News From STRHS

Thank You!

January 29, 2020

Thank you for joining us on this 29-day journey of heart health.

Heart Disease: An Unwanted Heirloom

January 29, 2020

You’ve got your father’s eyes, your grandmother’s laugh, but what about your uncle’s heart disease? While many inherited traits are good, others – like heart disease – aren’t. It’s important to know how your family’s history with heart disease can affect your own heart health.

Five Surprising Ways to Boost Your Heart Health

January 29, 2020

You probably know that healthy eating and regular physical activity are critically important to maintaining good heart health. But there are a number of other things you can do to give your heart an extra boost that might surprise you.

Heart Health at Any Age

January 29, 2020

Things change as we get older. How you took care of yourself in your 20s might be very different from how you take care of yourself today.

Got Kids? Give ‘Em Heart!

January 29, 2020

As a parent, there are a number of great reasons to get your kids to think of their health as a priority. And there are a number of great ways to help them do that, including regular physical activity.

We Heart Dessert

January 29, 2020

While it’s nice to treat yourself from time to time, it’s important to keep the decadent desserts as a special treat, rather than an every-night occurrence.

Sleeping Beauty

January 29, 2020

Consistently getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most beneficial things you can do for the health of your mind and body.

How to Have a Heart-to-Heart about Health

January 29, 2020

Understanding the risk factors, signs and symptoms of heart disease can have a big impact on the likelihood of a positive outcome and a strong recovery when issues arise.

How Weight Weighs on Your Heart

January 29, 2020

Many of us have made New Years resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier and exercise. When we don’t always follow through, it’s not because we don’t want to be healthier. More often, life just gets in the way.

Heart Health Starts at Home

January 29, 2020

After a long day, it’s easy to go home, put your feet up and grab the remote. This may help you unwind, but it won’t do your heart any favors. In fact, if you’re like most Americans, it’s enhancing an already sedentary lifestyle, which can increase your risk for several health problems, including heart disease.

Time Out: Does Your Heart Need a Break?

January 29, 2020

There are many benefits to taking time for yourself. A little alone time can help you recharge, improve your focus and manage stress – which is key to maintaining a healthy heart.

A Happy Heart is a Healthy Heart

January 29, 2020

You’ve heard the phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine,” right? There might be more truth to it than you think.

Is it a sign?

January 29, 2020

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), equating to approximately one in four male deaths and one in five female deaths.

More Numbers and a Major Risk Factor to Know

January 29, 2020

When it comes to heart health, you might hear your provider talk about your “numbers” – specifics about your health that play an important role in your heart health and determining your risk for heart disease.

An Egg White a Day…

January 29, 2020

If you’re an egg lover, you may scoff at eating just the whites. Not so fast. If you’re open to a change, utilizing just the whites of the egg every now and then can benefit your heart, particularly if cholesterol is a concern.

Know Your Numbers

January 29, 2020

One step in taking an active role in your health to help ensure a healthy life is by knowing specific numbers that play an important role for your heart

Give Your Kitchen Pantry Some Love

January 29, 2020

Eating smart for your heart starts at home. But how do you know what to stock up on to keep your meals heart-healthy?

Not All Symptoms Are Obvious: Overlooked Symptoms to Watch

January 29, 2020

We’ve all seen when heart attacks happen in the movies. A character is walking along when, suddenly, they grab their chest – wincing with pain – and immediately tell someone, “Call 911! I’m having a heart attack!”

Welcome to 29 Days of Heart Health

January 29, 2020

This February marks not only American Heart Month, but another leap year. That means an extra day to enjoy quality time with family and friends. An extra day to chase after your 2020 goals. And an extra day to focus on your heart health.

Let Your Heart Be Light: Taking Care of Yourself During the Busy Holiday Season

December 13, 2019

December is often called the most wonderful time of the year – and for good reason. Visits with family and friends, exchanging gifts, sharing delicious meals and giving back to charitable causes are all great reasons to celebrate during this festive time of year. Unfortunately – for many of us – December is often the most stressful time of the year as well.

