Stethoscope is a publication from Enloe Medical Center.

Launched by Enloe Administrator Austin Tozier as an employee newsletter called Steth-A-Scoop in June 1966, Stethoscope features the latest Enloe news, plus insightful articles to help improve your well-being. 

View our articles below or get the Stethoscope newsletter delivered right to your email inbox. Subscribe to the newsletter today!

parent and teenThe Vaping Crisis

Jan. 2, 2020

Could that pen, USB flash drive or candy container in your child’s backpack be an electronic-cigarette used for vaping? Electronic-cigarettes, or e-cigs, have reached epidemic levels among teens, with usage increasing nearly 80% between 2017 and 2018, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Yet many parents don’t know much about e-cigs or vaping. We break it down in five simple but important facts you need to know. Read more.

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wrapping a giftHave a Healthy Holiday Season

Nov. 26, 2019

’Tis the season for parties, family — and lots of food. It’s also the season for colds, flus and overdoing it. Luckily, Buck August, an Enloe registered dietitian, offers simple ways to help you enjoy your upcoming festivities while putting your health first. Read more.

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new physiciansRising from the Ashes

Oct. 25, 2019

Nov. 8, 2018. It’s a date Butte County residents will never forget as the Camp Fire swept through the North State. Almost one year later, the anniversary of the devastation nears, and you may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, fear, sadness or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That’s normal with traumatic events.

Even people not directly affected can experience PTSD because of “vicarious trauma,” said psychiatrist Scott Nichols, M.D. But you can help yourself and your loved ones cope. Read more.

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new physiciansCranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Oct. 25, 2019

Fall is in the air and pumpkin-flavored goodies are everywhere! Get in on the fun with these tasty, heart-healthy cranberry pumpkin muffins. Read more.

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new physiciansWelcome New Physicians

Oct. 11, 2019

Enloe is committed to bringing new physicians from a variety of specialty practices to meet the needs of our growing community. See the physicians who recently joined the medical staff.

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U.S. News & World Report awardEnloe Designated a Best Regional Hospital

Oct. 1, 2019

U.S. News & World Report designated Enloe Medical Center as a Northern Sierras Best Regional Hospital for 2019-2020. Enloe shines, ranking in the top 8% of hospitals in California and among the top Level II Trauma Centers in the state.

The medical center was also highlighted as a top performer in these five lines of service: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. Read more.

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Part of Enloe's Mother & Baby Care Center teamDelivering More Choices

Sept. 25, 2019

Women now have more options when it comes to their care. That’s because Enloe Medical Center is now offering a wider spectrum of women’s services, which includes expansion of its midwifery program.

“It’s been a real collaboration to make this happen, and it’s a win-win for everyone,” said Mark Schwabe, M.D., medical director for Enloe Women’s Services. “We’ve needed more options for prenatal care and delivery, as well as well-woman care. This expansion is a boon to our existing women’s services, which have been significantly impacted in terms of volume after the Camp Fire.” Read more.

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Mind Matters

Aug. 5, 2019

Concussions result from a bump, blow or jolt to the head during sports, motor vehicle accidents, assaults, and even falls at home or on the playground. Nicole Meyer, 45, was cleaning her son’s room when she bent down quickly and hit the top of her head hard on a doorknob.

“I literally saw stars,” said Meyer, whose story is not uncommon. An estimated 1.6-3.8 million concussions occur every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, concussions are underdiagnosed and happen much more frequently than people realize, especially among young athletes. Recognizing the signs of a concussion, as well as proper diagnosis and treatment are essential. Failing to do so can be deadly. Read more.

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New Tech Helps Patients

July 1, 2019

Patricia Aguirre had a tumor on her adrenal gland that needed to be removed. After successful treatment for lymphoma in 2017, scans indicated a growing tumor on her kidney that raised concern. Her surgical oncologist, Keith Cavaness, D.O., suggested using Enloe’s new robotic surgery system to remove it.

