In the Jan/Feb 2009 Issue

Advances in orthopedic surgery yield better outcomes for patients.

Floyd Memorial Hospital ranked among top five percent nationally according to HealthGrades quality study

Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services announced today it is ranked among the nation’s top five percent of hospitals, according to an independent study of mortality and complication rates for nearly 5,000 hospitals released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings organization. Floyd Memorial has achieved HealthGrades’ 2009 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM based [...]

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Floyd Memorial Foundation’s Guardian Angel Program

The Floyd Memorial Foundation’s new Guardian Angel Program offers patients and visitors a heart-felt way to say thank you to a special associate, physician or volunteer who has made a positive difference in their hospital experience. “Many community members send notes of thanks regarding their experience here at Floyd Memorial; however, some have shared they [...]

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Mysterious Symptoms Can Be Caused by a Common Condition in the Neck

Weakness and stiffness in the arms and legs An electric shock that streaks down the spine upon coughing or sneezing Stumbling and lack of coordination Dropping things, having trouble buttoning a shirt or turning the pages of a book According to Neurosurgeon Michael Doyle, MD, these symptoms can all be caused by a very common, [...]

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Floyd Memorial Laboratory/Blood Bank Earns AABB Accreditation

The Floyd Memorial Laboratory/Blood Bank has earned accreditation from the American Association of Blook Banks (AABB) for transfusion services. The accreditation, which is good for two years, follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and measures the level of medical, technical and administrative performance within the facility against the standards set by [...]

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Looking for a Physician?

Call the Floyd Memorial Doctor Source line at 1-800-4-SOURCE (1-800-476-8723). The friendly staff at our free physician referral line can help you find the doctor that’s just right for your specific needs. Call today and see how easy it is!

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Cutting-Edge Research Brings Advanced Therapies to our Community

Through their involvement in clinical trials, researchers at Floyd Memorial, the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate and the Cancer Center of Indiana are making major contributions to medical science. Because of these clinical trials, many patients in our community have access to advanced therapies that would not be available to them otherwise. Physicians and expert researchers, [...]

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Diabetic Retinopathy Is Frequently the Reason for Eye Surgery

“A large percentage of the surgeries I do,” said Dr. Lazarus, “are for damage to the retina caused by diabetes. My goal is to treat it without surgery whenever possible. However, when a patient does not seek treatment in a timely manner, or when the patient’s condition can’t be treated any other way, surgery becomes [...]

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Leading-Edge Technology Enhances Retinal Surgery

A child’s smile. The pages of a favorite book. A vivid orange-red sunset. These are just a few of the images that enrich our lives. Sight is a gift we all want to preserve. Fortunately, as Howard S. Lazarus, MD, ophthalmologist and fellowship trained medical and surgical retinal specialist explained, “The variety and types of [...]

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Call for Free Take 2 Screening

February is Heart Month, a great time to take advantage of Floyd Memorial’s Take 2 for Heart & Stroke program.  It provides you with a free, comprehensive assessment of your risk of heart attack and stroke that includes screening for high blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels and Body Mass Index (BMI), as well as [...]

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In Their Own Words …

Laura Rodriquez , ICD Patient—51 yrs. old “I was hospitalized for congestive heart failure and learned that my ejection fraction was low, ranging between 20 and 30 percent. When Dr. Gondi explained to me that I needed a defibrillator, it took me a while to make my decision. I’m very conscientious about my health. After [...]

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Remarkable Device Saves Patients from Cardiac Arrest

You may not hear about sudden cardiac arrest as often as you hear about heart attacks, but it is one of our nation’s leading killers. Cardiologist Bapineedu Gondi, MD, treats many patients who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, and explains what it is, its causes and how a remarkable medical device can make [...]

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Make This the Year You Reach Your Healthy Weight

Program Options, Support and Education Are Effective Tools at the Weight Management Center Kelli Applegate, MD, is a general practitioner who sees many patients struggling with serious weight problems. According to Dr. Applegate, “A BMI (Body Mass Index) of 27 or above significantly increases the risk of obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, [...]

