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 […]

4 Healthy Reasons to Get Your Ducks in a Row

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Get Organized

“Get Organized” consistently ranks in the Top 10 of New Year’s resolutions. But for many people, the motivation lasts only through the cleaning of one closet before it fizzles. If piles of papers and clusters of clutter have taken over your life, perhaps this bit of information will recharge your organizational batteries: Organizing your physical […]

Life in Lyrics

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Ryan Hanlin performing in Nashville

Ryan Hanlin, NKCH Plant Operations employee, has rubbed shoulders with some of the most prominent musicians in Nashville, but it’s the little people in his life who mean the most. As a child, Ryan listened to 61 Country radio with his grandfather. He loved the stories and sounds that defined country music. At 19, he […]

The Gift of Constructive Criticism

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Feedback makes you better

We all love receiving glowing compliments about our work. But we don’t always love the sting of less-than-positive feedback that we occasionally get from a boss or coworker. While compliments are lovely and feed our egos, constructive criticism is a true gift. After a long career, I remember each of these sometime difficult conversations vividly. I […]