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Don’t “Feel the Burn” this July 4th; Stay Safe with Tips From Grossman Burn Center

Summer is peak season for burns. And with the Fourth of July holiday approaching, we’re likely to see a spike in fireworks-related injuries, too. It’s estimated that 10,000 people in the United States visit the ER each year with fireworks-related injuries. That’s why we sat down with Dr. Peter H. Grossman, medical director of the Grossman Burn Centers at HCA’s West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, for more information on the burn center, summer burn injuries and safety tips to avoid a visit to the hospital. How many people seek burn treatment annually at your facility? At the Grossman Burn… Read more.

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What pregnant women should know about CMV

We’ve all heard of the Zika virus: the mosquito-borne illness that has dominated the headlines in recent months. Pregnant women and hopeful mothers-to-be have been educated on the potentially dangerous effects a Zika infection can have on their unborn babies’ health, specifically microcephaly, a condition that causes unusually small heads and brains, and other brain-related birth defects. Americans are becoming more informed – and with good reason – Zika is a growing public health threat. But today I want to talk about another virus affecting pregnant women in the United States. It hasn’t garnered national attention like Zika but ~40,000… Read more.

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Back on Pointe: Parkland Medical Center’s Dance Therapy Program Has All the Right Moves

All eyes are on Rio for the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics. While everyone awaits the opening ceremony, the spectacle of competing Olympians, and a sea of cheering fans, young performance athletes in New Hampshire are perfecting their craft and staving off injury – perhaps for a collegiate, amateur or professional future – with the help of HCA’s Parkland Medical Center. Elizabeth Sciola, an orthopedic physical therapist in the hospital’s rehabilitative services department, started the Back on Pointe program 10 years ago to serve dancers, gymnasts, ice skaters and cheerleaders. So far, they have served approximately 150 performance athletes ranging from… Read more.

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HCA IT&S: Inside One of ComputerWorld’s 2016 “Best Places to Work In IT”

ComputerWorld recently named HCA Information Technology and Services (IT&S) one of the “Best Places to Work in IT” for the eighth consecutive year, placing higher than any previous year. This recognition highlights the satisfaction and morale among more than 4,500 technology employees across corporate headquarters and 168 hospitals in the states and the U.K. We’re proud to transform healthcare through technology for our caregivers, patients and families. And grateful to those who chose to use their talents, innovation and skills at HCA to enhance the future of healthcare IT. We call that “Healthcare Inspired” – and here’s the proof. We… Read more.

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HCA Helps You be Your Best Self on Sharecare Radio

By Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, senior vice president of clinical strategy at Sharecare  At Sharecare, we’re committed to getting the most up-to-date and accurate health information to the public in accessible, easy-to-understand ways. That’s why we’ve partnered with HCA, to gain access to their providers’ breadth of expertise across all health fields. And now, along with the thousands of articles, Q&A’s, and videos on our personalized platform that feature HCA physicians, we will also benefit from their knowledge on our Sharecare Radio show and podcast. Sharecare Radio, hosted on RadioMD and also appearing on iHeartRadio and iTunes, is live every… Read more.

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Former Miracle Baby Helps Give NICU Slogan Then, Pays it Forward Now

Do you believe in miracles? Not the 1980 Winter Olympics’ “Miracle on Ice,” but the ones when you’re given a second chance…at life. At HCA’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL), they believe in miracles. And it’s all because of Chris Downs. Downs, a now healthy 20-year-old, was at one time fighting for his young life at the Denver-based HCA-affiliated hospital. Born at sister facility Rose Medical Center in 1995 with a rare birth defect called diaphragmatic hernia – a hole in the diaphragm that leads to abdominal organs in the chest, Baby Downs was… Read more.

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Two Las Colina’s Medical Center Nurses Perform Three-Minute Miracle, Save Young Marathoner

Three minutes. In three minutes, you can order take out. Check your e-mail. Call a friend. Or, like two nurses at HCA’s Las Colinas Medical Center, you can save a life. Just shy of their one-year anniversary with the HCA North Texas hospital, nurses Laura Rampley and Ron Samuel were in the right place at the right time. The two had volunteered to represent the Las Colinas booth to talk orthopedics at the Irving Marathon in April, when 22-year old Michael Loftis, after completing the half-marathon (13.1 miles), collapsed at the finish line. Commotion ensued. Onlookers gathered. Good Samaritans tried… Read more.

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Don’t Fry: Protect Your Skin this Summer

Did you know that more people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined? When it comes to skin cancer, the more you know the better protected you can be. Summer, with all of its outdoor activities, is a great time to learn more about this all-too-common and often preventable form of cancer. Skin cancer can be caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is especially prevalent in the summer months when the sun’s rays are strongest. Overexposure to the sun’s UV radiation can not only cause skin cancer but also… Read more.

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“Keep Calm and Carry On” and Other Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone with Anxiety

“Keep Calm and Carry On!” The popular catchphrase from the early 2000s sounds easy enough, right? Well for approximately 40 million Americans who suffer from anxiety disorders – the most common mental health concern there is – it’s easier said than done. So what do we say to the 18 percent of the population whose anxiety, in one way or another, may paralyze their everyday life? We sought the help of behavioral health expert, Dr. Alfredo Rivera, medical director for geriatric psychiatry at HCA’s The Medical Center of Aurora, to find out more about the mental disorder and to learn… Read more.

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Not Too Young for a Stroke: 21-Year Old Survivor Shares Story

Age is just a number; at least, that’s what they say. But experts at two HCA North Texas hospitals received an all-too-common reminder that, regardless of age, stroke does not discriminate. While the risk of stroke increases after age 55, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports an alarming rise in the number of young adults suffering an ischemic stroke, the most common type, in which the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off due to a blockage. According to The Washington Post, there has been a 44 percent increase in hospitalizations for ischemic stroke… Read more.

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