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President’s Letter In an instant, life can change for better or for worse. A pregnancy can bring immeasurable joy. A cancer diagnosis or an aging parent’s failing health can generate sorrow and fear. What to do? Where to turn? Who can help? Families can rely on Methodist for answers, expert medical care and a compassionate partnership for better health. What sets Methodist apart? Is it our experience, facilities and technology? Absolutely. And, above all, it is our people — the individuals we hire and the teams we build. Embedded in our culture is a combination of medical expertise and patient-first focus that makes Methodist the place where innovation meets compassion. For example, nurses Mary Clark, Barb Johnson and Kyle Kreger make such a difference every day with their knowledge, skill, great warmth and humanity. The caliber of our nursing staff is nationally recognized with three consecutive Magnet designations, the gold standard of nursing excellence.

John M. Fraser

President and CEO Methodist Health System

Our care teams, including those at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, guide patients and families through difficult diagnoses. Working together, our expert and compassionate physicians, nurses, technicians and support staff ease cancer journeys, including the one that began for Catherine Bernt on her wedding day. Underscoring the strength of our commitment to quality cancer care, Methodist became the first cancer provider in the Omaha area and in Nebraska to achieve accreditation from the Commission on Cancer in 1956, remaining continuously accredited ever since. Both within and beyond our walls, our people continue to expertly advance health and wellness with a warm and personal touch. At Methodist Hospital, Jennie Jacobs and her family have made volunteering a family affair. At Elk Ridge Village, nurse Tina Riehle is keeping seniors active, healthy and engaged in our Partners in Care program. Here, ready to help, are these and the thousands of other special people who make Methodist the Meaning of Care. Sincerely,

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Methodist Hospital Honored by OneWorld Methodist Hospital was recognized for its contributions to OneWorld’s mission at the

News Briefs Shaw Named to “40 Under 40” list Methodist Health System Director of Public Safety Matt Shaw was named one of the 2013 “40 Under 40” award winners by the Midlands Business Journal. The annual award honors 40 Greater Omaha, Sarpy County and Council Bluffs entrepreneurs, executives and professional men and women under 40 years of age. Shaw, who joined Methodist Health System in 2011, was recognized for outstanding achievements that include developing and deploying five-year safety and security

Matt Shaw, Methodist Health System director of public safety (right), receives the “40 Under 40” award.

improvement plans across Methodist Health System hospitals, clinics and Nebraska Methodist College as well as training protocols for security officers and system-wide facility safety improvements.

promoted their pink spirit to a national television audience. Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center was proud to co-sponsor the event for the third year in a row, handing out 16,000 free T-shirts and thousands of “Real Men Wear Pink” posters to eager fans. Creighton pulled off the 76-63 win against Georgetown fresh off a huge win the week before against Villanova. The Jays wore special pink-and-white jerseys and pink shoes as part of the Creighton vs. Cancer weekend.

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10th Annual Milagro Dinner and Auction. “Milagro” is Spanish for “miracle.” Methodist Hospital President and CEO Steve Goeser accepted the award, which was presented by Andrea Skolkin, OneWorld CEO. “Omaha is fortunate to have a number of hospitals that support care for people who would otherwise go without necessary procedures and surgeries,” Skolkin said at the presentation. “Over the 14 years that I have been working in the community to improve access to quality care, Methodist Hospital has always provided the best care possible to our patients.”

Methodist Sponsors Creighton “Pink Out” Games The Creighton Bluejays weren’t the only big winners at the Jan. 25 “Pink Out” game versus the Georgetown Hoyas. The annual event raised awareness and money for breast cancer research. A record sellout crowd of 18,859 breast cancer survivors, family and friends



New Website Allows Families to Share Photos A new website launched by Methodist Women’s Hospital helps moms and dads share news of their new arrivals with family and friends. is a photo-sharing website available exclusively to families whose babies are born at Methodist Women’s Hospital. The site allows parents to post pictures of their babies, and instantly share their baby’s place on the map with family and friends. Parents can visit from any web-connected device and control the amount of information shared. Then, by clicking the Facebook icon or email link, parents can choose to post the information on social media. The Babies@Heart online map will show a baby’s entry at a random location within the zip code provided.

