Devon Energy Corporation donated $1,000 to CCMH-Gillette EMS and $1,000 to
CCMH-Wright EMS on August 30. Devon Energy regularly donates to emergency medical services and volunteer fire departments in their operation areas as a way of showing gratitude for knowing essential safety services are available when needed.
New Cancer Care Equipment on the Way
In September, the Heptner Cancer Center Radiation Oncology department receives a new Linear Accelerator (LINAC). A LINAC is most commonly used for external beam radiation treatments to all parts/organs of the body for patients with cancer. It delivers high-energy x-rays to a specified region of the patient's tumor. The new machine features electronic portal imaging, which better helps therapists determine the location of the patient's tumor and how treatment is working.
The machine is expected to take five weeks to install. September 14 is the last day patients are treated in Gillette. In the interim, patients will board a Coach America bus at the Heptner Cancer Center and ride to Welch Cancer Center in Sheridan for treatment. The LINAC is scheduled to be working by October 29.
For more information, contact Leigh Worsley, MS, RTT, CMD, Heptner Cancer Center Manager and Medical Physicist, at (307) 688-1962.
Assisted Parking Begins
The Assisted Parking program begins September 4. Assisted parking replaces the valet parking program, which was implemented during construction of the CCMH expansion when parking was restricted and access to the main entrance was limited.
Six designated parking spots are available in the parking garage, closest to the covered walkway, to help patients and visitors who need assistance into the hospital. A phone in the parking garage vestibule connects directly to Security staff.
Assisted parking can also be accessed before arriving at the hospital by calling 688-1138. If assistance is needed back to their vehicle, the patient can ask the clinic or hospital service to contact assisted parking for them. The service is available 24/7.
Junior Volunteer Reception
CEO Bob Morasko praises junior volunteers for their hard work this summer. CCMH would like to thank nearly 50 teens who participated in the summer Junior Volunteer program-as of August 14, the group spent a total of 1,855.4 hours volunteering! The program is designed for teens ages 12-18 and has them spend at least three hours a week at CCMH. For more information on next year's Junior Volunteer program, contact Lacey Henningsen at ext. 1536.
Sleep Disorders Support Group Meeting
The AWAKE support group meets September 4, from 7-8 pm in the Wyoming Room of the Campbell County Public Library. The group is free and open to anyone with questions about snoring, daytime sleepiness, restless legs, insomnia, unexplained high blood pressure, or those currently on C-PAP or BI-PAP for sleep apnea. Contact Dessie Hoxie at the Sleep Disorders Clinic at 688.2350 for more information.
Suicide Prevention Week
The City of Gillette will approve a proclamation September 4 recognizing September 9-15 as Suicide Prevention Week. The week overlaps World Suicide Prevention Day, recognized and supported by the World Health Organization. Behavioral Health Services has information in the departments main lobby (fifth floor of the hospital) on how to prevent suicide and what you can do to help someone in need. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the third leading cause of death in people between the ages of 15-24, which has more than doubled since the mid-1950s. The suicide rate remains highest for adults over the age of 75.
CCMH Parenting Classes
Nurturing Parenting and
Becoming a Love and Logic Parent® classes begin September 5 at Hillcrest Elementary School, 1500 Butler Spaeth Rd. Both classes are sponsored by CCMH Behavioral Health Services. A meal is included at each session, and childcare is provided for children under age 5. Children ages 6-11 attend the children's curriculum. Contact Jessica Boyd at 688.5026 or
email@example.com for information about course fees and to register.
Please do not call Hillcrest School for program information.
Car Seat Check and Bike Rodeo
Safe Kids Campbell County is sponsoring a car seat check and bike rodeo on September 8 from 10 am-2 pm at Campbell County Public Health, 2301 4-J Road in Gillette. Booster seat replacements are available on a first come, first served basis free of charge and other car seat replacement items will be available for a $30 contribution. Call 688-SAFE (7233) or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information.