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A Look at Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that causes troubling symptoms like paranoia and hearing voices. Although there is no cure, people with schizophrenia can get relief from their symptoms with a combination of hospital care and medication. If someone you love is among the one percent of the U.S. population with this mental health disorder, here is what you need to know.

What Causes Schizophrenia?

The exact cause of schizophrenia is unknown, but doctors think that several factors are at play. One is genetics. People who have a relative with schizophrenia are more likely than the general population to develop the disease. However, being genetically predisposed to schizophrenia is probably not enough to develop the disease. Doctors believe that environmental factors may contribute as well, such as problems during birth, malnutrition before birth, exposure to a virus in the womb, and psychosocial factors. Imbalance in brain chemicals and abnormal brain structures may also play roles.

What Are the Symptoms?

There are three main types of schizophrenia symptoms: positive, negative, and cognitive. Positive symptoms are the psychotic behaviors most people associate with schizophrenia, including delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized thinking. Movement disorders, such as uncontrolled repetitive movements, also fall under the category of positive symptoms. Negative symptoms may be harder to recognize. They impact emotions and behavior and can be easily mistaken for depression. Examples of negative symptoms include a flat affect or neglecting personal hygiene. Cognitive symptoms include memory issues, trouble paying attention, and poor executive functioning skills.

How Is Schizophrenia Treated?

There are many different treatments available for schizophrenia, and in most cases, it takes some trial and error to find the right combination. Most people with schizophrenia start out with a hospital stay while their symptoms are stabilized, and they may need future hospital visits during medication adjustments. Antipsychotic medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, and therapy to help build illness management skills are just some of the treatments used for schizophrenia.

In the Behavioral Health Unit at Kendall Regional Medical Center, our hospital provides inpatient and outpatient care for schizophrenia and many other mental health conditions. To learn more about our Miami-Dade hospital and our other services, including trauma and orthopedic care, call (305) 921-0961.


How to Prepare for Your Mammogram

Mammograms can be life-saving, but it’s not uncommon for women to delay having these screening tests for the first time because they are concerned about what to expect. A little preparation can go a long way in making you comfortable with scheduling a mammogram and ensuring that the experience is as smooth as possible. If you have an appointment at the Women’s Center at Kendall Regional Medical Center for a mammogram, here are some steps you can take to prepare.

Discuss Breast Changes with Your Doctor

Before scheduling your mammogram, discuss any changes in your breast health with your doctor. This may include things like finding a lump or developing new breast sensitivity. You should also make sure your doctor is up to date on all of your medical information, including your use of hormones and your family history of breast cancer. These factors will help your doctor recommend the right kind of mammogram, determine how often you should be screened, and request any necessary additional screening on a particular part of your breasts.

Schedule Appropriately

Many women are concerned about their first mammograms because they are worried the screening will be painful. Although there may be some minimal discomfort when the breast is compressed, it only lasts for a few seconds. However, you can ensure that your mammogram is as comfortable as possible by not scheduling your test for right before your period, when your breasts are likely to be tender. When possible, aim to have your mammogram the week after your period.

Follow Day-Of Recommendations

On the day of your mammogram, don’t wear deodorant or put talcum powder or lotion under your arms, as these items look like calcium deposits on X-rays. Because you will need to remove your top and bra, many women find that they are most comfortable wearing pants or a skirt instead of a dress to the hospital.

Don’t put off your mammogram for another day. Schedule an appointment at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami. Our hospital’s Women’s Center provides a range of breast health and osteoporosis services. For more information about our hospital’s comprehensive range of care, call us at (305) 921-0961.


Understanding Skin Graft Procedures for Burn Treatments

Skin grafts are used to replace damaged skin after a burn. During a graft, healthy skin is removed from one area of the body and transplanted to the injured area to aid in recovery. At Kendall Regional Medical Center, skin grafts are routinely performed at our burn clinic near Miami. If you or a loved one is scheduled for this procedure, here is what you need to know.

