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Friday, October 09, 2015

University Hospitals Case Medical Center receives highest nursing credential with prestigious Magnet® recognition . . . again

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals Case Medical Center has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.
“With this re-designation, UH Case Medical Center retains its place among the best of the best, as part of the Magnet community – a select group of 422 out of nearly 6,000 U.S. health care organizations,” said Jane E. Dus DNP, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, University Hospitals Case Medical Center. “I join my colleagues in celebrating ANCC’s ongoing recognition of our entire nursing team for the excellent care provided to our patients across the continuum from the bedside to our ambulatory centers.  As one of the original Magnet hospitals, UH Case Medical Center is proud to reaffirm its long tradition of nursing professionalism.”
Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges health care organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Menopausal women experiencing distressing pain during sex suffer due to misperceptions

CLEVELAND – Results from qualitative research of postmenopausal women with vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA) show that they recognize the significant physical, emotional and psychological consequences of untreated dyspareunia (painful sex) yet they continue to suffer because of misperceptions about the condition and a general lack of understanding about treatment options.

Sheryl A. Kingsberg, PhD, Chief of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of OB/GYN at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, will present the findings during an oral presentation, “Women’s Attitudes and Behaviors towards Vulvar and Vaginal Atrophy.” The presentation is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 4:45 p.m. PDT at The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) 2015 Annual Meeting, held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas from Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2015. This announcement was made by University Hospitals Case Medical Center and TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (NYSE MKT: TXMD).  This qualitative research was funded by TherapeuticsMD.

“Many women continue to experience pain during sex because they mistakenly believe VVA to be a sexual consequence of aging instead of the true medical condition that we know it to be," said Dr. Kingsberg, who is also Professor of Reproductive Biology and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “Although they characterize their symptoms in medical terms – severe pain,  sensitivity and soreness that lasts for days, and vaginal bleeding and irritation – they perceive these symptoms to be part of a sexual problem that is not supposed to be discussed with, and managed by, a health care professional. This may help explain why VVA remains underdiagnosed and undertreated, with only 7 percent of women who experience symptoms treated with prescription therapy.”

Thursday, September 17, 2015

New prostate cancer screening review article advocates for active surveillance

CLEVELAND – In the wake of changing guidelines related to prostate cancer screening, a newly published review article out of University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland provides important guidance about the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. The peer-reviewed article, titled Prostate Cancer Screening and the Associated Controversy, was published in the October issue of Surgical Clinics of North America.

The team conducted a thorough review of recent large-scale studies and assessed the impact of shifting guidelines related to PSA screening, which measures levels of PSA in the blood. Lead authors Robert Abouassaly, MD, William Tabayoyong, MD, PhD, and colleagues found that active surveillance can reduce the harms of overtreatment in prostate cancer.
“While PSA screening has reduced prostate cancer mortality, it is not very accurate and has led to overdiagnosis and overtreatment,” says Dr. Abouassaly, urologist at UH Seidman Cancer Center and Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “Because prostate cancer can be slow-growing, we recommend active surveillance, a treatment approach during which patients are monitored and tested at regular intervals.”

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

University Hospitals launches real-time online appointment booking, physician reviews through ZocDoc

CLEVELAND  – University Hospitals (UH) is launching real-time online appointment booking and physician reviews, giving Northeast Ohio patients seamless, any-time access to UH physicians. Powered by national digital health marketplace ZocDoc, UH is the first hospital system to offer real-time online booking to Ohio patients.
UH’s collaboration with ZocDoc enhances patients’ ability to more conveniently find and schedule appointments with doctors any time of day, even when the office is closed. Forty percent of appointments scheduled via ZocDoc are booked outside of typical business hours.
“This service brings great value and convenience to patients,” said University Hospitals CEO Thomas F. Zenty III.  “Patients, as consumers, deserve and expect convenience and information. We want to make it easy for them to choose and stay with UH as their healthcare partner. This modern yet simple access breakthrough helps us engage patients on their own terms and their own schedules.”


Tuesday, September 08, 2015

New NIH-Funded study explores the impact of exercise on breast cancer outcomes first-of-its-kind clinical trial launched at UH Case Medical Center

CLEVELAND – Physician-scientists at University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s Seidman Cancer Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine are leading a new study exploring the impact of exercise on outcomes for older breast cancer survivors.
The five-year study will test the effect of physical activity on functional status, body composition and biomarkers associated with breast cancer prognosis among older breast cancer survivors, with a special focus on older African American and low socioeconomic status women. Funded by a $2.8 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Disparities to the School of Medicine, the clinical trial is currently recruiting early-stage breast cancer survivors over the age of 65.
The study is led by Cynthia Owusu, MD, Principal Investigator, and a team of investigators from University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center and The Gathering Place in Beachwood.

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