A Father’s Day Blessing x4

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Greg and children

In his 20s and early 30s, Father’s Day always reminded Greg Frohna that something was missing in his life. Back then, Greg, the hospital’s director of Spiritual Care and Guest Services, saw other men enjoying Father’s Day cards and gifts from their children. His wife, Wendi, experienced the same thoughts on Mother’s Day. This was […]

Play It Safe This Summer

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Kids in the swimming pool

Whether they’re splashing in a pool, sliding into home base or enjoying ice cream with friends, kids have a blast soaking up summer. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Reduce the chance of injuries with these common sense safety tips, offered by three Meritas Health healthcare professionals. Be Prepared Cuts, scrapes and […]

How to Find the Right Doctor for You

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Many health insurance plans make you designate a primary care doctor, but finding the right one can be difficult and stressful. Michael R. Brown, DO, a family medicine doctor with Meritas Health Park Plaza (Kansas City North, near Parkville) shares tips to help you find a primary care physician that’ s a good fit. A […]

Managing Your Heart Failure

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Dr. Hahn in Heart Care Clinic

Millions of people have been diagnosed with heart failure, and many lead active and healthy lives (see Brave Hearts, patient story). Heart failure is a chronic disease that can be managed by taking good care of your body. A heart failure diagnosis does not mean your heart has stopped working, but that it is not working as […]

Classmates Reconnect at NKCH

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Nannette McQueen, Lynn Bradberry and Bev Carter.

Over the years, high school can become a distant memory. The letter jackets get packed away and the senior rings make way for trendy jewelry. For five high school graduates, NKCH became a place to reconnect. Long Lasting Friendships It’s been 45 years since Director of Plant Operations Joe Becker and GI Lab Nurse Barbara […]

A Life Saved

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ED Nurse Beth Schoening and ICU Nurse Melissa Rust with Kathy

Over the last 60 years, the hospital’s impact on Northland families has been measured by more than bed size and construction projects. Like many families in the area, Kathy Thompson’s parents sacrificed to help build the hospital. Her dad’s company, TWA, deducted funds from employee checks to raise money. Through the years, the hospital employed […]

Avoid Exercise Injuries

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Preventing Exercise Injuries

We’re usually more active during the summertime doing activities like softball tennis and golf. All these can lead to joint injuries. Orthopedic surgeon, Charles Orth, DO,  was on our Fox 4 Live Healthy segment talking about preventing those injuries. Prevent Injuries Data shows that 30% of all musculoskeletal injuries show up in a physician’s office. The […]

A Safer Way to Medicate

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Prescriber scans fingerprint

Whether placing an online order or streaming a movie, today’s consumers expect quick and convenient service. It’s an expectation that also extends to healthcare. In recent years, doctors started replacing their prescription pads with electronic prescriptions. Once the e-prescription leaves a doctor’s office, chances are it’s ready for pick up when a customer walks through […]

Live Life. Give Life.

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a single donor can save up to 8 lives and improve 75 more

During an organ donation, the eerie quietness of the surgery area is a sharp contrast to the hurried activity of phone calls that occurs behind the scenes. This activity is coordinated by Midwest Transplant Network whose staff has only hours to identify and transport organs to suitable recipients throughout the United States. Surgery Educator Denice […]

Calm Under Pressure

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Jennie Schwabe, BSN, RN

Within a day of each other in February, NKCH employees Rachel Fossey, RD, LD, and Jennie Schwabe, BSN, RN, became first responders to emergencies outside the hospital. Their quick actions in life and death situations made a difference for two people. Quick Thinking As a dietitian, Rachel, 25, typically uses nutrition support and diet education […]