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Faith Kollinger - Same Girl. New Lifestyle.
                  Faith, a 10-year-old Flagstaff resident, has as much energy as any typical young girl. But, Faith is considered overweight and could be at risk for future health issues. “As...
Dick Partlow - Cruising to a New Life
When Flagstaff resident Dick Partlow needed not one but three surgeries, he didn ’t go to the Mayo Clinic or even Phoenix – he went to Flagstaff Medical Center. Flagstaff resident Dick Partlow, 66, loves to spend time outdoors, especially boating...
April 2010
Curtis LeBlanc - Hip replacement surgery patient eases the pain 1,000 times
When Northern Arizona resident Curtis LeBlanc, 46, first started experiencing joint pain, he did not seek help right away, hoping it would go away with time. Unfortunately, his condition slowly progressed, and after more than a year of stiff...
April 2009
Debbie Gardner - The Taylor House Offers More than Just Hospitality
For Debbie Gardner, 51, of the Grand Canyon, the thought of having to travel 150 miles on a daily basis to receive cancer treatments could have added more stress to her life. Fortunately, charitable contributions enable The Taylor House to offer...
January 2009
Lori Smith - Breast cancer patients hopes to help others after her treatment
The American Cancer Society estimated more than 3,200 women in Arizona would be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Such a diagnosis often is accompanied by fear and questions about what lies ahead. Fortunately, if you have been diagnosed, you...
January 2009
Margaret Jaramillo - Breast Cancer Grant and Lymphedema
Flagstaff Medical Center’s Therapy Services and Breast Cancer Resource Center recently received a $61,380 grant from the Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. For some breast cancer patients, beating the disease is only one step in...
January 2009
Michael Saline - Trauma care saves single dad
Recognizing Michael Saline’s injuries were critical, paramedics made the call to fly him to Flagstaff Medical Center, Northern Arizona’s only Level I Trauma Center. Taylor resident Michael Saline, a single father of two boys– Logan, 5, and Gage, 2...
January 2009
Brawn Family - FMC's Trauma Center and PICU kept a family from being separated
  With a Level I Trauma Center and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, FMC has the services to keep families together when emergencies occur.   KAFF radio morning host, Jenny Brawn, her 15-year-old son, Evan, and her 11-year-old daughter,...
October 2008
Don Daley - Comes back to FMC for an encore performance at the Spine & Joint Surgery Center
  After one successful operation at the Joint Surgery Center at Flagstaff Medical Center, Don Daly didn’t think twice about where to turn when he needed surgery again.   Pain in both knees that kept Daly from his everyday activities...
October 2008
Carol Lindsay - Double knee replacements puts Lindsay back in the swing of things
  An avid golfer, Carol Lindsay suffered from severe degenerative osteoarthritis in both knees. After several alternative therapies, including arthroscopy procedures, she decided full knee replacements were her only hope. She had both knees...
April 2008
Hiser Twins - Premature babies recieve enhanced care in the Special Care Nursery
  Each year, nationally more than half a million babies are born premature. These babies often need special care and nurturing to thrive. Flagstaff Medical Center’s Special Care Nursery prides itself on caring for the smallest of Northern...
April 2008
Joe Montoya - Gets a new lease on life thanks to FMC's Level 1 Trauma Center
  One of only seven Level I Trauma Centers designated by the state of Arizona—and the only one in Northern Arizona—Flagstaff Medical Center offers lifesaving care to local residents. Just ask Jose Montoya.   During his lunch break at...
April 2008
Roddy Lara - Cancer survivor is back in the saddles again
  A world-renowned mule trainer, Flagstaff resident Roddy Lará wasn’t about to let cancer keep him out of the saddle. Fortunately for Lará, the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare at Flagstaff Medical Center was nearby and ready to...
January 2008