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The gift of life—times three

The gift of life—times three

Last year, Michele Melvin gave birth to healthy twins. A remarkable feat, certainly—as all births are. But for Melvin, the twins represent something bigger, something she thought she would never experience. At an early age, Melvin was told she would not be able to have children.
When she was born, Melvin was diagnosed with complex

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Heart Transplant Gives Marine a New Mission

Heart Transplant Gives Marine a New Mission

James Williams is the kind of guy who has worked at keeping himself in shape. In his line of work, it’s a smart thing to do. A former high-school athlete, Williams served in the Marine Corps Reserve, including a stint in Desert Storm, and spent 23 years in law enforcement.
But in 2007, at age

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Patient Care & Research: Inside the Lab of a Physician-Scientist

Patient Care & Research: Inside the Lab of a Physician-Scientist

Kelle Moley, MD, is a Washington University obstetrician and gynecologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Moley also is co-director of the Women’s Reproductive Health Research program at Washington University. Though much of what happens in Moley’s lab, or in any research lab for that matter, is complex and often painstakingly detailed, the
basic premise is simple: A researcher asks a scientific

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Minimally Invasive TAVR Procedure Helped Ruby Feel Like Herself Again

Minimally Invasive TAVR Procedure Helped Ruby Feel Like Herself Again

Ruby Morgan-Dermody, a feisty 89-year-old who exercises daily, thought she was pretty healthy. At a visit to her primary-care physician, Ruby told the doctor she “felt a bit tired, but I’m an old lady!” While listening to Ruby’s heart, her physician told her things weren’t working the way they should. “Sure they are,” she remembers

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Concussions Can Happen To Any Athlete

Concussions Can Happen To Any Athlete

What happens when an athlete has a concussion? Watch our recent Medicine of the Games segment to learn more from David Brody, MD, PhD, a Washington University neurologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Put simply, there are little tears in the wiring of the axons, which connect one part of the brain to another. There are also

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Building for Exceptional Care

Building for Exceptional Care

It’s not news that things are changing on the Washington University Medical Center campus, where Washington University School of Medicine, Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and other patient-care facilities are situated. If you drive along Kingshighway Boulevard, just east of Forest Park in St. Louis, the changes are obvious:

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Changing the Experience for Emergency Patients

Changing the Experience for Emergency Patients

In an emergency department that receives more than 82,000 visits per year, patients can often experience full waiting rooms and extended wait times. Even with these challenges, the Barnes-Jewish Hospital emergency services team is on a mission of continuing to provide exceptional patient care while also improving patient satisfaction.
In the summer of 2014, we

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Repurposing Fitbits To Track Improvement in Patient Care

Repurposing Fitbits To Track Improvement in Patient Care

A change in how nurses are assigned patients not only saved thousands of steps each shift but also led to a significant improvement in patient satisfaction on 17300 GYN oncology. When Martha Rahm came to the floor as clinical nurse manager in 2014, patient satisfaction scores were not where they should have been. “We were

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Stroke Survivor Uses Her Art to Aid Recovery

Stroke Survivor Uses Her Art to Aid Recovery

Don’t ignore the early warning signs of a stroke. For internationally acclaimed textile artist and educator Lindsay Obermeyer, her first sign was double vision while having dinner with her daughter.
“Suddenly there were two of her,” Obermeyer recalls.
She went to the internet to search for a reason for her symptoms. “I read that it

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Reducing Falls Using Sensing Technology

Reducing Falls Using Sensing Technology

Nurse researchers at Barnes-Jewish Hospital are pioneering the application of new technologies to reduce the incidence of inpatient hospital falls. Nationally, between 700,000 and 1 million patients fall in U.S. hospitals each year.*
A Barnes-Jewish pilot program conducted on a nursing division has resulted in a 58 percent reduction in the fall rate, and a

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