Cardiothoracic Surgeon Joins Team

Seiichi Noda, M.D., FACS

Seiichi Noda, M.D., FACS

Seiichi Noda, M.D., FACS, has joined the team of outstanding physicians, nurses and staff at St. Anthony’s Heart & Vascular Institute.

Dr. Noda has more than 17 years of cardiothoracic surgery experience, specializing in minimally invasive heart surgery and off-pump coronary bypass surgery. He is board certified in surgery and in thoracic surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis and completed his surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., where he also served as an instructor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Noda’s office is located in Suite 403 of the Physicians Office Center, 10015 Kennerly Road, St. Louis, Mo., on the St. Anthony’s Medical Center campus.

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Welcome Dr. Johar

Lubbna Johar, M.D.

Lubbna Johar, M.D.

Lubbna Johar, M.D., joined the clinical team at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.  She is board certified in family practice and graduated from Govt. Medical College, Patiala, India.

Dr. Johar joins Julie Busch, M.D., and Andrea Otto, M.D., as part of St. Anthony’s at Kirkwood Family Practice, at 10296 Big Bend Rd., Suite 111, Kirkwood, MO 63122. The practice is part of St. Anthony’s Physician Organization.

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New Level One Stroke Center certification

St. Anthony's is now a Level 1 Stroke Center.

St. Anthony’s is now a Level 1 Stroke Center.

St. Anthony’s is among the first group of hospitals to be certified by the state of Missouri as a Level One Stroke Center, the highest level of stroke care available, making it one of the few hospitals in the St. Louis region and the southernmost hospital in the metro area to receive the certification.

The new stroke certification is the result of a state law that gives the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services the authority to create designated stroke centers which meet standards to provide definitive and timely treatment for stroke patients. The department’s Time Critical Diagnosis System brings together the 911 emergency response systems, hospitals and emergency responders to provide a more efficient continuum of care for trauma, stroke and heart attack victims.

As part of the Level One certification, St. Anthony’s has an in-house stroke team that is available 24 hours a day to immediately assess patients and start treatment. The team includes neurologists, interventional radiologists, neurosurgeons, board-certified emergency physicians and specially trained nurses. That team is activated before the patient arrives when emergency crews notify the Emergency Department about an incoming stroke patient. Read more about St. Anthony’s Level 1 Stroke Center designation.

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Congrats to our Excellence in Nursing Award finalist

Kim Rush, R.N., Labor and Delivery

Kim Rush, R.N., Labor and Delivery

Congratulations to Kim Rush, R.N., Labor and Delivery at St. Anthony’s Medical Center, for being a finalist in St. Louis Magazine’s sixth annual Excellence in Nursing Awards. Readers sent in more than 200 submissions from across the St. Louis area, and the judges narrowed the field to 61 finalists in 16 categories.

Rush said she was surprised she was selected as a finalist because there are so many great nurses, especially at St. Anthony’s.  “Like every unit here at St. Anthony’s, we are a team in Labor and Delivery, and I really feel like this honor reflects on the work of our entire team,” she said. “I was just thinking the other day how our dedication and caring aren’t for the approval of others, but to be seen by the eyes of God. Even with  that being the case, it certainly is nice to be recognized.”

The winners will be announced on April 14, 2015.

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Radiation Oncologist joins St. Anthony’s

Shana Coplowitz , M.D., radiation oncologist

Shana Coplowitz , M.D., radiation oncologist

Shana Coplowitz, M.D., radiation oncologist, has joined Mary Graham, M.D., as part of St. Anthony’s Radiation Oncology Specialists, based at St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center, St. Louis, Mo.

Dr. Coplowitz is certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology. She joins St. Anthony’s from New Rochelle Radiology Associates in New Rochelle, N.Y., where she was Director of Radiation Oncology. She previously served as Chief Resident at Weill Cornell Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital and earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Florida. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American College of Radiology.

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Heart patient is “lucky”

Tim Huffman and sons: "I'm very lucky to be here"

Tim Huffman and sons: “I’m very lucky to be here”

“I’m very lucky to be here.” Those are the words of Tim Huffman, who thought he was getting a bad cold when he had actually suffered a massive heart attack. He was rushed to St. Anthony’s and had his blocked artery cleared less than an hour after his arrival. Tim thanks many people for saving his life, including his own sons. Read the important role they played in saving their father’s life and what you can learn from Tim’s experience that could save someone else’s life, possibly your own.

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Another first in heart treatment

Gregory Botteron, M.D.

Gregory Botteron, M.D.

On February 13, 2015, St. Anthony’s Medical Center became the first health care provider in the St. Louis area to offer the Topera Mapping System to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation (AFib). Previously, patients would have to travel to Chicago, Indianapolis or farther to benefit from the technology.

Topera choose the Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Anthony’s because of the experience and expertise in treating AFib and other arrhythmias.“With this technology, I am able to visualize areas of the heart responsible for maintaining atrial fibrillation for each patient,” said Gregory Botteron, M.D. with St. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates.

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