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“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice …” – William Jennings Bryan


JOURNEYS In service Lt. Nicole Hansen returns to our operating rooms after overseas deployment

Inside: Annual giving report Healthy hearts linked to sleep Meet our robotics team





IN SERVICE TO THE WORLD Surgical nurse shares skills to make a difference in Afghanistan


NEW AT BRYANLGH Robotics rule They remember BryanLGH’s first procedure Surgeons team up to promote robotics




MEDICAL STAFF SPOTLIGHT Ask the doctor: Be prepared for summertime emergencies


BRYANLGH HEART INSTITUTE Researching link between sleep apnea and heart health


WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S HEALTH Mother, daughter find special care


NEW AT BRYANLGH Device saves stroke patient


CRETE AREA MEDICAL CENTER Saluting our heroes of health


BRYANLGH LIFEPOINTE Thanks to LifePointe, he’s back on track






NEW AT BRYANLGH Helping navigate the cancer journey

You’re reading an award-winning publication! The Lincoln chapter of the American Marketing Association recognized Journeys as a 2012 Prism winner among newsletters produced by nonprofit organizations. Journeys was born in 2010 to better serve our local and regional audiences by combining several BryanLGH publications into a single, distinctive magazine. A talented team of writers and photographers is behind your Journeys. Every edition, we strive for an appropriate balance between storytelling and technical writing, between entertainment and reporting. Journeys is mailed to more than 82,000 households and is available at BryanLGH and on the web at If you would like to be included on our mailing list, call the Advancement team at 402-481-8674. Thank you for your support! n


TRAUMA CENTER We salute Trauma Champions


VOLUNTEERS & CUSTOMER CARE Special bond helps Patty succeed



Marketing experts salute Journeys



Statesman William Jennings Bryan, one of the original benefactors of BryanLGH, said:

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“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” Journeys tells our story of how BryanLGH chooses to achieve. This free publication is mailed quarterly to our employees, physicians, volunteers and the communities we serve.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT Your contributions help us care for those who come to BryanLGH at every stage of life. To find out how you can participate, please contact the BryanLGH Foundation by calling 402-481-8605, or write to us at: BryanLGH Foundation 1600 S. 48th St. Lincoln, NE 68506

Kimberly Russel President & CEO, BryanLGH Health System John Woodrich President & COO, BryanLGH Medical Center John Trapp, MD Chief of Staff, BryanLGH Medical Staff Bob Ravenscroft Vice President of Advancement Edgar Bumanis Director of Public Relations Paul Hadley Editor

FROM OUR PRESIDENT “The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


his edition of Journeys highlights our annual report on giving. And while I would not advocate giving up on dreams, the Longfellow quote above is fitting, because of the active charity and willing service that happens every day at BryanLGH and beyond. One only needs to walk the hallways to see our staff members actively engaged in the care of patients and their loved ones. Or the volunteers who make sure that a wife has a warm blanket and fresh cup of coffee to comfort her as she awaits news on her husband’s operation. We see willing service in the good deeds of our coworkers and students — be it staffing and supplying personal care items at Clinic with a Heart, serving meals to the less fortunate at the Matt Talbot Kitchen or participating in many other community service activities. Our people answer the call here at the medical center, as well as in the community and overseas — read about BryanLGH surgery nurse Nicole Hansen’s tour of duty in Afghanistan on Page 2. I also see active charity in the generosity of our steadfast donors throughout the community, who know that without their support, we would not be able to provide the level of comfort and leading-edge care we do at BryanLGH. Their gifts help us in countless ways. Purchasing and maintaining equipment that ensures prematurely born infants have the best fighting chance at life. Helping to build our new,

class-leading mental health and substance abuse facilities, which serve individuals from all walks of life — mothers, fathers, teens, athletes and military personnel. Helping us purchase language interpretation units that enable us to communicate with people of the many nationalities whom we treat. Ensuring that all of our heart programs remain on the leading edge of treatment. I hope you enjoy reading about the ways in which BryanLGH and its people — staff members, physicians, volunteers and students — participate in active charity and willing service and the stories about our generous donors. I invite you to join us.

Kimberly A. Russel President and Chief Executive Officer BryanLGH Health System

Our annual report on giving is included in this edition of Journeys magazine.

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Nicole Hansen, RN, grew from her military experiences but appreciates returning to her daughter and the normalcy of work at BryanLGH. The flag she holds on the Journeys cover flew over the hospital compound where she taught in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Surgical nurse shares skills to make a difference in Afghanistan


he is better at her job now. Nicole Hansen is more confident, now, in her role as an operating room nurse at BryanLGH. She handles pressure better than she used to; she sees the bigger picture; she goes with the flow. Hansen just got back this spring from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. There, she was 2nd Lt. Nicole Hansen of the Nebraska Air Guard. There, her unit undertook a program to train Afghan nurses in the Afghan National Army (ANA) Armed Forces Academy of Medical Sciences (AFAMS). The Guard’s role in the training came about in part thanks to an invitation from the University of Nebraska, which has an Afghan studies program and longtime relationships within the country.

those women sat up a little straighter when she came in the room. The way their eyes got just a little bigger. “Women are just starting to get back into education there,” Hansen says. Seeing women do what Hansen did was like looking into a whole new world. According to Hansen, the Afghan men had a tougher time seeing U.S. servicewomen in positions of leadership or authority. Some resented it; some just couldn’t grasp the concept. Sometimes, they wouldn’t look at Hansen when she was trying to teach them. But those who had been in the program the longest, the interpreters, and eventually, the instructors, trusted her expertise. But the women — Hansen knows someday they’ll tell their daughters about it, too. Those women were so shy, Hansen says. They were so careful, so introverted. Improving herself, bettering the world But when they looked at her, she could see it: They liked seeing women stand But now, back home in Lincoln, at Nicole Hansen, RN, up and take the lead. They sat just a little BryanLGH, even when things get crazy, BryanLGH straighter. Hansen remains steady. Now they knew — they knew it could She knows it could always be worse. always be better. She’ll tell her daughter about it Hansen’s daughter, Marissa, turned 8 when Nicole was someday. Maybe not now, maybe not for years to come. But away. And sometimes on Skype video calls, she would ask why someday, she will. Mom couldn’t just come home. She’ll talk about what it was like when the Afghan female It was difficult. She was the first in her family to join the nurses saw her and the other U.S. servicewomen. The way

“after the deployment, I’m more confident … and I’m a lot more thankful.”

Hansen brought back memories, campaign medals and coins signifying Medical Training Advisory Group and Operation Enduring Freedom participation.

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She returns from war zone calmer, wiser military, and it was tough on the grown-ups, too. barrier. Lack of respect for women. The head-scratching For the first few months, she and her team were stationed working conditions. a mile away from the hospital and “We would sometimes spend nursing school and had to drive days or weeks trying to fix things themselves there in an armored that in America would not even have vehicle. been an issue,” says Hansen. Sometimes kids would run at Conditions were deplorable. the vehicle, to ask for money. And The incidences of post-operative sometimes, depending on the infection were off the charts. security-threat level, Hansen and the But the team validated the others would tense up. You never nursing program. They revamped knew who might be carrying an the curriculum. They developed a improvised explosive device (IED). working skills lab. They developed Security threats could “ground” teaching skills in Afghan instructors. them to the base for a day or even They got critical care textbooks a week. During the end of their translated into Dari — the first texts deployment, when threats were the Afghan nurses had in their home especially heavy, Hansen and other language. medical personnel took turns as They did it, Hansen says: They Jan Garvin, vice president extra security for their team. They’d made a difference. They developed of human resources step out of the day’s rotation, something the Afghans can sustain. serving as bodyguards instead of She hopes that they will. But the dentists and doctors, wearing body Americans did what they came to do. armor instead of scrubs. Hansen In elite company carried an M4 carbine and 9mm pistol. The job itself could be frustrating. There was a language According to the Nebraska National Guard, there are about

“What better way to demonstrate our core beliefs than to collaborate with employees who have chosen to share their skills and talents with the military?”

The U.S. Air Guard recognized Hansen with the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (previous page) and Army Achievement and NATO service medals (center above) for her service overseas. She also earned the National Defense Service Medal and is up for promotion to 1st Lieutenant.

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Robotics rule NEW AT BRYANLGH

Andrew Lepinski, MD UROLOGY

“It seems we urologists are using a robotics approach for most of the surgeries we used to only do as open procedures. About six years ago, we started using da Vinci for radical prostatectomies — still one of the most common roboticassisted surgeries. Now we do a lot of kidney removal surgeries, as well as ureteropelvic junction obstruction surgeries, procedures to remove the bladder or surgeries for transitional cell cancer in the upper urinary tract. So, we’ve been steadily expanding our use of robotics.”



“Robotics is a huge leap forward in the science of surgery. Benefits of robotic surgery include high-definition 3-D visualization inside the body, precise dissection and preservation of vital structures, such as blood vessels, ureters and nerves. The great advantage of the da Vinci system is it allows me to perform natural orifice extraction of specimens. No incision is larger than 3/4 inch. This means less pain for the patient, faster return of bowel function, faster recovery and fewer restrictions after surgery. I use the da Vinci platform for colon cancer, diverticulitis, deep pelvic surgery and benign polyp removal. As each generation of robotics improves, we should see even more benefits and applications.”

Surgeons at BryanLGH are on pace to set an all-time record for roboticassisted surgeries. Read on to learn about benefits to patients.

“Patients are benefitting in dramatic ways. One of my patients underwent a roboticassisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy at 9 a.m.; by 5 p.m., she was eating regular food, up walking and required only Motrin® for her discomfort. At 6 a.m. the following morning, she was ready to be dismissed. “The flexibility and versatility of the instrumentation opens the door to many more procedures. “Combining multiple surgical disciplines also can be visualized. Recently, Dr. Michael Jobst and I were able to use a single combined robotic approach (rather than separate procedures on different days) to help a patient who had a confirmed early stage, distal sigmoid colon cancer and severe dysmenorrhea.”


“Robotic-assisted surgeries can mean shorter recovery periods than with open surgery and less pain for patients. Our team has performed chest surgeries, such as lung lobectomies and mediastinal mass excisions, and we hope in the upcoming year to be doing heart surgeries. I’ve been using the da Vinci system for about two years, beginning before I moved to Lincoln, and this team rivals that of any hospital where I’ve worked.” Richard Thompson, MD CARDIAC and THORACIC SURGERY

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Pioneers in robotic-assisted surgery

They remember BryanLGH’s first procedure


obots have invaded the surgical suite and aren’t leaving anytime soon. In fact, robotic-assisted surgery may soon be considered the standard of care for many operations due to its growing popularity among patients and providers. “The value of robotics is amazing,” says James Maly, MD, who in 2005 performed the first robotic-assisted gynecological operation in Nebraska at BryanLGH Medical Center. “Patients come back a week after surgery and say they feel great.” Fortunately, the days of large incisions and long recoveries for many women who have hysterectomies are in the past. According to Dr. Maly, most gynecologic operations can now be performed with minimally invasive tools, especially with the use of an operative robot. “If having surgery is the only option, we want to do it in the way that will enable our patients to recover most quickly,” he says. And the robot allows surgeons to be more precise and respectful of the tissues, creating less trauma for the patient’s body.

First in Nebraska Gayleen Maurer was the first patient in Nebraska to undergo robotic-assisted gynecological surgery. Because

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of the positive experiences of two family members who were Dr. Maly’s patients, Gayleen traveled more than two hours to Lincoln from her home in Atlanta, Neb., to seek minimally invasive surgery as an alternative to traditional open surgery for her upcoming hysterectomy. “When I told Dr. Maly I was concerned about being out of work for six-eight weeks because I’m self-employed, he told me I would be the perfect candidate for a new robotic procedure which would get me back on my feet more quickly,” she recalls. She trusted Dr. Maly’s recommendation and is very happy she made the decision to be the recipient of this new technology. “I had a hysterectomy on a Monday, was back to work part time the next Tuesday and was able to go back to work full time after two weeks,” Gayleen notes.

No longer experimental Even though it was approved by the Food & Drug Administration in 2005, insurers still considered robotic-assisted surgery for gynecological procedures to be experimental. So Dr. Maly and patients like Gayleen worked to educate insurers about the advantages of robotics, paving the way for future patients. “I remember having to write a letter to my insurance company to persuade them to pay for it,” Gayleen says. Now robotics is covered just like any other minimally invasive procedure, since insurers have realized that by advancing technologies, hospitals are able to retain and decrease costs over time. As high as 50 percent of all hysterectomies nationally are still performed using an open incision, even though minimally invasive techniques have been available for 15 years. But once patients hear about robotics, they seek out providers who utilize the technology. Patients understand the technology — they have read about robotics, searched for such procedures on the Internet, or they have known patients like Gayleen who have had robotic procedures. “I have recommended robotic surgery to several other people in my same situation, and they all had the

NEW AT BRYANLGH same positive experience,” she says. When explaining how the robot works, Dr. Maly tells his patients it is not because a robot is actually at the controls, but rather

technology. He was an early adopter in implementing minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery when it appeared on the horizon, and his transition to roboticassisted surgery was a natural progression and one he expects will continue to evolve. Dr. Maly’s commitment to robotics led him to becoming the most prolific user of the technology at BryanLGH, performing almost 100 robotic-assisted gynecological surgeries last year. “My initial philosophy in 2005 was for it to be a complement to an existing minimally invasive surgical treatment plan, but over the past year or two, I have also been using the robotic system for more routine Dr. James Maly says Gayleen Maurer was one of the robotic-assisted first patients in Nebraska to surgeries because of procedures can make a benefit from this type of surgery positive patient outcomes,” big difference. at BryanLGH. he says. In addition to Dr. Maly, that the da Vinci robotic platform allows 21 other physicians are using the system at the surgeon better depth perception, threeBryanLGH. Dr. Maly explains that BryanLGH dimensional magnification, a greater degree is unique because it has a high percentage of mobility and the ability to control multiple of providers who are robotically trained. “We have a committed and multidiscithings at the same time. plinary staff of gynecologists, cardiothoracic “I can hold and move the camera. I can surgeons, urologists, colorectal specialists and operate with two of the da Vinci’s arms and general surgeons who performed more than also have a third arm positioned to hold 300 robotic-assisted surgeries last year — and something in another position,” he says. we’re on pace to perform more than 400 this Pioneering spirit year,” he points out. From tinkering after hours in the lab And there are other medical and surgical during medical school, to performing specialties, including orthopedics and ear, microsurgery for fertility problems during nose and throat surgeons, who will undergo the 1980s, Dr. Maly always has been robotics training soon. passionate about finding ways to improve BryanLGH embraced robotics early, the patient experience through emerging being one of first two hospitals in Nebraska

to acquire the da Vinci Surgical System in 1999, when it was approved for cardiac surgery. BryanLGH also was: n One of the first to use robotics for

urological surgery. n First to perform robotic-assisted gynecological procedures in Nebraska. n First to have two robotic systems full time. n First to perform two robotic surgeries at the same time (separate cases going on simultaneously in different rooms at the same time). The medical center has purchased three different generations of robots since that first acquisition and now has two identical stateof-the-art robots. The basic instrumentation has not changed much since the first da Vinci model, but now they have high definition cameras, improved optics and foot pedals which allow surgeons to do multiple things from the console at the same time. The robots also have the capability to have two surgeons operating from two different consoles during the same procedure. Dr. Maly is excited about the future of robotic-assisted surgery and wants people in the region to know that this technology is not futuristic — it is available now for many types of surgeries. He also chairs a physician committee that’s establishing a robotics center at BryanLGH. “I hope we can get the word out that people need to investigate the merits of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery if they are contemplating having an operation,” he says. “It can make a big difference in their comfort and time it takes them to return to normal activities.” n To learn more about the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery, talk with your doctor. To support pioneering care at BryanLGH, call the BryanLGH Foundation at 402-481-8605.

