Author: Mary Anne Dunkin

Healing Failing Hearts

At 28, Marie Marsden had just given birth to her second child in Indiana when she began to notice something was not right with her body. “People said, ‘you just had a baby – it’s going to take time,’” the…

WellStar at 25

If you live or travel in the Atlanta area or to the west of it, you can’t go far without seeing the WellStar logo – on hospitals, health parks, urgent care centers and medical offices. Established in 1993, WellStar’s mission…

The Robots Are Here

Scientists, economists and sci-fi buffs alike have long predicted the arrival of robots – a day when smart machines would come to take our jobs and replace human touch and individuality with impersonal, cold technology. In hospital operating rooms throughout…

Young Hearts At Risk

Heart disease was long considered a disease of older men, a perception that began to change in 2004 when the American Heart Association launched its Go Red for Women campaign. Today the recognition of heart disease risk has extended to…

Long-distance Diagnosis

In a rural nursing home, a frail elderly woman develops a high fever, a situation that traditionally has required transport to the nearest emergency department. Through an arrangement that brings emergency care into nursing homes via a telemedicine transmittal unit,…

Serving Survivors

In her two-plus decades in nursing – first as a nurse manager in an oncology unit and later as a patient educator – Wanda Lowe, RN, spent most of her career helping people with cancer. But it wasn’t until Lowe…

Straight to the Heart

Having one chronic disease is one too many, but when you have heart disease there’s a good chance you also have another – or others. By some estimates up to 75 percent of people with heart failure – a condition…

Home Alone?

Courtney Gaines was always an active, independent and social person. Neither she nor her family wanted anything to change that, so when the early effects of Alzheimer’s complicated by a fall made it difficult for her to get out of…