Kaleidoscope is a virtual local fundraiser for cancer patients with all proceeds going to the Courage Cabinet at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, which provides financial assistance to cancer patients in the area undergoing treatment.
An online auction of items donated by area businesses and CRMC staff is scheduled from Monday, October 25 at 8 a.m. to Thursday, October 28 at 8 p.m., at CRMC2021.givesmart.com.
“While this event was meant to be an in-person fundraising event, CRMC decided to pursue a virtual option due to the increased COVID positivity rate in the region,” Charity Fund Coordinator Jennifer Podsiadly said in a report. Press release. “We were convinced that we could not postpone Kaleidoscope because cancer patients count on our love and financial support and need us. “
People are also invited to participate in the #cuyunacares social media awareness campaign by celebrating the survivors in their lives, remembering a loved one or sharing their support for others. Donations can also be made at CRMC2021.givesmart.com.
Podsiadly will be speaking about the Kaleidoscope event and Cabinet Courage at the CRMC Virtual Cancer Support Group from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 21.
The group is an opportunity to share experiences and to help each other, to listen and to learn.
Virtual Cancer Support Group meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month with a new topic each month. Registration for the support group is not required and participation is free.
Send a message requesting a meeting link to [email protected] Call 218-546-4319 or 218-546-4302 for more information.
To date this year, Cabinet Courage has provided assistance of $ 24,500 to cancer patients to help them meet their basic needs, reduce stress and allow them to focus on their recovery and healing. Over the past three years, more than $ 51,500 has been donated to help cancer patients undergoing treatment.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to donate an item to auction, contact Podsiadly at [email protected], 218-545-4455.
The ownership and administration of Springhill Medical Center seeks every opportunity to show their appreciation to SMC employees. Our caregivers are unwavering in their dedication to our patients. This genuine concern is what emerges in times of crisis. It’s inspiring to say the least, and “Thank you” never seems to be enough. They put their health and well-being on the line to treat the sick. They put in intense hours of demanding work and persevered even when short-staffed. Every day, they equip themselves with hot and bulky PPE to make sure our patients, colleagues, doctors and the community are protected. They faced whatever happened to them with grace and endurance. The work they do is truly amazing, and we are so inspired by their commitment and dedication to their community.
Mr. Paul Read is Executive Director of Nursing and Vice President of Springhill Medical Center, where he graduated from the University of Mobile School of Nursing in 1998.
His employment with Springhill began in 1990 as a unit secretary in the intensive care unit. He began his nursing career at Springhill in the intensive care unit in 1998. In 2000, he became the nurse manager of the intensive care and intensive care unit. He was credited with creating a more family-friendly environment for employees, which was evident in the quality care received by patients.
In 2002, he was asked to take on the position of Director of Nursing for Springhill and was tasked with promoting nursing and improving the quality of care hospital-wide. Mr. Read did this by setting an example for all nurse managers. He “rolled up his sleeves” and mobilized whenever necessary. Her actions have shown that great nursing care starts at the top. He obtained his Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Mobile in 2005.
Mr. Read graduated from Leadership Mobile in 2005, and since then has been a speaker for discussions regarding health issues in Mobile and Baldwin counties. In 2005, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing at the University of Southern Alabama, Zeta Gamma Chapter, presented her with its Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award. In 2007, Mr. Read was honored by the Alabama Hospital Association as the recipient of the Healthcare Hero Award. More recently, he was recognized as a 2018 Star Alumni for the University of Mobile. The Alumni Stars program was created to honor graduates while inspiring current students on their future career paths.
MASON CITY, Iowa (KTTC) – MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center provides insight into what it’s like to be inside a COVID-19 intensive care unit. Hospital filmed inside her intensive care unit and spoke to frontline health workers.
“What’s demoralizing for us is that there are still quite a few people in the community who don’t think it’s real” Dr Doug Summerfield, said the intensive care unit at MercyOne. “Unfortunately for anyone on the street, you can’t see what’s going on in the hospital.”
COVID patients continue to fill hospitals across the country, and it is no different at MercyOne. As of Wednesday, there were 38 COVID patients in MercyOne North Iowa.
“We’ve become good at treating the people we can save, but we’ve lost about 200 patients,” Summerfield said. “I think our staff would like to tell the audience that this is real. Make your own decisions as to what to do about it, but that’s what’s happening.
The heavy workload and the full intensive care unit have an impact on the general care of the hospital, as the resources to take care of all the patients are lacking.