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If asked to explain the career choice, a nurse may share a pivotal personal experience. Mary Clark, BSN, RN, was in grade school when her uncle was hospitalized for a routine hip replacement, suffered a blood clot and died. She was in high school when her father


was hospitalized with a brain tumor. He was terrified at the thought of falling asleep, like his brother, and never waking up. “A nurse stayed all night to talk and help him through this scary time,” Mary said. “She made a real difference, and I wanted to make that kind of difference too.”

Three Hospitals: 1,400 Methodist Nurses A desire to help others is at the heart of the decision to choose nursing. “Nurses are people who want to take care of people,” explained Sue Korth, PhD, BSN, RN, vice president and chief operating officer for Methodist Women’s Hospital.

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life and the amazing bond between parents and child. “This is the family’s day, and it’s a happy day,” Mary explained. “I want to do everything I can to be optimistic, reassuring and helpful.” Known for her gentle and upbeat demeanor, Mary has received many thank-you notes from the new mothers under her care.

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Amanda Oliver, who wrote to praise all the staff she encountered during her stay at Methodist Women’s Hospital, reserved extra kudos for Mary.

For us, it’s all about the patient.

At Methodist Health System’s three hospital campuses, more than 1,400 nurses care for patients and families throughout every phase of life. Of course, each nurse is a unique individual with his or her own story and expertise. Some are primarily involved in bedside nursing, others in research, leadership or staff development. Even so, certain commonalities go with being a Methodist nurse.

“What sets us apart? Patient focus. For us, it’s all about the patient,” said Teri Tipton, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital. “Compassion and caring are baked into our culture.”

Starting with a Smile As a labor and delivery nurse at Methodist Women’s Hospital, Mary Clark has helped welcome more than 350 babies into the world. She will never forget the first birth she witnessed as a Nebraska Methodist College nursing student, her first glimpse of the baby’s chubby cheeks, her own tears of joy at a new

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“I feel extremely blessed to have had Mary with me on the day my daughter, Madeline, was born,” Amanda said. “From the moment Mary entered my room, we connected. She really listened to what I wanted and needed. With patience, humor and a kind spirit, Mary kept my husband and me laughing and made us feel special, encouraged and at ease.”


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When asked what is essential to caring for patients and families, Mary replied, “It may sound corny, but it starts with a smile.” “Right away, I want my patient to know I’m here for her, and she can rely on me no matter what,” Mary explained. “When she feels pain or if any of the complications we are always prepared for happen — that’s when she needs me most.” Describing the satisfaction that comes from helping others, Mary said, “What I do never gets old. Every day, I get to make a difference.”

Making Every Moment Count Mary said she is working toward a graduate degree, the MSN - Nurse Executive at Nebraska Methodist College, to stay at the forefront of new developments and “because I am always looking for ways to make the day better for our patients — and for our nurses and other team members too.” Deep commitments to lifelong learning, teamwork and continuous improvement are common among Methodist’s nurses. Experts agree that while today’s hospital patients tend to be sicker, with more complicated cases and care than in previous generations, the average length of stay is shorter than ever before. Nurses have much less time and more to do for their patients before a safe discharge.


To make every moment count, nurses need caring and empathy balanced with outstanding critical thinking and people skills, professional education, technical savvy and teamwork. “Throughout Methodist Health System, we continue to hire for, nurture and support these essential qualities,” explained Peggy Helget, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital.

Fulfillment in Helping Others

He admits a preference for the toughest cases and biggest challenges that allow him to help patients and families at difficult times in their lives. His patients may have suffered heart attacks or life-threatening injuries or come from surgery, making Kyle’s typical day anything but typical. Kyle cares for patients with calm and confidence. With the help of a colleague, he gently repositions a patient who is on a ventilator. He chats warmly, as if his sedated patient could hear, while expertly providing the specific bed angle, oral care and other measures needed to prevent such complications as ventilator-associated pneumonia. A consult with a physician

Kyle Kreger, BSN, RN, another Nebraska Methodist College graduate, is a staff member and frequent charge nurse on the Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital Intensive Care Unit. “I love the variety of patients we care for,” Kyle said, “and the close team feeling here.” Kyle dropped plans to become an architectural engineer when he realized a desk job could never be as fulfilling as a career in nursing. Making professional education a priority, Kyle has completed the trauma nurse core course program, cross-trained to work in the cardiac catheterization lab and is finishing his specialty certification in critical care nursing, or CCRN.

