Baptist Medical Group Welcomes Tammy Pruse, D.O., Family Medicine in Pensacola
Baptist Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of family medicine physician and Pace, Fla., resident Tammy Pruse, D.O., to their growing primary care network. Dr. Pruse will welcome new and previous patients alike at her new office at Baptist Medical Park – Nine Mile, 9400 University Parkway, suite 409, where she will practice alongside family medicine physician Mark Thiele, M.D. Dr. Pruse, known for her excellence in attentive patient care, comes to Baptist Medical Group from the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration where she has practiced for two years, and prior to that, she practiced in the Pace community for six years. She earned her doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her family practice residency at Florida Hospital East Orlando, where she was named chief resident and resident of the year. To learn more about Dr. Pruse or to request an appointment, visit baptistmedicalgroup.org or call 208-6160 for personal assistance.
Pediatric Pulmonologist, Dr. Okan Elidemir, Joins Medical Staff at Children’s Hospital
Dr. Okan Elidemir, a board-certified pediatric pulmonologist with Nemours Children’s Clinic, has joined the medical staff of Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. A native of Turkey, Dr. Elidemir earned his medical degree and completed his residency in pediatrics at the Aegean University School of Medicine in Izmir, Turkey. He completed his internship and second residency in pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He also completed a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Prior to coming to Pensacola, Dr. Elidemir served as a professor of pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and as the medical director of pediatric pulmonology and pediatric respiratory care at Greenville Children’s Hospital. He has also served as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical School and at the Baylor College of Medicine, both located in Houston, as well as the medical director for the Lung and Heart/Lung Transplant Programs and as the director of the Lung Transplant Fellowship Training Program at Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Elidemir is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Thoracic Society, and the South Carolina Asthma Alliance. He is also a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. For an appointment, please call Nemours Children’s Clinic at 505-4700. For more information on pediatric services, please call Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart at 416-1600 or visit us online at sacred-heart.org.
Quality Cancer Care Now Available at Baptist Medical Park – Nine Mile
Quality cancer care is now more convenient than ever for those living in northern Pensacola, Pace and Milton. Baptist Medical Group – Oncology recently opened a new office location at Baptist Medical Park – Nine Mile, 9400 University Parkway, Suite 408, in Pensacola. Nutan DeJoubner, M.D., and Sherif Ibrahim, M.D., two highly skilled and fellowship-trained oncologists, will see patients at this location starting November 13. Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. In addition to being new to Baptist Medical Park – Nine Mile, both physicians recently joined the expert team at Baptist Medical Group and the Baptist Cancer Institute providing comprehensive cancer care to our community. The compassionate team also includes James Adams, M.D., Carletta Collins, M.D., German Herrera, M.D., David Mann, M.D., and Gary Belanger, P.A. -C. This expansion brings the Baptist Cancer Institute locations count to three: Gulf Breeze, Baptist Medical Towers in Pensacola and now Baptist Medical Park – Nine Mile. To make an appointment at any of these locations, visit baptistmedicalgroup.org or call 469-7975.
Sacred Heart Named Most Preferred Hospital by Area Consumers
Consumers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties have chosen Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola as the area hospital with the best overall quality and reputation. The top rating by consumers earned Sacred Heart recognition as a winner of the 2012-2013 Consumer Choice Award from National Research Corporation for the 13th year in a row. The annual awards, announced recently in Modern Healthcare magazine, identified 297 hospitals that healthcare consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image in over 300 markets throughout the U.S. The survey showed Pensacola area consumers preferred Sacred Heart for their healthcare needs by a 2-1 margin over other area hospitals. Consumers also rated Sacred Heart as having the best quality, best doctors and best reputation. ”This award from National Research reflects Sacred Heart’s dedication to patient safety, patient satisfaction and patient outcomes,” said Susan Davis, president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System. ”This honor would not be possible without the compassionate care shown by our doctors, nurses and staff.” The survey was an internet-based questionnaire and responses were gathered from September 2011 through August 2012. The award is based on the hospital selected by consumers for the highest quality of healthcare service. ”Healthcare consumers who are taking the initiative with their healthcare decisions and demanding higher quality,” said Susan L. Henricks, President and Chief Operating Officer for National Research Corporation. ”We congratulate the recipients of the Consumer Choice Awards and salute their efforts to improve performance.” For more information about Sacred Heart Health System, call 416-7000, visit online at sacred-heart.org or follow on Facebook. More information about the National Research Market Insights/Ticker survey can be found at nationalresearch.com/about/consumer-choice-awards.
