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Stress Relief for Students

For kids heading back to school, it can be an exciting time, and also a little scary. With so many unknowns, children can experience added stress. We’re here to help!

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  1. Couple Eating Dinner

    Know Your Risk: Can You Prevent Diabetes?

    Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal and is an early warning sign that Type 2 diabetes may be in your future. People with prediabetes don't always have symptoms. How to know if you're at risk.

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  2. Melonie Godbold

    Melonie Godbold is the Sept./Oct. Outstanding Associate

    Congratulations to Melonie Godbold for being chosen as an Outstanding Associate of 2019!

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  3. Whitney Zahn

    Breathing Easier after Pediatric ENT Surgery at OMC

    When Whitley Zahn was 18 months old, she started attending daycare. In the months that followed, she began to develop recurrent ear infections. Her pediatrician treated her with antibiotics, but the infections would inevitably return.

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  4. Breast Cancer Survivor Jan Robitaille

    From Patient to Volunteer: How a Breast Cancer Survivor is Paying it Forward

    When patients walk into the Olathe Health Cancer Center for the first time, they might see more than just a friendly face—they may see the empathetic smile of another cancer survivor, like Jan Robitaille.

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  5. Barb and Joe Peine

    His and Hers Hernia Surgery

    It wasn't the ideal start to 2019. Barb Peine had hernia surgery, and two months later her husband, Joe, underwent his own hernia surgery.

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  6. Janet Leeker shows off her garden

    Olathe Health Oncologist Uses New Therapy to Treat Rare Cancer

    When Janet Leeker was diagnosed with a rare cancer in December, she was overwhelmed. Just months later, Dr. Corum was one of the first oncologists in the country treating Janet with a newly approved therapy.

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  7. Christopher Lewis, DO, and Matthew Sherman, PA-C

    New Provider Joins Miami County Surgical Associates

    Matthew Sherman, PA-C, is now providing general surgery care in Paola.

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  8. Dennis Ward and Dr. Bagby

    Rotator Cuff Repair Alleviates Chronic Shoulder Pain

    As a former roofer, Dennis Ward is used to feeling some aches and pains in his body. But when a recurring pain in his left shoulder wouldn't go away, he decided it was time to do something about it.

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  9. Steve Coons walking Duke

    Moving Forward After a Total Hip Replacement

    Hip pain and joint replacement surgery were pretty familiar to Steve Coons, even before his own hip started bothering him. He’d watched his father and his brother have hip replacement surgeries, so when Steve’s pain grew so unbearable that it began to disrupt his daily activities and sleep, he knew it was time to talk to the doctor.

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  10. Kid and dog with cape

    The Facts About Flu Shots

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends everyone six months of age and older get a flu shot. Have questions? Pediatrician Elizabeth Musil, MD, answers the most common questions about the flu and flu vaccine.

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  11. Kim Thorup celebrates her last treatment

    Radiation Therapy Reduces Treatment Time, Gets Principal Back to School

    Olathe elementary school principal, Kim Thorup, was diagnosed with breast cancer on May 2. Because of a radiation treatment new to Olathe Health Cancer Center, she's healed and back in her office in time for the first day of school just three months later.

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  12. Stressed student

    Stress Relief for Students

    For kids heading back to school, it can be an exciting time, and also a little scary. With so many unknowns, children can experience added stress. We’re here to help!

    Read More >
  13. Amy Gomerdinger

    Amy Gomerdinger is the July/August Outstanding Associate

    Congratulations to Amy Gomerdinger for being chosen as an Outstanding Associate of 2019!

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  14. Brooke Browning, RN

    Brooke Browning is the May/June Outstanding Associate

    Congratulations to Brooke Browning, RN, for being chosen as an Outstanding Associate of 2019!

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  15. Members of the OMC Stroke Care Team

    Enhanced Stroke Response at OMC Helps Save Brain Cells

    The Stroke Clinical Team at OMC has enhanced its emergency response procedure for stroke patients, providing care 20 minutes faster than the national recommendation. How the new change is helping patients save brain cells.

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  16. Christopher Bagby, MD

    Meet Our New Orthopedic Specialist

    Christopher Bagby, MD, an orthopedic and sports medicine specialist, has joined Johnson County Orthopedics & Sports Medicine – Paola and is accepting new patients! Dr. Bagby treats everything from sports injuries to chronic joint pain.

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  17. Maggie Syfrid

    Quick Action at Louisburg Clinic Saves Choking Baby

    It’s every parent’s nightmare: you look over, and suddenly your baby isn’t breathing. It happened to Erin Syfrid. Thankfully, she was right next to an Olathe Health clinic.

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  18. The Herrada Family

    Olathe Health Homegrown - The Herradas

    The Homegrown series features associates who have shown immense dedication to their own growth, as well as to Olathe Health. Meet the Herradas, a mother and her three children who all work at Olathe Medical Center.

