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WAY JESSICA GIACONE works on 3 South. Her favorite part about nursing is being able to see the positive outcomes after caring for a patient from admittance through procedures or surgery.

for the Heart

CONNIE RICKLEFS suffered a rare heart tear just days after giving birth to her third child, ABRAM (pictured above). Connie underwent an immediate open-heart surgery to repair the tear. She now advises other women to learn the signs and symptoms of heart disease and never ignore them.

ON SATURDAY FEB. 2ND, a crowd gathered to celebrate

Liberty Hospital heart disease survivors. Liberty Hospital cardiologist, Dr. Joseph Bodet, spoke about the importance of taking care of yourself first.

BETTY LEDFORD has had a ruptured aorta and two open-heart surgeries. She now lives a heart-healthy life by getting her heart checked annually, maintaining her weight, and staying active.

CASEY SHEEK has been a nurse for almost five years. Casey often cares for openheart-surgery patients and helps with his/her recovery process. She enjoys seeing the progress each patient makes during her stay.

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ORDERS Following his doctor’s orders for colorectal cancer screening may have saved Gerald Parker’s life.


eventy-two year-old Gerald Parker is living proof that following doctor’s orders can be a lifesaver. “I had a polyp removed about 15 years ago during a routine colonoscopy, but it wasn’t cancerous,” Parker said. “After that, my doctor recommended I have a colonoscopy every five years to check for colon cancer.” Parker wasn’t experiencing any colorectal cancer symptoms in February 2012 when Terrance Coleman, M.D., the Liberty Hospital gastroenterologist he sees in Bethany, Mo., performed a screening colonoscopy. “I do have a family history of colorectal cancer, but I never thought it would happen to me,” Parker said. “I had the test because Dr. Coleman said it was time to do it.” That’s why the two-inch growth Dr. Coleman found was such a shock for Parker. “The polyp was too large to remove with the scope, so he recommended I have surgery to take it out,” Parker said. 4

Parker, who farms in the Bethany area, scheduled the surgery to remove the growth three weeks later at Liberty Hospital. Charles Beggs, M.D., a Patient Gerald Parker and his wife are surrounded by Liberty Hospital members of the Cancer Center Team, left to right: McClaine Tesar, Pat Ascheman, Jenny Cureton, surgeon, removed Denise Darr and Jan Watkins. the cancerous growth, along with two and one-half feet of Parker’s colon. He also took out 51 lymph nodes to determine if the

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Colorectal Cancer Screening Should Begin at 50 ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, if all adults 50 and older were screened for colon cancer, the death rate from this disease could be cut in half, saving approximately 25,000 lives each year. Generally, the risk for colorectal cancer increases with age. That’s why the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends baseline testing beginning at age 50 for people at average risk for developing the disease. These are individuals with no symptoms and no family history of colon cancer or polyps. Based on new recommendations, African Americans should begin screening at age 45 because they have the highest incidence of colorectal cancer. Guidelines recommend screening continue until age 75 in individuals who never have had polyps or a family history, and age 85 in those who have had polyps.

“The gold standard for colorectal cancer screening is a colonoscopy,” said Jonathan Horwitz, D.O., a boardcertified gastroenterologist with Liberty Hospital. “With it, doctors are able to visualize the entire colon; biopsy any

an individual doesn’t have any polyps on his/her initial screening, a 10-year follow-up is recommended,” Dr. Horwitz explained. Individuals who have polyps or a family history may have a shorter follow-up because

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to talk with your health care provider about when you should begin colorectal cancer screening. To find a provider on staff at Liberty Hospital, visit

abnormalities; and even remove polyps.” Other approved screening tests include fecal occult blood testing, often combined with a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years; double contrast barium enema every five years; and CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every five years. A polyp typically takes 10 years to develop into colorectal cancer. “This is why if

they are at higher risk for the disease. In addition, symptoms of colorectal cancer include blood in the stool, changes in bowel habits (new constipation or diarrhea), abdominal pain and weight loss. If you experience any of these symptoms, talk with your health care provider about the need for testing.

cancer had spread beyond his colon. Three of the lymph nodes tested positive for the disease. “Because the lymph nodes tested positive, the doctors recommended I have chemotherapy, too,” Parker said. After spending several days recovering from surgery in the hospital’s 33-bed inpatient Surgical/ Oncology unit, Parker returned to his home.

