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|Fitting the Puzzle Pieces|
ACCA Members to Brainstorm Solutions in OrlandoProgram executives and administrators in cardiology, cardiovascular, cardiopulmonary, catherization laboratory and electrophysiology practices will meet at the 2009 Cardiovascular Administrators' Leadership Conference March 25-27 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando to discuss "Mastering the Cardiovascular Performance Puzzle: Leading, Shaping, and Measuring Success" in today's highly competitive world.
|Shaving the ER Tab|
Solantic Urgent Care Fees Sometimes 90 Percent Less Than Hospital EDBy visiting an Orlando-area Solantic healthcare center rather than a local hospital emergency room, an insured patient can save 79 percent on the visit cost, and an uninsured patient can shave 90 percent off the bill, according to a study conducted by Sarasota-based research firm Healthcare Management Decisions, Inc.
|Central Florida Hospitals Less Affected by Economic Slowdown|
Capital Improvements Approved before Credit Meltdown Raise PrognosisAt a time when mass layoffs and an economic slowdown plagues the Florida healthcare industry, recent developments in Central Florida may actually add up to 30,000 new jobs and $7.6 billion to the local economy over the next several years, according to a study by Arduin, Laffer and Moore Econometrics.
|Orlando Health Unveils Lifestyle Medicine Program|
New Department Represents First of its Kind in the NationThe University of Central Florida (UCF) and Rippe Health have partnered on a unique lifestyle medicine program for Orlando Health to educate patients and physicians about preventive medicine.
World-renowned cardiologist James M. Rippe, MD, one of the nation's foremost lifestyle medicine experts, collaborated with the university and the not-for-profit healthcare organization in December to create the first department of its kind in the nation.
|Q&A with Tiffany Zigo|
Park Development Executive Discusses Commercial Trends
The Orlando Medical News took a few minutes with Tiffany Zigo, commercial real estate agent and leasing manager for Park Development, to discuss commercial real estate trends affecting the healthcare industry in Central Florida.
|Bank's Favorable View of Physicians Offers Opportunity|
My grandmother always said, "Look for the silver lining in every cloud and you will always come out ahead." Well, some might say that today's economic climate might be more like a tornado and there is no silver lining to be found. For physicians, however, my grandmother's words of wisdom still hold true. In today's economic environment the banks and lending institutions are certainly taking a more conservative approach to their credit underwriting.
|Certification Education Combined with Comprehensive Relaxation|
GPS Education Offering Study and Luxury TravelRemember when you were old enough to begin thinking seriously about what education or career you would pursue? You may have discussed your options with a family member, a school teacher or a guidance counselor and, if you were lucky, they offered this sage advice: Try to combine what you do for a living with what you do for fun.
GARY P. SEDACCA
|Multidisciplinary Treatment of Eating Disorders|
An eating disorder is a psychobiological condition that affects and kills young people more than ever before. We cannot properly treat this condition without accurately assessing all the areas of the individual's life that are being affected by it.
An eating disorder is a psychological condition because it affects the way the person feels about herself, how she sees her body, how she perceives her being, and the self-worth attached to this perception. Most eating disorder patients have a wrong perception about their bodies. Often times they perceive themselves as being overweight, when in reality they are underweight. They also define who they are according to how they perceive their bodies.
DORIS OMDAHL, LMHC, RPT-S
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|Keeping the Beat|
Orlando Health Deeply Involved in Groundbreaking Pacemaker StudyInterventional cardiologists in the United States should not have to wait much longer for the results of an international study that has the potential to transform the way they prescribe pacemakers.
The first crucial phase of a clinical trial to evaluate Medtronic's EnRhythm® MRI SureScan™ pacing system has been completed, and...
| AutoImmune Disorders Focus|
|AMA Sets Policy Priorities for 2009|
At the Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association House of Delegates, held in November in Orlando, the national association voted on the key issues that shape the legislative agenda of the nation's largest physician organization.
A tsunami is approaching… It is not the kind that is created by the high tide of the ocean or the shifting of the Earth miles from land, but by the staggering increase of retiring baby boomers. This demographic tsunami, as the Comptroller General of the United Sates David Walker explains, "is unlike a natural disaster that subsides over time, this will never subside and we are not prepared." Next year, an estimated 10,000 people will turn age 65 every day.
|MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing|
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Currently, 15 million adults suffer with painful osteoarthritis of the knee, resulting in a compromised quality of life.
Florida Hospital DeLand
|Resolving To Reduce|
For many Americans, January has become the unofficial National Go-On-A Diet Month, when thousands of us take up a New Year's resolution to lose our unhealthy, unsightly extra weight. Anyone who has ever tried to drop those stubborn pounds, knows that the biggest challenge in slimming down isn't knowing what to do (eat less, move more) but rather how to make ourselves do it. To succeed, we have to commit to permanent lifestyle changes, not just a diet. As a waste management consultant to the healthcare industry for the past 20 years — and a guy who's had to lose a few "spare tires" — I can tell you that the same principle applies to trimming our nation's excess weight in trash.
|Telemedicine in Acute Stroke Care|
The evaluation and treatment of acute ischemic stroke in the emergency department is a time critical event whose success requires the evaluation of the symptomatic patient by a stroke neurologist at the bedside...
Dr. P. Phillips Hospital
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