Category: HealthONE

The Medicine of Music

It’s something most everyone has in common. It’s a way we can connect to one another. It’s unifying and familiar. It’s therapy and healing. “It”…is music. And that is “medicine” for patients at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Angela Wibben, a board-certified music therapist at the Denver-based HealthONE hospitals, uses music intervention to assist patients with pain management, coping skills for a new diagnosis, emotional expression, and sometimes, end of life care. “When I introduce music therapy to patients, they give me that look like, ‘what is it’ and ‘how is it going to help… Read more.

Pregnancy-Related Fears: Know the Facts about Birth Defects

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.

“Keep Calm and Carry On” and Other Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone with Anxiety

“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.

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Performs Life-Saving Surgery on Unborn Twins

In collaboration with HealthONE Center for Maternal Fetal Health, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) made headlines last month for giving a pair of twins a chance at life before they were even born. For the first-time ever, pediatric surgeons at the HCA-affiliated hospital performed a rare fetal procedure for one of the most dangerous conditions you’ve likely never heard of – Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome is an unpredictable condition that affects identical twins who share the same placenta.  TTTS happens when abnormal blood vessels within the placenta cause an imbalance of blood… Read more.

HCA Commits to Health Interoperability Pledge

Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that HCA was among a handful of healthcare providers that pledged to follow three principles—Consumer Access, Transparency and Standards—to improve the flow of health information to consumers and providers. At HCA, we agree with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell that the commitment to these principles is essential to ensuring that health information can be accessed effectively by patients and caregivers for the best possible health and care. To deliver better, more personalized care and to allow for the secure and efficient flow of health information, we commit to the following:… Read more.

Stroke of Genius: HealthONE Teams Up to Save Pregnant Mother, Baby

Rose Medical Center, AirLife Denver and Swedish Medical Center – members of HealthONE, a division of HCA – worked together to save a pregnant mother from a sudden stroke. Discover how the various moving parts, quick thinking teams and a mother’s will to live sparked this incredible success story. It’s a Stroke Mandy Banks noticed she was moving slower than normal and struggling to remember names on the day she went to HCA-affiliate Rose Medical Center for her 38-week pregnancy check-up. When doctors examined Mandy, it quickly became apparent something was not quite right. The treatment team quickly performed an… Read more.

REAP: A Game-Changer in Concussion Protocol at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

“Concussion” is sure to be a Hollywood blockbuster this Christmas. But to Drs. Brooke Pengel and Karen McAvoy, concussions are real life. The two have been working together since the 2010 inception of Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children’s Center for Concussion – Dr. Pengel on the medical-side and Dr. McAvoy on the psychological end of the condition – to raise awareness of concussion, educate and train parents, schools, coaches and athletes to identify the injury, and ultimately, change the game in concussion protocol. Authored by Dr. McAvoy, REAP, which stands for Remove/Reduce, Educate, Adjust/Accommodate and Pace, is a 20-page book… Read more.

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Neurosurgeon Receives Honor

Giancarlo Barolat, M.D., founding physician of Barolat Neuroscience and Medical Director of the Neuromodulation Center of Colorado at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, CO, has received the North American Neuromodulation Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The society’s highest honor, this award is given only on an as-merited basis to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in the field of neuromodulation.

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Black Death Is No Match for Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

A child with high fever and seizures is cause for alarm. When Dr. Jennifer Snow got a call from an emergency room 400 miles away, she immediately made arrangements to have the 7-year-old patient transferred to HealthONE’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver.

Fun with Vine at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center

Since I discovered Vine I’ve been obsessed with it.  As Director of PR at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, this little tool gives me an opportunity to show off my hospital, physicians, nurses, staff and patients while having a little fun.

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