Monthly Archives: November 2017

‘Life Changing’ Second Opinion—One Woman’s Story

Charlie Ann Spyrett

Written by SMH Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage Finding out you have a leaking heart valve or blocked coronary arteries can be frightening—especially if your only option to correct the problem is cardiac surgery. But what if you’re uncomfortable with the diagnosis or have been told your condition is too fragile for a less-invasive surgical… Read more »

Have Heart Failure? Get the Flu Shot.


If you’re among the millions who are living with heart failure, getting flu and pneumonia vaccinations can help keep you out of the hospital this flu season. While October is the best time to get a flu shot, it’s not too late to protect yourself and loved ones from the flu.

Tips for NICU Families — Parent to Parent

NICO Graber

Written By NICU-Graduate Mom Jamie Jalwan It sounds intense: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The NICU. And the experience can be intense. And scary. No parent signs up to be a NICU parent, and I’m guessing no baby spends their time in utero dreaming of being a “NICU baby.” But sometimes, the NICU is the very… Read more »

Cancer & Caregiving: Tips to Thrive


Written by SMH Cancer Care Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein Last year, 15.5 million people in the U.S. were living with cancer. This year, another 1,688,780 people will be diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society. Many of these cancer patients will, at some point, come to depend on the care and support of a trusted family… Read more »

Tobacco Smoking: Get the Facts

Get the Facts

Written by SMH Lung Cancer Screening Coordinator Amie Miller Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death IN THE WORLD. Period. Smoking cigarettes is also the No. 1 risk factor for lung cancer. The US Centers for Disease Control also reports that:

Catching Lung Cancer Early Saves Lives

Lung cancer

By SMH Lung Cancer Screening Coordinator Amie Miller Screening and early detection save lives. Does that sound familiar? You no doubt heard that often during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. But did you know that the same can be said for many other diseases as well? For example: Lung cancer can also be detected… Read more »

Flu-shot Primer: What You Need to Know

Flu Shot

By SMH Ambulatory Services Director Jen Storch Flu season is officially upon us, and the best way to protect you and your family from the flu is by getting the flu shot. Here on the Suncoast—like most places in the US—influenza activity typically begins in October or November and increases during the fall and winter… Read more »