February 1-7 is National Burn Awareness Week and the perfect time to become educated about first-, second- and third- degree burns. Last year, approximately 485,000 burn injuries were treated medically in the U.S., while nearly 40,000 burn-related hospitalizations occurred in America during that same time period. The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at our Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., the largest inpatient burn center in America, admits more than 3,000 patients every year from across the U.S. and internationally. In recognition of this National Burn Awareness Week, they’ve put together an infographic to point out some of the characteristics of… Read more.
Arlington (Texas) Police Detective Josh Gowins took his duty as a public servant to new heights on Monday when he donated one of his kidneys to a stranger at HCA-affiliate Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. His selfless act launched a kidney swap chain, resulting in a new lease on life for three grateful patients. And to Detective Gowins, “it was a small price to pay to help someone” in need. “Det. Gowins literally walked through our front doors and said, ‘I am willing to donate a kidney to whoever needs it,” Dr. George Rofaiel, surgical director of transplant services for… Read more.
With the popularity of babymoons – a last romantic getaway before the arrival of a new baby – and the quick spreading, mosquito-borne Zika virus causing outbreaks in many vacation destinations, what should expectant mothers know? Dr. Kelly Culpepper, an OBGYN at our Medical City Dallas Hospital, sat down to talk about the Zika virus and pregnancy risks, signs and symptoms and give her advice to pregnant patients considering travel to Zika-affected areas. Visit our HCA North Texas blog for more pregnancy tips and information for moms and mom-to-be.
If volunteerism is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, consider the gift of life and give blood. January is National Blood Donor Month – the nationwide call for blood donation and recognition of lifesaving blood and platelet donors – and with the recent winter storm, blood supplies for patients in need are sure to be in short supply. HCA headquarters has been a proud host of American Red Cross Blood Drives for more than 10 years. The corporate office holds approximately 10 blood drives per year and averages about 500 individual blood donors annually. One such donor, Mitzi Rodgers… Read more.
The football season is over for some. The lockers are cleaned out, the cleats are neatly tucked away and the glare of “Friday Night Lights” is a distant memory. But to Heather Bratcher, director of emergency services at HCA’s TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, her work on the gridiron has just begun. The registered nurse and 17-year veteran of HCA spearheaded the collection and donation of 12 first aid emergency responder bags to middle schools in Rutherford County, Tennessee, after she found herself providing life-saving care without basic first aid tools at a Siegel Middle School football game last September. The… Read more.
A trip to the hospital can be a stressful time for some patients, families and visitors. Luckily, Dr. Cynthia Chandler, a volunteer at our Medical Center of Lewisville, has the cure – a four-legged, furry and freckled face Cocker Spaniel named Jesse. Dr. Chandler’s passion for animal assisted therapy led her and Jesse to our Lewisville facility in the fall of 2013. Realizing the healing potential of animals, she helped start the Paws 4 Patients program and has touched the lives of 316 patients, nearly 400 hospital visitors and approxmately 881 staff members in just two years. The health benefits… Read more.
There’s no love like a mother’s love. After her daughter’s struggle with infertility, Tracey Thompson did what only a mother would do. At 54 years old, she stepped in as a surrogate to carry her grandchild. On January 6, Tracey gave her daughter Kelley the gift of a lifetime – a healthy baby girl delivered at The Medical Center of Plano. A unique situation for HCA’s Medical Center of Plano, the OB/GYN staff carefully laid out a plan for this special pregnancy. They coordinated medical treatments for Tracey’s surrogacy, implanted her daughter’s remaining embryo in April 2015 and successfully delivered… Read more.
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.
“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.
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.