Health Notes

“The most important thing.”

by Katina Granger on October 24, 2016

Ellen Mathews, breast cancer survivor“Always get your mammograms. Always, always, always.”

Ellen Mathews has a reason to be passionate about getting regular breast cancer checks. She’s a survivor.

Four years ago, Ellen had her annual mammogram at Methodist and doctors found a small mass. When a biopsy confirmed cancerous cells, she went into attack mode.

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Surgery Made Easier with The Meaning of Care

by Katina Granger on October 21, 2016

Jeanne Jantzen, RN, BSNOver the course of her 44 years at Methodist, Jeanne Jentzen, RN, BSN, has done a lot of different things as a nurse. But right now, her focus is on one patient at a time, providing the best care possible.

“I say my name and who I am, and I put my hand on top of theirs, and answer any questions they might have about their procedure,” said Jeanne, a surgical nurse. “I want to make sure they really understand what’s going on. When they know what to expect, it makes them less nervous and less fearful.”

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Self-Check for Survival

October 17, 2016
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Shauntal Holmes was only 31 years old. The young mother of two boys – just 7 and 8 years old – had no history of breast cancer in her family. That’s when she felt a pea-sized lump. Her routine self-check breast exam didn’t raise any real alarms. Shauntal’s mother reassured her it could be nothing. […]

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Survivor Faces “Silent Cancer” with Courage

October 14, 2016
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“I feel as though everyone faced with cancer is courageous.” Karen Hansen, 59, a retired Glenwood elementary teacher, remembers her father’s courage in the face of his colon cancer diagnosis, colostomy and eventual death after the cancer spread to his lungs. For more than 15 years, Karen has participated in the Relay for Life team […]

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Nurse Called an “Angel in Grey”

October 11, 2016
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“I was just doing what we’re supposed to do.” When Amy Parr, BSN, RN, realized that she was being honored with the DAISY Award for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital, her first words were, “But I don’t take care of patients.” As a staff development nurse in Short Stay, Amy’s primary responsibilities are taking […]

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Thousands Race, Sign and Share to Show Survivors Support

October 10, 2016
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“You are worth it!” “You are strong!” “Keep going, even when you think you can’t.” Hundreds of cards filled with messages of love and support filled a box at the Methodist booth at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday. Each one was a personal slice of inspiration that will be given […]

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Small Town Backs a Big Cause

October 7, 2016
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There’s a certain hue to Malvern, Iowa, these days. Hanging from every light pole and decorating every store window on Main Street is an ode to the power of pink. “We realize how important health care is to our small community,” said Kate McGann, an Executive Vice President at Malvern Trust & Savings Bank who has […]

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Painting Omaha Pink to Find a Cure

October 6, 2016
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“I maintained a positive attitude and said I’m going to write a different story.” Celeste Ellis literally wore pink from head to toe for the 2015 Race for the Cure. She was there as both a breast cancer survivor and to celebrate the memory of her sister who lost her battle to breast cancer. This […]

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Methodist 125: Twin Towers on the Rise

October 3, 2016
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It wasn’t long after the doors opened at the new Methodist Hospital at 84th and West Dodge Road that it began filling up. Surgical services had already been expanded, as had the intensive care unit. The need for more space increased right along with the number of patients seeking treatment at Methodist. Each year since […]

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Supporting Women’s Health – One Bra at a Time

September 30, 2016
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It’s time for women across the metro to sort through their skivvies. As October draws near, your bra donation can help Methodist Physicians Clinic support breast health. Throughout the month of October, Methodist will accept your donation of new and gently used clean bras to give to women in need at Lydia’s House. The home […]

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