Personal & Precise

The Continued Push Toward Targeted Therapies

In his recent State of the Union address and again a few days later at the White House, President Barack Obama outlined his $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative.

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Highly targeted and intensely personal.

Those words apply to so much of this month’s edition of Medical News.


 
March of Dimes: Making a Difference for Tiny Tennesseans | March of Dimes Tennessee, Prematurity, Pre-term Birth, Early Elective Induction, Early Elective Delivery, Birth Defects, Tamara Currin, Phil Toothman, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Hospital Association
March of Dimes: Making a Difference for Tiny Tennesseans

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

March is in the name.

November is National Prematurity Awareness Month.


 
March of Dimes Celebrates Outstanding Community Nurses at Annual Gala | March of Dimes, Nurse of the Year, Marilyn Dubree, Beth Davidson, Megan Simmons, Amy Charlton, Joey Kerrigan, Sherrie Jackson, Carey McDonald, Corinna Dransfield, Diana Moses, Benjamin Smallheer, Catherine Norvell, Carrie Plummer, Karen Hande, Jie Deng, Nicole Brooks, Megan Shifrin, Lori Patterson, Mary Visceglia
March of Dimes Celebrates Outstanding Community Nurses at Annual Gala

Nurses from across Middle Tennessee gathered to honor outstanding colleagues during the fifth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards.


 
Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming March of Dimes Events

March of Dimes works year-round to bring awareness and funding to the organization’s mission of creating stronger, healthier babies.


 
ONCOLOGY FOCUS

Personal & Precise | Personalized Medicine, Precision Medicine, Genomics, Tumor Typing, Genetic Mutation, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, SCRI, Holli Dilks, Andy Corts, Syapse
Personal & Precise

The Continued Push Toward Targeted Therapies

In his recent State of the Union address and again a few days later at the White House, President Barack Obama outlined his $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative.


 
Best Case Scenarios | DiaTech Oncology, Cancer Profiling, Apoptosis, Cancer Cell Death, CorrectChemo, Microculture-Kinetic Assay, MiCK Assay, Vanderbilt University, Robert Henry
Best Case Scenarios

CorrectChemo Measures Cancer’s Response to Therapeutic Agents

While the patented technology might be complex, the premise behind it is straightforward … not every chemotherapy agent is equal in every patient.


 
By the Numbers: The Latest Stats on Cancer | Cancer, Oncology, Cancer Death Rates, Mortality Rates, American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015, Lung Cancer, Breast, Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Margaret Foti, Julie Fleshman, John Seffrin, Precision Medicine Initiative
By the Numbers: The Latest Stats on Cancer

Death rates down, more work awaits

As the ‘official sponsor of birthdays,’ the American Cancer Society (ACS) found a reason to rejoice in their latest report – Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.


 
ONcology Rounds: Prostate Cancer | Prostate Cancer, Dr. William Mitchell, Liquid Biopsy, Dr. David Morris, Urology Associates, UroNav, Invivo, MR/US Fusion Biopsy
ONcology Rounds: Prostate Cancer

Urology Associates Offering New Fusion Biopsy

Urology Associates, PC, introduced targeted MR/US fusion biopsy in late January, becoming the first urology practice in the state to offer the new technology to patients with elevated and/or rising PSA levels.


 
ONcology Rounds: Breast Cancer

New Drug Seen as Possible ‘Game Changer’

Last month, Pfizer Inc. received Food and Drug Administration accelerated approval of Ibrance® (palbociclib) in combination with letrozole for the treatment of postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative advanced breast cancer as first-line endocrine-based therapy for their metastatic disease.


 
MARKETING FOCUS

Marketing & the Media | Rosemary Plorin, Lovell Communications, Healthcare Marketing, Hospital Public Relations, Crisis Communications, Nashville Media and Marketing
Marketing & the Media

Avoiding Mixed Messages in Healthcare Communications

From Tweets and blogs to newspapers and websites, more channels for communication mean more room for error in healthcare marketing.


 
A Look Inside | DVL Seigenthaler, Nicole Cottrill, Hospital Communications, Internal Communications, Hospital Marketing, Healthcare Marketing
A Look Inside

How Internal Communications Can Make or Break Hospital Marketing

How many employees comprise your marketing team?


