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How to safely become more physically active

Leading a physically active lifestyle is certainly important for disease prevention and management, but the benefits of exercise extend much further than just physical health. Regular exercise supports better sleep, self-confidence, energy levels and quality of life. During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month this May, take some time to assess your activity level. If you have a medical condition or it’s been a long time since you worked out, consider talking to a doctor about getting physically active safely. The rehabilitative therapy specialists at hospitals within the HCA East Florida Division are always available to help you. JFK Medical Center, JFK North and Lawnwood Regional Medical Center are just a few of the HCA hospitals with rehabilitative programs.

Consult a healthcare provider

Doctors generally recommend that patients with chronic diseases consult their healthcare provider before getting started with a physical activity program. These chronic diseases include:

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease

  • Arthritis

  • Asthma

  • Osteoporosis

Even if you don’t have a serious health issue, you may wish to consult a physical therapist. These rehabilitative experts create customized activity programs that help patients get active safely.

Begin your exercise program gradually

When you’re ready to start, go slowly. Trying to run a 10K race if you haven’t jogged in years is a good way to get injured. Your body needs some time to build up endurance and strength.

Each week, gradually increase the length of your workout by a few minutes. Gradually increase the intensity, as well.

Do a mix of physical activities

Choosing just one type of activity to do five days per week is bound to get boring after a while. Plus, choosing a mixture of activities challenges your body in different ways and improves your physical fitness. Ideally, do strength training exercises twice per week and aerobic exercises five days per week.

Know when to take a rest

Exercising every day isn’t necessarily good for your body, especially if you do one main type of activity. Your muscles need regularly scheduled rest days to recover.

You should also take a break from your exercise routine if you experience any pain. If the pain persists or is severe, an orthopedic doctor can figure out what’s causing it.


The HCA East Florida Division is a family of hospitals in Treasure Coast and beyond that puts our patients’ needs first. Our model of providing superior, patient-centered care is readily apparent in the rehabilitative programs available at Raulerson Hospital, Plantation General Hospital and Kendall Regional Medical Center. Call our HCA family at (866) 442-2362.

Colon cancer treatment at Westside Regional Medical Center

Patients who have received a life-changing diagnosis of cancer need to trust that they are receiving the superior care they deserve. That’s why so many Floridians turn to the colorectal surgery experts at Westside Regional Medical Center—an HCA-affiliated hospital. We provide a complete range of surgical treatments in Broward County for colorectal cancer, including the minimally invasive options that can shorten recovery time and let you get back to the things you love sooner.

Polypectomy and local excision

If we detect abnormalities in the early stages, such as during a routine colonoscopy, a local excision of the growth may be all that’s needed. This involves using a colonoscope and an attached cutting tool to remove the growth.

A polypectomy is the name for the surgical removal of a polyp. Polyps are growths on the lining of the colon that might become cancerous.

Endoscopic mucosal resection is the term used when the removed growth is stage I or II colorectal cancer.

Partial colectomy

If the cancer cannot be removed without making an incision in the abdomen, our colorectal surgeons may need to perform a colectomy. A partial colectomy refers to the removal of the part of the colon that is affected by cancer.

Before we perform a partial colectomy, we provide our patients with extensive counseling and support to ensure they understand exactly what they can expect. If an open surgery is needed, we make one long incision in the abdomen and remove the affected part of the colon. Then, we stitch the two ends back together.

Laparoscopic-assisted colectomy

Open surgery isn’t always necessary for a colectomy. Many of our patients are good candidates for minimally invasive partial colectomies.

To perform a minimally invasive colectomy, we make a few small incisions in the abdomen. Through these, we insert tiny, specialized tools. We use these instruments to remove the diseased portion of the colon and stitch the ends together.

Total colectomy

A total colectomy refers to the removal of the entire colon. Our colorectal surgeons understand that a total colectomy can significantly alter our patients’ lifestyle. Whenever possible, we strive to perform this surgery in a way that preserves normal anal function.

HCA East Florida Division hospitals in Broward County are dedicated to providing the superior care that facilitates the best possible outcome for our patients. You’ll also find specialized colorectal surgery at University Hospital and Medical Center, and cancer care programs at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, JFK Medical Center and Mercy Hospital.


Recognizing the importance of infant immunization

National Infant Immunization Week is from April 22-29 this year. The pediatric specialists at HCA hospitals in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Treasure Coast counties encourage parents to come talk to us about their children’s vaccination schedule. HCA East Florida Division hospitals are committed to building a healthier future for generations to come with our specialized obstetrics care at JFK Medical Center, Kendall Regional Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.

How vaccines protect your baby

Vaccines contain weakened or dead material from diseases. These substances stimulate your baby’s immune system to produce cells that fight these diseases. This means that when your baby is exposed to a disease naturally, he or she won’t experience the illness, because the immune system can fight it effectively.

Thanks to infant immunization, the lives of countless children have been saved over the years. Even if a disease isn’t life-threatening, vaccinating your baby against it will save him or her from severe symptoms and, quite possibly, long-term health complications.

