Dimensional Care: 3D Mammography

3D Mammography

The Huntsville Hospital and Madison Hospital Breast Centers are entering their third year with 3D mammography capability.

As the demand for this technology grows, we continue to replace our 2D digital mammography units with 3D-capable equipment. As the largest volume breast center in the state, the costs of expanding 3D mammography is substantial. But we believe this investment will benefit our patients.

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September 2017 community letter from David Spillers, CEO

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September 2017

Dear Community Friend,

There is an old adage about focusing on what you can control rather than the things you can’t. Those of us in health care understand this well. While national and state leaders struggle for political answers to health care questions, we’re focusing on where we can make a difference—in the quality and service we provide to our patients. Even though decisions that are made in Washington and Montgomery have enormous impact on us, we’re taking big steps at Huntsville Hospital Health System to improve your experience with us.

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A Healthier Huntsville

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Huntsville Hospital knows that in order to build a healthier and more active community, you have to move beyond the walls of the hospital.

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Healthy Tailgating Tips

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Fire up your grills and get ready for some football! It's great to see our favorite teams back, but it's also the unofficial start to the season of weight gain. People find it hard to control their weight starting now through the New Year. Here are five tips to help you stay healthy while you enjoy cheering your favorite team on.

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An approach that makes sense

In the Spring 2017 issue of Source, Huntsville Hospital's community magazine, I hesitated to predict what Congress might do regarding the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare. The Republican controlled Congress has tried to come up with a plan that is acceptable to all segments of the party, but as of early August, the nation’s health care law remains unchanged. The rub for some is the impact that repealing the current law will have on state Medicaid programs, which serve the indigent. In Alabama, the Medicaid program remains in a state of uncertainty following the recent announcement that the proposed model to use regional care organizations (RCO) would no longer move forward. There were many reasons for the decision but the primary factor was the changing environment in Washington that no longer points to RCOs as the best solution.

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Fueling your child with a healthy lunchbox

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For parents, thinking about lunches is a key part of preparing for the new school year. The biggest question is:  Are they going to buy or bring, and which is healthier? The purpose of lunch is to fuel your child’s brain for the afternoon classes and to fuel their bodies for after-school activities.  You want to provide your child with a nutrient-rich meal that has lasting energy.

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Community letter from David Spillers, CEO

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David Spillers, CEO of Huntsville Hospital Health System

June 2017

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Protect the skin you're in

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Dr. Brian Mathews

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Let’s use this month to raise awareness about skin cancer and help people take action to prevent it or detect it early – at home, at work and in the community.

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Calm and comfort

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Brittany Ellisor
Special care for children with autism

Bright lights, loud sounds, strange people, painful touches and little control – the hospital can be a scary and overwhelming place for any child and family.

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6 tips for a healthy doctor-patient relationship

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Dr. Robert Chappell, Chief Medical Officer

Patients known as the Baby Boomers and Generation X generally held the view that “doctors know best,” while physicians expected patients to follow their medical advice. But today’s model of the doctor-patient relationship looks much different – patients have access to a lot of different health information and physicians can provide more treatment options, requiring a good doctor-patient relationship.

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Back to life

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Holly Zywicke, MD

Are back problems keeping you from living life to the fullest? If so, you’re not alone. About 80 percent of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain typically first strikes between age 30 and 50, and it becomes more common later in life. There are many different triggers for back pain: muscle strains from lifting a heavy object; traumatic injury; spinal disc degeneration; nerve damage.

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What you can count on from HH Health System

We hope your new year is off to a great start. For those of us who work in health care, 2017 promises to be one of the most interesting and challenging years that we’ve faced. The Trump Administration is in office and efforts are underway to repeal and replace the controversial Affordable Care Act (ACA). There is no guarantee on what the final product may look like, but it will likely retain some elements of the ACA—keeping the elimination of the pre-existing condition clause and continuing to allow eligible children up to the age of 26 to remain on their parent’s insurance. Regardless, change is coming to the nation’s health care insurance system and that creates a lot of uncertainty for patients and providers.

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Q & A with Bill Nelson, Behaviorist, Huntsville Hospital Center for Medical Weight Loss

Bill Nelson, behaviorist with HH Center for Medical Weight Loss
Why is weight loss so important?

Three years ago, the American Medical Association declared obesity as a “chronic disease state.” Obesity is a national epidemic which is correlated with multiple issues including heart disease, diabetes, metabolic issues, significant physical limitations, and an early death rate. We address this issue using realistic and long-lasting solutions.

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