Citizens Medical Center Announces New “JUSTWALK ™ ”A WALK WITH A DOC Program”

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Victoria, TX. December 30, 2015. Citizens Medical Center hosts Victoria’s “JustWalk™” Walk With a Doc walking program on January 2, 2015 at 9 am at the Citizens HealthPlex at 9406 NE Zac Lentz Parkway, Victoria, Texas 77904. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with Dr. Leilani Valdes and other health care professionals, who will provide support and answer questions during the walk. Dr. Valdes encourages anyone in the community to join the walk. This is a FREE program and pre-registration is not required. Future walks will be announced via the Walk with a Doc website, www.walkwithadoc.org.

The Victoria Walk with a Doc program is part of a state-wide imitative funded by a grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation with major support from the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust. The grants will help TMA doctors host walks with their patients, as well as provide marketing and promotional materials, and cover technical support from the Walk With a Doc organization.

Walk With a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. “This program has had tremendous participation and tremendous success in many other cities around the country,” said Dr. Valdes. “I’m very pleased to be a part of this exciting and simple program that shows such improved health results for so many people.”

Why walk? “There’s no question that increasing exercise, even moderately, reduces the risks of many diseases, including coronary heart disease, breast and colon cancer and Type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Valdes. “Research has even shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour that you exercise regularly.” According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can provide these health benefits, as well:

  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Help maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well-being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis

“Walk With a Doc allows physicians to interact with their patients outside the office, where they can see their doctors practice what they preach. What’s discussed in the office is put in motion outside the office,” said Debbie Fuller, MD, vice president of the TMA Foundation and immediate past chair of the TMA Council on Health Promotion. She said patients’ comments and questions during the walks tend to feed off of one another as they discuss general health and lifestyle issues with a person they trust — their physician.
“It’s me and my patients, real-life in sweats together, just talking about health and well-being while we’re out getting exercise,” she said.

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About Citizens Medical Center
Citizens Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital known for compassionate patient care, clinical expertise, and bringing advanced medical services to the South Texas region since 1956. Today, Citizens is a 338-bed acute care hospital with over 1,200 employees. Citizens Medical Center is recognized for its outstanding cardiology program which includes an accredited Chest Pain Center and an approved STEMI receiving center for heart attack patients. Citizens has an accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and has a 24/7 emergency department, advanced Level III Trauma facility and onsite medical helicopter, a primary stroke center, imaging and surgery centers, sleep study center, Women’s Pavilion with labor and delivery, a recognized center of excellence for bariatric surgery, advanced pediatrics including the area’s only Neonatal Transport Service, state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness, urology and daVinci robotics minimally invasive surgery options, a home health agency, and has a long history of providing continuing education for physicians, nurses, other healthcare providers and the community. To learn more about Citizens Medical Center or to find a physician, go to www.citizensmedicalcenter.org.

About TMA: TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine. To learn more, go to www.texmed.org.

About Walk With a Doc: Walk with a Doc is a non-profit organization that encourages healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a board certified cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio who practices with the Mount Carmel Health System. To learn more, go to www.walkwithadoc.org.

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Citizens Medical Center Now Offering State-of-the-Art Genius ™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY ™ Exams

Genius ™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY ™ exams are clinically proven to increase invasive cancer detection and reduce recall rates

Victoria, Texas. December 4, 2015. Citizens Medical Center is excited to offer the latest in breast cancer screening advances, Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health. i Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

The Hologic system is the only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system as approved by the FDA. The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.

Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam. The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Findings include:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers.
  • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.

“Citizens Medical Center is committed to the fight against breast cancer. We are proud to offer the latest and most effective imaging tool for breast cancer screening to our patients.” Mike Olson, Chief Executive Officer at Citizens Medical Center.

If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please call 361-570-7277.

About Genius™ 3D Mammography™ Exams

The breast is a three-dimensional object composed of different structures located at different heights within the breast. These structures can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a flat two-dimensional image. This confusion of overlapping of tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Using breast tomosynthesis technology, the Hologic system creates a 3-dimensional image of the breast structure, which enables radiologists to more clearly see through overlapping tissue to detect cancers, often at an earlier stage.

The Hologic system is the first FDA-approved breast tomosynthesis system in the U.S. Hologic Genius 3D Mammography™ exams are now available in all 50 states and over 50 countries. To date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this advanced screening system.

About Citizens Medical Center

Citizens Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital known for compassionate patient care, clinical expertise, and bringing advanced medical services to the South Texas region since 1956. Today, Citizens is a 338-bed acute care hospital with over 1,200 employees. Citizens Medical Center is recognized for its outstanding cardiology program which includes an accredited Chest Pain Center and an approved STEMI receiving center for heart attack patients. Citizens has an accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and has a 24/7 emergency department, advanced Level III Trauma facility and onsite medical helicopter, a primary stroke center, imaging and surgery centers, sleep study center, Women’s Pavilion with labor and delivery, a recognized center of excellence for bariatric surgery, advanced pediatrics including the area’s only Neonatal Transport Service, state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness, urology and daVinci robotics minimally invasive surgery options, a home health agency, and has a long history of providing continuing education for physicians, nurses, other healthcare providers  and the community. To learn more about Citizens Medical Center or to find a physician, go to www.citizensmedicalcenter.org.

