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Cancer patients receive image counseling


It can be an alarming day when a cancer patient’s hair falls out after the start of chemotherapy. Clinically-trained cosmetologists at the Image Recovery Centers at Alegent Creighton Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Immanuel Medical Center and the Lyal McCaig Image Recovery Center at the Lakeside/Midwest Cancer Center are ready to help. The Image Recovery Center is a comprehensive hospital-based appearance enhancement program. For six years our centers have been providing cancer patients with the tools they need to deal with appearance changes due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery. I myself am a cancer survivor and was the caregiver for my parents and a sibling when they battled cancer. I learned firsthand that the more resources you have, the … Continue reading

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The Important Questions, Answered

Inside Alegent

Going in for a surgery can be a stressful experience. Leading up to the big day, your mind undoubtedly jumps from one question to the next. Will everything go well? When will I get to go home? Is hospital food really as bad as people make it out to be? You know – all of the really important questions. But there’s one question I’m willing to bet most patients don’t consider: does the hospital have the best, most up-to-date technology to ensure my surgery goes as smooth as possible? Most patients simply assume that any hospital they go to is going to have the state-of-the-art technology that they see on TV or read about in the paper or online. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Inside Alegent

In this edition of Health Check, Tracy Madden takes a look at minimally invasive heart surgery, featuring Dr. Dwaine Peetz, Jr., a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon with Alegent Health Clinic. Mitral valve surgery used to mean cutting a patient’s chest wide open, but with minimally invasive procedures doctors can now operate through a tiny incision. View more Health Check videos at alegent.com/healthcheck.

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2 Surgeries, 2 Healthcare Systems

Patient Stories

My husband and I both had surgery 4 days apart at two different healthcare systems.  I had my gallbladder removed at Lakeside Surgery Center and my husband had shoulder surgery at another local outpatient surgery.  I am an RN at Alegent, but I was very nervous about my surgery.  When the nurse called my name to go back to pre-op both my mom and my husband were by my side.  The nurse encouraged my family stay with me while she got me ready for surgery.  My husband helped me change into the hospital gown and he held my hand while I got my IV.  It was very comforting to have my family by my side.  They didn’t leave my side … Continue reading

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My Close Call

Patient Stories

I feel lucky being healthy for the 31 years of my life!  I am Sheri from Council Bluffs where I live with my husband, Trent. I like to live my life carefree, but soon realized that a carefree lifestyle can change in one doctor appointment. I had felt a lump in my breast in October 2008 during a self breast exam. I ignored it and did nothing out of fear- until my annual appointment 4 months later. The lump had grown rapidly and it was significant in size. My OB/GYN scheduled me for an ultrasound the next day. I was informed of the next steps of biopsy and surgery. My mind started to go into overload- I did not know … Continue reading

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