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Community
11:35 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Meet The Man Behind Kansas City's Pollen Count

Dr. Charles Barnes, director of research for Children's Mercy's allergy, asthma, and immunology department, is the man behind the pollen count for Kansas City.
Cody Newill KCUR

Every morning, Dr. Charles Barnes treks up to the roof of Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., to pull a collection slide out of the hospital's spore trap, a small machine consisting of a vacuum pump and wind main.

The little plastic slide may not look like much, but it provides an accurate pollen count for the entire Kansas City metro area.

"We've had this same technology and process for the last 24 years," Barnes says. "It's really pretty simple."

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Health
2:39 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Robot Helps Save The Day At Rural Hospital

Sophisticated medical robots like these are being used at a growing number of hospitals in Kansas and elsewhere, including small, rural facilities such as Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse. Chief executive Bryan Coffey credits a robot with helping turn around the hospital's troubled finances while saving residents long drives to big-city medical centers for specialty care.
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Some small, rural Kansas hospitals are using highly sophisticated medical robots in ways that are helping ease the shortage of specialists in their areas and - in at least one instance - boosting the bottom line.

Hamilton County Hospital, in Syracuse, Kan., was on the brink of closing little more than a year ago because of financial and staffing problems, but use of a robot has been a key factor in the facility’s dramatic turnaround, according to chief executive Bryan Coffey.

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Community
7:47 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Children’s Mercy Hospital Recognized By LGBT Organization

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 The nation’s largest education and advocacy group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has recognized Children’s Mercy Hospital for its progressive policies toward LGBT patients, employees, and families.

The Human Rights Campaign will honor Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Mo., with the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Award.

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Up to Date
11:47 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Hall Family Foundation $75 Million Pledge: Passion For Cause...Or Bribe?

A 4-story institute for translational medicine building would be built on top of an existing parking structure at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City - if Jackson County voters approve a 1/2 cent sales tax increase in November.
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On Wednesday, the Hall Family Foundation announced that it was pledging $75 million to Children's Mercy Hospital for build a translational medicine research building on Children's Mercy's campus on Hospital Hill.

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Health
10:30 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Hall Family Foundation To Give $75M To Children's Mercy, Maybe

Children's Mercy Hospital would receive $75 million from the Hall Family Foundation if Jackson County voters approve a half-cent sales tax for medical research.
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The Hall Family Foundation is pledging $75 million to build a research building at Children’s Mercy Hospital, but only if Jackson County voters pass a half-cent medical research sales tax. 

At the hospital Wednesday, foundation president Bill Hall said the tax offers Kansas City a big opportunity.

"We recognize it is asking a great deal of the voters of Jackson County," he said. "However, we believe this is a moment we must seize. The tax is transformational."

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Government
3:54 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Legislators Question Jackson County Sales Tax Backers

Jackson County Legislators Bob Spence, Fred Arbanas and James Tindall (right to left) ponder sales tax proposal for innovative translational medical research.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

A first public hearing before the Jackson County Legislature on a proposed sales tax for medical research drew no outright opposition.  

Legislators do have a hefty array of questions about costs and benefits.


If sent to and approved by Jackson County voters, the half cent sales tax is estimated to generate about $40 million a year for what has been termed "Translational Medical Research."

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Health
7:39 am
Tue June 11, 2013

KU Doctors Use Superglue To Stop Infant Brain Aneurysm

Doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital expect a three-week-old girl to make a full recovery after they closed an aneurysm in her brain, using super glue. 

Jared and Gina Julian knew there was something wrong with their three-week-old daughter.  Her mother says little Ashlyn began screaming and showing other symptoms.

“She was very stiff, then very rag-doll limp, and then kind of not super responsive,” says Gina Julian. “And later that night, she again projectiled, at which point in time we just were, she’s going back to the hospital.”

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Health
4:48 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Evidence Lacking: Local Doctor On Effectively Treating Traumatic Stress In Kids

Interview with Dr. Denise Dowd

Recent tragedies in Connecticut and Colorado have elevated the discussion around firearms and more recently, around how to best respond to kids who’ve experienced trauma like a school shooting or community violence.

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Up to Date
10:24 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Genetic Sequencing Advances Help Identify & Treat Rare Diseases

Dr. Darrell Dinwiddie with Dr. Stephen Kingsmore at Children Mercy's Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine
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Recent advances in genome sequencing, including a technology developed at Children’s Mercy Hospital known as "fast sequencing," are helping medical professionals diagnose often-fatal diseases. 

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Health
9:46 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Children's Mercy And KU Hospital Partner

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Two Kansas City hospitals have announced plans to work together to create a single, integrated pediatric program.

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Health
9:19 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Flu Season Starts In Kansas City

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Flu season is getting underway. According to Dr. Christopher Harrison at Children’s Mercy Hospital, it’s here early.

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Health
6:36 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

First Big Macs, Now Cola: Local Hospitals Slim Down Menus

Elana Gordon KCUR

Families, patients and staff members craving a Coke at Children’s Mercy Hospital will soon have to find their fix elsewhere.

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Health
7:15 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Researchers Find Faster Ways To Diagnose Genetic Diseases

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Researchers in Kansas City may have developed a way to speed up the diagnosis of critically ill infants with genetic diseases.

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Health
5:40 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Interactive Map: Region Continues To Battle Whooping Cough Outbreak

Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, head of infectious disease at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Area health officials are cautioning that whooping cough, which notably broke out in Johnson County this past spring, continues to be a problem throughout the Kansas City region. 

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Headlines
7:38 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Children's Mercy gets out of the HMO business, Kansas Dems seek to increase school funding & a bill could override Missouri governor's authority in creating a health care exchange: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Health
10:05 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Sale of Local Medicaid HMO Final

Children’s Mercy Hospital is officially out of the Medicaid HMO business.  The hospital has finalized the sale of its non-profit plan after more than a decade of operation.

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KCUR News
1:59 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

Caring For Kids With Life-Threatening Illnesses

Kansas City, MO – The idea that a child might die is something that's difficult to grasp, even for hospitals. Children's Mercy in Kansas City has only had a palliative care program for a few years. Rosemary Hubble manages the program. She's a petite woman, originally from Great Britain. But as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, she serves an important - though not prominently featured - role at the hospital.

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