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and pharmacist allows him to manage compatibility of the multiple medications the patient is given intravenously. Kyle often forgoes a formal lunch break to stay with his patients and answer family members’ questions. He explains test results and the plan of care designed to wean their loved one

off a ventilator in simple terms. He watches, listens and rephrases until he is sure they understand.

“Our patients teach us so much,” Barb said, “especially about the power of the human spirit to shine through a difficult diagnosis.”

Explaining, educating and connecting come naturally to Kyle, as does a bit of joking to ease tensions and lighten the mood. Kyle commiserates over a recent football loss with a cardiac patient, and the two enjoy a relaxed conversation that doubles as an assessment tool.

Barb credits a unique nurse residency program called AgeWISE with making a profound difference in the kind of nurse she has become. AgeWISE expands nurses’ knowledge and skills in geriatrics and palliative care, or geropalliative care, to make the hospital experience better and safer for aging patients and their families. Methodist Hospital was chosen as one of six U.S. hospitals to pilot this program, and Barb was among Methodist’s first AgeWISE graduates.

It’s about being truly present and knowing that squeezing a hand can mean more than a thousand words of consolation.

– Barb Johnson, RN This day, like most, is a busy day, and Kyle postpones as much charting as possible to the end. “Interaction with the patient always comes first,” Kyle explained. “It’s all about the patient.”

A Bigger Contribution Barb Johnson, RN, also detoured briefly before discovering her passion for nursing. “I became an English major and editor because I love language and literature,” Barb explained. “A greater love of people put me on a new path. I wanted to make a bigger contribution.” Careers in teaching and nursing beckoned, and nursing won out. Today, Barb enjoys the best of both fields as a nurse and preceptor on Methodist Hospital’s oncology unit. She will complete her MSN - Nurse Educator degree at Nebraska Methodist College in 2015 and is thrilled to be constantly teaching and learning.

“Caring for older adults is a true privilege, and AgeWISE has helped me individualize their care and use every available resource to manage symptoms, relieve anxieties and ease their journeys,” said Barb. “It’s about being truly present and knowing that squeezing a hand can mean more than a thousand words of consolation.” Michael Friend was so moved by the endof-life care his father received at Methodist Hospital that he nominated two units for Meaning of Care Awards through Methodist Hospital Foundation, singling out Barb for going above and beyond. “I can’t say enough about how kind and gentle Barb was with my dad, and how she listened to, doted on and soothed all of us. This woman truly cares about her charges,” Michael said. “It wasn’t any one thing Barb said or did — it was everything she said, everything she did,” Michael explained, his voice breaking with emotion. “She has the heart of an angel.”

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Magnet® Means Nursing Excellence Methodist Hospital: 54th Facility Worldwide to Achieve Three Consecutive Magnet Designations Methodist Hospital, the first hospital in Nebraska to attain Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, earned Magnet status for the third consecutive time in 2013. “Magnet designation is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice,” explained Teri Tipton, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital. “Of the nearly 6,000 hospitals in the United States, fewer than 400 are Magnet hospitals and only a small fraction of those have attained Magnet status three times.”

Why Magnet Matters Research shows that Magnet hospitals have: • Better clinical outcomes • Greater patient satisfaction • Greater nurse satisfaction • Lower nurse turnover Magnet hospitals must pass a rigorous review process and demonstrate nursing excellence that exceeds national benchmarks for patient care, clinical outcomes, nursing leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, staff satisfaction and innovation. The review process is required every four years to confirm adherence to Magnet concepts and continuous improvement. The Methodist Hospital 84th Street campus and Methodist Women’s Hospital at 192nd and Dodge are Magnet-recognized.

