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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.

Welcome to the Future: Preparing the Next Generation of Nurses Start Now

It’s been a year in the making, and the time has finally come. Today, HCA TriStar Division will welcome more than 100 new registered nurses (RNs) to its first-ever nurse residency program.  The inaugural 2017 class comprised of graduates from over 29 nursing programs in 11 different states (from as far as California and Vermont) will now support 10 specialty care areas as full-time nurses. HCA Chief Nursing Executive Jane Englebright and Debianne Peterman, the vice president for clinical education and professional development for HCA TriStar Division, announced last July plans to prepare for the future of bedside care with… Read more.

The Medicine of Music

It’s something most everyone has in common. It’s a way we can connect to one another. It’s unifying and familiar. It’s therapy and healing. “It”…is music. And that is “medicine” for patients at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Angela Wibben, a board-certified music therapist at the Denver-based HealthONE hospitals, uses music intervention to assist patients with pain management, coping skills for a new diagnosis, emotional expression, and sometimes, end of life care. “When I introduce music therapy to patients, they give me that look like, ‘what is it’ and ‘how is it going to help… Read more.

Celebrate World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day – a day to celebrate and honor the strength and courage that survivors around the world show every day in their fight against cancer, and to highlight the progress being made to advance treatments for patients. World Cancer Day brings together caregivers, doctors, researchers, family, friends and communities to show the power of working together – as shown in the theme “We Can. I Can.” Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA, put together a video montage of their care teams and colleagues across their global network to encourage patients fighting in their journey and… Read more.

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