Amanda Stanberg, Abbie West

They say twins have a special connection. These sisters have done nearly everything together—they have worked all of the same jobs and have gone through every single class and nursing clinical rotation together. Amanda Stanberg, RN, BSN, and Abbie West, RN, BSN, are so close, in fact, that their careers have brought them to practice nursing at the same hospital. » Read more about Amanda Stanberg, Abbie West

Amelia's Story

The Blue Springs, Mo., couple's first child, Amelia, was born with multiple birth defects on July 1, 2017, at Overland Park Medical Center. The most life-threatening issue she faced was a tracheal esophageal fistula with esophageal atresia, which, in laymen's terms, means an abnormal connection between the esophagus and the windpipe, or trachea. Unable to ingest breast milk, Amelia was also at high risk for pneumonia due to stomach fluids migrating into her lungs. » Read more about Amelia's Story

Amy Alexander

Amy Alexander's life changed forever when she was driving south on a highway near Louisburg, Kan., and another driver heading the wrong direction hit her head-on. Amy Alexander's life changed forever when she was driving south on a highway near Louisburg, Kan., and another driver heading the wrong direction hit her head-on. Alexander said she didn’t know how bad her injuries from the February 5, 2015, crash were until she reached Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s Level II Trauma Center. » Read more about Amy Alexander

Aric Tersinar

Amelia Tersinar was 28 weeks pregnant when her water broke. “Aric came 12 weeks early and was born just over two pounds. He had complications with his lungs, which is normal for premature babies,” Tersinar said. Soon after, doctors discovered that Aric had a rare heart condition, which affects less than one out of every 10,000 babies. In fact, it is so rare that it makes up only one percent of all congenital heart defects. » Read more about Aric Tersinar

Betty Morton

Betty Morton battled osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition of the joints, for several years. Morton headed straight to Research Medical Center’s Joint Camp where she participated in the prehabilitation program in preparation for her hip replacement. “The prehab program was great and Joint Camp was wonderful. I especially enjoyed the back and neck massage. The staff took good care of me.” » Read more about Betty Morton

Bill Vandermeer

When Bill Vandermeer shattered both of his heels after falling nearly 25 feet from a ladder, his professional hockey career should have been over. "It's a career ending injury," said Matt Hess, director of Sports Medicine and Wellness at Centerpoint Medical Center. "There's not a documented case of someone returning to professional sports after such an injury." » Read more about Bill Vandermeer

Blake Brownlee

"I was watching the quality of my life slowly erode," said Blake Brownlee, a 41-year-old police officer. As time went on, it became more and more difficult for him to remain active without experiencing hip pain the next day. After meeting with Dr. Robert M. Drisko, Brownlee learned that he had bone spurs and In-Stage Osteoarthritis in both hips. » Read more about Blake Brownlee

Brian Sterling

I've lost 120lbs in 6 months. I’m now able to enjoy doing things with my wife and kids that I couldn’t before. » Read more about Brian Sterling

Brittlyn Lee

A horrible crash nearly killed Brittlyn Lee, but the urgent care from First Responders and nurses and physicians at Overland Park Regional Medical Center saved her life. Lee was injured in a car wreck on November 7, 2014, as her car was run off the road and struck a pole. Lee was rushed to Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s Level II Trauma Center where she had several surgeries to her left leg, left arm and pelvis. She needed three surgeries to remove glass from her lungs and throat. Lee was in a coma and needed a feeding tube and tracheotomy. » Read more about Brittlyn Lee

Carolyn Clemons

Carolyn Clemons still remembers the day she injured her left knee about 15 years ago. “I was playing in a parent-child soccer game and trying to avoid falling on a child. Instead, I twisted my knee and ended up injuring myself,” she says. » Read more about Carolyn Clemons

Carolyn Herman

Recently, my husband was admitted to Belton Regional Medical Center for complications due to congestive heart failure. From the time he was admitted to the emergency room until he was discharged, he received excellent care from Dr. David Williams, nurses and all of the staff. » Read more about Carolyn Herman

