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Surgical Scrubs Suits Beauty Queen in Patient Support Role

Looks can be deceiving. Sarah Weishuhn has proven that time and again. As Miss South Carolina USA 2015, the beauty queen holds down a challenging job as a patient support technician at HCA’s Trident Medical Center and continues to silence the doubters who think she’s afraid to get her hands dirty. The glitz and glamour of the pageant circuit is nothing compared to the work she does now in the operating room of the Charleston-based hospital. Patient support techs are the unsung heroes of the OR, doing behind-the-scenes work that is rarely recognized but totally relied upon. “The patient doesn’t… Read more.

In the Know: TriStar Medical Group Doctor Breaks Down Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

An outbreak of hand, foot and mouth (HFM) disease recently caused more than a dozen students at Florida State University to fall ill. This viral infection, not to be confused with foot-and-mouth disease, which occurs in animals only, typically affects small children and is found in daycare centers, not college campuses. So, why has hand, foot and mouth, also struck our college-aged population? “That is a little bit of a harder question, but the answer is likely multifactorial,” Dr. Matt Ducey, an HCA-affiliated TriStar Medical Group family physician, said. “First, the virus causing this particular outbreak is more contagious, making… Read more.

Rare but Real Risk at the Hair Salon: Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome

The hidden cost of beauty, could be your health. A routine visit to the hair salon for a relaxing day or a new look can – with one wrong move – change your life forever. It’s called “Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome,” and we’re here to break it down for you. What is it? Beauty parlor stroke syndrome can occur by having your head bent backward, or hyperextended, improperly or for a long period of time during a shampoo at the hair salon. Dr. Robert Coni, medical director of the stroke program at HCA’s Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach,… Read more.

Physicians Practice What They Preach, Share Their Personal Health Tips

HCA-affiliated physicians touch the lives of more than 26 million patients each year. Their priority is you – to deliver the best possible care to every person, on every visit. But doctors need to stay healthy too. So, the patient in us wanted to know – how do they do it? Our physicians were eager to share their go-to health tips they can’t live without. Here’s the inside information on how they practice what they preach: How do you manage stress? “I manage stress by always making sure there is time scheduled to decompress. I like to plan weekend getaways,… Read more.

It’s Timeout for Heat-Related Illness in Football, Learn the Warning Signs

August – we have a love-hate relationship. It marks the start of America’s favorite sport – football, in case you’re wondering – but it’s also one of the hottest months of the year. And therein lies our dilemma. As football practices begin at all levels – Pop Warner, high school, college and the pros – parents, coaches and athletes themselves must know the heat-related risks on the gridiron and learn when to throw in the flag. A national expert in sports medicine and player safety, Dr. Gregory Stewart, medical director of the HCA-affiliated Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, said that… Read more.

Nursing Times, They Are A-Changing; Nurse Residency Programs are the Answer

In 1992, Jane Englebright joined HCA as a 34-year old critical care nurse. Twenty four years later, she is now the organization’s chief nursing executive, leading approximately 79,000 affiliated nurses in HCA hospitals around the country. A compassionate clinician, a devoted mentor and educator, and a national nursing leader, this ‘nurse’s nurse’ has seen the profession evolve over the years, and believes still “nursing is changing right before our eyes.” “Older nurses, like me, are retiring at larger, faster rates now,” Dr. Englebright explains. “HCA nursing has more Millennials than Baby Boomers for the first time. New nursing graduates can’t… Read more.

Life at HCA – Two Interns Tell All!

The HCA corporate office in Nashville welcomed a combined 48 interns from our Community Partnership and Information Technology Pathways internship progam this summer. The eight and 12-week experience, respectively, provided the interns an opportunity to network, grow personally and professionaly and gain real-world, life skills for the future. This year, an intern in each program was selected to share their account of where they’ve been, where they’re going and what it’s like to work at HCA. Take a moment to read their story, and wish them well this upcoming school year! Cassandra Lockridge, HCA Community Partner Intern How could I,… Read more.

The Reality of Trauma: Surgeon Stancie Rhodes Sets the Record Straight

Drs. Meredith Grey and Miranda Bailey – both fictional characters on the hit ABC television show Grey’s Anatomy – caused this generation to take notice of female surgeons. While their on-screen accomplishments are long and impressive, let’s remember…it’s make-believe. This is real life. And if you want to be a surgeon, Dr. Stancie Rhodes of HCA’s Trident Medical Center, can fill you in on what it takes. She would know – her specialty is in trauma. Dr. Rhodes, a giant among giants in the world of surgery, but not much taller than 5-feet, has served as one of the trauma… Read more.

Don’t “Pokémon Go” to the Hospital: Follow 7 Tips to Stay Safe & ER-Free

As Pokémon Go fever continues to spread across the country, trainers of all ages are out in force trying to catch ‘em all. One thing you don’t want to catch, however, is an unnecessary trip to the ER. As you or your child immerse yourself in the world of Pokémon Go, where you are able to capture, train and battle your Pokémon against other players at gyms, don’t forget you’re in the real world too! You may have heard of the multitude of accidents and injuries that have happened because of the Pokémon Go craze and we at HCA want… Read more.

HCA Heroes: Cartersville Medical Center’s Care in the Air

Some heroes wear white coats, not capes. Anyone who has ever received emergency medical care from a doctor will likely say the same. And shy away from the “hero” label they may try, but the actions of two doctors from HCA’s Cartersville Medical Center (CMC) were just that – heroic. Dr. Carlo Oller, an emergency physician and medical director for Cartersville Medical’s ER, and Dr. Ankit Patel, an interventional cardiologist also on staff at CMC, provided life-saving, emergency care to strangers in need on two separate flights earlier this year. The two physicians – both humble and courageous – proved… Read more.

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