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Bay Medical Celebrates Privatization Deal

Two days after finalizing the Bay Medical Center lease and asset purchase agreement, joint venture executives and hospital staff celebrated the historic deal Wednesday.

Sacred Heart Health System and LHP Hospital Group hosted a luncheon for employees outside Bay Medical's main entrance.  Later, physicians and community leaders were guests at a reception.

"I've worked here for thirty two years and this is a beginning for Bay Medical Center," said Sheila Tison, Nurse Manager.  "It's wonderful."

Hospital partners welcome Bay Med employees

Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System officials told employees Wednesday the new capital structure that eliminated the hospital’s outstanding debt will position the hospital to grow and improve.

Hospital employees were invited to a lunch to celebrate the change in governance and the end of the uncertainty the employees felt with the fate of the former not-for-profit at the mercy of the banks that were holding the debt.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Advances in surgery are allowing Bay County doctors to perform spinal surgeries that are much less invasive than traditional methods.

Minimally invasive spine surgery is designed to help with pain associated with the back, leg and herniated or slipped discs.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Cyril Desilva says the minimally invasive surgery allows for less time in the hospital and a much faster recovery.  Traditional surgery requires a large incision and the entire back has to be opened to get to the spine.  The minimally invasive procedure only requires very small incisions. 

Detecting Colon Cancer

A colonoscopy can be a dreaded procedure, but it can save your life.  During a colonoscopy, the patient is sedated, and a camera is used to search the colon for abnormalities.

Even if you have misgivings, doctors recommend most people get a colonoscopy by the time they're 50.  Those with a family history of colon cancer should start screening even earlier.  

Sara Ballard is 61.  She's getting a colonoscopy, just to be safe.

"My family has a history of cancer, so I just want to be aware. My sister had polyps. I went with her and knew it was time for me to get one too," explains Ballard.

Heart Health Month is for Both Men and Women

Earlier this month we had Go Red for Women day, where you were encouraged to wear red to bring attention to women's heart health issues. But with February being heart health month we believe you can't get the message out often enough.

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States, and there are ways you can keep from becoming a victim.

Heart disease does not discriminate - it can happen to anyone.

Interventional Cardiologist Amir Haghighat says he sees patients ranging from their late 20s, as well as those in their 90s.

Heart Disease and Women

Heart Disease is the leading killer of women.  There are ways to lower your risks — the first step is to recognize that there's a problem.

When we think of heart attack, we think of chest pain.  In women, that symptom may not exist.

Hip Replacement Goes Back To The Future

In the 1950's surgeons used what is called the Smith-Peterson approach for hip replacement. It provided a great view of the hip but surgeons had to cut through muscle which meant a long recovery time. Recently the anterior hip procedure was improved and one local orthopedic surgeon is happy to see its revival.

The Most Surgical Time of the Year

Steve McNeil saved $3000 dollars by moving his surgery up one week.  His doctor had originally slated his operation to start at the beginning of next year, but McNeil told him he'd already paid off his deductible for this year.  If the surgery took place a week before the New Year, he wouldn't have to pay a new deductible on January 1st.

"It didn't seem like it was a new reaction, it sounded like he'd heard it before," McNeil said of his doctor's response to the requested date change. "I didn't even have to explain it; as soon as I said it he understood that was a lot of money to come up with."

Holiday EMS Services

It may be a service taken for granted, but Bay Medical Emergency Medical Services is ready at a moment's notice to assist in emergencies. Even during the Christmas holiday.

Aside from responding to an accident at Enzo's yesterday, EMS officials say they didn't receive any unusual calls. That includes one they usually get around this time, turkey frying accidents.

"I don't think we had any of those this year, although that is a very typical call for us," says Lieutenant Liane Harding. "We see a lot of cooking injuries around the holidays, but we actually didn't have any of those yesterday."

Santa Brings Presents and Asthma Education to Students

Santa Claus brought toys and gifts to several hundred screaming and ecstatic elementary school students Tuesday morning.

Bay Medical Center, Hiland Park Baptist Church and Kohl’s teamed up to provide toys, gifts and even asthma education for 1,250 local students.

The students at Oakland Terrace Elementary School had an assembly Tuesday; they met to sing Christmas songs in the cafeteria on the last day before starting the Christmas break. The jolly old elf St. Nick made a surprise appearance at the assembly.

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