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Daisy Award for extraordinary nurses

Nathan Hall, RN is presented with the DAISY Award

January 20, 2017

Nathan Hall, RN was presented with the DAISY Award on January 12 th . Nathan was nominated for this award by a co-worker. Here is what she had to say about Nathan: Earlier this month I was witness to one of the most compassionate acts I have ever experienced as a nurse. I had a patient with cognitive limitations. Her boyfriend also suffered from mental retardation, however he understood that her prognosis was grim and he didn't often leave her side. I was under the impression that her boyfriend was experiencing quite a self-care deficit. With the help of the nursing supervisor, Mandy, we...Continue Reading

Dr. Brian Stisser in the OR with the surgical robot

From the Surgeon's Perspective- Robotic Surgery with Dr. Brian Stisser

January 11, 2017

Robotic surgery has enabled a surgeon to apply greater precision during operations while still employing the primary advantages of laparoscopic surgery – shorter hospital stays and less pain through smaller incisions. We have improved visualization through video scopes and advanced instruments to help with reconstruction of normal tissues and yet continue to maintain excellent management of both malignant and benign disease.Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... What is Robotic Surgery?

January 6, 2017

As a physician, I view the practice of medicine as both science and art, and constantly evolving. New technology is introduced, then the knowledge surrounding that technology is adopted, and then both are improved for the benefit of our patients. Recently Augusta Health introduced a new technology when our first robotic-assisted surgery was performed on October 25, 2016.Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... What is Palliative Care?

January 3, 2017

Palliative Care is specialized care for people with serious illnesses such as Cancer, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and many others. Regardless of the diagnosis, the Palliative Care staff focuses on improving life for both the patient and family—relieving both symptoms and burdens of living with a serious illness.Continue Reading

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Folic Acid During Pregnancy Helps To Prevent Birth Defects

January 2, 2017

Thanks to continuing developments in medicine; new medications, procedures, and technologies, we are now living longer and healthier lives than ever before. This rise in quality and longevity of life has been extended to every walk of life as we continue to make significant medical improvements, to include the 1 in every 33 US children born every year with a birth defect. Birth defects are all too common, costly, and serious conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every 4½ minutes a baby is born with a birth defect. In the time it takes you to read this article...Continue Reading

Strategies for Sticking to your New Year's Resolutions

7 Surefire Strategies for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 27, 2016

As the year winds down, you’re likely making a list of things you'd like to change in the coming year. This is a common goal for many people. Unfortunately, it's also common for people to make New Year's Resolutions and fail to follow through. This year can be different though. This year can be the year that you finally take the bull by the horns and make lasting changes. Here are seven surefire strategies for sticking to your New Year's resolutions: 1. Choose Realistic New Year's Resolutions Setting unrealistic goals for your resolutions is setting yourself up for...Continue Reading

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Be Safe and Sober While Driving During the Holiday Season

December 13, 2016

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), in 2010, 37% of highway deaths during the Christmas holiday season were caused by drunk driving. During the holiday season some people celebrate with the consumption of alcohol and then also choose to get behind the wheel. The United States Department of Transportation reported a death every 57 minutes due to intoxicated driving during December 2014. The holiday season should be a time of merriment spent with loved ones, not a time of grief for a loved one's life that was lost. Many myths and misconceptions surrounding alcohol could lead...Continue Reading

Erica Thomas with her Daisy Award

Erica Thomas, RN is presented the DAISY Award

December 2, 2016

On November 30 th , Augusta Health presented the DAISY Award to Erica Thomas, RN. Erica is nurse on the Labor and Delivery Unit and below is why she was chosen for this award. On 9/30/16 the ED had an OB trauma coming in by squad. Erica took the fetal monitor down to the ED and stayed with the patient from ED to CT scan to the family birth place where she had to undergo an emergency C-section. Erica did everything from finding nitrazine paper, to checking for ruptured membranes, to getting the patient's prenatal records, to holding the patient's hand and reassuring her that everything...Continue Reading

Stressed woman at Christmas

Five Common Holiday Stresses and Hope to Cope with Them

December 2, 2016

The holidays can be demanding for many reasons, but if you're prone to anxiety and depression they can be downright overwhelming. Look for these common holiday complaints in your life and consider using these tips to help.Continue Reading

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4 Common Causes of Knee Pain

December 1, 2016

Knee pain is increasingly an issue for Americans, especially as we live longer lives and carry around more weight than in earlier generations. Many different factors can lead to chronic knee pain, but common wear-and-tear experienced as a result of our daily lives contributes to many of the problems we see. Understanding the different types of knee pain and what treatment options exist will help you get the help you need and on the road to recovery. 1. Active Lifestyles Despite all of the great benefits an active lifestyle provides, it's not without some drawbacks, particularly the wear-...Continue Reading

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