Stepping On: Building confidence, reducing falls for older adults
Stepping on is a FREE 7-week class series for adults 65 and over that meets once per week for two hours. Subjects covered include: the role vision plays in keeping balance, how medications can contribute to falls, ways to stay safe when out in your community and how to check your home for safety hazards. Learn more about fall prevention and Stepping On.
Community Engagement Request
St. Anthony Summit Medical Center receives many requests each year asking us to sponsor/engage in community events and programs. Supporting the areas we serve in this way is a reflection of our mission: to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities.
Before submitting a request, please consider the following:
- Sponsorships and events should align with our mission, vision and values. All sponsorships and events should relate to community health improvement or prevention.
- Please make your request at least 60 days prior to your event or sponsorship deadline.
- Completion of this form does not guarantee a donation or sponsorship.
- At this time, we are only able to support non-profit organizations.
Completed requests will be considered by an internal committee. We will contact you within 30 days regarding the status of your request.
High Altitude Health
This is the "high" country
Elevations in Summit County range from 9,000 to 12,000 feet which means the air is thinner and contains less oxygen than at lower elevations. Visitors to Summit County from states where elevations are much lower may experience altitude illness while traveling from low to higher altitudes in one day. The symptoms of altitude illness are similar to the flu and include headache, nausea and difficulty sleeping. The signs of a severe case of altitude illness are shortness of breath, cough, congestion and difficulty with the thought process.
If you feel you are suffering from the symptoms of altitude illness, you should see a physician immediately. More severe cases can be treated with oxygen therapy and the patient may need to be transported to a lower elevation.
Altitude illness can affect anyone, regardless of age or health.
How to Avoid High Altitude Illness
If at all possible, it is suggested you spend an extra day and night in Denver, which has an elevation of 5,280 feet. This will give your body a chance to adjust to the change in altitude a step at a time.
Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills and narcotic pain medicine during your first days here. Alcohol and drugs will escalate the symptoms of altitude illness. Drink plenty of fluids and try to acclimate to the altitude. It is also important to remember the chance for severe sunburn increases at higher elevations. Again, this is because of decreased oxygen. To protect yourself, always use sunscreen and wear sunglasses.
After Care Instructions
If you have been diagnosed as having symptoms of altitude illness, you should know there are two kinds of altitude illness:
Acute Mountain Sickness
This is a mild form of altitude illness which affects 30 to 40 percent of the visitors to Summit County. The symptoms are headache, nausea, vomiting and trouble sleeping. Acute mountain sickness resembles the flu and most people experience symptoms within the first three days after arrival. By the fourth day, the symptoms usually disappear.
For moderate to severe symptoms, a physician's care is necessary. After evaluation and treatment, the physician likely will advise you to avoid alcohol, sleeping pills, narcotics and heavy exercise. Mild exercise is acceptable, and you should drink plenty of fluids. If none of the treatment therapies relieve the symptoms, you will be advised to go to a lower elevation.
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
This is the more severe of the two illnesses. Its symptoms are similar to pneumonia, with congestion and difficulty breathing. These symptoms will increase in severity by the third night of the illness. If you have been diagnosed with High Altitude Pulmonary Edema, you will be treated with oxygen therapy and transported to a lower elevation. Upon returning home, symptoms will go away and normal health will return.
The physicians at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center have years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of altitude illness. Our emergency medical facilities are open 24 hours a day.
Patient Family Advisory Council
St. Anthony Summit Medical Center invites you to become a PFAC Member
At St. Anthony Summit Medical Center we believe the very best patient experience comes from caring for the whole person including their support system. That’s why we are committed to continual examining the care we provide from every angle and why we are recruiting civic minded past patients and family members to provide their unique perspective on our Patient Family Advisory Council.
What is a Patient and Family Advisory Council?
A Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) partners patients and families with members of the healthcare team to provide guidance on how to improve the patient and family experience. As part of this PFAC process, patients and families are invited to serve on hospital committees to ensure that the consumer’s point of view, perspective, and experience are not only heard, but also integrated into the service and quality improvements that are engineered to ensure high-quality, customer-centered care. Through their unique perspectives, they give input on issues that impact care, ensuring that the next patient or family member’s journey is easier.
Benefits of a Patient and Family Advisory Council?
- Enhance the patient centered care environment at the hospital
- Provides collaboration between providers, patients and caregivers for better management of chronic conditions and improved adherence to treatment regimens.
- Service care coordination that meets the consumer needs and priorities
- Provides a learning environment to understand the challenges of the healthcare environment
Who can become a St. Anthony Summit Medical Center Patient and Family Advisory Council member?
Patient & Family Advisory Council (PFAC) helps promote patient and family centered values, activities and policies throughout Summit Medical Center as a council member.
- Current or former patients, family members or primary caregivers of a current or former patient
- Hospital associates
- People who are enthusiastic about the health care system’s mission of excellence, quality, safety, community focus and customer satisfaction
- People who have a desire to make a positive difference for other patients and families
If you have questions, regarding the PFAC, contact us.
- Phone: 970-668-9035
Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention ProgramImpact Free: Keeping your Head in the Sport
Thank you for your interest in the SASMC traumatic brain injury program. Please view and share our free educational video with students, athletes, coaches, educators, counselors, and health care providers. It is our goal to enhance the understanding of TBI and concussions for our patients and community members.
Educating our community about prevention and providing recovery programs for patients with concussions and brain injury.
An estimated 1.2 - 3.8 million sports or recreation related concussions occur annually in the United States and over 200,000 Coloradans live with the health effects of a brain injury (AAN, 2013; BIAC, 2014). In Colorado approximately 5,200 hospitalizations and 27,000 emergency room visits are related to traumatic brain injury annually (CBIP, 2014). Additionally, TBIs and concussions are the number one reported traumatic injury at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center and in Summit County.
What is a TBI?
A traumatic brain injury can be any type of damage to the brain resulting from a traumatic event such as impacting the head while skiing or bicycling. However, many brain injuries occur from infection, tumors, toxins, lack of oxygen, or stroke (BIAC, 2014). A concussion is a term used to commonly describe a mild TBI. A person does not need to lose consciousness to sustain a concussion and can still occur while wearing a helmet. A concussion is a clinical diagnosis made by a licensed medical professional after a careful evaluation of the injured individual. A concussion cannot be viewed on a CAT scan or MRI.
What you need to know
TBIs and concussions can present differently in different people and the severity of the symptoms or outcome cannot be determined at the time of injury. Common symptoms following a concussion can range from mild to severe and often involve: confusion, memory loss, nausea or vomiting, headache, balance or vision problems and extreme emotional reactions (McAvoy, 2011). However, most concussions resolve successfully if managed well within the first few weeks after an injury (McAvoy, 2011). A brain-injured person needs time to rest, both physically and cognitively, and should avoid activities that may increase the chances for further injury to the brain. If you, or someone you know, have sustained an impact or jolt to the head you should be evaluated by a medical professional.
How we can help
Often a person may be unaware they have even sustained a concussion. If you are experiencing continued or worsening symptoms after an injury or accident such as headache, dizziness, balance or vision problems, fatigue, sadness, irritability or trouble concentrating you may have a concussion and be experiencing what is called Post-Concussion Syndrome.
There is help available and St Anthony Summit Medical Center can assist individuals find the treatment and care they need to recover and heal from a traumatic brain injury or concussion. The SASMC TBI program is supported by a Nurse Navigator experienced in working with individuals who have sustained a TBI and is familiar with the resources available both locally and state-wide to help those affected by a brain injury. The Nurse Navigator can consult with individuals and families to create an individualized plan for recovery. Additionally, the TBI program hosts two monthly support group meetings and offers multiple community events and educational presentations to promote TBI awareness, prevention, and treatment in Summit County.
For questions or more information regarding the TBI program at SASMC, contact us.
- Phone: 970-668-6121