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Election Day Jitters? Learn What It Is & Ways to Cope!

To some, this presidential election cycle felt like it would never end. The 24-hour news coverage, the back-and-forth political banter on social media, the water-cooler conversations at work have left more than half of Americans in a perpetual fight-or-flight state – in other words, stressed! It’s been dubbed “Election Stress Disorder,” and at the height of it all – Election Day – two of our behavioral health experts are providing ways to cope. Whitney Toothman, a licensed professional counselor and director of social services  at Parkridge Valley Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Dr. Shawn Daugherty, director of clinical services and… Read more.

Avoid a Scary Visit to the ER with 7 Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-treating is a time-honored Halloween tradition for many people in the United States and abroad. And tonight, hundreds of children will take to the streets, ringing doorbells and looking for something sweet to eat. But before your ghosts, ghouls and goblins head out the door, Dr. Mickey Bansal, medical director for pediatric emergency medicine at HCA-affiliated Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital, has a few tips to keep your little one safe and injury free. “We see a lot of orthopedic injuries in the ER after Halloween festivities,” Dr. Bansal said. “The most common are ankle and wrist sprains,… Read more.

The Basics of Bullying & How to Help Beat It

Bullying has been the focus of national attention recently, but it’s certainly not a new phenomenon. Take the Bible’s David and Goliath, Back to the Future’s Biff and Marty McFly, Mean Girls Regina George or Harry Potter’s Drayco Malfoy. We’ve seen bullying behavior played out for centuries in pop culture, in books and some of us, unfortunately, may have experienced it in our everyday lives. (Does “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” ring a bell?) Bullying is here, but if we have our way, it won’t be here to stay. It’s estimated between… Read more.

Meet the Doctors Changing the Face of Healthcare for Women and Children

Fox & Friends live panel features The Woman’s Hospital of Texas healthcare professionals.  When is it too late to start getting pregnant? What foods should I avoid during pregnancy? How do I choose a pediatrician for my newborn? What should we know about the HPV vaccine? These are some of the most pressing questions women have about pregnancy and childcare and a panel of healthcare professionals from HCA affiliated The Woman’s Hospital of Texas provided the answers on a live segment of the television show Fox & Friends on Fox News channel on Monday. “For the past 40 years, The… Read more.

State of Emergency: ‘Angel Nurses’ on Assignment to Grand Strand Medical Center

As Hurricane Matthew plummeted the Southeast last week and severely affected a South Carolina community we serve, HCA leaders at the corporate, division and local level organized to provide affiliate Grand Strand Medical Center the resources needed – in this case, nurses. The Myrtle Beach, S.C., hospital – a member of HCA’s South Atlantic Division – felt the brunt of the storm last Saturday, leaving the beach community with trees and power lines down, localized flooding, debris in the roadway and nursing staff (and others) unable to return to work. “We had 16 nurses callout on Sunday morning, and they… Read more.

Sarah Cannon Talks Genetic Testing, Breast Cancer Surgical Choices

When Angelina Jolie opted to undergo a double mastectomy and then publicize it in 2013 after genetic testing revealed she carried the BRCA1 gene, it sparked a lot of conversations about genetic testing and ultimately led to an increase in breast removal surgeries. With 1 in 8 women developing breast cancer, many women and their families ask questions such as… What causes breast cancer? How much do genetics impact the risk for developing breast cancer? The cancer experts at Sarah Cannon, our cancer institute, are here to answer questions for you or a loved one. Learn about the role of genetics in… Read more.

HCA Expert Provides Vital Direction for Future of Healthcare

With less than two months until the United States selects its new President, HCA’s chief medical officer Dr. Jonathan Perlin and other healthcare leaders are already working to help prepare the next administration as it faces unprecedented opportunities to shape the healthcare industry. The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) commissioned expert papers on 19 priority areas for U.S. health policy. These papers were discussed during the Vital Directions Symposium in Washington, D.C., on September 26 and are now published on NAM’s website. Dr. Perlin, one of the nation’s most recognized experts in electronic medical records and interoperability, was the lead… Read more.

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.

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