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UMC Recognized for ‘Commitment To Quality Stroke Care’ By AHA/ASA

On Wednesday, officials announced that University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC) had received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

“UMC is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Jacob Cintron, President & CEO.

“The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes. Our UMC and partner physicians from Texas Tech, along with our exceptionally talented Neuroscience and Stroke teams, have ensured a level of quality and stroke care that is much higher than what is typical at other hospitals throughout our country.”

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“UMC is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Jacob Cintron, President & CEO.

“The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes. Our UMC and partner physicians from Texas Tech, along with our exceptionally talented Neuroscience and Stroke teams, have ensured a level of quality and stroke care that is much higher than what is typical at other hospitals throughout our country.”

To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize UMC for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.

On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Minimally invasive procedure that fixes hole in heart now performed at UMC

On Thursday afternoon, officials with Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso announced that their doctors now perform a treatment for a heart birth defect that affects up to 25% of people.

The procedure that closes the defect—known as an atrial septal defect, or ASD; and a smaller defect which causes stroke, called patent foramen ovale, or PFO—takes a much different route than the past use of open-heart surgery.

Doctors open a vein/vessel near the groin and insert a long, thin tube called a catheter. The catheter, loaded with an alloy device called an Amplatzer septal occluder, is guided into the interior of the heart. Once in place, the occluder is released, and it expands into a circular coil that closes the hole.

About 15 years ago, almost 90% of these type of congenital heart defects were repaired through open-heart surgery, said TTP El Paso interventional cardiologist Harsha Nagarajarao, M.D., who serves as co-director of the Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratory at University Medical Center of El Paso.

Today, the transcatheter coil occlusion procedure is widely used across the world to treat heart holes.

Dr. Nagarajarao and other TTP El Paso interventional cardiologists perform the procedure at UMC. TTP El Paso is the clinical practice of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

The doctor said up to 25% of people are born with this kind of hole in the heart. Not all of them will require surgery, but those that present with stroke will need to have the hole closed, he said.

Dr. Nagarajarao, who also serves as an assistant professor in the division of cardiology at TTUHSC El Paso, adds that there is a large, unmet need in the area for treating this type of heart defect. To help increase the numbers of physicians capable of treating the defect, Dr. Nagarajarao is helping train TTP El Paso physicians for certification in the procedure.

Earlier this year, a 36-year-old man who suffered multiple strokes over two years with no indication of a cause was referred by TTP El Paso’s neurology department to Dr. Nagarajarao’s cardiology team.

The doctors determined he had a PFO which was responsible for his stroke and scheduled him for the coil occlusion procedure.

The surgery, performed by Dr. Nagarajarao, was a success and significantly reduced the risk of stroke for the patient. The surgery took about two hours and required only light anesthesia.

 

UTEP, UMC Announce New Pharmacy Services Partnership

On Thursday, officials with the University of Texas at El Paso and the University Medical Center of El Paso announced a new partnership that will bring new and greater access to pharmacy services for thousands of UTEP students.

Through a new and innovative agreement between two of our region’s oldest and most dedicated organizations working for the benefit of all who call El Paso home, students will have access to prescriptions anywhere UMC services are located.

“Our new partnership with UTEP is in keeping with our mission of providing greater access to care for all El Pasoans,” said Jacob Cintron, UMC President & CEO.

“UTEP has been a true partner with UMC for many years, whether through their College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing programs, and many other opportunities we have had to work together. UTEP students are part of our El Paso family, our friends, our neighbors and the future leaders in our community. Through this program, we are hoping to take one less concern away from students so they can focus on their education while having much greater access to the prescriptions they need, at the same low prices they’ve come to expect.”

“This new partnership provides enhanced services for UTEP students,” said UTEP President Diana Natalicio.

“Their access to affordable pharmaceutical services will now be offered during expanded hours at multiple locations across the community. We thank our partners at UMC for not only enabling us to broaden our pharmaceutical services for UTEP students, but for their collaborations with us on so many other fronts as well.” 

  • This new partnership allows both on- and off-campus students to access medications at seven different locations.
  • Through this partnership, students can purchase their prescriptions at the same or lower cost than they would have paid at the Student Health and Wellness Center.
  • Students can utilize insurance coverage (public or private) to pay for prescriptions.
  • Students can receive expanded continuous service for pharmacy access. UMC pharmacies are open mornings through early evenings for student convenience, Monday through Saturday.
  • Students will have access to UMC pharmacies even during Spring Break or the Winter Break, at locations close to their homes in El Paso.

