Category: Departments

Phone app helps save stroke victim’s life

Plano, TX When it comes to treating strokes, urgency is the rule. The sooner a patient is treated, the better. And if the onset of symptoms can be pinpointed to a specific time, even better still. So when a 52-year-old woman was brought to The Medical Center of Plano with loss of speech and right-sided paralysis, she was unable to communicate when her symptoms had started. However, her fiancée was able to show doctors a video he’d taken with his smartphone earlier in the day at the time the symptoms began. Due to his thoughtful actions, the video helped determine… Read more.

Emergency training gets real-time test following auto accident

Port Charlotte, Fla. Normally, Labor Day is an easygoing holiday for Doug James, a time to putter around the yard and house of his Florida home. But not this year. James, who is an X-ray Technician at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, lives near the one of the city’s canals. He had been doing some gardening and, just after stepping into the house, heard a loud noise. He thought at first it was a neighbor cutting grass, but then looked outside and saw that a car had crashed into the canal just behind his house. “People on the other side of the… Read more.

Sky Ridge Medical Center named to Most Beautiful list

Lone Tree, Colo. When Sky Ridge Medical Center was on the drawing board, planners worked tirelessly to ensure that it would be patient and family friendly as well as offer leading-edge technology in a soothing, comfortable environment. The HCA team, along with the architects and builder, studied facilities across the country to ensure that Sky Ridge would be visually appealing and able to grow with the community. According to Soliant Health, they succeeded. The healthcare staffing company named the 9-year-old hospital to its annual list of the Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals, an honor Sky Ridge CEO Maureen Tarrant says… Read more.

Ronald McDonald space at Capital RMC gives children, families place of respite

Tallahassee, Fla. When Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Tallahassee Inc. wanted to partner with Capital Regional Medical Center on a family space within the hospital, the answer was a fast and resounding ‘yes, please.’ The charity and hospital collaborated on the Capital Regional Ronald McDonald Family Room, which is now open. Just off the pediatric inpatient unit, the room is the first of its kind in an HCA facility, and everyone involved hopes that other hospitals will be able to duplicate its offering. “When we opened our pediatric unit in August 2012, the Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Tallahassee Inc.… Read more.

Summerville Medical Center partners with Safety Initiative

Summerville, S.C. When Deona Ryan talks about the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars, she makes her point in a powerful way. Having lost her own daughter to heat stroke due to being left in a hot car by a babysitter, she has chosen to take that loss and use it to educate parents and others about auto-related dangers. To do that effectively, she now works with, a group that reaches out to new parents and other caregivers to educate them about car and infant/child safety. “Janette Fennell, the president and founder of, began her journey when… Read more.

Reshaping the Menu

Hospital revamps offerings for patients, staff and visitors Food Service at every hospital has a lot of people to cater to. They must provide healthy meals that physicians and medical staff prescribe for patients. They must offer patients foods they actually want to eat. And cafeteria selections must appeal to the diverse tastes of staff and visitors. As people have become more concerned about health, meal preparation must consider not only nutrition and taste, but also presentation and atmosphere. That’s certainly the case at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, where menu redesigns have led to additional items, such as… Read more.

HCA, AirStrip expand partnership

HCA, AirStrip expand partnership to advance cardiovascular care After successfully collaborating on a mobile OB patient-monitoring solution, HCA and AirStrip Technologies are deepening their partnership by moving into the cardiovascular arena. HCA, which has invested in AirStrip through its Health Insight Capital group, will be expanding the availability of AirStrip’s products to cardiovascular care. The AirStrip Cardiology solution allows physicians to see real-time electrocardiographic (ECG) tracings, as well as access prior ECG’s on mobile devices such as smartphones or iPads. AirStrip OB, which allows obstetricians to remotely monitor fetal heart rates, has been used at some HCA facilities since 2007.… Read more.

Disaster preparation tested, pays off

Safeguards minimize storm damage When weather-related disasters strike, hospital preparedness plans are tested. During the 2012 hurricane season, Isaac and Sandy were two storms whose impact was successfully managed thanks largely to HCA’s ability to be ready and respond quickly. HCA does not have hospitals in New York or New Jersey, which took the brunt of the storm, but Sandy did affect facilities in New Hampshire and Virginia. The northern hospitals were largely untouched, but Virginia facilities had to deal with leaks and minor power outages. They were ready, however, thanks to some advance planning and the implementation of lessons… Read more.

Seeing Change

Screenings, coaching pay dividends The HCA Wellness Program continues to grow, providing participants more ways to learn about and improve their health. As a result, an increasing number of employees are choosing to participate. In addition to health screenings and a health risk assessment, this year’s program includes follow-up wellness activities. Employees with certain health risks qualify for face-to-face coaching from H2U, either at their workplace or via secure webcam. H2U has also developed a new Health Action Plan to help participants who aren’t eligible for coaching establish goals and increase healthy habits. Tracking Progress made easier To further promote… Read more.

LEED-ing the Way

Groundbreaking, environmentally friendly facilities opening in Virginia For some companies, being environmentally friendly means adding a few recycling bins throughout the building, and turning off lights in empty rooms. HCA is taking much larger steps at two Virginia facilities, with changes that will keep the company at the forefront of sustainability. The first is West Creek Medical Center, a newly constructed, freestanding emergency department in Richmond. The facility, which is now open to patients, is the company’s first to use geothermal energy for part of its heating and cooling needs. Geothermal Energy Provides Year-Round Savings The concept of geothermal energy… Read more.

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