Carson Tahoe Health Auxiliary: A Legacy of Friendship, Volunteerism, and Community Support

Nursing scholarships, teddy bears for children in the ER, physical therapy treadmills, community wheelchairs, parking lot shuttles, a non-profit gift shop, and more: beyond bringing hope, health, and caring (not to mention great year-round shopping opportunities!) to our community, these mainstays of Carson Tahoe Health all have one thing in common. They are powered by a dedicated, big-hearted group of local women, the Carson Tahoe Health Auxiliary. Since Peg Arnold started the Carson Tahoe Health Auxiliary in the early 1950s, the organization has given over $2 million dollars to support Carson Tahoe Health in its mission to enhance the health and wellbeing of our communities. In addition to raising funds, the Auxiliary in the early days sewed hospital gowns and …


Another day in the Emergency Department

By Meg Jack, MD Carson Tahoe Emergency Department Medical Director The alarm clock begins to buzz and startles my eyes open.  My day begins just like any other working person’s day.  I get myself ready thinking of the myriad of things I need to check off of my to-do list. I try not to spill coffee during my commute, but the inevitable slip-up dribble happens and I pray that it lands on the seatbelt instead of my scrubs.   I use my commute to shift from making lunches, securing ponytails, and double-checking that homework assignments are packed in backpacks to emotionally preparing for the uncertain day ahead. As an Emergency Medicine doctor, we must bring the best version of ourselves …


Fat Loss for a Healthy Summer!

The days have gotten longer and the weather has gotten warmer – summertime is here! It’s that time of the year where you can incorporate outdoor activities into your daily workout. Don’t have one? Don’t fret, there is still time to develop one and get into the healthy habit of exercising. Your next question probably is, what is the best type of exercise for me? Well, it all depends on the goal you want to achieve.  If your ultimate goal is to lose weight, you should look into cardio and strength workouts. Does one exercise have greater benefits than another? Research has shown that strength exercises can burn more calories, because of the after-burn effect (where you burn more calories …


5 Steps to a Northern Nevada Garden

Gardening in Northern Nevada can be tricky, but with a few tips from two seasoned green thumbs, you can enjoy the benefits of growing your own produce. A dry climate, the potential for dramatic temperature swings (sometimes on the same day), a short frost-free season, and soil that needs some work can make planting and maintaining a garden in Northern Nevada seem like an impossible task. But nothing could be further from the truth, say local gardening experts Cory King, Site Manager and Garden Educator at The Greenhouse Project, and Will Pierz, Assistant Manager at The Greenhouse Project. Here, they share five tips for gardening in the high desert. 1. Pick a Spot for Your Plot An ideal spot for …


How to Spot Concussion Symptoms

Concussions can cause serious health complications, but they don’t show up in typical imaging tests. Where should you turn for diagnosis and treatment? It happened. Your child took the field for the first time and knocked heads with another player. When you get home, you notice your little athlete seems groggy and is complaining of a headache. It’s possible your child may have a mild traumatic brain injury—also known as a concussion—that could require treatment from a specialist. Not a Mild Injury A fall, jolt, or an impact that interferes with the normal function of the brain may cause a concussion. However, the term “mild traumatic brain injury” can be misleading. “The way the injury occurs is mild—not the injury …