In this issue of Providence, we invite you to read about new interventional devices and techniques in cardiac care that have advanced our abilities to more effectively treat arrhythmias, malfunctioning heart valves and other conditions.
Control of highly infectious disease—from seasonal flu to Ebola virus—has dominated the news in recent months. Our Providence physicians believe in enhancing health at all ages by providing patients with appropriate vaccinations against everything from childhood disease to seasonal flu. By guarding against these serious diseases, you and your children have a much better chance of maintaining your health and fighting viruses and other bugs as they make their rounds. Read about how you can protect yourself and your family.
This issue also features a story on strategies to overcome arthritis and other rheumatic conditions that plague millions of Americans. Providence physicians have a broad arsenal of therapies to defeat pain and improve quality of life.
You’ll also read in this edition about a patient who has excelled in our movement disorders clinic, which treats those with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and other conditions. We also celebrate the success of the 39-week rule, credited with reducing the numbers of premature babies who require specialized care in our neonatal ICUs. This two-year campaign has limited elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestation to help ensure infants reach optimal birth weights and other important milestones.
Finally, from the Providence family to you and your family, we wish you a happy and healthy 2015!
Interim Regional Chief Executive