Do you believe in miracles? Not the 1980 Winter Olympics’ “Miracle on Ice,” but the ones when you’re given a second chance…at life. At HCA’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL), they believe in miracles. And it’s all because of Chris Downs. Downs, a now healthy 20-year-old, was at one time fighting for his young life at the Denver-based HCA-affiliated hospital. Born at sister facility Rose Medical Center in 1995 with a rare birth defect called diaphragmatic hernia – a hole in the diaphragm that leads to abdominal organs in the chest, Baby Downs was… 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.
Did you know that more people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined? When it comes to skin cancer, the more you know the better protected you can be. Summer, with all of its outdoor activities, is a great time to learn more about this all-too-common and often preventable form of cancer. Skin cancer can be caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is especially prevalent in the summer months when the sun’s rays are strongest. Overexposure to the sun’s UV radiation can not only cause skin cancer but also… Read more.
“Keep Calm and Carry On!” The popular catchphrase from the early 2000s sounds easy enough, right? Well for approximately 40 million Americans who suffer from anxiety disorders – the most common mental health concern there is – it’s easier said than done. So what do we say to the 18 percent of the population whose anxiety, in one way or another, may paralyze their everyday life? We sought the help of behavioral health expert, Dr. Alfredo Rivera, medical director for geriatric psychiatry at HCA’s The Medical Center of Aurora, to find out more about the mental disorder and to learn… Read more.
Age is just a number; at least, that’s what they say. But experts at two HCA North Texas hospitals received an all-too-common reminder that, regardless of age, stroke does not discriminate. While the risk of stroke increases after age 55, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports an alarming rise in the number of young adults suffering an ischemic stroke, the most common type, in which the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off due to a blockage. According to The Washington Post, there has been a 44 percent increase in hospitalizations for ischemic stroke… Read more.
HCA made leading national efforts to improve antibiotic stewardship, an important component of our quality and patient safety efforts several years ago. I was privileged to represent our organization, hospitals and healthcare providers at The White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship last year. And now Dr. Ed Septimus, medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology at HCA, co-authored the newly-released “Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care: A Practical Playbook,” in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Quality Forum (NQF). The Playbook began as a national call to action to address the antibiotic crisis. The… Read more.
It’s been over 20 years since Andrea Gilley Locher served her country in the U.S. Army Reserve. But she still credits her military service for where she is today – and that’s “Twice the Citizen,” the Army Reserve motto, as an imaging system administrator at HCA’s TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. In 1987, Locher joined the Reserve before graduating high school. “I knew four years of college wasn’t for me,” she said. “I wanted to figure out what I was going to do, train for it and get out into the workforce.” Whether it was fate or sheer coincidence, Locher chose… Read more.
HCA today presented the 2015 HCA Awards of Distinction to recipients at a ceremony in Nashville. The HCA Awards of Distinction include the Frist Humanitarian Award, the HCA Innovators Award and the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award, and are the highest honors that HCA bestows on employees, physicians and volunteers. This is the first time the company has recognized all three HCA Awards of Distinction categories in one celebration. The Frist Humanitarian Award, the oldest award in HCA history, recognizes the highest achievements in serving others; the HCA Innovators Award, founded in 2010, recognizes creative new ideas for enhancing quality… Read more.
HCA nurses rock – literally! Our compassionate caregivers kicked off National Nurses Week on Monday with a flash mob performance for a pediatric heart patient’s Make-A-Wish ® reveal at HCA-affiliate Medical City Children’s Hospital in Texas. The Dallas-based children’s hospital partnered with Make-A-Wish North Texas to surprise 13-year old Ashley, diagnosed with a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart, with her dream vacation – a Disney Cruise. She and her family, including three siblings, will set sail for Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, in June. Forty nurses, physicians and support staff at Medical… Read more.
Today marks the beginning of National Hospital Week, a time to celebrate more than 230,000 HCA employees, who every day pursue our mission of the care and improvement of human life. This year’s Hospital Week theme, “Healthcare from the Heart,” is especially fitting for HCA because our company was founded by physicians who believed that the best healthcare comes from the heart. By putting the patient’s experience at the center, HCA employees provide the highest-quality care and, just as importantly, do so with compassion and kindness. We are proud of HCA’s 2015 accomplishments, and more so, that we accomplished them… Read more.