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Surgeons team up to promote robotics


new executive committee of physicians is establishing a robotics center at BryanLGH. James Maly, MD, obstetrics & gynecology, is its chairperson. Other committee members are Darla Eisenhauer, MD, obstetrics & gynecology; Michael Jobst, MD, colon & rectal

surgery; Andrew Lepinski, MD, urology; Richard Thompson, MD, cardiac & thoracic surgery; and Rick WIndle, MD, general surgery. Twenty-two surgeons are using the twin da Vinci robotic systems at BryanLGH, and others have applied for privileges.

Richard Thompson, MD, cardiac and thoracic surgery

Katie Fossen, MD, obstetrics and gynecology

Chandra Ljunggren, MD obstetrics and gynecology

Peter Howe, MD, urology

Michael Jobst, MD, colon and rectal surgery

Corwin Friesen, MD, obstetrics and gynecology

Nicole Mahoney, MD, obstetrics and gynecology

Christopher Larson, MD, urology

Greg Fitzke, MD, general surgery

Donald Gibbens, MD, obstetrics and gynecology

James Maly, MD, obstetrics and gynecology

Andrew Lepinski, MD, urology

Rick Windle, MD, general surgery

Gregory Hattan, MD, obstetrics and gynecology

Todd Martin, MD, obstetrics and gynecology

Lance Wiebusch, MD, urology

Sarah Cada, MD, obstetrics and gynecology

Gregory Heidrick, MD, obstetrics and gynecology

Gary Milius, MD, obstetrics and gynecology

David Wiltfong, MD, urology

Darla Eisenhauer, MD, obstetrics and gynecology

Deanna Hutchins, MD, obstetrics and gynecology

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To learn more about the benefits of roboticassisted procedures, ask your physician, or visit or use your smartphone’s QR application to access this code.


New faces at

BryanLGH Welcome these colleagues to the BryanLGH medical community Dennis Bozarth, MD, FAAOS, orthopedic surgery, is in solo practice at Bozarth Orthopaedic & Occupational Medicine, 402-466-0555. Dr. Bozarth earned a medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center School of Medicine, Omaha, in 1983 and completed an orthopedics residency at West Virginia University, Morgantown. This board-certified physician is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Bozarth’s practice focuses on care and treatment of occupational injuries. David Cleverly, DDS, oral and maxillofacial surgery, joined Rallis Oral & Facial Surgery, 402-327-9400. Dr. Cleverly graduated in 2006 from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry, Lincoln, where he spent an additional year interning in oral surgery. He then completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wis. Before returning to Lincoln, he was an attending/associate staff surgeon at Gundersen Lutheran. Dr. Cleverly has significant experience in dentoalveolar surgery, outpatient anesthesia, dental implants, soft tissue grafting, orthognathic surgery, maxillary alveolar cleft repair and TMJ surgery, as well as other procedures.

William Lawton II, MD, gastroenterology, joined Gastroenterology Specialties, 402-465-4545. Dr. Lawton graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine, Omaha, in 2005. At UNMC, he completed his internal medicine residency and was chief resident of internal medicine, then completed his gastroenterology fellowship. Dr. Lawton is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is board eligible in gastroenterology.

New residents: (standing, left) Dr. Julie Steinhauser, Dr. Cristina Merete, Dr. Nathan Smith, Dr. Jennifer Shafer, Dr. Sarah Castillo and (front) Dr. Shea Welsh, Dr. Andrew Shahan and Dr. Kellen Sherlock.

LFMP introduces newest family medicine residents Eight physicians have begun three-year Lincoln Family Medicine Program residencies through the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership, which is supported by BryanLGH. The first-year residents are Sarah Castillo, MD, Loma Linda (Calif.) University School of Medicine; Cristina Merete, MD, Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico; Jennifer Shafer, MD, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; Andrew Shahan, MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City; Kellen Sherlock, MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City; Nathan Smith, MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City; Julie Steinhauser, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine, Omaha; and Shea Welsh, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine, Omaha.

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Ask the doctor:

Dr. Tadd Delozier, Nebraska Emergency Medicine

Be prepared for summertime emergencies Q. As an emergency room physician, do you see more injuries during the summer? Yes! More people are outside, participating in activities that can cause a variety of injuries. Q: Why should children and adults wear bike helmets? What are the dangers if they don’t? Accidents happen to all riders and it is appropriate for adults to set a good example for their children. Brain injuries, scalp and facial lacerations and skull fractures are common in bicycle crashes. Wearing a properly fitting helmet can prevent or substantially reduce such injuries if you are involved in a crash. Q: How do riders stay safe on a motorcycle? Be seen by wearing bright and reflective clothing. However, assume you are invisible! The major cause of accidents is the failure of other motorists to see you. Follow the rules of the road, maintain safe spacing and wear protective clothing, which includes a certified helmet, jacket, pants, gloves and boots. Know your bike, and never travel faster than your skill level. Learn how to ride properly, as the majority of crashes involve untrained riders. Q: Should a child ride on the back of a motorcycle? As with any passenger, a child should ride behind the operator and be equipped with the appropriate protective gear. Proper judgment should be used as to the child’s ability to balance himself and hold onto the rider in front. Ensure

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MEDICAL STAFF SPOTLIGHT properly fitting foot pegs and a back rest for additional support. Make a few test runs before going into traffic because this practicing can help prepare a child to be a motorcycle passenger. Q: How do people prevent injuries while using push mowers or riding lawn mowers? Make sure the mower is in proper working order each spring. Do not remove safety devices or shields, only add fuel to a cool machine, do not mow with bare feet or in sandals, keep your hands and feet away from the blades, and don’t mow on sharp embankments or where there is poor traction. Keep the mulching bag attached to prevent debris from striking the operator, wear eye and ear protection and use a mower with an automatic shut-off switch. Q. Why is wearing insect repellent so important? Insect repellent helps reduce exposure to insect bites that can carry infections, such as West Nile virus, which can lead to serious illness or death. Q: How do I know if an insect bite needs to be seen by a physician? Be seen if you are concerned about exposure to a dangerous insect such as a brown recluse or black widow spider or if you develop redness or streaks or have swelling or drainage at the site. Also, seek treatment for any signs of an allergic reaction: hives, shortness of breath, wheezing, feeling faint, rapid heartbeat, or swelling of the lips, face or tongue. Q: How do I treat a bee sting? If you see a stinger, remove it. Clean the area with soap and water and apply ice to the area for 15-30 minutes every hour. Apply CaladrylŽ or hydrocortisone cream for the itching and swelling, and if you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction, go to the nearest emergency department. Q: Why is it harmful to skip the sunscreen and get sunburned? The risk of getting skin cancer goes up dramatically the more you get sunburned. The most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, are directly correlated with sun exposure over many years. The sun exposure pattern believed to result in melanoma is that of a brief intense exposure, such as a blistering sunburn, rather than years of tanning.

Sunburns also cause damage that leads to premature wrinkling. Q: Who should wear sunscreen? Anyone over the age of 6 months. Q: What are the dangers at a swimming pool? At a lake? Drowning is the most familiar danger but also the most preventable. Chemical and bacterial exposure are also dangers. Avoid diving in shallow water. Q: What are some basics of boat safety? Use common sense: Check local weather conditions; operate at safe speeds, especially in crowded areas; avoid alcohol; make proper use of life jackets; and take a boating safety course. Q: What are the symptoms of a sprain? Symptoms are pain, swelling, bruising, instability and loss of the ability to move or use the joint. You may feel a pop or tear when the injury happens. Q: Do you seek medical attention for a sprain? Seek attention if you are concerned that a bone is broken or a joint is dislocated, if there is numbness associated with the injury or the injured part is cold and discolored. Q: What are the symptoms of a broken bone? Similar to a sprain: swelling, bruising or deformity over a bone, pain with movement or touch, loss of function or in the case of an open fracture, a bone protruding through the skin. Q: Where should we go if I think my child has a broken bone? Your family physician, a local urgent care center or emergency department. Q: When does a cut need stitches? Where should I go? In general, cuts over three-fourth-inch long and one-fourth-inch deep need stitches. If you can see bone or yellow bits of fatty tissue at the base of the cut, you likely need stitches. Depending on the severity, either an urgent care or emergency room could handle this injury.

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Researching link between sleep apnea and heart health


oran Swanson used to stop breathing about 60 times every hour while he slept. That was before he became one of the first 42 people in the world to receive a new therapy for congestive heart failure and central sleep apnea. Now among six participants in a new clinical trial at BryanLGH, Loran is sleeping better, has more energy and no longer carries 20 extra pounds of fluid which had been putting pressure on his heart and kidneys. This renewed vibrancy is due to better heart function and discontinuance of the equipment previously used for his sleep apnea. “Not only do I feel better today than before the trial, I think there will be other benefits that could improve the quality of my life,” Loran remarks.

5 percent of cases overall, but it’s more common among patients who have heart disease, occurring in approximately 35 percent of those with heart failure. Most sleep apnea is related to obstructions that prevent patients from breathing, but the problem with central sleep apnea is that the brain isn’t sending signals to the breathing muscles and telling the diaphragm to breathe. “The one place where we see higher percentages of people with central sleep apnea is in patients who have congestive heart failure,” says Andrew Merliss, MD. “Central sleep apnea is an incurable disease which may be a cause of congestive heart failure or perhaps the other way around,” he points out. Electrophysiologist Andrew Merliss, MD, of “Imagine coming up with a cure for BHI is involved in several clinical trials. central sleep apnea — that would be huge and definitely appealing to everyone working on this project.” Respicardia, the sponsor of the study, approached In good hands at BryanLGH BryanLGH Heart Institute to be a site for this clinical trial for When Loran and his wife, Janet, decided to move to two primary reasons: Cardiologist Steven Krueger, MD, is a Lincoln 1 ½ years ago to be closer to their children, they were well-known and respected researcher and is sought after for concerned they wouldn’t have access to the high quality health collaboration with such trials; and BryanLGH’s experience, care they experienced in the Phoenix area. expertise and facilities are outstanding. But, as Loran would soon discover, Lincoln has even more “High volumes of implantation of pacemakers and sophisticated options for his condition. That’s because the defibrillators have resulted in a team that has seen everything clinical trial in which Loran is enrolled is only being offered and has been trained to anticipate problems before they arise,” in five hospitals in the United States, one each in Ohio, says Dr. Merliss. Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, and Nebraska — with BryanLGH Heart Institute and The Ohio State University What’s involved Medical Center having the most enrollees. (There also are eight The clinical trial involves implanting a device in the European locations involved in the study.) patient’s chest that has leads which stimulate the nerve The objective of the study is to evaluate sleep quality and that makes the diaphragm move. The device, called a pulse heart function of patients who have central sleep apnea. generator, looks like a big pacemaker, but unlike a pacemaker, This is a rare form of sleep apnea, accounting for about

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In his free time. clinical trial participant Loran Swanson enjoys the writing group at his retirement community. He’s recording his life’s experiences to share with his grandchildren.

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its function has nothing to do with the heart. It has only to do with the diaphragm, which is the breathing muscle. “It’s like a hemisphere of muscle on which the lungs rest, and when we breathe, that hemisphere becomes flattened and makes the lungs expand,” Dr. Merliss explains. “When you stimulate the phrenic nerve, it makes the diaphragm move and allows the lungs to fill with air, and thus normal breathing occurs.” The system is designed to deliver electrical pulses at night during sleep to restore more natural breathing.

Implanting the device Dr. Merliss is one of a select group of electrophysiologists in the world who implant the devices used in the trial. He says it takes time, patience, experience and special skills, since the physicians are inserting leads in locations not typical for cardiac devices. “After every single case, I collaborate with their engineers about design modifications to try to make this therapy more accessible and to improve the implant procedure,” he adds. Though a portion of the procedure itself is similar to putting in a defibrillator or a pacemaker that is tucked underneath the skin, finesse is needed when it comes to threading the veins. “The vein we target is about the diameter of a toothpick,” Dr. Merliss notes. “The wire portion of the device is threaded through a vein which is sometimes hard to find. The wire must then be delicately negotiated through the vein to its intended destination. I am grateful to have a specially trained team of BryanLGH nurses and technicians that supports me.”

Loran’s experience Though many patients are referred to such trials by their physicians, Loran actually heard about the trial through his daughter, whose friend was not able to initially qualify for the trial. Loran contacted Becky Goeke, RN, the study coordinator at BryanLGH; he was screened, became eligible and had the pulse generator implanted in his chest on Nov. 7, 2011. Every three months Loran spends two nights being evaluated in the Sleep Lab at BryanLGH West. That’s when technicians from Respicardia fit him with electrodes and wires, monitor his sleep, reprogram his implanted device and ensure the adjustments have been successful. These evaluations soon will be less frequent. “I almost look forward to going for the sleep studies as the BryanLGH staff and the Respicardia team

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Teaching the finer points of playing pool is serious fun for Loran.

are very special people,” he says. Dr. Merliss says Loran and the other participants are doing well. This study is still open, with room for about eight more patients worldwide, and Dr. Merliss already is looking forward to Respicardia’s next clinical trial — the Pivotal Study.

Channeling new-found energy Though no longer playing his favorite game of softball because his knees complain, Loran’s renewed energy is channeled into teaching women to play pool at the Grand Lodge at the Preserve, where he and Janet live. “My goal is for them to have fun — if they are enjoying themselves, I feel like I’ve made a good contribution to their lives,” he says. Contributing to the lives of future generations also is very important to Loran, whether it be recording his life experiences in The Grand Lodge’s writing group or participating in the success of the clinical trial. “This has been a most interesting and rewarding experience for me,” he says. “Hopefully many people with central sleep apnea will benefit from the clinical evaluation of this therapy.”

