Blog RSS https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/ en New Technology for Pulmonary Embolism https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/new-technology-pulmonary-embolism <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New Technology for Pulmonary Embolism</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 12/31/2020 - 17:35</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/152" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to New Technology for Pulmonary Embolism"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (Dec. 11, 2020) --</em> Dr. Dinesh Gupta, cardiology, and the Tennova Healthcare - Harton Cath Lab team conducted their first two procedures utilizing a new system to treat patients with pulmonary embolisms (PE), or blood clots in the lung.</p> <p>According to the equipment company representative, until now a patient would have to travel to Chattanooga or Nashville to receive this procedure with this technology. The technology offers an effective and safe treatment alternative to existing therapies.</p> <p>The ultrasound accelerated thrombolysis uses advanced ultrasound excitation – or acoustic pulses - to precondition blood clots for rapid clot removal. The device is intended for controlled and selective infusion of physician-specified fluids, including thrombolytics, into the peripheral vasculature.</p> <p>This system gently accelerates the penetration of thrombolytic agents into thrombus – or clots - providing high level results with the clot-dissolving drug, and safety in a fraction of the time required by conventional treatment. Unlike conventional systemic anticoagulation therapy, this technology is designed to actually dissolve clots, which most likely reduces the risk of dangerous post-thrombotic syndrome.</p> <p>“With this cutting edge technology, we expect excellent outcomes,” said Dr. Gupta. He added, “These first two patients had great results.”</p> <p>When following up with the two patients, Allison Dyer, RN, Manager of Tennova Healthcare – Harton’s Cath Lab, she found they both were doing well and gave heartfelt thanks to Dr. Gupta and Harton.</p> <p>The first to have the procedure, Charles Davis from Shelbyville, said, “I am breathing much better and can move around a lot easier.” He added, “Dr. Gupta is one of the finest doctors there are and the hospital staff were excellent!”</p> <p>The second patient to receive this procedure on the same day, Sarah Noles from Tullahoma, told Allison, “I am feeling good – better every day. All the staff are wonderful and went above and beyond.” Sarah added, “I would like to thank Dr. Gupta and everyone from the bottom of my heart!”</p> <p>The system is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the ultrasound facilitated, controlled and selective infusion of physician-specified fluids, including thrombolytics, into the vasculature for the treatment of pulmonary embolism.</p> <p>To find out more about this procedure and technology, contact Dr. Dinesh Gupta, Cardiology &amp; Vascular Associates, PLLC, at (931) 393-7831.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 31 Dec 2020 23:35:39 +0000 big chief 152 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Listening to Our Lungs – More Important Now Than Ever https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/listening-our-lungs-more-important-now-ever <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Listening to Our Lungs – More Important Now Than Ever</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:45</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/150" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Listening to Our Lungs – More Important Now Than Ever"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (October 30, 2020) - According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, often called COPD, is now the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 16 million Americans have been told they have COPD, and yet, there are likely many people in our community who are completely unaware they are living with this disease.</p> <p>“COPD is a serious lung disease, but is actually an umbrella term for various conditions involving damage or inflammation of the lungs, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis,” said Dr. Timothy Crater, internal medicine, board-certified. “In people who have COPD, the tubes carrying air in and out of the lungs are partially blocked, making it harder to get air in and out.”</p> <p>COPD is typically a progressive condition, as the elasticity of the air sacs in the lungs gradually decreases. When it’s severe, shortness of breath and other symptoms of COPD can interfere with even basic tasks, such as light housework, walking, and even washing and dressing. COPD is a leading – and growing – cause of disability. As there is currently no cure, the primary goal during COPD Awareness Month in November is prevention and early intervention.</p> <p>Smoking is far and away the most significant cause of COPD. In fact, an estimated 90 percent of COPD cases are related to smoking – this includes both primary and second hand smoke, and the smoke from cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Smoking causes toxins to be inhaled directly into the lungs, resulting in lung irritation in the short term, and lung tissue damage in the long run. However, recent research has been focused on additional toxins and irritants, including bleach, alcohol, and various disinfectants. There appears to be a clear link between long-term use of these substances and the onset of COPD.</p> <p>“There are likely millions of Americans living with COPD who are unaware they even have the disease, and who are therefore failing to receive treatment,” said Dr. Crater. “While there is no cure for COPD, effective treatments are critical to prevent the deterioration of the patient’s quality of life.”</p> <p>Some symptoms of COPD may be confused with those of other, less serious conditions. It’s important to recognize the symptoms, combined with your personal risk factors, and to consult with a physician if there is any doubt. Here are some of the most common symptoms, in basic order of advancing stages of the disease:</p> <ul> <li>Chronic or constant coughing or ’smoker’s cough’</li> <li>Shortness of breath during your typical activities</li> <li>Excess sputum/mucus production</li> <li>Wheezing sound when breathing</li> </ul> <p>Misdiagnosis of COPD is common, so it’s important to work with your primary care physician and/or a pulmonologist to accurately evaluate the condition of your lungs. The most common diagnostic tools include chest X-ray, chest CT scans, and spirometry, which test the overall function of your lungs.</p> <p>If you receive a diagnosis of COPD, treatment options will vary depending on the severity and nature of your symptoms. These include bronchodilators, steroids, oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation in the earlier stages. If non-invasive treatments are unsuccessful in slowing the rate of the disease, surgical options may be considered.</p> <p>The CDC reports that having COPD (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis) is known to increase your risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you have been diagnosed with COPD, the CDC recommends that you continue taking your current medications; make sure that you have at least a 30-day supply of your medicines; avoid triggers that make your symptoms worse; and call your healthcare provider if you have concerns about your condition or feel sick.</p> <p>If you need an evaluation of your lung health, or help with managing a chronic cough, talk to your primary care doctor. If you do not have a primary care physician and have concerns about your lung health, you can contact Dr. Timothy Crater, internal medicine, board-certified, at 931-455- 7767; practice locations in Tullahoma and Manchester.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:45:43 +0000 dugginhr 150 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com November - Prematurity Awareness Month https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/november-prematurity-awareness-month <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">November - Prematurity Awareness Month</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:43</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/149" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to November - Prematurity Awareness Month"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (October 30, 2020) - If you are the parent of a premature baby, you already know the extra stress and worry that is associated with the experience. If you are expecting, it’s no secret that quality pre-natal care is essential to ensuring your baby is carried to term.