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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Advancing the use of Electronic Health Records

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has certified the attestation of 52 St. Anthony’s Physician Organization (SAPO) physicians for Stage 2 of meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) during the first year health care providers are eligible to apply for Stage 2 certification.

Stage 2 of meaningful use requires meeting 20 objectives, which include:

  1. transmitting prescriptions electronically;
  2. providing patients the ability to view, download and transmit their health information within four business days;
  3. using secure electronic communication with patients;
  4. and protecting patients’ electronic health information.

See more about how St. Anthony’s physicians achieved this goal.

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Newly approved treatment expands services at Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Anthony’s

IN.PACT Admiral, a drug-coated balloon from Medtronic, Inc.

IN.PACT Admiral, a drug-coated balloon from Medtronic, Inc.

Cardiologist Christopher Allen, M.D., is the first physician in the St. Louis area to use Medtronic’s IN.PACT Admiral, a drug-coated balloon used to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the upper leg. The newly approved treatment was used to treat a patient at St. Anthony’s on February 3, 2015, the first day it was available. The treatment expands the services available at the new Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Anthony’s.

Read about this advance in PAD treatment.

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Sharing success as they fight for their lives

Wayne Huff on a treadmill

Wayne Huff had been living for four days with a 99 percent blockage of his left anterior descending artery.

It may sound like the Huff family is struggling; instead they prefer to see the success they are sharing as they fight for their lives.

Mary Huff was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and scheduled for surgery. Her husband, Wayne Huff, was committed to standing by Mary during a difficult time, no matter what it took. A few days before his wife’s surgery, Wayne began to feel like something wasn’t right. As he described, “I wanted to get her through the surgery and then I was going to go to the ER.” He remained silent, ignoring his own concerns to be there for Mary.

Read about their trip to the hospital.

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Nutrition program for the Lemay community

Marty Thurman receives a blood pressure screening from Jane Koslowski at Hancock Place Elementary.

Marty Thurman receives a blood pressure screening from Jane Koslowski at Hancock Place Elementary.

St. Anthony’s has partnered with Hancock Place School District to offer the Lemay community a free, in-depth nutrition, exercise and lifestyle program for people who are ready to make positive lifestyle changes. The Newtritious You program, led by St. Anthony’s behavioral therapists, dietitians and exercise physiologists, kicked off in January 2015 with free biometric screenings for cholesterol, glucose, weight, height and BMI. The participants also receive screenings at the end of the program so that they can measure their success. The program focuses on affordable, lifelong and healthy eating and exercise behaviors, rather than “quick fixes.”

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