Welcome Dr. Deidre Flanagan

Moab Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Deidre Flanagan, a board-certified general surgeon, to our community. Dr. Flanagan joins a skilled and experienced surgical team in offering great care, right here in Moab. Small, rural, critical access hospitals, like Moab Regional Hospital, are an excellent choice for many common surgical procedures (i.e. appendectomy, broken…

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My Survivor Story

By Tami Edwards In my pre-cancerous life, I was a very healthy and active individual. I had done everything right, according to everything I read after my first diagnosis. Yet, cancer still found me. In 2007, at 33, I found a small bump in my left breast, in the upper, inner quadrant. At first, I…

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Be Aware of the Dangers of Alcohol Use

Lauren Prest, DO

By Dr. Lauren Prest It’s Alcohol Awareness Month and in Moab, alcohol is abundant. It is a big part of our tourism industry, in particular, which is a positive source of income for many. Alcohol is often seen as helping life feel more fun, relaxing, or pleasurable. On the other hand, alcohol use presents challenges…

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5 Essential Exercises for Seniors to Improve Balance

One of the most serious dangers brought on by advancing years is the risk of slipping and falling. Falls can result in broken bones and other severe injuries. Besides being painful, difficult trials on their own, these injuries can easily precipitate a rapid physical decline. Luckily, seniors do not have to passively accept worsening balance…

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It Was Just Another Day

By Dalena Terwilleger I’m writing this in hopes of helping others. You tell yourself, “this will never happen to me”, but it can, and it will.  Three things could have changed our lives on April 19th, 2020. Testing Strips, Narcan, and the knowledge of The Good Samaritan Law. It’s interesting, because in the few days…

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“45 is the New 50” for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with almost 52,000 deaths in 2019.  In general, however, it is a slow growing cancer that is treatable if caught early enough, and in fact it can actually be prevented. That’s where screening comes in. In the past, screening was advised…

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Healthcare Planning and End-Of-Life Wishes

As you get older, it is important that you talk to your loved ones about healthcare planning and end-of-life wishes. Though you may want to just enjoy any time that you get to spend together, the truth is that you need to discuss certain things that may be uncomfortable to talk about. You don’t want…

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Raising Awareness of Fentanyl

Written by Dr. Lauren Prest Medical Director of Mental Health & Recovery Services at Moab Regional Hospital Substance use is a part of our lives as human beings. Drugs and alcohol are used in ceremonies, religion and family gatherings. They can be used for medical purposes or purely for their intoxicating effects. Some people are…

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Desiree’s View – Choosing Love over Fear

01.21.21 The View – Moab Sun News Desiree Westfall, PA-C, MPH Guest Columnist When I was pregnant with my son, my mother began sending me books on vaccine safety—or rather her belief in the lack thereof and the importance of not following the Centers for Disease Control’s regular vaccine schedule. I’ll be honest, her feelings…

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