Photographer Captures Picture Perfect Images

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Photographer, Misty Jones and family

Children’s Learning Center Teacher Misty Jones uses pictures to connect with children and adults. Inside her pre-K classroom, images of super heroes delight her young students. Outside the classroom, it’s the pictures Misty captures with her camera that impact those who see her work. Not bad for someone who is self-taught and began with a […]

Living With Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer's

How One Caregiver and Her Family Bonded to Support Their Parents Alzheimer’s disease played 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. They cared for their mother, who had Lewy […]

Breath of Life

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Women who saved child from drowning

It was a typical summer day in late May at the Denton apartments near Parkville. Longtime friends and NKCH Nurses Bobbi Dickerson, BSN, RN, 10th Floor Pavilion, and Jessica Pruett, BSN, RN, CICU, were socializing pool side while Bobbi’s daughter, Roo, a third-year nursing student, enjoyed the water. But, the relaxing scene quickly changed into […]

Migraines: The Basics

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Common Symptoms of Migraines

More than 4 million people experience chronic migraines and have up to 15 migraines per month. The headaches arrive with severe, throbbing pain that can last for days. Migraines cause lost productivity and a reduced quality of life. Diagnosis The first step is to meet with a neurologist, a doctor who specializes in treating headaches. […]

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 […]