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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.

New Year, New Faces of HCA: Heather Rohan

It’s been just more than one month since Heather Rohan took the helm as president of HCA’s TriStar Division headquartered in Nashville. The ICU nurse-turned-administrator, who oversees 15,150 employees, 5,830 nurses and 5,300 physicians in three states, concedes that her unique background has helped shape her career and commitment to a patients-first culture. The days may be unpredictable, but always fulfilling. Don’t take it from us. Here, Rohan talks about her insights, inspirations and her favorite mobile app. Name: Heather Rohan Job: President of HCA’s TriStar Division, which includes 22 hospitals in five geographic regions – Bowling Green, Ky., Chattanooga… Read more.

How to Protect Yourself from Cervical Cancer

You may know Erin Andrews as an NFL sideline reporter, co-host on the television show “Dancing with the Stars” or as the victim of a stalking incident and subsequent defendant in a highly publicized trial.  And now, the sportscaster/television personality has gone public with a private battle against cervical cancer. Through her announcement, Andrews, who underwent a successful surgery for the condition, has helped raise awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of routine screenings. Drs. Cecelia Boardman and Tyler Ford of HCA Virginia Physicians share more details about how women can protect themselves from human papillomavirus (HPV), a condition… Read more.

Pregnancy-Related Fears: Know the Facts about Birth Defects

You’re pregnant – congrats! As a new mom-to-be, you may experience a range of emotions from joy to excitement to “Worrier in Chief” – all in a matter of minutes – as reality starts to sink in. You are not alone. One of the things pregnant women tend to worry about the most are birth defects. In fact, according to Parents Magazine, 78 percent of expectant mothers rated birth defects as their number one concern. But knowing the facts can help ease your anxiety. And there are steps you can take to prevent birth defects and protect your baby. Genetic… Read more.

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.

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