New Year, New Innovations: Grab your Prescriptions to Go!

Time. It’s one of our most precious commodities. So it’s no surprise that in today’s microwave mindset, we want it and we want it now. That’s why it’s prime time for a quick, convenient and easy way to offer prescription medications to patients, and HCA-affiliate Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., kicked off 2017 with the resolution – Rx to Go. Patients visiting the emergency room at Memorial won’t have to travel far to pick up their prescriptions. Located in the emergency room lobby, Rx to Go, an automated and interactive medication dispenser, is a one-stop shop that will allow patients… Read more.

12 Things You Need to Know about Thyroid Conditions

“Doctor, I’m tired.” “I don’t have any energy no matter what I do.” “I cannot lose weight no matter how hard I try.” As a family physician, Dr. Bert Barnes, chief medical officer at Medical Center of Trinity in West Florida, has heard these symptoms more times than he can count. The culprit is one of the most common and sometimes overlooked diagnoses, he says – a thyroid condition. The thyroid – a butterfly-shaped gland in the base of the neck – may be small, but it packs a powerful punch. It plays a major role in the body, controlling… Read more.

New Year, New Life: Record-Breaking Live Donor Gifts Best Friend a Healthy Kidney

Oprah and Gayle. Tina and Amy. Matt and Ben. These famous best friends have defined the hashtag #SquadGoals for years. Until we met Chané and Stephenie – the 36-year-old who gifted her most precious friend with the promise of a new life in 2017 – a healthy kidney. The procedure, which took place at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, made history as the 200th live donor kidney transplant performed in 2016 at the HCA-affiliated hospital. It also earned the greatest number of live donor kidney transplants ever completed in a single year at any transplant center in the United States,… Read more.

Two HCA Hospitals Make Headlines for Delivering Twins in Different Years

Twins. They often look alike, sometimes dress the same, and of course, share the same birthday – except when they don’t.  Two HCA-affiliated hospitals saw the rare moment when two sets of twins were born on different days and different years! Oak Hill Hospital in Florida helped deliver twins Yullianna and her brother Zane at 11:43 p.m. on December 31, 2016 and 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2017, respectively. Meanwhile, our North Texas affiliate, Medical City Arlington, helped welcomed twin boys Jordan Jeremy by natural birth at 11:46 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and J’aiden Michael Sanchez via c-section at… Read more.

First HCA Babies of 2017!

Sometimes, amazing things happen on New Year’s Day. A fresh start…a different perspective…or renewed hope in the form of a new baby! For some proud parents, 2017 has already been a milestone year, as they welcomed newborns and the first babies of the new year at HCA-affiliated hospitals across the nation. And as one of the largest providers of children’s care in the country, celebrating the lives of our youngest patients, and their parents, well, that’s just Amazing Together℠. Meet our 2017 New Year’s Babies! Baby Geneva Ruth Bowling holds the title as the first birth in Austin, Texas! She… Read more.

2016 Best on the Blog: Top 10 Reads on HCA Today

2016 has been a year to remember. There was the threat of Zika and health risks at the hair salon, but, most of all, there were our caregivers doing what they do best – giving their all. Whether it was educating the public on the latest health threats, advancing their knowledge and skill-level to better serve their patients, giving back in their communities or saving lives, they were there…for you. As we look back on 2016, and this year’s 100 blogs on HCA Today, here are the 10 most popular for your ‘Year in Review’. Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome The… Read more.

HCA Heroes: Mission Accomplished for Los Robles Medical Mountain Team in Honduras

Having a heart for service is doing more than just talking the talk – at HCA’s Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, it’s walking the walk. And for the third time, a team of physicians, nurses and clinical technicians volunteered to serve impoverished areas in Honduras by providing access to medical care. They are the Los Robles Medical Mountain Team. Dr. Ed Chambers, a Los Robles pediatrician, checked a medical mission trip off of his “bucket list” five years ago, and has since recruited many of his colleagues to get involved. Now, the Los Robles Medical Mountain team is comprised… Read more.

Officer Down! Trident Medical Center’s Trauma Team Saves a Life

Dr. Stancie Rhodes had just completed an operation on a stab victim when she received word that a local sheriff’s deputy had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was en route to the hospital. It was after midnight when the alert was issued and the team – Dr. Rhodes, the emergency department physician, three trauma nurses, radiology, operating room, blood bank, and respiratory therapy attendants – quickly assembled and waited for the officer to come through the trauma bay doors. This may sound like an episode of a hit medical television drama, but it’s not. It’s real life; and the new… Read more.

How to Avoid the So-Called “Festive 15”

The holidays are upon us…again. Another chance to eat, drink and be merry. But don’t use this opportunity to overeat. Amanda Erickson, chief clinical dietician at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, offers a few reasons people gain weight this time of year and tips on how to stay on course during this holiday season finale. RELAX The myth that the average American gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day has been debunked by several researchers. On average, the holiday weight gain is closer to one pound, as opposed to 7 to 10 pounds this time of… Read more.

HCA Dedicates New Building in Nashville

HCA co-founder Dr. Tommy Frist, Jr., Chairman and CEO Milton Johnson, First Lady Crissy Haslam and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry last Friday celebrated our nearly 50-year history in Tennessee with the dedication of 1100 Charlotte at Capitol View – the company’s new 17-story building in Nashville. The 1100 Charlotte building serves as headquarters for our subsidiaries HealthTrust, Sarah Cannon and Parallon, and is the anchor tenant for a new development called Capitol View. Redefining Nashville’s skyline, the $200 million investment is bringing close to 2,000 jobs to the area and will serve as a catalyst for growth in the neighborhood… Read more.

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