Enloe Medical Center acquired the da Vinci robotic surgical system used for Aguirre’s procedure — and more than 200 others — in 2018. It enables surgeons to perform advanced procedures using a minimally invasive approach. The device includes mechanical arms with a camera and surgical instruments attached. Read more.

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Is it More Than a Simple Shake?

May 31, 2019

Imagine trying to sip your morning coffee but you can’t keep your hands from shaking or trying to walk to your mailbox but worrying your legs won’t be able to carry you.

This is a reality for nearly 1 million Americans who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. Currently, there is no cure for the illness. But you can fight back, even if you’ve been diagnosed. It’s a matter of not letting the symptoms get the best of you and seeking the right help. Read more.

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Emergency Department or Prompt Care?ER doctor

May 1, 2019

Where do you go for medical care if you get sick or injured and your doctor’s office is closed? Or what if your regular health care provider is no longer available as a result of the Camp Fire, what then?

Understanding the services offered at Enloe Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) and Prompt Care clinics can usually save you time — and even your life — when immediate care is required. Here’s what you need to know when deciding where to go. Read more.

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Winter 2019

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Fall 201

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Summer 2018

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  • A golden achievement
  • Making major illness manageable
  • Paul Moore, Judy Sitton join Enloe Foundation Board of Directors
  • Recipe: summer vegetable curry
  • Summer safety tips
  • Are you at risk for depression?
  • A day in the life of a hospital discharge planner
  • Snack well

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Spring 2018

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  • Breathing new life into cancer detection
  • Bleeding control 101: stopping preventable deaths
  • Improving heart care locally
  • Recipe: beet-all pasta salad
  • Watch our Stories of Excellence
  • The power of staying connected
  • How to beat serious stress
  • Are you at risk of coronary artery disease?

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Winter 2018

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  • Keep your New Year's resolution - It could help prevent Alzheimer's
  • Beyond borders: Chico psychiatrist enhances cancer care in Africa
  • New community leaders join Enloe's Board of Trustees
  • Recipe: stuffed cabbage soup
  • A run straight from the heart
  • Dr. Denis Westphal earns 2017 Physician Legacy Award
  • How to stay healthy at work
  • Are women naturally fitter than men?

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Fall 2017

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  • Dense breast tissue and cancer risk
  • Class is in session: fall OLLI series explores health topics
  • Find your Zen
  • Recipe: colorful stuffed peppers
  • Welcome new doctors
  • Are you at risk for breast cancer?
  • Enloe caregivers show true excellence
  • It's all about 'Enloe' the dog
  • Special caution on concussions

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Summer 2017

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  • Time to unplug
  • Trusting in Enloe
  • The Planetree gold standard
  • Recipe: summer vegetable salsa
  • Welcome new doctors
  • One popular pup
  • Enloe caregivers display excellence
  • At risk for type 2 diabetes? Take this assessment
  • Keeping children safe in and around water

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Spring 2017

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  • Building healthy hearts
  • Enloe Recruiting works to fill physician gap
  • Dr. Peter Magnusson receives 2016 Physician Legacy Award
  • Recipe: creamy broccoli-cheese soup
  • Welcome new doctors
  • New medical staff leadership added to Enloe's Board of Trustees and Foundation Board
  • Chico canine sniffs out cancer
  • Investing in the future: Enloe offers scholarships to locals
  • At risk for colorectal cancer? Take this assessment

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Winter 2017

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  • Enloe offers free flu clinics for community health
  • Is Alzheimer’s in your future?
  • Avoid those unwanted pounds
  • Recipe: slow cooker harvest beef stew
  • Welcome new doctors
  • Community feedback helps shape Enloe's action plan
  • A woman's guide to beating heart disease
  • Enloe Mother & Baby Education Center: Tours & classes
  • Can optimism make a difference in your life?

