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Hollywood comes to Orem at Orchard Park Rehab

Hollywood comes to Orem at Orchard Park Rehab

Five giant movie trucks and trailers took over the parking lot on 300 North in Orem on Aug. 11 as an entire film cast and production crew borrowed a portion of Orchard Park Post-Acute Rehab to film scenes for an upcoming movie, "Waffle Street." An unusual addition of people added to a rehabilitative environment proved to be a fun day for staff and residents with friendly bodyguards posted at every entrance.

Starring James Lafferty and Danny Glover, "Waffle Street" is based on the memoirs of James Adams -- published by Sourced Media Books -- and portrays the true story of a former Wall Street businessman who learns life lessons while working in a waffle shop. The film crew used a private room near the foyer of the facility to film a scene in a hospital-style room. It was the first time author James Adams met the man playing him in the movie, former "One Tree Hill" star James Lafferty.

“My wife would have selected him,” Adams said in an interview with Good Things Utah.

 

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Operation Underground Railroad: Carving a niche in the U.S. and abroad

Operation Underground Railroad

Who is your Superman? Is it your parents, or a teacher from long ago? Perhaps a sibling or friend who stuck up for you when you needed help.

For children lost in a cruel world of child sex trafficking, Tim Ballard is their Superman.

It seems to be a role for which Ballard, a BYU graduate, was destined.

“He would always wear a Superman cape,” said Tim’s mom, Melanie.

Coincidentally, as a child, he also had an FBI hat hanging on his bedpost. So, it’s safe to say Tim Ballard is a man destined to help people.

His latest efforts include Operation Underground Railroad, a foundation focused on rescuing and retrieving children trapped in sex trafficking rings in all parts of the world.

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Choosing the best plastic surgeon for you

Choosing the best plastic surgeon for you

According to the American Cancer Society, around 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, and approximately 40,000 women will die from this disease.

Despite being the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. (lung cancer is the first), the treatment of breast cancer continues to improve, and the success rate of recovery is increasing. This is due, in part, to advancements in treatment and early detection.

Historically, the main focus of doctors was to spare the life of the patient, regardless of what it required. This resulted in disfiguring procedures that saved women's lives but dashed their hopes of being able to feel whole again.

Today, members of the healthcare community are beginning to recognize that a woman not only wants to survive cancer, but she also wants to feel whole and beautiful, as well.

Dr. Mark Jensen, a plastic surgeon at the Central Utah Women’s Clinic, understands the desire of a woman to retain the appearance of her former feminine self after battling breast cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

As the son and nephew of breast cancer survivors, he is passionate about breast cancer reconstruction and recognizes that appearance is an issue for women.

“Breast cancer is unique in that not only do you have a diagnosis that is life-threatening, but you are also disfigured,” said Dr. Jensen. “A lot of things associated with being a woman are taken from you. As a result of using therapeutic drugs, women lose their hair and eyelashes. So, women look in the mirror and have that constant reminder of what they have lost." Breasts and oftentimes ovaries and the uterus are removed during surgery.

Dr. Jensen believes that meeting with a plastic surgeon as part of the medical team before the surgery is key to a successful restoration. “I like to see those patients right at the time of diagnosis," he stated. "It’s helpful to see where they are starting and what options they are considering. I plan with the general surgeon for either a mastectomy or a lumpectomy,” said Jensen. He offers three suggestions on selecting the best plastic surgeon for the job:

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Multimedia healthcare series to promote healthy living in Utah Valley

Multimedia healthcare series

For more than 50 years, the Osmonds have been known for singing and family entertainment. Together, they have sold approximately 102 million records worldwide and received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But while some of their children have made a career in entertainment, three Osmonds are making their mark in healthcare.

Dr. Gregory Osmond, a dermatopathologist at Harvard University, Dr. Jeremy Osmond, Director of Rehab at Orchard Park Rehab in Orem, and Dr. Amy Osmond Cook, Director of Provider Relations at North American Health Care, have joined forces with the Daily Herald, Provo City, FamilyShare, and Central Utah Clinic to educate Utah Valley citizens about health care in a multimedia series called “Healthy Living.”

This series, which includes video interviews and accompanying articles featuring Central Utah Clinic physicians, is produced by Provo City and promoted by the Daily Herald, FamilyShare, Central Utah Clinic and North American Health Care.

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How do I find the best home health care?

best home health care

You've spent your life knowing your parents and loved ones were there for you providing support, safety and love. Now, as the roles reverse and the health of your loved one declines, you may be facing the reality of finding proper home care.

Mindy Hill, marketing director for iCare Home & Hospice understands this process and respects the importance of finding proper care for those who need it.

The key is knowing what you need. There is a difference between Home Care and Home Health.

“Home Health is focused on the clinical needs of a patient,” explained Hill. This type of company services medical and skills needs with nurses, certified nursing assistants, and occupational and physical therapy. Home Care providers cater to everyday needs such as shopping, housekeeping and general companionship services."

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