</p> <p>“The number of premature births is significant,” said Dr. C. Scott Hays, board-certified Ob/Gyn. “In the U.S. alone, one in ten babies is born prematurely, and worldwide, 15 million infants are born too soon.”</p> <p>While there have been significant advancements in the care of premature babies, there are often long-term consequences associated with premature birth. That is why it is absolutely vital that expectant mothers seek quality, professional care.</p> <h3>Who is at risk?</h3> <p>According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the following groups of women have the greatest risk of preterm labor and birth. Women:</p> <ul> <li>who have had a previous preterm birth</li> <li>who are pregnant with multiples</li> <li>who use tobacco/abuse substances</li> <li>who have short time (less than 18 months) between pregnancies</li> </ul> <p>If you fall into one of these categories, it is not a guarantee that you will go into preterm labor and delivery. You simply have extra risk factors and should be in close contact with your doctor regarding the appropriate methods for ensuring you carry your baby to term.</p> <p>“The recommended goal is 39 weeks,” said Dr. Hays. “Babies develop significantly during the last couple of weeks of pregnancy. The brain, lungs and liver are just a few of the vital organs still developing during this time.”</p> <p>At Tennova Healthcare – Harton, in addition to providing the capabilities of a Level I unit, a Level II unit is available for delivery and care of infants at 32 weeks or more of gestation who weigh more than or equal to 1,500 grams. These infants may have conditions such as respiratory problems after delivery, apnea of prematurity, inability to maintain body temperature, or inability to take food by mouth.</p> <p>Tennova Healthcare – Harton provides the only Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, and Bedford counties. To speak further with Dr. Hays, contact him at Tennova Women’s Health, 931-461-1101. Dr. Hays now has offices in Tullahoma and Manchester.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:43:58 +0000 dugginhr 149 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Jean Lelko Receives Tennova Healthcare – Harton Nursing Excellence Award https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/jean-lelko-receives-tennova-healthcare-harton-nursing-excellence-award <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Jean Lelko Receives Tennova Healthcare – Harton Nursing Excellence Award</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:43</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/148" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Jean Lelko Receives Tennova Healthcare – Harton Nursing Excellence Award"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (October 28, 2020) - Tennova Healthcare - Harton today announced that Jean Lelko, RN, has been selected to receive its Nursing Excellence Award.</p> <p>This peer-nominated award, created in honor of 2020 being the “Year of the Nurse,” and in recognition of the critical role nurses have played in treating patients throughout the COVID pandemic, was open to qualifying RNs and LPNs working in a direct patient care position who consistently demonstrate characteristics synonymous with nursing excellence.</p> <p>Jean was chosen from numerous nominations for her outstanding contributions in the areas of high quality, compassionate care she shows her patients.</p> <p>“Tennova Healthcare - Harton is fortunate to have many outstanding nurses like Jean among its ranks. Nurses who deliver exemplary care, compassion and service, who understand the importance of teamwork and mentoring others, who can lead in times of crises, and who are true champions of promoting healthcare in our community,” said Marilyn Smith, DNP, RN, CNO of Tennova Healthcare - Harton. “With so much focus this year on the selfless efforts of front line heroes like Jean, we are pleased to acknowledge the important contributions our nursing professionals.”</p> <p>Jean joined Tennova Healthcare - Harton in March of 2008. She has devoted the last 12 ½ years to providing exceptional compassionate care to a diverse group of patients in the Critical Care Unit. Jean is dedicated to creating and maintaining an environment of care for every patient that facilitates both comfort and healing.</p> <p>From Jean’s annual summer work as a volunteer nurse at a camp for atypically developing children to the year she spent as a missionary in Bolivia, she offers an unmatched skill set that has proven essential in a community that is as dynamic as it is diverse. Jean’s passion and commitment to enhancing patient experience and satisfaction is best exemplified by her engagement with a Spanish speaking patient struggling to communicate. She went as far as to set up an English class for the patient to begin once discharged.</p> <p>In addition to receiving the Nursing Excellence Award itself, Jean received a cash prize and quintessential book on nursing, written by Florence Nightingale in 1859, that remains relevant to today’s modern nursing attitudes and skills.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:43:02 +0000 dugginhr 148 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Physical Therapists Can Keep You Moving Forward https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/physical-therapists-can-keep-you-moving-forward <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Physical Therapists Can Keep You Moving Forward</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:39</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/147" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Physical Therapists Can Keep You Moving Forward"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (October 1, 2020) - This October, we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month in the shadow of an alarming and growing opioid crisis. The majority of Americans who die from opioid overdoses do so after using these medications to treat legitimate pain. Sadly, many of these conditions could be prevented or managed with positive lifestyle changes, and a better understanding of body mechanics learned through physical therapy.</p> <p>“When presented with the concept of physical therapy, most people think of PT’s role in rehabilitation after surgery or a stroke event,” said Dr. Randal Rampp, Tennova Healthcare – Harton Chief of Staff. “But PT ultimately focuses on the body’s ability to engage in movement – whether that means getting in and out of chairs, climbing stairs, walking in your neighborhood or playing a competitive sport.”</p> <p>Physical therapists are movement specialists. They are licensed professionals with graduate-level degrees, who have advanced clinical knowledge of the human muscular and skeletal systems. Over the past decade, physical therapy has increasingly focused on prevention rather than treatment. Physical therapy techniques can help those with arthritis, sports injuries, environmental or workplace pain, and sleep disturbances, providing a number of benefits.</p> <ul> <li>Avoiding Surgery. Meniscal or rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis and degenerative disk disease often experience significant improvement through physical therapy. Given the cost and recovery time involved with surgical procedures, it’s worth a try.</li> <li>Avoiding Opioids. Chronic joint and nerve pain are the most common reasons people seek over-the-counter and prescription pain medications. Exhausting all possible therapy and body-management tactics for pain reduction should always be a priority before opting for opioids.</li> <li>Managing the Work Environment. A PT can provide you with tools and exercises to prevent pain and loss of mobility, whether you sit for a living, stand in one place, use your hands repetitively, or lift heavy objects all day. Recognizing the risks involved in your daily work life and being proactive about them can save pain, costs, and lost productivity.</li> <li>Preventing Headaches. Many chronic headache conditions are caused by increased time in front of computers and mobile devices. Pressure on the thoracic and cervical spine can lead to disk degeneration and nerve damage, and result in fierce and frequent headaches. Learning to use and position your body can lead to a significant reduction in pain.