Women’s Board Fashion Show Raises $44,000
Supporters are the heart and soul of a successful fundraiser. The Women’s Board of the Baptist Health Care Foundation extends sincere appreciation to all of the supporters who contributed to this year’s Stepping Out in Style Fashion Show that raised more than $44,000. Funds from the 36th annual event held on Nov. 1, support programs and services provided by Baptist Health Care, the only locally-owned, not-for-profit health care system in the area. Through volunteerism, sponsorships, ticket sales, donations and silent and live auctions, the northwest Florida community generously supported the evening affair that brought in a crowd of about 400. Local celebrity models included Teri Levin, local philanthropist; Jenni Pate-Buckley, community volunteer; Mark Faulkner, Baptist Health Care president/CEO and wife Olympia; Brent Lane and Cooper Davis from 98.7 Cat Country; Mollye Barrows-Vigodsky, WEAR TV 3 anchor; Becca Boles, Pensacola News Journal Media Solutions director; Leah Drury, Pensacola State College women’s basketball coach; Lorenzo Aguilar, Anytime Fitness personal trainer; and Chad Stacy, Pensacola Young Professionals president. Belk, a valued community partner, provided the fashions and the runway show to create an exciting event that helps raise awareness of and funding for Baptist Health Care’s service in the community. Premium sponsors included Belk, Cox Communications and the Kugelman Foundation. Platinum sponsors were Ballinger Publishing, Cat Country 98.7, Edward Jones Office of Rick Lambert, CFP; Hancock Bank; Kent’s Special Events; and the Pensacola News Journal. Gold sponsors were Beggs and Lane; Coastal Vein Institute & Aesthetic Center; Mark Giovanini, M.D., neuromicrospine specialist; Radiology Associates of Pensacola / Interventional Radiology Consultants; and The Blake at Gulf Breeze. Silver sponsors included Gulf Breeze News/Splash; Moore, Hill & Westmoreland, P.A.; Varona’s; Braden Kirk and Colleen M. Ball; John Kizziah, State Farm Agent; and Jim and Marti Vickery.The Women’s Board of Baptist Health Care Foundation fashion show is a staple in Pensacola’s fall event calendar. The board coordinates additional fundraisers throughout the year to support Baptist Health Care’s Mission to improve the quality of life in the community. Comprising more than 160 members, the Women’s Board’s efforts have resulted in thousands of hours of volunteer service and more than $1.5 million in funding for the organization. To learn about upcoming fundraising events or to join the women’s board, visit baptisthealthcarefoundation.org.
Cardiology Group Offers New Therapy for Chronic Chest Pain and Heart Failure Patients
Sacred Heart Cardiology is now offering a newly acquired therapy for patients with chronic chest pain (angina) and heart failure. Enhanced external counterpulsation, or EECP, therapy has been shown to benefit patients who suffer from angina, fatigue and shortness of breath due to inadequate blood supply to the heart. EECP therapy consists of a system of three sets of cuffs, similar to blood pressure cuffs, which are wrapped around the calves, thighs and hips and then rapidly inflated and deflated in sync with the patient’s heartbeat. Using a heart monitor, the cuffs sequentially inflate with air when the heart relaxes and deflate when the heart pumps. The timing of the inflation and deflation makes it easier for the heart to pump and increases blood supply to the heart. This therapy has been proven safe and effective in relieving angina symptoms and improving cardiac output, blood flow, and circulation in heart failure patients. EECP therapy is administered in the Sacred Heart Cardiology office under the medical direction of Dr. James Williams and under the constant medical supervision of cardiac rehabilitation exercise specialists who have received advanced training in administering EECP therapy. All patients will be pre-screened by Dr. Williams for a course of treatment that involves a seven- to nine-week series of hour-long therapy sessions. ”The heart gradually changes over a period of weeks in a way that results in long-term improvement in the blood supply to the heart and reduces the symptoms associated with inadequate blood supply, especially angina and shortness of breath,” says Dr. Williams. ”It is an alternative to medications, stents, and cardiac bypass surgery, but is currently used mostly when these treatments have already been tried and no additional options remain. Fortunately, EECP usually results in very significant improvement that can last for years.” For more information about EECP therapy at Sacred Heart or to make a screening appointment with Dr. Williams, please call 416-4970 or visit sacred-heart.org/heart.
People on the Move – Hospitalist Nicole Briley, M.D., Joins Baptist Medical Group
Baptist Medical Group is proud to welcome Nicole Briley M.D., to their growing hospitalist program and extensive physician network. As a hospitalist with the Pensacola-based health care organization, Dr. Briley will be exclusively dedicated to caring for patients admitted to two hospitals: Baptist Hospital in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze Hospital. Dr. Briley completed her medical degree at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Ga. She joins Baptist Medical Group from Mobile, Ala., where she recently completed her internal medicine residency at the University of South Alabama. Along with the team of Baptist hospitalists, Dr. Briley will work with patients’ primary care and specialist physicians to provide quality, compassionate care throughout their hospital stay. To learn more about Dr. Briley and the hospitalist program, please visit her profile page at baptistmedicalgroup.org or call 437-8600.