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Blue barrels across the metro are starting to fill with school supplies. It’s all part of the KETV 7 Can Help Kids/Salvation Army Back-to-School Backpack Program sponsored by Methodist Health System. Now in its 17th year, the program is about so much more than donations of pencils, crayons and paper. It’s about filling the needs of local children and fostering a spirit of community and giving.

“Donating makes us feel good,” said Dr. Elizabeth Walenz, a pediatrician at Methodist Physicians Clinic – Regency. “It’s a great way to teach kids empathy, thinking of others and giving to people less fortunate. Teaching them early is going to help them later on as they develop friendships and consider what others might need. Charity is important even into adulthood.”

The annual drive gives parents the opportunity to teach this spirit and the good it brings to others to their children. They learn early on what can be gained by giving.

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Finding Over-the-Counter Relief

by Dr. Lindsay Northam on July 17, 2014

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications are an easy go-to when you have a mild ache or pain. In fact, OTC pain medicines are some of the most commonly used medications in the world. However, it’s often easy to overlook the potential side effects and dangers of overusing these medications.

It is important to not mistake the phrase “over-the-counter” to mean “completely safe.” Although these medications do not need a prescription, side effects can be as serious as prescription medication.

Recently, the FDA regulated that prescription narcotic medications containing acetaminophen (Tylenol) limit the amount of acetaminophen in each pill. The FDA is also considering completely banning the use of acetaminophen in all prescription medications as people often fail to realize the total amount they can intake as a result of taking both prescription and OTC medications.

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Backpack Program Brings Supplies and Smiles to Community Kids

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The KETV 7 Can Help Kids/Salvation Army Back-to-School Backpack Program sponsored by Methodist Health System is about so much more than school supplies. It’s about giving kids in need a head start to help them succeed. “I always equate it to a confidence booster,” said Rob McCartney, KETV Newswatch 7 Anchor. “For these kids, it’s […]

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Nurse Thankful for Quality Care During Hospital Stay

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I am writing to express my feelings on my recent stay at your Methodist Women’s Hospital on June 16. I had an A&P repair, bladder sling, mesh placement and hysterectomy. You would think I would have had a painful procedure but the result was the opposite. My pain at the most was a 4/10 and […]

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Finding Comfort in the Krispies

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It’s the ultimate in comfort food… and at Methodist Women’s Hospital, it’s serious business. If you haven’t had one of their Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® Treats, you are missing out. “It’s probably one of the most popular things here,” said Ray McGill, Food Service Team Leader at Methodist Women’s Hospital. “It’s easily our most popular dessert.” […]

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More than Great Medicine; It’s The Meaning of Care

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It’s all about The Meaning of Care. Whether it’s saving a life, or bringing a new one into the world, Methodist doctors, nurses and staff members know healing is about more than great medicine. It’s an experience that involves mind, body and spirit. Methodist patients share their experiences… and their thanks… in this emotional video.

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Fireworks Injuries Fizzle-Out Fourth of July Fun

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Fireworks on the Fourth are as traditional as cookouts and parades. But when the “bombs bursting in air” don’t go quite as planned, we often see the results in our Methodist Emergency Department. “The worst injuries are from explosions. People can severely break bones, lose fingers or even half their hand,” said Dr. Joseph McCaslin, […]

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The Backpacks are Back!

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Summer may be in full swing, but the school year is just a few short weeks away. That’s why it’s time to start thinking about stuffing those backpacks! Methodist Health System is proud to again be the presenting sponsor of the KETV 7 Can Help Kids/Salvation Army Back-to-School Backpack Program. The program collects donations of […]

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Nurse Shows Quality Care Is “All About the Patient”

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Kyle Kreger knew exactly the kind of nurse he wanted to be when he was still a student nurse. “I love that this job is so different every single day,” said Kyle. “Even when we repeat the same procedures, every patient is different.” A Nebraska Methodist College graduate, Kyle is a frequent charge nurse on […]

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Providing Care for Body, Mind and Spirit

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At Methodist Health System, healing comes in many forms. While medical care teams focus on body and mind, it’s the spirit that is the focus of the pastoral care staff at Methodist hospitals. “So much of what happens in the hospital is medical and scientific, and our nurses and doctors do a great job of […]

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