ES Hospital’s Family Care Series Inspires Attendees

Excelsior Springs Hospital’s Quarterly Family Care Series continues to provide valuable insights into the various community resources available for family health and wellness. During the latest session held on Tuesday, April 25th, attendees were treated to two informative presentations by healthcare professionals. Maura Woolsey, a registered dietitian, spoke about the crucial role that proper nutrition plays in maintaining good health, while Shannan D. Conner and Christy Marker shared their expertise on the various types of rehabilitation therapies available for those in need. Both presentations were well-received by the audience, and attendees left with a greater understanding of how to access and utilize these resources to benefit themselves and their families.

Woolsey’s presentation covered the benefits of working with a dietitian to develop personalized nutrient plans and setting Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals to prevent burnout, while also providing evidence-based recommendations related to chronic or acute illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. Woolsey suggested attendees could utilize ChooseMyPlate.gov to help select menu items that provide a healthy alternative to unhealthy choices. Attendees were also treated to healthier options of common meal items. For those interested in scheduling a consultation, Woolsey shared that a referral from a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner is required. Most insurance plans cover the cost of a consultation with a qualifying diagnosis. To set up an appointment, interested individuals can reach out to scheduling at 816-629-2700, or contact Woolsey’s office directly at 816-629-2781 for assistance or more information.

Conner and Marker presented the various types of rehabilitation therapies available to patients at Excelsior Springs Hospital. Conner, a Speech-Language Pathologist, and the Rehabilitation Supervisor explained how speech therapy can help patients who have difficulty with speech and language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders. She highlighted the wide range of conditions that speech therapy can treat, from stuttering and slurred speech to facial weakness following a stroke or head trauma. 

Marker, the Rehabilitation Services Director, covered occupational therapy and physical therapy. She explained that occupational therapists can help patients regain independence in all areas of their lives, and physical therapists work closely with patients to restore, maintain, and promote their overall fitness and health. Marker also shared that their rehabilitation services cover a wide range of specialties, including LSVT BIG and LOUD, SI Joint, and Lymphedema, and that patients can easily be referred to them by their doctor. Those interested in scheduling a consultation can reach out to ESH Rehabilitation at 816-629-2770 or visit their office at 1700 Rainbow Blvd. in Excelsior Springs, MO.

The Family Care Series at Excelsior Springs Hospital continues to be an excellent resource for those interested in learning more about family health and wellness. The presentations given during this session offered valuable insights into the importance of proper nutrition and the different rehabilitation therapies available right here in our hometown. Attendees left the session with a greater understanding of how to access and utilize these resources to benefit themselves and their families. Anyone interested in learning more can visit https://www.eshospital.org to see all of the services provided by our hospital.


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