</li> </ul> <p>Arthritis is a fact of life for most people, though the extent and nature of its impact on our lives can vary widely. We all know those folks who still look spry and confident at age 82. It’s unlikely that they have no arthritis – the difference is in how they “manage” their bodies. Physical therapists provide benefits for arthritis patients in three different areas:</p> <ol> <li>Prevent and manage chronic pain. A PT will help strengthen the associated muscle groups and teach you to move your body properly, while decreasing impact on the affected joint.</li> <li>Create and maintain maximum flexibility and mobility. Physical therapy is a holistic practice of medicine, and good therapist factors in your social, emotional and physical factors when creating a treatment plan.</li> <li>Support good sleep. Much of the physical decline associated with arthritis can be attributed to poor sleep mechanics. A therapist will help with tips and tools for proper sleep health.</li> </ol> <p>Physical therapy benefits those with and without existing physical ailments. When you meet with a physical therapist, give them an accurate picture of your current lifestyle and paint a picture of what you’d like to accomplish. The benefits won’t be realized overnight, but much of what you learn, you can continue yourself at home.</p> <p>The way we hold, operate and rest our bodies is closely tied to levels of happiness, disease prevention and longevity, and the practice of it is not to be underestimated. If you have questions, contact the Tennova Rehabilitation Department at (931) 393-7964.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:39:56 +0000 dugginhr 147 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Breast Cancer Awareness Month Op-Ed Marilyn Smith, DNP, MSN, RN / Chief Nursing Officer https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/breast-cancer-awareness-month-op-ed-marilyn-smith-dnp-msn-rn-chief-nursing <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Breast Cancer Awareness Month Op-Ed Marilyn Smith, DNP, MSN, RN / Chief Nursing Officer</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:39</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/146" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Breast Cancer Awareness Month Op-Ed Marilyn Smith, DNP, MSN, RN / Chief Nursing Officer"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Across our community and the entire country this October, we will celebrate the brave women who have done battle with breast cancer. It’s a time of reflection and celebration for many women, as they bond together to celebrate a precious victory and to support causes designed to eradicate the disease. But October can also be a difficult time for some, as we are encouraged to remember friends or loved ones who lost their battle with breast cancer – some of them at a very young age.</p> <p>But perhaps most importantly, October traditionally provides opportunities to educate millions of women on the importance of screening and prevention.</p> <p>Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. The American Cancer Society reports that the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 13%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer but also means there is a 7 in 8 chance she will never have the disease. More information regarding breast cancer can be found by visiting the American Cancer Society’s web site at <a href="http://www.Cancer.org">www.Cancer.org</a>.</p> <p>While recommendations have changed through the years regarding who should get screened and when, the general standards for women at average risk remain the same. The American College of Radiology recommends annual mammograms starting at age 40, with no upper age limit as long as the woman is in good health. Different guidelines apply to women at higher risk. A screening mammogram can help detect breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages.</p> <p>Some women are at higher risk of developing breast cancer based on family history, genetic mutations and some prior health conditions and therapies. If you fall into this category, it’s important to talk with your doctor about more aggressive detection measures and whether they’re right for you.</p> <p>Our team at Tennova Healthcare – Harton looks forward to celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month with all the survivors, families and advocates here in our community. A special gift will be given to those receiving their screening mammograms during October. A physician’s order is not necessary to schedule and receive a screening mammogram but the results must be forwarded to your physician for follow-up. Information on a special offer from MDSave for a self-pay screening mammogram can be found at <a href="https://www.mdsave.com/p/tennova-healthcare-harton/mammogram-screening/d28af9ca65" target="_blank">www.MDSave.com</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:39:13 +0000 dugginhr 146 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Should You Get Screened for Lung Cancer? https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/should-you-get-screened-lung-cancer <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Should You Get Screened for Lung Cancer?</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:37</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/145" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Should You Get Screened for Lung Cancer?"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (October 1, 2020) - Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., accounting for 24% of all cancer deaths. Every year, about 200,000 people are diagnosed and 150,000 die. Cigarette smoking is the #1 cause of lung cancer linked to 80% to 90% of all lung cancers.</p> <p>According to state data from the American Lung Association, the rate of new lung cancer cases in Tennessee is 75.5 and significantly higher than the national rate of 59.6. In Tennessee, the percent of people still living five years after being diagnosed with lung cancer (the survival rate) is 18.7 percent, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 21.7 percent. It ranks 36th among the 45 states with survival data, placing it in the bottom tier.</p> <p>Despite the steady rise in this statistic over the past fifteen years, the number of people being screened for lung cancer falls far behind those screened for breast or colon cancers. This is an especially dangerous oversight if you are, or have been, a heavy smoker. Screening is looking for cancer before you have any symptoms, which can help find cancer at an early stage when it may be easier to treat.</p> <p>“Patients whose lung cancer is detected in the earliest stage have a much better chance of survival,” says Dr. Prakash Patel, Pulmonary Medicine. “Conversely, survival rates for lung cancer are quite low when it’s diagnosed in the later stages of the disease. Through CT screening, we can catch the tumor early and offer the patient more treatment options, and more time for those treatments to work.”</p> <p>According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, annual screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT scan) is recommended for those who are:</p> <ul> <li>Adults aged 50 to 80 years, and</li> <li>Have a “20 pack-year smoking history” and <ul> <li>currently smoke, OR</li> <li>Have quit within the past 15 years</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>A low-dose CT scan uses an X-ray machine to scan the body with low doses of radiation to make detailed pictures of the lungs. Lung cancer frequently has no symptoms at all in the early stages, contributing to the higher mortality rate.</p> <p>Discuss any concerns you have with your primary care physician.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:37:22 +0000 dugginhr 145 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Breast Cancer Screenings Should Not Be Delayed Due to COVID-19 https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/breast-cancer-screenings-should-not-be-delayed-due-covid-19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Breast Cancer Screenings Should Not Be Delayed Due to COVID-19</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:35</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/144" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Breast Cancer Screenings Should Not Be Delayed Due to COVID-19"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (October 1, 2020) - Breast cancer and other medical illnesses remain a risk for women - even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, due to concerns about the virus, many women have postponed their annual screening mammograms, increasing their risk of undetected cancer. Tennova Healthcare - Harton is encouraging women who may have delayed their mammograms to schedule the screening now, because when breast cancer is detected early, life-saving treatment can begin immediately.