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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.

Why I Care: Messages from the Frontline of HCA Healthcare

In the spirit of the holiday season, we joined our partner Sharecare in highlighting our many caregivers who give back, day after day, above and beyond their normal “day jobs”. We wanted to hear the challenging, life-changing and rewarding moments of those on the front lines of healthcare, and, ultimately why they care. The “Why I Care” campaign showcases the many moments that go unacknowledged, but that healthcare providers and caregivers experience each and every day. Read on! (The individuals who are asterisked were highlighted in the Sharecare #WhyICare social media campaign.) I care because of the good people that… Read more.

Gift of Life: Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Donates Life-Saving Procedure

Seven-year-old Uganda native Deborah Kisakye now has hope for a better future after being gifted her second critical open heart operation at HCA’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Our Denver-based hospital and the entire medical team donated two heart procedures to give a young girl a chance at life. Dr. Steven Leonard, a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at RMHC, performed the first surgery in 2011 for baby Deborah, who was born with a complex congenital heart defect. After learning the medical expertise and equipment to treat her condition was limited in her country, Dr. Leonard and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children… Read more.

Battle of the Burn: Tips to Tame Holiday Heartburn

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the shopping and travel season for many Americans. And if we’re being completely honest, it’s the unofficial start to holiday eating, too. But pace yourself during the Thanksgiving feast. Overindulgence can cause a real pain in the gut, literally – and here’s why. An estimated 20 percent of the population has gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, a disorder that’s diagnosed when heartburn or reflux cause symptoms on a regular basis. Overeating can trigger the common condition, which is likely why the week of Thanksgiving is observed as national GERD Awareness Week. Dr. Michael Michel, a… Read more.

Beating the Odds: Micro Twin Preemies Take a Turn for the Better on World Prematurity Day

Though they be but little, they are fierce. Kate and Alex, born premature in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at HCA’s Overland Park Medical Center, are overcoming every obstacle they have faced in their young lives. Today, we join together on World Prematurity Day to celebrate their fight, their family and the caregivers in our Midwest Health hospital who have committed to giving the twins and every preemie a fighting chance. Born via surrogate to parents Chris and Sam, the twins, who arrived more than three months ahead of schedule, are the tiniest micro preemies delivered in the Overland Park… Read more.

Two-for-One: HealthCARE Comes in Kindness & Medical “First” at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth

World Kindness Day was celebrated across the country yesterday, but it’s something we at HCA practice every day. Pam Percival, director of community and public relations, at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, a member of HCA’s North Texas Division, is just one shining example of our kindness culture. During the course of her visits with 80-year-old Vickie Standley, the first patient in Texas to have her aortic valve replaced using the newly FDA approved Intuity valve system at Plaza Medical, Percival learned that the patient would need someone to care for her ranch animals while she recovered. Percival, who… Read more.

Veterans are the Perfect Fit for HCA

As HCA founder Dr. Thomas Frist wisely stated, “Good people beget good people.” At HCA, we know that being in the military is a service to others, and we believe that being in healthcare is a service to others as well. Whether you are a doctor, information technology specialist, nurse or administrative assistant within HCA, you are part of a group of people who spend their careers serving humankind. If you have been in the military, or have a spouse who has been in the military, we know you have spent your life doing the same. That’s why HCA might… Read more.

Before and After: How Plastic Surgery Changed a Young Girl’s Life

In a world of medical television dramas like the now defunct Nip/Tuck and reality shows like Botched, plastic surgery has gotten a bad rap. The often misunderstood medical professionals do much more than Botox, lip and butt injections or help patients pursue physical perfection. Plastic surgeons like Dr. Craig Hobar of HCA’s Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas change more than just looks – he transforms lives. The pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon, and man of faith, has used his gift to touch the lives of children in Dallas and all over the world. As founder and medical director of… Read more.

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