 
Personalized Messaging | Healthcare Marketing, Chris Bevolo, Target Marketing, Target Audience, Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, ReviveHealth, Interval Health, Joe Public
Personalized Messaging

A marketing manifesto

With better understanding of the human genome, physicians and researchers have opened up exciting new lines of personalized medicine where providers deliver radiation with pinpoint accuracy and tailor treatments to fit a patient’s unique needs.


 
The Evolution of Hospital Marketing | Jarrard Phillips Cate and Hancock, Jarrard Inc., Kim Fox, Hospital Marketing Survey, Healthcare Marketing Trends, Saint Thomas Health
The Evolution of Hospital Marketing

Jarrard’s Intriguing Look into a Shifting Industry

Ever wonder how your hospital’s marketing efforts stack up to competitors? If so you’re not alone.


 
Feature Profiles

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: The Push to Palliate Cancer Symptoms | Jim Meadows MD, Tennessee Oncology, Palliative Care, Symptom Management, Pain Management, Cancer
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: The Push to Palliate Cancer Symptoms

Jim Meadows, MD, Leads the Charge for Tennessee Oncology

While studying medicine in southern California, Jim Meadows, MD, balanced the demands of education with activities such as rock climbing and motorcycle trips through the high desert – things that might surprise many of his patients.


 
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Laser Focus: Alliance Oncology Partners with Hospitals, Providers to Offer Comprehensive Radiation Oncology Services | Alliance Oncology, Radiation Therapy, Greg Spurlock, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, IMRT, Image Guided Radiation Therapy, IGRT, Joint Venture, Cancer Center, Alliance Healthcare, CyberKnife
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Laser Focus: Alliance Oncology Partners with Hospitals, Providers to Offer Comprehensive Radiation Oncology Services

There’s no substitute for experience.


 
Grand Rounds

March 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 

Breaking News

Alexander, Murray Introduce Budget Amendment to Ensure Cutting-Edge Medical Treatments Reach American Patients
Alexander, Murray Introduce Budget Amendment to Ensure Cutting-Edge Medical Treatments Reach American Patients
On March 26, Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced a budget amendment to promote the research, development, and approval or licensure of the most cutting-edge, safe and effective medical treatments, devices, and cures for American patients and to ensure that America remains the global leader in biomedical innovation.
 
THA, National Associations Weigh in on Proposed SGR Fix
THA, National Associations Weigh in on Proposed SGR Fix

Update: House overwhelmingly passes the bill 392-37. The bill now moves to the Senate. If passed by Senate, President Barack Obama has indicated he will sign the measure into law.

THA President & CEO Craig Becker released a statement in favor of the bipartisan H.R. 2 bill, which would permanently fix the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula rather than relying on short-term annual Congressional intervention. Another element of the House of Representatives package, slated for a vote on March 26, is that it includes DSH, CHIP and community health center funding, as well.


 
Who Gets to Build a New Brentwood ER? Nobody
Who Gets to Build a New Brentwood ER? Nobody

Both TriStar Southern Hills and Saint Thomas Midtown recently filed CON applications to build freestanding emergency departments in Brentwood near I-65 and Old Hickory Blvd. In addition to opposing each other's plans, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Williamson Medical Center opposed both. On March 25, the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency voted 5-4 to deny both CON applications.

 


 
LHC in D.C. Last Thoughts | LHC, Leadership Health Care, Delegation to D.C., David Wasserman, The Cook Report, 2016 Presidential Race
LHC in D.C. Last Thoughts | LHC, Leadership Health Care, Delegation to D.C., David Wasserman, The Cook Report, 2016 Presidential Race
David Wasserman, The Cook Report
LHC in D.C. Last Thoughts
On the final evening in Washington, D.C. the 100 members of the Leadership Health Care delegation enjoyed a keynote address by David Wasserman, House editor of The Cook Political Report, who offered a dynamic anaylsis of the road to the White House in 2016.
 
