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.
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.
There’s no love like a mother’s love. After her daughter’s struggle with infertility, Tracey Thompson did what only a mother would do. At 54 years old, she stepped in as a surrogate to carry her grandchild. On January 6, Tracey gave her daughter Kelley the gift of a lifetime – a healthy baby girl delivered at The Medical Center of Plano. A unique situation for HCA’s Medical Center of Plano, the OB/GYN staff carefully laid out a plan for this special pregnancy. They coordinated medical treatments for Tracey’s surrogacy, implanted her daughter’s remaining embryo in April 2015 and successfully delivered… Read more.
The holiday season has a way of reminding us of what is truly important. Family and friends; health and wellness; laughter, love and our very life, become more precious this time of year. Too often, and sadly, we take those things for granted. And then “life” happens and puts everything into perspective. Three of our staff members at HCA’s Medical Center of Plano (MCP) experienced devastating loss at an early age. David Deng, David Munduk and Bior Bior were just children when they were separated from their families by violence and civil war in south Sudan. Our colleagues were three… Read more.