Medicine and music Dr. Merliss is involved in several research projects and is

BRYANLGH HEART INSTITUTE intrigued by an upcoming study that involves a procedure to reduce clots in patients, eliminating their need to take anticoagulants. In addition to his research, Dr. Merliss has been on the forefront of new treatments for all kinds of arrhythmias since he was recruited from Harvard Medical School in 2001 to build the electrophysiology program at BryanLGH. “Electrophysiology is exciting, as it is one of the few areas in medicine where you can actually cure a patient of a rhythm problem,” he says. Cure rates for atrial fibrillation keep getting higher, while complication rates are getting lower as techniques and equipment continue to improve. “BryanLGH has been amazingly supportive of our development of the program,” he adds. “They’ve encouraged me to have the most advanced equipment so we have the

most cutting-edge program available.” Away from the hospital, Dr. Merliss enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Jaine, and children. As a means of relaxation after busy days at the hospital, he likes to play the mandolin. Dr. Merliss sees a relationship between his passion for his music and his profession. “Patients’ heart rhythms are like music on a page to me,” he says. “If I can read the musical notes, if I can understand their heart rhythms, and then help my patients, that’s the greatest symphony in the world.” n For information on how you can support the BryanLGH Heart Institute, contact the BryanLGH Foundation by calling 402-481-8605.

Dr. Merliss unwinds with a few tunes on his mandolin, while Izzy listens in. The electrophysiologist notes, “Heart rhythms are like music on a page. If I can read the notes and understand their heart rhythms and then help my patients, that’s the greatest symphony in the world.”

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New parent Crystal Vandevoorde shows off baby Chloe to NICU nursing manager Laurie Ketterl, RN, and neonatologist Mark Brisso, MD.


Summer 2012


Mother, daughter find special care


or 16 years, Crystal and Cory Vandevoorde of Wahoo never planned on having children. They were “dog and cat people” and thought of their four-legged friends as the only children they’d have. An October 2011 ultrasound confirmed the Vandevoordes were going to have a baby. The due date? June 7, 2012. Or so they thought. Through the next several weeks, Crystal’s pregnancy seemed typical with nausea and fatigue. When health issues persisted, she wondered how she’d make it to June. She battled the flu and also developed excruciating sciatica pain — pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve that runs from the spinal cord to buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg. A brief break in the clouds came Jan. 5, when they learned they would have a girl. They were excited to choose a name for their baby and decorate her nursery. “We finally decided on Chloe Elise,” Crystal says. “Chloe means ‘green shoot,’ and Elise means ‘My God is my vow.’” When her hands, legs and feet started to swell in mid-February, Crystal went to see her obstetrician Sarah Cada, MD, of Gynecology & Fertility, located in the BryanLGH Medical Plaza. “It turns out I had extremely high blood pressure of 170/111,” Crystal says. She learned her blood pressure could increase during the remainder of her pregnancy and possibly result in an early delivery. By mid-March, Crystal began the third trimester of pregnancy. She had gained only 13 pounds and with the discovery that Chloe wasn’t growing adequately, that Crystal had protein in her urine, and that blood work revealed a low platelet count — the discshaped cells that assist with blood clotting — Crystal was admitted to BryanLGH. While there, representatives from the neonatal intensive care unit visited with the soon-to-be parents and explained what to expect should they have an early delivery. “They said the baby would most likely be OK with months of

intensive treatment, but they also told us there were certain risks involved when a baby is born so early,” Crystal says. “The positive side was that the baby scored high on the stress tests the hospital administered, meaning the stress that my body put her through was actually helping her prepare for life outside the womb.” Crystal went home on bed rest three days later. By day three, she began to feel odd with a strong headache that persisted overnight. The next day, her headache had not improved, and her world headed downhill quickly. Crystal learned later that she experienced a blood pressure-induced seizure that caused her eyes to swell and muscles to convulse. Cory called 9-1-1, and when paramedics arrived, Crystal had lost her sight from the brain swelling. She was rushed to the hospital in Wahoo, loaded onto a helicopter and flown to BryanLGH. Neonatologist Albert Ansah, MD, was on the scene when Crystal arrived and prepared for the imminent delivery of premature Chloe. On call from Gynecology & Fertility was Deanna Hutchins, MD, who delivered Chloe via Cesarean section approximately 30 minutes later at 1:23 p.m., March 25 — two-and-a-half months early. She weighed 2 pounds, 6 ounces, was 15 inches long, and her head was the size of a small peach. Family and friends waited anxiously with Cory to see Crystal, who underwent MRIs and other tests for the seizure activity and brain swelling. While Cory didn’t get to view Chloe’s birth, he got to touch her tiny hands and feet before she was whisked away for care in the NICU. “Seeing her for the first time was truly amazing,” Cory said. “Of course after going through all that we did since the very beginning, we were kind of worried things weren’t going to work out the way we wanted them to. It put my worries at ease when I realized she was going to make it, and things were going in the right direction.” Dr. Ansah — who received extremely premature Chloe after the emergency delivery — stabilized and transferred her to the NICU and noted these as key to providing a happy ending for Chloe: “Several things stood out: the rapidity of the response by

“She was simply the tiniest, most beautiful angel I’d ever seen.”

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WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S HEALTH Photo courtesy of Erin Harmon

everybody involved — from Wahoo to BryanLGH, the support Crystal had from her husband and family, the strength of Chloe and how well she did for a baby so premature and so hurriedly delivered because of her mother’s critical status and discharged home healthy without complications, the fortitude of Crystal during the whole series of events, and the professionalism and expertise of the NICU in handling this case.” The following day, Crystal woke with no memory of what had happened. While she had regained sight, her baby was gone. And, that’s when she met Laurie Ketterl, RN. “I was still very foggy from the medicine, but I remember Laurie’s kind smile entering my room with pictures of my little angel,” Crystal says. “On a piece of paper, Laurie had glued pictures of Chloe ‘sunbathing’ in her isolette — the incubator — under the bilirubin lights (for jaundice). Laurie also had attached a tape measure to the colorful paper to represent how long Chloe was and sent along a note from Chloe greeting me,” she recalls. “As NICU nursing manager, I work to answer families’ questions and build a relationship with them so they feel they have an advocate if needed or just someone to help them get through some of the tough days,” Ketterl says. “For moms like Crystal who cannot come to see their baby in the NICU because they themselves are too sick to visit, I feel it is important to do everything we can to bring their baby to them, such as getting pictures to them with a little message that reads as if it comes from the baby.” A short time later, Crystal was wheeled down to the NICU to see Chloe for the first time. “She was simply the tiniest, most beautiful little angel I’d ever seen. I could

20 Summer 2012

Cory and Crystal Vandevoorde of Wahoo say the care their baby Chloe received at BryanLGH was amazing. only touch her through the portholes of the isolette, and I cried tears of joy that she and I had survived our ordeal.” Through the next two months of Chloe’s hospital stay, the new parents received expert advice, teaching and guidance. They also received alarming news. Crystal developed a blood clot in her arm, and after complaints of chest pain, tests were run to rule out a blood clot to her lungs. Those tests revealed no clot but did show a mass. Surgery to remove it was set for the day following Mother’s Day 2012. When Dad and Mom arrived on Mother’s Day to visit Chloe, they found a pink gift bag filled with goodies and a scrapbook-style card with Chloe’s handprints and footprints that read, “Happy Mother’s Day from Chloe.” “The NICU staff took her picture with her feeding tube removed and made it into a beautiful card for me that said ‘Good luck with surgery, Mommy.’”

After surgery, the Vandevoordes and staff at BryanLGH received great news. “We collectively heard as a nursery that Chloe’s mother’s condition was benign,” says neonatologist Mark Brisso, MD, who served as one of the team leaders for Chloe’s case and set the plan for her daily medical care. “A large weight had been lifted off of the family, and Chloe could once again become everyone’s center of attention.” During their time at BryanLGH, Cory and Crystal said they experienced a kind of compassion they believe is unusual. According to Crystal, “We were made to feel like family, and the day we left was filled with happiness and tears. We built relationships with the NICU staff that will last a lifetime, and if it weren’t for God and my NICU family, little Chloe may not have made it. “We have seen every inch of BryanLGH over the course of this journey, and I can tell you that the care I’ve received was amazing. From the nurses to the doctors to the technicians to the people who clean the rooms and bring the food, it was wonderful.” Chloe didn’t make it to her original due date, but she made it. Hanging on her nursery wall is artwork her mom painted that says, “You are my sunshine.” Next for Cory and Crystal? Making the most of “a very special part of their lives together” with their bundle of sunshine, Chloe. n To find out how you can support the neonatal intensive care unit and other women’s and children’s programs at BryanLGH Medical Center, call the BryanLGH Foundation at 402-481-8605. To take a video tour of our Family Birthplace and NICU, go to familybirthplace, or use your smartphone’s QR application to access this code.

Annual report on giving

Growth William Jennings Bryan’s gift of his former home and surrounding farmland to be the site of a new hospital serves as an example of how we can change the future of health care.



Your generosity keeps us growing


ccording to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, nonprofits across the United States have experienced a 12 percent drop in contributions since 2008. During this same period, BryanLGH has experienced the opposite. Because of your help, we can describe philanthropic efforts at BryanLGH with one word — growth. We see growth in many ways. It is through our relationships with donors who believe in the care delivered through our locally owned and governed health system. And it is represented by sheer numbers. This past fiscal year BryanLGH received more gifts than at any

point in its history; it has more organizations, foundations and individuals giving generously; we are receiving more dollars; and more are volunteering their time to enhance your experience with BryanLGH. As BryanLGH looks ahead to a reformed health care environment, two things are certain. First, we have delivered a full spectrum of care for 85 years, and this will continue. Second, the need for charitable support will increase. Your support helps ensure that the highest possible specialty care is provided, and it guarantees mission driven programs are preserved. This will be increasingly important in years to come.

William Jennings Bryan may not have imagined the scale of growth that would result from his original gift of land and his home, but he did understand that philanthropy could be the catalyst for big changes. His gift started something special, and your support today upholds a rich heritage of reinvesting into a community. You make possible myriad initiatives, from wellness, prevention and health education to treatment and rehabilitation. Together with you, BryanLGH will continue to grow and meet our region’s expanding health needs. With you, BryanLGH will continue to enrich lives. Thank you for your support!

Growth in relationships

Gifts to be received at a future date

Total number of donors ......................................... $1,1 12,746 Total number of gifts .............................................. $1,1 10,876 Average per donor ................................................... $2 971

Growth in investment

Number of confirmed estate gifts in FY 2012 to benefit BryanLGH ...................... $1,112,22 6 Previously confirmed estate gifts ........................ 24 Historical average estate gift to the BryanLGH Foundation ........................... $1,160,000

Total private support generated to benefit BryanLGH Health System in FY 2012

BryanLGH employee giving in FY 2012

Gifts and pledges from individuals, corporations and foundations .......................... Planned gifts ............................................................. Grants from state or federal agencies ................ Sub Total ....................................................................

$2,308,825 $ ,346,780 $2,3 9,090 $2,664,695

In kind gifts ............................................................... $0,0 3,000 Volunteer support* ................................................. $1,137,961 Sub total ..................................................................... $1,140,961 Total charitable support for BryanLGH Health System in FY 2012 ..................................... $3,805,656 Bold type indicates amounts which exceed totals from the previous fiscal year. * 731 volunteers served throughout BryanLGH and contributed 52,224 hours of service in FY 2012, valued at $1,137,961. The Institute of Philanthropy quantifies the value of each hour of service at $21.79.

Number of employee donors ............................... $1,111,864 Dollars committed ................................................... $1,429,141

How gifts were used, designated by donors BryanLGH Medical Center clinical and support departments ................................. BryanLGH College of Health Sciences ................ Crete Area Medical Center .................................... College of Health Sciences scholarships .............. Other ...........................................................................

$2,048,774 $1,138,638 $1,177,250 $1, 181,789 $ 0121,244

Clinical & Support $2,048,774

College of Health Sciences $138,638

Crete Area Medical Center $177,250

Other $181,789




Growth in the region

Omaha-based Kim Foundation invests in care for many


ryanLGH is among the few hospitals still offering hospital-based substance abuse and mental health treatment. This dedication began 85 years ago, when Lincoln General Hospital began the first hospital-based psychiatric program in the United States. Our commitment has not wavered, thanks to partnerships with people and organizations throughout Nebraska and beyond. One such relationship involves Larry and Kathy Courtnage and the Kim Foundation, who made a $300,000 gift to the Fine Line campaign. This campaign will relocate and renovate outpatient mental health facilities at BryanLGH and build a new Independence Center. Larry, chairman of the board of Omaha-based The family of Larry and Kathy Courtnage are champions of mental C and A Industries Inc., and his wife Kathy created health awareness through the Kim Foundation. the Kim Foundation. Motivated by the memory of Larry’s daughter Kim, they started health, initiated the Suicide Prevention Collation and LOSS “Through our work with Dave Miers the foundation program, originated the “Not Alone” radio program and and Shannon Engler, our family to improve the supported BryanLGH. knew our support of BryanLGH quality and Collectively, such programs have made an impact, would be put to good use and availability of providing a voice for the many who struggle to be heard. would honor Kim’s memory,” Larry mental health The foundation’s efforts can be described with one word — Courtnage says. “We hope others services in transformational. will be inspired to join the Fine Line Nebraska. “When BryanLGH began planning for the Fine Line campaign. Every year, they help Today, the Kim campaign, I did not know if the Courtnages would support thousands of families who have Foundation is the campaign, but because they are so respected in the mental health or substance abuse a family affair, behavioral health community, I knew they should be aware needs; there are more families involving their of our efforts,“ says Shannon Engler, director of Mental that need help than people realize, children and Health Services at BryanLGH. and too few understand how many employees “Funding for behavioral health can be difficult to find, valuable and rare is the BryanLGH at C and A so when I heard of their generosity, it was honestly a little commitment.” Industries Inc. overwhelming. The light at the end of the tunnel leading to Whenever our new Counseling Center and new Independence Center there is a legislagot much brighter. It is hard to bring meaning to the words tive issue or an awareness campaign, or if education or ‘thank you’ for a gift like this, but we truly are grateful,” adds counseling for mental health are needed, you typically BryanLGH Mental Health Services manager Dave Miers. find support from the Kim Foundation. In recent years, Our patients, their families and BryanLGH indeed thank the foundation has been a leading sponsor for Nebraska the Courtnage family and the Kim Foundation. NAMI walks, created the Nebraska Family Help Line, funded To learn more about the work of the Kim Foundation, go Project Relate to help families fight the stigma of mental to




W.J. Bryan Society W. J. Bryan Society recognizes people who have invested in the future of BryanLGH through a planned gift. Carl Ander Vi & Helen Berst Mary H. Brown Frances Buell Joseph & Margaret Carlson

Kenneth & Shirley Dermann Dr. Alan & Karen Domina Jim & Margaret Griesen Ron & Colleen Groepper Catherine & Gregory Hershberger Lloyd & Donna Hinkley Phylis Hollamon Dr. Alexander & Jeanine Kingsley Wilma Kuster

Tom Lesoing Dr. Bruce & Suzanne Miller Rev. Dr. Clarke & Sharon Mundhenke David Patrick Harold & Marilyn Pfeiffer Tasha Pfenning Verla & Tom Plummer Dr. Vonn & Debra Roberts Robert Schiebinger

Jerry & Barbara Solomon Jim & Suanne Stange David & Linda Sundberg Dave & Shirley Thompson Virginia & Burnell Von Seggern Barbara & Rex Walker Patricia & Clinton Webb Herm & Helen Wiebers David & Shirley Wilcox

Cecil Albert Estate BryanLGH Medical Center BryanLGH Volunteer Resources Aaron H. Buckstaff (DC) Davis Design E.J. Faulkner Estate The Hawks Foundation

Wayne & Nancy Hester Albert W. and Lois Hoesch Estate Christine Janda (DC) The Kim Foundation Lincoln Hospital Association Elizabeth M. Miller Estate Robert E. & Mary J. Moore (DC)

Rogers Foundation Lee & Betty Schroeder (DC) Mary G. & Duane T. Swanson (DC) Donald R. & Mary L. (DC) Swanson John L. & Sophy H. Teeters (DC) Union Bank & Trust Company (DC) indicates deceased.

