Hospitals And Doctors

February 4, 2010

Best treatment for hypothermia

Filed under: Medical Conditions — Tags: — Doctor @ 7:33 am

Prevention is the best treatment for hypothermia. By planning ahead, you are better prepared to fight it. 

  • Food is fuel. Your body is a complex machine that needs the right combination of nutrients to keep it strong. Eating hot, nutritious food all winter will keep the cold at bay. (more…)

February 3, 2010

Arm, Elbow, or Shoulder Pain

Filed under: Medical Conditions — Tags: , , , — Doctor @ 5:32 pm

Tennis players sometimes get tennis elbow. Swimmers get swimmer’s shoulder. You may not be a professional sports figure, but you still can be plagued by the same type of arm, elbow, or shoulder pain. Often, your mus­cles or joints will ache because you’ve pushed them a lit­tle too far when exercising. You don’t even have to be doing aerobics or pumping iron — a weekend gardening session can be just as stressful. If you fall, or overdo it with heavy objects, a strain or sprain can be the fruit of your labor. Although most aches and pains are minor problems that go away with rest, sometimes that little pain is warning you of a more serious problem.

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February 2, 2010

Ankle Swelling Causes and Symptoms

Filed under: Medical Conditions — Tags: — Doctor @ 3:18 pm

“My feet are killing me!”  Why does it seem that when our feet or ankles hurt, our entire day is ruined?  In fact, foot and ankle problems profoundly affect our general health and sense of well-being.  And because so much stress is placed on the tiny bones and network of muscles, tendons, and tissues in our ankles, injury is common.  (more…)

January 5, 2010

Palm Springs Luxury Hospital

Filed under: Hospitals — Doctor @ 7:27 am
Eisenhower Medical Center

Luxury Hospitals

When you first enter the Rancho Mirage suite you will see a bed in one room and a sleeper sofa in another.  There are fine linens, a flat-screen TV and original artwork — and is serviced by a private chef but guess what?  This is no hotel room.

It’s one of 24 luxury hospital suites at Eisenhower Medical Center — and a prominent example of how local hospitals are borrowing pages from the hospitality industry’s playbook to keep their customers happy.

Eisenhower also offers free valet services and a concierge to patients in the suites in the Greg and Stacey Renker Pavilion.  The Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs also offers free valet, and its cancer center offers free tai chi sessions and chair-side massages.

The American Hospital Association doesn’t keep statistics on how many hospitals offer luxury-style amenities, but their spokeswoman Elizabeth Lietz said the association has heard about similar services across the country. “It’s more to accommodate not just their physical needs but their psychological and emotional needs, as well,” she said. (more…)

December 29, 2009

Doctor Profiling

Filed under: Doctors / Physicians — Doctor @ 7:51 pm

Perhaps you just moved to Illinois and need to find a doctor?  Or you would like to know more about the doctor you already have? A recent amendment to the Illinois Medical Practice Act (225ILC 60/24.1), Illinoisans can now  gain public access to profiles of all licensed physicians.

Doctors that are licensed to practice in Illinois can be easily researched by going to the web site of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (www.IDFPR.com). Just by pulling up this site, users will have access to all of the information they need to make an informed decision about selecting a doctor.  (more…)

October 30, 2009

Managed Care: In the Beginning

Filed under: Managed Care — Doctor @ 12:18 am

What we now know as Managed Care has its roots in a number of prepaid healthcare arrangements from the early 20th century. The earliest example we could find comes from the Puget Sound Area and dates back to 1910, when the Western Clinic in Tacoma, Washington provided a wide range of medical services to lumber mill owners and their employees for a very reasonable monthly premium of 50cents. (more…)

June 2, 2009

Medical Communities: La Jolla to Lake Nona

Filed under: Regional Centers — Doctor @ 11:16 am

The “Golden Triangle” of research facilities and biotech companies in San Diego took decades to evolve into a cluster that now employs an estimated 40,000 people with a $9.1 billion annual impact on the region’s economy.

Today, that region is home to 500 plus biomedical companies, including the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, which opened a new $85 million Florida laboratory in Orlando’s Lake Nona community on May 15, 2009.

If San Diego’s 40-year-old renowned life science cluster is a mature oak tree, then Orlando’s new 600-acre “medical city” in Lake Nona is a rapid-growth sapling on steroids.

Medical City in Orlando

Medical City in Orlando

New biotech and pharmaceutical companies are expected to sprout up around the medical facilities already planned or coming out of the ground at the Lake Nona community.  And new high speed trains will link the region to Tampa Bay.

The projected end-result: a vibrant new Central Florida research center employing more than 30,000 people with an $8 billion economic impact.

And officials aim to accomplish all this in a fraction of the time it took San Diego to build its life sciences cluster. (more…)

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