• Jackie L

    mfm , neonatal care , nicu , patient


    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.

  • Francis Wichman

    cardiology , kchri , patient


    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.

  • Tawny Sue McClellan

    hip-knee-care , patient


    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.

  • Kaitlin Hartman

    mfm , mfm , neonatal , neonatal , nicu , nicu , patient


    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.

  • Verna Linderman

    See how Verna's car accident saved her from a stroke.

  • Robert Cuthbertson

    See how Robert's kidney stones helped heal his heart valve.

  • Amelia Schotte

    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.

  • Sarah Hammontree

    mfm , patient


    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.

  • Ann Schutzman

    mfm , patient


    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.

  • 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.”

  • Ron Byrd

    nursing , nursing


    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.”

  • Casey Fleischmann

    midwife , patient , women's care


    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.”

  • Missy ##

    cancer , patient


    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.’”

  • Cheyleah Town

    patient , pediatrics , pediatrics


    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.”

  • 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.

  • Tracey  

    breast , breast , cancer , cancer , patient


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Carolyn Neff



    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.

  • Lori Moody



    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.

  • Amanda Stanberg



    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.

  • 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.

  • Hector Sanchez

    cardiology , patient


    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.

  • Kayla Goff

    cancer , patient , women , women


    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.

  • 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.

  • Amy Alexander

    cardiology , emergency , patient


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Lindsay Tiehen

    nicu , patient , women's care


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kaylene Kern

    midwife , midwife , patient , women's care


    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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.”