Heart Disease Hogwash

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Heart Disease Hogwash

Heart disease. It’s scary, life changing and we don’t like to talk about it. But, with Kansas City’s heart disease death rate hovering at 167 deaths per 100,000 (that’s equal to the population of Blue Eye, MO, down by Branson), it’s a genuine health concern. But, what you don’t know can hurt you. Here, we […]

Life in Lyrics

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Ryan Hanlin performing in Nashville

Ryan Hanlin, NKCH Plant Operations employee, has rubbed shoulders with some of the most prominent musicians in Nashville, but it’s the little people in his life who mean the most. As a child, Ryan listened to 61 Country radio with his grandfather. He loved the stories and sounds that defined country music. At 19, he […]

The Gift of Constructive Criticism

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Feedback makes you better

We all love receiving glowing compliments about our work. But we don’t always love the sting of less-than-positive feedback that we occasionally get from a boss or coworker. While compliments are lovely and feed our egos, constructive criticism is a true gift. After a long career, I remember each of these sometime difficult conversations vividly. I […]

In a Heartbeat

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Young patient with severe aortic stenosis

“As I began feeling the effects of the anesthesia, I thought about the possibility of never seeing my husband, our 2-year-old son Anthony, or my family again. I thought about never having the chance to meet my unborn daughter.” Just 14 weeks into her second pregnancy, Angela Mason, 35, discovered her aortic stenosis had progressed […]

Down Syndrome Blessings

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Down Syndrome couple, Carissa and Chris

Guest post by Jodi Myers, RN at NKC Hospital. Twenty –five years ago this month I became a mom for the first time. This baby was going to be the first grandchild for my husband’s and my parents.  I was a nurse on the 5th floor here at North Kansas City Hospital. There was much […]

Stay Healthy at Home with Heart Failure? Yes!

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Home Health Telemonitoring for Heart Failure

Heart failure (HF) affects nearly 5.7 million Americans, and it is the leading cause of hospitalization in people 65 and older. A heart failure diagnosis doesn’t mean your heart has stopped working, but it isn’t working as well as it should. HF is also the primary reason patients return to the hospital following discharge. But […]