Reasons for Skin Grafts

With large burns, the skin in the area of the injury may be destroyed beyond repair. Grafting skin from another part of the body can reduce the scarring left by the injury. The grafted skin will eventually become connected to the injured area through new blood vessels, and new skin cells will begin to grow in that area.

During the Procedure

Although some skin grafts are performed using local or regional anesthesia, most procedures are performed under general anesthesia, which means that you will be asleep. The doctor will measure the injury and trace an outline of the size and shape of the injury on the donor skin site. He or she will then remove the skin from the donor area so that it matches the injury. The amount of skin removed depends on the location of the injury. In a split-thickness graft, only the top layer and a portion of the middle layer of skin are transplanted. A full-thickness graft involves removing an entire portion of skin. Split-thickness grafts heal quicker, but full-thickness grafts provide more natural results, so they are usually recommended for the face. If three-dimensionality is required for the repair, such as grafting skin to the nose, a composite graft that includes skin, fat, and cartilage may be performed.

Recovering from Skin Grafts

After the surgery, you will need to keep both the donor skin site and the repaired site very clean to prevent infection. You will receive pain medications to control any discomfort. Follow your surgeon’s instructions closely regarding changing your bandages and follow-up visits.

The Burn Center at Kendall Regional Medical Center provides treatment for minor to serious burns. If you suffer a burn, visit our ER, where you’ll be transferred to our burn clinic as needed. You can learn more about the Burn Center and other services by calling (305) 228-5451.

HCA Healthcare Contributes $12 Million to Step Up For Students and Hosts Health Safety Event for Local Scholarship Students

May 20, 2015 | MIAMI – The fifth-grade class from Kingdom Academy School in Kendall studied health outside of a traditional classroom today during a field trip to Kendall Regional Medical Center, which was sponsored by HCA Healthcare and the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program.

What made the field trip even more special, however, is that the majority of the students there today are benefiting from the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program, a nonprofit organization that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The program provides scholarships to low-income Florida families and allows recipients to choose between a scholarship to help with private school tuition and fees, or a transportation scholarship to attend an out-of-district public school.

HCA Healthcare offered the event to Kingdom Academy School students as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the program. HCA Healthcare joined Step Up For Students as a corporate partner in 2005 and has since contributed more than $100 million to the scholarship program. During the event,

Scott A. Cihak, CEO of Kendall Regional Medical Center, presented the company’s 2015 contribution of $12 million, which will fund more than 2,000 scholarships.

“This is truly an honor to give back to the community we serve and we’re hopeful some of the children we’ve met today will become part of our company’s workforce and community leaders in the future.”

Prior to the event, Michael Joseph, HCA’s East Florida Division president, said the partnership between Step Up For Students is a partnership that makes sense to the company – and the community.

“As a teaching community hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the best information and care to help our neighbors live healthy lives, which is why we wanted to extend this opportunity to the Kingdom Academy School students,” said Michael Joseph, HCA’s East Florida Division president. “We are proud of HCA’s partnership with the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program. Together, we are helping students in our community thrive.”

Step Up CMO and Vice President of Individual Fundraising Alissa Randall said long-term partnerships have been at the core of the scholarship program and will remain key for the future of its success.

“HCA Healthcare has been a strong supporter of our program for a decade now, and because it’s all for the children, it’s truly inspiring to think of the thousands of Florida students whose lives have been positively influenced because of HCA’s contributions,” Randall said. “We are humbled and grateful for their support and the investment in the future of our state’s children.”

Before the tour of the hospital including the pediatric unit, got underway, the fifth-graders met Justine Marty, Child Life Specialist, and learned about health safety and the importance of injury prevention.

Kingdom Academy School educates students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. About 270 students are enrolled this year, more than 100 of whom are using a Step Up scholarship to attend the school. There are more than 15,000 students in Miami-Dade County using Step Up scholarships at 335 participating schools, and about 70,000 students on the scholarship program statewide this school year.

