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Nurses doing paperwork National Nurses Week has been set aside on May 6-12 each year to celebrate the importance of nurses in providing expert care to their patients. At Jefferson Surgical Clinic, we want to thank each and every one of our nurses for upholding the highest standards of the nursing profession in their encounters with our patients.

The first U.S. National Nurse week was observed in October 1954, although it was not made an annual event. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan made a proclamation designating May 6 as National Recognition Day for Nurses. In 1993, the American Nurses Association expanded the recognition permanently to a week-long event, to be known as National Nurses Week.

Vascular team photoOn April 14, Jefferson Surgical Clinic hosted a vascular screening event at the main office location. In one day, 86 individuals took the opportunity to receive the ultrasound screenings, taking a proactive step in their vascular health.

We are appreciative of our amazing staff who came together to help this event run efficiently. 

Jefferson Surgical Clinic offers Aortic Ultrasound, Carotid Artery Ultrasound, and Peripheral Arterial Disease Screenings.  These pain-free and non-invasive screening services can help identify potentially serious conditions, such as stroke, aortic aneurysmal disease, carotid occlusive disease, and peripheral arterial disease. 

To learn more about the benefits of these screenings, or to schedule your appointment, contact Jefferson Surgical Clinic at 540-283-6000.  

Allergy SeasonAs pollen counts soar in the spring, so does the sneezing and wheezing.

There are reasons that allergy symptoms seem to worsen each year. A study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reported pollen counts are steadily on the rise and could double by the year 2040.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic’s Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department can help you better deal with the allergy symptoms you face at this time of year.

Making you miserable

Common allergens in the early springtime include pollens from trees such as cottonwood, maple, elm, birch, walnut and poplar trees. Although allergies are often attributed to flowering plants, their pollen is generally too heavy to be airborne and cause allergic reactions.

JSC Mini Face OH May 2018 blogJefferson Surgical Clinic is holding a Mini Facelift Open House on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

The event will be held at:

JSC Salem office
1924 Braeburn Circle
Salem, VA

Dr. Steven Harris, MD is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and will be sharing information about various simple procedures that can restore your look.   

Register online or call 540-283-4962 to attend this event and learn how you can get fast results with little downtime.

JSC Audio OH Apr 2018 open house informationHearing loss is more than an occasional inconvenience; it can impact your health and overall well-being.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic is holding an Audiology Open House on Wednesday, April 18 at 1 p.m.

The event will be held at:

JSC Salem office
1924 Braeburn Circle
Salem, VA

Colon Cancer Awareness Month blog sizeColorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States with an estimated 140,000 new cases recorded each year.

It develops from malignant cells or tumors in the tissue of the colon or rectum. In many cases, these malignant cells begin as polyps in the lining of the colon. Adults often develop these benign polyps without any symptoms. 

Symptoms

Similar to other diseases, symptoms vary for each patient. The most common warning signs include significant changes in bowel habits (for several weeks), bloody stools, persistent abdominal discomfort, fatigue and unexplained weight loss. 

Healthy lunch and snacksMarch is National Nutrition Month, and the team at Jefferson Surgical Clinic wants to help you and your family live a healthy lifestyle.

Eating As a Family

It’s been said that eating together as a family can improve the communication and relationships among family members. By eating together, children see the eating habits of their parents. Children are less likely to eat foods if they feel pressured, so make meal times a relaxed setting. It is also important to serve them foods that everyone likes to eat, and not pressure them to try foods you are not keen on. 

Dinner has historically been designated as family meal time, but adjusting work schedules and extra-curricular activities can make it challenging for families to eat this meal together. As a result, many have shifted toward making breakfast the family meal. 

Healthy Meal blog sizeLooking to add a few new recipes to your menu?  Check out these delicious (and healthy) options.

Breakfast

Dress up your morning yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit, like this raspberry mango parfait, or perhaps a fruit platter with yogurt dip. Whole wheat pancakes with fruit are another great option. 

Snacks 

A great way to encourage kids (and some adults) to reach for fruits and vegetables as a snack is to dress them up.  Try these apple nachos, or veggies with dip (such as mustard dip, hummus or creamy cucumber-dill dip.)

JSC Abdominoplasty Open House March 1If you’d like a little extra help with your midsection, Jefferson Surgical Clinic will be holding an Abdominoplasty Open House on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Salem office at 1924 Braeburn Circle, Salem, VA.

Dr. Steven Harris, MD is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and will be sharing the information about how a tummy tuck can help you restore your shape.     

Register online or call 540-283-4962 to attend this event.

hot tea and tissuesWinter is in-full-gear; so is cold and flu season.  While the likelihood of at least catching a cold each winter is high, are you prepared if/when you get sick? 

Know the Difference

Colds and flu share some symptoms, such as coughing and congestion.  With a cold, many can function through their daily routine (though with the inconvenience of the stuffy nose). A person with the flu, however, will find they do not have the energy to get out of bed.  Other flu symptoms include fever, sore throat and/or muscle aches. 

Healthy resolutionsMany people will make a New Year’s resolution, but most won’t keep it. Common resolutions people make include losing weight, eating better, reading more and to quit smoking.

While their desires may have been genuine, their motivation or tools may not have been the right ones to help them succeed. Here are a few ways you can keep your New Year’s resolution.

JSC Mini Face OH 2018 FacebookGo into the New Year feeling confident in your skin. 

Jefferson Surgical Clinic is holding a Mini-Facelift Open House on Wednesday, January 18, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Salem office at 1924 Braeburn Circle, Salem, VA.

Dr. Steven Harris, MD is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and will be sharing the information about various simple procedures that can restore your look – including a mini facelift.   

Register online or call 540-283-4962 to attend this event and learn how you can get fast results with little downtime.

 

winter blues December is Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month. This disorder is commonly referred to as the Winter Blues and affects about 5% of Americans. Shorter days, colder temperatures and holiday stress can all contribute to the Winter Blues.

Here are some tips for the staff at Jefferson Surgical Clinic to help you combat these seasonal blues.

Matthews Child donation box smallMatthew’s Child is a non-profit organization that provides support for foster and adoptive families in Roanoke, Virginia and surrounding areas. The mission of Matthew’s Child is to offer support to children, biological families, foster families and social workers.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic will be contributing to multiple Matthew’s Child programs, including Kids Survival KitsFirst Night Meals, and gifts for children this holiday season.

Throughout December, our various offices will be collecting items for these children and families.

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