</p> <p>“When screenings are delayed, diagnosis is delayed, and treatment is delayed,” said Mary Thompson, RT(R), Harton Imaging Services Director. “But the best chance for survival of any cancer is early diagnosis and treatment. Women should not be afraid to get a mammogram. Many stringent safety precautions have been put in place in our imaging center to protect everyone from COVID-19, so DON’T wait - if you’ve put off a mammogram, don’t put it off any longer.”</p> <h3>Early Detection Saves Lives</h3> <p>Nearly all breast cancers can be treated successfully if found early. The most effective way to detect breast cancer at an early, treatable stage is to have yearly mammograms. Since mammography became widely used in the 1980s, the U.S. breast cancer death rate in women has dropped 43 percent.</p> <p>Here in Tennessee, female breast cancer was one of the most frequently occurring cancer sites for women in 2017, the most recent year data is available.</p> <p>The American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging recommend that all women, particularly African American and those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, should have a risk assessment at age 30 to see if a screening earlier than age 40 is needed. Women who were previously diagnosed with breast cancer are recommended to be screened with magnetic resonance imaging, an MRI.</p> <p>For women of average risk, the ACR and SBI recommend annual mammograms starting at age 40, with no upper age limit as long as the woman is in good health. A screening mammogram can help detect breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages.</p> <h3>Safety Measures to Protect Against COVID-19</h3> <p>For the protection of patients and staff, Tennova Healthcare – Harton’s Breast Center is pre-screening all patients for any COVID-19 symptoms, limiting appointments to maintain social distancing, requiring staff and patients all wear masks and cleaning commonly touched surfaces with greater frequency.</p> <p>To find a primary care doctor or OB/GYN, visit the “Find a Doctor” link at the top of the page or call (931) 455-9387. Mammograms can be scheduled by calling (931) 461-6900.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:35:39 +0000 dugginhr 144 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Extraordinary Nurse Recognized with 2020 Daisy Award https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/extraordinary-nurse-recognized-2020-daisy-award <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Extraordinary Nurse Recognized with 2020 Daisy Award</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:34</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/143" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Extraordinary Nurse Recognized with 2020 Daisy Award"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (September 24, 2020) - Tennova Healthcare – Harton presented the 2020 DAISY Award to Amanda (Mandi) Porter, LPN, who works with the Harton Emergency Department team.</p> <p>Nurses at Tennova Healthcare – Harton are honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of The DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.</p> <p>The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.</p> <p>Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The award recipient is chosen by a committee at Tennova Healthcare - Harton to receive The DAISY Award. The honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.</p> <p>Nominations for Mandi included:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Family of Patient</strong>: “Mandi saved the day. I could not have asked for a better nurse. Mandi updated me on every step of the way regarding my daughter’s care. On several occasions, I was very scared but Mandi was right there informing me of the care that was provided.”</li> <li><strong>Provider</strong>: “Mandi is always ready with a kind word, encouragement, in-depth information for our patients. She jumps willingly into situations to aid our fellow nurses, and above all to help her patients. Her tender heart and willing spirit makes her an indispensable part of this ER.”</li> <li><strong>ED Director</strong>: “I believe that the compassion that Mandi has for her patients, coworkers and community shows daily. Mandi stays on top of the information for her patients which helps relieve their anxiety.”</li> </ul> <p>Said Chief Nursing Officer Marilyn Smith, DNP, MSN, RN, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”</p> <p>In addition to her certificate, pin and sculpture, Mandi was presented a special lab coat by the 2018 and 2019 Tennova Healthcare – Harton Daisy Award honorees, Maria Serna, LPN, and Chasity Gipson, RN. Each of their jackets is monogramed with “Daisy Award Honoree” and their name.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Nurse%20Recognized%20Daisy%202020.jpg?itok=2hU2fbHi" width="576" height="384" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:34:08 +0000 dugginhr 143 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Hangtags to Help Prevent Heat-Related Car Deaths https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/hangtags-help-prevent-heat-related-car-deaths <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hangtags to Help Prevent Heat-Related Car Deaths</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:33</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/142" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Hangtags to Help Prevent Heat-Related Car Deaths"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (September 2, 2020) - Tennova Healthcare – Harton’s Women’s Center is participating in Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s free car hangtags program. Included in the discharge package given to families as they and their newborns leave the hospital will be two of these hangtags. The hangtags will serve as a reminder to parents, caretakers, and others to check the backseat before leaving a car or vehicle unattended.</p> <p>Each year in the U.S., an average of 38 children and hundreds of dogs die from hyperthermia (heatstroke) in hot cars. While our initial reaction may be these are cases of blatant cruelty or negligence, the truth is many are due to tragic error on the part of otherwise loving, competent caregivers. These include instances in which a child has been forgotten in a car, when they accidentally lock themselves in a car or trunk or, in a small number of cases, when a child has been intentionally left in a car.</p> <p>“In addition to fatalities in hot cars, every summer children are seen in emergency rooms across the United States suffering from hyperthermia,” says Dr. Christopher Rone, Tennova Healthcare – Harton ED Medical Director. “Often, they’ve been left for only minutes in a car and parents return to find them suffering from rapidly-increased body temperatures. There are far too many close calls, and it’s completely preventable.”</p> <p>It’s true that some children and pets are knowingly and negligently left inside hot vehicles. But in most cases, hot car deaths are a result of an adult’s disastrous lapse in memory. Working parents are often tired, stressed and running on ‘auto-pilot’ on their way to and from work or errands. The risk is particularly high when the child is sleeping in the back seat, or when the adult is traveling a path outside their normal routine.</p> <p>“In the event you or someone you know experiences signs of heatstroke, remember NOT to attempt to bring down the temperature too quickly,” says Rone. “Don’t use ice or ice water. Attempt to bring down the temperature gradually with cool spray or mild air conditioning, and dial 911 or proceed immediately to the nearest ER.”</p> <p>This initiative, while saving lives, gives persons an easy reminder also to register to vote. On the hangtags, the web site is included, <a href="http://www.govotetn.com/" target="_blank">GoVoteTN.com</a>, and a QR code that links directly to the Tennessee Online Voter Registration App.