About Step Up For Students

Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization responsible for helping administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is available to students who qualify for free- or reduced-price school lunch program, and students who are in foster care or who are homeless. It provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice or transportation help to an out-of-district public school. Scholarships are funded by corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions.

Step Up For Students also helps administer state-funded Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts (PLSA) for Florida students with special needs. With the PLSA’s, recipients may use the funds for a variety of educational-related services including tuition, part-time private tutoring, occupational therapy, instructional materials and other services.

For more information, visit www.StepUpForStudents.org.

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Florida is a comprehensive network of 46 hospitals, 31 outpatient surgery centers & imaging facilities, physician practices, Medical education and training programs and a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses in Florida. HCA Florida’s 66,000 physicians and employees continue to provide a quality foundation for delivering care to our patients safely, effectively and compassionately. All hospitals are Joint Commission Accredited, with designations such as Accredited Chest Pain Centers, Primary Stroke Center Certification and 8 Level II Trauma Centers.

About Kendall Regional Medical Center

Kendall Regional Medical Center is a 417-bed, full-service teaching hospital providing 24-hour comprehensive medical, Level II Trauma, burn (adult & pediatric), surgical, behavioral health, pediatric and diagnostic services, along with a wide range of patient and community services. Kendall Regional Medical Center has been honored by being nationally recognized with many prestigious awards and accolades, including: HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital (Top 5%) for Clinical Excellence, The Joint Commission Certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, recognized by US News and World Report for receiving The American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus award, The Joint Commission as a “Top Performer” on key quality measures, and eight years as a Top 100 Hospital by Truven Health Analytics. For further information, call (305) 222-2200, or visit www.kendallmed.com.


Kendall Regional's Trauma Center is the First and Only in Miami-Dade County to be Verified by the American College of Surgeons

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Kendall Regional’s Trauma Center is the First and Only in Miami-Dade County to be Verified by the American College of Surgeons

(Miami, FL) Kendall Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that it is the first and only trauma center in Miami-Dade County to receive verification by the American College of Surgeons. Furthermore, it is one of only four in the entire state of Florida to receive this verification.

Since 1922, when it formed a Committee on Fractures, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has waged a continuous effort to improve care of injured patients. The ACS strives to improve care of injured patients before, during, and after hospitalization. The verification process is voluntary and requires that a trauma center submit to a site visit to ensure that it has all the resources as listed in the ACS’s verification manual “Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient”.

Today the trauma activities of the ACS are administered through their 83-member Committee on Trauma (COT), overseeing a field force of more than 3,500 Fellows working to develop and implement meaningful programs for trauma care in local, regional, national, and international arenas.

“I am proud of the trauma services we provide to the community, as our team works hard every day to ensure that we provide the best possible care”, says Mark McKenney, M.D., F.A.C.S., Director of Trauma Services and General Surgery Residency program. “This verification from the ACS further validates the quality of our trauma services”, says Scott A. Cihak, Chief Executive Officer of Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Since establishing trauma services in November of 2011, Kendall Regional’s trauma center has treated more than 8,000 patients.

About Kendall Regional Medical Center

Kendall Regional Medical Center is a 417-bed, full-service teaching hospital providing 24-hour comprehensive medical, Level II Trauma, burn (adult & pediatric), surgical, behavioral health, pediatric and diagnostic services, along with a wide range of patient and community services. Kendall Regional Medical Center has been honored by being nationally recognized with many prestigious awards and accolades, including: HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital (Top 5%) for Clinical Excellence, The Joint Commission Certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, recognized by US News and World Report for receiving The American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus award, The Joint Commission as a “Top Performer” on key quality measures, and eight years as a Top 100 Hospital by Truven Health Analytics. For further information, call (305) 222-2200, or visit www.kendallmed.com.

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