Archive for April, 2010
Congratulations to Stuart A. Kornfeld, MD, on winning the prestigious 2010 George M. Kober Medal, from the Association of American Physicians. Kornfeld is a Washington University hematology specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is also a professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics. His medical degree was earned [...]
Platelet donation is often overlooked or misunderstood, and it's the reason many people are alive to this day.
The first time I went to meet with the employees at the Pheresis Center to do a short video on their services, I had no idea what “pheresis” meant. Turns out, pheresis is the process of donating platelets. This lead me to ask the next obvious questions – what exactly are platelets and why are [...]
Time to knock down the fourth wall for a second. I’m Jason Merrill and I’m one of the media relations people at Barnes-Jewish. I’ve been here ten years and I have never seen the outpouring of public support for one patient as I have for heart transplant patient Megan Moss. I mean, when her friends held a [...]
Planet Sub owner donates a portion of May sales to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundations Cancer Frontier Fund
Zach Oldham, owner of Planet Sub restaurants here in St. Louis, decided to create a special promotion in honor of his mother, who passed away from cancer. The Central West End location, closest to the hospital, will donate 10% of it’s May sales to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Frontier Fund. The $50 million Cancer [...]
Our Siteman Cancer Center sees a volume of patients rivaled by only a handful of peers nationally, with many of these patients travelling a great distance. However financially, that’s not always easy to do. So, one of our survivors is trying to do something about it. Erica Griffin of Van Buren, MO was diagnosed with [...]
And The Beat Goes On – an informative and interactive lecture on atrial fibrillation…bring your dancing shoes!
Can you feel the beat? If you have experienced an irregular heartbeat, heart racing, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue and have high blood pressure you may have atrial fibrillation. This heart rhythm disorder affects 2 million Americans. Join Dr. Ralph Damiano and Dr. Jonas Cooper to learn about the causes for atrial fibrillation, options to [...]
Last week we told you about one of our patients in need of a new heart. If 23 year old Megan Moss didn’t get a new heart by Sunday she would have been implanted today with a Left Ventricular Assist Device or LVAD. Now, LVAD’s are very reliable devices. In fact our surgeons implanted over [...]
Crohn's disease is difficult to live with, but working with the right physician can make all the difference.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic and sometimes debilitating disease that affects the entire GI (gastrointestinal) system. Symptoms include pain, diarrhea, blood in the stool, sudden weight loss and intolerance to certain foods. It’s often difficult to diagnose due to the range in symptoms, but when it is there are treatment options that can help someone [...]
Over the weekend Barnes-Jewish Hospital got just over 100 emails through the website (www.barnesjewish.org) for people to send their thoughts and support to various patients. Seventy-five of them all went to one patient – 23 year-old Megan Moss. Megan’s dad Wayne has been sharing constant updates on his blog (http://megansheartstory.blogspot.com) as they wait for a [...]
Sarah Kinkade is a Public Relations Coordinator at the hospital. She brought in some homemade whole wheat bread that blew us away, and we begged her to share the recipe. She claims that she isn’t skilled in the kitchen – we “whole”-heartedly disagree. It’s seriously really easy!! My culinary skills are just barely mediocre. 100% [...]