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 […]

Stay Healthy at Home with Heart Failure? Yes!

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Home Health Telemonitoring for Heart Failure

Heart failure (HF) affects nearly 5.7 million Americans, and it is the leading cause of hospitalization in people 65 and older. A heart failure diagnosis doesn’t mean your heart has stopped working, but it isn’t working as well as it should. HF is also the primary reason patients return to the hospital following discharge. But […]

A Lifesaving Passion

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Donate blood

A 25-year-old stuffed duck is a visual reminder for Karen Bordson, DO, of her passion for saving lives by donating blood. The duck is adorned with her first nine donation pins and first gallon donor pin. Dr. Bordson’s high school swim coach in Madison, WI, gave her the duck as a thank you for donating […]