Barton County Memorial Hospital

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Living Wills and Health Care Power of Attorney

If you are 18 or older and mentally competent, you have the right to make decisions about your medical treatment.  If you want to control decisions about your health care even when you become unable to express them, you will need an Advance Directive. This is a set of instructions you give about the health care you want in the event you are unable to voice your preference.  Being called on to make a decision about health care for yourself or a loved one can be a confusing and painful task.  If you would like to talk with a hospital staff member who is trained in such matters, please call extension 5109

Diabetes Education

The BCMH Diabetes Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association.  Certified Diabetes Educators and a Registered Dietitian work with patients of all ages to provide increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes.  Nutrition therapy, insulin pump training and management as well as a monthly support group are available.

Chronic Disease  Education

A Registered Nurse Educator provides patients with educations, support and assistance with accessing community resources.  The service is free and available to patients with adult asthma, diabetes, CHF or depression.

Asthma Education

Childhood Asthma Resource Education services are designed to educate families of children with asthma. The BCMH team works with each child's primary physician and school nurse to implement an asthma plan.  Home visits are available.  There is no charge.

Nutrition Counseling Services and Outreach

The Registered Dietitian at BCMH is available to work with patients and community members of all ages to increase education and understanding  of good nutrition.

Foot Care Clinic

Low cost toenail care services by Registered Nurses are available.

Smoking Cessation

The Freedom From Smoking program is provided to the community on a regular basis at various locations.

Interpreters

The hospital has access to interpreters for a number of foreign languages should a patient require it.

Mail, Flowers and Newspapers

Volunteers deliver mail and flowers for patients. Mail that arrives after you have been discharged is forwarded to your home.   Outgoing mail may be left at the nurses' station or given to a volunteer.   News­ papers are distributed throughout inpatient rooms in limited quantities, free of charge.

Notary Public

The services of a notary are available for patients free of charge. For information call Nursing Service at ext. 5113.