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Methodist’s Power Couple

11/17/2017 | Stories

He’s a toxicologist. She’s in critical care. Both are clinical pharmacists. He’s an intensely organized, quiet guy. She’s OK with a bit of disarray and is definitely outgoing. It sounds so cliché – to say that a couple complements each other. But Jim Mowry and Judi Jacboi-Mowry do just that. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with – the power couple of IU Health Methodist Hospital. The two are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields.…

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Why I Volunteer: IU Health Team Members Explain

11/16/2017 | Stories

Tis the season for volunteering and Operation Winter Ready is a great way for Indiana University Health employees to consider giving back. “Operation Winter Ready is a project that we’ve been involved in for four years,” explains Rebecca Fox, an engagement project manager in IU Health’s community outreach and engagement sector. “Each year, our volunteers pack up around 1,000 kits for the homeless which include items like blankets, hats, gloves, socks, and hand warmers.…

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Methodist Nurse Of 33 Years: ‘It’s About Believing In Something Bigger Than Me’

11/16/2017 | Stories

In 33 years as a nurse at IU Health Methodist Hospital, Carol A. Harmon, MSN, BSE, has found the key to her career is not about her but about others. She was drawn to nursing early. Her grandmother was a nurse and her sister followed on a similar path – practicing as an LPN. We asked Harmon to chat with us about her three decades caring for patients. Favorite patient story: “There was a 14-year-old girl who was practicing track and field and next thing she knew, she was being sent to…

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Cancer Doctor’s First Patient An Advocate For Other Patients

11/16/2017 | ConditionsCancerStories

Inside a conference room at IU Health’s Simon Cancer Center Teresa Altemeyer recently offered a presentation to oncology nurses and social workers. The topic was “Resources for Patients, Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals.” The focus was on providing a support system for patients with Leukemia & Lymphoma. The in-service presentation was one of many programs Altemeyer has had a hand in during the past eight years. She facilitates a first Monday Cancer Support Group at IU…

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IU Health’s Newest Cancer Fighter: PET MRI

11/16/2017 | News & TrendsCancer

A new tool at Indiana University Health’s Neuroscience Center may now make cancer detection and diagnosis faster and easier. “MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” explains Todd Stanley, administrative director of imaging at IU Health. “This kind of scan uses magnetic and radio waves to produce detailed morphological information of the organs, tissues and structures within the body. While PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography, an imaging test that helps to measure…

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Remarkable Recovery: 80-Yr-Old Man Fell 50 Feet From Tree

11/15/2017 | StoriesNeuroscience

He’s sitting in the IU Health Neuroscience Center with three huge pies next to him – butterscotch, coconut cream and peanut butter. Jim Pickett has been up all morning baking those pies from scratch. It’s a diversion from his normal morning routine – which he does every day, except for Sundays. He has two church services to attend on Sundays, one Methodist and one Presbyterian. About 8 a.m. the rest of the week, he shows up at the diner in Brazil, Ind., to meet a group of…

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Nursing: Like Mother, Like Son

11/13/2017 | Stories

Tommy Wood hears it often: “Aren’t you Jane Wood’s son?” His mother walks the halls of University Hospital stopping often to introduce her son to fellow team members. If they hadn’t already met him, they’d heard about him. Jane Wood is a familiar face at University Hospital. She addresses fellow team members by first name and her face shows the pride for a son who chose the same profession she loves. Tommy Wood has been a nurse at Riley Hospital for Children at…

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When Cancer and 13 Hours Separates Parents, Four Children

11/13/2017 | ConditionsCancerStories

Since the day of her husband Ryan's diagnosis, Traci Berg has written in a notebook –dates, reminders and observations. But the ink on the pages of her diary, is not the focus of the Berg family. It’s another decorative journal that serves as the tide that binds the Bergs with their four children including twin boys – Drake and Max aged nine, and daughters Mallory, 5, and Kinsley, 3. The journal started as an idea by Lisa Rainey, an art therapist with the CompleteLife program…

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Cindy Love, RN: Cheerleader and Mentor to New Moms

11/13/2017 | Stories

Her support groups seem like a secret, consisting of close knit circles of ladies learning and leaning on each other. And when IU Health childbirth educator and pediatric nurse practitioner, Cindy Love, calls her weekly meetings, attendance is always high. For 17 years, she says, new moms and their babies have come and gone. They’ve come to learn and listen. They’ve come to laugh and cry. Most of all, they’ve come to see Cindy, a sweet and steady support. “I try to offer a…

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“Artificial Pancreas:” Help For Patients With Diabetes

11/13/2017 | ConditionsDiabetes Endocrinology News & TrendsStories

There’s some good news for patients with diabetes that worry about the overnight highs and lows of glucose control. A new smart insulin pump automates and personalizes basal insulin delivery 24 hours a day to stabilize blood sugar levels with less patient interaction required. Known as the hybrid closed loop system, the pump constantly self-adjusts to automatically keep sugar levels in range. The system works by wirelessly linking an insulin pump and a glucose monitor. When the system is in…

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