Life was good for Mark and Christi Tripodi as the new millennium began. Blessed with three healthy children, a new home and financial security, they were grateful for their good fortunes. But life changed suddenly on Mother’s Day in 2000 when the couple rushed their 3-year-old son, Bobby, to an emergency room with a high fever. A day later, they left the hospital without their child, who died from bacterial meningitis. Although they received substantial spiritual and emotional support from family and friends, the depth of their loss made their grief overwhelming.
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Enjoy an exhilarating, elegant casino-themed gala to benefit community health at the Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation’s Casino Royale on Saturday, September 17. The atrium and ballroom of the Embassy Suites in Independence, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. North, will be transformed into an elegant casino, complete with a jazz lounge and poker, roulette and other games of chance.
A 14-year record of treating and advising high school athletes during all practices and home games has resulted in a national award for a certified athletic trainer at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.
The Parma Hospital Auxiliary will once again sponsor its popular annual Soup Social to benefit patient care at UH Parma Medical Center on Friday, September 16. The event will take place under the covered patio in front of the hospital from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., rain or shine.
The first Cafeteria renovation in more than 30 years was greeted enthusiastically by employees and visitors alike at the June 29 Grand Opening of Fresh Inspirations Café. “This is beautiful,” University Hospitals Parma Medical Center President Nancy Tinsley exclaimed before cutting the ribbon before a large crowd. “This is just one of many capital improvement efforts that are part of our integration with University Hospitals.”
The Parma Fire Department and University Hospitals Parma Medical Center are piloting a new stroke treatment program – the first of its kind in the State of Ohio – to initiate advanced stroke care in the field, expediting administration of clot-busting drugs once the patient arrives in the ER. Paramedics utilize iPads to livestream their thorough assessments of patients on the scene. The ER physician at UH Parma Medical Center views the neurological exam in real time to determine if the patient is an appropriate candidate for the clot-busting drug tPA and prompts pharmacy to prepare the medication. Upon arrival at the ER, only a quick CT scan is necessary to confirm diagnosis and begin treatment.
Karen Fratto was racing to the lobby of the Senior Center to assist an elderly woman in distress. As she ran, Brooklyn’s Coordinator of Senior Services fearfully wondered if she would know what to do when she reached the woman’s side.
Enjoy a scenic, late summer morning run through Ridgewood Golf Course and the mostly flat adjacent residential neighborhoods at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s 5K and One Mile Walk for Wellness on Saturday, Aug. 20.
An expanded recycling program, managing pharmaceutical waste and virtually eliminating the use of mercury all contributed to recent environmental awards presented to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.
Bobby Shea died five times on the way to the hospital. But UH Parma Medical Center – and Brooklyn EMS – weren’t going to let him go without a fight. It was Halloween, a Saturday morning. The ER called in the Cardiac Catheterization Team. Neelesh Desai, MD, an interventional cardiologist, decided the 62-year-old man with no prior cardiac history was the perfect candidate for a tiny heart pump, which allows the heart to rest until he sufficiently recovers from a massive heart attack to undergo cardiac surgery. Smaller than the width of a pencil, the Impella ventricular assist device is an innovative technology now available to UH Parma as part of UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute.
“He was dead – he was already dead,” said an emotional Susan Shea, herself a survivor from triple cardiac bypass surgery, recalling that fateful day. “By rights, he should not be here. Dr. Desai and his staff, they did not give up on him. They did not have to keep working on him. But for the dedication of the staff, he’s alive.” The Sheas reunited recently with the Brooklyn paramedics who brought him to the hospital and the UH Parma Medical Center doctors and nurses who carried on the relentless fight to save him. Tears and candor flowed in the hospital auditorium, where everyone wanted to shake Shea’s hand or hug his wiry frame. Despite oxygen deprivation during multiple arrests – including additional arrests in the ER and the Cath Lab - Shea seemed remarkably unaffected.
Dr. Desai held the tiny heart pump, explaining how it continuously pumps blood into the heart to maintain the patient’s circulation, even when the heart isn’t functioning normally. Without this device, Shea would not have survived, Desai declared. Christine Zirafi, MD, Director of UH Parma’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, said Susan Shea’s instinct to call 9-1-1 when her husband became unresponsive en route to another hospital was a perfect example of the right call. Getting trained EMS to the scene markedly improves survivability, she said, adding that UH Parma has a decade of experience implementing rapid Code STEMI care for heart attack patients. But Shea’s heart was too sick for a straightforward STEMI, which involves opening a blocked coronary artery with a balloon angioplasty and inserting a stent to keep the artery from closing again. “This device allowed Mr. Shea’s heart to recover, and it is the only thing that could have saved him,” Dr. Desai said.