“An unexpected part of all of these COVID cases is that they consume resources from other procedures that need to be performed,” Dr Sam Congellosaid the cardiologist from MercyOne North Iowa. “Heart patients who need life-saving procedures should be postponed because there is no room to put them in intensive care or in hospital. “
Watch a behind-the-scenes video in the COVID Intensive Care Unit, here.
Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Otero County, the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center has faced the complexity of treating patients infected with the virus.
The increase in COVID-19 cases in Otero County has led the management of the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center to restrict hospital visits, end inpatient elective surgeries, and close the cafeteria and bistro.
The situation is being assessed week by week, said Jim Heckert, CEO of Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center.
The restrictions adopted in response to the increase in the number of cases in the past two months are similar to those adopted in March 2020 when COVID-19 was first detected in New Mexico.
“One (n) prime factor is the low vaccination rate in the county,” Heckert said.
As of October 14, 50.3% of Otero County residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
Prior to August 2021, Champion Gerald Regional Medical Center averaged five to eight positive cases of COVID-19 per day. That average has doubled since early October, Heckert said.
“These are patients who require a longer stay and therefore fill your beds faster and that’s what puts the pressure on us to try to meet that need,” Heckert said.
The emergency room at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center can sometimes accommodate 100 patients per day. As of Oct. 14, the census from Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center showed the hospital had 65 staffed beds and 70 patients.
Now, cases of the virus are being reported in people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, Gerald Regional Medical Center spokesperson Lillie Lewis said.
“We are seeing positive (COVID-19) children of all ages, but we haven’t had to admit these (child patients) to the hospital,” Lewis said.
“I still think it’s real and we’re big supporters of vaccination and we know, just in fact, that more of our patients (COVID-19) are not vaccinated,” Heckert said.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center has experienced staff shortages, primarily in bedside nursing.
“We came back to the COVID-19 business this summer, at the end of the summer,” Heckert said. “We actually have more patients than we’ve ever had before… It puts stress on us and it’s not just us, it’s the whole region.”
The main stressor is the shortage of nurses, Heckert said.
Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center had a 10% staff nurse turnover rate before the COVID-19 pandemic. The current turnover rate is 40%, Heckert said.
The Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center has 160 staff nurse positions.
To help close the gap, Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center hired 32 temporary mobile nurses, Heckert said.
However, they are not permanent employees and are only at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center until full-time nurses can be hired, Heckert said.
“We would hire them all if we could meet our vacancy rate… it’s just because of the demand,” Heckert said. “We thought we would have less when COVID-19 first started. It appears to be a new and continuing problem for staff.”
Part of the problem is the burnout of medical staff, including mobile nurses, Heckert said.
Itinerant nurses are either “tired of traveling or tired of dealing with COVID-19.” So they’re either taking a break or they want to do something other than bedside nursing, ”Heckert said.
Heckert added that Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center is struggling to transfer patients to Las Cruces or El Paso, where hospitals are also struggling to provide services.
“Not necessarily full of COVID-19 (patients), just busy,” Heckert said.
COVID-19 by the numbers in Otero County
In March 2020 and that summer, COVID-19 cases in Otero County fell from minimal to moderate.
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, Otero County has gone from nine positive COVID-19 cases on May 12, 2020 to 238 positive COVID-19 cases on September 12, 2020.
Whereas Otero County had 3,900 positive COVID-19 cases on May 12, 2021 and 5,055 positive COVID-19 cases as of September 12, 2021, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
For that four-month period in 2020, Otero County added 229 positive COVID-19 cases compared to 1,155 positive cases for the same four-month period in 2021.
As of October 14, Otero County had 6,120 positive COVID-19 cases, 97 deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 5,075 reported COVID-19 recoveries, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center has scheduled community COVID-19 vaccination and booster clinics for October 18, 25 and November 1 at the Scenic View Surgery Center, 2669 Scenic Drive.
Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center will offer the third dose of Pfizer COVID-19 to those eligible to receive the booster. Appointments can be made at vaccinenm.org or by dialing 1-855-600-3453 and press 1. Seniors and people with disabilities can dial 1-800-432-2080.
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It sounds like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, but having surgery via a robot is not uncommon. In fact, it’s now available right here in Lexington.
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Lexington Medical Center now has the Da Vinci Xi Surgical System, allowing the hospital to offer robot-assisted surgeries.
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The system allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery for complex procedures with greater precision and accuracy. The robot has four interactive robotic arms that hold long-stemmed instruments that are controlled by the surgeon on a separate console using a camera positioned above the patient.
