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12 Things You Should Know About Endometriosis

Some may think it’s personal, slightly embarrassing or just plain ole rude to talk about that “time of the month.” But, it’s a fact of life and a natural function of the female body. It’s menstruation. We all know periods can be painful all by themselves. Couple that with a debilitating condition called endometriosis, which usually overlaps with your cycle, that affects 176 million women worldwide and 1 in 10 women in the United States, and it’s pure agony. Not to mention, the timeframe from the onset of your symptoms to an endometriosis diagnosis averages 10 years! So, don’t resign… Read more.

United for Patient Safety

Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 12-18, 2017 and HCA Vice President and Chief Patient Safety Officer Dr. Kenneth Sands, says that for clinicians and the healthcare professionals at HCA, “Every day is patient safety day” and that our health system needs to be intently focused on keeping patients safe and free from harm. “At one point or another, we are all patients, and patient safety awareness is integral to the HCA commitment to care and improvement of human life. Inside every HCA doorway, people are working to ensure that our systems approach to safety is performing optimally. In fact,… Read more.

Traumatic Brain Injury and the Road to Recovery after Surviving Gunshots to the Head

Richard Tucker is a 53–year-old former convenience store clerk with a shocking story to share about the time he survived an armed robbery. There’s only one thing…he can’t remember it. Tucker was shot twice in the head and survived, after being transported to HCA-affiliate Orange Park Medical Center, which less than a year ago earned a Level II trauma designation, allowing its caregivers to provide timely treatment to the most critical patients in the community. “It’s one of the things I can say I’m thankful for – that I don’t remember anything about the incident, Tucker said, as he was… Read more.

A Hospital Chaplain & Her Role on the Healthcare Team

(This blog is courtesy of Nashville’s StyleBlueprint.com, an online lifestyle magazine that connects women to their community, and edited for HCA Today.) Catina Parish was the youngest of 13 kids and the first in her family to attend college, on the way to becoming a middle school teacher for the Metro Nashville Public School system. Little did she know, her destiny awaited her as a critical member of the healthcare team at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center – a hospital chaplain. Parish says she denied the calling to ministry at every turn, until she finally resigned from teaching and entered… Read more.

6-year-old Burn Survivor Gets Life-Saving Care at The Grossman Burn Center

Sheila was a typical six-year-old. She probably liked to play with friends, retreat into her imagination and be doted on by her loved ones. But now, she’s fighting for her life at The Grossman Burn Center at HCA-affiliate West Hills Hospital. Sheila suffered third degree burns to her neck, chest, arms and thighs after accidentally setting her shirt on fire in her remote village of Indonesia. Weeks she spent in her village, with her family unsure of how to treat her wounds, until an aid organization that partners with The Grossman Burn Foundation, the center’s charitable arm, discovered her on… Read more.

CNN: Sarah Cannon Expert Addresses Rise in Colon & Rectal Cancer Among Millennials, Gen Xers

Earlier today, Dr. Johanna Bendell, Director of GI Cancer Research Program at Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA, appeared on CNN with MichaeLA to discuss a recent study showing that the number of cases of colorectal cancer is rising for younger generations. Dr. Bendell sheds light on risk factors being researched that may be influencing the rising incidence rates for younger generations – while rates for older generations are decreasing. Learn more about the ongoing discussions regarding screening, potential risk factors and symptoms for younger generations from Dr. Bendell. HCA internal audience can view national segment here.

NICU Nurse Holds Big Heart for Tiny Hats

Tamara Lasley, a neonatal intensive care nurse (NICU) at HCA-affiliate Centerpoint Medical Center, is closing out American Heart Month with a big message in the form of tiny red hats. She has combined her three passions – preemies, knitting and heart health – to lead more than 40 ER nurses and community members in knitting tiny red hats for NICU babies to wear this month. But these aren’t just any hats—they were created with very personal messages. “This has been such a joy to produce and I can’t imagine the excitement once these tiny hats get placed on our babies,”… Read more.

Faces of HCA: Dr. Kenneth Sands

Meet our new chief epidemiologist and chief patient safety officer, Dr. Kenneth E. F. Sands. The Boston, Mass., native, who moved to Nashville weeks ago, will lead our enterprise-wide initiatives, including health services research, infection prevention, patient safety, and provide leadership for HCA’s Patient Safety Organization. He comes to us with a distinguished record in patient safety and infection prevention, which has led to numerous publications. Here, we learn a little more about Dr. Sands’ career journey, the advice he’d give to his 23-year-old self and what excites him most about joining HCA. Name:  Kenneth Sands Job title: Chief Epidemiologist… Read more.

Trauma Strong: A Story of Survival

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 33,000 people are killed by guns and nearly 79,000 people survive gunshots each year in the United States. Paul Smith, a then 17-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada, was one of the lucky ones. The high school football player was enjoying a typical teenaged day when he was robbed, shot at close range and left for dead last summer. The traumatizing event brought him to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, an HCA affiliate, where the care team performed life-saving surgery within what’s known as the “golden hour” – the time period… Read more.

On the Clock: Surviving “the widowmaker” and Heart Attacks 101

Interventional Cardiologist Randy Goodroe says patients are getting treatment much quicker for heart attacks now than ever before. So the once grim reality of suffering from “the widowmaker” – a heart attack that results in immediate death – has become somewhat of a misnomer. “The widowmaker occurs when the left anterior descending artery, the most important artery in the front of the heart, is totally blocked,” said Dr. Goodroe, the chest pain director at Grand Strand Heart & Vascular Care at HCA’s Grand Strand Medical Center. “When this happens, the whole front wall of the heart isn’t getting any blood… Read more.

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