St. Clair Hospital Appoints Maxim D. Hammer, M.D., MBA as Chief of Neurology

MT. LEBANON, Pa. – St. Clair Hospital has appointed noted neurologist Maxim D. Hammer, M.D., MBA, as its new Chief of Neurology.

Dr. Hammer joins St. Clair from UPMC, where he held numerous titles, including Vice Chairman, Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurology; Clinical Director of Neurology; and Director of Stroke Services at UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he helped develop the Stroke Clinic. Dr. Hammer founded and directed the Neurosonology lab, which provides outpatient and inpatient services, using carotid duplex and transcranial ultrasonography.

Dr. Hammer earned his medical degree at Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y., and completed his neurology residency at Cleveland Clinic, where he was elected chief resident. He also completed a Vascular Neurology Fellowship at UPMC. Dr. Hammer holds an executive healthcare master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business. He is an associate professor, Department of Neurology, at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Hammer is board-certified in neurology, as well as in vascular neurology.

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Vaccines, Flu Shots and COVID-19

In preparation for the flu and cold season-

Normally this time of year puts us on the doorstep of back-to-school season — which means making sure that kids’ vaccinations are up-to-date, and starting to plan for getting everyone their annual flu shot. But since this is 2020, and COVID-19 has thrown everything into chaos, back-to-school is up in the air.

But new research is showing that, with COVID-19 not going away anytime soon and herd immunity uncertain, vaccines and flu shots may be more important than ever.

Let’s start with COVID-19. Almost all of the buzz lately has centered around a possible vaccine. While that’s hopeful news, it’s not something to expect anytime soon. The largest and most advanced of the 150 possible candidates being tested worldwide entered its final phase on July 27. In the best-case scenario, results won’t be known until at least November. And if the vaccine then wins government approval — which requires a minimum 50% effectiveness rate — mass distribution won’t begin until 2021.

But here’s some possibly good news:

Existing Vaccines May Help

Existing Vaccines May Help

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Telemedicine Visits

You will be able to communicate with your physician via video, similar to a Skype or FaceTime chat.

St. Clair Hospital and our physicians are committed to your health and well-being. We know during the COVID-19 outbreak that our community is relying on us more than ever. We remain available for your clinical care.

If you need to be seen by your physician, please call the office and our clinical staff will determine whether an in-person visit is required.  Please be assured that St. Clair is taking all precautions in accordance with guidance from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Allegheny County Health Department.

However, if an in-person visit is not required, St. Clair Medical Services (SCMS) now offers virtual office visits, through “telemedicine”, to continue your care.

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TAVR Treatment Offering Hope To Aortic Stenosis Patients

TAVR Treatment Offering Hope To Aortic Stenosis Patients – St. Clair Hospital

Needing a heart valve replacement used to mean open heart surgery, but now doctors are doing it in a much less invasive way.

“We call him Superman. He’s always been our Superman. We truly thought we were losing him,” says John Lieberman’s daughter, Amy.

He had a problem with one of his heart valves — a problem that nearly cost this Superman his life.

“I was sort like out of breath at times, if I went up the steps, and I would stop half way, or a third of the way, and then continue on,” he says.

Aortic stenosis happens when the aortic valve, becomes calcified, stiff and tight. The heart has to work harder to pump blood out to the body, and the heart gets weaker, leading to fatigue, shortness of breath and swelling in the legs.

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