Through it all, Parker continued to work, landscaping his yard and overseeing his farming operation. He completed his chemotherapy treatments in October 2012, and remains cancer-free today. Now one year after his diagnosis, Parker’s plans include returning to farming and adding a covered bridge to his yard. “I really believe that if I had waited another year to have a colonoscopy, it would have been too late,” Parker said. “I had wonderful doctors and nurses at Liberty Hospital. They were all “I recognize God’s power in this. I had wonderful doctors good people. I was very impressed with everyone I came in contact and nurses at Liberty Hospital. They were all good people. with and the care I received.” I was very impressed with everyone I came in contact GERALD PARKER, BETHANY, MO with and the care I received.” About three weeks later, he began making the 70-mile The Cancer Center at Liberty Hospital is accredited by trip to the hospital’s Cancer Center where he began the Commission on Cancer of the American College chemotherapy treatments under the supervision of Mark of Surgeons, placing it among an elite group of DeWolfe, M.D., a Liberty Hospital hematologist/oncologist. programs providing cancer care across the nation. “I had one treatment every two weeks for six months,” For more information about the comprehensive services Parker said. “The nurses in the Cancer Center were great. available through Liberty Hospital’s Cancer Center, They were very helpful and took care of all my needs.” call 816-792-7185, or visit

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Helps Patient Shoulder Recovery As a court reporter for more than 35 years, Jerry Davis literally has typed millions and millions of words during his career. So when the 64-year-old Liberty resident began experiencing severe pain in his right shoulder, it had a direct impact on his work and his quality of life.


probably tolerated the pain for six to eight months before deciding to do something about it,” Davis said. “On the job, it affected the speed of my typing. I would have to stop and take a break, but it also interfered with my sleep, waking me up at night.” Santosh George, M.D., a Liberty Hospital board-certified orthopedic surgeon, diagnosed Davis with a bone spur and osteoarthritis in his shoulder. Osteoarthritis is a “wear and tear” type of arthritis that often occurs in people 50 years of age and older. The cartilage that cushions the bones of the shoulder softens and wears away. The bones then rub against one another, causing the shoulder joint to become stiff and painful. To relieve his pain, Dr. George advised Davis that a shoulder replacement would be his best option for treatment, and Davis agreed. On Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, Dr. George removed the damaged shoulder and replaced it with an artificial shoulder joint at Liberty Hospital. Davis was back home by Sunday, 6

Nov. 4, 2012. Several days later, with his shoulder basically strapped to his side to keep it from moving, he returned to his job as a court reporter. “I was able to go back to work as long as I didn’t move my arm,” Davis said. Just 10 days after being released from the hospital, he started rehabilitating his shoulder at Liberty Hospital’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic. Working with Jennifer Mackie, P.T., a physical therapist at the facility, Davis began his rehabilitation with joint mobilization of the shoulder and

passive range of motion. “I knew from the outset that therapy would be a big part of my recovery,” Davis said. Each therapy session lasted approximately 45 minutes and included exercises designed to gradually improve his shoulder strength and mobility. “After several sessions, I graduated to strength building and flexibility exercises,” Davis said. “Jerry was very dedicated to his therapy,” Mackie said. “I’m sure continued on page 8

At Liberty Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation, our therapists work in many different settings with a wide variety of patients. With services ranging from general rehabilitation to physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology, you can be sure to get exactly the care you need.

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Jennifer Mackie, P.T., Liberty Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation, helped Jerry Davis reach his full potential following shoulder surgery.

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Partners in Health How Liberty Hospital’s WorkHealth Solutions Keeps Area Employees on the Job


ven though more than 200 Northland area employers use Liberty Hospital’s WorkHealth Solutions each year to keep their employees healthy, the program may well be one of the community’s best-kept secrets. Established in 1999, WorkHealth Solutions specializes in occupational health, partnering with area city and county governments, school districts and small, medium and large businesses. WorkHealth Solutions offers area employers and their employees: 

Injury care

Pre-employment physicals

Drug screening

Physical and occupational therapy

Work injury management

Routine health screenings and wellness education

Ergonomic consulting and agility testing

Injury prevention and management programs.

When a worker experiences an emergency injury, the individual usually is treated initially at the Liberty Hospital Emergency Room. WorkHealth Solutions then follows up to further assess the injury and prescribe any rehabilitation or other treatment necessary.

Medical directors of WorkHealth Solutions are Scott Steelman, D.O., a board-certified occupational medicine physician, and Ronald Zipper, D.O., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. By concentrating resources such as the physicians, occupational and physical therapists at the clinic, area employees have better access to the expertise they need to make a quicker and safer return to work. SHOULDER RECOVERY continued from page 6

that’s why he has such good rangeof-motion in his shoulder now.” Now that Davis has been released from Outpatient Rehabilitation, he continues the road to recovery with an exercise routine he can perform at home. “My right shoulder isn’t what it was 20 years ago, but I’m very happy with the results,” Davis said. “The pain has been minimal and I have been able to return to work. I’m even sleeping through the night.” 8

“Our physical and occupational therapy services are very focused on helping workers rehabilitate so they can get back to their full workplace duties as quickly as possible,” said Larry Briscoe, ATC, RPT, CEA, director of WorkHealth Solutions. “We tailor each employee’s therapy to their work demands.”

