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January 10, 2017 | Hospitals

Indianapolis, IN ­­— Franciscan Health Heart Center is one of the first hospitals in Indiana offering atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients a device that greatly reduces their risk of stroke. The newly approved Watchman™ Device has been used successfully in five patients at the facility. According to Saeed Shaikh, MC, FACC, FSCAI, the interventional cardiologist who first performed the procedure at the Heart Center, “The device provides physicians with a breakthrough str [...]
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December 9, 2016 | Hospitals

San Diego, CA - Past research has led to the development of treatments that make type 1 diabetes a chronic but manageable disorder for the 1.25 million people who live with the disease in the US. Still, there are many unanswered questions about the mechanisms that contribute to the onset of type 1 diabetes. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine hope to answer some of them with two Type 1 Diabetes Special Statutory Funding Program grants from the National Institute [...]
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May 13, 2016 | Hospitals

Providence, R.I. - Often referred to as the unsung heroes of Hasbro Children's Hospital, clown doctors from the Big Apple Circus Clown Care® Program were front and center on Monday, April 25, when the hospital celebrated the program's 10th anniversary of spreading joy and wonder to patients, families, and medical caregivers there. The Clown Care program, made possible thanks to generous support from Hasbro, Inc., uses specially trained clowns from the Big Apple Circus to help ease the s [...]
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February 1, 2016 | Hospitals

Tuscon, AZ - Patients will no longer have to travel out of state to get access to the most technologically advanced form of radiation available to fight cancer. The Mayo Clinic Hospital in northeast Phoenix is poised to open a $180 million facility that will allow patients access to proton radiation, which allows greater control in targeting cancer cells, while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The apparatus inside the new three-story building adjacent to the hospital is a m [...]
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November 2, 2015 | Hospitals

New Orleans, LA - Ten years after the levees and floodwalls broke during Hurricane Katrina and flooded New Orleans, the city finally has a full-scale public hospital again. The new 2.3 million-square-foot University Medical Center New Orleans opened Saturday morning, built with $1.1 billion of federal, state and private rebuilding money. Ambulances and medical staff began the transfer of 131 patients into the new hospital for its first day of operations. Orchestrating the move required clo [...]
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July 28, 2015 | Hospitals

Houston, TX - Texas Children’s Heart Center and the section of Critical Care Medicine recently cut the ribbon on a new, first-of-its-kind pediatric Heart Failure Intensive Care Unit. This highly-specialized 12-bed unit focuses on the treatment of children with heart failure, as well as those requiring intensive care before and after heart transplant. “We are thrilled to be the first in the nation to offer this highly-specialized level of pediatric critical care,” said Paul Che [...]
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June 17, 2015 | Hospitals

Concord, NH - Concord Hospital is introducing a new, high-tech video monitoring system to enhance its patient safety plan of care. Beginning in June, the Hospital will implement the AvaSys Video Monitoring System for patients who may need closer observation to protect them from falls or potential harm, such as removing life-saving devices. The system allows a single, trained observer to monitor up to 10 patients at once via video monitoring camera from a central monitoring station. Whe [...]
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May 18, 2015 | Hospitals

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -  The American Association of Critical Care Nurses has honored Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth’s ICU trauma unit with its highest recognition. The Hospital District facility was awarded a Gold Beacon Award for showing improved patient outcomes and satisfaction. “For nurses, a beacon award signals a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale, and lower turnover [...]
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November 25, 2014 | Hospitals

Dallas, TX - Accessing care can be a major challenge for patients with diabetes due to the complexity of the disease and the frequent interactions with medical professionals necessary for proper treatment. The average patient, unfortunately, spends less than six hours a year with a healthcare provider for diabetes management. Even so, healthcare organizations are struggling to keep up with demand for services because of diabetes rates soaring.  According to the American Diabetes Associatio [...]
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November 12, 2014 | Hospitals

San Francisco, CA - Researchers at UC San Francisco have developed a potential test for diagnosing and predicting acute rejection in kidney transplants, a finding that eventually could replace the need for biopsies and lead to earlier detection and treatment. The study is in the Nov. 11 issue of PLOS Medicine. “We have found a set of genes in blood that pick up inflammation and acute rejection in different solid organ transplants and thus can replace the need for an invasive biopsy [...]
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October 9, 2014 | Hospitals

