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Sometimes, Love and Joy May Banish Pain and Sorrow

  The team in Memorial Hospital’s Oncology Department might want to consider moonlighting as wedding planners. Soon after learning of patient Deborah Case’s wish to marry her longtime partner, the group of caregivers sprang into action, and within a matter of mere hours, they had arranged a ceremony. There was a wedding cake. White balloons […]

Want to Be an OR Nurse? Here’s Your Chance

Nurses interested in working in Memorial Hospital’s operating rooms are encouraged to apply for a six-month class to become certified in perioperative services. The next class begins Aug. 24, though applications are currently being accepted. Nurses must have a current Colorado RN license and at least one year of nursing experience. “It’s a totally different […]

Rapid Response Brings Better Outcomes for Stroke Patients

When a young woman had a stroke last month and paramedics rushed her through the emergency room doors at Memorial Hospital, a team of clinicians delivered a clot-busting drug 13 minutes after her arrival. Considering that the American Stroke Association has challenged hospitals to provide tissue plasminogen activator — tPA — the clot busting drug for ischemic […]

Freemyer Reinvigorates Memorial’s Path to Magnet

A high-energy, straight-talking woman, Michele Freemyer is on a mission to set Memorial Hospital firmly on a path to achieve designation as a Magnet hospital. Recently, she  was named Memorial’s Magnet program coordinator, a new, part-time position she will fill along with her role as a night house nursing supervisor. Magnet is a designation awarded by the American […]

Clinical Research Fuels Improvement

Medical knowledge doubles every four years because of research. But how does a research project begin? How do you know if the idea is good, or whether the question has already been examined? At Memorial Hospital, aspiring researchers can begin with the Research and Evidence Based Practice Committee. The group, which started about three years ago as part […]

Red Cross Honors Memorial Nurse as Hometown Hero

Eileen Sasse thinks fate put her on that icy two-lane highway in western Nebraska on a frigid day, when wind roared across the road, making visibility poor and leading to a terrible accident. Sasse could see steam pouring from the engines of a minivan and a pickup truck as she and her husband, John Sasse, […]

Memorial’s Celebrating U and Daisy Award Winners Announced

Nurse Debbie Yarra spends her time at HealthLink calling patients who have recently been discharged from Memorial Hospital to ask a few questions, build rapport, and make sure the patients are OK. Yarra, a nurse since 1986, recently called a patient. After asking a few questions, she became extremely uncomfortable with the man’s responses. The patient […]

Auxiliary’s Parting Gift: Scholarships for Nurses

Nurses who currently are enrolled – or have been accepted by a college – to pursue a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree in nursing are eligible to apply for a $2,500 nursing scholarship. A selection committee will award 10 scholarships in 2015 to Memorial Hospital nurses who meet eligibility requirements, with five scholarships awarded this […]

Memorial Staff Creates Wedding ‘Miracle’ for Cancer Patient

Chuck Beard didn’t want another day to go by. He wanted to fulfill his promise to marry his girl, Elisabeth Dokie, who only days before had been diagnosed with cancer. Elisabeth had known Chuck,  the retired Air Force man, since 1993. They met when the two worked civil service jobs in Colorado Springs. Elisabeth and Chuck had often talked […]

New Nursing Grads Hit the Floors

Dozens of new nursing graduates have been hired since May at Memorial Hospital to fill jobs in departments across the hospital, ending a year-long drought on hiring new grads while Memorial turned its financials around. “These new hires represent the cream of the crop,’’ said Michelle Smith, chief clinical officer for Memorial. “They are very […]