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Every day, women wearing pink jackets arrive at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg with one thing on their minds: Making people who come through the doors feel like they’re at home.
“I think it makes a difference,” says Joann Wattelet. “People come to a hospital and they are usually scared or are worried, or maybe they’re sad. They might even be a little intimidated. We just want to give our hospital a personal touch.”
When the newly opened Lord’s Diner in Pittsburg asked businesses and organizations for 25 volunteers to take turns serving guests one evening a month, there was no trouble getting a response from Via Christi associates and their families.
More than 50 associates stepped forward.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for both men and women in America; 84 million Americans have one or more forms of it. It occurs when the arteries carrying blood to your heart muscle become narrow or blocked because of a buildup of cholesterol or fatty deposits.
When your heart can’t get enough blood, it becomes starved of oxygen and nutrients, which in turn can cause chest pain. That’s a sign of a heart attack.
Scott Prince isn’t related to anyone in the second floor rehabilitation unit at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.
“But I sure feel like everyone who works up here is family,” Scott says as he wheels through a corridor, stopping to greet staff along the way.
It’s not surprising, he noted. He spent six weeks here this year.
It was through his own determination, and the help and care of Via Christi staff who went "above and beyond," he says, that he was able to come out on top after an amputation, homelessness, and a fire.
Via Christi OB/GYN Erin McNulty, MD, knows about morning sickness. She sees patients with it often at her Pittsburg practice.
But she also is a mother of two and had it herself, both times.
“I know how expectant mothers feel,” she says. “I was one myself.”
What Dr. McNulty wants all women to know — whether they’re her patients, or not — is that it’s perfectly normal.
“You’re more normal if you have morning sickness than if you don’t,” she says.
The last few weeks of February were uneventful for 75-year-old Carol Davenport.
“I worked at Subway and got my hair fixed,” she recalls. And, she went to her Friday Bowling League just as she had for years.
And then, just as she did every Thursday evening, on Feb. 25, she sat down with her husband, Gary, to watch “American Idol.”
“She had the TV remote, but when I asked her a question, she didn’t say anything,” Gary says. “When I looked at her, I could tell immediately she was having a stroke.”
Celebrating a year of practice in Pittsburg this summer means Via Christi OB/GYN Erin McNulty, MD, has hit a milestone: The babies she is now bringing into the world, she has been with every step of the way.
“I’m starting to deliver patients I’ve taken care of through their whole pregnancy,” Dr. McNulty says. “That definitely is the most rewarding thing for me about my first year here.”
Establishing a home and a practice in Pittsburg wasn’t a difficult decision for the Lenexa, Kansas, native to make.
When Mark Moore awoke not feeling well in the middle of the night March 17, 2015, he thought he had simply overdone it while doing projects before selling his rural Pittsburg home.
At first, his fingertips were tingling, and then it felt like someone had punched him in the chest.
“Then it passed, and I just felt tired,” he says.
When his wife, Cynthia, who is a nurse, awoke a few moments later, she knew better.
“He broke out in a sweat,” recalls Cynthia. “I said, ‘This is it. We’re going to the hospital!’”