Raulerson Hospital
We are a 100-bed acute care facility providing a full range of medical and surgical services. We have been serving the Okeechobee and surrounding communities for more than 30 years.

Sample Menu to Assist With Heart-Healthy Weight Loss

Maintaining a healthy weight is essential to protecting your overall health, especially considering the fact that obesity increases the risk of a number of health conditions—such as diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. In this video, we take a closer look at one patient’s diet plan to help lose weight and protect his heart.

This patient started each morning with a bowl of oatmeal or berries and was still able to enjoy his morning cup of coffee. He also found that a mid-morning snack of almonds was a great way to curb his appetite until lunch without feeling hungry. Watch the full video to learn more.

If you are struggling to follow a healthy diet or are worried that your weight may be impacting the health of your heart, it’s time to contact Raulerson Hospital. Give us a call at (888) 725-3918 for more information about our services.  

What to Expect When Getting An MRI

An MRI is a non-invasive procedure that uses radio waves coupled with a magnetic field to create detailed images of the tissues and organs within the body. These imaging tests are often performed to help diagnose a wide variety of conditions, including internal injuries to the organs, structural problems or blockages within the blood vessels, tumors, and various disorders and abnormalities of the spine. MRIs may also be performed to determine if a specific medication or treatment method is providing positive results. Keep reading to learn what you can expect when undergoing an MRI

What to Expect When Getting An MRI


In most cases, the only preparation steps you will need to complete include removing any items that may interfere with the scan—such as jewelry, hairpins, watches, eyeglasses, dentures, underwire bras, and hearing aids.  However, your radiologist may advise you not to eat or drink based on the area of your body being scanned. Once you arrive, you will be asked a number of questions regarding your medical and surgical history, pregnancy, allergies, and any conditions that may rule you out as a candidate or prevent the use of any contrast material. Your doctor may also provide you with a sedative to help you relax prior to the scan.

Procedure Steps

If a contrast dye is being used, your radiologist will insert a small IV needle into your hand or arm before having you lie down on the imaging table. Once you lie down, the table will slide into the MRI machine as radio waves are passed through your body and picked up by the magnetic field so that they can create 2D and 3D images. The scan itself may take anywhere from 40 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the area being scanned.


Most patients do not require any recovery or downtime following an MRI. However, if you were given a sedative prior to the scan, you will need to have another individual drive you home.

Are you interested in learning more about MRIs and other radiological imaging scans? Contact Raulerson Hospital at (888) 725-3918 to schedule an initial consultation. 

What Is a True Medical Emergency?

What Is a True Medical Emergency?

A number of injuries and illnesses simply cannot wait for an 8 a.m. appointment with your primary care physician, but knowing when to seek care from a hospital is not always easy. There are a number of guidelines you can follow when trying to determine when you or a loved one is suffering from a true medical emergency.

For example, any type of injury to the head is usually considered a medical emergency, as many traumatic brain injuries may not exhibit symptoms immediately but still require emergency treatment. In addition, any type of laceration or cut which does not stop bleeding with compression, has a foreign object or debris within the cut, or exposes the deeper layers of muscle and bone, is considered a medical emergency. Other medical emergencies include sudden onset of pain—including chest pain and abdominal pain—as well as sudden changes in vision, uncontrolled vomiting, and broken bones.

Make sure you get the care you need. Our Emergency Services Department is available 24/7 or you may reach us by contacting Raulerson Hospital at (888) 725-3918. To learn more about the services we provide, visit our website. 

A Guide to Bone and Joint Health for Seniors

The health and integrity of your bones and joints often declines as you age, increasing the risk for a number of serious conditions and injuries that can interfere with daily life. Get the information you need to protect your senior health by reading over this article.

A Guide to Bone and Joint Health for Seniors

Common Conditions and Injuries

As we grow older, our bones begin to weaken and become more porous, also known as osteoporosis. This condition rarely exhibits symptoms until it leads to a bone fracture, often as the result of a trip and fall. The health of our joints also declines with age, as they become stiffer and the cartilage cushioning the bones and joints wear away. Over time, this leads to stiffness, pain, and decreased range of motion in what is known as osteoarthritis.

Prevention Methods

While some individuals are genetically predisposed to these age-related conditions, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce your risk. This includes exercising on a regular basis, avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption, eating a well-balanced, high-calcium diet, and visiting your healthcare provider for diagnostic testing.

Treatment Options

Individuals who have suffered a bone fracture or joint deterioration due to these conditions have a number of treatment options to choose from. For example, Raulerson Hospital offers a number of orthopaedic surgical procedures, including arthroscopic surgery, closed and open reductions of fractures, and total hip and knee replacements, some of which can be performed on an out-patient basis.

Whether you are interested in reducing your risk for these bone and joint conditions, or you are looking for more information about your orthopedics options, Raulerson Hospital is here to help. Give us a call today at (888) 725-3918 to get started. You can also check out our website to learn all about our minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgical procedures, joint replacement surgeries, and the other treatment methods we offer. 

Raulerson Hospital Pumpkin Patch - Oct. 26, 2013

Raulerson Pumpkin Patch - Oct. 26

Are you and your family ready for Fall? Then join us on Saturday, October 26th, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria for our Fall kick-off event! Kids can come dressed in their Halloween costumes to decorate mini pumpkins, and we will have healthy snacks, music, games and more for the whole family to enjoy. 

Let's start this season off right with food and fun. To register for this free event, call (863) 763-9228. For more information about Raulerson Hospital or our Emergency Department, visit our website.

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