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Global L-Dopa Market Key Players: New Natural Biotechnology Co.,Ltd Shiva Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Jiangyin Healthway Sigma-Aldrich

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Global L-Dopa Market Key Players:

New Natural Biotechnology Co.,Ltd

Shiva Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals

Jiangyin Healthway

Sigma-Aldrich

BOC Sciences

Ajinomoto USA

New functional food ingredients

Qingdao Dacon Trading

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Type 1

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Type 3

L-Dopa Market Trend by Application consists-

Medical Use

Biological Use

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TOC Snapshot of Global L-Dopa Market

1. L-Dopa Product Definition

2. Worldwide L-Dopa Market Manufacturer Share and Market Overview

3. Manufacturer L-Dopa Business Introduction

4. L-Dopa Market Segmentation (Region Level)

5. World L-Dopa Market Segmentation (Product Type Level)

6. L-Dopa Market Segmentation (Industry Level)

7. Segmentation (Channel Level) of L-Dopa Market

8. L-Dopa Market Forecast 2020-2026

9. Product Type L-Dopa Segmentation

10. Segmentation of L-Dopa Industry

11. Cost of L-Dopa Production Analysis

12. Conclusion

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A guide to breast cancer services around the region

Designed by patients for patients, the Kettering Cancer Center delivers comprehensive cancer care at every stage of a patient’s journey, from diagnosis …

Kettering Health Network

Kettering Cancer Care’s services are integrated throughout its network and eight hospitals. Call (855) 500-CURE (2873).

Kettering Medical Center: 3535 Southern Blvd., Kettering

Sycamore Medical Center: 4000 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Miamisburg

Grandview Medical Center: 405 W Grand Ave., Dayton

Southview Medical Center: 1997 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville

Greene Memorial Hospital: 1141 N. Monroe Drive, Xenia

Soin Medical Center: 3535 Pentagon Blvd., Beavercreek

Fort Hamilton Hospital: 630 Eaton Ave., Hamilton

Troy Hospital: 600 W Main St., Troy

Website: www.ketteringhealth.org/cancercare/

Services

A Cancer Access Center serves as the first point of contact for many who are on their first steps in their cancer journey. The access center helps patients navigate through the services Kettering Health Network offers at all of its hospitals, including oncologists, cancer surgeons, social workers, dietitians, cancer mental health experts, financial guidance, and support groups. Call (855) 500-CURE (2873). Kettering Breast Evaluation Centers offers comprehensive breast screenings in 15 locations throughout southwest Ohio.

  • Surgery, including breast-sparing surgery and sentinel lymph node dissection
  • Chemotherapy, biotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy
  • Radiation therapy, including partial breast irradiation (brachytherapy, aka Mammosite or Contura), and stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Clinical trials (cancer research studies)
  • All KHN hospitals offer breast cancer surgery

Chemotherapy, biotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy are available at Kettering, Sycamore, Grandview, Soin and Fort Hamilton. Many of these treatment regimens can be done on an outpatient basis.

Radiation therapy is available at Kettering, Fort Hamilton, and Soin Medical Center. HDR brachytherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery are available at Kettering. In treating women who have cancer in the left breast, a state-of-the-art radiation technique called respiratory gating is used. It synchronizes the delivery of radiation to the part of a woman’s breathing cycle when her breast is farthest away from her heart. This allows precision radiotherapy that eliminates any significant radiation dose to a woman’s heart, thus substantially decreasing her risk of cardiac complications in the future.

Kettering Cancer Center

Designed by patients for patients, the Kettering Cancer Center delivers comprehensive cancer care at every stage of a patient’s journey, from diagnosis through treatment. Located in the Pavilion on Kettering Medical Center’s campus, this full-service facility is intended to provide the most advanced patient-centered care in an environment that focuses on healing the whole person-body, mind, and spirit The cancer center offers complete care to patients in a caring environment, with dedicated patient-centric services and specialized treatments to fight cancer including the area’s largest and most private infusion center for cancer patients. The center serves as a single touchpoint for patients, providing them with a wide range of services more than 30 cancer physician specialists working together on a 20,000-square-foot multidisciplinary oncology floor.

