What’s Up Doc? Heat or Ice After an Injury

Whether it’s a pulled muscle, a sore back or achy knees, the most common question is should I use heat or ice?  Dr. Matthew Barrett, an orthopaedic surgeon at Saint Thomas Rutherford, a part of Ascension, gives his advice on which one to use.

Whats Up Doc? What is a Sunburn?

Dr. Ali Bollinger, an emergency department physician at Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, talks about what causes a sunburn and the best ways to treat it.

Saint Thomas Heart Opens Smyrna Location

Saint Thomas Heart in Smyrna is now open and is seeing patients at 741 Presidents Place, Suite 110 in Smyrna. This newest location for the Saint Thomas Heart cardiac care program adds a location at the northern end of the county, in addition to the location in Murfreesboro, for Rutherford County-area residents to access advanced cardiac care, including diagnostics, treatment, emergency care, specialty surgery and rehabilitation, without leaving the county.

Saint Thomas Heart is the cardiac division of Saint Thomas Health and includes the cardiology programs at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, and Saint Thomas West Hospital. Saint Thomas Heart offers complete cardiac services, from the treatment of chest pain, to minimally invasive surgical procedures that provide quicker recoveries and fewer complications. With more than 60 cardiac specialists, 35 regional sites throughout Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, and Tennessee’s largest network of accredited Chest Pain Centers, Saint Thomas Heart offers greater access and the experience that comes with seeing more heart patients than anyone in Tennessee.

Saint Thomas Heart is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system. This newest location in Smyrna is part of the advanced cardiac care program Ascension is developing for patients across the country.

Dr. M. Fayaz Malik, cardiologist, and Dr. Peter Robertson, cardiac electrophysiologist, are the primary cardiac physicians at the Smyrna location, joining the rest of the Rutherford County cardiac team, including Dr. Edward Rhim, invasive cardiologist, Dr. Guy Mioton, interventional cardiologist, Dr. Chester Falterman, interventional cardiologist, and Dr. Aristides Zacharoudis, interventional cardiologist.

Dr. Malik is board-certified in internal medicine, internal medicine-cardiovascular diseases, and cardiovascular computed tomography. He is a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation and is a Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He graduated from medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine at Indianapolis. In his undergraduate studies, Dr. Malik received multiple academic scholarships and graduated summa cum laude with highest honors from Butler University.

Dr. Robertson did his fellowship in cardiovascular disease as well as clinical cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He graduated from medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency and internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

First Heart Transplant at Saint Thomas Health Since Re-Launching the Program

After receiving certification to perform heart transplants from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) in April, Saint Thomas Health, a part of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system,  performed its first heart transplant at Saint Thomas West Hospital in five years.

Ashok N. Babu, MD, renowned cardiothoracic surgeon and surgical director of the heart transplant program, joined Saint Thomas Health earlier this year.  He performed the heart transplant along with a team of medical personnel on Wednesday, May 11th.   The patient, a 42-year-old man from Nashville, is doing well after the transplant.  “I feel we had a lot of good things in play,” said Dr. Babu.  “We had a good recipient, a good donor, a great team.”

In 1985, Saint Thomas became the first hospital in Tennessee, and the 26th in the United States, to establish a heart transplant program.  Saint Thomas Health chose to suspend the long standing program in 2011 after the unexpected loss of key personnel.

As the largest heart failure program in the state, Saint Thomas Health serves more than 5,000 patients each year in its clinics and hospitals.  It currently is following more than 20 heart failure patients monthly who may be candidates for a heart transplant.   “We continually hear from our patients that they would prefer to receive their transplant with Saint Thomas Health because of the history and relationship with us.  The relaunch of our transplant program offers our patients the option of transplant care within our system and also reaffirms our commitment to providing world-class heart care to all of our communities.” said Karen Springer, President & CEO of Saint Thomas Health.

“Ascension is very pleased that we are again providing vitally important heart transplant services for patients throughout Tennessee through Saint Thomas,” said Ziad Haydar, MD, MBA Senior Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer, Ascension Health.   “Our focus is to ensure patients and families have immediate access to comprehensive cardiovascular care, building our capabilities at our sites of care across the country.”

Healthy Snacking: Food Facts

Clinical Dietitian Natalie Hellman from Saint Thomas Health shares with us the best snacks for kids and adults to stay full, stay healthy, and keep their hands out of the potato chips bag.

Trans Fats vs. Sat Fats: What’s the Difference?

Trans fats vs. saturated fats. What’s the difference between the two? According to Clinical Dietitian Lynn Henderson of Saint Thomas Health, neither is very good for you. Find out why it’s best to stay away from these types of fats and how you can tell them apart.

Super Foods: What Makes Them Super?

We always hear about “super foods”, but what exactly makes a food “super”? Clinical Dietitian Kitty Fawaz explains what they are and how they have the ability to possibly reduce the risk of cancer while providing incredible health benefits.

Am I Drinking Enough Water?

Did you know that if you are thirsty it means your body is already dehydrated? Clinical Dietitian Lynn Henderson from Saint Thomas Health explains the importance of water consumption and how much we should be drinking every day.

Gluten Myths & Facts

Gluten-free food tends to be growing in popularity. Did you know that not all grains contain gluten? Clinical Dietitian Natalie Hellman from Saint Thomas Health breaks down the myths & facts of gluten and what could also be the culprit to your food sensitivity.

Wall Breaking Ceremony to Remodel OB Floor at Saint Thomas Midtown

Saint Thomas Health executives, physicians, nurses and staff members picked up a sledgehammer and busted through a wall at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. The ceremonial wall breaking signified the beginning of a multi-million dollar renovation and remodeling project on the obstetrics floor at Midtown.

The first phase of the project will focus on the high risk, prenatal, guest waiting and education centers on the 3rd floor. The wing will undergo significant upgrades to enhance the patient and family experience before, during and after the birth of a child. Phase one is expected to be completed in the summer of 2016.

The second phase of the project will begin this summer and will include similar enhancements to the labor and delivery wing and obstetrics triage area.

The other big announcement was that all women’s services are coming together under one common name: Saint Thomas Women’s Care.