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Damon W Boatwright Overland Park

CEOs Tell How H2U Health Coaching Benefits Them and Their Employees

H2U’s coaching program has been a game- changer for many. It provides the support needed to reach a healthier weight and prevent or manage chronic diseases by improving nutrition and movement.

43 Years of Research in 18 Months – REDUCE MRSA

Earlier this year I told you about a study to test a new approach in the fight against MRSA.  The study, REDUCE MRSA, was conducted at 43 HCA-affiliated hospitals involving nearly 75,000 ICU patients over 18 months. It concluded that using antimicrobial soap and a nasal ointment on adult intensive care unit patients reduces bloodstream infections, including MRSA, by 44 percent. These results convinced HCA to begin implementing this protocol, called universal decolonization, in its adult hospital intensive care units in 2013.

Infant Immunizations Give Us the Power to Protect Our Children

Since 1994, National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) has presented the important public health message that it is our duty to protect infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year, NIIW will be observed April 21-28. It’s a time to celebrate the achievements of America’s many immunization programs and the partnerships that help protect and promote healthy communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 14 diseases that are vaccine-preventable: mumps, measles, rubella (MMR), pertussis (whooping cough), chickenpox, tetanus, poliomyelitis (polio), diphtheria, hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenzae Type B infection or Hib, (a bacterial illness that can lead to… Read more.

Replacing a Heart Valve through the Leg

What if you could replace a heart valve through a small incision in the leg? Aortic valve replacement surgery often requires opening the chest to expose the valve that needs to be replaced due to narrowing of the aorta (Aortic Stenosis). 300,000 people in the U.S. have Aortic Stenosis and 100,000 of those are not candidates for open heart surgery. So their options were few and their prognosis grim. But thanks to a new procedure, called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) there is hope. TAVR allows a surgeon to replace the aortic valve by inserting a catheter to open the… Read more.

Meet HCA’s First Babies of 2012

The New Year brings with it stories from cities across America about the first babies born in 2012. Here are the stories of two born at HCA facilities. The first baby born in Ogden, Utah, possibly in the entire State of Utah was Jaden Adams, born five seconds after midnight at the birthing center at HCA’s Ogden Regional Medical Center, Ogden, Utah. In El Paso, Texas, Cristina Jaquez, 28, gave birth to a healthy 7-pound, 2-ounce boy at 12:01 a.m. Sunday at Del Sol Medical Center. Veronica Munoz, the charge nurse for the postpartum floor said in an interview with… Read more.

The Funniest Flu Video Ever

He’s kept you home from work. Kept your kids home from school. He even made you miss that date with that one guy you swore was “the one.” He’s a nuisance to society….so we thought we’d sit down and have a chat with him. We’re talking, of course, about the flu. Check out our interview below.

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