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Presbyterian Sports Network Links Community Athletics with Sports Medicine Presbyterian Sports Network (PSN) is a referral and outreach resource of Presbyterian Healthcare System (PHS) connecting organized sports programs and individual athletes with sports medicine and health care professionals to help them protect their health and safety. “We are here for coaches, athletic trainers and individual athletes who want access to quality sports medicine,” said Ken Locker, director of sports marketing for PSN. A major service of PSN is to provide licensed athletic trainers for sports teams during practices or games. PSN can also arrange for a sports medicine physician to be present or on-call during athletic events. For more information about PSN, call 214/345-5025.

A Suite Experience at Presbyterian Hospital of Allen Presbyterian Hospital of Allen (PHA) con- tinues to be the only hospital in the Collin County area to provide the single-room maternity care concept, where moms can labor, deliver and recover all in the same room. This concept promotes a family- centered environment of care, allowing mothers to learn how to care for their baby right at the bedside, instead of the baby being immediately taken to the nursery. The spacious labor-delivery-recovery suites feature comfortable space furnished much like a bedroom at home. For more informa- tion about the obstetrics program at PHA, call 972/747-6386.

Continued Innovation at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas As of April, 2005, William Ryan, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon on the medical staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas (PHD), is one of only 13 surgeons in the world who has performed more than 100 Ross Procedures–a highly specialized valve replacement surgery–considered one of the most advanced treatment options for

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aortic valve disease. Using the patient’s own tissue for valve replacement, the Ross Procedure offers numerous benefits to patients. Dr. Ryan said, “The technique not only relieves the symptoms of aortic valve disease, but allows some people to live vigorous lives without the need for blood thinners and with a very low risk for repeat valve replacement.” For more infor- mation about the cardiovascular program at PHD, call 1-800-4-Presby.

Advanced Technology at Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman (PHK) recently acquired advanced equipment for its Diagnostic and Imaging Center, including a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine as well as other technology that will give area residents local access to diagnostic and imaging services comparable to those offered by Dallas hospitals. The new technology is centrally located in a new 3,600 square-foot Diagnostic and Imaging Center on the hospital’s first floor. Tests such as general x-rays, mammograms, MRIs, bone densitometry and CT scans will be provided in an easily accessible area. “Offering sophisticated imaging services to Kaufman in a convenient, comfortable setting was the guiding principal in our plans for the new center,” said Kirk King, hospital president. For more information about the Diagnostic and Imaging Center at PHK, call 972/932-7200.

Texas Back Institute Strives to Revolutionize Spine Surgery The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the CHARITÉ Artificial Disc, a device used to replace damaged or worn out spinal discs. Texas Back Institute (TBI), located on the campus of Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, led the FDA study as the first center in the United States to perform the artificial disc surgery in March, 2000. While artificial replace- ments are commonly used in hips and knees, this is the first FDA approval of such a device for spinal discs. “Until now spine surgery relieved pain by fusing discs,

limiting motion. Now, for the first time, we can relieve pain and preserve motion,” said Scott Blumenthal, M.D., principal investigator in the CHARITÉ Artificial Disc clinical trial and president of TBI. Artificial disc replacement is not for everyone. As with any surgery, there are possible complications that can occur. For more information, call TBI, 1-800-247-BACK.

Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro Helps the Community The focus of the Diabetes Community Outreach Program at Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro (PHW) is to bring awareness of symptoms of diabetes, provide education about the disease and offer various treat- ment options. Classes on self-management of the disease are offered to the commu- nity through physician referral, along with additional community services, at no charge. The program offers the monthly Diabetes Support Group and “education moments” from area professionals who live with diabetes to keep the diabetes patients “in the know.” PHW also offers diabetes screening at the hospital or off-site at area businesses. “We are able to help many people that would not typically receive care for their diabetes through this outreach program,” said Matthew Troup, president of PHW. For more information about the Diabetes Community Outreach Program at PHW, call 903/342-4111.

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