Expanded Services

Kettering Cancer Care has expanded services by opening new cancer centers in Greene, Butler, and Miami counties. Following the design and mission of the Kettering Cancer Center, these three new centers offer the most advanced patient-centered care in an environment that focuses on healing the whole person — mind, body, and spirit.

Support

Oncology and breast cancer certified nurse navigators assist patients as they move through their breast cancer journey. Specialized and individualized care, education, support, resources, and encouragement are offered from diagnosis, through treatment, and on to recovery. Navigators are available to counsel patients and connect patients and loved ones to local and national resources. Navigators also have quick access to the tools needed for breast cancer care and to enhance quality of life.

Social workers provide support and other services, which can reduce stress for patients and loved ones through the entire cancer journey. They can assist patients and families in finding affordable medical care and prescription drug coverage, transportation and home health care. Social workers help patients with the cancer diagnosis and the many emotions that they may experience.

Nutrition services are essential to comprehensive cancer care and rehabilitation. Kettering Cancer Care strives to provide safe and effective nutrition care across the cancer continuum, from prevention through treatment and into survivorship, to promote your best quality of life. Certified lymphedema therapists work with patients who experience localized lymph fluid retention following surgery.

By providing spiritual support as a complement to medical treatment, KHN’s chaplains are able to make us a leader in healing the whole person. Our chaplains are ready to assist patients any way we can. KHN chaplains are trained to offer emotional and spiritual support to persons of all faiths, from pre-surgery and outpatient testing through the entire hospital experience.

Breast cancer support group SOAR (strength, optimism, and recovery) helps individuals diagnosed with breast cancer, their families and friends. Buddy system Moving Forward Hand in Hand is where breast cancer survivors offer support and encouragement to individuals newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Physicians on Staff

KHN and Kettering Physician Network employ 17 medical oncologists, seven radiation oncologists, and two surgical oncologists. In addition, Kettering Cancer Care has four gynecological oncologists, two breast surgeons, two plastic surgeons and oncology specialty surgeons on-staff. There are others who have privileges in the KHN system.

Fast Facts

The KHN integrated network cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The program is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award for excellence in cancer care.

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Premier Health offers therapeutic massage as part of its network of cancer support services. CONTRIBUTED

Premier Health Cancer Institute

Premier Health is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. Learn more about this affiliation and local MD Anderson certified physicians by calling toll free (844) 316-HOPE (4673).

Miami Valley Hospital South Comprehensive Cancer Center: 2300 Miami Valley Drive, Dayton

Miami Valley Hospital: 1 Wyoming St., Dayton

Miami Valley Hospital North: 9000 N. Main St., Englewood

Upper Valley Medical Center: 3130 N County Road 25A, Troy

Atrium Medical Center: 200 Medical Center Drive, Middletown

Website: www.premierhealth.com/cancer

Services

The Premier Health Cancer Institute offers the full continuum of breast cancer care, from prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, all in locations that are close to home. Premier Health’s affiliation with MD Anderson provides access to expertise from the top cancer center in the country and the confidence of knowing the best minds in cancer care are working together for you.

Premier Health’s multidisciplinary breast cancer team includes medical oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists, geneticists and reconstructive surgeons as well as psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, dietitians, certified oncology nurses and oncology nurse navigators.

Premier Health offers advanced breast imaging services, including Genius™ 3D Mammography™, high-resolution ultrasound, breast MRI, stereotactic biopsy, image-guided breast biopsies, DEXA (bone density) scanning, and ductograms. In addition, Premier Health offers mobile 3D mammography, to bring screening mammograms closer to where you live and work.

