Author Archives : Tucson Medical Center

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Dear Henry – A whirlwind preemie

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The path to parenthood is not always simple or straightforward. For Nikki and Matt Thompson, years of struggling with infertility ended in February of 2016 with a positive pregnancy test following their first round of In Vitro Fertilization. The first 23 weeks of pregnancy were blissful. No morning sickness, no cravings, the baby appeared to be healthy as was mom. Matt…

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Supergirl Kierstyn – A CMN Miracle

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Mary Catherine Rader’s pregnancy was, by all measures, progressing very nicely. And then all of a sudden it wasn’t. On April 21, 2009, a full three months before her youngest child was due to arrive, Mary Catherine started to have contractions. While the expectant mother didn’t have any symptoms beyond the contractions, she knew something wasn’t quite right, these weren’t Braxton…

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Missy begs to go to work – Pet therapy dog

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“Wanna go to work?” is all Frank Arciuolo has to say and Missy is ready to go! Missy, a three-year old shepherd mix, is a therapist, or rather a pet therapy dog. She brings joy, smiles, increased oxytocin levels, lowered blood pressure, and healing therapy to the patients at TMC for Children. We talked with Missy and Frank to get…

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Babies experiencing withdrawal receive specialized care

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As hospitals nationwide see more babies born dependent on substances such as opioids, Tucson Medical Center has been rethinking how best to serve those littlest patients. Tucson Medical Center’s newborn intensive care unit treated 27 babies in April. Of those, 11 were born addicted to drugs and diagnosed as having neonatal abstinence syndrome. The syndrome can also affect babies who…

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Phoenix Children’s now providing pediatric intensive care, hospitalist coverage for TMC for Children

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Tucson Arizona, June 8 — Phoenix Children’s Hospital, one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country with a staff of nearly 1,000 pediatric specialists working across more than 75 pediatric subspecialties, has assumed coverage for intensive care and hospitalist services forTMC for Children. The transition, which began on June 3, was a smooth handoff from the long-standing service by…

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Dawson – from 3 pound 6 ounce preemie to tough little dude

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When Lisa Jones’s pregnancy was identified as high-risk at her 20-week ultrasound appointment, matters only worsened before she felt any glimpse of positivity. Lisa’s obstetrician discovered that her baby had a cleft lip and palate; then, her baby was diagnosed with intrauterine growth restriction—he was not growing as he should be. This meant Lisa would be delivering a premature baby.…

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Whooping Cough cases on the rise

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TMC’s Pediatric Emergency Department is issuing a heads-up about a recent increase in cases of pertussis, which is also known as whooping cough.  So far this year, nine cases have been confirmed – eight of those coming in just since May. At this point, the Pima County Health Department is NOT considering this an outbreak or epidemic.  TMC simply wants to…

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How safe is your child's car seat? 85% of child car seats are installed incorrectly. Certified technicians are available to help this weekend.

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Ok – be honest with yourself. How confident are you that your child’s car seat is installed correctly? Are you positive that they’re in the right spot in the car…in the proper seat…that the seat hasn’t been recalled…that the harness straps are the right height, and the harness clip in the right spot? Should my child be rear-facing, or forward-facing?…

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