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  19. Measles Infographic

    What You Need to Know About the Measles Outbreak

    The U.S. is experiencing the greatest number of reported cases of measles since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pediatrician Elizabeth Musil, MD, explains how you can protect your child from measles.

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  20. Baby holding sippy cup

    Switching from Breast Milk or Formula to Whole Milk

    We had a great question last week on how to transition from breast milk to whole milk. Whether you’re using breast or formula, we recommend introducing whole milk around 12 months of age.

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  21. Grandma and granddaughter

    Busting Diabetes Myths

    Do you want to get control of your diabetes? Start by knowing the facts. Kathy Coker, RD, CDE, a diabetes educator at Olathe Medical Center, breaks down the myths about diabetes and how you can get healthy.

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  22. Terri Koehler, RN

    Terri Koehler is the March/April Outstanding Associate

    Congratulations to Terri Koehler, RN, Nurse Educator at Olathe Medical Center, for being chosen as an Outstanding Associate of 2019!

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  23. Patricia Ordiway with her son Ethan

    How 27 Blood Donors Saved a New Mom's Life

    After delivering her son, Ethan, via an emergency Caesarian section (C-section) at The Birth Place at Olathe Medical Center (OMC), Patricia suffered a massive blood loss. Moments after Patricia got to kiss her son for the first time, she remembers feeling sleepy and hearing Dr. Peck ordering someone to get more blood.

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  24. Allison Lee and her family

    Allison Lee Recovers Quickly After Gallbladder Surgery

    As both a nurse and a mom, Allison Lee of Gardner spends most of her time caring for her patients and her two young daughters, Harper and Nora. But when Allison started experiencing nausea and stomach pain after eating, she didn’t seek care for herself right away.

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  25. Olathe Health Cardiology Patient Steve Renko

    New Heart Device is Change-up for Retired Pitcher with A-fib

    When retired Major League Pitcher Steve Renko's blood thinner medication started causing painful side effects, he knew it was time for a change-up. That's when cardiologist Dr. Ravi Yarlagadda told him about a new procedure.

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  26. Sharon DeFreece

    Artist Sees New Beauty After Innovative Procedure

    Sharon DeFreece, a professional painter, has always been inspired by colors. But she didn't realize how much color was missing from her own life until she received a new heart procedure at Olathe Medical Center.

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  27. Jim and Hazel Gillette dancing

    Dancing Their Way Toward a Heart-Healthy Life

    At 82, Jim is much more active and fit than others his age; something that’s even more remarkable considering he has been living with heart failure since 2010. Instead of letting his condition slow him down, Jim and his wife Hazel used the health scare as incentive to make some major lifestyle changes.

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  28. Erica Duffle, MSN

    Olathe Health Homegrown - Erica Duffle, MSN

    The Homegrown series features associates who have shown immense dedication to their own growth, as well as to Olathe Health. Meet Erica Duffle, MSN, who started at Olathe Medical Center as a nurse in the Critical Care Unit.

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  29. Amy and Larry Kircher

    Amy Kircher Stresses the Importance of Colonoscopies

    At the age of 63, Amy Kircher of Paola was living her healthiest life. But that April, without any symptoms, Amy's colonoscopy revealed devastating news: colon cancer. She turned to Dr. Christopher Lewis at Miami County Medical Center.

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  30. Ron Mersman and Dr. Yarlagadda

    New Heart Procedure Reduces Ron's Risk of Stroke

    A new, non-invasive procedure at Olathe Health called left atrial appendage (LAA) closure helped get Ron Mersman off his blood thinners and reduce his risk of stroke.

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  31. Caroline Trammel and her orthopedic surgeon Dr. Todd Smith

    Caroline's Complicated Ankle Repair

    A slip on black ice led to ankle surgery for Caroline Trammel. The surgery was further complicated by an ankle reconstruction from 40 years prior. How Dr. Smith was able to rebuild her ankle.

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  32. Darlene Miller and her daughter Katharyne

    Handling Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Darlene's Story

    Darlene Miller, 79, began experiencing pain and numbness in her hands due to carpal tunnel syndrome, sometimes so bad that she couldn't even hold half a cup of coffee. Orthopedic surgeon Christopher Eckland, DO, was able to help her regain full use of her hands.

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  33. Dawn Bishop, APRN

    Olathe Health Homegrown - Dawn Bishop, APRN

    The Homegrown series features associates who have shown immense dedication to their own growth, as well as to Olathe Health. Meet Dawn Bishop, APRN, who started at Olathe Medical Center as a phlebotomist.

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  34. Brandon Fry Recognized as Outstanding Associate

    Brandon Fry is the Jan./Feb. Outstanding Associate

    Congratulations to Brandon Fry, RN, BSN, Robotics Coordinator at Olathe Medical Center for being chosen at the first Outstanding Associate of 2019!

