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Tampa General Hospital earns consumer award, offers new services to patients


Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital has earned the 2012-13 Consumer Choice Award for the seventh consecutive year from the National Research Corp. NRC surveys more than 250,000 households representing more than 450,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia.

“Healthcare decisions are among the most important choices a person can make,” said Ron Hytoff, president and CEO of TGH, in a news release. “They see that TGH provides unique services and is nationally ranked, so the decision becomes clear. They want to go to the hospital with the most skilled physicians and clinical staff for the best possible outcome, which is what we offer here.”

In other news, TGH recently opened a new Parathyroid Imaging Suite, which will allow detailed views of patients’ diseased parathyroid glands minutes before surgery. About 2,500 patients per year travel from across the U.S. and other countries to have surgery at the Parathyroid Center.

Also, a robot-assisted cervical stitch surgery — through the abdomen — was performed for the first time at TGH this fall. Patient Cynthia Coniglio delivered a healthy baby girl at 38 weeks after having struggled through lost pregnancies because her cervix was too short to close tight enough throughout pregnancy to keep the baby in place.

A cerclage, or cervical stitch surgery, in which a single stitch holds the cervix in place and helps prevent a miscarriage or preterm birth, traditionally is done through the vagina, unless otherwise indicated.

Coniglio already had experienced a failed transvaginal cervical stitch surgery and lost part of her cervix to other previous complications. In June, the da Vinci robot was used to create the cerclage through the abdomen and seal the cervix long enough for Coniglio’s healthy delivery. It was the first robot-assisted transabdominal cervical cerclage at TGH. Coniglio delivered a full-term baby by cesarean section Oct. 23.


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