St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation will help fund the education of future health care professionals with a $10,000 donation to Jefferson College. The $2,000 scholarships will be granted to five students in need who are enrolled in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, radiologic technology or health information technology. See details.
The only one of its kind in the St. Louis area, St. Anthony’s Lewis Rice Heart Evaluation And Rapid Treatment (HEART) Unit has moved to expanded quarters in suite 204 of the Physicians’ Office Center.
The HEART Unit provides comprehensive and efficient care of outpatients with non-life-threatening heart issues. Previously, patients who came to the Emergency Department with low-risk chest pain were admitted to the hospital with orders for stress and other tests, which usually meant a two-day stay. Now, they are admitted to the 10-bed HEART Unit for an average stay of eight hours or less, where they receive additional laboratory tests and continuous EKG monitoring in a private room. There is no waiting room. A nurse practitioner and nurses are on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to monitor patients’ progress and adjust medications frequently.
The HEART Unit opened in May 2012 with eight beds. Its expansion was funded by contributions from friends, colleagues and family of the late John K. Pruellage, a board member of St. Anthony’s who served as a champion of the medical center.
“On the second and third day we were open, we filled all the beds,” said Kathleen Martin, R.N., Nurse Manager of the HEART Unit. “We’re seeing a greater need: more cardiologists and primary care physicians are using this center.”
Depending on the diagnosis, patients may be referred to the HEART Unit by their primary care physician, urgent care center staff or home health care provider with physician approval.
This advanced model of care is attracting increasing community interest, said Charles Carey, M.D., Medical Director of the HEART Unit.
“Several other hospitals have approached us, asking to get more information,” Dr. Carey said.
St. Anthony’s Emergency Department hosted Girl Scout Troop 449 from Assumption parish on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Anne Bilka, the troop leader, was very impressed and wrote a lovely note to Amy Brammer, R.N., who organized the tour.
The note reads:
“From the amubulance tour, to the behind-the-scenes action in the Pediatric ER and all the great information (and all the first aid supplies) in your office, the girls could not stop talking about it. I got lots and lots of compliments from girls. Some parents even came up to me at basketball practice later that night to tell me how great their daughter thought the afternoon was. Personally, I learned a ton. All of us could tell that you are a wonderful nurse with an unbelievably caring heart. Your patients are in terrific hands. Thanks so much to your entire team for sharing your time, your supplies and your knowledge with the girls. I think it’s an afternoon that all of them will remember for a long, long time.”
- Anne Bilka
Thanks go to the residents of the Green Park Senior Living Community who generously contributed funds to purchase stuffed animals for young patients of Cardinal Glennon Pediatric Emergency Care at St. Anthony’s. Pictured above Stephanie Austermann, RN, Emergency Department Nurse Manager, gives Dylan Skaggs, 8, of Imperial a stuffed husky.
On Thursday, Feb. 13, more than 30 community leaders from the area attended a community leader breakfast at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. The office of the president, Michael Rindler, CEO; Christopher Bowe, M.D.; David Morton, M.D.; and Jack Mitstifer, M.D., talked about the changes St. Anthony’s has been making to better serve our community. They then opened the floor to questions and suggestions. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make the event a success!
St. Anthony’s Medical Center is one of 250 places around the St. Louis area awarded a special birthday cake celebrating the 250th birthday of St. Louis. This four-foot-tall fiberglass cake was installed in front of St. Anthony’s on Wednesday, Feb. 12 and will be a part of a St. Louis-wide scavenger hunt. A downloadable app allows visitors to check-in site and learn more about St. Anthony’s history. Visit stl250.org for more information about the cakes.
Chest pain. Shortness of breath. Pain in the left arm. You may be familiar with these symptoms of a heart attack, but you may be missing other warning signs, especially if you are a woman.
“Women are more likely than men to experience atypical symptoms,” said Christopher Allen, M.D., a cardiologist with St. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates. See Dr. Allen’s advice for women.