St. Anthony’s has been recognized for the fifth year in a row by the American Heart Association as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite. This means St. Anthony’s recognizes both the importance of healthy employees and works to create a culture of wellness by supporting employees. See more employee news.
Patricia House, 79, of St. Charles is an active, spry woman who enjoys playing with her grandchildren, gardening, and singing in the church choir. But when she noticed her heart was beating irregularly and she started feeling too weak to navigate the church’s long staircase, she knew something was wrong.
House was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heart rate that impedes blood flow to the body. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm problem in the United States, said Gregory Botteron, M.D., Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist with St. Anthony’s Cardiology Center and Heart Specialty Associates. It affects three million Americans, and its incidence is on the rise due to an aging population and rising heart disease rates.
Read how a cardiac ablation treatment restored House’s vigor and got her singing in her church choir again – and singing the praises of Dr. Botteron.
On Friday, July 11, 2014, St. Anthony’s Medical Center hosted “Family Movie Friday” with a showing of Finding Nemo. About 80 people attended event, which featured water safety as well as the movie.
Ronda Seeley, of South County, didn’t know she was one of more than 30 million Americans who suffer from venous reflux disease. For eight years she suffered from an ulcer on her ankle that wouldn’t go away. In April, she underwent a venous radiofrequency ablation, an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthetic, and went home the same day. David Dobmeyer, M.D., FACC introduced a heated catheter into the great saphenous vein, causing diseased portions of the vein to close and be absorbed by the body. The blood automatically is rerouted to healthier veins, where it is pumped more efficiently.
See Ronda’s story and more about varicose veins/venous insufficiency/reflux in St. Anthony’s Your Health Today online magazine.
In fall of 2014, 15 sons and daughters of St. Anthony’s Medical Center employees will be heading to college with the support of $120,000 in newly awarded scholarships by St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation in partnership with the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation.
More about the scholarship recipients and program at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.