UMC’s Poison Center Hosts Medication ‘Take Back Day’ Saturday

University Medical Center of El Paso’s West Texas Regional Poison Center will be the site of a major medication/pharmaceutical Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27, at the Poison Center located directly behind UMC.

UMC Officials say, “Saturday’s “take back” gives the public the opportunity to do their part in preventing poisonings, medication abuse and/or misuse and medication theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medications.”

The public is invited to bring their pills for disposal to any of the five locations listed below.  All medications are accepted except needles, liquids, and inhalers. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Poison Center/Local Coalitions Sponsored locations will include:

1. West Texas Regional Poison Center on 4625 Alberta Ave. (behind UMC)
2. West Side YMCA on 7145 N. Mesa
3. Bowling Family YMCA on 5509 Will Ruth
4. Loya Family UMCA on 2044 Trawood Dr.
5. Corpus Christi Catholic Church on 9205 N. Loop Dr.

The event is taking place in collaboration with El Paso Advocates for Prevention Coalition, Rio Grande Safe Communities Coalition, Prevention Resource Center Region 10,  YMCA, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

For more information about the proper disposal of medications or about the “Take Back Day” events, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222.

State Of The Art Orthopedic Table Purchased By UMC Foundation

70-year-old Alamogordo, New Mexico resident Steven Dutton was riding his dirt bike, when he hit a yucca tree with his handlebars and lost control of his bike.

Steven fell over a 20-foot cliff and landed on a pile of rocks, breaking his hip. The injuries were serious and he was unable to stand.   Steven was away from any help and did not have any cell phone reception.

“I had bruises on my both arms; both of my thumbs were purple and my legs were purple. Thank God I had on my helmet,” he said. “I couldn’t stand up so I just start dragging myself over rocks, cacti and everything. I probably made about half a mile in 8 or 9 hours. I got to a creek so I decided to spend the night at the creek.”

Late that night, Steve checked his cell phone and fortunately for him, he had one bar left on his cell phone. He called a friend.

Soon after he was found in the New Mexican desert, he was taken to the local hospital in Alamogordo. Due to the severe trauma injuries he had, he was transported to University Medical Center of El Paso where he met Dr. Adam Adler, an orthopedic surgeon.

“Mr. Dutton presented to UMC with a left hip fracture dislocation. There’s a couple of us that treat this injury and I was one of them and I happened to be on call that day. We decided that a total hip replacement was the best option, and we used our shiny new Hana table.”

The Hana Orthopedic Table is a state of the art fracture table that enables surgeons to approach the hip from the anterior with one single incision.

“With this table we can move the legs independently, apply traction, and also have some attachments which will allow us to move the femur bone into place. It also allows us to use a much smaller incision.”

Thanks to this table, doctors don’t cut through muscles which means the recovery is much faster and the hospital’s stay is shorter.

Acquired through UMC Foundation thanks to a donation from Scherr-Legate, UMC of El Paso is the only hospital in the city to use the Hana Orthopedic Table for hip replacement surgeries due to trauma related injuries.

UMC Welcomes El Paso Leader in Pediatric Care

Families in east and west El Paso now have the benefit of one of the most experienced and admired pediatricians in our community with the addition of Mary C. Brower, M.D., to University Medical Center of El Paso’s new large clinics.  

El Paso’s two largest community clinics (UMC East – at 1521 Joe Battle; and UMC West – at 6600 North Desert Blvd.) opened last spring and have already served thousands of patients. Each clinic was designed and built to provide a near-hospital-like experience, in terms of variety of care, but in a friendly atmosphere close to El Paso’s greatly expanding communities. 

Throughout the last 20 years, Dr. Brower has cared for El Paso’s children and watched many of them grow to adulthood. “Her addition to UMC brings a level of pediatric experience and expertise to our clinics that families can depend on,” said Jacob Cintron, President & CEO. “She has cared for many thousands of patients and families in her career, and many of those patients have had children of their own and will only choose Dr. Brower for care. She is special. We are lucky to have her at UMC.”

As of today, families throughout El Paso can make appointments to see Dr. Brower at UMC East and UMC West clinics by calling (915) 790-5700

“I have always wanted to be part of a hospital such as UMC, a hospital that serves everyone in our community,” said Dr. Brower. “As a physician, we look for opportunities to care for patients who need us most, with facilities that offer the best technology that improves chances for each patient to return to good health. In El Paso, that place is UMC. I know that choosing the right place for general pediatric care can be very stressful for parents. That is why it is so important that I take time to get to know the parents, and this helps me provide more effective care for their children.”

Dr. Brower is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology; and graduated from Medical School at the University of Texas Medical Branch.  Prior to joining UMC, Dr. Brower worked with El Paso Pediatric Associates (since 1996). 

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