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OneThousandOne represents the amount of time, verbally, that it takes to count to one second. In this one second of time, a great thing happened at The Nebraska Medical Center. In fact, several great things probably happened. A patient was cured, a researcher found the missing link, a nurse treated an injury, a doctor comforted a family or maybe a child just smiled.
MOMENTS IN MEDICINE at THE NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER
Winter | 2014

Winter | 2014

  • Keeping Hope Alive
    No one wants to hear the word cancer. But if there is one cancer that you would least like to hear come from your doctor’s mouth, it would probably be brain cancer.
  • Leading the Revolution
    Imagine a day when doctors can identify the exact gene mutation that is causing a cancer to grow. With this information, they are able create a unique drug designed to target the abnormality. This drug is customized for each individual and has the capability to attack the molecular alterations that are fueling the cancer and ultimately halt its deadly course.
  • A Standing Ovation
    Cora Christensen describes her care at The Nebraska Medical Center like that of a well-rehearsed symphony — a welcome relief when much of her health over the past 30 years has been more like an opera with its share of tragic moments.
  • A Legacy of Influence
    To understand why Michael Sitorius, MD, is where he is today, you have to start at the beginning.
  • A Tribute to Glenn A. Fosdick
    After more than 35 years as a leader in health care administration and 12 years as president and CEO of The Nebraska Medical Center, Glenn A. Fosdick has retired. Fosdick’s legacy will be remembered as one that brought vision to The Nebraska Medical Center while inspiring a new level of quality and excellence in every aspect of the organization.
  • Decompressing Pain
    Susie Young doesn’t know what it feels like to be stabbed. But if she could describe the feeling, she thinks she would come very close. It’s a pain she endured for years — a sharp, piercing pain that started in the back of her neck and traveled to her eye — “like someone was stabbing me with a knife,” she says.
Spring | Summer 2013

Spring | Summer 2013

  • 10/10 Finding Balance
    The pain that Rachel Smith felt just under her breastbone was like no pain she had ever felt before. It was debilitating pain; pain that caused her to drop to the floor unable to stand pain. On a scale of one to 10, it was a 10.
  • Defining Quality
    In the 1970s, an average patient was touched by approximately 2.5 health care professionals during an inpatient visit in the hospital. Today, that same patient is seen by an average of 17 health care professionals.
  • A Heart in Check
    There’s no doubt that running a cattle ranch is hard work. Like most ranchers, Kit Held of Leigh, Neb., doesn’t think twice about putting in 12- to 14-hour days. Combine that with operating a seed dealership and trucking company and you can bet Held has his work cut out for him. Stress, lack of rest and taking care of everything else but himself — that’s what Held thinks led to the chain of events that happened next.
  • Lasting Impressions
    Michael Moulton, MD, recalls with admiration the first few times his eyes were opened to the field of medicine. He was a young child standing beside his grandfather, Gordon Schulz, MD. Today, Dr. Moulton serves as professor and chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Respected for his expertise in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, he leads the collaborative effort to design and launch a lung transplant program at The Nebraska Medical Center’s Transplant Center.
  • A Special Connection
    When Sandy Washa’s sister fell to the floor in the middle of Walmart while she and her family were vacationing in Greeley, Colo., she initially felt a rush of fear and panic. Her sister, Julie Wichman, had experienced several seizures prior to this incident, but her doctors were always nearby — not 500 miles away.
Fall | Winter 2012

Fall | Winter 2012

  • Above and Beyond
    Sam Hubka knows that the best things in life aren’t handed to you. And when you want something really badly, you have to give 110 percent to get it — whether it’s winning a football game, a wrestling match or a battle with cancer.
  • Bariatric Program: The Lighter Side of Life
    At 286 pounds, Kelly Maki had learned to give up a lot of things in life that most people take for granted and the extra pounds were taking a toll on her health.

