Joining the Summa Community: Dr. Robin Laskey

by Guest Blogger September 2, 2014
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I come from a family of strong women — women who formed the foundation of my family — providing strength, encouragement and optimism even through the toughest of times. As a gynecologic oncologist, I see that same strength and resilience in my cancer patients and that is what initially drew me to this field. I […]

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

by Summa Flourish August 26, 2014
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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. Flourish – Women’s Resource App, is available on the App store at no charge. It offers interactive health […]

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Have you had your shots?

by Summa Flourish August 19, 2014
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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 […]

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

by Summa Flourish August 14, 2014
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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 […]

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Just another day on an airplane… or was it!

by Summa Flourish August 12, 2014
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 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 […]

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Giving my first eulogy without ‘losing’ it

by Dr. von Gruenigen August 7, 2014
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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 […]

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The magic hour

by Guest Blogger August 5, 2014
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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 […]

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How do medical students choose a specialty?

by Guest Blogger July 29, 2014
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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, […]

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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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