Health Notes

The Meaning of Care Focused on Patient and Family

by John M. Fraser, President & CEO on April 20, 2015

At Methodist, we know that when it comes to patient care, it’s about more than just one person. For every patient we treat, there are many more who are concerned about what happens to the ones they love.

The patient’s loved ones – the spouse or significant other, parents, children, siblings – all are directly touched by and deeply appreciative of the way we live The Meaning of Care.

We know that health problems and the resulting worries about diagnosis, treatment and recovery are stressful for patients. We also know that for those watching a loved one go through a medical crisis, the stress may be multiplied a hundred or a thousand times. Most of us have experienced this in our own families, and we see it every day in our hospital rooms, clinics, hallways and waiting rooms: Individuals and clusters of friends and family members worrying, hoping and praying for a loved one’s recovery.

Can there be more difficult days for a family, or a greater need for kindness, compassion, help and support? Is there a more frightening possibility than losing someone you love?

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Nurse Brings Best Friends Together During Hospital Stay

by Katina Gordon on April 17, 2015

When Mariah Selby, RN, asked a quiet elderly patient who was becoming depressed by her lengthy hospital stay what would make her happy, the patient had only one word. “Molly.”

Molly was the patient’s dog and constant companion.

“The only thing that would make this sweet lady smile was Molly,” said Selby, a nurse on Methodist Hospital’s 6 North. “She had been through so much, but every time I’d talk about Molly she’d smile so big and start crying because she was so happy.”

Selby took it upon herself to ask the patient’s family for more information about the dog, and put together a plan for Molly to come and visit. She knew how lifting the patient’s spirits would impact her overall health.

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Do You Have an Advance Directive?

April 13, 2015
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It’s about making choices for yourself – what you want for your life if you are no longer able to have a voice. National Healthcare Decisions Day, Thursday, April 16, is all about inspiring, educating and empowering the public and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning. “The most important part of […]

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A Second Chance at Life: Be an Organ Donor

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Dr. Lindsay Northam with her father, H. Ronald Miller, at her white coat ceremony following graduation from medical school. Dr. Northam urges everyone to register to become an organ donor like her father by visiting It isn’t often I get a chance to speak about a topic so near and dear to my heart. […]

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Twitter Chat to say #NoMore to Sexual Assault

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A single voice will sound out against sexual assault and domestic violence on Tuesday, April 7th. The resounding message: #NoMore. In conjunction with National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and the SAAM Day of Action, Methodist’s Heidi Wilke SANE/SART Survivor Program will host a Twitter chat to increase awareness, education and preventative measures regarding sexual […]

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Life-Saving Scan Now Covered by Medicare

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Jerry Moore has always been proactive when it comes to his health. But when he signed up for a lung cancer study at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, he had no idea just how that proactive move would impact his life. “I smoked for 38 years and I was always concerned about it,” said Jerry, who […]

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Patient Thanks Staff for Quality Care during Recovery

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Hi, my name is Tim and I had lung biopsy surgery a few weeks ago. I spent my four days of recovery on the 6th floor of Methodist Hospital. I just wanted to compliment ALL the Methodist employees that I came in contact with for their extremely friendly and positive attitude and helpfulness with all […]

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Heads Up for Concussion Safety

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With another round of spring sports about to get under way, it’s an important reminder for players, coaches and parents alike the dangers that come with an injury to the head. Whether it’s from a baseball, soccer ball or a player collision, concussions are something that should be taken seriously. They happen because the impact […]

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Homemade Nutrition for One or Two

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Perhaps you can relate to this scenario:  It’s Thursday evening. You come home from work hungry and tired.  Although you want to eat a healthy and satisfying meal, you don’t have the energy or motivation to plan, cook and clean up, especially if you’re cooking for yourself. I know many friends and clients who struggle […]

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Free Cancer Screenings Aim to Save Lives

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The worrisome symptoms are ones that just won’t go away: • Difficulty swallowing • Difficulty breathing • Ear pain • A sore in the mouth or throat • Voice changes • Lump in the neck They are all signs of oral, head and neck cancer –tumors in the head or neck region, including the nasal […]

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