Erol Akdamar

Medical City President Erol Akdamar on How to Make Flu Season Less Deadly

If you feel like you have been hearing more about sepsis recently, you are right. Blame the flu. Sepsis is an overwhelming response to infection that can lead to life-threatening organ failure. It’s a serious healthcare industry concern because each year, sepsis affects more than 26 million people worldwide including 270,000 American deaths, making it more deadly than breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS combined. Sepsis is often linked to bacterial infections, but the past two flu seasons it has made headlines as a life-threatening complication from the influenza virus. I follow the trends of sepsis on a daily basis… Full Story

Medical City Healthcare Partners with Sarah Cannon

It seems that everyone has a connection to cancer. It doesn’t discriminate, no matter who you are or where you live. My connection is my own father, a gastroenterologist, who died when he was 52 and I was just 19. His cancer battle and his passing left an indelible impression that has helped shape the decisions I make as a healthcare executive committed to the care and improvement of human life. I’m very encouraged that cancer patients at Medical City Healthcare facilities have our lifesaving family of experts—and now, Sarah Cannon—on their side. Who is Sarah Cannon? Country music fans… Full Story

A Commitment to Rural Healthcare

In the mid-1800’s, the western trail took thousands of longhorn cattle through what is now Abilene. Though the city has grown significantly since then, the area is still known as “Big Country” because of its wide-open landscape. But that location, 150 miles west of Dallas-Fort Worth, could have cost Abilene resident Barbara Swisher her life two years ago, when she suffered a massive stroke. Luckily, her hospital had forged a smart long-distance relationship with Medical City Healthcare to anticipate just such a medical crisis. Early in my career I had the good fortune to serve in leadership roles in rural… Full Story