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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Health

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under In the Community, News

Breast Cancer Awareness Activities

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, St. Anthony's hosted a "Pink Night at the Movies."

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, St. Anthony’s hosted a “Pink Night at the Movies.”

Breast Cancer Awareness has been in the spotlight this month at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.  A packed house attended a Pink Night at the Movies at Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 Cine’ on Thursday, Oct. 16. Check out some of the Facebook photos of women learning about how to improve their health before the movie.  In addition, our Breast Care Navigator, Lisa Salvati, RN, MSN, discussed breast health at a Go Pink for Breast Health at South County Center on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Why are annual mammograms s0 important? Watch this video from St. Anthony’s Breast Center and schedule your mammogram today by calling 314-ANTHONY (268-4669).

Leave a comment

Filed under Health, In the Community

Vein Services Accredited – First in St. Louis

St. Anthony's Heart Specialty AssociatesSt. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates Vein Services has earned accreditation in venous treatment and management by The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). St. Anthony’s is the first facility that serves patients from Missouri or Illinois to be accredited and is the 20th facility in the country to be accredited.

St. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates, St. Louis, also has accreditation in IAC Vascular Testing, IAC Echocardiography and IAC Nuclear/PET. See more about the accreditation process.

Leave a comment

Filed under News

Breast Cancer Survivors Need to Move!

walkers

If you are a breast cancer survivor, get moving! Last summer, the journal Cancer reported that women diagnosed with breast cancer are less likely to meet levels of physical activity linked with longer survival and better quality of life. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that 59 percent reported getting less exercise six months after their diagnosis.

If you need help, try the online program or fitness classes available at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

Leave a comment

Filed under Health

Cardiologist joins team

Frank Gafford, M.D., FACC, FCCP

Frank Gafford, M.D., FACC, FCCP

St. Anthony’s Medical Center is pleased to announce that Frank Gafford, M.D., FACC, FCCP, is adding his vast experience to the team of cardiologists at St. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates.

Dr. Gafford joins an outstanding team of 14 other physicians and five nurse practitioners at St. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates. His primary office will be located at 1001 S. Kirkwood Rd., Suite 100 in Kirkwood, Mo. The practice also has an office located on the St. Anthony’s Medical Center campus at 10012 Kennerly Road, Suite 300, in South St. Louis County.

See more about Dr. Gafford’s background and certifications.

Leave a comment

Filed under News

St. Anthony’s Welcomes Radiation Oncologist

Mary Graham, M.D., radiation oncologist

Mary Graham, M.D., radiation oncologist

St. Anthony’s Medical Center is pleased to welcome Mary Graham, M.D., radiation oncologist, to the team of doctors at St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center. She brings considerable experience treating breast, prostate, lung, head, neck and other cancers.

Dr. Graham will be part of the new St. Anthony’s Radiation Oncology Specialists based at St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center. She is the first radiation oncologist to be part of St. Anthony’s Physician Organization. She most recently practiced at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo., where she served as Medical Director of Radiation Oncology and Chief of the Medical Staff.

See more information about Dr. Graham.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under News