SPRING/SUMMER 2011 Dr. Demian Yakel: Ground-breaking Surgery Techniques and Hope Also Inside: • The Face of an Angel by the Numbers • The Little Convincer • Wine with a View in partnership with Wyoming Medical Center Spring/Summer 2011 STAFF Letter from the CEO 3 Shawn Bassham Executive Director, Foundation It’s the Little Things 3 (307) 577-7842 | firstname.lastname@example.org Susan Burk Communications and Marketing Scottish Theme on Tap for Masterson Place Golf Challenge 4 (307) 577-2134 | email@example.com Pam Schoenewald Foundation Presents First Installment of ER Funds 4 Executive Assistant/Bookkeeper (307) 577-2971 | firstname.lastname@example.org Child Restraints: New Recommendations and Wyoming Laws 5 Diane Guerttman Safe Kids of Central Wyoming Coordinator (307) 577-2535 | email@example.com The Little Convincer 5 Cheryl Talkington Masterson Place Manager Connoisseur’s Delight 2011 Surfs to Success 6 (307) 237-5940 | firstname.lastname@example.org Pam Walker Wine With A View Returns in October 6 Donor Relations Specialist (307) 577-2973 | email@example.com Dani Mandelstam Saving Lives, The Time Is Now 7 Cancer Resource/Angels Coordinator (307) 577-2105 | firstname.lastname@example.org Ground-breaking Surgery Techniques Provide Josie Welch More Than Pain Relief 8 Administrative and Programs Assistant (307) 577-2914 | email@example.com Arian Currah Wyoming Medical Center Employee Campaign Contributors 10 Intern, University of Wyoming at Casper College A Thanks to our Donors 11 BOARD OF DIRECTORS “By the Numbers” 12 Miriam Temme Chair, Masterson Place Karen Zaback Vice Chair, Finance Chair, Wine With A View Connoisseur’s Delight, Masterson Golf Jessica Oden Secretary/Treasurer, Connoisseur’s Delight Find us on Facebook: Bob Barnard facebook.com/wyomingmedicalcenterfoundation Venture and Investment Chair Vickie Diamond CEO of Wyoming Medical Center, Capital Campaign Dick Dresang Masterson Place Committee Chair, Ventures Cheryl Graff WMC Employee Representative, Thank You Committee Sue Hoag Blue Envelope Representative, Thank You Committee Chair Susie McMurry Masterson Place, Connoisseur’s Delight, Capital Campaign John Purviance Capital Campaign, Angels and Cancer Resource Center Sponsored in part by Michele Ryan Volunteer Services Representative, Communications Chair Deanne Sramek Connoisseur’s Delight, Capital Campaign Bill Sullivan WMCF Star Kyle Thompson Masterson Place Cover Photo by Susan Burk Gary Trapkus Editor: Susan Burk, Wyoming Medical Center Foundation Finance Committee, Capital Campaign Graphic Design & Production: Molly Butz, Pushing7 Brooke Chenowyth Strategic Planning WYOMING MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION Diane Adami Connoisseur’s Delight, Masterson Golf 1233 East Second Street •Casper, WY 82601 • (307) 577-2914 Patricia Cloud www.wyomingmedicalcenterfoundation.org Finance and Investment, Connoisseur’s Delight, Wine With A View, Masterson Golf 2 Letter from the CEO Dear Friends Campaign. We owe a sincere thank you to all those who gave and Neighbors, from their hearts. This is a very By summer 2011, construction on a $35 million West Pa- special year for the tient Tower will be underway. This will include the demolition WMC family as we of the oldest remaining part of the hospital’s west side, dat- are celebrating in ing back to 1939. With patient safety as a priority, this new a big way! 2011 patient tower will provide additional single occupancy rooms marks our 100th allowing for more privacy and comfort for our patients. birthday. It was on The expansion will make the campus easier to navigate for November 1, 1911, patients and visitors by bridging outlying buildings together that our hospital through a redesigned lobby and main entrance. The addi- began its commit- tion of the two new patient units will allow for private rooms ment to providing throughout the hospital. The plans will also leave open space quality healthcare for future expansion. to the people of We understand that construction activity is challenging Wyoming. and can be noisy for our patients, visitors, and staff. We Now, a century apologize for the inconvenience during this time of growth later, we have and we sincerely appreciate your understanding. We are much to celebrate. We have a robust and diverse staff of confident these changes will result in a more positive patient highly trained and skilled physicians, nurses and techni- experience. cians. Our hospital is proud to be on the cutting edge with Yours in Health, some of the latest in technology including the daVinci Surgi- cal System®. We are working diligently to keep our facilities updated and modern. In April, we completed a major expan- sion