Health Briefs

January 28, 2019
Cheers to our great nurses!

Shown left to right: Angela Hamilton, RN; Carolyn Hudson, RN, MSN; Teri Quattlebaum, RN, MSN

Cheers to our great nurses!

Congratulations to these three Northwest nurses who were recognized for their outstanding service by the Texas Nurses Association Panhandle Great 25 Nurses for 2018. They were selected for this prestigious honor based on their accomplishments in different areas, including leadership/role model qualities, compassionate caregiving, and significant contributions and service to the community. We honor these awardees and all the nurses who make a difference for our patients every day!

Meet our new robot

Minimally invasive, robotic surgery is available to a growing number of patients since Northwest acquired its second robotic surgical system, the da Vinci Xi®. A more compact design and other advanced features enable surgeons to use the system for more complex procedures, such as colorectal surgery, bariatric procedures, gynecologic oncology and prostatectomies, says Director of Surgical Services Keisha Bailey, BSN, CNOR. Additionally, the system includes a training console, making Northwest the first facility in the area to offer this dual-console feature.

The hospital’s original da Vinci Si® system has been relocated to Northwest Surgical Hospital on Soncy. Benefits of robotic surgery can include smaller incisions, less pain and faster recoveries.

For help finding a surgeon or other specialist, call 1-800-887-1114.

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery is right for you.

Has the season got you down?

Darker, chillier days can leave many of us longing for summer; but if you’re really feeling down, the culprit could be seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This condition is related to changes in the season. Among the common symptoms are depression, low energy and loss of interest in usual activities. Sunlight, outside walks and therapy with light boxes may help to relieve the effects of SAD. If your depression is more severe or you feel you need professional help, free confidential assessments are available 24/7 at Northwest Texas Healthcare System Behavioral Health.

For an assessment, call 1-800-537-2585 or 806-354-1810.