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Francine E. Paschall joins HCA East Florida as Chief Nursing Executive

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida– HCA East Florida announces the appointment of Francine E. Paschall as Chief Nursing Executive (CNE). Paschall will work to establish the overall strategic direction for the practice of nursing and nursing operations across the Division. She will coordinate efforts fostering a culture of service and an unparalleled patient experience demonstrated in quality and patient satisfaction outcomes.

“We are pleased to have Fran join our East Florida Division leadership team,” said Michael G. Joseph, HCA East Florida Division President. “She is a dynamic healthcare leader with more than 26 years of experience.”

Paschall comes to HCA East Florida from an affiliate HCA facility, Riverside Community Hospital in the Greater Los Angeles area, where she served as Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer for the past six years.

Prior to her years with Riverside Community Hospital, she served as Interim Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California; Vice President, Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky; Senior Regional Director for Fairview, Lakewood, and Lutheran Hospitals Workforce Development at Cleveland Clinic Health System, Western Region in Cleveland, Ohio and as Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive at Lakewood Hospital in Lakewood, Ohio.

Paschall holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from American Sentinel University; a Master of Business Administration from Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio; a Master of Science in Nursing, Acute and Critical Care Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in

Cleveland, Ohio; an Associate Degree in Nursing from Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio; and a Bachelor of Arts, Sociology Major with emphasis in Comprehensive Social Sciences at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.

HCA East Florida is the largest healthcare system in Eastern Florida and an affiliate of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). HCA East Florida has 14 hospitals, multiple ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, imaging centers and free standing emergency care facilities, as well as a supply chain center and an integrated regional lab. Together, HCA East Florida employs more than 18,000 employees and has nearly 7,000 physicians on staff. For more information, visit

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7 Summer Safety Strategies for Kids

Emergency room visits for kids tend to spike during the summer months, when kids are spending more time outdoors and face season-specific hazards. The good news is that you don’t have to spend your summer in the pediatric ER getting emergency care for your child. Find out how you can help your kids avoid summertime safety mishaps in this infographic from Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. For instance, make it a rule that your kids never swim without permission and without an adult present, and that any time they are on anything with wheels, from a bike to skates, that they must wear a helmet. If an injury does occur, our pediatric ER near Treasure Coast can provide urgent children’s services when you need them the most. Use this helpful information to help your family have a safe summer, and please share these tips with other parents to keep summer safe and fun for kids everywhere.


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Nashville, Tenn., March 7, 2016 – Hospital Corporation of America (NYSE: HCA), a leading healthcare provider with 168 hospitals and 116 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom, has been recognized as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the seventh consecutive year HCA has been honored, underscoring its consistent commitment to ethical business standards and practices.

“Being named one of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies is in part a reflection of our comprehensive Ethics and Compliance Program for our 230,000 employees,” said Alan Yuspeh, HCA’s senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer. “It is also recognition of our culture of integrity, our commitment to provide excellent care for our patients and our desire to be a good citizen in the many communities we serve.”

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Ethisphere and the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation which recognizes organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.

"Companies rely on Ethisphere to continually raise and measure the standards of corporate behavior. Those that demonstrate leadership in areas like citizenship, integrity and transparency create more value for their investors, communities, customers and employees, thus solidifying a sustainable business advantage," explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "Congratulations to everyone at HCA for being recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company."

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ (EQ) framework developed over years of research and vetted and refined by the expert advice from Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel. The EQ offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.

The full list of the 2016 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at


All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used throughout this release refer to HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.

Exploring the Link Between Heart Health and Blood Sugar

If you have diabetes, heart care is an important part of your treatment plan. The reason that heart health issues figure so prominently for people with diabetes is because there is a close link between blood sugar levels and cardiovascular problems. Diabetes can affect your heart health in a number of ways, but controlling your blood sugar levels can reduce your chances of needing heart care. Here is a close look at how diabetes and high blood sugar impacts your heart.

Diabetes and Your Heart

Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart and vascular disease. People with diabetes have two to four times the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and they are more likely to have a second heart attack than people without diabetes. Anyone with diabetes has an increased risk of developing heart disease, but that risk goes up even more when blood sugar levels are consistently high. High blood sugar contributes to atherosclerosis, which is the medical term for the clogged or hardened blood vessels. When this occurs, your heart has to beat harder to pump blood. Atherosclerosis also contributes to blood clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes. People with diabetes are also more likely to have other risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and in the case of type 2 diabetes, obesity.

Heart Disease Prevention with Diabetes

If you have diabetes, working closely with your endocrinologist to control your blood sugar levels is one of the best ways to reduce your heart disease risk. Limiting your fat intake and eating plenty of fiber, fruits, and vegetables will also help. If you need assistance developing a healthy diet plan, ask your physician for a referral to a registered dietician.

At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute, we provide cutting-edge heart care in Treasure Coast. If diabetes is affecting your heart, ask your physician for a referral to our Heart Institute. You can also get a referral to one of our experts by calling 1 (800) 382-3522.

Regaining Your Independence After Stroke

Stroke treatment only starts with emergency care. Once your stroke is stabilized, the road to recovery begins. After the ER, you will be transferred to a neurological services department with medical professionals who can assist you in reclaiming your life after your stroke. Because stroke affects every patient in a different way, depending on which part of the brain was impacted, there is no single plan for recovery that works for everyone. Your physician will help you decide what kind of care is right for you. Here is a closer look at some of the strategies you may use during your stroke recovery.

Help for Emotional Changes

Behavioral health issues are common after stroke. Because of changes in the brain, patients often contend with forgetfulness, irritability, and carelessness. It is also natural to experience depression, and anger after having a stroke as well as anxiety about having another one. Don’t let behavioral health problems go unchecked after a stroke. There are many things your doctor can do to help get these symptoms under control, from therapy to medications.

Help for Physical Changes

After a stroke, you may experience paralysis, spasticity, and other physical limitations. With physical therapy, some of these challenges may be overcome. For physical changes that are permanent, an occupational therapist can help you learn new strategies to complete every day activities. The road to conquering post-stroke physical changes can be a long one, but progress is possible.

Help for Communication Changes

Stroke can affect your ability to speak, listen, read, and write. Communication improvement usually happens throughout recovery, but it is difficult to say how long the process will take. A speech therapist can work with you to help you redevelop your communication skills and learn new ways of communicating in the meantime.

At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute, our Stroke Center near Treasure Coast provides comprehensive stroke care from the moment you enter the emergency department and throughout your recovery. You can get more information about our stroke care services by calling 1 (800) 382-3522.

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