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Hurricane Florence: Patient evacuated describes coordination of care between HCA hospitals

At 11:45 pm on Wednesday, September 12, the team at HCA Healthcare’s Grand Strand Medical Center safely evacuated its last patient in advance of Hurricane Florence’s anticipated arrival late today. “When you dedicate your life to keeping people safe and healthy, it is difficult to evacuate your hospital,” said Dr. Jon Pangia, System Medical Director…
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‘This hospital loves Jacksonville’: HCA trauma center response to gaming tournament shooting

Jacksonville, Florida is the latest community to join a club that no one wants to be a part of – a mass shooting. Two people were killed and 11 were wounded after a gunman opened fire Sunday at a video game tournament in the downtown area. HCA Healthcare’s Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville – designated a…
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Caregivers create yoga camp for children with special needs

For more than two years, Anne Schneider has treated special needs children as a pediatric occupational therapist (OT) at Trident Medical Center in Charleston, S.C. “Pediatric therapy is the most rewarding, the most challenging, and my patients are the most fun to work with,” she said. “I get the opportunity to watch these kids grow…
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Fireworks safety tips from burn center expert

Fireworks are a key part of celebrating America’s birthday, and HCA Healthcare wants to make sure the reveling stays safe. We’ve tapped Fred Mullins, MD, of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, for tips on how to mark this special occasion injury-free. “Injuries from fireworks are preventable,” said Dr. Mullins, medical director of…
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HCA-affiliate nurse saves kid in hot car; honored by United States Coast Guard

Trident Medical Center’s Deleah Pickler, BSN, RN, CNOR, recently found her medical training and instincts put to the test when she received an alert on her neighborhood Facebook page about a missing three-year-old boy.  Pickler, who has two children, walked down the sidewalk of her home searching for the child and soon heard sounds coming…
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What parents need to know about dry, secondary drowning

It’s a summer hazard that comes up every year on the local news – and rightfully so – and this past April made national headlines when a family warned other parents about “dry drowning” after their four-year-old daughter was hospitalized. Dry drowning or secondary drowning, non-medical terms that are often used interchangeably, are rare incidents…
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