MIKE OLSON NAMED CEO OF CITIZENS MEDICAL CENTER

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Mike OlsonVICTORIA, TX. (October 14, 2015) Mike Olson has been named chief executive officer of Citizens Medical Center and will begin his new role on November 12, 2015.

“I am sincerely honored to have this opportunity to lead such an outstanding team of employees, volunteers and medical staff at Citizens Medical Center. I’m excited about the growth that lies ahead, and I look forward to serving our patients and the community. I appreciate all of the work that has accomplished over the past few months, and I look forward to continuing that progress,” said Olson. Since April of this year, Dr. Jeff Ackerman has been the Interim CEO of the hospital and supports the board’s decision to hire Mr. Olson, stating “Mr. Olson comes from an excellent healthcare system and will bring ideas that will help our team continue to deliver outstanding patient care. His experience and passion will be important assets to Citizens and the community in this rapidly evolving healthcare environment, and will complement the strong administration, physicians, nurses and staff already in place.”

Olson has more than two decades of healthcare leadership experience in competitive urban and rural markets in a national recognized Health System, Intermountain Healthcare, and has served as CEO of American Fork Hospital for the past 11 years. He brings a track record of success in hospital integration, volume and revenue grown and effective management team development. Mr. Olson earned his Master of Health Services Administration and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Finance. Active in his community and the profession, he is a delegate of the regional policy board of American Hospitals Association.

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About Citizens Medical Center
Citizens Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital known for compassionate patient care, clinical expertise, and bringing advanced medical services to the South Texas region since 1956. Today, Citizens is a 338-bed acute care hospital with over 1,200 employees. Citizens Medical Center is recognized for its outstanding cardiology program which includes an accredited Chest Pain Center and an approved STEMI receiving center for heart attack patients. Citizens has an accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer

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Citizens Medical Center Receives: “Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement”

Icon - Gold Plus StrokeAward demonstrates Citizens Medical Center’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients

Victoria, TX. October 23, 2015. Citizens Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Katrin McDonough, Citizens Stroke Center Coordinator. “Citizens Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps us achieve that goal.”

Citizens Medical Center has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.

“We are pleased to recognize Citizens Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.”
For providers, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke offers quality-improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.

For patients, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they learn how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital and recognize the F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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About Citizens Medical Center

Citizens Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital known for compassionate patient care, clinical expertise, and bringing advanced medical services to the South Texas region since 1956. Today, Citizens is a 338-bed acute care hospital with over 1,200 employees. Citizens Medical Center is recognized for its outstanding cardiology program which includes an accredited Chest Pain Center and an approved STEMI receiving center for heart attack patients. Citizens has an accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and has a 24/7 emergency department, advanced Level III Trauma facility and onsite medical helicopter, a primary stroke center, imaging and surgery centers, sleep study center, Women’s Pavilion with labor and delivery, a recognized center of excellence for bariatric surgery, advanced pediatrics including the area’s only Neonatal Transport Service, state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness, urology and daVinci robotics minimally invasive surgery options, a home health agency, and has a long history of providing continuing education for physicians, nurses, other healthcare providers and the community. To learn more about Citizens Medical Center or to find a physician, go to www.citizensmedicalcenter.org.

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/QualityMap.

 

New Board Officers Elected at Citizens Medical Center

New Officers, Dr. Tanya Seiler, Russell Marshall and Ben Galvan, bring considerable experience and leadership

Victoria, TX. October 22, 2015. Citizens Medical Center announced today that its board of directors elected new officers, which include Dr. Tanya Seiler as Chairwoman of the Board, Russell Marshall as Vice Chairman of the Board, and Ben Galvan as Secretary.

Citizens’ current Chairman of the Board of Directors, Donald Day, board Secretary, Dr. Andy Clemmons, and board member, Jennifer Hartman, have resigned.

The board accepted their resignation with gratitude and thought that a new slate of board officers would be best for the hospital and the board with the recent hiring of the hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer, Mike Olson. Olson will begin his new role as CEO of Citizens Medical Center on November 12th.
The Victoria County Commissioners will appoint new board members to replace Day, Clemmons and Hartman.

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About Citizens Medical Center
Citizens Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital known for compassionate patient care, clinical expertise, and bringing advanced medical services to the South Texas region since 1956. Today, Citizens is a 338-bed acute care hospital with over 1,200 employees. Citizens Medical Center is recognized for its outstanding cardiology program which includes an accredited Chest Pain Center and an approved STEMI receiving center for heart attack patients. Citizens has an accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and has a 24/7 emergency department, advanced Level III Trauma facility and onsite medical helicopter, a primary stroke center, imaging and surgery centers, sleep study center, Women’s Pavilion with labor and delivery, a recognized center of excellence for bariatric surgery, advanced pediatrics including the area’s only Neonatal Transport Service, state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness, urology and daVinci robotics minimally invasive surgery options, a home health agency, and has a long history of providing continuing education for physicians, nurses, other healthcare providers and the community. To learn more about Citizens Medical Center or to find a physician, go to www.citizensmedicalcenter.org.

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