LHC in D.C. Day Two
LHC in D.C. Day Two
Dr. Meena Seshamani, Dir. HHS Office of Health Reform
LHC in D.C. Day Two
During the second day of Leadership Health Care’s (LHC) annual trip to Washington, DC, 100 of Nashville’s emerging healthcare leaders heard from members of the Tennessee delegation to Congress, as well as key members of the Obama Administration, about the healthcare topics that are shaping policy discussions in the nation’s capital.
 
LHC in D.C. Day One | Leadership Health Care, LHC, Nashville Health Care Council, King v. Burwell, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Insurance Subsidies, Federal Health Exchange
LHC in D.C. Day One | Leadership Health Care, LHC, Nashville Health Care Council, King v. Burwell, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Insurance Subsidies, Federal Health Exchange
CNN's Chris Frates
LHC in D.C. Day One
Less than a week after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the controversial King v. Burwell case, 100 of Nashville’s emerging healthcare leaders visited Washington, D.C., to gather insight into policy and politics that will shape the healthcare industry in the year ahead. A slate of expert speakers told attendees of the 13th Annual Leadership Health Care Delegation that Washington is holding its breath as it awaits the Court’s ruling, which could eliminate health insurance subsidies for about eight million Americans.
 
Pinnacle Purchases Stake in Healthcare Lender

From our sister pubilcation, NashvillePost:

Pinnacle Financial Partners has acquired a 30 percent stake in a Florida-based healthcare lender with a national footprint and pre-tax margins of 50 percent. Nashville-based Pinnacle paid $75 million in cash and debt for its stake in Bankers Healthcare Group, which was founded in 1992. The move is expected to add 7-9 percent to the company's 2015 earnings per share (EPS), which analysts have pegged at $2.59.


 

COPD Takes Big Toll on Employment, Mobility in U.S.
Title: COPD Takes Big Toll on Employment, Mobility in U.S.
Category: Health News
Created: 3/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/27/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015 2:00 am CDT

More Dangerous Ebola Strain Unlikely, Study Shows
Title: More Dangerous Ebola Strain Unlikely, Study Shows
Category: Health News
Created: 3/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/27/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015 2:00 am CDT

CDC Launches New Round of Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads
Title: CDC Launches New Round of Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads
Category: Health News
Created: 3/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/27/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Hope to Live to 100? Check Your Genes
Title: Hope to Live to 100? Check Your Genes
Category: Health News
Created: 3/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/27/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Terminally Ill Can Do Without Statins, Study Finds
Title: Terminally Ill Can Do Without Statins, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 3/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/27/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Kidneys From Dead Older Donors May Help Seniors, Study Finds
Title: Kidneys From Dead Older Donors May Help Seniors, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 3/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/27/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015 2:00 am CDT


RoundingWell portal connects patients, clinicians - The Tennessean

The Tennessean

RoundingWell portal connects patients, clinicians
The Tennessean
It's the steady, personal dialogue between people who have chronic disease and the clinicians who treat them that RoundingWell is trying to facilitate by being "an invisible man," said John Smithwick, CEO in Nashville. ... The questions, tailored to a ...

Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015 7:32 am CDT

YMCA, Catalyst collaborate on business project - Hudson Star Observer

Hudson Star Observer

YMCA, Catalyst collaborate on business project
Hudson Star Observer
“We want maximize the physical resources of the YMCA, along with their family focus on improving 'body, mind and spirit' and combine that with our medical and clinical expertise in the athletic and performance training and physical therapy world,” said ...

Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015 5:00 pm CDT

Patton Robinette's career at Vandy over; he's ready for med school - WBIR-TV

WKRN.com

Patton Robinette's career at Vandy over; he's ready for med school
WBIR-TV
NASHVILLE - Vanderbilt quarterback and former Maryville High School great Patton Robinette's career has abruptly ended, with Robinette citing health concerns and his upcoming entrance into medical school. The announcement leaves the Commodores once ...
Vandy QB ends football career, will attend medical schoolWKRN.com
Vandy QB Robinette gives up football to focus on med schoolColumbus Ledger-Enquirer
Robinette ends college football career amid health concernsNashville Post (subscription) (blog)
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