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Guide to Recognize and Cope with Stress for First Responders

The scene has cleared. The wildfires have subsided. Adrenaline has slowed. And reality starts to set in. That’s likely what happens to first responders after the devastating East Tennessee wildfires and tragedies like the recent Nashville school bus crash that sent 23 students and three adults to area hospitals and the Chattanooga school bus crash that killed six children and sent dozens of others to local hospitals last week. As a board certified psychiatrist who has practiced in the Middle Tennessee community since 1996, currently with HCA’s TriStar Skyline Madison Campus, a Behavioral Health facility in Nashville, my heart goes… Read more.

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Gift of Life: Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Donates Life-Saving Procedure

Seven-year-old Uganda native Deborah Kisakye now has hope for a better future after being gifted her second critical open heart operation at HCA’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Our Denver-based hospital and the entire medical team donated two heart procedures to give a young girl a chance at life. Dr. Steven Leonard, a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at RMHC, performed the first surgery in 2011 for baby Deborah, who was born with a complex congenital heart defect. After learning the medical expertise and equipment to treat her condition was limited in her country, Dr. Leonard and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children… Read more.

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Call to Purpose: Reflections on this Season of Thanks

It’s the season of giving thanks. As chief nursing officer at HCA’s Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, I’m thankful for the privilege to care for the sick, show compassion to patients and provide comfort for families. As caretakers, that’s what we do….not because we have to, but because we choose to. Oftentimes our passion takes us outside the walls of our hospital, too. As was the case a little over one year ago when our caregivers helped galvanize a community to serve one man in need: John McAnally. After seeing the Korean War veteran on the local evening news… Read more.

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Battle of the Burn: Tips to Tame Holiday Heartburn

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the shopping and travel season for many Americans. And if we’re being completely honest, it’s the unofficial start to holiday eating, too. But pace yourself during the Thanksgiving feast. Overindulgence can cause a real pain in the gut, literally – and here’s why. An estimated 20 percent of the population has gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, a disorder that’s diagnosed when heartburn or reflux cause symptoms on a regular basis. Overeating can trigger the common condition, which is likely why the week of Thanksgiving is observed as national GERD Awareness Week. Dr. Michael Michel, a… Read more.

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Sarah Cannon Shares how to Talk to Your Kids About a Cancer Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming – as you learn new terminology, create a treatment plan with your care team and adjust your daily life to new appointments and physical challenges. Talking to your kids about your diagnosis is an added layer to this journey. Sarah Cannon, the cancer institute of HCA, provides resources and support, including an oncology trained nurse navigator, to walk with you through your journey. Elissa Redding, gastrointestinal nurse navigator at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, shares her insights on how to approach talking to children  (both young and old)… Read more.

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Beating the Odds: Micro Twin Preemies Take a Turn for the Better on World Prematurity Day

Though they be but little, they are fierce. Kate and Alex, born premature in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at HCA’s Overland Park Medical Center, are overcoming every obstacle they have faced in their young lives. Today, we join together on World Prematurity Day to celebrate their fight, their family and the caregivers in our Midwest Health hospital who have committed to giving the twins and every preemie a fighting chance. Born via surrogate to parents Chris and Sam, the twins, who arrived more than three months ahead of schedule, are the tiniest micro preemies delivered in the Overland Park… Read more.

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Two-for-One: HealthCARE Comes in Kindness & Medical “First” at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth

World Kindness Day was celebrated across the country yesterday, but it’s something we at HCA practice every day. Pam Percival, director of community and public relations, at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, a member of HCA’s North Texas Division, is just one shining example of our kindness culture. During the course of her visits with 80-year-old Vickie Standley, the first patient in Texas to have her aortic valve replaced using the newly FDA approved Intuity valve system at Plaza Medical, Percival learned that the patient would need someone to care for her ranch animals while she recovered. Percival, who… Read more.

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Veterans are the Perfect Fit for HCA

As HCA founder Dr. Thomas Frist wisely stated, “Good people beget good people.” At HCA, we know that being in the military is a service to others, and we believe that being in healthcare is a service to others as well. Whether you are a doctor, information technology specialist, nurse or administrative assistant within HCA, you are part of a group of people who spend their careers serving humankind. If you have been in the military, or have a spouse who has been in the military, we know you have spent your life doing the same. That’s why HCA might… Read more.

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Before and After: How Plastic Surgery Changed a Young Girl’s Life

In a world of medical television dramas like the now defunct Nip/Tuck and reality shows like Botched, plastic surgery has gotten a bad rap. The often misunderstood medical professionals do much more than Botox, lip and butt injections or help patients pursue physical perfection. Plastic surgeons like Dr. Craig Hobar of HCA’s Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas change more than just looks – he transforms lives. The pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon, and man of faith, has used his gift to touch the lives of children in Dallas and all over the world. As founder and medical director of… Read more.

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Election Day Jitters? Learn What It Is & Ways to Cope!

To some, this presidential election cycle felt like it would never end. The 24-hour news coverage, the back-and-forth political banter on social media, the water-cooler conversations at work have left more than half of Americans in a perpetual fight-or-flight state – in other words, stressed! It’s been dubbed “Election Stress Disorder,” and at the height of it all – Election Day – two of our behavioral health experts are providing ways to cope. Whitney Toothman, a licensed professional counselor and director of social services  at Parkridge Valley Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Dr. Shawn Daugherty, director of clinical services and… Read more.

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