In addition to medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology, Premier Health offers the following on-site services:

  • Breast cancer clinical trials
  • Genetic counseling and genetic testing
  • High Risk Breast Cancer Centers
  • Breast reconstruction services
  • Lymphedema certified physical therapists
  • Oncology rehabilitation services
  • Private and semi-private chemotherapy/infusion rooms
  • Specialized oncology nurse navigators

Support

Premier Health offers oncology nurse navigators to help you through your cancer journey. In addition, Premier Health offers cancer support groups, informational classes, exercise therapy, massage therapy, yoga, wellness center, social workers, nutrition services, therapeutic art, nutrition counseling and pastoral care.

Other amenities include healing gardens, coffee shops, free wireless Internet, dedicated meditation rooms, patient resource centers and private treatment rooms.

Breast Cancer Physicians on Staff

Premier Health has numerous medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and others who help patients through their cancer journeys

Fast Facts

Premier Health became a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network in March 2016, offering local access to world-class expertise. All Premier Health cancer centers are accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Premier Health offers three easy ways to schedule a mammogram: 1) Call toll-free (855) 887-7364; 2) schedule through your Premier Health MyChart account; or 3) request an appointment online. Learn more at www.premierhealth.com/mammo.

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Wes England and Kim Spriggs, radiation theropists at Springfield Regional Cancer Center, demonstrate how the new Versa HD radiation machine works Wednesday. The machine is much more accurate and is able to use higher doses of radiation to quicken the patients time in theropy. Bill Lackey/Staff

Mercy Health — Springfield Regional Cancer Center

148 W. North St., Springfield

937-323-5001

Website: https://www.mercy.com/locations/specialty-locations/cancer-care-oncology/springfield-regional-cancer-center

Services

Mercy Health – Springfield Regional Cancer Center offers comprehensive cancer care. Serves Mercy Health – Springfield Regional Medical Center in Clark County and Mercy Health – Urbana Hospital in Champaign County. Medical oncology infusion services, radiation oncology services. Accredited by the Commission on Cancer as a Community Cancer Program.

Support

Cancer Care Outreach Program involving community education, screening and early-detection programming, psychosocial support, a Cancer Resource Library, counseling, spiritual care, massage, nutrition education, oncology exercise in conjunction with Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, programs such as Look Good … Feel Better; an appearance center offering a wig program as well as bra and prosthesis fittings, on-site research RNs through a partnership with the Dayton Community Clinical Oncology Program. (Note: some services, such as the massage program and appearance center, are currently unavailable due to COVID restrictions.)

Breast Cancer Physicians on Staff

Four medical oncologists, two radiation oncologists and a nurse practitioner who is certified in genetic counseling.

Patients

Average number of breast cancer patients per year in Clark County: 300

Fast Facts

Mercy Health – Springfield Regional Cancer Center offers external beam radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, as well as infusion chemotherapy, targeted therapies and genetic counseling. A calming Serenity Garden is located outside the infusion suite with beautiful plants and bird feeders. A meditation room available for private reflection; social services available to assist patients with individual needs.

Mercy Health – Springfield Imaging and Lab Center

1343 N. Fountain Blvd., Springfield

937-390-5030

Springfield Imaging and Lab Center (SILC) is equipped with the most advanced imaging technology, including state-of-the-art 3D mammography. Offers screening and diagnostic mammography including 2D and 3D (Digital Breast Tomosynthesis). Provides same-day results on diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasounds. Offers stereotactic guided and ultrasound guided breast biopsy as well as Dexa Scans (Bone Mineral Density imaging) and breast MRI.

Mercy Health Urbana Hospital

904 Scioto St., Urbana

937-390-5030 – Mercy Health Urbana Hospital Mammography.

Mercy Health – Urbana Hospital has a new mammography unit inside the radiology department at the hospital. As with the mobile unit that visits Urbana Hospital, the new in-hospital unit offers the most advanced imaging technology for Screening and Diagnostic Mammography, including 2D and 3D (Digital Breast Tomosynthesis), providing same-day results on diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasounds. Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy on-site as well as a new Dexa Scan Bone Mineral Density unit.

Mercy Health – Dayton Springfield Emergency Center

1840 Springfield Road, Fairborn

937-328-8100

Mammography offered as part of outpatient imaging services on Wednesdays.

