Category: Innovation

New Year, New Innovations: Grab your Prescriptions to Go!

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.

Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Comes to Fairview Park

Patients in need of surgical services no longer need to travel long distances for the most advanced options. HCA’s Fairview Park Hospital has become the first hospital in Dublin, Ga. and the surrounding counties to offer robotic-assisted surgery using the daVinci® Surgical System. Dr. John L. Polhill, Jr., a general surgeon and president of the Medical Staff at Fairview Park Hospital, performed the first surgery using the daVinci® robot. The procedure, a gallbladder surgery, was successful. The daVinci® robot provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional, laparoscopic surgery, putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls… Read more.

American Heart Month: TAVR Technology Keeps Retired Veteran Active

A 92-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran, Utah Hamilton, does not scare easily. When he learned he would need a heart valve replacement, he knew it had to be done. Utah was suffering from aortic stenosis, a common and serious valve disease. Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve narrows, restricting blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. When the valve is narrowed, the heart works harder to pump enough blood through the smaller opening, and eventually, the heart weakens. This can lead to life-threatening problems, such heart failure, irregular heart rhythms or cardiac arrest.… Read more.

Helping Cardiac Patients with the Echo Alert Protocol

The annual Innovators Award challenge brings out HCA’s best thinkers . In 2013,  more than 1,500 ideas were submitted, and winners were chosen at every facility and at the division level. From those, three national winners have been announced. Each national winner received $10,000, as well as the “Tommy” award, a likeness of company founder Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr.

Improving Throughput, Staffing and Scheduling – Innovator’s Award at HCA

The Innovators Award at HCA highlights great thinking across the company as demonstrated in our recent blog post on Project Mary, our Service Excellence winner.  Now we move on to the Financial Impact winner: Ethan Elmore, Assistant CNO at Fawcett Memorial Hospital. His award-winning solution, a five-part set of tools to improve throughput, staffing, scheduling and more, is now being tested at the several other facilities.

Innovators Award Highlights Great Thinking Across HCA – Project Mary

The annual Innovators Award challenge brings out HCA’s best thinkers . In 2013,  more than 1,500 ideas were submitted, and winners were chosen at every facility and at the division level. From those, three national winners have been announced. Each national winner received $10,000, as well as the “Tommy” award, a likeness of company founder Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr.

MEARacles Can Happen: 9-year-old Girl Receives Cochlear Implant for Single-Sided Deafness

Nine-year-old Claire wouldn’t let her deafness in one ear keep her from being a little girl. She loves school, music and sports. However, as time passed, it began to naturally take a toll on her well-being.

Technology’s Noble Cause

This is the age of healthcare technology. Big data and clinical data management, EHR (electronic health records) and Meaningful Use, clouds and virtualization, SaaS and the mobile era, not to mention the incredible advancements in medical technologies like genomics and bioinformatics.

Medical City Dallas First to Perform Heart Procedure with FDA Commercial Approval

Medical City’s Dallas Valve Institute became the first U.S. hospital to perform a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commercially-approved heart procedure that, until now, had been approved only for patients in clinical trials. The procedure is known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which we’ve talked about before on this blog.

Menorah Medical Center Serves Up Dining On Call

Overland Park, KS If you’re looking for pudding in a cup at Menorah Medical Center, you’re out of luck. And the same goes for lumpy mashed potatoes, canned fruit and other hospital food of yore. Thanks to Dining On Call, the hospital’s innovative food choice and delivery program, patients customize their meals from many different options, all of which have been vetted by dieticians to meet specific nutritional needs. They also get to order it when they want, rather than having to wait for a set delivery time, said Steve Achord, Food and Nutrition Services Director. “The patients really like… Read more.

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