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3D Mammograms Now Available

Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital is excited to offer Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health (1).  Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.*

EBCH is committed to the fight against breast cancer.  In offering the Genius exam, our radiology department provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening.  If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact the EBCH Radiology Department at 218-365-8737.

About 3D Mammography

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time.  A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

The Hologic system is the only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system as approved by the FDA. The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.

Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam.  The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (2). Findings include:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers.
  • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.

The Hologic system is the first FDA-approved breast tomosynthesis system in the U.S. Hologic Genius 3D Mammography™ exams are now available in all 50 states and over 50 countries. To date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this advanced screening system – and we are proud to offer them here at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital!

*Compared to 2D Mammography

(1) Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams are available only on the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions® system.

(2) Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, Durand MA, Plecha DM, Greenberg JS, Hayes MK, Copit DS, Carlson KL, Cink TM, Barke LD, Greer LN, Miller DP, Conant EF, Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography, JAMA June 25, 2014

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60th Anniversary

60th Anniversary Celebration

Come help the hospital celebrate its 60th Anniversary on August 19th in Whiteside Park, where you’ll be able to walk through the MEGA Body Exhibit and peruse a Health Expo.

The celebration will kick off with opening remarks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 am. This family-friendly event is free and open to all as the hospital’s way of saying “thank you” for supporting us for the past 60 years. The festivities continue until 4:00 pm.

Inflatable MEGA Body

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The Medical Inflatables’™ MEGA Body Exhibit is a larger-than-life, walk-through model of the entire human body, where children and adults alike can experience the inner workings of various systems of the body, and learn that the choices we make can have a huge effect on our well-being today and in the future.  The exhibit is available through a generous donation from the Ely Health and Hospital Foundation.

Also available is a Health Expo with tables sponsored by a wide variety of local promoters of healthy living.  There will be hand-outs, giveaways, demonstrations and speakers throughout the day.

If you are interested in sponsoring a table or learning about some of the opportunities that EBCH has to offer groups and organizations interested in using this event as a fundraiser, please contact event coordinator Jodi Martin at 218-365-8739 for more details.

60th Anniversary Celebrations

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lemonade stand

Lemonade Stand Benefits EBCH

The spirit of giving is still alive and well in Ely as was demonstrated on July 14th and 15th at the home of the Jamnick family.  Six great-great grandchildren of Edward Zupancich, a founding member of the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital Board of Directors, held a lemonade stand to raise money to purchase each of the young family members a share in the hospital.

“Our grandparents (Ed and Molly) were supporters of this facility through being a board member and Molly being a hospital volunteer.  We feel that it is important for this younger generation to be part of this community we love and the community support is important. Through the community, we raised $483 and with the support of our family, we contributed the rest to make their $600 goal for each one to have a share,” said family member Theresa Harris.

The family knew of the goal set by Community Benefit and Public Relations Coordinator for the hospital, Jodi Martin, to sell 60 new shares throughout 2017 in celebration of our 60th Anniversary and used their annual “Jamnick Family Fun Weekend” as an amazing way to help the hospital reach that goal!

Shown in the photo above:  Past Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital CEO, John Fossum; Harrison O’Neill – grandson of Theresa Harris; Jackson Jamnick – grandson of Joe Jamnick; Madison Jamnick – granddaughter of Joe Jamnick; Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital CFO, Scott Kellerman.

Being a shareholder allows individuals and businesses a say in hospital business through the election of board members at our annual meeting. Shares are sold today for the same price as they were in 1957 of $100.  Become a Member and buy a share today!


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Summer Safety Tips

The snow is finally melted, the lakes are open and the kids are counting down the days until school is out.  That can only mean one thing…summer is almost here!

Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital would like to remind you of some important health and safety tips as you are out enjoying the summer season.  The sun is extremely powerful in the summer months and can cause not only painful sunburn but is considered to be one of the main contributing factors to skin cancer as well.  According to the Skin Cancer Foundations website, “The vast majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. In fact, one UK study found that about 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.”  Always try and wear a 30 SPF or higher sunscreen that contains both UVA and UVB protection; this is typically indicated on the label as “broad spectrum”.

Sunscreen does not last all day, think about reapplying after swimming, sweating or being out in the sun for more than two hours.  Better yet, cover up. Wearing long sleeve, light weight and color clothing along with a wide brimmed hat can add to your sun protection strategy.  Keep in mind that midday is the hottest part of the day and offers the most opportunity of heat related illness such as heat exhaustion or sunburn.  If possible, seek shade during the peak hours of 11:00 am-4:00 pm and try to plan your most strenuous tasks or outdoor activities for children in the morning or evening.

