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Is A Mammogram Painful?

Woman Smiling Talk to twenty women who have had more than one mammogram in their life, and you will get several different answers to the question: “Is a mammogram painful?”

Uncomfortable and scary may be a common answer. A few might say painful, but it only lasted a few seconds. Others may say it was no big deal.

Anxiety about the test, your personal pain threshold, and the technician all play a huge part in a woman’s perspective relative to their mammogram

Let’s discover a few tips to reduce any discomfort during a mammogram, and review why a mammogram should be an essential part of a woman’s health plan.

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Employee of the Quarter (Business Services)

Meet our Employee of the Quarter for Business Services!
 
Kelly M.– Admitting: Kelly has diligently taken on learning, keeping current on constant changes, and working the visit coordinator position all while continuing to perform at a very high level in her Patient Care Coordinator role. She brings a ceaseless effort to everything she does and bottomless positivity. Kelly makes every effort to represent SWDIC as a step above the rest.
Here are some fun facts about her:
 
1) How many years have you worked at SWDIC?
 
I have worked here for about 2.5 years.
 
2) What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
 
Seeing patients come in looking nervous, but leaving with a smile on their face.
 
3) Cowboys, Rangers, or Mavericks?
 
Rangers!
 
4) What’s #1 on your bucket list?
 
To go visit the Maldives.
 
5) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
 
Other than the Maldives, Bora Bora, Spain and Italy.
 
6) What’s your favorite food?
 
I’m always in the mood for mac’n’cheese.
 
7) What would you do if someone gave you $100 today?
 
I would save it.
 
8) What’s your favorite color?
 
A Mediterranean blue
 
9) What are your hobbies?
 
Traveling and spending time with family
 
10) Who is your favorite singer/band?
 
I don’t have one, but I’ve recently been listening to the band, The Boxer Rebellion, a lot.
 
11) Where did you go to high school/college?
 
I graduated from Plano East High School and graduated college from Ouachita Baptist University.
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Employee of the Quarter (Technical Division)

Meet our Employee of the Quarter for our Technical Division!

Crystal N. – Business Systems: Crystal has effectively juggled multiple system tasks to include but certainly not limited to being liaison for 3 server builds; successfully assisting with vendor development of new SWDIC technology to better serve our patients; the development and implementation of new clinical technology allowing SWDIC and CMI’s operations and patient flow to be more efficient; and supervising her own staff as they test the viability of the upcoming new RIS version. Crystal’s attitude and demeanor through all of this has been exemplary, never hesitating to stop and assist others with questions, and offering solutions to problematic issues; and tirelessly working with both Technical and Business Services staff. Her passion, knowledge and dedication are true assets to SWDIC.

Here are some fun facts about her:

1) How many years have you worked at SWDIC? – 10
2) What’s the most rewarding part of your job? – Helping users find solutions
3) Cowboys, Rangers, or Mavericks? – Cowboys
4) What’s #1 on your bucket list? – Skydive
5) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? – Italy
6) What’s your lucky number – 7
7) What’s your favorite food? – All food 
8) What would you do if someone gave you $100 today? – Get a massage
9) What are your hobbies? – What are hobbies? I have two newish babies under 3…
10) What is your favorite season of the year? – Spring
11) Where did you go to high school/college? – New Mexico State University (NMSU) and University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)

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Roller Coasters, Summer Activities, And Your Spine

Couple at Amusement ParkThe dog days of summer are approaching with warm weather and vacation plans.

Perhaps you have a road trip nearing that you’ve been planning for months. Maybe you just want to have a “staycation” this year and do some gardening and chores around the house. Whatever form your relaxation takes, always be aware of your spine. No one wants to arrive at their destination or come home with back pain.

Let’s look at some warm weather snafu that can ruin your summer fun.

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March is National Nutrition Month

Girl eating healthy“Go Further With Food” is the theme for the 2018 National Nutrition Month. Each year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics holds a campaign to showcase how to eat right regardless of your lifestyle.

Before you decide this doesn’t apply to you and your family, think again. Our lives are busy and it’s easy to lose proper focus on what we eat each day. After school activities, work, scheduling conflicts, and multitasking, in general, can all present challenges to maintaining a healthy diet.

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Meet our Employee of the Quarter!

Meet our Employee of the Quarter!

Renae M., RN – Myelogram Coordinator: She has really gone above and beyond, this last quarter especially. We were short staffed at the busiest time of the year. She came in on her days off, filled in with training our new nurse and on many occasions she took care of employee health related duties also. She has floated to all departments without having to be asked to check on her coworkers. She has been the person we can depend on most with the green slips while Dwayne was out. We know we can depend on Renae, not just as an outstanding nurse and employee, but also as a role model. We truly appreciate her being a great team player. Read the rest of this entry »

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Three Easy Steps to Prevent the Flu in Dallas TX

Girl with the FluPer the CDC’s latest reports, the flu has now been reported as widespread in 42 states plus New York City and the District of Columbia, with 53 pediatric flu-related deaths reported so far. What this means for most, and certainly those with children, is that the flu is much closer to you and your home than you may think. While most of the recommendations for prevention should be practiced throughout the year, it’s more important right now to follow these steps to prevent sickness for not only you and your family, but numerous others.

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3-D Mammograms in Dallas TX

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3-D mammograms are a powerful tool in breast cancer detection. In fact, studies show that 3-D mammograms are seven percent more accurate than traditional mammograms. Getting ready for your appointment? Here’s what you need to know about 3-D mammograms:

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The Truth About Mammogram False Positives

screening mammogramAccording to a recent article by the American Association for Cancer Research, 16 percent of women will get called back for further testing after their first mammogram, and 10 percent will be called after subsequent mammograms. While the call-back percentage is high, only about 0.5 percent of those women will have cancer.

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Employee of the Quarter (Technical Services)

Meet our Employee of the Quarter (Technical Services):

Darlene H. – Confirmations Supervisor: We are so very fortunate to have Darlene leading our Confirmations department. Her leadership in that department is an exceptional example of dedication, integrity, and teamwork. The confirmation department, under Darlene’s supervision, has brought about many positive changes to strengthen, grow and continue keeping the standards of high customer care at SWDIC.

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