10 Ways to Celebrate Health and Wellness in Meridian

It's easy to be happy and healthy in Meridian.

By
Kari Kynard Ridge
On Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 20:34
meridian

1. Rest Easy

You don’t have to go far to find a good night’s sleep. If you snore, have insomnia, suffer from sleep apnea or have other sleep disorders, the Saint Alphonsus Sleep Medicine clinic and St. Luke’s Sleep Medicine Institute and Sleep Lab in Meridian offer state-of-the-art sleep testing technology for full evaluations, including sleep studies that can diagnose and treat disorders ranging from mild to severe.

2. Urgent Care Close to Home

No one plans on sudden illness or injury, but Saint Alphonsus Health System and St. Luke’s Health System are ready. Saint Alphonsus Urgent Care in Meridian is open daily with extended hours so you can feel better faster. St. Luke’s Health System, which has facilities in Boise, Elmore, Fruitland, Meridian and Nampa, also offers extended hours for urgent care and is constructing a new 24/7 urgent care clinic in west Meridian.

3. Easy Access to Sports Medicine

Whether you’re a student athlete with a torn ACL or a senior who wants to get back on the golf course, there are facilities and treatment plans close to home. Saint Alphonsus Sports Medicine experts in Meridian help you recover from injuries with treatments that get you back to performing at your best, safely and quickly. St. Luke’s offers sports medicine programs in Meridian and Nampa as well as in Twin Falls, Boise and Ketchum.

4. Convenient Cancer Care

Both Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s have local oncology facilities. St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a name change to St. Luke’s Cancer Institute (SLCI). With five full-time cancer centers across southwest and central Idaho, SLCI is a leading cancer institute in Idaho. Garrity Cancer Care Center in Nampa is run by Saint Alphonsus, which is a member of Trinity Health.

5. Meridian Nurtures Healthy Lifestyles

By recognizing that good health more often than not starts with prevention and maintenance, St. Luke’s offers a Lifestyle Medicine program with features such as treatments for nicotine dependence, peripheral artery disease and insomnia as well as classes on food and exercise as lifestyle medicine. Its Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) encourages participants to reduce risk factors for disease through improved health habits and lifestyle modifications.

6. Staying Active

Meridian Moves is a program that promotes health and wellness in the community by providing residents with resources, information and free activities. Through the program, the Meridian Library District is teaming up with community partners, like St. Luke’s, to provide activities such as yoga, Qigong and Fit & Fall Proof classes, along with a selection of health and fitness titles available through the library on e-books and audiobooks and in traditional formats. The library system also lends exercise kits as well as Memory Care Kits designed for caregivers to help people with memory impairments. For more information, see mld.org/meridianmoves.

7. Men’s Health

Statistics show that men use less care, see their primary care physicians less often and are less likely to seek preventive health care services than women, which results in men going for longer periods of time with undetected hypertension, diabetes and other conditions. St. Luke’s is addressing this with specific men’s health programs that are helping local residents get and stay healthy.

8. Lifelong Care

Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s offer many options for primary care close to home for all ages. From routine preventive screenings to chronic disease diagnosis and management, local primary care providers partner with patients and their families to identify health concerns early and help manage existing conditions better. St. Luke’s family medicine offices support the concept of a “medical home,” in which patients can receive care throughout their lifetime, starting at St. Luke’s Children’s Treasure Valley Pediatrics.

9. Diabetes Treatment & Care

To battle this epidemic, both Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s have diabetes specialists who work closely with local residents to provide the guidance, education and ongoing support needed to manage the disease successfully, including nutrition counseling, medication management and foot and wound care.

10. Magnet Designation

St. Luke’s Meridian and Boise hospitals have received Magnet Designation for four consecutive years from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet facilities have low nurse-to-patient ratios, helping them ensure patient-centered care and providing them with the ability to attract and retain skilled nurses and allied clinical professionals.