Carolyn Neff, Anne Marie Stein

It’s not unusual for career choices to run in families. Carolyn Neff, an RN whose daughter is also an RN, and this in itself isn’t unusual. However, this mother and daughter do more than share the same profession. They work together—in the same hospital, on the same unit. Neff and her daughter, Anne Marie Stein, are both nurses at the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. » Read more about Carolyn Neff, Anne Marie Stein

Casey Fleischmann

Casey Fleischmann had to go to Hawaii to learn firsthand that midwives aren’t anything like the images she had conjured up. “Midwives are hip, modern, cool,” Fleischmann, who is married to a career Army man, says. “It has nothing to do with giving birth in a bathtub in your living room and everything to do with a personalized birth plan.” » Read more about Casey Fleischmann

Charlotte Warren

From the moment she started caring for babies in 1975, Charlotte Warren, RN, never considered another nursing specialty. In the span of her 40+ year career, clearly much has changed in the NICU field. » Read more about Charlotte Warren

Cheyleah Town

15-year-old Cheyleah Town experienced severe stomach pain for nearly two months. “I couldn’t eat any of my favorite foods,” Town says. “I craved Chinese food and Starbucks, but both made me extremely sick.” » Read more about Cheyleah Town

Chip Hennequin

Chip Hennequin is a fan of Gerald Dugan, M.D.—after all he’s undergone three surgeries with the board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, including a left knee replacement in 2012 and left and right total hip replacements in May and Nov. 2016. » Read more about Chip Hennequin

Christina McGinnis

Christina McGinnis doesn’t consider herself an avid sports fan, but she does have a personal definition of a teammate. So when McGinnis was diagnosed with Stage 1b breast cancer on November 4, 2010, she knew her oncologist needed to be the type of doctor to suit up and show up. » Read more about Christina McGinnis

Dale Flanagan

“I’ve got a lot of living to do.” - That’s a direct quote from 71-year-old Dale Flanagan, a Kansas City resident who has a renewed outlook on life following a health scare on April 6, 2010. Flanagan loved to eat greasy fried foods such as chicken, French fries and cheeseburgers. The salt shaker was a regular dining companion, and Flanagan slathered butter on rolls, baked potatoes and toast. He didn’t stop to think of the consequences his diet choices might have on his health. » Read more about Dale Flanagan

Dan Kremer

Easy & life changing. I’ve lost 151 pounds in 5 months. » Read more about Dan Kremer

Denise Lewis-Dillard

Denise Lewis-Dillard, 45, is known to be an articulate, matter-of-fact woman. So a strategic decision she made at the beginning of her motorcycle ride was typical—except this would be a life-saving decision. » Read more about Denise Lewis-Dillard

Don Spears

Captain Don Spears, a Belton police officer, and his wife scheduled an unusual activity on a mutual day off last December. “Melinda and I went in together for cardio scans,” says Don. “She was having some effects from anxiety and I knew I needed a scan based on my family history of heart disease.” » Read more about Don Spears

Dora Pennington

The family dog mauled Pennington, 54, of Buckner, Mo., on the morning of Nov. 16, 2015, causing significant injury and profuse bleeding to her left leg. When First Responders transferred her to the Centerpoint Medical Center Level II Trauma Center, Pennington was hypothermic from fighting the dog for hours, had bite injuries covering her extremities and was in hemorrhagic shock. » Read more about Dora Pennington

Ernest Ferguson

During a magical trip to Disney World in April 2015, Lee’s Summit resident Ernest Ferguson realized his knee woes were getting in the way of having a good time. » Read more about Ernest Ferguson

Florine’s Story

Ann Schutzman was excited to find out the sex of her first born at 19 weeks. However, when that routine ultrasound indicated a defect in the wall of the baby girl’s abdomen, a condition called gastroschisis, that sense of excitement quickly turned to fear and anxiety. » Read more about Florine’s Story

Francis Wichman

It’s hard to slow 87-year-old Francis Wichman down. Born and raised on a Kansas farm without electricity or running water in his early years, Wichman learned as a young man that when something needs to get done, you just do it. » Read more about Francis Wichman

