Pharmacist cured of painful vein condition

Rick Tod

Rick Tod

Rick Tod always has enjoyed physical activity, from running to waterskiing and soccer. But his 32-year vocation as a pharmacist took a toll on his legs.

“Standing on my feet had led to varicose veins, and I had pain in both my legs,” recalls Rick, Manager of St. Anthony’s Medical Plaza Retail Pharmacy. “The pain at times kept me from doing many of the activities I enjoy.”

Rick was among more than 30 million Americans who suffer from venous insufficiency or venous reflux disease. Today, Rick, 55, has returned to his normal lifestyle with the help of a venous radiofrequency ablation procedure performed last year by David Dobmeyer, M.D., FACC, President of St. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates.

“Dr. Dobmeyer was awesome,” Rick said. “My legs feel fine now; I am not limited on what I can do anymore, and my legs don’t feel fatigued going up and down steps.”

St. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates Vein Services is the only vein center in the St. Louis metro area to be accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in venous treatment and management. This means the center is nationally recognized for providing high-quality vein services. The center performs 15 to 20 venous ablations per week, and 800 or more each year, among other procedures.

See more about Rick’s story and vein services at St. Anthony’s.

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Retired schoolteacher enjoying life after open-heart surgery

Gary Tissot

Gary Tissot

Just one day after he underwent open-heart surgery, retired schoolteacher Gary Tissot was up and walking around St. Anthony’s Heart & Vascular Institute.

“Not bad, not bad at all,” said Gary, 69, when asked how he was doing. “Dr. Noda’s popped in several times, and the staff has been fantastic. I couldn’t ask for better treatment.”

Gary underwent off-pump cardiac bypass graft (CABG) surgery by cardiothoracic surgeon Seiichi Noda, M.D., on June 17 for three blockages. He returned to his home in Affton on June 22. Dr. Noda credits Gary’s fast-tracked care in St. Anthony’s Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit (CV-PCU) with the speedy recovery.

“Fast-tracked patients have their breathing tubes removed while still in the operating room,” Dr. Noda said. “The patients then completely skip the Intensive Care Unit and recover in our Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit, which is designed to be a more welcoming and quiet environment conducive to rest and recovery.”

See more about Gary’s care at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

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Primary care services expands to Eureka

Craig Holzem, M.D., FAAFP

Craig Holzem, M.D., FAAFP

St. Anthony’s Medical Center expanded its primary care physician services to Eureka, Mo., with care provided by Craig Holzem, M.D., FAAFP.

Dr. Holzem is board-certified in family medicine, sports medicine and clinical densitometry, which focuses on skeletal health. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the International Society of Clinical Densitometry. He serves as a Family Practice Preceptor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Missouri-Columbia and Washington University. Dr. Holzem has been named a “Top Doc” in the St. Louis region for the last nine consecutive years.

Dr. Holzem will practice at the new St. Anthony’s at Eureka Family Medicine. His office will be located at 215 Thresher, Eureka, MO 63025, which is located just south of the intersection of Interstate 44 and Highway 109. The office can be reach and appointments can be made by calling 314-ANTHONY (268-4669). The practice is part of St. Anthony’s Physician Organization.

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Behavioral Health Services expand with addition of new psychiatrist

Ernest A. Graypel, M.D., MHA

Ernest A. Graypel, M.D., MHA

St. Anthony’s Medical Center expanded its mental health services with the addition of psychiatrist Ernest A. Graypel, M.D., MHA.

Dr. Graypel specializes in treatment of psychological trauma disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder, adult and geriatric psychiatry, and long-term care. He is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He is a licensed nursing home administrator, is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators, and holds a Master’s in Health Administration.

Dr. Graypel will serve as Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services and joins Abraham Medaris, M.D., at St. Anthony’s Behavioral Health Specialists. Their practice is located in Suite 364B in the Medical Office Building, 10004 Kennerly Road, on the St. Anthony’s campus. The office can be reach and appointments can be made by calling 314-ANTHONY (268-4669). St. Anthony’s Behavioral Health Specialists is part of St. Anthony’s Physician Organization.

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David Sindelar named St. Anthony’s CEO

David Sindelar

David Sindelar

The Board of Directors at St. Anthony’s Medical Center announced the selection of David Sindelar as the Chief Executive Officer and fourth member of the Office of the President.

Mr. Sindelar has a long history of service to St. Anthony’s and to South County. He grew up in South County before St. Anthony’s moved to its current location. He graduated from Lindbergh High School and went on to earn his degree in accounting from St. Louis University. In addition to his previous business experience as the CEO and President of Hanley Partners and CEO of several portfolio companies including Viasystems, Mr. Sindelar has served on St. Anthony’s Board of Directors since 2002 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2010. His experience on the board and his commitment to St. Anthony’s will serve him well in his new role as CEO. He will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Sindelar officially begins his new position on September 1, 2015.

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$114,000 in scholarships awarded

2015 Scholarship Recipients

2015 Scholarship Recipients

This fall, 15 students will head to college with the support of $114,000 in scholarships, newly awarded by St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation in partnership with the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation.

The scholarships were founded as a way to invest in the future of the sons and daughters of St. Anthony’s employees through education. This program is one of the largest of its kind in the community and one of the best offered by an employer in the St. Louis area.

Since the program began in 2006, the St. Anthony’s scholarship programs have awarded more than $4.1 million to 243 students. Read about this year’s recipients.

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New cardiothoracic surgeon

Cardiothoracic surgeon Umraan Ahmad, M.D.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Umraan Ahmad, M.D.

The cardiovascular surgery services available at St. Anthony’s Heart & Vascular Institute have expanded with the addition of cardiothoracic surgeon Umraan Ahmad, M.D.

Dr. Ahmad specializes in valvular heart disease, including valve replacement, valve repair, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and mini-AVR. He also specializes in coronary artery disease, complex cardiac surgery, and atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Dr. Ahmad is a St. Louis native. He returns to St. Louis from New Orleans, where he was a staff surgeon at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation and a clinical instructor at Tulane University. He previously served as a clinical instructor at Northwestern University and completed his graduate education at Northwestern, the University of Kansas and the Mayo Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Ahmad joins cardiothoracic surgeon Seiichi Noda, M.D., FACS, at St. Anthony’s Heart & Vascular Institute, Suite 403 of the Physicians Office Center, 10015 Kennerly Road on the St. Anthony’s campus. Phone: (314) 880-6676.

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