Elder care in the hospital… and at home on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

As a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designated Hospital, SMH has committed to elder care while in the hospital and before the patient goes home. The special markers will give health care providers enhanced skills to care for the aging population.

Ageing in Sarasota on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Sarasota Memorial Hospital has earned the special designation of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). With about 63 percent of inpatient admissions being 65 years and older, SMH wanted to go the extra mile in earning NICHE designation. Listen in to find out all the reasons.

Outpatient centers powered by the quality of SMH on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Sarasota Memorial Hospital and all it’s outpatient centers are  dual accredited – ensuring a high level of quality care. The staff at each of the outpatient centers have access to the patient’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

Urgent Care versus the ER on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When it comes to determining if you need to go to the Emergency Department or an Urgent Care, knowing a few basic differences will help. Listen to Sarasota Memorial’s Dr. Ruben Holland, Emergency physician and find out how to tell.

Outpatient Centers Across Sarasota County on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Along with the 6 Urgent Care Locations that  90,000 patients last year. Convenient locations for each of the Urgent Cares, along with other outpatients facilities allow the community to access healthcare close to home.

St. Armands Urgent Care Center on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Apart from the treatment of urgent, non-life threatening medical issues, the St. Armands Urgent Care Center also offers other services like an Anticoagulation Clinic and X-Rays.

Stella’s Bariatric Surgery Story on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Stella shares her story about weight-loss surgery. From her childhood obesity struggles to the life-changing surgery, Stella describes her experience.

What are the types of weight-loss surgery? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

After a patient has been cleared for bariatric surgery, a personalized approach is initiated by the whole the team to fit the patient’s needs, goals, and lifestyle. Listen to find out about all of the types of weight-loss surgeries.

Who qualifies for bariatric surgery on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Weight-loss surgery is a life changing event. To qualify for bariatric surgery, a person’s BMI must be over 30. After that has been determined, the process begins. Listen and find out how it works.

All about weight-loss surgery on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

From gastric bypasses to sleeve gastrectomy, bariatric surgery helps patients lose weight safely and resolve many of the health conditions associated with obesity. Hear about what it is all about.

All about breast Surgery on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

If a suspicious mass is discovered, there are steps to help identify the nature of the lesion – either benign or malignant. Biopsies, lumpectomies and mastectomies are some of the different procedures involved in identifying the suspicious area.

Everything you need to know about Gall Bladders on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

One of the most common surgeries is for Gall Bladder. But what is it? Listen to find out what it does, and what can go wrong.

Hernia and other types of surgery on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Of the many types of surgery that a General Surgeon performs, Dr. Suescun has performed thyroid, hernia, gall bladder and breast surgeries. While many people are familiar with the terms, not everyone understands what they are. Listen in to find out more.

What does a general surgeon do? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Dr. Eric Suescun, General Surgeon at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, is a former Air Force doctor. He loves what he does: making a positive & permanent change in someone’ s life.

Patient & family focused palliative care on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Supportive care services at SMH are born from the essence of palliative care; easing difficult conversations, family focused care and quality of life. Providing means for openness can help at a critical time in one’s life.

End of life plans can change in an instant, and decisions can be difficult to make – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

As life events happen, a living will or similar plan can change. But if a health event happens & the patient doesn’t have the ability to voice their wish, the family physician, family members or a Healthcare proxy can encourage the right decision.

Determining Your End of Life Plans on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

You may have an idea – or complete documents – about your end of life plans. Informing your family, your caregiver and your Physician is also a very important step. Listen for tips on how to approach the subject.

“Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande has inspired many – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Dying well and palliative care are terms that have become more prevalent in recent years. The book “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande has inspired a local movement to help those navigating end of life.

Preventative Medicine on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Lifestyle choices, from the earliest ages, will have a life-long influence on the health of a person. It isn’t avoiding the fun stuff in life, it’s about moderation. Listen for some tips.

From 2000 applications to 13 Medical Residents on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

SMH will receive over 2000 applications and will interview 200 candidates… to fill 13 medical resident spots. All the excitement comes down to National Match Day. Listen in!

Florida State University Residency at SMH on Health Check with Heidi Godman

Partnering with Florida State University’s College of Medicine, SMH will begin the first Internal Medicine Reisidency Program. In three years, the first 13 candidates will graduate. Listen to learn how they will benefit the community.

Big Developments at Sarasota Memorial on Health Check with Heidi Godman

Dr. Karen Hamad, Chief of Staff of SMH, brings a wealth of experience to our hospital. She was intergral in such big developments like the Trauma Center and an Urgent Care Center at St. Armands.