BryanLGH Heart Institute BryanLGH Medical Center West Auxiliary Carver Trust Community Health Endowment HealthLincoln Inc. Frederick & Hallie Houtz Estate

Lincoln Community Foundation Inc. Lincoln Radiology Group Medtronic Charles & Esther Miller Estate Vance & Barbara Rogers (DC) Kimberly A. Russel & Dr. Dirk Brom Richard Sadukis Estate

Sampson Construction Company John and Laura Slife (DC) Ken Snider US Bank Odeth Wall (DC)

Assurity Life Insurance Company Raymond Becker (DC) Bryan Woman's Board BryanLGH Medical Center Administration Dr. Reginald & Jamie Burton Wayne E. Carnicle Estate Carver Trust Brian & Nancy Christensen City of Lincoln J.E. Dunn Construction Company

Alice G. Eberhard Estate Electronic Contracting Company Emergency Medical Services Inc. Dale Fadschild Estate Helene Fuld Trust Fun Tours Inc. Dr. Lewis Harris (DC) Independence Center Alumni Association. Kinder Porter Scott Family Foundation Lincoln Foundation Inc.

Lincoln Industries MDS Pharma Services Stuart Nichols (DC) Pathology Medical Services Mildred Rowley (DC) Sandhills Publishing Fern Swanson (DC) Swing Against Cancer

Dialysis Center of Lincoln Donlan Foundation EducationQuest Foundation Inc. Richard & Kimberly Evnen Ken & Deb Foster Don Freeman Genentech Inc. Phylis Hollamon & Rev. Darrel Berg Viola Hronis (DC) The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation W.K. Kellogg Foundation Everett (DC) & Mary Jane Knoche Dr. Glen & Elba Lau

Bill & Judy Lewis Arthur & Gladys Marquardt (DC) Florence Mauroules Daniel (DC) & Ruth McPherson NAI/FMA Realty Nebraska Emergency Medicine Nebraska Hospital Association Pfizer Inc. Quest Diagnostics Ruth Schwartz (DC) Jerry & Barbara Solomon Donna Stone (DC) James & Barb Stuart The Stuart Family Foundation

Shirley Travis UNICO Group Inc. Ron & Valery Wachter Wells Fargo William & Mae Whitmer Ross & Judy Wilcox Doug & Lois Wilson Windstream John & Jeannie Woodrich Woods Charitable Fund Inc.

Founders Cumulative gifts of $250,000 or more "My place in history will depend on what I can do for the people and not what the people can do for me." – William Jennings Bryan

Leaders Cumulative gifts of $100,000$249,999 "Service is the measure of greatness." – William Jennings Bryan

(DC) indicates deceased.

Builders Cumulative gifts of $50,000-$99,999 "He is greatest who does the most of good." – William Jennings Bryan Duane & Phyllis Acklie Robert Allington Estate Ameritas Charitable Foundation Jean Ames Trust Agnes Asmussen Estate

(DC) indicates deceased.

Progressives Cumulative gifts of $25,000-$49,999 "Only the active have the true relish of life." – William Jennings Bryan Abel Foundation Craig & Devon Ames Carl Ander Bob & Ann Brown Bryan School of Nursing Alumni Association Commercial Investment Properties Joseph Cooper Estate Cornhusker Bank

(DC) indicates deceased.



Defenders Cumulative gifts of $10,000-$24,999 “There can be no settlement of great cause without discussion.” – William Jennings Bryan Alpha Phi Ameritas Financial Services Associated Anesthesiologists Viola Babcock Trust Bailey Lauerman Oliver Baker Memorial Trust Dr. John Baldwin Nadyne Bauer Bob & JoAnne Bettenhausen Bettenhausen Family Foundation Esther Beynon (DC) Ray & Betty Bloomquist Marshall & Jennie Borchert Dr. Brian & Monica Bossard Osvalds & Daila Bumanis Burlington Northern Foundation Ruth Jones Cadwallader (DC) Dick & Kathy Campbell Kathy Campbell Jack (DC) & Mary Carey Alda Carlson Jack Carnie George & Elaine Carr Dr. Stephen Carveth Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather Dr. Carolyn Cody Cooper Foundation Jim Cuddeford Nick & Ann Cusick Roger & Gayle-Ann Douglas

William & Betty Dresser Mike & Terri Dunlap DuTeau Chevrolet Subaru Company Eells Trust EPreward Inc. T.A. Filipi Estate Neil & Gail Finsand FirsTier Bank Dean & Debbie Fisher Ted & Marlene Forke Harriet Fort Ruth Foster Estate Dr. Deepak Gangahar Dr. Benjamin Gelber Dr. Charles & Carolyn Gregorius Jim & Margaret Griesen Russ & Jane Gronewold Guidepoint Global Ron & Chris Harris Ron & Chris Harris Charitable Foundation Ruth Hartley (DC) Rev. Leonard Hartwig (DC) Larry & Sandy Harvey Frank & Liz Hilsabeck Lloyd & Donna Hinkley George & Alice Holmstedt (DC) Kathleen Howlett Craig Howlett IMSCORP Don B. Johnson (DC) Mabel H. Johnston Estate Harold & Charlotte (DC) Kelley Kensington Quilters Drs. Elizabeth & Steven Lau Hermine & Charles (DC) Leffler Rick & Anita Leggott

LGH Generals’ Club Lincoln Association of Health Underwriters Lincoln General Hospital Foundation Lincoln Insurance Group Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph Lincoln Voiture 103 Marv & June Lyman Dr. Christopher & Erin Masada Jim & Georgianne Mastera Campbell & Marilyn McConnell Suzanne McMasters Dr. Clyde & Susan Meckel Wynn & Sheila Mehlhaff Cheryl & Marty Miller Ken & Pat Morrison Clarke & Sharon Mundhenke Tressie Murdock Estate The National Park Service Nebraska Heart Institute Nebraska Trauma & Acute Care Surgery Robert & Mary Nefsky Lucille Nefsky Estate Jim & Ginger Nissen Novartis Consumer Health Inc. The Olney Foundation Inc. Elvin L. Platt Estate Purdue Lecture Program Group Bob & Karen Ravenscroft Dr. John & Kay Reed Mrs. E.B. Reed (DC) Dr. Herb (DC) & Ginny Reese Region V Services Susan & Paul Rego Karen Rock Runza National

Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center Administration Steven Salisbury Trust Schneider (USA) Inc. Florence Schorr (DC) Schwisow Construction Inc. SmithKline Beecham Southeast Nebraska Hematology & Oncology Consultants Jim & Suanne Stange State of Nebraska Thomas Stoeckinger Stuart Foundation Sutter Place Interiors Swanson Russell Takeda Pharmaceuticals Inc. Thoratec TierOne Bank VHA Dr. Walt & Joann Weaver Helen Weber The Weller Foundation Dr. Vernon & Janet Westberg Dr. Ryan & Marietta Whitney Larry Widman Herm & Helen Wiebers Dr. Eric & Kathleen Williams Lynn & Robyn Wilson Dr. Larry Wood Woods Brothers Realty Inc. Wyeth Ayerst Laboratories Verla & Gordon Youngquist (DC) indicates deceased.

Honor Roll of donors for Fiscal Year 2012 This list (Pages 5-16) recognizes gifts of $50 or greater. An asterisk (*) denotes a BryanLGH staff member as of May 31, 2012. Bud & Kay Abbott Cindy* & Chad Abbott Jenny* Abler Emily* Acker Margaret* Adams Priscilla* & Roger Adams Karen* Adamsheck Kelsey* & T.J. Addison Esuroi Adelbai Mary* Agpawa Sheri* Aguilar Aleah* Ahrendts Ahmed* Al-Abdily Larry & Dee Albers Frances* Alcarde April* Allen Susan* Allen

Timothy* Allison Alpha Phi C. & T. Altenberger Ameritas Charitable Foundation Craig & Devon Ames Kristen* Andersen Bruce* Anderson Erica* Anderson Mickey* Anderson Dr. Nicole Anderson Pam* Anderson Ron Anderson Shannon* Anslover Dorothy* Applegate Sara* Arens Stacy* Arkfeld Sarah* Arntt Nicholas Arretche Gloria* Arroyo Candy* Ashcraft Amber* Aspedon Assurity Life Insurance Company

Lori* Athey Amy* & Tanner Auch Kerry* Augustine Briana* Auxier Janice* & Stacy Ayres Sid & Ken Babcock Larry* Backes Kelli* Backman Amanda* Bade Dennis* Bade Jamie* Bader Teri* & Greg Baer Rick* Bagby Deb* & Brad Bailey Doreen* Bailey Renae* Bailey Traci* Bair Barb* Bakenhus Andreea* Baker Bob* & Mary Baker Collin* Baker Kenneth Baker

Baker’s Friday Night Group Mary Baldus Lois* Baldwin Zachary* Baldwin Anissa* Ballard Terri* & Randal Bangert Nancy* & Philip Bargen Larry* Barkdoll Susan* & Gregg Barnason Jerry & Connie Barnett Jerome* Barry Larry Bartels Margaret* Bartels Christie* Bartelt Sarah* & Gary Barth Christine* Bartoo Brandella* & David Basurto Boyd & Julie Batterman Ann* Bauer Nadyne Bauer Kimberly* & Willis Bax Robert* Bayless


Tammy* Bayliss Kristopher* Beahan Debora* Beam Ellen* & Pat Beans Julie* Beasley Shannon* Becher-Kulwicki Deberah* Beck Peg & John Becker Rhonda* Becker Katie* Beckman Rachel* Beckmann Jane* Bedient Jeff* & Barb* Bedke Vaughn & Teresa Beed Michele* Beekmann Ashley Beethe Phyllis Behrens Stephanie* Behrens Nicole* Behring Marsha* Belz Lorri* Benamor Theresa* Bender Bruce* Benedetto Kathleen* Benes Craig* Benjamin Betty & Walter Bennett Koyle* Bennett Melinda* Bentjen June Bentley Stacey* Bergantzel Jill* Berger Gary* Bernard Carolyn* Bernasek Kathryn* & Alan Berndt Rebecca* Berner Charles* Berst Debra* & Jack Bewley Gary* & Connie* Binder Dr. David* & Kathy Bingham Gregory* Bischof Alla* Bishko Jeremy* Bissell Mark* Bisset Lorraine Bitting Janice* Blackmon Darcy* Blayney Erin* Bloomquist Ray* & Betty* Bloomquist Kelli* Blum Greg* & Dana Bodtke Kristie* & John Boehm Jessica* Boesche Gay* Bogan Tiffany* Bohm Patty* & Randy Bollinger Debra* Bolte Scott* Boltz Tracy* Boman Linda* & Wesley Bonne Bryce & Carol Bonness Deb* Border Karen* Border Mary* & Bruce Bornman Marguerite Boslaugh Dr. Brian & Monica Bossard Lina* & Brett Bostwick Abbie* Bottrell Melissa* Bowen

2012 ANNUAL REPORT ON GIVING Cherie* & Mel Bowers Ilene* Bowers Ashlee* Bowman Eileen* Bradbury Leora* Bradley Rachel Bramley Lisa Brand Carol* Brandl Debra* & Joe Brandl Jill* & Zemis Brandl Kristine* Brandl Laura* Brandt Julie* Bratt Janelle* & Ryan Bray Jeannette* Breashears Diane* Brehm Roger* Breitbarth Paula* Brennan Brad* & Barb* Brettmann Paula* Brettmann Kallie* Brewer Judy* & Jim Brichacek Vivian* Brinkmeyer Betty Jane* Brittenham Bonnie* Bro Margaret* Brock Debra* & Daniel Brockman-Custer Bob & Ann Brown Lois* Brown Melissa* Brown Michael* Brown Shonda* Brown Susan* Brown Lisa* Brumm George* Brundage Kathy* Brune Janelle & Doug Bruning Susanne* Bruning Deb & Timothy Brunkhorst Rebecca* Brunner Jonathan Brunott Jairide* Brutus Spencer* Brutus BryanLGH College of Health Sciences Alumni Association BryanLGH Volunteer Resources Kyle* & Jennifer Bucknell Dr. Danielle* & Brian Buda Julie* & Paul Buell Gage* Buettgenbach Crystal* Buhl-Vetick Christine* Buhrmann Bob & Deb Buller Edgar* Bumanis Osvalds & Daila Bumanis Amanda* Bundy Sara* Bunting Carol* & Bill Burbach Jeff* & Amy Burg Jennie* Burianek Gloria* Burkey Monica* & Kevin Burklund Deb* & Leon Burow Kristin* Burress Allison* Burris Julie* and Douglas Burton Phyllis* & Earl Bush Connie Bussinger

Patricia* Butler Austin* Byleen Judson & Karen Byleen Gail* & Russell Byrd Alan* Cable Lori* Caldwell Kathy* Calkins Pamela* Calkins Brandie* Campbell Christine* & Richard Campbell Kathy Campbell Marilyn Campbell Tandy* Campbell Teather* Campbell Jennifer* Cantwell Mary Carey April & Richard Carleton Diane Marie & Wayne Carlson Jolynn Carlson Joseph & Margaret Carlson Marcia* Carlson Mary* Carlson Cheryl* Carmichael Maureen* Carpenter George* & Elaine Carr Dawn* Carta Mallory* Carter Sarah* Carter Matthew* Carver Joan* Casey Patricia* Cave Courtney* & Bryan Cederburg The Center For People In Need Debra* Cerveny Sheri* Cerveny Harold & Fran Chaffee Christine* & Duane Chandler-Craig Peggy* & Roger Chantry Judy* Charlson Elizabeth* Chesebro Jeana* Chipps Sin* Chong Shannon* Chrisp Tammy* & William Christen Diana & Dennis Christensen Judy* Christensen Paula* & Scott Christensen Tammara* Christensen Lisbeth* Christiansen Steven* Christoffersen June* & Rich Christy Timothy* & Peggy Clagett Shelly Clark Vicki* Clark Mary* & Jeff Clausen Dixie Lee & Duane Clegg Bobbi* Clinch Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather Dr. Alissa & Aaron Clough Helen & Wayne Clough Lisa* Cochran Dr. Carolyn* Cody Patricia* Coffey Jenny Cole Kris* & Tom Cole Melanie* Coleman Norma* & Randy Coleman

Kandice* Coleman-Arnberger Lisa* Collins Commercial Investment Properties Community Medical Center Community Memorial Hospital Heather* Comstock Sheri* Conard Laura* & Ronald Coniglio Carrie* Conley Janice* Cook Jennifer* Cook Ramona* Cookus Fern* Coon Joe* Cooper Sue* Corkill Kimberly* Corner Brooke* Cose Jody* & Daniel Cosimano Diane* Cottingham Jean* Cotton Linda* Coulter Martha Countryman Sara* & Brett Cover Beverly* Cowell Tim & Luella Cox Jamie* Cradick Aimee* & Noa Craft Christine* Craig Monica* Cramm Holli* Creek Jill* Crisler Teresa* Crocker Lynn* Cronin Tina* Crosby Patricia* Crow Teresa* Crowl Patty* Cruey Sunny* Csuhta Heidi* Cuca Kirstin* Culhane Julie* Cummings Delora* & Paul Cummins Jesica & Russ Cunningham Maurice* Cunningham Douglas & Verna Curry Nick & Ann Cusick Aaron* Dahl Cindy* Dahl Geoffrey* Dahlgren Samuel* & Caroline Dank Susan* Dank Debra* Danley Becky* Darrah Carol* Darrough Robin* & Dan Davenport Lori* Davidsaver Carrie* Davidson Dawn* Davis Lois* Davis Michael & Julie Davis Peggy* Davis Rebecca* Davis Davis Design Jeanette & Walker De Loach Sarah* Dean Beverly* Debuhr Kristi* & Dale Deffenbaugh Dr. Judith DeGraff


Pat* & Richard Deisler Andy* Dejong Theresa* Delahoyde Luis* Delgado Sandy* & John Delp John* DeMay Janine* Demetry David* Dermann Ken & Shirley Dermann Carrie* Deschuiteneer Designwear Inc.


