Saint Luke's Stories

Rhonda Zacharias smiling at a restaurant
Innovative New Procedure Helps Local Woman Avoid Double Lung Transplant
Rhonda was hesitant to undergo a double lung transplant after learning about the risks. But thanks to an endobronchial valve procedure at Saint Luke's, Rhonda says she's been given another chance at life.
Side by side photos of David Clifton before and after
Three-time Heart Attack Survivor Takes Control of His Health
After suffering three heart attacks and struggling to manage his overall health, David Clifton turned to the team Saint Luke's Michael & Marlys Haverty Cardiometabolic Center of Excellence.
Don, a patient at Saint Luke's, connects with his daughter, Deb, on an iPad since she can't visit him in the hospital due to COVID-19.
Saint Luke’s Friends and Family Program makes it easy for patients and loved ones to connect amid COVID-19
Saint Luke’s Friends and Family Program has deployed 102 devices throughout the health system allowing patients to make connections they wouldn’t have been able to make otherwise.
Jim and Rosie cutting cake at their wedding.
Even a pandemic can’t stop a love like Jim and Rosie’s
Jim and Rosie Jordan met in high school and have been inseparable since 1952. With a no visitor policy at Anderson County Residential Living Center during COVID-19, Rosie still found a way to see her high school sweetheart.
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94 Years Young: Bettie’s Secret to a Long Life
After suffering a heart attack, Bettie B. started coming to the SHAPE Fitness Center to stay active. More than 20 years later, she credits exercise for her long life.
Abi Sutton, RN, in her blue scrubs
From Saint Luke’s Patient to Saint Luke’s Nurse—A Journey of a Lifetime
After a traumatic crash, Abi Sutton spent months recovering at Saint Luke's Hospital. Inspired by the team that cared for her, she became a nurse at the same hospital 20 years later.
Lanny Wilson and his wife, Jane
82-year-old with COVID-19 Overcomes the Odds, Inspires Others with Story of Survival
Lanny Wilson's story has inspired thousands after recovering from COVID-19 at Saint Luke's, despite the odds.
Pat Carey with his wife and daughter in front of Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute entrance
After 68 Days in the Hospital, Local Man Wins “Super Bowl of Life”
Pat Carey had the ultimate comeback at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute after nearly dying from sudden cardiac arrest.
Ethan Stimac smiles with his 3D printed mask bands for Saint Luke's employees
Seven-Year-Old Saint Luke’s Hero Creates KC Themed Mask Band to Help his Mom
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ethan Stimac has produced hundreds of customized mask bands from his kid-friendly 3D printer to donate to health care providers across the country.