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Thanksgiving Dinner Safety Tips from the Joesph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital

As cooks begin preparations for Thanksgiving meals, there’s one ingredient Dr. Fred Mullins hopes they won’t forget: a three-foot safe zone in the kitchen. “While that will not prevent every burn, it will certainly help keep little ones away from hot surfaces, scalding foods and other dangerous items,” said Dr. Mullins, the president of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., and the medical director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA. “Like seasonings, a little bit of preparation and prevention can go a long way. In fact, if a child must be in the… Read more.

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Doug Turner – From Navy Submarine to Chief Information Officer

This week (and month) we’re taking some time to focus on those HCA employees who have served our country in the armed forces. We’ve already highlighted how important it is to HCA to hire more veterans  – you saw this infographic right? Well, today I want to introduce to one of our leaders in IT&S. Doug Turner joined the Navy right out of high school and spent a majority of his time in the confined space of a U.S. submarine. I get claustrophobic just thinking about it. Today, Doug is the Chief Information Officer for our Physician Services Group. I was curious… Read more.

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Veterans Day – Honoring Those Who Have Served

Veterans Day is a special time for all Americans. It gives us a chance to pause and celebrate those men and women who have made personal sacrifices to protect and preserve the freedom that every citizen holds dear. At HCA we’re proud to have so many veterans who’ve decided to work with us after separating from their military careers. In the last two years alone, we’ve hired more than 4,000 veterans. Every Veterans Day we take time to thank and honor those employees who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces. This year is no exception. During… Read more.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Hiring Veterans at HCA…We Want You!

At HCA, we know the positive difference  that hiring veterans can make. In fact, we’ve  hired more than 4,000 in the last two years alone…and we’re not done. If you’re a veteran leaving the military and are interested in healthcare, we hope you’ll find the information below helpful. Thanks you for your service and Happy Veterans Day!

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HCA Heroes – Veteran Roque Rodriguez-Urena Uses Exercise & Community to Cope with PTSD

Roque Rodriguez-Urena works at Trident Medical Center in Charleston, S.C. It’s a far cry from his days serving in the U.S. Air Force during the height of the War in Iraq in the early 2000’s. Roque was Shiftleader of Emergency Services while stationed in Iraq and in this episode of HCA Heroes, he shares openly about the impact that serving in a war zone had on him. About one in three returning troops are diagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). There are a number of ways to treat PTSD and as you’ll see in the video below, Roque has found… Read more.

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Smaller Cardiac-Monitoring Device Boosts Data Collection

A new, implantable monitoring device is helping HCA facilities improve cardiac and stroke care by detecting potential problems before an event occurs. The Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System is a loop recorder that’s implanted into the patient’s chest wall. It is used in patients who may have irregular heartbeats, or who have had fainting episodes. The device is less than half the size of its predecessors, and that is making a notable difference in both frequency of use and effectiveness, says Dr. Thomas Williams, a board-certified electrophysiologist with Centennial Heart at Summit, a part of TriStar Summit… Read more.

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Joint & Spine Center Showcases New Technology in Hotel-Like Setting

Patients visiting the new Joint & Spine Center at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center could be forgiven for thinking they are in a hotel. The first time many staffers saw the center they made the same mistake. “It’s a 20-bed, boutique concept center,” says Tom Ozburn, CEO. “We wanted to expand our spine, orthopedic and neurosurgical offerings, but we wanted to do that in a nontraditional way. We felt like our patients were interested in care delivered from a different angle, particularly those orthopedic patients who are not sick but are just coming in for a procedure.” Ozburn and his… Read more.

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Breast Cancer Awareness – Think Pink

One out eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This October, take some time to revisit the facts about breast cancer and make the healthiest decision for you. Whether you make the decision to talk with your doctor or to help raise awareness by sharing information with your friends, everyone can do something small to help fight breast cancer. We’ve put together a short video below that highlights some of the facts about breast cancer that everyone should know.

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Excellence in Medical-Surgical Nursing

Medical-Surgical Nursing is the heart of patient care in acute care hospitals. Med-surg nurses provide expert monitoring as patients recover from injury, surgery or illness and make the transition out of the hospital. Most adult patients, except for those delivering babies, spend time on a medical-surgical unit. Often, this is where they take their first steps or eat their first meal on the road to recovery. These nurses provide education and support to the patient and family that prepares them for leaving the hospital and continuing their recovery. Med-surg units are some of the busiest places in a hospital; patients… Read more.

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Dr. Jon Perlin Discusses HCA’s Recent $1M Donation for Ebola Response

In this video, HCA’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jon Perlin discusses the recent donation of $1M to the CDC Foundation to help in the fight against ebola and the reasons why the donation was made. The number of individuals infected with the Ebola virus doubles approximately every three weeks with more than 5,800 cases, based on the latest estimates. Tragically, the number of deaths has increased from 1,500 to more than 2,800 in the same time period. These numbers are only expected to climb without immediate action.

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