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Updates & Innovations Fall 2011

NHLBI study grant covers cost of CT angiography for patients with chest pain

In April, St. John Providence began participating in a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) funded research study, the PROMISE trial, to determine if >64 slice CT angiography provides superior clinical outcomes as compared to a functional testing strategy (usual care) in patients with symptoms concerning for coronary artery disease, such as chest pain.

ABI testing detects PAD to head off heart disease, stroke, and amputations

Patients at risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD) can benefit from annual Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) testing. This reliable and inexpensive test indicates narrowing or blockage of the arteries in the legs leading to circulatory problems, heart disease or stroke. ABI can also be performed to assess if known PAD is getting worse.

Call for physicians and caregivers to join Women’s Health Initiative

The Women’s Health Initiative is a concept focused on integrating the unique health needs of women into the clinical design of services delivered at Providence and Providence Park Hospitals.

Code Stroke dramatically increases tPA administration for acute stroke

In September 2009, stroke neurologists and the neuro interventional team executed a set of protocols that, in less than two years, significantly sped the assessment and care of stroke patients and increased appropriate tPA administration at St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

St. John Hospital first in Southeast Michigan to offer HIPEC

Since the arrival of Richard Berri, MD, St. John Hospital and Medical Center is now the first hospital in Southeast Michigan and one of only approximately 20 centers nationwide to offer a unique treatment involving the use of hot chemotherapy.

Circle of Life award spotlights St. John Providence palliative care

St. John Providence Health System was one of only three organizations nationally to receive the prestigious Circle of Life Award “Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care” from the American Hospital Association this year. The Circle of Life Award celebrates programs across the nation that have made great strides in palliative and end-of-life care.

Clamshell design and advanced technology distinguish Open MRI

Open MRI of Michigan recently installed an open MRI offering higher quality imaging and greater patient comfort. Superior to a large bore MRI, the 1.2 Tesla Hitachi Oasis is a boreless magnet. The clamshell design is not just a wider tube – it has no sides. This allows for more precise positioning, imaging without contrast, easier patient access and face-to-face staff-patient interaction throughout the scan.

Grant supports outpatient breastfeeding program expansion

St. John Hospital and Medical Center received a $1.2 million grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation to support the St. John Mother Nurture Project. This comprehensive breastfeeding program provides direct health services and community-based programming, development of best practices and funding to support preparations for “Baby Friendly” designation for St. John Hospital. The grant will continue through July 2014.

Partners in Care is the next generation of health care

Partners in Care, a 50-50 partnership between St. John Providence Health System and The Physician Alliance – a new physician organization comprised of more than 2,300 physicians in southeast Michigan, was launched in October 2011. St. John Providence is taking a huge step forward in being a healthcare delivery system that delivers coordinated care to patient populations through a lifetime of health management.

Alternative approaches can resolve pediatric ENT issues without surgery

Chronic ear and sinus infections are among the most common diagnoses leading to referral to a pediatric ENT practice. Most patients suffer from a combination of conditions, including upper respiratory infections (URI), coughs, asthma and allergic rhinitis, which have not been resolved with the use of antibiotics or medication.

SJP Weight Loss announces highest level bariatric accreditation

The bariatric surgery center at St. John Hospital and Medical Center has been accredited as a Level I facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). To earn this designation, St. John Hospital met essential criteria that ensure it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the ACS BSCN Accreditation Program.


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