Gina Crosby

Gina Crosby of Kansas City had been living with low back pain for a long time. As she describes it, “one day I was a little stiff, and before I knew it, 10 years passed.” Like most people, Crosby was busy with a career and other obligations. But once she started being more aware of her back pain, the more she dug into her family history. » Read more about Gina Crosby

Glen Moore

Like many of us, Glen Moore took his hands for granted. They were there when he needed them—whether it was operating a large drill press at his manufacturing job, working on cars, creating one of his wooden wishing wells for family and friends, or playing video games on his PlayStation. The 56-year-old Grandview resident didn't think much about his hands until one February morning when he was injured on the job. » Read more about Glen Moore

Hector Sanchez

The day after Thanksgiving in 2015, Hector Sanchez was continuing his workout routine. “I was doing sit ups on the incline bench and that was the last thing I remember,” Sanchez says. The 59-year-old marathon runner thought he was in excellent shape. He had just ran seven miles on Thanksgiving Day and has ran more than 30 marathons in his lifetime. » Read more about Hector Sanchez

Helen Matson

"I am now going through rehab at Centerpoint and can say that the quality of nursing did not end with the Heart Unit, but continues on into the Rehab Department. My doctors Rachel Sosland and Terry Gallion are the best in my eyes. I thank God for giving them the desire and drive to become the doctors they are." Helen Matson » Read more about Helen Matson

Isaac Perkins

Isaac Perkins is like any active 10 year-old boy. He enjoys sports, including soccer and basketball; adventures with friends; video games; and exploring the world around him. When Isaac took a nasty spill while bike-riding with a friend on Feb. 7, 2009, Todd remembers pulling into the family’s subdivision after work that afternoon and receiving a phone call from a frantic neighbor. “Isaac and her son were maneuvering their bikes down a hill and lost control,” says Todd. “His friend and his bike crashed down on top of Isaac, slamming him into the concrete.” » Read more about Isaac Perkins

Jack Hyder

A Parkinson’s disease patient and his spouse were willing to wait two years and drive 60 miles for the one doctor they felt could best control his symptoms. “We feel truly blessed that he is our doctor,” says Shari Hyder, of Muhammad M. Nashatizadeh, MD, a neurologist with the Midwest Neuroscience Institute at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. “We know he cares. He listens, he looks at problems as they come up and he finds a way to addresses them.” » Read more about Jack Hyder

Jackie's story

I was diagnosed with placenta previa and percreta early during my fourth pregnancy. In a way, being diagnosed early was a blessing. It allowed me time to process the information and become a patient expert on the diagnosis. Placenta accreta is a serious pregnancy complication. » Read more about Jackie's story

James Seeley

James Seeley considers himself one lucky man. The 66-year-old went to Centerpoint Medical Center's Emergency Department on March 24, 2008 with excruciating pain. He was immediately admitted for gallbladder surgery but during a routine exam prior to the procedure Joseph Evans, MD detected a heart murmur. Dr. Evans brought in cardiologist David Akin, MD to consult on James's case. » Read more about James Seeley

Jeanne Hopkins

Jeanne Hopkins has relied on Belton Regional Medical Center and her primary care physician, Gary Gustafson, DO, for a quarter of a century. Jeanne has her yearly mammograms and regular bone density tests conducted at the facility's state-of-the-art imaging department and her husband, Richard, also uses Dr. Gustafson and the hospital for various medical needs. » Read more about Jeanne Hopkins

Jennifer Bettis

Jennifer Bettis says Thanksgiving 2010 will forever have a special meaning for her and husband, Jay. “We’ll always have gratitude for our first child,” says Jennifer, who is due on November 26. “And for Dr. Starks.” The 35-year-old internal auditor says she believes Gregory Starks, MD, of Midwest Women’s Healthcare, PC, is a miracle worker of sorts. » Read more about Jennifer Bettis

Jerrie Stutheit

Jerrie Stutheit is a mother of three and grandmother of seven who was diagnosed with a large brain tumor. Jerrie had an appointment with Geoffrey Blatt, MD, a neurosurgeon at Research Medical Center.“Dr. Blatt explained the type of tumor I had and was confident that I would have positive results. I trusted him immediately.” » Read more about Jerrie Stutheit

