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Former heart transplant patient helps others

Former heart transplant patient helps others

Yesterday, Gene Ridolfi, MHA, RN, executive director of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, was invited to speak at the dedication of a new apartment in St. Louis dedicated to transplant patients. A heart transplant recipient at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Larry Bonds created a foundation to fund community initiatives such as apartments for patients who

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Individualized treatment plan returns a dancer to the stage

Individualized treatment plan returns a dancer to the stage

All athletes and active people can be susceptible to injury and chronic pain; it comes along with the territory. When injuries do occur, it can be both physically and psychologically frustrating to be told you have to stop the activities you enjoy.
The Washington University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, known as

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Nurse activates stroke team, saves patient’s life

Nurse activates stroke team, saves patient’s life

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. But when the response is fast and the treatment is right, many stroke victims can recover and return to healthy, fulfilling lives.
Hannah Suire, BSN, RN, is a staff nurse on 11200, a general medicine nursing unit. Suire was trained to recognize the

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Osteoporosis management for all ages

Osteoporosis management for all ages

Why should most women over the age of 30 care about their bone health? Your bone health peaks around age 30, then starts to deteriorate. You should also care because osteoporosis is a “silent disease” that sneaks up on you, especially after menopause. Bone loss occurs without many symptoms, until you suddenly become so weak

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A stroke can happen at any age – even sweet 16

A stroke can happen at any age – even sweet 16

In September 2013, 16-year-old Nathan was an extremely active teenager and only weeks away from earning his black belt in karate, a sport he loved. After one class, he had a typical night—came home, ate dinner with his family and tried not to start a fight with his 14-year-old brother. He even enjoyed some ice

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5 Myths About Stroke

5 Myths About Stroke

MYTH:
You can’t do anything to prevent having a stroke.

FACT:
By knowing your risk factors, you can do several things to prevent, or reduce, your risk of stroke. Work on lowering your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, and controlling your diabetes. All those factors will help reduce your risk

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Why I Walk: Neurosciences team captain shares thoughts on Heart Walk

Why I Walk: Neurosciences team captain shares thoughts on Heart Walk

Mary Spencer, MSN, RN, is the executive director of neurosciences and orthopedics at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and is one of the hospital’s Heart Walk team captains. She explains why participating in the 2014 Heart Walk at Busch Stadium May 10 is important to her.
The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of

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Nurses honored by St. Louis Magazine

Nurses honored by St. Louis Magazine

Five Barnes-Jewish nurses have been selected as winners within their respective disciplines in St. Louis Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing program. The nurses are:
Karen Holtmann, RN, BC-ANP, orthopedics
Paul Sevigny, RN, intensive care
Donna Prentice, MSN(R), RN, ANCS-BC, intensive care
Patsy L. Stapleton, PhD, RN-BC, management executive
Stacy Smugala, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, medical-surgical
 
 

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Spring cleaning your diet

Spring cleaning your diet

Spring is a season of new beginnings. Green grass starts to sprout, trees bud new leaves and the tedious spring cleaning around the house ensues. This is also a good time to give your diet a spring cleaning. Winter meals are usually hearty, warm will keep you nice and full, which isn’t as appealing as

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Nurses Week 2014: Recognizing nurses for ‘leading the way’

Nurses Week 2014: Recognizing nurses for ‘leading the way’

Every day, our nurses step forward, embrace new technologies, resolve emerging issues and accept ever-changing roles in their profession. They lead the way for their patients, colleagues and the health care industry as a whole.
With the theme “Nurses Leading the Way,” Nurses Week at Barnes-Jewish Hospital kicked off Monday with an annual awards celebration.

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