Lifesaving Trauma Care

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Dusty and Social Worker Dawn Grassman

Dusty Baker doesn’t remember the details from the car accident that changed his life on March 4, but he does remember the lifesaving care he received at NKCH. After a 21-day stay in ICU and another two weeks on a medical/surgical unit, Dusty left the hospital for a rehab facility, where he continued his recovery. […]

Dusty Baker doesn’t remember the details from the car accident that changed his life on March 4, but he does remember the lifesaving care he received at NKCH. After a 21-day stay in ICU and another two weeks on a medical/surgical unit, Dusty left the hospital for a rehab facility, where he continued his recovery.

“He is a walking miracle because of the care provided here.”

Dusty is now living life and will soon graduate from Iowa State University with a doctorate in psychology. He recently returned to the hospital to thank the staff members who were instrumental in his recovery. “He is a walking miracle because of the care provided here,” said Kate Farlow, nursing director on 6th Floor Hospital.

Dusty with Kelly Carey & Jenna Meyer

Dusty with Occupational Therapist, Jenna Meyer and Physical Therapist, Kelly Carey.

Dusty added, “The care I received was essential to the amazing recovery I have made to date. Not only did the staff care for me with support and encouragement, but they also supported my family and friends. I cannot thank the team here enough.”

Dusty Baker survived nine broken ribs, a shattered pelvis and many other injuries, including a head injury, in a near fatal car accident. He credits the physicians and hospital staff, including Social Worker Dawn Glassman, for saving his life and facilitating his recovery.

Kim Shopper

Kim Shopper

Kim has worked at NKCH for 30 years where she produces the employee newsletter and manages internal campaigns. She serves on the Living With Diabetes Advisory Board and the Chip In For Charity Open golf committee. She is passionate about animal rescue and volunteers for the Parkville Animal Shelter.

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