Mrs. Cake Boss

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Mae Stover, cake lady

Cake is often the centerpiece of celebrations for life’s special moments, such as birthdays, graduations or a new baby. For the past 33 years, many families have chosen Mae Stover, cake maker extraordinaire, to make just the right centerpiece to mark their special occasions. During the week, Mae is a patient service representative at Meritas […]

Oh, Baby!

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April and Delaney

Last year at age 36, April Hord, Purchasing buyer, had finally accepted that she would always be an aunt or a daughter, but not a mother. Diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis, years of tests, procedures and surgery left April with scar tissue and little else. Visits to fertility specialists also proved futile. In […]

Gentle Giants

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Cheryl Rescues Greyhounds

Public acceptance for greyhound racing has declined sharply over the years as news surfaced about improper animal treatment. Dogs viewed as too old or too slow are often no longer of value to owners. Thankfully, there are people like Radiology Supervisor Cheryl Bondank, RTR, and her husband Donald, an NKCH web designer, who rescue these […]

Safety First for Riding Enthusiast

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Matt Foresman

For most of his life, Vice President of Professional Services Matt Foresman, MA, has counted on two wheels to take him where he wants to go. As a child, he rode his bicycle around his Kansas City, KS, neighborhood, and as an adult, he used a bicycle as a triathlete. “After years of huffing and […]

Employee Remembers With 100-Year-Old Postcards

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Christmas Postcards

Long before instant messaging and cell phones, people relied on letters and postcards to keep in touch across the miles. In the early 20th century, Pony Express riders delivered the mail, which often took a week or longer to reach its destination. Mail served as entertainment and families eagerly awaited its delivery. Today, it’s North […]

Workin’ It for Charity

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Bruce Winters as Melinda Ryder

Melinda Ryder has shared the stage with Jennifer Holliday, Sister Sledge, Chaka Khan and Wanda Sykes. But, if they met her on the street, they wouldn’t recognize her. That’s because by day, Melinda is Bruce Winter, the kitchen/supply associate at the Children’s Learning Center. At night, he’s a glamour drag queen with a passion for […]

The Award Goes to … Three Nurses!

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NKCH winners of March of Dimes Nurse of the Year

North Kansas City Hospital nurses took home three top awards, the most ever, in the annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year gala on November 11. The annual event honors nurses in Greater Kansas City and Kansas. This year’s NKCH winners were Ginny Doelling, RN-BC, CCRP, Rebecca Murrell, MBA, BSN, and Janel Zion, MSN, […]

Defenders of the Red, White and Blue

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NKCH employees honored on Veterans Day

They were just 18 and 21 when they made one of the biggest decisions of their lives. A decision that took them to the most dangerous locations in the world, while taking them farther away from the most important people in their lives. As Veterans Day approaches on November 11, it’s more than discounts, free […]

She Fought and Won

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Doctors found Trudy Paddack’s breast cancer with a mammogram in 2009 at age 56. In the years before, a history of dense breast tissue led Trudy to have frequent mammograms and other tests to watch suspicious areas. Back then, mammography equipment couldn’t see through dense breast tissue. After months of frequent screenings and no definitive results, Trudy […]