Sunday, May 14, 2017

Arkansas Hospitals/Health Systems Contacted

(Updated 2/18/2020)

I continue to read personal testimonies from members of our corn allergy support groups documenting that medical personnel continue to administer dextrose IV fluids to corn-allergic patients in direct violation of the contraindication warning on the package insert.  It is also apparent that too many medical professionals do not understand the critical difference between dextrose and corn-derived dextrose, citric acid and corn-derived citric acid, ascorbic acid and corn-derived ascorbic acid, etc.  Anything derived from corn can prove fatal to the anaphylactic corn-allergic patient.  The most heartbreaking testimonies are from parents of corn-allergic infants, many of whom have been diagnosed with "failure to thrive" due to the lack of corn-free infant formulas.  Hospitals have NO alternative safe sources of corn-free nutrition to feed to these struggling babies, and their pediatricians/dietitians cannot offer any assistance to parents of corn-allergic infants. 

In summary, the corn allergy population can consume very few processed foods; and no commercially-processed non-organic meat, poultry, seafood, produce, or fruit due to government-authorized corn-derived acid washes.  Many corn-allergic patients must have their medications compounded to exclude corn; and since tap water may contain corn due to corn-derived purification chemicals, many are forced to purchase other sources of corn-free water.  In addition, it is difficult trying to find a water filtration system that is not manufactured with corn-derived components.

Therefore, the primary message I am sharing with these hospitals/health systems is that it will now be their responsibility to provide corn-free foods, fluids, and medications (compounded to exclude corn-derived ingredients) to corn-allergic patients.  Otherwise, it could be interpreted that hospitals are discriminating against the corn allergy community.

After one of the state hospital associations informed me that it was not their responsibility to contact their member hospitals with our corn allergy awareness message/documentation, and instructed me to contact every hospital within the United States; I have been contacting hospitals/health systems in each state on behalf of the corn-allergic patients.

ARKANSAS HOSPITALS/HEALTH SYSTEMS:  
American Medical Association, @AmerMedicalAssn
American Red Cross, USA, @RedCross
Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, @archildrens
Arkansas Heart Hospital, Little Rock, @ArHeartHospital
Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, Paragould (left message w/Quality Assurance Dept., 870-239-7000)
Arkansas Surgical Hospital, Maumelle, @ArkSurgical
Ascension, USA, @Ascensionorg
Ashley County Medical Center, Crossett, @AshleyCountyMed
Baptist Health (numerous locations), @BaptistHealthAR
Baxter Regional Medical Center, AR/MO (14 counties), @BaxterRegional
Cancer Research Institute, USA, @CancerResearch
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, @DeptVetAffairs
CHI St. Vincent, @CHIStVincent, @StVincentAR
Chicot Memorial Hospital, Lake Village, online contact form
Children's Hospital Association, USA, @hospitals4kids
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, USA, @cmnnj
CHRISTUS Health (multi-state), @CHRISTUSHealth
Community Medical Center of Izard County, Calico Rock (left message w/Chief Nursing Ofcr., 870-297-3726)
Conway Regional Health System, Conway, @ConwayRegional
Cornerstone Healthcare Group (CHG), multi-state, @CHGHosp
De Queen Medical Center, DeQueen (left message w/Dir. of Nursing, 870-584-4111)
Drew Memorial Hospital, Monticello, @Drew_Memorial
Five Rivers Medical Center, Pocahontas (spoke w/pharmacist, 870-892-6000)
Freeman Health System (multi-state), FB message
Harris Medical Center, Newport (see Unity Health)
Howard Memorial Hospital, Nashville, @HMHHosp
IASIS Healthcare (multi-state), @iasishealthcare
Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pine Bluff, @JRMCArkansas
John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, Little Rock (see Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System)
Johnson Regional Medical Center, Clarksville, Email: jrmcadmin@jrmc.com
Levi Hospital, Hot Springs, @levihospitalHS
Magnolia Regional Medical Center, Magnolia, @magnoliarmc
McGehee Hospital, McGehee, Email: JEHeard@mcgeheehospital.org
Medical Center of South Arkansas, El Dorado, online contact form
Mena Regional Health System, Mena (left message w/Chief Nursing Ofcr., 479-394-6100)
Mercy Hospital, Berryville (spoke w/Risk Mgmt. Dept., 870-423-3355)
Mercy Hospital, Fort Smith (spoke w/Risk Mgmt. Dept., 479-314-6000)
Mercy Hospital, Hot Springs National Park (see CHI St. Vincent)
Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas, Rogers, @MercyNWA
Mercy Hospital, Ozark (left message w/Admin. Dept., 479-667-1072)
Mercy Hospital, Paris (spoke w/pharmacist, 479-963-6101)
Mercy Hospital, Waldron (left message w/Risk Mgmt. Dept., 479-637-4135)
Mid-Delta Health Systems, Clarendon, online contact form
National Park Medical Center, Hot Springs, FB message
NEA Baptist, Jonesboro, @NEABaptist
North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, Harrison, online contact form
North Metro Medical Center, Jacksonville, online contact form
Northwest Health (5 locations), online contact form
OCH Health System (multi-state), @OzarksCH
Ouachita County Medical Center, Camden, online contact form
Ozark Health, Clinton, online contact form
Pike County Memorial Hospital, Murfreesboro (unable to contact)
RCCH HealthCare Partners (13 states), online contact form
Rebsamen Regional Medical Center, Jacksonville (see North Metro Medical Center)
Regional One Health, Memphis, @RegOneHealthFDN
River Valley Medical Center, Dardanelle, online contact form
Ronald McDonald House (RMH), Little Rock, @RMHCArkansas
Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, Russellville, online contact form
Saline Memorial Hospital, Benton, @salinememorial
Sherwood Urgent Care, (multi-state), @SherwoodClinic
Shriners Hospitals for Children, USA, Canada, Mexico, @shrinershosp
Sparks Health System (2 locations), @SparksHealth
St. Anthony's Healthcare Center, Morrilton (see CHI St. Vincent)
St. Bernard’s Healthcare, Jonesboro, @StBernards
St. Vincent Doctors Hospital, Little Rock (see CHI St. Vincent)
St. Vincent Medical Center North, Sherwood (see CHI St. Vincent)
Stone County Medical Center, Mountain View (see White River Health System)
Summit Medical Center, Van Buren (see Sparks Health System)
Surgical Hospital of Jonesboro, Jonesboro (see NEA Baptist)
UAMS Medical Center/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, @uamshealth
Unity Health, Newport, online contact form
Universal Health Services, Inc. (multi-state), @UHS_Inc
Wadley Regional Medical Center, Hope (see IASIS Healthcare)
Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville, @wregional
White County Medical Center, Searcy (see Unity Health)
White River Health System, Batesville, online contact form


Published Corn Allergy Studies/Statistics  (“. . . Maize major allergen . . .”)

Baxter Labs specifically warns about administering dextrose IV fluids to corn-allergic patients.
 "Solutions containing dextrose should be used with caution, if at all, in patients with known allergy to corn or corn products." - Page 3

"Probable anaphylactic reaction to corn-derived dextrose solution."

BCPharmacists, "Warning: corn-related allergens . . ."

DEXTROSE (CORN SUGAR): FDA FEDERAL REGULATION, GRAS - 184.1857

“Corn Products and Derivatives List,” Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), 6/6/17

Corn Allergy Statistics (Monthly)


Diane H., Corn Allergy Advocate
Corn Allergy Advocacy/Resources
@CornAllergy911

Source:
"List of hospitals in Arkansas," Wikipedia

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