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.

Breastfeeding 101 - Brought to you by h2u

By guest blogger Chelsea Rice, Dietetic Intern

Health organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Medical Association (AMA), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and the World Health Organization (WHO) all agree that breast milk is the best form of nutrition for infants; yet breastfeeding is not always as simple as some make it seem. Breastfeeding takes a bit of practice, patience and perseverance. Whether you're a new mom or a parent of multiple children, here are some answers to common questions about getting started, and tips on ways to simplify breastfeeding.

When should I begin breastfeeding?

A lactation consultant should be able to provide the help and answer any questions about the first step in breastfeeding while you are at the hospital. It is important to ideally start breastfeeding within the hour after birth because:

  1. It helps you become more confident in breastfeeding
  2. Your baby is able to receive colostrum, or the first breastmilk; which provides protection against infection and disease
  3. The bowels and digestion in your baby is stimulated
  4. The bond between you and your baby is enhanced

How should I hold my baby?

There are several different nursing positions, which are described below. It is recommended that you experiment with each position to figure out which one is most comfortable for you and your baby.

  1. Cradle Hold: The traditional hold many mothers will try, holding the baby across the chest using the arm on the same side as the nursing breast to support the baby.
  2. Clutch (or Football) Hold: This position holds the baby at the side, where the baby doesn’t put pressure on the mother’s belly. This position is good for mothers who have had a C-section, with large breasts, or have had twins.
  3. Cross-Cradle (or Crossover) Hold: Similar to the cradle, this position involves using the arm on the opposite side as the nursing breast to support the baby.
  4. Side-Lying Position: This position, in which the mother lies on her side facing the baby, allows moms to relax during feedings and is also a common choice for mothers who’ve had a C-section.

How can I make breastfeeding more comfortable?

Once you find the most comfortable nursing position, breastfeeding can be a wonderful bonding experience. Here are some other pointers to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during each feeding:

  1. Keep a breastfeeding basket near your regular nursing areas at home. Fill each basket with water bottles, healthy snacks, magazines and books, plenty of burp clothes and electronic devices such as a TV remote, phone, etc.
  2. Find the most comfortable seating arrangement and stick to it, so your baby feels comfortable as well. Many mothers enjoy sitting in a glider or a chair with armrests.
  3. Rest your feet! Use footstools and pillows to provide extra support, including wraparound nursing pillows or the “husband” back pillows with arms on each side.

As a busy mother, how can I simplify breastfeeding?

Sometimes day-to-day life tasks can be exhausting and overwhelming, and the addition of breastfeeding adds extra stress onto your busy day. Try these products to help simplify the breastfeeding process:

  1. Purchase nursing tops, dresses, and sleepwear: Trendy clothing lines are now being created so busy mothers on- the- go are able to breastfeed no matter the location. These clothing lines include dresses, tops, bras, and sleepwear. Find yours today at online stores such as milknursingwear.com and www.motherhood.com!
  2. Purchase a baby sling: A baby sling is a wonderful product that gives mothers an extra set of hands. It allows the mother to continue her daily activities while still bonding with her infant. It also allows a simple hands-free breastfeeding solution.
  3. Download the nursing app for iPhone or iPad: Stay on top of breastfeeding by downloading the App “Baby Tracker: Nursing”. This app allows you to enter the time you breastfed, what side you used and allows you to create a breastfeeding schedule that is perfect for both you and your baby.

Makeover Your Cocktail - Brought to you by h2u

By guest blogger Chelsea Rice, Dietetic Intern

Whether you are hosting a cookout or ordering a drink at happy hour, spring is the time to enjoy a cocktail in the sun with friends. However, when one drink turns into multiple, the calories can skyrocket before you know it. When it comes to making these tasty concoctions, most liquors can have between 75-100 calories per shot. Add in mixers such as juices, sodas and tonic water and you could be consuming more calories than you think. With these few simple recipe makeovers below, you can easily cut the calories without cutting out the fun and flavor.

Not a cook? No worries! Here are some tips on ordering cocktails when out at a restaurant or bar:

  • For a morning beverage at breakfast or brunch, choose a Bloody Mary made from 100% tomato juice. Ask for extra vegetables such as celery to add extra benefits!
  • Watch out for those large portions such as fish bowls! Even though they may taste delicious, many fishbowls are loaded with extra calories and sugar.
  • Never be shy to ask to switch up your cocktail. Ordering a simple drink such as rum and coke? Just replace the coke for diet coke to cut back on calories!
  • Be careful of drinks that are pre-prepared in a machine. These flavorsome, often frozen drinks are usually made from sugar and caloric dense mixes and syrups.

Mammo Moment: Dense Breast Tissue & What It Means to You - Brought to you by h2u

By guest blogger Susan Hill Smith

These mammogram images show a range of density in breast tissue. The breast at the far right is the densest, so its tissue shows up whiter on the mammogram, making it harder to spot cancerous tumors. As a result, women with dense breasts may benefit from Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) screenings in addition to mammograms.

At age 46, Lynda McLaine has already had several mammogram screenings. Somewhere along the way, she was told she had dense breast tissue, but she just learned this winter that her cancer risk might be more significant as a result.

After talking with her new specialist, McLaine opted to have an Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) at Trident Breast Care Center, which recently adopted the advanced technology to better detect cancer in women with dense breasts.

“It’s painless, and there’s nothing to it,” says McLaine. While her ABUS screening did not pinpoint any trouble, she believes it was important because of what’s at stake.

