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Coastal OB/GYN physician Dr. Greg Morrow celebrated 10 years of robotic surgery last week. He was presented a recognition plaque from Intuitive Surgical. Holding a congratulatory cake is robotic lead nurse Darryl McKinney, RN. Congratulations Dr. Morrow!

Dr. Morrow marks 10 years of robotics surgery

Robotics surgery is a desirable option for hysterectomies in that there is less scaring and a shorter recoup time. Many women prefer this option as opposed to open hysterectomy which requires a longer incision.

Why da Vinci Surgery?

When using da Vinci Single-Site Surgery for benign (not cancer), Dr. Morrow operates through a small cut in the belly button. Patients see almost scarless results, like single incision traditional laparoscopy.

Early clinical data suggests da Vinci Single-Site Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits:

  • Low blood loss
  • Low rate of complications
  • Low chance of a blood transfusion
  • Low chance of surgeon switching to open surgery
  • Short hospital stay
  • Low level of post-operative pain

Dr. Morrow also performs salpingo-oophorectomy (the surgical removal of an ovary or ovaries) and cyst removal utilizing the da Vinci.

The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.

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Zika mosquito

What we know about the Zika virus

  • Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.
  • Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
  • Zika is not currently being spread by mosquitoes in the continental United States. The mosquitoes that can carry Zika are found in some areas of the United States.
  • There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Pregnant women are at risk of birth defects from the Zika virus. Protect your baby. Zika can be transmitted by mosquito bites and sex. Mosquitoes are more prevalent in warm environments like Florida. Click below for more information: Zika flier

spill the water

The Florida Department of Health has a new campaign about Zika just for kids.

Don’t let Florida’s kids be a mosquito snack. Teach them to cover up and Spill the Water!
Mosquitoes are more than just an everyday nuisance, they can carry dangerous diseases like West Nile and Zika virus. As Florida’s youth are outside this summer, we need to protect kids from mosquito bites by teaching them to cover their skin with long clothing and repellant and to Spill the Water! around their home.

Led by the Florida Department of Health, Spill the Water! is a fun, educational campaign that teaches kids about mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one teaspoon or a bottle cap of water, so eliminating sources of standing water around homes is critical to keep mosquitoes from multiplying. When kids Spill the Water!, they can be superheroes in their home and community!

SpilltheWater.com is full of great resources tailored to kids, parents and teachers including:

  •  A 30-second superhero themed video just for kids;
  •  Activity sheets for pre-K, elementary, middle and high school levels;
  • A Teacher Tool filled with brain teaser exercises that correspond to activity sheets and meet Florida Standards benchmarks;
  • Important information for parents about how to protect their kids from mosquitoes; and
  • Resources for young adults to volunteer to help Spill the Water! in their community.

Don’t let Florida’s kids be a mosquito snack. Teach them to cover up and Spill the Water! For more information and tips on how to protect yourself from mosquito bites, please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

 

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Bay Medical Sacred Heart named Best Value Hospital
Bay Medical Sacred Heart has been named a Florida Top 10 Best Value Hospital by a national health-care company that provides value-based analysis to hospitals based on best practices.

Coastal OB/GYN physicians and mid-levels only practice at Bay Medical Sacred Heart.

BMSH ranked number 3 on the Florida Best Value Hospital list with a Medical Value Index (MVI) score of 559 out of a possible 800 points. Our sister hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, also made the Top 10 list of hospitals with 250 beds or more.

The list is compiled by Verras Healthcare International, LLC. Verras has been providing hospital analysis for more than 25 years.

The Best Value Hospital recognition is determined using Verras’ MVI, a data tool developed by the company to identify best value practices in hospitals nationwide.

The MVI measured three years of trended outcomes using six metrics of quality and cost efficiency including:

• National Quality Measures such as NHQM and HCAHPS patient satisfaction survey.
• Readmission Rates
• Mortality
• Morbidity
• Reduction in Variation
• Resource Consumption

This new rating has great implications for patients and payers. Any payer can now identify the greatest value hospitals and work directly with those providers who offer the highest value.