Jessica Headlee

On April 7, 2015, around 9pm, 36-year-old Jessica Headlee felt unexpectedly fatigued. By 10pm, she started having left-sided chest pain, nausea, and sweating. Jessica’s significant other called 911. EMS arrived moments later to find that Jessica’s heart had gone into a fatal arrhythmia. EMS initiated CPR and shocked her back into rhythm. After Jessica regained a pulse, the EKG indicated that this otherwise healthy young woman was having a heart attack. » Read more about Jessica Headlee

Joan Schwartz

As far as Joan Schwartz is concerned, Gerald Dugan, M.D., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Lee’s Summit Medical Center is the bee’s knees. That old-fashioned phrase aligns with Schwartz’s sentiments following her left total knee replacement surgery in Nov. 2016—an experience that the 73-year-old retired kindergarten teacher had in Atlanta, under a different surgeon 15 years ago, that yielded much different results. » Read more about Joan Schwartz

Joe Giangrosso

For nearly seven years, Joe Giangrosso was too tired to do much of anything despite spending 17 hours a day in bed. He was no longer able to work on a regular basis or enjoy the things he used to love. He was simply too tired. What he found out was astonishing. » Read more about Joe Giangrosso

John Kistler

John Kistler suffered a stroke in August 2013 following a surgery where he received five heart bypasses. The stroke caused physical injuries, including blurred vision. “Thirty-one days later I was discharged from Research Medical Center, able to walk and eat and armed with several assignments from my doctors.” » Read more about John Kistler

Jonathan Huntington

Jonathan Huntington is used to taking advice from his mother, Kathy Huntington, a Belton Regional Medical Center employee. When Jonathan suffered a serious broken leg last Fourth of July, he was all ears when she recommended he seek medical treatment at Belton Regional Medical Center for an injured leg. » Read more about Jonathan Huntington

Julie Clifton

At 24 weeks in her pregnancy, Julie Clifton delivered Murphy Willingham, Jr. by caesarean section at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He was immediately put into the care of the hospital’s Level IIIb NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). He had a heart murmur and respiratory issues and would later develop pneumonia and an infection. » Read more about Julie Clifton

Kaitlin's Story

When Kaitlin Hartman was told that she was pregnant with triplets, her first reaction was to laugh. Kaitlin and her husband, Josh, had just a week to process the thought of triplets when they got more news. » Read more about Kaitlin's Story

Kaitlyn Shuey

Young female athletes are now two to eight times more likely to suffer an ACL injury compared to their male counterparts. Lee’s Summit Medical Center’s Dr. Matt Daggett provides tips to prevent ACL overuse and techniques overcome injuries. » Read more about Kaitlyn Shuey

Kathy Huntington

Kathy Huntington has had multiple health issues requiring imaging, surgery, ICU care, and outpatient therapy. When she needed to have her left knee replaced in 2006 she decided to have the orthopedic procedure done at Belton Regional Medical Center with John A. Gillen, MD, an orthopedic surgeon. » Read more about Kathy Huntington

Kayla Goff

Kayla Goff woke up at 2 a.m. with shooting pains that were stabbing down the left side of her chest and back “My mind was racing,” Goff said. “I thought maybe I pulled something while juggling breast-pump, and baby, and pillows.” Three hours later, Goff’s doctor advised her to go to the emergency room to check for a possible blood clot. » Read more about Kayla Goff

Kaylene Kern

For Kaylene Kern, the birth of her second child represented much more than a memorable moment. Charlie Kern arrived exactly one minute after midnight on January 1, 2015, and his status as Kansas City’s 2015 New Year baby was reported on the news. But for Kern, 33, the newborn signified a very personal narrative—one of an empowered mother who advocated for the midwife birthing experience she wanted, and received. » Read more about Kaylene Kern

Kendall Moore

Kendall Moore, with a lacerated liver, a collapsed lung and severe head trauma, spent 13 days in a coma in the ICU at Centerpoint Medical Center as family and friends prayed for her survival. Doctors say she suffered severe brain shearing, a traumatic injury where damage to the brain occurs over a widespread area. It is one of the most devastating brain injuries and one of the leading causes of death in people with traumatic brain injury. » Read more about Kendall Moore

