Wooster Community Hospital offers the most advanced technology in Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Image PET is combined with Computerized Tomograpy (CT) to create a sophisticated, non-invasive diagnostic study of the biochemistry and physiologic function of the human body.
PET is a remarkable imaging tool that provides physicians important and specific information about the function of organs and cells within your body. CT creates images with exquisite anatomical detail. The resulting fused images provide extremely useful information for the diagnosis of disease and management of patients.
There are a number of procedures performed in Nuclear Medicine. Preparations for each procedure varies. Examinations can be performed to evaluate the heart, kidneys, bones, and thyroid to name a few. Some tests may require fasting and being off your medications (per your physician's recommendation only), while others allow you to eat.
All Nuclear Medicine exams require administration of a RadioIsotope via an IV injection, oral administration, or inhaled. The purpose of the RadioIsotope is to allow visualization of anatomy as well as physiology of the area in question.
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- The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer has designated Wooster Community Hospital's Cancer Program as an Approved Program. Approved Programs are involved with prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, and support services.
- Recognizing that cancer is a complex group of diseases, the Commission on Cancer Program Standards promote consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary cooperation results in improved patient care.
- One of the keys to the success for a Commission on Cancer Approved Cancer Program is that the hospital must provide state-of-the-art pretreatment evaluation, staging, treatment, and clinical follow-up for cancer patients seen at the facility for primary, secondary, or tertiary care.
The Nutrition & Diabetes Services Department offers nutrition education, medical nutrition therapy, and Diabetes Self-Management Education. Our qualified staff of nurse and dietitians provide support and guidance for a wide variety of nutritional needs.
Wooster Community Hospital, orthopedic program has been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Center of Excellence. Whether you are a high school student athlete, weekend warrior or considering Joint Replacement, Wooster Community Hospital has teamed with local physicians and The Ohio State Medical Center to provide superior outcomes for all your orthopedic needs.
Our specialized and experienced staff of Physicians, Anesthesiologists, Nurses and Therapists are dedicated to providing the most personalized care for any of your orthopedic conditions or problems.
The Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Healing Center is staffed with a unique team of specialists all dedicated to healing chronic wounds. The combined knowledge of our team members creates a multidisciplinary approach to wound management. We are dedicated to healing wounds that have not yet responded to treatment.
In addition to providing Wound Treatment, we also have two Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Chambers, allowing us to provide HBO therapy to patients for whom it is appropriate.
Services that allow the competitive athlete to maximize their rehab potential are encouraged. A treatment plan based on the nature of the athlete's injury and active involvement of the doctor, coach and parent. Once the safety of the athlete is established we aggressively pursue the goals of the athlete.
If you or someone you know needs help recovering from an illness or injury, Wooster Community Hospital's Home Health Department is at your service. Our professional team of nurses, therapists, social workers and home health aides provides in-home care to patients and families in a Wayne, Holmes, and Ashland counties. Our goal is to offer compassionate care while helping patients regain as much independence as possible.
Home Health Services are available to individuals who need skilled care due to an ongoing condition, disability or recent illness. Hospitalization is not required before receiving care. To qualify for our Home Health program, the patient must be under a physician's care and must generally be confined to their home. This means your condition does not permit leaving the home on a regular basis or leaving the home is a hardship.
A registered nurse is on-call 24 hours a day for our clients.
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Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) make up the majority of patients who are referred to the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program. However, studies have shown that pulmonary rehabilitation is beneficial for patients with other chronic respiratory diseases that result in a decreased functional capacity or decreased quality of life. This would include patients with restrictive lung disease such as interstitial lung disease and patients with neuromuscular diseases.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is tailored to meet the patient’s individual needs and goals. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines are based on clinical practice guidelines and direct that particular components be included in a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation program uses exercise and education to help cardiac patients once again enjoy activities they consider important to a high quality of life. The program offers Phase 2 and Phase 3 cardiac rehabilitation.
- Patients entering Phase 2 cardiac rehab undergo a detailed assessment and orientation prior to starting the program. A doctor's referral is required. Nurses and an exercise physiologist closely supervise and monitor the group exercise sessions monitoring heart rate and heart rhythms. Blood pressure is also checked. The exercise sessions take place three times per week and normally continue for 12 weeks. Exercise levels are adjusted individually as patients progress through the program. The facility includes a variety of exercise machines. Patients and family members are encouraged to attend classes about healthy lifestyles. At the end of Phase 2 each patient is given an exercise prescription for home exercise to that physical fitness levels can be maintained. Medicare and most commercial insurers cover the cost of the Phase 2 program.
- Phase 3 of cardiac rehabilitation is an exercise maintenance program for those who want to continue exercising in a clinically supervised setting. Participants use the same equipment they used in Phase 2, but no longer wear a heart monitor.
- Education about heart disease is also an important part of the rehabilitation process at Wooster Community Hospital. Patients and their families are given information on a wide variety of topics, all of which are related to recovering from heart disease and preventing future heart disease. Topics include the anatomy and physiology of the heart, cardiac medications, and risk factors associated with heart disease. This education begins while the patient is still in the hospital and is expanded greatly in the outpatient Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. An individual's risk factors are identified early on and strategies for reducing them are outlined.
- Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, losing weight, increasing physical activity levels, controlling blood pressure and reducing blood cholesterol levels can reduce the risk of future heart disease. All participants in the Phase 2 program are referred to a clinical dietitian for advice on healthy eating.