Trident Health

Trident Health is a 407-bed HCA hospital system comprised of two acute care hospitals- Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center- as well as two free standing emergency departments- Centre Pointe Emergency and Moncks Corner Medical Center. The Joint Commission recently named Trident Health to their list of the nation’s top hospitals for quality and safety for the fourth year in a row.

Early Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening: It's a Matter of Life and Limb

You may not realize it, but your blood vessels function in your body much like roads. They are thoroughfares for your blood cells, which serve as little delivery trucks. Blood cells deliver nutrients and oxygen throughout your entire body through vessels called arteries.

When we think of heart disease we often forget about our vessels. According to the American Heart Association, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) occurs when arteries delivering blood to the arms, legs, stomach become narrowed, hindering the blood flow. Blood vessels become narrowed when plaque from cholesterol and dietary fat builds up, a condition known as atherosclerosis. When blood flow slows to the arms your extremities cannot receive the nutrients they need. Reduced blood flow can also cause

  • Pain
  • Fatigue in the leg or hip when walking
  • Cramping
  • In cases of total blockage, or if left untreated, may result in death of the tissue (gangrene) and amputation

If you’re age 55 or older, have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or are a smoker, you may benefit from attending a PAD screening. Trident Health is hosting a free screening from 9 a.m. – noon in the Trident Cancer Center on Saturday, September 12th. If you don’t know your blood sugar or cholesterol, testing can be done for $15.00 at the screening. Call 843-797-3463 or click here to make your appointment.

According to Charles Roberts, MD, of Palmetto Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery screening is the next step if you have pain in your legs when walking or while at rest. Early detection of PAD can uncover blockages that can be treated early to avoid surgery.

The good news: you can take steps to protect yourself from this very preventable disease. We can’t change our age, but we can change our habits to reduce our risk of developing PAD. For example:

  • Move more! You should check with your physician before starting an exercise program. The exercise does not need to be strenuous. The goal would be to work up to 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times per week. Start with 5 minutes a few times per day and work your way up to 30 minutes.
  • Clean up your diet. You’ve probably heard it before, but strive to exchange high fat, high sodium foods for plant based ones. Ask yourself: have you eaten the recommended 5 – 9 servings of fruits or vegetables today? If not, aim for that range every day. Reducing intake of fried and other high fat, high sodium foods can help you improve your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Manage your blood sugar. High blood sugar increases your risk for developing PAD. If you have diabetes, you should take medications as prescribed by your physician. Exercise and eating right can also help you keep your blood sugar, and weight, in check.
  • Stop smoking! The American Heart Association states that smokers are four times more likely to develop PAD than non-smokers.

Staff Spotlight: Tille Phillips

My mom, who breastfed my sister and me, always said “Breastmilk is the best milk.” I remember her telling us stories of going to Le Leche League, but never thought about the significance of that group in her breastfeeding success. For many mothers, breastfeeding support is key in persevering through this sometimes challenging undertaking.

In today’s blog post, we celebrate National Breastfeeding Month, and we are highlighting not only the importance of breastfeeding, but also the individuals who help make it happen. Lactation Consultants are members of the healthcare team that help new moms learn the art and importance of breastfeeding. Lactation consultants often visit new moms in the hospital to:

  • Help them get started with feeding or pumping in the hospital
  • Listens to questions or concerns about the process
  • Discuss feeding positions that will work for mom and baby
  • Help them develop a unique breastfeeding plan to continue upon discharge

Tille Phillips, RN, RLC, IBCLC is a Registered Nurse, Registered Lactation Consultant, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for Trident Health. She has been helping mothers start their breastfeeding journey for over 20 years! We introduce you to Tille:

  • Name: Tille Phillips
  • Where you work: Summerville Medical Center Lactation Department
  • Where are you from? I was born in Germany but have lived in the tri-county area for the past 40 years
  • Alma maters: Summerville High School and Orangeburg Regional Hospital School of Nursing
  • Favorite sports team: I don’t follow sports.
  • Favorite restaurant in the Charleston area: The Glass Onion
  • Favorite pastimes: Home improvement, yard beautification and counted cross stitch
  • Pets: Sammy, a fifteen year old Corgi, Pomeranian, Chihuahua mix and Lily, a 4 year old Chihuahua and Jack Russell mix.
  • What is a little known fun fact about yourself? I love to go dancing.

Trident Health offers many resources to help begin breastfeeding. Summerville Medical Center offers a Breastfeeding Preparedness class the 2 nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM. Call 843-797-3463 to register.

The Lactation Club is a group where mothers can meet with a lactation consultant and each other, have their baby weighed, and enjoy fellowship. The Lactation Club is offered the 2 nd Friday of each month from 10 a.m. – noon at Trident Medical Center and the 4 th Friday of each month from 10 a.m. – noon at Summerville Medical Center. Call 843-847-4554 to register.

