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For more than 25 years, St. Lucie Medical Center has continued to grow and provide world-class care to the residents of Port St. Lucie.

Tips for Choosing Your Child's Pediatrician

One of the first decisions you make for your child is also one of the most important: who will provide your little one’s newborn care? Your child’s pediatrician will play an instrumental role in his or her health and development, from infancy through adolescence, so choosing the right provider is crucial. Here is a look at some of the things you should consider when selecting a pediatrician.

Office Location and Hours

For newborn care, you will make a significant number of trips to the pediatrician, so it makes sense to choose an office that is convenient to your home. This will also make it easier to run in for check-ups after school and acute care appointments as your child gets older. Be sure to also look into the office’s hours. If you work and the office opens late or closes early most days, it may not be a good fit for you.

Hospital Privileges

One of the most important things to know about a pediatrician is which hospitals he or she is affiliated with and has privileges at. If you have a pediatric ER you would prefer to use if your child becomes ill, and your pediatrician can’t provide care at that hospital, you can run into difficulties. Be sure your pediatrician has privileges at your preferred hospital to avoid any unexpected issues.

Comfort Level

Perhaps most importantly, you need to be comfortable with the doctor providing care for your child. You should feel free to ask any questions you have and that the pediatrician is making your child’s care a priority. If you feel rushed or that you can’t communicate freely with the doctor, take it as a sign to consider other providers.

With our pediatric friendly ER to our full range of children’s services, St. Lucie Medical Center is invested in the well-being of your child. If you’re looking for a great pediatrician, we can help. Call us at 1-800-382-3522 for a referral.

When It Comes to Age, Stroke Does Not Discriminate

When most people think of stroke, they think of older patients. However, while strokes are more common in older people, patients can and do enter the pediatric ER suffering from these so-called brain attacks. Young adults are also potential victims. The truth is that stroke can occur at any age, so everyone needs to be aware of the causes, symptoms and prevention techniques. Here’s what you need to know.

What Causes Strokes?

Stroke occurs when there is a disruption of blood flow in or to the brain. This can be caused by a blood clot that stops the brain from getting the oxygenated blood it needs, or it can be the result of a hemorrhage in which a blood vessel bursts, causing bleeding in the brain. Many factors contribute to stroke, including pre-existing medical conditions, smoking and high blood pressure. Sometimes, people experience strokes without having any of the traditional risk factors. This is especially true in younger patients.

What Are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of stroke are the same for everyone. They include sudden slurring of the words, difficulty speaking, difficulty seeing, and weakness or drooping on one side of the body. You may also experience fatigue and sudden headache. It’s especially important for parents of young children and young adults to know these symptoms and to react when they occur. Treatment for stroke is more effective when it is started soon after symptoms begin, but young people tend to get treatment late because of the assumption that a stroke can’t happen to them. Delaying treatment can lead to permanent brain damage and even loss of life.

Can Stroke Be Prevented?

The best ways to prevent stroke are ageless. Eat a healthy diet low in fat and sodium and rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Don’t smoke, and if you do, quit. Get regular physical activity, maintain a healthy weight and work with your doctor to keep any chronic conditions you have under control.

In the certified primary Stroke Center and ER at St. Lucie Medical Center, we provide lifesaving stroke care to patients of all ages. For additional information about stroke and emergency care, please call 1-800-382-3522.

St. Lucie Medical Center's Emergency Room at Darwin Square Opens June 15, 8 a.m.

Port St. Lucie, FL (June 12, 2015) – St. Lucie Medical Center will open its Offsite Emergency Room at Darwin Square on Monday, June 15 at 8 a.m.

The offsite ER will provide the surrounding community with immediate access to experienced, board-certified emergency room physicians and will offer a full range of emergency services.

“We are excited to open our Offsite Emergency Room at Darwin Square. By opening this facility we are offering quality and convenient emergency services for those that live in western Port St. Lucie,” said Jay Finnegan, St. Lucie Medical Center, Chief Executive Officer.

The St. Lucie Emergency Room at Darwin Square is committed to delivering comprehensive emergency medical services to the residents of western Port St. Lucie, 24/7. It was built with special consideration for pediatric and geriatric patients. The 11,000 square foot facility houses 11 private treatment rooms. Additionally, the facility includes a laboratory, a pharmacy and advanced imaging equipment - including a 64-Slice CT, Ultrasound and a Digital X-ray.

