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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-18-2021

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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34 2021 HEALTH & WELLNESS GUIDE | THE VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 2021 WOONSOCKET – The past year has been an incredibly challenging one for the staff at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, but they haven't let that keep them from moving forward. The pandemic has challenged all hospitals, but Landmark's CEO Mike Souza reports, "Landmark has a great team that's been able to manage all the patients who have come to us, for serious COVID-related issues and for non-COVID care. Our staff has done an amazing job, man- aging the stress of balancing home and work life." "We've continued to move forward, with new equipment and other exciting initiatives," says Souza. One example is Landmark's brand new Women's Imaging Center, now offering 3D mammography, bone density testing and ultrasound services to the women of the community. Says Souza, "It's a one-stop shop for preventative care and diag- nostics. No more having to travel to Providence or Boston for 3D imaging." Other new equipment includes state-of-the- art CAT scan and MRI machines, and a newly renovated catheterization lab, which allows both diagnostic and interventional approaches. Landmark's status as the only STEMI hospital in northern Rhode Island offers cardiac patients top-level care. Says Souza, "If someone's having a cardiac event, this is where they want to be." Also seeing improvements over the past year is the hospital's Wound Care Center, across the street on Cass Avenue, where a new hyper- baric chamber now provides oxygen therapy for wounds that won't heal. Margaret Macek, chief nursing officer at Landmark, said much of 2020 was spent preparing for the second, bigger wave of COVID. Staff accepted the challenges that demanded increased time and effort, she said, while taking all necessary precautions when getting home to protect their own families. She added that staff takes a lot of pride in Landmark's A- grade for safety measures from Leapfrog, which mea- sures hospital performance on a national scale. Public Information Officer Carolyn Kyle echoed Macek's words. One of the great things about Landmark, she said, is the long tradition of the community giving back to the hospital, just as the hospital supports them. Kyle noted that in the past year, the City of Woonsocket and community organized a series of thank-you events, such as a parade of first responders, a Santa drive-by, spontaneous donations of food from dozens of local restaurants, tulip deliveries and other unsolicited gestures. "Too many to mention!" said Kyle. Macek agrees that Landmark is a big part of the surrounding communities. "Not only do people know that they'll get the best nursing and medical care," she said, "but they're proud to come here and to say this is their community hospital." After a year of treating COVID patients, Landmark's staff is now focused more on vac- cinations and antibody infusions, as they look to help end the pandemic. Positioning the hospital for a strong emergence from the pandemic are continuing efforts to build up the medical staff. Recruiting top people, particularly for its OBGYN and maternity areas, is a priority. One area of concern, said Souza, is the downturn in volume from patients seeking the routine care. Many people still fear they'll contract COVID if they come, so they're delaying care. Routine procedures like mammography or lab work are crucial to good health, he said, and keeping up with them could prevent serious issues down the road. Souza wants the community to know that Landmark follows strict safety protocols, and a visit to the hospital is safe. He says if you have any signs that you need medical care, whether it's a sprained ankle or chest pain, this is not the time to hesitate. "Avoidance of care just isn't a good idea," he says. "We want our community to be healthy and vibrant!" Visit for more. Pandemic can't stop progress at Landmark Sponsored Story Landmark Medical Center 115 Cass Avenue Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-769-4100 The main entrance to Landmark Medical Center on Cass Ave. in Woonsocket.

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