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Facing Health Care Challenges: Q & A with CEO David Spillers

Huntsville Hospital Health System CEO David Spillers recently discussed the future of Alabama’s cash-strapped Medicaid program; why Medicare reimbursement rates for Alabama hospitals are among the lowest in the U.S.; and his new role as chairman of the state hospital association.

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A letter from the CEO

spillersDear Friend:  It’s been a while since we sent you an update on your hospital. When I pause to think about what is happening here, I’m amazed at the pace of growth and change in our community and at Huntsville Hospital Health System. Looking back over the past few months it’s evident that our community is growing rapidly. You certainly note this in traffic or in commercial and residential development, but we see it clearly in the volume of patients who are being treated in our facilities.

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Trick-or-treating safety tips

Halloween istock 90650903web In just a few days, little ghosts and goblins across North Alabama will hit the streets in search of Halloween candy. In their excitement, young children sometimes forget to look both ways before entering the road. Others wear dark costumes that don’t reflect car headlights, or masks that obstruct their vision. It’s a dangerous combination: Kids are more than twice as likely to be run over and killed on Halloween than any other night of the year.

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Q & A with Bill Nelson, Behaviorist, Huntsville Hospital 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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It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late

Article written by Monica Williams-Murphy, MD

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Weight loss surgery offers new outlook on life

Brenda BeforeAndAfterBrenda Bryson knew she needed to regain control of her life and her health.

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Don't just wear your greens, eat them too!

GreensInstead of just wearing green this St. Patrick’s day, why not eat green? A healthy diet includes filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens are a great vegetable choice. From the everyday romaine lettuce found in salads to the not so common beet greens, there are so many different varieties to please even the pickiest eaters. Leafy greens are one of the top nutrient-rich foods, and here are few of the benefits:

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Behind the white coat with Derrick Cho, MD

Derrick Cho, MDDerrick Cho, MD, recently joined the Spine & Neuro Center, specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery, cranial and peripheral nerve treatments, and spine/brain trauma. Dr. Cho is board certified with more than 10 years of experience. Dr. Cho received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he also completed a General Surgery Internship followed by a six-year Neurosurgical Residency in 2009.

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Why you should consider a vascular screening before American Heart Month ticks away

$99 Vascular Screening February is American Heart Month, and the Huntsville Hospital Heart Center is marking the occasion by offering vascular screenings.

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New Dietary Guidelines

FoodAnyone wondering what the new federal dietary guidelines are saying? To me, it seems to all boil down to following a healthy diet.

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Resolutions, Reasons and Reality

Resolutions, reasons, reality, renewal, refocusing — it’s the time of year when these R’s seem to rule our routines and can cause frustration and regret. If we realistically manage these R’s, we can really get results that rock!

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8 facts that should make your heart race

8 facts that should make your heart race

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10 signs for trouble

10 signs for troubleAccording to the American Heart Association, Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. The top chambers in the heart actually quiver due to abnormal firing of electrical impulses. AFib is a serious medical condition that can increase risk of stroke.

A person with AFib may have no symptoms at all or may experience:

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Four can't miss holiday recipes

silverwareDuring this season of joyful holiday celebration, we send our well wishes for health and happiness. We believe that part of holiday joy involves gathering at the table with those you love to share warm conversations, lots of laughter and wonderful recipes.

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Tips to enjoy a healthy holiday season

Ahh the holidays! Decorating the house and having good eats. Inviting friends over and having good eats. Going to holiday parties and having good eats. Opening presents, then having good eats. Oh, did I mention eating?

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Q & A with David Spillers

David Spillers When you came to Huntsville Hospital nine years ago, did you envision that we would have a system as we do today?
“I certainly saw the possibility but things had to fall into place for it to happen.

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Jump start your metabolism

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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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Behind the white coat with Michael Butler, MD

Cardiologist Michael Butler, MDDr. Michael Butler is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. Originally from Jackson, MS, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biological engineering from Mississippi State University and completed his medical degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at The University of Alabama at Birmingham where he served as Chief Medical Resident. Following his residency, he completed fellowships in general and interventional cardiology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. During his time at Wake Forest, he also served as Chief Fellow. He is currently one of 48 cardiologists at the Heart Center.

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Behind the White Coat with Brad Hobbs, MD

Behind the White Coat with Brad Hobbs, MD

Dr. Brad Hobbs is an otolaryngologist, more commonly known as an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist. He recently moved to our community after completing his medical residency in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Hobbs practices with North Alabama ENT Associates and treats patients at their Huntsville and Madison offices. He is the only ENT currently doing surgery at Madison Hospital.

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Huntsville Classic to bring enhanced communications to Huntsville Hospital

Huntsville Classic to bring enhanced communications to Huntsville Hospital

For many, upgrading to new technology is a luxury; but for Huntsville Hospital, it’s a necessity. The 2015 Huntsville Classic, Huntsville Hospital Foundation’s 27th Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament, will fund an important technology upgrade, and enable the hospital to enhance communication for nurses and physicians.

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A note from David - Fall 2014

With more than 7,500 employees in Madison County and 10,000+ in North Alabama, it’s not too often that I highlight one employee in this column, but I have to say something about Adell Brandon, a patient care aide at Huntsville Hospital. Adell just celebrated his 55th year of employment with Huntsville Hospital and is the longest serving active member of our staff. That’s an impressive accomplishment. Congratulations and thank you Adell!

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A note from David - Summer 2014

One unique attribute of our community is its incredible volunteer spirit. Nowhere is this more evident than at Huntsville Hospital. From our governing board to nearly every department in our hospital, our volunteers help us get the job done every day. The cover story of this issue of SOURCE highlights the work of the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary, which was established in 1964. We want to thank the Auxiliary and the hundreds of women and men who have served our patients, their families and our staff over the past 50 years. We truly could not do what we do without you.

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A note from David - Spring 2014

An old idea is getting new life in health care today. Preventive health, or wellness, has long been acknowledged as a key to long term health improvement. Unfortunately, the incentive to get well or stay well hasn’t seemed to motivate the masses to participate, but this seems to be shifting.

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A note from David - Winter 2014

Now that 2014 is here, the question that we are most often asked is “how is health care reform impacting Huntsville Hospital?” The answer requires a good bit of time and a lot more space than I have in this column, but it can be summarized in a couple of words - uncertain and concerned.

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