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Heart to Heart Fall 2021

This issue of Samaritan Health Services’ Heart to Heart magazine features a young racer whose competitive spirit along with the creative help of his orthopedist overcame physical injuries to his hand and raced again. There’s also a man who thought the bump on his neck was due to a pulled muscle from weightlifting. His doctor found a rare form of cancer instead, but despite the challenges of the pandemic there were no complications with the surgery and got him back to what he loves to do.

Learn how community involvement can boost mental health care and meet two retired employees turned volunteers working to help with the COVID-19 vaccine response. And another volunteer working in hospice who relishes her visits as well as a hospitalist who returned to Samaritan 20 years after volunteering in the emergency department as a high schooler.

Get a look at the Wall of Hope, a new art installation featuring the beautiful faces of the cancer survivors to inspire those on their cancer journey. There’s an update on the Mario Pastega House expansion, and an interview with a family nurse practitioner and her patient, highlighting how far chemotherapy as a treatment has come.

Find out how the SamCare Mobile Medicine, a 40-foot mobile medical clinic, and its staff are getting vaccines out to the community as the transition away from large-scale vaccination clinics wraps up. You’ll also get to read about how a 2021 Delivery System Transformation pilot project with the Disability Equity Center is working to engage people with disabilities in health care and provided a webinar on COVID-19 vaccines to provide them information they needed to make their decision.

Finally, come away with a health check list to make sure you and your family are up to date on things like annual screenings and enjoy a healthy kale dip recipe. Get health tips for keeping your mind sharp, reducing your stress-level, and shopping tips for Medicare.

Heart to Heart is your local guide to good health from Samaritan Health Services. Read inspiring stories and get ideas on how you can be part of building healthier communities together.