Mari Rydings

Mari Rydings

Mari is the content development coordinator for North Kansas City Hospital. She’s the editor of our Your Health magazine, and she writes and edits copy for our web site, brochures and other external communication pieces. Her favorite cookie is the Double Stuf Oreo.

Surf’s Up, KC!

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Flow House Kansas City

If North Kansas City can’t go to the beach, the beach will go to North Kansas City, as least relatively speaking. This time next year, you could be riding the waves at Flow House Kansas City, a surfing-themed attraction scheduled to open in One North, a mixed-use development under construction at I-35 and Armour Road […]

A Mother Daughter Tradition

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Mary and Karen, mother & daughter, get their annual mammogram together

It’s never too late to have your first mammogram. Just ask Mary Underwood, who had her first exam at age 64. “My daughter, Karen (Rounkles), had a mammogram scheduled at North Kansas City Hospital, and she asked me if I wanted to get one, too,” Mary said. “I said yes because I figured it was […]

Hernia Repairs Go High-tech

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Dr. Art Stratman, robotic surgery patient

Art Stratman, MD, a retired family physician, enjoys playing a few games of pool each week, and even finds time to mix in some Mexican Train dominoes. But, when his bilateral inguinal (groin) hernia flared up, the pain made routine activities difficult to enjoy. “I had a left inguinal hernia repaired about 23 years ago, and […]

Brave Hearts

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Mary_Brandon feature

Mary and Brandon trust NKCH’s accredited heart failure program to help them stay healthy and out of the hospital. Meet Mary For Mary Maag, 84, managing heart failure is a lot like gardening — it involves time, energy and patience, mixed with a little frustration from time to time. “My garden is my passion,” Mary […]

6 Ways to Win With Winter Skin

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Winter Skin

Oh, the weather outside is frightful … Actually, for winter in Kansas City, it hasn’t been too bad. But, the cold air, low humidity and our love of hot showers all contribute to dry, flaky skin. Help your skin stay healthy while you hibernate. Moisturize. Apply an alcohol-free, non-scented moisturizer immediately after you step out […]

Beat Migraines to the Punch

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Steven Kosa, MD with SphenoCath patient

Beyond their debilitating pain, one thing is certain about chronic migraine headaches: they affect your ability to function on a daily basis. Fortunately, a new 15-minute nerve block procedure, called SphenoCath, fights severe headache pain head on. And, it’s available at North Kansas City Hospital. “I was having anywhere between 16 and 29 migraines each […]

Living With Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer's

How One Caregiver and Her Family Bonded to Support Their Parents Alzheimer’s disease plays a leading role in Joyce Bouyear’s life and the lives of her three brothers. Both of their parents were diagnosed with the disease. First, they cared for their father, who passed away in 2013. Now, they care for their mother, who […]

Back to Life

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Bariatric Surgery Patient

You’ll be dead in 5-10 years.” That’s the message Brian Wilson heard from the ER doctor the day he was rushed to the hospital with chest pains. Fortunately, Brian hadn’t suffered a heart attack, but the experience was the catalyst he needed to change his unhealthy lifestyle. At the time, he weighed 355 pounds. Acid […]