Free screenings offered at Mary Greeley’s ‘Hernia-Ween’ event on Monday, Oct. 29

If you’re afraid you might have a hernia, be sure to attend “Hernia-Ween” at Mary Greeley Medical Center on Monday, Oct. 29.

Dr. James Partridge, McFarland Clinic general surgeon, will perform free hernia screenings and speak on “The Benefits of Robotic Hernia Repair.”

“Hernia-ween” begins at 5:30 p.m. in Bessie Myers Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.

A surgical robot will also be on display and those in attendance will have an opportunity to play with it.

A hernia occurs when tissue pushes through an opening in your abdomen or groin area. Symptoms can include a noticeable bulge or lump in the groin or abdomen, pain at the site of the bulge, and gastrointestinal discomfort.

Partridge has repaired thousands of hernias and performs hernia repair surgeries with a surgical robot. The benefits of robotic surgery include less bleeding, less pain, less reliance on pain medication and quicker healing.

Partridge will screen men and women for umbilical, ventral and inguinal hernias. The screenings will be conducted in a private space and will take just a few minutes to perform. If your screening indicates a problem, you will have an opportunity schedule a follow up appointment with Partridge.

“Hernia-Ween” is sponsored by Mary Greeley Medical Center and McFarland Clinic.

Questions about the event can be directed to Mary Greeley Community Relations, 515-239-2129.

Open house at new Ames mental health facility

A new Crisis Stabilization-Transitional Living Center (CS-TLC) that provides support for people coping with mental illness will open in Ames in late November.

There will be an open house at the new facility at 124 S. Hazel St. in Ames on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited.

The CS-TLC is a cooperative program of Mary Greeley Medical Center, Story County and the Central Iowa Community Services mental health region. It will provide care and support services to persons with a diagnosis of mental illness or co-occurring diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse.

Mary Greeley will oversee the CS-TLC. It will be staffed with psychiatric assistants from Mary Greeley who are trained in working with adults with mental illness in a community based setting.

An eight-bed facility, the CS-TLC is for people 18 and older who are referred by a provider from Mary Greeley, or from other medical and mental health provider locations.

There will be two levels of care. One level is for patients who need crisis stabilization due to experiencing a mental health emergency, such as increased mental health symptoms or emotional distress. The other level of care is transitional living. This service is intended for individuals who have been in crisis and are now stabilized, but need more time to get supportive resources in place, such as housing, employment and ongoing counseling services.

The new CS-TLC facility will replace and expand the facility Mary Greeley has operated for several decades.

For more information, contact Mary Greeley Community Relations, 515-239-2129.