Workin’ It for Charity

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!

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

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

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 […]

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 […]