New Year; New Resolutions – Augusta Health

Stephanie Bartley, BSN, RN
Every Woman’s Life Case Manager

Its that time of year again! January 1stscheduled tribe Brings excitement about the coming year and grand ideas for new beginnings. The old year has passed and left behind and 2023 is wide open with new opportunities and possibilities.

Are you one of those who make New Year’s resolutions? A survey conducted by revealed the top 5 New Year’s resolutions for 2023. You can probably guess the top 3 and they might be on your list too; Exercise more, eat healthier and lose weight. The last 2 resolutions are saving more money and spending more time with family/friends. Sadly, a study published in Journal of Clinical Psychology Only 46% of people who make New Year’s resolutions succeed.

No one wants to give up or be a failure. What steps do you need to take to ensure success? Set SMART goals and break big goals into smaller ones. SMART is an acronym that helps you make the best possible goals. s-be specific, MMake goals measurable a-Choose a goal that is challenging, but attainable R-Keep it in line with your priorities and goals, Tea-Give yourself a time frame for achieving your goal and/or make the goal trackable.

Let’s say your New Year’s resolution is to get healthier. Being healthy is broad and not specific. To be successful, break that one BIG goal down into smaller SMART goals. When starting any program toward improving health, you need some basic starting information. Regular health checks are a good place to start.

Why are regular health checkups important? They can save your life!!! Screenings are tests/procedures that help identify potential health problems before they become a significant health concern. The frequency of screening depends on your age, health history, and family history.

Here’s a SMART goal for a health checkup: “To start my journey to healthier myself, I will schedule an appointment with my primary care provider this month and schedule a routine health checkup based on my age, health, and lifestyle.” History, and family history.

That’s great! Now that you have your list of health checks that are right for you, it’s time to create and implement the next smaller SMART goal. Schedule a Screening! Here’s your next SMART goal: “I will call the scheduling department at Augusta Health this week to schedule an appointment for a mammogram.” The number is 540-332-4486.

Why is screening mammograms an important smart goal toward your healthy living? Mammograms are the most important tool for breast cancer screening for women. The National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that more than 200,00 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year. In addition, the American Cancer Society states that 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Finally, 8 out of 9 women diagnosed will have no family history of breast cancer.

Need more facts to help you decide if mammograms are right for you?

  1. Mammograms can find breast cancer long before you or your doctor can feel a lump in your breast. A mammogram can see changes in your breast tissue as small as a grain of sand, making it the best tool for detecting cancer as early as possible.
  2. Breast cancer is 99% curable if detected early.
  3. A mammogram can save your life and your breasts. If detected early, you may not need a mastectomy, but a tissue-sparing procedure called a lumpectomy may.

So now you’re convinced to schedule a health checkup, but cost is an issue. It could be that you don’t have health insurance, or that the insurance deductible is too high. Augusta Health Can Help!

women ages 18- 64 without health insurance

Augusta Health has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health to launch the program Every Woman’s Life (EWL), EWL provides breast and cervical screening services to women aged 40-64 and clinical breast and cervical services to women aged 18-39. To be eligible, you must live in Virginia, have no health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, and meet a gross household income that is 250% or less of the federal poverty level guidelines. To speak with a case manager about this program, contact Stephanie Bartley at 540-332-5300 or email [email protected]

Men and women with high deductibles or who do not qualify for Every Woman’s Life

Augusta Health has a very generous financial assistance program. Aid is based on federal poverty guidelines. A patient can receive a 100% or 60% fee deduction for services at Augusta Health, based on estimated gross household income, the number of eligible household members, and not exceeding $15,000 in liquid assets.

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If you are not eligible for financial aid, the Scheduling Department can also assist you in purchasing vouchers through MDSave. If paying for the mammogram out of pocket, it is an estimated $560. A voucher through MDsave brings the cost down to an estimated $341.

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