Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital is a 473-bed acute care U.S. hospital located in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. It is Miami-Dade County’s only Catholic hospital and is a recipient of the MAGNET award.

Insect Bite Prevention Tips to Keep in Mind for Summer

Mosquito bites and other insect bites are a common nuisance during the summer. Sometimes, mosquitoes can transmit serious illnesses like dengue and Lyme disease. Recently, concerns have been raised about the possibility of Zika virus transmission. This virus is a particular concern for women of reproductive age because of the possibility of microcephaly-a serious condition that can affect newborns. So far, all of the Zika cases reported in Florida have not involved transmissions from the local mosquito population; however, it’s still best to take precautions. Pregnant women who think they may have been exposed to Zika while traveling abroad can find the guidance they need at Mercy Hospital, which features a dedicated maternity team.

Reduce Your Exposure

There are a few ways that you can reduce your risk of insect bites, such as by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Consider tucking your shirt into your pants and your pant legs into your socks. Check the window screens in your home for gaps where bugs can enter and repair or replace these items as needed. Instead of leaving doors and windows open, consider using air conditioning units.

Apply Insect Repellent

While outdoors, you may wish to wear insect repellent. First, apply sunscreen and allow it to dry. Then, spray on an EPA-registered insect repellent over your clothing and exposed skin. Look for products that contain at least 20% DEET. Products with DEET are known to be most effective; however, other helpful ingredients can include picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and para-menthane-diol (PMD). Read the label on the product you choose and apply as directed.

Use Caution Before Traveling

Due to the potential risks associated with Zika virus, some families may wish to reconsider their travel plans this summer. It’s important to note that the virus itself rarely causes major symptoms, but there is a risk of birth defects. Consider talking to a doctor about the risks of Zika exposure in the areas where you plan on traveling.

If you suffer an adverse reaction to an insect bite or believe you may have contracted an infectious disease, you can turn to the team at Mercy Hospital for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment options. Call a registered nurse at (305) 854-4400 or visit us online to learn more about our hospital services. These include wound care, pediatrics, emergency care, and maternity care in Miami.

Learning to Live After a Stroke

Getting emergency care as quickly as possible is key for surviving a stroke. The emergency care team at Mercy Hospital urges our neighbors to become familiar with the warning signs of stroke and to call 911 if these symptoms develop. However, surviving a stroke is only the first step in a long road to recovery. Stroke survivors can expect intensive rehabilitation sessions with their therapists. Along with regaining functional abilities, stroke survivors may need to learn how to do daily tasks differently.


Grooming presents a major problem for many stroke survivors, since these routines require precise movements and manipulation of small objects. To make your grooming routine easier, consider asking your hair stylist for a low maintenance “wash and wear” style. An electric shaver can reduce the risk of nicks compared to a razor blade. If you have trouble removing caps and lids, consider keeping these objects on the bathroom counter with their lids permanently removed or loosened. Use floss picks or a water flosser, which only require one hand. Your occupational therapist may have other suggestions for your unique needs, such as mounted nail clippers for one-handed use.


Consider altering your wardrobe to make it easier for you to get dressed independently. Clothing with Velcro closures, elastic waistbands, and snaps may be easier to manage. Place your affected leg or arm into the clothing item first before placing your unaffected leg or arm into it. Get undressed in reverse; take out your unaffected limb first, followed by the affected limb.


Cleaning may require alternative tools, such as long-handled dusters, long-handled squeegees, and mops with disposable cleaning pads. As much as possible, break your tasks into small steps and focus on doing one step at a time. Take breaks as needed and sit down while cleaning whenever possible.

If you or someone else could be experiencing a stroke in the Miami area, please call 911 without delay for rapid transportation to the Emergency Department at Mercy Hospital. We are a Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission and we offer intensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. For general healthcare information, you can speak with a registered nurse at (305) 854-4400.

Comparing Knee Replacement and Reconstruction Procedures

The knee is a weight-bearing joint that is subject to wear and tear damage over time. Many people also develop orthopedic conditions that affect the knee, such as osteoarthritis or fractures. When the knee develops persistent pain and functional limitations that aren’t relieved by nonsurgical treatment options, patients might consider talking to a surgeon at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Mercy Hospital. Depending on the situation, a knee reconstruction or replacement procedure might be recommended.