Kent Truan

Kent Truan, a wheat farmer in Russell, Kansas, knew that one day he might need to see an oncologist. The protein levels in his blood had been rising for a few years, but in 2018 his community doctor thought it was time for him to see a specialist. Kent’s local oncologist diagnosed him with multiple myeloma and reached out to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health. » Read more about Kent Truan

Kim Hadley

After trying to conceive for on our own for four years we found ourselves in a dark and lonely spot. Dr. Starks knew exactly what tests to order to give me a correct diagnosis. Brandi designed the protocols, and although my body was difficult and it took four different protocols she never gave up on us! » Read more about Kim Hadley

Kristi & Jason Fine

When asked to define the rollercoaster of emotions they experienced when their daughter was born prematurely, Kristi and Jason Fine use words such as “scary” and “overwhelming”. But the couple is quick to liberally pepper their accounting of their time with their tiny baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with descriptions ranging from “gratitude,” and “comfort”. The Fine’s second child, a girl named Charli, was born four weeks premature on October 24, 2009. » Read more about Kristi & Jason Fine

Laura Kellogg

Laura Kellogg had learned to live with migraine headaches. For more than 20 years – since the age of seven – they struck like clockwork once, sometimes, twice a month. And when they did, Laura retreated to her dark and quiet bedroom to lie down and simply wait out the excruciating head pain and its accompanying nausea and vomiting. Her migraines were painful and draining, but something she had learned to accept. » Read more about Laura Kellogg

Len Lutz

“During a health scare, the things you love most are what you’re afraid of losing,” says Len Lutz. “Thanks to Research Medical Center and the quick action of my doctors, I’m back enjoying my family, music and friends.” » Read more about Len Lutz

Lillian Mack Shakur

Lillian Mack Shakur’s nemesis was heart disease, which had plagued her since 2003 when she underwent bypass surgery following a heart attack. Though she didn’t have a family history of heart disease, Lillian was one of the thousands of women annually diagnosed with this so-called “silent killer. “ » Read more about Lillian Mack Shakur

Lindsay Tiehen

Poignant memories from the two months that Charlotte and Jack Tiehen lived in the Overland Park Regional Medical Center Level IIIb NICU will no doubt stay with mom Lindsay Tiehen forever. » Read more about Lindsay Tiehen

Lisa Butler

Imagine waking up in a hospital’s ICU with casts on, IVs dripping, machines humming and absolutely no recollection of the incident that led to this acute predicament. That’s exactly what 34-year-old Overland Park resident Lisa Butler experienced in late July 2009. On July 18, she was the passenger on a motorcycle traveling 65 miles per hour on Highway K-7 when the motorcycle was sideswiped by a car. The collision’s immense force sent the young woman flying from the bike, causing her to hit the pavement, lose her shoes and consciousness. » Read more about Lisa Butler

Lisa King

Ron King’s wife, Lisa, died three weeks before the couple’s 40th wedding anniversary. During the last 10 months of her life, Ron recalls that, despite the progression and subsequent effects of the disease, his wife lived with dignity and had many moments of grace » Read more about Lisa King

Lori Moody, Dani Hoops

Facebook is a great place to give someone a shout-out for providing support during an emotional time. That’s what Dani Hoops was looking to do when she tracked down Lori Moody, a NICU nurse at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, online. » Read more about Lori Moody, Dani Hoops

Lou Ann Carmean

Lou Ann Carmean started seeing Dr. Hux two years ago after experiencing profound left shoulder pain. A routine MRI showed a severe problem in her neck as a result of medication she took for bone marrow cancer. Following a seven-hour surgery, a week’s hospital stay at Centerpoint Medical Center and several weeks of inpatient rehabilitation, Carmean went home just in time to celebrate her 78th birthday. » Read more about Lou Ann Carmean

Mark Jobe

After years of living with painful osteoarthritis in his knees, the 63-year-old Kansas City, Mo., resident enjoys performing a host of home projects. » Read more about Mark Jobe