Link between breast density and cancer

Nationally, there’s increasing talk about the connection between cancer and dense breast tissue. Two thirds of pre-menopausal women and one fourth of post-menopausal women have dense breast tissue, according to the advocacy and education group Are You Dense?

A 2011 study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that women with breasts that appear dense on mammograms are more likely to have breast cancer, and their tumors are more likely to be aggressive, backing up the results of previous studies.

“Women with dense breast tissue not only are at a high risk for breast cancer, up to four to six times as much, but dense tissue also makes cancer more difficult to detect using mammography alone,” says Trident Health Medical Imaging Director Wesley Fox.

The denser tissue is, the whiter it shows up on a mammogram, making it more likely to mask tumors, which typically appear white on X-rays as well.

The advantages of ABUS screening

A total of 21 states have passed laws requiring women to be informed if they have dense breast tissue after a mammogram and told of the related cancer risks. While similar legislation has been introduced but not passed in South Carolina, Trident Health is moving forward with a campaign to alert women who have dense breasts and explain the potential benefits of a follow-up ABUS screening.

ABUS provides a new generation of high-definition ultrasound technology that uses a large automated probe rather than a human operated wand. The end result is a 3D rendering that can show breast lesions as small as 1 millimeter. “The research shows that the ABUS technology in addition to mammography has the potential for finding 35.7 percent more cancers than just mammography alone,” Fox says.

Call 843-847-4883 to schedule a visit at Trident Breast Care Center in North Charleston. Same-day appointments and walk-in services are available with a doctor’s order.

Lace Up for Your Heart Today!

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There’s a saying floating around the wellness community that sitting is the new smoking. Think about that. We know that smoking increases risk for chronic disease. However, sitting can do the same thing. Sedentary lifestyle, partnered with unhealthy eating habits, increases your risk for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Many Americans sit a majority of the day- in the car, at their desks, and on the couch in the evening. In order to combat this, the American Heart Association has deemed April 1st National Walking Day!

The Reason

Why walk? Why not! Walking is something nearly everyone does on a daily basis. It’s free. It can be done anywhere. It doesn’t require skill or coordination. Current guidelines suggest that an individual should aim to walk 10,000 steps, or 5 miles per day. If you don’t have a pedometer to measure steps consider downloading a pedometer app to your smartphone. Fitbits, UPs, and other wearable devises also track movement.

The Benefit

The American Heart Association states that there is research to support the following benefits of walking at least 30 minutes per day:

The Ask

Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to take time to walk today! Pressed for time? Consider using these tips:

  • Spend 10 minutes walking at lunch and use the other 20 for your meal
  • Park further away, and take a lap around the store before beginning your shopping
  • Take extra trips to carry groceries or laundry
  • Walk the perimeter of the field while your child is at practice
  • Make an extra trip to the mailroom, or walk to your colleagues office or cube instead of calling

Happy National Walking Day!

Celebrating Service and Excellence

It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to cut loose and have a little fun with your co-workers! That’s exactly what we did earlier this month at our annual Employee Service Awards Banquet as we honored five employees for 40 years of continuous, full-time service and two others with the most prestigious awards of the evening. The reward and recognition event distinguishes employees celebrating milestone anniversaries and those with significant professional achievements.

During the event, Bonnie Johnson, Melody Pinckney, Barbara Righter, Linda Stone and Julia Wilson were each recognized for reaching the 40-year milestone.

Employees who’ve reached the 36 to 40 year milestone are pictured above with Trident Health CEO Todd Gallati, Summerville Medical Center CEO Lisa Valentine and Summerville Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer Lynn Singleton.

Maria Teresa Alaisa, patient coordinator for Trident Medical Center’s Progressive Care Unit earned the Trident Award. “It is evident with every shift Maria Teresa works that her goals are to provide excellent care to our patients, educate and support the staff and make the Progressive Care Unit the best it can be,” said Elizabeth Ussery, manager of the Progressive Care Unit.


Trident Health CEO Todd Gallati (right) presents Maria Teresa Alasia (left) with the Trident Award.

Joan Funderburk, monitor technician for Summerville Medical Center’s Telemetry department earned the Summerville Award. “Joanie connects with people of all kinds and has the gift of giving comfort, kindness, empathy and most of all compassion,” said Carolyn Ogrodnik , director of the Medical-Surgical Unit at Summerville Medical Center. “Not a day goes by that she doesn’t demonstrate all of these qualities.”


Trident Health CEO Todd Gallati (left) and Summerville Medical Center CEO Lisa Valentine (right) congratulate Joan Funderburk (center) with the Summerville Award.

The Trident and Summerville Award nominees are designated by directors and collected quarterly from each department. Each year, the administrative team determines one winner to represent each facility. The award recipients each receive $1,000 and a bouquet of flowers. In addition, $1,000 is also sent to a charity of each recipient’s choice.


Co-workers Brittany Hyland, Rebekah Faulk and Catherine Holly have fun on the dance floor.

More than 300 additional employees were recognized for their years of service in categories ranging from five to 39 years. The health system celebrated a combined 4,165 total years of service to Trident Health.

“To have so many employees who have dedicated decades of service to Trident Health is a real testament to our organization and the character and commitment of our wonderful team,” said Trident Health CEO Todd Gallati. “We are so grateful and blessed to have these individuals as part of our staff.”

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