Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center has made the safety of patients and caregivers its top priority. The hospital has adjusted its visitation policies effective June 23. “Allowing visitors into the hospital is a welcomed transition to partner with friends and families, focusing on the care and well-being of our patients,” says Chief Medical Officer Kimberly Togliatti-Trickett, MD. “But masking is important for the safety of all.”
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Grateful patients adapt their homemade masks for speech therapy patients Many people may be frustrated by masks that conceal facial expressions. But there is one group of patients that are overjoyed to see their caregivers in face masks now. These fortunate patients are those with outpatient speech therapy appointments at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. A grateful physical therapy patient who has sewn hundreds of cloth masks for neighbors, friends and family chose to help out her UH Parma friends by modifying her pattern to add a vinyl window that allows patients to see the therapist’s mouth.
The pandemic prompted the environmentally minded staff at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center to begin making masks out of sterile wrap used for surgical instruments. Organized by nurses and fueled by volunteers sewing them, this effort that yielded more than 300 masks was not just resourceful but environmentally sound.
A COVID-19 survivor who spent 57 days in the hospital had a strong lesson before his recent discharge from University Hospitals Parma Medical Center: "Wear the mask and stay six feet apart. I'm telling you, this disease can kill you." Jerry Gustin, 74, of Parma left UH Parma Medical Center on May 27 following intensive rehabilitation in UH Parma Medical Center's Acute Rehabilation Unit. He underwent at least three hours of occupational and physical therapy every day to regain his strength to walk and care for himself again. The nurses, therapists and physicians became a second family to him, as no visitors are currently allowed in hospitals due to the pandemic. Jerry began every morning with a call to his wife, Linda, and received extensive support from his four children and eight grandchildren, who called and sent signs to motivate him.
Thousands of Patients Connect with Health Experts through Webinars From the convenience of your living room, now you can talk to the experts. University Hospitals has transformed its popular health seminars, which previously took place in person at the hospital and at community locations, into a virtual format. Patients can now sign up quickly online and watch free physician talks, with an opportunity to ask questions. Thousands of patients can access these webinars, offered on Zoom and reaching far more people than was possible in the previous format.
UH Parma Medical Center received a $500,000 community challenge grant from Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation to support the hospital’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will help support the unanticipated costs of the health crisis, including extensive patient care, medical supplies and research as well as providing for the protection, wellness and resilience of UH Parma caregivers.
University Hospitals has secured two clinical trials that will provide the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir to hospitalized adults with a pneumonia due to the novel coronavirus. One trial will focus on COVID-19 patients with moderate illness. The second will focus on patients with more severe illness who may require care in the intensive care unit (ICU).
UH is committed to helping our community understand and manage their health and wellbeing. However, given the rapidly evolving situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including the newly confirmed cases in Ohio, we are taking proactive preventive precautions to protect our community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created shortages of personal protective equipment worldwide. University Hospitals is working diligently and innovatively to assure we have the supplies necessary to continue to safely and effectively care for our patients, while protecting our caregivers.
Anticipating the short supply of surgical masks, UH has designed a uniform mask prototype that can be sewn by volunteers. This is a proactive way to assure the protection of our caregivers and patients under the most extreme situations. UH Parma Medical Center will be a drop-off point for these masks.
UH will continue to follow CDC guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment. Masks sewn by volunteers are not intended for direct use with patients who have or are suspected of having COVID-19. It’s important for volunteers to follow the UH-specific design.
Patients grappling with a challenging diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can access a nationally recognized University Hospitals expert for a face-to-face virtual consult in less than 48 hours. Second opinions are available by video and telephone with Jordan Winter, MD, Chief of Surgical Oncology at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and a nationally renowned pancreatic cancer expert. Dr. Winter will talk with patients to dicuss diagnosis, treatment options and potential clinical trials for those with localized pancreatic cancer or similar lesions. “The data are clear that pancreatic surgery is best performed at high-volume centers to receive the best possible outcome," Dr. Winter says. “However, many patients don't have the resources, connections or geographic proximity to find a specialist. We believe that pancreatic cancer is not only a medical urgency, but a psychologic and emotional emergency. Patients need access to a specialist quickly to get their questions answered and expedite evaluation and treatment."
Protect Your Heart, Manage Diabetes And Prevent Falls With Advice From UH Parma Medical Center Experts
Heart Disease & Calcium Scoring
A nurse navigator can be the invaluable guide in the complicated and unpredictable journey of a cancer patient. This is the critical role at UH Seidman Cancer Center for a nurse like Susan Lawrence, BSN, RN, at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. She can help a man with multiple myeloma, under the care of a hematologist at University Hospitals’ main campus, arrange regular infusions close to home as he prepares for a bone marrow transplant. She can schedule more convenient chemotherapy appointments for a woman with breast cancer, whose surgeon is based on the east side. And for patients whose specialist is only at UH main campus for a rare kind of cancer, she can ensure that thrice-weekly bloodwork is at least obtained at UH Parma, preventing a trip downtown.