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Hangtags.jpg?itok=4CxfgVcw" width="576" height="384" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:33:14 +0000 dugginhr 142 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Be Still, My Heart - An Irregular Heartbeat May Increase Stroke Risk https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/be-still-my-heart-irregular-heartbeat-may-increase-stroke-risk <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Be Still, My Heart - An Irregular Heartbeat May Increase Stroke Risk</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:27</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/141" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Be Still, My Heart - An Irregular Heartbeat May Increase Stroke Risk"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Dinesh Gupta, M.D., Cardiovascular Disease, and Ifeoluwa Okusanya, M.D., Cardiovascular Disease</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (September 1, 2020) - A fluttering heart isn’t always romantic – it can also be a sign of a health condition called atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat, is a common heart condition affecting around 2.2 million people in the United States. While the condition, on its own, generally is not life-threatening, it can be a significant risk factor for stroke – a leading cause of death and disability.</p> <p>Approximately 15 percent of strokes – 75,000 to 100,000 each year – are caused by untreated atrial fibrillation, but many people don’t know what atrial fibrillation is, or if they have it.</p> <p>Atrial fibrillation, a disorder involving the speed and rhythm of the heartbeat, occurs when the upper chambers of the heart do not contract in proper synchronization with the lower chambers. This fibrillation (or quivering) of the heart’s upper chambers, instead of a steady, full contraction, produces a rapid and irregular heart rate. A healthy heart contracts 60 to 80 times per minute, but the upper chambers of a fibrillating heart quiver 300 to 400 times a minute. According to the American Heart Association, a heart with atrial fibrillation operates “as though it’s enduring a marathon, even if the patient is relaxing in a chair.”</p> <p>This irregular beating pattern means that the heart is not properly pumping blood, which can result in poor blood flow, blood pooling in the heart’s chambers, and the potential for blood clots to form – a stroke risk. People with atrial fibrillation have five times the stroke risk of the general population.</p> <p>Some people with atrial fibrillation have no symptoms at all; others may have the following symptoms:</p> <ul> <li>Rapid, irregular heartbeat</li> <li>Fluttering, “flopping” or thumping sensation in the chest</li> <li>Fatigue, especially when exercising</li> <li>Lightheadedness or dizziness</li> <li>Shortness of breath</li> <li>Fainting</li> <li>Anxiety</li> <li>Confusion</li> <li>Excessive sweating</li> <li>Chest pain or pressure</li> </ul> <p>Atrial fibrillation may only happen periodically, with symptoms that come and go, or it may be a chronic, long-term condition. The risk of developing atrial fibrillation increases with age. Men tend to develop the condition more often than women, but women with atrial fibrillation have a higher risk of stroke than men do.</p> <p>Even though a stroke occurs in the brain, heart health plays an important role in helping to prevent stroke. The most common cause of atrial fibrillation is long-term, uncontrolled high blood pressure and heart disease. A broad range of other triggers can contribute to atrial fibrillation, from certain health conditions to lifestyle choices: heart disease, hyperthyroidism, emphysema, asthma, obesity, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, excess alcohol consumption, smoking or caffeine use, and even extreme stress or fatigue.</p> <p>The good news is, atrial fibrillation – and its associated stroke risk – can be reduced by taking good care of your heart, in collaboration with your health care provider or cardiologist. Lifestyle remedies that you can implement on your own include eating a healthy diet, being more active, losing excess weight, and taking steps to lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol.</p> <p>If you are experiencing symptoms, or concerned about your risk, talk with your doctor. The right treatment is different for each person, and may be as simple as visiting your physician regularly for heart rate monitoring, or may require daily medication to control symptoms and prevent complications. In severe cases medical devices (such as a pacemaker) or surgery to repair the heart’s electrical system and return it to a normal rhythm may be necessary.</p> <p>For more information or to contact Dr. Gupta or Dr. Okusanya, please call (931) 393-7831.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:27:52 +0000 dugginhr 141 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Women: Do You Know the Four Symptoms that Occur More Often with Ovarian Cancer? https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/women-do-you-know-four-symptoms-occur-more-often-ovarian-cancer <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Women: Do You Know the Four Symptoms that Occur More Often with Ovarian Cancer?</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:25</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/140" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Women: Do You Know the Four Symptoms that Occur More Often with Ovarian Cancer?"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Dr. Scott Hays, Board-certified, Obstetrics &amp; Gynecology</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (September 1, 2020) - September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. It provides an opportunity to talk about this dangerous cancer and the fact that symptom awareness may be lifesaving.</p> <p><strong>Ovarian Cancer is Not a Silent Killer</strong><br /> Studies have shown that ovarian cancer is not silent. Rather, the warning signs are subtle. Four symptoms have been proven to occur more often in females with ovarian cancer as compared to those in the general public. If any of these symptoms are new and unusual and occur at least 12 times in one month, the woman should see a doctor – preferably a gynecologist:</p> <ul> <li>Bloating</li> <li>Pelvic and abdominal pain</li> <li>Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly</li> <li>Urinary Issues including changes in frequency or urgency</li> </ul> <p><strong>Factors That May Decrease and Increase the Risk of Ovarian Cancer</strong></p> <p>Factors which may decrease the risk of ovarian cancer include:</p> <ul> <li>Oral contraceptive use</li> <li>Removal of fallopian tubes and/or ovaries, and</li> <li>Breastfeeding</li> </ul> <p>Factors which may increase the risk of ovarian cancer:</p> <ul> <li>Personal or family history of ovarian, breast, uterine or colorectal cancer. Approximately 20% of ovarian cancer is hereditary. Any female who has been diagnosed with a form of ovarian cancer should be referred to a genetic counselor.</li> <li>Increased number of menstrual cycles in a lifetime (never had children, late menopause, etc.)</li> <li>Infertility, regardless of whether fertility drugs were used</li> <li>Use of hormone replacement therapy</li> <li>Increasing age (Note: ovarian cancer affects all ages and all ethnic groups.)</li> <li>Obesity</li> </ul> <p><strong>Why Symptom Awareness is Key</strong><br /> Due to the lack of an early detection test, only 15-20% of ovarian cancer is detected early. In 2020 in the United States, data from the National Cancer Institute (NIH) estimates there will be 21,750 new cases of ovarian cancer and 13,940 estimated women will die from the disease.</p> <p><strong>Until There's a Test, Awareness is Best</strong><br /> Early detection of cancer is vital. Since there is no screening test for ovarian cancer, symptom awareness is key. Know your body and know the symptoms.</p> <p>If you are concerned or would like to make an appointment to talk with Dr. Hays, call Tennova Women’s Health at (931) 461-1101.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Scott%20Hays.jpg?itok=a8HCMNmy" width="266" height="400" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:25:16 +0000 dugginhr 140 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Tennova Healthcare - Harton Among Nation's Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/tennova-healthcare-harton-among-nations-top-performing-hospitals-treatment <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Tennova Healthcare - Harton Among Nation&#039;s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:23</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/139" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Tennova Healthcare - Harton Among Nation&#039;s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (August 18, 2020) - Tennova Healthcare – Harton has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain - MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2020. Tennova Healthcare - Harton is one of only 124 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.