Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Brain Tumor Association to host “Together in Hope” seminar
Last year, more than 22,000 new cases of primary malignant brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumors were diagnosed across the country, according to the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States.
Moffitt Cancer Center and the Florida Brain Tumor Association (FBTA) will address the growing number and the latest trends in the collaborative “Together in Hope” seminar slated for Saturday, Jan. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Moffitt’s Vincent A. Stabile Research Building on Magnolia Drive.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity for Moffitt and the FBTA to come together for a day dedicated to discussing the challenges of brain cancer,” said Peter Forsyth, MD, chair of the Department of Neuro-Oncology at Moffitt, who will also serve as a guest speaker for the seminar.
The “Together in Hope” event is open to healthcare professionals, brain tumor survivors, and their families and friends. Program highlights cover consult appointments; support groups; information about benign tumors, low-grade gliomas, AA3/glioblastoma, seizures/medications, radiation effects and life after a brain tumor; and an update on chemotherapy.
In addition to Forsyth, the following guest speakers are scheduled to participate:
• Nicholas Avgeropoulos, MD, of MD
• Anderson Cancer Center Orlando
• Erin Dunbar, MD, of the University of Florida
• Stuart Grossman, MD, of Johns Hopkins Hospital
• Surbhi Jain, MD, of Moffitt
• Margaret Booth-Jones, PhD, of Moffitt
• Aileen J. Staller, ARNP-C, of Moffitt
• Cheri Surloff, PsyD, PhD, a private practitioner in nearby Hollywood
• Michael Yu, MD, ScM, of Moffitt
A $30 registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and all seminar materials. Space is limited. Register online by Jan. 16 at www.fbta.info. After Jan. 16, if space permits, the registration fee increases to $40.
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Shen Yun - Ancient Culture Reborn
Every legend has its history. Every story has its truths. And the best are rarely forgotten.
For the past 5,000 years, China amassed a diverse legacy of heroes, myths, and values that still resonate in the present. Today, Shen Yun Performing Arts is reviving the essence of traditional Chinese culture in full color on stages around the world. On March 3-4, the company will be back to Tampa Bay area for 3 brand-new shows at the Straz Center.
“It was an extraordinary experience,” said Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett after watching Shen Yun, “the level of skill, but also the power of the archetypes and the narratives were startling. And of course it was exquisitely beautiful.”
Gorgeous backdrops extend the stage, transporting the audience to distant lands and eras. An orchestra that combines Western and Chinese instruments like no other accompanies the dancers with stirring scores.
Ride with Mongolians across endless steppes. Recall the grandeur of an ancient Tang Dynasty palace. Down in the valley, ladies of the Yi ethnic group dance in rainbow skirts by the river. High up in the heavens, celestial fairies trail silken sleeves through the clouds. Resounding drums awaken the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom.
Shen Yun strives to capture the spirit of traditional Chinese culture and its beliefs. Ancient literary classics extol the compassionate, courageous, and loyal, values embodied by the most memorable characters. Thrill in the triumph of the great General Yue Fei; cheer on the Monkey King as he tricks a stubborn foe; and witness how these values still endure in contemporary China.
Shen Yun bridges past and present in an uplifting, inspiring, and indelible performance.
Shen Yun will be performing at Straz Center, Tampa on Mar. 3-4, 2012. For more information, visit Shenyun2012.com.
Lakewood Ranch Premier Care Receives $36,000 in Meaningful Use Incentives
As many medical professionals continue to struggle with the transition from paper to electronic health records (EHR), Lakewood Ranch Premier Care has emerged as one of the leaders in EHR adoption in the state of Florida. Based in Lakewood Ranch, the practice successfully attested to the federal government’s standard of “Meaningful Use” -- actively using an electronic medical record system, rather than paper charts -- and received $36,000 in incentive payment reimbursements.
Lakewood Ranch Premier Care chose Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), a web-based EHR provider specializing in small and mid-sized physician practices, as the best option for its venture into electronic medical records. Lakewood Ranch Premier Care began implementing MIE’s WebChart system in March 2010 and has now transitioned thousands of paper files to electronic health records. In addition, prescription refill requests and lab and x-ray reports are processed electronically through MIE’s WebChart system, as well as patient demographics, insurance information and appointments.
According to Meridian Kristi, the Practice Administrator of Lakewood Ranch Premier Care who led the practice through the implementation and meaningful use process they have already started to see benefits from EHR and over time, anticipate a strong ROI.
Doctors Launches iTriage ER Mobile App
Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is pleased to announce the launch of a new Emergency Room notification feature through the mobile healthcare app iTriage®. “I’m on my way” allows hospital staff to streamline the intake process by preparing for the medical needs of incoming patients.
Allowing patients to use the notification feature through iTriage lets staff prepare in advance for their visit and provide a patients experience that exceeds expectations said Marilee Arnold, RN, Director of ED at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.
iTriage is available as a free download from app stores for iPhone® and Android® mobile devices, or from any Web-enabled device atwww.iTriageHealth.com.
Now, when a patient uses the iTriage application to locate Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, they have the option to click “I’m on my way” from the provider search or deep view pages in which the hospital is highlighted. From there, users can fill out specific details like name, phone number, age, symptoms experienced and any other helpful information for hospital staff prior to arrival. iTriage also lets users:
· Save time by filling out personal information on their way to the hospital
· Notify staff of specific requirements such as an extended sized wheelchair for patient unloading
· Inform hospital staff that the incoming patient has allergies or other special medical needs
As a healthcare app that aggregates symptom, disease, procedure and provider information, iTriage is helping empower consumers with their healthcare needs according to Peter Hudson, MD and Co-founder of iTriage.
James M. Cottom, D.P.M., F.A.C.A.S. Will Be The First Surgeon to Utilize The Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement in Sarasota, Florida
James M. Cottom, D.P.M., F.A.C.A.S., of Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, was the first surgeon to utilize the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (S.T.A.R.), in this area outside of Tampa and Miami at Doctor’s Hospital in Sarasota. The S.T.A.R Ankle is the only mobile bearing implant approved by the FDA for joint replacement for the entire ankle which does not require the use of bone cement. The greatest advantage of the S.T.A.R. Ankle is to preserve range of motion for the patient.
The S.T.A.R. implant is used as a non-cemented implant to replace a painful arthritic ankle joint due to osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis said Dr. Cottom who is an Orthopedic Fellowship Trained Foot and Ankle Surgeon. The implant has more than 19 years of clinical experience, with the current design implanted in more than 15,000 patients worldwide. S.T.A.R. Ankle replacement patients reported superior effectiveness compared to ankle fusion and had comparable safety results relative to ankle fusion.