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August 2014
Baptist Jacksonville Specialists Implant World's Smallest,Wireless Pacemaker

Cardiologists with Baptist Heart Specialists at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville are the first in Florida to implant the world's smallest pacemaker, which does not require wires to connect to the heart.One-tenth the size of a conventional pacemaker ...

Posted on: August 25, 2014
Cleveland Clinic, North Shore-LIJ Create NY Regional Alliance for Cardiac Care

The Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute has selected the North Shore-LIJ Health System to serve as its exclusive alliance member in the New York metropolitan area.The unique alliance announced jointly this week by Cleveland Clinic and the ...

Posted on: August 20, 2014
Complexity of Heart Rhythm Devices Puts Some Patients at Risk, Nursing Study Finds

Patients who rely on pacemakers and defibrillators to maintain a normal heart rhythm run the risk of serious health complications if they don't fully understand how the devices work and what to do when they experience an irregular heartbeat. But a study ...

Posted on: August 18, 2014
Researchers Tie Neck Manipulation to Cervical Dissection & Stroke

Treatments involving neck manipulation may be associated with stroke, though it cannot be said with certainty that neck manipulation causes strokes, according to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association's journal ...

Posted on: August 11, 2014
Normal, Ill. - Advocate BroMenn First in Region to Earn Target: Stroke Honor Roll Designation

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center (ABMC) is the first central Illinois hospital to earn Target: Stroke Honor Roll designation from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.ABMC received the distinction by participating in the AHA/ASA ...

Posted on: August 08, 2014
American Heart Association Add Basic Life Support Course for EMS

Each year, more than 400,000 children and adults experience a cardiac arrest outside the hospital. Only 10 percent survive. Oftentimes, the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professionals arriving at the scene are the first to provide quality patient care ...

Posted on: August 06, 2014
New Catheter Improves Outcomes for Abnormal Heart Beat

A new catheter being used by cardiologists at Baptist Heart Specialists in Jacksonville, Fla. is helping patients who have an abnormal heart rhythm.The THERMOCOOL® SmartTOUCH ™ Catheter is used for ablation procedures for patients such as ...

Posted on: August 04, 2014
July 2014
Hospital Arrival Time Impacts Heart Attack Treatment & Survival

Going to the hospital for a heart attack during evenings, weekends and holidays increases your risk of dying 13% compared with people arriving during workday hours, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: ...

Posted on: July 30, 2014
Cardiologist's Technique Helps Reduce Risk of Hypertension Misdiagnosis

Robert Smith, MD, a cardiologist at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, has released the results of his retrospective study designed to compare single in-office automated blood pressure readings to the average of multiple automated blood pressure ...

Posted on: July 23, 2014
Study Links Childhood Sexual Abuse to Atherosclerosis in Women Midlife

Women who were sexually abused as children may show signs of atherosclerosis, an early indication of cardiovascular disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.This is the first study to suggest a link between ...

Posted on: July 22, 2014
Strokes & Death Rates in U.S. Fall Over Past Two Decades, Researchers Say

Fewer Americans are having strokes and those who do have a lower risk of dying from them, finds a new study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers.The study found a 24% overall decline in first-time strokes in each of the past ...

Posted on: July 16, 2014
Study: Patients At-Risk for Heart Disease Lack Guidance on Aspirin

A daily low dose of aspirin can offer important protection against cardiovascular disease, but University of Florida researchers say that the people who could receive the most benefit from the medication may not be taking it.A UF study found that only ...

Posted on: July 14, 2014
HHS Launches Challenge to Improve Hypertension With Health IT

In an effort to help clinical practices use health information technology (health IT) like electronic health records (EHRs) to reduce high blood pressure, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today launched a new challenge asking healthcare ...

Posted on: July 07, 2014
June 2014
AHA Honors Mount Sinai Nurse Leader as 'Heart & Stroke Lifesaver'

The American Heart Association has honored two Mount Sinai Health System experts as "Heart and Stroke Lifesavers" for going above and beyond the call of duty in support of the AHA's mission to build lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.The ...