How vaccines are proven safe

Pediatricians understand the concerns that parents have about vaccine safety. Although any medical treatment can cause side effects, vaccines have undergone rigorous safety testing. No vaccine is approved unless it has been extensively researched and tested. When you take your baby for shots at an HCA-affiliated hospital, you can rest assured that your pediatrician trusts vaccines and would administer them to his or her own children.

Which vaccines your baby should have

Your pediatrician will give you an easy-to-understand schedule of vaccinations for your baby. It’s important to bring your baby in for vaccines on time. Delaying vaccines has no proven medical benefit and it could place your baby at risk of serious illnesses. In the U.S., babies are vaccinated against more than a dozen diseases, including the following:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Polio
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping cough
  • Rotavirus
  • Haemophilus influenza type b
  • Pneumococcal
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella

Family-centered, superior obstetric and pediatric care is giving children a healthier start in life at HCA East Florida Division hospitals. Your family’s needs are put first when you choose to welcome your baby into the world at Northwest Medical Center, Palms West Hospital, Plantation General Hospital or St. Lucie Medical Center. Call (866) 442-2362 to speak with a registered nurse or find an HCA hospital near you.


What sets apart emergency care in HCA's East Florida Hospitals?

When a medical emergency affects someone in your family, it’s crucial that you can turn to a hospital you trust to deliver consistently superior care. The modern medical centers in the HCA East Florida Division provide emergency care around the clock, every day of the year. With 17 ER locations throughout the region, Miami families are never far from high-quality care. Our hospitals in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and Treasure Coast continually strive for healthcare excellence.

Child-friendly emergency care

Kids aren’t “little adults.” They need specialized medical care delivered by friendly pediatric experts. A medical emergency is frightening for a young child. These patients need calm, soothing environments staffed by compassionate providers.

Within the HCA East Florida Division, we’re pleased to offer pediatric emergency care at each of our 17 ERs. Mercy Hospital features a newly expanded kid-friendly ER area staffed by pediatric-certified registered nurses. More than 20,000 children are expertly treated at the Pediatric ER at Kendall Regional Medical Center. This remarkably high patient volume proves the level of trust parents place in our care.

Consistently short ER wait times

When a medical emergency occurs, every second counts. Talented healthcare providers want to work at our hospitals because they offer the shortest wait times in the region. ER doctors and nurses understand that short wait times equal the best possible patient outcomes.

Not only do HCA hospitals in Florida treat more emergencies than any other healthcare system in the area, but our ER wait times consistently beat both state and national averages. In 2015, the national average was a wait time of 33 minutes. Florida’s average was 26 minutes. By comparison, the shortest average HCA wait time was five minutes at St. Lucie Medical Center. Even our longest average wait time of 11 minutes falls well below the national and state averages.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a medical emergency, please don’t hesitate to call 911 right away. For non-emergency questions, you can speak with a dedicated HCA-affiliated nurse by calling (866) 442-2362. Here at HCA East Florida Division, our highly-trained ER staff is ready 24/7 to give you the care you deserve.


What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy embraces a unique approach to care. Patients of all ages with a spectrum of health issues can benefit from working with a qualified occupational therapist. The highest priority of these dedicated professionals is helping their patients improve their quality of life. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Treasure Coast and Mercy Hospital in Miami-Dade County are two of the hospitals within the HCA East Florida Division that offer comprehensive rehabilitation programs.

Occupational therapy for work-related injuries

Occupational therapists can help patients with disabilities return to work or enter the workforce for the first time. Their services support job satisfaction, work productivity and workplace health. When working with an injured employee, an occupational therapist can accomplish the following:

  • Assess the patient’s abilities
  • Improve the worker’s physical and cognitive capabilities
  • Recommend workplace modifications
  • Monitor progress
  • Recommend periodic changes to work tasks

Occupational therapists often work with employees in tech-based industries. They can provide guidance on improving ergonomics and workstation set-ups. Occupational therapists can help workers with repetitive strain injuries compensate for their physical limitations.

Occupational therapy for children

Children learn through playing, socializing and performing simple tasks, yet many children need extra help to meet their developmental milestones. Occupational therapists work with children who have developmental delays, including children with autism or cerebral palsy. With the specialized guidance of an occupational therapist, children can achieve remarkable success in school, play happily with their peers and improve their self-care skills.

Occupational therapy for seniors

Many seniors can benefit from seeing an occupational therapist. For older adults, preserving independence is a major priority. Occupational therapists work with seniors who are recovering from fall-related injuries. They also work with seniors to improve safety in the home and prevent future falls. Occupational therapists can assist seniors with a wide range of health concerns, including the following:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Low vision
  • Stroke

If you’re looking for better healthcare for your family, you can put your trust in the HCA East Florida Division. HCA-affiliated hospitals in Treasure Coast, Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Palm Beach County put the needs of their patients first. Call a registered nurse at (866) 442-2362 to find one of our modern medical facilities near you.


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