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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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Teacher Returns to Classroom 8 Days After Stroke

Teacher Returns to Classroom 8 Days After Stroke

On the one year anniversary of his stroke, Blair Russell spent the evening with friends at Busch Stadium cheering his favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals, on to a win.
On May 4, 2015, 37-year-old Blair Russell was teaching his fifth-graders math, just as he did every day after lunch. Suddenly, something felt off. “I was

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Brain Tumor Survivor, Wife and Mother – 6 Years Later

Brain Tumor Survivor, Wife and Mother – 6 Years Later

Tamara Ramage Bruce’s life is full of blessings. In the past six years, she’s gotten married and had two children.
“I’m so grateful and amazed that I can be here,” she says with a laugh after being treated for a rare brain tumor in 2010.
Bruce was a healthy young woman in her mid-20s when

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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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The Right Call; the Best Outcome

The Right Call; the Best Outcome

Prad Sabharwal was at home talking on the telephone with his brother early one morning when his right hand suddenly went numb. Within minutes, the 56-year-old St. Louisan couldn’t move his arm at all and then, just as sudden, his right leg also wouldn’t move. Sabharwal hung up the phone and called his wife,

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When Liver Disease Affected the Mind and Body, a Liver Transplant Was the Answer

When Liver Disease Affected the Mind and Body, a Liver Transplant Was the Answer

Jay Duncan is a creative guy. For decades he worked in advertising in Chicago – first for big agencies like BBDO and later as the head of his own firm. So when he started experiencing cognitive problems—trouble focusing , difficulty communicating—it was devastating.
“My job requires me to use my brain very actively,” Duncan says.

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2016 Transplant Nurses Day

2016 Transplant Nurses Day

For patients needing an organ transplant, the process—from evaluation to transplantation—can feel pretty overwhelming. The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center helps its patients by offering a program that ensures they don’t navigate the complex process alone.
Each transplant patient is paired with a transplant nurse coordinator, who manages and facilitates the entire process, starting

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