Another day in the Emergency Department: Roller Coaster of Emotions

By Meg Jack, MD Carson Tahoe Emergency Department Medical Director The day-to-day life in the Emergency Department is similar to riding an unfamiliar roller coaster. It could travel at the leisurely speed of a rollercoaster for two-year-olds bought off Amazon or it be as gripping as Disneyland’s Space Mountain traveling in the dark with unpredictable speed and unforeseen twists, turns and ups and downs. This particular day began just like any other but then hit alarming rollercoaster speeds with an explosion of critically ill patients.  We were zipping around between rooms with an acute stroke, multiple septic patients, two intracranial hemorrhages, and a screaming elbow dislocation when a gentleman pulled on my heartstrings and brought tears to my eyes.  He was …


Medical Qualification for Disability Benefits with Cancer

Some cancers respond to treatment quickly. Others are highly aggressive or more advanced at the time of diagnosis. The level of disability for patients with cancer varies greatly from one case to the next. The cancer type determines how the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers your application for benefits. You may have a form of the disease that qualifies for automatic approval, or the type of cancer with which you’ve been diagnosed may be one that doesn’t always get approved for disability. If you can prove you are eligible, disability benefits ensure steady income, and since there are multiple ways to achieve a disability approval, you shouldn’t lose hope. Disability Listings and Medical Qualification The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains …


How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolution (Past January)

It’s late January, and you’ve made a commitment to improving a certain area of your life. It may be related to your health, your career, your spirituality, or even your relationships. These goals, often called New Year’s Resolutions, routinely drive our behavior, perhaps away from our decadent holiday eating/drinking habits and towards a new skill or hobby. Although you set out for excellence full steam ahead, you may be struggling in maintaining your commitment coming into February. Repeat after me. You are not alone. We’ve seriously all been there. The most difficult part (and the most important) is keeping your resolution, sticking through the initial momentum and into the year to actually form habits so your routines last. Here are …


Behind Our Healing Hands & A Glimpse into Carson Tahoe Health’s Future

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Our logo, our hands, they are worth so much more. You know the ones – the hands that grace every Carson Tahoe Health location, that is on every single employee badge, and a guiding symbol of trust & compassion. These hands are really just a representation of us; our community and our employees. They remind us every single day why we do what we do. You see, these hands of ours, they care, support, treat, and give hope. They believe that embracing a person in empathy while treating them with expertise, elevates ‘advanced medicine’ into a healing art. These hands care for the whole person, not just their …


Ever Gone To Urgent Care And Found Out You Were Sicker Than You Thought? No Problem.

Carson Tahoe Health Passport Program makes your journey to care easier. Carson Tahoe Health’s Passport Program was implemented nearly a year ago to allow patients in need of a higher level of care to bypass duplication of wait times and to streamline the registration process. “If you arrive at one of our Clinics at Walmart or one of our Urgent Care facilities, and it’s determined that you need a higher level of care, our staff will call the Emergency Department (ED) to let that Care Team know that you’re headed their direction,” said Kitty McKay, Carson Tahoe Health Mission Integration Director. “You will be given a ‘passport’ to help identify you and simplify your experience upon arrival.” This unique program …