After the heart pump was placed, Shea was transferred to UH Case Medical Center for two weeks in the intensive care unit. The Cath Lab staff and the medical transport team were all stunned that this Miracle Man, clinging to life the day they met him, looked so healthy. The oldest of 10, Shea was accompanied by many family members who also wanted to thank the many “invisible heroes” who saved his life.
“When they saved Bobby, they saved a family,” Susan Shea said. “The ripple effects went quite a long way. Every tiny little thing that happened had an impact on Bobby being alive. The treatment and care he received were absolutely essential in his recovery. Everything happened for a reason.”
Health Matters – Educational talk by Urologist Carson Wong, MD, – Wednesday, June 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
University Hospitals unveils its newest outpatient center in Broadview Heights with a public open house and a host of activities on Sunday, June 12.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is joining forces with the North Royalton Family YMCA to combat obesity with a weight-loss challenge. The eight-week program involves access to the YMCA, 11409 State Rd., for workouts, weekly weigh-ins and Saturday group workouts followed by talks by health experts. Work with a personal trainer on a fitness routine that meets your goals, with nutritional coaching and group support. Prizes will be given weekly and at the end of the competition for individuals and teams with the highest percentage of pounds shed.
Dawn Thuma of Parma Heights urged her husband, David, to get to an emergency room because he wasn’t feeling well. She had reason to be concerned, as he had just completed radiation treatment a year ago for throat cancer.
“I was reluctant to go to the ER,” said David, 57. “I had been through so much. I thought it was side effects of radiation and didn’t want to go through any more testing. I was just so tired.”
They also had a dilemma because Dawn, who recently rejoined Seasons of Life Hospice at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, had new health insurance that meant having to find a new primary care doctor.
She remembered seeing information about UH’s new partnership with Zocdoc, a free online medical care search engine and scheduling service. She downloaded the Zocdoc app and found David Thomas, MD, with UH Internal Medicine Center in Independence.
“I read his profile and saw that he was close by,” said Dawn. “It was so easy. With a click of a finger, I got David the first available appointment the next day.”
She also filled out her husband’s paperwork online in advance, so David could focus on simply going to the appointment. Dr. Thomas was aware that David was recovering from cancer.
“He complained that his abdomen had been hurting,” Dr. Thomas said. “I had him lie down on the exam table, and I pressed on his abdomen. He jumped from the pain.”
Dr. Thomas sent David to UH Parma Medical Center for a CT scan, which revealed that he had a perforated, gangrenous appendix – something that could kill him.
“Dr. Thomas saved my husband’s life,” said Dawn, who also became a patient of Dr. Thomas. “I can’t say how grateful I am.”
David felt Dr. Thomas was thorough in going over his history during his examination and was impressed that the doctor called him at home following surgery to see how he was doing.
“I’m doing very well now, thanks to some quick medical decision-making by Dr. Thomas,” said David. “He really went above and beyond!
“I’m also grateful for Zocdoc and my wife’s knowledge about the app. I’m sure I would not have found Dr. Thomas, let alone get an appointment so quickly.”
Most cardiac arrests occur at home, yet fewer than 8 percent of those who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital survive. Those are statistics that don’t sit well with University Hospitals Parma Medical Center President Nancy M. Tinsley.
Learn how to make every meal with a delicious dose of healthy nutrition. Find out which to increase and which to avoid to help prevent chronic disease. Each class includes latest nutrition information, handouts and recipe demo with sampling. Four-session class is $40 with a one-time $3 food fee paid to instructor at first class. Classes are held on Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at UH Parma Health Education Center, 7300 State Road, Parma. Register at 440-743-4932.
The paramedic education program that has trained more than 1,700 of the region’s paramedics over the past 32 years is now nationally accredited.
Monique and Jamaal Chavers’ best wedding present arrived alert and crying at 10:07 p.m. on Jan. 27. Wrapped in a pink and blue blanket in the maternity center of UH Parma Medical Center, their precious gift weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces.
Emily Vance started working toward her master’s degree in nursing in February, just two months after finishing her BSN. This steady climb up the career ladder for this UH Parma Medical Center RN is fueled by University Hospital’s generous tuition reimbursement – and a love for a profession where every interaction counts.
Join your neighborhood experts at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center for a “Heart to Heart” day in honor of your health on Thursday, Feb. 11. This free event at the Holiday Inn, Cleveland South, 6001 Rockside Road, Independence, presents premier physicians from UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute in an evening that puts your heart front and center. Enjoy heart-healthy red wine and appetizers while learning valuable information from physician presenters and an interactive panel discussion.
