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.
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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.
The Child Care Center at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center has full-time and part-time openings in its preschool classrooms for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old. Experienced teachers provide individualized activities that promote the social and academic skills needed for Kindergarten and beyond. Children are assessed throughout the year and teachers partner with families to set goals for their children.
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. “I was on death’s door,” says Bercan, of North Royalton. “I could not breathe, and all I did was sleep.”
Gather a group of girlfriends and loved ones for a refreshing morning of candid conversation with clinical experts about women’s health topics, plus an array of shopping opportunities, at UH Parma Medical Center’s Women’s Health Expo on Saturday, October 29.
Life was good for Mark and Christi Tripodi as the new millennium began. Blessed with three healthy children, a new home and financial security, they were grateful for their good fortunes. But life changed suddenly on Mother’s Day in 2000 when the couple rushed their 3-year-old son, Bobby, to an emergency room with a high fever. A day later, they left the hospital without their child, who died from bacterial meningitis. Although they received substantial spiritual and emotional support from family and friends, the depth of their loss made their grief overwhelming.
Enjoy an exhilarating, elegant casino-themed gala to benefit community health at the Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation’s Casino Royale on Saturday, September 17. The atrium and ballroom of the Embassy Suites in Independence, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. North, will be transformed into an elegant casino, complete with a jazz lounge and poker, roulette and other games of chance.
A 14-year record of treating and advising high school athletes during all practices and home games has resulted in a national award for a certified athletic trainer at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.
The Parma Hospital Auxiliary will once again sponsor its popular annual Soup Social to benefit patient care at UH Parma Medical Center on Friday, September 16. The event will take place under the covered patio in front of the hospital from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., rain or shine.
The first Cafeteria renovation in more than 30 years was greeted enthusiastically by employees and visitors alike at the June 29 Grand Opening of Fresh Inspirations Café. “This is beautiful,” University Hospitals Parma Medical Center President Nancy Tinsley exclaimed before cutting the ribbon before a large crowd. “This is just one of many capital improvement efforts that are part of our integration with University Hospitals.”
The Parma Fire Department and University Hospitals Parma Medical Center are piloting a new stroke treatment program – the first of its kind in the State of Ohio – to initiate advanced stroke care in the field, expediting administration of clot-busting drugs once the patient arrives in the ER. Paramedics utilize iPads to livestream their thorough assessments of patients on the scene. The ER physician at UH Parma Medical Center views the neurological exam in real time to determine if the patient is an appropriate candidate for the clot-busting drug tPA and prompts pharmacy to prepare the medication. Upon arrival at the ER, only a quick CT scan is necessary to confirm diagnosis and begin treatment.
Karen Fratto was racing to the lobby of the Senior Center to assist an elderly woman in distress. As she ran, Brooklyn’s Coordinator of Senior Services fearfully wondered if she would know what to do when she reached the woman’s side.
Enjoy a scenic, late summer morning run through Ridgewood Golf Course and the mostly flat adjacent residential neighborhoods at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s 5K and One Mile Walk for Wellness on Saturday, Aug. 20.
An expanded recycling program, managing pharmaceutical waste and virtually eliminating the use of mercury all contributed to recent environmental awards presented to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.
Bobby Shea died five times on the way to the hospital. But UH Parma Medical Center – and Brooklyn EMS – weren’t going to let him go without a fight. It was Halloween, a Saturday morning. The ER called in the Cardiac Catheterization Team. Neelesh Desai, MD, an interventional cardiologist, decided the 62-year-old man with no prior cardiac history was the perfect candidate for a tiny heart pump, which allows the heart to rest until he sufficiently recovers from a massive heart attack to undergo cardiac surgery. Smaller than the width of a pencil, the Impella ventricular assist device is an innovative technology now available to UH Parma as part of UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute.
“He was dead – he was already dead,” said an emotional Susan Shea, herself a survivor from triple cardiac bypass surgery, recalling that fateful day. “By rights, he should not be here. Dr. Desai and his staff, they did not give up on him. They did not have to keep working on him. But for the dedication of the staff, he’s alive.” The Sheas reunited recently with the Brooklyn paramedics who brought him to the hospital and the UH Parma Medical Center doctors and nurses who carried on the relentless fight to save him. Tears and candor flowed in the hospital auditorium, where everyone wanted to shake Shea’s hand or hug his wiry frame. Despite oxygen deprivation during multiple arrests – including additional arrests in the ER and the Cath Lab - Shea seemed remarkably unaffected.
Dr. Desai held the tiny heart pump, explaining how it continuously pumps blood into the heart to maintain the patient’s circulation, even when the heart isn’t functioning normally. Without this device, Shea would not have survived, Desai declared. Christine Zirafi, MD, Director of UH Parma’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, said Susan Shea’s instinct to call 9-1-1 when her husband became unresponsive en route to another hospital was a perfect example of the right call. Getting trained EMS to the scene markedly improves survivability, she said, adding that UH Parma has a decade of experience implementing rapid Code STEMI care for heart attack patients. But Shea’s heart was too sick for a straightforward STEMI, which involves opening a blocked coronary artery with a balloon angioplasty and inserting a stent to keep the artery from closing again. “This device allowed Mr. Shea’s heart to recover, and it is the only thing that could have saved him,” Dr. Desai said.
After the heart pump was placed, Shea was transferred to UH Case Medical Center for two weeks in the intensive care unit. The Cath Lab staff and the medical transport team were all stunned that this Miracle Man, clinging to life the day they met him, looked so healthy. The oldest of 10, Shea was accompanied by many family members who also wanted to thank the many “invisible heroes” who saved his life.
“When they saved Bobby, they saved a family,” Susan Shea said. “The ripple effects went quite a long way. Every tiny little thing that happened had an impact on Bobby being alive. The treatment and care he received were absolutely essential in his recovery. Everything happened for a reason.”