The labor of training a physician

by Dr. von Gruenigen July 22, 2014
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It takes years to train physicians. I am not exaggerating. Years. Four years of college are followed by four years of medical school. This is followed by 4 years of residency in OB/GYN. Some physicians further their training by completing 3 year fellowships, for example, in gynecologic oncology. Along with medical knowledge, it is important […]

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Life after a total hip replacement

by Guest Blogger July 15, 2014
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As an orthopedic surgeon, I see many patients with hip pain. Hip pain caused by arthritis can be especially debilitating. It can manifest as groin pain, thigh pain and stiffness in the hip. Patients can have difficulty performing simple tasks such as putting on socks and shoes, climbing stairs and getting into a car. Understanding […]

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Elderly Nutrition: Pt. 1

by Guest Blogger July 8, 2014
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Nutrition in every stage of life is very important. What else did you expect a dietitian to say? But seriously, nutrition during aging becomes vitally important as calorie needs decrease and the need for nutrient-dense foods increases. What is a nutrient-dense food? Well, it’s not food that is heavy or dim-witted! Nutrient-dense foods pack tons […]

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Improving the quality of women’s lives through research

by Guest Blogger July 3, 2014
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My name is Joy Yala and I was born in Kenya.  I am currently an undergraduate student at Kent State University in the College of Public Health.  Currently, I am doing my practicum in the Summa Center for Women’s Health Research to gain experience in conducting meaningful research to improve the quality of lives of […]

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Do be a “paleface”!

by Heidi Eve-Cahoon CNP July 1, 2014
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The 1960s: Summer sun, Beach Boys music blaring from the transistor radio while teens “lay out” tanning. It was the peak of sun worshipping. A tan was thought to make one look athletic, healthy, and having leisure time to acquire a tan. Those teens are now in their 60s and 70s. You can recognize them […]

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Chicago hosted more than the Cubs

by Guest Blogger June 26, 2014
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Today’s blog post was written by one of Summa Health System’s medical residents. It is one of many posts we will be featuring in Flourish in an effort to provide readers with a peek into the life of a medical resident. Written in their own words, our residents will share their experiences as they pursue […]

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We wrote a book just for you!

by Dr. von Gruenigen June 25, 2014
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Dear Ladies (and Gentlemen), We have been blogging for over four years and it has been a wonderful experience. Our first quarter statistics of this year were absolutely outstanding. We had greater than 10,000 site visits over the first three months. In addition, our mobile traffic has risen. It seems as though our ladies are […]

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RELAX … while in labor!

by Guest Blogger June 24, 2014
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Summa Akron City Hospital’s Labor and Delivery unit is the first and only site in the United States to offer the Relaxbirth device to laboring women. Relaxbirth is so much more than a birthing chair!  It is used to help women change positions during labor.  Women can use Relaxbirth for standing, sitting, and side-lying. It […]

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Love of my life: Being a Summa Hospice Volunteer

by Guest Blogger June 19, 2014
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Following are the thoughts and insights from Elaine Fisher, a 7-yr. Summa Health System hospice volunteer, about what it means to work as a hospice volunteer. The love of my life is my volunteer work with Summa’s hospice patients. I do respite care by staying with patients so their caregivers can get a break. Other […]

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