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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 driving

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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Community Health & Wellness Calendar

List your event in the new Community Health & Wellness Calendar that Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital is compiling.

  • WHAT – Does your organization have events, meetings or programs specific to health and wellness?
  • WHY – Wouldn’t it be great if one could find programs relating to health and wellness in one location? Ely Bloomenson is trying to achieve just that!
  • WHERE – The Community Health and Wellness Calendar will be advertised monthly by Ely Bloomenson and available in its entirety at ebch.org/events, as well as various other community websites.
  • WHEN – The calendar will run from September 2016 – May 2017.
  • HOW – Please fill out the form below if you would like your organization’s meetings, programs or events to be included on this Community Health and Wellness calendar.
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Community Health Needs Survey

Click to view the Community Health Needs Survey in which EBCH participated in the fall of 2015, now available to the public. The results will be used to identify local health priorities and establish an action plan to improve overall community health. Click here to view the report in your browser or Right click to download and Save.

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BE for Ely

Stay in Ely to receive the care you need from people you know and trust.

Call Ely’s hometown hospital for the answer you need to find comfort for your concerns.

Click here or the image above to see a poster listing all the services the hospital provides and the numbers to call.

BE for Ely!

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