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HW News Feb. 2012

Baptist Health Care Now Offers Impella

Baptist Health Care and Cardiology Consultants, regional leaders in quality cardiovascular care, are the first in the area to offer Impella—the world’s smallest heart pump. Luther I. Carter, M.D., interventional cardiologist with Cardiology Consultants, recently performed the first cardiac procedure using this breakthrough technology. “The catheter-based heart pump relieves the heart’s pumping function by providing temporary support that allows physicians the time needed to perform life-saving interventions,” explained Dr. Carter. “This tiny device acts almost like an artificial heart as it maintains blood flow through the body during a cardiac procedure.” Baptist Health Care and Cardiology Consultants offer the minimally invasive approach to assist critically ill heart patients who are deemed too high-risk for traditional surgery. In patients with weakened hearts, either from longstanding blockages of the arteries or those who have a heart attack, the Impella enables blood flow with seamless and immediate circulatory support for critically ill patients and improves procedural and long term outcomes. During the typical traditional procedure to clear blockage, the patient’s heart is functioning around 10 percent or less. The Impella enables blood flow with its seamless and immediate circulatory support for critical patients. “The first patient to undergo a heart cath with the tiny heart pump at Baptist Hospital was up and walking around within a few hours,” said Dr. Carter. “Thanks to the Impella pump and devices like it, we can offer next level cardiovascular care for high-risk patients. This treatment is truly world class as it offers patients faster recovery and better outcomes.” Baptist Health Care and Cardiology Consultants are nationally recognized for quality care and innovation that improve the patients’ quality of life. Call 484-6500, or visit us at eBaptistHealthCare.org/Heart to make an appointment.

Sacred Heart Hospital Ranked Top Five Percent in U.S.

For the second year in a row, Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola has been ranked among the top five percent of all U.S. hospitals for clinical excellence by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization. As part of its tenth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, HealthGrades identified those hospitals performing in the top five percent nationwide in 26 different medical procedures and diagnoses. Based on the results of the national study, HealthGrades recognized Sacred Heart as one of only 263 hospitals nationwide to receive the 2012 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. The rankings are based on a comprehensive study of patient mortality and complication rates at virtually every hospital in the country. The findings showed that top-rated hospitals had a mortality rate among Medicare patients that was almost 30 percent lower than all other hospitals in the nation. HealthGrades also has recognized Sacred Heart’s quality in specific categories of care, noting that Sacred Heart ranked among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for bariatric surgery and in the top 10 percent for critical care.  In comparing the performance among hospitals for specific medical conditions and treatments, HealthGrades assigns a rating of one-star (poor), three-star (as expected) or five-star (better than expected.) HealthGrades gave Sacred Heart a five-star rating in 14 categories that included treatment of: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, gastrointestinal bleeds, peripheral vascular bypass, respiratory failure, neurosurgery and stroke care.

Baptist Hospital and Medical Group Welcomes Robin Crum

Baptist Hospital and Baptist Medical Group welcome Robin Crum, an experienced board-certified nurse midwife, to the Baptist Medical Group-Ladies First OB/GYN practice in Pensacola. Crum offers women on the Gulf Coast exciting options for a unique, personal childbirth experience within a hospital setting. In addition to obstetric care, Crum provides on-going traditional well-woman annual exams and birth control consultations. In total, she has more than 25 years of experience in providing personalized care for women during childbirth, including as a labor and delivery nurse and six years as a certified nurse-midwife. “We’re thrilled to welcome Robin to the Baptist family. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge to complement our Family-Centered Maternity Care model here at Baptist,” says David Wildebrandt, administrator of Baptist Hospital. “Midwifery-assisted births are on the rise in the United States and Baptist is excited to mirror this trend locally by offering this type of one-on-one attention for families that prefer an alternative method for delivery.” Crum is passionate about taking the time to help educate women so they can make informed choices about their growing family, including pre- and post-partum education, discussion of alternative birthing options, individualized birth plan development and family planning guidance. Crum completed her master’s degree in midwifery at Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, Pa., and is board certified in midwifery from the American Midwifery Certification Board. Crum will work alongside the board certified OB/GYN physicians of Baptist Medical Group-Ladies First OB/GYN. She will see patients in two convenient Pensacola area locations: Baptist Medical Group-Ladies First OB/GYN’s main office, at 3417 12th Ave. and at Baptist Hospital’s main campus, at 1717 N. E St., Suite 530. To learn more or to make an appointment, visit BaptistMedicalGroup.org or call 432-7310.