    In the end, it came down to how she wanted to live the rest of her life — in pain, immobile and in constant fatigue or healthy and living life again. She chose the latter.
  • Finding His Place
    Three people with very serious conditions have one thing in common: James R. Scott, DO, a surgeon at The Nebraska Medical Center.
  • Good As Gold
    Thirteen-year-old Peter Jurich took home gold this summer after competing in swimming at the Transplant Games of America for the first time, just three summers after undergoing a liver transplant at The Nebraska Medical Center.
  • Oxygen x3
    It was supposed to be a mother-daughter excursion in Omaha for shopping, girl time and a celebration of life. Marthajane Bisenius didn’t know that she would come close to losing her life.
Spring | Summer 2012

Spring | Summer 2012

  • Restoring Vitality
    There’s no place like home. For 90-year-old Paul Hodgson, MD, who nearly lost his independence, that old saying rings more true today than ever before.
  • Life as Usual
    When Toni Clarke found out she had breast cancer, she braced herself for a long, difficult journey. She stressed about how she would manage her two young girls’ busy schedules, how she would drive into Omaha for appointments and day-long chemotherapy treatments, and how she would keep up with work and family.
  • Going the Distance
    The truly amazing measure of how far Haysam Akkad, MD, has come since his birth in Aleppo, Syria, isn’t the distance he has traveled. It’s what he has achieved along the way.
  • Spreading the Benefits
    The Nebraska Medical Center is committed to enhancing the quality of life for our patients and the community at large. In 2010, The Nebraska Medical Center invested $85,705,868 in the community through a variety of community benefit programs that range from providing care to the uninsured and underinsured to providing health screenings and health fairs, funding for research as well as funding and training for health professions education.
Fall | Winter 2011

Fall | Winter 2011

  • Keeping the Spine Aligned
    Rich Kyler is living his dream. A detective and member of the Omaha SWAT team, Rich had dreamed of working on the police force since he was 15 years old. Nothing was going to take that from him now. Not even a broken back.
  • Renewing Life
    About halfway into her six-month treatment regimen, Rhonda Peterson arrived on schedule at the Village Pointe Cancer Center for her weekly chemotherapy treatment. Peterson usually left feeling tired and fatigued. But today she left with a renewed sense of self-confidence, a smile on her face and sporting a beautiful head of new, silky blonde hair.
  • The Sound of a Whistle
    It wasn’t so much a calling that Richard Hurd, MD, was responding to when he chose family practice medicine. It was a whistle.
  • A Deep Breath
    For as long as Karen Behrens can remember, she has caught a cold or suffered from bronchitis nearly every month of her life. The colds would often linger longer than normal and sometimes they would progress to pneumonia.
  • Limitless Possibilities
    Stored in a liquid nitrogen freezer at temperatures below -150°C are several thousand small bags of human hematopoietic stem cells. They are the link to life and a possible cure for many patients with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.
Spring | Summer 2011

Spring | Summer 2011

  • Unlocking Secrets of the Brain
    For many of her childhood years, 39-year-old Kim Jansen kept a secret. She was different from her friends, but she wasn’t sure why.
  • Moving Mountains
    Sybil Jackson has always been known as the one in her family who could move mountains.
  • 108 Degrees
    Surgeons at The Nebraska Medical Center have added a new weapon in their battle against cancer — heat.
  • Charting a Familiar Course
    The first time George Greene accompanied his father to the operating room, it imprinted a memory and helped map a career.
  • A Home for Health
    A patient-centered Medical Home is not a building, house, hospital or home healthcare service, but rather it is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care.
Fall | Winter 2010

Fall | Winter 2010

  • Surviving Against All Odds
    Stephanie Haines is in the prime of her life. At just 25 years old, success seems to follow her: the valedictorian of her high school class, the recipient of a full-ride college scholarship, two college degrees under her belt and a rising accountant at a large Omaha business.
  • Brighter Pathways
    In his mid-50s, Jeff does everything and more than most men his age.
  • Staying on Course
    Spurred by his love of athletics, Harris Frankel, MD, once considered becoming an orthopaedic surgeon and focusing on sports medicine. As skilled at reading a putt as he is at reading an MRI, he also might have taken a swing at professional golf.
  • Fighting for Every Breath
    Certain that her racing heart and the tingling down her left arm were signs of a heart attack, Joann Mieska tried to be calm as her manager summoned paramedics to the Council Bluffs, Iowa, casino where Mieska works.
  • Facing Reform
    After months of debate, healthcare reform is here. The new legislation promises to end the current healthcare system as we know it.  So how will it affect America’s hospitals?
Spring | Summer 2010

