Being on Sacred Ground— a Pastoral Care Perspective

by Guest Blogger March 27, 2015
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National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Awareness is a call to action for community members, advocates and healthcare providers to recognize health and wellness as an essential part of the social justice movement for LGBT individuals and families. Today, we highlight the spiritual health of patients through the eyes of a Clinical Chaplain Educator.   The […]

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Quality Healthcare for All- Part 2

by Guest Blogger March 26, 2015
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The medical definition of sexual orientation is “an enduring, emotional, romantic or sexual attraction that one feels toward men or women, or both.” While this definition may suffice for the purposes of education, one truth I have learned is there is no single definition that can encompass all of human sexual orientation, identity or gender […]

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Celebrating Diversion and Inclusion

by Guest Blogger March 25, 2015
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Being asked to write a blog during Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) health awareness week allows me to share some of my personal experiences as an out lesbian at work, and how understanding disparities has impacted not only my colleagues’ care of the LGBT population, but also my personal patient care. As a physical […]

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HIV Myths and Misconceptions

by Guest Blogger March 24, 2015
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Guest blogger Amy Hite, M.D., shares with us common myths and misconceptions about HIV.   HIV Myths and Misconceptions In order to fight and prevent HIV/AIDS, one must understand it, and that involves having correct information.  As an HIV specialist, I have addressed many myths and misconceptions about HIV.  In this blog, we will explore […]

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Quality healthcare for all

by Guest Blogger March 23, 2015
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Summa Health System’s mission, vision and values support improving the health of the communities we serve. Summa believes in valuing one another and that everyone deserves respect and fair treatment. During National LGBT Health Awareness Week (March 23 – 27), guest blogger Melissa Ferguson, RN, MSN, a nurse at Summa Akron City Hospital, reminds us […]

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Do Ask, Do Tell

by Michele L. McCarroll Ph.D. March 20, 2015
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This month Summa Flourish will highlight National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Awareness, a call to action for community members, advocates and healthcare providers to recognize health and wellness as an essential part of the social justice movement for LGBT individuals and families. It is important to continue supporting the goal of health […]

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My Role as an Oncology Nurse Navigator

by Guest Blogger March 17, 2015
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There are many words that patients have used to describe an oncology nurse navigator: a steady constant on an unknown journey, supportive, a calming presence, a guide, an educator. At Summa Health System, oncology navigators are available on Summa Akron City Hospital’s campus at The Jean and Milton Cooper Cancer Center, and at Parkview Center […]

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Spotlight on Colorectal Cancer

by Guest Blogger March 10, 2015
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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. March is finally here! Not only are we excited for spring to come, but we are also excited to announce […]

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Do you use checklists?

by Michele L. McCarroll Ph.D. March 5, 2015
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Have you ever used a checklist to be able to accomplish tasks? I’ve used checklists/lists to help me remember the things I need to do. Sometimes, I go to the grocery store with a checklist and sometimes I go without a checklist. Just this weekend, I went without a list because I thought, “I’m just […]

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