NKCH + Meritas Health

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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

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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

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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 […]

A Mother Daughter Tradition

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Mary and Karen, mother & daughter, get their annual mammogram together

It’s never too late to have your first mammogram. Just ask Mary Underwood, who had her first exam at age 64. “My daughter, Karen (Rounkles), had a mammogram scheduled at North Kansas City Hospital, and she asked me if I wanted to get one, too,” Mary said. “I said yes because I figured it was […]

Antacid Sufferers Beware

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Esophageal Cancer

Antacids, like Tums, are one of the most profitable over-the-counter products. As many as 15 million Americans experience heartburn every day. Persistent heartburn (two or more times per week) or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause stomach acid to splash into the esophagus, producing cellular changes that can ultimately result in cancer. About three million Americans […]