End Your Year on a Healthy Note

November 27, 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s as important as ever to ensure that you’re keeping your health at the top of your priority list and finishing out the year strong. Preventive care is a key factor in maintaining your overall health – and often surprisingly friendly to your bank account.

DIABETES: What You Should Know

October 25, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. – or one in 10 – have diabetes. And one in four of those are unaware that they have it.

Lower Your Cholesterol, Lower Your Risk

September 6, 2019

While your body certainly needs cholesterol to make hormones and digest fatty foods, high levels of it become a case of “too much of a good thing.” Too much cholesterol can cause a build-up of deposits in your arteries, which can lead to heart disease and stroke – two of the leading causes of death in the U.S.

Cookout Caution: Keeping Food Safety in Focus This Summer

June 28, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 48 million Americans suffer from a food-borne illness each year. That’s one in six people. And of those 48 million, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die. Symptoms of food poisoning can vary both in severity and type, but the most common are upset stomach, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever.

Protecting Yourself and Our Community from the Flu

February 7, 2019

At Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, our mission is Making Communities Healthier. One way we do this is by engaging our communities and educating people about how they can maintain good health. Since flu season is in full swing, we want to help our community stay healthy and prevent the spread of this often debilitating illness.

Don’t “Toy Around” with Safety: Make toy safety a top priority this holiday season

December 12, 2018

There are few holiday activities more fun than buying toys for the children we love. Watching their faces light up is even better and makes us feel a bit like kids again ourselves. But before you head out to shop with those wish lists in hand, it’s important to pay attention to a word that pops up on many toy packages: caution.

‘Tis the Season to Be Healthy: Helpful Tips for Smart Holiday Eating

December 12, 2018

Whatever the celebration during this festive time of year, there’s one thing that just about every gathering has in common: food. And while December may be the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be one of the most tempting times to abandon healthy eating habits.

Lung Cancer: It’s Not Just a ‘Smoker’s Disease’

November 16, 2018

If you’re like many people, you may think of smoking as the most obvious cause for lung cancer. And while cigarette smoking has certainly been established as a major risk factor and the number one cause for lung cancer, it’s important to note that lung cancer is not just a “smoker’s disease.”

Cyber Security is a Team Sport: Everyone has a role to play in helping to ensure online safety

October 6, 2018

Need to pay a bill? Just click. Want to purchase a new appliance? Click. Send a party invite to a group? Click. The forward march of online technology continues to make our lives easier and free up more time for other activities. But with increased convenience comes increased risk of identity theft and an online attack on your finances and other confidential information

Cholesterol 101: What it is and why it matters

September 13, 2018

This month marks National Cholesterol Education Month, making it a perfect time to refresh our knowledge on the ins and outs of cholesterol and understand how it affects your health.

How Much Do You Know About Prostate Cancer?

September 7, 2018

Prostate cancer is a condition often heard about, but perhaps seldom fully understood. In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Southern Tennessee Regional Health System is here to answer some of the most frequently asked questions concerning this common form of cancer.

Top of Mind: Ending the Stigma around Mental Health

May 7, 2018

When it comes to our health, it can be easy to focus exclusively on physical health – making sure we are staying up to date on annual exams and screenings, committing to a regular exercise routine, eating nutritious foods and the like. But there is another important facet of our health that we should not ignore – our mental health. National Mental Health Month is observed each May to provide a platform for discussing mental health and raising awareness of the important role it plays in our lives.

Jim Edmondson Named LifePoint Health's CEO of the Year

March 28, 2018

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Pulaski (STRHS-Pulaski) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jim Edmondson has been named “CEO of the Year” by LifePoint Health®, a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®. This award is presented annually to an outstanding leader within the LifePoint family who exemplifies the company’s core values of honesty, integrity and trustworthiness, inclusion, compassion and ethical and legal compliance, while demonstrating excellence in business operations and talent development.

