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Preemie PJ Project for Triplets’ 10th Birthday Brings Hope, Love to the NICU

Graduation season is upon us, and at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, their graduates’ journies are different than most. Once preemie patients in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), alumni and their families exit those hospital doors with renewed hope for the future. But how would one celebrate their 10-year graduation from the NICU? For triplets Luke, Taya and Brady Swarts, that’s simple – bring gifts to the current students. The former NICU grads of the HCA-affiliated Kansas hospital recently returned to celebrate their 10th birthday, and in rare pre-teen fashion, requested gifts for their kindred spirits in the NICU… Read more.

Caring for the Community: From Hopeless to Hopeful – Rob Horton Grows a Garden

  “It was all a dream…” Rob Horton – a member of the HCA family by day and Belmont University Healthcare MBA program by night – is also a full-time dream chaser and community do-gooder whose vision to help Nashville residents sustain a better, healthier lifestyle resulted in his “grow your own” urban farming initiative called the Trap Garden. Horton, who works in HCA’s Clinical Services Group, founded the community garden after realizing the need for and limited access to fresh fruit, vegetables and healthy snack options in low-income neighborhoods in Nashville. It’s what’s considered a “food desert,” Horton says,… Read more.

Chris Stapleton Taps TriStar Portland ER for Music Video Role Spotlighting Mental Health

Country music artist Chris Stapleton’s debut solo album earned him bona fide superstar status complete with Grammys, Country Music Award (CMA) honors and, last Sunday, a slew of trophies from the Academy of Country Music (ACM). And now, with his recently released song, “Fire Away”, the triple threat – singer, songwriter and producer – is lending his celebrity to shine a light on a disorder that disables millions of Americans – mental illness. And HCA’s TriStar Portland Emergency Room was there to help. The reality is, mental illness is real – and has been a topic of taboo for far too… Read more.

Making Strides in Sustainability

As one of the leading providers of healthcare services in the nation, HCA is committed to the care and improvement of human life. We demonstrate this commitment through service to our patients, in our communities and for one another. But what most don’t know is our interest in protecting the environment – a natural extension of our mission – through company-wide sustainability efforts. HCA has organized its sustainability initiatives under the Sustainability Steering Committee, chaired by Alan Yuspeh, senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer, where four task forces work on environmental issues with company-wide application: Construction and… Read more.

Stroke of Genius: HealthONE Teams Up to Save Pregnant Mother, Baby

Rose Medical Center, AirLife Denver and Swedish Medical Center – members of HealthONE, a division of HCA – worked together to save a pregnant mother from a sudden stroke. Discover how the various moving parts, quick thinking teams and a mother’s will to live sparked this incredible success story. It’s a Stroke Mandy Banks noticed she was moving slower than normal and struggling to remember names on the day she went to HCA-affiliate Rose Medical Center for her 38-week pregnancy check-up. When doctors examined Mandy, it quickly became apparent something was not quite right. The treatment team quickly performed an… Read more.

Twinning at Timpanagos Regional!

Remember the Wrigley’s Doublemint gum commercial ads of the 80s and 90s? It featured sets of real life twins and the popular slogan, “Double Your Pleasure®, Double Your Fun™.” Well, nothing is surer than that for identical twin sisters Kelli Wall and Kerri Bunker, who have proved time and again, two is better than one. The 36-year old twins recently delivered their second set of doubles weeks apart at HCA-affiliate Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem, Utah. This time around Wall had a boy and a girl, while Bunker delivered twin boys. It was a déjà vu delivery for the hospital… Read more.

Are you SAD? It might be Seasonal Affective Disorder

Do you find yourself feeling sad, irritable and downright depressed during the winter months? Chances are, your mood can be linked to seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – a type of depression triggered by the change in seasons. During the winter – in the northern climates, at least – there is little exposure to natural light. You go to work when it’s dark and go home when it’s dark; sometimes you’re in an office with no windows and little natural light, and between all those things, it can affect your body’s chemistry, metabolism, and in some cases, your mood. There’s a… Read more.

Broken Heart Syndrome: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

Valentine’s Day may be over, but some may have felt the sting of Cupid’s curse. So, as the 1960s love song would ask, “What becomes of the broken hearted?” The good news is, you can recover from a broken heart. But the medical condition known as ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ is REAL.  This temporary condition, known to medics as takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) or stress-induced cardiomyopathy, is often triggered by an extreme emotional or physical experience, specifically, heart break, death of a loved one, sudden illness, natural disasters, or other life-altering traumatic events. Broken heart syndrome primarily affects women between the ages… Read more.

Q&A: Lead Poisoning and What It Means for Children

Lead poisoning may not have been a condition in the forefront of our minds…until the public health crisis in Flint, Michigan happened. There, thousands of children potentially have been exposed to high levels of lead from the contamination of the city’s water supply.  So, what is lead poisoning? And what should parents know? Dr. Reginald Washington, Chief Medical Officer for HCA-affiliate Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children – a system of six hospitals in Denver, Colo., recently sat down for a Q&A to educate our readers on the sources, symptoms, treatment and prevention for lead exposure. What is lead exposure? The… Read more.

HCA Prepares for Zika Virus

As one of the leading providers of healthcare services in the United States, HCA is actively preparing its hospitals for the spread of the Zika virus to the mainland United States. Drawing on the available materials from the CDC, as well as maternal fetal medicine and infectious disease experts throughout the organization, HCA has disseminated to its hospitals general educational materials about the Zika virus and updated guidelines regarding testing and clinical management for pregnant and symptomatic patients who have traveled to areas with known Zika outbreaks. Travel history and symptoms continue to be emphasized in the triage and assessment of all patients presenting at HCA-affiliated emergency rooms and outpatient healthcare settings. In… Read more.

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