Terminally ill patient renews wedding vows in hospital

Unbeknownst to the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas staff, the husband of a young terminally ill patient was planning to renew the couple’s vows on their seventh wedding anniversary. Once Marci, a palliative care chaplain, and the oncology staff learned of the husband’s plans, they were incredibly moved and wanted to help … Continue reading Terminally ill patient renews wedding vows in hospital

Heart disease stopped Florence from teaching but led her to her calling

What do you do when a heart disease diagnosis abruptly takes away the job you love and almost swallows your life? Florence Hawkins-Criss made art. Last November, Florence’s painting series, “Listen to Your Heart,” hung in a juried show at Janette Kennedy Gallery in Dallas, Texas. The display was a mixture of self-portraits, colorful heart monitors and … Continue reading Heart disease stopped Florence from teaching but led her to her calling

Two doctors recall first-hand experience with Zika virus

The recent travel advisory issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning tourists of the heightened outbreak of the Zika virus. Although the Zika virus has never been contracted in the United States, one of the first cases reported into Temple, Texas, was remarkably reported by a provider at Baylor Scott … Continue reading Two doctors recall first-hand experience with Zika virus

Sugar-free drinks, candies might not be as healthy as you think

With the change of the calendar comes a renewing of many families’ pledge to lead healthier lives. Many of these families might be replacing their cola and candy habits with diet drinks and sugar-free treats. But a new study says these seemingly healthier choices might not be as healthy as we think, especially when it … Continue reading Sugar-free drinks, candies might not be as healthy as you think

“Cure” vs. remission: The wording makes the difference

If you listened to the news casually, it was an astounding feel-good story. Former President Jimmy Carter, who said this summer that he had skin cancer that had spread to his brain and his liver, pronounced in December that the cancer was gone. It was certainly heartening to those who admire the elder statesman. It had … Continue reading “Cure” vs. remission: The wording makes the difference

Rethinking patient experience: Treating patients like family

Just imagine: Your family member is diagnosed with cancer at one facility and needs to receive treatment at another hospital 30 minutes away. On the day of your loved one’s first appointment, treatment is delayed because records from the previous hospital are mired in red tape. What would you do? One patient and his loved … Continue reading Rethinking patient experience: Treating patients like family