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester Recognized for Excellence with ACC Heart Failure Accreditation

January 8, 2018

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure. Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester was awarded Heart Failure Accreditation in December based on rigorous onsite review of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more.

Fresh Year, Fresh Start: Give your health a jumpstart in 2018 with a fresh approach to healthy eating

January 5, 2018

Ask anyone what their New Year’s resolution is and chances are they’ll mention a determination to eat healthier. While many of us may consider a renewed focus on healthy eating as a way to make up for the rich indulgences of the holiday season or as a pathway to fit more comfortably into that favorite pair of jeans, healthy eating comes with even greater rewards. It can reduce our risk of illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and cancer; and it can help boost our energy, sharpen our memories and stabilize our mood, leading to a noticeable improvement in our overall health

Smith Joins First Choice Health Winchester

January 4, 2018

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester officials announce the addition of Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Sherrie Smith to First Choice Health in Winchester.

Health System Announces Addition of National Grief Recovery System

November 15, 2017

In its continuing effort to reach out with compassion to our community, Southern Tennessee Regional Health System officials will be offering their facility to host a nationally recognized grief recovery outreach program. This program falls under the umbrella of their newly founded effort “Caring and Sharing” whose goal is to offer help and support to those who have suffered or anticipating the loss of a loved one

Health Insurance Marketplace Now Open for Enrollment

November 7, 2017

On November 1, open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace will begin. As you may recall, the Health Insurance Marketplace has been offering expanded access to low-cost healthcare coverage for people without health insurance, or for those who are interested in exploring more cost-effective alternatives to their current coverage, since its inception in 2013. Last year alone, more than 12 million people obtained health coverage through the Marketplace .

When Sickness Takes its Toll, Caregivers Need Love, Too

November 7, 2017

It’s no secret that being sick is the pits, whether it’s a nasty virus that clears up after a few days or a long-term condition like cancer or diabetes. And while illness obviously takes a big toll on the patient, it can have just as big of an impact on the primary caregivers, particularly when the illness extends over a long period of time.

Be Your Own Breast Friend

October 10, 2017

A healthy lifestyle and early detection are a great first line of defense in the fight against breast cancer

Hospital Announces Addition of New Internal Medicine Physician

September 13, 2017

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System - Lawrenceburg (STRHS - Lawrenceburg) officials announce the addition of Dr. Alvin M. Maliakal to the medical community. Dr. Maliakal will be joining Dr. Leon Everett and nurse practitioners Leslie Bedford and Marie Mattei-Weiland at First Choice Health - Lawrenceburg.

Neurologist Joins Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Winchester

August 18, 2017

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Winchester is excited to announce the addition of neurologist, Dr. Robert W. Gilbert to our ever-growing team of physicians called the Southern Tennessee Medical Group. Dr. Gilbert will be focused on the community’s need for expert neurological care as he leads the soon to be opened Southern Tennessee Neurology.

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

August 7, 2017

There are many benefits babies will reap from breast milk. The nutrients, hormones and antibodies provided by the mother will help keep the baby healthy and strong. Plus, breast milk tends to be easier for babies to digest. Add in the sense of comfort and security that breastfeeding offers a baby, and you have three compelling reasons to take nature’s approach to feeding your child.

Back to School is a Great Time to Head Back to the Doctor

August 7, 2017

While many kids may be required to get an annual physical for athletic programs or extracurricular activities, this is a habit parents should help form for every child. Yearly check-ups are essential for tracking growth and development and identifying potential health problems before they start or become severe. They also allow parents the opportunity to ask questions or raise any concerns with a medical expert, and they serve as a great way to stay up-to-date on essential vaccinations.

Winchester Rehabilitation Program Receives Award

June 27, 2017

The Inpatient Rehabilitation program at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester (STRHS Winchester) has received a 2017 Top Performer Award from the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation.

