Saved by an AED

Brett Arb with his wife, Trina, and mother, Cindy, at St. Anthony's AED distribution reception.

Brett Arb with his wife, Trina, and mother, Cindy, at St. Anthony’s AED distribution reception.

Two young girls still have their father. A wife still has her husband. A mother still has her son. All of this is possible thanks to the heroic bystanders who had access to an automated external defibrillator (AED) to save the life of a 33-year-old man.

See Brett Arb’s story and how St. Anthony’s Medical Center is working to place more AEDs in the community.

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Stuff the bird, not yourself

Turkey with Stuffing

Thanksgiving comes but once a year, and we long for Grandma’s pumpkin pie and those buttery mashed potatoes and gravy. There is no reason to deprive yourself, says Heidi McClintock, a registered and licensed dietitian at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. A few small and smart changes to some of your Thanksgiving side dishes will cut calories and fat, while leaving all the flavor.

See McClintock’s tips for healthy holiday substitutions.

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2014 Baby Fair

Participants register at the 2014 St. Anthony's Baby Fair

Participants register at the 2014 St. Anthony’s Baby Fair

St. Anthony’s Medical Center had a great crowd attend the annual Baby Fair November 15, 2014.  Participants toured the Family Birth Center and received important information about maternity services and services from some other wonderful organizations. See all the photos on Facebook.

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How to find a good doctor

Dr. Mammen discusses the anatomy of a heart with his patient, Phyllis Dees.

Dr. Mammen discusses the anatomy of a heart with his patient, Phyllis Dees.

When finding a physician, most people must do a little research. Veteran physician Alex Mammen, M.D., recommends talking first to friends or family members. Word of mouth endorsements can be spot-on. Or call a resource line, such as St. Anthony’s Health Access Line (314-ANTHONY). And don’t hesitate to research prospective physicians on online review sites.

Armed with names, call the offices and talk to the staff. A single phone call can provide a glimpse into whether the office staff is friendly and helpful. Ask plenty of questions.

The true deciding factor is an office visit, to gauge whether you are comfortable with the doctor, and whether you like his or her office manner.

Don’t be afraid to ask:

  • Is the doctor accepting new patients?
  • How long has he or she been practicing?
  • Is he or she board-certified?
  • Does the office accept your insurance plan?
  • Are the office hours convenient to your schedule?
  • How easy is the provider to reach? What is his/her after-office-hours policy?
  • Ask the assistant to describe the doctor’s personality.
  • What are the doctor’s special interests with regard to the practice?

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Local businesses receive AEDs

Representatives from Trautwein Elementary School, St. Catherine Laboure School, St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church, St. Matthias the Apostle Catholic Church and Concord Church.

Representatives from Trautwein Elementary School, St. Catherine Laboure School, St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church, St. Matthias the Apostle Catholic Church and Concord Church.

St. Anthony’s donated 20 AEDs to 14 organizations Monday, Nov. 3 with the money raised by St. Anthony’s Employee Wellness Heart Care Fund campaign. Organizations that received an AED are Annunciation Parish, Assumption Parish of Mattese, Concord Church, Concordia Turners Gymnastics Society, Endangered Wolf Center, Fellowship First Baptist Church, Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce, Pony Bird, St. Catherine Labouré Church and School, St. Matthias the Apostle Parish, St. Simon the Apostle Parish, Second Baptist Church, Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK) and Trautwein Elementary. The AED donations included the AED, pediatric pads, a second battery, a case to hang on the wall in a visible way, signage and instructional DVD for CPR.

Places for People received a grant for medical equipment, including a treadmill and blood pressure monitor. The fund also donated money to St. Anthony’s Cardiac Rehab to cover the cost of some cardiac rehab sessions.

“We are thrilled to be able to give back to our community in this way,” said David Morton, M.D. Office of the President and Chief Medical Officer. “It is an honor for us to be able to care for and work to improve the health of our community.”

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When to progress from the pediatrician

Julianna Becton plays with son Ari.

Julianna Becton plays with son Ari.

Many pediatric patients transition from the pediatrician between the ages of 11 and 16, says Andrea Otto, M.D., a family medicine specialist with St. Anthony’s at Kirkwood Family Medicine. Patients should consider staying with their pediatricians longer, especially if they have complex medical issues or significant developmental delays, says Dr. Otto. When they do transition, it’s important to allow sufficient time for the child to get to know the new doctor.

Some families avoid the pediatric transition altogether by opting to see the same physician, a family medicine specialist who sees patients of all ages. “Pediatricians have additional specific training to take on very complex pediatric issues,” Dr. Otto said. “But for children with the ordinary childhood concerns such as routine checkups, rashes and ear infections, don’t overlook family medicine physicians, I think there is the opportunity to get more well-rounded medical care when the physician knows and treats the whole family.”

More on establishing a patient/physician relationship for your family.

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Celebrating 60 years of history

Staff at St. Anthony's at Southwest Medical Center celebrate 60th anniversary.

Staff at St. Anthony’s at Southwest Medical Center celebrate 60th anniversary.

On October 22, 2014, St. Anthony’s at Southwest Medical Center celebrated its 60th anniversary with a barbecue luncheon for physicians, staff, patients and guests. Over the years, tens of thousands of patients from south St. Louis, South County, Shrewsbury and neighboring communities have relied on medical care at the center. It was one of the first practices in St. Louis to offer an array of medical specialties and on-site diagnostic services – a concept that transformed the delivery of medical care.

Physicians shared the history and memories of St. Anthony’s at Southwest Medical Center from the Korean War era to today.

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