</p> <p>The award recognizes Tennova Healthcare – Harton’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Tennova Healthcare – Harton has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.</p> <p>To receive the Chest Pain - MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award, Tennova Healthcare – Harton has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain- MI Registry for four consecutive quarters during 2019 and performed with distinction in specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.</p> <p>“As a Silver Performance Award recipient, Tennova Healthcare - Harton has established itself as a leader in setting the national standard for improving quality of care in patients with acute myocardial infarction,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. “By meeting the award requirements set forth in the registry, Tennova Healthcare – Harton has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.”</p> <p>The Center for Disease Control estimates that almost 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.</p> <p>“We are extremely honored to be recognized by The American College of Cardiology with this award,” states Rich Ellis, CEO, Tennova Healthcare – Harton.” “The high quality care provided by our Heart Center team along with Dr. Dinesh Gupta and Dr. Ifeoluwa Okusanya, cardiologists, is recognized in our community as well,” Ellis adds.</p> <p>Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.</p> <p>The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit <a href="http://acc.org/" target="_blank">acc.org</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/CPMI%20Seal.jpg?itok=2nYkf9mE" width="400" height="380" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:23:44 +0000 dugginhr 139 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Harton Enhances Neurosurgery Procedures https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/harton-enhances-neurosurgery-procedures <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Harton Enhances Neurosurgery Procedures</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:21</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/138" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Harton Enhances Neurosurgery Procedures"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (August 17, 2020) - Tennova Healthcare – Harton is the first in this region to perform their neurosurgery procedures using a surgical navigation system designed to help surgeons perform accurate procedures in the operating room. The system offers the most advanced technology – a combination of medical-grade hardware, software and specialized instruments – for neurosurgery and spine procedures.</p> <p>“We are very excited to add this high level of technology at Tennova Healthcare – Harton to enhance our surgical patient care.” stated Rich Ellis, Chief Executive Officer of Tennova Healthcare – Harton. “This is a significant move forward for our neurosurgery program. Our patients will benefit because the neurosurgeon and the whole surgical team have real-time data during the surgery which allows for even greater accuracy in treatment.”</p> <p>This technology has been used in surgical suites for many years and assisted in millions of procedures throughout the country. The new version enhances previous models with intuitive new software interfaces, high-definition touchscreen monitors and advanced imaging capabilities that allow the surgeon to use pre-operative diagnostic data during the surgery. It also offers surgical planning components, so the surgeon can load and review pre-operative information to assess the procedure and anatomical steps before the patient even enters the surgical suite.</p> <p>Tullahoma’s only neurosurgeon, Seyed M. Emadian M.D., Ph.D., FAANS, shares, “When I joined the medical staff at Harton in June of 2002, I was Coffee County’s first neurosurgeon. At that time, an earlier version of this equipment was one of the pieces in the Neurosciences Center of the hospital.” Emadian adds, “This new system installed by Harton will allow our team to continue to provide the most advanced neurological surgical care here close to home. This is a significant investment in our neurosciences service line and in the level of care for our patients and community.”</p> <p>Tennova Healthcare Harton is a 135-bed facility serving the residents of Coffee, Moore, Franklin, Bedford and surrounding communities. Harton is affiliated with Tennova Healthcare, one of the state’s largest health networks. Harton received The Joint Commission Seal of Approval and full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from The American College of Cardiology.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Harton%20Enhances%20Neurosurgery%20Procedures.jpg?itok=UujVI5i9" width="576" height="323" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:21:51 +0000 dugginhr 138 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Deciding Whether or Not to Breastfeed https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/deciding-whether-or-not-breastfeed <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Deciding Whether or Not to Breastfeed</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:20</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/137" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Deciding Whether or Not to Breastfeed"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Dr. Abbie Byrom, Pediatrics</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>August is National Breastfeeding Month which brings awareness to the benefits of breastfeeding and the healthy outcomes for babies who are breastfed. After having a baby, mothers are faced with many decisions. One of the most important is whether or not to breastfeed a newborn. For some mothers, breastfeeding is not an option because of health concerns for her or the baby. For others, breastfeeding is a good fit for both individuals. Still, others may be unsure if breastfeeding is right for them because of work constraints or personal reasons. Knowing the facts about breastfeeding can help mothers decide whether it is right for them or not.</p> <p>Breast milk reduces the risk of infections in the gastrointestinal, urinary and respiratory tracts, lowers the rate of ear infections and protects against allergies, diabetes and later in life, obesity.</p> <p>Other important medical findings regarding breastfeeding include:</p> <ul> <li>Babies’ intelligence has been linked to being breastfed- those who were breastfed were smarter.</li> <li>Higher pain relief and reduced stress levels have been found in breastfed babies.</li> <li>Breastfeeding helps build stronger bones for babies.</li> <li>Breast milk has higher levels of good cholesterol in it, which is essential for proper growth and development.</li> </ul> <p>Short and long-term benefits also exist for breastfeeding mothers. Breastfeeding increases production of oxytocin, a hormone that has a calming effect and helps produce milk. Nursing can also protect mothers from postpartum depression and massive postpartum bleeding or hemorrhaging. Furthermore, it can improve blood sugar control and raise good cholesterol, HDL, levels, which can reduce heart disease risks.</p> <p>If a mother does decide to breastfeed, it can take a few minutes for a mother’s milk to flow in the beginning, but within a few days the process should be a lot smoother. This “let down” reflex can cause some pain in the uterus, similar to menstrual cramps because of the oxytocin production. The pain is a sign that the uterus is starting to shrink back to its pre-pregnancy shape and size. If the pain does not lessen within a week, you should speak with your physician.</p> <p>In certain situations, mothers may be unable to breastfeed or advised against it. These situations may include if a mother is taking medications that may pass through the milk, if she has an infection or if the baby is premature. Mothers should discuss health concerns including tuberculosis, hepatitis B, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, human T cell lymphotropic virus infection, herpes simplex, West Nile fever and chickenpox (varicella) with their physicians before making the decision regarding breastfeeding. Mothers should also discuss with their physicians if they are using alcohol, over-the-counter, prescription and/or illegal drugs. Prescription medications used to treat thyroid conditions, cancer, high blood pressure, anxiety or depression and migraines should be especially noted.