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New blood test eases pain and eliminates wait time

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Blood Test HANCOCK – A new service at Portage Health will make life easier for patients who use Coumadin/warfarin therapy.

These Patients need frequent blood tests to determine the proper dose of the drug.

“Waiting for blood test results can be stressful, but now the results are available immediately,” said Dana Bethancourt, RN. “Getting results sooner makes management of the therapy easier and safer.”

Nurses are able to use a finger stick test instead of traditional methods to make things faster and less painful.

”If patients need a change in their dose of Coumadin/warfarin, they find out at their appointment,” Bethancourt said. “Patients receive in-depth education, including nutritional and safety information to prepare for proper care at home.”

Bethancourt is apart of a team of two nurses and a pharmacist from Portage Health who are certified to administer the finger stick blood tests as part of the new Anticoagulation Management Service.

The service is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Currently the AMS program is accepting patients from Portage Health family practice providers, call 483-1249 with questions.

Foundation Board reelects five directors

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HANCOCK – At its annual meeting, the Portage Health Foundation Board of Directors reelected Roger Helman, Dana Johnson, Terry Kinzel, Brent Peterson and Jerry Quello to three-year terms that will expire in 2014.

“Bringing these five back for another term shows the commitment of our group,” said Jim Bogan, CEO and president of Portage Health and the health foundation’s executive director. “The things our foundation board has done the last few years are quite impressive.”

The non-profit organization was established in 1990 to support the mission of Portage Health.  This mission includes the provision of medical services in multiple settings such as physician services, acute inpatient care, emergency care, outpatient services, home care and elderly living.

“The foundation is imperative to our organization’s growth,” said Bogan. “The foundation’s assets have grown by 14 percent in the last year.”

The five reelected directors are part of a 15-person board. In the election of officers Lennon Mattila Hughes retained the position of president, Helman as vice president and Quello as secretary/treasurer.


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