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A collection of articles from our blog.

When should I see a gynecologist?

Every year, approximately 13,000 individuals are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,000 of those result in death in the United States. Annual preventative screenings can reduce the number of cases each year and help detect abnormal cells early. Therefore, it’s crucial to know when to begin certain screenings during an individual’s lifetime, and a gynecologist can help you stay on track with your health and support you during every step.

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What to Know About Blood Donation

Are you interested in donating blood, but you are unsure what to expect? Before donating blood, it may be helpful to understand the process as a whole and why donating blood is so important.

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Your Doctor Can Help You Reach Your Health Goals In 2023

Does the start of a New Year often inspire you to turn over a new leaf? Do you make a New Year’s resolution(s) every December or vow to re-dedicate yourself to a failed resolution(s) from the previous year? You are not alone. Research shows more than 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, yet only eight percent are usually successful in keeping them.

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Doc, My Shoulder Hurts

It’s been two or three months since your shoulder started to hurt. You’re not exactly sure when or why it started, but the pain is noticeable and ongoing. It feels similar to a deep toothache but it’s somewhere in your shoulder region—most likely on the side of your shoulder.

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Doctors With Local Ties

Sometimes, you just know. And for Elizabeth J. Pronesti, M.D., FACOG, an OB/GYN with St. Clair Medical Group, precocious awareness made her want to tell the whole world. “First grade, second grade, all through school—whenever you’d get that assignment or really if anyone even asked, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ my answer was always the same,” she says.

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Department Director Stars On Family Birth Center Stage

How do you become what you’ve always known you wanted to be? When from the time you were five years old, you lined up your dolls like newborn babies in nursery row at the hospital—and that fascination leads you to become a bit of a bookworm who daydreams about reading bedtime stories to as many real babies as the room can hold? For Shawndel R. Laughner, R.N., BSN, MHA—and eighteen additional letters worth of certification—you become a labor
and delivery nurse.

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Support Systems during the Holidays

As the days get shorter and the temperatures get colder, many people start to experience seasonal depression. On top of dealing with the transition to winter, everyone begins managing the tasks and activities that come with the holiday season. Whether it’s hosting responsibilities, family tensions, or the economic strain of gift giving, everyone has something that causes them stress throughout the holidays. And dealing with stress, can exacerbate depression, anxiety, and other negative feelings that can take a toll on any individual.

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Supporting your community in so many ways

St. Clair Health has always worked to assure a strong, healthy community. Identifying and addressing unmet needs has been part of the St. Clair mission since our founding in 1954—and remains so today.

We’re a community-based health system with goals that include promoting health, improving access to healthcare, and providing benefits to the community as a whole. St. Clair envisions our community as a place where healthful lifestyles are the norm. Where residents of any neighborhood have easy access to health education, disease prevention, screenings, and primary care.

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Even Small Gifts Make A Big Difference

Six decades ago, area residents saw a critical need for local, quality healthcare. Their grassroots fundraising campaigns resulted in the opening of St. Clair Hospital in 1954. Now an integral part of the community, St. Clair continues to grow and expand—while remaining one of the few independent hospitals in our area.

From its very beginnings, St. Clair has counted on the support of the people, organizations and businesses of the community to continue that legacy of giving forged some 60 years ago. Giving helps to ensure St. Clair can continue to deliver on its mission of providing the highest quality healthcare services that patients may need throughout their lives.

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What is a doula?

One’s birthing experience is unique to each individual. At St. Clair Health, we strive to ensure our moms and babies feel safe, comfortable, and right at home.

In some cases, an individual may have a doula present during labor and delivery. You may ask, what is a doula? They are professional labor assistants who provide physical and emotional support to the individual during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum period. In addition, a doula can offer education about pregnancy through delivery. The relationship they foster allows patients to feel safe in an unfamiliar situation.

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