Hospital security guards are often described in online ads as “someone who does not provide treatment to patients, but is a very visible hospital employee, often greeting patients when they enter the facility. Their main duty is to protect people, property and information as well as the hospital’s reputation.” Sebastian River Medical Center security guard Matt Ferraro more than lives up to that de...
Sebastian River Medical Center registered dietitians Brittany Robinson and Laurie Beebe just dropped a bombshell on this Mecca for retirees. Malnutrition, they say, is far more commonplace on the Treasure Coast than most people realize – especially among hospital patients in general and seniors in particular. “I would say 70 percent of our patient population are patients that aren’t eating because...
Vero Lake Estates resident Sharlynn Hewitt knows a lot about breast cancer. She ought to. She’s been dealing with the disease since 2015. And she’s far from alone. According to Breast Cancer Statistics, a biannual publication for cancer clinicians, breast cancer is the second-most common cancer diagnosed among U.S. women, with some 252,710 new cases reported just last year. It’s also the second le...
“Transitional care,” says registered nurse Virginia (Ginny) Currier, director of nursing at Sebastian River Medical Center’s transitional care unit, “is the bridge between hospital and home” for patients that need additional care after an operation or illness.
Sebastian River Medical Center and Steward Medical Group are pleased to welcome the Fischman & Borgmeier Group to the Steward Health Care system. Charles Fischman, MD, David Biezunski, MD, Brad Grasman, MD, and Lori Raffa, NP, have practiced in the area for more than 20 years and bring an expertise in Internal Medicine and Family Practice, Allergy & Immunology, Pulmonary Disease, Endocrin...
The human shoulder is something of a paradox. It provides a far greater range of motion than any other joint in the body and it is in near-constant use each and every day, and yet the number of shoulder repair or replacement surgeries performed in this country is tiny compared to the number of knee and hip procedures.
You can’t hide from Lyme disease in Florida anymore. While most people think of the disease in connection with the northeast, Dr. Aisha Thomas-St. Cyr at Sebastian Infectious Disease Care and Steward Health says the number of cases of this tick-borne illness are likely to double in the Sunshine State this year.
Interventional cardiologist Dr. Charles Croft of Melbourne and nurse practitioner Jennifer Konowitz of the Sebastian River Medical Center’s catheterization lab are operating on the cutting edge of modern medicine, having just started work on a worldwide clinical trial for the FDA-approved Cobra PzF cardio stent by CeloNova.
Hospitals and outside surgery centers nationwide have been scrambling recently to get joint replacement patients out the door as fast as possible to cut costs and conform to new Medicare guidelines. But how fast is too fast? In January of this year Medicare began allowing total knee replacements as an “outpatient procedure,” with some patients spending as little as eight hours under medical care f...
While most people think neurosurgeons like Dr. Jacob Januszewski mainly, or even exclusively, operate on patients’ brains, it turns out these highly specialized doctors actually spend much more time treating back pain related to the spine and nervous system. Januszewski estimates the ratio in most neurosurgery practices as “about 80 percent spine and 20 percent brain,” and says that 80 percent inc...
In annual awards ceremony, Steward recognized EMS providers hailing from Brevard County Fire Rescue, Cocoa Fire Department and Indian River Fire and Rescue
Dr. Raman Ashta is hardly the first person to move south to Vero Beach in order to spend her time doing what she loves. Retirees have been doing it for a century. That said, Ashta didn’t move all that far south and she’s still very much working full time. A family practice physician who has an office in Vero Beach but works for Sebastian River Medical Center, her southward trek only took her from ...
This year’s flu vaccine leaves a lot to be desired, according to Sebastian infectious disease specialist Dr. Aisha Thomas-St. Cyr and the New England Journal of Medicine.
Most Americans went to bed on a recent Sunday night in November thinking their blood pressure was normal. By that Monday morning, however, tens of millions of them suddenly found themselves catapulted into the “high blood pressure” or hypertensive category.
December 28 2017
When the FDA approved GlaxoSmithKline’s new Shingrix vaccine for shingles last month, it also took the extraordinary step of recommending it replace the existing Zostavax shingles vaccine. A tsunami of good press promptly followed.
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but osteoporosis can kill you. Just ask certified physician assistant Julie Klucar and advanced registered nurse practitioner Kristy Losapio at the Coastal Fracture Prevention Center in Sebastian.
December 12 2017
Wound care center’s top doc knows stakes are high. The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine in Sebastian has a new director – but Dr. Dawn Davidson is no rookie at the Sebastian River Medical Center.
December 6 2017
Anyone who has ever had magnetic resonance imaging (an MRI) knows one thing for certain: Those oversized doughnut-shaped devices are really, really loud. How loud? Case Western Reserve University declares the noise they make is roughly the equivalent to sound of a jackhammer pounding concrete 10 or 15 feet away.
Dr. Jose Rivera, a cardiologist with the Steward Health Group and the Sebastian River Medical Center, is finally getting some high-powered validation for his long-held view that reducing inflammation – not just cholesterol levels – can prevent heart attacks.
Say the word “cancer” and the first medical specialties most people think about are “oncology” or “radiology” or maybe even “hematology.” It’s probably a safe bet that “otolaryngology” wouldn’t make anyone’s top 10 list.