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New ‘Cobra’ stent trial is underway at SRMC - Vero News

June 19, 2018

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.

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SRMC’s ‘JointCoach’ is winning surgery patients over - Vero News

June 6, 2018

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...

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Doc: Spine surgery much improved in recent years - Vero News

June 6, 2018

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...

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Steward Health Care Names Christopher Baker, Brian Ackerman and Brandon Kahl Exceptional EMS Providers at “EMS Stewards of the Community” Awards

May 31, 2018

In annual awards ceremony, Steward recognized EMS providers hailing from Brevard County Fire Rescue, Cocoa Fire Department and Indian River Fire and Rescue

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Dr. Raman Ashta Featured in Vero News - Over-Medication for Seniors

March 7, 2018

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 ...

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Sebastian infectious disease specialist talks flu shots in Vero News

January 15, 2018

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.

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Sebastian Internal Medicine Physician Talks About New Blood Pressure Guidelines - Vero News

January 4, 2018

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.

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Sebastian Provider Comments on New Shingles Vaccine - Vero News

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.

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Older Americans facing ‘bone health emergency’ - Sebastian providers featured in Vero News

December 21, 2017

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.

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Sebastian's Wound Care Center Director Featured in Vero News

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.

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Sebastian Hospital Has a Quieter MRI - Featured in Vero News

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.

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Sebastian Cardiologist Featured in Vero News for Heart Attack Research

November 28, 2017

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.

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Sebastian ENT's See Increase in Throat Cancer Caused by HPV - Featured in Vero News

October 31, 2017

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.

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Sebastian Pediatrician Adamant About Flu Shots for Kids - Featured in Vero News

October 28, 2017

The “flu season” is here again and local pediatrician Dr. Marza Penny makes no bones about her top priority this time of year. She wants every child she treats over the age of 6 months to get a flu shot.

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Sebastian Pulmonologist Says New Hope for Asthma Patients - Featured in Vero News

October 18, 2017

If you suffer from asthma you are far from alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says upward of 26 million Americans have this disease and those numbers appear to be rising rapidly. Perhaps worse, the CDC admits, “we don’t know why” those numbers are climbing so much and so fast.

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Sebastian River Medical Center Breaking Ground on August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016

SEBASTIAN, FL - Sebastian River Medical Center will soon break ground on an approximately $64 million expansion to better serve the needs of the community. The project was announced earlier this year and after months of careful preparation, a ground breaking ceremony will be held on Monday, August 29 at 11:30 a.m. on the west side of the medical center grounds. Once completed, the project wil...

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Sebastian River Medical Center to Begin Major Expansion Project

January 5, 2016

Sebastian River Medical Center to Begin Major Expansion Project SEBASTIAN, FL – Sebastian River Medical Center is planning final details for construction of an entirely new 10 room operating suite and 48 additional private patient rooms designed with the patient experience in mind. When complete, the project will add nearly 94,000 square feet and more than 20,000 square feet of the existing f...

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Sebastian River Medical Center Named Screening Center of Excellence

October 15, 2015

Joins More Than 300 Screening Centers Across the Country Following Best Practices Outlined by Lung Cancer Alliance Sebastian, FL – Sebastian River Medical Center has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. Low dose CT screening for lung cancer carried out safely, efficiently and eq...

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Breast Health

September 30, 2015

According to, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. For women in the U.S., breast cancer is the second leading cause of death, second only to lung cancer. Detecting breast cancer in its early stages offers the best chance of survival. Early Detection According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer has a 98% survival rate when detected ...

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SRMC Names 2014 Employee of the Year

April 18, 2015

Sebastian, FL – Lynn Musselman has been named 2014 Employee of the Year for Sebastian River Medical Center. The recognition is the highest honor a hospital employee can receive. Employees are nominated for the award by their colleagues based on their commitment to patient care, their professionalism and their contributions on the job. Lynn Musselman was chosen from among 600 employees for the...