New Service Lines Added to Our Lineup
, also known as interventional neuroradiology, utilizes
minimally invasive procedures to treat complex diseases that affect the delicate areas
of the brain, neck and spine. These minimally invasive procedures allow our surgeons to
effectively treat various conditions, suchas brainaneurysms, arteriovenousmalformations,
arteriovenous fistulas and stroke. How you may ask? The procedure is done by threading
small wires and catheters through arteries and veins. Through this minimally invasive
technique, conditions are treated from within the blood vessels, without the need of a
traditional surgical procedure. At the end of the day, utilizing these minimally invasive
procedures provide many benefits to our patients, such as fewer complication rates and
quicker recovery times.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
has changed the future of cardiac
care. Until recently, the only way to get a new heart valve was to have open heart surgery.
The TAVR procedure allows patients to undergo aortic valve replacement through a small
incision in the skin. Whether or not the patient is eligible for a TAVR procedure is up to the
TAVR team. If the patient is determined to be high risk or is too sick for open heart surgery,
then TAVR may be the answer that is the most appropriate for some of our patients. How
does it work? The less invasive procedure allows for a new valve to be inserted within the
diseased aortic valve while the patient’s heart is still beating. A cardiopulmonary bypass
isn’t required, however, during parts of the procedure, the patient’s heart rate may need
to be temporarily increased to a very fast rate, which results in a lower than normal blood
flow to vital organs for short periods of time. The TAVR procedure can be performed
through three different approaches – transfemoral, tranasapical or transaortic. Through
TAVR, patients that have been identified to have complications from a traditional open
heart surgery are provided with an alternative that is better suited for them.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Don’t wait until the last minute! Take the 2014 Code of Conduct
with anticipation. All employees must complete the Code of
Conduct by Friday, October 31, 2014. To access the course, visit
our Intranet homepage from an HCA computer and click on the
Education tab. From there, select the healthstream link and log-in.
Once you log-in, you will see the 2014 Code of Conduct available
in your assigned courses.
What is HCA’s Code of Conduct?
The HCA Code of Conduct provides guidance and assists us in
carrying out our daily activities with appropriate ethical and legal
standards. The online version of the Code of Conduct includes links
to other beneficial resources, including policies and procedures.
It also includes questions and answers to help each of us better
understand how the Code applies to situations we encounter.
If you have any questions, please contact your Supervisor,
Human Resources Department, or Ethics & Compliance Officer,
Vickie Warner, at extension *74575. You can also call our Ethics
Line at 800-455-1996.