New Heart & Vascular Institute

Cardiology services have been a strength of St. Anthony’s for several years. In the fall of 2014, cardiology and vascular services were rebuilt and reorganized to standardize patient care, and focus exclusively on the specific patient needs of the South County community. In January 2015, all cardiovascular services are now part of the Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Anthony’s.

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Congratulations Dr. El-Beck

Munier El-Beck, M.D.

Munier El-Beck, M.D.

Congratulations to Munier El-Beck, M.D., on being selected to the St. Louis Business Journal‘s 40 Under 40 out of more than 750 nominees. As Medical Director of the Hospitalist Program and Medical Director of the Observation Unit, Dr. El-Beck is one of the leaders who are helping improve the care of the patients at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. Here’s the announcement and the entire list of ‪40 Under 40 ‬ honorees.

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Surgical weight loss program announced

St. Anthony’s Medical Center has a new Surgical Weight Loss Program that features board-certified surgeons and a bariatric coordinator to guide qualified candidates through weight loss (bariatric) surgery.

Types of surgery offered at St. Anthony’s are:

Candidates for weight loss surgery generally must have either a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher; OR a BMI of 35-40 and be suffering from a chronic health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea. They must have attempted other weight loss attempts and be committed to necessary lifestyle changes. Anyone under the age of 18 years is not a candidate for surgical weight loss surgery at St. Anthony’s. Additionally, certain medical conditions may prevent a patient from having weight loss surgery. Each person is evaluated by a surgeon to determine if bariatric surgery is an option.

Those considering weight loss surgery should review these Frequently Asked Questions.

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Partners in Early Literacy Program

Born to Read Program at the St. Louis County Library

Born to Read Program at the St. Louis County Library

St. Anthony’s Medical Center is partnering with the St. Louis County Library and other area hospitals to make sure new parents know about the importance of early literacy. Starting in January, the new “Born to Read” program will provide new parents at the hospitals with a bag of library goodies-including a book, a bath toy, an activity calendar and instructions on how to receive a library card. Parents will also receive an invitation to celebrate their child’s first birthday at the library where they will receive another free book. Read more about this innovative new program.

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Resolve to “check in” for a “check up”

Our daily lives are hectic, and it’s easy to put off going to the doctor. While there is no exact list of symptoms that should prompt you to make that appointment, St. Anthony’s Medical Center offers these general guidelines:

CHEST PAIN is an obvious reason to seek medical attention. Often, however, subtle cardiac symptoms are mistaken for indigestion, being tired, or being out of shape. Check with your doctor if you have symptoms of chest pressure or if you are easily fatiguedWarning sign and short of breath with exertion.

CHRONIC, DAILY HEADACHES may be a sign of elevated blood pressure, migraines, or abnormalities within the brain structure itself. If you are taking pain relievers more than twice a week for a headache, see your doctor. If you experience the worst headache of your life, have sudden speech changes or weakness, or have fever with neck stiffness, seek immediate emergency medical attention.Warning sign

FLU SYMPTOMS include fever, headache, body aches, chills, sore throat and cough, and a feeling of fatigue that can last for one to two weeks afterwards. There also is a risk of developing pneumonia, especially in the young and elderly, and in those with underlying medical conditions. See your doctor if you have persistent or recurrent fever, a cough that doesn’t go away, or a painful sore throat. And get your flu shot!

The best reason to see your doctor is for a simple check-up: blood pressure checks, routine cancer screening, review of family history, lab screening, and nutrition and exercise suggestions, to name a few.

Benjamin Franklin said it best: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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Vein illumination improves IV and blood draw accuracy

AccuVein illumination device.

AccuVein illumination device.

Staff at St. Anthony’s Medical Center are now using AccuVein illumination devices to insert IVs and draw blood with greater accuracy.

Nurses using the device have stated, “‘I saw veins I normally would not have seen without it and I got the IV in,’ and ‘I saw there were no good veins, so I consulted IV Safety,'” says Carrie Kollar, R.N., Vascular Access Specialist on the IV Safety Team. “Our patients, their families and our nurses love it. Even doctors are using it.”

The Auxiliary of St. Anthony’s donated four of the devices, which are available to all areas of the medical center.

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Dr. Majumdar joins St. Anthony’s

Surajit Majumdar, M.D.

Surajit Majumdar, M.D.

St. Anthony’s Medical Center is pleased to welcome Surajit Majumdar, M.D., to St. Anthony’s Physician Organization. Dr. Majumdar joins St. Anthony’s from Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo., where he served as the Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research at the University of Calcutta, India.

Dr. Majumdar is now part of the team at St. Anthony’s Primary Care Consultants located at 12700 Southfork Road, Suite 280, St. Louis, MO, 63128. He joins Dr. Bryan Burns, Dr. Catherine Lowder, and nurse practitioners Sarah Guillaume and Jessica Thomure.

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