I’m taking over Summa’s Facebook page: Are you afraid?

by Dr. von Gruenigen April 17, 2014
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I love social media. I enjoy being engaged with my patients, family and friends. I’m all wired up with my laptop, tablet and phone at all times…except in the operating room of course  < smile > .  So when Summa’s interactive team had the “crazy idea” of me taking over Summa’s Facebook page this coming Monday, I […]

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To morcellate or not?

by Guest Blogger April 15, 2014
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Within the past few months, there has been an increased awareness of the inherent risks of uterine morcellation. “When a hysterectomy can be a death sentence”,  an article about the topic appeared in USA Today, The Detroit Free Press and other mainstream news media, sparking a lot of public awareness and interest in the procedure. […]

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Why do we have idols?

by Dr. von Gruenigen April 9, 2014
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A frequent quote used in teaching during hospital rounds is, “The podium is not a confessional.”  During clinical rounds, physicians question medical students and residents about medical facts. The goal is to teach, but also to ensure that everyone is studying every night. Inherent in this long-lasting ritual is that it doesn’t matter where you […]

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PCOS: A common condition in women

by Guest Blogger April 8, 2014
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common conditions affecting women of child bearing age and beyond. All women have both female and male type hormones and this condition is best understood as an imbalance of the normal scale which favors female hormones. PCOS is present in up to 1 in 10 women. […]

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Hasta la vista…babies

by Guest Blogger April 3, 2014
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following blog post was originally written by Dr. Erik N. Steele for the online edition of the Bangor (Maine) Daily News (BDN). While serving as the chief medical officer of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Dr. Steele was a longtime health columnist for BDN. He is now with Summa Health System as our […]

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Ways to decrease early labor and delivery

by Guest Blogger April 1, 2014
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One of the most difficult things we deal with on labor and delivery is when mother’s come to us in preterm labor. As the older sister to a “preemie” sibling, I can tell you firsthand how scary and life changing preterm labor and delivery can be. My youngest sister unexpectedly arrived at a very tiny […]

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Quality healthcare for all women

by Michele L. McCarroll Ph.D. March 31, 2014
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Last week (March 26-30) was National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Awareness Week, a call to action for community members, advocates and service providers to recognize health and wellness as an essential part of the social justice movement for LGBT individuals and families. Although LGBT Health Week has concluded for this year, it is important to […]

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Falling: It’s Not Normal

by Guest Blogger March 27, 2014
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in our “It’s Not Normal,” series of blog posts for older adults. Feel free to start below or read the first in the series, “Persistent Pain Just Isn’t Normal”. We’ve experienced an unusual amount of snow, sleet and ice this winter. In fact, if you live anywhere that experiences […]

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A colonoscopy may save you or a loved one’s life

by Guest Blogger March 25, 2014
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s blog is written by Dr. Erica L. Laipply. Summa is very fortunate to have Dr. Laipply on our staff of expert surgeons –  she is the only female colorectal surgeon in the Akron (Ohio) area.  What is your favorite shade of blue? I hope you’ve been wearing your royal blue, cobalt, sapphire, and even your […]

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