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  35. Faye Wilson and her husband, Carl, with medical oncologist Larry R. Corum, MD.

    Two Years, Two Diagnoses: How Faye Wilson Beat Cancer Twice

    After two life-changing cancer diagnoses, Faye is now in complete remission thanks to medical oncologist Larry R. Corum, MD, and her other Olathe Health doctors.

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  36. Breaking cigarette in half

    Make Your New Year's Resolution to Quit Smoking

    This year, tackle one of the biggest hurdles to your health. Quit smoking. Nurse Navigator Jeni Wakefield offers tips to help you keep your resolution and achieve your goal of quitting.

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  37. Holly Menning and her family

    "Miracle" Patient: How OMC Doctors Put Holly's Heart Back Together

    Holly Menning, 40, is grateful to be alive. She suffered a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) and had a two percent chance of survival. Thanks to the quick-thinking ER and Cardiology teams at Olathe Medical Center, she is back home with her family.

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  38. Kristin, Barbara and Holly celebrate with Dr. Meurer and Dr. Yarlagadda

    Olathe Health Cardiologists Save Three Generations of Women

    Many people who have experienced heart complications will tell you the symptoms hit you at an unexpected time. For Kristin Corey, it was at her sister's house in 2014. For her mother, Barbara Sweazy, it was when she had returned home from watching an opera. For Kristin's daughter, Holly Menning, it was while she was preparing dinner for her family. One thing they all knew they could expect: life-saving care at Olathe Medical Center.

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  39. Children running to school

    Back-to-School: Easy as 1-2-3

    Transitioning into a school-year routine can be stressful for families. Dr. Amanda Sommerville, an Olathe Health pediatrician and internal medicine specialist, has some tips to help ease everyone back into fall.

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  40. Stop Stress Sign

    Six Stress-Busting Tips for Teachers

    Back to school is exciting, but let's face it, it can also be stressful. Isaac Johnston, MD, a family medicine physician at Olathe Health Family Medicine - Blackfoot, has six stress-busting tips to get you through the school year.

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  41. Couple looking at computer

    What You Should Know About the New Colon Cancer Screening Recommendations

    The American Cancer Society recently recommended individuals at average risk for colorectal cancer get screened earlier. Ashok Attaluri, MD, a gastroenterologist with Olathe Health GI Specialists, explains the reason for the new recommendation and answers other commonly asked questions.

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  42. Pharmacist Amber Lucas

    Olathe Medical Center Pharmacist Receives Legacy Award

    Amber Lucas, a pharmacist at Olathe Medical Center, received one of the top awards in the state for healthcare pharmacists. She was awarded the 2018 Kansas Council of Health-System (KCHP) Pharmacy Legacy Award.

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  43. Jack doing cardiac rehab at MCMC

    Cardiac Rehabilitation Gets Jack on the Road to Recovery

    The new Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Miami County Medical Center (MCMC) is a medically-supervised program designed to provide patients with healthy lifestyle education, a closely monitored exercise program, diet and nutrition counseling, and encouragement and support to recover from heart disease or surgery. Seventy-four-year-old Jack Coffman was one of the first cardiac rehab patients at MCMC earlier this year.

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  44. A couple riding bikes

    Cara's Knee Replacement Gives Her a New Spring in Her Step

    Cara Coffelt has a lot to celebrate. She recently retired after a 28-year career at Tri-Ko, Inc., a day and residential care facility for individuals
 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And, thanks to a recent knee replacement surgery, she is looking forward to living an active retirement with less pain.

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  45. The Gallagher Family

    #OHbaby: Addie Gallagher Arrives on April Fool's Day in Less Than 30 Minutes

    Adeline Ora Tilly Gallagher wasn't joking around when she made her entrance into the world, arriving at 3:42 p.m. on April Fool's Day. This was the fourth child Kristi Gallagher delivered at The Birth Place at Olathe Medical Center and she's sad she won't be back.

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  46. Little girl at the beach

    Summer Safety Tips

    Summer is almost here, which means lots of new fun. It’s a great time to refresh your memory on summer safety tips for kids as you spend the days outside, in the water and on vacation!

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  47. Boy sleeping with dog

    Fevers: How high is too high? How to treat your child's fever and when to see their pediatrician.

    A fever is any body temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Fevers are very common in children, are generally a sign of a healthy immune system trying to fight an infection and are very rarely dangerous for a child. In fact, only temperatures greater than 109 degrees F can cause damage to a person’s body.

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  48. Olathe Health Ambassadors

    Olathe Health Volunteers Donate 32,000 Hours

    They're the friendly faces that greet you when you walk into the lobby, or help you get signed in for a procedure, or assist you with directions. They are our Olathe Health volunteers, and they help in more ways than you may know.

