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Kate Spade’s death prompts education on suicide risks, signs and resources to help

American fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her home on Tuesday after an apparent suicide. She was 55 years old. Brian E. Wood, DO, a board-certified psychiatrist at HCA Healthcare’s LewisGale Medical Center, reacted to the news and shares the risk factors for suicide and what we can do to help our loved…
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Caregivers help grant terminally ill patient’s wish to be baptized

Elise Manning, director of therapy services at LewisGale Medical Center in Salem, Va., said “there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” after honoring a patient’s wish to be baptized before entering hospice care at his home. Manning and her team had treated the patient since May 28, when his body began to decline and…
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What to know about COPD

Editor’s note: This article was updated at 7:10 pm, Tuesday, April 17. The update includes information on the passing of former first lady Barbara Bush.  Former first lady Barbara Bush reportedly battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and congestive heart failure at the time of her death at 92 years old on Tuesday. Former Tonight…
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Serena Williams’ delivery scare and how HCA hospitals help reduce your risk

Tennis star Serena Williams is a high-profile example of a fairly common, but very serious, healthcare complication for pregnant women.  And now the new mom is speaking out about the health scare that sidelined her for six weeks and prompting a national discussion about post-delivery complications. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and…
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‘It’s been crazy cold’: Be on the alert for frostbite

A recent cold blast that engulfed parts of the U.S., sending a bomb-cyclone up the East Coast and registering record-breaking temperatures from New England to North Carolina, killed at least 22 people and threatened millions of Americans last week. While warmer weather is on the way, winter’s end isn’t for another three months. And with…
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Committed to Care: LewisGale Medical Center Nurses Bring the Celebration to the Hospital

For nearly 30 years, the Alton Hipps and his family have celebrated his wife’s birthday every Memorial Day weekend at a local campground. This past May, when a hospitalization threatened to cancel the tradition, a team of dedicated nurses from LewisGale Medical Center came together to help the family celebrate. With Alton’s extended stay in…
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