and renovation of the Emergency Department giving our Vickie Diamond patients more private rooms. We were able to undergo this President and CEO, expansion, in part, thanks to the generosity of our employ- Wyoming Medical Center ees, physicians and the community who donated $4 million through the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation’s Capital It’s the Little Things A Starbucks As I work closely with Wyoming Medical Center and the card or a kind wonderful staff, I know they are also in the business of word on a bad providing the little things. “Patients First Every Time” is a day may not lifestyle at Wyoming Medical Center. It is so encouraging seem like much, to see an attitude that provides for the big and little things does it? They are that patients and families need while being cared for at little things, but Wyoming Medical Center. Going above and beyond is stan- they make life dard practice and you hear the words, “Is there anything so worthwhile. more I can do for you?” as a constant. When I thought Having to be in the hospital can sometimes be about the way overwhelming and so it is the little things that can in which we live make a big difference to your comfort and care. I am and love those proud to know so many of the faces that will do their around us, I pon- best to take care of each patient and their family. dered if we real- Every day each of us makes a choice to cherish others. ize all the little What little thing will you do today? things that oth- ers are doing for us each day. My husband buys favorite candies for his boys and leaves them on their dresser in their room, and he remembers the Shawn Bassham, things that I like and I find them on the table or in the Executive Director, fridge. Little things yes, but valuable to being recognized Wyoming Medical Center Foundation and cherished. Spring/Summer 2011 WMCF STAR 3 Bits Pieces Scottish Theme on Tap for Masterson Place Golf Challenge Tartans and bagpipers, plaids and kilts will honor the ori- players with a current GHIN handicap will be placed in the gins of golf when the Annual Masterson Place Golf Challenge competitive division; those with one or more without a cur- tees off with a Scottish theme on June 10th, 2011, at the rent GHIN handicap will be in the social division. Prizes will Casper Country Club. All of the proceeds will benefit Mas- be awarded in each division. terson Place, a Home Away From Home which provides a Special events at the tournament include the popular supportive, affordable envi- Golf Ball Drop for a chance to ronment for patients and their win $25,000 or other prizes, families who are traveling to and the Motorcycle Putt for Casper for medical care. This a chance to win a brand new 41-room facility was purchased motorcycle from Casper Moun- by Wyoming Medical Center tain Motor Sports. Golf ball Foundation in 2001 through a drop tickets are available at generous donation from Mary the Casper Country Club, the Masterson and her family. Be- Wyoming Medical Center Foun- cause the Foundation is com- dation, or from any committee mitted to keeping the patient’s member while chances for the out-of-pocket expenses as low Motorcycle Putt can be pur- as possible, proceeds from Mas- chased the day of the event by terson Place Golf Challenge al- participants. low the Foundation to provide Registration fees are $500.00 this quality service which in- per four-person team, and in- cludes a $40.00 per day cost, clude greens and cart fees, vouchers for free rooms for low range balls, and post-tourna- income families, transportation ment awards, hors d’oeuvres to and from the Wyoming Medi- and refreshments. cal Center and Rocky Mountain Friends and families who are Oncology, the maintenance and not playing can attend the post upkeep of the 41 rooms and commons area, and free internet. event for a fee of $25.00 per person, which includes a dona- The Tournament itself is a four-person-team shamble with tion to Masterson Place. For complete tournament rules, you both competitive and social divisions. Any four team play- can contact Pam Walker at (307) 577-2973 or the Wyoming ers can play together, regardless of their handicaps. Teams Medical Center Foundation at 307-577-2914. may consist of men, women, or mixed. Teams that have all Foundation Presents First Installment of ER Funds The Wyoming Medical Center Foundation presented the hospital with a 1.5 million dol- lar check toward the expansion of the Emer- gency Department. The Foundation is working to raise six million dollars through its “Saving Lives, the Time is Now!” capital campaign. Foundation Board Chair Miriam Temme re- cently presented the first installment to the Wyoming Medical Center’s Board of Directors. Pictured at right are (l-r) WMC Board of Direc- tors Chair Linda Young, Vickie Diamond, CEO of Wyoming Medical Center, and WMC Founda- tion Board Chair Miriam Temme. 