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  49. Happy baby girl and mom

    Are Ear Tubes in Your Child's Future?

    David K. Hill, MD, is one of Olathe Medical Center’s Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) doctors. See his answers to common questions parents have about ear tubes for their children.

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  50. Woman making heart with hands

    Signs of Heart Attack in Women

    Women often experience different heart attack symptoms than men. According to the American Heart Association, women may have one or more of the following symptoms.

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  51. Knee Replacement X-ray

    Kansas City Bone and Joint Clinic Opens Practice at Olathe Medical Center

    Physicians and staff from Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic Division of Signature Medical Group of KC, PA (KCBJ) recently opened their Olathe practice on the campus of Olathe Medical Center.

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  52. Yuletide Gala 2017

    2017 Yuletide Gala Sets Record Attendance

    The 2017 Yuletide Gala, which benefits the Olathe Medical Center Birth Place/NICU, set a record attendance.

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  53. Smiling Baby Girl

    The Facts About Childhood Immunizations

    Erica Red Corn, MD, Pediatrician at Olathe Health Pediatrics - Olathe Medical Park discusses the importance of childhood immunizations.

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  54. Man holding chest

    Catch the Signs of Heart Attack Early

    Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs.

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  55. Mike Laney with his two cardiologists

    A Young Father's Close Call with Heart Disease

    This 45-year-old father didn't have heart disease on his radar. But thanks to advanced diagnostics and the gut instinct of his cardiologist, Mike Laney was able to avoid a heart attack.

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  56. Madelyn Madden with Dr. Jay Murphy, a cardiologist at Olathe Medical Center.

    Heart Attack Survivor Trusts Cardiology Team at OMC

    Madelyn, an 82-year-old mother of seven from Ottawa, was headed to bed late one night when she began to feel “funny".

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  57. Jenna and her two-month-old Skyler with Speech Language Pathologist Genna Miller

    Speech Therapy Helps Two-Month Old Skyler Feed

    When two-month-old Skyler had trouble latching and was choking on her milk, mom Jenna Miller reached out to Olathe Medical Center. With help from a Speech Therapist and Lactation Consultat, Skyler now has no trouble eating and is a happy, healthy little girl.

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  58. Gaylin and Barbara Anderson

    Rehab Patients Enjoy Their "Active 80's"

    Gaylin and Barbara Anderson, both 80, don't let their age slow them down. But injuries were holding them back. That's why they sought the help of Olathe Health Rehabilitation Services in Paola.

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  59. Dr. Lee and Patient

    Race Against Cancer

    Last summer, Doug Yost of Overland Park was the picture of health. A 56-year-old triathlete, Doug worked out six days a week, ate a healthy diet and never smoked or used tobacco. The last thing on his mind was cancer.

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  60. Maggie and Brian Schmidt with their twins in the OMC NICU

    Level II NICU Cares for Tiniest Patients

    Born five weeks early, Maggie and Brian Schmidt's twins were generally healthy, but Grant faced a few hurdles. He was admitted to OMC's Level II NICU, where Grant and the rest of his family received some special attention.

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  61. Patient and Doctors

    An Incredible Journey - From Beating Breast Cancer to Climbing Mount Everest

    Three weeks before getting married, most brides
 are stressing over final dress fittings, making final
 arrangements with the caterer and excitedly counting
 down the days before they say ‘I do.' For Olathe resident
 Kelly Long, the weeks before her wedding were spent in
 doctors' offices and the hospital, dealing with the news of a 𠊋reast cancer diagnosis at age 31.

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  62. LSVT rehab patient receiving therapy

    Unique Rehabilitation Program for Parkinson's Patients

    Allen Slater has Parkinson’s disease, which affects his balance, strength and endurance. Allen’s doctor referred him to the Parkinson’s disease outpatient rehab therapy program at Olathe Medical Center.

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  63. Vein Care Patient Kathy Alexander

    Breaking Free From Painful Varicose Veins

    Kathy Alexander, an aerobics instructor in Olathe, spends her days helping others get more active and encouraging them to get on their feet to exercise. But until recently, she couldn't wait to get off her feet after long days teaching classes.

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  64. Pediatric Therapist with a child

    Pediatric Therapy Program Based on Trust and Plenty of Fun

    Addison Bird is a typical seven year old who enjoys playing sports, cheerleading and chasing her sister around the house. It was during one of these rounds of horseplay in August 2015 when Addison broke her foot for the first time.

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  65. Lung Cancer Patient Photo

    Breathing Easy After Fighting Lung Disease

    Jim Germer of Gardner claims he's one of the luckiest guys around. And that's after spending months in and out of the hospital being treated for lung disease, including lung cancer.

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  66. Soccer Player

    Back in the Game

    With the help of Olathe Health Sports Rehabilitation Specialists, Harry was able to return to competitive soccer.

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