Health Briefs:

Deck the hall s with poinsettias at BMH
If you have lost a loved one to cancer, know someone currently undergoing cancer treatment, or simply want to spread a little holiday cheer, bring a poinsettia to Blount Memorial. Each poinsettia donated will include a special card with your name and, if you’d like, the name of the cancer patient you are honoring or remembering. From 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday-Wednesday, Dec. 14-20 (excluding the weekend), poinsettias may be dropped off in the radiation oncology department at Blount Memorial.

Cancer patients receiving treatment on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 21 and 22, will choose a poinsettia to take home from their appointments. Additional poinsettias will be delivered to cancer patients who are hospitalized for the Christmas holiday.

For more information, call 865-977-5534.

Class in session for joint replacement patients
Blount Memorial Hospital’s "Joint School," an educational program for people scheduled to undergo total joint replacement surgery, is being offered at the hospital during December. Classes meet from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Dec. 20 and 27.

Sessions let participants know what to expect during their total joint replacement experience, and information covers all phases from pre-op to full recovery.

Reservations are required and must be made by calling Maryville Orthopedic Clinic at 865-984-0900.

Surgeons host bariatric surgery lectures
In December, Blount Memorial Hospital’s ongoing Bariatric Lecture Series program features two presentations by Blount Memorial surgeons who will discuss the surgical and laparoscopic treatments of obesity.

Dr. Mark Colquitt and Dr. Jonathan Ray are the speakers at a presentation at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14 and at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28.

The programs will be presented in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium and are free to the community. To register, call 1-866-300-8644.

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