Barbara* Dethlefs Kelly* Dewing Marien Dicke Beth* Dickhaut Julie* Dickinson Armstrong Holly* & Rod* Didier Vicki* Dierking Kim* Dierks Karen* Dike Marvin Dillwood Alice Dittman

Kris* Dittmer Julie* Dixon Debra* Dolezal Hubert* Doll Sue* & James Dolsky Donlan Foundation Jacquelin* & Josh Donner Dean* Donovan Deborah* Donovan Julie* Dorn Lisa* & Wesley Dorn

Dawn* Dorsey Heidi* Dostal Julie* Doster Jane* Douglass Anita & Harlow Dover Angela* Dowding Brenda* Downey Erin* Dragoo Linda* Dragoo Mathew* Dragoo Jackie* Drake

Growth in commitment

They give of time, talent and treasure “The first response from people when asked to charitably support BryanLGH often is, ‘What are the physicians doing?’,” says Bob Ravenscroft, Vice President for Advancement. In today’s health care environment, physicians understand it is increasingly difficult to stay on the cutting edge with technology, to implement new programs to improve services or deliver care to patients who have little ability to pay. Patients want the best care possible for themselves and their families, while the community expects locally owned health systems like BryanLGH to meet all community health care needs. Meeting such expectations calls for commitments of time and talent, as well as treasure. Lincoln Radiology was not the only physician group to support the BryanLGH Foundation this year, and its radiologists were not the only doctors to make personal charitable gifts

Dr. Doug Winjum is president of Lincoln Radiology, which includes Drs. Donald Breit, Jason Cassidy, Janet Matthes, Jeffrey Matthes, Juris Purins and Eric Williams.

to BryanLGH. However, Lincoln Radiology certainly epitomizes what generosity and service look like. In partnership with Lincoln Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates, Nebraska Pulmonary Specialties and Lincoln Radiology, BryanLGH offered a free lung cancer screening program in November. Recent research in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated low-dose

CT scans can reduce the mortality rate of lung cancer patients by 20 percent, so our local study invited participants ages 50-75 who had significant smoking histories. The response was overwhelming and required hundreds of screenings to be read — services donated by Lincoln Radiology. Their efforts, along with BryanLGH cardiothoracic surgeon Richard Thompson, MD, and other partners,

truly saved lives. Then, BryanLGH President and Chief Operating Officer John Woodrich approached Doug Winjum, MD, of Lincoln Radiology about the Fine Line campaign to advance behavioral health services at BryanLGH. “I told him I’d bring it back to the group for our next monthly meeting. We determined supporting this campaign would have a positive impact for a specific population of people who are struggling and hopefully can get back on their feet,” says Dr. Winjum. “To participate in this campaign was really an easy decision for us.” The group’s $50,000 gift came early in the Fine Line campaign. It was a wonderful addition to the campaign and was indeed a catalyst that influenced others’ plans. BryanLGH and our patients are served not only by the skill of our medical staff, but also through their volunteer service and generosity.


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Growth in memories

Love story endures through memorial scholarship


harlotte Kelley’s fondness for textbooks and education lives on. She loved her friends and family and taught her sons well, and the endowed scholarship created in her memory is helping BryanLGH nursing students begin their own journeys. She was born in 1940 in Sidney, where her father was a schoolteacher. When Charlotte was a teen, she moved with her mother to Lincoln, and at Lincoln High School, she met a tall, athletic classmate named Harold. “She was a real ‘brain.’ Along with being the spring sports queen, she managed the school newspaper and was in National Honor Society, student council and other activities. While I was busy playing baseball, football and basketball, Charlotte caught my eye, and we eventually dated and even performed together in the school’s talent show,” says Harold Kelley. “Needless to say, she was the love of my life.” The sweethearts graduated in 1958, with Charlotte going directly to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln — she would remain a lifelong Husker fan — while Harold kept working and enrolled a semester later. “I had a good job at the air base, painting apartments in the new housing development,” Harold recalls. “Charlotte loved school and really researched everything. She started as a journalism major but graduated with a degree in speech pathology.” He says, “The plan was for her to finish while I went to work and if we could afford it, I would try to go back to college later.” Their 51-year marriage began in 1960, and the first of the couple’s four sons was born the following year.

Harold and Charlotte Kelley were lifelong sweethearts; a scholarship in her name is helping others pursue nursing dreams.

Harold proudly notes that Charlotte completed four years of courses in only three years and got a job as a speech pathologist for Lincoln Public Schools. “While I was working, Charlotte was taking a full course load and caring for our first-born and with our second boy on the way,” he adds. Her 25-year career with LPS was interrupted while the Kelleys raised Todd, Chris, Brad and Greg. “Dad’s painting business was very busy, and many times he would work late into the evening. But Mom would allow all of us, especially in the summer, to stay up so that we could spend at least an hour with him every day,” says Brad. All four sons thought they had the best, most caring, mother imaginable. Charlotte shared her positive attitude and uplifting spirit with many others. Harold points out, “Over the years, BryanLGH was the best thing that happened to our family. I worked here,

first as a contractor and then as an employee and eventually as director of plant operations, for about 40 years — and Charlotte was a volunteer here.” She volunteered at BryanLGH for more than 25 years, often serving alongside her mother and motherin-law. Charlotte also helped out as a Bible School teacher and at a neighborhood preschool. The brothers agree that she fully supported the family’s passions. “She really loved to cook and to host gatherings during the holidays and for us to all be together,” Brad says. “Mom was at every event; whatever we were doing became a big part of her life. For example, when we brothers were in Midget football games at the same time in different parts of town, Dad and Mom would split up so that she could see at least part of all of our games.” Charlotte Kelley died March 1, 2012. “She was always very healthy but had developed a little cough that wouldn’t seem to go away,” Harold says quietly. “It was diagnosed as acute respiratory distress syndrome. All I understand about ARDS is that it destroys the lungs, healthy people get it, there is no known cure, and that really frustrates me, especially with all the advances in medicine.” He says physicians and the staff at BryanLGH did everything possible to help Charlotte. “BryanLGH has been wonderful to us,” Harold concludes. “I think being able to establish this scholarship in her name is a very nice legacy. It helps the College of Health Sciences, and I look at it as a way to give back to the physicians, nurses and students who made exceptional efforts to care for her.”



Growth in relationships

Lincoln-based Ameritas joins Fine Line campaign


meritas has maintained longtime links with BryanLGH through insurance plans and community improvement efforts — and now the organizations have a new connection. Ameritas, the dental insurance provider for BryanLGH co-workers, contributed this year to the Fine Line campaign. The campaign will construct a new Independence Center for our substance abuse treatment program and create larger quarters for the BryanLGH Counseling Center. “One of our core values at Ameritas is to support the communities where we work and therefore to support local health care,” says Bill Lester, executive vice president of investments and finance and a past chair of the Community Health Endowment Board. Don Stading, retired general counsel, notes Ameritas officials have a history of serving on committees and boards of organizations involved with health and wellness issues. He was a member of the Lincoln General Hospital Foundation Board and recently finished his term on the BryanLGH Foundation Board. “I’ve always enjoyed it because they are great people, doing great things. The alignment is pretty natural, because Ameritas, like BryanLGH, is a key employer and is very supportive of the systems needed to make a great city,” he says. “This type of involvement helps improve lives and makes Lincoln one of the healthiest places in the world.” April Rimpley, vice president of group customer connections and operations, notes, “We have the group dental plan for BryanLGH. It’s a good fit because we have similar

Don Stading (left), April Rimpley, Bill Lester and Sue Wilkinson say similar values made support of the Fine Line campaign an easy decision for Ameritas. philosophies about patient care and overall wellness and making sure that people have access to affordable health care.” She adds, “In partnering up with BryanLGH, I think we share a common bond for making sure that we deliver excellent service.” “I’m on the Emergency Medical Services Oversight Authority Board,” Rimpley continues. “Representatives from Lincoln’s hospitals sit on that board, and it’s obvious that they value the approach of overall wellness regarding emergency management systems. So, there is a partnership and a collaboration that happens — that’s what we like to see because it means our citizens are served well.”

Why is Ameritas involved with the Fine Line campaign? Sue Wilkinson, senior vice president of planning and risk management, reviews requests for Ameritas Foundation support. “I found the BryanLGH application appealing because it addressed parts of health care that people are sometimes uncomfortable with — substance abuse and mental health — but that we know are vital,” she says. “This is going to be a great service to the community, bringing up the overall health and wellness of our citizens and specifically of those who otherwise may not receive help,” Wilkinson concludes.


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Growth in partnerships

Longtime partner gives back


dvertising often is referred to as “storytelling,” and when it comes to telling the BryanLGH story, Lincoln’s own Swanson Russell has played an integral part. Brian Boesche, Swanson Russell partner and chief creative officer, states, “For nearly 30 years, our agency has enjoyed developing and communicating the BryanLGH brand. We take great pride in being able to promote all of the good things that BryanLGH brings to this community and the surrounding area.” The Lincoln-based communications agency began its association with Bryan Memorial Hospital in 1984, handling general advertising and public relations responsibilities. Since that time, they have been involved in many key initiatives, such as promoting the merger of Bryan and Lincoln General Hospital, helping announce the opening of the Bryan Medical Plaza, BryanLGH College of Health Sciences, Family Birthplace and BryanLGH Heart Institute, as well as promoting the remodeling of BryanLGH West as “Lincoln’s Newest Hospital.” Boesche says, “The landscape of health care advertising has changed so much over the years, but the essence of what we do remains the

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Brian Boesche (left) and Dave Hansen value their firm’s ongoing relationship with BryanLGH. same: help BryanLGH connect with their audiences and develop relationships that cement those ties.” The agency also has shown its commitment to BryanLGH with a recent gift to support the Fine Line campaign. Founded in 1962, Swanson Russell has a story of its own. “We’re among a very small percentage of agencies nationally that can claim a 50-year history,” says partner and chief executive officer Dave Hansen. “We owe so much of our success to strong partnerships with clients such as BryanLGH.”

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He adds, “Giving back to BryanLGH and the Fine Line campaign and the important work of the BryanLGH professionals was something we very much enjoyed doing.” So, what does the future hold? “We’re looking forward to working with everyone at BryanLGH to carry the brand forward and to continue to tell the story,” says Boesche. “Our most recent brand campaign centered around the theme of ‘What’s Next.’ “If history is any predictor of the future, the best is yet to come for BryanLGH.”

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Karen* & Scott* Selzer Dr. Andrea Settje Joanna* Settles Summer* Seuferer Steven J.* Shambaugh David & Sue Shamblin John Shandera Jan* & Rob Shaner Erin* Sharpe Julie* Shaw Lori* Shaw Stacy* Shaw Don* & Pamela Sheets Nathan* & Pamela Shelbourn Chris* & Mitchell Sheridan Irvin* Shestak Mark* Shiffler Vern & Phyllis Shires Nancy* Shook Dorothy* Showers Laura* Shriver Curtis* Shumaker Elizabeth Sicotte Virginia* & Glen Sieck Barbara & Wallace Siems Stephanie Siemsen Sharon & Donald Sievers Mary* & Kevin Silvey Karen* Simms Pamela* Simonsen Dianne* Simpson Lorna* Sitherwood Elizabeth* Skarp & Randy Sutton Elena* & Ryan Skillett Cynthia* Skinner Jessica* Skinner Julie* Skrabal Kristin* Slama Cindy* Slone Cindy* & Larry Smack Alyssa* Smid Kate* & Duane Smid Dennis* & Sharon Smith Greg* Smith Jill* Smith Julie* & Bruce Smith June* Smith Kimberly* Smith Michael* Smith Sherri* Smith Kristine* Smith-Hahne Ken Snider Kristi* Snider Alexandria* Sokut Sirli* Soldo Dunton* Solomon Richard & Karen Sonderegger Heather* & Todd Sorensen Timothy* Sorensen Daniel Sorgenfrei Pamela* Sothan-Robbins Karen* Spader Robin* & Randy Spangler Kathleen Spanjer Lisa* Spatz Brian* Speich Debra* Stanek


Lillus* Stanosheck Linda* Stansbury State of Nebraska Frances* & Gary Statler Dr. Michele Steckelberg Joe & Christie Steele William* Sterns Corwin* Stevenson Lineva* Stewart Stacy* Stewart Janet* & Kevin Stiefel Opal Stivrins Dr. Tim & Carol Stivrins Thomas* Stoeckinger Jill Stoefen-Fisher Linda* Stoehr Mai Tram* Stone Melanie* Stoner Linda* Stones Lyndsay Stoupa Kristine* & Jacob Stout Laura* Stout Bonnie* Strain Janet* Streedbeck Denise* Stromberg Heather* Strope Bonnie* Struthers

15 Rina* & Daniel Strydom Virginia Stryker Terry & Lee Stutheit Jessica* Sucha Ardith Sudduth Steven* & Tammi Sufficool Vanessa* Sukovaty Amy* Sullivan Gina* & Kirk Sullivan James & Jamy Sullivan Michelle* & Jason Summers David & Linda Sundberg Roger* Svatos Shannon* Sveeggen Connie* Svik Bob* Svoboda Danielle* Swanson Don Swanson Mary & Daryl Swanson Swanson Russell Sue Ann* & Faramarz Tabatabai Heather* Talbott Holly Talkington Kimberly* Tallman Kristie* & Eric Tang Connie & Don Taylor Shandra* Taylor