Mia Lyons

Mia Lyons, a Kansas City resident whose positive attitude is a way of life, was diagnosed in 2007 with a benign brain tumor called a meningioma. The second most primary tumor of the central nervous system, meningiomas are slow-growing, occur more frequently in women than men and are usually benign. » Read more about Mia Lyons

Michelle Hudson

Flashback to fall of 2017— Michelle Hudson had a story to tell and she needed someone to listen, specifically a surgeon. Over the years, the 39-year-old Bonner Springs, Kansas, resident had endured seven surgeries to her right shoulder as a result of overuse, injuries and trauma suffered during her college softball career. » Read more about Michelle Hudson


Like many women diagnosed with breast cancer, Missy, age 52 from Olathe, Kansas, remembers the exact moment she received her diagnosis. “It was June 2014 and my husband, youngest daughter and I were taking a beach vacation and were on our way to meet our oldest daughter,” Missy says. “We were an hour away from town when I received a call from the surgeon. I recall saying matter-of-factly, ‘So, it’s cancer this time.’” » Read more about Missy

Paige Thomas

When 2-year-old Paige Thomas fell and broke her clavicle, her mom thought they'd have to leave Independence to find an ER that cared for children. "I decided to call Centerpoint, just in case," said Maggie Thomas, Paige's mom. Centerpoint Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center that cares for patients of all ages – including children. » Read more about Paige Thomas

Patrick Hamilton

Patrick Hamilton doesn’t know how it happened. One minute he was cruising on his new dirt bike, and the next minute he was cruising to the hospital in the back of an ambulance. “Nobody saw me crash, but apparently I was lying face down in the mud,” says Hamilton who is a well-known attorney in the Kansas City area. “There was nothing wrong with my bike or protective equipment, so it was probably just a weird turn in the air.” » Read more about Patrick Hamilton

Peggy Hayson

It was July 2008 and Peggy Hayson’s cancer story started as it does for many women—after a shower, when they notice something that doesn’t look quite right. In Peggy's instance her mammogram was five years overdue so she made an appointment at Lafayette Regional Health Center. » Read more about Peggy Hayson

Ralph and Justin Moriarty

Although 71-year-old Ralph Moriarty and his 37-year-old son, Justin, built a strong relationship over the decades by doing the expected father-son guy stuff, they also forged an unbreakable bond with the unexpected: a kidney transplant. » Read more about Ralph and Justin Moriarty

Rick Osborne

See how Rick's stroke prevented a second stroke. » Read more about Rick Osborne

Robert Cuthbertson

See how Robert's kidney stones helped heal his heart valve. » Read more about Robert Cuthbertson

Robert Ganson

Robert Ganson had been feeling bad for about a week and saw his physician on July 9, 2014, with chief complaint of coughing with productive green sputum, ear ache, muscle aches, chills and a documented temperature of 101 degrees. He was tested for the flu and given a prescription for Azithromycin. He then developed a sharp knifelike pain in the left chest radiating into the left shoulder that had been waxing and waning for 2 days lasting up to 30 minutes at a time. » Read more about Robert Ganson

Ron Byrd

Ron Byrd, RN, never thought of himself as a pioneer. But in 1984 when he became one of Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s first male nurses, that’s just what he was. “When I started nursing, you could probably count the number of males here in that role on one hand,” Byrd recalls laughing. “That has changed significantly.” » Read more about Ron Byrd

Ryan and Ashley Allen

The Allen's journey with Research Medical Center began with a phone call from Karen. My wife and I had gone through infertility at two different facilities dealing with many doctors and nurses. Karen set the bar extremely high in our opinion, After briefly speaking with her on the phone, we immediately felt she was someone we could trust. » Read more about Ryan and Ashley Allen

Sarah's Story

Sarah Hammontree was shocked to find out she was pregnant. “I have a long history of surgeries to remove fibroid tumors from my uterus,” Hammontree said. “After my last surgery in 2016, I wasn't sure I even wanted to try to get pregnant. There was a moment of joy for sure but then it followed with terror.” The second shockwave came during her first ultrasound. “Then, I was told I was having twins,” Hammontree said. » Read more about Sarah's Story