4 WMCF STAR Spring/Summer 2011 Child Restraints: New Recommendations and Wyomings Laws By Diane Guerttman and Susan Burk The Safe Kids Office has been bom- seat manufacturer’s instructions; barded with questions from parents read the vehicle owner’s manual about the recently released American on how to install the car seat using Academy of Pediatrics recommenda- the seat belt or LATCH system; and tions. AAP advises parents to keep their check height and weight limits. toddlers in rear-facing car seats until • To maximize safety, keep your child age 2, or until they reach the maximum in the car seat for as long as pos- height and weight of their seat. AAP sible, as long as the child fits with- adds that most children should ride in a in the manufacturer’s height and belt-positioning booster seat until they weight requirements. Safe Kids Water Safety Day 2011 have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and • Keep your child in the back seat at are between 8 and 12 years of age. least through age 12. Here are National Highway Traffic According to the Wyoming Child Safety Administration, AAP, and Safe Restraint Law, a child who has not Kids recommendations for car seats: reached his/her ninth birthday must • Select a car seat based on your be in a child restraint and secured in a child’s age and size, and choose a vehicle seat other than the front seat. seat that fits in your vehicle and Safe Kids of Central Wyoming is avail- use it every time. able for anyone who needs assistance • Remain rear facing until age two, understanding the recommendations or until the maximum height and or how to implement the recommen- weight the seat dictates dations for their child by calling (307) • Always refer to your specific car 577-2535. Safe Kids Volunteers fit ski helmets at Winter Safety Day at Hogadon. The Little Convincer By Josie Welch and Susan Burk Safe Kids of Central Wyoming the students how the bear re- kicked off the Little Convincer mained safely restrained in the program February 1st of 2011 chair. Children are then given the at Sagewood Elementary School, opportunity to take a ride in the and the program has been ex- Little Convincer chair and be in a tremely successful. The Little “crash.” Convincer is a program intended At the end of the program, for kindergartners that teaches kindergartners receive a chart to the children the importance of track their buckling and boost- using a booster seat and safety er seat usage for the following belt. Law enforcement and Safe week. In a week, staff revis- Kids staff use the program to its the classroom to collect the teach children the dangers that charts, and the children receive can happen if seat belts and prizes and treats for bringing booster seats are not used prop- Josie Welch and Arian Currah of the Wyoming Medical Center their charts back. erly. During the demonstrations, Foundation, along with Deputy Michael Scott of the Natrona Coun- Most charts come back filled in a stuffed bear is placed in the ty Sheriff’s office, and two Cresthill Elementary kindergartners. and signed by a parent. It seems Little Convincer Chair, which simulates the experience of a all children are buckled, but it is the booster seats that lack car crash. This shows what happens during a crash if the use. About twenty percent of children don’t ride in a booster restraints aren’t in use, with the stuffed animal flying out seat, but do buckle their seat belt. Little Convincer will con- of the chair. Then the bear is properly buckled into the Little tinue to spread this program to all the schools in hopes of Convincer Chair, and the crash is simulated again, showing bringing booster seat usage to one hundred percent. Spring/Summer 2011 WMCF STAR 5 Connoisseur’s Delight 2011 Surfs To Success By Susan Burk It was much more than dinner and a Surfin’ Safari Band dance. From sumptuous gourmet meals to a night of beach music, the Founda- tion’s signature fundraiser “Connois- seur’s Delight” and its “Good Vibra- tions” theme struck a successful chord with those who attended the March 19th event. After a delicious dinner at their choice of Dsasaumo, Gegi’s Bis- tro, The Silver Fox, or FireRock, party- goers gathered under twinkling paper lanterns as the Beach Boys tribute band, “Surfin’ Safari,” took the stage and wowed the crowd with their surfin’ sounds. Dancers of all ages crowded the floor, and soon beach balls were being batted around the room as attendees in their best beach-vacation