NCH Telestroke Program Saves Critical Time for Patients

NCH patients waited, on average, 54 minutes from the time they entered the emergency department to the time they received treatment with IV-tPA

Minutes matter when you are treating stroke patients. And, using telecommunications to connect stroke experts to stroke patients improves and sustains stroke care, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. Similar results are being reported in NCH’s new telestroke program, which provides patients and their families with 24/7 access to neurologists through interactive videoconferencing via webcams. Continue reading

NCH EMS Medical Director one of first to be board certified in EMS

John M. Ortinau, MD, FACEP, EMS Medical Director

John M. Ortinau, MD, FACEP, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Medical Director at NCH, is one of the first physicians in the country to be board certified in EMS by the American Board of Medical Specialties after passing the first certification exam for physicians in EMS. Ortinau, who became EMS Medical Director at NCH in 1997, says the certification is Continue reading

Going Ice Cold on a Hot Summer Day at Northwest Community Hospital

NCH CEO Steve Scogna and team take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

NCH CEO Steve Scogna and dozens of NCH employees devoted a few minutes from their day – and got wet in the process – for a good cause recently. They participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge – a fundraising event for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) that has swept the nation. On the front lawn of the hospital, Scogna and employees Continue reading

Is it really possible to have a scarless hysterectomy?

Michelle Luthringshausen, MD. Medical Director of the Robotic Gynecologic Surgery Institute at NCH

By Michelle Luthringshausen, MD Medical Director of the Robotic Gynecologic Surgery Institute at NCH Thanks to advances in technology, women now have more surgical options for their hysterectomy procedure. Traditionally, surgeons would make a long incision in the abdomen, leaving a very noticeable scar after recovery. Now, with technology like da Vinci® Single-Site® robotic technology, a virtually scarless hysterectomy is Continue reading

Attend Our Free Mother-Daughter College Talk at NCH

Susan Scanlon, M.D., NCMP

Free Lecture at NCH: What to do before your daughter goes off to college Preparing your daughter for college means more than arming her with pens, paper and a proper shower caddy. According to M. Susan Scanlon, M.D., NCMP, many parents miss out on the opportunity to talk about important health issues with their daughters who are heading off to Continue reading

Secondary-Drowning: What Is It and What Do You Really Need to Know?

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By Jacqueline Corboy, MD Picture yourself in this scenario: backyard BBQ, children (lots of them!), sun, a pool and adults EVERYWHERE. Someone’s got an eye on the kids, right? You are enjoying your burger and a cold beverage, laughing at a joke, when moments later you hear a scream. You look over at the pool and see your child floating Continue reading

The Allergy Pill: Does it Work?

By Sarah Peterson, MD Question: I’ve been hearing about a new allergy pill in the news; does it really work? Answer: In the last few months, the FDA has approved three immunotherapy pills. Each pill is used to treat allergies to pollen: one for ragweed allergy and two to treat grass allergy. Immunotherapy is a form of allergy treatment designed Continue reading

Healthy Southwest Egg White Breakfast Burrito

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Southwestern spices give this morning burrito a yummy kick They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And, while most mornings you may be inclined to grab a power bar on your way out the door, weekends provide the perfect opportunity to whip up something far more satisfying. We think this spicy, healthy spin on the egg Continue reading

How to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

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Heading outside this summer? Take the proper steps to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Barbecues, baseball games and bike rides—that’s what summer is all about. But this time of year also means exposing your skin to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are responsible for the full spectrum of skin damage from wrinkles to cancer. While the sun’s rays are Continue reading

Know the Risks of Sun Exposure When Outdoors

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If you’re outdoors, make sure you’re respecting that big, glowing ball of heat and UV rays above you. Summer is a season begged to be spent outdoors throwing barbecues, going hiking and floating around a swimming pool on a big inflatable palm tree. But before you head out under the sun, take a moment to read this quick refresher. It Continue reading