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Modern Medicine: Acute Kidney Failure

Acute kidney failure is a serious condition, but patients can recover and go on to lead a normal life. The key is early detection and treatment. 

Nephrologist Dr. Todd Minga says kidney failure causes fluids and toxins to build up.

"One of the problems when the toxins build up is it affects our brain, it affects our heart, it affects all the organs of the body," he explains.

Bay Medical Announces New Heart Rate Monitor Technology

A small wireless heart rate monitor, that provides long-term and easy access to precise data is now available in Bay County.

Dr. Hari Baddigam at Bay Medical Sacred Heart was the first in the region to  to implant the technology into a patient a few weeks ago and they have already provided the service to five more people.

Bay Medical Sacred Heart Initiates Clinical Trial to Test Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold for Treatment of Heart Disease

Panama City, FL — Interventional cardiologist Dr. Amir Haghighat recently enrolled the first local patient in an investigational trial of Absorb™, a bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS), at Bay Medical Sacred Heart.  Absorb, manufactured by the healthcare company Abbott, is a small mesh tube that is designed to open a blocked heart vessel, restore blood flow to the heart and then dissolve into the blood vessel over time.  The trial, called ABSORB III, is the first U.S. clinical trial to evaluate the potential benefits of Absorb in comparison to a medicated metallic heart stent, also called a drug eluting stent, in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Bay Medical Sacred Heart is the first in the region to enroll patients in the ABSORB III trial. 

Bay Receives Level II Trauma Designations for Bay, Gulf, Washington & Holmes Counties


Bay Medical has been issued a certificate of approval from the Florida Department of Health to serve as a Level II Trauma Center for our region effective Dec. 1, 2013 through November 30, 2020.  Bay Medical is the first and only designated trauma center in Trauma Service Area Two, consisting of Bay, Gulf, Washington and Holmes counties and is the only center between Pensacola and Tallahassee in Northwest Florida.  Bay Medical received provisional status in May of 2012 to serve as a Level II Trauma Center, however a recent survey of trauma services provided at Bay Medical has resulted in full approval.

Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Listed Among  100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care by Healthgrades

Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Listed Among 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care by Healthgrades

Bay Medical-Sacred Heart is ranked among America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care for 2014 according to a new report from Healthgrades®, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation,evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions from 2010 through 2012.

The 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care have superior outcomes in cardiac care services including heart bypass surgeries,Coronary Interventional Procedures, the treatment of heart attack and heart failure. Your risk of death can be significantly lower at a nationally recognized hospital for cardiac care such as Bay Medical.

Modern Medicine: Treating Back Pain

A new technology called InterFuse is used when a patient has a degenerated or damaged disk in the spine.  These problems with the disk can lead to extreme leg and back pain and loss of function.  That's why treatment is so crucial.

Michael Allen Campbell had problems with the disks in his spine that were pressing on the nerves, causing pain.

"I had very bad pain in my left leg, which I could not take anymore.  I was leaning, hunched over and leaning to the left a little.  I could not stand up straight at all," he says.

Bay Medical Center is Among the Most Affordable Hospitals in Florida

NerdWallet Health, a website that empowers consumers to make better decisions about healthcare and insurance, has found the ten most affordable hospitals in Florida – and Bay Medical Center has come in second.

A recent finalist for Health 2.0’s Hospital Price Transparency Challenge, NerdWallet Health used its Best Hospitals tool to analyze the 100 most common treatments at over 100 hospitals in Florida.

Hospital Adds Technology to Detect Lung Cancer Early

A local hospital now offers patients a new method for lung cancer detection that allows physicians to diagnose lung cancer earlier.

Falls: A Big Concern for Elderly Patients

Falls are a big concern for our elderly population:

  • Among older adults age 65 or older, falls are the leading cause of injury or death. (American Trauma Society)
  • 1 out of 3 adults age 65 and older experience a fall each year. (CDC)
  • In 2010 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries in elderly adults were treated in emergency departments with 662,000 hospitalizations reported. (CDC)
  • With this related medical cost was estimated at 30 billion dollars.

High School Senior with Heart Disorder Finds Cure at Bay Medical

High School Senior with Heart Disorder Finds Cure at Bay Medical

Jay Burkey was in the final month of his senior year in high school when he started having trouble breathing.  After a quick trip to the family doctor and a prescription for medication to treat bronchitis, he put his mind back on school. However a few days later he started to feel worse. Much worse. In addition to trouble breathing, his chest hurt and he felt light headed and nauseous. His mother, Melanie, took him to a local emergency room fearing a severe asthma attack.

“In the ER my blood pressure was really low, like 60 over 40 and then my heart rate spiked up to 300 beats a minute,” said Burkey. “I could see my mom at the foot of my bed in the ER and then everything went black.” Burkey was in cardiac arrest. His heart had stopped for 50 seconds until external defibrillators shocked his heart back into action. Later in intensive care, his cardiologist explained what had happened. Burkey had Wolff-Parkinson White syndrome (WPW), a heart rhythm disorder that causes a very fast heart rate. He was quickly transferred to Bay Medical-Sacred Heart in order to receive treatment from Dr. Hari Baddigam, a cardiologist who specializes in electrophysiology

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