SSM Health Medical Minute – Robotic Surgery Changing the Face of Medicine

Robotic surgery is becoming much more prevalent when discussing surgical treatments for common procedures as well as cardiac and neurosurgery.  Many patients who previously would undergo traditional open surgery operations, now have options. The robotic system allows your surgeon to make precise, delicate motions, making smaller incisions allowing for faster recovery times.  Read what Dr. Tauqir Ahmed with SSM Health DePaul Hospital shared with Fox2Now.

D’Youville Accelerating Graduation for High-Need Healthcare Fields

Students in fields such as nursing, pharmacy as well as those studying to be physician assistants received word that D’Youville is accelerating its curriculum to award early graduation to these high-need healthcare students. In an effort to help keep the graduates in the area helping with the COID-19 pandemic, each will receive a bonus.  WGRZ Channel 2 has indicated that clinical placements will also be reestablished to help during this critical time.

SSM Health Partners with Costco Wholesale Corporation to Expand Affordable Drug Coverage

Navitus Health Solutions, SSM Health’s pharmacy benefit management company, serves more than 6 million people.  Costco has purchased a minority equity interest in the company, providing expertise that will enable the not-for-profit Catholic health system to more rapidly expand to benefit more people.  Read the Press Release.

COVID-19: This is Why We Serve in Catholic Healthcare

Ascension Health’s president and CEO, Joseph Impicciche says the challenges of the pandemic “bring into sharp relief the true and holy nature of the Catholic healthcare ministry. This is our Gospel calling made manifest. This is our mission – the healing mission of Jesus – alive in our midst.” Read the full column at Catholic Health World.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Opens at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast

Walton County Florida didn’t have a neonatal intensive care unit until earlier this month, when Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast opened its 10-bed NICU.  “When parents have their babies at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast, they can rest assured that they’ll have immediate access to high-quality, compassionate care in the event of a complication,” said Roger Hall, president of Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast. Read the full Press Release.

This Pandemic is Personal

Ira Byock, MD, is chief medical officer of the Institute for Human Caring of Providence health system, based in Seattle. Brock provides his thoughts and concerns regarding COVID-19 in a recent OpEd, and shares why “this is not a drill.”

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