Christy & Kerry Teetor Linda* & Steven Tegler Amy* & Chad Termaat Diane* & John Terpsma Peggy* Tewes Joan* Texel Lynette* Thelen Elaine* & Bruce Thiel JoAnne Thiele Susan* Thiellen Barbara* & Blake Thomas Kandi* & Jeffrey Thomas Sandy Thomas Charlene Thome Brian* Thompson Christie* Thompson Pam* & Greg Thompson Suzanne* Thompson Paul Thoren Daniel* Thorne Bridget* Thornton Victoria Thorpe Mary Jo* Tietjen Garry & Mardel Timmons Christi* Tindall Imekedong* Tkel Robert* & Cinthia Tobey

Krystal* Todd Mel & Sharon Todd Judy* & Jim Tonniges Heidi* Topham Marlene* Tracy Arlene* Trainor Wendy* Tran Shirley* Travis Rebekah* Trevino Marie Troncone Kimberly* & Glenn Troudt Sharon* Trout Joanne* Tsui Jan* & Dale Tubbs Jerry* Turman Joyce* Turman Tammy Turner Diane* Tvrdy Julie Twiss Holly* Tyrrell Henry* Ueda Sue* Uland Allison Ulrich Josiah* Unger Jodi* Urban Arlene & Dr. Craig Urbauer Cheryl* Urwiller

Growth in the future

A future gift for a future caregiver


arold and Marilyn Pfeiffer have been on the receiving end of giving, in the form of excellent care they experienced on many occasions at BryanLGH. Now, they’re giving back — by designating the BryanLGH Foundation as the beneficiary of an annuity Harold and Marilyn established in 1990. This gift is earmarked for a scholarship to help a student become a nurse. Harold says, “We want to help those children who can’t afford nursing school.” He adds, “Who takes care of you when you come to the hospital? It’s nurses. I know doctors do their part, but in the hospital, it’s the nurses who take care of you.” The Beatrice couple, who just celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary, simply say it’s important to give back, and they want to give what they can to a worthy cause. Both have had surgeries at BryanLGH — and Marilyn’s sonin-law, who was visiting from another state, was treated in the emergency department for what turned out to be a stroke. Marilyn says the BryanLGH team saved his life. “They didn’t question a thing,” she recalls. “He was unresponsive, and they just took him in immediately and went to work. In all of our experiences at BryanLGH, the staff has gone above and beyond.” The Pfeiffers are just as matter of fact about their gift.

A gift from Harold and Marilyn Pfeiffer to the BryanLGH Foundation will provide scholarships for nursing students. “We’d like to give back, because we received what we believe is a lot from the hospital. And we feel it’s a good organization and want to help out as much as we can,” Harold says.

16 US Bank Jean* Valenta Miki* Valenta Heather* Valenzuela Jeffrey* & Jenae Van Every Dennis & Arlene Van Horn Nancy* Van Kirk Carol* Vanderslice Patricia & Gary Vandewege Ruth* & Richard VanGerpen Joan* Vanlear Ashleigh Varner Joyce* Veach Sharlotte* & Gene Veburg Jenifer* Vech Chris* Vejnovich Randy* & Lisa VerMaas Pat* & Dennis* VerMaas Igor* Veselinov Marilyn* & Warren Viehl Sarah* Vieth Sharon* Vinsonhaler Stephanie* & Stan Vodehnal Susie* Voecks Meesha* & Jon Vollertsen Carolyn* Volzke Rachael* & Matthew Vonderfecht Rebecca* Voss Lien* Vuong Jessica* Wachter Ron & Valery Wachter Barbara* Wagner Cheryl* Wagner Craig* Wagner Jordan* Wagner Matt* Wagner Jane & Gary Wahlgren Pete Wakely

2012 ANNUAL REPORT ON GIVING Kenneth* Wakeman Amanda* Walker Judy* Walker Walmart Supercenter Denise* Walter Sandra* Walter Ladonna* Walters Sara* Ward Heather* Ware Kathy* & Rick Ware Holly* Warner Karla* Warvarovsky Donna Wasco Patsey Watkins Antony Waweru Tom* Webb Andrea* Weber Becky* & Mark Weber Jeffrey* Weber Scott* & Carie Weber Robert* Weichel Michael* & Michelle Welch Tiffany* Wellsandt Joanie Welsh Karen* & John Wenzl Cheri Werner Celia* Weskamp Patrick* Wesseln Wayne & Carol Rae West West Gate Bank Hilary* Westenburg Tara* Westerbuhr Shelly* Westfall Karen* Westover Ty* & Roberta* Westover Michele* Wheeler Barbara* Whitcomb Derek* White

R. Gene & Donna White William & Mae Whitmer Dr. Ryan* & Marietta Whitney Janet* Wickersham Andrew Wickless Herm & Helen Wiebers Matthew* Wiechman Beth* Wieseler Mary* Wiest Brad Wilber Lisa* Wilcox Ross & Judy Wilcox Wilcox Family Foundation Candi* & Dan Wild William & Audrey Wild Lynda* & Devere Wiles Deb* & Luke Wilke Minon Wilkinson Vicky* Wilkinson Barbara* Wilksen Brian Williams James* Williams Lisa* & Robert Williams Joy* & Linda Williamson Jacqueline Wilmarth Bobbie* Wilson Doug & Lois Wilson Dwayne* Wilson Lynn & Robyn Wilson Sheri* Wilson David* Wiltshire Christine* Wing Patricia* & Max Wing Suzanne Wirka Michael* Wiruth Charlotte* Wisch Amy* Wise Shirley* Wittstruck

Brandee* Wochnick Bridget Wodnik Jerome* Wohleb Shirley & Carl Wohlfarth Shannon* Wolbert Kathy* & Roger Wolf Connie* Wolfe Steven* Wolz Michelle* Wood John* & Jeannie Woodrich Woods Charitable Fund Inc Rhonda* & Randall Woodside Linnea* Working Janet* Workman William Workman Jeanine* & Lance Worley John* Wright Julie* & Brett Wright Katherine* Wright Lacy* & Patrick Wright Marcy* & Richard Wyrens Rose* & James Yankech Sara* Yarger Tom & Patti Yaussi Karmin* Yeackley Mary Lou & Kenneth Yeager Donna* Yost & Jim Buller Dean* & Linda Young Debra* Young Matthew* Young Richard & Patricia Young Margaret* Youngberg Frederic* Zeiger Frances* Zessin

Norma Fix Leroy Fosbinder Peggy Freudenburg Vernita Gibson Norman Hall Richard Harnsberger Dorothy Hof Dorothy Hubertus Caren Hunt Joe Husak

Joanne Jonas Charlotte Kelley Patricia Knauber Marilyn Leighton Roger Magnus Caleb Mathison Ronald Olsen Dale Rice Eileen Roberts Albert Skrabal

Shirley Jean Smith Alvin Suhr Robert Tagg Elaine Thompson Howard Waddle Joyce Watmore-Miller Elaine Willey Connie Witham

Ellen Beans Nancy Brown Sharon Duffy Deanna Hageman Pam Johnson

DeEtta Mayrose Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Anna Rejcha Petrovich Mike Reynolds Senior Mental Health

Dennis Smith Mary Swanson Karen Westover Alta Wickless Carrie Wilkenson

Memorials This list recognizes gifts made in memory of loved ones listed below from June 2011 through May 2012. Wilbur Burton Lorene Churchill Bud Cuca Harry Dale Shannon Drake Don Emory

Honor This list recognizes gifts made in honor of the following people between June 2011 through May 2012.

If you wish to have your name removed from the list of those receiving fundraising materials to support BryanLGH, contact the BryanLGH Foundation at 1600 S. 48th St., Lincoln, NE 68506. Please include your name and address with your response. We have made every attempt to ensure that your name appears correctly in this annual report. If your name is listed incorrectly, we sincerely apologize and request that you contact us by phone at 402-481-8605.


First use in Nebraska

Device saves stroke patient The revolutionary Solitaire clot-removing device restores blood flow to the brains of stroke victims. Interventional radiologists at BryanLGH were the first in Nebraska to use Solitaire.

Dr. Budler about a trial for a promising mechanical thrombectomy system called the Solitaire Flow Restoration Device. Dr. Budler and fellow interventional radiologist Jeffrey Himmelberg, MD, of Advanced Radiology liked its potential, so when Solitaire received Food & Drug Administration approval in March, they hen 84-year-old Donna Nelson of Lincoln was were excited to be among the first to receive training. having a stroke, her husband’s quick thinking and The device represents the newest generation in clotthe latest technology at BryanLGH came to her retrieval systems. The procedure is performed through a small rescue. incision in the groin, where a “It was about 3:30 in the thin catheter tube is inserted The stent-like Solitaire is passed afternoon of May 11,” Norm and guided by real-time X-rays through the blockage to restore Nelson recalls. “I brought her a to the clot. Solitaire removes glass of ice water and she had clots from blocked vessels and blood flow to the patient’s brain. a kind of a funny hold on it. I restores blood flow to the brain When deployed, the wire told her she should set it down of patients experiencing acute mesh entraps the clot before it spilled. I could see ischemic strokes. and removes it when that her face was frozen — she “This is a game changer Solitaire is retracted. for stroke treatment,” says couldn’t respond to me or even Dr. Budler. open her eyes — exactly like during the first stroke she had Unique situation back in October.” Donna arrived in the ED He recognized the symptoms with a past that would impact and quickly phoned 9-1-1 for what the Stroke Team could do help. to help her enjoy a future. Norm says, “We live close She was being treated for to the fire department and only the irregular heart beating about six blocks from BryanLGH condition known as atrial East; I could hear the ambulance fibrillation and received an siren pretty soon and then off we anti-coagulation medicine. A couple of months before her first went to the emergency department.” stroke, doctors removed a blood clot from Donna’s arm and adjusted the Coumadin prescription to try to prevent future Game-changing treatment clots. What transpired during the next few hours was set in Unfortunately another clot formed and was blocking the motion months before. middle cerebral artery in her brain. Because Donna already Interventional radiologist Michael Budler, MD, credits was on blood-thinning drugs when she arrived at BryanLGH on Norm’s reaction and colleagues associated with the Certified May 11, the tPA clot-busting medication usually recommended Primary Stroke Center at BryanLGH for Donna’s successful for stroke patients was ruled out as it may have caused treatment that day. excessive bleeding. Earlier in 2011, neurologist James Bobenhouse, MD, told


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NEW AT BRYANLGH Emergency medicine specialist Kent Sullivan, MD, had another idea; he called on the interventional radiologists — the only ones in Lincoln using a mechanical clot-removing system. “The emergency room doctor told us she was a candidate for a procedure, but we didn’t know at the time she was going to be the first one in Nebraska,” Norm says. “It pretty much was her only option, and it worked perfectly.” Benefits to patients Drs. Himmelberg and Budler are big fans of Solitaire. “When the stent is deployed, it opens from the center of the clot outward so that blood flow is restored immediately,” says Dr. Budler. “This is more than twice

as effective in restoring blood flow to the brain as earlier clot-removing systems, and there’s about a 1.7 times greater improvement in post-stroke neurological function, as well as a lower mortality rate in the following months.” For the first procedure, they used Solitaire in combination with the Penumbra suctioning device to quickly and completely remove the blockage on the first attempt. “Of all the devices we’ve used in the past five years, Solitaire is the most revolutionary,” says Dr. Himmelberg. “It’s very easy for us to place the catheter where the blood clot is, deploy the retractable stent and remove the clot. “It works so smoothly, and the average procedure time of about 40 minutes is significantly shorter than with just using

clot-busting medications — that can take four hours and may still not bring appreciable results. “Solitaire is a simple, reliable design that’s going to markedly improve our success rates.” Advantages here Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot. According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of long-term disability. So, it’s essential to be alert to the warning signs of a stroke — and to seek appropriate help.

Norm – we’ve been married 54 years, with two children and four grandkids.

Drs. Jeffrey Himmelberg and Michael Budler review Donna Nelson’s X-rays, which show how blood flow to her brain was restored.

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BryanLGH is one of the few hospitals in Nebraska to achieve Primary Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission accrediting agency — and it’s the only hospital in Lincoln using a mechanical clot-retrieval system. “I don’t remember too much about the treatment, itself, but the staff was very nice to me during my hospitalization,” Donna says. Adds Norm, “The care here has been very good, and now she’s ready for physical therapy and occupational therapy.” “We like to stay up to date with technology,” Dr. Budler says. “Solitaire is a significant breakthrough — and we’re already looking forward to the next generation of instruments for treating strokes.” n Call 402-481-8605 to learn how you can support programs like the Stroke Team at BryanLGH. Use your smartphone’s QR application or go to radiologynews to open a video related to stroke treatments.

Do you know the warning signs of a stroke?

BryanLGH, Lincoln’s first Certified Stroke Center, urges you to think F A S T.

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Norm and Donna Nelson have been married 54 years and are parents of two, with four grandchildren.

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Saluting our heroes of health


ver wish you could leap our communities and reflect the tall buildings in a single innovative nature of the medical bound, bend steel with staff at Crete Area Medical your bare hands or foil evil Center,” states Kim Russel, “Because my mom’s family has a very plots with your telepathic powers? president and CEO of BryanLGH high cancer risk, I have always been faithful It takes commitment to be a Health System. with my preventative exams — with the hero. And the awards reflect the exception of colon cancer screening. It is this heroic commitment truly heroic outcomes of patients “My husband and ob/gyn to excellence that drives the Crete at Crete Area Medical Center. both urged me to complete Area Medical Center and its team Under the medical home model, a colonoscopy, but it members to make a difference diabetes patients are five times sounded horrible, so I put in rural health care, not only in more likely than the national it off. It wasn’t until I was Southeast Nebraska but across the average to attain a manageable encouraged by CAMC’s nation. blood sugar level. They are two Wellness Initiative that I In April, the Crete Area Medical and half times more likely to saw how my small actions Center received the 2012 Rural have their long-term blood sugar could have a big impact in setting the Health Quality Award from the tested. National Rural Health Association. Crete Area Medical Center standard for our community and patients. The staffs of the two rural clinics also has made concerted efforts “It was important to me be a good — Wilber Medical Clinic and to decrease rates of preventable example for our patients, so I completed my Crete Area Medical Center — and cancers by increasing screenings colonoscopy. the critical access hospital were for early detection. In 2011, the “The outcome was one precancerous nominated by the Nebraska medical center saw: polyp that was immediately and effectively u 125 percent increase in Hospital Association for significantly removed. cervical cancer screenings. improving patient outcomes and “I am so thankful that I was challenged to u 69 percent increase in reducing related expenses with be an example of health. Now I’m able mammography screenings. their “medical home” approach. to encourage our patients and ease their u 282 percent increase in This is not the first time Crete fears by offering my story about how colorectal cancer screenings. Area Medical Center has been screening saves lives.” These rates represent real nationally recognized for patient people whose lives were saved outcomes achieved with the Peg Formanek not by supernatural powers but by medical home model. In March Patient Access Team Member a commitment to exceptional and 2011, CAMC became the first rural Crete Area Medical Center compassionate care. health clinic in Nebraska to receive Carol Friesen, CEO of Crete Level III medical home designation Area Medical Center, says, “Our from the National Committee medical home approach focuses on the quality and totality of a for Quality Assurance, putting them on the national map as patient’s health care. Our team’s success is a result of everyday a resource for hospital officials across the country seeking to people doing extraordinary things for our patients. Our team improve care in their communities. members are truly heroes of health.” n “These awards acknowledge BryanLGH’s commitment to

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A co-worker’s story


Heroes galore at community picnic Crete Area Medical Center celebrated community heroes June 14 at its annual community picnic. The medical center hosts this event to thank the community for ongoing support. CAMC team members Jeff Schultz and Stephanie Hollman enjoy serving together at the picnic.

