HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Doctor, physical therapist to lead Parkinson's disease program

Posted: Oct. 31, 2017 10:00 am

QUINCY — Treatment options for Parkinson’s disease will be discussed during a free program hosted by Blessing Health System at two different times Saturday, Nov. 18.

The program will be offered from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon at the Blessing Education Center, 5009 Oak. The sessions are free, but registration is requested by calling 877-411-2468 or going to

Fellowship-trained neurologist Dr. Luis Zayas of Blessing Physician Services, plus nationally certified physical therapist Mindy Entrup of Blessing Home Care, will lead the program for Parkinson’s disease patients and caregivers. Topics will include:

º Basic knowledge about Parkinson’s disease.

º Exercise therapy for treating Parkinson’s disease, including the LSVT BIG exercise program.

An estimated 1 million people in the United States have Parkinson’s disease. There is no known cure.

Parkinson’s disease is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.

DAISY winner

Registered nurse Kathy Rossmiller, who works in radiation therapy, is the 22nd Blessing Hospital nurse to receive the international DAISY Award.

Through the DAISY Award program, patients or their family members, visitors, doctors, hospital staff members and volunteers may provide nominations to honor nurses.

A husband and wife, Steve and Diane Smith, nominated Rossmiller for her actions during Steve’s first appointment.

Rossmiller received a certificate; DAISY Award recipient pin; hand-carved stone sculpture titled “A Healer’s Touch,” sculpted in Africa specifically for DAISY Award recipients; and a DAISY Award banner to display in her department.

DAISY stands for “Diseases Attacking the Immune System.”

DAISY Award nomination forms are at all nursing units throughout Blessing Hospital, other locations on the 11th Street campus and on the internet at

Program accreditation

The Blessing Hospital/John Wood Community College paramedic program has retained national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

“National accreditation is important to the pre-hospital quality of care available to all of us,” said Sandy Behl, paramedic program director of the Emergency Medical Services Department at Blessing Hospital.

“Accreditation demonstrates to students and the community that the Blessing/JWCC program meets the highest standards being set for paramedic programs today,” said Tom Bentley, chairman of the Emergency Services Department at John Wood Community College.

Paramedics must pass a registry exam and/or be licensed to work. Students applying to take the National Registry Examination for Paramedics must be graduates of an accreditation commission-accredited program. Students in many states, including Missouri and Iowa, must pass the National Registry Exam to apply for a state paramedic license and be able to work.

The Blessing/John Wood Paramedic Program retains its accreditation through Sept. 30, 2022, pending the filing of annual reports to the accreditation commission.

The first paramedic students graduated from Blessing Hospital in 1977.

For more information on the Blessing/John Wood paramedic program, go to, or call 217-223-8400, ext. 6590.

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