Story Corps

Hope And Healing: Communicating With Families After A Loved One Dies

Feb 27, 2020
Intermountain Healthcare

For emergency medicine doctors Adam Balls, MD, and Christopher Anderson, MD, medical school didn’t provide a lot of training on communicating to families after a loved one dies. But taking time to acknowledge and honor the life of the deceased—even briefly—has helped them process the experience better and have more empathy for those left behind.

Hope And Healing: Lightening Burdens

Feb 24, 2020
Intermountain Healthcare

Holly Moss-Rosen found herself taking her son, Alex, for leukemia treatments at a Utah hospital where she also works and cares for children with the disease. Colleague Kiley Patáno found little ways to make this family’s burden a little lighter.

Hope And Healing: Giving Back After Healing

Jan 30, 2020
Intermountain Healthcare

Bucked off her horse and lying in a dry creek bed, Marie Zaphiropoulos found herself with serious injuries to her forehead, ribs, and back. Marie recalls being greeted at a rural Utah hospital’s emergency department by a kind woman who went to work caring for Marie – even washing her hair. This sparked a desire inside Marie to give back to the hospital that took such good care of her.

Hope And Healing: Triathalons After Heart Surgery

Jan 30, 2020
Intermountain Healthcare

Exercise physiologist Tiffany Gust’s mantra, “Play big—because you can and because you're worth it,” is reflected in her passion for triathlons and even a full-distance ironman. Then Tiffany had a series of mini-strokes and learned she had a hole in her heart. She was devastated, but came back strong, continuing her commitment to fitness and to inspiring others. Tiffany says to fellow caregiver Christy Lawson, “I know you would like to do a triathlon, and I would love to help you reach that goal.”

Hope And Healing: Heart Health And Diabeties

Jan 9, 2020
Intermountain Healthcare

After being diagnosed as pre-diabetic, Jay Whatcott knew he needed to make changes, but he didn’t know where or how to start. He joined the100-day Heart Challenge at a Utah hospital, where he learned to exercise and eat healthy.

Hope and Healing: Colleagues Discuss Immigration, Connecting With Patients

Jan 9, 2020
Intermountain Healthcare

When Hernando Manrique came to Utah from Colombia, he didn’t know what to expect. But he found his way by continuing to drink his Colombian coffee, sharing his passion for soccer—ultimately meeting his wife through soccer—and using his roots to connect with Hispanic patients in his job as a security officer at a Utah hospital. Here, he shares his story with colleague Abram Jones.

Hope and Healing: Sharing A Birth Mother

Jan 9, 2020
Intermountain Healthcare

 


Kara Mortensen and Cheryl Satterthwaite, who live just miles apart in northern Utah, discovered that the children they adopted have the same birth mother. The children, Eli and AleyahJai, now enjoy regular outings together and their parents are excited to have their children share beautiful journeys as they grow up.