Spring | Summer 2010

  • Directing Rhythm of the Heart
    The cardiology team at The Nebraska Medical Center, leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias, helps an Iowa family live with a rare, genetic heart condition that had been taking the lives of their family one by one.
  • Bellevue Medical Center
    It was a much anticipated day when Bellevue Medical Center opened its doors this spring to the Bellevue community. As the city’s first full-service hospital, Bellevue Medical Center has a lot to offer this growing community of more than 50,000 residents and the surrounding counties.
  • Excellence Through Physician Collaboration
    Described in news releases as “an exciting time,” the fall of 1997 signaled the dawn of a unique, new version of healthcare delivery in metropolitan Omaha and the region.
  • Room To Breathe
    Becoming a physician wasn’t first on Marlin Stahl’s list of things to do in life, until he was challenged by a very close friend.
  • Revealed by the Past
    After discovering a genetic predisposition for ovarian cancer, Mary Bernstein bristled at the thought of surgery. A new robotic procedure for hysterectomy, however, had Bernstein back on her feet the very next day.
Fall | Winter 2009

Fall | Winter 2009

  • Life in Motion
    The Movement Disorders Clinic, the most comprehensive in the Midwest, is helping restore independence and quality of life to many patients who thought they had to live with the debilitating effects of excessive or involuntary movement disorders.
  • Reviving History
    Lon Keim, MD, is a forward-thinking physician, teacher and researcher who is deeply fascinated by the past.
  • Amazingly Ordinary
    At first glance, there is nothing that seems especially out of the ordinary about Margaret Ingebretsen’s delivery.
  • Finely Tuned
    As a retired teacher, an avid musician, pianist and conductor, and an adoring grandmother, Beverly Lightner should have been having the time of her life.
  • Picking up the Pace
    Every time Maria Perales slips on her walking shoes and hits the pavement, it’s another reason to celebrate. After four surgeries, three in the last year, walking is one of those little things in life that Perales no longer takes for granted.
Spring | Summer 2009

Spring | Summer 2009

  • Creating New Pathways in Treatment
    Since the inception of the liver transplant program in 1985, the surgical team that is one facet of the world-renowned liver disease program at The Nebraska Medical Center has performed 2,534 liver transplants.
  • Restoring Faith
    It was a long and rigorous journey, but Dwayne Burgess recently won back his faith in medicine, in God and in life. And he gives credit to The Nebraska Medical Center for helping him get there.
  • The Highest Level of Care
    Angelica Tellgren, RN, learned the magnitude of being a nurse at The Nebraska Medical Center in a very unlikely place.
  • Saving Face
    John Allbery thought the swollen glands in his throat meant he was coming down with a cold. His family physician suspected an infection and prescribed antibiotics.
  • No Small Innovation
    After a year of suffering persistent and worsening symptoms of reflux, Sherri Mastin’s quality of life had taken a dramatic spiral downward.
Fall | Winter 2008

Fall | Winter 2008

  • Spreading the Cure
    When Russel Iwan began experiencing pain in his upper leg he didn’t think much of it – until that was all he could think about.
  • Awakenings
    Last fall, when Amy Most felt something odd below her rib cage “like a little hiccupping going on inside,” it was such a vague sensation that she simply dismissed it. Even after it happened six times in three weeks.
  • Westward Expansion
    When you need healthcare, you want it to be convenient and you want the best. Now you can have both.
  • Back on the Fairway
    “Physician, heal thyself.” It’s a popular quotation from the New Testament. Like most of us, Peter Whitted, MD, has heard it many times. He knows what it means – and knows better than most people how difficult it would be.
  • Seeing the World in a New Light
    For as long as Bridgit Pollpeter remembers, she has had diabetes.  At age 4, Bridgit remembers receiving insulin shots several times a day, alternating the shots to different parts of her body.
Spring | Summer 2008