The physicians are board certified in emergency medicine and are committed to providing patients with the highest level of care and personalized attention. The multidisciplinary team of caring professionals, including nurses, respiratory therapists, radiology and laboratory professionals and pharmacists, all work together to provide quality care to patients. St. Lucie Medical Center’s Emergency Room at Darwin Square will provide the same level of care as the main campus emergency room located on Tiffany Ave.

Two events were held over the last week at the location, 3275 S.W. Darwin Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34953, to help raise awareness throughout the community. The Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, June 6, was attended by over 1,000 people. In addition to the tours and safety information, each child was given a free teddy bear, theirs to keep, to walk through what they might expect as a visitor to the ER.

“We know an emergency room visit can traumatize the little ones. We hold Teddy Bear Clinics to help explain to children, and their parents, what they can expect when they visit an ER,” said Jim Kruger, Assistant Vice President of Nursing, St. Lucie Medical Center.

The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Wednesday, June 10, and was attended by over 200 local business leaders, community leaders and elected officials. The Mayor of Port St. Lucie, Gregory J. Oravec, Vice Mayor of Port St. Lucie, Linda Bartz, and Councilwoman of District 3, Shannon Martin, were present.

St. Lucie Medical Center is a 229-bed acute care facility. Since 1983, SLMC has continually provided quality care to thousands of its neighbors on the Treasure Coast. The combined efforts of more than 400 skilled physicians and more than 850 dedicated employees have resulted in one of the most comprehensive healthcare facilities.



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Nashville, Tenn., June 8, 2015 – HCA (NYSE:HCA) today presented the 2014 HCA Awards of Distinction to five recipients at a ceremony in Nashville.

The HCA Awards of Distinction include the Frist Humanitarian Awards, which annually honor an employee, physician and volunteer, each of whom embody HCA co-founder Dr. Thomas Frist Sr.’s volunteer spirit and compassion. The HCA Awards of Distinction also include the HCA Excellence in Nursing Awards, a new honor that celebrates HCA nurses who promote professional mentorship and compassionate care.

“For more than 40 years, HCA has honored individuals for their achievements and contributions to their communities and our organization through the Frist Humanitarian Awards,” said Milton Johnson, chairman and CEO of HCA. “This year, through the new HCA Excellence in Nursing Award, we also recognize two exceptional nurses whose work and lives reflect the patient-centered and humanitarian values upon which our company was founded.”

At today’s 2014 HCA Awards of Distinction ceremony, the 43 rd annual Frist Humanitarian Awards were presented to three recipients: Christy Allen, a cardiac care nurse at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., Jan Wilson, a 94 year-old volunteer at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, and Dr. Jennifer Dow, an emergency room physician at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage.

Recipients of the first HCA Excellence in Nursing Awards also were announced at the ceremony. This new award will be presented annually to two HCA nurses who demonstrate excellence in compassionate care and professional mentoring. Barbara Edwards, a medical-surgical nurse at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and JoAnne Pryor, a critical care nurse at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., are the first two recipients of these awards.

Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients

Established in 1971, the Frist Humanitarian Awards honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. The awards are given annually in recognition of the caring spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., a founder of HCA. Employees, volunteers and medical staff members who demonstrate commitment and dedication to providing outstanding care and humanitarianism are selected from around the country, and honorees are recognized at the local level. The three national recipients were selected from more than 200 hospital-level honorees.

The Frist Humanitarian Awards include a $5,000 donation to the charity of the recipient’s choice and $5,000 in cash for the employee and volunteer. The medical staff honoree receives a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice.

“Every year as we celebrate the Frist Humanitarian Awards, I am extremely proud of the level of compassion, service and commitment demonstrated by our employees, physicians and volunteers,” said Johnson. “Dr. Frist Sr. would be proud of the selfless acts Christy, Jan and Dr. Dow have made in their pursuits to help others.”

Christy Allen, RN, the employee recipient of the 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award, has dedicated her time and talents to serving others. Her compassion and selflessness extend from her work as a cardiac care nurse at West Florida Hospital, to time spent volunteering with children’s homes and rehabilitation centers, to a very personal relationship with a local homeless man. Since meeting this man in 2010, Christy has met with him twice a week to personally wash and care for an infection on his foot. She also has helped him access medical supplies, care, housing and encouragement. He says of Christy, “she has given me a new life.”

