ACT Chronic Heart Failure Program
ACT – Assess. Control. Thrive.
Jefferson Regional Medical Center’s (JRMC) ACT program is uniquely designed to provide care, education and encouragement for those with permanent heart conditions, such as chronic heart failure. The program consists of three components. First is Assess. Jefferson Regional will assess the patient’s ability to participate in the program and provide education about lifestyle modifications, medication management and nutrition. Each participant will receive an individual plan of treatment. Second is Control. Patients will learn to help control their condition through physical fitness, attending exercise classes three times a week at the CHF Outpatient Therapy Center. Third is Thrive. Participants will graduate from the program with the option of joining the Wellness Center with the joining fees waived. A physician referral is required, and the cost is a 20% co-pay per patient. The ACT program is on the first floor of the Jefferson Professional Center I at 1609 West 40th in Pine Bluff.
For more information, call (870) 541-7898.
Cardiac Pulmonary Rehab
Southeast Arkansas Cardiac Pulmonary Rehab at JRMC
Physical rehabilitation and education are administered and overseen by a highly trained Cardiac Rehab staff who are sensitive to the needs of each patient. Information for patients and their families relates to lifestyle, diet and nutrition, relationships and stress. Under the guidance of the Cardiac Rehab staff, patients learn to modify their lifestyles to improve their long-term health. Rehabilitation continues on treadmills, stationary bicycles and select exercise equipment. Participation in this program must be ordered by the physician.
For more information, call (870) 541-7898.
Care Connection of Jefferson Regional is a special healthcare and wellness program designed exclusively for persons 50-plus. At Jefferson Regional, we understand unique healthcare needs. That is why we developed the Care Connection program. Member benefits include visits from the Guest Relations Representative, 2 meal tickets for family or visitors during hospital stays, a free umbrella and discounts at the pharmacy, gift shop and Wellness Centers. You will receive all of these benefits for a one-time joining fee of $10.
For more information call (870) 541-7662.
Reach Every Woman
At Jefferson Regional, cost is never a barrier for women who need mammograms. Our Reach Every Woman program provides clinical breast exams, mammograms and biopsies for women who are uninsured, underinsured, or those who have insurance but have not met their deductible. A physician referral is needed, and women who don’t have a physician will be seen at the UAMS South Central Family Residency Center, formerly known as Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Family Practice Center.
For more information call (870) 541-7661 or (870) 541-7662.
Infant Safe Sleep
Each year in the United States, thousands of babies die suddenly and unexpectedly. These deaths are called SUID (pronounced Soo-id), which stands for “Sudden Unexpected Infant Death.”
SUID includes all unexpected deaths: those without a clear cause, such as SIDS, and those from a known cause, such as suffocation. One-half of all SUID cases are SIDS. Many unexpected infant deaths are accidents, but a disease or something done on purpose can also cause a baby to die suddenly and unexpectedly.
“Sleep-related causes of infant death” are those linked to how or where a baby sleeps or slept. These deaths are due to accidental causes, such as suffocation, entrapment, or strangulation. Entrapment is when the baby gets trapped between two objects, such as a mattress and a wall, and can’t breathe. Strangulation is when something presses on or wraps around the baby’s neck, blocking the baby’s airway. These deaths are not SIDS.
What does an infant safe sleeping environment look like?
To create a safe sleep environment:
- Always place a baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SUID.
- Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet; a crib, bassinet, portable crib or play yard that conforms to the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended.
- Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
- Keep your baby’s sleep area in the same room where you sleep (for the infants first year). Room sharing not bed sharing. Always place the baby in a safety-approved crib, bassinet, portable crib for sleep.
- Sitting devices like bouncy seats, swings, infant carriers or strollers should not be used for routine sleep.
- Keep soft objects such as pillows and blankets, toys and bumpers out of your baby’s sleep area.
- Wedges and positioners should not be used.
- Do not smoke during pregnancy or allow smoking around your baby.
- Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Give your baby a dry pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS after breastfeeding is established.
- Supervised Skin to Skin is recommended to all mothers and infants immediately following birth regardless of feeding or delivery, (as soon as mother is medically stable, awake and able to respond to her newborn) and to continue for at least an hour. Once mother starts to get sleepy, return baby to bassinet.
- Follow health care provider guidance on your baby’s vaccines and regular health checkups.
For additional information and education on safe sleep please visit: https://cribsforkids.org/.