HCA Welcomes the First Babies of 2016

Happy New Year! At HCA, we hope 2016 will bring a year of firsts in health and medicine advances, breakthroughs and innovation. But first, let’s celebrate what the New Year has already delivered – life! Meet a few of the first babies born in 2016 at HCA facilities. For the second year in a row, the first baby of the new year in Las Vegas was born at our affiliate MountainView Hospital! There, they welcomed a 6 pound, 5 ounce baby boy at 12:04 a.m. on January 1. Meanwhile, OB/GYN staff at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Texas helped… Read more.

REAP: A Game-Changer in Concussion Protocol at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

“Concussion” is sure to be a Hollywood blockbuster this Christmas. But to Drs. Brooke Pengel and Karen McAvoy, concussions are real life. The two have been working together since the 2010 inception of Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children’s Center for Concussion – Dr. Pengel on the medical-side and Dr. McAvoy on the psychological end of the condition – to raise awareness of concussion, educate and train parents, schools, coaches and athletes to identify the injury, and ultimately, change the game in concussion protocol. Authored by Dr. McAvoy, REAP, which stands for Remove/Reduce, Educate, Adjust/Accommodate and Pace, is a 20-page book… Read more.

HCA’s Plaza Medical Center Helps Give Soldier a Hero’s Send-Off

Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matthew James Whalen served his country with four tours of duty in the Middle East. His last act of service was saving more lives by being an organ donor at HCA affiliate Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. As his family was preparing for Christmas on Monday, the 35-year-old suffered a massive stroke and was transferred from another hospital to Plaza Medical Center for treatment. Although nothing could be done to save Staff Sgt. Whalen’s life, the caring staff at Plaza wanted to do something special to honor this fallen veteran and his family. Robin… Read more.

Celebrating HCA Military Spouses: Kimberly Johnson Profile

As HCA celebrates military veterans this week, we also want to recognize our military spouses. In 2015, HCA has hired over 1,160 military spouses and was recently recognized as a Military Friendly Spouse Employer® for the third year in a row. Our relationship with the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), part of the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, helps in our recruitment efforts.  The goal of the MSEP is to connect military spouses with organizations like ours who pledge to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses. Kimberly Johnson, director of marketing and public relations for… Read more.

Dr. Erika Hamilton Appears on CNN to Discuss American Cancer Society’s New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Dr. Erika Hamilton, Associate Director, Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute – the research arm of our global cancer enterprise, Sarah Cannon – was featured on CNN today regarding the American Cancer Society’s new screening guidelines just released. New screening guidelines state that women should begin getting mammograms at age 45 instead of 40 and all women can forego routine manual breast checks by physicians. One of the reasons surrounding these changes are that mammograms have a fairly high false-positive rate and the chance of false-positives increase under age 45 as women in this… Read more.

HCA Chief Medical Officer Elected to National Academy of Medicine

HCA’s Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, president, clinical services and chief medical officer, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM), at the organization’s 45th annual meeting today. Election to the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. “Dr. Perlin is a leader in advancing patient safety and driving clinical… Read more.

How Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Reunited Sisters

It was an unlikely reunion story of sisters – two staff members! – at HCA affiliate Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Separated in South Korea nearly four decades ago, Meagan Hughes, a physical therapy assistant, and Holly Hoyle O’Brien, a nursing assistant, were reunited on the fourth floor of the hospital earlier this year. At the time, the siblings weren’t aware of their connection until similarities in their history kept emerging. Orphaned. South Korea. Same maiden name – “Shin.”  Meagan and Holly spent more time together during-and-after work, compared notes and ultimately decided to take a DNA test. The test confirmed… Read more.

Expert Q&A: New, Available Treatment in the Weight Loss Journey

HCA-affiliated Drs. Michael Snyder and Matthew Brengman are two of only a select few bariatric surgeons trained on the newly approved ORBERA Intragastric Balloon weight loss procedure. The procedure was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August. Both doctors were involved in the FDA trial of the gastric balloon. We followed up with them to learn more about obesity, the new procedure and how it differs from other weight loss surgeries. Dr. Michael Snyder Q:  Why are we or should we be concerned about obesity? A: There are nearly two billion adults who are overweight or… Read more.

Sarah Cannon Expert Discusses Early Stage Breast Cancer on Fox News

Dr. Erika Hamilton, Associate Director of the Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute – the research arm of our global cancer enterprise, Sarah Cannon – was featured on Fox News in August to discuss a study released on DCIS, early stage breast cancer.  DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ), commonly referred to as “stage zero breast cancer”, is an abnormal collection of cancer cells inside the milk ducts of the breasts. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 60,000 women are diagnosed with DCIS each year. That’s one out of five new breast cancer… Read more.

What to do when it’s Breast Cancer

Cancer does not discriminate. Young or old, rich or poor, healthy or inactive, more than one million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. For women, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer (behind skin cancer) in the nation. In fact, one out of eight American women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. That’s why the conversation on breast cancer is front and center every October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Understanding breast cancer is important. The annual campaign to increase awareness, raise funds and educate people on detection, diagnosis and… Read more.

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