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Methodist Expansion Keeps Care Convenient and Close to Home 

  Brittany HillBrittany Hill has had a front-row seat to the expansion of women’s services at the Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital campus in Council Bluffs. First, she was a curious onlooker as the Jennie Edmundson Medical Plaza took shape. Brittany began work as a certified medical coder at t…
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How to Balance Kids' Fall and Winter Activities With COVID-19 Safety

The leaves are falling and cooler temperatures have arrived. It’s the time of year when families are thinking about indoor activities to keep children active, busy and healthy over the fall and winter. But like so much else this year, there’s an added layer of risk for parents to consider. Unfortu…
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Push Out Anxiety and Fear by Cultivating Happiness

Now that we’re more than six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, cracks in our mental health are showing. Many of us are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress – some for the first time. So what can we do about it? Read on for coping strategies that work, and learn how to push away f…
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Nurse Honored With DAISY Award After Showing Admirable Qualities of Palm Tree

  Jay West with his wife, Diane, and son, JasonJay West describes himself as a “connector.” The pastor at Kingdom Encounters, a small church in Omaha, loves getting to know people and connecting his friends to others so they can thrive. He’s also not shy about pointing out good work when he sees…
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Hepatitis Awareness: It Starts With Screening

I tend to catch many of my patients off-guard when I ask to test them for hepatitis C.   Many ask if it’s actually necessary – they say they have never done anything to be exposed and they don’t look or feel sick. My answer is always a resounding yes! We can’t cure a disease we don’t know about,…
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What a Patient Needed Most: A Hand to Hold

Charlie Dix, 84, was suffering. The Council Bluffs man (pictured above, center) was living with myasthenia gravis, a form of muscular dystrophy. After more than 10 years in remission, it had resurfaced two years ago, causing frequent aspiration and pneumonia.    On the night of June 10, he was in …
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Surviving Ovarian Cancer: Doctor and Patient Urge Women to Get Annual Exams

She was never one of those people who thought it’d never happen to her. “I always thought I’d someday get breast cancer,” said Peg Bartelt, 70. “My grandmother had breast cancer. I assumed I might eventually get it, too.” So, it wasn’t a cancer diagnosis that caught her off guard – it probably wa…