St. Joseph Medical Center (SJMC) recently announced that Kimberly “Kim” Bassett has joined the hospital as President, effective June 14. Carl “Bo” Beaudry, who served as Interim President since August 2017, is now President of the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, which is part of the Steward Health Care System along with SJMC. In making the announcement, Josh Putter, President of Steward’s Texas/Louisiana Region, said that Bassett’s background and experience gives her a unique perspective and skill set to lead SJMC in the ever changing world of health care and the competitive Houston market. “Kim brings extensive experience and strong leadership skills to St. Joseph as she fosters a collaborative approach toward providing patients with the best care and experience … [Read more...] about St. Joseph Medical Center announces new president
Summertime is the best time for many – sun, sand, and the water call their names, and off to the waterfront or beach they go. But there is some very real danger if we’re not careful -- and some easy ways to prevent it. UV radiation is one of the leading factors for developing skin cancer, such as basal cell, squamous cell and the more commonly recognized melanoma cancers. Additionally, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., with an estimated one in five Americans likely to develop it during their lifetime according to the American Academy of Dermatology. So how can local neighbors guard against the effects of UV rays? Further complicating the matter for potential vacation-goers could be the recent act signed into law by the governor of Hawaii, which will be the first bill … [Read more...] about Protecting your skin from damaging UV rays
Many seek to make a difference, to make an impact on the world however possible, no matter their gifts – and one local hospital recently continued its annual glimpse into how students can make a difference in a patient’s life no matter their role. Each year, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital offers a summer junior volunteer program, when students age 15 to 17 can volunteer during the summer, or volunteer year-round beginning with placement in the summer program, which runs June 1 to July 31. During the program, MHGH also sets aside time for educators to learn more about the inner workings of a hospital from all angles, both operational and technical. “I just wanted to get a feel for the hospital, because I do want to go into the medical field – I want to make a difference … [Read more...] about Students, educators learn the ropes at MHGH
Memorial Hermann Greater Heights For The Leader If you think it’s old-fashioned to have a family medicine doctor, think again. Today’s primary care physicians (PCPs) – specialists in family medicine – do much more than treat sniffles, sprains and sinus infections. They are also preventive medicine specialists, health coaches and care coordinators for their patients. Heather Hamilton, MD, and Kesha Zaveri, DO, PCPs affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, are about as far as possible from “grandfatherly,” but they share the same old-fashioned concern for creating long-term relationships that ensure good health for their patients. Dr. Zaveri describes PCPs as “the first line of defense for you and your health. Our goal is to keep you healthy, starting with … [Read more...] about Who really needs a PCP?
June is designated “Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month” and a time to increase public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, available resources and how people can get involved to support the cause. Alzheimer’s disease is one of an overall group of dementia conditions that describe a decline in memory or other thinking skills. Usually the symptoms are severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. There are many conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. Members of the St. Joseph Senior Advantage Program can join Anand Balasubramanian, M.D., an internist on the medical staff of St. Joseph, for a free breakfast seminar to learn about dementia, its symptoms, … [Read more...] about Are you ready if dementia strikes?