CAMC team member Juliana Cordero and daughter, Naira, (above) enjoy a gift from Herby the Clown ( Jon Pedersen). Veteran Crete Fire and Rescue volunteer Chuck Vhynalek (left) encourages aspiring firefighter Josiah Harrington.

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Thanks to LifePointe

He’s back on track


Brent Warwick (orange shirt) appreciates LifePointe’s integrated services and the assistance he’s received from registered dietitian Melissa Klinzman (left), massage therapist Brianna Thompson, personal trainer Sarah Raley, physical therapist Neal Thomsen and pulmonary therapist Janis Howlett.

t may sound strange, but a case of pneumonia may have saved Brent Warwick’s life. That and the subsequent major life changes Brent made, thanks to several programs at BryanLGH Lifepointe. Brent, a husband and father of three daughters, was only 37 years old when he came to BryanLGH Medical Center in severe respiratory distress. It was a week after Christmas, 2010. Antibiotic therapy he’d been undergoing for his breathing problems wasn’t helping him get better. His doctor felt that hospitalization was warranted to get to the bottom of it. “I spent four days in the hospital and was diagnosed with COPD — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” he said. “There were signs of emphysema and asthma, and I had pneumonia.” Brent, who was never a smoker, was dismissed from BryanLGH on eight medications: for pulmonary issues, as well as drugs for hypertension. He also was on oxygen. To say his life changed dramatically is an understatement. “I had to take all these meds on a schedule — every four hours taking a different drug because they didn’t work well when taking them together, he recalls. “It was really complicated but the biggest hassle was having to carry a bottle of oxygen or wear an oxygen nasal mask when I was at home.” He admits that his health issues leading up to hospitalization had everything to do with his sedentary lifestyle. “I had sleep apnea, too, so it was a vicious cycle because I was tired all the time. Without realizing it, I was actually slowly killing myself over a six- to eight-month period,” Brent says.

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In the hospital, Brent talked a lot with his pulmonologist and hospitalist. They could see that his pneumonia was responding while in the hospital. Still, Brent was young, and though overweight, he shouldn’t have been having symptoms of so many other pulmonary conditions. Brent says, “I wasn’t responding to drugs all that well, either. They were helping but not offering a huge improvement. That’s when my pulmonologist suggested pulmonary rehabilitation at LifePointe.” While not totally convinced, Brent agreed to give it a go. “It was a way for me to learn about everything and get back on track,” he says. During the 12 weeks of sessions with LifePointe pulmonary therapist Janis Howlett, his health improved. He understood his medications better and was able to stop taking two of them. He learned how to breathe properly and how to manage stress so that he could avoid situations where he’d need an inhaler. He finally got rid of the oxygen tank. And during this time, he started to think about losing weight. He notes, “All my doctors said, ‘If you lose weight, the quality of your life will be better.’ At my heaviest, I weighed 345 pounds. In June 2011, I saw a poster about the LifeTracks weight loss program. So I went to the informational meeting and decided it was probably something I should do. July 11 was my first day of the class. By November, I had lost 86 pounds.” Also by that time, Brent was off all of his pulmonary medications and his CPAP machine. The only medication he takes today is one for hypertension.

BRYANLGH LIFEPOINTE Brent said he appreciates the integrated services at LifePointe — and his wellness journey didn’t stop at pulmonary rehab and weight loss. In March, the newly active dad fell while walking the dog, leading to shoulder replacement surgery for Brent. Now he’s in physical therapy at LifePointe for that shoulder injury, as well. While all of this was a bit of a setback toward his weight loss and health goals, having the support of familiar faces at LifePointe helped him stay the course. “It’s comfortable here,” he says. “While I’m in physical therapy I see my trainers walking by, I see members I’ve worked out with walking by. And it’s a comfortable, familiar feeling.” He’s even indulged in massages at The Spa at LifePointe, something he wouldn’t normally do. “I hate to say it,” he says with a grin, “but as a guy, you don’t want to walk in the front door of a spa. But no one has to know where you’re headed! That’s part of the whole mind-body thing here at LifePointe — I can come here and relax, too. Which is great.” He is finally back on track, exercising again and feeling

Interested in health programs at LifePointe? Check out our mobile calendar of events by going to, or use your smartphone’s QR application to access this code. For more information about BryanLGH LifePointe’s programs and services, call 402-481-6300, or visit us at www.bryanlghlifepointe. org.

positive about his future. “The night I hurt my shoulder, my oldest daughter was out walking with me — we hadn’t done stuff like that before. Before I got active, the longest walk I did was from the kitchen to the sofa to figure out what was on TV that night! I actually spend more time outside now than I used to. I don’t get as hot as I used to get. I can stand the heat a lot better. So, my overall quality of life has definitely improved,” Brent says. He also wonders where he’d be today, if he’d declined pulmonary therapy, which led to the cascade of other improvements in his health. “Would I be at 375, 380, 390 pounds? Would I be on oxygen? Would I have been forced to accept that this was always going to be my quality of life, and just lived with it? That would have been awful, I can’t imagine,” he says. Thanks to the integrated programs at LifePointe, Brent doesn’t have to worry about those “What ifs.” n

A healthier Brent Warwick is enjoying a more active lifestyle, including long walks with Duke.

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For a healthy life through all phases of life


ife’s a journey with ups and downs, twists and turns. For most of us, our health and how we care for ourselves often follow similar patterns. There are times when we’re doing everything right and feeling great. Times when we know we should be doing more but can’t find the motivation to get started or stick with it. And times when we’re hit out of the blue with a sudden health concern that needs immediate attention. For all these times, LifePointe is here for you. “That’s what makes LifePointe different from other fitness facilities,” says Ryan Whitney, MD, LifePointe executive medical director. “We’re uniquely equipped to be a health, wellness and fitness partner throughout all the twists and turns of life, a onestop location with health professionals working together to help you achieve optimum health.” To do this, LifePointe offers a multitude of services and programs and the expert staff for each situation. Whether it’s restoring health after a hospitalization, addressing at-risk health concerns or offering a welcoming fitness center with new, lower prices, it’s all part of the BryanLGH mission to deliver a better future and create a healthy community. At LifePointe, we support each person’s desire to improve health and get the most out of life, just like Brent Warwick! (See his story on Pages 26-27.) We’re here for you, through all phases of life and health.

Support and motivation LifePointe offers a supportive staff and programs to help you improve your health, feel better and get the most out of life. Here are a few of our many offerings: n

After hospitalization

Recovery assistance program

It can be overwhelming for patients leaving the hospital who need to make lifestyle changes to improve their health. That’s where our recovery assistance program and Cindy Kugler, a LifePointe specialist, can help. For nearly every diagnosis, LifePointe offers health experts and services to help patients

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continue their recovery and improve their health. Kugler often visits patients in the hospital, or patients can contact her after leaving the hospital to find out how LifePointe can help them continue their recovery. She can be reached at 402-481-6376. n

From at-risk to LifeFit

LifeFit medical membership program

LifeFit is a new medical membership program to help you improve at-risk health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and weight management. The program includes assessment, active weekly support, specialized plans with goals and accountability, and follow-up with a health coach. All at a special price of only $60 for 60 days — just $1 a day to get started for a lifetime of health. A physician referral is required. Talk to your doctor about this special program. n

Maintaining health and fitness

New prices make this the perfect time to join

As part of our commitment to a healthy community, we are proud to announce new — and lower — membership prices for our annual and month-to-month agreements and a new two-year agreement that offers even more savings. Plus, there are military and other discounts and flat-rate child care of $10 per month, per child. Take a tour of our fabulous facility and see all that we offer for about $50 a month or less! P More than 100 aerobic, cycling, aquatic and mind-body classes — all included in your membership. P No hidden fees. P State-of-the-art strength training and cardio equipment. P Personal trainers, expert staff and more! Call 402-481-6326 or stop by the BryanLGH LifePointe campus at 7501 S. 27th St. See our website for more details about programs and classes! Or use your smartphone’s QR application to access the code at right.


Weekend reunites classmates


he BryanLGH College of Health Sciences Alumni Association hosted a series of reunion events June 8-9 for graduates of Bryan School of Nursing, Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing and BryanLGH College of Health Sciences. The association saluted Tonia Horstmann Smith (at left in photo below) for clinical excellence, Linda Smith Miles for professional development and Janice Kreutzer Garner for loyalty/service to the organization.

Fifty-year reunions of the 1962 graduating classes from Bryan School of Nursing and Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing were among the special events. Bryan grads (above) met at Fairview, former home of William Jennings Bryan and the first dormitory for the nursing school. Lincoln General alumni (right) visited the nursing school museum at BryanLGH West.

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Hennigs Scholarship honors students’ care, patient’s life

Ashley Peterson, RN, who graduated this spring, received the first Anne Hennigs Memorial Scholarship from the Rev. Lowell Hennigs of Elkhorn.

“Receiving this scholarship showed me how much nursing can affect a family’s life. I felt so honored to receive it from a family that was so selfless at such a sad time in their lives,” says Ashley Peterson, RN, the first nursing student to receive the Anne Hennigs Memorial Scholarship. Peterson, now graduated and working at BryanLGH East, was part of a group of nursing students that took care of Anne during her illness. “I give this gift to celebrate Anne’s memory and to express my gratitude for the care she received (and that we all received) from BryanLGH student nurses,” wrote the Rev. Lowell Hennigs after his wife’s death. “We got acquainted with the nursing students giving her care in ICU,” Pastor Hennigs says. “We were deeply impressed with those young folks. Each of them in their own way connected with us. The depth and personal human connection made their care all the more effective. They joined us in our weeping. “The students came with beginners’ eyes. They learned from us. I hope they learned that healing doesn’t always lead to cure.” He says disease sometimes wins in the short run, but his faith in God sustains him. Pastor Hennigs brought Anne to the emergency room in November 2010 with flu-like symptoms. She was kept overnight, and at 4 a.m., he got a call that she was unresponsive. A staph infection had spread to her heart and brain, and Anne was in a coma. She was in the ICU for nine days, then died at home two days later. The day after Anne’s death, Pastor Hennigs wrote to the care givers in ICU, “I cannot begin to thank all of you for your compassion, care, patience and perseverance during Anne’s stay. Your care for all of us was marvelous, meaningful and made a real difference in Anne’s life and in our lives. You have cared for us and healed us in every way that matters now. Thank you.” In that letter, he named the students (who graduated in December 2011) and said, “I have such high hopes for the students. We hope that what they learned can be part of the meaning and purpose of Anne’s illness and death.” The family members were so moved by the students’ care that they decided to use part of Anne’s memorial gifts to create a scholarship. “We’re honored to be able to do it,” he says. “It reflects the kind of person Anne was. She was involved in building peace and justice for the next generation.” The relationship with BryanLGH student nurses has continued. Pastor Hennigs gave the benediction and the invocation at the spring 2012 commencement. He wanted to communicate two things at graduation: gratitude and the important calling of nursing. He said that one student nurse told him that he would have made a good nurse. “I take that as the highest possible compliment,” Pastor Hennigs concludes. n To learn how you can support the BryanLGH College of Health Sciences, please call the BryanLGH Foundation at 402-481-8605.

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Class of 2012

Congratulations, grads B

ryanLGH College of Health Sciences presented 66 diplomas May 5 during commencement at Saint Paul United Methodist Church. Forty-three earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees; two earned Bachelor of Science in Health Professions degrees; nine received Associate of Science in Health Professions degrees; and 12 received Master of Nurse Anesthesia degrees.

Dr. Josef Kren presents a hood to Katherine Kohler (above), signifying she’s earned her master’s in nurse anesthesia. Dean of Students Deb Border (at the pulpit in photo at right) recognizes BryanLGH students who achieved academic honors. For more information about BryanLGH College of Health Sciences, go to www.bryanlghcollege. edu, or use your smartphone to access this QR code.

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Helping navigate the cancer journey


uth Van Gerpen, APRN-CNS, is the new nurse navigator for the thoracic oncology program. She provides support for patients during their personal journeys before, during and after diagnosis and treatment of lung, esophageal or other tumors in the chest. “It’s a brand-new position for the organization,” says Van Gerpen, a 36year BryanLGH nurse who began this role in March. Support for the patients and their families includes education about surgery and recovery and the likely side effects from radiation therapy or chemotherapy. If needed, Van Gerpen arranges transportation to physician appointments or treatment, locates necessary resources or equipment, helps find financial assistance and is a liaison with physicians’ offices on paperwork, such as insurance. She also is available by email or phone when a patient has a question, wants to talk or needs reassurance.

Warmth, sincerity during trying times “She has a special ability to be warm and compassionate while providing clinical information that is very serious and comprehensive,” notes Laura Redoutey, lung cancer patient and president of the Nebraska Hospital Association. “Ruth provides detail, listens

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carefully and offers suggestions and reassurance. She is very responsive, kind, welcomes questions and provides useful advice on many issues including what a patient might expect in the days following surgery.  “It is extremely important for me to know that I have an advocate that I trust to help me navigate through the different appointments and treatments, keeping track of things I need to know so that I can heal without the burden of worrying about what will happen next.” Dan Sealock, a lung cancer patient who is now cancer-free, says, “After the surgery, Ruth acted as my point of contact for questions. When I discussed how my arm had lost some of its strength and mobility from protecting my ribs (due to the surgery), she contacted the surgeon and set up the needed physical therapy to restore the full motion in my arm. When I needed assistance completing paperwork related to work, Ruth was there helping me to complete what was required. She was always successful at removing my worry and letting me concentrate on getting well.  “Because of Ruth, my wife, Chris, and I are no longer the scared couple from Auburn. We instead are a couple who survived cancer and will always remember the excellent guidance provided by Ruth, our nurse navigator.” Another integral part of Van Gerpen’s role is collaboration with physicians. “My goal is to keep all of the patients’ health

care providers aware of diagnostic or treatment plans,” she says. “One of the challenges is determining the best way to communicate the information.”

