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Love our nurses? Tell BJC about it

Love our nurses? Tell BJC about it

At Barnes-Jewish Hospital, we love our nurses. The Rare Gift has an especially warm place in our heart for transplant nurses – from operating room nurses to the ICU and floor nurses to the transplant coordinators.
This week is national Nurses Week and to honor nurses in the BJC HealthCare system, our sister website, MakeMedicineBetter.org, has a forum just

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Patient celebrates a “second birthday,” freedom from diabetes and dialysis and a new future

Patient celebrates a “second birthday,” freedom from diabetes and dialysis and a new future

Type 1 diabetes and kidney failure are both devastating conditions on their own. Together, they can be overwhelming.
Yes, insulin and dialysis can keep patients alive. But with a strict diet, daily insulin injections, the rigorous routine of dialysis treatments and many complications make it very difficult to live life to the fullest – or for very long.
For some patients, a

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Status Update: I’m an organ donor

Status Update: I’m an organ donor

Here’s some news that makes us want to hit the “Like” button…
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg this morning announced a partnership between Facebook and Donate Life America. The partnership is designed to raise awareness about the need for donors and to encourage people to sign up for their state’s organ donor registry.
Just imagine if every Facebook user

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The transplant matchmaker: Barnes-Jewish HLA lab

The transplant matchmaker: Barnes-Jewish HLA lab

More than 400 people work in the laboratories at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Most patients never see them, but their work is vital – helping doctors make diagnoses, pointing the way to an effective treatment, and even giving some patients a second chance at life. During Laboratory Professionals Week, we salute the people who work in the labs,

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Barnes-Jewish liver transplant nurse is patient’s “Guiding Light”

Barnes-Jewish liver transplant nurse is patient’s “Guiding Light”

The Guiding Light was the longest running drama in television history. The show’s title came from a lamp shining in the window of one character’s house  as a beacon to guide people looking for comfort or advice.  A Barnes-Jewish Hospital transplant nurse, Pam Thurston, RN, CCTN, was honored on Transplant Nurses Day, April 18, as

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How to start saving lives today – MidAmerica Transplant Services tells you how

How to start saving lives today – MidAmerica Transplant Services tells you how

Editor’s note: This is the first in a seven part series on the donation process as submitted by Justin Phelps, a communications coordinator at Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS). He will guest blog periodically in 2012 to give our readers a better understanding of MTS and the services it provides. He may be reached at jphelps@mts-stl.org.

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Cheney Transplant No Longer Uncommon

Cheney Transplant No Longer Uncommon

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Transplant coordinator tries to inspire her patients through action

Transplant coordinator tries to inspire her patients through action

If you saw Andrea Markwardt, RN, CCTN, now, especially when she’s working out, you’d never suspect she was once out of shape and overweight.
Andrea is a Barnes-Jewish Hospital kidney transplant coordinator. She works out in the BJC WellAware Center on Taylor Avenue under the watchful eye of trainer Brittany Tucker.
Markwardt says she felt bad

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Dartmouth transplant surgeon talks life, death and donation

Dartmouth transplant surgeon talks life, death and donation

A new book looks at the line between life and death, and the author says that after researching and writing it, he still has questions about it.  National Public Radio’s Terry Gross interviewed Dick Teresi, author of The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers — How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between

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VAD Patient’s Batteries Stolen … We Overnight New Ones

VAD Patient’s Batteries Stolen … We Overnight New Ones

Here’s a potentially scary story about one of our patient who literally had his lifeline stolen out from under him.

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