(This blog is courtesy of Nashville’s StyleBlueprint.com, an online lifestyle magazine that connects women to their community, and edited for HCA Today.) Catina Parish was the youngest of 13 kids and the first in her family to attend college, on the way to becoming a middle school teacher for the Metro Nashville Public School system. Little did she know, her destiny awaited her as a critical member of the healthcare team at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center – a hospital chaplain. Parish says she denied the calling to ministry at every turn, until she finally resigned from teaching and entered… Read more.
Healthcare is an exciting field to work in, but often physical or other limitations can block someone from pursuing a hospital job. Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas recently partnered with the Clark County School District and the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Project SEARCH High School Transition Program, which provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help youths with disabilities make successful transitions from school to productive adult life. Project SEARCH began in 1996 and now has more than 150 locations across 39 states and four countries. It reports a nearly 70 percent employment… Read more.
Eighty-five percent of HCA’s hospitals are on The Joint Commission’s (TJC) top performers list, as compared to 36.9 percent of all TJC-accredited hospitals reporting core measure performance data for 2013. Of the 115 HCA hospitals recognized, 48 have been Top Performers all four years of the program’s existence. Below is a quick video from our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jon Perlin discussing the significance of this recognition. TJC’s Top Performers program recognizes hospitals that attain excellence on accountability measures related to evidence-based care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services,… Read more.
Patients visiting the new Joint & Spine Center at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center could be forgiven for thinking they are in a hotel. The first time many staffers saw the center they made the same mistake. “It’s a 20-bed, boutique concept center,” says Tom Ozburn, CEO. “We wanted to expand our spine, orthopedic and neurosurgical offerings, but we wanted to do that in a nontraditional way. We felt like our patients were interested in care delivered from a different angle, particularly those orthopedic patients who are not sick but are just coming in for a procedure.” Ozburn and his… Read more.
Medical-Surgical Nursing is the heart of patient care in acute care hospitals. Med-surg nurses provide expert monitoring as patients recover from injury, surgery or illness and make the transition out of the hospital. Most adult patients, except for those delivering babies, spend time on a medical-surgical unit. Often, this is where they take their first steps or eat their first meal on the road to recovery. These nurses provide education and support to the patient and family that prepares them for leaving the hospital and continuing their recovery. Med-surg units are some of the busiest places in a hospital; patients… Read more.
HCA, which operates 164 hospitals and 114 surgery centers in 20 states and England, and the CDC Foundation today announced a $1 million cash donation by HCA to the CDC Foundation to help support international Ebola epidemic response efforts involving the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and their work with partners on the ground in West Africa.
A while back I wrote about how HCA prepares for hurricanes, 77 hospitals at a time. But hurricanes are one of many natural disasters that we have to prepare for each year. It’s true that some disasters we train for never happen but it’s still important to be prepared – just look at the recent emergency drill by New York City. And since we have hospitals across the U.S. we come into contact with a variety of incidents brought about by natural disasters. Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms, floods, and volcanic eruptions are just some of the emergencies that HCA has… Read more.
In 2013, HCA was responsible for more than 900,000 pediatric encounters with patients aged zero to five. And while our 165 hospitals treat children and adults alike, we also have more than one dozen dedicated pediatric hospitals specifically tailored for kids. August is National Immunization Awareness month and since everyone needs to know the importance of immunizations, we’ve organized data from the CDC and World Health Organization below to help separate the facts from fiction.
WHEN HE CAME TO Southern Hills Medical Center in Las Vegas four years ago, CEO Kim Anderson wanted to find ways for the hospital to partner with the community. He got his wish right away. “One way that had come to my mind was working withthe schools in some form or fashion,” Anderson says. “I recalled a program I’d seen elsewhere that brought in high school students and put them with nurses and other clinicians. We thought it was worth pursuing.” It was a natural fit for Anderson and his facility, as he was on a local high school’s advisory… Read more.
Hospitals are an essential part of a community. They help save and improve lives. But in order for them to keep operating and providing the services their community needs, hospitals require a lot of energy which can have negative impacts on the environment. In fact, Richard F. Moorer of the Department of Energy mentioned that hospitals are among the nation’s most complex and energy-intensive facilities. However, this does not mean that hospitals shouldn’t make efforts to minimize their environmental impact.