Sometimes, amazing things happen on New Year’s Day. A fresh start…a different perspective…or renewed hope in the form of a new baby! For some proud parents, 2017 has already been a milestone year, as they welcomed newborns and the first babies of the new year at HCA-affiliated hospitals across the nation. And as one of the largest providers of children’s care in the country, celebrating the lives of our youngest patients, and their parents, well, that’s just Amazing Together℠. Meet our 2017 New Year’s Babies! Baby Geneva Ruth Bowling holds the title as the first birth in Austin, Texas! She… Read more.
Dr. Stanley Wang seized another opportunity to save a life – this time, on a plane. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, an estimated 44,000 in-flight medical emergencies occur worldwide each year. And the cardiologist from Austin Heart, an affiliate of HCA’s St. David’s Healthcare, happened to be on one of those flights – traveling from New York City to Barcelona, Spain – when a fellow passenger collapsed due to cardiac arrest mid-flight over the Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Wang was drifting off to sleep when he heard several flight attendants shout, “Code red,” and noticed… Read more.
ComputerWorld recently named HCA Information Technology and Services (IT&S) one of the “Best Places to Work in IT” for the eighth consecutive year, placing higher than any previous year. This recognition highlights the satisfaction and morale among more than 4,500 technology employees across corporate headquarters and 168 hospitals in the states and the U.K. We’re proud to transform healthcare through technology for our caregivers, patients and families. And grateful to those who chose to use their talents, innovation and skills at HCA to enhance the future of healthcare IT. We call that “Healthcare Inspired” – and here’s the proof. We… Read more.
Three minutes. In three minutes, you can order take out. Check your e-mail. Call a friend. Or, like two nurses at HCA’s Las Colinas Medical Center, you can save a life. Just shy of their one-year anniversary with the HCA North Texas hospital, nurses Laura Rampley and Ron Samuel were in the right place at the right time. The two had volunteered to represent the Las Colinas booth to talk orthopedics at the Irving Marathon in April, when 22-year old Michael Loftis, after completing the half-marathon (13.1 miles), collapsed at the finish line. Commotion ensued. Onlookers gathered. Good Samaritans tried… 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.
As a registered nurse and the emergency room director for Rapides Regional Medical Center, I’ve experienced my fair share of near catastrophes. Last Wednesday was no different. A nine-month old was rushed to our ER with a life-threatening condition. What I witnessed next was a mother’s love, a medical staff’s skill and a “Christmas Miracle.” It was the usual, busy day in the ER. I was rounding with patients and staff when an announcement was made that a critical patient was en route and would arrive in five minutes. During that time, we learned a little boy was choking and… Read more.
Eighty-one year old Gladys Henry is in the hospital, but she couldn’t be in better spirits. On Saturday night, about 30 of Gladys’ family members gathered at her bedside at HCA’s Specialty Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., to watch her grandson Derrick Henry accept the 2015 Heisman trophy. The mother of 14 and grandmother of 26 is extremely close with Derrick and played an instrumental role in raising him. The family jokes that the Alabama running back, who grew up in Yulee, Fla., is her 15th child. If Gladys hadn’t been hospitalized, family members say she would have traveled to New… Read more.
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.
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.