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On a sunny morning in August 2012, Catherine and Rick Bernt stepped onto the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and into the rest of their lives. Their small, picturesque wedding at the Missouri River’s edge was the perfect way to start a lifetime together.


But within an hour of saying “I do,” a single phone call cast a shadow over their day of celebration. It was Catherine’s doctor confirming her diagnosis. Cervical cancer. One thought raced through Catherine’s mind: “I’m going to die.”

More Than Just One Opinion Catherine’s gynecologist referred her to Niyati Nadkarni, MD, a gynecologic

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oncologist with Midwest GYN Oncology at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Minutes after walking into Dr. Nadkarni’s office, Catherine felt a sense of relief knowing that the female oncologist — one of only two female gynecologic oncologists in the state — would handle her care. “I really felt she possessed the latest knowledge that would give her the upper hand in my treatment,” said Catherine, “and it wasn’t just her making the decisions. She always talked to other

teams of specialists in their respective tumor-site-specific fields spend hours analyzing patient care from their unique perspectives. There are nearly 20 different meetings every month, and everyone has a seat at the table: radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, nurses and more.

Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center currently offers nearly 80 clinical trials, and 17 percent of eligible patients are trial participants* — the national average is two to three percent.

“We all have our own biases,” said George Dittrick, MD, surgical oncologist at the Surgical Oncology Clinic at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. “As a surgeon, I may see things from a more surgical microscope. Sometimes a different tool or approach to treatment may be the best option.”

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“Clinical trials are very important for future care,” emphasized James Reilly, MD, surgical oncologist at the Breast Care Center at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. “The information we learn from clinical trials today may change what we’re doing to provide better care to patients tomorrow.”

“ doctors about my case, and I really felt like there was a team of people rather than just one opinion.” Catherine is among the nearly 2,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year who turn to the multidisciplinary care, state-of-the-art technology, cutting-edge clinical trials and comprehensive support services offered by Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Here, a holistic approach to healing body, mind and spirit is coupled with the best treatments medicine has to offer. “I think patients really appreciate the fact that we all sit and talk about pathology and come up with a game plan for their treatment,” said Dr. Nadkarni. “It’s a welloiled machine. Everyone’s right here.” A patient-centered team approach is at the heart of care provided at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Each week,

She always talked to other doctors about my case, and I really felt like there was a team of people rather than just one opinion. – Catherine Bernt

Better Treatment for the Future The best option in some cases may be for a patient to participate in one of many clinical trials. Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center offers more cancer-related clinical trials than any other regional cancer center*, and is one of the country’s leaders in offering new options for patient care.

“Having access to more clinical trials than anyone in the region is what allows us to offer the most up-to-date and hopefully best cancer treatment options available,” said Dr. Dittrick. “A patient deserves to have all that information because ultimately it’s his or her decision.”

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Patients say they appreciate having all that information and a team of doctors working for their overall health. “If any doctor questioned what they were doing in my case, there were other specialists involved to give input,” said Kim Dobson, a breast cancer survivor who underwent a mastectomy in March 2013. “I just always felt so confident in what I was doing. When people would ask me if I was scared I would say, ‘no, I’m not,’ because I know I’m getting the best care.”

The Power of Pink Kim Dobson always figured she’d get cancer one day. “My mother had a double mastectomy. My grandmother, great-grandmother, great-aunt — they’re all survivors,” said Kim, who discovered through genetic testing that she does not carry the breast cancer gene. “From the beginning I knew I was going to beat this. I was going to fight it, and all was going to be well.” She was at work as an administrative assistant at Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, Neb., when she learned about her diagnosis.


“In a small town you just kind of know everybody, and all of a sudden everybody knew,” said Kim, Booster of the Year and former coach of the school dance team. “At the Pink Out football game the dance team dedicated their song to me, and they wore pink and had pink pompoms and formed a pink ribbon at the end. It was so amazing… really, really cool.” After learning about her diagnosis, a friend referred Kim to Dr. Reilly and physicians at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center — a referral she said made all the difference. “My compassionate doctors… I just love them all,” said Kim. “Even though it hasn’t been an easy road, I’ve been incredibly blessed by the support of my family, friends and my doctors. This has just been a powerful experience.”

