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 […]

Kitchen vs. Bathroom: The Germ Wars

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Kitchens might be germier than bathrooms

In the Household Germ Wars, many people believe bathrooms have the germiest hideouts in the house. But according to research from NSF International, the kitchen wages a pretty good battle. Top 10 Most Germ-Ridden Items in Your Home (ranked most dirty to least dirty) Dish sponges and dish cloths Kitchen sinks Toothbrush holders Pet bowls […]

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. […]

Top 5 NKCH Dietitian Blog Posts of All Time

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North Kansas City Hospital Registered Dietitians

We love our registered dietitian nutritionists here at North Kansas City Hospital, and we are excited they get their own recognition day! They deserve it! Registered dietitian nutritionists, or RDNs, take the science behind nutrition and turn it into easy-to-understand solutions that help us eat and live healthier lives. We compiled a Top 5 montage […]

Noggin Knowledge

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Brain Injury Awareness

A hard bonk on the head can be serious business. That’s the message the Brain Injury Association of America wants to spread during Brain Injury Awareness Month. Every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a traumatic brain injury as the result of a playground accident, car crash, assault, fall or sports-related mishap. Even the […]

Happy 9th Birthday, Janel!

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Janel is a Leaper

Being a Leap Year baby makes birthdays even more special for Janel Brown. Officially, Janel Brown, BSN, RN, Inpatient Wound Healing, turns only nine today because she’s a Leap Year baby born on February 29, 1980. The odds of being a Leapling are only one in 1,461 births. In fact, Janel is the only NKCH […]

A Race to the Finish

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Boston Marathon Runners

Friends met Carmen Llana, BSN, RN, as she crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon, one of the world’s most prestigious races. The date was April 15, 2013, and she had just completed her sixth marathon. But Carmen, who works in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, would remember this day for another reason. Chilly […]

Heart Disease Hogwash

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Heart Disease Hogwash

Heart disease. It’s scary, life changing and we don’t like to talk about it. But, with Kansas City’s heart disease death rate hovering at 167 deaths per 100,000 (that’s equal to the population of Blue Eye, MO, down by Branson), it’s a genuine health concern. But, what you don’t know can hurt you. Here, we […]