When Frances Cole’s oncologist recommended radiation therapy for breast cancer, the 91-year-old widow faced a daunting roadblock: no reliable transportation to get to her appointments at the Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. At first, the Parma Heights woman who no longer drives declined treatment. She didn’t want to burden anyone else’s life with six solid weeks of daily radiation appointments. But her doctor nudged her down the Road to Recovery, an American Cancer Society program that provides complementary transportation to patients who need help traveling to cancer-related medical appointments. “I’ve never taken things from people without paying for it, and I sort of felt guilty,” said Frances, whose husband died three years ago and who refused to ask family members to miss work or rearrange schedules for such a major time commitment. “All the drivers were so nice. And I felt so good about my nurses and my care, I just needed help getting there.”
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Do you experience cramping, pain or tiredness in your legs or hip muscles while walking or climbing stairs? These are the most common symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease or PAD.
A $2 million investment in the renovation of a beautiful new UH Parma Medical Center office suite to house both General Surgery and UH Digestive Health Institute specialists streamlines care for patients and improves efficiencies for physicians and staff. “It's a genius idea to put surgery and GI doctors together," said Melinda Lakatos, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager of the CCU Stepdown, who was among the many employees and physicians who stopped by during a recent open house in Suite 309 of Medical Arts Center 2. “Our physicians consult with each other all the time on the floors. Now the patient doesn't have to go to several locations for appointments."
More than 1 million Ohioans have Type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This chronic condition affects the way the body processes blood sugar. What can you do to prevent this common disease?
Andy Novak’s heart was shocked six times to restore its beat on a January morning earlier this year. At the Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation’s glittering gala on Sept. 15, Novak stood on the stage, flanked by the Parma Heights paramedics and UH Parma Medical Center Emergency Department team that brought him back to life. His emotional story detailed a massive heart attack, intensive care stay on full life support and dramatic recovery, thanks to a strong “chain of survival” that included bystander CPR delivered by the family. Novak’s story launched a flurry of giving at the black-tie celebration at the Embassy Suites in Independence.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center will invest $27.5 million to completely renovate and expand its Department of Surgery, in the largest construction project to be done within the main hospital in 33 years. The project will begin with a new addition to the building and will proceed in multiple phases over a two-year period to avoid disruption to surgery operations.
Flu vaccine clinics will be held at UH Parma Health Education Center, 7300 State Road, beginning Sept. 10.
In a lunchtime talk on Tuesday, August 21, Dany Raad, MD, will discuss Acid Reflux in a talk from 12 – 1 p.m. A gastroenterologist and Medical Director of the UH Digestive Health Institute at UH Parma Medical Center, Dr. Raad will cover symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux. A light lunch will be provided. Register early, as space is limited. The talk will be held in the auditorium of UH Parma Medical Center, 7007 Powers Blvd.
Tracy MacGregor knows the value of a good night’s sleep – and the importance of a sleep study with a reputable, comfortable sleep lab. So the 49-year-old Lakewood woman was eager to try the new Sleep Center on University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s campus when it opened this spring. In a free community talk on Aug. 9, members of the public can learn more about the benefits of this service to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.
Kimberly Togliatti-Trickett, MD, a longtime physician leader and care provider at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, has been promoted to the position of Chief Medical Officer, effective June 1. Dr. Togliatti-Trickett had been serving as Associate Chief Medical Officer, working with Chief Medical Officer Christopher Loyke, DO. Dr. Loyke departed to become the Assistant Dean of Clinical Medicine at the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., where he will oversee the education of third-and fourth-year primary care medical students and also will care for underserved patients in Appalachia.
A growing number of University Hospitals’ cardiovascular specialists will have the opportunity to utilize the high-definition technology of the UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute’s new Cardiac Catheterization Lab at UH Parma Medical Center Center.
UH Parma Medical Center has been recognized nationally for its successful program to reduce its environmental impact. Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care, awarded the hospital with a Partner for Change award. UH Parma was among four UH hospitals recognized, with awards also going to UH Cleveland, UH Geauga and UH St. John medical centers.
The Board of Directors of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is restructuring to meet the changing needs of the hospital in the community. Led by new Board Chairman Timothy Boyko, the Board will have three members from Parma and one from each of our other founding communities of Parma Heights, North Royalton, Seven Hills, Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, as well as one from Broadview Heights.
A staggering 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home, according to the American Heart Association. If your loved one or a visitor collapsed in cardiac arrest, would you know what to do?
Jessica and John Griffin tried cutting calories, restricting carbohydrates and limiting their food intake. At more than 300 pounds each, the young couple were held hostage by obesity and its accomplices of weight-related health problems like numbing foot pain, sleep apnea and diabetes.
Innovative approaches to expediting care for stroke patients were shared by University Hospitals neurologists at the recent International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles. Neurologist John Andrefsky, MD, of UH Parma Medical Center, told the international audience about the success of the telestroke program piloted at UH Parma – the first program of its kind in Ohio. UH provided training and equipment to Parma Fire Department paramedics to livestream their stroke assessments from the field to the ER physician. By watching the pre-hospital assessment, the ER can alert pharmacy to mix clot-busting medicine and ensure the CT scanner is clear for the incoming patient.