gear perused restaurants and all those who helped the varied spread of auction items. make the night so wonderful.” The Foundation’s Donor Relations All of the proceeds will go toward Specialist, Pam Walker, and her Con- the Wyoming Medical Center Founda- noisseur’s Delight Committee members, tion, and help with the operation of its spent months organizing the event and programs including Safe Kids of Cen- said it was teamwork and the generos- tral Wyoming, Masterson Place “Home ity of the community that made it all Away From Home” and the Angels Can- successful. “The Foundation would like cer Resource Program. to thank our generous and gracious For more information about these sponsors, donors, committee mem- programs, you can call the Foundation bers, and everyone who attended,” Ms. at (307) 577-2134 or visit us online at Walker said, “as well as our fabulous wyomingmedicalcenterfoundation.org. Wine With a View Returns in October A Saturday date of October 1st has been set for the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation’s (WMCF) popular “Wine with a View” fundraiser. With the generous help from Mike and Dave Reid of Poplar Wine and Spirits, and Pat Sweeney of the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Centre, this year’s event will be an elegant night to remember as guests are able to taste and learn more about a variety of wines, but also help celebrate Wyoming Medical Center’s 100th Anniversary. Pro- ceeds from the evening will benefit the WMCF’s Angels Cancer Care and Safe Kids of Central Wyoming programs. Watch for more information on the WMCF website, www.wyomingmedicalcenterfoundation.org. “I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.” —Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) “She Stoops to Conquer” 6 WMCF STAR Spring/Summer 2011 Saving Lives, The Time Is Now Donors to the Emergency Room Expansion Project as of March, 2011* Pete and Lori Abrams Rick Carpenter Judith C. Fox Kathy Humbracht Sherry Miller Stephen Sasser Liz Tholl Miriam Acopiado Erin Cartwright Timmie Fox Lourdes Hussein Jacqueline Milliken Carla Saylor Tammy L. Thomas Sonja Adelman Dan Casebolt Tim Frank Dr. Ammar Hussieno Marilyn Mischel Thomas & Julie Ann Scarlett Kyle J. Thompson Renee Ala Casper Medical Imaging Evie Franke Olympia Ireland Emily Mitchell Stacey Schaad Connie Thompson Natalie Alexander Casper Orthopaedic Associ- Rhonda Franzen Dr. Ron Iverson Paula Mongold Talli L. Schlautmann-Kuhn Heather Thompson Alicia Alger ates, P.C. 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Miller Norma Salzer Wendy Thaut Yolanda Carbajal Ernie Flores Kelly Hover Sharon Miller Amanda Sanders Rebecca Thayer Larry Carlisle Colleen Follick Kimberly Howell d’Ann Miller Suzanne Sandoval Sarah Thayer Dr. Frank Carlton Shandi Foos Rita Hubbard Marc Miller Rolland Sanftner Pamela Thibodeau *Donors who wish to remain anonymous have not been Melissa Carpenter Gayla Fox Sierra Dawn Hughes Natalie Miller Shawna Sargent Kaye Thiriot included in this list. Spring/Summer 2011 WMCF STAR 7 “I don’t think I would be walking to- day if it wasn’t for him.” Neal Talkington’s spine was caving in on itself. Degenerative scoliosis was causing his vertebra to collapse and his spine to tip, throwing the bones out of alignment and pinching the nerves. De- bilitating 24-hour pain, trouble walk- ing, his right leg “going dead”; it was all part of Neal’s world until he met the doctor who made all the difference. Now 55, Neal explained that this problem started with herniated discs a quarter of a century ago and after look- ing into the surgical options at that time, he chose not to go that route. Neal says over the years he’s been plagued with a lot of other health issues as well, including arthritis and a bone structure he describes as “not the best.” He had always gone to the doctors at Casper Orthopaedics, and it was there he met Dr. Demian Yakel. A Fellowship- trained orthopaedic spine surgeon, Dr. Yakel has extensive and specific train- ing on surgery of the spine, and is one of only two such surgeons in the area, the other being Dr. Clayton Turner who is also at Casper Orthopaedics. With that extra training, Dr. Yakel says, they dedicate their lives to the treatment of spinal problems, and he is looking to- ward the future of the field. “One of the things I pride myself on and that I really took a lot of time to learn is how to do these surgeries in a minimally invasive way,” he says, “and I think that’s what sets apart what I do compared to what other surgeons do in treating similar problems.” Neal Talkington’s spine. Note the curvature in the “be- Dr. Yakel says when you talk about fore” X-ray (bottom R) caused