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    Summerville Medical Center Nurse "Demonstrates Unparalleled Compassion"

    Last updated 9 days ago

    N. Charleston, South Carolina/February 17, 2015 – Carrie Rafferty, a registered nurse who works on the Medical Surgical unit at Summerville Medical Center recently earned The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system). The international award, established by The DAISY Foundation, celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Honorees are selected by their patients.

    “Carrie epitomizes the essence of The DAISY Award,” said Lynn Singleton, chief nursing officer at Summerville Medical Center.  “She demonstrates genuine kindness, care and unparalleled compassion on a daily basis.  I recall her taking care of my mother who, due to dementia, was not the most cooperative person. Carrie took her time, explained things, held her hand in a reassuring way and even provided and played soft music to help calm her. I am amazed at the empathy Carrie displays with each of her interactions. She is an amazingly talented nurse who lives our mission of ‘creating a caring environment where healing occurs.’” 

    A Summerville Medical Center staff member since 2008, Rafferty is known among her peers as being an advocate for her patients and their families. Playfully nicknamed “Ninja Nurse,” her co-workers say she always performs above and beyond expectations as evidenced by the stories her patients tell.

    Rafferty was moved by the award. Through tears she said, “I am just so honored.”

    The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). The family created a Foundation in Barnes’ memory to recognize the extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do each day. Summerville Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one nurse with this special honor four times a year.

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    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 as one of the nation’s top hospitals for quality and safety for the fourth year in a row. Other noteworthy services include a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, an award-winning Heart Center, the Trident Breast Care Center, and the South Carolina Institute for Robotic Surgery. Together, Summerville and Trident Medical Centers welcome more babies than any other hospital in the Lowcountry. Accredited by The Commission, Trident Health is committed to providing quality health services along with wellness information and opportunities to the communities it serves. For more information about Trident Health, visit www.tridenthealthsystem.com or call 843.797.7000.

    Summerville Medical Center Earns Bariatric Center of Excellence Designation

    Last updated 15 days ago

    N. Charleston, South Carolina/February 11, 2015 – Summerville Medical Center and the Coastal Carolina Bariatric Center have earned national distinction as a comprehensive Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

    The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a combined effort between the ACS and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves it can maintain certain physical and human resources and the highest standards of practice.

    In addition to this distinction, the Coastal Carolina Bariatric Center has also been recognized among the more than 600 practices within the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) as the number one HCA Physician Services practice in patient satisfaction for three consecutive years.

    “Not only have we been distinguished for our quality, but for the three years we have been in practice at Summerville Medical Center, our team has been recognized because of the experience patients have in our office and our hospital, as the best in patient satisfaction every year,” said Neil McDevitt, M.D., director of Bariatric Services and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. “I am proud and thankful to all who have made this possible.”

    Coastal Carolina Bariatric Center offers several safe and highly effective weight loss surgery options including minimally invasive, laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding or LAP-BAND® surgery and vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Led by Neil McDevitt, M.D., the office welcomes patients throughout the Lowcountry, including Charleston, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, Beaufort, Bluffton, Savannah, Columbia and the Midlands. For more information, call (843) 875-8994 or visit ccbariatriccenter.com.

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    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 as one of the nation’s top hospitals for quality and safety for the fourth year in a row. Other noteworthy services include a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, an award-winning Heart Center, the Trident Breast Care Center, and the South Carolina Institute for Robotic Surgery. Together, Summerville and Trident Medical Centers welcome more babies than any other hospital in the Lowcountry. Accredited by The Commission, Trident Health is committed to providing quality health services along with wellness information and opportunities to the communities it serves. For more information about Trident Health, visit www.tridenthealthsystem.com or call 843.797.7000.

    What to Ask Before Your Hysterectomy Procedure

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A hysterectomy, which may be performed via robotic surgery, is a procedure to remove the uterus. Your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy if you’ve been diagnosed with uterine, ovarian, or cervical cancer. Other reasons why you might have a hysterectomy include having endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, uterine prolapse, or uterine fibroids. Before having your surgery, ask your surgeon any questions you may have.

