Health Notes

Volunteering: Good for the Community and YOUR HEALTH

by Katina Granger on December 2, 2016

Mary Lou Sortino, Methodist volunteerMary Lou Sortino was afraid of retiring.

“All my friends would still be working and I wondered what I would do with my time,” said Mary Lou. “I knew I needed to be busy.”

When retirement came, there was no question of how Mary Lou would fill out her days. She became a volunteer.

“It makes me feel like I’m giving something back to the community and Methodist has always been my favorite hospital,” said Mary Lou, who has been volunteering at Methodist Hospital for nearly five years. “When I volunteered I said I wanted to work wherever I was needed. I started out working in the gift shop and delivering flowers to patients. Because I enjoy it so much, I’ve just learned a lot of different jobs so I can help out in different areas.”

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No Tobacco Challenge1Methodist threw out the challenge, and hundreds of metro area students accepted:
Show us why you should Just Say No to tobacco.

This year, the highest-ever number of students participated in the No Tobacco Challenge, the annual challenge issued by Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center Lung-Thoracic Oncology Clinic. A total of 1,925 students in 90 classrooms took on their pledge to remain tobacco-free for life. That’s over 400 students and 15 classrooms more than participated in 2015!

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Lancers Fans Pull Out all the Stops to Fight Brain Cancer

November 28, 2016

The goal was lofty: $10,000 to fund brain cancer research, treatments and raise awareness. But Lancers fans not only met that goal – they topped it. In total, Omaha Lancers partnered with Methodist Health System to raise more than $15,000 for Leap-for-a-Cure. The Saturday night game and fundraiser surpassed their goal through a specialty jersey […]

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Leap to Remember Heather

November 22, 2016
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Heather Roberts Heather Roberts was somewhat of a fixture at the Omaha Lancers. It seems everyone knew her. “She was a dear,” said Terri Phillips, Director of Business and Game Night Operations for the Omaha Lancers who has been on staff nearly 30 years. “She would help anybody. She was funny. I think of the […]

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Shingles Virus Lies in Wait

November 21, 2016
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If you’ve ever had the chicken pox, you’re at risk. About one in every three people in the U.S. will get the shingles, a virus that causes painful blister-like sores. It’s caused by a reactivation of a dormant chicken-pox virus, and while anyone who’s had the chicken pox can get it, the risk of shingles […]

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Nurse Delivers The Meaning of Care to New Moms

November 18, 2016
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“When I had my baby, Nicole was my nurse,” said Ronni Draper, Women’s and Infants Outreach Manager at Methodist Women’s Hospital. “She was absolutely outstanding – very caring and attentive. I couldn’t have asked for better.” Ronni was just one of many on hand to celebrate The Meaning of Care delivered every day by Nicole […]

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A Legacy of Love and Courage in the Fight against Cancer

November 14, 2016
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“What people noticed first about Jenyi was her beautiful smile and beautiful eyes, but the most beautiful thing about her you couldn’t see. It was Jenyi’s heart.” Sheila Knudsen eyes shine with joy and sorrow when she speaks of her daughter, Jenyi Knudsen-Bergsten. Jenyi was just 42 when cancer cut her life short, leaving behind […]

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Grand Opening for New Mobile Diabetes Center

November 11, 2016
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On Thursday, Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) and the Cosmopolitan Club’s Cornbelt Diabetes Connection cut the ribbon on a big upgrade to a longtime fixture of the community. It was the public’s first chance to see the all-new Mobile Diabetes Center (MDC). The vehicle is a state-of-the-art mobile facility led by the same nursing students who […]

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Diagnosis Diabetes: Seven Self-Care Behaviors You Need to Know

November 11, 2016
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When you have diabetes, a healthy lifestyle isn’t something you can take for granted. It’s ingrained into everything you do. But caring for your health with diabetes doesn’t have to be hard. “It really comes down to people making smart, small changes that make healthy lifestyle changes last,” said Martha Nepper, a dietitian at the […]

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Patient Makes No Bones about Excellent Care

November 7, 2016

On July 17th, Daniel Allman’s summer came to a screeching, painful halt. A terrible accident landed him in the Methodist Hospital ER with a broken femur. Altogether, the horrible break would mean four surgeries, 60 days in skilled nursing care and weeks away at his parents’ ranch-style home while receiving visits from home health. “It […]

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