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Health & Wellness News 1/26/12

Cardiologist Joins Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola
Dr. James B. Williams, a board-certified cardiologist who has practiced in Austin, Texas, for more than 25 years, has joined Sacred Heart Medical Group in Pensacola. Dr. Williams obtained his medical degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans in the top 1 percent of his class. He trained in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of California and completed a fellowship in cardiology at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, affiliated with the Baylor School of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and cardiovascular computed tomography. Dr. Williams joins Dr. Paul Tamburro and Dr. Mark Grise in the newly-formed Sacred Heart Cardiology Group within Sacred Heart Medical Group. Their offices are located in Suite 404 of the Medical Office Building at Sacred Heart Hospital. For more information, call 416-4970.

Gulf Breeze Hospital Collects and Distributes More Than 400 Coats
Another cool weekend is on tap for the Gulf Coast and hundreds of individuals will stay warm thanks to Gulf Breeze Hospital’s winter coat drive. More than 400 coats were collected during the drive and distributed to area schools and shelters for children and families in need. The coats were donated by Gulf Breeze Hospital employees, volunteers and community members during Gulf Breeze Hospital’s winter coat drive. “This was a wonderful example of the needs of others being met by the compassion and generosity of our staff and our community,” said Patsy W. Myers, vice president of operations at Gulf Breeze Hospital. “This was a blessing for those who received and those who gave.”

Nurse Navigators Support Cardiac Patients at Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola now offers a Cardiac Nurse Navigator program to assist and support Sacred Heart’s cardiac patients. Three Cardiac Nurse Navigators now serve as patient advocates who guide patients through their overall cardiac care experience at Sacred Heart. Registered nurses Gayle Beech, Angie Bowles and Betsy Wood provide assistance to patients, including securing an appointment with a cardiologist or scheduling a diagnostic test or procedure. The nurse navigators’ mission is to ensure that patients receive excellent care and the support they need for the best outcome at Sacred Heart. The role of the Cardiac Nurse Navigators is to: Serve as a personal link among the patient, their cardiac care physician and the services of Sacred Heart; understand the needs of the patient and supply any needed education, information, or resource materials; coordinate appointments and schedule tests to ensure timely care; maintain contact with the patient through the course of treatment, answer any ongoing questions, and help ease stress and provide for a positive experience; and communicate with physicians, support service staff and the patient’s family to ensure that the patient is receiving necessary services and support. If you or a loved one is in need of cardiology services, or has a question about our Cardiac Nurse Navigator program, please call 416-2328.

Baptist Hospital First in the Region for Single-port Robotic Surgery
Recently, Dr. Tracey Thomas-Doyle performed the first single-port da Vinci robotic hysterectomy in the Florida panhandle area. The closest Florida hospital to perform this procedure is located in Gainesville. The minimally invasive single-port hysterectomy helps patients experience shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times, less pain and less blood loss. In fewer than 20 hours from the start of surgery, the patient was walking around and discharged about 24 hours later exceeding her expectations. This revolutionary approach to hysterectomy – the most common surgery in the United States – utilizes a small incision at the naval in which a round port is placed.  Through the port, the surgeon places three of the robotic operating arms to administer the surgery. The culture of service excellence and a positive health care experience with the new single-port surgical technique will be an asset to the community as Baptist leads the minimally invasive and robotic surgery technology in northwest Florida.