Oak Hill team recognized by cancer society
Oak Hill Hospital’s associates were recognized by the American Cancer Society as a Pink Ribbon Sponsor of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The hospital’s team contributed more than $3,000 to the project, raising funds through associate-sponsored events and activities, such as its ‘Kiss the Pig’ contest. Cathy Edmisten, left, vice president of operations at Oak Hill, received the recognition award from Mary Ellen Woska, health systems manager of hospitals for the American Cancer Society.
Bayfront launches new system
Bayfront Health Dade City has launched a new web-based data network system to help improve heart attack patient outcomes.
The new technology offers emergency medical services and hospital teams the tools to work together to help improve clinical and operational efficiencies.
The hospital’s use of the system has the goal of reducing time to treatment, known as door-to-balloon time (D2B), for patients in east Pasco County that experience a dangerous type of heart attack known as STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction).
The data system is designed to connect EMS teams and hospital personnel with emergent patient data, and to help increase workflow so that a patient can receive treatment as quickly as possible.
The system enables paramedics in the field to alert hospital care teams and provide them with critical patient data so as to quickly identify STEMI patients, determine where to route them for care, and have staff prepared before the patient arrives.
Bayfront Health Dade City reported the first activation of the new system resulted in a 12-minute D2B.
Clerk honored by LifeLink
Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Collier Frank was honored by LifeLink Foundation for her instrumental role in groundbreaking improvements to the organ and tissues donation system in Florida.
Frank’s efforts paved the way for the partnership between Florida organ and tissue recovery programs and the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, where a majority of people choose to register as donors today.
A plaque bearing Frank’s image is now on the “Wall of Inspiration” at LifeLink Foundation headquarters in Tampa, alongside other pioneers in organ transplantation.
Robotic arm assisted surgeries
Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel now offers Stryker’s Mako Robotic Arm assisted partial knee and total hip replacement procedures.
The robotic arm assisted surgery is a new approach to joint replacement that offers the potential for a higher level of patient-specific implant alignment and positioning.
The technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan and perform joint replacement surgery using a surgeon controlled robotic arm that helps the surgeon execute the procedure with a high degree of accuracy.
Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel received a Center of Excellence Certification for its Hip and Knee Replacement program from DNV GL Healthcare USA Inc., an international health care accreditation organization, in 2016. It was the first hospital in the country to receive this designation from DNV GL.