Posted on: June 30, 2014
Researchers Link Menopausal Sex Hormones Levels to Heart Disease Risk

As hormone levels change during the transition to menopause, the quality of a woman's cholesterol carriers degrades, leaving her at greater risk for heart disease, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health ...

Posted on: June 27, 2014
Report: Lifetime Cancer Risk from Heart Imaging Low for Most Children

Radiation from standard X-rays is relatively low and doesn't significantly raise lifetime cancer risks for most young children, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.Researchers followed 337 children under age 6 ...

Posted on: June 25, 2014
Study Links Poor Cardiovascular Health to Memory & Learning Deficits

The risk of developing cognitive impairment, especially learning and memory problems is significantly greater for people with poor cardiovascular health than people with intermediate or ideal cardiovascular health, according to a study in ...

Posted on: June 23, 2014
Depression Increases Risk of Heart Disease Death in Women, Study Finds

Women  55 and younger are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack, die or require artery-opening procedures if they're moderately or severely depressed, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart ...

Posted on: June 20, 2014
Research Improves Accuracy of Heart Disease Diagnosis in Women

Diagnosing coronary heart disease in women has become more accurate through gender-specific research that clarifies the role of both obstructive and non-obstructive coronary artery disease as contributors to ischemic heart disease in women, according to ...

Posted on: June 18, 2014
Processed Red Meat May Increase Heart Failure Deaths in Men, Study Shows

Men who eat moderate amounts of processed red meat may have an increased risk of incidence and death from heart failure, according to a study in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal.Processed meats are preserved by ...

Posted on: June 16, 2014
McHenry, Ill.- Centegra Honored for Cardiac Surgery

Centegra Hospital-McHenry has received the highest three-star rating for cardiac surgery quality from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Approximately 10 percent of hospitals nationwide receive the three-star rating, which denotes the ...

Posted on: June 12, 2014
Heart Disease Without Coronary Plaque Buildup Linked to Heart Attack Risk

Non-obstructive coronary artery disease was associated with a 28% to 44% increased risk of a major adverse cardiac event such as a heart attack or death, in a new study presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research ...

Posted on: June 09, 2014
Survey: Doctors Reluctant to Discuss End-Of-Life Care With Heart Failure Patients

Healthcare providers are reluctant to discuss end-of-life care with heart failure patients and their families because they feel uncomfortable broaching the topic or lack time, according to a new study presented at the Quality of Care and ...

Posted on: June 05, 2014
FDA Approves Wireless Monitoring Device for Patients With Heart Failure

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the CardioMEMS HF System for measuring the pulmonary artery (PA) pressures and heart rates of patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III heart failure who have been hospitalized for heart ...

Posted on: June 02, 2014
Charleston, S.C. - Trident Health Honored With Quality Achievement Awards

Trident Health has received four Get With The Guidelines- Quality Achievement Awards. Trident and Summerville Medical Centers received the Heart Failure Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures ...

Posted on: June 01, 2014
May 2014
Crozer-Keystone Stroke Protocol Presented at National Industry Conference

Springfield, Pa. An interdisciplinary team of professionals from Crozer-Keystone Health System has developed and implemented a new emergency stroke protocol that is helping doctors obtain critical test results in a fraction of national benchmark times. ...

Posted on: May 29, 2014
Physical Activity Stymies Heart Disease in At-Risk Women, 7-Year Study Shows

For otherwise healthy middle-aged women who are overweight or obese, physical activity may be their best option for avoiding heart disease, according to a study that followed nearly 900 women for seven years. These findings were reported in a paper led ...

Posted on: May 22, 2014
MRI Analysis Predicts Stroke Patients' Risk of Harm from Clot-Busting Treatment

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have developed a technique that can predict - with 95% accuracy - which stroke victims will benefit from intravenous, clot-busting drugs and which will suffer dangerous and potentially lethal bleeding in the ...

