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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 …

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Joel Allison found his calling serving others through healthcare

Joel Allison didn’t just want a career. He wanted a calling. Born in rural Missouri, he spent part of his childhood in a small four-room house with no indoor plumbing. He woke up early to milk the cows, gather eggs and feed the pigs before school. As a youngster, he forged a work ethic and …

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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 …

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Practicing medicine for 50 years to achieve the American Dream

Rolando Solis, MD, a newly minted Filipino medical school graduate, boarded his very first airplane ride in Manila en route to a new life in the United States. All he had was the suit on his back, a small suitcase and $100. Dr. Solis spent two harrowing days of connecting flights and more “firsts.” He …

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By the bedside during tough end-of-life decisions

Eugene Nadeau had suffered a deep vein thrombosis blood clot in July of 2015, and after some complications, he became ill and was rushed from his home in Minerva, Texas, to the emergency room at Scott & White Medical Center – Temple on Christmas day. Eugene had previously outlined advance directives for palliative care, so that …

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A thank you letter to nurses everywhere

You are the caregivers, communicators, patient advocates and decision makers. You are the hand-holders, the voice-of-reason, the 3 a.m. vitals-checkers. You become the around-the-clock best friend by the bedside, the calming voice, the familiar face full of compassion. To many, you are guardian angels. As a nurse, you play a very important role in the health …

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Mentoring program empowers expectant mothers in Waco community

A new community healthcare program is determined to break the generational cycle of poverty by empowering first-time mothers in McLennan County. Founded nearly a month ago, Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in connection with Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, helps mothers become confident parents and strong women. Each mother is partnered with a nurse mentor …

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