Tag Archives: Medical Research

Why you need to go to a clinic to manage anticoagulants on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When administering anticaogulants like Wafarin, it is critical that they are kept within the correct therapeutic range. Clinics like SMH’s are staffed by experts that can help patients monitor the doses.

Dr. Jose Tavarez, Pediatrician joins First Physicians Group – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Dr. Tavarez will replace the longtime Sarasota – and retiring – Dr. Bob Shamsy. He offers all of the same, high-caliber and attentive care in pediatrics. He also speaks Spanish. Find out more about him!

The nurse residency program in a nutshell on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

The 14 month program for newly licensed program was recently accredited. And when the newly hired nurse is assigned to one of the three designated residency unit, their journey begins. Listen in to find out what happens.

Wide array of clinical programs supporting SMH on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Apart from the Nurse Residency program that is active at SMH, there are many others including the geriatric-centered “Niche”, Vascular Access, Acute Pain and behavioral health just to name a few. Sarasota Memorial is blessed by having a breadth of clinical support teams.

How do you get into the nurse residency program? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

The SMH nurse residency program earns national recognition from the ANCC (American Nurse Credentialing Center). Listen to hear about a story of one RN nearing the end of her nurse residency program.

What is a Nurse resident? WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

SMH’s Jackie Garabito, Manager, Clinical Programs, talks about what a Nurse resident is, what it takes to go through the support levels and what it does to a Nurse’s confidence. Accountability and dedication are essential ingredients to become a nurse resident.

New procedure to treat chronic pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Dr. Eugene Pereira discuses a new, advanced procedure that can help treat chronic pain for the long term. A simplified analogy? It like placing a wedge between vertebra to keep the nerve openings stable.

Opioids and how to treat chronic pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Opioids, while effective, have side effects that have lead them to be prescribed more carefully. Better understanding  of how the body becomes used to them has helped to discover new techniques in treating chronic pain.

Types of pain and how it affects your body on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Ageing is a natural process and that will inevitably lead to pain. However, other types of pain can be due to other factors. Listen to find out how OTC pain relievers affect your health – and for other options.

The Rewarding Work of Being a Nurse on Health Check with Heidi Godman

People are living longer, and as the number of patients increases, nursing staff is stretched thinner. Even with those challenges, there are many rewarding perks being a nurse. Listen in!

Nursing Shortage on Health Check with Heidi Godman

A nursing shortage exists not only in Florida, but also at a national level.  Various reasons exist, including school capacity and nursing educators availability. Listen in on how SMH is being proactive.

Florida State University’s College of Internal Medicine Residents – on Health Check with Heidi Godman

With their 4 years of training at Florida State University’s College of Medicine completed, 13 internal medicine residents have been matched to Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s new graduate medical education program. Listen in to find out exactly what being a “Resident” means.

What to do with genetic test results? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Whether it’s a predisposition to cancers or another type of disease, genetic tests simply show the potential hidden within your genes. Depending on the results, therapies can be developed to help prevent development by early detection.

Who is a candidate for genetic testing on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Many people seek a genetic test for the benefit of their family members, or even their children. Family history, depending on your mother or grandmother’s genetic history can drive that decisions. Listen in on how to prepare properly.

Genetic Testing and Why on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Pregnant women, or people with heart disease or cancer in their family are some examples of people who could benefit from genetic testing. Answering questions about future ailments or discovering unknown genes are sometimes the outcomes.

What role does a Genetic Counselor play in a cancer patient’s journey? on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

As part of SMH’s Ocology Genetics program, Nicole Wood,  Certified Genetic Counselor is able to teach and offer medical help to cancer patients.  Recently, the Education portion of the program has been expanded to better serve patients suffering from Cancer.

The Ekso Skeleton – Available to Help Patients Recover at the Rehabilitation Pavilion on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

The clinical care offered in the Rehabilitation Pavilion is truly out of this world. Not only does that apply to the team of people, but also to the technology. Task-driven tools like the Ekso Skeleton and the Vector Track are truly state-of-the-art.

What’s Inside the Rehabilitation Pavilion on Health Check with Heidi Godman on WSRQ

From the Mobility Garden to the state-of-the-art gyms, the new Rehabilitation Pavilion offers services for all types of patients. It has been designed to help patients regain their independence following strokes, brain tumors, brain injuries, broken bones, spinal fractures, amputation, surgery and trauma-related injuries.

SMH’s New Rehabilitation Pavilion is Open! On Health Check with Heidi Godman on WSRQ

Opening the new 74,000 sq. ft. facility will make a difference not only for families visiting patients, but also help with the transition to home life. Private rooms, bathrooms and couches for families are just some of the new amenities.

Calling for the community’s input on Health Check with Heidi Godman on WSRQ

When the new Institute for Cancer Care is being designed, industrial planners, staff & physician teams will all have input on it’s schematic. But SMH can’t build a patient-centered facility without their input as well.

The clinical expertise in cancer care at SMH on Health Check with Heidi Godman on WSRQ

As cancer cases continue to increase, SMH plans to expand the existing team of experts in the near future. Making sure that the patient’s care plan is smooth and time efficient will be an important part of the new Institute for Cancer Care

A patient-centric cancer care facility on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When SMH’s new Institute opens, it will provide a place for the entire cancer team to work on the individual patient’s care. The continuum of care will include all of the supportive care programs that currently exist – all in one place.

Coming Soon: SMH Institute for Cancer Care

Sarasota Memorial will open a new facility called The Institute for Cancer Care. Slated to open in a couple of years, the new facility will provide comprehensive care for the cancer patient.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.