[Today's Hospitalist, September 2014] Abbott Northwestern Hospital Hospitalist Craig Bowron, MD, is well aware of the storied tradition of physicians who are also writers; his Twitter handle, after all, is #billcarlosbills.
But readers of Dr. Bowron’s Huffington Post blog or his health care articles on Slate and in the Washington Post might liken him more to Dave Barry than to Atul Gawande, MD. That’s because while his subjects can be serious and his (judicious amounts of) data impeccable, he leavens most topics with a great deal of humor. (See “Ask your doctor if you’re healthy enough to have sex?”).
[Star Tribune, September 15, 2014] A minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery has become a competitive battleground for devicemakers who are racing to get new products into the market.
Open-heart surgery is still the preferred method of fixing a faulty aortic valve, but TAVR devices can be delivered to the heart through a small catheter tube snaked through an artery in the leg or chest.
Today the procedure is available only to patients with a high or very high risk of death from open-heart surgery, but industry boosters say it’s only a matter of time before the minimally invasive procedure is available to patients at moderate risk of death, potentially opening up the procedure to a wider patient market.
[KEYC-TV, August 19, 2014] New Ulm celebrates national recognition of its effort to eliminate heart attacks.
The Heart of New Ulm Project won a 2014 Nova Award from the American Hospital Association last month.
New Ulm Medical Center president Toby Frier, and Minneapolis Heart Institute project director Jackie Boucher, and Congressman Tim Walz were among the many celebrating the program’s success.
Dietitian, Rebecca Werner, said “You know it’s really great. Being from the community knowing what we do has a measurable outcome on our family members on friends and to be in a community like New Ulm and to see this happen is really, really great.” Watch the story on keyc.com.
[ABC Newspapers, August 15, 2014] Last month, employees of Unity Hospital in Fridley collected outdoor activity supplies to donate to kids in the Spring Lake Park School District to keep them active for the remainder of the summer.
During a two-week drive, Unity employees donated 163 basketballs, hula hoops and other outdoor toys for kids enrolled in the Park Terrace Elementary School summer program in Spring Lake Park. Read more at abcnewspapers.com.
[Coon Rapids Herald, August 15, 2014] Adorned with signatures and messages of goodwill, the final beam of The Mother Baby Center at Mercy was lifted into place during an Aug. 12 “topping off” ceremony at the hospital.
The ceremony marks a milestone in the construction process for the facility, a $30 million initiative due to open next summer.
“But it’s not just about a facility. It’s about the team doing the work, the employees, the physicians, the people providing the care,” said Sara Criger, president of Mercy Hospital, adding that once The Mother Baby Center at Mercy is up and running, “what we offer here will be like nowhere else in the north metro.”
[Mankato Free Press, August 19, 2014] Local health care and political leaders on Tuesday celebrated a New Ulm project that recently won a national award for its achievements in improving community health.
The Heart of New Ulm project received the NOVA award in July from the American Hospital Association. It was one of five projects to receive the award. The 10-year project is a collaboration of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and New Ulm Medical Center.
[Star Tribune, August 15, 2014] Denise Leitz says Adrian Peterson almost ended her journey to better health.
When AP dropped a key pass in a Vikings game last fall, Leitz biked from her house in a huff and fell and broke her hand.
Her plan to bike her way to a healthy weight crashed with her. But if the 56-year-old convenience store clerk learned one thing from the Heart of New Ulm — a community project to reduce heart attacks and cardiac deaths in Leitz’ hometown — it is that setbacks aren’t reasons to give up.
[WCCO-TV, August 18, 2014] Parents are well aware of the downside of kids spending too much time on their electronic devices texting or playing games. But what about the negative effects of parents doing the same thing?
New research shows that kids are very aware of how much time their parents are spending on their smartphones when they are with them. Experts say it has kids feeling angry and sad.