Houston, TX - In an ongoing effort to reduce radiation exposure for cardiac patients, Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Southwest offers an alternative surgical treatment option for arrhythmia, or an irregular heart rhythm. Last year, the hospital became the first in Texas, and remains the only one in Houston, to employ St. Jude Medical's MediGuide™ Technology - a device that uses global positioning system-like technology to guide heart catheters inside the body. [...]
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September 17, 2014 | Hospitals

Chicago, IL - Scientists at Northwestern Medicine have developed the first blood test to diagnose major depression in adults, a breakthrough approach that provides the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression. The test identifies depression by measuring the levels of nine RNA blood markers.  The blood test also predicts who will benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy based on the behavior of some of the markers. This will provide the opportunity for more effective, indiv [...]
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August 26, 2014 | Hospitals

New York, NY — In 2012, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital became the first hospital in New York City to offer Intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) to women with certain breast cancers. IORT represents an effort to reduce the chance of a recurrence, shorten the duration of conventional postoperative external radiation, and reduce the risk to healthy tissue associated with external radiation. Since then, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center has been [...]
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August 12, 2014 | Hospitals

Louisville, KY — A surgeon at University of Louisville Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, recently performed an extended endoscopic skull-based surgery of the brain, a unique surgery of its kind.  Performed by Dr. Mary Koutourousiou, assistant professor of neurosurgery, at the University of Louisville and director of the skull base program, the minimally invasive surgery was done to help restore the eyesight of a 34-year-old man who suffered from a malignant brain tumor located at [...]
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July 1, 2014 | Hospitals

Houston, TX – Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, one of the nation’s premier hospitals for women’s, fetal and newborn health, announced the opening of their new state-of-the-art in vitro fertilization (IVF) lab featuring the latest technology and techniques in reproductive endocrinology, including the first IVF clinic in Houston to utilize a leading-edge embryo monitoring system called the EmbryoScope. The clinic also offers a full spectrum of pain management option [...]
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June 17, 2014 | Hospitals

Princeton, NJ - The Cancer Program at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) has earned accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), following a survey in which the program achieved its best possible results. In the United States and Puerto Rico, only about 30 percent of all hospitals earn this prestigious accreditation. UMCP met or exceeded all applicable quality care standards and earned seven of a possible seven commenda [...]
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May 9, 2014 | Hospitals

Boston, MA - As one of the top academic medical centers in the world, the MGH is recognized for its rich history of innovation. On April 22, the hospital extended that culture with the launch of the Healthcare Transformation Lab (HTL) in collaboration with the MGH Corrigan Minehan Heart Center in the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care.  Founded and led by Eric Isselbacher, MD, associate director of the Heart Center and co-director of the Thoracic Aortic Center, the HTL will [...]
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March 19, 2014 | Hospitals

Royal Oak, MI - The Suzanne and Herbert Tyner Center for Cardiovascular Interventions at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is more than a hybrid operating room. It’s a collaborative approach to better patient care and an educational center for physicians around the world. While many hospitals have hybrid operating rooms, Beaumont’s Tyner Center combines the most advanced technology in patient care. The 9,000 square foot Tyner Center includes a learning facility designed specifically [...]
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February 11, 2014 | Hospitals

  (High-tech glasses developed at the School of Medicine help breast surgeon Julie Margenthaler, MD, visualize cancer cells in a patient on Feb. 10. Here is real-time video of the lymph node removal, as seen by Margenthaler as she wore the eyewear. A florescent marker injected into the patient and special lighting made cancer cells glow blue when viewed with the technology. The lighter the shade of blue, the more concentrated the cancer cells are.) St. Louis, MO - High-tech glasses deve [...]
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December 20, 2013 | Hospitals

Boston, MA - The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the renowned healthcare quality improvement organization, has recognized Tufts Medical Center’s hospital-based primary care practice, General Medical Associates (GMA), as a level-3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) with distinction, NCQA’s highest designation in the PCMH 2011 Recognition Program. Fewer than 40 primary care practices in the entire state of Massachusetts have achieved a level 3 PCMH. PCMH recogni [...]
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December 11, 2013 | Hospitals

