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HCA Chief Medical Officer to serve on Congressional Advisory Commission

We are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, HCA Healthcare’s President of Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer, to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). MedPAC is a nonpartisan agency that provides independent analysis and policy advice to the United States Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. Congress…
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Vector-borne illnesses on the rise. Why and how to protect yourself.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that “vector-borne” illnesses have more than tripled over the last 13 years and has become a “growing health problem” in the United States. Kenneth Sands, M.D., HCA Healthcare’s chief epidemiologist and patient safety officer, explains that vector-borne illnesses are transmitted to humans…
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Why head injuries affect girls differently than boys

Bumps and bruises are a normal part of childhood, especially if your young one is a fan of playground activities, like capture the flag or jump rope, or is involved in organized sports. Team sports help kids and adolescents form friendships, boost self-esteem and get physically active, but they also increase the risk of injury…
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What is an embolization procedure and why is it performed

According to a statement released Monday afternoon by the White House, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a “benign kidney condition”. The White House said the “procedure was successful and there were no complications.” Mrs. Trump is expected to remain in the hospital for the duration of the week to recover. Based on…
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HCA Hero: ER nurse donates liver to child she never met

National Nurses Week makes now a better time than ever to shine a light on extraordinary acts of care provided by nurses. Pamela Assid, an emergency room nurse at HealthONE’s Sky Ridge Medical Center, demonstrated courage, kindness and compassionate care earlier this year when she saved a 7-year-old’s life by donating her liver. “Pam is…
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