Updates & Innovations Early Fall 2013
Patients at risk for stroke due to atrial fibrillation who cannot take blood thinning medications now have an option to prevent strokes. Approximately 90 percent of strokes that occur due to blood clots in atrial fibrillation patients result from clots formed in the left atrial appendage (LAA). The LARIAT™ Suture Delivery Device blocks blood clots from traveling via the LAA to the brain.
The first three patients in the United States to receive the AMPLATZER™ Cardiac Plug (ACP) as part of a nationwide clinical trial received the device at the Providence Hospital Heart Institute this spring. The ACP device is designed to prevent blood clots from migrating out of the left atrial appendage (LAA) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who have a high risk for stroke. Patients with untreated atrial fibrillation are four to five times more likely to have a stroke; 80 to 90 percent of clots originate in the left atrial appendage.
St. John Providence investigators participated in the NOCTURNE trial investigating a medication to help patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). Tolvaptan is the first drug proven to retard cyst growth in patients with ADPKD. In other studies, smaller cyst volume predicted a better outcome for patients with ADPKD, but longer term studies will confirm if this medication can prevent kidney disease progression and forestall the need for dialysis and/or a kidney transplant.
At no cost to families, St. John Providence Children’s Hospital offers a 12-week Pediatric Obesity Program for children ages seven to 18 with body mass indices (BMIs) between the 85th and 98th percentiles for age and gender. Referrals are by physician only. Our team has mailed information packets to St. John Providence Health System pediatricians and family practice physicians that included referral forms. For a packet, contact Sara E. Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (313) 343-7302.
Vascular surgeons at Providence Hospital offer physicians direct access to vascular disease management, convenient diagnostic testing and advanced surgical capabilities.
Surgery presents unique challenges for patients recovering from drug/alcohol addiction. Pain management, tolerance to pain medications or sedative-hypnotics and risk of relapse are top concerns. At Brighton Center for Recovery, our goal is to help practitioners understand these issues, minimize risk of relapse and offer support for successful surgery.
Physicians at Providence Hospital’s Michigan Ear Institute offer a variety of solutions for both conductive (ear drum/ossicles) and nerve hearing loss. At MEI, patients are evaluated by one of eight licensed, board-certified otologists or nine board-certified audiologists. Removable and implanted hearing aids, cochlear implants and reconstructive surgery techniques have made hearing possible for many patients.
From the initial telephone call to a two-year post surgery guarantee, the St. John Providence Hernia Center staff is dedicated to providing patients with high-quality, customer-focused care.
When patients with aortic stenosis develop heart failure, their average life expectancy falls to two years. When aortic stenosis is repaired through aortic valve implantation, life expectancy returns to normal for patients in good health. A patient in his mid-80s who has aortic stenosis but is relatively healthy otherwise may live to age 93 or longer following successful aortic valve replacement, with a much higher quality of life.
In October 2014, St. John Providence Health System, and all healthcare providers across the United States, will adopt a new and comprehensive set of codes to use in documenting diseases, diagnoses and procedures. The system is called ICD-10, and it replaces ICD-9, which has been in use for more than 30 years.
A high-impact, high-visibility TV ad campaign began June 24 with a new tag line: "Believe in Better." The fresh, creative content has already begun to make consumers take notice and remember what St. John Providence stands for in the market. Two new 60-second and 30-second ads are running on Metro Detroit broadcast stations (ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX) and numerous cable channels. The ads depict a compassionate approach to health care and illustrate the bond between St. John Providence physicians and their patients through emotional, personal moments. They portray patients overcoming their health obstacles thanks to St. John Providence medical staff. Visit www.youtube.com/stjohnprovidence to view the new advertisements.
Now available at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Macomb Center, Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) offers more accurate and thorough information than traditional endoscopy. It is ideal for diagnosing conditions involving the digestive tract and can be used as a complementary procedure to other technologies including CT and PET scans.
Governor Rick Snyder appointed Jeffrey Weingarten, MD, director of Providence Hospital’s Voice and Communication Center, to the Board of Speech Language Pathology for 2013. The 11-member board regulates the licensure and practice of all speech language pathologists, weighs-in on disciplinary actions and testing requirements, and assures that all qualifications are maintained.