Gulf Breeze Hospital Initiates Cath Lab Construction

As the area’s leader in cardiovascular care, Baptist Health Care and Cardiology Consultants are working together to provide a world-class regional heart and vascular program. Construction recently began on a new, state-of-the-art cardiovascular catheterization laboratory at Gulf Breeze Hospital, which will provide even more convenient cardiovascular care for residents of Santa Rosa County. The $1 million project will bring additional cardiovascular diagnostic services which are currently not available in Gulf Breeze and nearby communities. Construction on the lab is scheduled for completion in May 2012.

Diagnostic cardiac catheterization, more commonly called a heart cath, is a relatively painless, minimally invasive procedure which allows cardiologists to examine the blood flow through the coronary arteries (the blood vessels that provide blood flow to the heart). The procedure is performed by placing a long, flexible catheter—a tube about the width of a cooked spaghetti noodle—into a blood vessel and guiding it to the patient’s heart. Radiographic images of the vessels are taken which reveal the adequacy of blood flow through the coronary arteries. Blood flow rates and heart chamber pressures can also be measured and studied along with images of the heart muscle and its valves to determine if any structural or muscular problems are present.  The cath lab will be located on the hospital’s ground floor, near the outpatient testing entrance, allowing for easy patient access and convenient parking and registration. In addition to increasing patient access to cardiovascular services, the new lab will bring six new positions to the Gulf Breeze Hospital campus. Baptist Health Care and Cardiology Consultants are nationally recognized for quality care and innovation. To learn more about heart and vascular services at Gulf Breeze Hospital, visit GulfBreezeHospital.org or call 932-1775 and ask for Cardiology Consultants by name.

Baptist’s Clint Lohr named Chairman of the Board for Department of Health, PT

Baptist Health Care is pleased to announce Clint Lohr, clinical operations manager for Andrew’s Institute Rehabilitation, is the newly elected chairman of the board for the Department of Health, PT. As board chair, Lohr will provide oversight of several board divisions that involve Florida’s physical therapy regulatory environment, legislative issues, practitioner disciplinary proceedings, and the physical therapy licensing process for the state of Florida. Board members are appointed by the governor, confirmed by the Senate and operate under a mission of protecting and promoting the health of all residents and visitors in the state of Florida.

UWF’s MPH Degree Accredited by CEPH

The University of West Florida’s Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is currently featured on the Council on Education for Public Health’s (CEPH) website as an example of best practices for online programs in public health. UWF’s MPH degree is only the second fully online program in the nation to be accredited by the CEPH. It has also been referred to as a guide by which other institution’s programs are built. More than 50 percent of professionals currently in the field are projected to retire in the next 10 years, increasing the need for graduates of the program. The university has partnerships with regional, national and even international hospitals to place interns and graduates in the real world in order to further their knowledge and hone their specific skills. UWF students and graduates are working right now in hospitals across the nation and in places like Turkey, Guam and Japan. The program has found a large audience with the military as well. Members of the armed forces serving in other countries will often turn to a program such as this to further their education, as public health degrees are in large demand with the military as well. One hundred and eighty internship hours are required to complete the program, a feature that is praised by the CEPH. “An integral part of the curriculum, in addition to didactic courses, is the Internship in Public Health, which provides opportunities for students in the program to identify and submit for approval a suitable public health host agency in their geographic region for practical experience,” says the CEPH website.

 

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital to Host NICU Reunion

Children’s Hospital is looking for all patients who ”graduated” from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) since its opening in 1972 for the 2012 NICU Reunion on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Greenhut Auditorium at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. The fun-filled, free event is open to all NICU graduates and their families, as well as former and current NICU nurses, physicians and staff. The event will kick-off in the Sacred Heart Hospital Courtyard with a special ”NICU Awareness Walk” around part of the Sacred Heart Campus, followed by the reunion celebration. Registration for the walk will begin at 9 a.m., with the walk starting at 10 a.m. The day will feature refreshments, face-painting, children’s activities and more. Pre-registration is suggested and can be made by calling Sacred Heart at 416-1600. For more information, please call Cat Ellis, marketing coordinator, at 416-1156, or visit sacred-heart.org.