by degenerative scoliosis, “minimally invasive,” most people and the improvement after Dr. Yakel’s surgeries. think small incisions and fast recov- eries but it’s much more than that in Ground-breaking Surgery cases like Neal’s. “The true essence of it is to protect the underlying muscles that surround Techniques Provide More and support the spine.” Rolling up a skeleton model, Dr. Than Pain Relief... Yakel explains that traditional surger- ies call for making an incision over the spine, then scraping the muscle away By Susan Burk from the bone and retracting it to reach Dr. Demian Yakel believes minimally invasive procedures the surgery site. That injures the mus- cles that strengthen and stabilize the are the future of spinal surgery. Here is the story of how body’s core, and when you cut through one patient found relief, and hope, at Dr. Yakel’s hands. muscles they heal with scar tissue, are 8 WMCF STAR Spring/Summer 2011 weakened, and never quite recover. “If Neal didn’t have the surgery,” says Cheryl, “I feel he Dr. Yakel says bone, sinew, or arteries can be transplant- would be in a wheelchair now or close to it.” ed and regrow but you cannot grow new muscle. “You get “It’s made me a lot more enjoyable to be around,” Neal one set. What God gives you, that’s what we have. If we in- says, laughing, and Cheryl agrees “I don’t think he’s near as jure that we can never fix it,” he says, “so the goal is to do grouchy as he used to be.” these operations, especially those with the magnitude of his And the doctor who made it happen? To the Talkingtons, (Neal’s) surgery, in a way to preserve as much of his natural he is heartfelt, conscientious, artistic, easy to understand, musculature anatomy as possible.” and much more. In Neal’s case, Dr. Yakel approached the surgery from Ne- “He’s right up there with The Man in my opinion,” Neal al’s side, through the tender muscle which the doctor says says. would be the counterpart to a filet mignon. “I think he’s amazing, I feel Dr. Yakel was a miracle, a After that first surgery, Dr. Yakel “stood Neal up” to assess Godsend to us,” says Cheryl quietly, and says the experience the progress. That surgery succeeded in correcting the curve, gave them something that had been in short supply. which in turn relieved the pressure on Neal’s pinched nerves. Hope. After letting Neal rest for a day, Dr. Yakel operated again, still using minimally invasive techniques that moved be- tween layers of muscles rather than cutting through them. He says he spread the muscle fibers within the natural planes, inserted the dilator, and used that to place rods and screws to fuse the other vertebrae. Neal’s wife Cheryl describes that second surgery as “a very long day,” but was grateful that a nurse came out every hour during the extensive procedure to update her on Neal’s progress. “I don’t think I would be walking today if it wasn’t for him.” Neal was up and walking the next day, and says the im- provement is profound. He says although he’s not the same Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Demien Yakel explains how he used minimally invasive approaches for Neal Talkington’s surgeries. as he was 25 years ago, he can walk, his legs are no longer numb, the 24-hour pain is a thing of the past, and he has much more freedom of movement than he expected. Dr. Yakel says he doesn’t know of anyone else in Wyo- ming that does this type of surgery with these techniques. “I approach every patient’s problem uniquely, embracing the minimally invasive approach where less is more.” His first approach is non-surgical, and then he considers the least amount of surgery possible, done in a minimally invasive fashion. Although it used to be reserved for smaller, less complicat- ed cases, Dr. Yakel believes the minimally invasive approach is the future of spine surgery. Neal, and the magnitude of his issue, is a case in point. “These are the people who need it the most,” says Dr. Yakel, pointing out that the people who require the larger surgeries are often older and can benefit more from the minimally invasive approach. “I see it as the future.” As for the Talkingtons, they are believers in both the tech- niques and Doctor Yakel. Neal, who was facing a future of crutches and wheelchairs, Neal and Cheryl Talkington. Cheryl Talkington is the manager of looks at old pictures of himself and can’t believe how much Masterson Place, the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation’s he leaned, and how much his quality of life has improved. “Home Away From Home”. Spring/Summer 2011 WMCF STAR 9 WYOMING MEDICAL CENTER EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS Acopiado, Miriam Chase, Lee Anne