Spring | Summer 2008

  • Shedding New Light on Epilepsy
    Since ancient times, man has been seeking to understand the inner workings of the human brain. Weighing in at about three pounds with an estimated 100 billion cells, the human brain still remains a mystery in many respects.
  • The Quality Journey
    An unplanned trip to the emergency room is not what most of us would consider a “memorable experience.” But when you can take an otherwise forgettable experience and turn it into a positive one, that’s something to remember. That’s what The Nebraska Medical Center did for one young couple recently confronted with a medical emergency while traveling through the state to see family over the holidays.
  • Gift of Life
    There’s nothing wrong with Ruth Gerdes’ hearing. But when an oncologist in Lincoln told her the carcinoid tumors in her liver were inoperable and that she had no hope for a cure, she refused to listen.
  • Drawn to Medicine
    He not only writes out the weird-sounding name so they can spell it correctly or look it up later, he draws them a picture. He maps out the gastrointestinal tract and shows, as precisely as he is able, what may be wrong and how he plans to address their problem.
  • Mended Heart
    On Sept. 11, 2003, actor and comedian John Ritter was suddenly stricken with severe chest pains. The star of the sitcoms “Three’s Company” and “8 Simple Rules…” was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles where, according to his relatives, he was mistakenly treated for a heart attack. Ritter, 54, died that same day.
Summer | Fall 2007

Summer | Fall 2007

  • A New Era in Breast Cancer Treatment
    On this particular day, she has a full schedule of patients in her clinic. As oncologist Beth Reed, MD, one of the region’s leading experts on breast cancer, scans the schedule, she notes that she’ll see women at a variety of stages in their cancer journey:  four newly diagnosed patients, four who are a year or more out from treatment and the remaining eight patients who are breast cancer survivors of five years or more – a milestone Dr. Reed is sharing with an increasing number of her patients all of the time.
  • Making Healthcare Work
    As a dad, Dr. Canedy is good at crafting things. As president and executive director of SimplyWell LLC, Dr. Canedy is an expert at crafting innovative concepts and solutions for healthcare delivery and management.
  • A Game of Life
    When Kari Jefferson came to Omaha to watch a high school basketball game with her husband, Jose, giving birth was probably one of the furthest things from her mind.
  • Maximum Precision
    About two years ago, Timothy Solberg, PhD, an unassuming individual with some big goals, slipped into the lower halls of The Nebraska Medical Center to join his new colleagues in the Department of Radiology.
  • Finding Fulfillment
    All babies spit up. That’s what Nolan Miller’s parents thought after they brought him home Sept. 20, 2003, two days after he was born.
Fall | Winter 2006

Fall | Winter 2006

  • New Hope New Hearts
    Fighting the effects of the anesthesia, Larry Rockwell struggled to open his eyes. His mind raced to recall the events of the night before.
  • From Cockpit to Operating Room
    After a particularly exhausting week during his training to be a transplant surgeon, Byers Shaw Jr., MD, could think of only one way to relax. An aviation enthusiast since his teens and a pilot for many years, Dr. Shaw knew that getting off the ground would be the best way to lift his spirits.
  • An Isolated Incident
    What if... although it’s been said to be unlikely, what if, a large-scale Avian flu epidemic struck this country, what would be its impact? The consequences could be severe.
  • Field of Medicine
    When Bill Thorell finished high school in 1988, he had only one thing on his mind and it wasn’t medicine. “I had no idea what I wanted to do,” Thorell recalls, “except play baseball.
  • A Night in Emergency
    Torin Constable is doing what any 11-year-old boy might do on a warm, summer day – climbing the old maple tree in his front yard.