Two of the most widely used procedures performed on damaged or diseased knee joints are partial knee replacement and total knee replacement surgeries. Alternatively, some patients may be good candidates for articular cartilage restoration or knee osteotomy. Each of these surgical approaches have advantages and disadvantages; only an orthopedic surgeon can determine which one might be right for any particular patient.


Patients with damage that is limited to just one compartment of the knee might be candidates for partial knee replacement, in which just one part of the joint is resurfaced and replaced with artificial components. More widespread knee problems might necessitate a total knee replacement. Active patients who are within a normal weight range and are able to fully straighten the knee may be good candidates for knee osteotomy, which involves cutting and reshaping the bone. Finally, young patients with a single lesion of the knee cartilage might be candidates for articular cartilage restoration.


Before undergoing a repair or replacement procedure, patients should fully understand the potential risks and the recovery process. Generally, partial knee resurfacing and replacement is associated with a shorter recovery time than total knee replacement. There may be less blood loss and less post-operative pain. However, a partial replacement is associated with less predictable pain relief and patients may require a total replacement in the future. After repair or replacement surgeries, it may take several months for a full recovery. With any repair or replacement procedure, there is the possibility that revision surgery will be needed.

At the Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Mercy Hospital, you’ll find extensive patient support services, including educational classes, a dedicated orthopedic patient navigator, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Joint reconstruction and replacement procedures are routinely performed by our highly trained specialists in orthopedics in Miami. For general information about our orthopedics, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (305) 854-4400.

When Should You Be Concerned About Snoring?

It’s not unusual to experience some light snoring from time to time. However, sometimes snoring can be indicative of an underlying problem that requires treatment. Sleep apnea, for example, has been linked to an increased risk of cardiac problems. It can be difficult to know when snoring ought to be evaluated by the experts at the sleep center at Mercy Hospital. If you ever have concerns about your sleep habits, you could consider discussing them with your primary care physician, who may refer you to the sleep center.

When Snorers Gasp During Sleep

Individuals with sleep apnea periodically cease and restart breathing in a cyclical manner during sleep. When breathing stops, the brain instructs the body to wake up to resume breathing. As the patient is briefly roused from sleep, he or she may gasp for air or give a snorting sound. Patients with sleep apnea rarely become aware of these indicators directly; rather, other sleepers may witness these events.

When Other Symptoms Are Apparent

In addition to gasping for air, sleep apnea can cause other signs and symptoms. Snorers may wish to be evaluated for a sleep disorder if they wake up with a sore throat, dry mouth, or a headache. Throughout the day, people with sleep apnea can display excessive sleepiness and concentration impairment; this is because they haven’t gotten a full night’s sleep. Irritability can also accompany sleep deprivation.

When Certain Medical Conditions Are Present

People who snore may wish to be evaluated by a sleep specialist if they also have other medical conditions. Sleep apnea is associated with cardiac problems, such as high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeats, and heart attack. Obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk of stroke. This sleep disorder may even increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and liver problems.

The specialists at the Mercy Hospital Sleep Laboratory in Miami look forward to meeting you and addressing your concerns. Our Sleep Laboratory features private rooms equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring technology to facilitate accurate diagnoses and inform effective treatment plans. You can request a referral to a sleep specialist by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (305) 854-4400.


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Nashville, Tenn., March 7, 2016 – Hospital Corporation of America (NYSE: HCA), a leading healthcare provider with 168 hospitals and 116 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom, has been recognized as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the seventh consecutive year HCA has been honored, underscoring its consistent commitment to ethical business standards and practices.

“Being named one of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies is in part a reflection of our comprehensive Ethics and Compliance Program for our 230,000 employees,” said Alan Yuspeh, HCA’s senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer. “It is also recognition of our culture of integrity, our commitment to provide excellent care for our patients and our desire to be a good citizen in the many communities we serve.”

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Ethisphere and the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation which recognizes organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.

"Companies rely on Ethisphere to continually raise and measure the standards of corporate behavior. Those that demonstrate leadership in areas like citizenship, integrity and transparency create more value for their investors, communities, customers and employees, thus solidifying a sustainable business advantage," explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "Congratulations to everyone at HCA for being recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company."

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ (EQ) framework developed over years of research and vetted and refined by the expert advice from Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel. The EQ offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.

The full list of the 2016 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at


All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used throughout this release refer to HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.

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