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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Credit Unions, Supporting Groups Debut Horticultural Therapy Suite at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

Cleveland, OH – Credit unions and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital joined the 2016 Republican National Convention and RealClearPolitics to open a horticultural therapy suite in Angie’s Garden at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. Today’s ribbon cutting marks an end to the construction that credit unions funded earlier this spring to open a horticultural therapy suite in honor of the 2016 RNC, taking place in Cleveland.
The new horticultural therapy suite is an enhancement of Angie’s Garden at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. Angie’s Garden is part of the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute.

Monday, July 11, 2016

University Hospitals Case Medical Center cardiologists first to implant Abbott ‘Absorb’ Stent in Midwest

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals Case Medical Center is among the first in the country – and the first in Ohio - to offer and deploy the Abbott Absorb stent, a completely bioresorbable stent. The Absorb stent works exactly as its traditional metallic predecessors in that it opens a blocked coronary artery, with one major exception – it dissolves completely in the body two to three years after implantation.
On July 8, University Hospitals (UH) implanted its first Absorb dissolving stent on a patient with coronary artery disease. There are only 50 sites around the nation which will launch the Absorb product and UH is the only hospital in Ohio. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Many women with early stage breast cancer experience functional decline after initiating treatment

CLEVELAND – In a study of older women with newly diagnosed stage I to III breast cancer, approximately one in five lost the ability to complete some of the basic tasks necessary for independent living within one year of initiating treatment. The study also found that a simple survey can help identify which women are at risk of such functional decline. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.
A person’s functional status is a key measure of health. Previous research has shown that functional decline is associated with a decreased likelihood of recovery from a serious illness, an increased likelihood of dying, and a reduced ability to tolerate cancer treatment. Functional decline also results in a significant financial burden on individuals and society at large.
Because preventing functional decline could provide a number of benefits, it is important to identify which patients are most vulnerable. Cynthia Owusu, MD, MS, of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and her colleagues attempted to do so in a group of 184 women aged 65 years and older who had been recently diagnosed with stage I to III breast cancer. The researchers used the Vulnerable Elders Survey, a 13-item self-administered tool that has been validated in community-dwelling elders to predict functional decline or death within 12 months. Patients completed the survey just prior to breast cancer treatment.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Appoint New Department Chairmen

CLEVELAND – Christopher N. Miller, MD, MS, has been appointed chairman of the department of emergency medicine and Goutham Rao, MD, CM, has been appointed chairman of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Making the announcements were Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD, dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Daniel I. Simon, MD, president of University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

In a joint statement, Davis and Simon said: “Dr. Miller and Dr. Rao have both demonstrated a wealth of professional qualities that make them ideal for these roles. They are highly respected clinicians, researchers, and educators with the managerial and clinical skills to further advance these departments as leaders in their fields.” 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Rooftop garden in full bloom at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

CLEVELAND – The community is invited to experience one of only a few hospital rooftop gardens in the country at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow). Angie’s Garden, a 7,500-square-foot healing garden located on UH Rainbow’s 9th floor, is a place where all patients and their families can be outside, away from the clinical environment, in their own nature oasis.

“Angie’s Garden is in full bloom, with a beautiful color palate that includes various scents and textures found in a sensory garden,” says Kristina Arthur, UH Rainbow’s horticulturalist. “It is amazing to watch a family enter the garden and see an instant and noticeable shift from patients and caregivers to simply kids and parents.”

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