Winter can sometimes seem endless for many parts of the world, can’t it? The fluctuating temperatures in March and April have us doubting that spring or summer will ever arrive. And then it happens — the air gets warmer, it rains, the grass gets green, and flowers and trees blossom. Great news, right? Well…yes and no. Unfortunately, as spring and summer roll around, so does pollen, wreaking nasal havoc on those of us who suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), nasal allergies are estimated… Read more.
“Being a physician means being a servant first.” Dr. Michael Cuffe, president of HCA’s Physician Services Group (PSG), said. And, he would know. Dr. Cuffe, the MIT-educated and Duke University-trained physician, leads a community of 11,000 physicians in PSG, who serve nine million patients annually. We caught up with the Milwaukee, Wisconsin native to talk about what sets HCA and PSG apart, the challenges of the estimated physician shortage and what he’d like to say to physicians across the nation on this National Doctors’ Day. Years at HCA: 5.5 Life before HCA: Before joining HCA, I spent more than two… Read more.
Residency. It’s exciting. It’s demanding. It’s eye opening. And after years of medical school, where textbooks and medical actors rule, it’s where newly minted doctors begin to treat real patients in a real-world environment. It’s Match Day. I believe most residency programs in the United States expose their students to the real-world atmosphere. What makes HCA’s graduate medical education program unique is our emphasis on the individual resident’s performance. We work on capabilities that a physician will face once he or she enters private practice, such as core measures and patient satisfaction. We give continuous feedback to our residents so… Read more.
Dr. Stanley Wang seized another opportunity to save a life – this time, on a plane. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, an estimated 44,000 in-flight medical emergencies occur worldwide each year. And the cardiologist from Austin Heart, an affiliate of HCA’s St. David’s Healthcare, happened to be on one of those flights – traveling from New York City to Barcelona, Spain – when a fellow passenger collapsed due to cardiac arrest mid-flight over the Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Wang was drifting off to sleep when he heard several flight attendants shout, “Code red,” and noticed… Read more.
March 30 is National Doctors’ Day. It’s a day set aside to recognize the unique contributions of physicians around the world. As one of the leading providers of healthcare services in the United States, HCA recognizes the extraordinary efforts of all of its doctors today and every day. Collectively, HCA doctors provide high-quality, compassionate care for millions of patients across the nation and in the United Kingdom. Members of our Physician Services Group consistently put patients first and make a positive impact in the communities they serve. Through their eyes, see their perspective on being a doctor on this Doctors’… Read more.