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Celebrating HCA Military Spouses: Kimberly Johnson Profile

As HCA celebrates military veterans this week, we also want to recognize our military spouses. In 2015, HCA has hired over 1,160 military spouses and was recently recognized as a Military Friendly Spouse Employer® for the third year in a row. Our relationship with the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), part of the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, helps in our recruitment efforts.  The goal of the MSEP is to connect military spouses with organizations like ours who pledge to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses. Kimberly Johnson, director of marketing and public relations for… Read more.

Dr. Erika Hamilton Appears on CNN to Discuss American Cancer Society’s New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Dr. Erika Hamilton, Associate Director, Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute – the research arm of our global cancer enterprise, Sarah Cannon – was featured on CNN today regarding the American Cancer Society’s new screening guidelines just released. New screening guidelines state that women should begin getting mammograms at age 45 instead of 40 and all women can forego routine manual breast checks by physicians. One of the reasons surrounding these changes are that mammograms have a fairly high false-positive rate and the chance of false-positives increase under age 45 as women in this… Read more.

HCA Chief Medical Officer Elected to National Academy of Medicine

HCA’s Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, president, clinical services and chief medical officer, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM), at the organization’s 45th annual meeting today. Election to the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. “Dr. Perlin is a leader in advancing patient safety and driving clinical… Read more.

How Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Reunited Sisters

It was an unlikely reunion story of sisters – two staff members! – at HCA affiliate Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Separated in South Korea nearly four decades ago, Meagan Hughes, a physical therapy assistant, and Holly Hoyle O’Brien, a nursing assistant, were reunited on the fourth floor of the hospital earlier this year. At the time, the siblings weren’t aware of their connection until similarities in their history kept emerging. Orphaned. South Korea. Same maiden name – “Shin.”  Meagan and Holly spent more time together during-and-after work, compared notes and ultimately decided to take a DNA test. The test confirmed… Read more.

Expert Q&A: New, Available Treatment in the Weight Loss Journey

HCA-affiliated Drs. Michael Snyder and Matthew Brengman are two of only a select few bariatric surgeons trained on the newly approved ORBERA Intragastric Balloon weight loss procedure. The procedure was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August. Both doctors were involved in the FDA trial of the gastric balloon. We followed up with them to learn more about obesity, the new procedure and how it differs from other weight loss surgeries. Dr. Michael Snyder Q:  Why are we or should we be concerned about obesity? A: There are nearly two billion adults who are overweight or… Read more.

Sarah Cannon Expert Discusses Early Stage Breast Cancer on Fox News

Dr. Erika Hamilton, Associate Director of the Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute – the research arm of our global cancer enterprise, Sarah Cannon – was featured on Fox News in August to discuss a study released on DCIS, early stage breast cancer.  DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ), commonly referred to as “stage zero breast cancer”, is an abnormal collection of cancer cells inside the milk ducts of the breasts. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 60,000 women are diagnosed with DCIS each year. That’s one out of five new breast cancer… Read more.

What to do when it’s Breast Cancer

Cancer does not discriminate. Young or old, rich or poor, healthy or inactive, more than one million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. For women, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer (behind skin cancer) in the nation. In fact, one out of eight American women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. That’s why the conversation on breast cancer is front and center every October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Understanding breast cancer is important. The annual campaign to increase awareness, raise funds and educate people on detection, diagnosis and… Read more.

Surviving the Storm: Dr. Beck Weathers of Feature Film “Everest” & HCA’s Medical City Dallas Hospital

Left for dead on Mount Everest, Medical City Dallas Hospital pathologist Dr. Beck Weathers discusses his 1996 near-death experience. Watch Dr. Weathers describe the results of the innovative reconstructive surgery he received at HCA’s Medical City Dallas Hospital that allows him to lead a normal life as a doctor and a motivational speaker. Dr. Beck Weathers also talks about the movie Everest, in which his character is portrayed by Oscar-nominated actor Josh Brolin.

Code Ready: Recognizing National Preparedness Month

September is known for the change of seasons, back to school and football.  It is also National Preparedness Month.  Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) annual outreach to strengthen our country’s resilience to disasters.  As a healthcare company, we have a duty to make sure that our healthcare facilities are operational during a natural, technological or man-made event and that each patient, physician and our communities are prepared individually. HCA has a comprehensive program to assist individuals and our facilities during a disaster.  Our Code Ready program provides information on how… Read more.

Celebrating Hope Fund Week: Q&A with Joanne Pulles

Joanne Pulles, HCA vice president of community relations and president of the HCA Hope Fund, described the work of the 501(c)(3) charity that has helped over 18,000 HCA families in 10 years and talked about how they’re celebrating a Decade of Hope. During our talk, she expressed that, for HCA employees, whether you’re in Alaska, Florida or Texas…a nurse, doctor or CEO, the Hope Fund connects us all. It’s the culture of HCA – to help people. We asked her a few questions to learn more. What is the HCA Hope Fund? The HCA Hope Fund is a public charity… Read more.

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