</p> <p>Mothers also may not breastfeed because of various other reasons. For instance, some mothers may elect not to breastfeed because of work commitments. Others may not breastfeed due to a fear of embarrassment of nursing in public.</p> <p>Breastfeeding is an important decision for most mothers during and after pregnancy. Many books, Web sites and classes are available about breastfeeding and alternative feeding options. Contact Dr. Byrom at Tennova Pediatrics – Tullahoma for information on local breastfeeding support groups and individual assistance available with certified lactation counselors. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Abbie%20Bryom.jpg?itok=02cBexYx" width="384" height="576" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:20:42 +0000 dugginhr 137 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Boosters for Boomers https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/boosters-boomers <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Boosters for Boomers</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:16</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/136" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Boosters for Boomers"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Dr. Rimda Gupta, Internal Medicine</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (August 18, 2020) - Americans are constantly redefining what is considered “old.” Sixty is the new 50; 70 is the new 60 and we all live longer than ever before.</p> <p>But as we age, we become more susceptible to illness and disease. For adults over the age of 60, these illnesses can be very serious. The good news is that many illnesses can be prevented through proper immunization.</p> <p>In fact, adults over the age of 60 can lower their risk of developing influenza, pneumonia, shingles and tetanus through a simple injection. For older adults, vaccines are a preventable measure towards a healthier future.</p> <p><strong>Influenza</strong><br /> With flu season just around the corner, it is important for older adults to make getting the flu vaccine a top priority. A flu shot is the best prevention against contracting the flu. According to the National Institute on Aging, the flu vaccine reduces hospitalizations by about 70 percent and death by about 85 percent among older adults. The flu vaccine is recommended for adults age 65 and older, as well as persons of any age with chronic medical conditions, such as chronic heart, lung and kidney diseases.</p> <p><strong>Pneumonia</strong><br /> Pneumonia is a severe infection or inflammation of the lungs that, when combined with the flu, is the seventh leading cause of death in our country. Many pneumonias are caused by bacteria and a vaccine is available that prevents pneumonia from 23 types of pneumococcus bacteria. According to the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases, more than half of pneumococcal cases and nearly all deaths in adults could have been prevented with the vaccine. The shot can also prevent some of the serious complications of pneumonia, such as infection in the bloodstream and throughout the body.</p> <p>The pneumococcal vaccine is usually given only once in a person’s lifetime and can be administered at the same time as the flu shot.</p> <p><strong>Shingles</strong><br /> Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. For people who have had chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in the nerve tissues and reactivates when the body’s immune system is weakened by age or physical or emotional stress. The shingles vaccine, which was approved in 2006, is recommended for anyone over the age of 60 and for patients who have had shingles in the past.</p> <p><strong>Tetanus</strong><br /> When we think of tetanus, we often think of rusty nails. However, tetanus is much more than that. Tetanus is caused by bacteria that enter the body through wounds or cuts exposed to soil. Most people who develop tetanus infections are over the age of 65. It is recommended that children and adults receive the tetanus vaccine every 10 years.</p> <p>Vaccinations are the best defense against illness. To receive additional information on adult vaccinations, visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules" target="_blank">https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules</a>. Check with your primary care provider (PCP) to update your immunizations.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Rimda%20Gupta%20.jpg?itok=JQd4lkSP" width="266" height="400" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:16:10 +0000 dugginhr 136 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Harton to Resume Outpatient Surgeries and Elective Procedures on May 11 https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/harton-resume-outpatient-surgeries-and-elective-procedures-may-11 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Harton to Resume Outpatient Surgeries and Elective Procedures on May 11</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:14</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/135" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Harton to Resume Outpatient Surgeries and Elective Procedures on May 11"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (May 6, 2020) - Patients who have delayed surgery or other non-emergency procedures can now work with their physician to secure care as Tennova Healthcare - Harton resumes some outpatient elective services starting Monday, May 11, 2020.</p> <p>The hospital is following Governor Lee’s Executive Order allowing some elective surgeries and procedures in hospitals with a low or no-COVID-19 census. Safety remains the hospital’s highest priority.</p> <p>Numerous precautions for infection prevention, access control, social distancing and patient flow are in place to maintain a safe environment of care. Everyone who enters the building, including staff, is screened, and all employees, physicians and patients are expected to wear masks. The daily number of procedures performed is being limited and furniture in waiting areas has been spaced to maintain appropriate social distancing. Cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces and caregiving spaces has been intensified. Visitor restrictions for inpatients remain in effect, with exceptions for laboring mothers, pediatric patients, and end-of-life situations.</p> <p>“As we reopen elective procedures, our physicians and caregivers are working diligently to keep every patient safe,” said Randal Rampp, MD, Tennova Healthcare – Harton Chief of Staff. “It is important to reschedule healthcare procedures that have been delayed so health conditions do not deteriorate. We also want to remind everyone that it is safe – and necessary to seek immediate help in an emergency department for serious health emergencies like chest pain, heart attacks, strokes and other life-threatening conditions.”</p> <p>Non-COVID-19-care zones are have been defined in the hospital, where patients who are screened as negative for COVID-19 will receive care from dedicated staff. If, at any time, we are caring for COVID-19 positive patients in the hospital, those patients are grouped together in the same unit away from all other patients.</p> <p>“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our patients’ and caregivers’ health and safety have been our primary concern,” said Rich Ellis, Tennova Healthcare – Harton CEO. “We are ramping up slowly to ensure safety for everyone. Patients can be assured that we are taking every precaution to protect them.”</p> <p>The hospital’s plan to restart elective procedures at the appropriate time is made in consultation with the board of trustees, medical executive committee and surgical leadership and follows all local, state and federal guidelines.</p> <p>Tennova Healthcare - Harton is a 135-bed facility serving the residents of Coffee, Moore, Franklin, Bedford and surrounding communities. Harton is affiliated with Tennova Healthcare, one of the state’s largest health networks. Harton received The Joint Commission Seal of Approval and full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from The American College of Cardiology.