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New Device Saves Woman and Her Unborn Baby

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Pregnant with her second child, a quick trip to a nearby store was halted by a massive headache that soon left one Miami, Oklahoma, woman unconscious.  Keylie Baldwin, 29, had suffered an aneurysm or bleeding on the brain; and the race was on to save her life and that of her unborn child.

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New Device Saves Woman and Her Unborn Baby

November 23, 2016

Pregnant with her second child, a quick trip to a nearby store was halted by a massive headache that soon left one Miami, Oklahoma, woman unconscious.  Keylie Baldwin, 29, had suffered an aneurysm or bleeding on the brain; and the race was on to save her life and that of her unborn child.

4 baldwin family“It was just awful. I mean my wife -- the most athletic person, talkative person, nicest person in the world, basically just fell off a cliff and was unresponsive to us,” said Cord Baldwin, Keylie’s husband.

Thankfully, Keylie somehow managed to pull the car over and a friend of the family and her uncle just happened to be passing by.  A quick trip to the local ER, an air ambulance flight to Tulsa and then it was on to Oklahoma City and The OU Medical Center.  There neurosurgeon, Dr. Bradley Bohnstedt, utilized a cutting-edge tool to reach a part of Keylie’s brain that had proven unreachable through standard methods.  

The BrainPath tube allows surgeons better access to hard-to-reach sections of the brain, utilizing a minimally invasive approach. Bohnstedt is among a select group of surgeons across the nation currently equipped to use the new device.  

“The tube is basically a port system that allows us to get access into deep areas of the brain without disturbing the white and gray matter and the superficial structures,” Bohnstedt said. 

Utilizing the device along with sophisticated, 3-D, neuro-navigation techniques, Bohnstedt was able to reach an abnormal tangle of vessels deep within Keylie’s brain, to stop the bleeding and to remove the abnormal blood vessels to help eliminate the risk of any repeat aneurysm. The device’s unique design helps it maneuver through delicate brain tissue.

2 bohnstedt brain path“With the angle of the point being approximately 30 degrees, it’s thought that this diminishes the amount of sheer stress that’s put on the fiber tracks and the neurons as it passes and glides through the brain and allows for the least amount of friction on that tissue,” Bohnstedt explained.

The benefits of the breakthrough procedure are many. They include faster recovery time, minimal internal and external scarring, less damage to the brain and nerves, and few side effects and complications post-surgery.

“Keylie did very well. Previously, we would not have been able to treat a patient with her lesion as aggressively, especially with her pregnancy,” Bohnstedt said.

Keylie’s recovery has gone well. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy, is back to coaching softball and is counting her blessings as she and her family celebrate another holiday season together.


“She’s a pretty good girl and to have her back is just amazing,” said Cord. 

 
SSM Health, OU Medicine Unite to Create a Comprehensive Integrated Health Care Delivery Network

October 26, 2016

SSM Health, OU Medicine Unite to Create a Comprehensive Integrated Health Care Delivery Network 

Working in partnership to enhance quality of care for all Oklahomans

To best serve the current and future health care needs of Oklahomans, SSM Health’s St. Anthony Hospitals and Physicians Group are partnering with the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University Hospitals Authority and Trust (UHAT) to create a premier health care network. This combined network will partner with physicians to not only deliver exceptional health care, but also to advance transformative clinical research and provide innovative educational experiences for future physicians and health professionals.

“This is an exciting time for health care in Oklahoma,” said William P. Thompson, president and CEO, SSM Health. “As a part of SSM Health, the St. Anthony Hospitals and St. Anthony Physicians Group have a long history of providing high-quality, compassionate and personalized care. By coming together with OU Medicine, we will build upon our collective heritage of serving this community, while also striving to ensure that Oklahomans receive exceptional care for years to come.”

The combined resources of OU Medicine, UHAT and SSM Health include more than 23 Oklahoma hospitals and affiliates, including OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital and OU Medical Center Edmond, as well as St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony, and St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital.

As a part of the integrated delivery network, OU Physicians and St. Anthony Physicians Group, with a combined total of more than 1,100 physicians and providers, will work together to share best practices and clinical expertise with the goal of best coordinating patient care.

“Today, we begin a new era, focused on further elevating patient care, clinical research and health professions education for the benefit of all Oklahomans,” said OU President David L. Boren. “We will continue to bring Oklahomans the best health care throughout the state with the ongoing support of University Hospitals Authority and Trust and by combining OU’s highly respected Health Sciences Center with a leading health system, SSM Health.”