High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic

Mercy Health – Springfield & Urbana General & Laparoscopic Surgery, 30 W. McCreight Ave., Suite 106, Springfield

937-523-9820.

Website: https://www.mercy.com/health-care-services/breast-health

Services

Mercy Health is accepting patients with a personal or family history of breast cancer for its high-risk breast cancer clinic. Patients who meet the following criteria should consider having genetic testing for breast cancer:

  • Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer younger than 45-50 years old
  • Women with breast cancer and who have first-degree relatives with breast cancers
  • Women who have multiple relatives in the same lineage with breast cancer
  • Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts at the same time
  • Women with recurring breast cancer
  • Women who have a family history of ovarian cancer
  • Women with men in their family with breast cancer
  • Men who have breast cancer
  • Women with Ashkenazi Jewish heritage and diagnosed breast cancer

Mercy Health offers genetic testing for patients with a personal or family history of ovarian, colorectal, uterine and/or other cancers. Should you learn that you have an inherited condition, Mercy Health will work with you and your care team on treatment options and surveillance programs.

Navigation Support

The Breast Imaging Navigator guides and facilitates follow-up care from the point of abnormal mammogram to biopsy. The Breast Health Navigator assists breast cancer patients from surgery through treatment and survivorship. Focused on personal, one-on-one care, the imaging navigator and nurse navigators monitor, coordinate, educate and provide emotional support for every patient.

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The Cleveland Clinic, which has embraced hospital-hotel projects, in Cleveland, Nov. 25, 2016. For hospitals, the economics to get patients out from under their roofs is compelling, and patients are often more comfortable outside a hospital’s walls, too. (Nathan C. Ward/The New York Times)

Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center

9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

216.445.7946

Website: clevelandclinic.org/breastcancer

Services

Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center provides world-class care to patients with cancer and is at the forefront of new and emerging clinical, translational and basic cancer research.

Cleveland Clinic provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to breast cancer care that encompasses the most innovative surgical techniques, access to clinical trials and groundbreaking research.

  • Detection — Mammography (appointments and walk-ins), breast MRI, image-guided biopsy
  • Surgeries — Lumpectomy, simple or total mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, radical mastectomy, nipple-sparing mastectomy, sentinel lymph node procedures, lymphaticovenous bypass, breast reconstruction
  • Treatments — Hyperthemia therapy, intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), prone breast irradiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, access to clinical trials

Support

At Cleveland Clinic, exceptional cancer care is complemented by services that address the emotional, psycho-social and financial needs of patients. Services include 4th Angel Mentoring Program, Chemocare.com, breast cancer support groups, art & music therapy, psycho-social oncology program, wig boutique, Reiki and yoga. For a full list, visit clevelandclinic.org/cancersupport.

Breast Cancer Physicians on Staff

Breast cancer-focused specialists include:

  • Breast surgeons
  • Medical breast specialists, including physicians and nurse practitioners
  • Breast radiologists
  • Breast cancer medical oncologists
  • Breast radiation oncologists
  • Breast plastic surgeons
  • Breast pathologists
  • Breast cancer genetic counselors
  • Breast cancer psychosocial team, including psychology and social work

Locations and Appointments

Cleveland Clinic is committed to providing you with the highest quality, comprehensive, efficient and compassionate care. We offer several locations for routine screening mammography and consultations for the diagnosis and management of breast disease. Visit clevelandclinic.org/breastlocations for a complete list.

To schedule your mammogram, make an appointment with one of our breast cancer specialists, or request a second opinion, please call 216-445-7946.

Fast Facts

At Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, more than 450 highly skilled doctors, researchers, nurses and technicians care for thousands of patients each year. Ranked one of the nation’s top hospitals, and No. 1 in Ohio by U.S. News & World Report, Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center provides a range of services to patients including clinical trials and internationally-recognized cancer research efforts ensuring patients have access to the latest advances in cancer treatment, as well as a range of support programs helping patients navigate the challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis.