Gentzler, Sharon Keller, Kristi Ondriezek, Billiejo Sponsler, Nicole Adelman, Sonja Christensen, Amanda Gerdel, Cathy Kelly, Jared Orchard, Candice St. John, Danielle Ahlbrandt, Brenda Christiansen, Russ Gibb, Landon Kendall, Penny Osborn, Tommi St. John, Tiffany Ainsworth, Shilah Ciampi, Andrea Gibson, Cara Kient, Georgia Ottema, Diane Stange, Elizabeth Ala, Renee Ciocarlan, Deb Gibson, Sabrina Kilburn, Debra Pallas, Lisa Stanton, Matt Alberts, Crystal Clark, Brenda Giffin, Michelle Kimball, Jacqueline Payne, David Starkey, Jeff Alexander, Natalie Clark, Jolene Gilbert, Marina King, Robbie Payne, Lisa Steele, Sumer Alger, Alicia Clemens, Jerry Gill, Jessica Kiracofe, Jamie Peck, William Steinert, Michelle Alm, Karen Cole, Linda Gillis, Wendy Knotts, Tamara Pederson, Connie Stepanek, Autumn Altaffer, Penny Cole, Mary Ann Goddard, Jenea Kohm, Crystal Pedroza, J. 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We apologize for anyone we may have missed. 11 1233 East Second Street Casper, WY 82601 “By the Numbers” By Dani Mandelstam and Shawn Bassham The Face Of An Angel: Nick Kerpchar volunteers to help cancer patients in the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation’s Angels/Cancer Care Program Life is a series of numbers that we re- the importance of having someone to count when we look back at our lives. help one during a difficult time. Nick We count birthdays, anniversaries and learned about the Angels Program and other important events that touch each Cancer Resource Center 6 months ago. of us in a special way. Nick Kerpchar, an He was quick to volunteer with the An- Angels volunteer, is no exception and gels program and has since then men- the numbers he has counted in his life tored 2 individuals recently diagnosed have touched many people. For the last with cancer. Nick, drawing from what 49 years he has been married to Caro- he experienced during his treatment, lyn, the woman that he knew from their gives encouragement and tools that first blind date was the #1 for him. might be helpful in coping with cancer Over the last 49 years, they have been therapy. 1 idea he implemented was to blessed with 1 son and 2 grandchil- give each of the individuals he is men- dren. Between Carolyn and Nick, they toring a small notebook in which to have 2 nursing degrees and through write down important information and their careers they have been located in questions that a patient might ask at 5 places they called home, including the next appointment with their physi- 10 years in Saudi Arabia. During his College about their experiences in Sau- cian. Nick took it upon himself to go to 6 years as a Neonatal Intensive Care di Arabia including being attacked by Hilltop National Bank and asked for a Nurse, Nick says he touched more new Iraqi Scud missiles in Dhahran during number of their small notebooks that souls and the feathers of angels than the first Gulf War where they were lo- could be used for this purpose. Hilltop he could count. cated at the time. was delighted to help him in his quest Nick and Carolyn came to Casper 2 Nick was diagnosed with Lymphoma to help others. years ago and wasted no time getting 3 years ago while living in Colorado. When each of us counts the numbers involved in community and recreational Carolyn played the role of caregiver in our lives, may the largest number of activities. Nick has 3 hobbies of note to and advocate for Nick during this pe- all be the people we touch in a positive include family Genealogy, Video Movie riod of time. “No matter how bad it got way. For Nick this is his goal and the Productions and Recreational Prospect- I knew that I had someone to really Angels Program is blessed to have such ing. Both he and Carolyn have taught count on,” Nick said of Carolyn. “No a mentor and friend. He is #1 with all 3 classes for the OLLI (Osher Lifelong one should have to face cancer alone.” the other #1’s of the Angel Program in Learning Institute) program at Casper Through his experiences, Nick realizes our book. They make their lives count. Angels Coordinator – Dani Mandelstam Since coming into her new job, Dani has had the chance to meet and greet patients and families, and learn all the names of the Angels committed to caring for patients. Dani brings a bright outlook and tremendous skills set to this position. Her background working with patients and physicians makes this transition comfortable. When meeting Dani you can tell that she cares deeply and listens with quiet concern. She also has a want to meet the needs of patients and families through the resources of the Angels Program. Please join us in welcoming Dani!
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