Posted on: May 20, 2014
Expert Consensus Statement Attempts to Close ICD Therapy Guidance Gap

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) released "Expert Consensus Statement on the Use of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy in Patients Who Are Not Included or Not Well ...

Posted on: May 19, 2014
Older Migraine Sufferers May Have More Silent Brain Injury, Study Finds

Older migraine sufferers may be more likely to have silent brain injury, according to research published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke.In a new study, people with a history of migraine headaches had double the odds of ...

Posted on: May 16, 2014
Living Near Foreclosed Property May Increase Risk of High Blood Pressure

Living near foreclosed property may increase your risk of higher blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.The study provides the first evidence that foreclosed property may affect ...

Posted on: May 15, 2014
Jacksonville, Fla. - Baptist Beaches Earns Stroke Center Designation

Baptist Medical Center Beaches has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).As a Primary Stroke Center, Baptist Beaches follows national standards and guidelines that can ...

Posted on: May 14, 2014
Muncie, Ind.- First U.S. Patient with MERS Recovering at Community Memorial

The patient diagnosed with the first U.S. case of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), continues to improve and is listed in good condition. Community Memorial Hospital has begun working on discharge plans for the patient, who is expected to be ...

Posted on: May 08, 2014
Chicago - Red Cross Honors Rush University Nurse

Rush University Medical Center's Stephanie Krienitz, RN,  was recognized by the American Red Cross of the Greater Chicago Region as its 2014 Nurse Hero.She's made eight trips to foreign countries to perform volunteer work, including three medical ...

Posted on: May 01, 2014
April 2014
Austin, Texas - Kinnser Software Donates $1M for Nursing Scholarships

Kinnser Software, a leading home health software company, is presenting the Austin Community College Foundation a total of $1 million to provide scholarships for hundreds of nursing students.The scholarship presentation was part of a summit and ...

Posted on: April 17, 2014
Savannah, Ga. - MUMC Earns Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes MUMC for ensuring that stroke patients ...

Posted on: April 12, 2014
Heart Failure Nurses, Occupational Health Professionals Affiliate With ANA

The American Nurses Association (ANA) announced two healthcare organizations, one focusing on worker safety and the other on caring for patients with cardiovascular disease, have joined ANA as organizational affiliates.The new affiliates, which bring the ...

Posted on: April 12, 2014
Maywood, Ill-Loyola Nurses Plan Roman Research Seminar

The 26th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium "Pushing the Boundaries: Exploring Research Frontiers to Transform Nursing Practice, Education and Policy." The event will take place from May 15 - 16 at Centro Studi Americani located at Via Michelangelo ...

Posted on: April 12, 2014
March 2014
Minneapolis - Wilson Named COO at Fairview

Fairview Health Services has named Carolyn Wilson, MBA, RN, to the newly-created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer. As COO, Wilson has operational accountability for the entire Fairview system, including hundreds of primary ...

Posted on: March 13, 2014
Syracuse, N.Y. - St. Joseph's Launches Therapy Pet Program

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center recently instituted a therapy pet program in the hospital to offer a way for patients to experience the evidence-based healing power of the human-animal connection.Working with Pet Partners of Syracuse, St. ...

Posted on: March 08, 2014
New York, N.Y. - Columbia Nursing Research Finds U.S. Hospitals Don't Follow Policies Proven to Prevent HAIs

While most hospitals have polices in place to prevent health care-associated infections, clinicians often fail to follow evidence-based guidelines established to prevent these infections, according to new research from Columbia University School of ...

Posted on: March 07, 2014
Chicago - University of Chicago Multidisciplinary Team Deconstructs Rare Brain Tumor

When usually active 55-year-old carpenter Leo Galati began moping aroundand  struggling at his job, his wife became concerned.In late February, Leo's mouth began drooping on one side and his presented at a local emergency room. Doctors there gave ...

