Meeting the Community's
Needs

For Rosemary Younts, her ten
year career at Dignity Health is
fueled by her passion...

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Helping Others Survive
the Post Holiday Slump

Whether the end of the holiday
season has left you feeling
sad or feeling relieved...

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Meeting the Community's Needs


For Rosemary Younts, her ten year career at Dignity Health is fueled by her passion for what she does. "I've had other careers but I wish I had been in this career my entire life. Seeing the difference that is being made in people's lives is just priceless."

Rosemary is the Community Benefit Director for Dignity Health in Sacramento, overseeing the community benefit of the six area Dignity Health hospitals (Mercy General, Mercy San Juan, Methodist, Mercy Folsom, Woodland Healthcare and Sierra Nevada Memorial in Grass Valley). Rosemary defines community benefit as the programs and services the hospitals support that improve the health of the community.

"Community benefit includes charity care but at Dignity Health it also includes many things which touch on our mission," Rosemary explains. "What sets us apart from other healthcare providers is the mission of our founders, the Sisters of Mercy. We are called to serve the sick and the poor and improve the health of the community. Because of that, we take a more direct, hands-on approach to community benefit."

For Rosemary and the entire community benefit team at Dignity Health, that mission comes to life in the form of initiatives like the ER Patient Navigator Program. "The Patient Navigator Program is a great example of community organizations collaborating together to meet a need. In this case, the need is among patients who are seeking primary care in hospital Emergency Departments. Through the program, we are able to ensure they get the care they need while also getting connected to primary care providers who can assist them and prevent unnecessary ER visits."

Another example of a successful community benefit program is the Chronic Disease Self Management Program. "We identified a major health issue in our community - uncontrolled chronic illness, in this case - diabetes. Through this program, we are able to reach people in their communities and enroll them in a six week workshop to help them better manage their disease. Ninety percent of the program graduates are NOT readmitted to the hospital, which is a huge success."

Through these types of programs, Rosemary is able to see the health of the community improving in very concrete ways. "What I love about my role here at Dignity Health is the direct connection I have to the community. It keeps me passionate about my work!"

While Rosemary recognizes that these are challenging times for many communities and also for the healthcare industry, she says that in those challenges are also opportunities. "Where there are people struggling, there is opportunity for us to serve and help. It is in these challenges that we can make a real difference!"

When she is not working to serve others, Rosemary enjoys spending time with her two grown kids. She also sings with the band Have Mercy - comprised of physicians from Mercy Hospital of Folsom. "I love it! It's so much fun. I don't know how good we are, but we sure have a good time!" Proof that you can be passionate at work AND at play!

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Helping Others Survive the Post Holiday Slump


Whether the end of the holiday season has left you feeling sad or feeling relieved - you are not alone. Dignity Health Psychologist Stephanie Parmely sees people dealing with both reactions every year. "For some people, the holidays are a tough time because of family problems or previous loss," she explains. "Having the holidays behind them is a relief. For other people, the holidays may be something they look forward to so much and for so long that they are left feeling empty once the season is over. I see people struggling with both situations."

Through her job with Dignity Health's Behavioral Health Department, Stephanie treats men, women and children. "Most of my patients are suffering from some sort of anxiety issue or depression. My objective is to assess each individual, diagnose them and help them establish treatment goals."

This time of year, Stephanie says depression is even more common than other times of the year. "The combination of short, dark days, bad weather and the post-holiday blues can leave people feeling disappointed. The momentum they had going after the first of the year typically fades away after two or three weeks, leaving some people feeling really depressed."

To combat this feeling, Stephanie advises people to keep their New Year's resolutions and expectations very realistic. "When it comes to diet and exercise, start small with something you can easily accomplish. Be active for a few minutes every day, rather than promising yourself you'll hit the gym every day for an hour. Even just 12 minutes a week of exercise can improve your mood levels!" Stephanie also adds that people feel powerful when they accomplish something - even something small - so setting small goals is very beneficial.

Stephanie encourages women, in particular, to know when to seek help for depression or anxiety. "A good way to know when you need help is to ask yourself - do you feel bad most of the day, most days of the week, for at least two weeks? If the answer is yes, then you need to seek professional help. If it is not that often, then the problem could be situational."

If you have thoughts of death, suicide or harming yourself, or hallucinations or delusions - you should immediately call 911.

In her personal life, Stephanie - like many of her patients - seeks balance between work and family. With a toddler and a baby plus a demanding full-time job, Stephanie often struggles with finding time for everything. "It is not easy, that's for sure, but I try to find quality time for my kids and also for my husband. I also like to exercise and run because it makes me feel healthier and I know it's good for me. I'm lucky that I have lots of support at home and that allows me to be more successful in everything I do."

Stephanie encourages all women to seek out that support in their lives - and, when needed, don't hesitate to seek out the help of a professional too.

To schedule an appointment with a Dignity Health Behavioral Health professional, call 916.924.6400.

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