New app’s aim is to help women and their babies stay healthy

by Summa Flourish August 26, 2014
Thumbnail image for New app’s aim is to help women and their babies stay healthy

Thanks to a generous contribution from Summa Foundation Circle of Women’s Health Philanthropists, a new app has been designed for new mothers who are looking for information about how to keep themselves – and their babies – healthy. The free app, Flourish – Women’s Resource App, is available on iTunes at no charge. It offers […]

0 comments Read more

Have you had your shots?

by Summa Flourish August 19, 2014
Thumbnail image for Have you had your shots?

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and what better time to be reminded that shots aren’t just for kids — or pets! We all need vaccinations — or immunizations — to help protect ourselves and those around us from serious diseases like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis. But, to be properly protected, not only should […]

1 comment Read more

Dr. Viv provides secrets to success to NE Ohio female business execs

by Summa Flourish August 14, 2014
Thumbnail image for Dr. Viv provides secrets to success to NE Ohio female business execs

Attendees at the Flourish U.S. Conference Tour for Women in Leadership [no connection to Summa Flourish™ -- our women’s health blog] are in for quite a treat this month. Summa Health System’s very own Dr. Vivian von Gruenigen is one of the guest speakers. The one-day conference, which travels to Cleveland on Aug. 29, is […]

0 comments Read more

Just another day on an airplane… or was it!

by Summa Flourish August 12, 2014
Thumbnail image for Just another day on an airplane… or was it!

 Amy Synk, one of our very own pharmacists here at Summa Health System, was on a flight to Florida when she noticed a woman a few rows in front of her frantically hitting the “call” button. When the stewardess got over to her, she found that the woman’s husband was unconscious. At that point, the […]

1 comment Read more

Giving my first eulogy without ‘losing’ it

by Dr. von Gruenigen August 7, 2014
Thumbnail image for Giving my first eulogy without ‘losing’ it

Recently, I gave my first funeral eulogy and it was an honor. It was for a close uncle who was a wonderful, wonderful man. Foremost, he was dedicated to his wife. Moreover, he loved my children. After my initial thought of gratitude for being asked to speak, my second thought was, “How do I write […]

0 comments Read more

The magic hour

by Guest Blogger August 5, 2014
Thumbnail image for The magic hour

As a mom and a family physician, I am hopelessly devoted to breastfeeding. It has become a running joke in my family and among the other doctors here at Summa Health System. This passion for nursing my babies was not always the case. In fact, I wasn’t sold on breastfeeding until late in my first […]

2 comments Read more

How do medical students choose a specialty?

by Guest Blogger July 29, 2014
Thumbnail image for How do medical students choose a specialty?

Have you ever wondered how a medical student decides what specialty they will be practicing in the future? Well, the “Flourish” staff thought our readers might like to peek behind the scenes and learn a little more about clinical rotations and how they can play a role selecting a medical specialty. Before starting clinical rotations, […]

1 comment Read more

The labor of training a physician

by Dr. von Gruenigen July 22, 2014
Thumbnail image for The labor of training a physician

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 […]

1 comment Read more

Life after a total hip replacement

by Guest Blogger July 15, 2014
Thumbnail image for Life after a total hip replacement

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 […]

0 comments Read more