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Patient Spotlight: 91-year-old regains rhythm after robotic spine surgery

They say dancing keeps you young. Well, we can all take a lesson from 91-year-old spinal surgery patient, Julia Tourtellotte. The vivacious great-great-grandmother recently showed off her moves to an enthusiastic crowd at HCA Healthcare Charleston-based affiliate Trident Medical Center. And they were electric. Tourtellotte educated her physician, neurosurgeon Dr. Sabino DAgostino, on the art…
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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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Caregivers save mom & baby after rare childbirth emergency: amniotic fluid embolism

A sense of impending doom is how Kristi Weaver, DO, describes what could be a potential warning sign of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) – a rare but life-threatening condition that most commonly occurs during labor and delivery. “Amniotic fluid embolism is when some of the amniotic fluid from inside of the uterus gets into the…
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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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Nurses bring prom to hospital for dad-daughter dance

“Dances are something the whole Moran family gets into, especially senior prom,” said Jenn Moran, whose husband, Dan, was hospitalized before their youngest daughter, Mady’s, big night. “This year, one really important person couldn’t be there to watch Mady leave for the dance or embarrass her at pictures with the neighborhood.” Dan Moran was admitted…
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