“From the minute you walk in, everyone is so kind,” Kim glowed. “They know what you are going through. It’s just an amazing place; I can’t say enough.” It’s a place of holistic healing that takes into consideration every aspect of care — from physical wellness and behavioral health to financial assistance and cosmetology. The support resources provided through Harper’s Hope, a comprehensive cancer survivorship program, take care and healing to the next level. “Survivorship care is a crucial part of the healing process for patients and families,” said Patty Bauer, MHSA, RN, RRT, service executive at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. “What Methodist offers through Harper’s Hope is unique and an integral part of patient care.”

Healing the Person, Not Just the Cancer That powerful experience begins the moment a patient enters Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. A welcoming hug, friendly smile and knowledgeable staff bring caring to a personal level.

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Thanks to a generous contribution to the Methodist Hospital Foundation, Harper’s Hope services are available to all cancer survivors, regardless of where they seek treatment or their ability to pay. One of those services, Inner Beauty: A Specialty Salon for Cancer Survivors, allows patients to consult with a specially trained clinical cosmetologist and certified mastectomy fitter to find the breast care, skin care, makeup and wigs that will work best for them as they go through the physical changes treatment brings.

We try to realize that it’s not just about a treatment, but how the treatment affects our patients’ lives.

– George Dittrick, MD

“Being bald was terrible for me,” said Catherine, who underwent a consultation at Inner Beauty. “I looked and looked and looked to try and find something I could be comfortable in.” “Inner Beauty is very important because not only are you changing an important part of a patient’s body with surgery and radiation, but you really change their body image with chemotherapy,” said Dr. Reilly. “For some women, losing their hair is more devastating to them than what happened to their bodies.” Harper’s Hope physical wellness programs offer massage and exercise classes such as aerobics, Pilates, yoga, Tai Chi and strength training. Social service professionals are also on staff to help with caregiver concerns,

transportation, financial assistance and referrals to other services that make life easier during and after treatment. And a registered dietitian, board-certified as a specialist in oncology nutrition, can also provide eating tips and recipes and help with supplements. “As a physician, sometimes you find you become too focused on treating a disease,” said Dr. Dittrick. “We try to remember that it’s not just about a treatment, but how the treatment affects our patients’ lives.”

Help, Healing and Hope During their most difficult times, survivors and families rely on the people and many programs offered at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center to find help, healing and hope. Today, Kim and Catherine are both in good health. Their cancers are in remission and their ongoing care at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center has them confident about the future. “I still call whenever I have questions, and the doctors never act like they’re in a hurry or too busy to help,” said Catherine. “They make me feel like I’m the only person they take care of, and that’s a relief.” After a year in and out of the hospital with surgeries and struggles with related health issues, Catherine and her new husband are taking their new life together one day at a time. “I’m so thankful that I went to Methodist,” said Catherine. “I am really lucky.”

Harper’s Hope: Care Beyond the Medicine Harper’s Hope understands that a cancer diagnosis is a beginning, not an end. A comprehensive cancer survivorship program at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, Harper’s Hope embraces the true meaning of care — offering services that improve the quality of life for patients, their family members and friends. Thanks to Methodist Hospital Foundation and a generous gift from the Harper Family Foundation, Harper’s Hope provides a full menu of support services tailored to survivors’ needs, regardless of where they received their cancer treatment or their ability to pay. These resources help patients and their family members with: • Behavioral health/counseling • Cancer Prevention and Hereditary Risk Assessment • Inner Beauty: A Specialty Salon for Cancer Survivors • Nutrition services • Physical wellness • Social services For more information about Harper’s Hope, how to access services or to make a donation, visit or call (402) 354-HOPE (4673).