In addition to providing area employers with comprehensive occupational medicine services, WorkHealth Solutions utilizes a fully-integrated electronic medical records system. The system fosters rapid communication among physicians, employers, case managers and insurance carriers. The staff also has expertise in the workers’ compensation claims system. WorkHealth Solutions conveniently is located at 9151 NE 81st Terrace, Suite 200, behind Gary Crossley Ford. To find out how WorkHealth Solutions can customize an occupational health program to meet your business needs, call 816-407-2300, or visit

Overall, Davis described his surgery and rehabilitation at Liberty Hospital as a “walk in the park.” “Everyone was very professional and personable,” he said. “I’m extremely happy with the results.” At Liberty Hospital’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic, therapists such as Mackie work in many different settings with patients who have experienced everything from joint replacement to trauma to stroke. The therapists offer the most current, researched

and reliable treatment interventions to patients. Services range from complete rehabilitation through physical therapy, to occupational therapy to speech pathology. The Liberty Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic conveniently is located at 130 S. Stewart Road, near highways 152 and I-35. For more information, call 816-407-2315, or visit

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Speak4me National Health Care Decision Day Accidents happen every day. Families are forced into situations they never are prepared for and decisions must be made without knowing the true wishes of even their closest loved ones. These conversations are not easy, but are necessary. Once you have these conversations, it’s important to fill out a durable power of attorney for health care form that states your specific wishes given extraordinary circumstances.

unable to do so. In this document, you appoint a person to serve as your primary health-care agent to make any necessary care or treatment decisions. This person then is responsible for communicating your wishes to your attending physicians and care providers.

A notarized durable power of attorney for health care form is a legal document that expresses Brenda Lovelady, Director of Liberty Hospital Home Health & Hospice, and her husband, Vernon, demonstrate their commitment to represent each your health care wishes when you are other in the event one of them is unable to speak for themselves.

Tuesday, April 16 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Liberty Hospital Doctors Building Liberty Hospital is joining with many other national organizations for National Health Care Decision Day. Notaries and attorneys will be on-hand to help navigate you through the process resulting in a completed durable power of attorney for health care form free of charge. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are preferred. To schedule your appointment, call 816-415-7555. On Ash Wednesday, February 13th, ten-year-old Morgan Wood from Kearney donated a large bag of new stuffed animals to Liberty Hospital. Morgan asked that friends give new stuffed animals rather than gifts for her birthday. She and her family were able to see the newly-remodeled Liberty Hospital Pediatric unit where her special donation will be used to ease the fears of other children. Thanks, Morgan! Pictured with Morgan is Pediatric nurse, Rachel Phillips.

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Community Education Classes AARP Safe Driving Program

Heartsaver AED and CPR

Yoga Class

Liberty Hospital and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) present the AARP Safe Driving Program. This program, taught by an AARP instructor, is offered as a one-day course for drivers 55 and over as a refresher class in safety rules and safedriving techniques. The objective of the course is to decrease the number of traffic accidents and injuries in the mature driver.

This course teaches adult, child and infant CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for victims one year of age or older. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that will require working on your hands and knees and bending and standing. This class is taught by American Heart Association (AHA) instructors following AHA guidelines. You will receive a course completion card with this class. A nonrefundable fee covers class materials. Participants must be 12 years of age or older. CPR classes are held monthly. Registration opens 30 days prior to the class date.

Find your inner Zen with Liberty Hospital’s Yoga class. The course is offered in two different sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Sessions are ongoing and participants may sign up for individual classes. The course is designed for beginners (ages 15 and up) and will be taught by a certified yoga instructor. Yoga straps and blocks will be available for participants to use, but we recommend that you bring your own yoga mat to each session. All Liberty Hospital employees and Liberty Public Schools employees will receive a 20% discount with valid ID.

Date: April 9 Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Auditorium

Care in Your Home: Home Health and Hospice Liberty Hospital Home Health and Hospice social workers will provide information about keeping an aging or disabled loved one safely at home. Resources provided on community assistance, private duty nursing care and Medicare reimbursement. Date: April 18 Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Home Health and Hospice offices, 1134 W. Kansas St., Liberty Cost: Free For more information, call 816-407-2100.


Dates: April 26, May 16 Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: L  iberty Hospital Education Center Cost: $25 (nonrefundable) Register online at

Palliative Care at Home Do you want to be able to give a loved one the end-of-life care they need in your home? This course is available to provide resources for you to assist in your decisions regarding compassionate end-of-life care for you and your family.

