The Human Side of Healthcare

The Human Side of Healthcare

The Human Side of Healthcare is brought to you by the Dallas Ft. Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) and features compelling discussion on health issues facing our hospitals and how they serve the local Dallas, Ft. Worth and North Texas communities. With approximately 90 member hospitals and 90 affiliate members, the DFWHC has been a beacon of bringing healthcare and the community together in North Texas for half a century. The Council and its members are pleased to bring this awareness to the North Texas community via the show aired on newsradio 1080 KRLD, and these podcasts. Full music licensing (ascap/bmi) provided by KRLD 1080-AM Dallas. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


March 19, 2023 41 mins

We are concluding our series of career stories of some of the successful young healthcare executives in the Metroplex, who are also Board members of the Dallas Ft. Worth Hospital council. Sharn Barbarin, CEO at Medical City Arlington joins us with how a residency program during her MBA program pivoted her career to the fast-track.

There’s a new guided imaging technique developed here in North Texas that could revolutionize prostate...

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Our liver is something we often don’t think much about - until there’s a problem. When faced with liver disease, whether from alcohol, obesity, hepatitis or even genetic, transplantation might be necessary.

Dr. Narayanan Menon, Medical Director of Medical City Liver and Digestive Disease Specialists & Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at Medical City Dallas Transplant Institute joins us for a comprehensive discussion ab...

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A truely avoidable tragedy happens too many times every year across North Texas: Children die in their sleep. The biggest cause of this is often because they are sleeping in adult beds.

Marisa Abbe, PhD from Children’s Health joins us to talk about preventing this from ever happening with just a few safety precautions.

Then, we focus on an aspect of heart disease that many don’t understand. The term “Heart Failure” is broadly used ...

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A big conversation these days is about over-the-counter hearing aids. But before we tackle that topic, we dive even deeper into hearing loss and the need for hearing assistance in the first place. Our guest is Dr. William Even, Au.D., Director of Clinical Audiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

There is a CT test you can get in about 15 minutes that can tell you valuable information about your heart. This is generally easier t...

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We have what may be a revolutionary medical technology, that is not new, but is often underutilized. This is for men who choose surgical options for prostate cancer treatment. Bladder leakage may follow. With this technique, used and taught at UT Southwestern Medical Center, men can have quick relief from this nagging issue. Dr. Steven Hudak, Associate Professor of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center makes us aware of this ho...

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Dr. Amelia Tower, Breast Surgical Oncologist and Medical Director of the Breast Program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth about a new imaging technology that allows surgeons to remove all of the affected tissue during breast surgery. This procedure is recognized as revolutionary in breast cancer treatment and Dr. Tower was the first surgeon in America to perform this operation using this new device.

Then we head ...

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Texas statewide has a real issue with maternal mortality, up to even a year after giving birth. Cardiovascular disease is often a contributor, and that can lead to preeclampsia, or dangerously high blood pressure during pregnancy or after delivery. Theresa Patton, MD, OB-GYN at Methodist Dallas Medical Center joins us to discuss what women can do to prevent or treat this serious condition.

Next, there is a way you can give the gift...

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If you have ever experienced sudden-onset of back or neck pain, you know how debilitating it can be. Pain diagnosis, treatment and management of this nature can be complicated. That’s why Baylor Scott & White Health started a pilot program in North Texas to help patients navigate the system of pain management.

Dr. John Marcucci is the Chief Medical Officer at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Plano and stops by to talk to...

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Through the breakthrough technology of robotics, physicians at Medical City Ft. Worth can now biopsy, analyze and even remove polyps in our lungs before they become lung cancer. Dr. Ranjit Nair, Internal Medicine at Medical City Ft. Worth, joins us to explain how this will become a new standard of early detection and save many lives.

Know anyone looking for a job? The healthcare field offers tremendous opportunities for serving oth...

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Giving blood is one of the tenants of “The Human Side of Healthcare,” as there is perhaps no better way to serve others in our community than to give blood. Today, we’re talking to Jason Piecek, Air Medical Base Supervisor/Flight Paramedic at PHI Air Medical, about what happens to blood after we donate, and other tips on making the decision to donate easy.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease impacts over 20 percent of American...

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Patrick Rohan is Chief Executive Officer at Medical City Frisco, where they opened a $91 million dollar expansion tower in December, 2022. He joins us in our on-going series of interviewing healthcare executives on their decision to enter this dynamic field as a career. Pat shares his story and the many benefits of serving others in healthcare.

Then Krister White, Director of Spiritual Care at Parkland Health joins us to discuss Ad...

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Maternal mortality is a big issue that needs legislative attention in 2023. Dr. Aiyanna B. Anderson, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth joins us to discuss taking the best care of new moms in the new year.

Parents, there’s a rather harsh reality that vaping is something your school-age child will encounter at some point. The statistics are that far more teens ...

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Cook Children’s Medical Center is incorporating something you probably wouldn’t think of related to healthcare that is having a profound impact on the kids (patients), their families, and the staff. It is truly a triple-win.

It’s the therapeutic use of Dogs!

Currently there are six dogs in the “Facility Dogs Program,” and Laura Sonefeld, Facility Dog Program Coordinator at Cook Children’s, stops by to tell us the story.

Next on thi...

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We have a wonderful father-daughter team joining us in our first and last segments to discuss seasonal allergies. Dr. Gary Gross and his daughter, Dr. Laura Gross, both practicing Allergy & Immunology at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas discuss what is unique about this time of year and why North Texas allergies can be just as relentless as any other season.

The week of this show’s airing, the college football communit...

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In North Texas alone, an estimated 800,000 people are not certain where their next meal will come from. That’s enough to fill eight large football stadiums. This is called Food Insecurity, and it is obviously a big Human Side of Healthcare, because how we eat affects our entire well-being. Matt Dufrene, Vice President of Blue Zones Project/North Texas Healthy Communities, joins us to discuss the impact of this and what is being don...

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If you have ever had a herniated or compressed disc, you know how painful it can be. Perhaps one of the most painful things we can experience. Dr. Alexander Satin, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Medical City Frisco joins us to talk about some of the treatment options and considerations for anyone who may be experiencing this, or know of someone who is.

There is a new study of approximately 7,800 people that indicates walking at a pace...

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Did you know there is a direct correlation to cholesterol and gall stones? Painful gall stones and even gall bladder removal can be prevented, mostly from diet. Listen as Dr. Scott Bloemendal, General Surgeon at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, discusses how to take better care of this important, and often overlooked, organ in our body.

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month and we are joined by Dr. Scott Perry, Hea...

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It’s flu season and this year we may have an upper hand because of what happened this summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Dr. Shawn Riley is Regional Medical Director at CareNow Urgent Care in North Texas and he stops by to talk about all aspects of the 2022-23 flu season. 

Did you know that if you look away in your car for just five seconds at highway speeds, you cover 100 yards - the distance of a football field? Cathy Gle...

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In this week’s show, we do a deep-drive into pneumonia. Not only is it seasonal and on the increase now, but many respiratory infections can deteriorate into it if left untreated. Pneumonia often affects the elderly and infants, and you’ll find out why as we talk to Dr. Michael Tolle, Family Medicine physician at Texas Health Dallas and Texas Health Family Care, a member of Texas Health Physicians Group. 

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Fall is cold and flu season, but one illness that our kids are prone to - and they can bring home to the whole family - is strep throat. This is not generally a serious illness, but if we understand it, hopefully we can better prevent it. 

Dr. Curtis H. Johnson, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Medical City North Hills joins us for a conversation about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of strep throat. 

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