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How to Avoid the So-Called “Festive 15”

The holidays are upon us…again. Another chance to eat, drink and be merry. But don’t use this opportunity to overeat. Amanda Erickson, chief clinical dietician at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, offers a few reasons people gain weight this time of year and tips on how to stay on course during this holiday season finale. RELAX The myth that the average American gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day has been debunked by several researchers. On average, the holiday weight gain is closer to one pound, as opposed to 7 to 10 pounds this time of… Read more.

HCA Dedicates New Building in Nashville

HCA co-founder Dr. Tommy Frist, Jr., Chairman and CEO Milton Johnson, First Lady Crissy Haslam and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry last Friday celebrated our nearly 50-year history in Tennessee with the dedication of 1100 Charlotte at Capitol View – the company’s new 17-story building in Nashville. The 1100 Charlotte building serves as headquarters for our subsidiaries HealthTrust, Sarah Cannon and Parallon, and is the anchor tenant for a new development called Capitol View. Redefining Nashville’s skyline, the $200 million investment is bringing close to 2,000 jobs to the area and will serve as a catalyst for growth in the neighborhood… Read more.

Why I Care: Messages from the Frontline of HCA Healthcare

In the spirit of the holiday season, we joined our partner Sharecare in highlighting our many caregivers who give back, day after day, above and beyond their normal “day jobs”. We wanted to hear the challenging, life-changing and rewarding moments of those on the front lines of healthcare, and, ultimately why they care. The “Why I Care” campaign showcases the many moments that go unacknowledged, but that healthcare providers and caregivers experience each and every day. Read on! (The individuals who are asterisked were highlighted in the Sharecare #WhyICare social media campaign.) I care because of the good people that… Read more.

Guide to Recognize and Cope with Stress for First Responders

The scene has cleared. The wildfires have subsided. Adrenaline has slowed. And reality starts to set in. That’s likely what happens to first responders after the devastating East Tennessee wildfires and tragedies like the recent Nashville school bus crash that sent 23 students and three adults to area hospitals and the Chattanooga school bus crash that killed six children and sent dozens of others to local hospitals last week. As a board certified psychiatrist who has practiced in the Middle Tennessee community since 1996, currently with HCA’s TriStar Skyline Madison Campus, a Behavioral Health facility in Nashville, my heart goes… Read more.

Gift of Life: Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Donates Life-Saving Procedure

Seven-year-old Uganda native Deborah Kisakye now has hope for a better future after being gifted her second critical open heart operation at HCA’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Our Denver-based hospital and the entire medical team donated two heart procedures to give a young girl a chance at life. Dr. Steven Leonard, a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at RMHC, performed the first surgery in 2011 for baby Deborah, who was born with a complex congenital heart defect. After learning the medical expertise and equipment to treat her condition was limited in her country, Dr. Leonard and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children… Read more.

Call to Purpose: Reflections on this Season of Thanks

It’s the season of giving thanks. As chief nursing officer at HCA’s Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, I’m thankful for the privilege to care for the sick, show compassion to patients and provide comfort for families. As caretakers, that’s what we do….not because we have to, but because we choose to. Oftentimes our passion takes us outside the walls of our hospital, too. As was the case a little over one year ago when our caregivers helped galvanize a community to serve one man in need: John McAnally. After seeing the Korean War veteran on the local evening news… Read more.

Battle of the Burn: Tips to Tame Holiday Heartburn

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the shopping and travel season for many Americans. And if we’re being completely honest, it’s the unofficial start to holiday eating, too. But pace yourself during the Thanksgiving feast. Overindulgence can cause a real pain in the gut, literally – and here’s why. An estimated 20 percent of the population has gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, a disorder that’s diagnosed when heartburn or reflux cause symptoms on a regular basis. Overeating can trigger the common condition, which is likely why the week of Thanksgiving is observed as national GERD Awareness Week. Dr. Michael Michel, a… Read more.

Sarah Cannon Shares how to Talk to Your Kids About a Cancer Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming – as you learn new terminology, create a treatment plan with your care team and adjust your daily life to new appointments and physical challenges. Talking to your kids about your diagnosis is an added layer to this journey. Sarah Cannon, the cancer institute of HCA, provides resources and support, including an oncology trained nurse navigator, to walk with you through your journey. Elissa Redding, gastrointestinal nurse navigator at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, shares her insights on how to approach talking to children  (both young and old)… Read more.

Beating the Odds: Micro Twin Preemies Take a Turn for the Better on World Prematurity Day

Though they be but little, they are fierce. Kate and Alex, born premature in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at HCA’s Overland Park Medical Center, are overcoming every obstacle they have faced in their young lives. Today, we join together on World Prematurity Day to celebrate their fight, their family and the caregivers in our Midwest Health hospital who have committed to giving the twins and every preemie a fighting chance. Born via surrogate to parents Chris and Sam, the twins, who arrived more than three months ahead of schedule, are the tiniest micro preemies delivered in the Overland Park… Read more.

Two-for-One: HealthCARE Comes in Kindness & Medical “First” at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth

World Kindness Day was celebrated across the country yesterday, but it’s something we at HCA practice every day. Pam Percival, director of community and public relations, at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, a member of HCA’s North Texas Division, is just one shining example of our kindness culture. During the course of her visits with 80-year-old Vickie Standley, the first patient in Texas to have her aortic valve replaced using the newly FDA approved Intuity valve system at Plaza Medical, Percival learned that the patient would need someone to care for her ranch animals while she recovered. Percival, who… Read more.

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