St. Anthonys named fit-friendly worksite

American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Achievement 2014

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.

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Relief from atrial fibrillation

With relief from atrial fibrillation, Patricia House's heart is playing in tune.

With relief from atrial fibrillation, Patricia House’s heart is playing in tune.

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.

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Kids learn water safety at “Family Movie Friday”

Amy Brammer, Trauma Services, reads a water safety book to the kids before the movie. When the children arrived, they were invited to don sunglasses and catch a wave.

Amy Brammer, Trauma Services, reads a water safety book to the kids before the movie. When the children arrived, they were invited to don sunglasses and catch a wave.

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.

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Vein problems treatable

After her vein procedure, Ronda Seeley is just "ecstatic"!

After her vein procedure, Ronda Seeley is just “ecstatic”!

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.

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Horticulture Therapy soothes cancer patients

Lisa Salvati, the breast care navigator/support group coordinator, is surrounded by the arrangements.

St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center hosted a horticulture therapy night for its patients at the Missouri Botanical Garden Thursday, June 12. Each participant made a fresh floral arrangement. In the photo, Lisa Salvati, the breast care navigator/support group coordinator, is surrounded by the arrangements.

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July 3, 2014 · 11:45 am

Couple gives back with thoughtful gift

Ed and April Wagner with footstools

After spending time in the Family Birth Center’s Special Care Nursery a year ago, Ed and April Wagner wanted to show their appreciation by giving back to St. Anthony’s on their daughter’s first birthday. With the help of some crafty woodshop students at Northwest High School, where both Ed and April work, they were able to produce 15 step stools designed for breast-feeding moms in the Special Care Nursery. In the photo, Ed, April and their daughter, Eulalie, stand outside the Family Birth Center with a wagon full of footstools.

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June 30, 2014 · 11:37 am

Students awarded $120,000 in college scholarships

Scholarship winners back row left to right: Jordan Smith, Stephen Wedekind, Jacob Smith, Noah Woodward and Daniel Ganter; middle row left to right: Sarah Rose, Deanna Rush, Gabriel Gowen, Kristin Thompson and Daniel Heise; front row left to right: Norbert Siegfried, former longtime Chairman of St. Anthony’s Board of Directors, Ema Mathai, Amina Mujabasic and Michael Rindler, St. Anthony’s Office of the President and CEO.

Scholarship winners back row left to right: Jordan Smith, Stephen Wedekind, Jacob Smith, Noah Woodward and Daniel Ganter; middle row left to right: Sarah Rose, Deanna Rush, Gabriel Gowen, Kristin Thompson and Daniel Heise; front row left to right: Norbert Siegfried, former longtime Chairman of St. Anthony’s Board of Directors, Ema Mathai, Amina Mujabasic and Michael Rindler,
St. Anthony’s Office of the President and CEO.

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.

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June 26, 2014 · 1:57 pm