“Some people are confused; it is again the surgeon who is able to manipulate the robot. It has a greater degree of articulation; it allows the surgeon greater flexibility and visualization. It’s similar to laparoscopic surgery with a single incision but with multiple instruments, ”said Russ Buchanan, nurse in charge of surgical services at Lexington Medical Center.
The first procedure at Lexington Medical Center was performed by general surgeon Dr. Claudiu Cimpean on September 20.
“As a surgeon, the Da Vinci Xi robot gives me greater flexibility and access to more areas of the body that are harder to reach,” said Dr. Cimpean. “Minimally invasive surgery has many benefits, including small incisions, which means less blood loss, less pain, less scarring, faster recovery and leaving the hospital sooner.
Robot-assisted surgery technology was originally created for gynecological and prostate procedures, but now the Da Vinci Xi is increasingly used in general surgery, such as hernia, vertebral, pelvic, urological, and abdominal procedures, including gall bladder and colon.
“It helps a lot compared to laparoscopy, because with laparoscopy you work mainly with chopsticks, while with DaVinci you have the endo-wrist technology that allows us to miniaturize our hands to the size of a fingernail. inside the body. It allows for complex maneuvers, but in small spaces, ”says urologist Alex Caillat.
About three in four prostate cancer surgeries in the United States today are performed using da Vinci surgery, according to the company’s website.
“We are excited to offer our community further advances in minimally invasive surgery,” said Bill James, president of Lexington Medical Center. “The Da Vinci Xi enables our surgeons to handle complex procedures with increased precision and accuracy. “
Buchanan said most surgeons are familiar with robotic surgery and have been fully trained on this particular system.
Representatives from Lexington Medical Center said using the DaVinci robot may shorten recovery time because it uses less intrusive procedures and allows patients to stay in the community.
“We are very lucky to have this new system and to be able to offer it to the community. We understand the need to develop our capabilities and extend our services to our patients. This allows our patients to get the care they need and stay here in Lexington, ”said Natalie Borders, Marketing Manager at Lexington Medical Center.
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Offer Erez, MD, professor in the Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, was recently appointed Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emek Medical Center in Israel. .
Dr Erez is also Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Maternity “D” and the Obstetric Day Care Unit, and Director of the International Advanced Training Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Soroka University Medical Center. in Israel.
He received his medical degree from Ben Gurion University in the Negev and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Soroka University Medical Center. In 2005, Dr. Offer came to Detroit and joined the Perinatology Research Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Development / National Institutes of Health as a research associate. He quickly excelled and was promoted to WSU Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2008 and Full Professor in 2016. He was also Head of the Biomarkers Section at PRB from 2017 to 2018.
“Dr. Offer is a leader in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis in pregnancy and has published over 250 publications and edited 10 chapters,” said Roberto Romero, MD, DMedSci, division head of perinatal researcher and professor of molecular obstetrics and genetics. “He has made outstanding scientific, academic and clinical contributions.”
The Emek Medical Center is located in the Northern District of Israel and serves a population of approximately 500,000 residents. The hospital and department of obstetrics and gynecology was established in 1924. It was the first department of obstetrics and gynecology of the Clalit Health Maintenance Organization, one of the largest in the world.
The department delivers more than 5,000 babies per year and is one of four medical teaching centers in the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport School of Medicine of the Technion Institute, ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.
Texarkana, Texas: The Wadley Regional Medical Center will be hosting a recruiting event at Brewster’s on the Boulevard. Representatives from Wadley’s human resources department will be on hand to answer questions about Wadley and available vacancies. Come have coffee and chat with the Wadley staff.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Brewster’s on the boulevard 4303 Texas Boulevard # 12
Wadley Regional Medical Center is the cornerstone of Texarkana as the first hospital in 1900. With a proud tradition of providing quality health care to the community, Wadley offers employment opportunities for a wide range of skills and education levels. Wadley employees enjoy many benefits such as:
Competitive salary Gear shift differential Tuition reimbursement Holidays and public holidays 401 (k) pension plan Medical, dental and income replacement insurance plans Prescription drug plan Flexible expense accounts Optional long-term care benefits Employee Assistance Program
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is now designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence offering a comprehensive list of services to the community. (QNS photo file)
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The Women’s Imaging Center at NYC Health + Hospitals / Queens has received the highest level of accreditation possible from the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The new designation means that Jamaica Hospital Medical Center provides essential breast imaging services to its patients, in accordance with the highest radiology standards.