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Rich%20Ellis_0.jpg?itok=bDfnN0yd" width="400" height="507" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:14:42 +0000 dugginhr 135 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Patients Urged Not to Delay Emergency Care https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/patients-urged-not-delay-emergency-care <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Patients Urged Not to Delay Emergency Care</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:13</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/134" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Patients Urged Not to Delay Emergency Care"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (April 22, 2020) - Tennova Healthcare – Harton is urging our local community to seek emergency care when needed – without delay. If you experience a medical emergency such as stroke symptoms or chest pain that may be a heart attack, a timely response will support the best possible outcome.</p> <p>Even with a limited number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our community, our hospitals have implemented precautions to protect patients and staff, including screening all patients for symptoms and risk factors, and placing any individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in a separate area. Cleaning and disinfection are emphasized in caregiving areas and throughout the facility.</p> <p>Tennova Healthcare - Harton is supporting the latest campaign by the American Heart Association (AHA): BE CERTAIN IN UNCERTAIN TIMES. The AHA is working to remind all of us that heart attacks, strokes and cardiac arrests don’t stop for COVID-19.</p> <p>“Heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest symptoms are always urgent,” states Christopher Rone, MD, Harton Emergency Department Medical Director. He adds, “Don’t hesitate to call 911. Emergency workers know what to do to protect and care for you.”</p> <p>Heart attack signs and symptoms:</p> <ul> <li>Chest discomfort</li> <li>Discomfort in other areas of the upper body</li> <li>Shortness of breath</li> <li>Other possible signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness</li> <li>Women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain. Some women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.</li> </ul> <p>Remember to act F.A.S.T. during stroke</p> <ul> <li>Face drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?</li> <li>Arm weakness – Is one arm weak or numb?</li> <li>Speech difficulty – Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand?</li> <li>Time to call 911 – If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately.</li> </ul> <p>Cardiac Arrest</p> <p>Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. Within seconds, a person becomes unresponsive, is not breathing or is only gasping. Survival depends on getting immediate CPR.</p> <p>Tennova Healthcare - Harton is a 135-bed facility serving the residents of Coffee, Moore, Franklin, Bedford and surrounding communities. Harton is affiliated with Tennova Healthcare, one of the state’s largest health networks. Harton received The Joint Commission Seal of Approval and full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from The American College of Cardiology. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Christopher%20Rone.jpg?itok=shsp8XnC" width="266" height="400" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:13:02 +0000 dugginhr 134 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Harton Level II NICU Providing a Higher Level of Care Close to Home https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/harton-level-ii-nicu-providing-higher-level-care-close-home <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Harton Level II NICU Providing a Higher Level of Care Close to Home</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:11</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/133" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Harton Level II NICU Providing a Higher Level of Care Close to Home"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (March 5, 2020) - While many newborns are at home with their parents in a day or two, some babies need a higher level of care. Tennova Healthcare – Harton is pleased to announce that they now offer a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which provides specialized care for newborns with a wide variety of health conditions.</p> <p>Harton’s Level II NICU will provide specialized care for newborns with health conditions such as prematurity, respiratory problems and infections.</p> <p>Under the directorship of Dr. Hadeer Karmo, who is board-certified in neonatal-prenatal medicine, families in Coffee and surrounding counties will have the option of receiving care close to home for their newborns in need of specialized services. “Our board-certified obstetricians / gynecologists and board-certified pediatricians on Harton’s active medical staff have played a vital role in bringing this endeavor to fruition,” said Rich Ellis, CEO, Tennova Healthcare – Harton.</p> <p>Wanda Randolph, director, Harton’s Women’s Center, stated, “Our team of dedicated nurses has completed specialized training to allow us to reach this designation.” In addition to the doctors and nurses, the care team includes lactation counselors, respiratory therapists, social workers and registered dietitians working together to help provide babies and families with the attention and support they need.</p> <p>The Tennova Healthcare – Harton Level II unit, in addition to providing the capabilities of a Level I unit, provides delivery and care for infants at 32 weeks or more of gestation who weigh more than or equal to 1,500 grams. These infants may have conditions such as respiratory problems after delivery, apnea of prematurity, inability to maintain body temperature or inability to take food by mouth. Infants delivered earlier than 32 weeks or who weigh less than 1,500 grams are stabilized and transported to a Level III or Level IV NICU facility.</p> <p>Tennova Healthcare – Harton provides the only Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, and Bedford counties.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:11:34 +0000 dugginhr 133 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com Harton Partners with AHA Babies Go Red https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com/news-release-archives/harton-partners-aha-babies-go-red <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Harton Partners with AHA Babies Go Red</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dugginhr" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dugginhr</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:10</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/132" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Harton Partners with AHA Babies Go Red"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TULLAHOMA, TN (February 24, 2020) - Tennova Healthcare – Harton has partnered once again with the American Heart Association (AHA) in their Babies Go Red promotion. During February, American Heart Month, babies born in the Women’s Center at Harton go home in red booties. These booties are provided by volunteers all across the nation who donate their talents and time crocheting or knitting them. The red booties as well as the crocheted red hats – hats are only to be worn outdoors - symbolize the shared mission of heart-healthy lives for everyone and raise awareness of Congenital Heart Defects.</p> <p>The AHA reports nearly 40,000 infants are born with congenital heart defects each year in the United States. In 2013, to help catch congenital heart defects early, the state of Tennessee passed a law that made it mandatory for hospitals to begin screening babies before they leave the hospital.</p> <p>Screening for critical congenital heart defects, according to the CDC, can help identify some babies before they go home from the birth hospital. If a critical CHD is diagnosed before a baby leaves the hospital, doctors can provide care and treatment that may prevent later health problems. Promoting heart health to the community, this American Heart Month Babies Go Red promotion at Tennova Healthcare – Harton is in addition to the Go Red for Women luncheon sponsored on National Go Red Day and the upcoming educational luncheon entitled “Carotid Artery Stenosis &amp; Heart Healthy Diet.”</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/AHA%20Babies%20Go%20Red.jpg?itok=vHM7oiAe" width="576" height="384" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">In his AHA red booties, Zacharias; mom, brother and father Emily, Nathanael and Patrick Rhodes. Left of bed and far right of bed: Debbie Reese, RN, Harton’s Women’s Center; Ginny Barton, MD; H. Mather Bennett, MD (delivered Zacharias &amp; big brother Nathanael); and Scott Hays, DO</div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:10:01 +0000 dugginhr 132 at https://www.vanderbilttullahomahartonhospital.com