National Arts Program Features UMMC Art Exhibit

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By Rachel Hercenberg, MS Supervisor of Oncology Operations and C2X Healing Arts Team Lead Thanks to the success of our first employee art exhibit in October, the National Arts Program (NAP) selected University of Maryland Medical Center as its “sNAPshot” of the month. The NAP website is showcasing photos of much of the UMMC artwork. For 31 [...]

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Zora Neale Hurston’s Lesson

January 7, 2014

By Anne Haddad UMMC Publications Editor Yesterday was the 123rd anniversary of the birth of Zora Neale Hurston, a prolific African-American writer, folklorist and anthropologist. Thank you, Google, for reminding us by making her the Google Doodle, which in turn reminded me of an essay by Hurston that’s as powerful as it is brief — [...]

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Compassion and Healing

January 7, 2014

The Greenebaum Compassion Award goes this winter to Lisa Mayo, a discharge coordinator, and Michelle “Shelle” Besche, BSN, OCN, CCRP, a research nurse coordinator. Read about why they were chosen from among the staff of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center — where everyone is known for compassionate care.

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Greenebaum Cancer Center Patients and Staff Celebrate Together

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Each year, the staff of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center coordinates “A Cancer Center Christmas,” a buffet dinner and party for patients and families who must celebrate Christmas in the hospital.  A deep bond develops among the cancer center “family,” as patients and the relatives and friends who support them make frequent trips [...]

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A Hero’s Story: CT Tech Delivers Neighbor’s Baby

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By Sharon Boston, Media Relations Manager Brad Jones noticed something unusual when he arrived home in Abingdon on the morning of Nov. 7 after an overnight shift as a computerized tomography (CT) tech at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center: His next-door neighbor, Matt Kulaga, was also pulling into his own driveway — not [...]

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Therapeutic Music Program Helps Cancer Patients

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By Sharon Boston Media Relations Manager Music and sound, such as a happy song on the radio or the frightening score of a scary movie, have the ability to change our moods. Many people have a physical and emotional connection to sound, and scientific research has shown that music can be beneficial in healing. Now, [...]

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A Little Hero Recovers from Heart Surgery to Run Like Superman

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Editor’s note: For 2-year-old Thaddeous McKenzie, the Baltimore Running Festival was just a fun day when he got to run fast with a bunch of other kids. For his mother, Jennifer McAnany, and others who formed “Team Thaddeous,” it meant a lot more.   By Jennifer McAnany (as told to Amy Katz) I felt my son [...]

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Recovering Cancer Patient Takes Control of Health and Weight

November 15, 2013

My Story of Getting Healthy By Verna Prehn Three years ago I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. At the time of my diagnosis, I was a very large woman (weighing more than 300 lbs) with a very high “at-rest” heart rate and (we would find out later) severely malnourished. I went through tough but successful [...]

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Nurses Run for their ‘Heart Kids’

September 30, 2013

By Jen Arrington, MS, RN, CPN, and Kristen Fantel, BSN, RN, CEN On Oct. 12, 17 nurses and friends of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) will be running in the Baltimore Running Festival to raise money for the UMMC Children’s Heart Program. When people ask us why we run, there’s one easy answer. We [...]

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The ‘Seeker’ Gives Through a Living Kidney Donation

August 30, 2013

Matthew Taylor writes about “living an authentic life in a world of artifice” in his blog, “The Seeker.” This week, he posted a frank and engaging piece about donating one of his kidneys to his wife, who suffered from polycystic kidney disease.  Here’s an excerpt: “After some soul searching, I decided to give her one [...]

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