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Partners in Care Puts Methodist RN at Elk Ridge Village With a bright smile, quick wit and firm handshake, Elaine Randall gladly admits to being 90 years young. Elaine resides at Elk Ridge Village, a retirement community on Elkhorn’s Lawrence Youngman Lake, less than a mile from the Methodist 192 Dodge Campus.


Life at Elk Ridge is particularly enjoyable, Elaine said, thanks to a special person and program: Nurse Tina and Partners in Care.

Dedicated to Seniors “Nurse Tina” is Tina Riehle, BSN, RN, a Methodist Health System registered nurse who is based full-time at the Elk Ridge Village clubhouse and focused on the independent living residents’ care. In 2011, Methodist and Elk Ridge Village created the Partners in Care program, the first of its kind

ass ds a wellness cl Nurse Tina lea ge residents. illa for Elk Ridge V in Omaha, to maximize residents’ health by making care convenient and seamless. Tina, a graduate of Nebraska Methodist College, brings a wealth of nursing experience to her role, as well as a sunny, outgoing personality. “I love seniors and they know it,” Tina said. “It’s a joy to be here and be a partner in their care.”

Elk Ridge Village residents who see Methodist Health System care providers enjoy the added benefit of Tina’s immediate access to their electronic health records, with permission, to answer questions and enhance care coordination. “Having Nurse Tina here is wonderful,” Elaine said. “We all love her, and she gives us such a sense of security.”

Comfort and Expertise An Idaho native, Elaine came to Elk Ridge Village seven years ago. She and her husband, Richard, moved to be close to their daughter, Margaret Wellman-Ralles of Omaha, and for specialized memory care for Richard, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. Margaret describes Nurse Tina’s presence as “a great comfort to residents like my mom, and the program truly takes a load off our shoulders.” Margaret said without Tina and the Elk Ridge shuttle service, she and her husband would struggle to get time off work to take Elaine to doctor appointments. “Having Nurse Tina, with her professional expertise, there to listen and explain tests and physician recommendations to us is so helpful,” Margaret said. “We want Mom to live as long and healthy a life as possible.”

Tina provides professional, personalized guided care services, including wellness classes, basic health assessments and blood pressure monitoring. She can schedule and coordinate medical appointments, accompany residents to their doctor visits and update family members according to residents’ wishes.

Elaine, who uses a walker to support weak knees, stays active and involved with family and friends. She edits the Elk Ridge residents’ newsletter, participates in the book club and works out in the exercise room. From the clubhouse dining room, Elaine and other residents had ringside seats to the construction of the new Methodist Women’s Hospital and Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center, which opened in 2010.

“I watched the hospital go up and took a grand opening tour wishing I’d always had a place like this,” Elaine explained. “The facilities are beautiful.”

Convenience and Caring For Elaine, the convenience of the program and Methodist’s services has been proven for both routine and emergency care. She described the attention she received on a trio of visits to the Methodist Women’s

Having Nurse Tina here is wonderful. We all love her, and she gives us such a sense of security.

– Elaine Randall Hospital emergency department — one after a fall, another for a cut, the most recent for evaluation of a cardiovascular issue — as “delightful experiences.” Additional compliments went to the friendly Methodist Women’s Center staff for making a mammogram so pleasant by providing a warmed gown, a new experience for her. This was just one more personal touch, Elaine said, “that warmed my heart.”

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Patti Pryor and Jennie Jacobs volunteer their time and talents at Methodist Hospital Gift Shop.

All families have their own special traditions. Jennie Jacobs says one of her family’s treasured times not only unites but inspires them, too. It is a tradition started more than four decades ago and is centered on Methodist Hospital. “It’s just a great place to be,” said Jennie. “I love everyone here.” For 43 years Jennie has been volunteering at Methodist. You can find her greeting people with her infectious smile at the gift shop or holding someone’s hand in the surgery waiting room. “When there is a need, I want to be there to help,” she said. In fact, that quote might be considered her family’s mantra. The list of Methodist volunteers includes Jennie’s children, grandchildren and extended family. One worked as a candy striper years ago; another is currently helping senior citizens. “This is a passion of ours,” said Patti Pryor, Jennie’s daughter. “There is a joy we get from being here that is very fulfilling.” Patti’s memories of Methodist date back to when she was in high school. Her family grew up decorating the hospital during the holidays. These days it is not unusual to find them working side by side as volunteers.