The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Credit: Chris Stewart

Credit: Chris Stewart

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center

Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital andRichard J. Solove Research Institute

Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center

1145 Olentangy River Road, Columbus

The James Line at (614) 293-5066 or toll-free at (800) 293-5066

Website: cancer.osu.edu or www.cancer.osu.edu/breastcancer

Services

Offers the full continuum of breast cancer care, from prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, in a single facility dedicated to advancing breast cancer care through research. The multidisciplinary breast cancer team includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, geneticists and reconstructive surgeons as well as psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, dietitians and oncology-trained nurses.

The breast center also offers:

  • Clinical trials for all subsets of breast cancer and stages of disease, including triple-negative and metastatic disease
  • Genetic counseling and a high-risk breast cancer program
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging, including 3D mammography (Tomosynthesis), automated whole breast ultrasound, breast MRI and image-guided breast biopsies
  • Breast reconstruction services, including microsurgical techniques using a patient’s own tissue
  • Lymphedema-relieving surgery for prevention and reduction of lymphedema swelling post-cancer treatment.
  • Lymphedema-certified physical therapists and oncology rehabilitation services
  • Private and semi-private chemotherapy/infusion rooms
  • Women and sexuality after cancer consultative services
  • JamesCare for Life support services and programming, including patient and caregiver support groups, nutrition, fitness and other educational classes
  • Custom wigs, hat and head coverings, specialized clothing and prosthetics through Hope’s Boutique

Other amenities include a cafe with patio dining, free parking, free wireless internet, Patient Resource Center, private counseling suites, private treatment rooms, rehabilitation gymnasium and sanctuary.

Breast Cancer Physicians on Staff

  • Breast medical oncology – 10
  • Breast surgical oncology – 8
  • Breast radiation oncology – 5
  • Breast radiology – 9
  • Breast cancer genetics – 5
  • Oncology reconstructive surgeons – 6
  • High-risk breast cancer programs – 3

Fast Facts

The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center is part of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), one of 51 comprehensive cancer centers in the United States as designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for research excellence. The OSUCCC – James earned the NCI’s highest ranking, “exceptional,” after the site reviews for their last three competitive renewals.

Clinical Trials

As one of only a few cancer centers nationwide funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs, the OSUCCC – James is a leader in advancing clinical and basic research for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. Researchers and clinicians work side-by-side to investigate and then move promising new therapies from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside, all with the goal of creating a cancer-free world one person, one discovery at a time.

Dozens of breast cancer clinical trials are typically open and enrolling patients at the OSUCCC – James, including trials to test new targeted therapies for triple-negative and HER2-positive breast cancers, targeted partial breast radiation techniques and non-medical prevention trials.

Online mental health tools prove popular across Greater Manchester

Health Innovation Manchester found people across Manchester were reporting mental health issues caused by isolation, loneliness, and personal …

Thousands of people across Manchester have accessed online mental health support services since the start of lockdown.

The new services were developed by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) in April to innovatively tackle the challenges caused by the pandemic. Coronavirus has caused an increase in mental health issues across the country and has prevented those affected from accessing support in per-son.

Dr Sandeep Ranote, Medical Executive Lead for Mental Health of the GMHSCP, said: “Radically improving the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Greater Manchester has always been one of our top priorities.

“We want to see mental health put on an equal footing with physical health.”

The GMHSCP launched three new services at the start of lockdown: Kooth, SilverCloud and SHOUT.

Kooth, an online counselling and well-being platform aimed at young people, was accessed by 4,300 children in the first three months of operation.

One anonymous user of Kooth said: “I feel so much more positive about my-self now. I feel like a different person.

“I feel supported and valued and as a result I’m making changes in my life.”

An online therapy programme, Silver-Cloud, which is aimed at adults was used by 1,013 people since April.

The healthcare body also launched SHOUT, a text messaging service which allows people with mental health issues to access round-the-clock support from trained crisis volunteers.

Health Innovation Manchester found people across Manchester were reporting mental health issues caused by isolation, loneliness, and personal circumstances.