Protecting your bones – from smoking to ATVs on Health Check with Heidi Godman

Bone breaks are often preventable. Eating properly, wearing your seat belt when driving and exercise are among some of the ways you can help prevent a serious injury.

The magic of young bones compared to older bones on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

With over 75% of emergency visits being caused by falls, knowing how bones age is critical. In a trauma situation, those factors come into the decisions the surgeons make.

Behind the curtain in SMH’s Trauma Center on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

What are some of the more common injuries that preset themselves in the trauma unit? How can they repairs the bones? Listen in and find out.

Orthopedic Trauma Surgery on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

New SMH orthopedic surgeon Dr. Christopher Holden will spend part of his time in our Level II Trauma Center. Some of the cases that he sees are more complicated than others. Listen in to find out more about what happens behind the curtain.

Can you prevent a stroke? Or heart failure? WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Doctors are experts at spotting the potential for a stroke or heart failure. But there are some things that we can do on our own that can help prevent these major health events from happening. Listen in!

Preventing blood clots on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Many patients suffer from irregular beats, which in turn can make the blood prone to clot. This can lead to a stroke. Blood thinners are usually prescribed, and that’s where SMH Anticoagulation Clinics come in. Listen in to find more.

What does Heart Failure Mean? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Heart failure is a complex diagnosis. It has several symptoms, and multiple scenarios in which it can show up. Listen to find out more.

Staying out of the hospital on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Are you currently on blood thinners? Have you had a heart attack? Do you have another cardiovascular condition? Listen in to find out ways to avoid having to make a return trip to the hospital.

The Amazing Advancements in Back Pain Relief on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Compression fractures – or bone cracks – happen in the spine. There can be many causes of compression fractures. Hear Linda’s story and how she benefited from a new procedure that helped alleviate her pain.

Indentifying What Gives Us Pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Beyond diet and exercise, other areas in our active lives can affect pain. Keeping the mantra “Everything in Moderation” in mind, and the fun part of life can be enjoyed. Find out more.

Can milk cause pain? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

We all have pre-conceived notions when it comes to allergies. But did you know that allergies can cause pain? Find out how some products, like milk, can be the root cause of pain.

How to avoid pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Godman

Our pain level can be linked by our lifestyle choices. Even though our bodies can put up with a surprising amount of damage, there are limits. Find out how some of those situations can affect your pain level.

The implantable telescope can restore vision on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When the proper steps are taken to confirm the dry form of macular degeneration, the implantable telescope surgery prep can progress. Working with the new views in one eye is the last step in becoming comfortable with the new visual acuity.

Implantable telescopes could be available to more people – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

With the advent of new treatments, more people can be eligible for the telescopic implant. And with new FDA rules, an even wider range of patients may be eligible in the future. Find out more.

The implantable minature telescope on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Leslie had macular degeneration for years. Since she had no prior surgery to correct it, Sarasota Memorial’s Marc Levy performed Florida’s first implant into a patient’s eye. Listen to the fascinating story!

What is Macular Degeneration? WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Being robbed of your vision is devastating. Macular Degeneration is leading cause of vision loss and 20 million Americans are afflicted with it. Find out about the types and warning signs… and much more.

Diet, Stress & Social Support on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

As your stress increases, so does your entire body’s systems. Stress management techniques, like meditation & yoga, can help bring calmness. Find out so more tips!

The Ornish Diet is part of the solution to reverse heart disease on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

While strict in nature, the diet in the Ornish program is designed to reverse heart disease. Also, it positively affects the chances of developing cancer, depression and other health related issues.

Fundamental Health Changes with the Ornish Reversal Program on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

After 5 heart attacks, Larry was added to a group of people going through the Ornish program. Larry has completely changed his lifestyle for the better.  It would have never happened without the Ornish Program.

Reversing Heart Disease on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Lifestyle changes can help reverse heart disease – without medication or surgery. The Ornish Reversal Program, born in the 1990’s and proven by science, is now available on the suncoast. Listen in and find out!

Secondary Strokes and tips to prevent them on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Diet, exercise and knowledge are the best tools to prevent a secondary stroke. Being proactive is where it all starts. Listen in to learn more.

on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Did you know that is you have Atrial fibrillation, the chances of having a stroke increase by 500%?  Find out about stroke education and how to manage the risks.

A first hand recounting of a stroke – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Over 700 strokes happen every year, and getting the patient to a Comprehensive Stroke Center like Sarasota Memorial as quickly as possible, is so important. Listen to Diane’s story – a recent stroke victim.

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