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Understanding Bipolar Disorder

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Wellness encompasses both physical and mental health. While many people recognize the health implications of suffering a heart attack or stroke, some individuals may not be as aware of how depression or bipolar disorder can compromise a high quality of life. Bipolar disorder in particular is a condition that can have a resounding impact on every part of a person’s life, making it essential to get appropriate behavioral healthcare for it. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center encourages those who may be experiencing the signs of bipolar disorder to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Why It Happens

Bipolar disorder does not have a conclusive cause. Studies show that the danger of it may go up if an individual has a parent, sibling, or other close relative with the disease. In many cases, though, people with family members diagnosed with bipolar disorder never develop this condition. Conversely, bipolar disorder can arise in individuals with no genetic link to it. As a result, factors outside of heredity may also play a part in the onset of this disease.

What Symptoms It Presents

Bipolar disorder gets its name from the fluctuations in mood and behavior that affected individuals can experience. During a manic episode, bipolar disorder sufferers may exhibit any number of warning signs, including insomnia, impulsive actions, and feelings of elation. If someone with bipolar disorder enters into a depressed state, he may experience symptoms similar to that of traditional depression. The tendency to oversleep, withdraw from friends and family, and consider self-harm are hallmarks of this condition.

How Mental Health Experts Can Treat It

If a person has bipolar disorder, professional treatment is mandatory. Both manic and depressed states can become more severe, resulting in chronic disruptions to a person’s professional and personal life. Behavioral health experts can tailor treatment to the needs of each individual, though, providing the best means to enjoy a healthy and productive future. Mental healthcare often involves varying degrees of therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes to promote mood and behavior stability.

If you are exhibiting signs of bipolar disorder, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center can help. For information on our behavioral health services, call (772) 461-4000. You can also visit our website to view our total healthcare options for the Treasure Coast.

National Nutrition Month Tip

Home made broccoli soup look tasty

Becoming sensible about serving sizes is an important way to maintain a healthy weight, and it's good for your wallet too!


When dining out:

* Instead of a large entree, order an appetitzer and a leafy green salad or choose 2 appetizers for a meal.

* Start with a small serving such of a food as a cup of soup. 

* Ask for a to-go box as soon as your meal is served.  Put half of your food into the container for a second meal.  That's two meals for the price of one!

* Share from start to finish.  Order one appetizer for the whole table and then order one dessert with multiple forks.

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments of Pneumonia

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Pneumonia is a problem that can develop at any time of year, but the winter months often bring more cases of it. This condition can also affect individuals of all ages and lead to life-threatening complications, making it essential to get proper medical care as soon as symptoms present. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center urges those who may have pneumonia to contact our Fort Pierce hospital for immediate professional help.


Pneumonia is not just a more severe cold. It is an infection that prevents the lungs from doing their job of adding oxygen to blood. However, pneumonia can often evolve from a less serious condition such as a cold or flu, so it is important to carefully monitor all symptoms. While viruses frequently are the catalysts for pneumonia, bacteria and even fungus can also trigger the onset of this problem.


Regardless of the cause, pneumonia often presents similar symptoms in those afflicted with it. Under some circumstances, pneumonia may be mistaken for the flu, as both conditions can bring on a fever and body chills. Because the lungs experience inflammation, pneumonia can also make sufferers cough frequently. In some cases, phlegm may present as well. Pneumonia can have a significant impact on a person’s energy levels, too, making it difficult for someone to carry on with his normal everyday activities. Labored breathing may also occur because the lungs are working harder to bring in oxygen and supply blood with it.


Pneumonia demands professional medical care. Depending on the severity of a person’s condition, it may even warrant hospitalization. If a doctor determines that a patient’s pneumonia has a bacterial cause, he may provide medication to kill the germs contributing to the problem. Otherwise, affected individuals may need to simply rest, increase their fluid intake, and practice other means of self-care until their lungs successfully fight off the virus causing their pneumonia.

Are you having trouble breathing, or have you been suffering from a persistent cough? Call (772) 461-4000 to discuss your symptoms with a Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse. Our Fort Pierce healthcare professionals can see to it that you get the care you need and return to health as soon as possible.

Recipe of the Week: 5-ingredient Mac and Cheese made with Quinoa

Dish of Macaroni Cheese

Prep time: 20 minutes; yields 4-6

Cook time: 20 minutes




1 small butternut squash

¼ cup almond milk

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

3-4 cups of cooked quinoa

1 cup goat cheddar or shredded cheese of your choice




Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Peel and seed butternut squash.  Chop into 1” chunks, add to a stock pot, cover with 1” water and boil until fork tender (about 15 minutes).  Drain and transfer to a blender.  Add almond milk and Dijon mustard into blender and blend on high until silky smooth and creamy.  Add more milk as needed. Texture should be thick, but easily pourable.  Transfer to bowl and add quinoa and cheese. Stir until combined.  Put into baking dish and bake for 20-30 minutes, until bubbly


Additional spice options: add paprika, turmeric, chili powder, hot sauce, salt and pepper. 



Nashville, Tenn., March 9, 2015 – Hospital Corporation of America (NYSE: HCA), a leading healthcare provider with 166 hospitals and 113 ambulatory surgery centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom, has been named a World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute for the sixth consecutive year.

Ethisphere is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. The World’s Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes those organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company. There are 132 organizations on Ethisphere’s 2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies. HCA is one of only three healthcare services organizations honored this year.

“Being named one of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies is in large part a reflection of our innovative Ethics and Compliance Program, which serves as a model for others in the healthcare services sector,” said Alan Yuspeh, HCA’s senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer. “Of particular note are our Internal Compliance Reporting process, our Compliance Process Review efforts and our Responsible Executive program.”

As part of HCA’s focus on ethics and compliance, the company has named 42 individuals to serve as Responsible Executives for 46 areas of compliance risk; these individuals provide leadership in developing policies and procedures and training and communication, monitoring implementation and providing guidance in their areas of risk. The Internal Compliance Reporting process requires disclosure to the Ethics and Compliance Department of a wide range of potential regulatory violations, which are investigated and addressed as necessary. Compliance Process Reviews are conducted in each hospital every three to four years with the intent of assessing the facility’s effectiveness in implementing the Company’s Ethics and Compliance Program and providing assistance in improving the facility’s efforts, if necessary. This review program fosters the sharing of best practices among all our facilities. 

In addition, HCA is a leader in environmental practices among healthcare companies. Increasingly, the company is purchasing eco-friendly products, using sustainable building materials, enhancing recycling efforts and using energy and water more efficiently. HCA has installed both solar and geothermal energy sources at facilities and helped lead an industry effort to create standardized environmental questions for healthcare purchases. HCA is a member of Practice GreenHealth and a charter member of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, two organizations that champion eco-friendly practices in healthcare.

HCA also is active philanthropically, supporting agencies that promote health and well-being, support childhood and youth development and foster the arts in Middle Tennessee. The HCA Foundation has awarded grants totaling approximately $25 million since 2008.

“The World’s Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical business practice and improved company performance. These companies use ethics as a means to further define their industry leadership and understand that creating an ethical culture and earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition involves more than just an outward facing message or a handful of senior executives saying the right thing,” said Ethisphere’s chief executive officer, Timothy Erblich. “Earning this recognition involves the collective action of a global workforce from the top down. We congratulate everyone at HCA for this extraordinary achievement.”

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ (EQ) framework developed over years of research to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%). The full list of the 2015 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at




All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used throughout this release refer to HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.

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