This new network brings together organizations that each represent more than 100 years of caring for Oklahomans. Established in 1898 as the first hospital in Oklahoma territory, St. Anthony Hospital’s community-based network of services includes St. Anthony Physicians Group as well as a network of 17 rural hospital affiliates. Founded just two years later, in 1900, the OU College of Medicine and its faculty physicians began training future doctors and conducting leading medical research. UHAT has supported the state’s teaching hospitals in Oklahoma City since 1993, helping to build state-of-the-art medical and research facilities.

“We are excited to open this new chapter with SSM Health,” said Mike Samis, chairman of the University Hospitals Authority and Trust. “During its history, the Trust has invested in health care in Oklahoma to advance the mission of our state teaching hospitals, helping to provide quality care to patients and train the doctors of tomorrow.  We are appreciative to our HCA colleagues for a nearly 20-year relationship, during which we have expanded our range of services and enhanced our quality of care. Now, we look forward to continuing our role in collaboration with the University of Oklahoma and SSM Health.”UHAT and SSM Health are committed to making significant investments in this new integrated network to ensure patients and caregivers continue to have access to the latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities.  A capital plan is already under development and includes a new patient tower at OU Medical Center.

SSM Health and UHAT will share governance and financial responsibility in the network, with SSM Health managing the day-to-day operations. The transaction should be finalized within the first half of 2017, pending regulatory and other approvals. No state-appropriated funds will be used to create the new network.

The OU Medical System is currently managed by HCA, an investor-owned company based in Nashville. UHAT and HCA plan to end their relationship within the first half of 2017.

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About OU Medical System
OU Medical System comprises OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Medical Center Edmond and the OU Medicine Breast Health Network. We are Oklahoma’s largest and most comprehensive health system, offering expertise in more medical specialties than any other hospital system in the state. Some of OU Medical System’s outstanding services include Oklahoma’s highest level of trauma care for adults and children, the most advanced treatment for stroke patients, the highest-level neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Oklahoma, expert cardiac care at the OU Medicine Cardiovascular Institute and Children’s Heart Center, and the state’s largest group of board-certified geriatricians. OU Medical Center Edmond is home to Edmond’s only inpatient senior behavioral health program, Autumn Life Center for Geriatric Behavioral Health. Breast Health Network is the state’s largest group of dedicated breast specialists with four Oklahoma City metro locations and a statewide mobile mammography program. We have the state’s most experienced transplant team and benefit from a collaborative relationship with OU Physicians and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Together, we make up OU Medicine and we’re helping keep Oklahoma alive and well. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube and at www.oumedicine.com
 
About the University Hospitals Authority and Trust
The University Hospitals Authority and Trust are a state agency and a public trust of the state of Oklahoma.  Their mission is to be a catalyst for excellence in medical education, research and health care.  Through the leadership of the University Hospitals Authority and Trust, state and federal resources are maximized to ensure a dependable source of revenue for growth, development and ongoing support for programs aimed at improved health for all Oklahomans.
 
About SSM Health                                                                                                               
SSM Health (www.ssmhealth.com/system)is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation. 

With care delivery sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, SSM Health includes 20 hospitals, more than 60 outpatient care sites, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance company, two nursing homes, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a technology company and two Accountable Care Organizations. With 1,575 employed physicians and more than 33,000 employees in four states, SSM Health is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. An early adopter of the electronic health record (EHR), SSM Health is a national leader for the depth of its EHR integration. 

In Oklahoma, SSM Health delivery sites include St. Anthony Hospital (Oklahoma City); Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony (Oklahoma City); and St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital (Shawnee, Okla.). The network also includes four St. Anthony Healthplex campuses, 17 affiliated hospitals, and St. Anthony Physicians Group with more than 180 physicians and providers.

For more information, find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

To download this press release in PDF format, click here.

 
New Device Saves Woman and Her Unborn Baby

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at 2:00pm

Pregnant with her second child, a quick trip to a nearby store was halted by a massive headache that soon left one Miami, Okla., woman unconscious.  Keylie Baldwin, 29, had suffered an aneurysm or bleeding on the brain and the race was on to save her life and that of her unborn child.

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Major Announcement Benefiting Health Care in Oklahoma

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 at 3:00pm

A major announcement benefiting health care in Oklahoma will be made today by University Hospitals Authority and Trust Chairman Mike Samis, University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren, and hospital officials.

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