Posted on: March 06, 2014
Edwardsville, Ill.- SIUE to Offer Doctorate for Nurse Anesthetists

The nurse anesthesia (NA) program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing has been approved to transition from a master's degree program to a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program in May 2015. SIUE's DNP NA program has ...

Posted on: March 05, 2014
Newport, R.I. - Newport Hospital Earns Redesignation as Baby-Friendly Facility

Through its Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center, Newport Hospital has again earned the Baby-Friendly designation from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF). The designation recognizes the commitment and ...

Posted on: March 05, 2014
Tampa, Fla. - Florida Hospital Tampa Expands The Women's Health Pavilion & Opening New ED

Florida Hospital Tampa is elevating healthcare for the Tampa Bay community with the expansion of the Women's Health Pavilion and the creation of a new ED.The free-standing Women's Health Pavilion officially opened its doors to the community on Monday, ...

Posted on: March 05, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind. - Felty Named President of IU Health Starke Hospital

Indiana University Health Starke Hospital named Craig Felty, MBA, RN, the new president of the organization.Felty was previously named interim administrator. Prior, Felty served as executive director of patient care services of IU Health Starke ...

Posted on: March 04, 2014
Virtua Announces Daisy Recipient

Marlton, N.J.- Caitlin Murray, RN, became Virtua Marlton's fifth Daisy Award winner this February. The family member who nominated Murray described her as being empathetic, and one who worked hard to keep the family informed. Murray was also praised for ...

Posted on: March 04, 2014
Mobile, Ala. - New Nursing Initiative Launched at USA Medical Center

The University of South Alabama (USA) Medical Center has launched a shared governance initiative in the form of a Nursing Practice Congress, designed to give nurses more of a voice in their workplace.  The formation of the Congress is the ...

Posted on: March 04, 2014
New York, N.Y. - Lenox Hill Hospital Receives Recognized

For the fifth consecutive year, Lenox Hill Hospital has been awarded a leadership grant from the Robin Hood Foundation for The Center for Attention and Learning (CAL). The grant allows CAL to provide services for educational organizations funded by the ...

Posted on: March 04, 2014
Cincinnati-UC Health Opens Simulation Center

UC Health, Cincinnati, opened a new simulation center.The 4,000-square-foot facility, located in the UC Health Business Center, houses 12 high-fidelity patient simulators. The mannequins are designed to mimic the actions and condition of critically ...

Posted on: March 03, 2014
Concord, Mass. - Emerson Hospital Names New Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Kevin Flint, BSN, MBA-HCM, RN, OCN has joined Emerson Hospital as associate chief nursing officer."Kevin's leadership will help us achieve the highest level of quality care and service excellence in an environment of professionalism, respect, teamwork ...

Posted on: March 03, 2014
Florence, S.C. - New Joint Care Center Opens at Carolinas Hospital System

The Center for Advanced Joint and Spine Care is a comprehensive program to educate, assist and support patients having hip or knee replacement. The program is aimed at giving these patients the knowledge and the tools to make the transition from hospital ...

Posted on: March 03, 2014
Reno, Nev.-Saint Mary's Regional Receives Silver Syringe Award

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, Reno, Nev., was designated a Silver Syringe Award winner by Immunize Nevada for having an employee influenza immunization rate of 90% or higher. It is one of just four hospitals to earn the award.Schedule for March ...

Posted on: March 03, 2014
Boca Raton, Fla. - Boca Raton Regional, North Shore-LIJ Health System Announce Affiliation

Officials at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and North Shore-LIJ Health System recently announced an affiliation agreement aimed at creating synergistic opportunities in such areas as patient care, clinical program development and research and education in ...

Posted on: March 02, 2014
Burlington, Vt. - Fletcher Allen Recertified As Level 1 Trauma Center

Fletcher Allen Health Care has earned recertification as a Level 1 Trauma Center for adult patients by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  The designation is the highest accreditation given to trauma services, and is granted after a ...

