Health

New Valve Replacement Therapy Offers Alternative to Open Heart Surgery

JACKSONVILLE, FLA - A revolutionary new heart treatment is offering new hope to patients considered ineligible for open heart surgery or at great risk of suffering serious surgical complications.

Known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), the minimally invasive procedure is now being used to treat patients suffering from severe aortic valve stenosis. One of the most common valve disease disorders, aortic stenosis typically results from aging, as calcium or scarring narrows and hardens the heart’s aortic valve. As blood flow through the valve becomes constricted, individuals may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting and palpitations. For those with severe aortic stenosis, the condition can lead to congestive heart failure and even death.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County Associates Report to Work

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County won’t treat patients until Oct. 1, but associates are already inside getting prepared for opening day.  Today was the first day on the job for associates who will work at the new hospital. 

“Before associates showed up today, we had a brand new state-of-the-art building.  Now, we have a hospital because our associates are breathing life into the building,” said St. Vincent’s Clay County President Blain Claypool. 

The hospital cleared a major milestone on Fri., August 30. It received its certificate of occupancy (COO) from the county. The COO allows associates to move into the facility and begin training. 

Claypool and other administrators welcomed the staff outside the main entrance this morning and congratulated them on their commitment to the people of Clay County.

Some hospitals fire workers who refuse flu shots

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What if your boss fired you because you didn't get a flu shot?  That's the new policy for some hospitals across the nation.  We did not find any hospitals in Jacksonville with that strict of policy.

Baptist South ER Nurse Kelley Costlow knows the importance of getting a flu shot.  "We see anywhere from 10 to 30 cases of flu-like systems every day," she said.

St. Vincent’s Riverside Receives Chest Pain Center Reaccreditation

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside is proud to announce it has earned full Chest Pain reaccreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), formerly the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).

St. Vincent’s Riverside & Southside Receive Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award

St. Vincent’s Riverside & Southside Receive Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside and St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside have each received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies each hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.  Currently, the honor has only been awarded to 53 hospitals in the United States.

St. Vincent’s Doctors Increase Reliability of Heart Procedure by Utilizing Ultrasound Technology

St. Vincent’s Doctors Increase Reliability of Heart Procedure by Utilizing Ultrasound Technology

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ponte Vedra resident Michele Goff always thought her ticker was in tune, but after suffering a heart attack at a local grocery store, she faced a new reality – heart disease.   

St. Vincent’s Riverside receives American Heart Association’s Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award

St. Vincent’s Riverside receives American Heart Association’s Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes St. Vincent’s Riverside’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.