Benefits for patients and providers Van Gerpen helps minimize delays in the start of treatment and assists with coordination of testing, consultations and other referrals. This benefits both the provider and the patient. For the patient and family, the unknown and the fears often associated with the word “cancer” are magnified with each day of waiting for an answer or the determination of the next step. “Patients don’t feel they can make plans. Everything stops and comes to a standstill,” Van Gerpen says. Development of a patient’s care plan is accomplished at the bimonthly, multidisciplinary thoracic oncology meetings coordinated by Van Gerpen and facilitated by cardiac and thoracic surgeon Richard Thompson, MD. A team of specialists, such as pathologists, radiologists, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and the patient’s primary physicians, gather to review scans, test results, the patient’s medical history and national treatment guidelines. Together, those specialists develop a plan of care, identifying the next step. The team makes decisions on

whether additional tests are required or surgical or medical treatment is recommended. “Patients feel confident in the recommendations, knowing that a roomful of specialists has determined the best plan for them,” she explains. “Caring for persons with cancer can be difficult at times, especially when you have to say goodbye,” notes Van Gerpen, who has worked with this patient population for 28 years. “But it also is one of the most rewarding areas in nursing. You make a difference, whether it is allaying fears, providing a patient with tools to thrive, celebrating another birthday with a patient or helping a patient achieve the hope of dying well. “My patients have taught me how to live life: Find the gift in each day.” n To learn more about advancements in cancer treatment, call 402-481-5400 or go to To find out how you can support the oncology programs at BryanLGH, please call the BryanLGH Foundation at 402-481-8605.

Cancer patient Laura Redoutey (left) trusts Ruth Van Gerpen, APRN-CNS, to help navigate her through the treatment process.

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Assistant Professor Becky Davis

Epidemiologist Larry Krebsbach

College salutes Davis

Krebsbach earns national APIC award

BryanLGH College of Health Sciences named Assistant Professor Becky Davis, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, its outstanding faculty member for 2011-12. She was recognized for helping fulfill the college’s mission and goals, exhibiting excellence in innovation in teaching and for her outstanding contributions through professional service, scholarship and research. Davis has served on the faculty four years. Her role includes teaching community health nursing and serving as the student health nurse. She currently is enrolled in the doctoral studies program at Creighton University, Omaha. n

Epidemiologist Larry Krebsbach received the National Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology’s 2012 APIC Chapter Leadership Award. He was nominated for his ongoing leadership in the GO-APIC organization. Krebsbach has served in many roles, most recently as the legislative representative for the local chapter. He also was recognized for his role as a mentor/resource in developing infection control specialists all over Nebraska. He received the award this summer during the APIC national conference in San Antonio, Texas. n

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BryanLGH co-workers John Woodrich, Jackie Nisley, Dean Young, Pat Lopez, Julie Doster, Heather Comstock, Joe Cooper, David Reese and Michael Welch celebrated the Food Sanitation Excellence Award won by BryanLGH Nutrition & Dining Services.

Health Department applauds Nutrition & Dining Services BryanLGH Nutrition & Dining Services received the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s Food Sanitation Excellence Award for an institutional setting. Dean Young accepted the award on behalf of the BryanLGH department during a luncheon this spring at Lincoln Station. Mayor Chris Beutler and Health Department officials attended the ceremony. According to the Health Department’s presenter, “We are recognizing the excellence in food sanitation provided at both Lincoln campuses. BryanLGH facilities and staff provide quality food service. Whether serving

highly susceptible patients or employees and guests, BryanLGH puts food safety first, maintaining multiple kitchens and food service locations in excellent condition to meet their needs. “They provide their own food handler training through an approved inservice agreement with the Health Department and in 2011 provided training to 115 employees.” n


Heart failure nurse educator Shari Boshart, RN, and cardiovascular data coordinator Darcy Blayney, RN, were leaders in improving outcomes.

John Woodrich, President and Chief Operating Officer

Theresa Delahoyde, EdD, RN

Award recognizes decrease in heart failure readmissions

Woodrich garners JA award

Delahoyde’s research recognized

BryanLGH President and COO John Woodrich was among four who received Bronze Level Junior Achievement Worldwide Leadership Awards this summer. These awards go to a select few long-time supporters who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to the JA mission. n

BryanLGH College of Health Sciences Dean of Undergraduate Nursing Theresa Delahoyde, EdD, RN, presented “Mentoring Novice Faculty: A Template for Excellence” at the Nurse Education Today and Nurse Education in Practice’s International Nurse Education Conference in Baltimore in June. Dr. Delahoyde is partici– pating in a group project through the National League for Nursing/Johnson & Johnson Faculty Leadership and Mentoring Program. The group presented its work at the National League for Nursing Education Summit and published “Best Practices in Academic Mentoring: A Model for Excellence” in the Nursing Research and Practice Journal. n

BryanLGH received a national Thomson Reuters Healthcare Advantage Award for Clinical Performance in May during the Healthcare Advantage conference in Orlando, Fla. These awards recognize providers that have used Thomsen Reuters products and services to achieve

extraordinary improvement in care delivery, strategic planning, marketing and operations. BryanLGH and BryanLGH Heart Institute are significantly improving the quality of health care delivered to patients by decreasing readmissions of individuals experiencing heart failure. n

Discharge preparedness merits surveyor’s accolades BryanLGH received a Best Performer Award from Avatar International, which facilitates the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems survey for hospitals nationwide. The mandatory HCAHPS patient satisfaction survey is sponsored by the federal

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Avatar chose BryanLGH from a pool of hospitals of similar size as the best performer in discharge preparedness. This section focuses on communication

between patients and their providers on medication instructions and what to expect after leaving the hospital. “BryanLGH’s commitment to monitoring and enhancing the overall patient experience is truly praiseworthy,” says Avatar CEO David Medvedeff. n

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We salute Trauma Champions


ryanLGH hosted the fourth annual Tribute to Trauma Champions. This year’s event was April 12 at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln. The evening honored hundreds of dedicated professionals involved in saving the lives of Elizabeth Canas Luong of Crete, who survived a shooting at the Americold storage plant, and William Wimmer of Lincoln, who survived a head-on car crash on Highway 79 in rural Lancaster County. Trauma Champion honorees were individuals from all aspects of the trauma care system, such as law enforcement and EMS providers from Crete, Wilber and

Raymond; physicians; Crete Area Medical Center and BryanLGH staff members and rehabilitation professionals; as well as family, community members and ongoing care providers. During the Tribute, survivor stories highlighting the teamwork of the Trauma Champions were shared. Honorees included care givers and others from: n BryanLGH StarCare air ambulance, n Teams at Crete Area Medical Center’s Rural Trauma Center and the Trauma Center at BryanLGH West, n Saline County, Crete and Lincoln Lancaster County dispatchers, n Crete Police Department, Wilber Police

Survivors William Wimmer and Elizabeth Canas Luong thanked those who helped care for them.

Trauma Champions shared the spotlight on the Rococo stage with survivors Elizabeth Canas Luong (front left) and William Wimmer (front right) during the annual Tribute to Trauma Champions. Go to for more photos.

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TRAUMA CENTER Department, Saline County Sheriff’s Department and Crete Rescue Squad, whose members were among the first to respond to Elizabeth’s needs following the work place shooting in 2011, n Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office,

Raymond Rescue and Lincoln Fire & Rescue, who were first to respond at the scene of William’s crash last year, n Trauma Team members, such as chaplains, Emergency Department staff, physicians, radiologic technologists and staff members from surgery, perfusion, ICU, orthopedics, pathology, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, care management, nutrition therapy, speech & physical therapy and the Trauma Outpatient Clinic, n BryanLGH Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation staff, and n Post Traumatic Stress Disorder counselors from BryanLGH and Blue Valley Behavioral Health.

To watch videos of the survivors’ stories and see a list of honorees, go to traumachampions event2012, or use your smartphone’s QR application to access this code. To learn how you can support the work of the Trauma Center program at BryanLGH, contact the BryanLGH Foundation staff by calling 402-481-8605.

BryanLGH trauma and surgical critical care director Reginald Burton, MD, (left) presents the Trauma Achievement Award to neurosurgeon Benjamin Gelber, MD.

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Volunteer partners Patty Ponce (left) and Holly Foster work as a team to restock magazines in waiting areas throughout BryanLGH.

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Special bond helps Patty succeed


atty Ponce and Holly Foster are volunteers who work together. Holly is the coach, teaching Patty what needs to be done. As partner volunteers, they perform the job together every week. “I push the cart for the magazines,” Patty says. Holly adds, “I help her learn her assignments and then follow her if she needs help or direction.” The partners take new magazines to 30 waiting areas, put covers on them, and take away old magazines so that family and friends of patients have something current to read. This unique partnership has built a special bond between the two volunteers. Twelve partner volunteers at BryanLGH work this way, building friendships and getting a lot of work done at the same time. Other teams perform receptionist duties, deliver chapel bulletins and complete other important tasks. “This is a needed service, which is appreciated by our families and visitors,” says Ellen Beans, director of Volunteers & Customer Care. “All of our partner volunteers bring a lot of joy to the medical center. Not only in our department, but staff throughout BryanLGH look forward to weekly visits by these special volunteers.” “We started in outpatient surgery,” Holly recalls. She and Patty put packets together for patients to take home — but there wasn’t enough interaction for Patty, who is outgoing. “I like to talk to people,” Patty says. So they changed to magazine delivery, where they are able to stop and chat with visitors. When they first started, sometimes they got temporarily lost in different parts of the hospital. But they gradually became familiar with all of the waiting areas and trimmed the route to two hours. “She has it down to a science,” says Holly. “I like it,” Patty says. “It’s easy now.” The partners are considering applying for another position — patient visitor — where volunteers fulfill requests for patients, like getting a puzzle or a magazine. Holly also is helping Patty work on her resumé, adding experiences that

could help her get a job. “I support Patty through Region V Services,” a social service organization, Holly explains. Although Holly is working for Region V, she is a regular volunteer who attended volunteer training like every volunteer and performs duties like everyone else. “Patty and I initially chose volunteering in order for her to try something new and develop her job skills.” “We heard that BryanLGH was a good place,” Holly says. “The staff are so kind and are great people. Some of Patty’s peers volunteer here.” Patty lives at home with her mom and her dachshund Daisy. She likes to take Daisy for walks. She also participates in the Special Olympics. “I got a medal,” she says, for swimming. “We got third place for basketball.” She also got a medal for bowling. She wants to try track at the next Special Olympics. “She’s pretty busy,” says Holly. “Good luck keeping up with her.” “I like to dance, too, and I like to sing. We have fun,” Patty adds. When Holly is not volunteering, she likes to bike — she participated in the 455-mile Bike Ride Across Nebraska in June. “It’s something I wanted to see if I could do,” she says. On volunteering, Holly says, “Patty seems to really enjoy volunteering at the hospital and has made so many new friends. I think she feels very connected here. Staff and volunteers are always telling her how much they appreciate her service.” “I like it here,” Patty says. “It’s fun. I like meeting people.” n More than 600 volunteers, from students to retirees, contribute to the success of BryanLGH by serving in various roles throughout the medical center. To find out about opportunities, call 402-481-3032, or volunteer. To support the Volunteer Resources Fund, contact the BryanLGH Foundation by calling 402-481-8605.

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55PLUS services benefit you Started in 1988, 55PLUS is a community program to help keep you healthy and active. Below is a list of the variety of benefits available to you through 55PLUS. • Community educational programs. • Journeys magazine. • Special events, including ice cream and holiday socials. • Travel opportunities. • Advance directives: durable power of attorney for care. • Notary Public service. • Discounts in the BryanLGH cafeterias and gift shops. • Discount of the enrollment fee at LifePointe. • Medicare Drug Plan events. • Guest meals when hospitalized as an inpatient. • Discounts on blood screenings. • Annual flu shot clinic. To join, go to www.bryanlgh. org/55plus for an online application, or call 402-481-3355.

Medicare Update

Saturday, Oct. 13 9:30-11 a.m. Bryan Medical Plaza

Alicia Jones, Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) director, explains original Medicare, supplemental insurance, advantage plans and prescription drug benefits, as well as Medicare updates for 2013. To register, call 402-481-8886, or go online to www.bryanlgh. org/calendar.

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Many volunteered to help dish out delicious treats at the annual 55PLUS ice cream social.

Here’s the scoop on 55PLUS ice cream social Hundreds gathered June 24 for the 25th annual 55PLUS ice cream social at the Bryan Medical Plaza. 55PLUS members and guests enjoyed an afternoon of socializing, cookies and ice cream treats and music by the Mac Five Combo. Mac McCune and his combo entertained.


35 and holding? It’s time to celebrate a first in your life

Webinar: Choosing the right shoes

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 5-7 p.m. appointment times available

n Thursday, Aug. 30, 12:15-1 p.m.

If you’re celebrating a “35 and holding” birthday, it’s also an important time to get your first mammogram. Our special First Mammogram Evening is the perfect time to get your baseline mammogram. Our experienced, caring radiologic technologists will put you at ease, and our radiologists will provide the gift of same-night results. We’ll even help you celebrate with a chair massage and cupcakes! Join us for your first mammogram and celebrate your life!

To schedule: Call BryanLGH Scheduling Center at 402-481-5121, or go online to: digitalmammography. Where: BryanLGH Pine Lake Medical Plaza, 3901 Pine Lake Rd. Note: You must have a physician order; we can help you obtain this order.

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an often misunderstood condition. Securing a correct diagnosis may take as long as 10 years after symptoms are noticed, leaving people suffering in silence. Unlike traditional therapy which focuses on gaining insight, effective intervention for OCD requires gaining skills of mastery over the disorder. In this presentation with Debby Houston, LIMHP, BryanLGH Mental Health Services, we will explore treatment and intervention options for both children and adults. Cost: Free! Where: Plaza Conference Center, BryanLGH East, 1600 S. 48th St. To register: Go to, or call 402-481-8886.

17th Annual Breast Cancer Luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. American Cancer Society 2012 Hero of Hope Michelle Shkolnick details her experiences, struggles and personal journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Cost: Where: To register:

$15 per person; pre-registration is required. Plaza Conference Center, BryanLGH East, 1600 S. 48th St. Go to, or call 402-481-8886 for more information.

Where? This event is only available online. To register: Go to Cost: It’s free!

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned veteran of running or walking, choosing appropriate shoes is very important. Ann Ringlein of Lincoln Running Company discusses why all shoes aren’t created equal, types of shoes and which are right for you.

BryanLGH Run to Overcome n Sunday, Sept. 30

Where? Lincoln Southwest High School and surrounding neighborhood. Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run begins at 12:30 p.m. 5K run/walk and 10K run start at 1 p.m. Cost: Short sleeve shirts are included in the fee if you register by Sept. 17. Kids’ Fun Run for those 12 and under is $10 and includes a cotton shirt; 5K and 10K participants pay a $20 fee, which includes a cotton shirt, or $25 to receive a dri-fit shirt. BryanLGH Run to Overcome brings hopeful awareness of mental illness, and proceeds will benefit mental health services. Final registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m. For more details, go to bryanlgh.cvent. com/2012run, scan this QR code with your smartphone, or contact Justin Pfeifer by calling 402-481-8855.

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