Allergies and the Classroom

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allergies in the classroom

Allergies affect as many as 40% of the children in the U.S. Difficulty breathing or a runny nose might not be just another cold caused by germs passed around by students. Classroom allergens are lurking making it harder to learn and increasing absent days due to allergy symptoms. Meritas Health ENT performs allergy testing and […]

The Flip Side of Flip Flops

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The Flip Side of Flip Flops

Guest blogger Dr. Nathan J. Kiewiet, an orthopedic surgeon, offers advice for keeping your feet pain free this summer. June 17 was National Flip Flop Day! Nothing screams, “It’s summer!” louder than a pair of flip flops. They’re fun, fashionable, comfy and easy on the budget. But while you may be walking on easy street […]

Happy Father’s Day!

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Father's Day

Jim & Jakub Hladik Jakub was born at NKCH, and now works here, so he has come full circle. “NKCH is a great place for a young man to get started,” said Jim, who learned his work ethic from his dad. He passed that work ethic along to Jakub. “I was always told to work […]

NKCH Has a CFO to Know

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Jim McNey, CFO

Jim McNey, Senior Vice President and CFO was recently named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s national list of 150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know.  We sat down with our fiscal-minded leader to get to know him; how he spends his time when he’s not balancing the hospital’s checkbook. How did you get into finance? […]

6 Unexpected Medical Uses for Botox

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Botox Injections Treat Poststroke Spasticity

Botox, perhaps best known for its wrinkle-reducing powers, is helping the healthcare industry. One of its most interesting uses involves stroke survivors. After a stroke, muscle spasms in the arm or leg muscles are one of the most challenging obstacles a survivor faces. Spasms can be painful. They often restrict coordination and limit muscle movement, […]

A Career to Love

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John Hales, Paul Houck and Shawn Souders, found their dream jobs as nurses after following different career paths.

It’s never too late to find a new career. Just ask John Hales, Paul Houck and Shawn Souders, who found their dream jobs as nurses after following different career paths. John Hales, RN, Progressive Care Unit One night, on the drive home from his newspaper job in 2011, John felt less than satisfied about his […]

7 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

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Make a Good First Impression

Your first impression can either energize or torpedo your networking opportunities. People make decisions about others in a matter of seconds. The good news is that there are always opportunities to enhance your presence at networking events, conferences, interviews or parties. Here are seven ways to make a great first impression. Prepare in Advance Do […]

A Song in Their Hearts

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CICU singing nurses

As she walked past Room 929 in Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Danielle Winship, BSN, RN, noticed her elderly dementia patient appeared agitated and wanted to get out of bed. That evening, her confusion increased after family members left. In a simple gesture, Danielle took the patient’s hand and in the quietest of voices sang “Make […]

Don’t Put It Off – Get Screened

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Michele Wolf

Like any responsible healthcare professional, Michele Wolf, BSN, CPHRM, ignored her doctor’s advice when she recommended a colonoscopy at age 50. “I waited for two years because it never seemed like the right time,” Michele remembered. She knew she needed to be screened, but hesitancy to get screened related more to the preparation required. “I […]

Our Healthcare Heroes

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Ingrams Healthcare Heroes 2016

Every day, lives are saved and people get better thanks to healthcare professionals, who truly are heroes. Each year, Ingram’s Magazine recognizes a few of the local healthcare heroes. This year, they selected Denice Morrison, Surgery educator; and Mary Calvert, who recently retired as an orthopedic nurse, for their dedication and accomplishments in their professions. […]