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HCA Supports the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

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HCA will donate up to $200,000 to the American Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.

The company is donating $100,000 to the Red Cross and will provide up to an additional $100,000 to match employee contributions to help the people of the Philippines. To make a match-eligible donation to the Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief, please click here. HCA will provide dollar-for-dollar matching for gifts between $10 and $500 made at this site.

“Our hearts go out to the people of the Philippines and to our employees who have family members there,” said HCA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Bracken. “This donation on behalf of our employees is a natural extension of HCA’s mission, which is carried out every day by our nurses, physicians and other colleagues who have dedicated their lives to caring for others.”

In addition, the HCA Hope Fund is supporting the travel, burial and rebuilding needs of employees and their families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. To apply for assistance, employees should visit www.HCAHopeFund.org and click on the “apply now” button. Established in 2005 to allow employees to help colleagues in need, the HCA Hope Fund provides assistance to HCA employees who have experienced disaster, illness, injury, domestic violence, and other situations. So far this year, the HCA Hope Fund has given $1.9 million to help more than 1,200 HCA employees and their families.

An Overview of the Less Invasive Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

In the past, if your doctor decided that you need a hysterectomy, it meant undergoing a highly invasive surgical procedure with a long recovery time. Laparoscopic hysterectomies are less invasive than the traditional hysterectomy procedure, which means less blood loss and a faster recovery time. Here are the facts about this minimally invasive surgery option. 

An Overview of the Less Invasive Laparoscopic Hysterectomy- Raulerson Hospital - Okeechobee, FL

What Is a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy?

To perform a laparoscopic hysterectomy, surgeons use a laparoscope. Laparoscopes are small, thin tubes with a light and camera on the end that allow the surgeon to see inside your abdominal category. The laparoscope is inserted via small incisions in your abdomen and through your navel. Your surgeon removes your uterus through these openings, using the laparoscope as a guide. Usually, the cervix is not removed during a laparoscopic hysterectomy.

What Makes a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Less Invasive?

The nature of the incisions makes this kind of hysterectomy much less invasive than traditional methods. Normally, a hysterectomy involves removing the uterus via a very large incision across the abdomen. Laparoscopic hysterectomies require a series of three or four incisions, which are about a quarter-inch long each. This style of surgery means that there is much less blood loss and only small post-surgery scarring.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy?

Laparoscopic hysterectomy is not the right choice for all patients. If you have endometriosis near your cervix or a history of cervical dysplasia, then your doctor may recommend another approach. If you have large uterine fibroids, it may not be possible to have a laparoscopic hysterectomy. Generally, laparoscopic hysterectomies are recommended for women who are not having their uteruses removed because of cancer. Your doctor will help you choose the right procedure for your case.

We are proud to offer laparoscopic hysterectomies, along with a range of other minimally invasive surgeries, at Raulerson Hospital. Schedule an appointment to find out how we can help you achieve better health. Call us today at (888) 725-3918. 

Emergency First Aid Tips for Heavy Bleeding

Emergency First Aid Tips for Heavy Bleeding - Raulerson Hospital - Okeechobee, FL

Heavy bleeding is a medical emergency. If you or someone you know is bleeding heavily, you should go immediately to the ER at Raulerson Hospital, so our doctors can stop the bleeding and provide treatment. While you are on your way to the hospital, however, it may be necessary for you to try to control the bleeding. These steps will help.

If you are caring for someone else, try to reassure him or her to prevent panic or shock. Have the person lie down and raise the area that is bleeding above his or her head, if possible. Apply firm pressure directly on the wound with a sterile bandage or clean cloth. If you are alone and bleeding heavily, call for an ambulance while you apply pressure to your wound. Do not attempt to drive to the ER while you are bleeding, as you could lose consciousness.

Raulerson Hospital’s ER is here for all of your medical emergencies. You can learn more about all of our hospital services by calling (888) 725-3918. 

November Dine with the Doctor: Therapist to Discuss Lymphedema - Nov. 26, 2013


The Lymphatic System is the core of the body’s immune system. Lymph nodes filter out invading organisms (immune function). Each group of lymph nodes receives lymph drainage from specific areas of the skin. Lymphedema is a condition involving swelling, frequently of the arms and legs but can occur in nearly any body part due to protein-rich fluid. This swelling is usually due to a failure of the lymph nodes. Swelling associated with Lymphedema does not respond to diuretics, or elevation, or ice. Worldwide the most common cause of Lymphedema is a mosquito-borne parasite that causes Filariasis. This occurs in tropical countries. In the US, the most common cause is surgical interventions, such as lymph node dissection from cancer-related surgeries.

Learn more about lymphedema from Raulerson Hospital’s Rehabilitation Director Christine Sanchez at the November 26th Dine with the Doctor event. Sanchez, a licensed physical therapist, will be discussing therapy options for lymphedema as well as other rehabilitation services for adults and youth provided by the licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists at Raulerson Hospital.

Call (863) 763-9228 to make your reservations. Dinner will be available at 4:30 p.m. for $5 per person and the lecture, which is free, will begin at 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit our website

Who Is At Risk for Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer strikes about five percent of the population, according to the American Cancer Society. Except for various forms of skin cancer, it is the third most common cancer in the U.S., with more than 100,000 new cases each year. Thanks to minimally invasive screening procedures, like colonoscopies, the rate of deaths from colon cancer has been falling over the past 20 years. Could colon cancer happen to you? Here are some common risk factors. 

Who Is At Risk for Colon Cancer? - Raulerson Hospital - Okeechobee, FL

Age, Gender, and Race

The risk of colon cancer increases dramatically with age. More than 90 percent of cases strike people over 50, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The cancer is slightly more common in men than women. African-Americans have the highest rates of colon cancer.

Family History of Colon Cancer

Your colon cancer risk increases if you have an immediate relative has the disease. The odds are even greater if you have multiple family members who have had colon cancer. The same holds true if you have a family history of colon polyps. If you have had colon cancer or colon polyps in the past, your risk of getting it again is increased.

Lifestyle Factors

A number of lifestyle factors can contribute to your chances of developing colon cancer. Eating a diet that is high in fat and low in fiber increases your odds of getting colon cancer, as does living a sedentary lifestyles and being obese. As with all cancers, smoking increases your risk. Alcohol consumption may also be linked to colon cancer.

Regular colonoscopies allow your doctor to catch colon cancer early, when it is easiest to treat. Talk to your doctor about your colon cancer risk factors and to schedule a colonoscopy at Raulerson Hospital. Our hospital offers a comprehensive range of medical services, including minimally invasive surgeries, orthopedic care, joint replacement, and full-service ER. To schedule a colonoscopy and learn more about our hospital services, please call (888) 725-3918. 

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