A letter to my Cadaver

by Guest Blogger October 30, 2014
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The first day of medical school, I was introduced to my cadaver. This lab was perhaps my least favorite aspect of being a medical student; maybe because I have end of life issues, maybe because of the smell or maybe because we were thrown in a room with our own expectation that we would perform […]

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My Grandmother’s Chair

by Dr. von Gruenigen October 28, 2014
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I come from a family of readers. My maternal grandmother, mother, aunt — all were readers. When my grandmother died, I asked my mother for one thing, my grandmother’s chair. It was a simple chair located in the corner of her southern kitchen. In that chair, she would mind the cooking, listen to the radio, […]

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WAGtime Pet Partner Visitation Program

by Summa Flourish October 23, 2014
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Summa Health System is always looking for volunteers, including man’s best friend – dogs! Why not bring your dog to the hospital to visit patients and brighten their day? The WAGtime pet program of Summa Health System allows teams of pet owners and their dogs to visit with patients and family members within Summa Akron City, St. […]

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A monthly breast self-exam could save your life

by Summa Flourish October 22, 2014

A monthly breast self-exam can help you identify any changes or abnormalities early, which could lead to a better chance of successful breast cancer treatment. Heidi Eve-Cahoon, MSN, CNP, Summa Health System breast care coordinator, demonstrates how you can do breast self exam. This 5-minute demonstration is worth watching. Just a few minutes, one day each […]

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A year of ‘Firsts’

by Guest Blogger October 21, 2014
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I was reading through some old Flourish blog posts when I happened upon Dr. Viv’s post about sending her son off to college. It really touched a nerve. As she has been celebrating a year of “lasts”, I’ve been celebrating a year of “firsts”. As I look back over this past year, I experience a […]

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Could my pelvic pain be myofascial syndrome?

by Guest Blogger October 14, 2014
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Let me introduce myself since this is my first blog post. I am Dr. Orasanu and I’ve recently joined Summa Health System as an urogynecologist and reconstructive pelvic surgeon for the Summa Women’s Health Institute.  When I was asked if I would like to write a Flourish blog post, I gave some thought to some […]

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Multiple Sclerosis and the ‘tricky bladder’

by Guest Blogger October 7, 2014
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As an Urogynecologist, I have a particular interest in women who have bladder problems. The reason that I pursued a fellowship in Urogynecology after my residency in general OB/GYN is because I wanted to help a population of women who seemed more vulnerable to me.  As a society, we embrace and protect pregnant women. When […]

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2014 ’30 for the Future': Summa’s Dr. Roulette

by Summa Flourish October 2, 2014

Each year, the Greater Akron (OH) Chamber recognizes 30 young professionals(ages 25-39) in Summit, Medina, and Portage counties with the “30 for the Future” Award. The “30 for the Future” award is part of the Chamber’s strategy to attract and retain talent in the region. The award honors young professionals who are trendsetters in their […]

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An immune system ‘Super Pac-Man’

by Guest Blogger September 30, 2014
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In our last radiation oncology blog, we described our immune system eating up irradiated dead cancer cells like Pac-Man “gobbling up” pac-dots. With some women nowadays needing very precise radiation therapy, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the new Vero® radiation therapy machine that is now part of Summa Health System’s cancer […]

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