You’re pregnant – congrats! As a new mom-to-be, you may experience a range of emotions from joy to excitement to “Worrier in Chief” – all in a matter of minutes – as reality starts to sink in. You are not alone. One of the things pregnant women tend to worry about the most are birth defects. In fact, according to Parents Magazine, 78 percent of expectant mothers rated birth defects as their number one concern. But knowing the facts can help ease your anxiety. And there are steps you can take to prevent birth defects and protect your baby. Genetic… Read more.
Time. It’s one of our most precious commodities. So it’s no surprise that in today’s microwave mindset, we want it and we want it now. That’s why it’s prime time for a quick, convenient and easy way to offer prescription medications to patients, and HCA-affiliate Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., kicked off 2017 with the resolution – Rx to Go. Patients visiting the emergency room at Memorial won’t have to travel far to pick up their prescriptions. Located in the emergency room lobby, Rx to Go, an automated and interactive medication dispenser, is a one-stop shop that will allow patients… Read more.
“Doctor, I’m tired.” “I don’t have any energy no matter what I do.” “I cannot lose weight no matter how hard I try.” As a family physician, Dr. Bert Barnes, chief medical officer at Medical Center of Trinity in West Florida, has heard these symptoms more times than he can count. The culprit is one of the most common and sometimes overlooked diagnoses, he says – a thyroid condition. The thyroid – a butterfly-shaped gland in the base of the neck – may be small, but it packs a powerful punch. It plays a major role in the body, controlling… Read more.
Oprah and Gayle. Tina and Amy. Matt and Ben. These famous best friends have defined the hashtag #SquadGoals for years. Until we met Chané and Stephenie – the 36-year-old who gifted her most precious friend with the promise of a new life in 2017 – a healthy kidney. The procedure, which took place at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, made history as the 200th live donor kidney transplant performed in 2016 at the HCA-affiliated hospital. It also earned the greatest number of live donor kidney transplants ever completed in a single year at any transplant center in the United States,… Read more.
Twins. They often look alike, sometimes dress the same, and of course, share the same birthday – except when they don’t. Two HCA-affiliated hospitals saw the rare moment when two sets of twins were born on different days and different years! Oak Hill Hospital in Florida helped deliver twins Yullianna and her brother Zane at 11:43 p.m. on December 31, 2016 and 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2017, respectively. Meanwhile, our North Texas affiliate, Medical City Arlington, helped welcomed twin boys Jordan Jeremy by natural birth at 11:46 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and J’aiden Michael Sanchez via c-section at… Read more.
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.
2016 has been a year to remember. There was the threat of Zika and health risks at the hair salon, but, most of all, there were our caregivers doing what they do best – giving their all. Whether it was educating the public on the latest health threats, advancing their knowledge and skill-level to better serve their patients, giving back in their communities or saving lives, they were there…for you. As we look back on 2016, and this year’s 100 blogs on HCA Today, here are the 10 most popular for your ‘Year in Review’. Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome The… Read more.
The past couple of weeks, we have all struggled to make sense of the sudden and unexpected passing of beloved and notable entertainers – all of whom reportedly died of heart-related ailments, including, the most recent, Carrie Fisher, George Michael and Hollywood actor, songwriter, game and talk show host Alan Thicke. While fans pay tributes across the world, it is especially difficult for their loved ones during this holiday season. According to death certificate, Mr. Thicke died from a ruptured aorta three hours after experiencing a Stanford Type A Aortic Dissection. You may recall a similar situation surrounding the death of… Read more.
“Christmas coronary” is a term coined by doctors who noticed a disturbing pattern: heart attacks and heart-related problems peaking every year over the winter holiday season — specifically on Christmas, the day after Christmas and New Year’s Day. In fact, studies show that the number of heart attacks increases across ages and genders by more than 30 percent in the winter, but why? Some of it can be attributed to factors you can fight or control, like these six holiday stressors: Cold temperatures.Cold weather causes your blood vessels to constrict in your arms and legs, making your heart work harder. It… Read more.
Having a heart for service is doing more than just talking the talk – at HCA’s Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, it’s walking the walk. And for the third time, a team of physicians, nurses and clinical technicians volunteered to serve impoverished areas in Honduras by providing access to medical care. They are the Los Robles Medical Mountain Team. Dr. Ed Chambers, a Los Robles pediatrician, checked a medical mission trip off of his “bucket list” five years ago, and has since recruited many of his colleagues to get involved. Now, the Los Robles Medical Mountain team is comprised… Read more.