They met in the waiting room: two seniors with retooled hearts and a 39-year-old man with a new one.
Start the new year with a commitment to mindful eating and healthy living by attending a free physician talk at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center on Wednesday, Jan. 13. In a talk from 6-7:30 p.m., Bradley Banko, MD will cover weight management, healthy eating and the toll that failing to become mindful can take on your overall health.
Patients at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center and UH Wellpointe Health Center in Broadview Heights may know Tony Marini as the kind-hearted nuclear medicine and MRI technologist who calms fears during difficult days. Staff may know him as the guy who runs the popular basket raffle to fund a scholarship for students seeking a career in his chosen profession. Yet others know Marini as the author of Pennie, the Christmas Pickle, a fun-filled holiday book about the little-known tradition of hiding the pickle ornament in the Christmas tree. Through basket raffles and generous personal and private donations, Marini has raised enough money in just four years to create the endowed UH Parma Radiology Educational Scholarship Fund. He expects to award the first scholarships in 2016 to college students pursuing radiology careers.
Never underestimate the importance of a routine physical.
Patients long familiar with University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s outstanding cardiovascular capabilities now have access to the larger network of UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, with more than 20 locations across Northeast Ohio.
Heart failure doesn’t mean you’ve run out of options… even in your late 80s. Helen Miller, a patient of University Hospitals, turned a diagnosis of heart failure into a success.
Learn why good sleep is necessary for optimal health in a free physician talk by neurologist John Andrefsky, MD, at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The free talk will be held in the Auditorium from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Start your holiday shopping early at the Parma Hospital Auxiliary’s Gallery of Gifts, their biggest fundraiser of the year. The arts and fine crafts show takes place Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Auditorium of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.
Attention women: Focus on your own health so you can be healthy and strong for your family at a fun, informative morning retreat presented by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. The free Women’s Health Expo, which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Embassy Suites in Independence, is an opportunity for women to find answers to all those questions you were afraid to ask.
UH Parma Medical Center is collaborating with the North Royalton Family YMCA to present a six-week adult wellness challenge. Structured as a walking program preceded by a brief informative talk by a hospital or community health expert, “Mindful in Motion” is kicked off by a comprehensive initial health assessment to give each participant a baseline of their health status.
Betsy Garratt, DO, a specialist in neuromuscular disorders, joins John Andrefsky, MD, in the growing UH Neurological Institute at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. Dr. Garratt will see patients at offices in Suite 204 in Medical Arts Center 4 on the UH Parma Medical Center campus, as well as in the new UH Independence Health Center. She will be performing electromyography (EMG) procedures – a diagnostic tool for identifying neuromuscular diseases such as peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease) – at UH Parma Medical Center.
Generations of Cleveland’s neediest residents have received sustenance, skills, and hope from The City Mission. At University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s 26th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, October 15, hear how the mission that began in an abandoned Superior Avenue saloon more than a century ago has become one of Cleveland’s oldest and most vibrant non-profit organizations.
Steve Hunyadi, MD, an ENT specialist at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, will discuss the diagnosis and management of chronic sinus diseases and both medical and surgical treatments. The talk will take place in UH Parma Medical Center’s auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 440-743-4932 to register.
More than 50 percent of people with peripheral arterial disease have no signs or symptoms. Are you at risk?
Take a late summer morning run through Ridgewood Golf Course and the mostly flat adjacent residential neighborhoods at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s 5K and One Mile Walk for Wellness on Saturday, Aug. 22.
Steven Galun, MD, FACOG, a veteran Obstetrician/Gynecologist, has joined the medical staff of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. The former Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Marymount Hospital brings a large, established practice with him to his new office in Medical Arts Center 4, Suite 306. In addition to obstetrics, the board-certified OB/GYN focuses on minimally invasive surgery and alternatives to hysterectomy.
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center welcomes William F. Schleicher, MS, MD, a plastic surgeon in practice with Vasu Pandrangi, MD. In addition to general plastic surgery, Dr. Schleicher specializes in reconstructive breast surgery, surgical and injectable facial rejuvenation, and aesthetic surgery of the breast and body.
Ukrainian immigrant Stepha Lyuta firmly believes that coming to the United States – and finding University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center – saved her life.
PARMA – Farm-fresh produce and local specialties come to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center later this month with the return of Farmers' Markets. The market will take place under the covered patio outside the hospital’s main entrance every Tuesday from June 30 - Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.