$114,000 in scholarships awarded

2015 Scholarship Recipients

2015 Scholarship Recipients

This fall, 15 students will head to college with the support of $114,000 in scholarships, newly awarded by St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation in partnership with the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation.

The scholarships were founded as a way to invest in the future of the sons and daughters of St. Anthony’s employees through education. This program is one of the largest of its kind in the community and one of the best offered by an employer in the St. Louis area.

Since the program began in 2006, the St. Anthony’s scholarship programs have awarded more than $4.1 million to 243 students. Read about this year’s recipients.

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New cardiothoracic surgeon

Cardiothoracic surgeon Umraan Ahmad, M.D.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Umraan Ahmad, M.D.

The cardiovascular surgery services available at St. Anthony’s Heart & Vascular Institute have expanded with the addition of cardiothoracic surgeon Umraan Ahmad, M.D.

Dr. Ahmad specializes in valvular heart disease, including valve replacement, valve repair, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and mini-AVR. He also specializes in coronary artery disease, complex cardiac surgery, and atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Dr. Ahmad is a St. Louis native. He returns to St. Louis from New Orleans, where he was a staff surgeon at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation and a clinical instructor at Tulane University. He previously served as a clinical instructor at Northwestern University and completed his graduate education at Northwestern, the University of Kansas and the Mayo Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Ahmad joins cardiothoracic surgeon Seiichi Noda, M.D., FACS, at St. Anthony’s Heart & Vascular Institute, Suite 403 of the Physicians Office Center, 10015 Kennerly Road on the St. Anthony’s campus. Phone: (314) 880-6676.

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CT, MRI and lab services now in Kirkwood

St. Anthony’s at the Kirkwood Campus

St. Anthony’s at the Kirkwood Campus

Imaging (MRI and CT) and laboratory services are now available at St. Anthony’s at the Kirkwood Campus, located on the southwest corner of Kirkwood Road and Big Bend Boulevard at 1001 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122.

To schedule a CT or MRI, patients or physician offices should call St. Anthony’s Centralized Schedulers at 314-525-1300. For lab hours, call 314-525-6075

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Welcome Dr. Spencer

Victoria Spencer, M.D.

Victoria Spencer, M.D.

St. Anthony’s Medical Center welcomes Victoria Spencer, M.D., to St. Anthony’s at Arnold Family Health Care. She has a special interest in preventative medicine, women’s health, and management of chronic health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Dr. Spencer joins Mirha Avdagic, M.D.; Mary Beth Chitwood, M.D.; Catherine Hohn, M.D.; Sheryl Ream, M.D.; Alan Sandidge, M.D.; and nurse practitioners Heather Haegele and Katherine Siebert at St. Anthony’s at Arnold Family Health Care. Their offices are located at 3619 Richardson Square Dr., Arnold, MO 63010, in the same building as St. Anthony’s at Arnold Urgent Care. The office phone number is 636-717-6776. The practice is part of St. Anthony’s Physician Organization.

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Certified as National Safe Sleep Hospital

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Cribs for Kids has certified St. Anthony’s Medical Center as a safe sleep hospital. The Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program awards the certification for demonstrating a commitment to reducing infant sleep-related deaths by promoting best safe sleep practices and by educating on baby sleep safety.

St. Anthony’s Family Birth Center earned a bronze-level safe sleep hospital certification. One of the initiatives that helped earn that certification is the distribution of sleep sacks to every baby born in the Family Birth Center.

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May 21, 2015 · 9:23 am

Medical Explorers tour OR

Medical Explorer tour operating room

Medical Explorer Post 9152 is sponsored by St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

The high school students of Medical Explorer Post 9152 sponsored by St. Anthony’s Medical Center enjoyed a tour of the operating room. The explorers spoke with the OR staff, practiced performing a laparoscopic surgery, learned how to scrub and sterilize, how to gown and glove, practiced stapling and fixing broken bones, learned about the instruments used during surgery, and more. St. Anthony’s is one of only a few hospitals in the St. Louis area to support a health-related Explorer Post and has the longest tenure of any of the hospitals.

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May 19, 2015 · 10:19 am

FOX 2’s Bobby Hughes returns after health scare

Barbara Long:

Fox2 reporter Bobby Hughes is back covering breaking news after having an aortic aneurysm repaired at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

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(KTVI) – Some of you viewers have been asking about Bobby Hughes. Our overnight guy covering breaking news has been gone for a few weeks. After a health scare, he’s back manning the new Nissan Rogue Runner.

Bobby was experiencing leg pain after aggravating an old back injury. He went to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for an MRI. This time, it was the doctor delivering the news, and it wasn’t good. During the MRI, doctors spotted an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a dangerous bulge in the aorta. The aorta is the main artery that carries oxygen-filled blood from the heart to all parts of the body. In the abdomen, the aorta splits into iliac arteries which carry blood to the legs.

Surgeons usually operate when the bulge gets to 5-1/2 cm in men and 5 cm in women. These patients have a 10 percent chance of a rupture…

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