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Committed to Care: Care fit for a princess

Just when you were getting fed up with your daily news consumption, a story comes along that makes your soul smile. A story of compassion, kindness, and strength. A story that celebrates inclusion, demonstrates the goodwill of people and restores your faith in humanity. This is the story of Sara Ruh. Please take a moment…
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Patient Experience Week: Raising the bar for patient care

Happy Patient Experience Week!  In 2014, The Beryl Institute officially launched Patient Experience (PX) Week to celebrate healthcare staff making an impact on the patient’s experience every day. The annual celebration is an intentional recognition of the accomplishments of the people who work to deliver the care and support that patients deserve and expect. At…
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Patient Spotlight: 91-year-old regains rhythm after robotic spine surgery

They say dancing keeps you young. Well, we can all take a lesson from 91-year-old spinal surgery patient, Julia Tourtellotte. The vivacious great-great-grandmother recently showed off her moves to an enthusiastic crowd at HCA Healthcare Charleston-based affiliate Trident Medical Center. And they were electric. Tourtellotte educated her physician, neurosurgeon Dr. Sabino DAgostino, on the art…
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“Singing nurse” calms patients, spreads cheer at West Valley Medical Center

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And nothing makes nurse Tommy Rushton happier than to spread holiday cheer by singing to his patients at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. Rushton, dubbed the “singing nurse” by his colleagues, started his career in hospice care before transitioning to perioperative nursing (i.e. pre- and…
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Caregivers save mom & baby after rare childbirth emergency: amniotic fluid embolism

A sense of impending doom is how Kristi Weaver, DO, describes what could be a potential warning sign of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) – a rare but life-threatening condition that most commonly occurs during labor and delivery. “Amniotic fluid embolism is when some of the amniotic fluid from inside of the uterus gets into the…
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Caregivers help grant terminally ill patient’s wish to be baptized

Elise Manning, director of therapy services at LewisGale Medical Center in Salem, Va., said “there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” after honoring a patient’s wish to be baptized before entering hospice care at his home. Manning and her team had treated the patient since May 28, when his body began to decline and…
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