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Fall 2016

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  • A prescription for safety
  • Be smart about sleep
  • Enloe Volunteer Services pledges $500,000 for Cardiovascular Care Center 
  • Recipe: healthy mini pumpkin muffins
  • Welcome new doctors
  • Assess your breast cancer risk
  • Learn more about Zika Virus
  • Tips & local drops for safe medication & sharps disposal
  • Mission Possible: Building a Cardiovascular Care Center

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Summer 2016

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  • Boning up on osteoporosis
  • Stroke: When every second counts
  • Compost for a healthy garden
  • Recipe: grilled vegetable sandwich
  • Welcome new doctors
  • Local neurosurgeon receives national award
  • Chuck Patterson donates $250,000
  • Learn about Enloe Clinical Lab Services
  • Infant car safety, pet safety class offered

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Winter 2016

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  • Cardiovascular Care Center campaign launches
  • Put your eating back on track
  • Phone home: Pilot program expands access
  • Recipe: minestrone soup recipe
  • Welcome new doctors
  • Upcoming Events
  • Pediatrician Patrick Tedford, M.D., honored with Physician Legacy Award
  • Enloe Board updates for 2016
  • Safe local disposal of home-generated sharps, medications
  • Joint Heart & Sole: Run for Wellness

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Fall 2015

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  • Could physical therapy help you?
  • Are you on the diabetes train?
  • Early detection saves lives
  • Community Wellness Expo … A day of health, fun 
  • Free flu shots for pregnant women  
  • Enloe Foundation Golf Tournament breaks new record! 
  • For some fall brings comfort, for others, it's SAD

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Summer 2015

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  • Long-term weight loss with gastric sleeve
  • Depression: Common and treatable
  • Stewardship of natural resources
  • 4 new initiatives from Quality Summit
  • We love Enloe Partners
  • Save the date: 30th annual Enloe Foundation Golf Tournament
  • Welcome new doctors
  • Summer and fall events

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Spring 2015

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  • Preparing for perimenopause
  • Guarding against the threat of diabetes
  • She's upbeat and has a message
  • Enloe volunteers celebrate 50 years
  • Health eLibrary launches on
  • Simplifying those hospital bills
  • Welcome new doctors
  • Spring events

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Winter 2015

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  • New air ambulance helicopter takes flight
  • Colon cancer: Take steps to protect yourself
  • 'Ambassadors of hope' offer encouragement to new heart patients
  • Welcome new doctors
  • Heart & Sole making is making wellness fun
  • Drs. Voelker and Lobosky honored

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Fall 2014

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  • New 'robotic couch' aids in speedy, precise cancer treatment
  • Bigger, better emergency department opens
  • Get your greens!
  • Welcome new doctors
  • Total Joint Replacement Program showcases the patient journey
  • Butte County SART releases report on sexual assault
  • Enloe Golf Tournament a success 

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Summer 2014

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  • Tips for preventing injury this summer
  • Understanding lower back pain
  • Successfully managing diabetes as you age
  • Welcome new doctors
  • Enloe Cancer Center acquires new cancer-fighting tool
  • Warm up your swing, dust off your clubs 
  • Staying current on quality 

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Spring 2014

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  • Finding relief from sinusitis
  • Smart nutrition in a diet-crazy world
  • 5 essential steps for a healthy pregnancy
  • Welcome new doctors
  • Hospital safety scores are in
  • Enloe now offers online bill pay
  • Your gift of caring
  • Calendar of events

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Winter 2014

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  • Understand your risk of heart attack
  • Consumed by chronic stress? Seek relief
  • A year in review
  • Welcome new doctors
  • Enloe announces Board of Trustees updates for 2014
  • It's a tie! Drs. Samuel Brown, Dale Wilms receive Physician Legacy Award
  • Calendar of events

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    Drs. Voelker and Lobosky honored with 2014 Physician Legacy Award

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    Drs. Voelker and Lobosky honored with 2014 Physician Legacy Award

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    Drs. Voelker and Lobosky honored with 2014 Physician Legacy Award

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    Drs. Voelker and Lobosky honored with 2014 Physician Legacy Award

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