Health News 09/04/2019

(Courtesy of Kirsty Churchill)

Charity night deals a good hand
The second annual Charity Casino Night raised net proceeds of $35,000 to support patient care for Gulfside Hospice. The fundraiser featured authentic casino-style gaming tables, a silent auction, a ‘giggle water’ station at the bar, dancing, and Restaurant Roulette and Prohibition Crate drawings.  A group of representatives from Maus Nissan, Queen sponsor of the event, showed off their flapper dresses and partied like it was the Roaring Twenties.

New epilepsy unit
AdventHealth Tampa has opened a new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit — the only one of its kind in Tampa Bay. It now has the only neuroscience unit with five beds dedicated specifically for treating and monitoring patients with seizures.

The unit also includes a control room where highly trained specialists can observe patients utilizing telemedicine capabilities that allow 24/7 monitoring of up to 24 patients, not only at AdventHealth Tampa, but at other facilities, including AdventHealth Connerton, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel and AdventHealth Carrollwood.

AdventHealth has partnered with Compumedics, a supplier of sleep, neurological monitoring and brain research systems, to bring the latest technology and software systems to AdventHealth Tampa.

Nurses and technicians who are specially trained in the treatment, diagnosis and monitoring of patients with seizure disorders will be present continuously on the unit.

AdventHealth Tampa is one of the largest epilepsy centers in Florida.

High-performing hospital
AdventHealth Wesley Chapel has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2019-2020 by U.S. News & World Report, for hip and knee replacement, in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average.

For the 2019-2020 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in nine procedures and conditions.

Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 57 earned this rating in all nine procedures and conditions.

Know where to go
According to WellSpan Health, knowing whether to go to Urgent Care or to the Emergency Department can be broken down into these symptoms:

Urgent Care: stitches; back pain and strain; cold, flu and sinus; insect bites; allergies; constipation and diarrhea; cuts, burns and wounds; and, broken bones and sprains

Emergency Department: stroke; severe burns; shock; difficulty breathing; major trauma and injury; heart attack and chest pain; and uncontrollable bleeding

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Thoracic surgeon joins team
Dr. Mathew Ninan, an expert in the surgical treatment of lung cancer and other surgical procedures involving chest organs, has joined West Florida Thoracic Surgery, at 9332 State Road 54, Suite 405, in Trinity.

He specializes in surgery of the lungs, esophagus and other chest organs, including upper abdominal surgery of the esophagus, such as anti-reflux surgery, hiatal hernias and achalasia.

Ninan has been performing robotic, minimally invasive lung surgery since 2008.

He completed his surgical training in London and his cardiothoracic training at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania.

Ninan has been named a U.S. News & World Report top doctor for several years.

Residents recognized
The Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announced that three of its GME residents received high recognition in the HCA West Florida Graduate Medical Education Consortium Poster Exhibition.

“The event showcased the great research, scholarly activity, and quality initiatives being undertaken by residents and fellows across all GME programs in the HCA West Florida Division,” said Dr. Frederick M. Schiavone, vice president and designated institutional official of the West Florida division, in a release.

The three physicians recognized are:

  • Dr. Ken Baxa, rheumatology: first place Scientific Award, for “Assessment of Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy (Myer’s Cocktail) for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia”
  • Dr. Paul Hoffman, internal medicine: third place Scientific Award, for “Doxycycline Induced Acute Pancreatitis”
  • Dr. Huma Zuman, transitional year: first place Inter-Professional Award, for “Spectrum of Imaging Findings on CDT Perfusion of Brain for Acute Stroke”

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