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.
National Nurses Week 2015, (May 6-12) is a great time for nurses to take stock of who we are, where we are and where we are going. Personally, I think this is a great time to be a nurse at HCA. The healthcare industry is undergoing significant transformative change and HCA-affiliated nurses have a front row seat. As a nurse at one of the world’s leading healthcare systems, we can both witness and influence change.
Reaching a large audience can be a huge struggle, however, Tim McManus has figured out just the formula. In 2011, Tim McManus was serving as CEO of HCA’s Reston Hospital Center in Virginia and saw a need that wasn’t effectively being met.
It was Christmas day, and while most businesses are closed and families are spending the day celebrating the holiday in their homes, the hospital is open and providing care for those unable to be with their families and friends. Those of us working on Christmas make every attempt to make the day special for our patients, knowing that this is not the ideal place to spend Christmas.
Brian Sellers is a Registered Nurse in the ER at North Florida Regional Hospital. Before his time at North Florida, Brian served our country overseas in the Middle East. During his service, Brian was injured by a large explosion that left him unable to speak. Luckily, he received immediate attention and eventually made a full recovery.
We recently told you about a new way we’re giving time back to patients and nurses. Vitals Now takes a patient’s vital signs and adds them to their medical record as soon as they’re taken in the room. This is a HUGE time saver and allows nurses to do more of what they love; take care of patients.
Would you know if you were having a stroke? It may be harder to detect than you think. Not long ago, we told you about Diane McPeters who was denied she was having a stroke while she was having it! Her fiancee caught the whole thing on video. Pretty amazing.
Real Data Right Now Taking vital signs is a mainstay of quality healthcare. It’s also one of the most labor-intensive tasks facing nurses and medical staff, who until now, have taken the information, written it on charts and later transferred it to a patient’s electronic health record.
Rose Medical Center has a long and rich history that dates back to the end of the World War II. It was during that time a group of Jewish physicians and community leaders in Denver came up with the idea to build a new hospital that would welcome and treat people of all creeds, colors and backgrounds – to “serve the need of every creed.” Following a national fundraising campaign, the new hospital was named in honor of Major General Maurice Rose and opened in 1949.
When your body is faced with an infection, your immune system springs into action. It tracks down the infection and releases chemicals in the bloodstream to fight it. There can be times, however, when your body doesn’t react well to these chemicals your body is releasing. In severe cases, inflammation occurs which can lead to a life-threatening condition called sepsis.