Music therapist finds companionship and aid from service dog

Melanie Knecht has been in a wheelchair most of her life. She always wanted a service dog. Thanks to Baylor Scott & White and Canine Companions for Independence, she’s got one. The organizations’ collaboration is believed to be the first in the U.S. between an assistance dog organization and a health care system. Assistance dogs help … Continue reading Music therapist finds companionship and aid from service dog




Nurse shares joyful memories from medical mission trip

Nikki Vermeer, RN, spent last Christmas an ocean away from her family and working with people she’d never met before. Earlier that month, she stepped outside her comfort zone and onto the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest charity hospital ship, for a months-long medical mission trip that would change her life. “I taught the patients … Continue reading Nurse shares joyful memories from medical mission trip




Threads of Love designs preemie-sized clothing for newborns

When we think of premature babies, our first thought is not about what they will wear after they’re born. We think of incubators. We think of ventilators. We imagine what their tiny features might look like and perhaps our thoughts turn to the health challenges that can accompany a premature birth. Now, members of the Threads of Love foundation … Continue reading Threads of Love designs preemie-sized clothing for newborns




Hospital volunteers aid Texas tornado relief effort

In response to devastating storm damage across North Texas, Baylor Scott & White Health activated its Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) last week. The team of volunteers from Baylor Scott & White’s hospital emergency response teams included both clinical and non-clinical employees who spent time helping fellow colleagues impacted by the tornado. For more than two hours, a seven-person team of … Continue reading Hospital volunteers aid Texas tornado relief effort




Students with disabilities teach hospital staff valuable life lessons

Miguel Ramirez and his friend Sergio Rangel have smiles that light up a room. The two young men and their eight colleagues, all students with developmental disabilities from Garland Independent School District, frequently flash big smiles. As interns in Project SEARCH, these 10 students have spent the past eight months gaining invaluable work experience in a hospital setting, … Continue reading Students with disabilities teach hospital staff valuable life lessons




Service dog proves to be the perfect sidekick for girl with cerebral palsy

Service dogs are specially bred for the ideal temperament and health needed to work beside and enhance independence for people with disabilities. The specialized dogs respond to more than 40 commands, doing everything from picking up items to opening doors. These essential tasks give individuals the help they need, but one of the greatest contributions … Continue reading Service dog proves to be the perfect sidekick for girl with cerebral palsy