According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers. In fact, more than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States.
The good news is that you can do a lot to protect yourself and your family from skin cancer or catch it early enough so that it can be treated effectively. Limiting your exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, including UV rays from sunlight and indoor tanning beds, and examining yourself for moles can reduce your chances of developing melanoma.
Surgical Suite Features Most Advanced Technology To Improve Patient Safety, Enhance Outcomes
CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio, March 18, 2013 - Lake Health recently unveiled a new $2.3 million, state-of-the-art "hybrid" operating room, creating the most technologically advanced and safest operating environment for patients. The high-tech surgical suite, located at West Medical Center in Willoughby, enables Lake Health’s vascular specialists to perform minimally invasive and hybrid procedures-in which both open surgical and small catheters can be employed-using the most sophisticated technology available.
Fewer than 100 hospital systems in the U.S. have a hybrid operating room (OR). Measuring nearly 1,400 square feet, the hybrid OR is 40 to 50 percent larger than a traditional operating room and merges the diagnostic technology of a catheterization lab with the amenities of a sterile operating room. In addition to conventional OR equipment, it also features a robotic-assisted C-arm that can revolve around the patient providing 3-D visualization of larger sections of the body so surgeons can detect narrowed or blocked arteries faster and more thoroughly.
CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio, April 8, 2013 - At their annual meeting on March 5, the Lake Health Foundation Board of Trustees announced that Patricia A. Kuhar has been elected Chair. The other officers elected were Vice Chair Mark Fosnaught, Treasurer Christopher Cook and Secretary Beth Cassella.
They also welcomed new Board member Jean Ruple.
CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio, February 20, 2013 - Patients arriving at the Emergency Department at Lake Health's West Medical Center in Willoughby are noticing a big change: no more checking in at a reception desk. Instead, patients are now greeted by a registered nurse who ushers them into an evaluation room to assess their condition and gather health and insurance information in private.
This more streamlined, customer service-focused approach to care is just one of the many changes Lake Health has implemented as a result of a new process improvement program known as Lean. Traditionally used in manufacturing, "Lean" refers to an operational strategy developed at Toyota, which focuses on eliminating waste while increasing value-added work. In a health care setting, this translates to more efficient processes that enhance patient satisfaction, employee engagement and, ultimately, clinical outcomes.
Hospitals across the country, most notably Virginia Mason and Mayo Clinic, have used Lean principles successfully to improve patient outcomes and increase revenue despite a weak economy and sweeping health care reform. For Lake Health, Lean is enabling the independently operated hospital system to further bolster its financial performance and autonomy.
"Independent, not-for-profit health systems like Lake Health are uniquely positioned to redefine health care for patients and their families," explained Cynthia Moore-Hardy, president and CEO of Lake Health. "Lean is enabling us to more closely examine every aspect of the patient experience in order to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness across the continuum of care. The result is health care that is a quantum leap beyond customer service."