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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.

Bay Medical Center Submits Lease Document to the Bay County Commission for Review

The administration of Bay Medical Center today presented to the County Commission for its review an agreement to lease the hospital to a joint venture between Sacred Heart Health System and LHP Hospital Group, Inc.  The Bay Medical Center Board of Trustees has not yet taken its final vote on the agreement, but last week authorized administration to forward the agreement on to the County Commission.   The form of the agreement is now substantially complete.  The Bay Medical Center Board of Trustees is expected to hold a workshop within the next two weeks and take a final vote on the lease transaction soon. If approved by the Bay Medical Center Board, the agreements would then require approval from the County Commission.

Bay Medical Center President and CEO Steve Johnson said, “It has taken a lot of hard work by all three organizations to finalize the details of the agreement. But I am convinced that the negotiations have produced an agreement that will greatly benefit our community and our hospital.”

Robotic Surgery Decreases Pain, Hospital Stay

Mickey Kirksey joked that when he went in for major lung surgery on a Monday morning, the next day the hospital staff told his pastor, who came for a visit, that he already had gone home.

The successful thoracotomy was performed using the da Vinci surgical robot, which made Kirksey’s recovery quick and with a minimal amount of pain.

“I went into surgery Monday morning and I was home and in bed Tuesday night,” Kirksey said. “I was very pleased and I would recommend the da Vinci procedure to other patients.”

Bay Medical Announces New Technology For Stroke Prevention

Bay Medical announced today the use of a new technology to treat carotid artery disease in patients deemed high-risk for surgery.  The Mo.Ma Ultra Proximal Cerebral Protection Device is used during a minimally invasive catheterization procedure to prevent plaque debris in the carotid artery from traveling into the brain and causing a stroke.

Bay Medical Chosen by Consumers as Highest Quality Provider in Research Study

Bay Medical has been recognized by National Research Corporation (NRC) as one of the nation’s top hospitals in the 2011/2012 Consumer Choice Awards.  The award identifies hospitals which healthcare consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image in over 300 markets throughout the U.S.

Bay Medical was chosen as the image and quality leader by consumers in the Panama City – Lynn Haven, Florida area for the past three years in a row. 

Importance of Mammograms

According to The American Cancer Society, more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, but millions of women are surviving this disease because of early detection.

Judy White says she had no symptoms and never thought it would happen to her.  It did.  Judy was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of August after a screening mammogram detected a problem.  She says she "was a bad girl and didn't go every year."  Her doctor kept encouraging her to get a screening mammogram.  Luckily, she eventually did.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin screening mammograms at 40 years of age, with self-exams prior.

Uterine Ablation

Some women suffer from debilitating menstrual cycles.  Women who suffer from heavy bleeding can now find relief with a procedure called uterine ablation. It's an alternative to hysterectomy.

Dr. Krystal VanLowe from Coastal OBGYN recently moved to the Bay County area and specializes in uterine ablation procedures.

"If we can stop the problem, the heavy bleeding...then we don't need to have major surgery. You don't have to be off work for 4 to 6 weeks," Dr. VanLowe explains.

BMC Introduces New Spinal Procedure

The scar on Tammy Hussar’s neck was displayed with pride Monday morning as the Florida Highway Patrol officer talked about her mark as a badge of honor and salvation.

Hussar, 47, was severely injured on duty in February when a driver fell asleep at the wheel and collided with Hussar’s patrol car. The accident caused a disk in Hussar’s spine to impinge on her spinal cord, causing severe pain and even numbness in her extremities.

“I truly believed that the rest of my life was going to be sitting on the couch taking pain medication,” Hussar said.

Impella Heart Pump Saves Lives

Imagine having a heart problem, but the only way to treat it is with a high risk procedure. This can be a tricky decision, but a new device makes treatment safer.  The Impella device was FDA approved in 2008, and it's now available at Bay Medical Center.  It's a mini heart pump that supports the heart during high risk procedures.

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