    Which Structures Will Be Removed?

    A hysterectomy may involve the removal of part or all of the uterus. Having a hysterectomy means that you will no longer be able to get pregnant and you will no longer have periods. Sometimes, a hysterectomy also involves the removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes. If both of the ovaries are removed, you can expect to enter into early menopause.

    Which Surgical Approach Will Be Used?

    Hysterectomies are sometimes performed as open surgeries. This means the surgeon will make one long incision across the abdomen. A hysterectomy may also be performed with minimally invasive techniques. This may be accomplished with a laparoscopic approach or with robotic surgery.

    What Can I Expect from the Recovery?

    Your recovery from the surgery depends on whether the procedure was an open surgery or was performed with minimally invasive techniques. Minimally invasive techniques, such as robotic surgery, involves a shorter recovery time than open surgery. Recovery may be as short as two weeks or as long as eight weeks. During this time, you should refrain from heavy lifting and other strenuous activities.

    The caring professionals at Trident Health welcome your questions about hysterectomies and other robotic surgeries. Trident Health is the only facility in the Lowcounty to offer single-site hysterectomies via robotic surgery. In addition to robotic surgery for gynecologic procedures, our hospital offers comprehensive cancer care, stroke care, pediatrics, and pregnancy care. You can reach our hospital by calling (843) 847-3463.

    Knee Replacement: What Happens During Recovery?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Knee replacement surgery can help you recover your mobility, resolve chronic joint pain, and improve your quality of life. However, deciding to have any type of surgery is a major decision. Talk to your surgeon about what you can expect from the procedure and the recovery, and identify the issues that may sometimes arise after surgery that may send you to the emergency room.

    Recovering in the Hospital

    Most knee replacement patients can expect to stay in the hospital for one to four days following surgery. During this time, you’ll work with a physical therapist to regain mobility and independence. You’ll need to meet certain goals before your discharge, including being able to walk with an assistive device and being able to do physical therapy exercises at home.

    Returning Home

    Once you return home, you’ll need a friend or family member to help you out around the house. You may need help for a few days or for a few weeks. Prior to your surgery, you should have arranged your home to make it easier for you to move around, such as by removing throw rugs and installing grab bars in the bathroom.

    Identifying Complications

    Knee replacement procedures are generally regarded as safe surgeries. However, any surgery carries a risk of complications. Talk to your doctor about which symptoms warrant a trip to the local ER. These might include signs of a blood clot, such as increasing swelling, redness, and pain in the leg or foot. Signs of an infection can include fever, chills, and increasing drainage of the surgical site.

    Enjoying Normal Activities

    You’ll continue to work with a physical therapist to regain your strength and mobility. It’s important to follow your doctor’s advice regarding when you can resume your normal activities, such as driving, enjoying exercise, and returning to work.

    The orthopedic specialists at Trident Health have extensive experience performing knee replacement surgeries using minimally invasive techniques. Our hospital in Charleston also offers cardiac care, cancer care, stroke treatment, robotic surgery, and ER services, along with many other healthcare services. For a referral to an orthopedic specialist, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (843) 847-3463.

    How Can Lymphedema Complications Be Avoided?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Lymphedema, which refers to the accumulation of fluids, is a common complication of breast cancer treatment. During cancer treatment and afterward, patients who have been diagnosed with lymphedema can reduce their risk of complications by following their doctor’s recommendations. They can wear a compression sleeve on the affected arm, and reduce the risk of triggering inflammation in that arm by wearing sunscreen and bug repellant.

    Get more helpful tips on coping with lymphedema by watching this video. You’ll learn how to handle blood draws and blood pressure cuffs, and you’ll learn the symptoms of a serious infection that requires a prompt visit to the ER.

    Trident Health offers comprehensive solutions for cancer patients and their families. Trident Breast Care Center is recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Care Center of Excellence by the national Consortium of Breast Centers.  Learn more about the Trident Breast Care Center and our other cancer care services on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (843) 847-3463.

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