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Flu Season Continues – We Must Ensure Vigilance

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year’s flu season is the most severe season in recent years, with widespread flu activity in 48 states. Influenza viruses are likely to keep circulating for another 10-12 weeks, thereby presenting us with an imperative duty: we must ensure vigilance in preventing the spread…
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What pregnant women should know about CMV

We’ve all heard of the Zika virus: the mosquito-borne illness that has dominated the headlines in recent months. Pregnant women and hopeful mothers-to-be have been educated on the potentially dangerous effects a Zika infection can have on their unborn babies’ health, specifically microcephaly, a condition that causes unusually small heads and brains, and other brain-related…
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HCA Chief Medical Officer Discusses National Playbook for Antibiotic Stewardship

HCA made leading national efforts to improve antibiotic stewardship, an important component of our quality and patient safety efforts several years ago. I was privileged to represent our organization, hospitals and healthcare providers at The White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship last year. And now Dr. Ed Septimus, medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology…
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HCA Commits to Health Interoperability Pledge

Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that HCA was among a handful of healthcare providers that pledged to follow three principles—Consumer Access, Transparency and Standards—to improve the flow of health information to consumers and providers. At HCA, we agree with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell that the commitment to these principles…
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The Joint Commission Recognizes 106 HCA Hospitals as Top Performers

It was announced today that 106 of HCA’s licensed hospitals in the U.S. were included among The Joint Commission’s (TJC) new list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures®. Of the HCA hospitals recognized, 43 have been Top Performers all five years of the program’s existence. TJC’s Top Performers program recognizes hospitals that attain excellence on…
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