Health Notes

Signatures, Personal Notes Give Survivors Strength

by Katina Granger on October 5, 2015

2015 Race for the Cure
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Thousands of signatures dotted two massive banners at the Methodist Health System booth at the 2015 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. They were names, dedications and messages of hope for breast cancer survivors.

The banners will hang in the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center all year long as a reminder of the support given by nearly 10,000 people at the Race for the Cure. The first event at Baxter Arena filled it with pink.

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Startling Sex Assault Stats Don’t Tell the Whole Story

by Anne Boatright, RN, SANE on September 29, 2015

SANE SARTI read with interest a massive new study looking at sexual assault on American college campuses. It offered some very sobering statistics. The study surveyed more than 150,000 students at 27 universities in the U.S. According to the study:

  • One in 10 female college students experienced sexual assault involving penetration, by force or incapacitation
  • One-third of women were sexually assaulted while in school, including either threats by coercion or lack of affirmative consent
  • Half of those victims experienced nonconsensual penetration
  • One in 10 students in some form of a relationship experienced intimate partner violence
  • Half to three-quarters of students at each of the 27 campuses surveyed experienced sexual harassment

But as startling as some of those statistics may be, the most difficult fact to digest may be that these numbers likely don’t go far enough – and that the situation here in Omaha isn’t much better.

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New Home, Big Goals for 2015 Race for the Cure

September 28, 2015
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While it may be the 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 2015 will be full of firsts. This year’s event will be the first ever held at the Baxter Arena, UNO’s recently completed arena located at 67th and Center Streets – a great kick-off for the city’s newest venue. Survivors, supporters and […]

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Technician Eases Patient’s Fears

September 24, 2015
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I had my mammogram today at the Methodist Woman’s Hospital Imaging Center. I was fortunate enough to have Rita as my technician. She was absolutely fabulous. I get overly worried, as I have had a false positive result before, and Rita was so kind, compassionate and reassuring. She went out of her way to help […]

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White Balloons Honor Little Ones Lost

September 21, 2015
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White balloons filled the cloudless sky over Turner Park on Sunday and floated towards Heaven…  the same place where prayers were lifted in remembrance of little ones lost. The Remembrance of Life is held each year for families who have experienced a pregnancy or newborn loss – children who were stillborn and infants born with […]

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Remembrance and Healing in a Time of Grief

September 18, 2015
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The loss is still very raw for Amanda Petersen. “I still have days when I completely break down and cry at the mention of his name, or when my other son asks me about him,” said Amanda. “I don’t care if you have 8 weeks, 8 months or 8 years to ‘prepare’ yourself. You will […]

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“It Meant Everything”

September 18, 2015
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A letter from Methodist Health System brought Leigh S. to tears. The worry and the wait was over… and it meant the world. “Through every stage of my care at Methodist, every single person we encountered was absolutely the best,” said Leigh. “Every person treated us like we were the only patient they had that […]

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Your Sleeplessness May Be Making You Sick

September 14, 2015
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As many people know, sleep is my favorite medical topic. So many areas of your life and health can be affected by sleep disorders – and between 50 and 70 million Americans have one. Poor sleep is associated with chronic pain and fatigue syndromes as well as depression. Certain types of cancer, heart disease and […]

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Nurse Provides Meaningful Moments

September 10, 2015
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“If I could use one word to describe Danielle, it would be ‘tenacious.’” Tenacity is just one quality Jan Morgan, BSN, RN, CCRN, BSRT, service leader for the Methodist Hospital Progressive Care Unit, says describes Danielle Opitz. Danielle is one member of her award-winning team of nurses – but one she and other members of […]

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Quality Patient Care Earns Team Honors at Methodist

September 9, 2015
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It’s an honor that only comes around once a year… but it’s come two years in a row for the Progressive Care Unit at Methodist Hospital 6 North. The team was honored Sept. 9 with a Team DAISY Award. “I continue to be truly astonished with this team’s ability to show so much care and […]

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