“This significant designation from the American College of Radiology is another important step in our quest to fulfill our mission: to keep New Yorkers healthy and provide them with quality health care in their own neighborhood,” Dean said. Mihaltses, COO of NYC Health + Hospitals / Queens. . “We are extremely grateful to all of our elected officials for funding the equipment needed to add a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence here in Queens.”
According to the American College of Radiology, the designation of Center of Excellence in Breast Imaging is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and obtaining accreditation in all voluntary accreditation programs and modules. ACR breast imaging in addition to the mandatory accreditation in mammography program.
“Our team of exceptional breast imaging staff led by Dr. Xing Peng and Shiny Lukose have been doing incredible work for many years, and this recognition by the American College of Radiology is the icing on the cake,” NYC Health + Hospitals / Queens Director of Radiology Daniel Contractor, MD, said. “The designation of Center of Excellence in Breast Imaging is a big boost to confidence in our community, indicating that optimal care is here in our neighborhood. “
ACR designation through peer-reviewed evaluations conducted in each breast imaging modality by certified and expert physicians and medical physicists in the field. To achieve this designation, hospitals had to be assessed against high standards of practice for image quality, staff qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and health assistance programs. quality.
“Obtaining accreditation from the ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence during a global pandemic is an incredible accomplishment,” said Allison Pescovitz, MD, Deputy Director of the Department of Surgery and Head of the Breast Service at NYC Health + Hospitals / Queens. “It’s all thanks to the hard work, clinical sense and commitment of our breast imagers, nurses and technologists. As head of our breast department, I work with this team on a daily basis in a multidisciplinary fashion to provide the most up-to-date and personalized care to our community. This accreditation puts us in line with other top imaging centers across the country and should encourage all women to safely resume screening. “
Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital updated their visitor policies on Monday, October 11.
Visits will be limited to:
Hospitalization areas of the hospital:
Pediatrics: two parents / guardians authorized in all areas, provided there is sufficient space to respect social distancing.
Obstetrics: A spouse / trainer / visitor. Doulas are also permitted when the obstetrician is aware of their requested presence and they have been part of the prenatal process.
All other areas of hospitalization, including intensive care: One visitor at any time from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Exceptions can be made at the time of admission to the unit or for discussions of the care plan.
Patients in palliative care / comfort measures: Two visitors at any time per day, during designated visiting hours. Exceptions can be managed by the healthcare team.
End of life in any hospitalization area: up to four family members at a time can visit patients who are likely to expire within 24 hours (all areas) – visiting hours should be managed by the care team.
PBMC PARC Unit: Visits prohibited
Patients isolated for COVID-19 infection or being assessed for COVID-19 infection: no visitors except at end of life.
Visitors will not be allowed in units with an active COVID-19 outbreak.
Patient Exits: Patients will be brought to an appropriate entrance for collection.
Outpatient surgery and areas of intervention: Adult patients should make arrangements for drop-off and pick-up, unless they require special assistance. Exceptions can be made in advance for patients who do not live on site. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents / guardians, provided there is sufficient space to respect social distancing.
Emergency Department: A person authorized as an escort, only if the patient requires assistance with movement, support or communication with the care team, this need to be determined by triage or care providers. Escorts will be asked to drop off patients and return to their vehicle while care is being provided.
Ambulatory / diagnostic areas: Adult patients may be accompanied by one person, provided there is sufficient space to respect social distancing. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents / guardians, provided there is sufficient space to respect social distancing.
Patients requiring special assistance: Patients in any healthcare setting who require assistance, such as mobility or communication with the healthcare team regarding their medical history or care, may be assisted by an escort adult to provide the necessary assistance or support, such a need to be determined by the healthcare team.
All visitors / companions are screened for COVID-19. Visitors / escorts showing symptoms of COVID-19 will NOT be permitted to enter PBMC and WCGH facilities. Visitors / attendants should 1) wash their hands before entering and leaving the patient’s room / care area; 2) wear a mask at all times in the establishment; and 3) not to go anywhere in the establishment other than the room of the patient he is visiting. Hospital cafeterias remain closed to visitors.
These restrictions, for the protection of patients, employees, visitors and the public, comply with guidelines from government authorities and are enacted with the aim of reducing the potential for the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice and are imposed by order of hospital chief doctors and nurses.
To ensure patients receive the best and safest care, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital have implemented additional safety measures during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about how we’ve created a safe space for patients, visit mainehealth.org/coronavirus-covid-19/safe-appointments.
MaineHealth encourages everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the best way to end the pandemic. Vaccines are available at the PBMC pharmacy, PBMC walk-in care, WCGH walk-in care, and from our primary care providers.
NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Medical Center (Ochsner) is now offering patients a new, minimally invasive option for lung biopsy using the Ion Endoluminal System, a robot-assisted tool for bronchoscopic lung biopsy. On September 28, 2021, pulmonologist Ochsner Susan gunn, md performed the first robot-assisted bronchoscopy in Louisiana using the Ion system. Ochsner is the only hospital in the state to offer this technology.
Ion is designed to treat a difficult aspect of lung biopsy by allowing physicians to obtain tissue samples deep within the lung. The Ion System features an ultra-thin, ultra-maneuverable catheter that sails far into the peripheral lung, and compared to manual techniques, physicians have the unprecedented stability and optimal precision needed for biopsy.
“This tool allows doctors to reach areas of the lung that were not previously accessible,” said Dr Gunn. “The ability to offer patients this minimally invasive option is a game-changer for lung cancer care because we can share a diagnosis and treatment plan earlier, which leads to better outcomes. “
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States. More people die from lung cancer than from breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. By 2021, it is estimated that 235,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed. For those most at risk, annual lung cancer screenings improve a patient’s survival rate for lung cancer. If a nodule is found when it is small and has not yet spread, it is more likely to be treated successfully. With new Ion technology, patients who choose Ochsner for their care can benefit from this minimally invasive approach to diagnosing and staging lung cancer while reducing complications.
“Robotic bronchoscopy using the Ion system is a significant advance in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer patients, as it reduces the complication rate of the traditional diagnostic method from 20 to 25% to just 1 to 3% “, said Brian Pettiford, MD, MBA, FACS, thoracic surgeon, Ochsner Medical Center. “The Ochsner Cancer Institute, in conjunction with our Surgical and Respiratory teams, is working together to provide cutting-edge lung cancer care to patients right here in Louisiana and the Southern Gulf, proving every day that local patients do. not having to travel for high quality cancer care.
Providing patients with access to the latest innovative medical advancements, such as the Ion system for diagnosing early-stage lung cancer, allows Ochsner and Louisiana to take one step closer to our 10-year goal of a health status by 2030.
Cancer care at Ochsner
The Ochsner Cancer Institute has treated patients from 50 states and 28 countries at its comprehensive cancer centers located throughout the New Orleans area, St. Tammany Parish, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and northern Louisiana. Each year, Ochsner serves more than 34,000 adult and pediatric cancer patients.
Ochsner is committed to providing exceptional cancer care where its patients live, in communities large and small at its cancer treatment facilities across the state, including: The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans; the newly opened St. Tammany Cancer Center, a campus of Ochsner Medical Center in Covington, one of the largest multidisciplinary neuroendocrine tumor programs in the United States at Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner and Ochsner Cancer Center in Baton Rouge.
Ochsner’s cancer centers include cutting-edge technology and treatment options such as precision therapies, early tumor detection programs, minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical options, including robotic bronchoscopy, and the largest Louisiana Clinical Trials Network, so patients don’t have to leave the state for high-quality cancer care. Support services are offered through Ochsner’s state-of-the-art Integrative Oncology program, which highlights an important aspect of the institute’s multidisciplinary team approach: the social, physical and emotional impacts of cancer treatment. . At the Ochsner Cancer Institute, specialized teams of nurses, doctors, researchers, allied health professionals and therapists work together to achieve exceptional results and help patients and their families navigate this complex disease and its treatment.
Ochsner Health is a system that provides health care to residents of Louisiana, Mississippi and the southern Gulf with the mission of Serve, care for, lead, educate and innovate. Ochsner Health is a nonprofit committed to giving back to the communities it serves through preventive screening, health and wellness resources, and partnerships with innovative organizations that share our vision. Ochsner Health has cured more than 900,000 people around the world in 2020, providing the latest advances and medical therapies, including digital medicine for chronic diseases and specialized telehealth services. Ochsner Health is a National Leader, named Best Hospital in Louisiana and Best Children’s Hospital by US News & World Report. As Louisiana’s premier healthcare educator, Ochsner Health and its partners train thousands of healthcare professionals each year. Ochsner Health innovates in healthcare by investing in new technologies and research to make world-class healthcare more accessible, affordable, convenient and efficient. Ochsner’s team of more than 32,000 employees and 4,500 providers strives to reinvent the future of health and wellness in the region.To learn more about Ochsner Health, please visit www.ochsner.org. To transform your health, please visit www.ochsner.org/healthyyou.