Savannah Bush

On August 13th, 2015, Savannah, her 7-year-old daughter Baylee, and 6-week-old son Bodee were traveling down 50 Highway westbound on their way to Hobby Lobby in Lee’s Summit. Savannah reports that an SUV pulled out in front of her crossing over from 50 Highway eastbound to turn onto Milton Thompson road. The SUV did not yield and even though Savannah slammed on her brakes, she was unable to stop in time and she and her children t-boned the SUV at 60 mph. » Read more about Savannah Bush


"I just wanted to tell all of you that I have not forgotten the precious gift that was given to me seven years ago and I thank God for the donor, donor's family and you all for answering the call! I know that you took a chance on me and I wanted to let you know that I have always kept my part of the deal by living a happy and responsible life." » Read more about Scott

Spencer Johnson

It used to be when you heard of an athlete with an ACL injury it meant a lot of time in recovery and on the bench. But when local high school athlete, Spencer Johnson, faced that possibility, he found Lee’s Summit Medical Center and Dr. Matthew Daggett to help him defy the odds. » Read more about Spencer Johnson

Stephan Butler

When 56-year-old Stephan Butler experienced a series of mini-strokes in May 2010, he sought help from a doctor he had formerly coached on the football field. Having coached this doctor as a high school student in the 1990s, Butler knew losing wasn’t part of the young man’s game plan. » Read more about Stephan Butler

Stephanie Wasson

For ICU nurse Stephanie Wasson, Christmas of 2016 was about giving back—staying long after work to talk with and comfort scared families. “I remember what it was like to have my own family there over Christmas, scared and worried,” she says. “So I needed to be there for others.” » Read more about Stephanie Wasson

Tawny Sue McClellan

Tawny Sue McClellan likes nothing better than hopping on her bicycle for a miles-long ride. She has been an avid cyclist for more than 30 years. So when knee pain and swelling forced her to stop riding, and even curtailed her daily activities, she knew it was time to search for a solution. That search led her to orthopedist Dan Farrell, MD, and an innovative new joint replacement procedure. » Read more about Tawny Sue McClellan


Thelma, age 64 from Kansas City, Missouri was diagnosed with Stage II triple-positive breast cancer in 2014. Now, two years following her diagnosis, Thelma is visiting Dr. Rokkam every three months and has a mammogram twice a year. » Read more about Thelma


Tracey, a former Pro Figure competitor/bodybuilder, was doing her usual morning stretches when she noticed a lump at the base of her right breast, just days before her annual mammogram. At her appointment in March of 2014, Tracey’s radiologist ordered an ultrasound and a subsequent biopsy which revealed invasive ductal carcinoma, a type of breast cancer. » Read more about Tracey

Verna Linderman

See how Verna's car accident saved her from a stroke. » Read more about Verna Linderman

Vince Boggia

Vince Boggia moved to the Kansas City area in October 2007 from Huntsville, Ala., and considers his first experience at Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC) as one of an instant and collaborative partnership. Vince has a family history of heart disease. His father succumbed to a heart attack at 57 years old, Vince’s exact age when he visited Gregory Chambon, MD, his physician at College Park Family Care Center. » Read more about Vince Boggia

Warren Brown

“I had just had it,” says Warren Brown, describing his decision to have left knee replacement surgery in June 2015. » Read more about Warren Brown

Wendy Mabrey

Wendy Mabrey is motivated by an exercise routine—the 55-year-old Lee’s Summit resident committed a long time ago to a life of good health, thanks to her father who taught the importance of physical fitness. » Read more about Wendy Mabrey

Wyatt Robinson

At 39 weeks pregnant, Stacey Robinson was induced. “Everything was going just as planned until I hit seven or eight centimeters,” she says. “The baby’s heart rate started to drop consistently and I was having trouble pushing.” Stacey needed to have an emergency C-section. When Wyatt entered the world, he wasn’t breathing. » Read more about Wyatt Robinson

Yvette Stuckey

“Everyone has been wonderful here in the NICU,” shares Yvette Stuckey, NICU mom. “The nurses are so helpful and caring. My baby was born three months early and she is doing great! I would recommend Research Medical Center for moms whether they are high-risk or not. I very much approve of their services.” » Read more about Yvette Stuckey