“It is amazing what you learn about yourself when you are helping others,” said Patti. “You get to see a lot of happy moments and some difficult ones, too.” Many of those emotions play out in the gift shop, which is staffed by Methodist volunteers like Jennie and Patti.


Gifts and pledges $100,000 and greater Anonymous Robert & Marilyn Cassling Holland Foundation Grace Riley Leinart & Earl Leinart McGowan Family Foundation MCL Construction Methodist Medical Staff Methodist Volunteers In Partnership Larry & Linda Pearson Mike & Lin Simmonds Bill & Sydney Winstrom


Gifts and pledges $50,000 to $99,999

“We are there to provide much more than just merchandise,” said Patti. “Sometimes the person needs a friendly face, a distraction or maybe even a hug.” The family’s dedication to Methodist goes beyond time and talent; they also believe in giving back financially. Jennie included Methodist in her estate plans.

Named for the year in which Methodist Hospital was established, the 1891 Society recognizes the current giving of loyal donors who support the programs and projects of Methodist Hospital Foundation. We thank the following friends who made a gift between September 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014.

Dr. C.C. & Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation The Hawks Foundation Leap-for-a-Cure Mammel Foundation Scare Away Cancer


Gifts and pledges $10,000 to $49,999

A family of volunteers: Leigh Brassetti, Martha Jacobs, Andrew Pryor, Jenna Schmitt, Patti Pryor and Jennie Jacobs.

“Over the years we have been fortunate to see the difference Methodist has made in our lives and in the lives of others,” said Jennie. “We want to see that continue.” It is easy to understand why Jennie and her family call the hospital their second home. Their generosity will become an important part of their legacy — and a time-honored tradition.

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Anonymous Clifton B. & Anne Stuart Batchelder Foundation Cathy & Dennis Blackman Bridges Investment Counsel, Inc. Larry & Twink DeRoin Marge & Jim Eggers Mr. & Mrs. John W. Estabrook John & Debbie Fraser The Kim Foundation Jack & Stephanie Koraleski Dr. Thomas McGinn & Dr. Mia Nagy Mid-Continent Irrigation, Inc. Drs. John & Kathleen Mitchell Michael & Dr. Irina Popa Newcomb O’Keefe Elevator Company, Inc. Drs. John & Anna Park The Pathology Center Jiri Bedrnicek, MD John Gentry, MD Christine Hans, MD Gene Herbek, MD Teresa Karre, MD Shane Kohl, MD Diana Nevins, MD Deborah Perry, MD Andrew Rasmussen, MD Gregory Smith, MD Alan Torell, MD Thomas Williams, MD Cynthia S. Peacock Perinatal Associates, PC Robert Bonebrake, MD Neil Hamill, MD Michael Levine, MD Todd Lovgren, MD Andrew Robertson, MD Hemant Satpathy, MD Radiologic Center, Inc. Lisa A. Bladt, MD Kevin M. Cawley, MD Paul S. Christy, MD Ryan A. Dvorak, MD Merlyn D. Gibson, MD David J. Hilger, MD Richard A. Kutilek, MD Van L. Marcus, MD Robert H. McIntire, MD Kevin L. Nelson, MD Nick L. Nelson, MD Temple S. Rucker, MD Linda A. Sing, MD Kristofer A. Vander Zwaag, MD Amy L. Scott Family Foundation Security National Bank of Omaha Union Pacific Corporation


Gifts and pledges $5,000 to $9,999 David & Nancy Abboud Allied Construction Anderson Partners Khalid A. Awad, MD Baird Holm, LLC Sandra & Charles Beermann Dr. & Mrs. Douglas Brouillette Dr. Daniel & Carly Cronk Cruisin’ for a Cure Omaha Car Show Electric Company of Omaha Jonathan & Kyoko Fuller Michele & Doug Grewcock Carmen L. & Roger A. Hahn

