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Top 10 HCA Healthcare stories of 2018

HCA Today published 134 blogs in 2018 and saw more than 240,000 readers to the site. From innovative technologies developed at HCA Healthcare, to an affiliate hospital earning a national nursing honor, to clinicians providing health information on the hottest wellness trends, here’s your chance to catch up on the most-read stories of 2018. Enjoy!…
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“Singing nurse” calms patients, spreads cheer at West Valley Medical Center

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And nothing makes nurse Tommy Rushton happier than to spread holiday cheer by singing to his patients at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. Rushton, dubbed the “singing nurse” by his colleagues, started his career in hospice care before transitioning to perioperative nursing (i.e. pre- and…
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“Will you try?”: Mom recalls journey of ‘most premature baby’ at Methodist Children’s Hospital

“Will you try?” asked new mom Courtney Stensrud after delivering her 21-week old baby at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio some four years ago. Babies born that early are not expected to survive, even with resuscitation and intensive care. Today that baby girl, Lyla, is now four years old and thriving, thanks to a…
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Florida man paralyzed by GBS, stands to propose at Orange Park Medical Center

Jacob Newton had experienced tingling and numbness that was slowly making its way from his toes to his abdomen. By the time he reached Orange Park Medical Center’s emergency room, he was unable to walk. Jacob now knows it was GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome) that paralyzed him. It was also the condition that led to a…
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9-year-old cancer survivor reunited with the man who saved his life

In January 2017, 9-year-old Sawyer Dyer was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a rare form of leukemia for a child, and one of the most difficult types of cancer to treat. Sawyer’s parents were told that he only had a 20 percent chance of surviving his cancer, but Sawyer’s story doesn’t end there. Today,…
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Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center: Dedication in times of disaster

More than six weeks after Hurricane Michael devastated parts of the Florida Panhandle, many residents, including caregivers at HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, are still picking up the pieces to rebuild, restore and reclaim their lives. However, despite their personal situations, Gulf Coast Regional healthcare workers and staff demonstrated their dedication in times…
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