Meet The Doc

John Smear, MD

Meet the Doc with John Smear, MD During his service as a United States Air Force surgeon, Dr. John Smear developed and taught trauma surgery courses at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The goal was to prepare military physicians for the demanding cases they could see overseas. “My time with the Air Force helped me become a better person,” says Dr. Smear. “You co ...

Recipes

Blueberry Tortilla Pizza

Blueberry Tortilla Pizza Ingredients and Preparation Ingredients Measures Ricotta or whipped low-fat cream cheese ½ cup Confectioners sugar ...

Women

March of Dimes

March of Dimes Excited for a Huge Year From tackling polio to preventing premature births, the March of Dimes has promoted the health of children across the United States since 1938. And as the national organization celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, Trident Health’s top leaders are chairing the April 27 March for Babies in Charleston, a 3-mile walk at Cannon Park. “Each year m ...

Cancer

Trident Health Focuses on Radiation Safety

“We’ve developed a a collaborative approach to monitor and document radiation doses and to follow up with patients accordingly.” Lisa Mowry, Radiation Safety Officer, Trident Health While new technologies offer many advantages in pinpointing and diagnosing medical problems, Trident Health is taking extra steps to prevent patients from receiving too much radiation as a resul ...

Heart

What is Your Heart’s Actual Age?

What is your heart’s actual age? How old is your heart? It may be older – or younger – than you expect. The interactive Heart Health Profiler survey, now available online through the Trident Health home page (tridenthealthsystem.com), can estimate your “heart age” based on a variety of factors. If your real age is 55, but your heart age is 65, that means your ca ...

Emergency

New technology strengthens hospital- EMS communication

A year ago, when fire forced the evacuation of the nursing home across the street, Trident Medical Center’s Emergency Department could communicate quickly with all the other hospitals in the area, as well as EMS and emergency preparedness officials. What used to take multiple phone calls costing 30-40 minutes of valuable staff time instead took only a few minutes thanks to e-Net Messenger, ...

Be Well

Doc At The Door

Old fashioned house calls make a come back For Tina Brabham, going to the doctor presented many challenges. Over the course of her life, starting with her teenage years, Brabham has lost use of her muscles in her arms and legs as a result of the disease spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Now 50, the Summerville mother and grandmother is considered a quadriplegic. While she has pursued as much in ...

Ortho/Neuro

Spinal Implant

New procedure gives spinal pain patients hope In an instant, Rachel Fannin’s life would be dramatically altered. Just before she became a teenager, Rachel was cleaning an aquarium at her home when she pressed down on one side with her left foot. She didn’t expect to break through. And she couldn’t foresee how the shards of glass and the subsequent infection would lead to chr ...