Dates: Sessions are ongoing; please see our website for the next available session. Time: Monday, 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Outpatient Rehab, 130 S. Stewart Road, Liberty Cost: $14 per session or $66 for six classes Register at or call 816-407-2315.

To schedule an appointment, call 816-407-2200.

Diabetes Class

Prediabetes Class

Diabetes management instruction is coordinated by a nurse who is a certified diabetes educator and includes information on diabetes management, medications, stress management, diet and exercise. This class requires a physician order and is charged to your insurance company.

This one-time class is for people who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, hyperglycemia or insulin resistance. This class is taught by a certified diabetes educator and will include instruction to delay the onset of type-2 diabetes, as well as nutrition and exercise information.

Dates: M  arch 6, 27, 30 April 3, 17, 19, 24 Time: 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: L  iberty Hospital Education Center For more information, call 816-792-7267.

Dates: March 21, April 18 Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center, Room 5 Cost: $25 (nonrefundable) Register at

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Birthing Center Education & Community Support Groups All Birthing Center education classes are free, but registration is required. To register, visit or call 816-792-7227.

Baby Care Basics Baby Care Basics prepares you for survival of the first two weeks at home with your new baby. This free class provides basic parenting skills, including bathing, diapering, dressing, comforting, feeding and safety issues for the newborn. Registration is required. Dates: March 21, April 23 Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center

Big Brother/Big Sister Club Big Brother/Big Sister Club stimulates discussion with expectant siblings and their parents about the upcoming birth and family changes. This free class includes a tour, video, discussion and a painting session! An adult must accompany the child/children. Age limit is 3 to 7, and class size is limited. Your child must be registered to attend. Dates: March 2, April 6 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Birthing Center – third floor of the Medical Plaza East building

Breastfeeding Basics Breastfeeding Basics provides information for expectant families to identify the benefits of breast feeding for mom and baby. This free class is intended to help manage breastfeeding for the first few weeks at home. Liberty Hospital is an official Medela pump station, and a lactation consultant can answer all your questions, as well as provide information regarding pump rental/sales and supplies. Registration is required. Dates: March 6, April 3 Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center

Childbirth Express The Childbirth Express class is the answer to a busy schedule. Topics for this free class include interventions, complications and pain management. Childbirth Express is fastpaced and video-driven and devotes less time to relaxation/breathing practice. A guided tour of the Liberty Hospital Birthing Center is included. We suggest that you have

completed this class by the time you are at 36 weeks gestation. Registration is required. Dates: March 23, April 27 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center

Prepared Childbirth Series This free, two-class childbirth series covers the mechanics of the labor and birthing process. The class offers breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as comfort measures and the role of the coach. Topics also include interventions, complications and pain management. A guided tour of the Liberty Hospital Birthing Center is included. We suggest that you complete this class by the time you are at 36 weeks gestation. Registration is required. Dates: March 7, 14 Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Liberty Hospital offers a monthly education and support group. This gathering is for anyone who has a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s. Dates: March 21, April 18 Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Home Health and Hospice offices, 1134 W. Kansas St., Liberty Cost: Free. For more information, call Jennifer Funston, MSW, at 407-2100.

Breastfeeding Support Group The Breastfeeding Support Group meets every Wednesday and is hosted by a lactation consultant who provides support and education to new mothers experiencing difficulties. Infant weight checks also are available. Time: 1 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center

Diabetes Support Group

Huntington’s Disease Support Group This support group is for individuals with Huntington’s Disease, as well as their family and caregivers. The group offers support, discussion and education about the disease. Date: Second Monday of every month Time: 7 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center For more information, contact Rosalie Hamilton at 816-935-4267.

Living After Loss This is a monthly support group for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. This professionally facilitated group will offer support to the newly bereaved, as well as those who have been grieving for longer periods of time. Date: Third Thursday of every month Time: 11 a.m. to Noon Location: Liberty Hospital Hospice, 1134 W. Kansas St., Liberty For more information, contact Jennifer Funston, MSW, at 816-407-2200.

Pumpers Support Group For individuals who are insulin-dependant, this group offers a brief instructional or educational offering followed by discussion and time to share problems or solutions. Dates: March 16 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Doctors Building, ground floor, Classroom 1

Stroke Support Group Liberty Hospital offers a monthly stroke support group for stroke survivors and their family members. This monthly program offers the opportunity for education, friendship and mutual support. Dates: Second Tuesday of each month Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: Liberty Hospital Education Center, Room 5

This support group is for individuals with type-2 diabetes. The group offers an educational presentation and time for you to discuss diabetes management issues. Date: March 7 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Doctors Building, ground floor, Classroom 1

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Connections - Spring 2013  
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