The football season is over for some. The lockers are cleaned out, the cleats are neatly tucked away and the glare of “Friday Night Lights” is a distant memory. But to Heather Bratcher, director of emergency services at HCA’s TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, her work on the gridiron has just begun. The registered nurse and 17-year veteran of HCA spearheaded the collection and donation of 12 first aid emergency responder bags to middle schools in Rutherford County, Tennessee, after she found herself providing life-saving care without basic first aid tools at a Siegel Middle School football game last September. The… Read more.
Happy New Year! At HCA, we hope 2016 will bring a year of firsts in health and medicine advances, breakthroughs and innovation. But first, let’s celebrate what the New Year has already delivered – life! Meet a few of the first babies born in 2016 at HCA facilities. For the second year in a row, the first baby of the new year in Las Vegas was born at our affiliate MountainView Hospital! There, they welcomed a 6 pound, 5 ounce baby boy at 12:04 a.m. on January 1. Meanwhile, OB/GYN staff at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Texas helped… Read more.
The heart of healthcare is about service…service to people. As the leader of HCA’s TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, my priority is to make everyone, especially our patients, feel welcomed, cared for and embraced. That’s why me and 17 of our hospital administrators joined Nashville’s first-ever Workforce Diversity Seminar and bus tour this past October. TriStar Southern Hills serves a diverse community where 23 percent of the population is Latino, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. As a community-based hospital, we must recognize, understand and appreciate the diversity of our community and make efforts to mirror our population. The daylong… Read more.
If your Thanksgiving holiday traditions include a family feast, football and Black Friday, you’re in good company. Many American families will celebrate the upcoming holiday by participating in one or more of those annual rituals, while also reflecting on the blessings of 2015. As an emergency medicine physician with HCA’s TriStar Health, I hope that you enjoy your holiday traditions, whatever they may be, without incident or a trip to the ER. Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest travel period of the year with millions of Americans traveling to their holiday destination by car. According to the Centers for Disease Control,… Read more.
As HCA celebrates military veterans this week, we also want to recognize our military spouses. In 2015, HCA has hired over 1,160 military spouses and was recently recognized as a Military Friendly Spouse Employer® for the third year in a row. Our relationship with the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), part of the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, helps in our recruitment efforts. The goal of the MSEP is to connect military spouses with organizations like ours who pledge to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses. Kimberly Johnson, director of marketing and public relations for… Read more.
Diabetes by the Numbers Did you know 21 million Americans have diabetes? And every year, 1.7 million Americans aged 20 years or older are newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease? That means 4,660 people per day and one person every 19 seconds are diagnosed with diabetes. If this trend continues, it’s estimated as many as one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050. November is National Diabetes Month, and at HCA’s TriStar Centennial Medical Center, we are joining the conversation to raise public awareness about this health challenge, provide ways to reduce… Read more.
On this 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, we have the opportunity to remember and reflect on the memory of those lost on that day and the heroism of everyday citizens, firefighters, paramedics, doctors and nurses who responded to the emergencies. Every day, first responders and our medical professionals in HCA facilities across the country stand ready to save lives in the communities we serve. Like our firefighter and paramedic partners, moments of great tragedy often deeply connect community members with their healthcare providers. In the spirit of this connection and service to… Read more.
Hospitals achieve StormReady designations from the National Weather Service After a major weather event, a hospital is where local residents head to get injuries treated. That’s as it should be, but two HCA hospitals are working to be the place where the community goes before the weather turns serious as well. TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center and TriStar Summit Medical Center are recognized as StormReady communities by the National Weather Service (NWS). This means that each facility has met rigorous standards for emergency first responder, patient, visitor and staff preparedness in the event of a natural disaster or serious weather event,… Read more.
Cardiac event recorders help doctors and nurses monitor a heart’s electrical activity outside of the care setting. And as these recorders have become more common, they’ve also started getting smaller. A new, implantable monitoring device is helping improve cardiac and stroke care by detecting potential problems before an event occurs. It is a loop recorder that’s implanted into the patient’s chest wall. It is used in patients who may have irregular heartbeats, or who have had fainting episodes. The device is less than half the size of its predecessors, and that is making a notable difference in both frequency of… 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.