Ask a Parent!- Bonding with Baby - Brought to you by H2U

Parents are thrust into a whole new world after having children. The Ask a Parent! series will share tips from our Women’s and Children’s Service Director and mother, Dee Bien.

The moments after pregnancy are critical for establishing a bond with your baby. Holding and talking to your baby are two simple actions you can take to start the process after birth. According to BabyCenter, some mothers feel strong bonds to their babies immediately after birth. For other mothers, it takes time. Skin-to-skin contact time is a practice Trident and Summerville Medical Center nurses encourage immediately after the birth of your baby. Childbirth Connection shares the following benefits of skin-to-skin contact with your baby:

  • Release of hormones that help reduce mom’s stress and increase milk production
  • Release of hormones that may also reduce baby’s stress
  • Increased blood flow by mother, which can help warm baby
  • Increased milk production in the initial hours after pregnancy, which may increase ease of breastfeeding for a new mom

Sometimes a medical complication may hinder mom’s ability to have skin-to-skin contact with her baby. If your baby is spending time in a special care unit, ask your nurse if you can touch or talk to your baby for a few minutes. Bonding will be an ongoing process that everyone in the family can participate in! Listed below are a few other actions you and your partner can take to bond with your new addition.

• Demonstrate affection with touch

• Hold and kiss your baby often

• Talk to your baby in a soft, steady voice while showing the baby your face

• Pick up and hold your baby close to you

• Sing or hum to your baby

• Take your baby for a walk in a stroller

Protect Yourself from Back-to-School Bugs

School bells will be ringing soon! Parents everywhere will be tossing notebooks and pencils into shopping carts across the country. A visit to the pediatrician may also be on your “to-do” list. For many families, back to school means sports physicals and immunizations in preparation of a new school year.

Immunization needs vary depending on the age of your child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has a detailed table of vaccination timeframes.

The CDC lists the following vaccine-preventable illnesses:

  • Anthrax
  • Cervical Cancer (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Japanese encephalitis (JE)
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Smallpox
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Yellow Fever

After reading this list you may think, “Those illnesses aren’t even around anymore!” The reason many of these illnesses are seldom seen is because public health efforts of the past have virtually eliminated them from our population. Even if an occasional parent chose not to vaccinate their child, herd immunity usually protects them. Herd immunity means that, because a large enough portion of the population is vaccinated (and likely disease free), illness won’t circulate to reach an unvaccinated individual. But, what happens if a larger number of parents stop vaccinating their children? The measles outbreak on the West Coast is a good example. One unvaccinated women contracted measles prior to visiting an airport and a theme park. . .two highly populated areas! The disease spread to 28 other people in a short period of time. The MMR vaccine we receive as children protects us from contracting measles. However, due to the current anti-vaccine movement , the New York Times states 644 cases of measles were reported last year. That’s the highest number of reported cases in 20 years!

Dr. Adam Barouh from Oakbrook Pediatrics in Summerville shared his thoughts about immunizations. He states, "One of the most precious gifts that a parent can give to their child is lifelong immunity against diseases that have affected millions of children throughout the years. With the increasing trend to withhold immunizations, it is more important than ever that parents choose to fully immunize their children against potentially devastating diseases that we have worked so hard to fight against. Keep your children healthy, immunize today, and watch them grow and develop into healthy adults ready to take on the bright future that awaits them."

Getting your child vaccinated is worth it. Schools are very public places, and an illness can spread fast! To further protect from illness, encourage good hand hygiene at home. Teach your child the importance of washing hands after coughing or sneezing, before eating, and after using the restroom.

Ask a Parent!- Communication is Key - Brought to you by H2U

Parents are thrust into a whole new world after having children. The Ask a Parent! series will share tips from our Women’s and Children’s Service Director and mother, Dee Bien.

Q: How can I help the family continue to communicate and work together?

A: You will find good communication is critical when managing new appointments and responsibilities in your life. It’s easy to assume your partner or family just knows what you need. Poor communication can also strain relationships in an already challenging time. Use the suggestions below to keep your family engaged and informed:

  • Talk with each other about your schedules for the day, and upcoming week, in advance.
  • Arrange time to just “be together” as a family or to be with individual family members. Breakfast or dinner are good times to share stories.
  • Decide together what you are going to do during that time. Remember that the time together is more important than the activity.
  • Save plenty of energy for family time.
  • Take the time to notice the exciting things your baby is learning. Talk about your observations with your children.
  • Spend quality time with your older children. Let them select activities that are special to them.
  • Teach your older children how to “gently” play with the new baby.
  • Talk to your baby early and often; this is your newest family member.
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