The Office for National Statistics(ONS) in June reported that the number of adults experiencing depression doubled since before the pandemic.

Dr Ranote said: “The outbreak of COVID-19 dramatically impacted many people’s mental health, creating extra stress and anxiety for both those with pre-existing issues and those struggling to cope during the pandemic.”

The ONS found 19.2% of adults in the UK were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is made up of local NHS organisations, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, as well as emergency services, the vol-untary sector, Healthwatch and others.

Find out more information about free services by visiting hub.gmhsc.org.uk/mental-health/digital-support/

Meet Austin Peay State University nursing student Oliver Smith, Nightingale award winner

The internship proved to be a humbling reality in caring for injured and … “Oliver exuded patient centered care, attention to detail, as well as …

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – “Overwhelmingly you just hear about Austin Peay State University’s nursing program. In high school, it’s all I heard – APSU has a good nursing program. It’s the best public nursing program you can get in Tennessee,” said Oliver Smith.

Austin Peay State University nursing student Oliver Smith. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University nursing student Oliver Smith. (APSU)

In 1855, during the carnage of the Crimean War, a British newspaper man named John MacDonald crept through a dark hospital in Turkey, trying not to disturb hundreds of sick and wounded soldiers.

To keep from getting lost or bumping into beds, he followed a young woman through the building, pausing with her as she shined her lamp over the injured and reassured them with a few kind words.

“She is a ‘ministering angel’ without any exaggeration in these hospitals, and as her slender form glides quietly along each corridor, every poor fellow’s face softens with gratitude at the sight of her,” MacDonald wrote in The Times, helping to make a legend of the woman named Florence Nightingale.

More than 160 years later, this mother of modern nursing still represents the ideals and values of that profession, which is why Oliver Smith, an Austin Peay State University nursing student, sat dumbfounded in June when he learned he’d won Vanderbilt University’s Florence Nightingale Award.

“It makes me happy to know I’m upholding nursing as I want it to be, which is a really sacred thing – helping people, healing people,” he said. “But still, I’m like, ‘did I deserve that?’”

This summer, Smith participated in the Vanderbilt Experience Student Nurse Internship Program (VESNIP) – an intense seven-week program that gives college students a realistic taste of the nursing profession.

Austin Peay State University nursing student Oliver Smith works to uphold the standards Florence Nightingale set more than 160 years ago. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University nursing student Oliver Smith works to uphold the standards Florence Nightingale set more than 160 years ago. (APSU)

It’s not “Greys Anatomy,” Smith said, referring to the popular ABC show where nurses rush to exciting, Hollywood-style traumas. The internship proved to be a humbling reality in caring for injured and chronically ill individuals.

Smith excelled, exhibiting the qualities of that famed “Lady of the Lamp,” Nightingale. According to the Vanderbilt mentors who nominated him for the award, Smith “found meaningful ways to create a patient-nurse relationship with each of our patients, and it was evident they trusted him. I think he would be a valuable asset to any healthcare institution, and I would be happy to hear he starts his career at Vanderbilt.”

A calling

In 2008, shortly after Smith turned 10, his ailing grandfather moved in with the family. This change in the household dynamic transformed the curious and compassionate fourth grader, who spent more time at home than anyone else, into a de facto home healthcare nurse.

“My grandfather was very sick and bedridden, so I took over the role, not necessarily as his primary care person, but I was home every day taking care of him, really coordinating all his care,” Smith said.

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In the years that followed, he sat with dozens of nurses who patiently explained how he could properly care for his grandfather. Their kindness, along with their ability to take an overwhelming experience and transform it into something manageable, inspired Smith, and when it came time to enroll in college, the Nashville-native looked only at school’s with good nursing programs.

“I kind of did a benefit analysis – what is a bachelor’s program that is really good and has the degree that I want?” he said. “Overwhelmingly you just hear about Austin Peay’s nursing program. In high school, it’s all I heard – Austin Peay State University has a good nursing program. It’s the best public nursing program you can get in Tennessee.”