Local Rehabilitation Program Receives Award

May 30, 2017

The Inpatient Rehabilitation program at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester (STRHS Winchester) has received a 2017 Top Performer Award from the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation.

It’s Rural Hospital Week

May 23, 2017

It’s Rural Hospital Week and Southern Tennessee Regional Health System is joining community hospitals and caregivers across the nation in highlighting the many ways we are making communities healthier – both inside and outside of our hospital walls.

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Lawrenceburg Earns ACR Accreditation

April 18, 2017

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Lawrenceburg has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

New Medical Center for Lynchburg

April 7, 2017

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System(STRHS) officials announce the opening of a new medical facility in Lynchburg.

STRHS-Lawrenceburg Hosting Annual Health Fair

March 22, 2017

"Making Communities Healthier" is Southern Tennessee Regional Health System's mission. We're putting this into action on Saturday April 1, by hosting our annual Community Health Fair and Screening. We're offering FREE screenings, DISCOUNTED blood work, and informative health education stations for everyone in the community.

When It Comes to Your Heart, Play Smart!

January 31, 2017

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, one in four people die of heart disease every year. That’s why it’s important to play smart with your heart. And there are a couple of simple, practical things you can do to stay on top of your heart game.

Dr. Ronald L. Bonfiglio Joins Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester

December 19, 2016

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester (STRHS Winchester) announced today Ronald L. Bonfiglio, M.D., has joined its staff and will be offering physiatry services to patients throughout Franklin and surrounding counties. Dr. Bonfiglio brings more than 20 years of physical medicine and rehabilitation experience to STRHS Winchester.

Dr. Michelle S. Val Joins Mountain Medical

October 31, 2016

Southern Tennessee Reginal Health System today announced that Michelle S. Val, MD is joining its staff and will be offering family medicine services to patients in the Franklin and Grundy Count area. Dr. Val brings a number of years of clinical experience and work experience in the military health system to Southern Tennessee Regional Health System (STRHS) and is one of many new physicians to join the hospital’s medical staff.

Pulaski Campus Adds Top Radiologist To Growing Team

October 25, 2016

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Pulaski (STRHS Pulaski) announces Barry E. Allen, MD has joined the medical staff as the hospital radiologist. Dr. Allen brings more than twenty years of experience in radiology to the medical imaging team in Pulaski.

Lawrenceburg Campus Introduces New OB/GYN

September 15, 2016

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System - Lawrenceburg (STRHS – Lawrenceburg) officials announce the addition of OB/GYN Brooke Huffsmith, M.D. to the Medical Staff.

Pulaski Campus Announces New Female OB/GYN Joining Hospital Staff

July 7, 2016

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Pulaski (STRHS Pulaski) officials announce the addition of OB/GYN Neetu Gupta, MD to the medical staff. Dr. Gupta has opened Southern Tennessee Obstetrics and Gynecology located on the STRHS Pulaski campus.

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Pulaski Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

May 25, 2016

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Pulaski(STRHS Pulaski) has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), the accrediting arm of the American College of Cardiology. SCPC is an international not-for-profit organization focused on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

Lawrenceburg Campus Welcomes New Cardiologist

May 25, 2016

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System- Lawrenceburg announces Dr. Daniel J. Skarzynski will lead the newly formed Southern Tennessee Heart located at 1611 South Locust Avenue in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

Edwards Joins STRHS Team

April 11, 2016

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester (STRHS Winchester) officials announce the addition of physician assistant Justin G. Edwards to the medical staff. Edwards is joining the group of orthopedic specialists at Southern Tennessee Orthopedic and Spine Center Winchester in March.

STRHS-W Hires New Chief Nursing Officer

April 11, 2016

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester CEO Rob Followell announces that Jean Ann S. McMurrey has been selected as the hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer(CNO).