Ken Sikora lay in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, dozing on and off while breathing 100 percent oxygen. With each breath, the oxygen traveled through Ken’s tissues, delivering healing properties to the deep wound in his big toe. A diabetic with poor blood circulation and feeling in his feet, Ken was unaware that the new boots he received last Christmas were causing an ulcer on his great toe. Mary Alice, his wife of 45 years, was the first to notice the hole in the bottom of his left foot, which was so deep that the bone was visible. An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and 25 percent of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime. Untreated ulcers can lead to amputations, which can drive up the mortality rate.
Lung nodules detected on chest X-rays and CT scans, such as coronary calcium scoring, will receive expedited care through the new Lung Nodule Center at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. The Center, located within UH Parma’s Community Care Clinic in Medical Arts Center 1, Suite 205, will ensure that patients are seen quickly and continually tracked to receive follow-up care. “The Lung Nodule Center at UH Parma allows patients expedited access to the highest-quality academic care in the heart of our community,” says James Hill, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer at UH Parma Medical Center.
An orthopedic injury clinic, with care provided by the experienced physicians of the Center of Orthopedic Surgery, will handle walk-in injuries of an orthopedic nature at this landmark outpatient center just off I-77 at Route 82 in Broadview Heights. Opening on Nov. 1, this clinic will see patients five days a week and will have the capability to schedule next-day surgery at a UH Parma Medical Center, if needed.
More than 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or are fatigued during the day, a sleep study at UH Parma Medical Center’s Sleep Center can help you determine why. Find out if you suffer from a sleep disorder and learn treatment options.
On the first evening following surgery, an astounded Bill Roberts was standing, pain-free, bearing weight on his new hip. “It was the first time in well over a year that I stood up and I had no pain,” says Bill Roberts of Seville in Medina County. “They want you mobile again as soon as possible.” The retired Boy Scouts executive, who moved to Ohio from California three years ago, is used to an active lifestyle. The 71-year-old chose an orthopedic surgeon – Michael LoPresti, MD, with the Center of Orthopedic Surgery – with the same mindset.
UH Parma Medical Center Announces Plans To Consolidate Delivery And Expand Women’s And Children’s Services
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is shifting its focus from delivering babies to enhancing services that care for women and children throughout their lives. The hospital is expanding women’s services and UH Rainbow pediatric services as it transitions labor and delivery to other UH locations.
With patient-centered care, innovation and enhancement as central principles, University Hospitals is re-envisioning and expanding end-of-life care for patients and families across Northeast Ohio.
Kim Monaco, BSN, RN, a longtime nursing leader at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, has been named its new Chief Nursing Officer.
HEART DISEASE AND CALCIUM SCORING TEST INFORMATION
Following a consultative visit from the American College of Surgeons in April, the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS has confirmed that UH Parma Medical Center has met the requirements to operate as a Level III Adult Trauma Center under provisional designation, effective immediately.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes UH Parma Medical Center’s efforts in protecting patients from preventable harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
Of the 30 million Americans suffering from diabetes, an estimated 25 percent of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime. For those with chronic non-healing wounds and ulcers, the outpatient Wound Care Center at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center now has new hyperbaric oxygen chambers as another alternative treatment.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center has broken ground on the largest construction project in the main hospital in more than 30 years. The $27.5 million renovation and expansion of the Department of Surgery was boosted by the Parma Hospital Health Foundation, which announced a $2 million lead gift to support this transformational project. Fencing has been constructed in a large section of the main parking lot for the first phase of the project, a new addition of 7,700 square feet to the building that will modernize and alter the front of UH Parma Medical Center. The project will proceed in multiple phases over a two-year period, including a complete renovation of the existing Department of Surgery, to avoid disruption to surgery operations.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center invites the public to the reopening of the Radiation Oncology Department at its UH Seidman Cancer Center following a $3 million renovation. At a community open house on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon, visitors can tour the facility, enjoy breakfast and meet two new oncologists and a cancer navigator to guide patients through their cancer journey. Visitors also can participate in health screenings and see the state-of-the-art linear accelerator that delivers radiation treatments to patients.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center earned the highest possible quality rating in the latest scores released in February 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. Only 293 of the 4,500 hospitals in the nation achieved a Five-Star rating in the latest calculations for 2019.
University Hospitals has appointed Brian S. Monter, MSN, RN, MBA, as President of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, effective March 4. Monter has proven himself as an experienced and successful leader in the University Hospitals system. He came to UH in 2016 to serve as President of UH Bedford and Richmond Medical Centers, campuses of UH Regional Hospitals. Under his guidance, the hospitals improved quality scores, recruited and aligned physicians to eliminate service line gaps, increased employee engagement and established a hospital transfer program in collaboration with UH Cleveland Medical Center.
UH Joins Study To Identify Genetic Mutations In Endometrial Cancer Patients That Indicate Higher Risk For Other Cancers
At 40, Maria-Elena Hill was crushing it – working out and walking daily, eating healthy and avoiding fast food, living a sweet life. But on a dream trip to Greece, the occasional monthly symptoms that arose during her menstrual periods grew ominously unusual. Bloated and agonized by shooting pains in her pelvis, she had trouble buttoning her size 4 pants.
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.”
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.