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 […]

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 […]