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The Frontlines of Patient Safety

March 29, 2018

Patient Safety is an essential part of healthcare. Patients safety is a team effort, so let’s get up to speed on the current best practices for patients to keep themselves safe. What is Patient Safety? It is the responsibility of every hospital to protect each patient under their care from contracting any avoidable infections or injuries. Patient safety is one of the leading challenges hospital managers must deal with. A hospital cannot function properly without guaranteeing patient safety. To achieve the lofty goals associated with patient safety, everyone from the hospital staff, the...Continue Reading

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Perfect Match: How to Choose the Right Primary Care Doctor

September 7, 2017

Your primary care doctor is someone that's going to be a trusted expert, confidant, and health advocate for you and your family. It's a unique relationship that can span a lifetime. Whether you're seeking a primary care doctor for the first time, have moved to a new area, or want to make a change, we can help you choose the right primary care doctor. Understanding Primary Care Primary care is the first point of medical care you'll receive for undiagnosed symptoms, disease prevention, continual care for acute or chronic illness, and overall health maintenance. Doctors that provide this type of...Continue Reading

Thomas Glover in physical therapy after bilateral knee replacement.

Doubling Down on Knee Replacement: Augusta Health Joint Center Patient

March 29, 2017

When faced with the need to have both of his knees replaced, Tom Glover of Augusta County went with an efficient strategy with a kind of 'get 'er done' attitude: He had both replaced at the same time. "I knew both knees needed to be done," explained Mr. Glover. "I'm basically healthy, but my knee pain was pretty constant, I was bowlegged and I'd even shrunk a bit. But it just seemed that we were always busy, and it was never the right time. I like to hunt in the fall and garden in the summer. Our eight grandchildren have many activities, and we like to be a part of all that. It just seemed...Continue Reading

Hip Replacement Patient Cathy Crist on the golf course.

Shooting from the Hip: A Patient at Augusta Health's Joint Center

March 21, 2017

One month after having her hip replaced at Augusta Health’s Joint Center, Cathy Crist shoveled snow. But she had already resumed some of her regular activities on a more limited basis: she'd already walked a mile and done some gentle yoga. Crist, who lives in New Market, explained, "I'm really an active person. I golf and swim, bike and hike. But when my hip deteriorated to the point that I couldn't walk up a hill or stairs without chronic pain, I knew I needed more than the cortisone injections I'd been taking. Two of my cousins had joint replacements at Augusta Health, so I knew first-hand...Continue Reading

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Looking Forward to New Lease on Life after Bilateral Knee Replacement

February 23, 2017

Susan Blanton had always maintained an active lifestyle; being a small business owner meant that Susan had to be on her feet for hours on end, despite dealing with excruciating pain in her knees due to a severe form of arthritis. Instead of complaining, she'd just take another dose of her anti-inflammatory medication and keep going. Susan kept this pace going for more than ten years, grinning and bearing the pain until her knees hurt so bad she could barely stand. It was clear that the pain in her knees was just too much to bear. Desperate to stay on her feet, Susan tried steroid injections...Continue Reading

Keith Cooper enjoys life with his family and horses again

Be Still My Heart: Treating Atrial Fibrillation

February 17, 2017

For most people, a fast-beating heart is a sign of excitement, exercise or anticipation. For approximately five million adults in the United States, however, it is a symptom of Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib. AFib is a serious medical condition. It's a major cause of stroke, congestive heart failure, heart attacks and hospitalizations. "AFib is an abnormal heart rhythm that causes the heart to beat fast and chaotically, and at times even slow down and stop," explains Glenn Brammer, MD, a cardiologist at Augusta Health Cardiology and an expert in cardiac electrophysiology. "Our heart has four...Continue Reading

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Surrounded by Care: Breast Cancer Care at Augusta Health

November 15, 2016

Treating all cancers, including breast cancer, is a very technical undertaking. Advanced equipment—from Tomosynthesis 3D mammography in imaging through Elekta Infinity radiation therapy—and ever-evolving chemotherapy drugs and medicines are precise and specialized tools used to fight the disease. It's a unique undertaking, too. Because each cancer is an accumulation of random mutations, each cancer is unique, so each treatment plan is unique. More unique than the cancer or the treatment plan, though, is the person with the cancer. Nationally, 12% of American women will develop invasive breast...Continue Reading