Willie Salazar, 59, was scheduled for a stress test following two weeks of chest pain. “It was a stingy pain that wouldn’t let me breathe,” he describes. That stress test never happened. May 16, 2014 Willie was home alone when the chest pain returned and did not go away. “It got stronger and stronger. I got dizzy and didn’t know where I was."
Lovelace Health System launched the Lovelace Care Concierge program in 2014 as a way to help patients connect with health care providers more easily following hospitalization. First available to TRICARE members at Kirtland Air Force Base, followed by Molina, the program is now available to anyone newly insured. Lovelace Westside Hospital CNO and COO Nancye Cole says this program will transform the patient experience and help improve their health care. “The ‘standard’ in the health care arena is for patients to find and make their own appointments with providers,” shares Nancye.
Speech Language Pathology Manager at Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital, Jennie Saavedra Duran, M.S., CCC-SLP joins us today to talk about a common communication disorder many stroke patients face to better understand Aphasia and how speech therapy can help both patients and their loved ones.
Families of loved ones who have suffered from a devastating stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI) remember exactly when life changed for them. All of the sudden the person who was vibrant, talkative and active is now facing the challenge of getting back to that life with an unforeseen path of obstacles in front of them. They may not be able to communicate. They may have lost mobility.
Yolanda Alcantar, CNRN, Nurse Manager at Lovelace Medical Center shares Lovelace Medical Center’s recent recognition by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and how this is improving outcomes for stroke patients.
Pastor Fabian will never forget the 2 a.m. call to come to Lovelace Medical Center for a patient who had just been admitted from the Emergency Department. “The family met me at the front door of the hospital,” Chaplain Fabian recalls. He followed the patient’s three daughters to the Intensive Care Unit, where their mother laid unconscious in the hospital bed. “The doctors said it was very grim.” Chaplain Fabian sat with the family and prayed until 5 a.m. He returned for the following three days, keeping a beside vigil with the patient and her daughters.
Could a daily “baby” aspirin help ensure the safe delivery of healthy babies? Recent research examines what role aspirin may play in both reducing the risk of miscarriage, as well as reducing the risk of developing preeclampsia later in pregnancy. However, health care providers also warn expectant mothers, or those who are trying to conceive, not to start taking aspirin daily before talk to their provider. Chief of Women’s Services at Lovelace, Dr. Abraham Lichtmacher explains what this latest research means for women considering getting pregnant.
Accidents and injuries happen. In fact, injuries to the foot and ankle are happening more often as our aging population continues to lead active lifestyles.
Lovelace Medical Group will be celebrating the expansion of pulmonary services with a ribbon cutting event on Thursday, April 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Lovelace Medical Towers, located at 500 Walter St. NE, Suite 501. The ribbon cutting will take place at 5 p.m.
Author Elizabeth Berg simply states, “There is incredible value in being of service to others.” For those who volunteer know, they often receive more than they give. We celebrate all our Lovelace volunteers, who so graciously give of their time and talents, this Health Care Volunteer Appreciation Week and recognize their dedication to our patients, visitors and staff. Thank you for all you do!
100 Hours of Service
Lovelace Westside Hospital
Lovelace Women’s Hospital