Maywood, IL - Donated umbilical cord blood contains stem cells that can save the lives of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. Now a study led by a Loyola University Medical Center oncologist has found that growing cord blood stem cells in a laboratory before transplanting them into patients significantly improves survival. The cell-expansion technology potentially could boost the number of patients who could benefit from life-saving transplants of stem cells derived f [...]
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November 14, 2013 | Hospitals

Los Angeles, CA - Socially challenged teens and young adults, such as those with autism, often have trouble making and keeping friends and can become easy targets for bullying, a situation that challenges their coping skills. Now, a new book written by a UCLA researcher can guide parents in helping their children become more adept at establishing meaningful connections with their peers. An accompanying DVD and mobile application called FriendMaker is designed to provide real time advice and vid [...]
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October 18, 2013 | Hospitals

Columbus, OH - AveXis and BioLife, synthetic biology platform companies, today announced that The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital received Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its scAAV9.CB.SMN gene therapy product for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). This new gene therapy product created by scientists at The Research Institute was granted Fast Track status after demonstrating preliminary effectiveness in mouse models of [...]
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October 9, 2013 | Hospitals

Philadelphia, PA  – Temple University Hospital is participating in a multi-site, world-wide clinical trial that is testing whether implanting miniature valves in targeted regions of the lung can improve breathing, activity levels and quality of life for patients with emphysema. “This trial is investigating a novel approach to reducing hyperinflation in the lungs of patients suffering from advanced emphysema,” says Gerard J. Criner, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine [...]
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September 24, 2013 | Hospitals

Los Angeles, CA - Patients suffering from early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease who were diagnosed sooner than usual using a brain imaging test received Alzheimer-specific medications earlier than those who did not have the brain imaging results available to their doctors or themselves. These patients also had significantly better clinical outcomes during the subsequent years they were clinically monitored, UCLA researchers have found for the first time.  The Metabolic Cerebral Imagi [...]
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September 11, 2013 | Hospitals

Colombus, OH - Parents do everything they can to protect their children against all of the nasty germs floating around classrooms across the country this time of year. Doctors and researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, however, are looking into how those same types of common viruses can actually help treat a child who is diagnosed with certain cancers. This novel approach is called, viral therapy. It involves slightly altering a virus in the laboratory, injecting it directly [...]
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August 20, 2013 | Hospitals

New York, NY - Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) is an internationally recognized leader in the creation of new knowledge and therapies to improve health in individuals and populations. With sponsored research totaling more than $600 million annually, the faculty has had the opportunity to pursue research that encompasses all areas of contemporary biomedical investigation and public health including Nobel-winning developments in cardiac catheterization, the use of dilantin [...]
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July 17, 2013 | Hospitals

Baltimore, MD - Some medical facilities and personnel are continuously breaking down barriers and leading the way in their respective fields due to constant innovation. After recently being named as the number one hospital in the nation by US News & World Report, researchers at Johns Hopkins have coaxed stem cells into forming networks of new blood vessels in the laboratory, then successfully transplanted them into mice. The stem cells are made by reprogramming ordinary cells, so the new tec [...]
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April 29, 2013 | Hospitals

Boston, MA - The third oldest hospital in the US and the oldest and largest hospital in New England, Massachusetts General (MGH) has been committed to delivering standard-setting medical care since it was established in 1811. It is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where nearly all of its staff physicians serve on the faculty. In 2008, it was redesignated a Magnet hospital, the highest honor for nursing excellence awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing C [...]
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February 25, 2013 | Hospitals

Dallas, TX – Patients at Parkland can breathe easier – quite literally. A new technology in mechanical ventilation listens to a patient’s body to better monitor their breathing and to determine how to help them breathe easier. Called Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist, or NAVA, the new ventilators work with a specialized nasal/oral gastric tube, which senses the electrical pulses sent from the brain to the diaphragm. These sensors allow the ventilator to deliver pressure pro [...]
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January 31, 2013 | Hospitals

Sarasota Memorial Setting Pace in Robotic Surgery With technologically advanced i-Suites, a large and experienced group of multi-specialty robotic surgeons and the latest generation da Vinci surgical robot, delivered in late 2012, Sarasota Memorial Hospital is enabling more surgeons to perform more complex procedures on more patients using a minimally invasive approach.  The $2 million da Vinci Si robot – installed in one of the health system’s new iSuite integrated operating [...]
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