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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.

Don’t “Feel the Burn” this July 4th; Stay Safe with Tips From Grossman Burn Center

Summer is peak season for burns. And with the Fourth of July holiday approaching, we’re likely to see a spike in fireworks-related injuries, too. It’s estimated that 10,000 people in the United States visit the ER each year with fireworks-related injuries. That’s why we sat down with Dr. Peter H. Grossman, medical director of the Grossman Burn Centers at HCA’s West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, for more information on the burn center, summer burn injuries and safety tips to avoid a visit to the hospital. How many people seek burn treatment annually at your facility? At the Grossman Burn… Read more.

Back on Pointe: Parkland Medical Center’s Dance Therapy Program Has All the Right Moves

All eyes are on Rio for the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics. While everyone awaits the opening ceremony, the spectacle of competing Olympians, and a sea of cheering fans, young performance athletes in New Hampshire are perfecting their craft and staving off injury – perhaps for a collegiate, amateur or professional future – with the help of HCA’s Parkland Medical Center. Elizabeth Sciola, an orthopedic physical therapist in the hospital’s rehabilitative services department, started the Back on Pointe program 10 years ago to serve dancers, gymnasts, ice skaters and cheerleaders. So far, they have served approximately 150 performance athletes ranging from… Read more.

Former Miracle Baby Helps Give NICU Slogan Then, Pays it Forward Now

Do you believe in miracles? Not the 1980 Winter Olympics’ “Miracle on Ice,” but the ones when you’re given a second chance…at life. At HCA’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL), they believe in miracles. And it’s all because of Chris Downs. Downs, a now healthy 20-year-old, was at one time fighting for his young life at the Denver-based HCA-affiliated hospital. Born at sister facility Rose Medical Center in 1995 with a rare birth defect called diaphragmatic hernia – a hole in the diaphragm that leads to abdominal organs in the chest, Baby Downs was… Read more.

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