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10 Smart Weight Loss Tips from an Expert Dietitian

Amy Brown, RD, MS, CDE is a registered dietitian and clinical exercise specialist who works with patients at the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Weight Management Center. Here, she offers 10 tips that can help you reach your healthy weight. Diet-Related Goals Increase daily servings of fruits and vegetables by one or two a week [...]

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Free Healthy Feet Brochure and Reflector

For a free brochure with a list of tips for preventing foot wounds and a reflective back that will help you see the soles of your feet to perform daily checks, please call 1-800-4-SOURCE (1-800-476-8723).

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What Conditions Can Benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

• Advanced diabetic foot ulcers • Soft tissue damage from radiation therapy • Wound ulcers caused by a localized lack of blood flow that is not relieved by surgery • Healing of skin flaps or graphs created to close large wounds • Serious infection of the bone • Partial osteonecrosis of the bone (death of [...]

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Powerful Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Now Available at the Wound Healing Center

Everyone knows that oxygen is essential to life. But did you know that it is also a powerful healing tool? Because of pure oxygen’s effectiveness in healing some of the most serious wounds and medical conditions, the Floyd Memorial Wound Healing Center has brought hyperbaric oxygen therapy to Southern Indiana. Brian Heimer, MD, a specialist [...]

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Aquatic Therapy Available at New YMCA

The New Albany YMCA offers a new satellite location for Floyd Memorial physical therapy. According to Vannoy, “We are thrilled to be able to offer our patients warm water aquatic therapy. It is helpful for patients with arthritis and for joint replacement patients, both pre- and post-operatively.” The warmth helps patients tolerate the exercise and [...]

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Physical Therapy Puts Patients on the Road to Success

The physical therapists at Floyd Memorial go to work for joint replacement patients even before their surgery. As Kay Vannoy, PT, supervisor of Physical Medicine, said, “We explain to them what to expect, and get them started on exercises to help increase their mobility and build their strength in preparation for surgery. We also show [...]

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Joint Replacement Surgery Has Come a Long Way

Significant advancements have been made in joint replacement since it became available on a widespread basis in the mid-seventies. John Conner, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with a great deal of experience in knee and hip joint replacement. As he explained, “Improvements in surgical techniques and the materials used in the artificial joints are making [...]

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Specialized Unit Enhances Orthopedic Care

Patients who have undergone joint replacement or other orthopedic surgeries at Floyd Memorial now stay in a 16-bed surgical inpatient unit that was designed to offer the specific features and services they need. As Margaret Krawczyk, RN, director of nursing, explained, “The rooms have specialized equipment, and they are larger so that patients can get [...]

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Floyd Memorial Orthopedic Services Ranked Among the Best in Indiana

HealthGrades, a leader in the field of independent healthcare quality measurement, recently published their orthopedic rankings for 2009. A five-star rating represents the highest ranking, which goes only to the very best performers. Floyd Memorial is pleased to announce that we are the recipient of the following from HealthGrades: Ranked among the top 10 in [...]

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Focus on Orthopedics

Advances In Fracture Care Yield Major Benefits Fracturing a bone is a painful and frightening experience that can turn your life upside down. If not treated properly, it can have long-term consequences. However, a number of exciting advances in the care of fractures has improved treatment and outcomes for many patients. Ganesh Ramachandran, DO, MPH, [...]

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A Message from Mark Shugarman

Welcome to 2009. With the start of the New Year, I would like to extend to you a personal invitation to choose Floyd Memorial as your partner to help improve your overall health and wellbeing. We can help you live a healthier lifestyle with programs ranging from free screenings and seminars to smoking cessation programs [...]

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On the Cover

Orthopedic Surgeons John Conner, MD, Ganesh Ramachandran, DO and Edward Bell, MD, lend their skill and training to bettering patient outcomes and ensuring top-notch orthopedic care.

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