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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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What we know (and don’t) about acute flaccid myelitis, polio-like illness affecting U.S. children

A rare but serious condition affecting children is causing concern nationwide this fall. Acute flaccid myelitis, abbreviated as AFM, and described as a polio-like illness, has afflicted a confirmed 72 individuals in 24 states so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). AFM affects the “Gray Matter” area of the spinal…
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‘I was grateful she would be safe’: First NICU baby evacuated from Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center

Patient safety is always top of mind for Lindsey Bruce. It’s her job as a regulatory compliance coordinator at HCA Healthcare affiliate Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City, Florida. And as the threat of Hurricane Michael loomed on the Florida Panhandle, Bruce didn’t hesitate to allow the transfer of her one-day-old, premature daughter…
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What do Mike Fisher, Carrie Underwood and HCA Healthcare/TriStar have in common? Danita’s Children.

Retired pro hockey player Mike Fisher, his country singer wife Carrie Underwood and HCA Healthcare were an unlikely trio, but a common mission to give back led the three to Danita’s Children, an organization that provides a home, food, education and pediatric care to thousands of children in Northeast Haiti. Danita’s Children, like HCA, which…
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HCA Rocky Dog gifted to affiliate pediatric hospitals

A plush, cuddly toy puppy named “Rocky” is comforting pediatric patients at HCA Healthcare hospitals. As part of our organization’s 50th anniversary year, Rocky, the name of each pet Komondor belonging to co-founder Dr. Thomas Frist Jr., have been gifted to inpatient and emergency care HCA pediatric facilities in Tennessee, Colorado, Texas and Utah. In…
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Measles on the rise in the U.S. Here’s why and how to prevent it.

Measles is disease that, on a global basis, has been in decline for decades says Kenneth Sands, MD, HCA Healthcare’s Chief Epidemiologist. However, in the United States, cases of measles are on the increase.  As of August 22, there have been 124 confirmed cases of the disease reported in 22 states and Washington, D.C. That’s…
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