When thinking about sun protection, consider your whole body.  Wear sunglasses that provide at least 99% protection from UVA and UVB rays and, whether you are playing a summer sport or doing household chores like mowing the lawn, consider sunglasses with safety glass for added protection.  Did you know that shiny lip gloss can actually absorb light and cause painful burned lips?  Protect your lips by using a lip balm that contains a minimum of 30 SPF.

Some of the summer health and safety concerns for you and your family include items that you probably already consider year round such as diet, sleep and exercise but sometimes in the chaos created by summer we lose track of what is important for an overall healthy lifestyle.  Summer is the perfect time to give your diet a “berry boost”.  Berries such as blueberries and blackberries are abundant and in season all summer and contain antioxidants and fiber that are important to a well balanced diet.  Plenty of fluids are also a vital part of your summer diet and that means water not caffeine or alcohol which both induce the need to urinate and increase your risk of dehydration.  Sleep well, it is important that just because it is light out later that we resist the urge to stay up later.  Getting the correct amount of sleep every night, that is 7-9 hours a day for adults, is crucial to a healthy lifestyle.

Some final things to consider when thinking about summer safety are not things we think about everyday but they are no less important.  Food-borne illness dramatically increases in the summer.  Keep food safe during cookouts and camping trips by handling, preparing and cooking food properly.  When having your summer cookouts and camping trips, keep in mind the importance of safeguarding yourself against mosquito and tick-borne illness.  Wear long sleeves and long pants when you know you’ll be in areas with a lot of ticks and mosquitos.  If possible treat your clothing with permethrin and always use insect repellent.

Everyone at Ely-Bloomenson wishes your family a safe, happy and healthy summer!

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Poison Prevention

“Poison” doesn’t always just mean the usual substances we think of such as cleaning supplies, insecticides and pest control products. Poisoning can happen with things we see in our homes every day. According to the National Poison Prevention Council (the Council), “In reality, anything can be poisonous when used in the wrong amount, in the wrong way, or by the wrong person. Even medicines which are designed to help us maintain our health can be poisonous.”  That is what students learned on April 6, 2017 when students in Kindergarten through 8th grade visited Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital (EBCH) to learn a little bit about poisons and create a poster that will be submitted to the  Council’s annual contest.

Jayden & Lindi Zemke and Violet Udovich hard at work on their poison prevention postersOnce students had a chance to finish their afterschool snack and learn some of the poison prevention information it was time to go to work.  Crayons, markers, colored pencils and chalk filled the 11×17 pages that would become their artwork submissions.  The posters they created could convey one or more of the five National Poison Prevention Week themes or any of the items we talked about during our poison prevention discussion.

The daily themes for National Poison Prevention Week include:

  1. Children Act Fast…So Do Poisons
  2. Poison Centers: Saving You Time and Money
  3. Poisonings Span A Lifetime
  4. Home Safe Home
  5. Medicine Safety

Ella Nappa hard at work on her poison prevention poster

Lindi Zemke shows off her finished poster

Judith Ann Meador with her finished product

Jayden Zemke with his finished poster

Frank Udovich III shows us his poster submission

Hospital staff took care to assure the posters will arrive by the May 15, 2017 deadline.  Prizes are awarded in three divisions: kindergarten through 2nd grade, 3rd through 5th grade and 6th through 8th grade.  The winning selections from each division will have their poster transformed to include the National Poison Prevention Week dates, the artist name, the Poison Helpline phone number and the Council’s address and website.  The winning posters are then published and distributed nationally and will be available during the 2018 National Poison Prevention Week Campaign, which takes place annually during the third week of March.

This event was put together by Ely-Bloomenson as a community benefit to teach Kids about the dangers of poison while having a little bit of fun.  We are trying to use this year in celebration of our 60th Anniversary as a catalyst to provide more community benefit opportunities that involve children.  We believe that when they have opportunities to visit the hospital for fun things it might just make it a little less stressful when they need to visit us for an emergency.

This is the first event of this kind that Ely-Bloomenson has held in some time and is just one of many events planned for 2017.  There are several events currently in various planning stages with our big 60th Anniversary celebration scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Whiteside Park, where EBCH, with funding assistance from a generous donation from the Ely Health and Hospital Foundation, will present the Medical Inflatable™, MEGA Body Exhibit and Health Expo.  Event information will follow throughout the summer but mark your calendar now and be sure not to miss this exciting event.  The MEGA Body Exhibit will be open to the public and totally free to attend as the hospital’s way of saying “Thank you” for 60 years of supporting local, independent health care for Ely and our surrounding service area.

