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The types of arthritis and the most common: osteoarthritis on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi

There are several types of arthritis , which is inflammation of the joints. The most common, osteoarthritis, which afflicts 1 in 4 people in the US, is the breakdown of the cartilage of the joints. Learn more about the new  studies that offer information on the causes of arthritis.

A detailed discussion on conditions requiring an anticoagulation clinic – WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When a clot forms in the body, whether in the lower extremities or in the brain, medications available at an anticoagulation clinic are often prescribed. Learn more through a detailed discussion on types & symptoms, and how the care is individualized for each person.

What are blood thinners and what do they do on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Blood thinners – or anticoagulants – are medications that help keep blood flowing properly for people who’ve had strokes or blood clotting issues . SMH has 7 conveniently located anticoagulation clinics to help patients manage these medications.

Deep Vein Thrombosis, Genetic Clotting and other reasons you may need an anticoagulation clinic WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

People who are immobile for long periods of time, victims of a stroke or cancer patients are some of the more typical people who would use an anticoagulation clinic. Listen to find out some symptoms of these conditions, what medications options are available and what you can do to help.

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.

Getting comfortable with a new pediatrician – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Whether you are in your third trimester or you have just moved into the area, meeting a pediatrician is always recommended. It also gives you an opportunity to get to know them,  and how they will become part of your family.

The difference between a cold, flu and a sinus infection on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Congestion that comes with a cold can sometimes lead to a sinus infection. Is it a viral or bacterial infection? How you can tell the difference and how you can help.

Dispelling the myths about the Flu vaccine with Dr. Tavarez on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

The flu vaccine is so important – especially for kids. Will you get the flu if you take the vaccine? Is the vaccine live flu? Is it the flu or a cold? Listen to Dr. Tavarez, Pediatrician, clear up some of the confusion.

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!

Types of summer time hazards to be aware of on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

During the summer, there are hazards associated with being out having fun. Apart from the always needed sun screen, there are other tips to avoid more uncommon pains like a skate sting.

What is heat stroke and how to avoid it on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

During the summer, people tend to spend many more hours outside. Sweating will not only removes water from your body, it also removes electrolytes. Keeping hydrated will help you avoid heat exhaustion and the more severe heat stroke. What types of liquids should you drink? Listen in!

Heat-related health issues on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When the body dissipates heat (sweating), your body’s fluid levels drop. If you don’t properly hydrate, serious health risks can appear. Listen in on how it can transform from mild side effects all the way to serious ones like a stroke.

Summer time mishaps and where you should go on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Summer is almost here, and when something happens – heat stroke, sprain or sever sun burn – you can visit one of SMH’s Urgent Care Centers. If you are showing signs of a stroke or heart attack or other serious medical event, one of the two emergency rooms is where you should go.

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 evolution of Pain Management on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Dr. Eugene Pereira – Director of SMH’s Pain Management Program, talks about how pain care transformed into pain management. New methods are more scientific in approach. Listen in to find out more.

Engaging with young minds to learn about a nursing career – On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Nursing is about giving – care, hope and time – to patients and visitors. But what SMH’s outreach nursing team shows the young people in the community – especially high schools students – that they can give back.

Being a nurse at SMH on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Being a Magnet designated hospital, SMH has been recognized as one of the best in the country for quality of care. A preceptor (mentor) is assigned to new nurses for the first 14 months. And for experienced nurses, there are multiple options for continued growth.

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.

Internal Medicine Practice for the Newtown Community – on Health Check with Heidi Godman

The underserved population of the Newtown area of northern Sarasota, due to the distance from Sarasota Memorial’s network of services, will now have access to local health care. Sarasota Memorial Internal Medicine – Newtown is a group physician practice that will offer comprehensive, coordinated care and accessible services to patients over the age of 18.

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.

SMH Wayfinder App is Powered by the Earth – WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Using a recording of the Earth’s geomagnetic field fingerprint throughout the entire hospital, the SMH Wayfinder app will show you where you are at any given moment. If you need to get somewhere, simply look-up the destination, select it and the app will provide the walking directions – turn by turn – in a GPS-like, blue dot experience.

A smartphone app to help improve patient & visitor experience on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

The SMH Wayfinder app is a new option to help patients and visitors get to where they need to go. From a patient room to the cafeteria, this app gives turn-by-turn guidance inside the main campus building. It uses leading edge technology called geomagnetic positioning.

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.

Using interactive experiences in the Pavilion to assist in rehabilitation on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

From a hydraulic car for mobility training to a full furnished condo which helps people regain functionality their home – the Rehabilitation Pavilion has it all. Oh… and a full size grocery store!

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.

Part 2 of Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween on Health Check with Heidi Godman on WSRQ

From carving a pumpkin to the big event, kids (and adults) need to be aware of some the most common injuries that can happen. Listen in for tips to have a safe and happy Halloween.

Part 1 of Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween on Health Check with Heidi Godman on WSRQ

From carving a pumpkin to the big event, kids (and adults) need to be aware of some the most common injuries that can happen. Listen in for tips to have a safe and happy Halloween.

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.

How to prevent falls at home on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Throw rugs, clutter, balance issues – even small pets – can pose a tripping or fall threat to older people. In fact, falls represent one of the top reasons for hospital re admissions. Listen in for some tips on how to create a safe environment.

The challenges that can arise at discharge on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Once a patient is discharged, they can have up to 8 medications to take. Side effects, dosages and simply remembering to take them are common problems once patients are home. SMH provides a very detailed discharge document, a hotline for questions, and caregiver support.