Leone Spencer Harlan Jerry J. Hoban William Hoffman J.R. Barger & Sons Jennie L. Jacobs Dr. F. William & Beverly Karrer Joseph Kirshenbaum Knapp Trust Chris & Betsy Murphy N. Pitlor and Son, Inc. Dr. & Mrs. Stephen M. Nielsen Anton & Ellen Piskac Project Pink’d, Inc. Dr. & Mrs. John C. Sage Edwin C. Schafer, MD Gerald & Patricia Schnecker Spencer & Joy Stevens The Urology Center Peter M. Gordon, MD Brett C. Hill, MD Brett R. Jepson, MD Harvey A. Konigsberg, MD Steven C. Koukol, MD R. Michael Kroeger, MD Patrick B. Leu, MD Stephen S. Lim, MD Gernon A. Longo, MD Jon J. Morton, MD Dr. Ronald & Linda Wax


Gifts and pledges $1,000 to $4,999 Jason & Josie Abboud Advisory Board Company Michael & Julie Ahrens Anonymous Anthony’s Steak House Brian & Patricia Arends Dr. Deanna Armstrong & Dr. Thad Woods Tony & Donna Arrowsmith AWS Nebraska Judith & Robert Bachman Stephen L. Bartak Dr. & Mrs. Craig Bassett Russell E. Beran, MD Stephanie Bess & Keith Green Bo & Elizabeth Borisow Gail & Neil Boston Jennifer Brase Jean & Don Brinkman Mark & Jodie Brooks Mark & Irma Burmester Randy & Suzanne Burns Linda K. Burt Jan & Art Burtscher Caroline G. Butler Centris Federal Credit Union Charley’s Angels Photography Jason J. Cisler, MD Robert Cohn Jan Cole Commercial Flooring Systems, Inc. Continental Fire Sprinkler Company Creighton Preparatory School David R. Crotzer & Rebecca J. McCrery Dr. & Mrs. Mark D’Agostino Lisa & Jim Davidson Sue Davis Gordon Deas Susan J. Dennis

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J. Paul & Eleanor McIntosh Sean McMahon & Tracy Madden-McMahon Mary E. McNulty Steven & Susan McWhorter Juli & Kevin Meador Mechanical Sales, Inc. Margaret M. Medeiros Methodist Hospital Administration Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital Mid-Plains Insulation, Inc. Cindy Mirfield Kay Monette Mark & Jan Morris Peter & Laurie Morris James & Jennie Mounce Niyati J. Nadkarni, MD Reighe & Burton Nagel Nebraska Business Aviation Association William J. Neff, R.P. Dr. Charles & Karen Olson Dr. & Mrs. Daniel R. Olson Mark D. Omar, MD Ralph V. & Paulette H. Palmer Debra M. Parker Pella Windows & Doors of Omaha Performance Automotive Group Diane Persing Gerard Pfannenstiel Dr. & Mrs. Trent W. Quinlan Reagan Elementary School Julie A. Richards Kay H. Richter Kevin & Diane Rochford Chris & Sharlon Rodgers Sue & Ron Rohlfs Kristin E. Rooney, MD SAC Federal Credit Union Charlotte P. Schenken Thomas & Kathleen Seidel Jean & Robert Seykora Dr. & Mrs. Bill Shiffermiller Margaret E. Spencer Milton N. Stastny, MD Stryker Sustainability Solutions Nick & Carol Taylor Britt A. Thedinger, MD L. B. “Red” & Jann Thomas Bob & Charlene Thome Brian D. Thompson Alan & Nancy Thorson Teri & Todd Tipton Del & Phyllis Toebben Eva F. Toelle Dr. & Mrs. John S. Treves U.S. Bank University of Nebraska Medical Center Richard J. Velasco The James P. Verhalen Family Foundation, Inc. Monica L. Waggoner Bob & Sharon Wagner Eugene & Renie Waltke Brian Ward, MD Wear Yellow Nebraska Drs. Susan & Michael Westcott Linda A. Wheeler Heidi & Jeff Wilke Adam & Sarah Yale

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