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carbon monoxide danger

Beware of Carbon Monoxide Danger

Each winter we see these little villages pop up all over our frozen lakes here in Ely and the surrounding area. It’s ice fishing time again!!  Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital would like to remind you of a colorless, odorless danger that sends between 8,000-15,000 people to hospitals annually and can sink your chances at catching the “Big One” –

Carbon Monoxide

According to the Minnesota Department of Health website Carbon Monoxide is often known as the “silent killer” because initial symptoms are flu like and include; nausea, dizziness, weakness, intense headache and shortness of breath.  These symptoms are often missed or ignored until eventually the victim losses consciousness and is unable to escape to safety.

NEVER use camp stoves, charcoal grills, fuel burning lanterns or generators inside your fish house.  Heating equipment should be inspected often and in good working order.  It is also a good idea to install a Carbon Monoxide detector and NEVER ignore the alarm.

Ely-Bloomenson would like to remind you that winter is a particularly dangerous time for Carbon Monoxide poisoning and your ice house is not the only house at risk.  In your home have your furnace inspected annually by a qualified technician.  Also, never leave your vehicle idling in a closed garage.  Back your vehicle out and be sure that the exhaust pipes are clear of ice and snow.

This winter safety reminder is brought to you by your friends at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital.

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Don’t be SAD

Who hasn’t said “I have the winter blahs!!”  I know I have.  We sometimes feel that way here in Northern Minnesota when we’ve been shoveling for days, the temperature hasn’t been above zero and we haven’t seen the sun for a week.

Well, what if it’s more than just the winter “blahs?”

According to the Mayo Clinic website, “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in season.”  SAD typically affects people beginning in the late fall through winter and although less common can affect people during spring and summer.

Common symptoms for winter onset SAD can include irritability, trouble getting along, over sleeping, hypersensitivity, change in appetite, and weight gain.  Spring and summer onset symptoms include depression, weight loss, poor appetite, trouble sleeping, and high anxiety.

It is recommended that you see your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: changes in  your sleeping and eating habits, feeling hopeless, thoughts of suicide, or turning to alcohol for comfort or relaxation.

Treatments for SAD can include psychotherapy, light therapy, antidepressant medication, or holistic alternatives such as melatonin, acupuncture, or yoga.  As always, consult your doctor before beginning any form of treatment.

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Winter Tips

Anything can happen during winter as we all saw from the blanket of snow and gale force winds that hit our neck of the woods on November 18th.  Winter comes every year but yet we always seem to have a certain level of “unpreparedness.”

Here are some winter safety tips to keep in mind as we head into December and the Northern Minnesota Deep Freeze brought to you by Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital:

  •  Watch the road conditions and always keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that contains a minimum of a working flashlight, some basic first aid supplies, non-perishable, high energy food and wooden matches in a waterproof container.
  • Avoid back strains and injuries while shoveling or using a snow blower by always stretching first and taking frequent breaks.
  • Watch for frostbite and hypothermia and get treatment immediately if you feel you have been exposed.
  • Be sure you have a carbon monoxide detector with new batteries near every bedroom and never ignore the alarm.  Remember Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that sends 20,000 people annually to emergency rooms.

Everyone at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital wishes you all a safe and happy winter season!!  Get out there and enjoy all that Ely has to offer!!

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Jodi Martin, EBCH Community Benefit and Public Relations Coordinator, presents a donation from Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital staff to volunteers from the Ely Food Shelf.


Thank you to all the EBCH employees who donated to raise food & funds for the Ely Food Shelf through our  November “Positive Thursday” Campaign. With your help we were able to donate 170 pounds of food and goods plus $221.00 (which equals over $2000.00 in buying power for the food shelf!).  Shown in the picture is Jodi Martin, EBCH Community Benefit and Public Relations Coordinator, presenting a donation from Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital staff to volunteers from the Ely Food Shelf.

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Get Your Mammogram

Your screening mammogram DOES NOT require a doctor’s order. We have SAGE Program options available for uninsured, high deductible, high c0-pay.

SAGE is a Cancer Screening Program designed to keep Minnesotans healthy through screening and early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. A coordinated office visit including a breast exam and cervical cancer screening can be FREE along with a screening mammogram for qualified woman at participating locations.

Our Radiology Department here at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital offers free screening mammograms for all women over the age of 40 who qualify for the SAGE Program.  The program is designed to assist patients who are uninsured, have insurance that does not cover screenings, insurance that has a high deductible or co-pay or those who meet the income guidelines for the program.

The SAGE Program provides a staffed call center to assist Minnesota callers determine their eligibility.  You can contact them Monday-Friday 8:00 – 5:00 at 1-888-643-2584 or visit the Minnesota Department of Health website for more details.

Then call us here at the EBCH Radiology Department 218-365-8737 to schedule an appointment.  Remember to ask us about appointments during lunch and after work too!

Schedule a mammogram today at 218-365-8737.

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