Let’s face it – we love our summer.

But summer is only fun if everyone is able to participate in the activities – so we searched out some recreational activities designed specifically around people who have additional physical or developmental needs. Is your kiddo participating in an activity with a program that isn’t listed here? Leave a comment with the name or the organization, park, or playground and we’ll add it to our list. (more…)