VESNIP

Last spring, while walking through Austin Peay State University’s McCord Building, Smith stopped by an interest meeting for the Vanderbilt internship. During the meeting, he learned that over the next two months, participants would rotate through different units at the medical center. Smith immediately signed up, wanting to get a thorough taste of the profession in a short period of time.

“I experienced so much,” he said. “Once you’re on the floor for that long, you learn so much. We don’t have 12-hour clinical days as a student, but I was able to work three 12-hour shifts back to back. You really get to know what it’s like. You get to learn continuity of care, you get to see the same patients three days in a row.”

On the last day of the internship, Vanderbilt hosted a celebration for the weary participants. It was 5 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. Smith had worked since 6 a.m., and while the program coordinators announced the award winners, he struggled to keep his eyes open. Then someone mentioned the names Florence Nightingale and Oliver Smith.

“I was half-listening,” Smith said. “I said, ‘What? Oh! OK!”

A few days later, he still wondered, “Did I deserve that?” Again, his Vanderbilt mentors answered that question in their nominating paperwork.

“Oliver exuded patient centered care, attention to detail, as well as eagerness and courage to learn. He was easy to teach, clearly a quick learner, and demonstrated a level of comfortability interacting with patients that I don’t typically yet see in students.”

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Trudeau says the federal government wants fixes, not control, of long-term care system

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has no intention of trying to assert federal jurisdiction over longterm care facilities but still believes there is a …

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has no intention of trying to assert federal jurisdiction over long-term care facilities but still believes there is a role for Ottawa to play in fixing the country’s troubled nursing homes.

Trudeau is pushing the provinces to agree to harmonize minimum standards for long-term care so that vulnerable seniors are protected and cared-for well no matter where they live.

“This is a moment for us to step up and reassure Canadians that their loved ones, that they themselves as they advance in age, won’t be left aside, won’t be made vulnerable,” Trudeau said Friday.

Trudeau met with the premiers by phone about the issue Thursday.

The Canada Health Act does not govern long-term-care homes, and their existence and operation are entirely up to each province, a fact Trudeau said he fully recognizes.

“Obviously, I respect provincial jurisdiction in running those institutions,” he said. “But we’ve seen that those institutions haven’t done a good enough job in this pandemic particularly, but in a long-standing challenge.”

He said his proposal for “national norms” wouldn’t mean a top-down approach from Ottawa, dictating what provinces must do on long-term care.

Rather, he said provinces that have done better can share what worked with their counterparts, and all can commit to reaching minimum basic care standards on their own.

“We’ve seen varied outcomes in various provinces around our seniors and I think every Canadian can understand how important it is to make sure that all of our vulnerable senior citizens are properly protected, regardless of which province or territory they happen to live in,” he said.

Provincial governments are wary of federal intrusions, with Quebec Premier Francois Legault warning the prime minister before Thursday’s meeting that he was “playing with fire” and suggesting Ottawa intervening in long-term care would be akin to Quebec trying to make up rules about the Canadian border.

The second wave

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed serious problems in care homes across the country, with overcrowded conditions, underpaid staff with high turnover, staff levels too low to provide adequate care and very limited infection control.

In the spring, the federal government sent in the military to help replace staff at dozens of homes in Quebec and Ontario that could not cope with the pandemic.

Subsequent reports to the government from the military exposed horrific conditions in some of those homes, including COVID-19 patients not isolated from non-infected residents, cockroach infestations, rotting food and patients left in soiled clothing.

In the first wave of the pandemic, long-term-care residents accounted for about 20 per cent of all confirmed cases of COVID-19 — and 80 per cent of the deaths. Some homes saw more than one-third of their residents die.

In Ontario, nearly 2,000 long-term-care residents have died of COVID-19, and eight long-term care workers.

The infection rate slowed over the summer, but as the second wave began to explode this fall, long-term-care homes are starting to get hit again.

One care home in Ottawa saw 100 residents infected and 15 die of COVID-19 in September. The provinces have asked for a massive increase in federal health transfers, including to help improve long-term care, but with few if any federal strings attached.