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Pat. Portal

The Pershing Clinics now offer WebviewWebview allows for patients to see their private health data collected within our clinics on the web. You can not only view your list of meds, but diagnosis and notes as well. You can also send secure notes to the clinic staff at any time. Please ask the Personal Care Representatives about signing up for this free service. All your clinic visits data can be just a click away. To access our webview feature just click the link below.

Clinic Webview

 

To access the hospital patient portal click here.

Job Openings

Be sure to check out the Career ListingsJob postings are updated on a regular basis, be sure to check back often for positions available. You can also download an application from that same page.

FAP

Financial Assistance PolicyPershing Health Systems has created a new Financial Assistance Policy click the link below to view our FAP information page.

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LCCHNA

Linn County Community Health Needs Assessment.We just finished a complete revision of our CHNA plan, click the links below to see the new plan for 2016.

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-->Pershing CHNA Document 2013

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Outpatient

Pershing Health System Outpatient ClinicsWe are please to include for your use a printable copy of our Outpatient clinic schedule. This will be a simple image file you can download to your pc or mobile device by simply right clicking on the link below. Please be sure to check back from time to time as clinic dates can and do change.

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NEWSFLASH

Price Transparency

Please check out our information on Estimate of Expected Prices. We will be offering this option to all our patrons upon request. Please click the link below to learn more.

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Patient Portal

Click here to access our patient portal

 

News and Events

How safe are Full Body Scanners at the Airport?

 

June 2017 Linn Co Leader Article
Debbie Hoyt, RT  ( R ) ( M )

Summer is here and many Americans will be planning a vacation. If you happen to be one of the thousands of air travelers you most likely will be passing through one of the two types of whole body security scanners operated by the TSA. Since a bombing attempt on Christmas Day 2009, airports around the United States began installing different types of scanners as a security feature before boarding airplanes.  The whole body scanners were implemented to detect objects and substances concealed by clothing.


The TSA uses two types of scanners, a millimeter radio-wave scanner and a backscatter scanner.  Some people may wonder about ill effects or personal intrusion associated with these scanners. The millimeter radio-wave scanner operates by using the same type of radio waves generated by a cell phone which are radio frequency waves. No xrays are involved in the use of this scanner, therefore there shouldn’t be any concern about exposure to radiation when passing through the millimeter radio-wave scanner.


The backscatter scanner does use low intensity xrays for scanning travelers.
When you are scanned with a backscatter scanner, the xrays are not strong enough to penetrate the body, but a few may be absorbed. The majority of the xrays will bounce off or “scatter” away from your body, producing an image that can detect objects hidden under the clothes or taped to the skin. You would have to receive 1,000 to 2,000 backscatter scans to equal one chest xray, so the accumulated effect from this type of security scanner is considered relatively low.


People are exposed to naturally occurring background radiation every day.  To equal one day of background radiation, you would need to receive 100 to 200 backscatter scans at the airport.  The American College of Radiology states that there is no significant biologic effect from any of the scanning procedures used by the TSA.


The image produced by the backscatter scanner is only a generic outline of a person, not your real body image. Every body image produced looks identical to the TSA personnel reviewing the scan, only highlighting areas requiring additional screening.  If additional screening is indicated, that would most likely be in the form of a physical screening.

Even though security checks at airports are not perfect, whole body screening is a non-intrusive, safe way to ensure more secure air travel. 

Our Services

  • Radiology
  • RT
  • Rehabilitative Services (PT/OT)
  • Inpatient, observation and swing bed care
  • 3 Clinic to better fit your needs
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • HIM
  • Dietary
  • outpatient services including specialties
Department Spotlight

Sugar and New Recommendations

Pam Brown, MS, RD/LD
Nutritional Services
Pershing Health System

Currently, sugar is a popular topic of discussion. Sugar has been around for years; however, the amount that we consume on a daily basis has increased. We are finding that too much sugar isn’t a good thing. With our portion sizes out of hand, we are taking in too much. So much that The American Heart Association has established new guidelines for how much sugar we should be consuming on a daily basis. The new recommendations state that on a daily basis, men should consume no more than 9 teaspoons per day and women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons per day. Decreasing added sugars, and decreasing daily intake of calories, can improve our heart health and our weights.
One 20 ounce bottle of pop can contain around 40 grams of carbohydrates which is a form of sugar; that translates to around 10 teaspoons of sugar!! Do you like to grab a flavored coffee beverage in the morning? A small mocha drink can contain around 10 ½ teaspoons of sugar.
Unfortunately, you can’t easily tell by looking at the nutrition facts label of a food if it contains added sugars. The line for “sugars” includes both added and natural sugars. Naturally occurring sugars are found in milk (lactose) and fruit (fructose). Any product that contains milk (such as yogurt, milk or cream) or fruit (fresh, dried) contains some natural sugars. Reading the ingredient list on a processed food’s label can tell you if the product contains added sugars, just not the exact amount if the product also contains natural sugars.
Although sugar isn’t harmful to our body, we don’t need sugar for our body to work properly. Added sugars just contribute added calories and no nutrients to food. With the growing rate of obesity, the increasing amounts of sugar that we consume has likely contributed our ever increasing waistlines.

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