Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It’s 2018! Have you made your New Year’s RESOLUTION yet? We at Fayette County Memorial Hospital (FCMH) have made ours and it is all about YOU! Our mission is, and always has been, “To improve the health of our community by providing high-quality patient care and education”. We want to start off the New Year by letting our Mission set our goal for 2018 and invite you to join us at our open house as we kick-off RESOLUTION: HEALTH -- FCMH’s way of helping each of the members of our community focus on their health in 2018. As your partner in health, we will be here to check your blood pressure, measure your body mass index (BMI - a height weight measurement that helps predict health risk), check your pulse, measure your oxygen saturation, and maybe even check your blood sugar --- ALL AT NO CHARGE! RESOLUTION: HEALTH is a FREE event open to everyone (no age restrictions) who are residents of Fayette County.

Each year, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (www.countyhealthrankings.org) publishes a “health” ranking by county for each state. The rankings relate to the overall health of the citizens of the county and include information on length and quality of life, education levels, smoking, air pollution and much more. In 2017, Fayette County ranked 76th out of the 88 counties in Ohio. Not the worst, but far from being the best, or even in the top 10! Out of a possible score of 88 in each of the areas (remember, the higher the number, the worse the ranking!), Fayette County ranked as follows: Length of life 80; Quality of Life 68; Health Factors (over all) 64; Health Behaviors 61. FCMH Medical Surgical Associates is using the results from these rankings to produce a better outreach to the community through events like RESOLUTION: HEALTH and lectures to be scheduled throughout the year. We want to be your health and wellness provider but, more than that, we want you to be healthy and well in 2018 --- and for life!

So please join us at the kick-off for RESOLUTION: HEALTH on January 31st from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00p.m. at 1510 Columbus Avenue, (MAB2) Community Room, Washington CH. Also remember, throughout 2018 we will provide additional educational offerings at no cost to you --- yes, FREE! As well, please follow this column each week as we address the findings of the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps from 2017. FCMH Medical Surgical Associates look forward to seeing you at the event and partnering with you for your health and for life!