Jan Wilson, the volunteer recipient of the 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award, has volunteered with the Alaska Regional Hospital Auxiliary for 33 years. She began a lifetime of volunteer work as a member of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services (WAVES) during World War II, and at 94 years old, still logs several hours of volunteer work each week at the hospital’s information desk. In addition to her dedication to volunteerism, Jan enjoyed a successful 30-year career as a lawyer, and maintained her license until she was 90.

Jennifer Dow, MD, the physician recipient of the 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award, has used her career to pursue dual passions of spending time outdoors and helping others. In addition to her 18 years of work in the emergency room at Alaska Regional Hospital, Dr. Dow serves as a volunteer medical advisor for the Alaska region of the National Park Service. In this role, Dr. Dow spends time training other medical volunteers and caring for patients suffering from unexpected medical issues while hiking, camping or exploring the national parklands. Dr. Dow also serves as chair for the American Red Cross of Alaska Board of Directors.

Excellence in Nursing Award Recipients

The Excellence in Nursing Awards were established this year to honor outstanding HCA nurses who demonstrate excellence in professional mentoring and compassionate care. The awards will be presented annually. In this inaugural year, the two national recipients were selected from more than 100 hospital-level honorees.

The HCA Excellence in Nursing Awards include a $5,000 donation to the charity of the recipient’s choice and $5,000 in cash.

“At HCA, our more than 56,000 nurses contribute directly to our mission of providing the highest quality care to the patients we serve,” said HCA senior vice president and chief nurse executive Dr. Jane Englebright. “We are excited to introduce the HCA Excellence in Nursing Awards, which honor the exceptional work done by our nurses. Barbara and JoAnne set a high standard as the first recipients of this award, and we look forward to recognizing more outstanding HCA nurses over the years to come.”

Barbara Edwards, RN, is the recipient of the 2014 HCA Excellence in Nursing Award in Professional Mentoring. In her more than two decades at St. Lucie Medical Center, Barbara has worked to improve patient care and the patient experience by mentoring nurses, hosting workshops for new nursing graduates and serving as co-chair of the Nursing Quality Council. She mentors nurses at 13 hospitals and has written two publications. Barbara is also dedicated to her community, and serves as a mentor at the Boys and Girls Clubs and a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

JoAnne Pryor, RN, is the recipient of the 2014 HCA Excellence in Nursing Award in Compassionate Care. As an ICU and CVICU nurse at West Florida Hospital, JoAnne often works with patients and families who need end-of-life care. She supports survivors by creating handprint or footprint mementos of their loved ones and providing words of comfort. For the senior population of patients in the ICU and CVICU, JoAnne, provides ‘spa level pampering’ sessions to help them feel their best while hospitalized, including shampoo, hair styling, makeup for the ladies and a shave for the men. Her compassion and intuition have helped many patients and families through periods of grief.

For more information about the 2014 Frist Humanitarian Awards and HCA Excellence in Nursing Awards recipients, please visit


All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used throughout this document refer to HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.


Contact: Catherine W. Chaney

St. Lucie County Fire District


(St. Lucie County, FL) Beginning last spring, through combined efforts of the St. Lucie County Fire District, the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County and Kids Connected By Design over 500 child passenger seats were installed. In addition, they have inspected 216 seats, with only 42 of those installed correctly, or 80% installed incorrectly by parents or guardians.

“This means there are 500 infants and toddlers who are safer today, because in their travels they are safely buckled into a car seat,” said St. Lucie County Fire Chief Ron Parrish, “but just as importantly 216 others are also safe, as parents can be reassured that their seats are installed correctly.”

Nationally, 75% of all car seats are installed improperly. To solve this problem the Fire District with the DOH in St. Lucie and Kids Connected By Design launched this program, training 27 firefighters and employees as Child Passenger Seat Technicians.

Child Safety Seat inspections and installations are held twice a month, but appointments are needed. Call 462-3501 to schedule your appointment

When scheduling your appointment, please have the following information:

· Age and weight of the child

· Make, model and year of the vehicle

· Manufacturer, name and model number of the car seat.

If you don’t have a car seat, there are a limited number of car seats available. We ask for a $20 donation. You must bring your child, car seat and vehicle to the appointment. Please bring the User’s Manuals for both the vehicle and car seat.

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