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Due to increased seasonal influenza activity, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center has temporarily revised its visitor policy. Effective immediately, we will restrict visitors to all patient areas, including the emergency and maternity departments. The restriction applies to anyone under the age of 18, or anyone (of any age) who exhibits flu-like symptoms. This policy will remain in effect until further notice.
UH Parma Medical Center earned the highest possible quality rating in the latest scores released on Dec. 20 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administers Medicare. CMS rates hospitals from one to five stars, based on their safety, efficiency and patient experience. UH Parma Medical Center achieved a rating of five stars for 2018.
While areas like Lakewood, Tremont and Ohio City are popular for people in their 20s and 30s to live, Parma has its own appeal for young professionals. Here’s why.
The elderly man, compromised by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), was admitted to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center four times in six weeks. Then he met Lora Raudins, a respiratory therapist uniquely focused on educating patients to cope with this disease, and he has not returned since.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is offering walk-in flu shots on the following dates/times:
Family medicine residents, supervised by longtime UH family practice physicians, are now accepting patients at their new clinic at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.
The popular soup social returns to UH Parma Medical Center on Friday, Sept. 15. Area restaurants will feature their best soups in this fundraiser for the Parma Hospital Auxiliary, which takes places from 11 a.m – 1:30 p.m. under the covered patio in front of the hospital.
Learn the latest information about the risks and benefits of cholesterol in a free talk presented by Bradley Banko, MD, MS, at UH Parma Medical Center on Thursday, Sept. 14. This program will be held from 6 – 7 p.m. in UH Parma Medical Center’s Auditorium. Call 440-743-4932 to register. View the full schedule of classes and programs at UH Parma Medical Center.
University Hospitals teaches Parkinson’s research, the benefits of exercise, medical and surgical therapies and more at its Ninth Annual Parkinson’s Boot Camp, held this year on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill Street in Akron.
Blood shortages reach a critical state in the summer, as the number of high-school and college donors drop during break and ERs become busier with incoming patients. The statistics are staggering: every two seconds, someone needs blood; a person injured in an automobile accident can use up to 50 pints or more of blood.
University Hospitals brings to breast cancer patients a revolutionary new treatment that spares surrounding organs from unnecessary doses of radiation particularly dose to the heart.
Citizen first responders trained in CPR can now receive text alerts of those in need of CPR in their vicinity through a new app. The PulsePoint Respond app was unveiled by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center and the Parma Regional Dispatch Center, which covers Parma, Parma Heights, Brooklyn and Brook Park.
In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s Child Care Center has received a Four-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the state of Ohio.
UH Parma Medical Center is holding two free screenings this summer that could catch deadly diseases in an early stage when there are no symptoms.
The Parma Hospital Auxiliary celebrated its 332 volunteers during National Volunteer Week in April. This mighty force - who donate their time directing visitors at the Information Desk, transporting patients, delivering newspapers and comfort care items to inpatients, and providing a welcoming presence – gave 47,391 hours of service to the hospital in 2016.
One American dies from a stroke every four minutes. A simple screening during National Stroke Awareness Month in May can protect you from the leading cause of long-term disability in the country. Attend a free stroke screening at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center on Thursday, May 25 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the hospital auditorium. Preregistration is not required. University Hospitals Neurological Institute features the largest and most experienced program in northeast Ohio dedicated to caring for stroke patients. Visit UHhospitals.org/StrokeRisk to learn more.
Prepare for a healthy pregnancy and delivery with parenting classes at UH Parma Medical Center. Learn what to expect in labor, relaxation techniques and medication for labor and postpartum recovery in Prepared Childbirth classes starting on Thursday nights in May or Saturday mornings in June. Other single-session classes packed with useful information include Caring for Your Newborn (also for adoptive parents) on May 20 and June 15 and Preparing to Breastfeed on May 7. Tours of the beautiful, tranquil Maternity Center are held the third Thursday of every month. For a full list of Parenting classes, go to www.UHParma.org/classes or call 440-743-4932.
If you are 50 years of age or older – and you are a current or former smoker, have diabetes, or have a history of high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol – you may be at risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD) or other vascular diseases, which affect the body’s blood vessels.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center now offers prone breast radiotherapy for patients who have had a lumpectomy for early-stage breast cancer. This well-established technique is only available at UH Seidman Cancer Centers at UH Parma and Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky.
University Hospitals has appointed Peter U. Bergmann, FACHE, as President of UH Parma Medical Center, effective March 6.
UH Parma Medical Center is recognized among the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation for 2017, according to Truven Health Analytics. The ranking demonstrates that UH Parma outperformed its peers on a balanced scorecard that considers inpatients and extended outcomes, clinical processes, efficiency and cost for common cardiovascular conditions and treatments.
Breathless and exhausted, 60-year-old Susan Bercan felt her heart was failing her. Cryoablation, a new treatment option for atrial fibrillation now available at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, has breathed new life into patients like Bercan.
The EMS Education Program at UH Parma Medical Center, which has trained more than 1,700 of the region’s EMTs and paramedics over the past 32 years, begins its new session of courses in January.