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From The Blog

TIPS procedure likened to dealing with traffic backup

Liver disease caused Megan Morgan's excess fluid buildup in her abdomen. A transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) acted like a "bypass road."

September 22, 2020

Family warns others to take COVID-19 seriously

Mike Wolf was a healthy guy with no underlying health issues. Then he contracted COVID-19 and spent 43 days in the hospital. Now his family wants to warn others to take COVID-19 seriously.

September 4, 2020

Physician shares COVID-19 experience

Deepi Goyal, M.D., now can draw on personal experience in leading response to the COVID-19 pandemic. After recovering from COVID-19 himself, Dr. Goyal wants to ensure people take the virus seriously.

September 2, 2020

Faith, family, friends help Gary Barclay survive, thrive after heart attack

Gary Barclay thought he had indigestion, but it turns out it was a heart attack. He survived thanks to immediate emergency care in his community, and thrives in part because of his focus on healthy habits, faith, family and friends.

August 27, 2020

‘There is a purpose for me’ reflects patient with brain tumor

Jeff Calkins believes he has been given a second chance at life. After surgery and treatment for a brain tumor, he is giving thanks and giving back.

July 28, 2020

Neither a snowstorm nor COVID-19 pandemic stops heart surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic changed many things, but it didn't stop Ted Schleicher or his surgery team from getting his heart valve issue fixed quickly and safely.

July 14, 2020

Woman recovers from rare type of stroke

Laurie West was recovering well from knee surgery. That changed 11 days after her surgery when she experienced two types of stroke at the same time.

June 3, 2020

Patient reflects on surgical experience during pandemic

Diane Baier needed a last-minute surgical procedure before a planned trip, but then the COVID-19 pandemic changed how health care was delivered. Learn how changes the surgical team made kept her and others safe.

June 2, 2020

Stepped-up safety measures for surgery

Chad Meacham slipped and ruptured a disk in his neck, which required surgery. Learn how enhanced safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic protect him and others during surgery.

May 26, 2020

Video visits keep patient, doctor connected during pandemic

Debbie Doble was diagnosed with breast cancer, but the COVID-19 pandemic halted face-to-face appointments. Find out how she continued care from the convenience of her home using video visits.

May 19, 2020

Breast cancer recovery back on track after COVID-19 pandemic delays surgery

When you learn you have cancer, the natural reaction is to want it out of your body as quickly as possible. Lisa Carlson recently was diagnosed with breast cancer and can attest to that.

May 11, 2020

Patient recalls near-death experience with COVID-19

Craig Bell says he started to feel ill and was experiencing cold-like symptoms that progressively worsened. After testing positive for COVID-19, he was admitted to the ICU.

May 11, 2020