Back to School, Construction & Hearing Health

Return to Learn information from our Pediatrician Dr. Standing

Dr. Cheri Standing is fielding many questions about children returning to the classrooms. Everyone is overwhelmed and uncertain. Dr. Standing offers some advice on how to proceed through the 2020-2021 school year.

Regarding the return to learn protocol, the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics give insights to why going back to school is a priority. The CDC states, “The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and social isolation. Beyond the educational impact and social impact of school closures, there has been substantial impact on food security and physical activity for children and families.”

The CDC goes on to say, “We all must understand and acknowledge that COVID-19 precautions and policies schools are using are intended to mitigate, not eliminate, risk. No single action or set of actions will completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19 transmission but implementing several coordinated interventions can greatly reduce that risk.”

Now is also a good time to make sure your child’s immunizations are current. It is vital that all children receive recommended vaccinations on time and get caught up if they are behind as a result of the pandemic.

Along with having up to date immunizations, receiving the flu shot this fall is highly recommended.

As always, please continue to use good hand hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water when possible for 20 seconds. When hands are not visibly dirty, hand sanitizer is a good option. If you are able to wear a mask, please do, and remember to keep the mask over your nose and have it fit securely. Having more than one mask to maintain proper mask hygiene is helpful, this allows you to continue to wash your reusable masks after each use to maintain a clean mask environment.

Have a safe school year!


At Greater Regional Health our mission states we are committed to providing the highest quality health care and service. In order to continue to deliver the high-quality health care we must stay active and persistent in our efforts to improve and grow our healthcare system. This means consistent change but change that is patient centered.

New additions include, a brand-new vestibule entrance in the Medical Arts Plaza. Now the sweltering heat or frigid cold temperatures will stay outside where they belong. This new space creates an inviting environment to enjoy waiting to be picked up or dropped off for an appointment. The digital kiosk mounted on the wall in front of the slider doors helps get patients to where they need to go along with the ever-helpful kindness of Greater Regional’s volunteers. This expansion is a beautiful addition to the legacy of the building that houses all Greater Regional Health’s Creston campus’ clinics.

Greater Regional has started some new construction that is located behind the Medical Arts Plaza. This area will be where the hyperbaric oxygen chamber will be located; an exciting addition Greater Regional is proud to deliver for our patients. This hyperbaric oxygen chamber will be used in our wound care service line that will be able to utilize hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). HBOT is a type of treatment used to speed up healing of numerous wounds and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen. Look for construction completion and operation of the chamber in the beginning of 2021.

Crest Ridge Estates is getting a new parking lot in the back of their facility. As you drive past you may see lots of concrete, trucks, and dirt! Greater Regional is proud to be able to have an independent senior living housing be a part of your health care system under Greater Regional Health. For more information about Crest Ridge Estates look for their new website launching soon! You will be able to meet Jordan Crawford, Crest Ridge Estates Coordinator, and take a look to see why Crest Ridge Estates would be a good fit for you or a loved one.

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Most people do not know when it is the right time to get hearing aids. There are many questions surrounding hearing issues. Do I really need them? How expensive are they? Will it make difference in my hearing? Ryan Denny, Au.D., CCC-A gives you 6 reasons why you should focus on your hearing health.

Missing out on conversation

Numerous studies have shown that hearing loss can lead to social isolation and depression. Restoring hearing can improve one’s enjoyment of life.

Prevent Fall Risks

Did you know that your balance and gait are also impacted by your ability to hear? Your hearing plays a signification role in your awareness of your environment. For this reason, hearing loss can cause you to be less aware of your surroundings and more prone to falling.

Overall Ear Health

It is always good to have a baseline hearing test! Factors like wax buildup, abnormal growths, and infections can increase your risk for hearing loss. Have you ears checked regularly.

Early Detection

If you suffer from unexplained hearing loss it could be connected to a more serious health issue. Studies have shown that individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss.

Deterioration of your mental state and cognitive abilities

Research is contouring to shows the links between hearing loss and both dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. There is almost triple the amount of risk for these issues in people that suffer from even moderate hearing loss.


Ringing in the ears is often a symptom of hearing loss. If you are experiencing ringing, buzzing, hissing or humming it may be a good idea to have a baseline hearing test.