Medical City’s Dallas Valve Institute became the first U.S. hospital to perform a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commercially-approved heart procedure that, until now, had been approved only for patients in clinical trials. The procedure is known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which we’ve talked about before on this blog.
Cancer is a scary word. It has little regard for the plans you’ve made for your life and the relationships you cherish. As you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2012 alone, more than 200,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer; men and women. Still, there is hope. Every day, more and more research is being done to find a cure. The National Breast Care Coalition has even set a deadline for the end of breast cancer – 2020.
Yesterday, the health care industry’s primary accrediting body the Joint Commission, released it’s list of Top Performers. We are excited and honored that 71% of HCA hospitals were included on the list. Here’s a list of the HCA hospitals from the Joint Commission’s list.
First Lady Michelle Obama recently visited the Medical Center of Aurora to express the nation’s gratitude for care given to victims of the July 20th shooting in Colorado. Associate Chief Operating Officer, Roberta Barton-Joe, was the Administrator on Call the night of the shooting and wrote the following description the next day. It truly reflects her spirit of caring and praise for her team members. Here are her words: “Shortly after I was notified of the mass casualty event as the facility Administrator on Call, I arrived at the Emergency Department and was escorted into the back patient care area. Immediately, I… Read more.
Our colleagues at The Medical Center of Aurora, Aurora, Colo. and Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, Colo., know firsthand the extraordinary teamwork required to respond effectively to the call, “Code Green.” Their advanced expertise, unfortunately, has not been gained solely from practice drills and staged mock disasters, but from a mass casualty at an Aurora movie theater shortly after midnight on Friday, July 20. A senseless shooting spree by a lone gunman left 12 people dead, and 58 wounded needing emergent or immediate care. HCA’s family has responded over the years to most major natural and man-made disasters in the nation’s… Read more.
Every Fourth of July, we commemorate the birth of our country by grilling out in the backyard, cooling off in the pool, parading through the streets, or relaxing with family and friends. How we choose to celebrate Independence Day may vary, but there is one common denominator: fireworks. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 9,600 fireworks-related injuries in 2011. Fireworks have captivated audiences since 2000 B.C., when Chinese villagers threw bamboo sticks onto fires to ward off evil spirits. In addition to being at the forefront of modern thinking in the arts and sciences, Italians of… Read more.
Dr. Justin Bundy, a spine surgeon at Doctors Hospital of Augusta, Augusta, Ga. who has performed spinal surgeries helping local patients for years, is now one of two spine surgeons with the Straight Caribbean Spine Foundation which helps children in Jamaica through free lifesaving scoliosis surgery. “The country has only 20 orthopedic surgeons, none of whom perform spinal surgeries on pediatric patients,” says Dr. Bundy. “On our first of seven days, the amount of people who showed up to the clinic was overwhelming. We had about 80 families bring their children from across the country, hoping that they would be… Read more.
Sometimes determining whether someone is having a stroke isn’t easy. But for recent stroke victim Diane McPeters, video footage (shown below) taken by her fiancé Dave O’Neal provided evidence she was having a stroke, even if she didn’t believe it. O’Neal’s quick-thinking to use his phone to capture the event not only provided proof, it gave first responders and Dr. Janardhan a time-stamp for stroke onset. When dealing with a stroke, time is crucial. In most cases, doctors can only guess when a stroke occurred. But O’Neal had the exact timeline on his cell phone. “It was absolutely critical for… Read more.
June is Men’s Health Month , celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. The centerpiece of this observance is National Men’s Health Week, a recognition event proposed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994. This year, National Men’s Health Week begins June 11th and ends on Fathers’ Day, June 17th. Men’s Health Network (MHN) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening… Read more.
Since 1994, National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) has presented the important public health message that it is our duty to protect infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year, NIIW will be observed April 21-28. It’s a time to celebrate the achievements of America’s many immunization programs and the partnerships that help protect and promote healthy communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 14 diseases that are vaccine-preventable: mumps, measles, rubella (MMR), pertussis (whooping cough), chickenpox, tetanus, poliomyelitis (polio), diphtheria, hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenzae Type B infection or Hib, (a bacterial illness that can lead to… Read more.