Brave Hearts

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Mary_Brandon feature

Mary and Brandon trust NKCH’s accredited heart failure program to help them stay healthy and out of the hospital. Meet Mary For Mary Maag, 84, managing heart failure is a lot like gardening — it involves time, energy and patience, mixed with a little frustration from time to time. “My garden is my passion,” Mary […]

Beat Migraines to the Punch

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Steven Kosa, MD with SphenoCath patient

Beyond their debilitating pain, one thing is certain about chronic migraine headaches: they affect your ability to function on a daily basis. Fortunately, a new 15-minute nerve block procedure, called SphenoCath, fights severe headache pain head on. And, it’s available at North Kansas City Hospital. “I was having anywhere between 16 and 29 migraines each […]

Back to Life

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Bariatric Surgery Patient

You’ll be dead in 5-10 years.” That’s the message Brian Wilson heard from the ER doctor the day he was rushed to the hospital with chest pains. Fortunately, Brian hadn’t suffered a heart attack, but the experience was the catalyst he needed to change his unhealthy lifestyle. At the time, he weighed 355 pounds. Acid […]

In a Heartbeat

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Young patient with severe aortic stenosis

“As I began feeling the effects of the anesthesia, I thought about the possibility of never seeing my husband, our 2-year-old son Anthony, or my family again. I thought about never having the chance to meet my unborn daughter.” Just 14 weeks into her second pregnancy, Angela Mason, 35, discovered her aortic stenosis had progressed […]

Conquering Incontinence

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Rosalie Ray

After living with incontinence for more than a year, Northland resident Rosalie Ray decided to do something about it. “I wanted a doctor north of the river so I would be close to home,” Rosalie says. Her gynecologist knew just the right physician: Ian Rosbrugh, MD, an OB-GYN with Meritas Health, who recently earned board […]

April is National Donate Life Month

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Donate Life Month

A Mother’s Instinct Saves Her Child Megan Ebert was 13 months old when her parents first realized something was wrong. Worried about a lingering infection, mom Sheri Ebert, a registered nurse, was shocked to learn Megan was in kidney failure. Megan, now 18 years old, suffered from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) caused by strep pneumococcal […]

All I Want Is My Two Front Lobes

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Joan

By Joan Harrison I meant to volunteer at North Kansas City Hospital for quite some time. I just couldn’t seem to make myself do it. Maybe it was the fact that I would have to dress up that kept me from getting to it. I was presented the perfect opportunity to offer my services as […]