CHI Saint Joseph Health Blog

Category: Patients & Providers

December 30, 2019

Growing up in a family of nurses, Ricky Reiter, BSN, RN, CAPA, outpatient surgery charge nurse with Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of CHI Saint Joseph Health, has always been drawn to the idea of improving the lives of those around him. “In school, I always liked biology and anatomy, and nursing clicked with me,” said …


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December 20, 2019

Jenny Lynn Hatter is proud to say she lost 100 pounds … four times. It wasn’t until she had weight loss surgery in 2015 that she was able to maintain the weight loss. “I thought the last thing I wanted to do was have weight loss surgery, but I knew it was my last shot,” …


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December 13, 2019

For more than 90 years, Roger McCombs’ life has been filled with a series of miracles. At least, that’s how he sees it. McCombs, a World War II veteran who turned 93 in October, says his latest miracle came when he opted to come to Lexington from Huntsville, Ala., in search of a surgeon who …


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December 06, 2019

April Nease was 39 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2014. April was director of development for the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation and, through that work, was familiar with the cancer care team at CHI Saint Joseph Health. Knowing those doctors made her choice for care easy. “The cancer …


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November 25, 2019

Cordia Parker said she has been in “perfect health” for 67 years. But when she started losing weight rapidly over the holidays in 2018 – even “when I ate everything that didn’t get me first” – she was a little concerned. When she went for a routine physical, the long-time smoker asked for a lung …


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October 23, 2019

Every two weeks, Robb Rettie, MD, drives from his home in Danville to CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care in Lexington for treatment. He could access the treatment at a cancer care center in his hometown, but the hour-long drive to Lexington is worth it for Rettie. “We knew Dr. (Scott) Pierce was excellent, …


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October 09, 2019

James Rollins, MD, has been with the CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Orthopedics for three years and practiced medicine for almost two decades. He was raised in the church, and he grew closer to God following his medical residency’s completion, entwining his faith with his career. “I’m a follower of Jesus Christ, and one …


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October 03, 2019

When Steven and Nashia Fife met while serving in the military, they were very much the outdoorsy types. They later took their children to all the sites, hiking their way through nature. At some point, that changed. “We were watching nature documentaries instead of going out into the woods,” Steven said. That wasn’t the only …


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September 18, 2019

Laura Pollard of Elizabethtown had contemplated weight loss surgery for 10 years or more, but something always stopped her from doing it. Finally, she convinced herself she was happy. “I thought, ‘I love me. My family loves me. My friends love me,’” she said. She didn’t have any weight-related health issues, although she did have …


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August 08, 2019

At 417 pounds, life was becoming difficult for Chris Rogers of Paris. “Everyday tasks were becoming a struggle – getting dressed, tying shoes, going out to eat,” he said. “Luckily, I didn’t have too many medical problems.” But he was uncomfortable, and Rogers could tell the extra weight was interfering with his everyday tasks and …


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