A Lifesaving Maneuver

A relaxing lunch turned into an urgent situation when the Heimlich Maneuver was needed.

Lori Ackley, RN, a Pre-Op nurse, sat down to eat her lettuce salad one day  in the department break room, just like any typical day. Her lunch quickly turned into a lifesaving experience when Lori began choking. Mike Pecora, BSN, a nurse in PACU, came to the rescue. “I asked if she was okay and she […]

Hospital’s First Pharmacy Residency Program

Hospital’s first pharmacy residency program

Even though David Quach, PharmD, MPH, and Julie Beck, PharmD, graduated as pharmacists in May, their learning continues in the new Pharmacy Residency program, which started July 5. After a lengthy selection process, David and Julie were chosen as the hospital’s first participants from more than 40 applications nationwide. The year-long curriculum provides intensive training […]

Their Road Home

Acute Rehab Unit

Dorothy Johnson She had suffered a stroke that left the right side of her body paralyzed. She was also diagnosed with dense expressive aphasia, meaning she couldn’t speak. She also lost the ability to swallow safely and required a modified diet. Before the stroke, Dorothy was active in the community. She still worked one day […]

NKCH + Meritas Health

Meritas Health doctors, specialists, locations

One of the best kept healthcare secrets might be the relationship between North Kansas City Hospital and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Meritas Health. Most people don’t realize that for more than 20 years, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals from both organizations have worked side by side to provide quality healthcare. Care That Keeps You Healthy […]

Lifesaving Missions for Drones

Medical Drone

Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a drone. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, were a hot item on last year’s Christmas lists. Beyond recreational fun, businesses are capitalizing on the drone’s potential to transform healthcare. Disaster Relief One of the first medical applications for a drone was disaster relief. […]

Codfish Skin Helps Heal Wounds, Reduces Pain Levels

Codfish Skin Helps Heal Wounds

An innovative wound treatment using fish skin is bringing dramatic healing, reduction in pain and cost savings to patients at NKCH. Vascular Surgeon Karl Stark, MD, with Midwest Aortic and Vascular Institute and director of the hospital’s Wound Healing Center, along with his colleagues, are the Northland’s only physicians using codfish skin to treat chronic […]

Hands-free Imaging

NKCH is currently the only Midwestern hospital using the Veinsite technology

The headgear looks like a Space Age invention, but in reality it’s a valuable patient care tool. Lab assistants, serving as phlebotomists, can use the Veinsite® Locator when drawing blood from patients with difficult to locate veins. It’s helpful in patients who are very young, elderly, obese, dehydrated or who have a dark skin tone. With up to 12,000 […]