Posted on: March 02, 2014
Edwardsville, Ill.- Southern Illinois University Nursing Program Receives Grant

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) announced in early February that the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing received a 2014 Nursing School Expansion Grant. With a value of $255,848, the Expansion Grant will provide ...

Posted on: March 02, 2014
Pasadena, Calif.-Babies Don Red Beanies in Support of Women's Heart Health

Instead of the traditional pink or blue, babies born this month at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, Calif., wore red caps in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement."For years our staff has ...

Posted on: March 02, 2014
Philadelphia-Einstein Expands Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

Effective April 7, Einstein Healthcare Network will expand its tobacco-free campus initiative to include Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and several other locations throughout the region. The new locations will join Einstein Medical Center ...

Posted on: March 02, 2014
Dover, Milford, Del.-Bayhealth Participates in 'Go Red' Efforts

Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, Dover, Del., and Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford, Del., joined other businesses, government offices, and civic and healthcare organizations in supporting the American Heart Association's efforts to fight heart disease ...

Posted on: March 01, 2014
Durham, N.C. - $1 Million Gift Supports Pediatric Cancer Research at Duke Children's

Glenn H. and Stacy Schiffman of Austin, Texas, have pledged $1 million to create a pediatric cancer research fund at Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center.The gift will support the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, including the research ...

Posted on: March 01, 2014
Murray, Utah-Record Year for Kidney Transplants at Intermountain Medical Center

The transplant program at Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, Utah,  performed a record 109 kidney transplants in 2013. Its previous record was in 2003 with 107.According to the hospital, key factors contributing to the milestone include increased ...

Posted on: March 01, 2014
New Lenox, Ill.- Advocate, Silver Cross Sign Affiliation

Advocate Health Care and Silver Cross Hospital and Medical Centers announced their clinical affiliation, which expands Advocate Physician Partners' (APP) nationally recognized Clinical Integration Program.APP, a jointly governed organization by Advocate ...

Posted on: March 01, 2014
Syracuse, N.Y. - St. Joseph's Nursing Graduates Achieve 96% Pass Rate on NCLEX-RN

St. Joseph's Hospital College of Nursing Dean Marianne Markowitz, MS, RN, reports that 96.24% of the college's May 2013 graduates have passed the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt through December 2013. The state mean pass rate year to date is 78.14% and ...

Posted on: March 01, 2014
February 2014
Ayer, Mass. - Nashoba Valley Opens New In-Patient Geriatric Psychiatry Unit

Nashoba Valley Medical Center recently celebrated the grand opening of its Garvin Center for Geriatric Psychiatry Unit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.Employees, patients, community members and special guests received tours of the $5 million facility, ...

Posted on: February 28, 2014
Boise, Idaho-Boise State Launches AGNP Program

The Boise State University School of Nursing, Boise, Idaho, last month welcomed an initial cohort of 30 students - 10 men and 20 women - into its new online, part-time adult-gerontology nurse practitioner program.The students will gather on campus three ...

Posted on: February 28, 2014
Chicago-Rush Opening $31 Million Family Birthing Center

Rush University Medical Center will open  the new Rush Family Birth Center, a $31-million, care facility for mothers and their newborns on March 9. No other hospital in Illinois has located its NICU immediately adjacent to ...

Posted on: February 28, 2014
Cumming, Ga. - Northside Hospital-Forsyth Offers Advanced Neonatal Care

Northside Hospital-Forsyth now offers Level-III neonatal intensive care services at its Women's Center in Cumming.  The new designation by Georgia's Department of Community Health allows Northside Hospital-Forsyth to establish a four-bed Neonatal ...

Posted on: February 28, 2014
Philadelphia, Lancaster, Pa.-Lancaster General Health, Penn Form Strategic Alliance

Lancaster General Health, Lancaster, Pa., and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, announced the formation of a strategic alliance to jointly develop innovative programs and initiatives improving patient care, research and ...

Posted on: February 28, 2014
 

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