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 […]

A Passion to Help

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Harvesters staff collecting food from NKCH

Sutures, exam gloves and other medical supplies that are common in the United States can be luxury items in impoverished third-world countries. Life-saving surgeries may be cancelled in some areas of the world because there are no sutures or the needed supplies. It’s hard to imagine a physician washing and patching exam gloves so they […]

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 […]

Slow Cooker Meals

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Slow Cooker Meals

As a busy mom, I find it hard to always prepare healthy home-cooked meals for my family. And with the cooler weather approaching, comfort meals start to sound appealing. But I have found ways to incorporate healthy “comfort” meals using the ease of my slow cooker. Slow-cooked meals are ideal for making ahead and reheating. […]

Down Syndrome Blessings

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Down Syndrome couple, Carissa and Chris

Guest post by Jodi Myers, RN at NKC Hospital. Twenty –five years ago this month I became a mom for the first time. This baby was going to be the first grandchild for my husband’s and my parents.  I was a nurse on the 5th floor here at North Kansas City Hospital. There was much […]